SAI-Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre inaugurated

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 16 (PTI) The Abhinav Bindra Foundation Trust announced the opening of the SAI-Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance Centre at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence here today.The centre has been designed by former rifle shooter and world and Olympic champion Bindra. The purchase of the equipment deployed in the centre has been funded by the Sports Authority of India through the National Sports Development Fund.The centre was inaugurated by Prakash Padukone and Rahul Dravid, with Paralympic gold medallists Murlikant Petkar and Devendra Jhajharia present as Guests of Honour.The centre will feature advanced equipment from tecnobody, including the first ever deployment of the digital wall in the world. It also houses a pilates studio, EMS training and a cryo-chamber, which enables whole-body cryotherapy, to aid recovery.The facilities will be made available free of cost to designated elite Indian athletes through a partnership with the Sports Authority of India, and will support the various academies at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence and will also be open for public use.Speaking on the occasion, Bindra said, “I am delighted and excited to bring the Targeting Performance Centre to life at the Padukone-Dravid Centre for Sports Excellence in Bengaluru.”This centre, along with those in Chandigarh and New Delhi, are the first hubs of a network of such facilities I would like to deploy across the country. I was fortunate to be able to personally use this equipment and received the support of sports science at all stages on my road to the Olympics.advertisement”Having experienced the benefits of leaving no stone unturned, I wanted to in turn make similar services available to my fellow athletes.”Bindra created history when he became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Bejing Games.”In designing the centre, I have kept in mind the needs of the elite athlete as much as I have those of the general user. I believe that making sports science easily accessible holds a key to our nations sporting future and I am delighted and grateful for the support of the Sports Authority of India in bringing this particular centre to life.”Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sent a message saying, “This is a significant step in the direction of providing world class facilities to our athletes. Abhinav Bindra shares governments priority of providing Suvidha and Samman to the athletes.”I hope this facility is used by the athletes in realising their full potential.”The centre will be fully operational from January 1, 2018 and is expected to attract the cream of the countrys elite athletes for assessments, training and injury rehabilitation.It will also have medical support services such as equipment-aided physiotherapy and rehabilitation programmes for members of the public to use. PTI AH AHlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Saurav Ghosal settles for bronze in record haul in squash for India

first_imgSaurav Ghosal settled for a bronze in the squash men’s singles event after he lost in the semi-finals 12-10 13-11 6-11 5-11 6-11 despite winning the first two sets against Leo Au of Hong Kong China at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Saturday.India’s medal tally now rises to 28 – 6 gold, 5 silver, 17 bronze.This is the third medal after Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Joshana Chinappa’s bronze medals in their respective semi-finals, which is the first time that India would return with three medals in the singles squash event.Asian Games 2018, Day 7: Live UpdatesGhosal, a three-time Asian Games singles medallist, had earlier defeated compatriot Harinder Sandhu 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7) in the quarter-final. Ghoshal hade defeated Mohomed Shamil Mukthar Wakeel of Sri Lanka and Tayyab Aslam of Pakistan in the round 32 and 16 respectively.As for the the Indian women, Dipika lost 0-3 (7-11, 9-11, 6-11) to defending champion and former World No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia, whereas Joshana went down 1-3 (5-11, 10-12, 11-5, 10-12) to another Malaysian Sivasangari Subramaniam.READ – Joshna Chinappa goes down fighting in squash semisThe 26-year old Dipika had beaten Japanese Kobayashi Misaki 3-0 in the quarter-finals, while Joshana beat Hong Kong’s Chan Ho Ling by a similar margin to advance to the last four stage.READ – Dipika Pallikal settles for bronze in squash singlesAt the Asiad, both losing semi-finalists bag a bronze and there is no bronze medal play-off.David has won the Asian Games singles titles four times earlier.advertisement(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Jumanji The Next Level teases chaotic ride to jungle

