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Trinamool cadres accused of assaulting Opposition candidates

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first_imgA day after she was allegedly abducted in broad daylight by Trinamool Congress (TMC) cadres near her home in the Sagardighi block of Murshidabad district, Hasina Begam is yet to get over the trauma. Ever since she filed her nomination as a zilla parishad (district council) candidate of the CPI (M), she was allegedly being threatened by ruling party cadres. Saturday was the last date for withdrawal of nominations for the panchayat polls to be held on May 14.“Police at the behest of TMC leaders arrested my husband from our house,” Ms. Begam told The Hindu. After hearing this news, she was rushing back to her home, when a vehicle stopped beside her and some men allegedly dragged her in. “They were TMC cadres. They took me to the Sub-Divisional Officer’s (SDO) office and forced me to withdraw my nomination. I had no choice as the lives of my family members were at stake,” she said. The family members of another CPI (M) candidate in Sagardighi, Smita Dalui, who was also allegedly abducted by Trinamool cadres from her residence on Saturday, refused to speak fearing repercussions from them. “Kindly spare us and let us live in peace,” said her husband. They are just two among the scores of Opposition party candidates in several districts of Bengal, who were forced to withdraw their nominations for the panchayat polls, following alleged assault and abduction by Trinamool cadres. However, most of these candidates are unwilling to speak to the media fearing repercussions. The CPI (M) district leadership in Murshidabad alleged that 311 candidates in the gram panchayat, panchayat samiti and zilla parishad were forced to withdraw their nominations. In South 24 Paraganas, the party leadership alleged that three of their panchayat samiti candidates in Baruipur’s Ramnagar I panchayat samiti, were abducted and assaulted by Trinamool cadres, who forced them to withdraw nominations. A similar incident took place at Bhangar, where relatives of a CPI (M) zilla parishad candidate were kidnapped by Trinamool workers on Friday, forcing him to withdraw his nomination. “In the Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha seat, there are no Opposition party candidates in 1,000 gram panchayats, 196 panchayat samitis and 20 zilla parishads. This speaks volumes about TMC’s terror tactics,” CPI (M) district secretary in South 24 Paraganas Samik Lahiri said. However, the party leadership was unable to provide any State-wide figure regarding withdrawal of nominations. “We will get the State- wide figure tomorrow [Monday]” CPI(M) State secretariat member Rabin Deb said. State Congress alleged that in the districts of Purba and Paschim Medinipur, South and North 24 Paraganas and Murshidabad, scores of Congress candidates were forced to withdraw nominations due to the terror tactics of the Trinamool. “TMC cadres are making a mockery of democracy in the State. If such a situation continues, the Panchayat polls will be reduced to a farce,” State Congress vice- president Debabrata Basu said. State BJP vice-president Sayantan Basu alleged that about 250 of their candidates were forced to withdraw their nominations following threats from the ruling party. Trinamool reacts Denying the allegations, Trinamool secretary-general and State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that “the CPI (M) is making contradictory statements.”“First they alleged that they were not allowed to file nominations, and now they are saying that they are being forced to withdraw nominations. The fact is that the CPI (M) is afraid to take part in the polls and hence is making such baseless allegations,” Mr. Chatterjee told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Pocari tests Power Smashers

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMomentum may be on the side of Pocari Sweat at this point in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, but coach Rico de Guzman feels the three-time champion still needs a major adjustment.“The players are having difficulty adjusting because they are so focused on their offense,” said De Guzman. A lot of that offense has been shouldered by Myla Pablo, who has been averaging 20 points in the Lady Warriors’ first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari Sweat tries out its defense when it tests the Power Smashers at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We struggled to win those two games, that’s why we want to preserve this momentum,” said Pablo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBaliPure tries to bounce back from a stinging loss to idle co-leader Creamline when it faces University of the Philippines in the other women’s match at 4 p.m.Meanwhile, in the men’s division, Cignal and Sta. Elena clash at 10 a.m. while Café Lupe and Instituto Estetico Manila collide at 1 p.m. in a duel of winless teams. Before living up to darkhorse tag, Pirates must ‘win in classroom,’ says coach Topex Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Viral gastroenteritis

