Proof that neutrinos change identity bags physics Nobel

first_imgA weird identity shifting among ghostly particles called neutrinos has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for the leaders of massive underground experiments in Japan and Canada. Takaaki Kajita of the University of Tokyo led researchers working with the Super-Kamiokande detector in a zinc mine 250 kilometers northwest of Japan’s capital that made its key discovery in 1998. Arthur McDonald of Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, led the team working with the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in a mine in Canada that confirmed and expanded on the Super-Kamiokande result in 2001.Hardly interacting with other matter, neutrinos come in the three different types—electron, muon, and tau—and the winners of this year’s prize showed that the three types can morph into one another as the particles zip along at near-light speed. That, in turn, proves that the elusive particle must have mass. Researchers working with Super-Kamiokande found that muon neutrinos, which are produced as high-energy particles from space strike the atmosphere, change identity as they travel. To do that, they compared the number of muon neutrinos raining down from above with those coming a much longer distance upward through Earth and showing that the numbers were different, proof that the neutrinos had changed type in transit.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Physicists with the SNO looked at neutrinos from the sun, all of which start out as electron neutrinos. They discovered that along the way some of those neutrinos change into muon and tau neutrinos as the particles make a 150-million-kilometer journey from the sun. To do that, they employed two methods within one detector—one that could detect just the electron neutrinos, and another that would count the total flux of all neutrinos.Both experiments were large collaborations involving hundreds of physicists. “I have many colleagues who share this prize with me,” McDonald said on the phone during the press conference to announce the prize.The observations proved that neutrinos aren’t completely massless but must have some weight. That’s because, according to special relativity, massless particles would have to travel at light speed, in which case time for them would stand still and any change would be impossible. The results kicked off the study of such “neutrino oscillations,” which is now one of the major thrusts of particle physics, involving huge experiments in which neutrinos are fired hundreds of kilometers through Earth to distant detectors. The study of such oscillations could eventually shed light matters as fundamental as how the universe generated so much more matter than antimatter.”I’m quite thrilled, and still speechless,” says particle physicist Alfons Weber of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “It came as a surprise, but perhaps it is not so unexpected. This is one of the very big discoveries.” The results obtained by the new Nobel laureates’ experiments are somewhat counterintuitive, he says. “It’s a strange thing in nature for one thing to change into another. It’s like you throw up an apple and someone catches an orange.”With reporting by Dan Clery.last_img read more

I was never approached for Sultan: Parineeti Chopra

first_imgMumbai, Jan 13 (PTI) Actress Parineeti Chopra has said she was never offered Salman Khan starrer “Sultan”.Rumours were rife that the 27-year-old actress was approached to play the female lead, hunt for which had been on for quite sometime.It was announced last week that Anushka Sharma has bagged the role in the much-talked about Yash Raj Films sports drama.Parineeti had even tweeted recently, clarifying that she was not doing “Sultan”.”I ignored it (rumours) for quite sometime and so I tweeted about it. I am not doing Sultan as the film was never offered to me. Now, Anushka is doing the film and it is great,” Parineeti told reporters here at the calendar launch of Dabboo Ratnani.The actress also denied reports that she may be seen in a YRF film opposite actor Aditya Roy Kapoor.”It is a crazy rumour. We both are busy,” she said.The “Ishqzaade” actress said she is working in a film but did not reveal much about it.”There is something. But I cant announce. We will announce it whenever we are ready. The producers will do that,” she said.The actress hit headlines recently with her latest photo-shoot Built that Way where she was seen in a new avatar, which had even stirred a debate on the social media on body shaming.In Ratnanis calendar, Parineeti is seen posing with a chocolate with lot of food stuff scattered all around.Talking about her look in the calendar, she said, “I am just posing.. and not eating. But now I work out. I have worked on my fitness this year, so I thought it would be fun doing something with food. I did not want it to be high fashion.”advertisementThe actress says she now feels little wary while being photographed as there is a pressure of being scrutinised.”The picture has to be good as today there is too much scrutiny. Everything relating to hair, make-up has to be good. It is nerve wrecking to give pictures today,” she added. PTI KKP ARS BK RYSlast_img read more

