AB de Villiers denies he tried to force his way into South Africa’s World Cup squadAB de Villiers said he did no make any demands as the former South Africa batsman opened up on the reports of his comeback offer to play for his national side in the World Cup 2019.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 18:07 IST Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers had announced retirement from in 2018. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAB de Villiers broke his silence on allegations that he offered to comeback for World Cup 2019de Villiers has issued a statement to bring out the story on his partThe former South Africa batsman said he had made no demandsFormer South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has, at last, broken his silence on the allegations that he had offered to comeback from retirement to play for the Proteas in the World Cup 2019.De Villiers has put out a detailed statement on his official Twitter account where the wicketkeeper-batsman has claimed that he ‘did not try to force ‘ his way into the World Cup and he had offered himself only ‘if required’.Earlier, reports had surfaced in media that AB de Villiers had expressed his desire to return to international team just 24 hours ahead of South Africa’s World Cup squad announcement.Reportedly, de Villiers approached Faf du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson expressing his desire to feature in the squad for the quadrennial tournament in England but the skipper other important members of management had informed de Villers that such a move was not possible.Following is the statement de Villiers issued on Twitter.”Now the Proteas’ World Cup campaign is over, and the team cannot be distracted, I would like to respond to unjustified criticism of me during the tournament””I continue to be asked to comment on the disclosure, and distortion, of a private conversation that took place just before the squad was announced and, for the benefit of anyone who may have felt let down, would like to explain what happened.pic.twitter.com/ahCQBPEo2XAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 12, 2019″First, I announced my retirement from international cricket in May 2018 because I wanted to reduce my workload and spend more time with my wife and young sons. Some have insisted I was motivated purely by money. They are wrong. In truth, I have turned down many lucrative offers to play around the world, and have cut the time spent away from home each year from eight months to just over three months.advertisement”During the weeks and months that followed, there was no formal contact between Cricket South Africa or the Proteas and me. I didn’t call them, and they didn’t call me. I had made my decision and the Proteas moved on, enjoying success under the expert guidance of coach Ottis Gibson and the outstanding captaincy of Faf du Plessis. Faf and I have been friends since we were at school together and, two days before the World Cup squad was announced, I contacted him for a chat.”I had been in decent form during the Indian Premier League and casually repeated what I had said when asked a year earlier, that I was available if required… but only if required. I made absolutely no demands at all.”I certainly did not try to force my way into the World Cup squad on the eve of the tournament, and did not expect to be included. There was no burning issue from my side, and no sense of injustice.”Then, out of the blue, on the evening after the Proteas lost to India, suffering a third successive World Cup defeat, elements of our private conversation were disclosed to the media, and distorted to cast me in the worst possible light.””The story was not leaked by me, or anybody associated with me, or by Faf. Maybe someone wanted to deflect criticism. I don’t know.”As a result, I was unfairly described as arrogant, selfish and indecisive but, with all humility, my conscience is clear. I retired for honest reasons and, when asked if I could be available for the World Cup, agreed to keep the door open.”In the event, understandably, the team moved on. No problem. I am not angry with anybody. Now, at this stage of my life, I would like to continue spending time with my family and to play in selected T20 tournaments in SA and around the world.”I have been massively proud to have played for, and indeed captain, my country on the cricket field. My relationships with the Proteas players remain as strong as ever, and I will always be available to support and assist the next generation.”Lastly, in stating my side of this unpleasant and unnecessary saga, I want to stress my continuing support for the team and the game that has shaped my life and provided me with so many lasting friendships and incredible opportunities.”Also Read | AB de Villiers called me before World Cup selection but it was too late: Faf du PlessisAlso Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansongAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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l’équilibre nécessaire entre le nombre d’enseignants diplômés chaque année et les demandes d’embauche des conseils scolaires; le lien établi entre certaines universités de la Nouvelle-Écosse et des établissements