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first_imgDefinitionViral gastroenteritis is sometimes called the “stomach flu.” It refers to swelling orinflammation of the stomach and intestines from a virus. The infection can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.Alternative NamesRotavirus infection; Norwalk virus; Gastroenteritis – viral; Stomach fluCauses, incidence, and risk factorsGastroenteritis can affect one person or a group of people who all ate the same food or drank the same water. The germs may get into the food you eat (called contamination) in different ways.Viral gastroenteritis is a leading cause of severe diarrhea in both adults and children. Many types of viruses can cause gastroenteritis. The most common ones are: Norovirus (Norwalk-like virus) is common among school-age children. It may also cause outbreaks in hospitals and on cruise ships.Rotavirus isthe leading cause of severe gastroenteritis in children. It can also infect adults who are exposed to children with the virus, and people living in nursing homes.AstrovirusEnteric adenovirusSymptomsSymptoms most often appear within 4 to 48 hours after contact with the contaminated food or water, and include:Abdominal painDiarrheaNausea and vomitingOther symptoms may include:Chills, clammy skin, orsweatingFeverJoint stiffness or muscle painPoor feedingWeight lossSigns and testsThehealth care provider will look for signs of dehydration, including:Dry or sticky mouthLethargy or coma (severe dehydration)Low blood pressureLow or no urine output; concentrated urine that looks dark yellowMarkedly sunken soft spots (fontanelles) on the top of an infants headNo tearsSunken eyesTests that examine stool samples may be used to identify which virus is causing the sickness. This is usually not needed for viral gastroenteritis. A stool culture may be done to find out whether bacteria are causing the problem.advertisementTreatmentThe goal of treatment is to prevent dehydration by making sure the body has enough water and fluids. Fluids and electrolytes (salt and minerals) that are lost through diarrhea or vomiting must be replaced by drinking extra fluids. Even if you are able to eat, you should still drink extra fluids between meals.Older children and adults can drink sports beverages such as Gatorade, but these should not be used for youngerchildren. Instead, use the electrolyte and fluid replacement solutions or freezer pops available in food and drug stores.Do NOT use fruit juice (including apple juice), sodas or cola (flat or bubbly), Jell-O, or broth. All of these have a lot of sugar, which makes diarrhea worse, and they dont replace lost minerals.Drink small amounts of fluid (2-4 oz.) every 30-60 minutes. Do not try to force large amounts of fluid at one time, which can cause vomiting. Use a teaspoon or syringe for an infant or small child.Breast milk or formula can be continued along with extra fluids. You do NOT need to switch to a soy formula.Food may be offeredoften in small amounts. Suggested foods include:Cereals, bread, potatoes, lean meatsPlain yogurt, bananas, fresh applesVegetablesPeople with diarrhea who are unable to drink fluids because of nausea may need intravenous (directly into a vein) fluids. This is especially true in small children.Antibiotics do not work for viruses.Drugs to slow down the amount of diarrhea (anti-diarrheal medications) should not be given without first talking with your health care provider. DO NOT give these anti-diarrheal medications to children unless directed to do so by a health care provider.People taking water pills (diuretics) who develop diarrhea may be told by their health care provider to stop taking the diuretic during the acute episode. However, DO NOT stop taking any prescription medicine without first talking to your health care provider.The risk of dehydration is greatest in infants and young children, so parents should closely monitor the number of wet diapers changed per day when their child is sick.You can buy medicines at the drugstore that can help stop or slow diarrhea.Do not use these medicines without talking to your health care provider if you have bloody diarrhea, a fever, or if the diarrhea is severe.Do not give these medicines to children.Expectations (prognosis)The illness usually runs its course in a few days without treatment.Children may become severely ill from dehydration caused by diarrhea.People with the highest risk for severe gastroenteritis include young children, the elderly, and people who have a suppressed immune system.ComplicationsRotavirus causes severe gastroenteritis in infants and young children. Severe dehydration and death can occur in thisage group.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider if diarrhealasts for more than several days or if dehydration occurs. You should also contact yourhealth care providerif you or your child has these symptoms:advertisementBlood in the stoolConfusionDizzinessDry mouthFeeling faintNauseaNo tears when cryingNo urine for 8 hours or moreSunken appearance to the eyesSunken soft spot on an infants head (fontanelle)PreventionMost viruses and bacteria arepassed from person to personby unwashed hands. The best way to prevent viral gastroenteritis is to handle food properly and wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet.Vaccinationto prevent severe rotavirus infectionis recommended for infants starting at age 2 months.ReferencesDuPontHL. Approach to the patient with suspected enteric infection. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 291.Semrad CE. Approach to the patient with diarrhea and malabsorption. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 142.Giannella RA. Infectious enteritis and proctocolitis and bacterial food poisoning. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2010:chap 107.Zulfigar AB. Acute gastroenteritis in children. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2011:chap 332.Bass DM. Rotaviruses, caliciviruses, and astroviruses. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2011:chap 257.Review Date:4/26/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Divison of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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Nasscom selects 39 startups for 3rd edition of Innotrek