Rabada leads clinical bowling display in DC’s 39-run win over SRH

first_imgPublished on April 15, 2019 IPL COMMENTS × Speedster Kagiso Rabada led a clinical bowling display with a four-wicket haul as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs under dramatic conditions in their IPL match here on Sunday. Pacer Keemo Paul (3/17) ran through the Sunrisers top-order before his pace colleagues Rabada (4/22) and Chris Morris (3/22) triggered mayhem in the middle and lower order as the home side suffered a batting collapse after 15 overs while chasing 157 for a win. The Sunrisers were 101 for 3 in 15.2 overs when Ricky Bhui fell to Paul but after that they lost seven wickets for the addition of just 15 runs. Morris took three wickets in the space of five balls in the 18th over as the stunned home crowd watched their side’s batsmen capitulating without much fight as the innings folded at 116 in 18.5 overs. David Warner, who top-scored with a 47-ball 51, was out in the 17th over off Rabada to trigger a procession of Sunrisers batsmen towards the dressing room. Rabada and Morris took all these six wickets as Sunrisers surrendered tamely. With the win, the Delhi Capitals jumped to second spot with 10 points from eight matches while the Sunrisers are at the sixth spot after their third consecutive loss. The Sunrisers’ openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow (41) made a watchful start as they looked for accumulating runs without taking risks. Warner was uncharacteristically slow and it was left to Bairstow to take the chances. Bairstow hit Ishant Sharma a couple of fours and a six off Morris but the home side could only score 40 for no loss at the end of first powerplay overs. The opening duo reached the 50-run mark at the end of the eighth over and they began to look for big shots. The Sunrisers, however lost Bairstow at an inopportune juncture with Paul getting rid of him in the 10th over. At the halfway stage, the Sunrisers were 73 for 1 with 83 more runs needed for a win and they were on track. But the dismissal of captain Kane Williamson (3) off the bowling of Paul in the 12th over was the beginning of the pressure which began to pile on the Sunrisers. Warner was still there but the Delhi bowlers gave him little chance to open up his arms on a sluggish pitch. Bhui’s dismissal in the 16th over piled on further pressure on the Sunrisers. The asking rate climbed up to 13 an over at the end of 16th over and the home side wilted under pressure with Warner finally falling in the 17th over bowled by Rabada as the batsman hit straight to the hands of captain Shreyas Iyer. Rabada got rid of Vijay Shankar (1) in the next delivery and with it the game was as good as over in favour of Delhi Capitals. It was then the turn Morris to take three wickets in the 18th over before Rabada ended the Sunrisers run chase with two wickets in consecutive deliveries. Earlier, young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three key wickets in an impressive spell to help Sunrisers restrict Delhi Capitals to 155 for 7 after the visitors were invited to bat. The 21-year-old bowler took the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) as well as that of dangerous Rishabh Pant (23) while conceding 30 runs from his four overs. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with figures of 2/33 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma took a wicket apiece as the Sunrisers’ bowlers made it difficult for Delhi batsmen to score runs. For Delhi, captain Shreyas Iyer top-scored with a 40-ball 45 and his 56-run partnership with Pant for the fourth wicket took them a challenging total after a wobbly start. Colin Munro was the other notable contributor with a 24-ball 40. Shreyas hit five fours before he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in the 16th over while Munro was more aggressive with four boundaries and three sixes in his 24-ball knock. Delhi Capitals struggled with openers Dhawan and Shaw back into the dressing room by the fourth over with Ahmed accounting for both the key batsmen. Shaw was the first to go in the second over as he was done in by the extra bounce extracted by Ahmed as the batsman ended up edging the delivery to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. In his next over, Ahmed got rid of Dhawan who miscued a bouncer off the bowler with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the catch at fine leg. Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad, on Sunday. – PTIcenter_img Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking the wicket of David Warner, at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad, on Sunday. – PTI cricket COMMENT SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Wright’s status ‘day-to-day,’ uncertain vs Adelaide 36ers with foot injury

first_imgRenovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use LATEST STORIES Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—With already one less shooter in the lineup following the injury to Marcio Lassiter, Gilas Pilipinas can breathe a sigh of relief after sweet-shooting swingman Matthew Wright is expected to be healthy enough in time for the Fiba World Cup.National team coach Yeng Guiao said Wright, who hurt his right foot in practice on Monday, just needs to take a few days off to heal.ADVERTISEMENT ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu MOST READ Valdez, Creamline keep energy up to beat BanKo despite late start to game Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics “I would’ve wanted to him play in the Australia series but up to now that’s still day-to-day.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think Matthew’s injury is not really serious. It’s just four to five days of rest,” Guiao said during the team’s press conference and sendoff Wednesday at Meralco Multi-Purpose Hall.Still, Wright’s recovery period would cost him valuable time especially with the World Cup less than two weeks away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotel“But my concern is everyday is important from here on out. So if you lose one day it’s going to be a big factor and what more if you lose four to five days so it’s really a big concern especially now,” Guiao said.The injury also makes the 28-year-old Wright doubtful for Gilas’ closed-door scrimmages against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers scheduled on Friday and Sunday. BREAKING: A day after being fired, Robredo asks: ‘Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?’ ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent View commentslast_img read more

De Bruyne pushing for full fitness as City embark on crucial run

first_imgManchester City have coped fine in the absence of Kevin De Bruyne during his injury-interrupted start to the season but the Belgian is ready for a full comeback as Pep Guardiola plots success in all four competitons.City are neck and neck with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League and they have done it largely without De Bruyne, who succumbed to his second injury of the season on November 1 during a Carabao Cup game against Fulham.Guardiola has also been without key performers such as Benjamin Mendy, John Stones, Fernandinho, David Silva and Sergio Aguero at various points during the season and De Bruyne credits the investments made in the transfer market as being the chief reason that City can stay ahead of the chasing pack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “That’s why you invest in the team and put all that money in to have a full squad,” he said. “The investment is the beginning. They did really smartly by buying young players who can get better.“We’ve a squad of 21 or 22 players and it doesn’t matter who plays – they have regular games in the team.“We are fully there for the four trophies. You know you are going to get injuries, but you hope to keep them as few as possible. If you want to try to win the lot, you need players to do that.”The likes of Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez have stood up when required for Guardiola this season, scarcely missing a beat while De Bruyne was on the sidelines, first with a training ground injury suffered in August.  “They did brilliantly without me,” he said. “But I’m sure they’ll be happy that I’m back.“It’s just how it is. They have had to manage with the players who are there and unfortunately sometimes players are out. The guys did brilliantly and now I’ll try to be at my top level to help them out.”Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2018-19De Bruyne played around 20 minutes in the weekend victory over Everton, only his fourth Premier League appearance of the season, but he’s putting no time limit on getting back to his best.”I just need some game time,” he said. “I came in and I just ran for 20 minutes. I’m not looking to play a good game, just run without stopping. That gives me a good boost physically and lets me get my lungs open for the next game.“We’ll see, it’s difficult to say, I’ve not been out that amount of time before. I’ll work hard to get back as soon as possible but I don’t put pressure on myself.”Guardiola claimed that De Bruyne was exhausted after his strenuous season last time out as well as playing the World Cup, but the playmaker believes that there is simply no alternative with the games coming thick and fast.“I’m not sure I agree with that,” he said of the manager’s exhaustion assessment. “I played the most of anyone last year – in the whole world. And I played the World Cup without a problem.“I think the most important thing is having a summer break – if you have that you can feel OK but there is always a time in someone’s career where you feel a bit less.“But I felt all right, it was just a shame that when I came back after one week I was out for two-and-a-half months.“I was happy to come back and worked really hard but after three games it happened again. So I think it’s part of your career and in the end it’s just the way it is.”With Premier League, Champions League, domestic cups and internationals to contend with, there is simply no time in the calendar for players like De Bruyne to put their feet up.David Silva Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City 2017-18“No – it was not possible,” he said when asked if he could have taken a longer break after Belgium’s run to the semi-finals of the World Cup.“I wasn’t exhausted. I think in general people need a good summer break, sometimes we play for 11-and-a-half months at a time and there is not enough time to rest. I had a rest of about three weeks – after 12 months of playing. Is that short? Probably, yes.“But I felt OK to come back. It’s not a lot to say, I came back and trained and was out after one week – it’s just the way it goes.”There’s nothing I can do – it was two accidents. I’m happy with my body because I know I have no problems with muscles. They were both just accidents, the second time also. I felt my knee and it pops, so you just work hard and try to be back as soon as possible.”City are right in the middle of a crunch run of fixtures with Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday as well as a packed festive Premier League programme. De Bruyne could not have timed his return any better.“There’s always many games from September onwards – unless you get out of some cups,” he said. “It’s two games a week. that doesn’t really change. It’s a busy period because everyone plays. Then, after Christmas, it’s just people who are playing Europe. At the moment it’s just busy for everyone.”Although City are setting a record-breaking pace, De Bruyne insists they have been playing no different in his absence and instead credits Liverpool and Tottenham for keeping up the pressure this season.”It’s just the same, we do what we always do,” he said. “We’ve won the most of the games like we did last year and we are there with the top teams.“The others have been better than last year so that’s why it’s closer.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘IPL Auction cruel and undignified, players paraded like cattle’

