Article 15 screening resumes in Kanpur

first_imgThe screening of Bollywood film Article 15, which was stopped by fringe groups here on Friday, have resumed, police said on Sunday. The screening of the movie, which is based on the Badaun gang-rape incident in Uttar Pradesh and deals with caste discrimination, has started from Saturday at cinema halls and multiplexes, said Superintendent of Police (West), Sanjiv Suman. Exhibitors had suspended the screening of the Ayushman Khurrana starrer after Brahmin bodies protested outside theatres, raised slogans against the actors and the producer, and tore off film posters, the police had said. Adequate securityDirectives have been issued to provide adequate police force at every theatre to ensure the peaceful screening of the film, Circle Officer (Babu Purwa) Manoj Gupta said. However, the screening of the film was put on hold at the Sapna cinema hall at Mall Road. District police chief Anant Deo has asked his subordinates to take strict action if anyone try to disrupt the screening of the film. The general secretary of the Akhil Bhartiya Brahmin Ekta Parishad, Hari Tripathi, claimed that the makers of the film had portrayed the community as a “cruel and an aggressive group who oppresses the Dalit community”.last_img read more

Niti Aayog chalks up plan to secure 50 medals in 2024 Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Governments think-tank Niti Aayog has devised a short-term and medium-to-long term action plan to help India achieve 50 medals in 2024 summer Olympics. The premier policy-making body said it is “disappointing” that the worlds second-most populous country with world-class talent in various disciplines has not been able to produce champions in sports. In its action plan for “revitalising sports in India”, Niti Aayog said India still does not have a conducive environment for sports to polish the talent of Indian sportspersons and make them at par with their global counterparts. “Efforts need to be undertaken at each level, from family and communities to schools, regional academies, states and national level. These efforts need to be aimed at radically increasing the level of sporting activities, filling the gaps in the system and monitoring for lags,” it said. Such efforts should help in overcoming existing societal barrier towards sports that can be summarised in the popular phrase, “Kheloge kudoge to honge kharab, padhoge likhoge to banoge nawab”, it added. The short-term vision (4-8 years) envisages targeting a group of priority sports, organising sportspersons into three groups for each priority sport, harnessing the potential of indigenous and regional sports, selecting world-class coaches as well as a grading system for coaches. It will also focus on a sports injury insurance scheme, strengthening and scaling up of existing SAI training centres, facilitating creation of sports academies for individual sports, creating a digital database for sports, implementing national sports code and sports Bill and promoting revenue generating methods for team leagues of priority sports. While the medium to long term vision (8-15 years) will focus on identifying talent at a young age, having sports curriculum in schools, a dedicated training programme for coaches, encouraging development of sports infrastructure through private or PPP mode and developing a health and psychological support division. Stress in the medium to long term will also be on the consistent funding of contracts, hosting international events in priority sports as well as promoting a culture of sports in the country. On funding of sportspersons, Niti Aayog said it has been observed that various sportspersons and/or sports academies receive erratic funding from one year to another. To overcome this and provide constant support, it is recommended by the Aayog that after each Olympics, a fixed 4-year contract is signed between SAI (Sports Authority of India) and sportspersons from Group A sportspersons, keeping in mind the funding required by them up to the next Olympics and other international events in between. For Group B and C also, the budgets for the next 4 years should be fixed, with consistent funding allocation for each year. Funding data for all the groups should be publicly made available as soon as it gets finalised, it suggested. PTI RNK ARDadvertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes father to twins

first_imgReal Madrid C.F. star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father for the second time with the birth of twins with a surrogate mother.According to reports, the babies – a girl and a boy named Eva and Mateo respectively – were born on June 8, nearly seven years after Ronaldo’s eldest son Cristiano Jr arrived.The Portugal star has, however, not yet officially confirmed the news. It was reported in March that he was expecting twins very soon.The now six-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo Jr’s birth announcement was made in July 2010 on the Madrid stars official social media channels, taking the world by surprise.”Cristiano and his family can’t wait to meet the new members of their clan,” the Mirror quoted a source as saying.”He likes to keep a tight lid on his private life but has told loved ones and close friends the baby boys are due to arrive very soon,” he added.The 32-year-old striker has been dating Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez since last year.last_img read more