first_imgLos Angeles: “Jumanji: The Next Level” will take actors Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black back into the jungle for yet another adventurous and chaotic ride. The trailer of the film gives a glimpse of the next level of the game. The sequel picks up where 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” left off. But there is one difference. The twist is that the grandfathers (played by Danny DeVito and Danny Glover) of two original players get transported into the game as Johnson and Hart’s avatars. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography According to the film’s synopsis, in “Jumanji: The Next Level” the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game. The trailer opens with Spencer (played by Alex Wolff) trying to fix the game and accidentally returning to Jumanji. His friends then head to the jungle to save him, and it leads them onto a path of adventure. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The witty dialogues and punches make the trailer fun. “Jumanji: The Next Level” has been directed by Jake Kasdan. Besides DeVito and Glover, rapper-actress Awkwafina has also joined the cast. The film also stars Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman and Morgan Turner. The world of Chris Van Allsburg’s book “Jumanji”, narrating the story of a young boy Alan Parrish getting trapped in a board game, found its way to the silver screen in 1995. Robin Williams was its main lead. The story was back on the big screen in 2017 with a modern twist. In “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, a group of high school students get lost in the jungle after laying their hands on a video game console featuring a version of the game Jumanji.last_img read more

Greater efforts needed to end displacement in northern Uganda says UN expert

Stepped up efforts are needed to ensure that the last of the people uprooted by the long-running conflict between the Government and a notorious group in northern Uganda are able to return to their homes, a United Nations independent expert said today.Wrapping up a week-long visit to the Great Lakes nation, Walter Kaelin, the Secretary-General’s Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), said that he is “impressed” by progress made in tackling the displacement situation in the country’s north, where nearly 80 per cent of the uprooted have returned to their villages.He voiced his appreciation for the Government’s actions in allowing the IDPs to find durable solutions, welcoming progress made in restoring security and freedom of movement in northern Uganda, which has seen two decades of fighting between the Government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).But Mr. Kaelin noted that “serious challenges remain for those remaining in camps to freely opt for return, local integration or settlement elsewhere as provided for by the Ugandan National IDP Policy and to ensure the sustainability of returns or other durable solutions.Also impeding sustainable returns are the lack of water, food, health and education services, as well as land and property disputes, in areas of return, he added.In spite of the Government’s efforts, the Representative said that the low impact of recovery and development activities in the north, especially the setting up of basic services in return areas, threatens stability and the durability of peace.He called on national and local authorities to implement the Peace, Recovery and Developmetn Plan for northern Uganda, calling on the international community to support recovery efforts.“The implementation of recovery projects and support for solving land conflicts would go a long way in restoring economic, social and cultural rights of those who have been deprived of their human rights for so long,” Mr. Kaelin said in a press release issued in the capital, Kampala.Food insecurity is another cause for concern, especially among elderly people and orphans, he noted, urging authorities and their development partners to increase investment in guaranteeing the right to food.Earlier this week, the outgoing UN envoy for the conflict in northern Uganda today stressed the need for a two-pronged strategy of pursuing negotiation as well as military action against the LRA.In his last briefing to the Security Council as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas, Joaquim Chissano spoke about the state of the Juba peace agreements – originally signed in Sudan in February 2008 and set to take effect after the signing of a final overall peace accord – involving the LRA and the Ugandan Government.Countries in the region, such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), have joined forces with Uganda to militarily root out the LRA, following the failure by the group’s leader, Joseph Kony, to sign the final peace pact which would end two decades of fighting.Those operations, which display a new determination by countries to collectively deal with the dangers posed by the LRA, had both uprooted and disrupted the group, Mr. Chissano, the former president of Mozambique, told the 15-member Council in a closed meeting. 17 July 2009Stepped up efforts are needed to ensure that the last of the people uprooted by the long-running conflict between the Government and a notorious group in northern Uganda are able to return to their homes, a United Nations independent expert said today. read more

UN envoy delivers revised Cyprus document to two sides

“With these letters he conveyed a revision of his proposed Basis for Agreement on a Comprehensive Settlement of the Cyprus Problem, which had been conveyed to the two sides on November 11,” a UN spokesman said in a statement released in Nicosia.The document was revised following intensive consultations with the two sides participating in the negotiation, according to the statement. “These consultations were stepped up in the past few days following receipt last week of the two sides’ comments, suggestions and requests, with Mr. de Soto and his colleagues shuttling between the two leaders and their colleagues with a view to improving the text.”In his letter, the Secretary-General asks the two leaders to give the revision the most urgent consideration with a view to reaching a decisive conclusion this week, so that a reunited Cyprus may accede to the European Union. The Secretary-General has asked the two sides to be available in Copenhagen later this week should that prove necessary.”Cyprus has a rendezvous with history,” the Secretary-General said in his letter. “It should not be missed.” read more

