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Telangana militant killed in J&K had been counselled by police

first_imgMohammad Taufeeq (26), a Telangana resident who was killed along with two other suspected terrorists in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir earlier this week, was counselled on several occasions by the State police. Taufeeq from Aswapuram in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district in Telangana went missing from the police radar about two-and-half-months ago, a senior Home Ministry official said.It is the first such case, at least in a decade, of a non-Kashmiri being killed in a police encounter in Kashmir Valley, the official said. The Telangana police have a counter-radicalisation policy by which persons inclined towards radical ideology are counselled with the help of experts and family members. Such persons are kept under surveillance. The official said the J&K police are investigating how Taufeeq reached the Kashmir Valley. “We are investigating how he got in touch with the militants, whether it was through social media or some other medium,” J&K DGP S.P. Vaid said.The other two militants who were killed with Taufeeq were identified as Eisa Fazli, a resident of Soura on the outskirts of Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Anantnag.Social media accounts affiliated to both Islamic State and Ansar Ghazwat-ul Hind (AGuT) backed by Al-Qaeda, claimed the three militants belonged to their outfits.An analysis of the social media posts revealed there was a scramble among the two outfits to claim that the militants were their members.On March 14, a day after the three were killed in an encounter, AGuT released the first ever issue of Al-Nasr, a propaganda pamphlet, describing them as “martyrs.” “Responding to the call of martyrdom, Mohammad Taufeeq started his jihadi journey in 2017 after making hijrah from India’s Hyderabad city to the mountains of Kashmir and was among the first in the ranks of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind,” the social media post said. It also carried a picture of Taufeeq with Mohammad Rehan, the latter identified as deputy Ameer (head) of the AGuT.Hours later, Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), active in Afghanistan, released a statement that they were the soldiers of the IS. “The three soldiers of IS fulfilled their promise of martyrdom in Kashmir. We are proud of these martyrs’ character because they in a region, where India and Pakistan are playing a murky game,” the IS message said. Till last month, the J&K police claimed it was Fazli, who was pushing messages on media of the IS claiming two attacks in the Valley.“Since both outfits are claiming the militants to be their members, there seems to be a competition between the two. It is not good for the Kashmir Valley. Whether it’s Al-Qaeda or transnational jihadi organisations, they have destroyed half of the world. It will not be good for Kashmir,” said Mr. Vaid.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: How Is a Dinosaur Like a Rooster?

first_imgWhat got female duck-billed dinosaurs in the mood to make baby dinos? Perhaps it was something never before seen in the fossil record: a sexually suggestive fleshy comb, like that of roosters, on the head and neck of males. A mummified specimen of the duckbill Edmontosaurus regalis, discovered by an international team in the west-central region of Canada’s Alberta province, proudly preserves just such a structure (shown above in artist’s reconstruction). The team, which reports the find online today in Current Biology, points out that some duckbills had bony crests on their heads, which are easily preserved in fossil form, and that researchers had suggested functions for such crests ranging from sexual display to external olfactory organs. But E. regalis, a so-called flat-headed duckbill, does not have a hard, bony crest, making this first discovery of a soft tissue version all the more important for understanding dino behavior. Because birds evolved from dinosaurs, and the combs of roosters and other birds are widely considered to be for sexual display, the team concludes that this is also the most likely explanation for its presence in some duckbills.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Former Spain Midfielder Reyes Dies In Traffic Accident At 35

