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The Supreme Court may have lifted the ban on the release of the Bollywood movie Padmaavat, but it is unlikely to be screened in the BJP-ruled States of Gujarat and Rajasthan.While the owners of theatres and multiplexes in Gujarat have decided against exhibiting the movie following threats of disruption from outfits such as the Rajput Karni Sena, the Rajasthan government has decided to file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its stay on the ban against its release.Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria met leaders of the Rajput Karni Sena at the State Secretariat.Announcing that the Rajasthan government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court against lifting the ban on the film Padmaavat, State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria told Rajput activists on Saturday that they could also move court to join as parties in the case to ensure that the litigation proceeds “on the right track”.“We would also like the erstwhile royal family of Mewar to move the court, as this will strengthen our case,” he said adding that the petition would be moved by Monday or Tuesday.The State government had formally issued an order earlier this week prohibiting the film’s screening, citing the law-and-order situation and public interest.The Gujarat Theatre and Multiplex Owners Association said its members would not screen the film in their cinemas because it was likely to cause law-and-order issues. Members of the Karni Sena and other groups held protests, blocking highways, setting two State transport buses on fire and burning tyres on the road.Highways blockedIn Banaskantha, members of the Mahakal Sena blocked traffic, while in Bhavnagar, tyres were set on fire on various highways affecting traffic. “We are exploring all options and studying the Supreme Court ruling. I urge various groups and communities to maintain peace and don’t allow any violence in any manner,” Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said after the protests on Saturday.“We have told all movie hall owners that the movie will not be allowed under any circumstances and now they have also supported our demand to not show the movie,” said Raj Shekhavat, Gujarat President of Karni Sena.“We all are scared if there is violence after the movie is screened. We are not prepared to bear any loss,” said Rakesh Patel, director of Gujarat Multiplex Association. In Ahmedabad, there are 46 multiplex cinema halls but will not show the movie.In Rajkot also, cinema hall owners have “assured the protesting groups that the movie will not be released in the city.”“We held a meeting with representatives and Karni Sena and other Rajput groups in which we assured them that the movie will not be released in any theatre in the city,” a cinema hall owner told The Hindu.According to police, there are around 10 groups, including Rajput Karni Sena, which have threatened violence if the movie is shown anywhere in the State.After the Supreme Court lifted ban , the State government issued a statement saying that it would “study the SC order” and then decide on the next move.
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Dutch Formula One driver Max Verstappen collected two special awards for the second year in a row at the International Automobile Federation (FIA)’s gala prize-giving ceremony on Friday.The 19-year-old Red Bull Formula One driver won the Personality of the Year, while his overtake of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes in the wet at the Brazilian Grand Prix was judged Action of the Year across all FIA-sanctioned series.The personality award was voted for by the international media. (Also read: Nico Rosberg stuns Formula One with retirement bombshell)Verstappen, who became the youngest ever grand prix winner in Spain in May and is now the hottest young talent in the sport, has now won the Action of the Year award for three successive years.He won it last year for a daring move on Brazilian Felipe Nasr around the outside at Blanchimont at the Belgian Grand Prix. In 2014, while in European F3, his last lap overtake of Italian Antonio Giovinazzi was the winner.”I’m very happy with my second season in F1,” he said. “When it started, I didn’t think it was going to be this good… hopefully we can be even more successful next year.”Rosberg, who won the championship in Abu Dhabi last Sunday, was handed his trophy at the ceremony – hours after he stunned Formula One by announcing his retirement. (Also read: Bernie Ecclestone shocked by Nico Rosberg retirement)”It’s mission accomplished for me. I’ve done it. That’s the dream come true,” said the German, son of 1982 world champion Keke.advertisement”When I saw this trophy for the first time straight away I had a look at where my dad was. So I found my dad down there and for me that’s one of the most emotional things about all this that I managed to achieve what he did 34 years ago and share that with him,” he added.Rosberg also said he would have continued for another year had he come second in the championship to team mate Lewis Hamilton, instead of beating him.
