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Delhi High Court nod for special trial at AIIMS in Unnao case

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday gave the Delhi High Court liberty to decide on a plea made by the trial judge of five cases of crimes committed against the Unnao rape survivor and her family to hold special proceedings at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.Probe into ‘accident’A Bench led by Justice Deepak Gupta gave a fortnight more to the CBI to complete its probe into the ‘accident’ on July 28 in which the now 19-year-old rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her relatives killed after a truck collided with their car near Raebareli. On August 19, the court had given the CBI an extension of two weeks to complete the investigation in the road accident case. The Delhi HC late in the evening approved recording of the woman’s statement at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. A notification issued to this effect said Special Judge Dharmesh Sharma, who is conducting trial of the cases, shall record her testimony. The apex court said there was no pressure on Judge Sharma to complete the trial in 45 days. He could approach it if and when he felt it necessary for an extension.On August 1, the court transferred the five cases from a CBI court in Lucknow to its counterpart in Delhi. It also ordered the Uttar Pradesh government to pay the rape survivor ₹25 lakh as interim compensation.Day-to-day basisA Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on that day ordered that the trial in the cases be held on a day-to-day basis and be completed within 45 days. The court had even zeroed in on Mr. Sharma as the trial judge.Four of the five cases are the rape in 2017; a false case hoisted against her father under the Arms Act by conniving police officers; the custodial death of the survivor’s father after he was arrested in an Arms case; and a second instance of gang-rape of the survivor. Though the CBI has filed charge sheets in these cases, the Lucknow court is yet to frame charges against the accused persons. The fifth case concerns the ‘accident’.In fact, it was only later the apex court came to know that days before the ‘accident’, the woman had reached out to the CJI in a letter. But her cry for help had largely remained unnoticed in the court’s Registry for almost a fortnight.Her letter, dated July 12, had spelt out threats to her life and her family from the accused, including BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The letter landed at the Registry on July 17 but did not reach the CJI’s table till July 30.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


December 1, 2019 0

Ram Charan’s next: Samantha not playing visually impaired character

first_img2016 was a year for Samantha with back-to-back blockbuster like Theri and Jantha Garage. Samantha has signed her first film with Tollywood star Ram Charan.While the project is currently in its pre-production stage, reports were rife that Samantha was playing a visually impaired character in the film. However, the makers have quashed the rumours.”Rumours doing the rounds that Samantha plays a blind character in Ram Charan’s film is totally false and baseless,” the film’s spokesperson told IANS.Being directed by Sukumar, the film is said to be a period romantic drama set against village backdrop.As per reports, Ram Charan is sporting a bearded role for the film.”He has undergone complete rural makeover for this project. Audiences are going to see a new Ram Charan, and they’re going to love his look,” a source told IANS.The shoot is currently underway in Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.Jagapathi Babu has been confirmed to play a pivotal role, most likely of the antagonist.Devi Sri Prasad will compose the tunes, while Rathnavelu will crank the camera.ALSO READ: Baahubali 2 at the box office- Would The Conclusion be as huge without its marketing? ALSO READ: After Power Paandi, Dhanush resumes Vetri Maaran’s Vada Chennai ALSO READ:Tamannaah’s Queen remake in Tamil shelvedlast_img read more


November 19, 2019 0

Adityanath govt to celebrate Jan 24 as UP Diwas

first_imgLucknow, Nov 30 (PTI) With a focus on the huge untapped potential in various fields, the Yogi Adityanath government will celebrate UP Diwas on January 24 — the day when the erstwhile United Provinces was renamed in 1950.This is the first time that UP Diwas is being celebrated and its theme would be “reforms”, officials said.Stalls and exhibitions should be set up by various departments to bring to the notice of the masses the projects and achievements of the last one year of the UP government, Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar said at a meeting.”People should be made aware of the history of Uttar Pradesh by conducting essay and painting competitions in all the schools in the state. The best painting and essay at the state level will be honoured and displayed on January 24. Events in sports like wrestling and kabaddi, besides body building and gymnastics will be held during the celebration,” he said.Kumar said that handicrafts and folk culture should be encouraged to showcase the states rich cultural heritage.Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Agarwal, Principal Secretary (Information) Avnish Kumar Awasthi and Director, (Information) Anuj Kumar Jha were among those present in the meeting.The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on May 2 decided to celebrate January 24 every year as the Foundation Day of the state.Governor Ram Naik had three years back asked the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to observe UP Diwas on January 24.”I had suggested celebrating January 24 as UP Diwas to former chief minister Yadav but despite terming it as a good move, he did nothing due to political compulsions,” Naik had said days after the UP cabinet decision. PTI SMI ADSadvertisementlast_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Delhi Test: Sourav Ganguly raises questions on Sri Lankan team’s attitude after mask incident at Feroz Shah Kotla