first_imgMADRID — José Antonio Reyes, the former Spain midfielder who won five Europa League titles and was part of Arsenal’s unbeaten “Invincibles” squad, has been killed in a traffic accident at the age of 35.Sevilla and second-division club Extremadura, where Reyes played this past season, both confirmed the death on Saturday.“We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace,” Sevilla said on Twitter.Reyes also played for Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid among other clubs in a professional career that spanned nearly 20 years, after making his debut for Sevilla as a 16-year-old.He helped Arsenal go unbeaten through the 2003-04 season, scoring two crucial goals toward the end of the campaign to keep that record intact. He also won a Spanish league title with Real Madrid, and five Europa League crowns with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid. He also made 21 appearances for Spain between 2003-06.“I am devastated to hear the terrible news about Jose,” former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said in a statement. “To his family and friends, all support from everyone in the Arsenal family. He will remain forever in our hearts.”FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday April 1, 2006, Arsenal’s Jose Antonio Reyes runs with the ball during their English Premier League soccer match against Aston Villa at Highbury stadium in London. Sevilla said in a statement Saturday June 1, 2019, that former Spain midfielder José Antonio Reyes, who won five Europa League titles and was part of Arsenal’s unbeaten “Invincibles” squad, has been killed in a traffic accident at the age of 35. (AP Photo/Tom Hevezi, FILE)Arsenal said it would fly the club flag at half mast at its training ground on Saturday.Reyes’ former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry also said he was “devastated” by the news.“Wonderful player, superb team mate and exceptional human being,” Henry wrote on Twitter.We couldn’t be confirming worse news. Beloved Sevilla star José Antonio Reyes has died in a traffic collision. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/qeGl2nsi3c— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) June 1, 2019Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who like Reyes came up through the youth ranks at Sevilla and played alongside him for Spain and Madrid, also expressed his sadness.“Broken. Shattered. I have no words,” Ramos wrote in Spanish on Twitter. “All the love to the family. We’ll always remember you, friend! RIP brother.”Because of the death, the Spanish football federation postponed the seven second-division matches that were scheduled to be played on Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Focus on cricket: Hardik Pandya trolled after posting travel day photo

first_imgHardik Pandya was brutally trolled on social media after posting a picture on Instagram. The India all-rounder, clad in all-black, wore a hat and sunglasses and posed for the camera as India finally left London to go to Nottingham for the third Test against England.India have already lost the first two Tests of the five-match series. While Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma helped India fight at Edgbaston, the Lord’s Test was a one-sided affair as England crushed India by an innings and 159 runs.The Indian team has been criticised for its poor attitude on the tour of England. Virat Kohli’s men played the limited-overs phase to get acclimatised to conditions in England but it has not had any impact. India only played one warm-up match before the Test series and that too was reduced by a day because of the heat.Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was critical of the team and wondered the Indian players did not spend more time practicing. In fact, the second Test got over on Sunday and the team only left London on Wednesday – they assembled at the ground to practice on Thursday, only to days before the must-win Test gets underway on Saturday (August 18).Pandya, in the side as a specialist all-rounder, has had a disappointing Test series like the rest of his colleagues. At Edgbaston, he failed to pick any wickets and scored 22 and 31. At Lord’s, Pandya scored 11 in the first innings, picked 3/66 and scored 26 in the second innings.advertisementREAD – Upset with Lord’s defeat, BCCI likely to question Virat Kohli and Ravi ShastriIn fact, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said the all-rounder tag should be take away from Pandya, who has taken only 10 wickets and scored 458 runs from nine Tests since his debut in 2017.”He (Pandya) hasn’t got many runs as a batsman and the captain doesn’t seem to have confidence in his bowling. If he doesn’t bowl in these conditions then things will only get difficult for him and the Indian team in the future. We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as (Ben) Stokes, (Sam) Curran did in the first Test and now (Chris) Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight!”Consequently, Pandya’s decision to post a picture on social media when the need of the hour was to practice, infuriated fans. Hardik Pandya was brutally trolled on Instagram for posting the photograph. FORMER CRICKETERS BEMUSEDGavaskar was not impressed with the Indian team’s decision to delay their departure for Nottingham.”I can understand they have taken the day off today.. they are still licking the wounds of the defeat at Lord’s but they should have been planning to leave for Nottingham after today which would have been the last day of the Lord’s Test and practice from tomorrow,” Gavaskar told India Today.Former chief selector Sandip Patil wondered why the Indian team chose to rest instead of training hard for an important Test series. And he took a dig at Kohli, who had in his pre-departure press conference rather lightly said he would enjoy the coffee in England.”We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, “We have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee,” Patil said in his column for The Quint. “Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions.”READ – Nasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the momentSeveral former Indian cricketers had stressed on the need to practice properly before the Test series. The red ball in England tends to swing and that is no mystery. Instead of practicing, Indian cricketers were seen going out for nice walks and indeed enjoying the English coffee.England great Geoffrey Boycott lashed out on Virat Kohli’s Team India after their humiliating loss in the second Test by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s against England.Boycott termed India’s as batting performance as “naive, irresponsible and bordering on stupidity”.”So far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless,” Boycott wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph.advertisement(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img read more

