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first_imgSuspected militants shot dead two policemen, one of them the guard of Hurriyat leader Fazul Haq Qureshi, in Kashmir on Sunday. Their service weapons were also snatched.A police official said Farooq Ahmad was “grievously injured” when unknown gunmen fired upon him “as he was performing the duties of guarding Qureshi” in Bilal Colony at Soura of Srinagar on Sunday evening. “The injured policeman was shifted in a critical condition to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” said a police official.Earlier, a policeman guarding the Chrar-e-Sharief shrine in Budgam was fired upon by militants. Constable Kultair Singh, who is from Samba, died in hospital.last_img read more


first_imgOver the next four  years Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2015 World Cup being hosted in New South Wales, Australia. Leading up to 2015 Australia will compete on the international stage annually at various events in various divisions. TFA is therefore seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches to fill a number of coaching positions. For full information please see the attached doucment. Related Files2011_tfa_hp_coaching_advertisement-pdflast_img read more


first_imgJaylon Smith helped off the field by trainers.Jaylon Smith Injury Jaylon Smith InjuryJaylon Smith InjuryFew players had a worse NFL Combine than Notre Dame’s Jaylon Smith, through no fault of his own. Smith was failed by multiple teams on his physical due to potential nerve damage stemming from the significant knee injury he suffered against Ohio State, which included a torn ACL and LCL.Smith, once viewed as a potential top 10 draft pick, will probably fall out of the first round altogether, but he’s doing whatever he can to prove that he is healing up. In an interview with Yahoo Sports, he revealed that he is currently leg pressing over 600 pounds, and squatting over 400.Can Smith feel a tangible difference physically in the past five weeks?“Oh yeah, absolutely,” Smith said. “A few weeks have made a huge difference, even the past two weeks. I can feel it.“Rehab is going great. I am leg-pressing over 600 pounds right now. I am squatting over 400 pounds. I am getting that strength back. It’s just a matter of time.”Asked whether it has been determined if he suffered nerve in the injury, Smith was a bit vague, but he remained upbeat.“We’ll see when I go back there [to the medical recheck],” Smith said. “We’ll see what the doctors say then. I feel like I’ve regained some of it. I’m happy where I am at right now.”When healthy, Smith is an incredibly impressive prospect. Hopefully he finds a team that will take a chance on him.[Yahoo Sports]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Championship >>>last_img read more


first_img13Jun Rep. LaFave: Plan expanding internship options to high school students signed into law State Rep. Beau LaFave today announced his plan helping high school students earn course credit through an internship or work study program has been signed into law.“Education today goes well beyond what’s in the classroom, especially as our children grow older and advance through high school,” LaFave said. “The real-world experience that an internship can provide is important to our job providers and students, helping identify what the future may hold for both. We’ve got to encourage these kinds of opportunities to explore if a certain career track is a strong fit or not before earning a high school diploma.”The legislation sets guidelines stating that students can work four to 10 hours a week and, with the local district board of education’s oversight, will receive credit for graduation. The internship may be paid or volunteer. Partner legislation also safeguards funding for school districts, allowing students participating in an internship or a work experience program off campus to continue to qualify as a full-time student.Although current Michigan Department of Education guidelines allow work-based internships in grades 9-12, LaFave’s new law makes it less prohibitive for students and school districts, especially in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties.“There are several major corporations in Michigan that have facilitated internships to both high school and college students, which is great to see. However, my legislation opens the door to smaller local businesses and the mom and pop’s like we have in the Upper Peninsula, not just billion dollar companies,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “Hands-on experience is at a premium in today’s workplace. Expanding more authority to local school districts to decide on appropriate programs, while cutting through the red tape, will help both the students and the local job creators.”LaFave noted he had letters of support on the plan from the Gladstone, Carney-Nadeau and Breitung Township school districts. Also supporting the legislation are the Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of School Boards and the Great Lakes Education Project.House Bill 4106 is now Public Act 184 of 2018.##### Categories: LaFave News,Newslast_img read more


