Indian grad students take to streets over miserable pay

first_imgBANGALORE, INDIA—Indian postgraduate students have taken to the streets nationwide by the thousands over the past week to protest overdue hikes to government stipends. Unless demands are met soon, protest leaders promise to take more drastic action, such as a attempting a countrywide lab shutdown.The protests began on 16 February, when Sivaranjan Uppala, a 29-year-old Ph.D. biomolecular imaging student at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali, began a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, an ancient astronomical observatory near New Delhi. Uppala was subsequently joined by masses of students from premier research institutions across the country—including the Indian Institutes of Technology; the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; Jawaharlal Nehru University; and the Defence Research and Development Organisation—who marched, performed street plays, and boycotted labs. Then on 20 February, 200 students gathered outside India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in New Delhi. Several were arrested before human resources minister Smriti Irani pledged to take action on the stipends. 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After 5 years, the stipend is slashed to $80 a month, forcing any students who have not yet earned their degrees to rely on supervisors’ grants. It’s hard to make ends meet with such paltry support, says Kush Tripathi, a Ph.D. student studying biomedical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, who is coordinating the protests on social media.Last October, India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) announced that it would increase stipends by about 55% for Ph.D. scholars, as well as postdoctoral scholars under its grants. The University Grants Commission, which also supports grad students, announced a similar hike last December, and MHRD followed suit last week.What sparked the protests was the difference in implementation dates of the stipend hikes. “It means that in the same laboratory, if some students are DST fellows and some are MHRD fellows, some will get the hike later than others. We don’t want such divisions,” says Anindita Brahma, the general secretary of the student council at the Indian Institute of Science here. Moreover, protest leaders say, MHRD’s notification seems to have scrapped senior research fellowships—the bump up in pay students receive after 2 years of Ph.D. studies.Irani has reportedly asked for a week to get back to the students about their demands, which include making the stipend raise effective from April 2014 and giving students back pay.last_img read more

Buying a used Royal Enfield Continental GT

first_imgBrakes Disc (Front & rear) | Instrumentation Analogue/Digital  | Wheels Alloys | Fuel tank 13.5 L | Engine 535cc | Power 29.1bhp | Torque 44Nm | Price when new Rs 2.05 lakh (Ex-Delhi)The Continental GT was a mammoth project for Royal Enfield. After decades, the company had actually launched a new motorcycle. It sports a twin downtube chassis and is loaded with goodies like Paioli twin gas charged shocks at the back and large 41mm telescopic forks up front. Even the brakes are top class Brembo discs mounted both up front and back.Mirrors: The bar end mirrors come as an option.Adding to it is the 535cc engine which though a bored out unit of the older 500cc was more powerful and offered more torque as well. Needless to say, the Continental GT sports looks to die for. The bike is available in a single seat format with a twin seat available as an option. The brilliant bar end mirrors (seen here) are also on the option list.Originally available in either red or yellow, a third colour, black, was recently added. The icing on the cake is the tyre package from Pirelli, which do a good job of gripping the tarmac. So overall the GT has proved to be quite an eye-catching machine.Engine: The 535cc engine is vibey near the redline rev rangeOn the downside, the Continental GT does have its little niggles. First, the engine feels vibey once past 90kmph and the vibrations are pretty prominent. As a result people have complained of various bolts like on the exhaust brackets working loose. Frequent care is required. The engine also has displayed a tendency to leak oil and this is a common thing.advertisementBrakes: The Brembo brakes and Paioli shocks do a great job. Not to forget top-spec Pirelli tyres The other thing which is a cause of concern is the top bearing which tends to get loose. The fork oil seals also need care. Another issue comes in form of the battery losing charge. This has been reported by many owners.Last but not the least, the digital fuel gauge also is not accurate and one drops from half to empty sooner than expected.However being an Enfield it holds its value well. VerdictThe Continental GT is best described as a weekend ride. This is the best way to enjoy this bike. On a daily basis though the bike ages very fast. The age though does not show on the surface but in the mechanicals which is not such a good thing.Enjoyable though it is.last_img read more

