first_imgsaina nehwal   –  Reuters Published on × RELATED COMMENT August 26, 2017 saina nehwal   –  Reuters SHAREcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chance for Sindhu to script history as first Indian world champion shuttler Saina Nehwal today settled for a bronze medal as her impressive run at the World Championship came to an end after a heart-breaking loss against Rio Olympics bronze medallist Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the women’s singles semifinals here.Saina, who had won a silver medal two years ago at Jakarta, gave everything in a battle of attrition but Okuhara’s never-say-die attitude helped her to outmanoeuvre the Indian in an energy-sapping semifinal clash at the Emirates Arena.After battling for an hour and 14 minutes, it was the World No. 12 Japanese who managed to eke out a come-from- behind 12-21 21-17 21-10 win over the Indian to become the first shuttler from her country to reach the finals of World Championship.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu is the only remaining hope for India at the World Championship. She will take on ninth seed Chinese Chen Yufei in another semifinal later in the day.It turned out to be a battle of attrition between Saina and Okuhara. The two players have met seven times so far in international badminton with Saina having an upper hand in six of those battles.The Japanese tried to engage Saina in fast-paced rallies, which were mixed with down-the-line smashes and cross-court angled returns, sandwitched by deceptive drops. A pumped up Saina returned everything thrown at her and came up with the perfect clears to close out the rallies.The Indian tried to put her rival out of position with her deceptive returns and it helped as she led 9-3 in the opening game, before entering the interval at 11-5 when Okuhara could not return her angled smash and found the net.Okuhara’s fast-paced game did not yield much result early on as Saina fortified her defence and continued to dominate the rallies to lead 17-10. Okuhara lost a video referral next as Saina led 18—10. The Japanese displayed a good net game to grab two points but Saina’s small deception took a toil on her rival.Another electrifying rally ended with Okuhara finding the net as Saina reached eight game points. The Indian then unleashed a body smash to close out the opening game.After the change of sides, Saina failed to reach for a couple of forecourt returns, helping Okuhara opened up a 4-0 lead early on. The Japanese extended the advantage to 8-4 but she had a few wide strokes and Saina exploited the opportunity to unleash her trademark cross court smashes to claw her way back to 9-9.However, Okuhara managed to grab a slender 11-10 lead with a cross court net flick which Saina failed to negotiate.After the break, Okuhara seemed to vary the pace and Saina too faltered with a forehand and backhand return which helped the Japanese take a 14-11 lead.Saina, however, kept breathing down Okuhara’s neck, making it 15-15 when the Japanese found the net and also hit long. Okuhara conceded a point with a service error but a judgement error from Saina at the baseline again gave the Japanese a slender 17-16 lead.Saina produced a down-the-line smash to level par, while Okuhara unleashed an onrushing backhand flick to lead 18-17 and then an overhead return took her to 19-17.Saina’s smash then missed the sideline to hand over three game points to the Japanese, who sealed it with a cross court return which found the Indian napping.In the decider, Saina grabbed an early 3-1 lead but Okuhara soon started dominating the rallies. It resulted in five straight points and the Japanese took a 6-3 lead. Two wide shots and a low lift getting buried at net from Saina ensured that Okuhara continued to gather points, reaching 10-3.Saina’s trademark down-the-line smash then once again came to her rescue as she snapped the run of points but Okuhara had a seven-point advantage at the break when the Indian faltered with her net dribble.Okuhara continued to accumulate points, sometimes using her disguise at the net. Saina periodically managed to win a point here and there but she could not stop the Japanese who led 16-7 at one stage.Saina kept fighting but she looked a tad sluggish with her movements and lacked precision in final moments as Okuhara managed to move to 19-9.Saina hit wide again to hand over 11 match point opportunities to Okuhara. The Indian saved one with a drop but the Japanese sealed the issue with another precise return at the baseline. null Badminton Championship: Saina in semifinal COMMENTSlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to pay Spain’s tax authorities 14.7 million euros ($16.39 million) – the amount he has been accused of defrauding by a prosecutor – ahead of a court hearing next month, Spanish state TV said on Wednesday.Broadcaster TVE said, without identifying its sources, the 32-year-old would make this payment as a gesture of good will.The report added Rolando will reiterate at a hearing on July 31 that he is innocent and has never hidden any income from the taxman or committed any tax fraud in Spain.Representatives for Ronaldo declined to comment.The Spanish prosecutor says the Real Madrid forward knowingly used a business structure to hide his image rights income in Spain between 2011 and 2014. Ronaldo has denied the charges.last_img

