Military Caregiving Webinar Announcement: Test Your Caregiver IQ

first_imgSubscribe to our monthly eNewsletter! Mark your calendars for our upcoming MFLN Military Caregiving professional development webinar entitled, Test Your Caregiver IQ!Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, March 9, 2016Event Location: Test Your Caregiver IQ!Find out how much you know about today’s caregivers by testing your caregiver IQ in this webinar session. Your caregiver IQ will highlight your overall understanding of who caregivers are, their similarities and differences, challenges and joys they experience and ways you can support them. This interactive session will provide a Q&A style format with participants and will dive further into the necessary content using the questions asked in understanding this unique audience.PresenterMary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus from the University of Wisconsin – Extension and owner of MBP Consulting, LLC, will be presenting. Dr. Britnall-Peterson is a returning webinar presenter for the Military Caregiving concentration and provides over 20 years’ experience as an educator of family caregivers, both in personal and professional caregiving arenas.Interested in Joining the Webinar?Registration is required to join the webinar, but can be completed on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering Certificates of Completion for those that may be interested in receiving training hours for attending the event.To join the webinar, simply click on Test Your Caregiver IQ.  The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream. Mobile option for Ustream is available for Apple and Android devices.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on March 4, 2016.last_img read more

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Tiger cub of Choti Tara dies of electrocution in Tadoba buffer zone

first_imgA two-and-half-year-old sub-adult male tiger cub of famed Choti Tara died of electrocution at a paddy field in Bhamdeli village near Tadoba Tiger Sanctuary late on Saturday night.The sub-adult tiger cub, which had come out of the sanctuary’s core area into the buffer zone to establish its own territory, got stuck in a water canal along a solar-powered electric fence put up by farmer Nannavare in his paddy field situated in Bhamdeli village in Bhadravathi Tehsil of Chandrapur district, Maharashtra.In the process to escape out of the water canal, the tiger came in contact with the live wire, resulting in its death. The Forest Department officials shifted the carcass of the feline from the accident spot on Sunday morning.last_img read more

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Matriliny, border dispute may keep some Garos out of NRC

first_imgA sizeable number of people belonging to the Garo tribe are expected to be excluded from Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens to be published on August 31. The reasons: their matrilineal culture and Assam-Meghalaya boundary dispute.Most of matrilineal Garos inhabit the western half of Meghalaya. Some inhabit two districts of western Assam — Goalpara and Kamrup — in villages along the border with Meghalaya.“In our society, the men come to live with their in-laws after marriage. Some men from Meghalaya wedded into families in Assam could not get pre-1971 documents from the government or the nokmas [village chieftains]. They are expected to miss out on the NRC,” Thengsil Sangma, general secretary of the United Garo Autonomous Council Movement Committee (Assam), told The Hindu.March 24, 1971 is the cut-off date for considering a person’s citizenship in Assam.Mr. Sangma, based in Goalpara, said more than 60% of Garos living in Assam made it into the NRC published on July 30, 2018. Half of the remaining 40% comprise those who relocated or came to Assam from Meghalaya after marriage and have documents to get into the citizens’ list. Some of the Garos in Kamrup district to the east of Goalpara have faced a similar issue. But matrilineal complications have not played as big a part in their exclusion as has as an inter-State boundary dispute.Disputed areasThere are 12 disputed areas along the Assam-Meghalaya border, an outcome of Meghalaya challenging the Assam Reorganisation Act of 1971 after being carved out of Assam in 1972. One of the disputed areas is Langpih, which Meghalaya claims is in its West Khasi Hills district. Assam calls the village Lampi and claims it is in Kamrup district. “We don’t have the data yet, but we have estimated that at least 20% of the people in the border areas are likely to be excluded from the NRC for not submitting their legacy data in time. This should work out to 5,000 people,” Anindra Marak, the president of Garo National Council’s Kamrup district unit said.There are more than 130 Garo-inhabited villages and hamlets in Kamrup district. Most of these are within 5 km from the Assam-Meghalaya border.Some members of the community, Mr. Marak said, did not apply for the NRC because of their belief that they belong to Meghalaya and not Assam. Many Garos resent being left out of Meghalaya at the time of the creation of the State because of lack of development and alleged neglect by the local authorities in Assam.last_img read more

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Shimmer, solids dominate the Emmy red carpet