à l’extérieur de la province pour la formation des enseignants; le programme d’études du baccalauréat en éducation et l’équilibre entre les aspects pratiques et théoriques; le temps nécessaire pour compléter le programme de baccalauréat en éducation. Un comité formé de trois personnes a présenté son rapport sur la formation des enseignants en Nouvelle-Écosse à Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation, aujourd’hui 16 janvier. Le rapport sur l’évaluation de la formation des enseignants en Nouvelle-Écosse présente 19 recommandations et a été rédigé après des semaines de consultations à grande échelle avec des éducateurs, des parents, des élèves, des membres des conseils scolaires, le Syndicat des enseignants de la Nouvelle-Écosse, les universités et des représentants du gouvernement. Mme Casey a nommé les membres du comité en juin et leur a demandé de déterminer si les pratiques actuelles répondaient aux besoins des conseils scolaires, des enseignants actuels et potentiels et des communautés scolaires. « La fondation d’un système d’éducation au rendement supérieur est un groupe d’enseignants bien formés et bien préparés, » a dit Mme Casey. Avant de répondre au rapport, Mme Casey a demandé au public de partager ses commentaires sur le rapport et sur les recommandations. Une date limite a été fixée au 13 février pour la soumission des commentaires. Mme Casey prévoit répondre au rapport après avoir examiné les recommandations et les commentaires du public. Les membres du comité sont : Daniel O’Brien, ancien président et vice-chancelier de l’Université St. Thomas, à Fredericton; Myra Freeman, enseignante à la retraite et ancienne lieutenante-gouverneure de la Nouvelle-Écosse; et Bill Whelan, ancien surintendant de l’éducation pour quatre conseils scolaire du Canada atlantique. « Notre objectif était d’évaluer un système de formation des enseignants relativement bon et de suggérer des façons de l’améliorer, » a dit M. O’Brien. « Nous avons recommandé des ajustements au système afin de s’assurer que l’offre de diplômés de qualité supérieure en éducation continue de répondre à la demande des élèves et des conseils scolaires, à l’heure actuelle et dans le futur. » Le mandat du comité incluait l’examen des aspects suivants : En Nouvelle-Écosse, la plupart des enseignants potentiels obtiennent un diplôme de premier cycle avant de présenter une demande à l’un des quatre établissements qui offrent un programme approuvé de baccalauréat en éducation. Le rapport Shapiro de 1994 a établi le système. Les quatre programmes approuvés de deux ans sont offerts à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent, à l’Université Acadia, à l’Université St. Francis Xavier et à l’Université Sainte-Anne. Deux autres universités offrent des programmes non approuvés de formation des enseignants. L’Université Cape Breton a une entente avec l’Université Memorial de Terre-Neuve, tandis que l’Université Saint Mary’s est liée à la University of Maine. Une évaluation effectuée après le rapport Shapiro en 2000 a présenté 32 recommandations pour améliorer davantage la formation des enseignants. Le rapport peut être consulté sur le site Web du ministère de l’Éducation au www.ednet.ns.ca. Toute personne intéressée peut partager ses commentaires sur le rapport par courriel au email@example.com, par télécopieur au 902-424-0519 ou par la poste en écrivant au ministère de l’Éducation, Direction des politiques, C. P. 578, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2S9.
A weather system tracking towards Nova Scotia will bring heavy rain and high winds starting tonight, Nov. 4, and throughout the weekend. Major storms that bring these conditions could cause localized flooding and possible disruptions in some services that people often take for granted. Nova Scotians are advised to take precautions. “Before any major storm, we all need to think about what steps we can take to make our families as safe and comfortable as possible,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister for Emergency Management. “Take a minute today to check your emergency kit to see if needs to be restocked. We need to be ready for constantly changing weather conditions in Nova Scotia.” Environment Canada is forecasting a weather system that could deliver as much as 150 millimetres of accumulated rain in some areas, spread over a three-day period. Western Nova Scotia is expected to experience the heaviest rainfall. Wind gusts of 70 to 90 kilometres an hour could accompany the rain at times. Temperatures will be moderate. Wind and rainfall warnings have been issued. The Emergency Management Office is asking Nova Scotians to closely monitor forecasts and to use caution. Water build-up on roads, potential flooding in some areas, and higher than usual coastal waters are possible. Clear drains and gutters as much as possible and avoid coastal areas that are known hazards. Motorists are advised to use caution and to adjust speed in heavy rain, where hydroplaning or flooding may occur. All Nova Scotians should have emergency kits stocked and ready to go before severe weather and other emergencies strike. For more information on how to prepare, as well as a list of recommended emergency supplies visit www.gov.ns.ca/emo .