first_imgEngland and Tottenham Hotspur football star Harry Kane and India cricket team captain Virat Kohli met for the first time in person at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Friday after years of mutual admiration on social media.Harry Kane and Virat Kohli posed for shutterbugs as the two superstars of global sport were spotted having a conversation at the iconic cricket ground.”After a few tweets in the last couple of years good to finally meet @imVkohli. A great guy and a brilliant sportsman (sic),” Harry Kane wrote as caption after uploading a photo of their meeting from Friday.After a few tweets in the last couple of years good to finally meet @imVkohli. A great guy and a brilliant sportsman. Kane (@HKane) May 24, 2019Harry Kane and Virat Kohli have exchanged several compliments over the last two years on social media.Harry Kane had heaped rich praise on Virat Kohli after the India batsman’s match-winning knock against Australia in a World T20 match in 2016.Kane, who seems to be an avid follower of cricket, lauded Virat Kohli’s ability to deal with pressure situations after his heroics against Australia.Kohli replied to Harry Kane’s tweet and lauded him for his performances in the Euro 2016 and even wished him luck for the Premier League campaign.Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kohli once again took to social media and wished his good friend Kane the best. While Harry Kane is gearing up for the Champions League final for Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool on May 1, Virat Kohli will be leading India in the 10-team 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom.advertisementKane is racing against time to be fit in time for the big final in Madrid as the Spurs star has been sidelined since suffering an ankle injury in the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City in April. Having been spotted in the training ground in the last few days, Kane is expected to take the field for Spurs on May 1.Also Read | Hardik Pandya is unrecognisable in throwback photo from 2011 World Cup celebrationAlso Read | MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in high spirits ahead of World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Don’t read much into indifferent Australia series, says ChahalAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgClemson's Deshaun Watson celebrates winning the national titleTAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The slate of 2018 bowl games looks set to be yet another year of terrific matchups. We also have the College Football Playoff to look forward to.Among the non-CFP bowl games will be a compelling matchup between Michigan and Florida in the Peach Bowl, Georgia and Texas in the Sugar Bowl, and Ohio State and Washington in the Rose Bowl.As for the College Football Playoff itself, we’re only weeks away from seeing two of the nation’s top offenses when Alabama takes on Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. We’ll also get to see if Notre Dame can continue to defy the critics when they take on Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic.Here is the full slate of 2018 bowl games. Enjoy!Saturday, December 15AutoNation Cure Bowl – Louisiana vs. Tulane at 1:30 PM ET on CBSSNNew Mexico Bowl – Utah State vs. North Texas at 2:00 PM ET on ESPNMitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl – Arizona State vs. No. 21 Fresno State at 3:30 PM ET on ABCRaycom Media Camellia Bowl – Eastern Michigan vs. Georgia Southern at 5:30 PM ET on ESPNR+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl – Middle Tennessee vs. Appalachian State at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, December 18Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl – Northern Illinois vs. UAB at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 19DXL Frisco Bowl – San Diego State vs. Ohio at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 20Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl – South Florida vs. Marshall at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 21Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl – FIU vs. Toledo at 12:30 PM ET on ESPNFamous Idaho Potato Bowl – Western Michigan vs. BYU at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 22Jared Birmingham Bowl – Wake Forest vs. Memphis at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl – Army vs. Houston at 3:30 PM ET on ESPNDollar General Bowl – Buffalo vs. Troy at 7:00 PM ET on ESPNSoFi Hawaii Bowl – Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii at 10:30 PM ET on ESPNWednesday, December 26Servpro First Responder Bowl – Boston College vs. No. 25 Boise State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNQuick Lane Bowl – Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNCheez-It Bowl – TCU vs. California at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNThursday, December 27Walk-On’s Independence Bowl – Temple vs. Duke at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNNew Era Pinstripe Bowl – Wisconsin vs. Miami (FL) at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNAcademy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl – Baylor vs. Vanderbilt at 9:00 PM ET on ESPNFriday, December 28Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl – Auburn vs. Purdue at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNCamping World Bowl – No. 20 Syracuse vs. No. 16 West Virginia at 5:15 PM ET on ESPNValero Alamo Bowl – No. 24 Iowa State vs. No. 13 Washington State at 1:30 PM ET on ESPNSaturday, December 29Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 Michigan at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNBelk Bowl – South Carolina vs. Virginia at 12:00 PM ET on ABCNova Home Loans Arizona Bowl – Nevada vs. Arkansas State at 1:15 PM ET on CBSSNGoodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (CFP Semifinal) – No. 2 Clemson vs. No. 3 Notre Dame at 4:00 PM ET on ESPNCapital One Orange Bowl (CFP Semifinal) – No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNMonday, December 31Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman – Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati at 12:00 PM ET on ESPNHyundai Sun Bowl – Stanford vs. Pittsburgh at 2:00 PM ET on CBSRedbox Bowl – Michigan State vs. Oregon at 3:00 PM ET on FOXAutoZone Liberty Bowl – Oklahoma State vs. No. 23 Missouri at 3:45 PM ET on ESPNSan Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl – No. 22 Northwestern vs. No. 17 Utah at 7:00 PM ET on FS1TaxSlayer Gator Bowl – No. 19 Texas A&M vs. NC State at 7:30 PM ET on ESPNTuesday, January 1Outback Bowl – No. 18 