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Michigan Players Make It Clear The Wolverines Are Rooting For Colorado

first_imgMichigan's players taking a selfie on a couch.Instagram/alexmalzoneMichigan football’s clearest path to the College Football Playoff involves Colorado, a team the Wolverines beat, winning the Pac-12 championship.Back on September 17, Michigan beat Colorado 45-28 at the Big House. At the time, Colorado looked like it could be on the way to a breakout bowl season in year four under Mike McIntyre. Instead, the Buffaloes ran out to a 10-2 record, and claimed the Pac-12 South title. Now, the Wolverines are some of the Buffaloes biggest fans.Colorado currently ranks eighth in the country ahead of conference championship week, three spots behind Michigan. A win in the Pac-12 Championship likely knocks the No. 4 team, Washington, out of contention, and could open the door for Michigan to get back in the top four. A Colorado win would also then make Michigan’s win over the Buffaloes look even more impressive.Michigan players know what’s at stake in the Pac-12 title game, and they are all aboard the Buffaloes bandwagon. Star cornerback Jourdan Lewis and defensive back Taylor Krupp made that clear on Twitter:Me last night after the rankings came out pic.twitter.com/wY10ho4Z2E— Taylor Krupp (@Taylor_Krupp) November 30, 2016FAX https://t.co/DMxTugrZUx— Jourdan Lewis (@JourdanJD) November 30, 2016Quarterback Alex Malzone echoed those sentiments on Instagram.alex-malzone-go-buffsColorado and Washington kick off at 9:00 p.m. ET on Friday, December 2. The game will be broadcast on FOX.last_img read more

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DMCA to Showcase Its Maritime Sector Strategy at …

first_imgzoom Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) is planning to participate in the upcoming 2014 Posidonia Exhibition which will be held from June 2 to 6, 2014 in Athens, Greece, to showcase Dubai’s experience as a world-class international maritime hub.DMCA explained this move as part of “its commitment to create channels for transferring knowledge and exchanging expertise with leading regional and international industry players, in order to promote Dubai’s competitiveness and position it among the world’s top maritime centers.”Amer Ali, Executive Director of DMCA, commented: “DMCA will shed light on the strategically important Dubai Maritime Sector Strategy (DMSS), the first plan of its kind in Dubai aimed at regulating, developing and promoting the maritime industry under the highest standards of excellence, creativity, innovation, human investment and environmental protection. It will be vital to creating a secure and vibrant maritime industry that can drive sustainable economic development.” “We look forward to discussing the key pillars of DMSS which will take advantage of the Emirate’s various strengths such as its strategic location, prosperous economy, healthy investment environment, and integrated maritime legislations. We will also underscore other factors such as growing imports and exports and financing and brokerage, all of which are poised to add more value and comprehensiveness to Dubai’s maritime community,” he added.“Posidonia Exhibition 2014 is of particular importance as a leading interactive platform aimed at encouraging communication among decision makers from across the world’s maritime industries. It will discuss the latest developments and best practices to overcome emerging challenges and create a bright outlook for the future. DMCA’s participation will focus on Dubai’s experience as one of the world’s major hubs for maritime trade in view of its strategic location as a gateway between East and West, in addition to its highly competitive logistics services, investment environment, advanced infrastructure, and tax exemption.”Theodore Vokos, Executive Director at Posidonia Exhibitions S.A., said: “Dubai is known for being a major hub for marine navigation and trade, connecting Asian markets with Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Over the past few years it has emerged as a leading regional and international port, supported by high-level technical and logistics services and advanced infrastructure. DMCA is, without a doubt, the solid foundation on which Dubai’s maritime industry is growing and prospering. Its efforts to develop new laws and legislations that support its ambitious approach to create the required investment environment to attract industry leaders from all over the world are unparalleled.”“We are certain that DMCA’s participation will be a great addition to the Posidonia 2014 exhibition which will gather international maritime industry leaders over five consecutive days of extensive discussions and high-level interactive activities,” Vokos added.“We are eager to hash out Dubai’s Maritime Sector Strategy which has brought about a positive change in the maritime industry through a series of initiatives. These include the issuance of new legislations and regulations under the highest standards of maritime safety and best environmental practices, as well as local and international resolutions that govern marine operations management. It further aims to develop a competitive infrastructure and lay down an integrated logistics program to create a safe and sustainable maritime environment. This environment will be able to effectively respond to market changes and emerging trends by attracting regional and international investors to leverage Dubai’s rapidly growing footprint as a key player in the global maritime map,” concluded Ali Al Daboos, Executive Director – operations, Dubai Maritime City Authority.Held once every two years, Posidonia serves as one of the world’s most prestigious maritime events. It offers an ideal platform for interaction among decision makers, government figures, experts, ship owners, international investors and representatives from key maritime companies across the world. The previous 2012 edition attracted over 1,870 exhibitors and 18,500 buyers from 92 countries.Press Release, May 19, 2014, Image: DMCAlast_img read more