first_imgLos Angeles, Sep 21 (PTI) Television stars put their best fashion foot forward at the 67th Emmys with shimmery metallics and solids ranging from blues to brights dominating the red carpet. From Kerry Washingtons Marc Jacobs thigh high slit number to equally dazzling sequined structured Prabal Gurung gown worn by Sarah Paulson and “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergaras Italian gold lame jacquard St Jean dress with 64,000 hand-applied Swarovski crystals, metallic shimmer seemed to be the flavour of Emmys this season. The best actress winner Viola Davis made head turns in a pristine white dress with blingy black leaf embroidery on it. She completed her look with an ebony clutch, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Neil Lane diamonds. “The Mom” actress Allison Janney, who picked up her second Emmy for her role in the series, flaunted her figure in a metallic grey and black Labourjoisie illusion dress. Other names, who impressed the fashion critics with elegant glint, were Jaimie Alexander in Armani Prive, Christina Hendricks in a Naeem Khan dress with Art Deco details and Lena Headey in wine coloured beaded halter neck gown. Actress Padma Laxmi stunned in a yellow gold Romona Keveza dress. Best actress in drama series nominee, Taraji P Henson lead the solid brigade in sultry black Alexander Wang attire. Supporting her were Sarah Hyland in plum Zac Posen outfit, pop star Lady Gaga in classic one-shoulder black dress and “Mindy Project” creator Mindy Kaling in yellow mermaid fit gown. The Emmys had its share of stars, who failed to score good marks at the fashion scale, with Heidi Klum leading the list. The model sported weird look in a yellow silk chiffon Atelier Versace dress with ruffles and a loose, long sleeve on one side and a skinny strap on the other with uneven sheer skirt. Joanna Newsom, partner of Emmy host Andy Samberg, was dressed in Delpozo peach-pink gown that cut awkward angles for a red carpet wear. Naomi Grossman in part-sheer part-covered couture creation was one of the disasters on televisions biggest red carpet. PTI SHD BKadvertisementlast_img read more

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Online gambling increasing in teenagers: study

first_imgToronto, Mar 31 (PTI) Teens are gambling online at a significantly higher rate than previously reported, a new Canadian-study has claimed.Nearly 10 per cent of teens in three Canadian provinces said they had gambled online in the past three months, according to researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Waterloo in Canada.Of all adolescents surveyed, 42 per cent reported that they had gambled money or something of value in offline (land-based) gambling or online gambling.Popular gambling activities included: a dare or challenge (22 per cent), instant-win or scratch tickets (14 per cent), games of skill, such as pool or darts (12 per cent), offline sports pools (9 per cent), and cards, such as poker and black jack (9 per cent).”A substantially high proportion of young people are gambling in general, and mostly in unregulated forms, like in a dare or a game of pool, which are accessible to youth,” said Tara Elton-Marshall, scientist at (CAMH).”The high proportion of teens who are gambling in any form is concerning because there is research to suggest that the earlier people start to gamble, the more likely it is to be an issue later on,” said Elton-Marshall.The findings come from 10,035 students in grades 9 to 12 (aged 13 to 19) who completed the 2012-2013 Youth Gambling Survey in schools in Canada.Most adolescents participating in many forms of gambling were not of legal age to gamble.Online gamblers were adolescents who reported gambling in online sports pools, Internet poker or Internet slot machines.advertisementThe higher rates of online gambling may partly be due to the fact that adolescents were asked about online sports pools, which may not have been considered a form of gambling by teens responding to previous surveys about online gambling.Among these adolescents, 36 per cent had a score indicating a potential gambling problem on a scale measuring problem gambling, versus 8 per cent among offline-only gamblers.Problem gambling severity scores were calculated based on responses to questions, such as how often they missed activities like team sports or band due to gambling/betting.”While we do not know why adolescents who also gamble online had higher problem gambling scores, we also found that adolescents who were also gambling online were more likely than offline-only gamblers to participate in multiple forms of gambling,” said Elton-Marshall.”This suggests that young people who are also gambling online are individuals who are seeking out a range of gambling experiences, which could put them at greater risk for problem gambling,” she said.Teens also participated in free simulated forms of gambling online, including free poker websites and gambling games on Facebook.The study was published in the journal BMC Public Health. PTI MHN SAR SARlast_img read more

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Cowboys Cut Gay Michael Sam

first_imgIRVING, Texas — Michael Sam will have to wait for a third team to give the NFL’s first openly gay player a chance to appear in a regular-season game.The Dallas Cowboys released Sam from the practice squad Oct. 21, dropping the defensive end as they prepare for several potential reinforcements to return to the defensive line.Sam spent seven weeks with the Cowboys after joining their practice squad Sept. 3, four days after he was among the final cuts by the St. Louis Rams at the end of the preseason. He was never placed on the 53-man active roster.The Rams drafted Sam in the seventh round in May. He was pick No. 249 out of 256. Sam had three sacks in the preseason with St. Louis playing mostly against second- and third-stringers.Sam thanked the family of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Twitter, along with “friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support.”“While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday,” Sam wrote.The signing of Sam by the Cowboys brought an overflow crowd to coach Jason Garrett’s daily news conference, and he was surrounded by about two dozen reporters in the only interview he conducted on the same day.But he mostly blended in after that, making occasional appearances in the locker room when it was open to the media and earning praise from Garrett and defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli the few times they were asked about him.“Comes to work every day and practices hard,” Garrett said last week. “One of 10 practice roster guys that we have, so he’s working on his skills, trying to develop, but also doing a lot of other things. Playing offense, defense, playing the kicking game. That’s what a lot of those guys do.”Sam came out to his Missouri teammates before his senior season, when he had 11 1/2 sacks. He told the rest of the world three months before the May draft. After Sunday’s 31-21 win over the New York Giants, Cowboys owner Jones told USA Today that Sam’s sexuality was “a dead issue.”The Cowboys (6-1), off to their best start since they were 12-1 in 2007, are playing their second straight NFC East opponent at home, with Washington (2-5) visiting Oct. 27.The Rams didn’t keep Sam because they had depth on the defensive front. The same situation is developing for the Cowboys, who are among the league’s worst in sacks but have been getting solid production with a rotation in the front four of a defense exceeding expectations.(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018 Day 3 wrap: Saurabh wins historic gold, medal tally at 10

