Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I think, to be safe, 12 points should see us through to the Asian Cup,” said Palami. “It also depends on the other games, but for us the objective is to win all of our games which will give us a lot of confidence going to the finals of the Asian Cup.”After the Yemen match in Qatar, the Azkals still have two matches left in the third round—an away game against Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14 and a home duel with Tajikistan on March 27.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Read Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Can Sen. Pacquiao outfox the sly Bob Arum? MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES BACOLOD CITY—Regardless of the result of the clash against Yemen in Asian Cup Qualifying Tuesday night, the Philippines is already planning another training camp in the Middle East next month to prepare for the return leg against the Yemenis who play home matches in Doha, Qatar.Azkals manager Dan Palami believes a more intensive buildup will be key against Yemen in their Oct. 10 match. The Filipinos currently sit on top of Group F with six points from their first two matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
British soccer star David Beckham, his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and their son Brooklyn have been depicted as Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha in a painting titled From Zero To Hero to be shown in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.Seated on a throne, Beckham has a pregnant,British soccer star David Beckham, his wife, former Spice Girl Victoria, and their son Brooklyn have been depicted as Shiva, Parvati and Ganesha in a painting titled From Zero To Hero to be shown in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.Seated on a throne, Beckham has a pregnant Victoria in a strapless dress on one lap, his son on another.Kaur sisters: Amrit Kaur Singh, Rabindra Kaur Singh; From Zero to HeroThe work by British Indian twins Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh has enraged Hindus in Britain, but say the artists: “The couple are seen in the light of the perfect union between sport, celebrity and media.”
Budhia Singh Born To Run is based on the world’s youngest marathon runner who ran a 65-kilometre marathon from Bhubaneswar to Puri in Orissa at the age of four. Here’s our review.Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Mayur Patole, Tillotama Shome, Shruti MaratheDirection: Soumendra PadhiRatings: (3.5/5)The real Budhia Singh ran a 65-kilometre marathon from Bhubaneshwar to Puri at the age of four. In the film Budhia Singh – Born to Run, he does it at the age of five because 4 is unbelievable, even by Bollywood standards. After Budhia (a perfectly adequate Mayur Patole) has completed almost half the distance that he has promised to complete (70 kilometres), the scene slows down – there’s Budhia running in slow motion, his coach Biranchi Das (Manoj Bajpayee, the man can play anything, you know) accompanies him on a cycle. Behind them are hordes of guys cheering them on bicycles. Behind them are ambulances, CRPF on motobikes, and some army vehicles. The temparature is 50 degrees Celsius. Everything has gone silent save the amplified sound of Budhia’s breathing. He pleads to his coach for water.ALSO READ: Budhia Singh Born To Run tells the story of India and the world’s youngest marathon runnerALSO READ: Real Budhia Singh spotted at Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu! ALSO READ: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA REVIEW Biranchi takes a water bottle but instead of giving it to Budhia, makes the boy run for it, like a dog chasing a bone. A white woman documenting it all turns her camera away. A few journalists frown. Soumendra Padhi’s film based on the child prodigy from Odisha, who completed 48 marathons by the age of five, is not afraid to delve into such dark, confusing territory. Padhi could take the easier route and go for a one-dimensional inspirational-cum-patriotic story and this material was perfect for such a film. Isn’t it the climate for such films?advertisementBut Padhi, in the guise of making a film about a tragic national hero, tells a more nuanced story about one man who can go to any disturbing length to see that his ambition is fulfilled and in the process, if a five-year-old collapses, breaks down, falls sick, so be it. His film focuses on the media circus, on token nationalism, on politics being played around a poor boy where everyone has a stake, except, perhaps, the boy himself. Before the end-credits roll, the film tells us that there is a ban on Budhia running ever again and that all he needs is a Biranchi to take India to Olympic glory, but one cannot be sure if Padhi indeed believes that. If he did, Budhia Singh – Born To Run would be a different kind of film and definitely, a bland and boring one.Mayur Patole (L) and Manoj Bajpayee (R) star as Budhia Singh and Biranchi Das respectivelyBudhia Singh – Born To Run works. Every once in a while, it falls into the risk of turning into an advertisement for the real Budhia Singh as a viable national candidate for the Olympics, but the screenplay by Soumendra Padhi is so damn good that by the end, it emerges as an appreciable first film by a director. The film works, majorly, in part, because of the combined performance of Manoj Bajpayee and Mayur Patole. Bajpayee plays a complicated character. Biranchi cares for the boy, but why? Does he see him as a vechile for national glory? He takes money from the Opposition leader in the state who sees in Biranchi a model candidate for the upcoming elections. Does Biranchi not know he is being played with? Of course, he does. He is not a sorry soul who sacrifices everything for Budhia’s training and welfare. Biranchi is a man with a plan and it is the end that matters to him, not the means.Mayur Patole was cast in the pivotal role of Budhia after a massive search by writer-director Soumendra PadhiMayur Patole, the kid, is used wisely. In any scene where he has dialogues, the cameraman mostly shoots him in long shots or from behind; that way, any awkwardness is avoided. At other times, close-ups to make the best of his OBC, poverty-stricken, third-world face are used to evoke sympathetic understanding from the audience. Full credit to Padhi for discovering and using Patole with the control of a master.The film falters, somewhat, because of its length. As much as you go handheld, use Amit Trivedi, and try quasi-documentary, you won’t or can’t lose the instincts of an Indian filmmaker and the run-time reminds one of that. Padhi, after a point, is probably not sure about how to end the story. The boy has run the marathon, Padhi has sufficiently shown the ‘bad side’ of the hungama, he has milked the story to its fullest, now what?advertisementSo he keeps throwing scenes of more and more problems for Budhia and Biranchi. That is another drawback of the film.Budhia Singh – Born To Run should be watched. It is well-made with its heart in the right place. Good performances, a pleasing story, a national hero angle (Like Airlift, Neerja, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) – what more do you want?( The writer tweets as @devarsighosh )