UKs Mark Lowcock appointed to head up UN relief wing

As the head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Mr. Lowcock will take on a dual role: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.Mr. Lowcock will succeed Stephen O’Brien, who will remain in his current role until the end of August “to conclude a number of initiatives and reforms he has been leading at OCHA,” it was announced. The Secretary-General commended Mr. O’Brien, who took on the role in 2015, for his “excellent work, dedication and commitment to the United Nations and global humanitarian action.” With 30 years of experience leading and managing response to humanitarian crises, Mr. Lowcock has worked in Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe, among other locations. He is currently the Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Development (DFID), which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. read more

Gaza medics struggling to cope with influx of wounded UN agencies

Speaking after 58 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,300 were injured by Israeli security forces on Monday, the World Health Organization’s Tarik Jasarevic said that life-saving drugs were “urgently needed”.These include antibiotics and adrenaline, according to the WHO spokesperson, who explained that more than 10 years of blockade had already undermined Gaza’s healthcare capacity.Two in every five essential drugs were “completely depleted” already this month, Mr Jasarevic explained, adding that essential life-saving medicines for chronic illnesses such as cancer were also “critically low”.Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reiterated the difficulties faced by health teams in the enclave: “Medical facilities in Gaza are struggling to deal with the number of casualties and the humanitarian coordinator there, Jamie McGoldrick, has expressed his deep concern by the tragedy unfolding in Gaza after visiting the Shifa Hospital,” he said.He added that Mr. McGoldrick – who is also UN Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process – had reported that medical teams at Shifa, in Gaza City, “are overwhelmed, dealing with hundreds of cases of injured, including women and children.”“They are stretched to the limit and running out of essential medical supplies. He stressed that public hospitals in Gaza have less than a week of fuel reserves to continue their operations”, Mr. Laerke told journalists in Geneva.The situation has not been helped by the stop-start delivery of humanitarian supplies.Official statements simply say this is all Hamas’s fault and…just ignore the fact that the children are being killed, women are being killed, unarmed protesters are being killed in large numbers – Rupert Colville (OHCHR)These usually arrive via Gaza’s main supply point, Kerem Shalom, but it was closed after being damaged, although an aid convoy had been allowed in by Israelis in recent days, Mr Laerke said.“It has been closed indefinitely following extensive damage to the Gaza side of this crossing by Palestinians on 11 May. However, Israeli authorities have indicated that this crossing will be opened for, ‘select humanitarian needs’ on a case-by-case basis and the day before yesterday they allowed seven trucks to enter Gaza and I understand that six of those trucks were carrying medical supplies.”Following Monday’s developments in Gaza, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, called for Israel to mount an independent investigation into the deaths and injuries sustained along the border.OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva on Tuesday that six children and a health worker were among the dead and that more than 150 people were in a critical condition.The rules on the use of force under international law “appear to have been ignored again and again”, Mr Colville said, adding that “it seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press personnel, first-responders, bystanders – and at almost any point, up to 700 metres from the fence”.Ten journalists had also suffered gunshot injuries by the end of the day, Mr Colville said.A reported 35,000 people took part in Monday’s demonstrations, according to OCHA.During the protests some Palestinian demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, according to OHCHR’s Mr Colville, who added that others had flown kites laden with “petrol-soaked material” over the fence that separates the two communities.The response from the Israeli side – with tear gas, plastic bullets and live ammunition – had caused “horrific wounds and lifelong disability”, Mr Colville said, before calling for “credible investigations” by Israel.“Latterly we only seem to be seeing investigations carried out when there’s a very clear bit of video evidence becoming public through witnesses and bystanders,” he said. “And the official statements simply say this is all Hamas’s fault and…just ignore the fact that the children are being killed, women are being killed, unarmed protesters are being killed in large numbers.”So I think with the State of Israel it’s very important for credible investigations into these very serious, very serious events and very possibly, very serious crimes as well.”Confirming that Israel had a right to defend its borders, the OHCHR spokesperson said that its soldiers should do so in accordance with international norms on the use of lethal force.“You just have to look at the casualty figures on both sides to see that it’s not being used as a last resort,” he said, adding that Israel was obliged “under international law, to handle these demonstrations in a way that preserves life, unless they own lives are very clearly directly threatened, which has not been the case.”UN human rights experts also condemned the killings and Israel’s use of live ammunition against mostly-unarmed protesters.“Despite Israel’s commitment to investigate the events of the past few weeks, security forces continue to use live ammunition and rubber bullets against the protesters, killing and wounding dozens of mostly unarmed protesters, women, men and children alike,” said a group of six Special Rapporteurs, in a joint statement. “We express our outrage over these shootings that may have resulted in unlawful killings and the incomprehensibly high number of injuries sustained,” the statement added. read more