first_imgThe third day at Asian Games 2018 witnessed India’s medal tally swell up to 10, on Tuesday.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary created a new Games Record to clinch India’s first shooting gold medal of the ongoing edition. Saurabh clinched the yellow metal in men’s 10m air pistol, while Abhishek Verma bagged bronze.The third medal of day also belonged to a shooter as Sanjeev Rajput clinched a silver in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. Indian men’s sepak takraw team bagged a record bronze, while Divya Kakaran won bronze in the 68kg freestyle to make it five medals for the day.Indian women’s hockey team registered a massive 21-0 win against Kazakhstan and the kabaddi teams entered semi-finals.But the star of the day was debutant teenager Saurabh, who finished on top of men’s 10m air pistol standings with a Games record score of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Asian Games 2018, Day 3: HighlightsThe bronze medal went to Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek, who recorded a score of 219.3.In second position for most of the final, Chaudhary grabbed the lead after Matsuda fired 8.9 in his penultimate shot. The Indian went ahead with a 10.2 off his second-last shot and held the nerve to stay ahead.With our shooters on a roll, bringing to you the gold medalist in mens 10m Air Pistol – Saurabh Choudhary!All of 16 & making his Asian Games debut, he has surely won many hearts.Congratulations!@OfficialNRAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #Shooting #TOPSAthlete #SAI pic.twitter.com/FmEEiFAvycSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Another shooter, Sanjeev shot 452.7 to claim the silver medal in the men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event. China’s Hui Zicheng notched up the gold medal with a score of 453.3. Japan’s Matsumoto Takayuki bagged the bronze with 441.4.Rajput dominated the proceedings in the keeling and prone positions. However, an erratic show in the standing round put paid to his hopes of a gold.advertisementHe recovered from 7.8 in the third series of the kneeling position to end in the top position with a score of 151.2.The maiden medal!Today our mens #SepakTakraw Regu team has created #history by winning a bronze medal at #AsianGames2018, countrys 1st ever in the sport.Seeing our flag fly high because of them is a matter of immense pride for #India. #TeamIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames #SAI pic.twitter.com/XSEccaHKloSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Rajput continued his impressive run in prone, leading from start to finish after consistently shooting 10s. He had a total score of 307.1 after 30 shots.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 3In the standing position, Rajput led after the first series with a score of 355.6 but his slide coincided with Zicheng raising the bar.India clinched a maiden Asian Games medal in sepak takraw despite its men’s regu team losing to defending champion Thailand.The Indian men’s regu team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as both the losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal.Divya added a bronze to India’s wrestling tally after beating Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the third-place play-off bout for the 68kg category.Asian Games 2018: 16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreThe 20-year-old Asian championships silver-medallist prevailed on account of Technical Superiority with the final scoreline reading 10-0.Young Divya Kakran wrestled bravely to grab a bronze medal in womens 68kg freestyle #Wrestling!You were great, @DivyaWrestler !Many congratulations!#IndiaAtAsianGames #ProudIndia @FederationWrest #AsianGames2018 #SAI pic.twitter.com/53YcazRlR3SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 21, 2018Four medals were assured for India in wushu after Surya Pratap, Narender Grewal, Santosh Kumar and Naorem Devi won their respective quarter-finals matches.In hockey, four Indian players scored a hat-trick each as the women’s team mauled lowly Kazakhstan 21-0 to notch up its second consecutive win.Goals rained thick and fast in the Pool B match at the GBK Hockey Field with as many as 10 Indians out of 18, who took the field, entering their names in the scoresheet.Asian Games 2018: Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingNavneet Kaur (11th, 12th, 16th, 48th, 48th) top-scored with five goals while drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur, who had also scored a hat-trick in India’s 8-0 thrashing of Indonesia in their opening match, had four strikes (8th, 36th, 44th and 51st).Lalremsiami found the target in the ninth, 19th and 29th minutes while Vandana Katariya (28th, 37th and 52nd) was the fourth player to score a hat-trick in the lop-sided match.FT| The Indian Women’s Hockey Team’s fantastic all-round show during their game against Kazakhstan at the 18th Asian Games 2018 spurs the team on to an impressive 21-0 victory at the competition on 21st August 2018.#IndiaKaGame #AsianGames2018 #INDvKAZ pic.twitter.com/zkRidWMAwqadvertisementHockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 21, 2018The Indian men’s and women’s kabaddi teams secured emphatic wins against their respective opponents to qualify for the semi-finals.The men’s team, a seven-time gold-medallist, bounced back from the shock 23-24 defeat against South Korea to beat Thailand 49-30 in its fourth and final Group A match. It had beaten Bangladesh 50-21 and Sri Lanka 44-28 before losing to South Korea.In the women’s competition, India played two matches and emerged victorious in both to top Group A with an all-win record and qualify for the semifinals.Asian Games 2018: India win first medal in sepak takraw. All you need to know about the sportIn the first match of the day, the Indian women’s team defeated Sri Lanka 38-12 before trouncing Indonesia 54-22 in its final group match.The Indians had beaten Japan 43-12 and Thailand 33-23 in their earlier group matches.In tennis, top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan breezed into the men’s doubles quarter-finals while Ankita Raina entered the last eight of the women’s singles.Bopanna and Sharan sailed past Thailand’s Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul and Nuttanon Kadchapanan 6-3 6-1 in another round of 16 match.Raina, ranked 189, overpowered world number 243 Eri Hozumi 6-1 6-2 in a round of 16 clash.Dipa Karmakar and Indian gymnasts make progress at Asian Games 2018Karman Kaur Thandi, however, was disappointed after losing to lower-ranked En-Shuo Liang of Chinese Taipei. The world number 196 lost a close match against the 278th ranked Liang, going down 6-2, 4-6, 6-7 (4) in the pre-quarterfinals.Thandi also lost a close mixed doubles match alongside the experienced Sharan.The Indians bounced back losing the first set before going down in the super tie-break. The eventual scoreline read 4-6, 6-3, 5-10.Ramakumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal, who both are singles specialists and were told to pair up at the eleventh hour, put up a spirited show to outlast Taipei’s fourth seeds Chen Ti and Peng Hsienyin 7-6 (5) 7-6 (2).Bopanna and Raina are the sole Indian pair left in the mixed doubles draw after the exit of Thandi and Sharan. The fourth seeds had a tough match against South Korea’s Kim Nari and Lee Jeamoon before prevailing 6-3 2-6 11-9.It wasn’t a great day for gymnast Dipa Karmakar as she failed to qualify for the vault final. However, she made the cut in the balance beam as India also booked a berth in the title round of the team competition.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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10 (more) Thoughts on the Texas Game