India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to play his first international match in two and half months with apparently no official game time in sight.India’s first ODI against England is scheduled on January 15 in Pune. It is expected to be Dhoni’s first international match after having last played against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam on October 29. (Cricket is not rocket science, India need MS Dhoni at No.4: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)While there is a protocol for injured players to play at least one first-class game before being considered for national selection, the same is not applicable for Dhoni, who has announced his retirement from longer format.Dhoni prepared for the limited overs tour of Australia in 2015 by playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand.However, this edition of Hazare Trophy will only commence from February 25 – nearly four weeks after the England ODI series has ended.While some of the other ODI specialists are playing Ranji Trophy for their states, Dhoni is yet to avail that option.With BCCI’s embargo on players from competing in the other private leagues, it was not possible for the Indian captain to play a Bangladesh Premier League match. (MS Dhoni completes 9,000 ODI runs, joins elite list)The Jharkhand team has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy but till date Dhoni has not given any indication that he would like to play as pure batsman with Ishan Kishan keeping wickets.”We have no information as to whether Dhoni will be playing any Ranji Trophy game or not. In any case he has already retired from the longer format. The information we have is that he is doing his regular training with the Jharkhand team,” chairman of senior selection committee MSK Prasad told PTI.advertisementEven Jharkhand State Cricket Association Secretary Rajesh Verma made it clear that as far as Ranji Trophy is concerned, Dhoni is a ‘mentor’ of the senior state team.”Dhoni does not play Test cricket anymore so the question of playing first-class cricket does not arise at all. He is a mentor of the Jharkhand team. He will play for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Verma said.Dhoni was with the Jharkhand team in Delhi when they played against Maharashtra at the Karnail Singh Stadium. Dhoni, who has a house in South Delhi, came on all days and sat in the dressing room to cheer the Varun Aaron-led team. He then took part in football sessions with the boys before leaving.
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)In just under one hour, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will take the field for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. It’s their third meeting in the title game in the past four years – and fourth-straight meeting in the playoff.Heading into the game, attendance was expected to be an issue as ticket prices fell well below market value. Fatigue from fans may have played a part, but so too, did the location.Tonight’s game takes place from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, on the other side of the country from Alabama and Clemson. Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere in Santa Clara is lacking.According to Pete Thamel, it feels “like a regular season NFL game.”Not surprising considering the ticket selling issues, but the atmosphere is muted here in Santa Clara. Feels like a regular season NFL game.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 7, 2019It’s an unfortunate setting for the title game, especially after the incredible atmosphere Atlanta provided for the title game last season.Alabama and Clemson kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
A tool kit of mathematics resources will help teachers keep parents informed and involved in their children’s education. The province will deliver a total of 330 Math communication kits to every elementary school in the province beginning today, Nov. 3. The Mathematics: Home-School Communication Kit was designed by teachers and is packed with useful information to help Primary to Grade 6 teachers communicate effectively with parents. “The key purpose of this initiative is to improve communication between the classroom and home,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The more information teachers can share with parents and the more families understand what’s happening in the classroom, the better off students will be.” The kits contain valuable curriculum information, suggested activities for curriculum nights and student-led conferences, sample letters to parents, and an award-winning guide book on involving families in their child’s math education. Each kit box also contains a 20-minute video that explains why math instruction has changed and how it will benefit children. Donna Karsten, the Department of Education’s mathematics consultant, said the communication kit is full of resources that will make it easier for teachers to stay in touch with parents. The kits are part of the province’s Primary to Grade 9 Mathematics Strategy to improve student achievement. The province is investing an additional $1.8 million this year to help more students succeed at math. The strategy, launched in 2002, includes increased instructional time, math mentors to support classroom teachers, new math courses, new textbooks and other learning resources, homework resources, and increased professional development.