first_imgRomanian telco and pay TV operator Romtelecom has begun offering new triple-play subscribers a free Galaxy Tab P3110 tablet and access to BBC Knowledge premium documentaries.Users can access the BBC content via the Dolce Mobile TV app in the Android market and an access code provided with the tablet. The offering is open until September 30.The offer applies to a range of six ‘Universe’ triple-play bundles priced from RON90 (€22). BBC content made available includes Frozen Planet, Bang Goes the Theory and Paul Merton’s Adventures.The Universe bundles include the TV Maxim TV packages with 117 IPTV-delivered channels or 99 satellite-delivered channels, Net, offering internet speeds of up to 100Mbps and voice offering Voce, with unlimited call minutes to a number of destinations.Romtelecom is also offering new satellite TV-only subscribers the opportunity to view the maximum number of channels available on the platform for the price of the minimum-level subscription for a period of 12 months. Customers taking up the promotional offering will have access to 99 channels, including BBC Knowledge, Discovery,  premium service Dolce Sport and movie channels including ShortsTV and AXN Spin for RON28.“Romtelecom keeps the promise made to its customers to offer them best quality content, thus providing them an unique entertainment experience, either on TV or online, based on their consumption preferences. We also promised a multiscreen entertainment experience, and we keep this promise too, offering online access to BBC Knowledge premieres from this season, to our customers, on a Samsung Galaxy tablet.” said Ovidiu Ghiman, chief strategy and commercial residential officer, Romtelecom.[This story has been corrected. The version originally published incorrectly stated that UPC Romania had launched this offering].last_img read more


first_imgJacinto RocaThe CEO and founder of Wuaki.TV, Jacinto Roca, has been named executive officer at the SVoD platform’s parent company, Rakuten.This new role will see him coordinating Rakuten’s digital video operations in several regions, though he will remain as CEO of Wuaki, a spokesman confirmed.The expanded role will include strategically aligning the expanding Wuaki with San Francisco-based TV site Viki, and a Japanese VoD service called Showtime that offers Asian TV shows and movies.Roca founded Barcelona-based Wuaki in 2009 and sold it to Japanese internet firm Rakuten in 2012. The operation then expanded into seven territories, and will be in 12 European countries by year-end.Using a monthly subscription model, Wuaki offers TV and film programming from the major US studios and European distribution companies.Earlier this month, DTVE‘s sister title, TBI, reported Wuaki had hooked up with Paris-based media group Lagardère to launch a kids-focused SVOD service in France.last_img read more