John Mark Tokong lone Filipino in contention in Siargao International Surfing Cup

first_imgFilipino John Mark Tokong, left, and Oney Anwar of Indonesia all smiles during the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSIARGAO—Local bet John Mark Tokong emerged as the lone Filipino bet still in the running for the title as he entered the Round of 16 with a gutsy performance Monday in the 25th Siargao International Surfing Cup at the world-famous Cloud 9 here.The 23-year-old Tokong, son of a fisherman from the town of General Luna thrilled the hometown crowd as he placed second to Indonesian rival Oney Anwar in Heat 7 to advance.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “I just enjoyed it,” said the jolly Tokong, who posted 13.10 points against the 13.30 of Anwar.Earlier, Jay-r Esquivel of Urbiztondo, Pangasinan and Tokong’s teammate in the Philippine team for this year’s Southeast Asian Games, failed to recover from a shaky start to finish third in his heat won by South African’s Koby Oberholzer with 15.25 points. Jose Gundesen of Argentina finished second with 13.10 points, better than the 11.75 of Esquivel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own manThe top two performers in each heat earned tickets to the next round of the event, which is sanctioned by the World Surf League and backed up by the Philippine Sports Commission headed by Butch Ramirez and the Department of Tourism.Top favorite Skip McCullough of the United States continued his impressive shows as he advanced from Heat 5 with Tomas King. Local bet Christian Araquil finished fourth in this heat. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Next up, Tokyo: Track leaves Qatar still looking for a star MOST READ From Heat 8, Australians Cooper Davies and Thomas Cervi advanced.Argentina’s Santiago Muniz, Japan’s Jin Suzuki, Australians Callum Robson and Samson Coulter, New Zealand’s Elliot Paerate-Reed and Hawaii’s Noah Beschen also gained.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Premier League: Wayne Rooney penalty earns Everton a draw vs Liverpool in derby

first_imgWayne Rooney converted a 77th-minute penalty as Everton snatched a point in a 1-1 draw at Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in the Premier League on Sunday.Liverpool took the lead through Mohamed Salah’s league-high 13th goal of the campaign and dominated the game until Dominic Calvert-Lewin fell to the ground after being pushed in the back by Dejan Lovren.Rooney stepped up to send the penalty down the middle for his first goal in a Merseyside derby, in his second spell at Everton. It maintained Sam Allardyce’s unbeaten start as Everton manager after three games — seven months after earning a win at Anfield when in charge of Crystal Palace, Liverpool’s last home loss in any competition.????? | A gritty, disciplined performance from the lads – fantastically backed by the 2,751 Toffees at Anfield. Thanks for your support, Blues! #EFC pic.twitter.com/ce2V9eWW8s- Everton (@Everton) December 10, 2017Everton still hasn’t won at the home of its fiercest rival since 1999 but will be more than happy to take a point from a match in which it was forced to defend for large periods.Juergen Klopp saw his team stay fourth and knows his selection will come under scrutiny.The Liverpool manager took the surprise step of breaking up his “Fab Four” attack by naming Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as substitutes, instead playing Dominic Solanke as striker and bringing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain into midfield.It was part of six changes by Liverpool from the exhilarating 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League in midweek, but that didn’t initially disrupt the team’s flow going forward.advertisementEverton was on the back foot virtually from the first whistle, with the pace and trickery of Salah and Sadio Mane, in particular, causing the visitors problems.67: More great work from this man today!Mo makes way for Firmino.[1-0] pic.twitter.com/XOxflCkDtX- Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 10, 2017Salah’s goal was a mixture of strength and footwork. Receiving a pass from right back Joe Gomez, the Egypt winger shrugged off Cuca Martina, twisted inside Idrissa Gueye, and curled a left-footed shot around Ashley Williams and into the top corner.Mane squandered a two-on-one opportunity, dragging a shot disappointingly wide late in the first half, and Allardyce changed things by removing one of his two strikers — Oumar Niasse — at halftime.Liverpool still dominated, though Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford wasn’t seriously tested before Rooney’s equalizer against the run of play, following a penalty decision that will be debated long and hard around the city.Lovren did give Calvert-Lewin a slight nudge but maybe not enough to make the striker tumble over as he did. Lovren couldn’t believe it when the spot kick was given and Rooney converted it down the middle.last_img read more