Maurizio Sarri can take the Europa League title to the bank. The Chelsea manager and ex-banker already had the most improbable rise from Tuscan amateur teams to soccer’s elite, but he had never before had a winners’ medal.That all changed with Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Arsenal in the Europa League final. Even with that, Sarri may still leave Chelsea.Always an outsider, Sarri took a moment during the celebrations to sit in the dugout and light a cigarette never mind the stadium’s smoking ban. Known as a demanding and somewhat aloof coach, he has struggled to win over Chelsea’s fans and admits to not always understanding one of his best players, Eden Hazard.”Hazard is a wonderful player but you have to spend two, three months to understand him as a man,” Sarri said after the match.”But when you are able to understand him as a man, he’s a wonderful man.” Hazard said Wednesday he is leaving Chelsea, and Sarri may yet follow suit.Chelsea may not want to keep a coach who has delivered scintillating attacking “Sarriball” at times, but also a 6-0 loss to Manchester City. Also, Sarri has not ruled himself out of the race for the vacant job at Juventus. Sarri was asked after Wednesday’s game if he had done enough to stay at Chelsea.”I think so, but it’s only my opinion,” the Italian said. “My opinion is not enough.”Now that the season’s over, Sarri plans to speak with the Chelsea hierarchy, potentially including owner Roman Abramovich, who was in Azerbaijan for the final.advertisement”We need to know what the club can do for me, what I can do better for the club,” Sarri said.Sarri’s first victorious final matched the trajectory of his season with Chelsea. An underwhelming first half, pressure to show results, then a second-half resurgence. In the Premier League, that was a charge up the standings to third. On Wednesday, it was four goals in a manic 23-minute spell.”Something changed at the beginning of February, I think,” Sarri said.”We lost 6-0 in Manchester against City but we started something different. And so our feeling is that we deserve that win.”Also Watch:
Japan v Brazil The Tite factor has made Brazil World Cup favourites – Paulo Sergio Raisa Simplicio 18:30 11/9/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Getty Images Japan v Brazil England v Brazil Brazil Japan England Friendlies EXCLUSIVE: The former World Cup-winner says A Selecao have been transformed by the new boss, but has urged them to keep their feet on the ground Paulo Sergio won it all.After beginning his career with local Sao Paulo giants Corinthians, he would head to Europe to make his fortune. READ MORE: Coutinho to miss Japan clash | Brazil’s World Cup hopefuls | Last chance for Douglas Costa An instant success in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen, the dynamic and inventive forward enjoyed a fine spell with Italian club Roma before returning to the Bundesliga to claim a league title and a Champions League winners medal with Bayern Munich. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And, of course, he would conquer the world with Brazil. Paulo Sergio would feature for just 22 minutes in USA as the Selecao claimed their fourth world title, making a brief appearance versus Sweden, but that takes nothing away from the crowning achievement of a proud and successful career in the game.He is now hoping to see a new generation follow in his footsteps, and believes current coach Tite’s transformative impact on the current team could see them do exactly that.“Tite brought a great revolution from within the squad itself,” Paulo Sergio told Brasil Global Tour. “He embraced these players, which was important because there were going through a very difficult time. The Selecao were heavily criticised, underperforming despite the great talent in the team. Today, they are a team of huge quality, achieving the results that have once again returned our country to the top.”After qualifying for Russia 2018 with four matches to spate, a run of 10 wins and two draws under the new boss has catapulted Brazil to favourites for the World Cup next year but Paulo Sergio believes it’s vital they keep their talented feet planted firmly on the ground.“Every time the Selecao arrive at a World Cup in crisis, they go on to succeed. This time Brazil will arrive among the favourites, so we hope it will not be like it was in Germany in 2006, when the expectations disrupted the team.”“The Selecao must remain focused because the World Cup short and sharp – it requires a unique degree of concentration, so I believe that focus will be the key to delivering Brazil another world title.”Wherever we lay our chapéu pic.twitter.com/Mx35gVXcr3— Brasil Global Tour (@BGT_ENG) November 9, 2017Initially an attacker, Paulo Sergio became the ultimate utility man during his decorated career, filling in at right-back, left-wing, in midfield and even once as a goalkeeper one day when Corinthians’ lost Ronaldo to a red card in a derby with Sao Paulo. Versatility is a hallmark of Paulo Sergio’s time in the game, and he believes Tite’s strategy to encourage his player to play in more than one position can be key.”That’s what led me to Germany, being such a versatile player,” he said.“To be able to play in different positions can make life easier for the player. Today’s football is a game where everyone has to be versatile. At World Cup 2014, the Germany players were all carrying out multiple duties on the pitch. That, perhaps, is something Brazil are slightly lacking right now, but Tite is working to ensure his players can be more multifaceted.Brazil continue their preparations ahead of Russia 2018 this week with Brasil Global Tour clashes against Japan and England – and, with six changes to the preferred line-up against Japan on Friday, Paulo Sergio is looking forward to seeing how some of the coach’s Tite experiments work out.”These are the games where Tite is going to conduct his tests. Now he has to explore his options so that he can define the names that going to make up his list for the World Cup.”
