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first_imgSeven elephants were killed after coming in contact with sagging live electric wire in Odisha’s Dhenkanal district late Friday night.The incident took place near Kamalanga village in Dhenkanal. “We have received information about the death of seven elephants due to electrocution. Field officials are rushing to the spot to ascertain the circumstances under which the tragic incident had occurred,” Sudarshan Panda, Additional Principal Conservator of Forest, told The Hindu over phone, on Saturday.Forest department sources said a herd of 13 elephants were passing through the area. While seven succumbed to injuries, six elephants escaped.As per preliminary reports reaching here, the power line was being set up as part of laying of a new railway line. Bodies of seven elephants were lying scattered near a small water channel passing through vast stretches of agricultural land.Elephant movements in Dhenkanal are widespread. In the past, several electrocution deaths of elephant have been reported from the district. The district has also been identified as a critical area as far as man-elephant conflict is concerned.last_img read more


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first_imgSahil had a bad reputation in school. At the age of 14 he had already been suspended three times for various reasons ranging from smoking, bunking school and being rude to his teachers. Most teachers had given up on him and the staff room chit-chat was spiced up with Sahil’s latest antics. When he reached class 9, Neha, his young new teacher was warned by her colleagues to keep him in check. Everyone was surprised: Neha did not seem to be keeling under pressure with Sahil in her class. In fact, she couldn’t stop talking about how bright and talented he was. And as for Sahil, he seemed to be going through a gradual transformation.Instead of the surly, angry, disrespectful Sahil, the school saw a happier, brighter, confi-dent young man who seemed to be full of life! He was taking great interest in academics and focussing his energy in excelling in his passion-football. If you are wondering what made such a turn-around possible then there is a simple answer: mentoring!So what is mentoring exactly? Mentoring is a life changing connection that can open the window to a new world of optimism and hope. Where doubt can turn into possibility and possibility into passion. It is tragic that most teachers tend to limit themselves to just teaching chemistry, physics, mathematics when they could actually be mentoring their students and enriching them for life.Sir Ken Robinson, the revolutionary educationist describes the four roles of a mentor (The Element, Penguin 2009) as follows.Mentors recognise Mentors are able to see ability and gift in each child. Be it sports, academics, theatre, music, dance, interpersonal skills, poetry, leadership qualities, or any other thing. They notice the smallest of details. They go beyond the facade children present sometimes and see what makes them truly special.Mentors encourageRather than going down the beaten path of “let’s work on your weaknesses”, they believe in highlighting, nurturing and showcasing the child’s strengths. So the artistic child gets to decorate the board, the drama queen gets to organise a skit and the high-energy child is given the responsibility of managing all class events.Mentors FacilitateHave you ever seen the Canadian game of Curling? In this game, heavy blocks of granite are pushed on ice. The team which manages to take its stone to the target first is the winner. The sweepers, who with immense skill and strategy facilitate the speed and direction of the stone by clearing the pathway with their brooms, are the most fascinating part of the game. Mentors are like sweepers in Curling who can facilitate the blossoming of every child with their magical brooms! They have the knack of sweeping away feelings of self-doubt, low self-worth and confusion with similar skill and determination.Mentors stretch and nudge. They get directly involved in the children’s lives. From making time for the child, listening, connecting with the parents, they go beyond the typical role of a teacher. They gently nudge the child to go the extra mile. From getting the math whiz in the class to enroll in Math Olympiad, to making the shy orator shine on stage, they encourage children to take risks, be comfortable with failures and then try again. And behind it all, there’s a deep faith in the ability of each child.I like to think that a true mentor is like a prism. She captures the light in each child and turns it into a brilliant rainbow. That is the power of mentoring!advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAlternate NamesHip arthroplasty – precautions; Hip replacement – precautionsWhat to Expect at HomeAfter you have hip replacement surgery, you will need to be careful how you move your hip, especially for the first few months after surgery. In time, you should be able to return to your previous level of activity. But even when you do your everyday activities, you will need to move carefully so that you do not dislocate your hip.You will need to learn exercises make your new hip stronger.After you fully recover from surgery, you should not downhill ski or do contact sports, such as football and soccer. You should be able to do low impact activities, such as hiking, gardening, swimming, playing tennis, and golfing.Self-care Some general rules for any activity you do are:Do not cross your legs or ankles when you are sitting, standing, or lying down.Do not bend too far forward from your waist or pull your leg up past your waist. This bending is called hip flexion. Avoid hip flexion greater than 90 degrees (a right angle).When