OTTAWA – The federal government says it has reached a self-governance agreement with 23 Ontario First Nations, the largest such deal of its kind in Canada.The agreement with Anishinabek Nation First Nations, the culmination of more than 20 years of negotiations, grants communities greater control over education on reserve from junior kindergarten to Grade 12.It also allows First Nations to more administrative control of funding for post-secondary education.The deal shows the federal government’s commitment to advancing self-determination for First Nations and sets the stage to inspire change in other communities, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Wednesday following the announcement in Chippewas of Rama First Nation.“The evidence is clear: First Nations-led and First Nations-governed education systems, which ensure culturally appropriate and quality education, achieve better results for First Nation students,” Bennett said in a statement.First Nation communities have long sought the authority to educate their own children, said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee.“I am pleased that the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement is finalized,” he said. “This will provide the foundation of strength, hope, pride, and academic excellence for our children for generations to come.”Ottawa said the agreement also allows additional Anishinabek Nation First Nations and other communities in the province to sign on to the deal in the future.It said the next step will be to craft and pass federal legislation to give the agreement the force of law, noting the parties will have to agree on a date for the final agreement to come into effect.A complementary education agreement was also announced Wednesday with Ontario designed to outline the partnership between the new Anishinabek Education System and the provincially funded education system.“This agreement, rooted in a deep commitment to meaningful reconciliation, is the first of its kind in Ontario,” said Indigenous Relations Minister David Zimmer.The agreement, however, remains conditional upon the official signing of the education self-government agreement between the federal government and participating First Nations, Ontario said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
Christopher Walken is speaking up for urban wildlife in a new video for The Humane Society of the United States.Video: Christopher Walken Speaks Up for WildlifeWhen coyotes, raccoons, or other urban wildlife get too close to our communities they are often perceived as nuisances. Instead of killing urban wildlife, HSUS hopes people will consider more humane and effective alternatives. They have a very useful tool on their website that can let people choose which urban animal is causing them issues before leading them to a page with humane solutions.
He pointed out when the people move away from religion, their values and humanity diminish and as a result, the society move towards decadence.“When seeking for solutions for religious, social and political issues, the guidance from religions is important,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena is to convene an all party and religious leaders summit to discuss matters related to the Constitution.Meanwhile. speaking at the 14th annual summit of World’s Young Buddhist Sangha Sabha, held today the President said unity, brotherhood and cooperation can be built in human society by creating a religious environment in the country.
The CBC show that gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance at fame and success is coming to St. Catharines.The production team for Dragon’s Den is scouting for season six of the series. There will be open auditions on Friday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce, 1 St. Paul St, Unit 14.The show gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of wealthy Canadian moguls for the chance to earn real cash and investment.No experience is necessary to audition, just the ability to pitch your business is less than five minutes. This year, entrepreneurs with eco-friendly businesses, inventions or ideas could qualify for the $100,000 Greenvention prize from Sun Chips.To audition, visit the show’s website to get an application, then bring a completed application form to the auditions.Dragon’s Den airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBC Television.