first_imgPandemic potentialRelated StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentUMD researchers connect a protein to antibody immunity for the first timeMultifaceted intervention for acute respiratory infection improves antibiotic-prescribingThe MERS virus is mutating and one of the next changes could make it easier for the virus to spread from person to person. An infected traveler could trigger a chain of infections that could potentially lead to a pandemic.”We must develop systems that help us to predict whether a new mutation will have an impact on the transmissibility of the virus, i.e. whether there is an increased pandemic potential,” says Markus Hoffmann.As with any other viruses with a pandemic potential, it is important to assess the risk of the MERS virus. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 22 2018What causes only a harmless cold in camels can be fatal for humans: an infection with the MERS virus. Since its discovery in 2012, the virus was detected in approximately 2,000 patients and 36 percent of them have not survived the severe lung disease known as MERS.Until now, humans are mainly infected through contact with camels in the Arabian Peninsula and human-to-human transmissions are rare. However, this could change due to the virus acquiring mutations.A team of scientists headed by Stefan Pöhlmann, Hannah Kleine-Weber and Markus Hoffmann from the German Primate Center – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen investigated virus mutations and found that certain mutations made the virus more resistant against the human immune system.The analysis of mutations is essential for predicting the risk of a pandemic. Moreover, the MERS virus may serve as a blueprint for other zoonotic viruses that can be transmitted from animals to humans (Journal of Virology).Just like the dreaded SARS virus, the MERS virus and several usually harmless common cold viruses belong to the coronaviruses. Some coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. The MERS virus infection in dromedary camels causes only a mild cold. In contrast, human infection can lead to a severe respiratory disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which is often fatal. The disease is most prevalent in the Arabian Peninsula where people are infected by dromedary camels that are kept for food and racing. The virus’s potential to spread worldwide became apparent in 2015 when an infected person who had previously visited the Arabian Peninsula travelled to South Korea and transmitted the virus to others, resulting in 186 infections and 38 fatal MERS cases.Viral mutationsThe MERS outbreak in South Korea was associated with the emergence of a previously unknown viral mutation that reduces the ability of the virus to enter host cells. As this process is necessary for the multiplication of the virus in the body, the mutation is supposedly not beneficial for the virus.However, a mutation would not have prevailed if it would not be associated with an advantage for the virus. Stefan Pöhlmann, Hannah Kleine-Weber and Markus Hoffmann of the German Primate Center in Göttingen searched for this effect.They found that the mutation makes the MERS virus more resistant to antibodies produced by the body as a result of the infection. Source: https://www.dpz.eu/en/home/single-view/news/gefahr-aus-der-wueste.html In South Korea, a mutant of the MERS virus arose that that showed increased resistance against the antibody response. This finding shows that the planned use of antibodies for MERS therapy could lead to the development of resistant viruses.”Hannah Kleine-Weber, Lead Author Our study was conducted in the BMBF funded research network RAPID that aims to predict the potential risk of new MERS virus variants and to make recommendations regarding diagnostics, vaccines and behaviors.”Stefan Pöhlmann, Head of the Infection Biology Unit at the German Primate Center.last_img read more


first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 8 2019A clinical trial has begun to examine the safety and use of two HIV prevention tools–oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and a vaginal ring–in adolescent girls and young women in southern Africa. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the trial is designed to contribute to the delivery of safe, effective and desirable choices of HIV prevention methods for adolescent girls and young women, who are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic.The Phase 2a clinical trial is called REACH, for Reversing the Epidemic in Africa with Choices in HIV prevention. It will enroll 300 girls and young women ages 16 to 21 years at five sites in Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The ring in the study, which is replaced once a month, continuously releases the anti-HIV drug dapivirine in the vagina. The ring is currently undergoing regulatory review by the European Medicines Agency. PrEP involves taking a daily oral tablet containing two anti-HIV drugs, tenofovir and emtricitabine. After using each of these HIV prevention methods for six months, study participants may choose to use either one of the two methods–or neither–for another six months. Investigators will evaluate product safety, the extent to which study participants use the products, and how much participants report liking each product.Related StoriesEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentAlcohol reduction associated with improved viral suppression in women living with HIVScripps CHAVD wins $129 million NIH grant to advance new HIV vaccine approachREACH is co-funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Mental Health, all part of NIH. The study is being conducted by the NIH-funded Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) and is also known as MTN-034. Gilead Sciences, Inc. is providing the oral tablet for PrEP, and the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) is providing the dapivirine vaginal ring.The World Health Organization recommends that oral PrEP be offered as a prevention choice for people at substantial risk of HIV infection as part of combination HIV prevention approaches. The dapivirine ring is an investigational product that was found to be well-tolerated and to reduce the risk of HIV infection by approximately 30 percent in African women ages 18 to 45 years in two large studies: the NIH-funded ASPIRE clinical trial and The Ring Study led by IPM. IPM, which developed the dapivirine ring, is in the process of seeking regulatory approval for the product. Source:https://www.niaid.nih.gov/news-events/study-prep-and-vaginal-ring-hiv-prevention-begins-girls-and-young-womenlast_img read more