first_img7. Anthony Slater with some great work here on the OSU report card. Agree that it was, overall, a “B” performance. It’s kind of crazy that OSU takes its “B” game to Austin and wins comfortably.8. Good to see Malcolm Brown continue the “every team has a player who has his career day against our football team or basketball team” streak alive. It’s at like 3,932 games now.9. I noted it earlier but I liked that OSU didn’t play its best game and still won fairly handily. I like it because 1. it shows how deep and tough this team is and 2. it feels like next week could be an unleashing of the fury of a thousand Brandon Weeden yards.10. I agree with Matt Millen (can’t believe I just typed that) that the officiating crew did a pretty fair job. There were missed calls, but they were missed on both sides. And I’m pretty sure they got both the punt/fumble disasters correct to the letter of the NCAA law. If you had issue, it should probably be more with the rule than the officials’ interpretation of it.11. (bonus) How about Quinn Sharp almost catching Fozzy Whittaker? Dude can fly. 12. (bonus) I love Josh Stewart. That’s all.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIIf you missed it last night, here were my frist ten thoughts from the OSU Texas game. Here are ten more to close the book on the first half of the regular season…1. Sean McDonough could have torched every set from the Longhorn Network studios and it wouldn’t have been as funny as some of the comments he made towards the their fan base during the game. A sampling:“This is always a surprisingly quiet crowd.”“They’re booing more at the officials than they cheer for their own team.”He took a shot at the quarterback situation too…“[David Ash] still can’t throw one deep”Hey, I’m not complaining because all of it’s true, I just can’t think the ESPN brass is all that excited about it, which again highlights what a joke it is that ESPN is supposed to be a journalistic and entertainment entity at the same time.2. Can any of you understand how badly I wanted Justin Gilbert to run that kick back that was 9 yards deep into the end zone after Fozzy answered his previous kick return?3. Quinn Sharp’s new yards per punt average is 48.38 which would break his own school record by 2 yards and the Big 12 record by 1 yard. Unfortunately, he’s .1 punts per game short of the requisite 3.6 to qualify per NCAA rules.4. (bonus) Great text from Nolan at halftime: “Justin Gilbert stole David Wright’s orange undershirt and is wearing the OSU uni as well as anyone I’ve ever seen.”5. I loved Mack Brown not calling a timeout on OSU’s third down at the end of the 4th quarter. Then when they didn’t get the first down him acting like he still cared by calling the timeout on fourth. Speaking of Mack, I would have liked to have heard what he said when Bryan Harsin lined up three offensive lineman in the left slot when Texas was in the red zone. I’m assuming it was Monken-like.6. On the ESPN broadcast they showed the bat bridge with a sign that said, “Welcome to the world’s largest urban bat colony.” It was the most Austin sign I’ve ever seen.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Mi 9 appears with 3 rear cameras, waterdrop notch and shiny back finish in live pictures