A taxi driver has spoken of the heroic bravery exhibited by one of his passengers during the London terror attack.Aksha Patel told Sky News of how a woman, who was part of a couple in his cab, used her own body to barricade a the door of the Black and Blue restaurant in order to stop a terrorist entering.While she did this for “a few seconds”, people in the restaurant managed to escape out of the rear entrance.The door gave in, and she escaped safely from the terrorist.He said: “‘There was two passengers, they came out of the Black and Blue restaurant. “How they described it to me was they were preventing the guys from getting into the restaurant.”She knew they were bad people trying to break in.”She managed to hold the door for a few seconds but they overpowered her.”People managed to escape through the rear door so she saved maybe 20 peoples lives”.Another taxi driver has described how he tried to knock down three suspected terrorists during the London attack.The unnamed man said he saw the men armed with 12-inch hunting knives, stabbing people “randomly”.”I thought, ‘I’m gonna try and hit him, I’m gonna try and knock him down’,” the man told LBC. “I spun the cab round, I was about to ram one of them, but he side-stepped and three police officers came running towards them with their batons drawn. “I was shouting at everybody, just get away from the area, stay back, just run the other way. There were a good few hundred people out there.”He’s veered across the road towards the right hand of where Southwark Cathedral is and rammed it where the steps are.”He just rammed it towards them, wedged it in between the lamppost and the steps and so he’s hit people there.”They’ve jumped out of the van and started stabbing people randomly. There was a scattering of peopleLondon Bridge and Borough Market have been hit by two coordinated attacks south of the River Thames. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners on Twitter to “run, hide, tell” if they were caught up in the violence.Six people have been killed and almost 50 people injured in the “rampage” in central London, the third terrorist attack to hit the UK in less than three months. 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.
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APPROXIMATELY 300,000 REFUGEES have crossed the border from Syria into Jordan, with more than 10,000 having fled there in the last week alone.One of the groups on the ground is the Red Cross. Secretary General of the Irish Red Cross Donal Forde has recently returned from the Zaatri Refugee Camp on Jordan’s border with Syria, and is stressing the need for continued support for families forced from their homes and country by the ongoing conflict in Syria.The Cyber City Transit Camp for Syrian Refugees in Jordan is home to thousands of refugees. One woman, Ms Saeydi, told the Red Cross her story. She said that after witnessing the death of her close neighbour and seeing her community attacked, she felt it was unsafe to stay in Syria.A heavily pregnant Saeydi brought her children over the border into Jordan, and is pictured in the slideshow below with her son, Abdullah (now 4 months old), who was born in a refugee camp near Mafraq, where the family now live.RefugeesAlong with other humanitarian agencies, Red Cross Red Crescent teams are actively responding to the constant flow of refugees entering the country.Donal Forde explained to TheJournal.ie that there are 2 – 3 million people displaced from Syria, while 1 million have left the country and are being housed in refugee camps or in communities.Typically people have arrived in Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan, with Jordan – which has a population similar to Ireland – seeing about 300,000 people having crossed over. “It’s a poor country so it’s trying to cope with that,” said Forde. In many cases [Syrians] are coming incomplete as a family; members have been shot or killed, husbands are on the run. You get mothers coming across with big families.The Irish Red Cross does not have a team on the ground, but members visited the Jordan camp from Ireland to see how resources can be best used. The Jordan camps hold around 80,000 people and the rest are being looked after in local communities. “It’s putting quite a strain on every public service,” said Forde. “They are organising as best they can but generally they are being overwhelmed.”With around 2,000 people crossing the border from Syria every night, and no end in sight to the current conflict, the strain on resources is only going to grow larger.When you go the places like this, your sense is the immediate need of food and shelter. The bit that strikes you is everyone you talk to has a very harrowing story to tell. The despair they feel sitting here… there is no sense of how they get reconnected with home, or relatives missing. There is no sense of how long this is going to continue.“For now, those that is the most striking aspect of any engagement with people over there,” said Forde. “The awful sense of hopelessness, despair, uncertainty.”Pressing issues include medical facilities, connecting people there with people back in Syria, helping those in the community, and counselling.People can donate to the Red Cross via the Irish Red Cross website. “We are very grateful to those who have supported us thus far,” said Forde.