first_imgThe New Zealand Cricket Players Association has slammed the Indian Premier League Auction that was held in Bengaluru over the weekend and called for an end to the process altogether.The IPL Auction 2018 held on January 27th and 28th saw 169 players being sold to the eight franchises for over Rs 431 crore.NZCPA chief Heath Mills called the auctions cruel, undignified and said that it was an unprofessional way to play with athletes’ livelihoods.”I think the whole system is archaic and deeply humiliating for the players, who are paraded like cattle for all the world to see,” Mills told the New Zealand Herald.Mills was endorsing a tweet from former Wellington Cricket chief executive Peter Clinton, who wrote: “The IPL Auction is such an undignified, cruel and unnecessary employment practice. Ridiculous that it exists today, belongs in the medieval ages.”56 overseas players were bought in the auction including seven players from New Zealand out of the 24 names that made it to the final auction list – Brendon McCullum (CSK), Kane Williamson (SRH), Trent Boult (DD), Colin de Grandhomme (RCB), Colin Munro (DD), Tim Southee (RCB) and Mitchell Santner (CSK).”There’s lot of good things about the Indian Premier League and it’s been great for cricket but I’d like to see it mirror the rest of professional sport in the way they engage athletes. The auction system is wrong – it’s not professional, far from it.””Apart from the public disappointment of players being are passed in, those who are picked up are treated badly by modern standards,” Mills said.advertisementThe cash-rich tournament has always been controversy’s favourite right from the first edition itself in 2008. Former greats of the game have always criticised the tournament due to the money involved in it, which many feel have corrupted the players and the system as a whole.But fact of the matter is that the right from the inaugural season, the IPL has been responsible in making the careers of many of the top international cricketers today who are plying their trades for countries like New Zealand, Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, England and even Afghanistan.But Mills is not convinced and said that many players are frustrated as they still don’t understand the IPL system and how it works.”No-one in the cricket world that I’ve spoken to can understand how players are picked, how their price is determined … you could spend years trying to work out how the Indian Premier League auction works and not fully understand it.”It’s almost got to the point where there’s more interest in the auction than the games and I think they’ll keep doing it even though the general player view it is that there’s better ways to do it,” Mills opined.Some of New Zealand’s top limited-overs stars like Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi went unsold in the auction this year.last_img read more


first_imgDay 3 was full of classic action in the 2007 X-Blades National 18 Years and Under Touch Football Championships. The finalists were decided, some teams were on fire and some teams fizzled. In the boys’ division Sydney Mets, Queensland State Schools Touch (QSST) and Central Queensland (CQ) qualified as the top three teams having progressed through the pool rounds undefeated. Mets have the best defensive record, only conceding 11 touchdowns in their six games so far. QSST have the best attacking stats, notching up a massive 91 touchdowns in just six matches.  Cobras qualified in fourth position, dropping just the one match last night to 2006 champions Mets. Cobras look the real deal after they accounted for NSWCHS 6-3 in the quarterfinal. ACT, Hunter Hornets and New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) all made it through to the quarterfinals but were no match for the top three seeds. Local hopes Northern Eagles were edged out on for-and-against for a spot in the Championship finals but will be in a good position to make a charge for the Shield tomorrow. The 2007 Plate will be fought out between Northern Territory, Sydney Scorpions, Sydney Rebels and Tasmania. South Australia came achingly close to a maiden victory for the tournament when they faced Northern Territory this afternoon but fell short, going down 6-5. In the girls’ division QSST finished at the top of the table and earned the top seeding for the finals. NSWCHS and Southern Suns were also undefeated in their pools and progressed through to claim second and third positions respectively. But in a major upset in the third quarterfinal the underrated Cobras gave Southern Suns their first taste of defeat and sent them packing from the tournament. NSWCCC qualified in fourth position and would have been confident of getting a win in their match against Sharks. But Sharks had other ideas, blowing CCC away with a devastating 8-2 trouncing. NSWCHS also fought their way through to the final four, disposing of Scorpions 11-1.Sunshine Coast was unlucky to miss out on a Championship finals berth but is the favourite to take out the Shield. NSWCIS, Central Queensland and Hunter Hornets will all have other ideas as they set their sights on the Shield after also missing out on the top eight spots today.Emerging states ACT, Tasmania, Northern Territory and TouchWest are in the running for the girls’ Plate final. None of the four have had a win thus far but will be pulling out all stops to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon. 9.00amBoys’ Pool B R5          NSWCHS (12) def Rebels (4)Boys’ Pool B R5          Sunshine Coast (4) def Scorpions (3)Boys’ Pool B R5          CQ (8) def Eagles (4)Boys’ Pool C R6          QSST (17) def NT (1)Boys’ Pool C R6          TouchWest (8) def Tasmania (4)Boys’ Pool C R6          Hornets (11) def Suns (4)  9.50amGirls’ Pool C R5           Sharks (8) def ACT (2)Girls’ Pool C R5           Suns (6) def Tasmania (0)Girls’ Pool C R5           Scorpions (6) def Hornets (5) 10.40amBoys’ Pool A R5          NSWCCC (8) def NSWCIS (6)Boys’ Pool A R5          Mets (20) def SA (0)Boys’ Pool A R5          Cobras (5) def Sharks (4)11.30amBoys’ Pool C R7          Suns (11) def TouchWest (3)    Boys’ Pool C R7          Hornets (19) def NT (2)Boys’ Pool C R7          ACT (11) def Tasmania (1)12.20pmGirls’ Pool A R5           NSWCCC (9) def Eagles (4)Girls’ Pool B R5           NSWCHS (10) def Rebels (0)Girls’ Pool B R5           Cobras (12) def NT (1)1.10pmGirls’ Pool A R5           QSST (19) def TouchWest (0)Girls’ Pool A R5           Sunshine Coast (8) def CQ (7)Girls’ Pool B R5           NSWCIS (7) def Mets (6)2.00pmFeature match           Coaches (5) def Referees (0)2.30pmBoys’ Champ QF1       Mets (11) def NSWCCC (2)Boys’ Champ QF2       CQ (12) def ACT (5)Boys’ Shield QF2         Sunshine Coast (5) def NSWCIS (3)3.30pmBoys’ Champ QF2       QSST (13) def Hunter Hornets (3)Boys’ Champ QF4       Cobras (6) def NSWCHS (3)Boys’ Shield QF1         Suns (7) def TouchWest (6)4.30pmGirls’ Shield QF1         Hornets (7) def Rebels (2)Boys’ Plate QF 1         Northern Territory (6) def South Australia (5) 5.30pmGirls’ Champ QF1        QSST (8) def Mets (1)             Girls’ Champ QF3        Cobras (5) def Suns (4) Girls’ Shield QF2         CQ (7) def Eagles (6)6.30pmGirls’ Champ QF2        NSWCHS (11) def Scorpions (1)Girls’ Champ QF4        Sharks (8) def NSWCCC (2)last_img read more