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiFebruary 14, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 10:09 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe latest leak reveals the Mi 9 in live pictures which show the phone from all angles. The live pictures go in line with the past leaks and show the Mi 9 with triple rear camera setup.The Mi 9 is expected to launch at a starting price of CNY 2,999 which is roughly translated to Rs 30,500.Xiaomi confirmed the launch date of its 2019 flagship, Mi 9, on Wednesday. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has announced to launch the Mi 9 on February 20, which is the same day when Samsung will launch its long-awaited Galaxy S10 series. Ahead of the launch a lot of details about the Xiaomi Mi 9 has been revealed by the company and also by rumours and leaks circulating on the internet. The latest leak reveals the Mi 9 in live pictures which show the phone from all angles.The live pictures leaked by popular tipster Slashleaks show the Mi 9 is blue colour with gradient finish. Xiaomi is expected to launch the Mi 9 is several colour options like Black, Blue, White, and Gold. The back panel of the Mi 9 in the live pictures appear to be shiny and shows different shades of blue when light falls on it. Looks like the back panel of the Mi 9 is made of glass. The live pictures go in line with the past leaks and show the Mi 9 with triple rear camera setup, which is the key highlight of the phone.With the Mi 9, Xiaomi is taking a step extra when it comes to the cameras. The Mi 9 is rumoured to include three cameras on the back panel including 48MP primary sensor, 12MP secondary sensor with PDAF support and the third is a TOF camera. Rumours also suggest that the Mi will come paired with dual LED flash.The live pictures further show the Mi 9 with waterdrop notch which will equip the selfie camera. The Xiaomi Mi 9 is expected to pack a 25MP selfie shooter on the front. The pictures further reveal the Xiaomi flagship phone with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Thanks to the waterdrop notch that the Mi 9 will sport very minimal bezels on the sides compared to its predecssor.advertisement Ahead of the launch, an official-looking teaser of the Xiaomi Mi 9 has also been revealed. The leaked teaser also re-confirms the triple rear cameras. The teaser further reveals that the three rear cameras of the Mi 9 will be placed in a vertical fashion.Rumours and leaks suggest that the Mi 9 will come with 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and run on Android 9 Pie software based on the latest MIUI 10. The Mi 9 will be the first phone from Xiaomi to be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset. The flagship Xiaomi phone is expected to launch in three models — 256GB + 8GB RAM, 128GB + 6GB RAM, and 128GB + 8GB RAM. Rumours further suggest that the Mi 9 will be packed by a 3500mAh battery and come with Type-C 1.0 reversible connector.Besides the specs, the expected price of the Mi 9 has also been revealed by past rumours. The Mi 9 is expected to launch at a starting price of CNY 2,999 which is roughly translated to Rs 30,500. As for the availability, the Mi 9 will be available for purchase sometime around March.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 launch date confirmed to be February 20, company sends inviteALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9 launch could happen soon as it gets spotted on Geekbench with Snapdragon 855ALSO READ | Xiaomi Mi 9: Full specs, expected price, launch timeline and availability details leakGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow MIFollow Mi 9Follow android Xiaomi Mi 9 appears with 3 rear cameras, waterdrop notch and shiny back finish in live picturesXiaomi has announced to launch the Mi 9 on February 20, which is the same day when Samsung will launch its long-awaited Galaxy S10 series.advertisementlast_img read more

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Minister Recognizes Contribution of Errol Hancock

first_imgMinister of Agriculture Brooke Taylor today, July 28, extended his sympathies to the family of Errol Hancock, who passed away Saturday, July 26, at the age of 106. Dr. Hancock served Nova Scotia’s agriculture industry for more than 36 years, including more than a decade of general practice with the Canadian Department of Agriculture. He later joined the provincial Department of Agriculture in 1937, becoming the department’s first provincial animal pathologist. In 1927, Dr. Hancock worked on the initial testing of cattle for tuberculosis eradication as well as the eradication of other poultry and cattle diseases. “Dr. Hancock made distinguished contributions to the agriculture community and the field of veterinary medicine in Nova Scotia and Canada,” said Mr. Taylor. “The industry continues to experience benefits from his pioneering work in the field of disease eradication and control. The department of agriculture continues to offer several of the programs and services he helped establish. “The Hancock Building, home of the veterinary pathology laboratory located on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus in Bible Hill, was proudly named after him in recognition of services to the livestock industry in Nova Scotia.”last_img read more

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El Khayat Likely to Face Imprisonment or Dismissal

Fez – Television host Amany El Khayat continues to face repercussions for her incendiary remarks concerning Morocco. Moroccan press has reported that the board of ONTV substituted Mrs El Khayat with young animator Ramy Radwane for the program ‘Sabah TV’, customarily hosted by El Khayat.Akhbar Lyaoum newspaper has reported that Moroccans’ political and social discomfort following the Egyptian TV host’s attack on Morocco has placed pressure on ONTV channel to make urgent decisions to alleviate tensions between Morocco and Egypt. Moroccan Diplomacy is said to have brought El Khayat’s case to court after the Egyptian journalist labelled Morocco a leading country in prostitution, AIDS, and political corruption. Moroccan activists, especially on social networks, have been calling for punishment for the Egyptian channel and its presenter.Assabah reported that the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with Egyptian press editors to warn them against ruining Egypt’s close bilateral relations with Morocco. Similarly, Egyptian Ambassador to Morocco Ahmad Ehab Jamal Eddine expressed his respect for Morocco and its monarch and his pride of the good relations Egypt has with the Kingdom.Egypt’s latest actions revealed that the government has asked media to ‘repair’ what El Khayat has spoiled with her emotional anti-Morocco statements.Meanwhile, Amany El Khayat is being put on leave from ONTV until the case is closed. The same sources report that Morocco’s official move may be to demand El Khayat’s arrest for her baseless accusations of Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