The Wii may be nearing the end of its life with the Wii U on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean new uses aren’t being found for the motion technology Nintendo surprised us with 6 years ago. Researcher at the Seoul National University College of Medicine have found it is possible to diagnose ocular torticollis using two Wii Remotes. Torticollis occurs when head posture is affected and may tilt to one side. There are a number of causes, one of which is vision problems such as cranial nerve palsy which changes the diagnosis to ocular torticollis. Spotting this early, especially in infants, can see them respond very well to physical therapy.The discovery that Nintendo’s controllers can help diagnose the cause is important due to the costs involved. Typically doctors rely on a cervical range of motion device (CROM) for diagnosis, but they cost upwards of $375. Alternatively, two Wii Remotes cost no more than $70.The experiments carried out at the university involved attaching the Wii Remotes to a frame pointed at the patient and connected to a computer via Bluetooth. The patient then has several infrared LEDs placed on their head and motion checks are performed. The results of this experimental setup were comparable to that of a CROM device in terms of both accuracy and reliability. Therefore, it could replace CROM devices for quick and cheap testing of ocular torticollis. More importantly, it could allow for such testing at locations where a CROM device is too expensive to consider.Read more at Medgadget
Have you ever wondered what information is hiding in your genes? Until recently it was unlikely you’d ever have the opportunity to find out, but now there are a few companies that will scan through your DNA for various traits as long as you’ve got a few hundred dollars to blow. Now one of these businesses, 23andMe, has dropped the price of its genetic testing kit to just $99 from the original $299 price.That $99 gets you one “DNA Spit Kit” which should tell you almost everything you need to know about the process. The kit will arrive, and you just have to enter its unique ID number on the 23andMe website so you can create an account. Then, you start spitting. Well, into the provided collector. A few millileters of saliva is all it takes. Next, you send the sample off to 23andMe, and play the waiting game.In about 2-3 weeks your account will be updated with your personal genetic profile. It’s important to realize that you’re not getting a full genetic sequence. This isn’t the kind of data you can take in to the doctor and receive real medical advice. 23andMe is offering more of a survey of notable alleles, or gene forms. Although, the company is using industry standard genetic testing techniques.23andMe will offer you information about disease risk, likely ancestry, and disease carrier status. Some of this is not dissimilar to what a professional genetic counselor would tell you, but 23andMe costs quite a lot less. The health information is broken down by section, so you don’t have to look at the scary disease risk section if you don’t want to. It’s an understandable system — maybe you just don’t want to know. The sale is probably only good through the holidays, so make your decision.via 23andMe
Hystérographie : définition, comment cela se passe, et y a-t-il des risques ?L’hystérographie se définit comme une radiographie de l’utérus et des trompes de Fallope. Cet examen d’imagerie médicale est généralement préconisé dans le cadre d’un bilan de fertilité, mais pas seulement…Qu’est-ce que l’hystérographie ?Généralement associée à une échographie pelvienne, l’hystérographie nécessite l’injection dans la cavité utérine et dans les trompes d’une substance de contraste (iode) dont la principale propriété est d’être opaque aux rayons X (radio-opaque). La réalisation de plusieurs clichés apporte au radiologue ou au gynécologue des informations précieuses sur l’éventuelle présence d’anomalies. Dans la plupart des cas, l’hystérographie est préconisée dans le cadre exploratoire des infertilités, car elle permet, entre autres, de contrôler la perméabilité de la cavité utérine et des trompes de Fallope. Ainsi, le fait que le produit de contraste ne passe pas des trompes jusqu’à la cavité péritonéale révèle généralement une obstruction tubaire, responsable de près de 35 % des infertilités féminines.Comment se déroule une hystérographie ?Dans la majorité des cas, l’examen radiographique est réalisé au terme des menstruations et avant l’ovulation (phase