first_imgLONDON/MILAN (Reuters) – Eni (ENI.MI) has filed a fraud complaint against its former head of oil trading over a suspect Iraqi crude oil shipment, amid concerns inside the Italian oil major that the failed delivery may have included Iranian crude targeted by U.S. sanctions. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Italian energy company Eni is seen at a gas station in Rome, Italy August 16, 2018. REUTERS/Max RossiIn the filing to the Milan prosecutor’s office Eni accused its former head of trading and operations, Alessandro Des Dorides, of misleading all parties to the deal and hiding the role of a small Italian oil trading firm, Napag. Two other senior employees were either demoted or suspended as a result of the failed shipment, sources familiar with the matter said. Eni said it had suspended dealings with Napag in February over a separate investigation by Milan prosecutors into suspected obstruction of justice by members of Eni’s former legal team. Eni said it fired Des Dorides at the end of May, after he had been in his job about six months, for what it said was an unrelated petrochemical deal with Napag in 2018. Napag did not respond to an emailed request for comment or answer phone calls. Des Dorides did not respond to several requests for comment from Reuters via email or LinkedIn. Reuters could not locate legal representation for him. Eni also declined to comment. Eni said it “does not comment on ongoing investigations and internal due processes.” INTERNAL PANIC The crude arrived aboard the White Moon tanker at the end of May for offloading at the Milazzo refinery in Sicily, which is part-owned by Eni. The Italian oil major, which produces oil in Iraq and is a regular buyer of Iraqi crude, was solely responsible for the cargo. However, Eni said it rejected the delivery because it did not match the Iraqi Basra Light crude it expected from its counterparty, the Dubai-based trading arm of Nigerian firm Oando. After sitting offshore for three weeks, the White Moon sailed back to the Gulf. The tanker manager did not respond to a request for comment. Two sources at Eni said the White Moon’s 1 million barrel cargo created panic within the company over fears the crude could be, at least partially, Iranian. Handling Iranian oil would have breached sanctions the United States reimposed or extended last year after quitting a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Washington aims to reduce Iran’s exports to zero and force the Islamic Republic to renegotiate that nuclear deal, curb its missile programme and modify its behaviour in the Middle East. Iran has called on other parties to the accord to shield it from the effects of U.S. sanctions and has sought to circumvent U.S. restrictions by selling more of its oil undercover. ENI ACTION Following the rejection of the White Moon shipment in June, the head of the Italian Senate Industry Committee wrote to Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi to clarify the origin of an oil cargo labelled as coming from Iraq, the head of the committee said. The head of the committee declined to comment to Reuters on the oil’s possible origins. Eni said it bought the crude from Nigerian firm Oando, who in turn bought the oil from the London branch of Italy’s Napag. Oando said it took back the cargo from Eni but declined to comment further on the origins of the cargo as it was “in the middle of a resolution” over the rejected oil. Oando said the terms of the deal were “normal for the trading industry.” Italian prosecutors cannot legally comment on any investigation unless there is an exceptional circumstance. Trading sources familiar with the deal said the offer terms for the crude should have raised alarms internally even before its arrival off Sicily. The offer was at a significant discount to typical Iraqi trades, was paid for in euros and was from a firm that is new to the region, they said. Physical oil is commonly traded in dollars. Eni said that the mismatch in the crude’s chemical composition “coupled with other red flags led to the decision to terminate the transaction.” The oil loaded onto the White Moon came via two ship-to-ship transfers that makes the origin harder to track, according to sources with direct knowledge of the deal. The crude bought from Oando was loaded onto the White Moon from another vessel, the New Prosperity, but that vessel itself had been loaded with oil from a third tanker, the Abyss, the sources added.     The Abyss makes regular voyages through the Mideast Gulf with its transponder switched off for days at a time, according to Refinitiv Eikon ship tracking. The transponder was switched off between April 24 and May 3 when it transferred oil to the New Prosperity. For safety reasons, it is unusual for ships to turn off their tracking systems. In addition to the termination of Des Dorides, the CFO of Eni trading, Mauro Cavagna, was removed from his post in late June and replaced by head of compliance Francesco Metrangolo, the company said. Cavagna is still employed at Eni. Three sources familiar with the matter said Cavagna’s removal was related to the White Moon and that operations manager, Francesca Delladio, was also suspended in relation to the same matter. Cavagna and Delladio referred Reuters’s requests for comment to Eni. Additional reporting by Stephen Jewkes in Milan and Libby George in Lagos, Editing by Jon BoyleOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more