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Siberian plateau added to UN World Heritage List

2 August 2010A Siberian plateau that contains pristine tundra, forest and cold-water lakes and is the site of a major reindeer migration route was today added to the United Nations World Heritage List. The World Heritage Committee of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), continuing its meeting in Brasilia, today inscribed the Putorana Plateau in Russia. The committee also approved an extension to the Monte San Giorgio site in Switzerland, which has been on the list since 2003.Announcing its decisions, the committee noted that the Putorana Plateau, which lies about 100 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, “harbours a complete set of sub-Arctic and Arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and Arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems.”The extension to the Monte San Giorgio site is contiguous with the existing site, but on the Italian side of the border with Switzerland. The mountain is regarded as the best fossil record of marine life from the Triassic Period, which took place between 245 million and 230 million years ago.Today’s additions to the World Heritage List join 27 other natural, cultural and mixed sites that have been inscribed or extended during the current session of the committee, which wraps up tomorrow. read more

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Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 103.70 points to 15,252.23.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 28.49 points to 21,438.52.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 4.87 points to 2,440.48.The Nasdaq composite index gained 19.57 points to 6,253.52.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.50 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 75.13 cents US.

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Chinas Tencent in talks to buy 10 of Universal Music Group

PARIS — Chinese tech giant Tencent is in talks with French media company Vivendi to buy 10% of Universal Music Group, whose artists include Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, U2 and the Rolling Stones.Vivendi said Tuesday it has started preliminary negotiations that value Universal Music at about 30 billion euros ($33.6 billion).Tencent would have a one-year option to buy an additional 10% stake, the statement said.The Chinese and French companies are also considering “areas of strategic commercial co-operation.”Vivendi said the deal would help it seize growth opportunities and better promote Universal artists and new talents in new markets.Tencent is the world’s largest gaming company and one of the world’s biggest social media businesses.The Associated Press read more

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UN launches initiative to highlight commitments to end violence against women and

“We all must do better to protect women and prevent this pervasive human rights violation,” said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet. According to UN women, currently, there are 125 countries which have laws that penalize domestic violence. However, up to seven in 10 women continue to be targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, and 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is still not a crime.The new initiative, COMMIT, asks governments to make national commitments that will be showcased globally, encouraging countries to come up with new policies to protect victims.“We hope to see new and improved laws and national action plans that provide for safe houses, free hotline services and free health and legal aid to survivors,” Ms. Bachelet said. “We count on education programmes that teach human rights, equality and mutual respect, and inspire young people to take leadership on ending violence against women and girls.” “We need increasing numbers of women in politics, law enforcement, and peacekeeping forces. We need equal economic opportunities and decent jobs for women,” she added.There are high expectations that governments will agree on framework to tackle violence against women and girls in March at the next session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is expected focus on this issue, UN Women noted in a news release.The announcement of the COMMIT initiative comes days before the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on 25 November. read more

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OpEd Pattersons unilateral appointment cannot be allowed to stand