Australian environmental approvals – a breakthrough approach

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia has unveiled practical new measures to reduce red tape and speed up project approvals without diminishing environmental protection. The MCA says the “proposal complements the Federal and State Governments’ ‘One-stop-shop’ approach and is specifically designed to improve industry and community confidence in the project approval process – confidence which is being undermined by the excessive amount of time, effort and money wasted meeting overlapping, duplicating regulations which add little if any value to environmental protection. The key features of the MCA’s proposal are:1.      The development of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide an online, searchable public database of environmental features. This would enable any member of the community to enter the coordinates of their region and access to the most up to date, established, scientific knowledge of the region’s environmental assets including its ecological species, water resources, mineral deposits and land use potential.Resource companies will be able to identify where their exploration and development proposals intersect with features of national environmental significance and plan accordingly. This will increase transparency of the environmental risks that need to be managed and mitigate against interested parties – company, government or community groups – needing to repeat the same costly and time consuming analysis for each and every new project approval.  2.      The GIS information will then define the scope of a project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS). The community could be confident that all material environmental issues would be addressed. Companies would know that matters not identified through the science-based GIS process could not be later included. The EIS process would be shorter, less expensive, more accessible and focussed on those environmental issues that are material and specific to the subject project.   The integrity of the process would be greatly enhanced in protecting all parties from costly and unproductive vexatious allegations and lengthy public appeals.The measures prove that the mining industry is not seeking to duck or dodge scientific scrutiny – it seeks to avoid only unnecessary and duplicating red and green tape.These two measures are practical demonstrations of the Australian minerals industry’s commitment to a project approvals process that delivers real and tangible environmental stewardship from an efficient and effective project regulatory licence and an enduring social licence to operate in surrounding communities. The key ingredients of which are the practical concepts of sustainable development, sound science, transparency and scrutiny, procedural certainty, and meaningful community engagement.,The MCA has led an inclusive consultative process in developing these proposals and will continue to engage with all levels of government, conservation NGOs, community groups, indigenous and rural landholders, the scientific community and the minerals industry,Mitch Hooke, Chief Executive Officer, is attending the MCA’s Sustainable Development 2013 Conference at the Brisbane Sofitel. The MCA’s proposal was the focus of the session Approvals and Conditions – A New Model yesterday featuring the Hon Andrew Powell MP, Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection; Deb Kerr, Manager Natural Resource Management, National Farmers Federation; Gilly Llewellin, Conservation Director, World Wildlife Fund; and Gavin Price, Manager Environment and Sustainable Development, BHP Iron Ore.last_img read more

Macedon – Child of a God launch

first_imgEnter the world of ancient Greece at the launch of Macedon – Child of a God in Canberra. The novel, that covers a time of myth, legend, gods and heroes, will be officially launched by His Excellency Alexios Christopoulos, Ambassador of Greece to Australia. With Macedon – Child of a God, Canberra-based author Paul Hansen has drawn inspiration from the earliest stories of Hellenic history and mythology, to relate the untold story of Macedon. The launch will take place at paperchain bookshop, Franklin Street Manuka, ACT on Thursday 19 July from 6:00 pm onwards. RSVP for the event is essential and can be done by emailing publishaspg@gmail.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Spalletti reacts after a deadlocked match with Sassuolo