New Delhi: The flood situation in Assam and Bihar remained grim on Thursday with the death toll crossing the 100-figure mark while three districts in Kerala braced for extremely heavy rains with the IMD issuing a red alert for the next three days.Parts of north and eastern India were lashed by rains and the Army was called out in Punjab’s Sangrur district following a 50-foot breach in the Ghaggar river that inundated over 2,000 acres of agricultural field and inhabitants of a few nearby villages fled fearing flood threat. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The national capital witnessed a fresh bout of rains Thursday that resulted in a drop in temperatures and pollution levels. The Safdarjung Observatory, which provides official figures for the city, reported 12.1 mm rains overnight. Between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, it measured 3.6 mm precipitation. A total 78 people have died so far in the flash floods that have hit Bihar in the wake of torrential rainfall in adjoining Nepal, the state disaster management department said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedSitamarhi district accounted for the maximum number of 18 death. Other districts reporting casualties are Madhubani (14), Araria (12), Sheohar and Darbhanga (nine each), Purnea (seven), Kishanganj (four), Supaul (three) and East Champaran (two). Of Assam’s 33 districts, 28 remained under the grip of floods that has displaced nearly 54 lakh people and killed 36 people. The mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark in Guwahati and other parts of the state, and according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 53,52,107 people are reeling under the impact of the deluge. Nine fresh deaths — three from Morigaon, two from Biswanath, and one each from Sonitpur, Udalguri, Bongaigaon and Barpeta districts — were reported on Thursday, the ASDMA said. Barpeta is the worst-hit district with 13.48 lakh people suffering due to the deluge that has damaged over 4,000 houses across the state, swept away 130 animals and affected over 25 lakh big and small animals. Large parts of Manas National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary are also submerged, forcing wild animals, including rhinos, elephants, deer and wild boars, to take refuge in artificial highlands constructed within the parks or migrate to the southern highlands of Karbi Anglong hills. Several famed one-horned rhinoceros and other animals have reportedly died in the floods. Images of a fully grown tiger “relaxing” on a bed inside a shop in Assam’s flooded Kaziranga National Park has created a buzz on social media and thrown spotlight on the plight of animals as the state battles the deluge. Over 2.26 lakh displaced people have taken shelter in 1,080 relief camps and 689 relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations, the ASDMA bulletin said. Meanwhile, in Kerala, the IMD has sounded a red alert in Idukki, Pathanamthitta and Kottayam districts which are likely to receive extremely heavy rainfall upwards of 20 cm in the next two to three days.
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA on Friday called for allowing foreign judges and prosecutors to probe the alleged war crimes, a day after the UN Human Rights Council gave Colombo two more years to set up a credible investigation into the country’s brutal civil war. Sri Lankan troops are accused of killing at least 40,000 ethnic Tamil civilians during former president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime that brought an end to the three-decade long civil war with the LTTE in 2009, according to the UN. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the government figures, around 20,000 people are missing due to various conflicts including the civil war with Lankan Tamils in the north and east which claimed at least 100,000 lives. The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday approved giving two more years to the Sri Lankan government to set up a credible war crimes investigation into the civil war. M A Sumanthiran, the senior Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman, said that they would urge for “a tribunal which is entirely international”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We will take the case to the International Criminal Court,” he said while addressing Parliament. Sumanthiran said the official position taken by Foreign Minister Thilak Marapana on Wednesday in Geneva that foreign judges cannot constitutionally operate in Sri Lanka was false. “It is false to say that constitution does not allow foreign judges to function,” he said. Referring to a case precedent in 2001, Sumanthiran, a lawyer, said that the constitutional provisions do not curtail or restrict the operation of foreign judges in Sri Lanka. He said that the UNHRC resolution adopted in October 2015, which was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka, Colombo is bound to allow an international investigation. Sumanthiran said that when the government of Sri Lanka stands on one side with the militant group which fought for a separate state on the other side, only the foreign judges can ensure the impartiality of investigation. “We Tamils have no alternative but to work towards an international judicial process. We prefer a hybrid judicial mechanism,” he said. In Geneva on Thursday, the UN’s top rights body approved without a vote a resolution to postpone discussing the implementation of an official probe into crimes committed during the civil war.