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC’s leaked emails show Executives dissent with President’s GECOM appointmentNovember 23, 2017In “latest news”PPP/C launches ‘non-cooperation’ campaignOctober 20, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: Jagdeo says AFC cannot deny its role in the unilateral selection of PattersonNovember 14, 2017In “latest news” (Following is an opinion piece written by PPP  Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Mohabir Anil Nandlall)I am convinced that the PNC has not changed, from, historically, a party that is innately and inherently authoritarian and undemocratic and if allowed, will rig every election in this country as it has done from 1968-1985. The unilateral appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson vindicates absolutely what I have said, repeatedly, over the last two and a half years, that is, we are on a road to political dictatorship and authoritarianism.The President did not see it fit to even consult with his coalition partners in Government on this fundamental appointment. Both the AFC and the WPA have so confirmed in public statements. It is difficult to conceive of a clearer exhibition of dictatorship than this. At least the WPA’s reaction was critical. The response of the AFC will have to be the subject of an entire article.I said from the inception that President Granger would eventually choose a person for his own liking, irrespective of the provisions of the Constitution. A year thereafter, that is exactly what he has done. In the process, he has led this nation along a deceptive and agonizing path of public debates on constitutional interpretations, public consultations that produced 18 outstanding Guyanese, all of whom were eventually rejected, and a ruling from the constitutional court – all of which made no difference in the end. Instead of using the Ruling as a guide, the President craftily uses selective parts of it to justify his perverse appointment.The President, from the inception, misinterpreted Article 161 (2) of the Constitution by contending that it only qualifies a judge, a former judge or a person qualified to be a judge, for the position of the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). When this interpretation was met with public condemnation, only then the President conceded that that provision of the Constitution also caters for “any other fit and proper person”. Even when he recognized that the Constitution spoke to the latter category, the President and his Attorney General injected another nonsensical slant to their interpretation by arguing that the Constitution expresses a preference for the judicial category.proviso has no applicabilityThese infantile interpretations to the clear language of the Constitution were all put to rest by the Chief Justice’s Ruling. Now the President has misinterpreted the other part of Article 161 (2), that is, the proviso. When one examines the intention of the framers of the Constitution, which was to create a bi-partisan mechanism to produce a chairman of GECOM, no rational mind would be unclear when the proviso can be activated.It can only be activated when no list has been submitted by the Leader of the Opposition. Once a list has been submitted, this proviso has no applicability. Any other interpretation would make a mockery of the letter but moreover, the spirit of the Constitution because every President would then be free to reject a list submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition and appoints a person of his own choice, rendering the very constitutional provision otiose, superfluous and nugatory. President Carter and those who coined the Carter Formula were not that naïve.Great moment is being made by those who wish to defend the travesty committed by the President by arguing that the words “a list as is provided for”, in the proviso means a list submitted by the Leader of the Opposition which finds the acceptability of the President. I reject this argument as misconceived. The article when read literally cannot mean that; but more importantly, the literal words of the article cannot be read in isolation from the spirit and intention of those who crafted it.Let us examine what responsibility the Article imposes on the Leader of the Opposition and the President, respectively. I submit that a duty is placed on the Leader of the Opposition to submit a list of six names to the President, which in the opinion of the Leader of the Opposition is not unacceptable to the President, from which the President is empowered to choose one. Since the Leader of the Opposition is not endowed with clairvoyant powers or an ability to read the President’s mind, the framers of the Constitution could not have expected and do not expect him to know which names the President would find not unacceptable. Therefore, the responsibility is on the Leader of the Opposition to select six names that in his opinion, the President would find not unacceptable. The Leader of the Opposition submitted not 6 but 18 such names to the President. To his credit, the Leader of the Opposition did not confine the 18 names submitted to his subjective judgement. He engaged several major organisations in this country in a consultative process which produced those names.the golden ruleSimultaneously, when the Constitution vests with the President, a power or a discretion to determine whether the names are not unacceptable, the framers of the Constitution expect and the law mandates that power and discretion to be exercised rationally and reasonably and not capriciously and whimsically but in a manner that a responsible President would do in the circumstances. To enable him space to exercise that power, the Constitution was fair enough to give him six choices. In this particular instance, he had 18 choices.If any doubt or ambiguity arises in interpreting the literal language of the constitutional provision, then the established cannons of construction mandate that the golden rule be employed in the interpretative process. This golden rule requires the interpreter to decipher the intention of the framers of the Article.This takes us straight back to the Carter Price/Formula, where the intention was to dispense with the unilateral appointment of a chairman of the Elections Commission and to establish an election’s commission whose membership evenly reflects both the Opposition and the Government with a Chairman produced by a process involving both the Leader of the Opposition and the President.Out of this intention, came GECOM, comprising of 6 Commissioners, three representing the Government and three representing the Opposition and a Chairman who is empowered with the authority of a casting vote to break gridlock and who is to be appointed from a list of six names emanating from the Leader of the Opposition from which the President is obliged to select one. Therefore, the President was never intended to have a unilateral power of appointment. His power of appointment is circumscribed to that list of six names submitted to him by the Leader of the Opposition. It is only in the rare and exceptional circumstance where there is no list submitted then the President can make a unilateral appointment.I must emphasize that it was never expected that the President must find the names acceptable. After all, the names are coming from his political opponent. That is why the framers of the constitution, rather than use the word acceptable they used the double negative, not unacceptable. Therefore, the names submitted are not necessarily to be acceptable to the President. They must be not unacceptable. The term not unacceptable does not mean acceptable. I say all of this to illustrate the length at which the framers of the constitution travelled to ensure that there is a Chairman produced through a bilateral process and to eschew a unilateral appointment, except in that rare and exceptional circumstance where there is no list provided. Therefore, a unilateral appointment will lead to the destruction of that vital balance at GECOM, which the framers of Article 161 intended to create.the three Is’The perversity of the decision to act unilaterally is compounded by the fact that the President has not given a single reason for rejecting 18 accomplished, professionally qualified and respected Guyanese. Legal arguments aside, the President led this country to believe by several public statements, including a joint statement with the Opposition, that he will not act unilaterally but will pursue a collaborative course on this issue to the very end. So on that note, the President has simply deceived to the nation. If anyone was in doubt about the President’s bonafides in this matter, those doubts would have immediately dissipated by the choice the President made in the form of Retired Justice Patterson.I had the privilege of attending almost every meeting between the Leader of the Opposition and the President on this matter. At one point in time, the Leader of the Opposition had asked the President for some guidance on the criteria he would find acceptable after the first six names were rejected. I remember the President saying that the person must possess the three ‘Is’ that is, they must be “independent”, must have “integrity” and must be “impartial”. I say with the greatest of respect that Justice Patterson does not satisfy these requirements.In his resume, Justice Patterson states that he was the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987. I have spoken to several retired judges and lawyers from Grenada and in the Eastern Caribbean jurisdictions but no one can confirm that Justice Patterson was appointed Chief Justice of Grenada. I have consulted a book, which chronicles all the important post holders of Grenada annually and the Chief Justice of Grenada in 1987 is listed as Sir Samuel Horatio Graham. I have received information that a Guyanese who worked for over 25 years in Grenada in a very high public office has advised the President that Justice Patterson was never appointed Chief Justice in Grenada, yet the President cites Justice Patterson’s alleged appointment as Chief Justice of Grenada as the basis of appointing.Rally Around The People’s National CongressIn a list of criteria submitted by the President to the Leader of the Opposition, the President indicated that the candidate who he is looking for must not be a religious activist or leader. As a result, the Leader of the Opposition deliberately omitted to include any religious leader in the names, which he submitted to the President.In his CV, Justice Patterson described himself as a reverend and an entire page in that CV is dedicated to listing the several theological qualifications which he possesses and religious posts which he held. In that list of criteria, the President stated that the candidate should not have “any political affiliation or should not belong to any political party in any form, apparent or hidden” and that the person should have a general character of honesty and integrityJustice Patterson can, by no objective standards, be adjudged as impartial or independent or, not connected to the People’s National Congress. Indeed, the evidence available link him intricately to this Government and to the PNC.He has been appointed as an Adviser to the Attorney General, a post for which he is being remunerated; so he is an employee of the Government. He has been appointed by the President to head a Commission of Inquiry into the Georgetown Prison break in July 2016. He has been appointed by the President to the Advisory Committee on the Prerogative of Mercy; so he is an Adviser to the President. He has been appointed by the President to a committee to review applications for the position of Chief Justice and Chancellor of the Judiciary.Even more damaging, he was a pallbearer at former President Desmond Hoyte’s funeral. This was not the State funeral but a private event for Party leaders and supporters held at Merriman’s Funeral Parlour. The other pallbearers at that event were all PNC leaders, members and supporters. This information can be found on the PNC website, I have photographs in the event that they now wish to remove them. Justice Patterson is also a member of the Facebook page calling itself ‘Rally around the People’s National Congress’, established just before the 2015 General Elections.How can the Guyanese electorate have any confidence in this person’s independence, impartiality and integrity? One cannot discount the fact also, that the Government has asked Justice Cecil Kennard to resign as Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority and Prem Persaud to resign from the Public Utility Commission and the Judicial Service Commission. Their ages are 80 and 76 respectively. The President is reported in the press as saying that they were requested to resign because of their age. Mr. Patterson is 84 years old. Yet, the President appoints him.The appointment simply cannot be allowed to stand. read more