Renewable Energy Project in Guysborough Gets GoAhead

first_imgPeople in the Guysborough area will benefit from more green, locally produced energy and job opportunities with the approval of a small wind project today, Oct. 12. The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has met the initial criteria under the province’s Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) program. “The community wants to do its part to help the environment while, at the same time, create good jobs and contribute to the local economy,” said Jim Boudreau, MLA for Guysborough-Sheet Harbour, on behalf of Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “This announcement, with other green energy initiatives in the area, demonstrates that it is very supportive of the province’s commitment to move away from coal towards greener energy sources.” The successful application is for one 50-kilowatt turbine in Melford, to join other COMFIT-approved turbines on the same site. Also, the Sable Wind Project, led by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough, recently received approval from the province’s renewable electricity administrator for a 13.8-megawatt wind project near Canso. “The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is encouraged by this project approval,” said Lloyd Hines, Warden. “We are very much committed to generating our own clean, green electricity that will create jobs while providing economic benefits to our community.” The 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan introduced the COMFIT concept to help provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices, build support for renewable energy projects and create jobs. The program began accepting applications more than a year ago. Eligible groups receive an established price per kilowatt hour for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups. For more information on the program, visit .last_img read more

Urwashi enters quarters Baitha upsets Ranjit

first_imgMumbai: Top seed Urwashi Joshi of Maharashtra overcame a shaky start to defeat unseeded Amita Gondi of Telangana and advance to the quarterfinals of the 44th Maharashtra State Senior Open Squash Tournament being played here on Sunday. Joshi won 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4. Second seed Tanvi Khanna of Delhi outplayed unseeded Subhadra Sony 11-1, 11-0, 11-0 to advance to the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, Nikita Agarwal of Maharashtra, who is seeded in the [5/8] bracket was made to work hard for her win against unseeded state-mate Aakanksha Yadav. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh After losing the first two games tamely, Aakanksha raised her game to take the next two games and level the scores. Nikita managed to pull herself back to take the last game 11-5 and the match 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 8-11, 11-5 to advance to the quarter-finals. In the Men’s Open, junior Yash Fadte and Rahul Baitha soldiered on to make it to the quarterfinals. While Yash Fadte made short work of an unseeded Parth Bhatia, Rahul Baitha upset an higher-ranked Ranjit Singh of Services defeating 11-1, 11-7, 8-11, 11-9 to advance to the quarters. Top seeds Mahesh Mangaonkar and Abhishek Pradhan remain strong contenders for the title as they notched straight games wins to blaze into the quarters.last_img read more

Tokelau narrowly rejects selfgovernment option in UNsupervised ballot

Some 446 of 692 valid votes cast during four days of balloting this week, or 64.4 per cent, backed the option for self-government in free association with New Zealand, according to results announced on Atafu, one of Tokelau’s atolls, yesterday.This was not enough to meet the two-thirds majority required by Tokelau’s representative body, the General Fono, to change the status of the Non-Self-Governing Territory. New Zealand has administered Tokelau since 1926.In a referendum on the same issue in February 2006, the self-government option attracted about 60 per cent of the vote. This time, 789 people of Tokelau’s estimated population of 1,500 were eligible to vote.A five-member team of UN monitors observing the poll – which began on Saturday in Apia, Samoa, and continued on the three atolls this week – said the election process was fair, transparent and credible.Ambassador Robert Aisi of Papua New Guinea, who represented the UN Special Committee on Decolonization (also known as the Committee of 24) on the monitoring team, said it was important to take pride in the nature of the election process.“The Special Committee has long been in awe of the fact that this small community of 1,500 people has been fully able, amongst many other things, to manage its own budget, run its own public services, and take care of its own shipping service and telecommunication system,” he said.“At the same time, Tokelau has been playing a role in regional affairs and managing relationships with its Pacific neighbours, not to mention being a member of a number of regional and international organizations and groupings. This all represents a series of achievements of which Tokelau can be very proud.”In a statement released by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he took note of the results and respected the decision of the people of Tokelau.“It is important that the people of Tokelau have had this opportunity,” the statement said, adding that New Zealand also deserved commendation “for its exemplary commitment and cooperation in this process.”New Zealand’s Administrator of Tokelau, David Payton, said it was now up to the Tokelauan community to determine how it wants to move forward following the vote.Tokelau, which lies about 500 kilometres north of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, has a land mass of approximately 12 square kilometres. There are currently 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories remaining on the UN’s decolonization list, compared to 72 such territories when the Organization was established in 1945. The last Non-Self-Governing Territory that exercised the right to self-determination was East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002 and joined the UN that same year. 25 October 2007Tokelau will remain a territory of New Zealand after the citizens of the three small and isolated atolls in the Pacific Ocean fell 16 votes short of gaining self-government in a United Nations-supervised referendum – the second such ballot in less than two years. read more