CALGARY — India has issued a six-month extension allowing Canadian peas and lentils to be exported to the country without first being treated for pests.Pulse Canada CEO Gordon Bacon said the notice issued this week is a positive step, but what’s still unclear is whether Canadian exports will be exempt from a fine for not treating the shipments before export.India, the largest market for Canada’s 12,000 pulse farmers, had for years been letting Canadian shipments be treated on arrival rather than before shipping, but signalled earlier this year that the exception would end.The dispute centres around India’s requirement that pulse imports be fumigated with methyl bromide before export, a pesticide Canada is trying to phase out because of concerns it depletes the ozone layer, and which doesn’t work well in the cold.At the end of March, India issued a last-minute three-month extension to the waiver after Canadian officials met with Indian counterparts in an effort to keep open what was a $1.1-billion market for Canadian pulses last year.A spokesperson for Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said the government continues to work to find a long-term solution to the issue.
by News Staff Posted May 31, 2012 4:39 am MDT MUMBAI, India – India’s economic growth slowed to 5.3 per cent in the January-March quarter, the lowest since 2008, as the malaise in manufacturing and other sectors spread to ordinary Indians, who trimmed spending.The data, released by the government Thursday, was far worse than expected. Growth for the fiscal year through March was 6.5 per cent â€” less than the Reserve Bank of India’s forecast of 7.0 per cent.Not so long ago, Indian politicians claimed their economy could rival China’s and surge into double digit growth, lifting hundreds of millions out of dire poverty in the process.Instead, India is mired in a deepening crisis of confidence. Asia’s third-largest economy is widely regarded as performing below its potential, but hopes have dimmed that the fractious ruling coalition will be able to push through tough measures that could unlock a rebound.Thursday’s data suggest that Indian consumers, hit by stubborn inflation and a gloomy global outlook, have now fallen prey to the general malaise.“It’s beyond anything that we would have imagined,” said Samiran Chakraborty, head of research at Standard Chartered in Mumbai. “It looks to me that the consumption side of the story is now faltering.”Chakraborty blames inflation, which has averaged 9.2 per cent since the beginning of 2010.“Real wages are falling,” he said. “The consumption slowdown along with the investment slowdown has been a double whammy for the GDP number.”Inordinate delays in project approvals, energy supply, labour and land issues, and policy decisions that have frightened foreign investors have all weakened investment. India’s rising deficits and plunging currency â€” the rupee tumbled to a new lifetime low against the dollar Thursday â€” haven’t helped either.India’s combined fiscal deficit has more than doubled from 4.1 per cent of GDP in fiscal year 2008 to around 9 per cent now and the current account deficit is about 4 per cent of GDP, prompting Standard & Poor’s to threaten a sovereign downgrade.Manufacturing, a key source of jobs, fell 0.3 per cent in the March quarter from a year earlier.“India’s growth story has clearly derated,” said Citigroup economist Rohini Malkani, before the data came out. “A lot of it has been self-inflicted.”“There’s no easy way out,” Malkani said. “India clearly needs a fair amount of luck in terms of oil prices and capital flows.”The Reserve Bank of India and the International Monetary Fund, among others, have been urging the government to enact long-promised reforms that would kickstart growth and stimulate investment.A nationwide strike Thursday, organized by opposition political parties to protest a recent hike in gasoline prices underlined the difficulty of economic reform.Economists had cheered the hike as a step toward controlling India’s fiscal deficit. The 11 per cent increase was the steepest rise in a decade.Opposition parties, however, are demanding that the government roll back the increase to check inflation, dimming hopes that New Delhi will be able to trim other subsidies, such as diesel, which would do far more to balance the budget.In the financial capital Mumbai, residents, especially in the working class suburbs, stayed home, afraid of violence. Many shops were shuttered. Mobs attacked public buses, throwing stones, smashing windscreens and puncturing their tires.Trains, the lifeblood of the city, were unusually empty and Mumbai’s normally gridlocked roads were eerily clear during morning rush hour. India’s economy grew 5.3 per cent in March quarter, slowest since 2008 on flagging consumption AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating whether a recall to fix air bags on nearly 745,000 Chrysler SUVs is working properly.The company recalled older-model Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys in 2012 because the air bags could inflate without a crash, causing injuries.Chrysler installed an electrical filter to eliminate electrical spikes on air bag circuits and thought that would solve the problem.But since the recall, the company has received six reports of air bags inflating without a crash on SUVs that had the recall repairs.No crashes were reported, but owners said there were some cuts and burns, according to documents posted Monday on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.The safety agency says it’s investigating whether the recall is working. Chrysler says it’s co-operating but hasn’t determined whether the recall is working.The investigation affects Libertys from the 2002 and 2003 model years and Grand Cherokees from 2002 to 2004.The company says customers with concerns can call (800) 853-1403. US probes effectiveness of Chrysler air bag recall in 745,000 older Chrysler SUVs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jun 2, 2014 6:21 am MDT