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GSOC received nearly 2000 complaints about the conduct of gardaí last year

first_img Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:26 PM It runs the risk that fair and independent investigations are not seen as such by the public because they were not notified outside the organisation. Most importantly they run the risk of undermining public trust significantly if such internal investigations go wrong.In addition, the report notes a new pilot local intervention scheme was rolled out in 2018 in conjunction with GSOC and An Garda Síochána to address the lack of satisfaction felt by people who make complaints regarding alleged failure in service provision by garda members.The GSOC report views this as a positive step towards working collaboratively with the gardaí, stating that the pilot scheme began in the Dublin Metropolitan South Central Region at the beginning of last year.It states that 62% of the complaints in this pilot were resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant.The pilot scheme was extended to the South Eastern Region (Carlow/Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford) and discussions have been underway in relation to rolling it out in Dublin Metropolitan West Region from early 2019. Share14 Tweet Email5 12,298 Views https://jrnl.ie/4634703 Image: Eamonn Farrell GSOC received nearly 2,000 complaints about the conduct of gardaí last year The commission received 24 protected disclosures in 2018. This practice runs the risk of allegations of cover up or bias or corruption when it becomes known that such investigations have been carried out internally.  Image: Eamonn Farrell By Christina Finn 50 Comments GARDA SÍOCHANA OMBUDSMAN Commission (GSOC) received 1,921 complaints last year.This is a decrease of 28 complaints received in 2017, in which there were 1,949. Last year saw an increase in complaints of 10% on 2016.GSOC also sent 17 files to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), and dealt with 17 public interest cases, with 14 cases being closed.Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan asked the government to note the 2018 annual report today, which found that 74 sanctions were applied by the Garda Commissioner in 2018 on foot of disciplinary investigations. Those sanctions ranged from advice to reduction in pay.24 protected disclosures were made to GSOC during 2018 under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.GSOC’s primary responsibility is to deal with complaints made by members of the public concerning the conduct of members of the Garda Síochána. It also investigates matters in relation to the conduct of gardaí, when it is in the public interest, even if a complaint has not been received.The report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland, which was set up to push Garda reforms, recommended that all complaints of alleged misconduct by garda members be investigated by an expanded and re-named complaints body.GSOC echoed these recommendations, stating in its report that it is looking forward to engaging with the Commission on the Future of Policing group.Last week, GSOC chairperson Judge Mary Ellen Ring said it was troubling that An Garda Síochána continues to conduct criminal investigations of its own members without the knowledge or participation of GSOC.An Garda Síochána is not required to inform the ombudsman’s office of all internal disciplinary inquiries and criminal investigations of gardaí. Judge Ring said this practice “flies in the face” of the recommendation of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland that all complaints against An Garda Síochána be routed through the ombudsman to determine what action should be taken. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 14th 2019, 6:26 PM last_img read more

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