Bowling with Jasprit Bumrah gives me confidence, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar

first_imgBhuvneshwar Kumar has witnessed Jasprit Bumrah evolve into a potent weapon for India and said that the Gujarat bowler has worked a lot on his action, which is paying dividends.Asked what is the secret of Bumrah’s success, Bhuvneshwar replied: “Bumrah has a different action, which creates problems for the batsmen. He has improved a lot of things with his action. He had these yorkers and slower ones earlier as well but he has improved a lot.”Bhuvneshwar said that he has confidence in Bumrah that he can bowl well at the death.”When you bowl with Bumrah, you have confidence that if you need to save runs later (at the death), if you bowl well, he will also do it with me.”Reuters PhotoIndia’s new ball pair also communicate a lot and discuss strategies.”Another good thing is that when the match begins, we talk to each other about the track, what strategy we can make. It’s of great help for both the bowlers,” he added.He also said that despite losing the second T20 by 40 runs at Rajkot, the team was not missing a specialist fifth bowler.”You cannot blame bowlers for the loss. The other team is there to play as well. We have played good cricket against Australia and even when we toured the West Indies. The three- match series are very small and if you lose the first game and then tie it 1-1, you have to play a decider,” he said”As far as a fifth bowler is concerned, we have Hardik Pandya and others bowl part-time. We haven’t missed an extra specialist bowler so far. If your main bowlers do not take a wicket or go for runs, then you miss a bowler. But we think a lot about team combination.”advertisementColin Munro, T20 century #2 #indvnz pic.twitter.com/wHvCcaP0jP- BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 4, 2017Asked who was the most difficult New Zealand batsman to bowl to, Kumar said Colin Munro had done particularly well but there were other quality batsmen too.”Munro has troubled us but others as well. Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill are good batsmen as well. We can’t really pin-point one batsman when the team is playing really well.”Both series have come to the decider so Munro is the dangerous batsman but the whole team is a good one,” he said.He also said his batting in limited-overs games had improved a lot because of tips from batting coach Sanjay Bangar.”I have batted well in Tests and always wanted to do well in ODIs too. The knock in Sri Lanka and the partnership with MS (Dhoni) gave me a lot of confidence. I bat according to the situation. A lot of credit for this must go to (Sanjay) Bangar,” he said.He said all the players were available for selection for tomorrow’s game and added that there were no injury worries.Asked if the team was worried about Dhoni’s struggles, he replied: “No one has any doubt about him. He is a legend and he knows what he is doing.”last_img read more

MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in Adelaide

first_img Rajarshi Gupta AdelaideJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 18:56 IST MS Dhoni’s knock was one for the ages as he rolled back the clock and finished yet another ODI match for India (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni scored 55 not out while Dinesh Karthik scored 25 not out as India beat Australia by 6 wickets in the 2nd ODIDhoni and Karthik shared a crucial 57-run stand off 5.4 overs as India chased down 299The three-match series is now level 1-1. Australia had won the Sydney ODIBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Full ScorecardDinesh Karthik heaped rich praise on MS Dhoni after the pair added 57 runs in a little over five overs to set up India’s successful chase of 299 in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday. Karthik blasted 25 not out off 14 balls while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55 off 54 balls to guide India to a six-wicket victory.Virat Kohli had really laid the foundation for the win with his 39th ODI hundred. He had shared valuable partnerships with Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu before getting involved in an 82-run stand with MS Dhoni.Once Kohli was dismissed for a 112-ball 104, the onus was on Dhoni, who had scored the second slowest fifty of his ODI career on Saturday. He was under the scanner especially after a poor 2018 where he scored only 275 runs off 20 ODIs. Coming into the second match in Adelaide, the talk revolved around Dhoni’s dwindling ability to finish matches.But faced with a steep chase Tuesday evening, Dhoni found his mojo and hit two sixes in the course of an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls to show he still had it in him.MS Dhoni Six vs Australia. #Dhoni #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/X2E4IH8yYlBest Of MS Dhoni (@MissYouMSDhoni) January 15, 2019Dinesh Karthik, who added 57 off 5.4 overs with Dhoni, said he was not surprised with his senior’s efforts.”It was a pretty tight finish,” Karthik said. “They were bowling some good areas and we absorbed pressure well.advertisement”Credit to Virat and Dhoni, the way they played. We got a good start as well so it’s the sort of win that will give the team a lot of confidence, chasing 300.”(Dhoni) has been doing it for years now and the fact he can stay calm, the fact he can absorb pressure and watch the ball, keep the plan very simple. You need the big shot and then he delivers.”Kohli, who won the man-of-the-match for his hundred, also lauded Dhoni for his sterling knock. “Tonight was an MS classic. Only he knows what’s going through his mind. He calculates the game so well. He backs himself to hit those big hits. Hats off to him and Dinesh as well.”He came in and showed the right kind of intent. MS was as composed as ever. We try and help each other… Tonight was special for us,” Kohli said.Also Read | MS Dhoni overtakes Virat Kohli for highest average in successful run chasesAlso Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni help India gun down 299, series level 1-1Also Read | Virat Kohli scores 39th ODI hundred: Shane Warne leads tributes for the KingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Adelaide ODIFollow MS DhoniFollow Dinesh Karthik MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in AdelaideBrief Scores: India (299/4; Kohli 104, Dhoni 55 not out) beat Australia (298/9; Marsh 131, Maxwell 48, Bhuvneshwar 4 for 45) by 6 wickets. Dinesh Karthik lauded MS Dhoni after the pair added 59 runs off 5.4 overs to script India’s stunning victory over Australia in the second ODI of the series at the Adelaide Oval.advertisementlast_img read more

The Ford F-150 Raptor is More Truck than You Deserve

first_img Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn I have an awful habit of over-packing. Three-day road trip? We’ll probably need a Crock-Pot and 20 pounds of rib-eye steak, right? One day I’d like to gauge my travel needs perfectly, but not yet. Had I been a packing scientist, I wouldn’t have chosen the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor for a recent camping trip to Big Bear Lake, California — and that would have been a mistake.In many ways, the second-generation Raptor is the vehicular equivalent of over-packing: it can sail through the desert at 100 mph, scamper up the side of a mountain, leap over sand dunes, and run a 1,000-mile off-road race without modification. Overkill for a weekend camping trip? Definitely.It’s also one of the most empowering vehicles I’ve ever driven. A whopping 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque move 5,600 pounds of truck quicker than most muscle cars. Beefy Fox Shox provide 13 inches of front suspension travel and absorb tremendous punishment without flinching. Knobby BFGoodrich KO tires never struggle for traction – unless provoked in a truly badass desert drifting display (more on that later). Previous The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Next 1 of 16 The route to our campsite involved four miles of what I’d consider civilian access (your mom’s Toyota Camry would manage), seven miles of high clearance terrain, and two miles of challenging trails. During past visits to the site, I’ve driven a Toyota Tacoma TRD, Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, and RAM Rebel – all thoroughly capable rigs. However, none of them made the journey as quickly or as effortlessly as the Raptor. More astounding than the super-truck’s vigor is its precision. Placing the big-bodied pickup on a narrow mountain trail is as natural as pummeling sand in the open desert.In just an hour, my mate and I ascended the mountain and began unpacking. Thanks to the Raptor’s cavernous SuperCrew rear cab, all our gear and provisions remained cool and dust-free. Typically, I view camping as a chance to break from technology and amenity, but with two A/C power ports, I sheepishly inflated an air mattress and boiled water with wired devices.Our phenomenal pace to the campsite meant we set up the tent and prepped dinner before sunset. Watching the sun descend over a ridge of forested mounts and shade the sky in a peach-colored glow, I felt no regret for choosing such a competent rig.As the last ounce of golden light faded, the Raptor continued to prove its worth with in-bed LEDs to illuminate our preparations for sleep. At this point, I half expected the truck to include a warm milk dispenser. Before I could dream up other terrible camping innovations, a wave of fatigue hit and I made a beeline for bed.We rose early, ignited the stove, and ate our breakfast in silence. The fresh, chilled air was more rousing than coffee, but caffeine addictions demanded a full cup of brewed renewal. Firing on all cylinders, we quickly deconstructed camp and loaded the Raptor. We had planned for an early return, but the truck practically begged for a last-minute adventure.Hastening down the mountain, we set a course for Lucerne Valley’s dry lake bed. With the thermometer registering 107 degrees, we turned off California State Route 247 and followed deep grooves in the sand to an isolated plateau. There wasn’t a soul in sight – it was the perfect setup for a National Geographic special we would call Urbanites Uncharted.The unbridled Raptor churned the earth, sending plumes of dust across the dry ground. Barreling up a hillside was fun, but this was ecstasy. My companion braved the mortal heat to snap photos of the Raptor at play. Reviewing the images later, I appear to be cackling with laughter from behind the wheel. Don’t judge – you would be too.It’s clear the Raptor could kick sand all day, but the sun eventually sapped the last of our energy. Triumphantly, the pickup skipped along the lake bed before rejoining paved roads. It’s an hour and a half journey home – plenty of time to be grateful for my bad habit. Editors’ Recommendations On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

Ferry Pipeline to be Operational by July

first_img Work is under way to replace the broken, 18-inch transmission main along the Mandela Highway, which is buried 35-feet deep. The irreparable break has disrupted water supplied to sections of the Corporate Area, since last December. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Monday (February 25), Mr. Barnett explained that the NWC had anticipated having the pipeline operational by the first week of April but noted that the timeline had to be revised due to the need for the acquisition of critical pieces of fittings. President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the Ferry pipeline transmission main should be operational by July. President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the Ferry pipeline transmission main should be operational by July.Work is under way to replace the broken, 18-inch transmission main along the Mandela Highway, which is buried 35-feet deep. The irreparable break has disrupted water supplied to sections of the Corporate Area, since last December.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Monday (February 25), Mr. Barnett explained that the NWC had anticipated having the pipeline operational by the first week of April but noted that the timeline had to be revised due to the need for the acquisition of critical pieces of fittings.“Certain aspects of the materials required have to be manufactured, and based on the lead time for manufacturing, they won’t be ready until just about the end of April/ May. By the time those are shipped and put in place, we will not likely see that transmission main activated until July 2019,” he noted.The NWC is currently trucking water into the area, and there is scheduled supply from the Constant Spring, Mona and Hope treatment plants via some small mains.“We try to give each affected area a 12-hour window for water to reach and at least a certain amount of time for persons to replenish their storage,” Mr. Barnett said.He told JIS News that the agency is fast-tracking the construction of a temporary pipeline, which will result in some measurable improvement in the service-delivery to customers even as work continues on a permanent solution.“We are trying our best to alleviate the situation,” Mr. Barnett assured, while imploring the affected residents to invest in water storage systems, note the supply schedule and conserve on usage.The Ferry transmission main is used to direct water from the White Marl well fields through the Ferry pumping station and on to the Boulevard.It serves several communities in Western St. Andrew, which are now faced with limited water supply. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Campaign aims to reduce stigma discrimination of kids youth with disabilities