Every four years a sporting event comes around that unites the world for a month of fun, friends and football – or as its known in the U.S., soccer. The World Cup, coming again in 2014, is one of the most well-viewed sporting events in the world. With 32 countries worldwide taking part, it brings people together in a way no event besides the Olympics truly does. Even in the United States, a country where soccer generally takes a backseat to football, basketball and baseball, the World Cup is an event that draws many sports fans and patriots. But with an aging group of stars and a tight race in World Cup Qualifying, the status of United States soccer fandom could potentially hang in the balance this summer. Without a Confederations Cup spot this summer to help boost its reputation, like in 2009 when the United States upset Spain, 2-0, qualifying remains the only outlet for U.S. national team fans to cheer on their team. Sitting in third on goal differential in Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) World Cup Qualifying’s final round after three matches, the U.S. team’s qualification chances could be on the line when Mexico comes to Columbus on Sept. 10. But much more than that, soccer’s growth over the past few years could also be at risk in this qualification cycle. This is a country of short attention spans, and if a sport isn’t keeping its attention, it will move on. If the men’s national team fails to make it to Brazil in 2014 then it might be in danger of being forgotten. In recent years, the U.S. has reached an unprecedented level of success, making it to six straight World Cups, dating back to 1990, but the team is a state of flux. Although stars like Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan are still with the team, many players are getting older and might be participating in one of their last World Cup cycles. Without an attention-grabbing team, or even star, the U.S. could find itself in a precarious position of slipping into obscurity. Fortunately for the U.S., this is all just speculation. It is too early in the final round of qualifying to start talking about what will happen if the goal of a World Cup isn’t achieved. But once September rolls around, who knows? A win against Mexico could mean everything to the team. Will there always be a small group of loyal U.S. soccer fans? Of course, but for a sport that has been trying to break into the mainstream in this country for years, it is incredibly important not to slip up at one of its most vital moments. The U.S. is set to continue its qualifying push on a road game against Jamaica on June 7.
The veterinary nurse was later suspended and sacked from her job and the clinic contacted the Scottish SPCA over its concerns.She was charged with causing her pet unnecessary suffering, including collapse, convulsion and seizures, by injecting it with insulin on June 23, 2013.Bretman denied in court that she “took a dislike to the dog”, and claimed Florence was her “companion”. She will be sentenced next month.The charge carries a maximum penalty of a £20,000 fine or a year in jail. Her former employer Lesley Herd grew suspicious after the dog needed emergency treatment on several occasions after collapsing, twitching and vomiting. Every time, tests showed a low glucose level.Mrs Herd told the court: “The dog was fine between episodes so I really didn’t know what was going on with the dog at all, we couldn’t understand why she was having these episodes.”She added that initially Bretman did not want blood samples sent to a vet school for testing but eventually agreed to it. However, after volunteering to take the blood herself, it never arrived at the institution.Mrs Herd added: “Because of the pattern of collapse and low blood glucose on each occasion, and the fact that the dog was normal between episodes, I was suspicious insulin had been administered to the dog.”The court heard that after Bretman was given an evening off on June 2013, the dog collapsed and they came in for treatment, as Mrs Herd predicted. The spaniel was re-homed after the allegations against Bretman came to light and the court heard she had since returned to good health.Her former owner started working as a veterinary nurse in 2011 for Pet A&E, a clinic in the Kinning Park area of Glasgow which provides care for animals outside normal working hours. The spaniel has been re-homedCredit:Sprindrift An “attention seeking” veterinary nurse at a private clinic deliberately poisoned her pet dog in a bizarre case of animal cruelty that is thought to be the first of its kind to come before the courts.Georgina Bretman, 28, injected her black-and-white cocker spaniel, Florence, with insulin, which made the animal collapse and suffer convulsions and seizures.The damage was so severe that the two-year-old dog could have fallen into a coma or died.Vets at the out-of-hours practise where Bretman worked became suspicious after Florence was brought in for emergency treatment on several separate occasions, always suffering from the same unusual symptoms.Although no explanation was offered as to why she harmed her pet, Glasgow Sheriff Court was told that she was an “attention-seeker”. Georgina Bretman arriving at courtCredit:Spindrift On one occasion her employer gave Bretman an evening off, then correctly predicted that within a few hours the dog would suddenly become ill and be brought back to the surgery requiring emergency treatment.In what is understood to be the first prosecution and conviction of its kind of an owner harming their dog in such a way, Sheriff Joan Kerr found Bretman, of Giffnock, Glasgow, guilty of injecting her own dog with insulin resulting in her requiring immediate treatment to “avoid coma or death”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice businessman charged with murder of fisherman in recent piracy attacksMay 31, 2018In “Court”Top Cop takes offence to remarks made by Magistrate in piracy attack caseJune 14, 2018In “Court”Alleged ring leader of pirate gang nabbedJune 8, 2018In “Crime” Accused: Alexander DenhartJust days after a Corentyne, Berbice businessman Nakool Manohar was charged with murdering a fisherman during the course of a robbery which occurred at sea, a teenager on Wednesday stood before Acting Chief Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and was also charged with the said murder.Nineteen-year-old, Alexander Denhart of 79 Village, Berbice had the indictable charge read to him which alleged that he murdered Tilacknauth Mohabir, called “Caiman” sometime between April 27, 2018 and May 3, 2018 at Corentyne, Berbice.The teen was remanded to prison to return on June 13, 2018 at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Denhart’s alleged accomplice and mastermind of the attack, Manohar was on last Wednesday refused bail when he was charged with the said offence at the Springlands Magistrate’s Court.Accused: Nakool ManoharHe was also further remanded on the two previous charges of robbery on the high seas committed in 2015 and 2016 respectively.The accused is expected to be back in court shortly to have another murder charge, for that of Mahesh Sarjoo, called “Cooba” read to him.Mohabir and Sarjoo’s bodies were the only two that were positively identified by relatives in Suriname after the attacks by pirates on four fishing boats at a place called Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.Reports coming out of Suriname indicated that 20 fishermen were the victims of that attack and 11 are still missing and feared dead.