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first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) IT industry body Nasscom today said it has shortlisted 39 Indian startups for the third edition of its Innotrek programme to be held in the US, where tech entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to meet investors and learn business nuances from experts.The programme is aimed at providing the select group of technology entrepreneurs and founders with an opportunity to interact with investors, experts from the Silicon Valley and corporates, Nasscom 10,000 Start-ups Senior Director Rajat Tandon told PTI.He added that the startups will also have the opportunity to learn about scaling up globally and forming alliances for them to give them a competitive advantage.These include names like Adnabu, Pushngage, Discover Dollar Technologies, Squadrun and Uncanny Vision solutions among others.The programme will be held from May 2-7, 2016.”The startups that have been chosen work across the spectrum — Internet of Things, gaming, healthcare, fin-tech, sports-tech. These companies have products that can be scaled globally and being in the Silicon Valley is a great opportunity to connect with the right people,” Tandon said.The participants will visit incubation centres and get an opportunity to hear speakers like Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan and Microsoft Ventures General Manager Scott Coleman among others as part of the event.”In the first year, we chose 25 startups. Last year, there were 34 and this year, we have 39. These are early stage and growth stage startups,” he said.The objective is also to showcase some of the best startups to the Silicon Valley and to invite them to come over, he added. PTI SR ADI MKJ SOMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar finishes 5th at Indonesian Masters

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first_imgIndia’s Gaganjeet Bhullar fired five-under-par 67 in the final round to finish fifth at the Indonesian Masters golf tournament on Sunday.Bhullar, who won his sixth Asian Tour title last week, finished with a total of 12-under-par 276 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.He ended his campaign six shots behind the champion, Poom Saksansin of Thailand, who also fired a 67 on the final day to win his first Asian Tour title with a total of 18-under-par 270.Saksansin cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory and Thai teenagers Phachara Khongwatmai (68) and Suradit Yongcharoenchai (68) — both aged 17 — and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (70) had to settle for the tied second place at the $750,000 Asian Tour event.The 28-year-old Bhullar, meanwhile, found 14 fairways and 18 greens in regulation but was let down by a cold putter where he negotiated the greens in 31 putts. (Ganganjeet Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea)”A 62 was definitely out there. I’m pretty happy the way I played after winning last week. This course is one of my favourites on the Asian Tour,” the Indian said after his round.”I played well for three days. Today was in the first in a long time that I hit 14 fairways and 18 greens. I’m glad that I was in contention during the week. There’s a lot of positives I can take out from the last two weeks,” he added.S. Chikkarangappa, the other Indian in the fray, also scored 67 in the final round to finish joint sixth with a total of 277. Lee Chieh-Po of Taipei was also at the joint sixth spot with a final round of 68.advertisement”I’m happy with how I finished. I must take the result however it comes. I’m playing really solid. Sometimes luck is not on your side but it doesn’t mean that I should be disappointed with that. I’m happy with how I’m playing,” Chikkarangappa said.”I learnt how to play in the tough conditions. Now I’m used to it so when there is a rain delay no matter what, I will make sure it doesn’t distract me. I’ll stay focussed and not blame the weather. I can take out a lot of positives from this week.”Saksansin held a two-shot lead at the start of the day and stayed ahead of the chasing pack by shooting six birdies against one bogey.The 23-year-old, who won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Malaysia last year, showed no signs of nerves when he made the turn in 34 shots before tightening his grip on the pole position with three straight birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.Dropping only two shots in 72 holes, Saksansin played solid golf throughout the week and stayed calm under pressure when a host of players briefly threatened his lead early in the round.”It feels great to be a champion. I just tried not to make bogeys today. Anything in the red numbers was good enough for me. Honestly, I was only hoping to make enough money to keep my Asian Tour card. This victory exceeded my expectations,” he said.”I didn’t get into trouble in the first place so that’s why I only dropped two shots this week. My putting really saved me as well. My family will be very happy that I won, it also proves that I can play among the best players.”The victory earned him $135,000 which moved him from 101st to 21st position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.last_img read more

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ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson says no room for error