first_imgLuciano Spalletti had earlier warned his side to ensure they secure a win against Sassuolo during the Nerazzurri’s league 2019 campaign kick off.However, his side has been left with a draw as they were unable to score against Sassuolo.“It was a tough night because they played a good game,” began the Coach as quoted by Inter official website.“We couldn’t control the game. Even when we did well to get the ball back, we then lost it again too quickly meaning that we were unable to make the most of the moment and get men over. We needed to do better in those situations before their defence could settle in place. We didn’t have enough quality on the ball and you need that against sides like Sassuolo who run a lot.”Mazzarri believes the Serie A is unpredictable Manuel R. Medina – August 25, 2019 According to Torino coach Walter Mazzarri this year the Italian competition will be fascinating again as his team is ready to take on Sassuolo.“We did better in defence and less well in attack where we should have done more in terms of individual play and in looking to break their lines. They set up a low block as a team around the penalty area and we couldn’t find space. We were overwhelmed by their defensive line and Sassuolo also caused us some problems.“In the end, we also ran the risk of losing. However, you always have to look at the glass half full and we need to keep getting results to avoid running the risk of other teams catching us up. We need to keep working and improving, we also want to do well in the Europa League and the Coppa Italia in order to consolidate our status.”Spalletti also talked about all the children in attendance:“It was wonderful to feel their enthusiasm. It really was a party in the stands.”last_img read more

Joining Forces Receives Industry Pledge to Hire Train 90000 Veterans Spouses

first_imgA group of technology and energy companies have committed to hire or train 90,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week during an event marking the fourth anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative.When the effort to raise awareness among all Americans about the service, sacrifice and needs of military families initially was launched, President Obama challenged the private sector to hire 100,000 veterans and spouses.Now, less than four years later, “America’s businesses have continued to race past my husband’s initial goal, and together, those businesses who answered the president’s call have hired or trained more than 850,000 veterans and military spouses,” the first lady said.The commitment from technology and energy firms is particularly valuable as those industries are driving economic growth, reported DOD News.The president recently announced the expansion of a pilot program to train transitioning service members for jobs in the solar industry. The Solar Energy Industries Association is pledging to hire or train 33,000 veterans and spouses over the next five years, the first lady said.The corporate hiring initiatives typically involve a partnership between industry and educational institutions involving job training, internships and apprenticeships.The Joining Forces event was held in Manassas, Va., at Micron Technologies, which makes memory-storage devices. The manufacturer is participating in a pilot program through the Northern Virginia Technology Council to match student veterans at local institutions of higher learning to 50 high-tech companies throughout the region.“Veterans get hands-on experience and the companies connect with a pipeline of top-notch talent,” Obama said. The northern Virginia partnership is one of many across the country helping veterans and military spouses, she added. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Alia Bhatt to kickstart shooting for Rajamoulis RRR featuring Ajay Devgn Ram

first_imgRRR release dateSS Rajamouli’s RRR is currently the most-talked-about movie in Tollywood. It is a known fact that Alia Bhatt has been roped in to play one of the female leads in the movie. Fresh reports are that Alia Bhatt will be part of a one-month schedule. As per the report, Alia Bhatt is all set to head to New Delhi to start shooting for RRR. Alia is to be seen as one of the female leads in this movie which is a fictional representation of the lives of two patriotic heroes. Ram Charan and Alia Bhatt are paired up to play the roles of Alluri Seetharama Raju and Sita, respectively. Alia BhattTwitterIt has been reported that one of the shoot schedules was recently wrapped up. One of the sources believes that the one-month schedule would be shot at different places and real locations, rather than laying huge sets. The same source reports that a few action sequences will be compiled too. So, it appears like SS Rajamouli and team are going to have a busy summer.NTR is to play the role of Komaram Bheem in this movie. SS Rajamouli has invited the public to propose for an apt title which would match the abbreviation for RRR. Ajay Devgn will be seen in an important role in this fictional drama.Rajamouli intends to wrap up the shoot this year and move on to post-production works. RRR is all set to hit the screens on July 30, 2020.last_img read more