30 years ago on this day, India’s Chetan Sharma takes historic hat-trick

first_imgMuch before Kuldeep Yadav spun a magical web around Australia at the Eden Gardens to claim a hat-trick, Chetan Sharma had become the first Indian bowler to snare a hat-trick in one-day internationals.Sharma had become the first to achieve the feat in a World Cup. In a match against New Zealand in Nagpur, Sharma removed Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield as the Black Caps collapsed to 182/8 from a reasonably well-placed position.New Zealand eventually managed only 221/9 off their 50 overs. India got home with plenty to spare thanks to aggressive knocks from openers Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Sunil Gavaskar, who smashed a hundred.India, the then defending champions, reached the semi-finals before losing to Australia.A few years later, in January 1991, Kapil Dev became the second Indian to take a hat-trick during the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens.Kuldeep, the talented left-arm chinaman bowler, returned to the same iconic venue after 26 years to become the third Indian to take a hat-trick.Kuldeep, bowling his eighth over, dismissed Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins off successive deliveries in the 33rd over of the Australian innings to derail their chase of 253 in the second ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.last_img read more

Queens Council Appointments Announced

first_img Anthony Ross, Oakville, Ont. Alan Ferrier, Bridgewater John Khattar, Sydney Robert Carruthers, Shubenacadie Julia Cornish, Dartmouth Gordon Forsyth, Halifax Robert Dickson, Truro Shirley Lee, Halifax Carole Gillies, Antigonish Yvonne LaHaye, Halifax Stanley MacDonald, Halifax John Traves, Halifax Darlene Jamieson, Halifax Frank Hoskins, Halifax Peter MacKay, MP, New Glasgow Recommendations for Q.C. appointments are made to cabinet by an 11-member advisory committee. Criteria include a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstrated professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law. Justice Minister Murray Scott announced today, Dec. 21, the 15 recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation. “This important designation recognizes the accomplishments and leadership of these exemplary professionals,” said Mr. Scott. “I am pleased to acknowledge their achievements in the legal profession, and tremendous personal contributions to their communities.” The appointees are:last_img read more

USTR puts India on Priority Watch List alleges IP rights violations

first_imgWashington DC: The US on Thursday placed India on its ‘Priority Watch List’ alleging lack of “sufficient measurable improvements” to its Intellectual Property (IP) framework on long-standing and new challenges that have negatively affected American right holders over the past year. “Over the past year, India took steps to address intellectual property challenges and promote IP protection and enforcement. However, many of the actions have not yet translated into concrete benefits for innovators and creators, and long-standing deficiencies persist. India remains one of the world’s most challenging major economies with respect to protection and enforcement of IP,” an official US report said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe US Trade Representatives (USTR) in its report identified 11 countries, including India, in its ‘Priority Watch List’. China, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela are among others. It has also placed 25 countries, including Pakistan and Turkey, on the Watch List. In the report, the US said that these countries will be the subject of increased bilateral engagement with the USTR to address IP concerns. Specifically, over the coming weeks, the USTR will review the developments against the benchmarks established in the Special 301 action plans for countries that have been on the ‘Priority Watch List’ for multiple years. For such countries that fail to address US’ concerns, the USTR will take appropriate actions, such as enforcement actions under Section 301 of the Trade Act or pursuant to World Trade Organisation or other trade agreement dispute settlement procedures, necessary to combat unfair trade practices and to ensure that trading partners follow through with their international commitments, it said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn its India section of the report, the USTR said that long-standing IP challenges facing US businesses in India include those which make it difficult for innovators to receive and maintain patents in that country, particularly for pharmaceuticals, insufficient enforcement actions, copyright policies that do not properly incentivise the creation and commercialisation of content, and an outdated and insufficient trade secrets legal framework. In addition to these long-standing concerns, India also further restricted the transparency of information provided on state-issued pharmaceutical manufacturing licenses, and expanded the application of patentability exceptions to reject pharmaceutical patents, it alleged. India also missed an opportunity to establish an effective system for protecting against the unfair commercial use, as well as the unauthorised disclosure, of undisclosed test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval for certain agricultural chemical products, the report alleged. According to the USTR, last year it engaged with India to secure meaningful IP reforms on long-standing issues, including patentability criteria, criteria for compulsory licensing, and protection against unfair commercial use, as well as unauthorised disclosure, of test or other data generated to obtain marketing approval for pharmaceutical products. In a warning to India and various other countries, the USTR said that to maintain the integrity and predictability of IP systems, governments should use compulsory licenses only in extremely limited circumstances and after making every effort to obtain authorisation from the patent owner on reasonable commercial terms and conditions. “Such licenses should not be used as a tool to implement industrial policy, including providing advantages to domestic companies, or as undue leverage in pricing negotiations between governments and right holders,” it said. As such, it is also critical that foreign governments ensure transparency and due process in any actions related to compulsory licenses, it said. The US will continue to monitor developments and to engage, as appropriate, with trading partners, including India, the report said. In India, rulings by government agencies are attempting to extend the scope of mandatory collective management of rights and statutory license fees for certain types of digital music services, it said. Also, the collection and distribution of royalties to US and other right holders should be carried out on a national treatment basis, it added. At the same time, the report also notes some of the best practices by India in the IP sector last year. For instance, India’s Cell for Intellectual Property Rights Promotion and Management (CIPAM) organises and spearheads the government’s efforts to simplify and streamline IP processes, increase IP awareness, promote commercialization, and enhance enforcement.last_img read more