folliculaire). La patiente est prise en charge par le radiologue ou le gynécologue. Elle est installée en position gynécologique. Le praticien introduit alors un spéculum afin de bien visualiser le col utérin et d’injecter correctement le liquide de contraste dont il suivra la progression par fluoroscopie. Il réalise alors différents clichés : opacification complète de l’utérus et des trompes, passage du produit de contraste dans la cavité péritonéale… À chaque prise de vue, la patiente doit bloquer sa respiration. Il faut compter une vingtaine de minutes environ. Au terme de l’examen, il est conseillé aux patientes de porter une protection hygiénique, car le produit de contraste sera évacué progressivement.Hystérographie : quels sont les risques et contre-indications ?À lire aussiACC (anticoagulants circulants) : définition, rôle, comment analyser les résultats ?Comme tous les examens utilisant les rayons X, la grossesse constitue une contre-indication. C’est la raison pour laquelle un test de grossesse est parfois réalisé préalablement en cas de doute. Par ailleurs, la présence d’une infection pelvienne ou urinaire représente également un obstacle majeur à la réalisation d’une hystérographie. En outre, l’injection d’un produit de contraste dans la cavité utérine et les trompes peut entraîner quelques douleurs pelviennes et légers saignements post-examen. Ces complications doivent disparaître au bout de quelques jours. Si elles persistent ou sont associées à de la fièvre, il convient de consulter son médecin rapidement. Plus rarement, une infection tubaire peut se réactiver, ou une allergie au produit iodé peut survenir. Le risque de perforation d’une trompe, lui, est exceptionnel (1 %). Il est susceptible de se produire uniquement en cas de désobstruction tubaire par cathétérisme.Le 3 avril 2017 à 15:52 • Maxime Lambert
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLA JOLLA (KUSI) – Students at the UC San Diego School of Medicine will participate in Match Day today to find out where they will spend their next three to seven years in residency.During Match Day, medical students around the country simultaneously open envelopes to determine their residency location. According to UCSD, fourth-year medical students spend months preparing for Match Day by completing applications and interviews and visiting myriad hospitals and medical facilities around the country.The students are matched with a residency location via computer algorithm, which also takes the location’s list of preferred students into account.“There are students who have gone through medical school with newborn babies, others whose spouses were deployed overseas,” said Dr. Carolyn Kelly, a professor of medicine at UCSD. “It is an honor and true delight to watch the students find their match and celebrate with their classmates, families and all of us within the medical field who have watched them grow as individuals and the next generation of doctors.”A total of 117 School of Medicine graduates, including former soccer player and two-time Olympian Rachel Buehler Van Hollebeke, will find out their matches today at 8 a.m. Posted: March 15, 2019 March 15, 2019 UCSD Medical students participate in Match Day to find out future residency KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The American Soybean Association was one of 34 agricultural organizations to sign a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of maintaining and making permanent the Section 179 expensing at the $500,000 level. The letter calls on Congress to restore the maximum amount of expensing under Section 179 to $500,000 as it was previously set for 2014. The letter states, “We are concerned that the failure to make permanent Section 179 expensing will place additional burdens on farm and ranch families who are asset-rich and cashpoor and already face an unpredictable tax code that encourages the breakup of multigenerational farm and ranch operations.”The House is expected to pass a bill this week making the $500,000 Section 179 expensing level permanent, rather than a temporary provision that requires annual extension. The House passed a similar bill in 2014, but the provision was ultimately only extended for 2014. A similar outcome is more likely this year. The Senate indicated its desire to address comprehensive tax reform instead of piece-meal bills relating to tax provisions. However, the prospects for comprehensive tax reform are limited given the differences between Congress and the White House.
Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam. Reuters file photoA groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said.Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old associate judge of New York’s highest court, was found floating off Manhattan’s west side at about 1:45 p.m. EDT (1545 GMT), a police spokesman said.Police pulled Abdus-Salaam’s fully clothed body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family identified her and an autopsy would determine the cause of death, the spokesman said.Abdus-Salaam, a native of Washington, DC, became the first African-American woman appointed to the Court of Appeals when Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo named her to the state’s high court in 2013.“Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam was a trailblazing jurist whose life in public service was in pursuit of a more fair and more just New York for all,” Cuomo said in a statement.The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History said Abdus-Salaam was the first female Muslim to serve as a US judge.Citing unidentified sources, the New York Post reported that Abdus-Salaam had been reported missing from her New York home earlier on Wednesday. Attempts to reach her family were unsuccessful.A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School, Abdus-Salaam started her law career with East Brooklyn Legal Services and served as a New York state assistant attorney general, according to the Court of Appeals website.She held a series of judicial posts after being elected to a New York City judgeship in 1991.
Human exposure to nature is linked to safer communities with better social and community interactions, says a new study.Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of contact with nature for human well-being. However, little is known about the social consequences of such contact.An international, interdisciplinary team used nationally representative data from Britain to examine the relationships between objective measures and self-reported assessments of contact with nature, community cohesion and local crime incidence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The authors found that people’s experiences of local nature could explain eight percent variance in survey responses about perceptions of community cohesion.They said this was “a striking finding given that individual predictors such as income, gender, age, and education together accounted for only three percent” of the variance.The relationship with crime was similarly striking. According to the study results, objective measures of the amount of green space or farmland accessible in people’s neighbourhoods accounted for four percent additional variance in crime rates.”The positive impact of local nature on neighbours’ mutual support may discourage crime, even in areas lower in socio-economic factors,” said lead author Netta Weinstein from Cardiff University.The authors suggested that findings such as theirs could justify policies aimed at ameliorating crime by improving contact with nature. The findings were published in the journal BioScience.
Kolkata: The app-cab aggregators will have to come up with suitable solutions to address surcharge of fares and other issues during January 10 meeting which will be attended by the state government representatives.This was made clear by Madan Mitra, president of West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild (WBOCOG) during a meeting held on Saturday. “The app-cab operators may have their own grievances but it is a fact that they are taking upper hand and harassing passengers by charging random fares for the same distance covered during trips. If there is no solution on January 10, the WBOCOG will request the state government to come up with an online cab corporation to regulate fares of the app-based cabs,” he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been learnt that state government representatives will be present in the meeting to listen to the demands of the operators. It may be mentioned here that app-cab aggregators under the WBOCOG has been demanding intervention of the state government for quite sometime after some drivers were suspended. The app-cab union had called a 72-hour strike on December 24 but it did not take place following the intervention of Mitra who had urged them not to disrupt services as it would have an adverse effect on the commuters. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA meeting was held on Saturday by the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild in this regard. The app-cab operators have decided to ply their vehicles with black badges and flags on them for the next three days. The guild is also eager to discuss with the government a series of issues including the fare and the deduction of the commission during the next meeting. There were instances of rampage in the city by the aggregators on December 27 resulting in outright hooliganism and leading to the arrest of as many as 14 people from Kasba and Lake Town areas respectively for trying to stop app-cabs from plying on the road.