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McGill puts off decision on changing contentious Redmen team name

first_imgMONTREAL — McGill University says it need more time before deciding what to do about its sports teams’ contentious Redmen name.Principal Suzanne Fortier says in a statement that she’s postponing a final decision due to a high volume of messages expressing opinions on whether the name should be dropped.The university released a working group report in December that revealed deep divisions between students and alumni who defend the nearly century-old name and those who feel it is derogatory to Indigenous students.The Redmen name dates back to the 1920s and has been described as a tribute to the teams’ red uniforms. But in the 1950s, men’s and women’s teams came to be nicknamed the “Indians” and “Squaws,” and some teams later adopted a logo with an Indigenous man wearing a headdress.Seventy-nine per cent of students voted to abandon the Redmen name in a November referendum following a campaign led by Indigenous staff and students.The school had originally promised an answer in January, but Fortier now says she’ll consult some more with students, staff and stakeholders before announcing a final decision by the end of the current semester.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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The Canadian media boss who swapped winning Oscars for kids TV

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Most people who own a media empire talk loud and long, and make a big fuss of themselves, but not Michael Donovan.He is soft-spoken, thoughtful, and analytical. But he is very successful.Michael, a veteran of the film and TV industry, is the founder and boss of DHX Media. Login/Register With: Outside of the big Hollywood studies, the Canadian company is the world’s next largest owner and distributor of children’s TV programmes.Titles in DHX’s vast portfolio include Teletubbies, In the Night Garden, Bob the Builder, and Inspector Gadget. In total, it has a library of more than 11,800 – and growing – episodes across all its shows. And its revenues last year totalled $260m (£212m).I interviewed Michael – who, prior to forming DHX, produced movies including the Oscar-winning Michael Moore documentary Bowling for Columbine – back in the summer in Monaco.The 63-year-old was there for the World Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony, run by accountancy group Ernst & Young, after winning the Canadian title.‘Professional lying’Born and raised in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, Michael trained as a lawyer, and worked as one for 10 years after leaving university. Not a happy experience.Explaining why he swapped the legal profession for the movie business, he says: “I formed the opinion that I was unemployable, therefore I had to work for myself.”He continues: “I decided that a much better place than the law for me was the professional telling of lies. That’s what filmmaking is.” Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Consortium threatens to stop Panama Canal expansion