Jio eyes foothold in entertainment industry

first_imgReliance Jio launches free 4G feature phone aka ‘JioPhone’ with unlimited voice, dataRIL AGM via YouTubeMukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years. After disrupting the telecom market with its cheap plans, the company is now eyeing the lucrative entertainment industry with plans to set up its own production house.The news comes from an unnamed source, who told Livemint: “Content market is still not properly tapped… Reliance has hired a bunch of scriptwriters and content creators and is in the process of setting up a huge production house.”If the report is accurate, it would mean that the company will create its own web series and short film taking on Netflix and Amazon’s over-the-top (OTT) services. The conglomerate will be banking on its 215 million subscribers to ensure the service is well received, and with plans to roll out JioGigaFiber, that number will only be higher.Currently, Jio offers video content in partnership with third-parties such as ALT Balaji, Eros and Reliance-owned Viacom through its Jio Cinema app.At a shareholder meeting recently, RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani said that video consumption has grown from 165 crore hours per month to 340 crore hours per month. The rise in part is due to the lowering cost of data plans, that Jio introduced when it entered the market.The report said that the content ecosystem business is being spearheaded by Jyoti Deshpande, former managing director at Eros. She has joined Reliance as head of the media and entertainment business. The source went on to add that Reliance has already got 20-25 creative people on board, and is targeting launch within 4-6 months of some web series. RIL has been aggressively expanding its presence in the OTT space, having purchased 24.9 percent stake in Balaji Telefilms last year, and 5 percent stake in Eros International in February this year. Earlier, Jio and Hotstar partnered up to offer JioTV to users. Reliance also owns Viacom18, which has a wide variety of entertainment channels such as Colors and MTV. Sacred Games posterTwitterWhile Jio’s entry into the content space is unlikely to shake up Netflix and Amazon’s dominance in the short run, it will have massive implications in the long run despite both companies investing heavily in Indian content. The news will also be good news for budding artists, who are looking for a big break and now have more options to chose from.last_img read more

Ershad put on life support

first_imgHM ErshadHealth minister Zahid Malik on Monday evening said Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka, has been put on life support as his condition turned critical, according to UNB.Talking to newsmen after vising Ershad at the CMH, the minister said, “His (Ershad’s) condition can be described as critical. He is on life support, and the overall situation is critical.”He said all the possible treatment is being provided to Ershad at the CMH. “Everything now depends on the will of Allah. All should now pray for his recovery. The physicians said he is not in a condition that he could be sent abroad.”Zahid Malik added, “Ershad is being given the treatment that he is supposed to be provided abroad. His health condition doesn’t permit to take him abroad. So, there’s no plan to send him anywhere.”Mentioning that the Jatiya Party chairman’s condition is improving, Malik said he will recover if the trend of improvement continues. “If his condition deteriorates further, there’ll remain nothing to do.”Ershad’s younger brother and Jatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader and party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga were present when the health minister was talking to the journalists.Earlier in the day, GM Quader urged all not to spread rumours over the health condition of his brother Ershad.Speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office around 1:00pm, he also said Ershad’s condition is stable and remains unchanged, but still not out of danger.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on Wednesday morning as his condition deteriorated.The former military ruler has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious knee pain.last_img read more