Clare O’Leary [The Ice Project]TWO IRISH ADVENTURERS will fly out to Canada next Friday to begin their assault on what’s regarded as one of the most arduous expedition routes in the world.Described by renowned adventurer Reinhold Messner as being “ten times harder than Everest” — the walk to the geographic North Pole has only been completed by 132 people.Far more than that number have visited the top of the world, obviously — but to be regarded as a proper Pole walk, it’s accepted that an expedition must set out from land.And with the sea ice receding year-on-year, there’s a chance that the 780km journey planned by Kerry mountaineer Mike O’Shea and Cork adventurer Clare O’Leary could be the last ever such crossing to take place.“That’s the big thing — the ice is just getting so unstable it’s getting more and more difficult to make it across every time,” O’Shea told TheJournal.ie.“In a few years it may not be possible.” Ice floes float in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland above the Arctic circle on July 10, 2008 [Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/PA Images]O‘Shea’s climbing career began at the age of 13 when he started climbing the McGillicuddy Reeks. As part of his ‘Ice Project’ missions alongside O’Leary he’s also completed a 640km trek across a frozen lake in Russia, an expedition to Kilimanjaro, and a gruelling 19-day trip across the North Patagonian Icecap.In addition to her Ice Project adventures, O’Leary also became the first Irish woman to climb Mount Everest in 2004, and has skied to the South Pole.They know what they’re doing in other words.So why the North Pole? Because it’s there, really:“I suppose the North Pole is a natural progression. We’ve been wanting to do the it for a long time – it’s a bit like the World Cup of expeditions.”It’s a second attempt at the task for the pair — they were unable to complete their 2012 trip after plans to share charter logistics with another team fell apart.Mike O’Shea [Image: The Ice Project]The issue of transport costs is also a major factor this time around — if the duo manage to reach their destination as planned in the week of 21 April they’ll be able to charter a plane out with the Russians at a cost of €30,000. If they miss that window, they’ll have to travel to a Canadian science base further along the ice — and a flight out from there would cost €100,000.O’Shea and O’Leary have been fundraising intensively ahead of take-off this Friday — and have raised enough to cover their basic costs, including a ‘food-drop’ along the projected route. However, O’Shea’s still appealing for other sponsors to come on board, as he says a second supply drop would increase their chances of making it “by 30 to 40 per cent”.(Youtube: Outsider Magazine)The pair fly into Ottowa this weekend. From there, it’s a trip the northernmost Canadian territory of Nunavik. They’ll spend a few weeks adjusting to the conditions in the region, before flying to the remote outcrop of Ward Hunt Island — from where they’ll launch their assault on the Pole.The team will burn up to 9,000 calories per day and are expected to lose up to 44lbs in weight over the duration of the journey. (The expedition is the energy equivalent of running two marathons daily for around 50 days consecutively).And all that bad weather we’ve been experiencing is good news for O’Shea and O’Leary — changes to the jet stream this year mean better conditions for the attempt, and there’s been a ”good freeze” in the Arctic Ocean in advance of the duo’s departure.“Last year no trips took place, as the ice was in such bad nick,” O’Shea said.“We got the call over three weeks ago that conditions were good for this year, that this could even be possible — we’ve been going all guns blazing ever since.”[Image: The Ice Project]The journey will take around 50 days to complete — and in addition to the cold, snow, ice (and whatever else the elements might throw at them) the pair will also be waging a frustrating battle against ‘Arctic Drift’.What’s that, you ask? The team have explained all on the expedition website:In a single day the ice can drift up to 18km away from the pole — meaning that on a day where you really push hard and walk 15 – 17km you could end up further away than when you started.The ice is moving and shifting all the time, even when we sleep. It can be very disheartening to wake up further away from your goal than when you lay your head on the pillow. The map below shows the drift of individual marker buoys on the ice over the course of a year:[Image: arctic.noaa.gov]And just how cold will it be?“Minus 50 to 55 during daylight. We don’t take the thermometer out at night — it’s just too cold.”Mike and Clare will be busy with preparations over the coming days as launch date approaches — they’re even spending the night in an industrial-sized freezer in Dublin’s Docklands on Tuesday night to check their sub-zero gear is working properly.Expect to hear a lot more from them over the coming weeks as the adventure progresses: the support team will be providing updates over at theiceproject.org.And just in case you weren’t already feeling guilty enough for putting off that Sunday morning run, you’ll pleased to learn that the intrepid pair are already thinking about future expeditions.The list includes a “full crossing of the South Pole”.So… Nothing too taxing then.Read: Irish North Pole duo forced to turn back after facing €120k billRead: Survey to give fascinating glimpse into life on barrier reefRead: So, what are the chances we’ll see an Irishman (or anybody) head to Mars?