first_imgA Spanish-led consortium threatened Thursday to halt a massive, $5.3 billion (3.9-billion-euro) expansion of the Panama Canal, which handles five percent of world maritime trade, because of a row over cost overruns.Spanish builder Sacyr, leader of the Grupo Unidos por el Canal consortium, said work will stop unless the canal pays $1.6 billion in cost overruns for work on the 80-kilometre (50-mile) waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.“GUPC has formally informed the Panama Canal Authority that it will suspend work if the failures to comply are not put right within the advised period,” Sacyr said in a statement to Spanish market regulators. The consortium said it had set the canal authorities a 21-day deadline before suspending the project to install a third set of canal locks.The news sent Sacyr shares plunging by more than 18 percent as trade opened on the Madrid stock exchange. By late morning they were down 8.95 percent at 3.43 euros.On Wednesday, Panama canal administrator Jorge Quijano warned that the canal authority would use contractual mechanisms to ensure the completion of the canal expansion.“No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed,” he said in a statement quoted by Panama media.A year ago, GUPC demanded an extra payment of $1.6 billion from the ACP due to construction delays.Led by Spain’s Sacyr, the consortium also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Panama’s Constructora Urbana.It began work on a third set of locks for the canal in 2009 and expects to complete construction in June 2015, already a nine-month delay over the date set in the contract.The new locks will accommodate larger ships with a capacity of 12,000 containers — instead of those with 5,000 containers that are now able to navigate the canal.Some 13,000 to 14,000 ships navigate the canal each year.According to the canal authority, there was a delay of four months shortly after the project began because GUPC had planned to use lower-quality cement that would have prevented the construction from lasting more than 100 years.But Sacyr said the GUPC consortium had submitted justified claims for $1.625 billion in cost overruns due to “unforeseeable” circumstances to the relevant authorities, including the International Court of Arbitration.“GUPC is maintaining communication with the Panama Canal Authority to reach a satisfactory agreement to put an end to the contractual imbalance,” it added.The canal uses a system of locks to raise ships from sea level and enable them to sail through the continental divide.last_img read more

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UN food aid for 130000 Azerbaijanis faces shut down due to funding

Without immediate help from international donors, food assistance to 130,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Armenia could come to a complete halt in just three weeks time, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. “For this to happen just before the onset of the harsh winter and during the holy month of Ramadan would be a severe blow to the displaced population, who are predominantly Muslim. In fact, it would be disastrous,” WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, Amir Abdulla, said of the $4 million – or 16 per cent – funding shortfall. “Unless we can get enough resources right now, we will have no choice but to stop food assistance schemes at the beginning on November,” he added. Mr. Abdulla expressed hope that the international community would step in with funding for what he described as “desperately needed relief food aid” and added that further assistance from the Azerbaijan Government would be most welcome. Since 1994, WFP has been pivotal in helping hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis displaced by the armed conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. More than 600,000 Azerbaijanis fled the region to other parts of Azerbaijan and are now spread across western, central and eastern parts of the country with extremely limited opportunities for employment.“Seventy per cent of WFP’s beneficiaries are women and children and they are extremely food insecure,” WFP Country Director Rahman Chowdhury said. “Any discontinuation of food assistance will seriously affect their health and nutritional well being.”If the situation fails to improve, WFP’s school feeding programme, which covers 5,300 primary schoolchildren, will also come to a halt. Children regularly attending school receive a basket of take-home commodities. “School enrolment and attendance has registered a marked improvement since the launch of the programme. The nutrition of these children has improved considerably in recent months. But all that could be lost if we do not continue this programme,” Mr. Chowdhury said. read more

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Alevels go gender neutral Leading exam board allows students to opt out