Transfers Batshuayi joins Borussia Dortmund on loan from Chelsea Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 00:53 2/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Michy Batshuayi Chelsea Premier League Bundesliga The 24-year-old has moved to the Bundesliga for the rest of the season as BVB look to replace the outgoing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi has joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the season.The 24-year-old moves to the Bundesliga side for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign, but BVB do not have an option to purchase him once his stay in Dortmund is finished.Peter Stoger’s side were eager to add a goalscoring threat following the deadline day departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who joined Arsenal for £56 million. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aubameyang’s exit meant that 18-year-old Alexander Isak was the most senior striker left in the squad, with Dortmund turning to Batshuayi when a loan move to Olivier Giroud failed to materialise.Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc praised his new signing, claiming he had been impressed with his ability in front of goal.”Michy is a young, very interesting striker,” Zorc told the club’s official website. “He impresses with his high scoring and his extraordinary ability at both Chelsea and in Marseille, in the Belgian league and the national team, his quality has already proven.”Belgium international Batshuayi takes the number 44 shirt at Dortmund and is eager to make a good impression ahead of the World Cup in the summer.”In order to reach my main goal, I want to play as much as I can and score many goals. In the summer, the World Cup takes place,” he told the club’s official website.Batshuayi’s chances at Chelsea have been limited this season, with Antonio Conte only handing him three Premier League starts despite Alvaro Morata’s inconsistent form in front of goal.The striker has been offered more opportunity to impress in cup competitions and has proven his talent with six goals in eight games in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup combined.
Spurs goalscorer Alli: The bottle? It makes the win sweeterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham midfielder Dele Alli shrugged off being struck by a plastic bottle during their Carabao Cup quarterfinal win over Arsenal.Alli and Son Heung-min struck for the 2-0 win.On being hit by the bottle, Alli smiled: “It is what it is. It made the goal a bit sweeter and the win.”He continued: “We knew how important it was today, a big test. It was a strong performance in the end.”Son is a passionate guy and brings his character out on the pitch. He’s one of the fastest players I’ve seen, I didn’t have a doubt he would finish.”When I went through for my goal I knew I had to time my run and keep my composure.”Son also stated: “It’s a big derby, last time we were here we didn’t have a great result and this is a special night. We go for the semi-final.”I was happy with the goal, thanks to Dele for the pass. I always make the run and it was great timing. We are on the way, we are positive.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license Malaysian Bumi Armada has been linked to the purchase of the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Front Ariake. The 298,530 dwt ship has been bought for USD 20.7 million, Intermodal Shipbrokers revealed in its recent report.As World Maritime News reported earlier this month, the Bahamas-flagged vessel was previously owned by Bermuda-based Ship Finance International Limited (SFL).Built at Hitachi Zosen shipyard in Japan in 2001, Front Ariake currently has a market value of USD 18.05 million, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The VLCC is expected to be delivered to its new owner later this month.As explained by SFL, the sale of the ship is part of the company’s fleet renewal and diversification strategy. Following the completion of the transaction, the company has four VLCCs remaining on charter to a subsidiary of Frontline.Update: Bumi Armada released a statement on October 16 refuting the reports. You can read the statement here.*This article has been updated since its initial publishing.World Maritime News Staff
allowing the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education to approve CANS’s by-laws allowing CANS to establish licences for specific areas of practice, such as a facial licence requiring CANS to obtain permission from the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education before revoking or suspending a licence establishing an appeal process for disciplinary actions, which previously went through the courts eliminating the Provincial Examining and Licensing Committee and allowing CANS to administer testing procedures. “The association has a great record of protecting the public and advancing the profession,” said Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia president Lloyd Petrie. “We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and these changes give the industry a modern regulatory structure for the future.” The changes will