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly expressed his disappointment over the whole smog issue that took place during the second day of the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.Talking to India Today, Ganguly said that he is worried about the whole issue and wonders if the visitors can actually compete with the hosts. The 45-year-old also added that India will win the match easily.”Virat Kohli and the team management saw that the game is going away from their hands, they are losing time and they declared. Virat lost his concentration, the purpose of the game and got out. But when they (Sri Lanka) came out to bat, I didn’t see any mask on all of those five batsmen who were at the crease. Nobody had the mask and if you look at the pavilion they were sitting in, there was no mask either. So, I don’t know how everything changed in such a quick time. If Gamage and Lakmal were running it with a mask, even Angelo Mathews was running for ones and twos. It’s the same thing. What surprised me is that they never complained, wore the mask or made a show off it. That’s the worrying bit and I hope the intentions were not bad,” Ganguly said.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It will be an absolute mockery of Test cricket. India were dominating. India beat them at Nagpur, India will beat them here. But if you have to slow down a Test match progress like this, it’s very sad for cricket. Sri Lanka have the history of producing some fantastic cricketers and great cricket. They have never beaten India (in India) since the time they have started playing Test cricket. Look at the records, whether it is Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, they still haven’t beaten India. This is probably the weakest Sri Lankan team to tour India and to see this sort of a behaviour was not very good but I hope I am wrong,” added Ganguly.advertisementFormer Bengal and India keeper Deep Dasgupta also echoed Ganguly’s words and said that India will beat Sri Lanka by an innings.”I don’t think the mask wearing Sri Lankans will field again. India will win by an innings,” said Deep.Lahiru Gamage was the first one to complain about breathing issues and the play was halted for 16 minutes. India lost Ravichandran Ashwin immediately after play resumed the visitors came out wearing masks.Gamage again called for the doctors and that led to Virat Kohli throwing his bat in frustration. The Indian captain soon fell for 243 and Ravindra Jadeja walked in. Suranga Lakmal also walked off soon after and Sri Lanka were reduced to 10 players on the field.Sadeera Samarawickrama has been out of action due to an injury since Saturday. Play was again halted and the Sri Lankan coach Nic Pothas walked in to talk about the issue and explained that the visitors have less than 10 players on the field. After all that, the physio and fielding coach were getting ready to field.However, all this angered Kohli it seemed and he was seen calling back Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja and indicating that ‘India will bowl, no problem’, declaring the first innings at 536/7.Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7.Updates – https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/jRzygy50g4- BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017The interesting thing, however, was when Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews came out to bat. They were not seen wearing anything on their face. Ganguly, therefore, questioned the attitude of the Sri Lankan cricketers.BCCI Photo”It’s just that, the mask was on when they were fielding and no mask when they were batting, it has forced me to ask this question whether the Sri Lankan attitude was right or not.”Delhi in recent times has been notorious for having a high pollution level and hence the protection perhaps.Strangely though, some players aren’t covering their mouths and noses and are seen having the mask hanging on their necks. Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav were among the few Indian players who were also taking the refuge of a breathing mask.The humidity on Sunday at 8.30 a.m. was recorded at 92 per cent.Saturday’s minimum temperature was 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches below the season’s average while the maximum temperature was recorded at 26.4 degrees Celsius.Talking about the match and Kohli , Ganguly said that it’s wonderful to see him play like this and he is making the most of his good form.advertisementBack to back double ?? for King Kohli #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/NDMmtzbs4W- BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017″Remarkable. It has been a fantastic year for him. His performance in the last 17 months has been fantastic. Every cricketer goes through purple patch. I’ve seen Rahul Dravid go through it from 2001 to 2004, Sachin Tendulkar and other cricketers around world cricket have gone through this phrase. The best part of Virat Kohli is that he is making the most of it. When the time is good, he is in form, he doesn’t let it go. Whatever is the attack, he just keeps making runs, he just worries about scoring runs and making big runs. That’s a huge attribute to his cricketing aspect. There’s no doubt about his ability, his performances,” he said.”He is just a great player…a modern day great. I never compare generations but he has been superb in the last 17 months in all formats of the game,” he added.last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