you are getting dressed:Do not dress standing up. Sit on a chair or the edge of your bed, if it is stable.Do not bend over, raise your legs, or cross your legs while you are dressing.Use helpful devices so that you do not bend too much. Use a reacher, a long-handled shoehorn, elastic shoe laces, and an aid to help you put on your socks.When you are getting dressed, first put pants, socks or pantyhose on the leg that had surgery.When you undress, remove clothes from your surgery side last.When you are sitting:advertisementTry not to sit in the same position for more than 30 to 40 minutes at a timeKeep your feet about 6 inches apart. Do not bring them all the way together.Keep your feet and knees pointed straight ahead, not turned in or out.Sit in a firm chair with a straight back and armrests. Avoid soft chairs, rocking chairs, stools, or sofas.Avoid chairs that are too low. Your hips should be higher than your knees when you are sitting. Sit on a pillow if you have to.When getting up from a chair, slide toward the edge of the chair, and use the arms of the chair or your walker or crutches for support.Do not cross your legs.When you are bathing or showering:You may stand in the shower if you like. You can also use a special tub seat or a stable plastic chair for sitting in the shower.Use a rubber mat on the tub or shower floor. Be sure to keep the bathroom floor dry and clean.Do not bend, squat, or reach for anything while you are showering. Use a shower sponge with a long handle for washing. Have someone change the shower controls for you if they are hard to reach. Have someone wash the parts of your body that are hard for you to reach.Do NOT sit down in the bottom of a regular bathtub. It will be too hard to get up safely.Use an elevated toilet seat to keep your knees lower than your hips when you are using the toilet, if you need one.When you are using stairs:When you are going up, step first with your leg on the side that did not have surgery.When you are going down, step first with your leg on the side that had surgery.When you are lying in bed:Do not sleep on the side of your new hip or on your stomach. If you are sleeping on your other side, place a pillow between your thighs.A special abductor pillow or splint may be used to keep your hip in the proper alignment.When you are getting into or riding in a car:Get into the car from street level, not from a curb or doorstep.Car seats should not be too low. Sit on a pillow if you need to. Before you get into a car, make sure you can slide easily on the seat material.Break up long car rides. Stop, get out, and walk about every 2 hours.Do NOT drive until your doctor says it is okay.When you are walking:Use your crutches or walker until your doctor tells you it is okay to stop using them.Put only the amount of weight your doctor or physical therapist told you was okay to put on your hip that had surgery.Take small steps when you are turning. Try not to pivot.Wear shoes with nonskid soles. Avoid wearing slipplers as they can make you fall. Go slowly when you are walking on wet surfaces or uneven ground.ReferencesadvertisementMinns Lowe CJ, Barker KL, Dewey ME, Sackley CM. Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: a systematic review of clinical trials. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2009 Aug 4;10:98.Ververeli PA, Lebby EB, Tyler C, Fouad C. Evaluation of reducing postoperative hip precautions in total hip replacement: a randomized prospective study. Orthopedics. 2009 Dec;32(12):889-93.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more


first_img Child pornchild pornographyChristoph Metzelderfootball First Published: September 4, 2019, 4:44 PM IST Berlin: Former Germany and Real Madrid footballer Christoph Metzelder, 38, is under investigation for allegedly sharing child pornography via the messaging service WhatsApp, German prosecutors confirmed Wednesday.”We can confirm an investigation against Christoph Metzelder on suspicion of sharing child pornography, including digital images,” a spokeswoman for the Hamburg prosecutor’s office, Liddy Oechtering, told AFP. The 2002 World Cup finalist is alleged to have used WhatsApp to send pornographic photos of children to a woman in Hamburg, Oechtering said.The woman reported the images to the Hamburg police, who opened investigations alongside public prosecutors in August.Oechtering confirmed reports that investigators had carried out raids in two locations on Tuesday, but declined to give further details.According to a report in Spiegel magazine, the raids were on Metzelder’s home and offices in Duesseldorf, and led to the seizure of a laptop and a mobile phone.Oechtering said the footballer had not been detained, adding that “we are currently analysing the materials seized.”Metzelder played for major clubs such as Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in a career spanning 15 years.He retired from football in 2014 and has since worked as a pundit for Sky Sports Germany and president of his local club TuS Haltern.Since 2006, the 38-year-old has run a foundation in his own name to support socially disadvantaged children across Germany.He has also recently appeared as a pundit on public broadcaster ARD, who said Wednesday that they had “suspended the co-operation until the accusations have been clarified”.His is the second high-profile legal case involving a former Germany defender in two days.On Tuesday, prosecutors in Munich confirmed that Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng was under investigation for a reported dangerous assault on his ex-partner. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