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first_imgNew Zealand cricket captain Kane Williamson said the squad he will lead into June’s Champions Trophy should be in good form given plenty of recent preparations but admits that is no guarantee for success when it comes to one-off clashes.Williamson, who is set to lead New Zealand into his first major 50-over tournament as captain, said a lot of the team’s members have been heavily involved in the Indian Premier League while others were in Ireland for the Tri-Series last week.”It counts for something but not for everything because we still come back to one-off clashes with opponents and if you win then you can go a long way in the competition,” said Williamson, who took over as captain from Brendon McCullum in 2016.”But there is not much time for slip-ups or conservative cricket.”New Zealand are in Group A of the Champions Trophy, to be held in England from June 1-18, with Australia, England and Bangladesh.Williamson is familiar with being a part of thrilling one-day series in England but hopes his team will fare better this year after squandering a 2-1 lead over England in a best-of-five one-day series in 2015.”Any time you have those experiences against opponents you are coming up against in similar conditions, it is the same side too, it is only a good thing,” said Williamson.”But you don’t tend to look too much into it in tournaments like this – it is a one-off game and both teams will be playing with freedom and hope it comes off.”advertisementlast_img read more

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25 days agoSouness feels for Maguire at crisis club Man Utd

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Souness feels for Maguire at crisis club Man Utdby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool hero Graeme Souness feels for Harry Maguire at Manchester United.Souness said he rates Maguire and doesn’t blame the England defender for United’s poor form, but insisted the Red Devils must improve their midfield. He told The Sunday Times: “Until they fix it, United’s back five will be fire-fighting.”They can spend massively on Maguire, give Victor Lindelof a new five-year deal, De Gea four more lucrative years and sign Wan-Bissaka for £50million and it will all be money down the drain.”He added: “United are trying to rebuild from the back after signing Harry Maguire from Leicester City for £80m and Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50m.”I rate Maguire. He will be disappointed with how it’s gone so far, but I’d not put it all at his door.” last_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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PM Narendra Modi to deliver keynote address at India Today Conclave 2019

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first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 30, 2019UPDATED: January 30, 2019 17:41 IST It can’t get bigger than this, especially in an election year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, to be held on March 1 and 2.The presence of Prime Minister Modi at the flagship event of the India Today Group assumes enormous significance as it comes just months before a crucial general election.The prime minister is likely to speak on the ‘India Story’ under him — the triumphs, challenges and future goals, apart from the battle plans for 2019.Welcoming the prime minister’s confirmation, Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the India Today Group, said, “We are honoured to have Prime Minister Modi as a keynote speaker at the India Today Conclave. He has been a bold path-breaking leader. He has triggered both great hope and great debate. As India heads towards a major election, it will be a privilege to hear him assess his term and spell out his vision for India at the Conclave.”Every word the prime minister utters at the India Today Conclave will be ingested, analysed and dissected as it comes at a juncture when ‘choices’ need to be made.Appropriately enough, the theme of this year’s India Today Conclave is ‘Hard Choices’.”We are our choices,” said Jean Paul Sartre. In 2019, India chooses a new government at the Centre, at an important time in its history.In the last year of this decade, also the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the country has to decide between continuing with a party whose message of ‘Achche Din’ enthused vast swathes of India to vote for it in 2014, and a group of strong federal powers who think the DNA of the nation is being tampered with.advertisementApart from the prime minister, a galaxy of eminent speakers would be addressing the Conclave. These include former British foreign secretary and Conservative Party leader Boris Johnson, Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot, former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, MP and former Union minister Kapil Sibal, Lok Sabha MPs Shashi Tharoor and Jyotiraditya Scindia, and National vice-president of BJP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe.The world of art, culture and sports will be represented by filmmaker Karan Johar, actor Ranveer Singh, tennis star Sania Mirza, Olympic boxer Mary Kom, cricketer Mithali Raj and musician Rahul Ram, among other notables.So, get ready to ‘Conclave’. Get ready to make ‘Hard Choices.’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 byMukesh Rawat Tags :Follow India Today Conclave 2019 PM Narendra Modi to deliver keynote address at India Today Conclave 2019Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi, to be held on March 1 and 2.advertisementlast_img read more

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Eminems Marshall Mathers Foundation And Carhartt Partner To Offer Charity Hoodie

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first_imgThe Marshall Mathers Foundation, which provides funds for organizations working with at-risk youth in Michigan and throughout the U.S, partnered with Carhartt, America’s premium work wear brand since 1889, to design a limited edition Carhartt Force zip-front hoodie with all proceeds benefitting the Foundation.The hoodie is available for purchase at www.eminem.com.“This collaboration is all about two Detroit icons working together to support kids in Detroit, the state of Michigan and beyond,” said Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing for Carhartt. “We have been a part of the Detroit area for 125 years and are proud to partner with organizations like The Marshall Mathers Foundation that shine a positive light on the city.”The limited edition, heather gray zip –front hoodie is lightweight and made of a 65% cotton/35% polyester blend. It has a screen-printed Eminem logo on the left chest and the back is printed with an anvil graphic with a “313” at its center. It’s encircled by the words “Detroit, Michigan. 1889. 1999.”“We chose this particular sweatshirt because it is similar to a Carhartt hoodie that Marshall often wears on-stage,” Ambroza said. “Since it’s part of our Force line of knits, the hoodie includes our FastDry technology to wick away sweat and our StainBreaker technology to release stains; plus it’s a relaxed fit, which is always popular with customers.”The Marshall Mathers Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing assistance to disadvantaged and at-risk youth primarily in Detroit, Michigan and it’s surrounding communities.last_img read more