also bring the Cosmetology Act in line with national efforts to make it easier for workers to move between provinces. The department consulted with the association and its members for several years before bringing forward the proposed changes at the request of CANS. Qualified men and women will be able to enter and progress in the cosmetology industry faster, especially in rural areas, under changes to the Cosmetology Act introduced today, Nov. 6. In Nova Scotia, about 9,200 members, 2,400 salons, 17 schools and 600 students are licensed or registered to provide services such as hairdressing, skin care, nails and make-up. “A provincially regulated cosmetology industry means that people working in the field are properly trained and their customers know they are being served in a safe and clean environment,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “We worked closely with industry to make the Cosmetology Act reflect current industry practices in Nova Scotia and across the country.” Under the act, the industry is managed by the Cosmetology Association of Nova Scotia (CANS), a self-governing body. The association establishes standards of practice for various areas of the profession and inspects workplaces to enforce those standards. Currently, someone would enter the profession as a junior cosmetologist and practice under a master cosmetologist. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada to have a two-tiered classification, which makes it difficult for cosmetologists to relocate here from other provinces. As well, junior cosmetologists sometimes have difficulty finding a master cosmetologist in rural communities, which could make it difficult to find work locally. The proposed changes update the act and address industry concerns. They include:
Bhubaneswar: An eight-year-old boy who ran away from home in Balasore district, as he feared going to school, has been rescued by RPF personnel from a train. After noticing the boy sitting helplessly near the washbasin of a coach of Howrah-Chennai Mail on Sunday, a Railway Protection Force (RPF) team took him into confidence, an East Coast Railway (ECoR) official said. “The boy, who hailed from Nua Sahi village, told the RPF personnel that he fled from home as he was afraid of going to school. He also denied of being trafficked by anyone,” the official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ When the train arrived at Khurda Road station, the boy was taken to the Station Manager’s office and members of SOCH (Society for Children), an organisation working for the welfare of children, were informed. He was then handed over to the SOCH members after completion of necessary formalities in the presence of the Station Manager and RPF officials, the official said. The RPF team which rescued the boy comprised head constable S K Das and constables K C Pradhan and D Nath, he said. The team was escorting the train from Bhadrak to Khurda Road stations.
OTTAWA — Canada’s decentralized approach to putting a price on pollution is overly complex and will be difficult to implement, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says in a new report.The OECD, an international economic partnership of 35 free market economies, today released the third ever review of Canada’s environmental policies and progress, in which it suggests Canada will likely feel pressure to eventually nationalize many parts of the carbon price system.The report looks at everything from climate change action and adaptation to water pollution, air pollution, garbage dumps and protected lands and waterways since the last review in 2004.It praises Canada for making some progress in the last decade and a half, such as reducing emissions from electricity generation.However the report finds Canada lags behind other OECD nations in the amount of garbage that ends up in landfills and is the second-most carbon and energy-intensive economy within the OECD.For every US$1,000 in GDP created in Canada, this country uses 62 per cent more energy and produces 44 per cent more carbon emissions than the OECD average.Resource-heavy economyThis is largely because of Canada’s resource-heavy economy. However the report also notes the country’s use of resources and energy is high even when compared to other resource-heavy economies.The OECD report calls the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change a “well thought-out strategy” and the national carbon price included within it is critical to Canada’s ability to cut its emissions enough to meet its international obligations.However the OECD has concerns with allowing every province to decide how to implement a minimum price on carbon emissions, which is to start at $10 a tonne in 2018 and rise to $50 a tonne by 2022.“Practical implementation will, however, be a huge challenge,” the report says of the system.