Arsenal Holding on to First Place in Premier League

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The Arsenal Gunners, who hold the single best season record in the prestigious English Premier League, are fending off rivals Liverpool and Chelsea, and perennial nemesis Manchester United at this stage of the football (soccer, to us Americans) season.As November comes to a close, Arsenal is holding on to first place by a thread over Liverpool, with upstart Southampton in third, and Chelsea and Man U rounding out the top five spots.With a relatively easy schedule through February, the Gunners are positioning themselves to win the Premier League, a feat that has eluded them since the 2003-2004 season, when they set the record for not losing a single game all season long.Their slogan, reflecting their stellar record, as it appeared on their merchandise, was: “You win some, you tie some.”Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud currently lead the team in scoring, and have excited the ever-loyal fan base. Once again, the stands are filled with chants of: “ooh-t0, ooh-to-be, ooh-t0-be-a- GOONAH!”last_img read more


November 18, 2019 0

FIRE DAMAGES GRAIN DRYER AT PLYMOUTH ENERGY ETHANOL PLANT

first_imgThe Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department was called out to its second late night fire in the past few days just after midnight early Sunday morning.Le Mars firefighters along with the Merrill Fire Department were called to the Plymouth Energy ethanol plant on county road K-42 for a grain dryer that had caught on fire.Firefighters were on the scene for nearly four hours battling the blaze, as well as the frigid cold temperatures.No injuries were reported.last_img


November 16, 2019 0

Canadians know little about the dangers of concussions federal survey suggests

first_imgOTTAWA – Roughly half of Canadians know little to nothing about the perils of sports-related concussive injuries, nor where to turn to find information on how to avoid falling victim to them, suggests a newly released federal survey.The online survey, commissioned by the Public Health Agency of Canada to gauge the country’s grasp and awareness of the concussion issue, found that while 97 per cent of respondents consider it an important health problem, only 51 per cent said they knew where to get information on avoiding one.Forty-six per cent of respondents reported knowing what to do when someone gets a concussion, while 40 per cent said they can recognize the symptoms.About half of those who took part in the survey reported having little or no knowledge about concussions, although most knew the condition as “a blow to the head that causes a variety of symptoms, such as headache or blurred vision.”Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has been mandated to work with the minister of sport and persons with disabilities to implement a pan-Canadian concussion strategy and raise awareness for parents, coaches, and athletes on concussion treatment.Steve Podborski, the president and CEO of Parachute Canada, said the biggest gap in knowledge is at home, where unlike a broken leg or cut, the symptoms of the problem can remain hidden.Parachute Canada developed federal guidelines on concussions in sport last year and Podborski said the goal was to get 20 national sports organizations to adopt the guidelines. As of last month, more than 40 national sports organizations have signed on.Despite the survey’s findings that Canadians don’t know where to find preventative information, Podborski said he’s confident that if they Google “concussion Canada,” his organization’s protocols will show up on the main page.The guidelines aren’t only designed for sports-related concussions, he noted.“I like to say if you take the word ‘sport’ out of The Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport —you’ve got a concussion protocol you should use too. It’s generic,” he said.“This is for anybody’s head.”The survey, conducted last winter by market research firm Kantar TNS, gathered responses from 1,895 Canadians aged 18 and older, as well as 391 health care providers.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not random and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Canadians surveyed indicated they know what steps to take if someone has suffered a concussion, but the report notes that respondents were provided a variety of responses and were therefore prompted with options that included the correct answer.The survey also used true or false statements, so in some cases a respondent could guess correctly half the time.The survey also measured concussion awareness and knowledge among parents, teachers, coaches and health care providers.Parents were found to have similar levels of knowledge as the general population, but they were more likely to have searched for information, and to know where to find preventative information and what to do in the event that someone sustains the injury.Teachers were more knowledgeable than the general population in some areas, such as identifying symptoms, and coaches tended to have higher awareness and self-reported knowledge in most areas.Ninety-seven per cent of health care providers said concussion is an important health care issue and 85 per cent reported knowing where to find reliable information on concussion diagnosis.Michelle McDonald, the executive director of Brain Injury Canada, said there’s a need for more education, citing the part of the survey that suggests most respondents believe wearing a helmet can prevent a concussion.“A concussion is caused by the brain hitting the skull on either side, so when you have that blunt force, like someone falling off their bike, the helmet isn’t protecting the inside of the brain — and that’s where the concussion happens.”last_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Its spring but BC already sounds drought alarms fish water fire threats