Mississippi State vs. Iowa at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN2VRBO Citrus Bowl – No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky at 1:00 PM ET on ABCPlayStation Fiesta Bowl – No. 11 LSU vs. No. 8 UCF at 1:00 PM ET on ESPNRose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual – No. 9 Washington vs. No. 6 Ohio State at 5:00 PM ET on ESPNAllState Sugar Bowl – No. 15 Texas vs. No. 5 Georgia at 8:45 PM ET on ESPNMonday, January 7College Football Playoff National Championship – Cotton Bowl Classic winner vs. Orange Bowl winner at 8:00 PM ET on ESPNlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said India is well placed to handle the “crossfire” resulting from global trade war on the strength of the country’s economy. At a time when the world is witnessing trade wars across nations, India too will be impacted. “Obviously, in a situation when the world is seeing trade wars across nations, across continents, India will come in the crossfire. But then its a cross fire which we can handle,” the minister said during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep The global trade war has been triggered by the US after it raised duties on imports, including aluminium and steel. Other countries, including India too retaliated by raising import duty on goods from the US. The minister said irrespective of the world trade situation, India is looking at ways to “encash’ opportunities to further exports. The minister further said India is competent to handle the international trade situation. Goyal also dismissed contentions that India’s exports have been hit badly after the US has terminated its Preferential Trade Treatment or GSP (Generalized System of Preferences) to India from June 5 this year. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs “I would like to submit that the total impact of GSP is under USD 250-269 million in a year and for a country of size and strength of India, I can assure members (of the House) that it will not have any significant impact. India can handle the situation,” he said when asked if India was discussing the issue with the US. GSP, the minister said was unilateral, non-obligatory concession given by the US to India as developing country. “Some of the demands that were raised on India were such that India could not yield. I think national sovereignty and national interest is paramount,” he said when asked if the government would initiate further negotiations in this regard with the US. He further said India will continue to negotiate with all countries, including the US, but it will not be at the cost of sovereignty. On the country’s exports, Goyal said it increased significantly during the last fiscal and in the current year also, the outward shipments are showing increasing trends. He further said India has fortified its foreign exchange reserves and the government is taking pro-active measures to promote exports. On a question related to the forthcoming visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to India, Goyal said there will be discussions on several issues. Pompeo will be visiting India from June 25-27.last_img read more

first_imgNadi (Fiji): Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given in-principle nod for financing four metro rail projects and a Rs 30,000 crore rapid rail corridor between Delhi and Meerut as part of its effort to improve urban transport system in India. Simultaneous discussion are going on with other multi-lateral funding agencies for co-financing of these large urban transport projects in India including Bhopal and Indore Metro projects, ADB Director General (South Asia) Hun Kim said Wednesday. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles In addition, other projects especially expansion of Chennai and Bengaluru Metro are also under consideration, he said at the Annual Meet of ADB here. “ADB has in-principle agreed to finance these projects with the Centre, which is the guarantor. It depends on the client. If they complete the formalities, we’re ready to go (for final approval from the board),” he said. ADB has funded Jaipur Metro and expansion of Mumbai Metro in the past. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar On rapid rail project between Delhi and Meerut (in Uttar Pradesh), Kim said Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) is a huge project and ADB is looking to co-finance with other multi-lateral funding agencies including Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Earlier this year, the government approved construction of a Rs 30,274 crore worth RRTS to connect the national capital with Meerut through Ghaziabad (in Uttar Pradesh). The 82 kilometer-stretch will be covered in less than 60 minutes, The RRTS is a first-of-its-kind, rail-based, high-speed regional transit system to be implemented in India. Once operational, it will be the fastest, most comfortable and safest mode of commuter transport in the National Capital Region (NCR). Kim emphasised that financing logistics projects will also be a priority area for the bank. “We want to be a bank for logistics,” he said, pointing to the Vizag-Chennai and the Chennai-Kanyakumari industrial corridors where the ADB is involved in financing preparation of the master plan. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu is emerging as a major “client” of the bank, he said, adding the bank is planning to lend USD 500 million each for energy projects, and the Chennai Metro Phase II.last_img read more