first_imgIndia will host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, one of the most prestigious basketball tournaments in the world, for the first time starting September 22 in Hyderabad.The Hyderabad Masters will see participation from the leading international 3×3 teams and top two 3BL teams Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL.The qualification for the Indian teams was decided on the basis of the results of the inaugural season of 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) which was held from June 9 to August 26 across six cities in India.Members of the Delhi team comprise Inderbir Gill, Bikramjit Gill, Leandro Souza de Lima and Kiran Shastri. While the team from Bangalore includes Sowkin Shetty, Amit Sehrawat, Rajan Sharma and Lalrina Renthlei.Hyderabad Masters is the seventh stage of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour and is the first time an international 3×3 basketball tournament is being played in India.The participating teams will compete for a chance to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28.The best international teams like Novi Sad (World No 1), Piran (No 3), Belgrade (No 9) and more, along with top international players like Simon Finzgar (World No 8) and Anze Srebovt (No 9) will compete in the event.”India is getting a chance like never before to host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour. Only nine other cities in the world have been the hosts in this edition,” Chairman, Hyderabad Masters, Yoshiya Katoh, said.”This is an opportunity for Indian basketball players to compete against the strongest opponents and improve their game. We are proud to be a part of this landmark moment.”advertisementLeague Commissioner, 3BL, Rohit Bakshi, said: “One of my biggest dreams has been to see an Indian team win a medal at an international platform in 3×3 basketball. Team Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL both have the potential to emerge at the top in Hyderabad Masters and qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals.” PTI APA ATK ATKlast_img read more


first_imgBritish Horseracing Authority Share on Messenger Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Horse racing “I didn’t stay long, I didn’t even stay to see Emma’s runner. I had a little walk around and went home. To walk into your local course, where I’ve had plenty of success, and to have that treatment … To have that embarrassment, to have someone feel they can talk to you like that …“I’m aware the BHA wanted a longer punishment. But I’ve served my time and you’ve got to move on.”In response to Best’s experience the BHA issued a statement which said: “The BHA did not instruct the racecourse to deny access to Jim Best. In this instance the stewards acted to correct the misunderstanding as swiftly as possible and he was permitted to enter. BHA officials did not follow Mr Best and received no instruction to do so.”Best has no immediate plans to try to recover his licence. His wife, Suzi, applied for a licence in December in the hope of sustaining the business at their Lewes yard. The BHA has yet to make a final decision on her application.Greg Wood’s Friday tipsAscot 1.30 Bombastic 2.05 Odyssa 2.40 Archie McKellar 3.15 Musawaat 3.50 Reverend Jacobs 4.25 Niblawi (nb) 5.00 Afaak 5.30 African FriendHaydock Park 1.50 Cavatina 2.25 Forever In Love 3.00 Manshood 3.35 Memories Galore (nap) 4.10 Calder Prince 4.45 Astute Boy 5.20 Dwight DKempton Park 5.50 Cool Team 6.20 La La Land 6.50 Barton Mills 7.20 Symbolization 7.50 Poetic Charm 8.20 Arab Moon 8.50 Robbie Roo Roo 9.20 Allee Bleue Musselburgh 4.30 How Bizarre 5.05 Landing Night 5.35 Costa Percy 6.05 Masarzain 6.35 Thomas Cranmer 7.05 Brandon Castle 7.35 Thorntoun Lady Newcastle 1.40 Rastacap 2.15 Shine Baby Shine 2.50 Naaeebb 3.25 Codicil 4.00 Good Time Ahead 4.35 Regal Decree 5.10 State Residence 5.40 Nuns WalkMeanwhile the Ascot Gold Cup winner, Big Orange, will miss his much anticipated rematch with Order Of St George in the Irish St Leger at The Curragh on Sunday because of unsuitable ground.The trainer Michael Bell has decided not to risk sending his runner over due to the prospect of further rain over the next couple of days. Big Orange will now switch to the Prix du Cadran at Chantilly on the first weekend in October at the Arc meeting.“Given the prevailing ground conditions of yielding to soft I’m afraid we won’t be running,” Bell told At The Races.“There’s little point in playing away from home on a surface that doesn’t suit. It’s not next door. We have to make a decision today as regards shipping. I think it’s a no-brainer to wait and hope they get decent ground.“He’ll now go for the Prix du Cadran on Arc weekend. That’s the plan and you can get nice ground. Every time I’ve had runners over that weekend it’s always been pretty decent ground, so it’s fingers crossed for the same.“He’s been lightly campaigned and he’s a very easy horse to train and keep fit because he’s so clean winded. He makes life relatively easy.”Greg Wood’s Friday tipsAscot 1.30 Bombastic 2.05 Odyssa 2.40 Archie McKellar 3.15 Musawaat 3.50 Reverend Jacobs 4.25 Niblawi (nb) 5.00 Afaak 5.30 African FriendHaydock Park 1.50 Cavatina 2.25 Forever In Love 3.00 Manshood 3.35 Memories Galore (nap) 4.10 Calder Prince 4.45 Astute Boy 5.20 Dwight DKempton Park 5.50 Cool Team 6.20 La La Land 6.50 Barton Mills 7.20 Symbolization 7.50 Poetic Charm 8.20 Arab Moon 8.50 Robbie Roo Roo 9.20 Allee Bleue Musselburgh 4.30 How Bizarre 5.05 Landing Night 5.35 Costa Percy 6.05 Masarzain 6.35 Thomas Cranmer 7.05 Brandon Castle 7.35 Thorntoun Lady Newcastle 1.40 Rastacap 2.15 Shine Baby Shine 2.50 Naaeebb 3.25 Codicil 4.00 Good Time Ahead 4.35 Regal Decree 5.10 State Residence 5.40 Nuns Walk Share via Email Horse racing tips Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Jim Best believes the British Horseracing Authority is still out to get him following a mortifying return to the racecourse on Monday when he was initially refused entry to Brighton by an angry gateman. Best reports that he was then tracked around the grounds by green-jacketed BHA officials, although the sport’s ruling body denies such a thing.Best’s licence to train was suspended at the end of last year after a disciplinary panel decided he told a jockey to stop two horses but he was never banned from the sport and was permitted to go racing even during his suspension, which ended in June. In the event Best stayed away from racecourses while suspended but made his return to the track on Monday at the invitation of a friend, the trainer Emma Owen, who had a horse running there.“As soon as I arrived, there was this gateman shouting: ‘You’re not allowed to come in here, you’re a banned person!’” Best said. “It was really embarrassing. I said: ‘Who told you that?’ He said: ‘The BHA have told us you’re not allowed in here!’ He was shouting it.”At Best’s insistence the gateman was persuaded to make a phone call to check on his status. At length the true position was discovered and Best was admitted.“Once I’m in, I walked around by the paddock and I noticed there were these BHA officials looking over at me. I wouldn’t exactly say they were following me but they were five feet away and you’d walk away and turn around and they’re another five feet away. You could feel their presence. 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first_imgTopics Australia’s Steve Smith says two more bad sessions can lose England the Ashes Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up England cricket team Paul Collingwood, on tour as an assistant coach, has now taken over the bowlers in a mentoring capacity but ultimately the hope was that England’s two leading wicket-takers, who played their 100th Test together this week, would lead the group in terms of tactics.Anderson and Broad care one wicket away from equalling the 762 victims that Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh shared from their 95 Tests played together, with the great West Indies pair the all-time seam-bowling partnership in this regard.Only the prolific seam-spin pairings of Australia’s Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne (1,001 wickets shared from 104 Tests) and Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (895 from 95 Tests) sit above them. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Ashes Anderson responded in his Telegraph column by writing: “I bowled too short in the first innings at Adelaide. We should have bowled a touch fuller. That was an oversight from the players on the field but also from the coaches who could have had an input too, which was frustrating.”The inclusion of the coaches appeared somewhat pointed from a bowler with 131 caps and 514 Test wickets. Root countered by stating that such decisions ultimately fall back on the players and himself as the on-field leader.Root said: “I think the relationship [between players and coaches] has been really good. I think we got it wrong on the field. It’s easy to look back and say: ‘Go and try to bowl that little bit fuller’. We all knew that was the case and it’s probably slightly harsh to put the blame on to the coaches.“That might not be exactly how he wanted that to come across in the way it did but I think ultimately us guys on the field, we’re the ones responsible for what we are doing out there. We have to be smarter, react quicker. I take responsibility for that as well, as captain.”Anderson and Stuart Broad built up a strong rapport with the former bowling coach, Ottis Gibson, and often tapped into his advice during matches. His departure at the end of the summer to become the coach of South Africa left a hole.England hired the former New Zealand quick Shane Bond as a consultant for the first two Tests but he has since left the group, with the full-time appointment, Chris Silverwood, not starting until the new year after seeing out his notice period at champions Essex. Read more Share on Messenger Ashes 2017-18 Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Joe Root Cricket Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Read more Share via Email Reuse this content Jimmy Anderson Joe Root moved to quell suggestions of a rift between Jimmy Anderson and the coaching staff on the eve of England’s third Test with Australia after the paceman appeared to question their input during the defeat in Adelaide.Speaking before the final Ashes Test at the Waca – and before later naming an unchanged side that sees Jonny Bairstow promoted to No6 ahead of Moeen Ali – Root fielded questions about a recent newspaper column from his vice-captain and senior bowler.England’s seamers had been criticised for failing to locate the right length on the opening day of the pink ball match in Adelaide after Root had won the toss, with just four wickets taken and Australia then ploughing for a hefty first innings total that set up their 120-run victory. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApplast_img read more


first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 17:06 IST Rohit was in the squad for the West Indies Tests but was not included in the playing XI. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSMSK Prasad has said that the BCCI wants to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in TestsKL Rahul was dropped from India’s 15-man squad for the series against South AfricaFormer captain Sourav Ganguly has also backed Rohit for the Test opener’s roleIndian chief selector MSK Prasad has said that the BCCI wants to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests. Prasad said this after the conclusion of the selection meeting for India’s Test squad for the upcoming 3-match South Africa series to be played at home.KL Rahul, who opened in the West Indies series, was dropped from India’s 15-man squad for the series against South Africa starting October 2. Rahul managed scores of 44, 38, 13 and 6 in the 2 Tests against West Indies and hasn’t managed a 50+ score since his 149 against England at The Oval in 2018.Rohit, who had a great run in the World Cup 2019 as he slammed five hundreds, was in the squad for the West Indies Tests but was not included in the playing XI.Former captain Sourav Ganguly has also backed Rohit for the Test opener’s role and said that the star batsman deserved an opportunity in the longest format of the game.Earlier, M.S.K. Prasad, chief selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), acknowledged that K.L. Rahul’s form in the Tests is a cause of concern for the team and the board might have Rohit to open the innings in the five-day format as well.”As selection committee we haven’t met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it,” MSK Prasad, chairman of the national selection committee, told India Today in an exclusive interview.advertisement”KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman added.Also Read | KL Rahul dropped, Shubman Gill called up for Test series vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India Test team Want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open innings in Tests: MSK PrasadRohit Sharma will be opening for India in the home Test series against South Africa after KL Rahul had a very poor outing with the bat in the West Indies series.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


5 January 2009The United Nations is continuing to rush assistance to help those uprooted by clashes in the war-torn far east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including victims of violence at the hands of the notorious Ugandan rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Since 28 December, more than 300 people have been killed during LRA attacks in north-eastern DRC, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the National Refugee Commission.There is no information yet from nine villages occupied for two days by the LRA. Congolese armed forces, known as FARDC, are deployed in several villages to ensure the safety of civilians, but no military presence has been set up in the high-risk zone of Bangadi.The LRA, which has been fighting Ugandan forces since the 1980s and has since spilled over into Sudan and DRC, are notorious for human rights abuses including the killing and maiming of civilians, and the abduction and recruitment of children as soldiers and sex slaves.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed more than 20 tons of food to 7,300 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and their host families affected by LRA violence.In North Kivu province – where hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in recent months due to stepped up fighting between FARDC and a rebel group militia known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP), among others – armed groups have blocked the road between the capital Goma and the town of Rutshuru.This has led to further displacements, and houses are reported to have been looted. Aid agencies have sounded the alarm on the recruitment of child soldiers, as well as on the large number of unaccompanied children who lack the necessary protection and the food needs among IDPs.UNCHR said that nearly 4,000 people were transferred from a camp in Kibati, north of Goma, to settlements in Mugunga, but noted that all have since returned to Kibati.WFP plans to distribute 90 tons of food to a camp housing over 1,000 people in Bambu camp which has experienced a large fire.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that cholera, measles, sexually transmitted diseases and malnutrition are the key concerns for the aid workers in the region. read more


Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,292.97, up 56.30 pointsDow — 22,370.80, up 39.45 points (record high)S&P 500– 2,506.65, up 2.78 points (record high)Nasdaq — 6,461.32, up 6.68 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 81.45 cents US, down 0.26 of a centPound — C$1.6588, up 0.48 of a centEuro — C$1.4712, up 0.91 of a centEuro — US$1.1983, up 0.36 of a centOil futures:US$49.90, down 45 cents(November contract)Gold futures:US$1,310.60 per oz., down 20 cents(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$22.146, up 23.9 cents$711.99 per kg., up $7.68 read more


The Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) was launched last week in Tunis at the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), with assistance from the Government of the Republic of Korea. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will now join efforts to develop the index further.The development of such an index is one of the goals of the Plan of Action adopted by the first phase of WSIS, held in Geneva in December 2003.The collaboration between UNCTAD and ITU is partly in response to an invitation by the UN General Assembly for the two agencies to cooperate closely in the measurement of ICT access and its relation to development. read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email About 50 underperforming Sobeys stores to close, mostly in Western Canada by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2014 6:04 am MDT Sobeys is closing about 50 underperforming grocery stores across the country as it deals with intense competition and tries to squeeze savings from its operations after the acquisition of Safeway in Canada.About 60 per cent of the affected Sobeys locations will be in Western Canada, while the rest will be spread out across the country, said Marc Poulin, president and CEO of both Sobeys and its parent company Empire Co.Other facilities and plants could also be closed once further reviews are completed.“Clearly, we have learned a lot from this process and will assess our options with a view to do what is right for the business,” he said in a conference call, after the Nova Scotia-based company released sharply lower quarterly results on Thursday.“After all, it’s all about maximizing the value to the shareholders.”Sobeys did not say how many employees would be laid off and did not respond to requests for a list of locations to be closed, although a store on Front Street in Toronto was closed Wednesday.Earlier this year, Sobeys announced deals to sell some 30 stores in Western Canada including 23 that were part of an agreement with the Competition Bureau in connection with its purchase of Canada Safeway last year.After the Safeway deal, Sobeys launched a widespread review to determine which grocery stores fell short of expectations, with the goal of eliminating ones that showed no sign of improvement, Poulin said.“Stores that are underperforming do require an awful lot of management attention,” he told analysts.“As hard as it is a hard decision to take, it will allow us to focus attention on stores with more potential.”UFCW Canada, the union that represents employees at more than 350 Sobeys, Safeway, IGA and Freshco stores across the country, said in a statement that it will do everything it can to protect the rights of workers affected by the closings, including enforment of seniority rights and other safeguards in their collective agreement.“Any and all restructuring must be done in accordance with the terms of the collective agreement and should reflect the fact that these members have helped build Sobeys as a successful company,” said Paul Meinema, national president of UFCW Canada, which also represents workers at Sobeys distribution centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and Nova Scotia.The decision comes as Sobeys faces intense price competition from others in the grocery industry, including U.S. retailers like Walmart and Target.Closing weaker Sobeys stores will improve the quality of its overall operations and financial results, Poulin said. However, the move will also shave about $400 million or about 1.9 per cent off its future annual sales.The company said its planned Sobeys closures will remove 1.5 million square feet, from the national grocery store market, which CIBC analyst Perry Caicco said is about 0.77 per cent of the overall market.“Rapid square footage growth has crimped the Canadian market, and Sobeys has been the first to acknowledge that,” said CIBC analyst Perry Caicco in a note.“It is probable that 20 of these closures will be in the terrible Ontario market,” he added.Empire (TSX:EMP.A) has been reshaping the look of its conglomeration over the past few years, having acquired 236 retail gas locations and convenience stores in Eastern Canada in 2012 and selling off its movie theatre business last summer.Within its grocery operations, it has already planned the closure of a juice and grocery facility in Alberta at the end of August, and a cheese and ice cream plant in Winnipeg. The company also plans to expand an Ontario facility that handles frozen and dairy products, and consolidate meat and produce into the location in 2016.Other manufacturing facilities acquired from Safeway are also facing a review for their productivity, Poulin said.In its fourth-quarter results, Empire reported a profit of $800,000 net of controlling interest, worth a penny per diluted share. That’s a decline from $105.9 million or $1.56 per diluted share a year ago.Included in the fourth-quarter results was a charge of $169.8 million that accounts for administrative and sales costs from the restructuring plan.Consolidated sales for the quarter ended May 3 were $5.94 billion, up from $4.26 billion a year ago, boosted by the $5.8-billion acquisition of Canada Safeway last summer. Sobeys’ same-store sales were up 0.2 per cent from the prior year.On an adjusted basis, Empire’s profits from continuing operations were $131.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, compared with $95.7 million or $1.40 per diluted share.Those results beat analysts’ expectations for adjusted net income of $112.2 million and adjusted earnings per share of $1.29, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters.Empire also increased its quarterly dividend by a penny to 27 cents per share.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Empire shares gained 59 cents to $67.69.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said the quarterly sales excluded the impact of the Safeway acquisition. The earlier version also incorrectly stated the net income for the fourth quarter and full year. read more


Europe’s recovery gains speed in turbulent year by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jan 31, 2017 3:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 31, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo trucks loaded with containers leave the harbor in Duisburg, Germany. Europe’s statistic agency Eurostat releases growth, inflation and unemployment figures for the 19 countries that use the euro currency on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file) FRANKFURT – Europe’s economic recovery is on more solid ground ahead of what could be a turbulent political year.Official figures showed clear signs of improvement in the 19 countries that share the euro currency. Statistics agency Eurostat said Tuesday that eurozone growth accelerated in the fourth quarter to 0.5 per cent from 0.4 per cent in the previous three-month period. As a result, the eurozone economy grew by 1.7 per cent in 2016.That solid — if unspectacular — growth helped unemployment drop 0.1 percentage point in December to 9.6 per cent. That is the lowest since May 2009, before a financial implosion in Greece that year set off a debt crisis that almost shattered the eurozone.The growth and unemployment figures offer a boost to supporters of the European Union and the euro currency after years of crisis management. Eurozone governments have had to bail out Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Cyprus, and set up new banking regulations aimed at preventing future crises. A perceived emphasis on controlling deficits over promoting growth fueled resentment in bailed-out countries.One of the most striking numbers from Eurostat showed inflation across the eurozone rising sharply in January to 1.8 per cent from 1.1 per cent the month before — a jump that will likely encourage critics who think it’s time for the European Central Bank to start withdrawing its stimulus programs.Inflation was the highest since February 2013 and now — on paper anyway — at the ECB’s goal of just below 2 per cent.The upturn is unlikely to quell populist resentment of the EU in a year that will see challenges from nationalist and populist anti-EU parties. Elections in France, the Netherlands, Germany and possibly Italy will give such forces a chance to test their support.French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen of the Front National, for example, wants a referendum on leaving the EU, which she has compared to the Soviet Union. Polls suggest she could make it past the first round of voting in April but would lose in the May runoff.Europe’s recovery remains uneven. Germany, benefiting from strong exports and domestic demand, has an unemployment rate of only 3.9 per cent, according to Eurostat.Greece, which has struggled to get its finances under control despite three rounds of bailout loans from its euro partners and the International Monetary Fund, remains mired in economic misery. The latest unemployment figures there, from October, showed 23.0 per cent of the workforce out of a job.Spain has showed a stronger recovery from a collapsed real estate boom, but the jobless rate remains at 18.4 per cent despite a substantial drop in December from 20.7 per cent.Unemployment for young people leaving school is even worse in the lagging countries still feeling the effects of the debt crisis: 44.2 per cent for under-25s in Greece, 42.9 per cent in Spain and 40.1 per cent in Italy.The inflation figure could present a headache for Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank. It’s likely to embolden critics, particularly in Germany, who say it’s time for the bank to start withdrawing its extraordinary stimulus aimed at increasing inflation toward the bank’s goal.The ECB has held its short-term benchmark interest rate at zero and is purchasing government and corporate bonds with newly printed money, a step that pumps fresh cash into the financial system and drives down longer-term borrowing rates. Critics say the zero-interest rate policy punishes savers, who get no return on conservative holdings such as bank deposits, and supports indebted governments with cheap borrowing costs.Draghi however has shown no signs of readiness to start scaling back. He says the spike in inflation is caused by volatile oil prices, not by underlying price pressures in the economy such as wage increases passed on to consumers. That means the inflation spike could fade over coming months, as the effect of sharply lower oil prices a year ago is left behind. Core inflation, which excludes oil and food prices, remained stuck at 0.9 per cent, about where it has been for months. read more


The UN Mission in the country (UNMISS) reported that four of the injured civilians are in serious condition, while two armed UN police officers suffered minor injuries in the melee. Tear gas and warning shots were fired to halt the rioting.“By late afternoon yesterday, however, the situation was brought under control,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric at a press briefing. “The Mission is investigating the cause of the rioting, and two suspects have been detained by UN Police on suspicion of allegedly instigating the violence,” he added.Some 11,000 civilians are being protected by UNMISS at the site where the fighting broke out, while more than 100,000 civilians are housed at such sites nationwide.In related news, Mr. Dujarric noted that $637 million is still required to maintain humanitarian aid operations in South Sudan until year’s end. Thus far, 61 per cent of the $1.8 billion requested has been received. In all, aid agencies in South Sudan have reached 3.5 million of the 3.8 million people targeted with some form of aid this year. read more


first_img In the all-cash deal brokered by Corporate Solutions, Great American gets Big Grower Executive Summit; Plant Health Management Conferences; Greenhouse Product News; and Lawn & Garden Retailer. Scranton Gillette has owned the two publications for 25 years and 14 years, respectively, while the events have been launched with the last five years. All have been experiencing double-digit growth in recent years, says Gillette, and he sees it continuing. Scranton Gillette Communications is cashing in some of its chips to focus more intently on its core growth markets. The deal’s terms weren’t disclosed. Gillette says its value represents about five percent of the company’s annual revenues. Plans were taking shape for a seamless transition to the new owner; “It’s my understanding that everyone who was ‘market-facing’ with the brands we sold has been offered a job by Great American,” Gillette says. The properties complement Great American’s existing portfolio consisting of nine magazines and websites targeting niche agriculture and food processing markets.  “We’ve grown probably 250 to 300 percent in the last six years, so this is probably a logical portfolio management time to trim back and organize where we’re going,” he says. “Our direction is healthcare and cradle-to-grave construction, which includes infrastructure, residential, commercial and equipment. We’re seeing extremely good growth in data, events and digital in those areas and we’re going to focus on that.” The B2B publisher is shuttering its horticulture group, selling two publications and two events to Great American Media Group, a Sparta, Mich.-based media company in the agriculture, retail and sports markets. On the heels of a multi-year, companywide growth run, says president and CEO Ed Gillette, it was an opportune time to sell the properties.last_img read more


first_imgKurnool: The police nabbed six persons while transporting ganja to Maharashtra from Kurnool on Thursday night and seized 651 kg banned substance, two vehicles and Rs 20,000 cash from them. Addressing the media, Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) M Deepika Patil said arrested include two from Telangana, three from Maharashtra and one from Uttarakhand. They have formed a gang and procuring ganja from Agency area in Visakhapatnam, the ASP stated. The total cost of the seized product was around Rs 30 lakh. The police registered a case and sent the accused to remand.last_img read more


first_imgAn eighth grader was stabbed to death by unidentified men at Vuianpara of Khilgaon in the capital on Friday night.The deceased was Redowan, 14, from Meradia-Vuianpara area of Khilgaon.Inspector Bacchu Miya, in-charge of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost, said some unidentified men stabbed Redowan near his house leaving him injured critically.Later, he was rushed to DMCH where the physicians declared him dead.last_img


first_img May 15, 2012 423 Views Builder confidence jumped five points in in May to 29, its highest level since the same month in 2007, the “”National Association of Home Builders””:http://www.nahb.org/ said Tuesday. [IMAGE]Economists had expected the index to edge up to 26 in May. The month-over-month increase was the largest since April 2009.The total index in May was up 13 points from May 2011, the strongest year-over-year gain since April 2004.All three components of the index ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô current sales, sales six months out and buyer traffic ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô showed strong increases in May, with buyer traffic and current sales conditions each rose five points, while the projection of sales six months ahead rose three points.The current sales component doubled in the last year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô also the strongest year-over-year improvement since April 2004. The six├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ômonth sales forecast component was also up 15 points over one year ago, the strongest year-over-year increase since July 1998. The buyer traffic component showed a nine-point year-over-year improvement.The HMI has fallen only four times in the last 21 months, Buyer traffic has dropped only five times in that period.The month-over-month improvement in the HMI was driven by the buyer traffic index which also [COLUMN_BREAK]hit the highest level since May 2007.The Index, considered a gauge of builder confidence, could show up in permits and starts data reported for May. That report from the census bureau, will be issued in June. Census will report Wednesday on permits and starts for April when builder confidence, as reported by NAHB, fell four points to 24.””While home building still has quite a way to go toward a fully healthy market, the fact that the HMI has returned to trend is an excellent sign that firming home values, improving employment and low mortgage rates are drawing consumers back,”” NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said in a statement. “”The pace of this emerging recovery could be stronger were it not for the significant impediments that the market continues to face with regard to builder and consumer access to credit, inaccurate appraisals, and more recently, rising materials prices.””The index, built based on surveys conducted jointly by the NAHB and Wells Fargo, gauges builder perceptions of current single-family home sales and sales expectations for the next six months as “”good,”” “”fair”” or “”poor.”” The survey also asks builders to rate traffic of prospective buyers as “”high to very high,”” “”average”” or “”low to very low.”” Scores from each component are then used to calculate a seasonally adjusted index where any number over 50 indicates that more builders view conditions as good than poor. Even with the improvement in May, the index has been below 50 for 73 straight months ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô more than six years.Regionally, the index improved in three of the four census regions: Up six points to 32 in the Northeast, up five points to 27 in the Midwest and five points to 28 in the South. The index slipped two points to 29 in the West.The HMI survey followed a disappointing payroll report for April which showed the nation added 115,000 jobs, far below the 165,000 the market had been expecting. The same report showed no change in the average workweek and a one-cent gain in average hourly earnings putting a strain on the ability to consumers ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and potential homebuyers. Builder Confidence Reaches Five-Year High in May in Data, Originationcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Home Sales Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Service Providers 2012-05-15 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more