A JCQ spokesperson said: “Schools and colleges enter students for examinations and designate a gender for their candidates. Where a candidate has no designated gender JCQ does not enter their results for national reporting.  “The number of candidates is small and does not have a material impact on the aggregated results.  Awarding bodies continue to work towards supporting non-binary candidates.”Last year, boys beat girls to top A-level grades for the first time in 17 years, with the dramatic reversal of fortunes thought to be fuelled by the new “tougher” A-levels. In the subjects that have a reformed syllabus and course structure, the top grades of girls have drastically declined in percentage points compared to last year. A spokesperson for Pearson said:  “We are continuing to look at how non-binary students can have the option of signalling that they do not wish to be classed as either male or female when they register for a qualification and receive results with Pearson Edexcel. It’s great to see organisations like Pearson taking steps to be more inclusive of all gender identitiesSidonie Bertrand Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall A-levels are going gender neutral, as one of the country’s leading exam boards is now allowing students to opt out of boys and girls classifications.For the first time this summer, teenagers who do not identify with either gender are able to request that male and female flags are removed from EdExcel’s system.EdExcel, which is owned by the education company Pearson, has also axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades.Compiling information about students’ gender enables exam boards to examine trends in results over time, such as whether boys or girls are dominating the top gradeshow many girls are taking STEM subjects compared to boys.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––However, the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ), which represents the UK’s major exam boards, said that the introduction of a gender neutral option would not affect national trends since numbers would be too low to have an impact.EdExcel is the first major exam board to have made changes to accommodate non-binary pupils, but others intend to follow suit.OCR and AQA are both examining their systems to see whether similar changes can be made, The Daily Telegraph understands. “For this summer we have removed the gender flag altogether from the documents students receive from us, and we are giving them the option of removing the male/female flag on our qualifications systems by requesting this through their school or college.”Pearson said it is working on a number of initiatives with the charity Stonewall aimed at boosting “diversity and inclusion”.  Earlier this year, Pearson announced that its school textbooks will be updated to include “same sex” couples in their questions. It said it will update all of its products and resources to ensure they are “LGBT inclusive”.Exam boards already have a process in place for transgender student who transition after sitting their exams, and want to change the information on their certificate to reflect their new identity.  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. EdExcel has axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades EdExcel has axed gender categories completely from the documents that students receive on results day with their grades This year, boys are expected to score more A and A* grades than girls in the new A-levels, according to a Buckingham University report.It predicts that boys’ performance will improve this year in England because there are twice as many new tough A-levels, which are tested by exams, rather than coursework.Sidonie Bertrand Shelton, head of education programmes at Stonewall, said: “It’s great to see organisations like Pearson taking steps to be more inclusive of all gender identities.”By offering non-binary students a voluntary way to express their identity schools will get a better understanding of who makes up their student body.”Having more inclusive data will help schools create more welcoming environments and ensure every student is accepted without exception.’A-Level results day Q&AGot a question about A Levels or what to do next? Today, the Telegraph is hosting a special results day Q&A. Education expert and Good Schools Guide consultant Elizabeth Coatman will be on hand to offer advice on everything from clearing and adjustment to gap years and student finance, between 12pm and 2pm.If you’ve got a question, you can either leave a comment ahead of time on the Q&A article page, join us today for the live session, or email your question to editorialcommunities@telegraph.co.uk. read more

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End of season for Ruben Garabaya

Naturhouse La RiojaRuben Garabaya ← Previous Story DKB Bundesliga (Round 7): Convincing Fuchse and HSV! Next Story → Mirza Dzomba leaves the “Zamet” project Ex Spanish NT line-player and experienced member of Naturhouse La Rioja, Ruben Garabaya (34) will miss rest of the season after medical tests confirmed injury of knee ligaments. Garabaya got injured during match of his team against Palma Del Rio last weekend. He will have to rest at least six months, what means that ASOBAL won’t be his destiny this season. read more