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Loretta Saunders family frustrated by lack of courtroom access

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first_imgAPTN National NewsLoretta Saunders was killed this past February and the preliminary hearing for the two accused of killing her has been unfolding in Halifax this week.Some family members are frustrated because they haven’t been allowed into the courtroom.APTN’s Trina Roache has this story.last_img

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Caterpillar 1Q Earnings Snapshot

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DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Caterpillar Inc. (CAT) on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $1.88 billion.The Deerfield, Illinois-based company said it had net income of $3.25 per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, came to $2.94 per share.The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.84 per share.The construction equipment company posted revenue of $13.47 billion in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $13.4 billion.Caterpillar expects full-year earnings in the range of $11.75 to $12.75 per share.Caterpillar shares have increased 12 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 17 per cent. The stock has dropped almost 8 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on CAT at https://www.zacks.com/ap/CATThe Associated Press read more

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DR Congo UN agencies step up aid after violence subsides in Kinshasa

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The fighting began on 22 March in Gombe in central Kinshasa, with both sides – Government soldiers (FARDC) and forces loyal to Mr. Bemba, who was defeated last year by current President Joseph Kabila in the run-off round of landmark presidential elections – using heavy weaponry, including heavy shelling and continuous gunfire.The UN mission in the country, known as MONUC, estimates that hundreds died and many more were wounded in the violence which subsided on 24 March. MONUC said today that 140 of Mr. Bemba’s guards, including 15 who were wounded, have surrendered to the mission and are being cared for along with almost 170 members of their families.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) voiced concern for several vulnerable groups in the aftermath of the fighting, including the families and dependents of those loyal to Mr. Bemba and street children who have been arrested. The agency also warned of the risk of sexual violence and other human rights abuses, as well as of alleged arbitrary executions and other reprisals against Mr. Bemba’s supporters.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has distributed 3 metric tons of essential drugs and surgical materials to meet emergency needs to assist the wounded. WHO also provided 400 rolls of plaster and 100 sheets.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently evaluating the situation of street children and minors who are dependents of Mr. Bemba’s forces sheltered by MONUC.At a press conference today, MONUC officials urged the Government to participate in a democratic dialogue with opposition parties and civil society organizations.The mission called on the DRC’s Government to continue efforts to consolidate democracy after last year’s historic elections intended to bring lasting peace to the country which is rebuilding after a brutal six-year civil war.The Government must “initiate a broad democratic dialogue with the opposition parties as well as civil society organizations to work towards reconciliation,” said MONUC spokesperson Kemal Saiki.Despite the recent unrest in Kinshasa, MONUC reports that most of the rest of the country remains relatively calm. 28 March 2007Following several days of violence in the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) between Government forces and guards of former Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba, United Nations agencies are providing assistance to people in Kinshasa as well as assessing the protection needs of vulnerable groups. read more

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Liberians vote on constitutional changes seen by UN as milestone in peace

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23 August 2011Liberians went to the polls today to vote in a referendum on constitutional changes, a move described by the United Nations envoy for the West African country as a milestone in the process to entrench peace and stability that has prevailed since the end of the civil war in 2003. “It is truly vital that this referendum and the elections to follow are successful,” said Ellen Margrethe Løj, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), in an interview with UNMIL Radio yesterday.“I think it is crucial that the right messages are being sent by each and every Liberian participating. They can only send that message if they participate based on the democratic principles and demonstrate in practice that they want peace and security for all,” she said, adding that the referendum was a “milestone in Liberia’s history.”In the constitutional referendum, voters were asked to made a decision on four proposed amendments, three of which are election-related – to change the electoral system from an absolute to a simple majority for all elections except those for president and vice-president; to move election day from October to November; and to revise the residency clause for presidential and vice-presidential candidates from 10 to five consecutive years immediately prior to an election.The fourth provision would increase the mandatory retirement age for chief justices to 75. While the National Elections Commission has confirmed the date for the presidential and legislative elections as 11 October, the results of the referendum may shift them to 8 November.In his latest report on Liberia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Liberians to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.The presidential and legislative polls will be the second round of democratic elections since the end of the decade-long conflict that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries. read more