Officer Charged in Death Man Definitely Intended to Shoot

first_imgBy JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A White Nashville police officer told investigators that he knew “100 percent” that the Black man he’s charged with fatally shooting intended to shoot at him and possibly others.Prosecutors played the state investigator’s interview with Andrew Delke, 25, in a Nashville courtroom Friday, where dozens of police officers packed in to support Delke. The officers sat across from rows of family members and others there to advocate for Daniel Hambrick, the 25-year-old who died in the shooting as he ran from Delke and held a pistol.Vickie Hambrick, center, mother of Daniel Hambrick, listens during a preliminary hearing for Nashville Police officer Andrew Delke at the Justice A.A. Birch Building Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Delke is charged with criminal homicide for the on-duty shooting of Daniel Hambrick. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)The shooting death has reignited questions about policing of Nashville’s Black community. The outcry stirred enough support to place a question on the city’s November ballot about creating a citizen oversight board for the police force, and voters approved the measure widely.A judge is considering whether there is probable cause to pass the case on to a grand jury, an early but critical step in the process. Friday’s five-hour hearing on the matter will spill over into Saturday and the judge is expected to make a decision Monday.In his interview, Delke said he relied on his training when Hambrick didn’t heed his instructions to drop the gun, including warning that Delke would otherwise shoot, and the weapon at some point faced the officer.“I said to myself, ‘If I don’t shoot him right now, I’m gonna die,’” Delke said.Assistant district attorney Ronald Dowdy focused on the lack of video footage or witness testimony about Hambrick turning, looking back or aiming his weapon at Delke, as Delke claimed in his interview.During testimony, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent Steven Kennard estimated that Hambrick would have been in a blind spot for about two seconds between cameras that caught the foot chase. Kennard said it would have been “very difficult” to stop, slow down, spin around and face Delke, and then be sprinting again in that timeframe.Questioning by defense attorneys sought to paint scenarios where Hambrick could have had time or a sightline to look back at Delke during that window. They also said that state law allows deadly force by police when they have probable cause that a suspect poses the threat of serious bodily injury to the officer or others.“An officer is not under any obligation to let an armed suspect have the first shot,” defense attorney John Brown said in a line of questioning.According to the arrest affidavit in September, Delke pulled into an apartment parking lot and mistook a different car for one he had been following while looking for stolen vehicles and known juvenile offenders, though he found the car wasn’t stolen. Several people were in the area as Delke stopped nearby, one of them Hambrick, who began to run, the affidavit says.Delke chased Hambrick and yelled at him to stop, though the officer didn’t know the fleeing man’s identity, the affidavit says. Delke believed Hambrick may have been connected to the car Delke misidentified, but didn’t know for sure, the affidavit says.The affidavit says Delke shot Hambrick in the back, torso and the back of his head. A fourth shot missed him.Hambrick’s mother started crying and briefly left the courtroom after prosecutors played surveillance footage of the shooting.last_img read more

UN Global refugee numbers reach alarming levels

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Over the course of last year, only 126,800 refugees returned to their home countries — the lowest number since 1983. The countries to which most people returned were Congo, Mali and Afghanistan.Guterres said he was alarmed by “a staggering acceleration” in the number of people being forced from their homes over recent years.Speaking in Istanbul on Thursday, he singled out richer countries such as those in Europe and the Persian Gulf as he appealed for “all countries in the world to have their doors open.” He said they also should offer more legal avenues for people who need protection to enter.Turkey’s willingness to open its borders “has a special meaning in a world where so many borders are closed or restricted, and where new walls are being built or announced,” Guterres said, speaking the day after Hungary said it was planning to build a fence along its border with Serbia to keep out a flow of migrants.For many of those who have fled, home still beckons.Maher Al Khedrawi, one of the many Syrians who have left for Turkey, said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he looked forward to returning to his country, a sentiment he said was shared by millions of others. The 40-year-old warehouse supervisor rejects the label of “refugee.” Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Hopefully, our home will be rebuilt and stabilized again,” he said. “I’ll be among the first people who go back. There is no place like home.”___Raphael Satter and Ayse Wieting in Istanbul contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. How men can have a healthy 2019 Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous ofcenter_img Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall BERLIN (AP) — Syria overtook Afghanistan to become the world’s biggest source of refugees last year, while the number of people forced from their homes by conflicts worldwide rose to a record 59.5 million, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Thursday.Pointing to crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Burundi and elsewhere, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said he doesn’t expect any improvement in 2015. “There is a multiplication of new crises,” he said. “The Iraq-Syria crisis gained the dimension of a mega one … and at the same time the old crises have no solutions.”The report comes at a time when Europe is grappling with how to deal with a flood of new migrants crossing the Mediterranean to escape fighting in Syria, Libya and elsewhere.UNHCR estimated that a total of 59.5 million people worldwide had been displaced by conflict by the end of last year — including 38.2 million displaced within their own countries. That was up from 51.2 million in 2013 — the previous highest since the U.N. began collecting numbers in the early 1950s. Syria alone accounted for 11.6 million of those people, the biggest single figure.The agency counted nearly 3.9 million Syrian refugees in 107 countries last year, the fourth year of the country’s civil war. That made it the leading source of refugees — pushing Afghanistan, which had held that status for more than 30 years, down to second place with 2.6 million refugees.Syria’s northern neighbor, Turkey, became the world’s biggest refugee host with 1.59 million refugees. Pakistan, which had held that position for more than a decade, was second with 1.51 million. Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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