St Joes expands robotic surgical system

There was a lot of celebrating at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton this morning. A $5 million donation by the Boris family, of Mountain Cablevision fame, is allowing for the expansion of the hospital’s robotic surgical system.Wald Lesniak had major surgery 6 days ago, the removal of a fast growing tumor on his right lung. He was ready to leave the hospital the next day. Though Wald’s level of fitness before surgery aided his recovery, the bulk of the credit goes to the method. Wald’s cancer was removed with robotics.“Traditionally these surgeries, people would stay in hospital 6 or 7 days recovering just from the pain of the incision. So we’ve come a long way in terms of sending him home early and helping him recover,” says Dr. Wael Hanna.The Da Vinci surgical robotic system has been used in the past for kidneys, prostate cancers and some uterine surgeries. But Wald was the first lung cancer patient in Hamilton and only the second in Canada.“Dr. Hanna has the ability to take the most complex science of surgical medicine and bring it to layman’s level. That’s what convinced me,” he says.“We know deep inside that it’s going to be the future of Thoracic surgery. So I gave him that pitch telling him that this technology we’d be able to give him a better operation,” says Dr. Hanna. So what makes robotic assisted surgeries so superior? First they are minimally invasive. Though the naked eye sees less of the patient, the technology amps up a surgeon’s view.“The robot has a 3D camera that magnifies up to 10 times what we see. So when I look through the robot I’m actually seeing all the little blood vessels, the little lymphatic vessels, the little cells that I wouldn’t have seen with my own naked eyes even if I had telescopes on my eyes.”The robotic arms also improve a surgeon’s mobility.“With the robot your eyes are inside the patient, your hands are inside the patient. You can tackle every little corner and you can really perform a better cancer operation.” read more

Sustainable production a powerful engine for decent work creation – UN labour

Decent “green” jobs are the future and they must be placed at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said, adding that: “Nothing will more clearly distinguish the first hundred years of the ILO’s history from the second than the necessary greening of the world of work.” Mr. Ryder made this plea during his opening address to the 106th session of the Conference – running in Geneva through 16 June – as he introduced his annual report which is on Work in a changing climate: The Green Initiative and provides a roadmap for a just transition to a green economy. “Today, the Paris Agreement and the national commitments made under its terms, together with the 2030 Agenda, provide a unique opportunity to translate the tripartite consensus we have constructed into large scale practical ILO work with member States,” Mr. Ryder said, stressing that the greening of production could be a powerful engine for decent work creation, and strong and balanced growth and development.As such, he told the 5,000 delegates at the Conference that: “We need the right policies to make transition happen and to make it just. And like any process of change at work that will require the combined efforts of governments, employers and workers through social dialogue.”Along with green jobs and sustainable development, the 2017 edition of the Conference will also consider labour migration, transition to peace and fundamental principles and rights at work. Committees of workers, employers and government representatives will be considering how best to promote peace and stability through a possible revision of the Employment (Transition from War to Peace) Recommendation, 1944 (No.71). The promotion of Decent Work opportunities is key in countries emerging from crisis, conflict and disaster. Other committees will discuss fundamental principles and rights at work as a follow up to the ILO’s Social Justice Declaration. The Conference Committee on the Application of Standards will address the situation of labour rights in countries around the globe and focus particularly on occupational safety and health (OSH). read more