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African Players Walk Out on Russian Soccer Club After

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Igor Gamula  photo from www.independent.co.uk.comAfter the coach of a Russian professional soccer club made offensive comments last week regarding his African players, the players have refused to train with the team.On Friday, coach Igor Gamula of the Russian club FC Rostov said his club had “enough dark-skinned players, we’ve got six of the things,” according to Thestar.com.Paul Mitchell, agent for Rostov’s South African defender Siyanda Xulu, told thestar.com that the five African players “are not prepared to train under the current coach until such time as the situation has been dealt with.Gamula’s comments are just the latest in a head-spinning spate of racist comments and actions directed at Black athletes. While racism in sports is hardly new, the latest incidents still seem shocking at a time when Blacks seem to be such a dominant force in the sports world.Of course there was the infamous case of Donald Sterling, former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape making racist comments just before last year’s NBA playoffs. The team responded by dumping their Clippers warmup jackets and pants on the court to show their disgust with Sterling. The NBA owners voted to remove Sterling from the NBA by forcing him to sell the team.More recently, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson offered to sell his portion of the team when he found an e-mail he had written two years ago that he considered to be “inappropriate and offensive.”In the international arena of soccer, racism has been a continual problem. In 2007, Serge Branco, a midfielder from Cameroon who played in a Russian league, endured constant racial abuse from fans of the Zenit St. Petersburg soccer club, according to the New York Times. In 2008, Zenit manager Dick Advocaat reportedly said, “I would be happy to sign anyone, but the fans don’t like Black players.” It was in 2011 when a Zenit fan offered a banana to Roberto Carlos, a Brazilian player. Zenit was also the last top-level Russian club to have never signed a Black player until September 2012, when it signed the Brazilian forward Hulk and Belgian Axel Witsel.In hockey, P.K. Subban, the Black defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens, was bombarded with racist tweets after his game winning goal in double overtime against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the series. Using Twitter, Bruins fans broadcasted their offensive and racist language. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball looks to keep rolling in rematch with Michigan

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OSU freshman outside hitter Audra Appold (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a tough battle with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor three weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is expecting more of the same when the Wolverines visit Columbus this weekend.In what OSU coach Geoff Carlston called “a total grind-out match,” the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (21-6, 10-5) defeated Michigan (16-10, 6-9) in four sets in their Oct. 24 meeting, with two sets going to extra points and all four sets being decided by the minimum of two points.OSU will be going for a sweep of its rivals on Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It does help knowing that we’ve beat them before, but I think in the second half of the Big Ten, everyone’s a different team,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “So we’re still going to prepare for them just like how we would any other team.”Michigan has been reeling of late, losing its last four games — all against ranked teams — by a combined score of 12 sets to one, but Carlston said he knows the Wolverines will be out for revenge on Saturday.“Getting them at their place, that motivates them to come here and beat us,” he said. “It’s nice to be home … so we certainly need to take advantage of being in St. John this week.”In particular, OSU will have its hands full with sophomore outside hitter Caroline Knop, who has averaged nearly five kills per set in her team’s last five matches.Five seniors will be playing in their final regular-season game against Michigan, including Richardson, outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, outside hitter Katie Mitchell, middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and setter Emily Ruetter.The Buckeyes have split their six games with Michigan since Mitchell and Kacsits arrived in 2012, and the two seniors are looking to break that tie on Saturday.“It’d be nice to finish playing that rival my four years with a win and look back and say, ‘Yeah, we took care of them,’” Mitchell said.Richardson, who came to Columbus in 2014 after transferring from Middle Tennessee State, said she’s eager to “send them home with an ‘L.’”Buckeyes get pair of 2016 commitsOn Thursday, OSU announced that two high school All-Americans have signed letters of intent to join the Buckeyes next season.Brooke Bailey, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter who was named a first-team all-Ohio player in each of the last three seasons while playing for Jackson High School.Madison Smeathers, of Vargersville, Indiana, plays multiple positions and was an all-Indiana selection the last two years.What’s next?In the first of three straight road games, OSU is set to head west to take on Iowa on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes won the first matchup of the season against the Hawkeyes in four sets. read more

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Viborg HK has a new target – Andrea Penezić