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in October 2016 every province would have to have a minimum price on carbon by 2018, but each is being allowed to implement their own system as long as it meets federal benchmarks. Provinces that don’t will have a federal carbon tax imposed on them and the revenues returned to the province, likely in the form of direct grants to individuals and businesses.Provincial plansEnvironment Minister Catherine McKenna said last week provinces will have until the end of 2018 to submit their plans for Ottawa to decide whether it has to impose the national price plan or not.Six provinces have either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in place or planned for 2018.New Brunswick intends to use its existing gas tax as a de facto carbon price, while Saskatchewan has no intention of introducing a price on carbon and the government says it will sue if Ottawa tries to impose one.Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland are still working on their plans to be released in 2018.The OECD says a lot of work is going to be required to figure out how to measure provincial cap-and-trade systems against the federal benchmarks and notes the existing provincial plans have many variants, including price and what products the price is charged on. It expects those variations “may eventually create frictions and pressures” for the different provincial systems to merge at least to some degree.It also wants Canada to go beyond the 2022 $50 a tonne commitment soon to reduce uncertainty for investors and also to establish an accountability mechanism that can better compare and track provincial systems to each other. Canada should also ensure exemptions to give energy-intensive industries more time to adapt should be temporary.The OECD notes overall Canada has among the lowest environmental tax loads, ahead of only the United States and Mexico as a share of GDP. That’s largely because Canada’s fuel taxes are low, heating fuels are rarely taxed at all and excise taxes on inefficient vehicles don’t apply to pick-up trucks, which are the best-selling vehicles in the country with the most emissions among passenger vehicles.Overall the OECD makes 46 recommendations for Canada, ranging from improving air pollution standards to a better alignment of energy development and climate change policies.Follow @mrabson on Twitter
All three were rushed to hospital and two of them, a 30 year old woman and her 6 year old daughter, succumbed to their injuries.The police said that the injured man was admitted to the Hambantota hospital for further treatment. The Tissamaharama police are conducting further investigations. A family of three were stabbed in Tissamaharama yesterday resulting in the death of two of them, the police media unit said today.The police said that based on information they had received officers had visited a house and found three people on the floor with stab wounds.
Exchanging the manicured green of the football field for the tropical wasteland of tsunami-devastated Indonesia, two National Football League (NFL) players, quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Amani Toomer of the New York Giants, are at the disaster’s ground zero supporting United Nations efforts to deliver food to survivors.Both Mr. Warner and Mr. Toomer and their wives, Brenda and Yola, cancelled their previous holiday plans to devote themselves to help the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Aceh province, the area worst-hit by December’s tsunami, which killed over 200,000 people and left up 5 million lacking basic services in a dozen Indian Ocean countries.While living with other UN humanitarian workers in the tented UN compound in the main city, Banda Aceh, they are working on the frontlines of WFP’s emergency operation, loading helicopters with food and participating in food distributions to displaced families in the city and the devastated coastal town of Lamno.They will also help clean the rubble in a secondary school in Banda Aceh, as well as meet with the provincial soccer team, which lost a number of its key players in the disaster, in an effort to raise awareness of the critical work WFP is doing in Asia, where it is assisting more than 1 million tsunami survivors.“In many of our operations, WFP works with respected public figures to help tell the story of WFP’s work. It is particularly important for the victims of the tsunami and their tragedy, which is receiving worldwide attention,” WFP country director Mohamed Saleheen said.Last month, WFP provided over 7,000 tons of food commodities to assist over 400,000 people in Indonesia alone. In February, more than 500,000 people will be assisted with rice, fortified noodles, biscuits, canned fish and vegetable oil.The two couples, who arrived in Indonesia on 11 February, will end their visit tomorrow and the Toomers will continue on to Sri Lanka, the second-most devastated country, to help in reconstruction activities. They will be joined there by Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson. Currently, WFP is helping to feed more than 850,000 people in Sri Lanka, with a large logistics network spread throughout the country.“The fact that the NFL players are involved demonstrates their commitment and sympathy to the victims of this huge natural disaster. On behalf of the people we serve, we are very grateful to host them as part of the WFP team. Teamwork is the key to our success,” Mr. Saleheen said.