first_imgTORONTO – Like any typical teen, Jadine Baldwin loves spending time on her cellphone and laptop, the latter the vehicle for honing her skills as a wordsmith to fulfil her dream of some day becoming a novelist.But what sets the 17-year-old apart from most of her adolescent peers is her physical disability, the result of being born with cerebral palsy.And while she has no intention of letting that stop her from reaching her goal, she continually bumps up against the barrier of discrimination — the stares, the whispers and the social exclusion by those seemingly unable to see past her inability to walk or her somewhat laboured speech.“I think people discriminate against me in the way that they see my wheelchair and not who I am as a person,” said Jadine.“They’ll talk to other people about me, but not directly to me. So people will stop my mom in the grocery store and ask her what my problem is … because they think that because my legs don’t work I’m stupid and can’t understand them.“Then my mom’s always like, ‘Why don’t you ask her?’ And then as soon as I start talking, you see the look on their faces. It’s like they’re shocked. They don’t know what to do because they think I don’t have a brain.”Jadine is part of a new campaign by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, called “Dear Everybody,” aimed at ending stigma experienced by the estimated 400,000 Canadian children and youth with physical or cognitive disabilities and breaking down the barriers that lead to discrimination.“It’s a campaign that’s not only designed to change hearts and minds, but also to inspire action, to get people to think differently about the lives of people with disabilities,” said Julia Hanigsberg, president and CEO of Holland Bloorview.The campaign includes TV and radio ads, as well as a website — www.DearEverybody.ca — that features an open letter written by kids and young adults with disabilities that answers questions and brings Canadians “face to face with their own biases.”The website provides information and resources, including recommendations for teachers, employers and health-care providers, intended to end the stigma that can severely affect these young people’s lives.Hanigsberg said youth with disabilities are less likely to pursue post-secondary education, are vastly underemployed compared to their typically developing friends, and have fewer opportunities for social inclusion.“One of the most startling statistics that I have ever heard is that more 50 per cent of young people with disabilities have zero or one friend.“Young people who are intelligent and dynamic and have a ton to say tell me that they’re spending every day at the school cafeteria sitting by themselves because no one wants to sit next to them.“That’s the day-to-day life impact of stigma.”Maddy Hearne knows all too well what it feels like to be unable to keep up with her friends and classmates after suffering six concussions over the last four years, half of them occurring while the diminutive teen was taking dance classes.The traumatic injury requires resting the brain as much as possible to help it heal, in part by reducing exposure to stimuli like loud noise and bright light.“I had to wear headphones and sunglasses, and because of that people stared at me and they saw I had a bunch of accommodations (from the school) and they’re like ‘She’s crazy. Like I don’t want to be a part of that.’”At lunchtime, she was put in a quiet room as prescribed by her doctor. “No one else was allowed in the room. I couldn’t eat in the room, I just had to sit there,” Maddy explained.“The room was a glass room and I always call it the goldfish room, the goldfish aquarium, because everybody would stare at me. I felt like a zoo animal.“I’d sit there and watch my friends go by.”The Toronto teen said she’s lost a lot of friends as a result of her concussions, which cause symptoms like fatigue that don’t allow her to be as active as she once was. She previously spent dozens of hours a week practising and performing ballet and other forms of dance.Maddy said some friends don’t understand that she has good days when she functions well and bad days when she doesn’t — and that’s just the nature of concussion.“They only want to see you when you’re 100 per cent and at your best,” she said. “So they’re like ‘I don’t want to hang out with Maddy because she can’t do this stuff.’“It’s a very hard, unhappy feeling. A lonely feeling.”Maddy, who is also taking part in Holland Bloorview’s anti-discrimination campaign, believes it will help educate Canadians, providing them with the “right information” about disabilities due to congenital birth defects, disease or accidental trauma.“I think this campaign is going to help kids who are disabled and kids who do have injuries to feel more comfortable and that society shouldn’t look down on them.”For Jadine, education comes naturally: “I take the time to sit people down a lot and explain to them my disability. It’s better that I explain it to them than them making assumptions about me that are not true.”The Georgetown, Ont., teen knows the pain of feeling like a pariah — sitting alone at lunch at school and hearing people talking about her behind her back.“And some people have literally asked me why I’m even here because as they say I’m such a waste of space and I’m an alien and shouldn’t be here.“I’m no less of a person than anybody else,” countered Jadine. “We as individuals with disabilities can do and be anything we want to be.“We have passion and drive and we’re willing to reach our full potential, despite what anybody else thinks about us.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Postdisaster property buyout terms are provinces responsibility Ottawa

first_imgPublic Safety Canada says it places no restrictions on how provinces and territories set criteria for delivering disaster financial assistance after some residents of a small B.C. community devastated by flooding last year say they were disappointed to learn that property buyouts will be lower than expected.The City of Grand Forks has said it advocated for funding to support buyouts based on pre-flood values, but the best compensation it could get from provincial and federal funding streams was based on post-flood assessments.The statement was issued in June, the same month that federal, provincial and local governments made a joint funding announcement of $49 million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to support recovery efforts.Infrastructure Canada, which manages the fund, says it has no role in determining the value of damaged homes or buying out homeowners affected by flooding.Emergency Management B.C. says in a statement the goal of the fund is to find ways to give people affected by the floods the means and opportunity to rebuild homes and communities in Grand Forks.It will also help rebuild Grand Forks with risk mitigation at the forefront, it says.“This is an opportunity to make sure that if an event of this magnitude were to occur again, it would not have the same outcome for this region,” it said.Federal help for disaster relief kicks in once costs surpass what lower levels of government could reasonably be expected to cover on their own.Public Safety Canada said in May that provinces and territories have asked for about $137.9 million to help cover costs related to 10 floods.The federal budget included $260 million over two years for disaster relief including relocation costs, buyouts and permanent removal of structures on vulnerable properties.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sir Richard Branson Talks About The Importance Of The Elders