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Even they had awful season in the EHF Champions League, where Danish champion finished in the Preliminary Round, high ambitions of, still, EHF CL winner, aren’t taken in the question.  After they failed to sign “Romanian Princess”, Cristina Neagu, who will stay in Oltchim for two more seasons, the next target is one of the best left back of the world, Andrea Penezić (26). As “Hbold.dk” reported, negotations are already started between Danes and Croatian star from Slovenian Krim Mercator, who is in the battle for EHF Champions League semifinals.Penezić is the the best Croatian player. She left Podravka last summer and moved to Ljubljana (Krim), where he made a strong “back players trio” with Lekić and Varlec. ← Previous Story Jesper Jensen said “NO” to Wilbek Next Story → Men’s EHF CL (Round 8): Celje PL and Bosna retained TOP 16 chances read more

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Japon Nagasaki et Hiroshima appellent à labandon du nucléaire

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first_imgJapon : Nagasaki et Hiroshima appellent à l’abandon du nucléaire A l’occasion d’une cérémonie pour commémorer les 66 ans des bombardements atomiques de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, les autorités des deux villes sinistrées à l’époque Nagasaki et Hiroshima demandent au gouvernement nippon la mise en place d’une nouvelle politique énergétique.Près de 66 ans, jour pour jour, après le bombardement de la ville de Nagasaki par les Etats-Unis à la fin de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale, le maire de la ville Tomihisa Taue, a décidé de lancer un appel pour inciter l’abandon de l’énergie nucléaire. Mardi à Nagasaki, a en effet eu lieu une cérémonie de commémoration, où 44 pays étaient représentés et au cours de laquelle le maire a expliqué : “Comment se fait-il que nous soyons une fois de plus menacés par la crainte des radiations ? Ne sommes-nous plus intimidés par la nature ? Sommes-nous devenus trop confiants dans le contrôle que nous exerçons en tant qu’êtres humains ?”.  À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalité”En tant que peuple d’une nation qui a connu la déflagration nucléaire, nous devons continuer à exiger qu’il n’y ait “Plus jamais de hibakusha!””, a rappelé M. Taue dans son discours, en utilisant le mot réservé aux victimes des radiations atomiques, rapporte l’AFP. Dans sa déclaration, le maire a par ailleurs appelé à développer des énergies alternatives plus sûres, comme le solaire, l’éolien et la biomasse, après la catastrophe survenue à la centrale nucléaire Fukushima Daiichi : “Peu importe le temps qu’il faudra, il est nécessaire de promouvoir le développement d’énergies renouvelables à la place du nucléaire afin de parvenir à une société dotée d’une base énergétique sûre”.Réduire la dépendance à l’énergie nucléaire De même, le Premier ministre japonais Naoto Kan a réaffirmé le 6 août dernier, la nécessité de réduire la dépendance du pays à l’énergie nucléaire lors d’une cérémonie organisée à Hiroshima pour marquer le 66e anniversaire de la première attaque mondiale à la bombe atomique, rapporte Le Courrier du Vietnam. Lors d’une déclaration de paix annuelle, le maire d’Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, a ainsi, comme celui de Nagasaki, demandé au gouvernement japonais de réviser sa politique énergétique suite à la crise nucléaire provoquée par le séisme et le tsunami du 11 mars, alors que plusieurs mois après la catastrophe, la centrale de Fukushima continue de relâcher des substances radioactives dans l’environnement, selon Le Courrier du Vietnam.Le 9 août 2011 à 10:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Avant dentrer en éruption les volcans se mettent à crier

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first_imgAvant d’entrer en éruption, les volcans se mettent à “crier”Une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Nature met en évidence “les cris du volcan” à savoir un phénomène sonore qui précède les éruptions volcaniques. Les recherches ont été menées sur l’activité du Mont Redoubt, un volcan actif situé en Alaska.Les éruptions volcaniques ne s’accompagnent pas seulement d’effusion de lave, d’explosion de cendres ou encore de tremblements de terre. Celles-ci sont également précédées de crissements et sonorités tout à fait audibles à l’oreille humaine. Un phénomène surprenant que dévoile une nouvelle étude publiée dans la revue Nature Geoscience.Lors de l’éruption d’un volcan, on observe généralement un séisme volcanique appelé trémor, causé par la remontée du magma. Mais cette libération massive d’énergie engendre également l’émission d’ondes sonores, un phénomène connu sous le nom de “tremblement harmonique” et observé sur un grand nombre de volcans du monde entier. Si la plupart de ces ondes sonores sont proches de l’infrason, bien trop grave pour être perçu, d’autres sont parfois émises à des fréquences plus élevées ce qui les rend audibles à nos oreilles.Pour mettre en évidence ce phénomène sonore, les scientifiques ont étudié l’activité du Mont Redoubt, un volcan actif situé en Alaska. En 2009, le cratère a fait l’objet d’une série d’éruptions massives causant d’importantes retombées de cendres dans un périmètre de 15 kilomètres. Or, chaque éruption, a été précédé par l’émission de sons se distinguant par leur haute fréquence.Un schéma sonore bien précis Du fait de leur puissance, les tremblements harmoniques du Mont Redoubt ont été baptisés “cris du volcan” par les chercheurs. Mieux encore : ils ont pu être enregistrés puis condensés dans une version accélérée qu’il est possible d’écouter sur : https://soundcloud.com/uw-today/redoubtscream.Les résultats indiquent que les cris du volcan suivent un schéma sonore bien précis. Le volume va crescendo puis les sons s’arrêtent juste avant l’éruption. “La fréquence sonore grandit pour devenir incroyablement élevée, alors il y a une pause, puis l’explosion” indique à New Scientist Alicia Hotovec-Ellis doctorante à l’Université de Washingon et co-auteur de l’étude. La fréquence passe en effet de 1 à 30 Hertz, le seuil perceptible par l’oreille humaine étant environ de 20 Hertz.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Selon les chercheurs, les cris et le trémor du volcan Redoubt seraient causés par la haute pression de la poussée du magma à travers l’ouverture étroite de la cheminée volcanique. Cette particularité pourrait alors permettre de mettre en place un système d’alerte limité permettant d’anticiper l’arrivée d’une éruption quelques heures avant.?(Crédit photo : United States Geological Survey)Le 17 juillet 2013 à 09:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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What to Expect from Stranger Things Season Two

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first_img 11 Best Monsters Made From Dead People PartsOriginal ‘Stranger Things’ Plan May Confirm Will Byers’ Sexuality Few things are kept as secret as what’s going to happen in season two of Stranger Things.Entertainment Weekly’s new cover story is on Stranger Things, and while even the publication is strapped for details, we’ve learned a few things about the upcoming season, the Upside-Down, and what’s in store emotionally for some of the characters.One of the biggest cliffhangers from the first season was the fate of Will Byers who returned from the Upside-Down, but not unscathed. In one of the season’s final scenes, we see him coughing up some kind of slug and getting seemingly transported back into the alternate dimension. According to co-creator Matt Duffer, however, what he sees may not be entirely there.“He seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not,” says co-creator Matt Duffer. “So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.”Another loose thread from the first season involves Sheriff Jim Hopper, who was led into a car belonging to the shady Department of Energy agency that was responsible for Eleven and the portal leading to the Upside-Down. Additionally, Hopper is seen going to an isolated spot in the woods and dropping some Eggos in a box. Was it for Eleven, or did it serve another purpose?Back in Hawkins, he’s taken on a new authority role, especially to those who were involved with the events of Will Byers’ disappearance.“It kind of falls on Hopper to be the voice of authority to say, ‘This did happen, and this didn’t happen,’” actor David Harbour, who plays Hopper, said. “He’s struggling with the compromise that takes him to, having to lie and cover things up.”In the meantime, a lot of characters are trying to get back to normal. Joyce is dating again (Bob, played by Sean Astin), and siblings Nancy and Mike are attempting to deal with the “deaths” of their friends Barb and Eleven.Dustin, played by Gaten Matarazzo, added some levity to the interview, saying that his character will get to bond with a new kind of pet in the upcoming season. Obviously, it’s not something a child should be taking care of.“It’s a little creature I get to bond with,” Matarazzo said. “It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”Otherwise, details are scarce. A teaser that dropped during the Super Bowl highlighted some things we expected, like the return of Eleven, and more from the Upside-Down. This included an amazing shot of some giant creature in a red sky.Entertainment Weekly’s cover, which depicts the five kids at the heart of the story, also shows how they’ve aged in the past year. Granted, most of them look the same, but Millie Bobby Brown is sporting some serious curls that I can’t get enough of. Hold on to your Eggos! Your exclusive first look at #StrangerThings season 2 is officially here: https://t.co/VX7a2uOwtP pic.twitter.com/stAY6xGzuC— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) February 8, 2017From previous casting news, we also know that Paul Reiser will also be joining the cast as Dr. Owens, a high-ranking member of the aforementioned shady organization. Also coming to Hawkins are siblings Max and Billy, who interact with the core group of preteens.Duffer said that while Max (played by Sadie Sink) will become a love interest for Lucas and Dustin, Billy, her older brother, might be more malicious.“The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that,” he said.So, that’s good.The second season of Stranger Things will be hitting Netflix this Halloween.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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