first_imgVICTORIA — Long stretches of warm weather this spring and too few rainy days are raising alarms about drought across British Columbia.Drought levels have been raised already for parts of the province and Dave Campbell, with the B.C. River Forecast Centre, says the current forecast points to drought conditions provincewide in the coming weeks.Campbell says the snow pack levels from last winter are half of what they would normally be and between 55 per cent and 100 per cent of the snow pack that feeds many of the provincial waterways has already melted.He says if the dry spell continues and spring rains don’t arrive soon, B.C. will start to experience increasing drought conditions by the end of June.Last year, dry weather contributed to B.C.’s record wildfire season, with more than 2,100 fires consuming more than 13,000 square kilometres of forests, grasslands and property.Richard Kennett, an owner of Bucky’s Sports Shop in Duncan, B.C., says local fishing streams and salmon spawning waterways are already at low levels and he worries salmon will not be able to get to their spawning grounds this year. The Canadian Presslast_img read more


October 17, 2019 0

Scarlet Sway finishes CBC Searchlight contest as Top 10 finalists

first_imgHalifax, Nova Scotia-based Lance Sampson, a.k.a. aquakultre was announced as the winner of the nation-wide contest on CBC Radio One’s q. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Though the band was not announced today as the grand prize winner of the CBC Searchlight contest, Dawson Creek-based Scarlet Sway still managed the impressive feat of finishing the contest as one of the Top 10 finalists.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country, with the winner partaking in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, as well as getting to perform at JUNOFest 2019. The group, which has performed at Northern GrooveFest, CanolaFest, and GrizFest in addition to a number of other local music venues, made the contest’s Top 10 after they ranked in the top five for number of votes cast out of the Top 100 artists.last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

How to Find More Meaning from Your Contact Center Metrics

3. Does achieving your current metrics mean that you’ve achieved success?Is it possible to hit all of your metrics and still fall short of your desired results? This happens in the contact center more often than you may realize. Whether it’s quality scores that don’t equate to customer satisfaction results, average handle time metrics that drive the wrong behaviors, or underestimating the contact center’s strategic value and thus limiting investment, each of your metrics should be leading toward your overall success. 4. Are your employees able to impact the metrics for which they’re being held accountable? Can they articulate why each of those metrics matter?One of the worst things that can happen in any organization is to hold someone responsible for something that they can’t affect. It’s demotivating, counter-productive, and often leads to undesired behaviors and outcomes. If organizations want to see their employees drive success, then their employees should only be held accountable for metrics that they can affect. Additionally, employees should understand why each metric matters, how it’s measured, and the role that they plan in impacting it. As 2018 winds to a close, it’s a natural time for contact center leaders to reflect on the year’s achievements, evaluate employee performance, and review and revise goals for the coming year. The meetings and conversations that happen this time of year present a great opportunity to reconsider which metrics are most important — or risk falling into the trap of doing what’s always been done. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? One of the best exercises that I did every year as a contact center leader was to evaluate whether our metrics were providing the most meaningful measures of success. Answering the following set of questions enables you to clarify priorities, engage your employees, and align your resources with the desired outcomes that your organization wants to pursue. 1. What outcomes matter most to your business? Your customers? Your employees?These groups each have a distinct set of expectations and your metrics should indicate whether we’re delivering on what matters most to them. Business metrics for the contact center should focus on cost-efficient service that maximizes revenue. Customers are concerned with metrics that affect whether they can receive service when they want it, where they want it, and without worry once they have it. Employees, on the other hand, want performance measures that make sense to them and aren’t designed for burnout. Goals_Metrics_774.png Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. At Talkdesk, we understand the importance of measuring the most meaningful contact center metrics, which is why we’ve committed to a 100% Uptime SLA. Click here to learn more and discover how we’re helping contact centers achieve success in 2019.Tags:Best PracticesTalkdeskmetricsCXperformance measuresContact Center & Customer ExperienceCCaaSVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » 2. Do your existing metrics define and measure progress toward your goals and desired outcomes?It’s not uncommon for contact centers to measure metrics in terms of “did” or “did not” achieve, meanwhile losing sight of progress along the way. Your metrics shouldn’t just exist to define the finish line. The right performance measures will serve as milestones and indicators of success or failure, which are critical to employee development and coaching conversations. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. Log in or register to post comments read more


October 7, 2019 0

True Religion Apparel agrees to offer of about 826 million from investment

True Religion Apparel agrees to offer of about $826 million from investment management firm VERNON, Calif. – True Religion Apparel, best known for its high priced denim, has agreed to a buyout offer of about $826 million from the investment management firm TowerBrook Capital Partners LP.The announcement Friday comes seven months after True Religion said it was exploring strategic options. Like many high-end jean companies, True Religion’s business suffered in recent years as recession-scarred shoppers no longer wanted to pay $200 for a pair of jeans.In March, its CEO Jeff Lubell stepped down and was named chairman emeritus and a creative consultant.TowerBrook Capital has previously invested in companies including designer shoe marketer Jimmy Choo and athletic apparel retailer Odlo but has since sold those stakes.It has agreed to pay $32 per share for True Religion, a 9 per cent premium to its closing price of $29.44 on Thursday.“At this critical inflection point in our business, global growth and product development effort, TowerBrook’s support and experience will be a true differentiator,” Lynn Koplin, the interim CEO and president of True Religion, said in a statement.True Religion’s board unanimously approved the transaction. It still needs approval from the Vernon, Calif., company’s stockholders.Separately, True Religion Apparel Inc. reported a dramatic drop in its first-quarter net income on Friday as the company’s results were dragged down by costs of the company’s strategic review and the separation agreement with Lubell.Its shares rose $2.38, or 8 per cent, to close at $31.82 Friday, after reaching a 52-week high of $31.85 earlier. Shares were still below the offered price. That suggests investors don’t anticipate a richer offer.For the first quarter ended March 31, True Religion posted net income of $526,000, or 2 cents per share, compared with $10.4 million, or 41 cents per share, in the year ago period.Excluding the items, the company earned 22 cents per share for the quarter. Analysts expected 34 cents per share, according to a survey by FactSet.Revenue increased 13.1 per cent to $120.8 million. Analysts expected revenue of $113.2 million.FactSet says True Religion has approximately 25.8 million outstanding shares. The companies put the deal’s total value at about $835 million. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 10, 2013 10:08 am MDT read more


October 4, 2019 0

Loonie closes at highest level in more than a month stock markets

Loonie closes at highest level in more than a month; stock markets pull back TORONTO – The Canadian dollar continued to ride higher with oil prices Tuesday, as both the currency and a barrel of crude climbed in value for a fourth straight day.The loonie added 0.38 of a cent to 77.80 cents U.S., closing at its highest level in more than a month amid a weakening U.S. dollar. The loonie hasn’t closed above 78 cents US since June 23.The currency found support from oil prices, as the September crude contract added 84 cents at US$46.58 per barrel amid growing hopes that OPEC will reach an output deal when the group meets next month.Oil prices have been lifted in recent days after it was reported that Saudi Arabia may be willing to curb production with other OPEC nations to put a floor under prices. These rumours were helped after Russia said it would work with Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, to help achieve market stability.“There is some discussion that the Saudis are willing to talk about restraining production and getting some of the supply overhang off the market faster than expected,” said Roland Chalupka, chief investment officer at Fiduciary Trust Canada.He also noted that U.S. rig counts are also in decline, which has been helping crude prices.Meanwhile, North American equity markets ended in the red with Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index losing 73.58 points at 14,703.44, weighed down by gold and materials stocks.In New York, the three major indices retreated from the all-time record closes seen on Monday.The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 84.03 points to 18,552.02, the S&P 500 slipped 12 points to 2,178.15 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite snapped three days of record closes and declined 34.91 points to 5,227.11.Much of the retreat was blamed on hawkish comments coming out of the U.S. Federal Reserve, which hinted that a rate hike might come sooner than expected.On Tuesday, New York Fed president William Dudley told Fox Business Network that it’s “possible” for the central bank to rate raise at its September policy meeting if the data supports such a move.Most economists believe the earliest a hike may come would be in December, after the U.S. presidential election or in the new year.But Chalupka said Dudley’s comments were meant as a reminder to stock markets that the bank’s accommodative policies will not last forever.“It’s a balancing act. They have to temper their dovish comments and support for the markets with some hawkish comments so they’re not seen as being so far behind the curve, if inflation does rear its head,” he said.The Fed is set to release the minutes of its July meeting on Wednesday.In commodities, the September natural gas advanced three cents to US$2.62 per mmBTU, September copper was ahead two cents at US$2.17 per pound and December gold contracts rose $9.40 to US$1,356.90.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 16, 2016 6:36 am MDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 4:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


October 3, 2019 0

FalconsPackers Preview Capsule

ATLANTA (4-8) at GREEN BAY (4-7-1)SUNDAY, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Packers by 6 1/2RECORD VS. SPREAD — Atlanta 3-9, Green Bay 4-7-1SERIES RECORD — Packers lead 17-16LAST MEETING — Falcons beat Packers 34-23, Sept. 17, 2017LAST WEEK — Falcons lost to Ravens 26-16; Packers lost to Cardinals 20-17AP PRO32 RANKING — Falcons No. 23, Packers No. 21FALCONS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (32), PASS (5)FALCONS Defence — OVERALL (26), RUSH (27), PASS (25)PACKERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (8), RUSH (21), PASS (6)PACKERS Defence — OVERALL (13), RUSH (25), PASS (6)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES —Meeting between now struggling participants of NFC title game in 2016 season won by Falcons. … Atlanta has won three straight in series. … Previous meeting was in Atlanta for Falcons’ first win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. … QB Matt Ryan third in NFL with 3,814 yards passing. Ryan has 124.9 rating with 12 TDs and one INT in last four against Packers, including playoffs. … RB Ito Smith second among NFC rookies with four rushing TDs. … WR Julio Jones leads NFL with 1,323 yards receiving. … LB Deion Jones had career-high 15 tackles and sack last week, returning after missing 10 games due to injury. … Defence 31st in NFL against third downs (51 per cent). … Packers led by interim head coach Joe Philbin for first time following firing of Mike McCarthy. … Also offensive co-ordinator, Philbin calling plays for first time in 16 NFL seasons. … QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown franchise record 336 attempts without INT, trailing only Patriots QB Tom Brady (358 in 2010-11) for longest such stretch in league history. … Offense 26th in league in third-down situations (35.6 per cent) … RB Aaron Jones second in NFL with 5.73 yards per carry average. Jones’ six TDs since Week 10 tied with Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey for most in league in that span. … WR Davante Adams tied for second in NFL with 11 TD catches. … LB Blake Martinez has NFC-high 106 tackles. … Fantasy tip: TE Jimmy Graham coming off game with season-high eight catches for 50 yards. Graham also had 11 targets against Cardinals, tying season high.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more


October 2, 2019 0

Taoiseach has no intention of reopening Moriarty Tribunal

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said that he has no intention of re-opening the Moriarty Tribunal – or any other tribunal.He made the comment during Leaders’ Questions today, when questioned by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.Re-examinationDeputy Martin asked him if he would facilitate re-examination of new issues related to the Moriarty Tribunal, by a tribunal of inquiry. He made the comments in relation to an article in the Sunday Independent at the weekend that contained a transcript of a conversation between Deputy Michael Lowry and land agent Kevin Phelan that mentioned a previously undisclosed sum of between €200,000 – €250,000.However, the Taoiseach said that when a tribunal is set up by the houses of Oireachtas, the Oireachtas has no further function. Kenny said he agreed with Martin that if any information comes to light it should be forwarded to the appropriate authorities as well, but that whether there was any validity or veracity to the transcript “it’s not for me to judge”.While Martin said that “there is enough new material there for this house to revisit the issue”, and questioned if the new information means that the tribunal “might have been fatally undermined” and if that concerned the Taoiseach, Kenny said that the comments he made could have been applied to a number of other personalities in other tribunals also.Martin said no one has denied the veracity of the transcript and that he believed “there’s enough new material there for his house to revisit the issue”.The Taoiseach said he has “no intention to re-open the tribunal or any other tribunal”. “If there is information out there that somebody has access to, I would suggest they bring that information to the appropriate authorities,” he said.Read: Lowry: Payment in taped conversation was tax compliant>last_img read more


September 22, 2019 0

Une bactérie accro à la caféine pour lutter contre la pollution de

first_imgUne bactérie ‘accro’ à la caféine pour lutter contre la pollution de l’eau ?Une équipe de microbiologistes américain a mis au point une bactérie génétiquement modifiée qui a absolument besoin de caféine pour vivre. Elle pourrait permettre notamment de lutter contre la pollution de l’eau.Tout comme certaines personnes, la bactérie Pseudomonas putida CBB5 a besoin de sa dose quotidienne de caféine ! En effet, cette bactérie ne peut vivre qu’en présence de caféine qu’elle est capable de métaboliser. C’est en transplantant le gène de cette bactérie capable de cette métabolisation qu’une équipe de microbiologistes de l’université d’Austin, au Texas, a créé génétiquement une bactérie E. Coli elle-même capable de cela.Comme l’expliquent les chercheurs cités par le Huffington Post, “E. coli est un micro-organisme très bien connu et facile à manipuler génétiquement”. Pour le Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick qui a dirigé les recherches, c’est un organisme de test idéal dans le domaine de la biotechnologie. Après avoir inséré le gène, les scientifiques ont ainsi cultivé les micro-organismes qui ont réussi à se multiplier sans difficulté. Ceci a alors permis d’obtenir des bactéries E. coli tout aussi “accro” à la caféine que l’est Pseudomonas putida CBB5. Si l’étude réalisée représente déjà une prouesse biotechnologique, cette bactérie ainsi modifiée pourrait se révéler très utile dans un domaine inattendu. En effet, elle serait en mesure de dépolluer l’eau qui, de nos jours, véhicule énormément de caféine provenant des cafés, des sodas, de certains médicaments, etc. Depuis quelques années, cette substance est devenue un véritable polluant dans les zones très habitées mais les moyens de s’en débarrasser manquent.Dépolluer les eaux hautement caféinées À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Ainsi, les microbiologistes espèrent que cette bactérie insatiable de caféine pourrait être capable de se gaver de cette substance, de s’en débarrasser et de la dégrader dans le but de dépolluer des eaux contaminées. De la même manière, selon les chercheurs, elle pourrait aussi permettre de détoxifier les matériaux hautement caféinés issus de la séparation des graines et des baies de café. “L’E.coli dépendant pourrait être utilisée comme un biocapteur des niveaux de caféine dans des environnements hautement pollués, de la même manière qu’elle pourrait servir à mesurer combien de caféine il y a dans l’expresso que vous buvez au café”, a ainsi conclu Barrick.  Le 3 avril 2013 à 09:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


September 20, 2019 0

4 injured in Portlandarea chemical release

first_imgMILWAUKIE, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials in the Portland suburb of Milwaukie, Ore., say four people suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a chemical cloud was released from a manufacturing business.The release prompted the evacuation of Precision Castparts. Officials warned residents within a half-mile radius to stay inside Wednesday night.At 5 a.m. today, emergency officials declared the area clear and workers were returning to the plant.Two firefighters and two company employees suffered respiratory irritation. Clackamas Fire District 1 spokesman Steve McAdoo says they were taken to a hospital as a precaution.The Oregonian described the cloud as hydrochloric and nitric acid. McAdoo says a power failure affected the air scrubber that scrubs the fumes at the plant, so fumes built up and then escaped. He says the chemicals are used to clean and cut metal.Precision Castparts’ website describes it as a manufacturer of complex metal products.last_img read more


September 16, 2019 0

Parched Mars river valley looks surprisingly Earthlike

first_img Tags Sci-Tech The Mars Express imagery isn’t the first sign of long-gone rivers on Mars, but it’s one of the reasons we still hold out hope of one day finding signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Scientists also suspect Mars is hiding a salty lake under its southern ice cap.Mars is due to get a couple of new rovers from ESA/Roscosmos and NASA over the next few years. Both will be searching for signs of past life. ESA’s river valley view just adds to the anticipation. ESA’s Mars Express caught sight of this dried-out river valley network in November 2018. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Thanks to aerial and satellite views of Earth, we’re all familiar with what river valleys look like from above. Seeing one on Mars highlights how similar our planets can appear despite their drastic differences.The European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft has given us a spectacular view of a relic of the Red Planet’s past. It’s dry and dusty now, but we can see the remnants of a branching river valley network. ESA also generated a perspective view that makes it feel like you’re soaring across the planet.marsvalleyperspectiveesaA perspective view of a dried-out river valley on Mars. ESA/DLR/FU Berlin Mars Express captured the image in November 2018 and ESA shared it on Thursday, saying it shows “clear signs of past water activity.” The valley network is located in a highlands area east of the Huygens impact crater and north of the Hellas impact basin.The valleys have undergone erosion over time, but the branch-like tributaries are still easily to spot.ESA points to recent research indicating “the planet once had a thicker, denser atmosphere that was able to lock in far greater amounts of warmth, and therefore facilitate and support the flow of liquid water on the surface below.” 43 Photos Space Post a commentcenter_img If Mars had water, this is what it would look like Scientists think Mars lake may be created by recent volcanic activity Mars and water 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained Share your voice 0last_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