Go back to the e-newsletterSpicers Retreats is proud to announce the acquisition of Peppers Guest House, a boutique property situated in the Hunter Valley, to its expanding portfolio. The property, which is now the largest in the Spicers Retreats portfolio, opened 18 January as The Guest House.The Guest House is Spicers Retreats fourth property in New South Wales, joining Spicers Sangoma Retreat in the Blue Mountains, Spicers Vineyards Estate, also in the Hunter Valley, and Spicers Victoria Court which is currently being redeveloped and will open in 2017.Founder of Spicers Retreats, Mrs Jude Turner comments: “We are delighted to expand our offerings in New South Wales and the majestic Hunter Valley. The Guest House will make the perfect sibling to Spicers Vineyards Estate and has all the right characteristics and potential to undergo a Spicers transformation to embody our unique brand of relaxed luxury.”David Assef, Managing Director of Spicers Retreats comments: “The Guest House and Spicers Vineyards Estate will echo the symbiotic relationship between Spicers Clovelly Estate and Spicers Tamarind Retreat on the Sunshine Coast. The experience offered in The Hunter Valley, Australia’s oldest wine region, is truly world class. With 48 rooms, a six bedroom cottage, three unique conference and event spaces including the perfect set up for weddings, an on-site restaurant, and a swimming pool and tennis court, all set on 40 acres, we will be able to offer the Spicers Retreats experience to even more guests.”Spicers’ unique brand of luxury goes far beyond the bricks and mortar with each and every Spicers team member taking the time to get to know guests and learn their preferences giving them a very personal experience, an ethos which will be continued at The Guest House.” Mr Assef continues, “At Spicers Retreats we pride ourselves on effortless service which is why we have appointed Ryan Dillon, former Front Office Manager of Qualia Resort as General Manager of The Guest House.”“Ryan Dillon brings a wealth of experience and expertise in managing five star properties and his understanding of our brand and commitment to giving guests a truly memorable experience makes him the perfect fit for The Guest House. He will be joined by Chef Brett Hobson, who will transform the restaurant Chez Pok, with his authentic, seasonal and creative style of Italian food.”Since acquiring the property in 2016, Spicers Retreats has commenced soft internal refurbishments as well as work to the exterior and grounds in order to start the property’s physical transformation, which will involve additional renovations further down the track.Go back to the e-newsletter
FILE – In this Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo, people wait for this first “Saturday Night Live Arabia,” show to start in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian official says authorities have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show Saturday Night Live for allegedly using “sexual expressions.” Ahmed Salim of the Supreme Media regulations Council told The Associated Press Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 that an investigation of the show’s content showed that SNL Arabia has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations and that the show’s entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria.”(AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File ) Egypt orders ban on SNL Arabia over ‘sexual expressions’ by Samy Magdy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2018 7:17 am PDT Last Updated Feb 13, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CAIRO – Authorities in Egypt have ordered a ban on airing the Arabic version of the hit U.S. satirical show Saturday Night Live for allegedly using “sexual expressions,” an official said Tuesday.An investigation of the show’s content by the Supreme Media Regulatory Council showed that SNL Arabia has consistently used inappropriate “sexual phrases and insinuations that should not be presented to viewers,” Ahmed Salim of the council told The Associated Press. The show’s entire content “violates ethical and professional criteria,” he said.SNL Arabia was first aired in Egypt two years ago. It follows an identical format to its U.S. namesake, featuring celebrity guests, comedy sketches, musical performances, videos and parody news. It has stayed well away from politics.The show is produced by the United Arab Emirates’ pay-tv network OSN and has been aired most recently by Egypt’s ON ENT. The station’s chief, Mustafa el-Saqa, told the AP they have stopped airing the show’s promos since the ban was announced late Sunday. He did not say whether Saturday’s episode would be aired or not.“We are now negotiating with the Supreme Council in an effort to continue to air the program,” he said. “I hope they understand that we are airing the program late at night and flag it for an audience that is 18 or older,” he said.Repeated telephone calls to the producers of SNL Arabia went unanswered.Two comedians from Egypt’s hit satirical show al-bernameg — Shady Alfons and Khaled Mansour — star in the Arabic SNL.The al-Bernameg, modeled after the U.S.’s “Daily Show,” was hosted by popular heart surgeon-turned-satirist Bassem Youssef. It was taken off the air in June 2014, the month when Egypt’s general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi took office. Youssef now lives in exile in the United States.As defence minister, el-Sissi led the military’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi and went on to oversee the biggest crackdown on dissent in Egypt’s modern history, jailing thousands of Islamists before broadening the crackdown on dissent to include secular activists. He has also silenced most critics in the media and rolled back most of the freedoms won as a result of a 2011 popular uprising that toppled the regime of autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak.