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Ontario wont push through new councilcutting bill if granted stay court hears

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first_imgTORONTO – The next twist in the convoluted battle over the Ontario government’s plan to cut the size of Toronto city council is expected Wednesday.Three judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario will decide whether to grant the province’s request to stay an earlier court decision that ruled the government’s attempt to drastically reduce the size of council in the middle of an election campaign unconstitutional.After that ruling, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government said it would invoke the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to overrule the court’s decision in a new piece of legislation.In a hearing before the Appeal Court Tuesday, government lawyer Robin Basu said legislators would hold off voting on the new bill if the judges decide to stay the lower court ruling until after the October election.That ruling reinstated the city’s 47 wards, which the legislation had cut to 25.“There is only one path available to assure the (Toronto city) clerk that she is in a position to proceed with an election with integrity and fairness on Oct. 22,” Basu told the court. “It is simply not feasible to prepare for two elections at the same time.”Lawyers representing the City of Toronto, some municipal candidates and other parties argued the province is responsible for the chaos surrounding the election and therefore cannot seek legal relief for the problems it has caused.They also said the government’s proposal to stall the new bill if the court rules in its favour is almost akin to a threat.“It’s not your job to save them from themselves, to take the political heat off,” lawyer Donald Eady, who represents a group that includes candidates, told the panel of three judges.Last week Justice Edward Belobaba ruled that Bill 5, which slashed Toronto’s council to 25 seats from 47 in the middle of an election campaign, violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters.Ford has since reintroduced the bill, now known as Bill 31, and invoked the notwithstanding clause to forge ahead with the council-cutting plan.The move has been condemned by the opposition parties, prominent politicians and hundreds of legal professionals, and has also sparked multiple protests, including a rally outside the legislature this week while politicians held a rare overnight debate on the bill.The new bill won’t be up for a final vote until Thursday at the earliest, and city staff have said the chances of running a fair election on Oct. 22 shrink with every day of uncertainty that goes by.If the province is successful in securing a stay, city staff would then immediately start planning for an election based on the 25-ward model rather than the 47-ward approach that went back into effect with Belobaba’s decision.Granting the stay would eliminate any uncertainty, and the province’s appeal of Belobaba’s decision could be heard on an expedited timeline after the election and resolved before a new Toronto council is sworn in on Dec. 1, the province’s lawyers said.Howard Goldblatt, who represents a group that includes a candidate in the election, argued that if the province wants to restore stability, it can simply stop fighting Belobaba’s ruling and allow the election to proceed with 47 wards.“They can resolve the uncertainty,” he said.Lawyers for those opposing the stay argued the province has not presented any evidence to support its claims that allowing the judgment to stand would cause irreparable harm.The city’s clerk has said she could carry out an election with 47 wards, and the preparation process for that is “much further along” than for a 25-ward election, said Diana Dimmer, who represents the city.What’s more, Eady added, granting the stay “exacerbates and continues” the charter rights violations denounced in the lower court’s ruling.Ford, a former Toronto councillor and failed mayoral candidate, made no mention of his council-cutting plan during the province’s spring election campaign. He has since argued that the move will make council more efficient and save taxpayers $25 million over four years.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI to Pay for Burial Medical Expenses of Victims

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Taroudant – King Mohammed VI sent a condolence message to the families of the dead and injured of the tragic accident that took place on Tuesday morning near the city of Ouarzazate, southern Morocco, and decided to pay for the burial of the dead and the medical expenses of those injured, according to statement issued by the Royal Household.In the message, the Sovereign said he “was deeply saddened and moved” to learn about the tragic accident.The King expressed heartfelt condolences and sympathy following the accident that left many Moroccans dead, said the statement. The communique of the Royal House said that the King “to personally pay for the transfer of the bodies, burial and funerals of the victims as well as for the medical expenses of those injured.”The King also issued his instructions to the authorities, to provide all the necessary support and assistance to the families of the victims. read more

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UN forum advocating an Internet for All is under way in India

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4 December 2008A United Nations-backed international forum focusing on Internet governance issues, particularly the potential expansion of access to greater numbers of people, is under way in India. The third Internet Governance Forum brings together representatives from government, the private sector, civil society, the Internet community, international organizations and the media to discuss how to make the web accessible to the largest number of people possible while guaranteeing that cyberspace remains safe, secure and reflective of the diversity of the world’s people.Some 2,000 participants from over 100 countries are slated to attend the four-day meeting in Hyderabad, titled “Internet for All,” which includes workshops addressing such topics as expanding Internet access, including for persons with disabilities; promoting cybersecurity and child protection; and the future of the Internet.In his opening remarks to the Forum, Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Jomo Kwame Sundaram, noted that the Forum has become a valuable tool for forging a common understanding of complex Internet issues from diverse points of view.Mr. Sundaram noted that with an estimated 1 billion people on course to gain access to the Internet in the coming years, it is essential to ensure that people with disabilities are taken into account.“The access needs to take into account the diversity of the world’s population, the diversity of languages but also the diversity of people with different abilities,” said Mr. Sundaram.Nitin Desai, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Internet Governance, added that multilingualism is key as most of the expansion of Internet use is taking place in developing countries, where the English language and Latin script are not used. read more

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Security Council suggests possible tribunals to deal with Somali piracy problem

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27 April 2010The Security Council put forward today the possibility of establishing international tribunals to try pirates, as its members called for tougher legislation aimed at prosecuting and jailing suspects caught off the coast of Somalia. In a resolution unanimously adopted, the 15-member body appealed to all States “to criminalize piracy under their domestic law and favourably consider the prosecution of suspected, and imprisonment of convicted, pirates apprehended off the coast of Somalia, consistent with applicable international human rights law.”The Security Council also requested that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon present a report within three months on possible options for prosecuting and imprisoning suspects in connection with piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Horn of Africa. In its resolution, members noted efforts by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organization and donors, including the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), “to enhance the capacity of the judicial and the corrections systems in Somalia, Kenya, Seychelles and other States in the region.”They also highlighted the role of the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other partners in bringing suspects to justice, in cooperation with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).Ongoing violence between the TFG, heavily backed by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and other supporters, and rebel groups in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu prevents piracy suspects from being tried or imprisoned there. Some of the burden has shifted to neighbouring Kenya’s justice system.The Security Council acknowledged “difficulties that Kenya encountered, encouraging its Government to continue prosecuting suspects and imprisoning convicted persons.”Today’s meeting came just days after B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and chair of the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, unveiled $2.1 million worth of projects planned to tackle the scourge. The five projects being backed by the UN Trust Fund, which was set up in January by the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, are focused largely on efforts to prosecute piracy suspects. read more

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UN chief takes to radio waves of Central African Republic to appeal

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“The upcoming elections are a historical moment for your country,” he said in French about the first round of presidential and legislative elections. “Never before have so many Central Africans registered to vote. I call on every one of you to use your right to vote without letting others prevent you from expressing yourselves peacefully. The United Nations will stand by you during this critical time.”The UN has played a major role in seeking to restore peace after fighting between the mainly Muslim Séléka and mainly Christian anti-Balaka groups erupted in early 2013, in which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands more forced from their homes. After nine months of improved stability earlier this year a new wave of inter-communal violence erupted in September, killing at least 130 people, injuring 430 others, and triggering an 18 per cent increase in internally displaced persons to 447,500.The UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), set up in April 2014 to help restore stability after a breakdown of governmental authority, reports that the situation in Bangui remained calm yesterday as the campaign period came to an end. Meanwhile, the National Electoral Authority issued a directive yesterday on the modalities and conditions for voting to address concerns over allegations of voter card trafficking and fake voter registration receipts.MINUSCA continues to deliver sensitive electoral material to polling centres and has deployed additional troops to Ndélé, Birao and Sibut.Furthermore, the Mission in partnership with the National Electoral Authority facilitated today a meeting of the 30 presidential candidates to discuss security planning for Election Day, transmission of results and voting and counting procedures. The Mission has also facilitated a meeting with key stakeholders from the predominantly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood and the anti-Balaka stronghold in Boeing on the outskirts of Bangui. read more

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Wimbledon Champion Novak Djokovic Just Bested His Coach Boris Becker

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By beating perhaps the greatest player of all time on his favorite surface in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Novak Djokovic didn’t just retake the No. 1 ranking. He also surpassed his coach and his opponent’s coach by winning his seventh career Grand Slam title.Roger Federer — whom Djokovic beat in a thrilling five-set final Sunday — and Rafael Nadal have set an intimidatingly high standard for success in contemporary men’s tennis. Djokovic has seven Grand Slam titles, an impressive haul but far short of Federer’s 17 and Nadal’s 14, which is tied for second all-time with Pete Sampras. If Djokovic’s Grand Slam career hadn’t coincided with those of two of the all time greats, he might have 12 major titles.Djokovic might never approach the totals of his illustrious peers, but he achieved another significant milestone Sunday: His seventh major title puts him in front of the six won by his coach, Boris Becker, and Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg. Those two men and Djokovic are among eight in the Open era with between six and eight Grand Slam titles. The other five are Andre Agassi; occasional TV commentators Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Mats Wilander; and Ivan Lendl, Andy Murray’s former coach.Djokovic, 27, is starting to look like one of the best of this impressive group — with several years of his prime likely still in front of him in a sport where age has become an advantage.Djokovic has the highest Grand Slam winning percentage of the group, and isn’t far behind overall leader Connors in tour-level winning percentage. Though he still has years of competition ahead of him, Djokovic already ranks near the middle of the eight greats in Grand Slam titles, finals, semifinals and match wins, plus weeks at No. 1 — a total he’ll add to starting Monday, when he retakes the top ranking from Nadal. He has a more well-rounded Grand Slam resume than most, with titles at three of the events and two finals at the fourth, the French Open. Only Agassi, who won all four Grand Slam tournaments at least once; and Lendl, who reached two finals at Wimbledon, can match Djokovic there. Djokovic doesn’t look as good on overall match wins, titles and finals, though he has already passed Wilander in all three categories. (Stats via ATP World Tour website, Tennis Abstract and tennis-x.com.)Oh, and even before the end of Sunday’s final, Djokovic had the endorsement of Andy Roddick, the most recent American man to reach the No. 1 ranking and win a major:These numbers don’t account for the degree of difficulty of Djokovic’s accomplishment. The seven greats whose company he keeps had to contend with great rivals, but none had to consistently face Nadal on clay, or Federer on grass. As great as Federer is off grass — winning four of every five matches — he has been even greater on it, winning seven of every eight matches in his career. Even at 32, Federer was near his best on Sunday, and Djokovic was better.“To be able to win against him as one of my greatest rivals on this occasion on a court that he’s been dominating for so many years makes it a very special trophy for me,” Djokovic said in his press conference after the match.Djokovic has now beaten Federer and Nadal at nearly every one of the Grand Slams — he’s missing only the long-sought win over Nadal in Paris. If Djokovic gets that win and a French Open title, he’ll start moving to a level beyond the already impressive company he keeps now with his coach. read more

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Georgia Loses Receiver Michael Bennett For Season

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Georgia, which has had one of the most potent offenses in the county, was devastated to learn that leading wide receiver Michael Bennett has been shelved for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Tuesday’s practice.Bennett leads the No. 5 Bulldogs with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta, will undergo reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Wednesday in a university news release.This injury came a short time after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said this about his team’s lack of major injuries to this point in the season:“We have been very healthy. We have been blessed without question. Going into the season, we were pretty healthy. Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season. So that is a good thing.”Not so anymore. Losing Bennett is a blow that could significantly impact Georgia. He was a reliable receiver that quarterback Aaron Murray relied on it tight situations. Bennett played in the slot and out wide and was able to find the seems in the defense with relative ease.Bennett — seventh in the SEC with 69 receiving yards per game — plays one of the Bulldogs’ deeper positions, though. Marlon Brwon and Tavarres King also are also having strong seasons. Brown (17 catches, 272 yards) is eighth in the SEC with an average of 68 receiving yards per game and King (16-307, 61.4 ypg) is 10th.Malcolm Mitchell, a two-way standout, will play solely on offenses in Saturday’s big game against South Carolina, Richt said.“He’s primarily an offensive player, and he’s in a state of readiness on defense,” Richt said.Without Bennett out, Mitchell’s role likely will increase. read more

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6seed or not Ohio State coach Thad Matta focused on Dayton

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Coach Thad Matta calls to players. OSU beat Purdue, 63-61, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament March 13 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAt first, Thad Matta wasn’t sure what to make of his team’s seeding in the NCAA Tournament.Within the first 10 minutes of the bracket being unveiled Sunday, Matta knew who, where and when Ohio State was playing — Dayton, Buffalo, N.Y., and Thursday.The Buckeyes were given a No. 6 seed in the South region — the first component of the 68-team field to get revealed — but OSU’s coach wasn’t sure if the mark was fair.“Um … yeah, I guess,” Matta said Sunday, his lips curling. “Something — I thought we’d be a five.”The Big Ten collected six bids into the Big Dance — conference tournament champion and automatic qualifier Michigan State and at-large bids Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska and OSU.“I think with as many Big Ten teams that got in … that we may have gotten bumped,” Matta said. “Which is fine.”If the Buckeyes had gotten a No. 5 seed, there was a chance their first game in the tournament would be in Spokane, Wash., or San Diego — three of the four No. 5 seeds are set to play in those locations, three time zones away. The other option was Orlando, Fla., but Matta joked that playing in California wouldn’t have been a problem because of the chance to get away from the seemingly never-ending brisk Ohio weather.“San Diego’s so nice,” Matta said with a laugh. “But no, I always say that’s why I chose an indoor sport.”If the Buckeyes are under-seeded, they aren’t alone, national columnist for CBSSports.com Gregg Doyel said, because No. 4-seeded Louisville was another team who got the shaft by the Selection Committee.“Not only is Louisville a four, if they play Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen, that will be in Indianapolis,” Doyel said in an interview with The Lantern Sunday, referring to the unbeaten Shockers, who are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region. “That’s an hour from Louisville. That’s an hour away. That’s a home game for Louisville. A No. 1 seed should never play a road game against a four seed. Ever.“(But) first of all, if Louisville can be a four, (OSU) can definitely be a six.”The matchup between the Buckeyes and No. 11 Flyers is the lone one between schools from the same state in either the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament. That, Doyel said, is “crazy.”“I’m not a big believer in conspiracy theories with the Selection Committee and all that, but this game is just one of many,” Doyel said, referring to potential third-round matchups between teams from bordering states.Among these include how Creighton would take on Nebraska and Kansas State facing Wichita State if all teams survive and advance, which could make it seem like the Selection Committee chose those seed in the interest of television ratings or other rivalries, instead of each team’s tournament résumé. But in the case of Dayton and OSU, Doyel believes the advantage will be on the Flyers’ side.“The emotional advantage will be Dayton’s,” Doyel said. “But I think in this case, you always give the edge to the underdog, try to knock off Big Brother … that’s not just winning a tournament game — that’s making history. If Ohio State wins, they’ve won the first round game. If Dayton wins, that’s school history.”After learning of his team’s whereabouts and adversary, Matta didn’t stick around long to see more of the bracket. The Buckeyes are in the same region as traditional powers Florida, Kansas and UCLA, but Matta’s not concerned about that.“I know we got Dayton, Syracuse and Western Michigan. That’s all I saw,” Matta said. “I don’t even know where, if we win games, where we go, to be honest with you.”If the Buckeyes do get past Dayton Thursday —tipoff is set for 12:15 p.m., they are favored to take on Syracuse, the No. 3-seed, which wouldn’t be easy for them, Doyel said.“I just don’t think they’re all that good. But they can’t beat Syracuse in the (third) round. Syracuse is going to say, ‘Hey, shoot threes,’” Doyel said. “Well, Ohio State can’t shoot threes.”The Buckeyes are shooting 32.6 percent on 3-pointers this season, which is just good enough to tie for 262th in the country out of 351 teams. Opponents have shot 34.6 percent against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense this year, though.“I just hope I see it, to be honest with you,” Matta said of the defense. “We need a good three-day prep for Dayton. I have seen Syracuse play, but haven’t started to break them down in terms of that yet.” read more

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Lib Dem Lords warned by Tory defector not to delay Brexit with

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first_imgAn eminent Tory peer who defected from the Liberal Democrat is pleading with her former colleagues to avoid a “cheap political stunt” by trying to delay Brexit.Baroness Nicholson has accused peers who try to slow down the Brexit bill as it enters the House of Lords of “disrespect” to the “ordinary people” who voted in the referendum to leave the European Union.Peers are due to start debating the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill next week [Feb 20 and 21].Her appeal to Remainers comes as Lord Hope, the convenor of the cross-bench peers, admitted he did not know how they will vote on amendments which threaten to frustrate the start of Brexit.Lib Dems believe they need the support of just 20 cross-bench peers to force their amendments through. But Baroness Nicholson, in an article for The Telegraph published below, said on Sunday: “This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.“To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill.”She said any attempts by the Lib Dems to delay Brexit would not harm the House of Lords but would “destroy” her old party. The peer defected back to the Conservatives last year after 21 years as a Lib Dem. Baroness Nicholson adds: “The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.“It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.”Baroness Nicholson: Frustrating the Article 50 Bill won’t harm the Lords, but it would destroy the Liberal DemocratsLast September I came home to the Conservative Party after 21 years with the Liberal Democrats. I had joined them in 1995 because I felt the Conservative Party had moved away from the things I believed in.Last year, it became clear to me that the Liberal Democrats have lost their way and that it is, once again, the Conservative Party who stand for what I believe and, more importantly, are standing up for ordinary working people.And last June, over 33 million ordinary people across the United Kingdom lined up outside schools and church halls to cast their vote, and the majority chose to leave the European Union.This simple means of making decisions sits at the heart of our democracy. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat in Parliament. The political party with the most seats wins government.And, as we saw recently, the argument that wins the support of the majority of judges on our Supreme Court determines how our laws are understood.The referendum wasn’t the only chance the people had to vote on this issue, though. In 2015, voters elected the first majority Conservative government for over 20 years.And that government had a clear manifesto commitment to negotiate a new deal with Europe, to ask the people whether they wanted to stay in on those terms, or leave, and to honour their verdict.This means the people voted twice. Once for a government that would give them a say and again in the referendum itself.In an era when some people appear to be losing faith in politics, the Conservatives have done exactly what they promised. They conducted a renegotiation and delivered a referendum – backed by Parliament by a margin of six to one – and on June 23, the people gave their verdict.The Liberal Democrats used to champion referendums. They wanted a referendum on the Alternative Vote, they wanted to give constituents the power to recall their MPs, and they insisted we had to honour the result of the Scottish independence referendum, whatever it was – none of which I’d argue with.But now, with a simple and straightforward Article 50 bill passing unamended through the Commons – by a huge margin of 494 to 122 – it comes before the House of Lords where some Liberal Democrats are showing themselves to be anything but democratic.Far from respecting the will of the people expressed on June 23 last year they have asked us to ignore it. They now argue that the British people didn’t know what they were doing when they voted to leave the EU, so they want us to ask them again – until they get the right answer, perhaps.The only way they can force this on us is by a majority vote in Parliament – while ignoring the majority vote of the entire country. They want to use the House of Lords’ important role in scrutinising legislation to override the democratically expressed wishes of the entire electorate.And they’re not the only ones. There are other peers like Labour’s Lord Hain and cross-bench peers Lord Hannay and Lord Kerslake who intend to try to wreck this bill and hamper Britain’s chances of success outside the EU.The British people simply want us to get on with delivering Brexit. The Prime Minister has provided a timetable for Brexit, promising to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. This timetable provides certainty to businesses at home and abroad and, importantly, to our European partners.The types of amendments being called for by the Liberal Democrats and others – to impose conditions on triggering Article 50; to force us to stay in some EU institutions; to give Parliament the power to revoke Article 50 – would inject a great deal of uncertainty into the process of leaving the EU and risk leaving us with a weaker negotiating position when the time comes.This shows disrespect to our European partners, to businesses up and down the country and, most importantly of all, it shows disrespect to the ordinary people who cast their vote last June to leave the EU.To my former colleagues I say this – don’t dishonour your democratic principles because you disagree with the outcome of the referendum. Don’t limit our country’s chances of success outside the EU in a cheap political stunt. Don’t wreck this bill. The bill now before the House of Lords is a simple, straightforward Bill. It is not about whether or not the UK should leave the EU. That decision has already been made.It’s time to get on with it – give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 so we can leave the EU and build an independent, self-governing, global Britain.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Innocent boy 13 returning from wedding shot in drug deal that went

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An innocent 13-year-old boy was shot in the head after being caught up in the cross-fire of a suspected drug deal gone wrong during a Bank Holiday weekend of violence in London.The youngster had been attending a wedding with his parents in Wealdstone and was walking along the High Road on Sunday afternoon when he was hit by a stray shotgun pellet.Police investigating the shooting – which was one of a spate of gun and knife incidents over the weekend – described it as a “callous, reckless and brazen act”.A 15-year-old youth, who is thought to have been the target in the attack was also wounded in the head, but was not thought to be in a life threatening condition.In response to the weekend of violence, the Metropolitan Police has increased patrols – including of armed officers – in hotspots across the capital. An item of clothing lies on the pavement at the junction of Palmerston Road and the High Street, in Wealdstone A hooded jumper lies on the pavement next to an evidence marker near the scene of the shootingCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Police close to Palmerston Road and the A409, following two shootings Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south London Man, 22, shot and wounded by moped riderOn Sunday evening a 22-year-old man was shot and wounded in New Cross in south east London.Police were flagged down by a member of the public in New Cross Road, after discovering a man suffering from a gunshot wound. It takes the number of people murdered in the capital since the start of the year to 62.Rhyiem’s  mother, Pretana Morgan, 38, called for an end to the violence.She said: “Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be.”Video: Victim’s mother calls for end to bloodshed Scotland Yard increases patrols across LondonIn response to the violence the Met has increased patrols in hotspots across the capital.Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Messenger said: “The violence used has rightly caused concern and we are doing all we can to address this.”Over the Bank Holiday weekend, additional officers are on the streets across the capital, working hard to keep London safe.”They are using highly visible local patrols supported by armed response, traffic motorcycles, dog units, and air support – alongside plain clothes intelligence-led operations.” He added: “Violence has no place on our streets.”How violent crime soared in 12 months Locals in the busy Wealdstone High Street who rushed to the scene helped treat the 13-year-old until police and paramedics arrived.One local resident said he had heard the shooting had been the result of a drug deal gone wrong.He added: “The 13-year-old was attending a wedding and was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Shootings and stabbings elsewhere in UKAnother shooting took place in Clayton, Greater Manchester Police said.A man in his late teens was with his friends when he was shot in the leg shortly before 2.45pm on Monday.He was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.Elsewhere, in the country a 20-year-old man died after being stabbed to death in Merseyside.Fatah Warsame, from Cardiff, was taken to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning but was pronounced dead a short time later.In Manchester police were also investigating a shooting in which a teenager was wounded in the leg. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police cordon close to the scene of the shooting in Wealdstone on SundayCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA The injured man was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital where his condition is not thought to be life threatening.A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “At this early stage, it is believed that two male suspects riding one moped shot the victim, a pedestrian, at Besson Street. Officers retain an open mind as to any motive. There has been no arrest and enquiries continue.”Resident stabbed in dispute with motoristA short time later a 43-year-old man was stabbed in Perivale to the west of the city, following a dispute with a motorist on a quiet residential street.Elsewhere, three men aged 22, 27 and 17 were left with life changing injuries after being targeted in an acid attack in the early hours of Monday in Hackney, east London.’Delivery driver’ shot in south east LondonIn a fourth Bank Holiday weekend shooting in the capital, a 30-year-old man – who may have been working as a delivery driver – was gunned down.Police were called at 4.50pm on Monday to a shooting in John Williams Close, in New Cross, south east London, Scotland Yard said.The victim was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His condition is not believed to be life-threatening. Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Rose, Harrow Borough Commander said: “It would appear that the first victim was approached by two male suspects, one in possession of a shotgun – and shots were fired injuring him and an entirely innocent member of the public. “This was a callous, reckless and brazen act, without any thought by those responsible for the fact that there were families with children and people in the high street enjoying their weekend. This was quite simply, appalling.”The incident was one of four shootings across London during the Bank Holiday weekend, which left one man dead and at least four injured.Rapper gunned down in drive-by shootingOn Saturday, 17-year-old Rhyiem Ainsworth Barton, a rapper and aspiring architect, was gunned down near his home in Kennington, south London, in what is thought to have been a drive-by shooting. Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead in south LondonCredit:AFP/Getty read more

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The 7 most expensive houses for sale in Ireland right now

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first_img Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: Six bedrooms, six bathrooms plus “further accommodation within the Gate Lodge”. Uninterrupted views across Killiney Bay from most of the rooms. Two acres of gardens. A 20ft “plant room” in the Summer House – for all your plants, obviously.Note: These are the most expensive houses for sale on the open market, from our scan of property websites. Does not include private sales or houses whose price has not been publicly declared.More: 7 castles that cost less than a two-bed gaff in Dublin>More: 8 insanely beautiful castles you can dream about living in> Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 185-acre country estate with a six-bedroom period house in the middle of it. Plus two other houses and a barn, just in case you want to switch things up a bit. And there’s a tennis court!3. Tulira Castle, Ardrahan, Co Galway (€6,500,000) Source: Knight Frank Source: Knight FrankWhat you get for your money: Just the 13 bedrooms and nine bathrooms in the main house alone, plus an extra three houses dotted around the grounds (386 acres) for good measure. All the usual trimmings like a swimming pool, tennis court and so on. Plus 30 stables, a cross country course for the horses, two duck ponds and “scope for a large private shoot”.1. Sorrento House, Dalkey (€12,000,000) HEY, WE CAN dream. Right? Can we dream?7. Fernhill House, Stepaside, Co Dublin (€5,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 26-room house including six “principle bedrooms” and an undetermined number of “staff bedrooms”. Plus an estate with its own arboretum, which used to be a tourist attraction. However, the whole thing requires “considerable refurbishment”.6. Capard House, Rosenallis, Co Laois (€5,500,000) Source: Ganly Walters Source: Ganly WaltersWhat you get for your money: Well, a castle. Originally built in the 12th century and progressively added to since. Includes a Great Hall with a 40ft ceiling and columns of Irish marble, seven bedrooms, a medieval tower with its own chapel, and 90 acres of mature woodland.Oh, and a large ornamental lake.2. Courtown Demesne, Co Kildare (€10,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: No fewer than three houses with a total of 20 bedrooms, indoor 57ft swimming pool with steam room, your own orchard, floodlit tennis court and five stables. Plus “ample parking”.4. Myrtle Lodge, Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow (€6,000,000) Source: daft.ie Source: daft.ieWhat you get for your money: A 13-bedroom Greek Revival mansion on 100 acres of land, built in the 18th century. Includes hot tub and jacuzzi room, a banqueting hall, games room and a library.5. Ashtown Lodge, Castleknock (€5,950,000)last_img read more

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HACCIJust Gold partner up to turn the brain drain into a brain

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first_imgHACCI, a business body for the Hellenic Australian Community, has announced an alliance with Just Gold Digital Agency to showcase Hellenic Australian innovation and entrepreneurship to audiences around the globe.The collaboration with Just Gold is expected to help strengthen bilateral trade relationships between Greece, Australia and the diaspora – HACCI’s main goal. As a multifaceted organization, HACCI works with business, Greek and Australian governments and the community at large. It gives members a forum to meet, interact and exchange knowledge and ideas through hosted and co-sponsored functions, events, investment seminars, trade delegations and conferences.Just Gold is the agency that connects Greece, Cyprus and Australia. The agency gives life to ideas, projects and existing brands using a #digitalfirst approach. The goal will be to create a holistic digital communication strategy that would allow HACCI to achieve a greater online reach.Just Gold CEO Kyriakos Gold is pleased with the alliance. “We must redefine what brain gain means for Greece,” he said. “HACCI hosts game changing events featuring brilliant minds and exquisite speakers with rich experience throughout the year. We are ready to take these events to the world.”With over half a million Greeks having left Greece looking for opportunities around the globe during the last decade, the potential is enormous.“We cannot expect all of those professionals to go back,” Mr Gold said. “We must redefine ‘brain gain’ and what success for Greeks and Greece looks like, focusing on the interactive relationship of global digital audiences of Hellenic background. Our goal is to drive investment and knowledge connecting them with Australia, Greece Cyprus and the world.”HACCI Chair Georgegina Poulos is also pleased to be teaming up with Just Gold. By working together HACCI and Just Gold hope to deliver their message to global audiences, building synergies and an online community. “Our key focus areas are to continue to attract new members and subscribers, establish new corporate partnerships and strategic alliances,” she said.HACCI will co-design a new communications strategy with Just Gold, who will also manage the online community that will complement HACCI’s activities, bringing like-minded businesses and professionals together in the digital space to share knowledge, experience and explore further synergy opportunities. Just Gold will develop online audiences for existing structures and HACCI activities and give local, national and international audiences. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Begich Concedes Senate Race to Sullivan

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first_imgDownload AudioDemocratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has conceded the Alaska Senate race to Republican Dan Sullivan.Begich called Sullivan to congratulate him Monday. He said he urged Sullivan “to adopt a bipartisan resolve in the Senate.”Sullivan led the one-term incumbent Begich by about 8,100 votes on election night Nov. 4, and maintained an edge as ballot counting continued.In a statement, Begich said he was proud of the work he accomplished, in areas including energy development, veterans’ health care and protecting postal service in Alaska.He said the state deserves a bright future with expanded economic opportunity and a strong, prosperous rural Alaska. He also said he supports equality for all Alaskans and the results of an election have never diminished his desire to achieve those goals.last_img read more

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Musical dance night at Phoenix Arena

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first_imgShilpi Saini and Anupam in association with Shilpi’s Dance Akademi and Activity center present SPECTRUM, a musical and dance night to soothe your soul. Shilpi Saini is a well-known Kathak dance exponent, choreographer, martial arts trainer and the President of her own chain of Shilpi’s Dance Academy and Activity Centers. She is into the most popular Bollywood style of dancing as well. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Shilpi is very passionate about training kids as well as adult women into the wonderful art forms of Kathak, Bollywood dance as well as the martial arts. Anupam Kunapuli started playing the keyboard at a tender age of 8, tragedy struck at the age of 13 and he lost his eyesight however his determination towards learning piano never stopped and despite no teacher willing to teach him, he learned piano all by himself. He is an inspiration and well-known figure in Hyderabad and today he has his team of musicians who would also be performing at the event. What: music and dance performance When: 28 June Time: 7 pm Where: Phoenix Arenalast_img read more

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Bangalore airport passenger traffic up 23

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first_imgBangalore International Airport handled 17.3 million passengers during the period April 2015 to February 2016. It marks an increase of 22.6 percent over 14.1 million passengers who arrived or departed from the airport during the corresponding period last fiscal.The growth was higher in the domestic passenger segment at 24.5 percent, with the airport handling 14.2 million passengers in the 11-month period of the current financial year, as against 11.4 million passengers in the year-ago period, the Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) informed International Business Times India in a statement Monday. The airport handled 3.1 million international passengers, up 14.8 percent from 2.7 million passengers in the previous financial year’s 11 months.In calendar year 2015, the Bangalore International Airport handled 18 million passengers, 25.2 percent more than the earlier year.BIAL is a joint venture between the GVK Group, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Karnataka State Industrial Investment & Development Corporation (KSIDC) and other private promoters, according to GVK Group’s website.In 2014-15, the airport handled 15.40 million passengers and 279,532 metric tonnes of cargo.Domestic air traffic has witnessed consistent growth in the past few months and in calendar year 2015. For the 12-month period ended December 2015, domestic airlines carried 810.91 lakh passengers, a growth of 20.34 percent over 673.83 lakh passengers in calendar year 2014.The overall domestic passenger traffic grew 22.58 percent to 76.55 lakh passengers in January 2016, up from 62.45 lakh registered in January 2015.India is the ninth-largest civil aviation market in the world, with a market size of around $16 billion.The Indian market overtook both Australia and Japan during 2015 and is currently level with Russia at around 1.2 percent of global (revenue passenger kilometers, or RSKs), according to global industry body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA).SpiceJet, IndiGo, GoAir, Jet Airways, AirAsia, Air Costa, Vistara and state-owned Air India are the major players in the domestic aviation space. The airline industry has been a big beneficiary of falling aviation turbine fuel (ATF) prices as a result of tumbling crude oil prices globally.last_img read more

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Bengaluru woman constable assaults colleague at Majestic bus depot probe ordered

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first_imgMajestic bus stand, Bengaluru, KarnatakaTwitter [Representational Image]A stenographer working at the Deputy Commissioner of Police office (west division) in Bengaluru was allegedly physically assaulted by a woman police constable at KSRTC’s Majestic bus depot late on Monday, May 20. A complaint about the incident has now been filed with Upparpet police station.The woman police constable reportedly works under the south-east division.The initial probe has revealed that they used to work at the south division a few months back and used to quarrel over petty issues. They had also complained against each other several times. Hence, the man was transferred to the west division a few months ago, reports Deccan Herald.In his complaint, the man claims that he had taken a bus from the Majestic bus depot to go to his native place – Pavagada in Tumkur district – at around 9.15 pm. The woman was also on the same bus and allegedly started abusing him.Embarrassed by the incident, the man got down from the bus and boarded another one. But the woman allegedly had no plans of letting him go as she also followed him to the bus and dragged him out by catching his collar and slapped him in front of other passengers at the platform.The man tried to avoid further humiliation and tried to get away from her grasp, but she allegedly punched him and knocked him down. She also tried to strangle him. By then, some of the passengers came to his rescue and he was freed.He immediately informed Upparpet police station but the woman had allegedly fled from the scene. Upparpet police have charged the woman constable for assault and criminal intimidation. They have also summoned her for questioning.last_img read more

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Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in trouble High alert at Akkineni Nagarjunas house

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first_imgNagarjuna on Bigg Boss Telugu 3TwitterBigg Boss Telugu 3 has landed in another trouble after a students’ association reportedly tried to attack Akkineni Nagarjuna’s residence in Hyderabad. A high alert has been declared outside his house.Bigg Boss Telugu 3 is undoubtedly one of the most awaited Telugu reality TV shows of 2019. But the show has been delayed due to a series of problem. When everyone thought that it would take off on July 21, the show land in a controversy after actress Gayatri Gupta and journalist Shwetha Reddy filed a complaint against its makers. They have alleged casting couch and breach of the agreement.In their complaints, Swetha Reddy and Gayathri Gupta alleged that the coordinators of Bigg Boss Telugu 2 tried to sexually harass them by asking inappropriate personal questions. They also claimed that they had a meeting with the coordinators a few times and finalised their payments. But now they have stopped responding, which resulted in both of them rejecting some other offers.Now, the students’ organisation has launched a protest demanding the cancellation of Bigg Boss Telugu 3. They are reportedly even trying to storm the house of host Akkineni Nagarjuna at Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad. The police have declared a high alert and provided protection at the residence of the senior actor.The latest development has fueled speculations that Bigg Boss Telugu 3 might be cancelled and the audience, who are eagerly waiting for its telecast, are disturbed by the latest reports about the show. They are apparently confused over whether the makers will really cancel the show.last_img read more

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Families Opting Out Of STAAR Find Alternative School

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first_imgLaura IsenseeTeacher Sam Brower leads a class at an alternative learning environment for students who are not taking the state standardized exams this week. Brower said that his lesson tries to teach about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.This week thousands of Texas students are taking state standardized exams, called the STAAR. But in Houston about 80 kids have signed up to do something totally different.Tuesday morning, a bunch of them were playing with a swing outside a community center in North Houston. Third grader Lucia Zuniga explained the game.“We’re playing with the rope and whoever catches it gets to swing on it,” she said.This is not what she normally does at school. “This school is a school for no testing,” Lucia said.It’s called the Opt Out Academy. It’s a temporary, alternative school this week that the advocacy group Community Voices for Public Education organized for students who boycott state exams. The group estimates that as many as 500 families in Greater Houston have opted their child out of at least one standardized exam this year.Lucia’s mom Julia Kramp signed her up because she believes high stakes tests hurt her daughter’s education.“It takes away from the time that she could be learning,” Kramp said. “So they spend a lot of time every year doing practice exams, learning how to take the STAAR, learning how to bubble in correctly.”At this alternative school, Lucia loves having lots of recess. And her mom likes the creative lessons. In the first one Lucia learns about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.Kramp and other parents hope their boycott changes the way tests are used in school.“For us it’s about kind of changing a system that’s in place,” said Sam Brower, a parent and also a teacher at the alternative academy. “Because it’s not just the week of STAAR tests, but it’s all the test prep and all the practice exams and the mock exams that take place leading up to the STAAR. And then this week there’s the added stress, there’s the added pressure.”Results factor into teacher evaluations and, in certain grades, they may determine if a child moves on to the next level.But this year the Houston Independent School District approved a new policy saying students won’t be punished for not taking the STAAR. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:35 X Sharelast_img read more