Stay on target Twitter this week pulled back the curtain on the AI technology behind its new smart image auto-cropping function.If you’re like me, you’ve never really considered the often-truncated thumbnails appearing on your timeline; you just automatically click to enlarge the photo.Well, that’s not good enough for Twitter: The social network is ditching its face detection feature to focus on so-called “salient” image zones, or those spots at which a viewer is most likely to look.Which, unsurprisingly, boil down to faces, text, animals, and objects or regions of high contrast.Saliency prediction networks can detect puppies, faces, text, and other objects of interest (via Twitter)“This data can be used to train neural networks and other algorithms to predict what people want to look at,” Twitter’s Lucas Theis and Zehan Wang wrote in a blog announcement. “The basic idea is to use these predictions to center a crop around the most interesting region.”The firm previously used face detection to highlight the most prominent mug available. But this approach has “obvious” limitations: First of all, not all images contain faces. And those that do can sometimes elude technology; the algorithm often missed or mistakenly identified faces.“If no faces were found, we would focus the view on the center of the image,” according to the blog. “This could lead to awkwardly cropped preview images.”Enter machine learning and saliency prediction, which has improved in skill but not in speed.Images before and after changes to Twitter’s cropping logic (via Twitter)Twitter, on one hand, must process and crop every uploaded image without impacting real-time sharing. On the other hand, the network is interested only in roughly identifying the most salient regions.So, the team compromised by reducing the neural network’s size through a combination of knowledge distillation and pruning. Now, Twitter can crop media ten times faster.“This lets us perform saliency detection on all images as soon as they are uploaded and crop them in real-time,” the company said.Online and mobile tweeters should notice a different soon; the update is currently rolling out to Web, iOS, and Android users. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10, 2019:#1) Concert on the Common: Ball In The HouseThe 2019 Wilmington Concerts on the Common series kicks off this Wednesday, July 10, 2019, from 6:30pm to 8pm, with Ball in the House.Enjoy an evening of a cappella at its best! Following in the path of classic harmony groups like The Temptations and Boyz II Men, this five member veteran vocal band will move audiences with their music. A review from the Boston Globe put it very succinctly: “Ball in the House has everything you would expect to find in a successful pop/rock band…the one thing it doesn’t have is instruments.”Admission is free of charge. Bring your chairs/blankets and relax to the sweet sounds of summer. The Wilmington Band Parents Association will be selling concessions.Additional concerts will take place on July 17 (Jimmy & The Jesters), July 24 (BackTrack), and July 31 (60’s Invasion).These popular concerts are organized by the Wilmington Recreation Department.#2) Fundraiser For May Center For Autism At Tremezzo Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) is donating 15% of its eat-in and takeout sales for lunch and dinner to the May Center School for Autism in Wilmington on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.The event is organized by AA Premier Properties, which has selected the May Center for Autism as its “Charity of the Year.” The May Center School provides full-day, year-round educational and vocational services for children and adolescents with autism and other special needs from preschool to age 22.The flyer isn’t necessary. Just make sure to mention the fundraiser to your waiter!#3) Town Yardwaste Center OpenThe Town’s Yardwaste Center, located on Old Main Street, off of Main Street at the Woburn line, is open from 8am to 2pm.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the Yardwaste Center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.For a complete schedule of the Town’s 2019 Yard Waste Program and other information on waste disposal and recycling, please call the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481 or refer to the department’s website HERE.#4) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 6pm (extended summer hours). All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.#5) Car Seat Installs At Public Safety BuildingThe Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, 10am-2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 31, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, July 24, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Academics and researchers have been meeting in Anchorage to bring together studies looking at what sustainability means in the arctic. Andrey Petrov is lead investigator and director of Arctic Frost. He has studied the arctic in Russia, Canada and Alaska for 15 years. He says there is a lot of discussion about environmental changes, but social changes in arctic communities can be even more dramatic. His work looks at human capital and community innovators.Listen now:
A group of Homer youth and adults camped out in a city park Saturday night to force a light on the often overlooked problem of homelessness in the community. The campers planned to bear temperatures slightly below freezing while sleeping in tents and cardboard boxes. The campsite was a gathering place for activists against homelessness.Download AudioA group of Homer youth and adults camped out in a city park Saturday night to force a light on the often overlooked problem of homelessness in the community. Photo: “The Triple H’s of Homer” Facebook page.The night’s campers came to WKFL Park layered in coats, gloves, scarves and head wraps. They had a fire, they had fresh homemade donuts, and hot drinks but they were still cold. And they wanted to emphasize what a similar night would be like for people who are regularly in danger of sleeping outside without those luxuries.“I have had a lot of close friends who have done the couch hopping and being a teen in between and not having a solid place to stay every night,” said Casey Marsh.Casey Marsh is a Homer High School Senior and she organized the campout for her senior project entitled “The Triple H’s of Homer.” The triple Hs stand for Homeless, Hungry and Hopeful. She wants to see the community step up to eliminate homelessness and says for that to happen the problem has to be dragged into plain sight.“I hope that with them seeing how much the youth is involved and all the different age groups we have here they’ll realize that it is a community issue and as a community we need to work together to fix it,” said Marsh.J.J. O’Rourke is with an advocacy group for homeless teenagers, Teens United for a Future, or TUFF Teens. She says it’s easy for people in Homer to overlook the homeless problem because the homeless tend to blend in.“They don’t want anyone to know. They don’t want to [be] looked down upon. A lot of kids and adults are in their cars right now,” said O’Rourke.O’Rourke says at the moment the most pressing need for homeless teens and adults are shelters. Especially for teens. The LeeShore Center in Kenai offers crisis beds for women and their children but there are no public shelters on the peninsula for kids under 18, or for families, and there’s nothing for homeless men.Jane Dunn works in Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition office in Paul Banks Elementary School. She helps homeless teens find the resources they need day to day so they can focus on school.“I have just in the Homer area from Ninilchik south about 50 kids. District wide generally by the end of the school year we have about 253 on average, but this year district wide we’re about 33 percent higher than we were last year,” said Dunn.According to Dunn numbers for the Homer area are up by 91% from this time last year and she stresses those are just the kids her office knows about.“I know there’s a lot that I don’t know about right here at the high school,” said Dunn. “And it’s not just teens most of what I’m working with right now is families. The economy is really hard. Yes there’s jobs out there but they’re not jobs that can support a family.”Some members of the Homer community are pulling together to offer some relief. Lieutenant Kristin Fankhauser is a pastor at the Homer Salvation Army and she’s a member of the Homer Homeless Action Committee, which began meeting this summer. The group has three goals.“One is getting information out to the homeless of the services that are provided in town. The other one is to setup a safe housing network specifically for youth. A place they can go and couch surf but in a safe environment,” said Fankhauser.And their ultimate goal is to establish a permanent homeless shelter. Fankhauser says they want to start with a temporary cold weather location and then build up from there. First they have to make a community needs assessment and then try opening a shelter inside the Salvation Army.“How long that’s going to take us I don’t know, but that’s our first step: to do the community needs assessment and apply for grants to fund it,” said Fankhauser.The committee meets the first Thursday of every month. There’s an email list residents can subscribe to for meeting times and locations.Casey Marsh says her project is already making some headway. Lately she’s getting emails from Homer residents willing to give teens a place to sleep.
The Central government on Monday raised the import tariff value on gold by $9 to $354 per 10 gm and on silver by $5 to $457 per kg, according to a finance ministry statement released the same day.The tariff values on gold and silver were fixed at $345 and $452 by the government on 31 December, 2015. The import tariff value is the base price at which the customs duty is determined to prevent under-invoicing. It is normally revised on a fortnightly basis.Details of gold and silver imports for December 2015 are yet to be released, while the total non-oil imports during the month stood at $27 billion in December 2015, down 7.6% year-on-year.Gold and silver prices have been on the rise since the beginning of 2016 due to a slump in stock markets globally.Gold prices closed at Rs 26,550 per 10 gm on 16 January, up from Rs 25,510 on 1 January, while silver prices increased to Rs 34,015 on 16 January from Rs 33,300 on the first day of this year.India’s gold imports have come down consistently over the years, from $56.5 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal to $53.8 billion in 2012-13 to $27.70 billion in 2013-14. It was $24.49 billion last year, and in this fiscal, the country imported gold worth $22.73 billion in the first eight months (April to November).India’s gold imports plunged 36.48% to $3.53 billion in November 2015 from $5.57 billion in the corresponding month last year on account of falling gold prices.Silver imports dropped 55% to $285 million in November 2015 from $643.71 million in November 2014.