10 June 2010Six countries in Central Africa have committed to end the recruitment of child soldiers, a move welcomed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a step forward in giving all young people in the region a better life. Six countries in Central Africa have committed to end the recruitment of child soldiers, a move welcomed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as a step forward in giving all young people in the region a better life.In the N’Djamena Declaration adopted yesterday, the six – Cameroon, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), Niger, Nigeria and Sudan – outlined their commitments to child protection in line with global standards, including those in the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.“This is a new beginning in Africa, a firm step towards giving all children in the region the dignity of a childhood they’ve so often been deprived of by decades of conflict. It is now time to translate these powerful words into concrete actions,” said Marzio Babille, UNICEF Representative in Chad.The declaration also seeks to enhance opportunities for children – including in education and employment – once they have left armed groups. In addition, it establishes a committee to monitor implementation of the outcome. It marks the culmination of a three-day event, organized in the Chadian capital by the Government and UNICEF, that brought together government representatives, UN officials, child rights experts and former child soldiers to help find ways to end this terrible scourge.Chad and Sudan have signed and ratified the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict, while Cameroon and Nigeria have signed the pact, but have not yet ratified it. Niger and the CAR have neither signed nor ratified.Last month, the UN launched a major campaign for the universal adoption of treaty protocols that outlaw the sale of children, child prostitution and pornography, and protect youngsters in armed conflict, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling for full ratification by 2012. read more

In a press statement, UNAMA welcomed the “timely” appointment of the new members of the electoral body, including the “expeditious” election of its Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and Secretary.“UNAMA congratulates the new commissioners and looks forward to working with them in support of their duty of preparing next year’s polls,” said the statement, noting that the new appointments follow the recent Parliamentary and Presidential approvals of the Electoral Law and law regulating the structure and responsibilities of Afghanistan’s electoral management bodies. “In relation to the latter, the UN Mission notes that the establishment of the electoral dispute resolution mechanism is equally crucial for ensuring transparent, credible and inclusive elections,” UNAMA stressed.“An inclusive appointments process is an important development in the establishment of a credible and robust electoral architecture for Afghanistan’s Presidential and Provincial Council elections, due to take place on 5 April 2014.” To that end, UNAMA pointed out in its statement that the selection process benefits from the participation of a civil society representative as provided for in the law, and said that it expects, in regard to the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission, that this requirement will be met.The statement stressed that Afghan-led and Afghan-managed 2014 Presidential and Provincial Council elections are central to Afghanistan’s stable and sustainable political transition. “UNAMA calls on all concerned to engage constructively in efforts to ensure that the elections are held according to the Afghan Constitution and the IEC’s timeline,” said the statement, adding that the UN Mission reiterates that meeting the timelines “is not only possible, but essential.”Finally, UNAMA reaffirmed its commitment to support the elections at the request of the Afghan authorities and institutions as mandated by the UN Security Council. read more

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first_imgAMBULANCE CREWS ARE struggling to meet ‘impossible’ response time targets set by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) as a result of due to recent cutbacks, prompting calls for a review of the service.Concerns have been raised by the National Ambulance Service Representative Authority (NASRA), who said that a lack of personnel and vehicles, as well as a reduction in rostered hours, is causing ‘serious delays’.“Two recent incidents in Donegal and Louth confirm that the HIQA Key Performance Indicators are proving impossible to meet given the latest cutbacks in the ambulance service in the past year”, the organisation’s chairman Michael Dixon said.Concerns were also raised yesterday by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who highlighted one of these incidents.“The recent death of Wayne McQuillan and the fact that the Gardaí were forced to drive him to Our Lady of Lourdes because of the length of time it was taking for an ambulance to reach him, has again focussed attention on this issue,” he said, calling for a ‘thorough investigation into the ambulance service across the state’.Dixon added that the National Ambulance Service aims to have similar response times to those in Scotland and Northern Ireland, and that the current recommendation of 7 minutes and 58 seconds for calls classed as life-threatening is not being reached in some areas.In Scotland, where the population currently stands at 5.3 million compared to Ireland’s 4.6 million, there are close to four times more ambulance personnel, and more than twice the number of vehicles.Read: Failed breathing apparatus forced firefighter out of apartment block blaze >Transplant Association: ‘We need to ensure ambulance breakdown doesn’t happen again’ >last_img read more

first_imgIrish scientists mix silly putty with graphene to create ultra-sensitive health sensors ‘G-putty’ is said to be 100 times more receptive than a normal sensor and is able to detect the footsteps of small spiders. Dec 9th 2016, 12:52 PM Friday 9 Dec 2016, 12:52 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: AMBER Image: AMBER Short URL Share Tweet Email6 AN EASIER WAY of measuring your health vitals has been discovered by Dublin-based scientists – by mixing together a children’s toy and a revolutionary new material.Scientists at AMBER, a materials science research centre based in Trinity College Dublin, mixed a thin conductive material called graphene with children’s putty to be used as a sensor.It claims to be 100 times more sensitive than average – and able to detect the footsteps of small spiders.This relatively simple idea could potentially pave the way for new, inexpensive devices and diagnostics in medicine and other sectors.Graphene is made up of very thin layers of carbon atoms which makes it a strong as well as flexible and very conductive material. It’s thought that the material could be used to charge phone batteries in a matter of seconds, and make electric cars and solar panels more effective. Source: AMBER Centre/YouTubeProfessor Jonathan Coleman from TCD and researcher Conor Boland, discovered that the electrical resistance of putty infused with graphene was extremely sensitive to the slightest deformation or impact.They mounted the G-putty onto people’s chests and necks and used it to measure breathing, pulse and even blood pressure.It showed unprecedented sensitivity as a sensor for strain and pressure, hundreds of times more sensitive than normal sensors. The G-putty also works as a very sensitive impact sensor, able to detect the footsteps of small spiders.It is believed that this material will find applications in a range of medical devices.Prof Coleman said, “What we are excited about is the unexpected behaviour we found when we added graphene to the polymer, a cross-linked polysilicone. This material is well known as the children’s toy silly putty.“It is different from familiar materials in that it flows like a viscous liquid when deformed slowly but bounces like an elastic solid when thrown against a surface. When we added the graphene to the silly putty, it caused it to conduct electricity, but in a very unusual way.“The electrical resistance of the G-putty was very sensitive to deformation with the resistance increasing sharply on even the slightest strain or impact. Unusually, the resistance slowly returned close to its original value as the putty self-healed over time.”He continued, “While a common application has been to add graphene to plastics in order to improve the electrical, mechanical, thermal or barrier properties, the resultant composites have generally performed as expected without any great surprises.“The behaviour we found with G-putty has not been found in any other composite material. This unique discovery will open up major possibilities in sensor manufacturing worldwide.”The limitations around the magic property graphene remain however – the production of the material is awkward and difficult (the first production of it involved putting selotape on a lump of graphite and peeling it off in order to get one single layer of atoms).Although lead is fairly cheap, the production would make graphene very expensive to create and ‘package’ on mass scale – but is something scientists are constantly working to overcome.Read: Here’s why you might be seeing stories about Sofia Vergara being ‘sued by her embryos’Read: Text messages are on the way out – but we’re eating up huge amounts of data 12,955 Views 10 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgAnother alleged case of rape with police baton increases tensions in Paris A similar alleged involving a black youth worker has led to sometimes violent protests. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Aurelien Morissard No Comments By AFP Share15 Tweet Email 16,094 Views A SECOND FRENCH policeman should face trial for allegedly raping a man with a baton, a court ruled yesterday in a case that echoes another incident earlier this month.The officer’s actions left a 29-year-old man named Alexandre with injuries to his anus after he was forced into a police car after being stopped for alleged drunkenness by a night-time patrol in October 2015.A judge in Bobigny on the outskirts of Paris said the officer, 33, should face charges.The case has attracted fresh scrutiny following the violent arrest of a black youth worker called Theo in the same Seine-Saint-Denis area of Paris on 2 February.The latter arrest, which left the victim requiring surgery to his anus and rectal area, has sparked sometimes violent protests and cast a spotlight on rough policing methods in France’s crime-ridden suburbs.One officer has been charged with raping Theo, and three others with assault.In the case heard in court yesterday, the judge ruled that the medical records of Alexandre were sufficient to justify upgrading the charges to rape, rather than assault which had been recommended by prosecutors.“It’s a decision that is fair and important, and that we were waiting for,” Alexandre’s lawyer, Marie-Cecile Nathan, told reporters.The defence and prosecution now have 10 days to appeal the judge’s recommendation. If not, the officer will be officially charged and then prosecuted.While in the police station after his arrest, Alexandre had complained of pain and alleged that an officer had forced his baton between his buttocks.The officer told investigators that the injuries were inflicted accidentally during the struggle to force him into the police vehicle.© – AFP 2017Read: Eleven nights of rioting over alleged police rape of young man in Paris >Read: 16-year-old girl among four arrested for allegedly plotting terror attack in France >center_img Short URL Protesters walk past a burning car after a demonstration in Bobigny outside Paris. Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 10:46 AM Protesters walk past a burning car after a demonstration in Bobigny outside Paris. Image: Aurelien Morissard Feb 21st 2017, 10:46 AM last_img read more

first_imgTrop d’aluminium dans certains déodorants, alerte 60 millions de consommateursSelon une enquête menée par le mensuel 60 millions de consommateurs, 6 des 14 déodorants antitranspirants testés contenaient des concentrations en sel d’aluminium supérieures au taux préconisé par l’Afssaps. C’est une conclusion préoccupante que publie le mensuel 60 millions de consommateurs. Dans le numéro d’avril, les équipes du magazine ont mené une enquête sur la présence d’aluminium dans les déodorants antitranspirants ou antiperspirants. En effet, ces produits utilisent des sels d’aluminium pour réduire la transpiration alors que les déodorants classiques se contentent de masquer les odeurs. Au total, ce sont pas moins de 14 de ces produits destinés aux femmes comme aux hommes qui ont été testés.  L’enquête a ainsi révélé que six de ces déodorants dépassaient la teneur en sel d’aluminium recommandée par l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps). Les 14 antitranspirants testés dans le numéro d’avril de 60 millions contenaient de l’aluminium, dans des teneurs très variables d’un produit à l’autre. Elles se situent entre 0,19% et 2% d’aluminium pur, selon le mensuel. Or, l’Afssaps a préconisé un taux maximal d’aluminium de 0,6% dans un rapport d’octobre dernier sur l’évaluation du risque lié à l’utilisation de l’aluminium dans les produits cosmétiques. 60 millions de consommateurs a même testé un déodorant à la pierre d’alun naturelle, présentée comme une alternative à l’aluminium mais qui contenait également de l’aluminium à hauteur de 0,3%. Dans son rapport centré sur les antitranspirants, l’Afssaps a indiqué qu’aucun élément ne permettait de considérer que l’exposition par voie cutanée à de l’aluminium présentait un risque cancérigène. Mais cette molécule ait aussi connu pour d’autres effets possibles tels que de la neurotoxicité, de l’atteinte osseuse voire de l’anémie. C’est pourquoi l’Agence a tout de même recommandé de restreindre la concentration d’aluminium dans les produits antitranspirants ou déodorants à 0,6%.Des indications incomplètes sur les emballages À lire aussiBisphénol A : une nouvelle piste vers le développement de substitutsEn outre, elle a également conseillé de ne pas utiliser les produits cosmétiques contenant de l’aluminium quand la peau est lésée. L’Afssaps précisait alors qu'”il serait nécessaire d’informer le consommateur que les produits antitranspirants ou déodorants ne doivent pas être utilisés après le rasage ou en cas de lésion de la peau”. Une indication qui devrait normalement figurer sur le conditionnement mais qui ne l’est pas toujours, d’après les constatations du mensuel. 60 Millions de Consommateurs relève ainsi dans son essai que si globalement, les modes d’emploi et précautions d’usage figurent bien sur les emballages, aucune référence ne fournit la mention complète recommandée par l’Afssaps “ne pas utiliser après le rasage ou en cas de lésion de la peau”.  Le 26 mars 2012 à 17:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgMexique : l’état d’urgence déclenché à cause d’une épidémie de grippe aviaireLundi, le Mexique a déclenché l’état d’urgence de santé animale dans tout le pays. Une épidémie de grippe aviaire dont le virus est hautement pathogène a déjà touché 1,7 million de volailles dont 870.000 sont mortes ou ont été abattues.Si quelques cas humains mortels avaient été recensés ces derniers mois en Asie, c’est une véritable épidémie de grippe aviaire qui touche actuellement les volailles du Mexique. Lundi, le ministère de l’Agriculture du pays a en effet annoncé que quelque 1,7 million de volailles avaient déjà été contaminées et que pas moins de 870.000 en étaient mortes ou avaient dû être abattues. Des chiffres qui ont incité le gouvernement mexicain a déclenché l’état d’urgence de santé animale sur tout le territoire.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le dispositif national d’état d’urgence de santé animale est activé (…) dans l’objectif de diagnostiquer, prévenir, contrôler et éradiquer le virus de la grippe aviaire de type A, sous-type H7N3″, a expliqué un bulletin du ministère paru au Journal officiel. La présence du virus a été détectée le 20 juin mais depuis les cas se sont multipliés à travers le pays prenant l’aspect d’une épidémie. Le virus est transmissible “par le contact direct ou indirect entre animaux, produits ou sous-produits (…) infectés”, précise encore le ministère dans son bulletin relayé par l’AFP.Vendredi, l’Organisation mondiale des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO) a confirmé l’épidémie au Mexique et les chiffres données : 1,7 million de volailles ont bel et bien été contaminées dont 870.000 en sont mortes, dans 10 élevages de l’Etat de Jalisco (ouest). Avec le déclenchement de l’état d’urgence nationale, le Mexique a ainsi annoncé une série de mesures censée contenir l’épidémie et réduire la dispersion de la maladie. Celles-ci consistent notamment à mettre en quarantaine les volailles contaminées voire à les abattre si nécessaire et à vacciner celles qui ne le sont pas encore.Le ministère de l’Agriculture a également demandé de détruire les produits infectés qui pourraient favoriser la contamination. En outre, il a précisé que l’aviculture “contribue à hauteur de 40% du volume total” de l’élevage dans le pays. Ainsi, “les pertes économiques” dues à cette épidémie “sont et seront irréparables”, a t-il estimé.Le 3 juillet 2012 à 10:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgWhat: Public pressing of 8,000 apples at the historic mill. Visitors can take home a jug of cider. $3 donation suggested.Where: Cedar Creek Grist Mill, 43907 N.E. Grist Mill Road, Woodland.When: Starts at 9 a.m. and will continue till all the apples are pressed.Information: or call 360-225-5832Asked if he needed help hauling a variety apples to his press to make cider, John Emmett instead reached into a bucket and pulled out a small green variety called a Vilberie.“No,” Emmett said, handing the fruit to a curious reporter. “What I want you to do is try this.”After he walked away, she took a bite, puckered her face at the sheer bitterness, then looked for a place to politely dispose of the evidence.Emmett returned, grinning.“Isn’t that awful?” he said with a laugh.Terrible, in fact. Yet when the variety, known as bittersweet, is mixed with other types of apples in a cider, it creates a concoction that has a perfect, refreshing balance that’s smooth and tasty.Emmett uses bittersweet apple types much like vintners will use some bitter grapes to make a more complex, flavorful wine, he said.The retired scientist and his wife grow 75 varieties of apple on their Hockinson property as a hobby. They give the excess to local food banks, and they also hold a few “too many apples” parties every year where neighbors are invited to join them in pressing cider.It may sound like an involved process — and it can be, if you want to get fancy — but pressing cider is actually something you can even do at home with a food processor or juicer, he said.last_img read more

first_imgPreston Davis: “Are you serious?”That’s when the 33-year-old quickly admitted that he had been drinking earlier.When the officer asked Davis how much he had to drink, he said, “I had, to be honest with you, half of a fifth.”He was not able to hold his balance when he got out of the car.Officers then lead Davis to a nearby store, so he was out of the wind, to perform the field sobriety tests.The driver surprisingly tried to make it easy for the officers.Officer: “You don’t want to do the field sobriety test?” The officers later assured Davis that he wouldn’t spend too much time behind bars.Officer: “You’ll be out before the 10 days.”Preston Davis: “Well, I already have a DWI.”Officer: “Yeah, I know. But it don’t matter. You’ll be out. This is New Mexico.”Davis’ alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was charged with aggravated DWI.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WSVN) — A man in New Mexico admitted to police that he was drinking and driving before he even took a field sobriety test.Albuquerque Police captured 33-year-old Preston Davis’ confession on camera after he was unusually candid during a routine traffic stop last week.Police answered a call about a possible drunk driver near Albuquerque. Officials then spotted the car in a parking lot as the driver, police identified as Davis, hopped into the passenger seat of the car.On bodycam footage, Davis could be heard saying, “I’m not driving.” However, the officer wasn’t having it.Officer: “Yeah, I saw you. Sorry buddy. This ain’t going to fly.”Preston Davis: “What?”Officer: “Yeah.” center_img Preston Davis: “I already know I’m going to fail it, so just arrest me.”Eventually, Davis agreed to try to do the test before he gave up. He then claimed he had vertigo.Officer: “Too drunk to do the field sobriety test?”Preston Davis: “Like I told you, I have vertical. And yes, I have been drinking.”Officer: “You have ‘vertical?’”Davis finally got what he asked for, but not before he tried to tell police where to find his wallet.Preston Davis: “I’m going to be very ‘spepiciv’ on that.” last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The city of Alameda, Calif., has been recognized for the redevelopment of Alameda Landing located on the site of the Navy’s former Fleet Industrial Supply Center.“The Landing is a complex project that lends itself to a public-private partnership,” said Debbie Potter, the city’s community development director. Alameda partnered with master developer Catellus to redevelop the 72-acre site. Potter accepted the Phoenix Award on behalf of the city at the Brownfields 2015 conference in Chicago, an event sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the International City/County Management Association.Most of the retail space at Alameda Landing, located across the Bay from San Francisco, is now filled, and the 284 residential units are nearing completion, reported the Alameda Sun. The project’s homebuilder is TRI Pointe Homes.The final phase of the project is scheduled to begin next year. The office space originally planned for that parcel has been removed and replaced with housing. The development also will include a waterfront park and promenade.The project has encountered a variety of difficulties since it began. The city and Catellus “had to work through infrastructure challenges, regulatory challenges, and financing challenges,” said Potter. “Virtually every aspect has required special attention, from soil conditions to retail makeup to the strength of the pier structure along the waterfront,” she said.In 2009, a fire destroyed the vacant supply center, requiring several million dollars in demolition and cleanup costs. The recession also forced changes in the project, and resulted in the share of the project devoted to office space being curtailed and the addition of up to 300 residences, according to the story.last_img read more

first_img“If I vote in the 2018 Democratic primary, can I then vote in any possible primary run-off elections for Republicans?”Simply put: No, you can’t.“If there’s a runoff you can’t then cross party lines and vote in a runoff of the opposite party. You either don’t vote, or you vote in the party primary that you voted in to begin with,” says Jim Henson, with the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas.And, Henson says – based on recent polling data – it looks like there could be important primary runoffs on both sides of the aisle this year.Henson also notes having to vote in the same party in the runoff as you did in the primary may be a disincentive for Texans who want to participate in what’s known in the political science world as “strategic” voting. Which brings us to another question posed by a listener:“Is it common for voters who regularly vote in one party to switch to voting in the other party primary in order to curve results?”To tackle this question, let’s first take a step back in time – 10 years ago – to the 2008 presidential primary election season.Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh attempted to convince his listeners to take part in what he pegged as a strategic voting campaign called “Operation Chaos.”Limbaugh’s goal, says Henson, was to stir up trouble among Democrats: “Talk radio and conservative interest groups mobilized Republicans after the Obama nomination was locked to vote for Hillary Clinton in order to prolong the conflict… in order to damage the Democratic party somewhat.”Operation Chaos was not very successful.“Post-election research suggest [Republicans voting for Clinton] happened probably more than we might’ve imagined would happen under normal circumstances, but in most cases certainly not enough to affect the nomination process… or as we saw in the general election outcome,” Henson says.Elizabeth Simas, a political science professor at the University of Houston, specializes in electoral behavior and political psychology. She says these cases of “strategic” or “sophisticated” voting don’t happen much in primary elections.“Certainly, there are people who do it… but we just don’t see it happening as much as there’s potentially this fear for it to happen,” Simas says.Simas says one of the reasons people don’t vote strategically is pretty simple. “I think some of it’s that voters are habitual and it’s what they know. It’s what they do. They go to their party’s precinct – they vote in their party’s election.”Simas also says voters probably don’t want to lose out on voting for other candidates in their party’s primary, either. “Even if in the presidential primary, it’s tempting to go over and vote in the other party’s primary… there’s all those other offices too and so even though you really care about the presidential level, you maybe have lower level races where you do want to vote in your own party’s primary, and because you can’t split your ballot that way,” Simas says.So voters thinking about crossing party lines during the primaries would do well to remember that they’ll lose the chance to vote in down-ballot races in the party they’re loyal to, and will only be allowed to vote in the primary runoff elections that reflect the same party they voted in during the March 6 primary.This story is part of the Texas Decides series, in which public radio stations across the state answer your questions about the 2018 primaries, voting and more. Share Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaIn this archive image, Houston voters wait to cast their ballot at the Bering Memorial United Methodist Church, in Montrose, in the 2016 presidential election.If you’re loyal to a particular political party, have you – or a fellow Democrat or Republican – at least thought about voting in the opposing party’s primary? Maybe for a person you think would be a weaker candidate in the general election? Or maybe just to “mess” with the “other team”?center_img  Texas is one of 15 states in the U.S. that holds open primaries. This means you don’t have to declare a party affiliation until you get to the polls. This had some listeners wondering:last_img read more

first_imgBy James Wright, Special to the AFRO, jwright@afro.comThe ACLU held its 2018 Membership Conference in the District of Columbia from June 10-12 at the Marriott Marquis hotel and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and President Trump and the actions of his administration were on everyone’s mind.“This is a chance for all of us, civil libertarians from red, blue and purple states alike, to find new strength and new allies,” Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, said. “While the current administration will be remembered as one that attempted to unravel hard-won progress on every civil liberties issue, the 2016 election also ushered in a new era of activism in America.”D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a former ACLU attorney, spoke about the need to counter the Trump administrations actions. (Courtesy Photo)The ACLU was founded in 1920 and focuses on Americans’ civil liberties. According to its website, the organization “works in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”Civil liberties can be defined as the freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of expression and the right to equal treatment under the law. While most civil libertarians embrace civil rights, there have been times when the ACLU has defended the free speech of White supremacists, as did Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, as an ACLU lawyer in 1968 before the U.S. Supreme Court that she won.“I continue to value the indispensable work of the ACLU, particularly as a member of Congress,” Norton said at the opening ceremony on June 10. “Those fighting to defend civil liberties and freedom in the face of ongoing attacks continue to look to the leadership of the ACLU.”Romero said since the Trump administration came to power, its membership has jumped from 400,000 to 1.8 million.Trump’s influence on the rule of law was discussed by a panel of lawyers on June 11 and the consensus was that the president had a cavalier attitude toward complying with rules and regulations.“No one is above the law,” Joyce Vance, a visiting legal scholar at the University of Alabama, said. “That includes the president of the United States.” Trump has floated the idea of pardoning himself should he be charged with a federal crime.There were workshops on a wide variety of civil liberties topics. One dealt with the restoration of voting rights for felons and Julie Ebenstein, the senior staff attorney for the Voting Rights Project, said Blacks are the population most affected by this disenfranchisement.“There are 6.1 million felons who cannot vote because of their conviction and the overwhelmingly majority of those are Black,” Ebenstein said. “States still have the right to disenfranchise a citizen based on their criminal record. The primary purpose of these methods is to stop African Americans from voting.”There were workshops on the Trump administration’s hostile attitude toward the media, its nonchalant stance on the re-segregation of public schools, and proactive measures such as effective lobbying of lawmakers on the state and federal levels. However, in his closing address, Romero made it clear what must be done to reverse Trumpism.“We need everyone to go to the polls in November and vote,” he said. “That is what will make a difference.”last_img read more