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Why Airbnb Produced Documentary Gay Chorus Deep South Its FirstEver Film EXCLUSIVE

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first_imgThe latest player to hit the film-festival circuit may be a bit unexpected: Airbnb, the travel-accommodations booking marketplace, developed, financed and produced documentary film “Gay Chorus Deep South,” set to premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival on April 29.It’s the company’s very first feature film. Directed by David Charles Rodrigues, “Gay Chorus Deep South” follows the 300-member San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus on a 10-day tour across the Southeastern U.S. with the goal of inspiring conversation around inclusivity and civil rights. The film documents the challenges the singers faced as they brought their music into people’s homes, churches and concert halls.Why did the Silicon Valley commerce company decide to dive into film production? James Goode, Airbnb’s head of creative, explained that the film aligns with its corporate values that all people should not only be treated with dignity and respect but should be welcomed and celebrated. Popular on Variety “Gay Chorus Deep South” also is currently scheduled to screen at three other fests: Reel Out Charlotte in North Carolina (April 28-May 5); QDoc Queer Documentary Film Festival in Portland, Ore. (May 2-5), and New Jersey’s Montclair Film Festival (May 3-12).As for what Airbnb’s distribution plans are following its festival run, Goode said that’s still to be determined but he allowed that it might include scoping out a deal with a streaming platform. “We will want as many people as possible to see this film,” he said. “How that happens, we don’t know yet.”Goode declined to say how much Airbnb spent on “Gay Chorus Deep South.” Right now, the company doesn’t have any other feature-length film projects in the works.Among its other original content initiatives, Airbnb publishes a six-times-yearly magazine in association with Hearst Magazines and Goode’s team creates content for Airbnb’s website highlighting some of the listed properties. Founded in 2008, the San Francisco-based company provides access to more than 6 million rental locations in more than 81,000 cities and 191 countries.Watch the trailer for “Gay Chorus Deep South”: Outfest Film Review: ‘Changing the Game’ Relatedcenter_img James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems Buys Controlling Stake in Tribeca Enterprises “When we first heard about it two yeas ago, the reasons for their tour was very much in line with our values,” Goode told Variety. “Airbnb is in the space of telling stories of belonging and acceptance.”Of course, it also serves as marketing for Airbnb, although Goode said he and his team never considered it branded content per se. “We wanted to support the chorus and make the highest-quality piece of content we could,” he said.Airbnb has long been committed to supporting the LGTBQ community, according to Goode. The company was a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign Business Coalition for the Equality Act, which advocates for comprehensive legal protections for LGTBQ people.“Gay Chorus Deep South” follows the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, led by conductor Tim Seelig, on their Lavender Pen Tour in 2017, which they embarked on in response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 U.S. presidential election. The movie is executive produced by Goode and Tony Högqvist, executive creative director at Airbnb.The deal came together after Rodrigues reached out to Goode about the prospect of working together on a documentary about the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus tour. Crew members from Airbnb’s creative production team then accompanied Rodrigues and producers Bud Johnston and Jesse Moss as they set out with the chorus on the road trip, which traversed Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.“Making this film with Airbnb and the chorus has been an experience of a lifetime,” Rodrigues, a Greek-American-Brazilian filmmaker and equal rights activist, said in a statement. “When we learned about the tour, I immediately saw a rare chance of telling an emotional story in divisive times. What we saw up close, was a positive movement of acceptance and belonging.”Following the 100-minute film’s April 29 premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus are scheduled to perform. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Dirt Could Help Fight Superbugs

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first_img(Credit: Shutterstock)About 23,000 Americans die each year due to a bacterial infection resistant to antibiotics. Since 2010, the number of children who have become resistant has increased sevenfold.In recent years, the misuse and overuse of antibiotics led to the superbug phenomenon, in which bacteria that cause illness and disease become resistant to medicines. That makes it harder to treat conditions like pneumonia and food-related illnesses.Now, a group of researchers are looking for the next antibiotic — in dirt. A paper published in Nature Wednesday discusses using microorganisms in soil to combat superbugs. Soil bacteria have rarely been explored for use in antibiotic research.In 2014, soil samples were collected from a meadow at the Angelo Coast Range Reserve in Northern California. Jillian Banfield, a microbiologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues examined dirt-dwelling microbes, which produce metabolites, used to develop antibiotic medicines.The team concluded that microorganisms in dirt have potential in the fight against superbugs. The organisms’ diverse genes can effect secondary metabolite biosynthesis, from which antibiotics are created.“These organisms may represent a source of natural products that can address needs for new antibiotics and other pharmaceutical compounds,” the authors write.Besides antibiotics, microbial products also include pigments, alkaloids, and toxins.last_img read more

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