“We must never forget the victims of one of the most shocking mass rapes in recent history. To all the victims in Walikale and beyond, we say: justice may have been delayed, but it should not be denied,” said Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, in a press release. “As Walikale remembers today, the world will remember, and will continue to call for the prosecution of all perpetrators, reparations for all victims, and deterrence for the future,” she added. In 2010, in Walikale territory, North Kivu Province of DRC, civilian residents in 13 villages on the Kibua-Mpofi road were attacked by a coalition of about 200 soldiers from the Maï Maï Sheka/Nduma Defence of Congo militia, led by Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka; the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), led by Serafin Lionso; and a group of army deserters. Over a period of four days – from 30 July to 2 August 2010 – 387 civilians, including 300 women, 55 girls, 23 men, and 9 boys, were systematically raped and subjected to other forms of sexual violence by the assailants in one of the worst mass rape incidents in the country. During the attacks, other human rights violations, including murder, ill-treatment, abduction and looting also occurred, with 1,429 total victims affected, Ms. Bangura said. “The gravity of these crimes indicates that they were not only orchestrated under the command of Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, but were used as part of a deliberate strategy to target and intimidate the civilian population – particularly women and girls,” the envoy said. “Six years on, we salute the resilience of the survivors as they continue to wait for their perpetrators to be brought to trial. The international community stands with them and will not relent in its quest for accountability for these crimes,” she added. The Special Representative noted that the Congolese Government has already completed investigations into the rapes and has issued eight arrest warrants for the crimes. She also said that in March, the military justice authorities in North Kivu Province included the Walikale rapes among a list of priority cases of the gravest international concern for immediate domestic prosecution. “It is, therefore, time for the Government to enforce the existing warrants and bring the perpetrators to justice, including Mr. Serafin Lionso, who is currently in detention,” Ms. Bangura said. “Moreover, with regional and international support, efforts must be made to immediately arrest Mr. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka who is currently under sanction by the Security Council and continues to commit further crimes.” “My Office will pursue its support to the DRC’s efforts to address all sexual violence crimes,” the Special Representative also said.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) urged authorities to ensure independent, impartial and prompt investigations of both incidents, and to compensate the victims.“I am deeply saddened to hear that women and children have once again suffered so terribly from the conflict,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA. “This is unacceptable. All parties must live up to their obligations to take all feasible measures to protect civilians.”The incidents took place in Herat, a western province bordering Iran and Turkmenistan, and in Logar, which is south of Kabul on the eastern side of the country.UNAMA cited a news release issued by United States Forces in Afghanistan that it is aware of an incident in the Logar area and that they have opened an investigation into it.The air strikes reportedly targeted Anti-Government Elements who had used a civilian compound to attack aircraft. The UN mission said that it will continue its independent work to establish the facts as to what happened, including allegations that civilians were used as shields. More civilians have been killed or injured in aerial operations in the first half of this year than in 2016, according to UNAMA. Initial figures show at least 232 civilians were injured or killed, a 43 per cent increase over 2016, and the majority of the victims have been women and children.
Individual awards kept rolling in for the Buckeyes on Tuesday as one player was named a first team Associated Press All-American and two others picked up third team honors.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named to the first team while senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each garnered third-team honors.The first team All-American selection for Bosa adds to an already successful awards season, as Bosa was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik — given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player — and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the top lineman or linebacker in the country. Bosa was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.Bosa led the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, putting him atop the Big Ten in both categories. He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston for the program record of 14 in a season.Bosa has been named to both the AP and the Walter Camp All-American teams, he only needs to be named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News or the American Football Coaches Association to be considered a consensus All-American.OSU has boasted 78 consensus All-Americans, including cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker A.J. Hawk, linebacker James Laurinaitis and quarterback Troy Smith.Barrett finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting and set the Big Ten and OSU record for total touchdowns in a season with 45, despite suffering a broken ankle in OSU’s regular-season finale against Michigan.Bennett was previously named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports and also picked up an invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, during which he is set to represent the Buckeyes with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior cornerback Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are set to face Alabama in the first-ever College Football Playoff on New Years Day in the Sugar Bowl. Kickoff in New Orleans is set for 8:30 p.m.
EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#DELAYED: Gardaí who earned overtime or allowances in November, which should be paid in December, will not have them paid until the new year. The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said that they “sincerely hope” that the payments are made before Christmas.2.#THE TROUBLES: A BBC Panorama programme set to air tonight will detail how the British Army allegedly ran secret undercover units that killed IRA members and carried out drive-by shootings on nationalists.3.#ROAD BACK: The Minister of State for EU Affairs Paschal Donohoe says that he hopes that Fine Gael TDs who left the party could be allowed rejoin in the future. Donohoe told TheJournal.ie that he had hoped to be appointed to a ministry in different circumstances than replacing Lucinda Creighton.4.#DUMPING: Dublin City Council will examine a proposal that would authorise people to issue fines for offences such as dumping or dog fouling. Councillor Paul McAuliffe says that the move is a “creative” way for the council to tackle the issues without hiring new staff.5.#CRUELTY: An 80-year-old Cork man has been banned from ever owning dogs again after four dead dogs and four emaciated collies were found on his property. The man was given a three-month suspended sentence.6.#AFGHANISTAN: Up to 12,000 troops will stay in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends there next year. Of those, up to 8,000 will be from the US, if a deal between the two countries is agreed by the Afghan government.7.#PRISON: There has been a sharp increase in the number of women being sent to jail in recent years. The director of the Dóchas Centre women’s prison Mary O’Connor told a court in Athlone that the prison is “always full”.8.#CHARITY: Calls to St Vincent de Paul have more than doubled in the last three years. The charity says that is is now providing €40 million in direct assistance to people and families. The main areas of assistance are food, energy and education costs.9.#I CAN SEE CLERY’S NOW: The iconic department store Clery’s reopens today after being closed for months due to damaged caused by flooding in July. The company says that all staff who had been temporarily laid off are now back at work.
There are some videos that appear on the web that make you think “why?”. But at the same time you have to commend the people who create them for first thinking up the idea, then following through with it.The video above is one such example. Joerg Pringer of netpoetic.com decided he wanted to make a video showing every single Unicode character with one displaying per frame. That’s a total of 49,571 characters.AdChoices广告At first the idea seemed quite simple, and included using Adobe After Effects to piece it together. But as is usually the case, problems come up, and in Joerg’s case he started writing his own program as no single existing piece of software at his disposal seemed to fit the bill. The end result was a little app that saved each character as a PNG file and then used ffmpeg to piece it together as a video.One final problem was finding and fixing all the undefined characters. Those are the characters your system cannot display and instead show up as an undefined box. Again, a custom program was planned, but in the end he just edited them out in a text editor as it was quicker.You can view all the characters rendered in the video as a long list, which gives you some idea of just how big a character set this is. The fact the video is 33 minutes and 17 seconds long is also a good indication of the diverse character sets Unicode encompasses.Read more at netpoetic.com
In this new and changed environment we have been experiencing decreasing service demands in line with national trends and we feel this decision, which has been considered carefully for a number of years, is now the correct one.Reacting to the decision, the Bishops’ Conference said it “regrets” that Cura was compelled to close, and praised staff and volunteers for their 41 years of work.It cited a “decrease in demand for its services and the accreditation requirements associated with the new regulatory environment for counselling” as the reason for its closure.Charlotte Keery, Cura National PRO and former Cura counsellor said today, “This is a difficult day for all of us but also a proud day as from 1977, we in Cura were there to care, to listen without judgment for as long as the person needed.“We then helped them to access other supports in response to their individual needs as their crisis lessened and they began take control of their future plans, as we are doing now in a somewhat more strategic way in 2018.“It’s time to pass our work on to other counselling services who will continue in the support and care of each individual who needs them.”Council for LifeAt this evening’s Summer 2018 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, it was announced that a new Council for Life would be set up by March 2019.Its role would be to “advise and advocate for the Catholic Church in Ireland on a consistent ethic of life and care for those most at risk”.“In preparation for the establishment of this Council, bishops will consult with those already committed to, and engaged with, upholding the sanctity of life in Ireland.” Jun 13th 2018, 7:52 PM Image: Shutterstock/Kamil Macniak Image: Shutterstock/Kamil Macniak Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 7:52 PM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH-affiliated crisis pregnancy agency is to wind down by the end of the week, citing a drop in demand and a change in counselling regulations.Cura is a crisis pregnancy support service which is an agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It said that competition from other agencies and new regulations had forced it to end its services this Friday, 15 June.Since 1996, Cura said it has conducted 163,400 face-to-face and telephone counselling sessions with clients. It said that last year, more than 300 people contacted Cura for information on post-abortion counselling.“When Cura commenced providing supports to women seeking assistance with crisis pregnancies in 1977, we were one of two agencies providing such a vital service. Today there are 14 various services, operating in a new regulatory environment with changing counselling quality standards compliance requirements. Short URL Share355 Tweet Email5 31,283 Views Catholic Church crisis pregnancy agency to close due to drop in demand Cura, founded in 1977, is a crisis pregnancy support service associated with the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. 63 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4069628 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article