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first_img Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Share Which side ended Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 champions Dublin’s reign after their semi-final win on Sunday? Tweet Laois 12 Comments Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. Ireland Tweet Niall Scannell Offaly https://the42.ie/4607825 8 Kerry legend Kieran Donaghy was this week unveiled as Sky Sports’ newest GAA pundit. When was he named Footballer of the Year though? 2009 2006 2007 4 UL Bohemians bid for their 14th title in the Women’s All-Ireland League final tomorrow. Which Munster star coached them this year? Luke McGrath Share Sydney Swans Donegal How many Premier League goals has Dubliner Matt Doherty scored so far this season? You scored out of ! Paul Pogba 3 England Cork Well now, there’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? You scored out of ! The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Ireland’s Shane Lowry fell short at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina last weekend, but who won it out? Dan Goggin Subscribe The Ireland women’s hockey team have a new head coach in Sean Dancer. What nation did he represent as a player? Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely have you paid attention to this week’s sporting headlines? Share Tweet Jordan Larmour Answer all the questions to see your result! 2008 Geelong Kildarecenter_img Short URL Matt Kuchar Mayo Silver Peter O’Mahony Jack O’Donoghue Collingwood C.T. Pan Share your result: Eden Hazard Scott Fardy By Emma Duffy K.J. Choi Gold You scored out of ! Wooden Spoon Westmeath One non-Liverpool/Manchester City player made the PFA Team of the Year. Name him? Son Heung-min Tweet Share your result: TJ Doheny faces fellow world champion Danny Roman in a world-title unification clash tonight. Where is the 32-year-old from? Which of the following Leinster players did not score a try in their Champions Cup semi-final win over Toulouse? Zach Tuohy will make his return to AFL action after injury this weekend. What club does he play for in Oz? Friday 26 Apr 2019, 5:00 PM New Zealand Galway James Lowe You scored out of ! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Essendon Share Tweet Email1 Share your result: 37,625 Views Australia Ian Poulter Apr 26th 2019, 5:01 PM Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: 2 Bronze Share your result: Rúben Neveslast_img read more

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Le jeudi 14 octobre sacré Journée mondiale du souffle

first_imgLe jeudi 14 octobre sacré Journée mondiale du soufflePour la première fois au monde aura lieu jeudi 14 octobre la Journée mondiale du souffle. A cette occasion, les pneumologues proposent à tous ceux qui le veulent de tester leur souffle et ainsi, peut-être, de détecter une maladie respiratoire.Jeudi 14 octobre aura lieu la première Journée mondiale du souffle suivie par plus de 70 pays. Dans le cadre de cette journée, des opérations de sensibilisation sont organisées, notamment par l’European Respiratory. En France, c’est la Société de pneumologie de langue française ainsi que le Comité national de lutte contre les maladies respiratoires et la Fédération française de pneumologie qui se chargent de l’organisation de la manifestation.Ainsi, vous pourrez notamment mesurer votre souffle chez les pneumologues participants grâce à un spiromètre. Cet appareil permet immédiatement de voir si le patient souffre d’une maladie respiratoire, comme une bronchite chronique obstructive, une apnée du sommeil ou encore un cancer du poumon. Et l’AFP de préciser qu’en France, 6 millions de personnes souffrent d’asthme ou de BPCO.Le 13 octobre 2010 à 18:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Dyche is hopeful Burnley can grow soon

first_imgBurnley’s manager Sean Dyche hopes his team can do well in the rest of the English Premier League season.Burnley is currently sitting in the 17th position of the English Premier League table.The team has 24 points, thanks to six victories, six draws, and 13 defeats.And for manager Sean Dyche the rest of the 2018-2019 can be very good for the team if they manage to grow.“The squad is coming back together and we just want that to continue now,” he told the club’s official website.“If we can get through the Brighton game intact, at least we have that little break which hopefully allows more players to chance to get more training and more strength under their belt.”“Sometimes, when you come back, you need the strength training and conditioning, but you also need that little bit of luck to stay injury free for a period until your body balances again,” he explained.“We have had players just get there, then break down and that’s been frustrating, but I think they are on their way back now.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It all has to come together at some point and I’m very pleased that the signs are strong at the moment,” he said.“Six games unbeaten in the Premier League is not easy and the mentality of those performances has been key.”“It shows there is a strength to us, which we’ve always had, but now it’s coming back and you can sense it,” he continued.“People are going the extra inches that count and sometimes it’s hard to define what makes that work, or not work.“I’m pleased to say though that at the moment the players are showing strong signs of that mentality,” he commented.“We’ve had our challenges, but we have earned the right to get those results, but we know we have to go again and the mentality is getting stronger to do that.“Every game that comes our way, we are looking clear-minded again,” Dyche concluded.last_img read more

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