AIIMS starts internal enquiry into fire disaster

first_imgNew Delhi: A day after a major fire broke out in the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) complex, the Central government-run hospital began an internal enquiry on Sunday to know what caused the disaster and how to strengthen anti-fire measures. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation at AIIMS along with the hospital Director and senior faculty members. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us “The fire which is suspected to have started from the microbiology laboratory area has affected some laboratories and office areas. The hospital area has not been affected by the fire and there has been no casualty,” the hospital said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, AIIMS administration had shifted patients from AB wing to other areas of the hospital. These patients have been shifted back to their respective wards. Also Read – Abrogation Of Article 370 Carried Out In Inhuman Way: Urmila Matondkar Advertise With Us “The hospital along with the emergency department and emergency laboratories is fully functional,” the statement said. It said the AIIMS administration had initiated an internal enquiry to look into the cause of the fire and further strengthen preventive measure. “AIIMS has a regular fire prevention system. There are fire personnel deployed round the clock with fire fighting safety systems regularly tested including clearance of fire exits and corridors. Awareness of fire fighting systems among staff is conducted regularly,” it added.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Man Stabs 9 People at Toddlers Birthday Party

first_imgBy The Associated PressA man who had been asked to leave an Idaho apartment complex because of bad behavior returned the next day and stabbed nine people, including six children, at a toddler’s birthday party, police said.Refugees from Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia were among the injured. Boise Police Chief William Bones said Sunday that while the suspect is an American, investigators have not found any evidence that would indicate the attack was a hate crime. Still, Bones said, it is one of several possibilities that remain under investigation.Timmy Kinner, 30, is seen in a July 1 booking photo provided by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Idaho police have identified Kinner as the suspect in a mass stabbing at a Boise apartment complex on Saturday night. Police say he was a temporary resident who was recently asked to leave the complex. (Ada County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Timmy Kinner showed up late Saturday at the complex, which houses many resettled refugee families in Boise. Kinner, who is not a refugee, targeted the party that was held a few doors down from the apartment where he had stayed for a short time, police said.“This incident is not a representation of our community but a single evil individual who attacked people without provocation that we are aware of at this time,” Police Chief William Bones said Sunday.The victims included the 3-year-old birthday girl and five other children ages 4 to 12. Three adults who came to their defense were also hurt. Some were gravely wounded, Bones said.A resident of the complex had recently met Kinner, who was new to the area and needed a place to stay, Bones said.“I believe her perception was, ‘Here’s a helping hand I can give in return for a helping hand I have been given,’” Bones said.The resident asked Kinner to leave Friday when his behavior became a problem, and he did so peacefully, Bones said. The police chief did not elaborate on his behavior. The woman was not among the victims.Esrom Habte, 12, and Fathi Mahamoud, 11, were playing in the grass behind their apartment when the attack began. They saw the suspect chasing people.“We saw him saying, like, bad words and stabbing a kid and a grown-up and really hard and a lot of times,” Esrom said.The two ran into an apartment and hid in a closet with other children until police told them it was safe to come out, he said.“I saw the police cleaning stuff, and then I came outside,” Fathi said. He said the stabbing victims included three families, all of them friends.Kinner, 30, was arrested near the scene and charged with aggravated battery and of injury to a child. Investigators recovered the knife he was believed to have used in a nearby canal, Bones said.The attack resulted in the most victims in a single incident in Boise Police Department history, the police chief said.“The crime scene, the faces of the parents struggling, the tears coming down their faces, the faces of the children in their hospital beds will be something that I carry with me for the rest of my life, as will every first responder that night,” he said.The apartment complex is just off of one of Boise’s busier streets, separated from the traffic by one of the many irrigation canals that run through the city. On Sunday, colorful bouquets had been placed just outside crime-scene tape.Residents of the apartments and the rest of the community were “reeling” from the violence, Bones said, and will need long-term community support.“This isn’t something that gets over in the days or weeks that follow. … The level of the some of the injuries will be life-altering in a very negative way,” Bones said.Mayor Dave Bieter condemned the stabbings on Twitter.“Last night’s horrific attack does not represent Boise,” Bieter wrote. “Please join me in praying for the injured and their families. We must come together to condemn this vile act.”Megan Schwab, who works with the International Rescue Committee in Boise, said the organization was working to provide temporary housing, counseling and other support to those affected by the attack.For some of the refugees living at the complex, the attack revived traumatic memories of the war and violence they had fled. The blood from the stabbings reminded residents Ibod Hasn and Thado Aip of the terror they left in Somalia, they said on Sunday.Aip’s son, Fathi Mahamoud, stayed close by her side Sunday, at times sitting on the grass to lean against her legs as he watched the police at the crime scene.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0