Victory over No 5 Maryland pushes Ohio State womens basketball to top

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEnergy filled the Schottenstein Center on Monday in Columbus, as everyone who was present for the late-night tip was well aware of what the contest meant for both parties. The top spot in the Big Ten was on the line, and No. 5 Maryland (21-3, 10-2) was the challenger for seventh-ranked Ohio State (19-4, 11-1). Earlier in the season when these two powerhouses faced off in College Park, Maryland, OSU took home the win, defeating the Terrapins 80-71. But the Buckeyes weren’t going to let past success affect how they entered Monday night’s meeting.The teams are both known for their impressive scoring attacks, with Maryland averaging 85.9 points per game and OSU right behind them with 85.3 points per contest, but it was the Buckeyes who administered a greater effort to propel them to a 94-86 upset victory at the Schott.The intensity that was circling around the arena from the start of pregame warmups translated immediately to a Buckeye success, as they started off the game with a 7-0 run.“I was really proud of our effort to start, and we had great focus and energy right from the tip,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Maryland had a tough time against OSU’s full-court pressure, turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, but when it was able to adjust to the Buckeye defense and the atmosphere that was presented, the Terrapins were able to play catch-up and keep the deficit to seven points heading into the locker room at the break.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston went on a surge to begin the first quarter, scoring 11 points, but more pressure came her way when she had the ball in the second quarter. She was limited to only two points, ending the half with 13.  Along with her scoring in the first 20 minutes of play, Alston weaved passes through the defenders to her teammates, having three flashy assists at the half.The Terrapins were able to make a majority of their shots off second-chance opportunities, grabbing 11 rebounds in the first half. The Buckeyes, being a more guard-heavy unit, have struggled on the glass throughout the season. Maryland truly took advantage of OSU’s weakness Monday evening.Alston, though, would not point to height differences as an excuse for poor rebounding.“We are looked at as being undersized,” Alston said after the game. “But it’s just ‘who wants the ball?’ so that is effort.”Second-half action was dominated by the Buckeyes. They began to pull away after sophomore guard Asia Doss buried a 3-pointer with 4:26 left to play in the third, forcing a Maryland timeout and all the Scarlet and Gray fans to their feet.Going into the final quarter of play, the Buckeyes led 75-61. Even with the lead, OSU kept the foot on the gas pedal. It continued to apply the pressure and push the ball on the fast break. “I thought that we disrupted (Maryland), and those turnovers that we caused were key,” McGuff said. “Then we played at a really fast pace on offense. Overall, probably our best game to date.”The second-leading scorer in the Big Ten, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was back to her normal self, scoring 33 points after an underwhelming performance in OSU’s previous game in which she only scored 16 points. Mitchell went on a tear in the first half,, putting in 18 points with three deep balls, and knocked down another 3-pointer in the second half to pad her point total for the night.It wasn’t only Mitchell who was knocking down 3-point field goals. The entire team shot an impressive 52 percent from beyond the arc, going 12-of-23.“I think we have a special team,” Mitchell said. “Everyone can shoot and do something well on and off the court, and I think it helps us throughout the course of games.”Alston had a productive second half as well for the Buckeyes, finishing her night with 22 points and eight assists.Maryland was led by junior center Brionna Jones, who scored 28 points on the night. She acted as an absolute force in the paint with her extraordinary post play. Along with scoring buckets for the Terrapins, Jones dominated the glass,, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for their next two games, facing Iowa on Thursday night and then traveling to “Happy Valley” to take on Penn State on Valentine’s Day. Now riding a seven-game winning streak, OSU has emerged as the team to beat in the Big Ten. read more

Mens Soccer Ohio State stays ahead of heat early in the season

The Ohio State men’s soccer team gathers up prior to the start of the game against BGSU. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor of DesignEarly in the season, the Ohio State men’s soccer team faced a heat wave that affected its training and game performance. The solution in the high temperatures is to stay ahead of it.  Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said strong preparation in the days leading up to competition — physically and nutritionally — is the best thing one of his players can do for his body.   “You go to take care of your bodies, you got to hydrate the days before,” Maisonneuve said. “If you think you’re going to stuff a bunch of water down an hour before, that’s not going to work.”  Junior midfielder Jack Holland said being aware of fluid intake and nutrition is critical in staying hydrated and performing well on the field.  “The big thing is staying ahead of it,” Holland said. “The day before a game, let’s say, I’m way more cognizant of the water I’m taking in.”  With 90-minute long matches, soccer players feel a level of physical fatigue from playing in the heat that can affect their performance. In soccer, coaches must be especially prepared in the days prior, both tactically and mentally.  “Soccer is an interesting sport, because, even as a coaching staff, we do all our work during the week because during the game, we can’t call a timeout, we can’t roll multiple subs in,” Maisonneuve said.  Maisonneuve and his staff have to be concerned about the physical state of their student-athletes as well as the tactics they wish to put to action during the matches in the heat.  Ohio State is a team that likes to play aggressive and press the ball, but in a game with severe weather conditions like high-heat index, the athletes must pick and choose when they’ll press and when they’ll play more conservative.  “Just physically you can’t go at 100 miles per hour all the time, and you really got to pick and choose more so than when the temperature is good,” Maisonneuve said regarding tactics.  As the season continues to pick up and the heat remains a factor, Ohio State will strive to stay ahead of it, with the coaches continuing to prepare so the team can compete as well as they physically can. read more

Insurers warn over cashfor crash fraud as number of claims being declined

first_imgThere is a growing trend in bogus household claims from “serial claimants”, fraudsters who make multiple claims, often for the same item, by buying multiple home insurance policies using different aliases.Policies are taken out with the sole aim of making fraudulent claims. While the claims are still rare, some companies are now detecting more than six of them every month.The most common fraudulent household claims were for accidental damage, theft and accidental loss. The average value of a fraudulent household claim was £1,315, with values ranging from as little as £25 up to £83,560. Analysts suggested a large number of relatively low value claims indicates that fraudsters believe insurers will not scrutinise low-value fraud.Liability claims, made against an employers’ liability or public liability policy, is also a source for fraud attempts. Aviva has more than 1,000 suspect liability claims under investigation.As the industry works together to clamp down on “crash-for-cash” vehicle collisions staged by criminals, it is believed that fraudsters are moving into new areas and making bogus public and employer liability claims.Tom Gardiner, head of fraud at Aviva, said: “We vigorously defend our customers against fraudulent claims, even where it is not economic to do so, and will prosecute those people making fraudulent claims wherever possible. “Looking at our bodily injury fraud data, it is clear that there continues to be an urgent need for fundamental reform of how minor personal injuries are compensated.”Ben Fletcher, Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau, said: “Insurance fraud is often regarded as a victimless crime but the reality is that it impacts the honest policyholder who ends up footing the bill. Co-ordinated motor insurance fraud scams, such as ‘crash for cash’ fraud, can potentially run into millions of pounds though fake personal injury and credit hire claims. Currently ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud costs £336 million a year.“We are not surprised that insurers like Aviva are detecting more fraud as the insurance industry is spending more money, year on year, to protect the honest policyholder.” An end to “crash-for-cash” claimsmay be on the horizon as insurers warned they were declining far more claims for suspected fraud.One major insurer detected nearly a quarter of a million pounds worth of bogus claims every day last year.Aviva said it had seen a 9.5 per cent year-on-year jump in the number of fraudulent claims it declined in 2016, fuelled by increases in fraud detection across motor bodily injury, household and liability claims.According to the insurance industry, around one in ten personal injury claims are linked to suspected “crash-for-cash” scams.Whiplash fraud continues to make up the majority of bogus claims, with bodily injury fraud accounting for 59 per cent of the total fraud Aviva detects.The insurer said it is currently investigating more than 16,000 suspect bodily injury claims.Large insurance companies detected more than £85 million worth of fraud last year, the research suggests, equating to around £232,000 worth of bogus claims every day. Organised fraud accounts for much of the new injury fraud companies detect, while Aviva found the majority of fraud it detects is now from third parties who are not its customers. Last year, it declined claims worth more than £25 million linked to fraud rings. center_img 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.last_img read more

RSPCA declares horse crisis as overbreeding leads to rise in neglect

horse Dr Kennedy said that, at the current rate, the number of horses brought into their care throughout 2018 is likely to match or even potentially exceed the 980 that were abandoned in 2017.The figures follow the RSPCA’s new Kindness at Christmas campaign which aims to highlight the growing problem of horse neglect.The campaign focused on Adie, a pony who was found on New Year’s Eve last year by a dog walker collapsed in the mud after being dumped in Kent and left to die.“We often find them collapsed in a field”, Dr Kennedy said. “These stories are happening up and down the country.“We are most certainly experiencing a horse crisis in the UK and it’s potentially deepening.”This Christmas, the RSPCA is asking the public to support its Kindness at Christmas campaign. To donate, please visit giftofkindness “It is very much part of the culture of the traveller community where, if you breed a very good horse, you get a lot of social status. Then there’s a hope that if you continue to breed, you will make a very valuable horse.“But because these animals have such a low monetary value now, they are just being abandoned. It’s cheaper to leave them in a field that to get them euthanised.”Dr Kennedy said that the uncertain economic market has meant fewer people can afford to care for a horse, adding: “The demand for horses has fallen too, where ponies and horses may have sold for £500 at the low end, now you might be lucky if you get £50 for them. So we have all these animals being produced with no destination for them to go to.”Others contributing to the overbreeding crisis are “hobby horse breeders”, with Dr Kennedy adding: “They are choosing to produce horses despite the fact that there is not necessarily a destination for them to go to.“I think people should take responsibility. If you are going to produce an animal then you are responsible for what happens to it. People should think very, very carefully indeed before they decide to breed a horse.” The RSPCA has declared a “horse crisis” in the UK as the number of neglect cases have rocketed to record levels because of over breeding, new figures reveal.The animal charity took 980 abandoned horses into their care throughout 2017, up from 673 in 2015, and they have warned that too many horses are being bred that have no homes to go to.Many are being dumped in private fields by their owners because it is “cheaper than euthanising them”, Dr Mark Kennedy, a senior scientific equine advisor at the RSPCA, said.The “culture” of the traveller community, who frequently breed horses to generate social status and financial income, is contributing to the crisis, Dr Kennedy added.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Dr Kennedy said: “The horse crisis has been caused by a mixture of cultural and social reasons. There are communities in the UK that, in order to express your wealth and status, you breed horses despite having nowhere to send them.   Adie the pony, pictured as she was rescued by the RSPCA after being abandoned in a fieldCredit:RSPCA 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. read more

12 distinctly Irish Christmas decoration methods

first_img Source: Upupa4meHang a string between any two nails you can find and pop all your Christmas cards on it.This will ensure that your neighbours know exactly how popular you are.Bring the outside, inside Source: nannetteturnerTake clippings from literally any hedge or bush in the back garden and place them liberally around the house.No one will notice that it’s not holly, it’s the greenery that matters.Hang some mistletoe from a doorway Source: rachelandrewThis will create a great opportunity for you to have a ‘bit of craic’ with any young visitors you have over the festive season.Teenagers love jokes about kissing.Make your kitchen table a Christmas table for the duration Source: purplespaceA length of wipable cloth from your local habadasher with some festive holly or Christmas trees on it should suffice!Place a crib on the mantelpiece Source: besidesThis should be the real focus of your household at Christmas.Worry not if figurines are missing or dismembered.  It’s natural that love and wear and tear should lead to certain figurines’ demise.Hang paper chains from the ceiling of all living spaces Source: Travis Nicholson!They’re a joy to make and add a certain je ne sais quoi to any and every room.Worry not if they fall down intermittently over the course of the season, hanging them back up is half the fun!Remember, home made decorations are the best decorations Source: alalsacienneCarefully hold on to any decorations made by the children and ignore their pleas for you to get rid of them.This is how they know you love them. Happy Christmas one and all!11 distinctly Irish cooking methods from your youth>WATCH: The Irish Christmas song dedicated to emigrants> AS THE TOY Show airs tonight, you may find yourself looking around your abode, and finding that it’s time to decorate the place for Christmas.We know that decorating does not always come easy, and so we are here to help with some tips for how you can decorate, the traditional Irish way.Erect a tree in your sitting room Source: CocteauBoy(Preferably near a window for the neighbours to see)Worry not if the tree is a little unsteady.  Simply find a bit of cord and tie the centre of the tree to the nearest radiator for stability.Use tinsel liberally Source: LadyDragonflyCC – );The condition of said tinsel is not relevant as long as it still has a bit of shine.Drape it around the tree, on picture frames, around the bannisters or even around the neck of the residents of the house.Avoid a theme Source: ImgurThe tree should be adorned with any and all Christmas ornaments you can lay your hands on.They should represent the full range of colour, shape and size, and ensure that there is very little actual tree on display.Be careful not to over-coordinate, otherwise rumours may start that your household has ‘notions’.Strings of lights add atmosphere to a decorated room Source: radioeditSling them around the aforementioned tree with abandon.Once the tree is fully decorated, test them to see if they work.  This adds a certain element of surprise the the whole process.Find any and all red and green material in the house and spread it throughout Source: *Sally M*Have a scrap of red felt leftover from a Halloween costume?  Simply drape it over a chair for added festive feeling.Play your cards rightlast_img read more

191 people killed in Oct BHRC

first_imgSome 191 people were killed in various incidents across the country in October, according to Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC).Of them, two were killed for dowry while 21 in family feuds, 41 in social violence and six people in political violence, according to a report prepared by BHRC, a non-government rights organisation based on information gathered from different districts, upazilas and municipalities as well as national dailies.Besides, 12 people were killed in the ‘hands of law enforcement agencies’, two were killed by Indian Border Security Force (BSF), five due to negligence of physicians, seven after abduction, nine in disappearing cases, 84 under mysterious circumstances and two after rape, the report said.Expressing concern over the killings, the BHRC in a statement urged law enforcement agencies and other government offices concerned to perform their duties with more responsibility.It also urged the government and the law enforcement agencies to take effective measures to end torture on children as well as killings.last_img read more

Suu Kyi faces mounting world anger over Rohingya

first_imgMyanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to the nation over Rakhine and Rohingya situation, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar 19 September. Photo: AFPAung San Suu Kyi faced mounting criticism Tuesday over what some world leaders are now calling the “ethnic cleansing” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, despite her plea for patience from the international community.The head of Myanmar’s civilian administration pledged to hold rights violators to account over the crisis in Rakhine state, but refused to blame Myanmar’s powerful military for the attacks that have driven 421,000 Muslim Rohingya out of her mainly Buddhist country.But her speech, delivered in English and clearly aimed at deflecting international anger as world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, failed to quell international anger at reports that the Rohingya are being burned out of their homes.“The military operation must stop, humanitarian access must be guaranteed and the rule of law restored in the face of what we know is ethnic cleansing,” French President Emmanuel Macron told world leaders gathered for the week of high-level diplomacy.The United States has been careful not to blame Myanmar’s civilian leadership for the attacks because the country’s military retains control of security operations in troubled areas like northern Rakhine, but Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was moved to call Suu Kyi.While Tillerson welcomed the pledge to crack down on abuses, he also urged both the government and the military “to address deeply troubling allegations of human rights abuses and violations” during the telephone conversation, his spokeswoman said.Macron and Tillerson’s concerns echoed those of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who issued a blunt demand that Myanmar halt military operations and of Britain, which suspended training courses for the Myanmar military in light of the violence in Rakhine.“The authorities in Myanmar must end the military operations and allow unhindered humanitarian access,” Guterres told the General Assembly.“They must also address the grievances of the Rohingya, whose status has been left unresolved for far too long.”Amnesty International joined the outcry, saying Suu Kyi was “burying her head in the sand” over documented army abuses and claims of rape, murder and the systematic clearing of scores of villages.And in New York, there was pressure from leaders like Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, who compared the crisis to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia and the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.“If this tragedy in Myanmar is not stopped, the history of humanity will face the embarrassment of another dark stain,” Erdogan said, calling for the Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh to be allowed to return to the homes in which they “have lived for centuries.”In her long-anticipated speech, Suu Kyi—a former political prisoner and Nobel Peace laureate who won international acclaim for her role in campaigning for a return to elected rule in Myanmar—failed to offer any concrete way out of the crisis.Supporters and observers say the 72-year-old lacks the authority to rein in the military, which ran the country for 50 years and only recently ceded limited powers to her civilian government.Myanmar’s army acts without civilian oversight and makes all security decisions, including its notorious scorched earth counterinsurgency operations.Repatriation pledgeCommunal violence has torn through Rakhine state since Rohingya militants staged deadly attacks on police posts on August 25.An army-led fightback has left scores dead and sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing into Bangladesh.In her 30-minute speech, Suu Kyi reached out to critics who have condemned her failure to speak up for the stateless Rohingya and promised to repatriate refugees in accordance with a “verification” process agreed with Bangladesh in the early 1990s.“Those who have been verified as refugees from this country will be accepted without any problems,” she added.In less than a month, just under half of Rakhine’s million-strong Rohingya minority has poured into Bangladesh, where they languish in overcrowded refugee camps.It was not immediately clear how many would qualify to return.But their claims to live in Myanmar are at the heart of a toxic debate about the group, who are denied citizenship by the state and considered to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge “is new and significant,” said Richard Horsey, an independent analyst based in Myanmar, explaining it could allow for the return of those who can prove residence in Myanmar—rather than citizenship.But in the monsoon-soaked shanties in Bangladesh, there was anguish among refugees over how they would meet any requirements.“We don’t have any papers,” said 55-year-old Abdur Razzak.“If the government is honestly speaking to resolve our crisis, then we are ready to go back now,” he added. “Nobody wants to live in such squalid conditions as a refugee.”No more violence?Suu Kyi insisted army “clearance operations” finished on September 5.But AFP reporters have seen homes on fire in the days since then, while multiple testimonies from refugees arriving in Bangladesh suggest such operations have continued.Without blaming any group, Suu Kyi promised to punish anyone found guilty of abuses “regardless of their religion, race or political position.”And she insisted Rakhine was not a state in flames, saying: “More than 50 percent of the villages of Muslims are intact.”Around 170 Rohingya villages have been razed, the government admits. Rights groups say satellite evidence shows the damage is more widespread.While stories of weary and hungry Rohingya have dominated global headlines, there is little sympathy for them among Myanmar’s Buddhist majority.Around 30,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also been displaced—apparent targets of August 25 attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army.Loathing for the Rohingya has brought the public, including pro-democracy activists, into an unlikely alignment with an army that once had them under its heel.Suu Kyi’s speech was warmly welcomed in Myanmar, even though no Burmese subtitles were provided.“She told the real situation to the world on behalf of Myanmar people,” Yu Chan Myae told AFP.last_img read more

HC asks ROs to accept nomination of 3 candidates

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Thursday ordered the returning officers of the constituencies concerned to scrutinise the nomination papers of three candidates after accepting those, reports UNB.They are Gano Forum candidates M D Azharul Islam of Kishoreganj-1 constituency, M Shafiur Rahman Khan Bacchu of Kishoreganj-2 constituency and independent candidate Sadakat Khan Fakkur of Dhaka-16 constituency.The HC bench led by justice Tariq Ul Hakim and justice Md Shohrowardi asked the officials concerned to abide by the order within 12 hours.The candidates filed separate writs with the HC as the returning officers did not accept their nomination papers on 28 November.Lawyers Motahar Hossain and Raju Uddin Sarwar stood for two Gano Fourm candidates while lawyer Imran A Siddiq for Fakkur.last_img read more