first_imgBollywood actor Vivek Oberoi during the trailer launch of his upcoming film ‘PM Narendra Modi’ biopic, in Mumbai recently. Published on COMMENT Indian National Congress national elections April 10, 2019 2 Election Commission of India cinemacenter_img BJP The Election Commission has stopped the release of a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi till the completion of the Lok Sabha elections.The first of the seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls will be held on Thursday while the last is scheduled to be held on May 19. Counting of votes is scheduled for May 23.In a communication to the three producers of the Narendra Modi biopic, the Election Commission, through Chief Election Officer, Maharashtra, said: “That any biopic material in the nature of biography/hagiography sub-serving the purposes of any political entity or any individual entity connected to it, which is intended to, or which has the potential to disturb the level playing field during the elections, should not be displayed in electronic media, including cinematograph, during the operation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).”The communication adds that the Commission had announced the general elections to the 17th Lok Sabha on March 10 and the MCC came into force from that date.“In view of the admitted facts and material available on record, this film — being a biopic on Narendra Modi, Prime Minister and a prospective candidate in the current general elections to the Lok Sabha — cannot be exhibited in view of the Commission’s order,” it said.“You are directed not to exhibit the film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi till further orders,” it added.Fate of Namo TVMeanwhile, the six-page EC order is also being viewed as a ban on Namo TV.The order states that any poster or publicity material concerning any specified content, which either depicts a candidate (including prospective) for the furtherance (or purported to further) of electoral prospect, directly or indirectly, shall not be put to display in electronic media in the area where the MCC is in operation.This is likely to be used to ban Namo TV, political observers say. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Apex court dismisses plea to stay release of PM Modi biopic RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more


first_img Abhishek Bhalla New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:55 IST Dalai LamaVehicles with Chinese nationals dressed in civilian clothes reached close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh and protested against Tibetans celebrating an annual festival in the region. They displayed banners saying ‘ban all activities to spilt Tibet’.Sources said this was in reaction to a Tibetan flag being waved during the festivities in Koyul village near Demchok.Eleven people on two vehicles were spotted. They stopped for around 40 minutes and stood across River Indus on their side of the LAC.Demchok is an area that has seen Chinese transgressions in the past and in 2014 there was a fist fight between Indian and Chinese troops during a stand-off in Chumur, eastern Ladakh.It appears the action did not include People’s Liberation Army (PLA) personnel and there was no transgression or crossing of LAC.Sources said they are viewing the Chinese action as an intimidating tactic.China has been pushing to have its own successor of the Dalai Lama and pressing that any other appointment should not be given any recognition.”There were two vehicles with people dressed in civil clothes showing the banners. We don’t know whether they were PLA personnel since they were in civil clothes. Those protesting were on the Chinese side and made no attempt to cross over,” said a source.Sources added that the Chinese did not take up the matter in the official military meetings or communications.The Tibetans on the Indian side were celebrating Dalai Lama’s birthday, an annual festival by the name of Dole Tango.Also Read | Tibetan issue no longer struggle for political independence: Dalai Lama Also Watch | China roundtable: New Delhi buckling to Beijing by red-flagging Dalai Lama event?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get 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 bySanchari Chatterjee Chinese nationals protest on Ladakh border during Dalai Lama’s birthday celebrationsA group of Chinese nationals protested on the eastern Ladakh border as a village on the Indian side celebrated Dalai Lama’s birthday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more