Royal Air Maroc and Pilot Union Reach Agreement to End Strike

Rabat- RAM has reached an agreement with the AMPL union, ending a four-week pilot strike that caused 150 flight delays and cancellations.No cancellations of RAM flights were announced on Wednesday. Royal Air Maroc and AMPL announced Tuesday night, August 14, that they reached an agreement to end their dispute, and are ready to rekindle their trust.RAM pilots started a strike on July 18, asking for better working conditions and a salary raise of MAD 15,000 per month. Since the start of the protest, RAM reportedly lost approximately MAD 20 million daily due to the 150 delayed and canceled flights, triggering the fury of passengers and putting RAM in danger of bankruptcy, according to L’Economiste.An AMPL representative told Moroccan news outlet Medias 24 on July 31 that pilots would not settle for any proposal by RAM that did not satisfy their requests.Although it is not certain yet whether RAM decided to increase the salaries of its pilots, both the company and the union pledged to work together to improve flight service.RAM and AMPL said that they are fully aware of the economic and social issues the country is dealing with and the pivotal role that tourism plays in the progress of the Moroccan economy. Fortunately for RAM, it was able to solve the crisis before the end of August, the most profitable month in summer. The agreement will allow RAM to serve some of Morocco’s 32,000 Hajj pilgrims returning from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after Eid al-Adha. read more

Homeless shelter looming IPOs have San Francisco on edge

San Francisco’s renowned waterfront hosts joggers, admiring tourists and towering condos with impressive views. It could also become the site of a new homeless shelter for up to 200 people.Angry residents have packed public meetings, jeering at city officials and even shouting down Mayor London Breed over the proposal. They say they were blindsided and argue billionaire Twitter executive Jack Dorsey and other tech executives who support the idea should lobby city officials to build a shelter by their homes.The waterfront uproar is among recent examples of strife in an expensive city that is both overwhelmed by tech wealth and passionate about social justice. San Francisco companies Pinterest and Lyft recently went public, and Uber and Slack are coming soon, driving fears that newly minted millionaires will snap up the few family homes left for under $2 million.City Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer fought tears at a testy hearing over a housing density development bill, inviting her critics to visit poor seniors in her district who eat cat food for dinner. Opponents of the bill stood and turned their backs on Supervisor Vallie Brown, who vigorously defended the legislation.And as the city continues to grapple with a housing shortage, the entire Board of Supervisors was roasted on social media this month for rejecting a 63-unit housing project because it would cast shadows over a nearby park in an area with little green space.“We’re definitely at the boiling point, whether it’s the housing crisis, whether it’s quality of life, which is exacerbated by the worst traffic congestion in America, or the affordability crisis,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin.A March New York Times story about the upcoming IPOs set off frenzied activity among potential homebuyers and a call from City Hall for a hearing on how all that new wealth will affect gentrification and city revenue.Realtor John Townsend had the article on hand as he showed a 1,500-square-foot (139-square-meter) three-bedroom, one-bath condo listed at $1.15 million. He said he had double the traffic the weekend after ride-hailing company Lyft went public in March. The condo, which needed updates, sold above asking price.“You’re going to have a period of incredible demand not just from tech, by any means, but by (interest) rates being lowered in the last week,” Townsend said. “The real problem is we can’t even remotely meet demand.”The market for single-family houses under $2 million is going nuts, especially in neighbourhoods attractive to millennials and young families, said Realtor Monica Sagullo.The IPOs are “in the back of people’s minds, and the people who have to buy are the ones who are going for it — the families that need houses, the double-incomes,” she said.A family of four earning $117,400 a year is considered low-income in San Francisco, where the median sale price of a two-bedroom is $1.3 million. Yet every night, the city of 885,000 also has about 4,400 people sleeping unsheltered, in alleys and doorways and tucked away in Golden Gate Park.San Francisco opened its first homeless “navigation centre” in 2015 and currently operates six throughout the city. Unlike traditional shelters, the centres allow people to bring pets and don’t kick them out in the morning.The proposed navigation centre in the Embarcadero is a critical part of the mayor’s campaign pledge to open 1,000 new shelter beds by the end of 2020. It would sit in a parking lot owned by the Port of San Francisco.Commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to lease the land to the city.After Breed’s plan was announced, opponents started a GoFundMe campaign to fight it, called “Safe Embarcadero for All.” Shelter supporters quickly called out the campaign on social media, and a sometimes-nasty battle ensued. The campaign against the shelter has raised $100,000, while the campaign for it, called “SAFER Embarcadero for ALL,” is at $175,000, including $25,000 from Twitter’s Dorsey and $10,000 each from Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and Twilio chief executive Jeff Lawson.The high-rises surrounding the lot are pricey. A three-bed, three-bath in The Brannan condo towers sold for nearly $2.5 million in February; the monthly dues are $1,200. In the nearby Watermark building, which has a rooftop pool, a two-bed, two-bath condo sold for more than $1.3 million in October — also with monthly dues above $1,000.“It’s very hard for people who are not on the very high end of things, in terms of wealth, to feel like they can even make it in San Francisco, or own or commit over the long term to be here, and that creates a lot of anxiety,” said Supervisor Matt Haney, who represents the district and supports the shelter plan.Haney, who rents a studio in the dilapidated Tenderloin neighbourhood, has introduced legislation requiring each of San Francisco’s 11 districts to make space for a homeless shelter.Plenty of supporters of the waterfront proposal, including those who live in the neighbourhood, say the shelters are safe and opponents are being heartless. But opponents say a shelter is inappropriate in a neighbourhood filled with tourists and children, and not many homeless. They worry about crime and property values and want to know why the navigation centres are not evenly distributed around San Francisco.“Other people in the city casting us as wealthy people who don’t like to see the homeless population, it’s not true at all,” said Wallace Lee, a stay-at-home dad who is leading the opposition.Stacey Reynolds-Peterson has rented a two-bedroom, below-market unit in a building near the proposed shelter since 1991, when the area was full of grim warehouses. Retired because of disability, she puts most of her income toward the $2,700 monthly rent, and is considering moving north because she can’t afford San Francisco.“We have homeless people. I see them every day, and they’re nice people, but this is going to attract more,” she said. “I used to love the city and be proud of the city. Now I’m not anymore. It’s dirty, and it’s ugly.”Janie Har, The Associated Press read more

Intimidation of media human rights groups in Egypt outrageous Ban says

3 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for an immediate end to “the intimidation and restrictions on the international media and human rights groups” in Egypt’s current turmoil, dubbing it “outrageous.” Talking to reporters after meeting with German President Christian Wulff in Berlin, he said the two “share particular concern” at the intimidation and restrictions. “Let me be absolutely clear. This is outrageous and totally unacceptable. It must stop now,” he said. “Respecting freedom of expression and assembly as well as information is a crucial and essential part of democratic values. I once again strongly urge the Egyptian authorities to listen to the voices of the people and immediately start real change.”He added that the United Nations stands ready to help the Egyptian authorities and people in whatever way it can when they begin their transition and changes, including elections.Asked about calls from world leaders for President Hosni Mubarak to step down now, in line with the demands of hundreds of thousands of Egyptian protesters, Mr. Ban declined to comment on any individual leader’s position.“But we have seen that there were many world leaders who have been expressing their concerns and very genuine advice, sincere advice, to the Egyptian authorities to make the necessary reforms reflecting the genuine wishes and concerns expressed so far by the people,” he said.At an earlier news conference in London today, he pledged United Nations support for the “bold reforms” needed to meet the people’s aspirations in the Middle East.Mr. Ban, who has already called for a speedy transition in Egypt, where hundreds of thousands of demonstrators have been demanding the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak for more than a week, reiterated his call to all sides to exercise restraint in the current turmoil.“We should not underestimate the danger of instability across the Middle East,” he said in London. “The United Nations stands ready to support the bold reforms that are needed to meet the people’s aspirations.”He stressed that freedom of speech of peaceful demonstrators or journalists should be fully protected as “a ground principle of democracy,” adding: “And the government should listen very attentively to the wishes of people. This is the beginning point.”He reiterated his call that a peaceful transition should begin now. Mr. Mubarak on Tuesday announced that he intended to serve out the remainder of his term but would not seek re-election in September.The protests “reflect the great frustration of the Egyptian people about the lack of change over the past few decades. This discontent calls for bold reforms, not repression,” Mr. Ban said. “I am concerned about the growing violence. I have urged all sides to exercise restraint. Violent attacks against peaceful protestors are completely unacceptable.”The Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), Juan Somavia, has joined Mr. Ban in calling on the leaders of Egypt to “listen attentively and sincerely to the voices of the people,” and on “their responsibility, first of all, to provide decent jobs and good opportunities to maintain a decent living.”For many years, the ILO has been pointing to the lack of decent work in Egypt and other countries in the region, where the rates of unemployment, underemployment and informal work remain among the highest in the world.“The failure to address this situation effectively, with all of its consequences for poverty and unbalanced development, together with limitations on basic freedoms, has triggered this historic outpouring of popular demands,” Mr. Somavia said in a statement from his headquarters in Geneva.He welcomed the establishment in the last days and independent trade union calling for jobs, a living minimum wage, social protection, and freedom of association. “Theirs must be foremost among the voices that must now be heard,” he added. read more

CSE records strong gains in first half of 2017

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has recorded a noteworthy turnaround in the first half of 2017, having started the year on the back of a slow-moving 2016.The Benchmark All Share Price Index (ASPI) has made consistent gains to record an 8.23% gain year-to-date, and as of 17th July stands at 6,741.07. The S&P SL 20 index, which features the CSE’s 20 largest and most liquid stocks has also improved consistently, making a 11.03% gain in 2017 (year-to-date) and closing at 3,882.14 points as of 17th July. The growth of the indices in 2017 reflects a reversal of the declining trend from a 9.66% and 5.54% decline in the Benchmark ASPI index in 2016 and 2015 respectively. The market in 2017 has garnered a keen interest among foreign investors, with net foreign inflows for 24 consecutive weeks recorded from the first week of February onwards. In another remarkable development, the foreign purchases figure recorded for the first half of 2016 (January – June) amounting to Rs. 31.5 Billion has doubled during the first half of 2017 to Rs. 62.6 Billion – an all-time high for foreign purchases in the first half of a calendar year. 2017 so far, has marked a net foreign inflow of Rs. 23 Billion, an improvement compared to previous years, which recorded an inflow of Rs. 383.5 Million in 2016 and an outflow of Rs. 5.3 Billion in 2015. The year 2012 holds the record for the highest ever net foreign inflow recorded in a calendar year, where net foreign inflows of Rs. 23.2 Billion after the first six months went on to improve to a record Rs. 38.6 Billion by the end of 2012.The Central Bank of Sri Lanka, in a recent release on the external sector performance has acknowledged that the financial account of the Balance of Payments was supported by continued foreign inflows to the CSE and the government securities market in April 2017. Overall trading activity has also improved in 2017, with the Daily Average Turnover recorded for 2017 (year-to-date) marking an improvement to Rs. 911 Million from Rs.737 Million in 2016. Foreign investor contribution to total turnover in 2017 stands at 47%, an improvement in comparison with 42% in 2016 and 34% in 2015 and having crossed the 50% mark for the first time since 2008 in April this year. An attractive market valuation (P/E) compared to regional peers, growing corporate earnings among listed entities and a strong performance of the ASPI compared to leading indices are defining factors in attracting foreign investments to the Sri Lankan capital market.Commenting on the development, CSE CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike stated “Growth in foreign activity is certainly encouraging and goes on to indicate that foreign investors have identified an opportunity in the Sri Lankan stock market. Such interest is an expression of confidence in the future potential and growth of our market and makes a strong case for improved involvement among local institutional and retail investors.” (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN receives responses on Cyprus initiative from both parties

Those responses were received by the end of the day on Thursday, according to UN spokesman Fred Eckhard.Earlier today in Nicosia, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Alvaro de Soto, met separately with the Greek Cypriot leader, Glafcos Clerides, and with Ergun Olgen, the political advisor of Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash.Speaking to reporters, Mr. de Soto said, “We are entering a new and intensive phase of talks and consultations.” He added that during this phase he would not be talking to the media and would ask both leaders to do the same.

CP NewsAlert Ottawa makes preparations to legislate end to CP Rail strike

OTTAWA – Federal Labour Minister Labour Lisa Raitt says government making preparations to table back-to-work legislation to end strike at Canadian Pacific Rail , but urges both sides to keep talking to come to agreement. by The Canadian Press Posted May 23, 2012 10:20 am MDT CP NewsAlert: Ottawa makes preparations to legislate end to CP Rail strike AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

UN human rights office concerned about Qatari poet sentenced to life in

“We are concerned by the fairness of his trial, including the right to counsel,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cécile Pouilly, told reporters in Geneva. On 29 November, a Qatari court ruled that Mr. al Ajami, who is also known as Ibn al Dheeb, insulted the nation’s symbols and encouraged the overthrow of its ruling system, according to OHCHR. There have also been reports that Mr. al Ajami has spent many months in solitary confinement and remains there despite a court order to place him under normal conditions. “The trial has been marred by a number of procedural irregularities and several of the sessions were held in camera. The initial statement of the defendant was allegedly tampered with to wrongly incriminate him for reciting his poem in public,” Ms. Pouilly said. She noted that the second appeal for the poet’s sentencing is scheduled for 27 January, and that OHCHR would continue to monitor the situation closely. read more

Oxford to offer highest number of places to stateeducated pupils for the

Dr Khan said the upturn in state school entries showed its efforts to increase applications from under-represented groups were “bearing fruit”. Oxford has offered 59.2 per cent of places to state school pupils this year, though the final figure for acceptances has yet to be confirmed, the BBC reported.This compares with 55.6 per cent last year, 51.4 per cent in 2005 and 48.1 per cent in 1995. Parliamentary figures show that in 1961 just a third of entrants were from state schools. ‘Intense political pressure on elite universities’ The revelations followed intense political pressure on elite universities to increase their uptake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, led calls for Oxford University, which he attended, to take more ethnic minority students as figures revealed Oxford had only taken 27 black undergraduates in 2014.Earlier this year it emerged University College was to increase offers by 10 per cent solely for minority students in efforts to widen access. More pupils from state schools will be among the intake at Oxford University this autumn than any time in the last 40 years. Six in 10 places at the university will come from a state-educated background, up almost 10 per cent on just over a decade ago. The record numbers followed calls for leading universities to accept pupils from a wider range of backgrounds.Dr Samina Khan, head of undergraduate admissions at Oxford, said they took responsibilities of diversity “incredibly seriously”. Last year its colleges worked with 3,400 schools on around 3,000 “outreach” projects. Professor Les Ebdon, director of fair access to higher education, welcomed the new data as “good news”. He said efforts to widen access at Oxford University were “a result of the long-term, sustained outreach work that [Oxford] have been doing to attract more applications from disadvantaged students”.But Prof Ebdon said British society was less socially mobile than four decades ago.He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: “One of the puzzles is how can we restore the mobility, and there are theories about that.”’Commitment to diversifying Oxford’Dr Kahn at Oxford University said: ‘We take our commitment to diversifying Oxford incredibly seriously – our work in recent years especially through initiatives like our UNIQ summer school for state school students has been about targeting the students and schools that are most under-represented at Oxford.“These figures, along with our continuing progress towards our access agreement targets for disadvantaged groups of students, are a positive indication that all our work is bearing fruit. That we are seeing progress during a time of potentially destabilising changes to university fees, school curriculum and qualifications is all the more encouraging.” 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

Tracing The Blood Line Heres what happens to your blood after you

first_imgScientists testing for bacteria in the blood samples.Special blood groupsOn the walls of many of the labs there are screens with people’s names on them and what hospital they are in. Doyle explained that some patients need specialised blood, due to different anti-bodies in their bloods.Often these patients get regular blood transfusions.“We work off this screen to see what patient needs blood. These people in this particular lab will look after these patients alone, screening blood to find a match that would be suitable. Some cases are severe where only one in every thousand sample would be okay to give a patient and while it looks like a lot of resources to source one blood group for just a handful of patients in Ireland, if this wasn’t done then these patients would die,” he said.So how is the blood processed? You wouldn’t want to be queezy about blood walking around these labs, with boxes full of blood everywhere, hanging off devices and being spun around in machines.White cells are removed from the blood, seen here:Blood is spun around in large centrifuges. MOST PEOPLE THAT give blood walk away never really thinking about what happens next.There is a whole team of people working in the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) based on the St Jame’s Hospital campus that are tasked with testing and processing blood donations from all over the country.They can work around the clock, weekends and bank holidays as the demand for blood never ceases.When blood is donated it is processed and separated in the lab the next day.The facility, for obvious reasons must be kept extremely clean, with Barry Doyle, the Senior Medical Scientist with the IBTS explaining that the air conditioning is filtered to ensure it’s all clean air, as well as test petri dishes left around the facility to detect any harmful bugs that could grow.It is also the reason why I had to wear this:(Please give me credit for including this photo!)Doyle explained that there are two types of people that need blood – patients who are actively bleeding, for example from a major trauma and patients who do not produce sufficient or functional blood cells, like that of cancer patients.Blood separationThe labs go through a number of stages with the blood, but they use all of it for different things.Red cells are used for patients who may need a red cell transfusion if they are anaemic, while platelets, which are found in the blood are used on cancer patients as they cannot make their own.Plasma is also used for clotting factors and is used to control bleeding.Different patients need different blood components depending on their condition.Every time someone donates blood samples are taken from every single blood donation for testing. They are tested for the donor’s blood group as well as for any viruses and bacteria.The day that I visited the lab  there were 700 donations the day before.DiseasesAt around 6am, testing begins on bloods for HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HTLV, West Nile disease and Syphilis. Donations also get screened for bacteria.“There is a high turnover as bloods have to be tested within a couple of hours,” said Doyle.A relatively unknown fact is that a sample of every donation ever given is stored away – forever. Doyle said that a sample of every donation given is sent to a large storage facility in the UK, where it is kept indefinitely.This is for traceability, explained Doyle, who said that if a person who has donated in the past, is tested positive for a disease, such as Hepatitis, then each and every sample of every donation that person has ever given has to be checked, to ensure that the person was infected after those donations.“It’s all about tractability,” said Doyle, “we need to ensure patient safety at all times”.One of the questions on the questionnaire is about whether the donor knows they have HIV and are just donating to be tested.Doyle said that every sample is tested for HIV, but since 2008 there have only been a handful of donors that have had to be contacted to inform them that their sample was HIV positive, he said. Red cells which are heavy sink to the bottom and plasma, the yellowish liquid stay at the top.Platelets settle in the middle. Each component is then physically separated from each other using a blood separator.Doyle said that everyone really has a different looking plasma, referencing to the saying, “you are what you eat” can really be seen here.Holding up different packs of plasma, they range from a light yellow to a darkish brown. You forget that you are looking at stuff that has come out of another persons’ body.Once all the necessary processing of all the components is complete, the blood is stored. Platelets are stored on an agitator that keeps them constantly in motion.While red cells are stored in large fridges at 4 degrees Celsius and can be stored there for 35 days. Here they are ready to be taken to the hospitals when needed.Barry Doyle, who gave me the tour around the labs is well used to being at this end of the blood donation process, but when his son was brought in to hospital and needed a blood transfusion Doyle said he saw the process full circle.He said: “It really is a gift that people are giving, be it to improve a dying person’s quality of life, by giving them platelets that gives them a boost to enjoy their last days, or in emergency situations, like my son. We really can’t underestimate people’s generosity,” he said.If you would like to find out about giving blood visit the Irish Blood Transfusion Service website here.Missed Part One, about what to expect when you donate blood? Click here>>>>>>>>>>last_img read more

Burglars are most likely to come through your front door in the

first_img Short URL Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 8:44 AM 25 Comments 25,667 Views Burglars are most likely to come through your front door in the early evening Gardaí are urging people to ensure that houses look occupied. Oct 25th 2016, 8:44 AM Share322 Tweet Email2 center_img Image: Shutterstock/sdecoret Image: Shutterstock/sdecoret ALMOST ONE THIRD of burglaries happen when burglars come through your front door, according to new figures from An Garda Síochána.The new stats also show that, at this time of year, almost half of burglaries happen between 5pm and 11pm.Gardaí have conducted an analysis of reported burglaries between July 2015 to June 2016 to paint a picture for homeowners and help fight theft.Among the details they looked at, gardaí broke down the most popular entry point for burglars:Front door – 29%Back windows – 24%Front windows – 8%The most common items stolen by burglars are jewellery and cash with an average of €600 taken by burglars during a robbery. Computers, mobile phones, TVs and games consoles are also targeted.Gardaí are also making a specific plea for homeowners to be aware of ‘fishing’ burglaries, where burglars fish car keys through letterboxes.This practice has occurred 163 times in the one year period with 75% of incidents happening in Dublin.The garda figures have been released as part of a new campaign that urges homeowners to be extra vigilant in the dark winter months.Sergeant Kelvin Courtney of the National Crime Prevention Unit points out that burglaries rise at this time of year.“As the days get shorter I would urge homeowners to make sure their home looks occupied,” he said.Use timer switches to turn on lights, lock all doors and windows, store keys away from windows and letterboxes, and use your alarm. Taking these simple steps will lessen a home’s vulnerability, deter burglars and protect homes. Gardaí say that the burglary stats have been collated as part of Operation Thor, the force’s specific effort to fight crime against homeowners.An Garda Síochána says that Operation Thor has resulted in burglaries being down by about 28% in the first half of 2016.Read: Man who hit Sikh shop assistant over the head with meat cleaver avoids jail >Read: British banker ‘tortured woman for three days’ before murder in Hong Kong > By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hommes préhistoriques savaientils faire preuve de compassion

first_imgHommes préhistoriques : savaient-ils faire preuve de compassion ?Royaume-Uni – Publiée dans le journal Time and Mind et dans un livre dont des extraits feront l’objet d’une lecture publique le 19 octobre prochain, l’étude de chercheurs de l’université de York se propose de “tracer” le sentiment de compassion chez les hominidés fossiles.”Première étape d’une nécessaire archéologie préhistorique de la compassion”, comme elle la définit elle-même, l’étude du Dr Penny Spikins, du département d’archéologie de l’université de York (Royaume-Uni) et de ses collègues, cherche à montrer que les pré-humains et les hommes préhistoriques ressentaient la compassion. Pour ce faire, ils proposent un scénario en quatre étapes.À lire aussiLe pharaon Toutânkhamon n’était sans doute pas celui que l’on croitIl y 6 millions d’années, l’ancêtre commun à l’homme et au chimpanzé, par de simples gestes de réconfort par exemple, commence à témoigner de la sollicitude à ses congénères. Puis, il y a 1,8 million d’années, nôtre ancêtre Homo erectus commence à intégrer cette compassion dans un début de pensée rationnelle : en prenant soin des individus malades, en réservant un traitement spécial aux défunts, manifestations du chagrin et du souci d’alléger la peine d’autrui.  En Europe, entre -500.000 et -40.000 ans, les restes d’un enfant atteint d’une anomalie congénitale du cerveau témoignent : loin d’avoir été abandonné, l’enfant a vécu jusqu’à l’âge de 5 ans. Ceux d’un Néandertalien possédant un bras atrophié, un pied déformé et aveugle d’un œil ayant vécu jusqu’à vingt ans témoignent eux de l’attention portée aux individus faibles par leurs congénères. Enfin, chez l’homme anatomiquement moderne, apparu il y a 120.000 ans, la compassion s’étend aux étrangers et aux animaux. L’imagerie médicale utilisée sur des crânes fossilisés pourrait être un outil permettant d’appréhender cette caractéristique pourtant intangible qu’est la compassion. “Les données archéologiques ont encore une histoire à nous raconter” conclut le Dr Spikins.Le 9 octobre 2010 à 19:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Recyclage 35 millions dampoules ont été collectées en 2010

first_imgRecyclage : 35 millions d’ampoules ont été collectées en 2010Le recyclage des ampoules est en pleine progression en France. En 2010, ce sont en effet 3.650 tonnes d’ampoules usagées qui ont été collectées, a annoncé l’éco-organisme Récyclum, ce qui représente une augmentation de 5% par rapport à 2009.A ce jour, Récylum compte quelque 19.000 points de collecte d’ampoules en France, contre 10.000 en 2009, se félicite l’éco-organisme. Et ce sont ainsi 53% des Français qui assuraient l’année dernière  rapporter leurs lampes usagées dans les déchèteries ou les magasins offrant des points de collecte. Anticipant “l’arrivée massive” en fin de vie des lampes fluocompactes, “dont les ventes explosent depuis quatre ans”, Récyclum prévoit d’augmenter encore son réseau de collecte cette année.À lire aussiRecycler du pain pour en faire de la bière, l’ingénieux projet imaginé par des BritanniquesAujourd’hui, un tiers des ampoules usagées est collecté. “Il y a encore du chemin pour que cela devienne un réflexe, comme pour les piles, mais on a beaucoup progressé : en 2006, seuls 3 à 4% des Français avaient ce réflexe pour les lampes et ils sont plus de 50% aujourd’hui”, se réjouit Hervé Grimaud, directeur général de Récylum cité par En outre,la filière recyclage a atteint un taux record de 96% grâce à la récupération du verre et du métal des lampes. Récylum travaille par ailleurs avec le groupe Rhodia pour développer un procédé permettant de recycler les terres rares contenues dans les poudres fluorescentes des lampes à basse consommation. Ce procédé, qui devrait être opérationnel en 2012, pourrait permettre d’atteindre un taux de recyclage de 98 %, estime l’eco-organisme.Le 6 février 2011 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Yankees Got In Trouble Over A Beer Foam Printer

first_imgStay on target Fiber-Based Six-Pack Can Rings Offer Eco-Friendly Alternative to PlasticEven More Kellogg’s Cereal Gets Re-Born as Craft Beer Ever wanted to drink the likeness of one of your favorite (or most reviled) Yankee players? Well, now you can, thanks to Beer Ripples.For those of you who may have missed it, Beer Ripples is a printer that can lay out images and text on top of ordinary beer foam. It uses a malt-based ink to make the magic happen. There’s a companion app that lets you upload whatever creation you want to print.Its makers pitch Beer Ripples as a fun way to generate buzz, especially on social networks. Pictures on beer foam, right? It’s pretty cool stuff!You can now consume @TheJudge44 in beer form. #Yankees— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 27, 2018At a special event the Yankees held for media types this week, they were serving up frosty drafts with likenesses of the fearsome one-two punch of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge (with catcher Gary Sanchez and fireball-throwing Aroldis Chapman thrown in for good measure).That’s a pair of the printed beers up top — the effect would’ve been more impressive if the Yankees had used a beer with a denser, more persistent head. But hey, it’s still pretty cool to see an image printed on a beer.Not everybody was so excited about these particular images. The MLB, for example, was actually a little upset about it. Not Goose Gossage “old man swears at cloud” angry. Maybe more “disappointed” that the Yankees hadn’t reached out.It mostly has to do with the players’ union and marketing. Any time a player’s name or face is used on a product, the MLBPA has to get its slice of the pie. Typically, that means things like hats, shirts, and jerseys… but the rules would probably extend to beers, too.Technically, there might not be anything wrong with selling a beer emblazoned with The Judge. You know, apart from drinking someone’s face. To play by the rules, though, the vendor would have to charge more and give the union its cut.Or the Yankees could just cover the difference. I mean, it’s not like they mind throwing money around… and paying for Beer Ripples prints seems a whole lot smarter than paying $21 million for backup center fielder Jacoby Elsbury…center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more