first_imgSir Richard Branson has revealed that one of the accomplishments he is most proud of is helping to establish The Elders.“When I think about the things I am most proud of, working with Virgin Unite, Peter Gabriel and Nelson Mandela to incubate The Elders is right up there,” he blogged. “This astonishing group of independent global leaders is going from strength to strength, working together for peace and human rights.“While I was in Davos, The Chair of The Elders, Kofi Annan, spoke out an all manner of issues, ranging from the need for greater leadership and cooperation to dealing with Europe’s refugee crisis to resolving the Syrian civil war and tackling the Islamic State.“Members of The Elders have been in charge of countries, from the US to the Republic of Ireland, Brazil to Norway, Mexico to Finland. In Kofi Annan, they are led by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations. Kofi, Martti Ahtisaari and President Carter have all been named Nobel Peace Laureates. They have all witnessed history on the frontlines, from Kosovo to Afghanistan to Haiti.“The Elders operate where there is war and abject poverty – but also hope. Where yesterday’s enemies sign today’s peace treaties. Where innovation transforms millions of people’s lives.”To read the full blog, click here.last_img read more

Rental Bikes Missing from Strasbourg Found in Casablanca

Rabat – Two Velhop rental bicycles, named after the eponymous Strasbourg bicycle rental company, were recently found in Casablanca.A photo, apparently taken in Casablanca, circulated on Moroccan media Facebook pages. In the photo can be seen a man carrying two Velhop bikes.Last year, a GPS chip placed on a bicycle helped the Casablanca police dismantle a large network of stolen bicycle smuggling months later, according to France Info.Velhop is the bicycle rental service established by the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg. Inaugurated on September 23, 2010, by Roland Ries, the mayor of Strasbourg, the service offers rental from one hour to one year.In 2016, Smoove, a French corporation, started an eco-friendly bike project in Marrakech. The Medina Bike project made 300 bikes available across ten bike stations for COP22. read more

UNICEF wins Spanish prize for its work in helping African children

The head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today accepted a prestigious Spanish award on behalf of the UN agency for its work in Africa and its efforts to improve the health and living conditions of millions of children around the world.Accepting the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord during a ceremony in the Spanish city of Oviedo, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman described the prize as “a great honour.”“UNICEF is grateful to the Prince of Asturias Foundation for this global recognition and hopes that it will inspire others to work to make the world a better place for children,” she said.The minutes of the award jury’s decision cited UNICEF’s “generous effort, 60 years of child advocacy, and especially its most recent battle: to put an end to ignorance, poverty and disease in the African continent.”The awards, which have been presented since 1981, are handed out in eight categories: arts, communications and humanities, international cooperation, literature, social sciences, sports, technical and scientific research, and concord. A jury in each category selects the winners.Previous winners of the concord category include the violinist Yehudi Menuhin, the scientist Stephen Hawking and the non-governmental organization (NGO) Save The Children. read more

International push needed to end child rights violations in Yemen – UN

“Regrettably, the scale of killing and maiming of children has increased dramatically in 2015,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said in a statement issued on Sunday.Citing UN figures, she said that more than 400 children were killed, and more than 600 injured between 26 March – which saw an escalation in the conflict with the launch of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition – and August. “This is already more than triple the number of children killed and maimed during the whole of 2014,” Ms. Zerrougui continued. “I am appalled by the high level of child casualties, which indicates a failure by the parties to conflict to distinguish between civilian and military objects, and to take precautionary measures to avoid and minimize civilian casualties.”Yemen has suffered turmoil and instability since Houthi rebels seized the capital Sana’a one year ago and then advanced on the port city, Aden. According to the UN, 80 per cent of the population requires some form of humanitarian protection or assistance.Last Friday, the Special Representative briefed the Security Council working group on children and armed conflict, as well as a Security Council Committee established to monitor measures imposed by the UN on Yemen. She said the UN had “for a number of years” documented grave violations against children committed by parties to conflict in the country. She also noted that March’s escalation in the conflict followed an escalation marked by the September 2014 takeover of Sana’a by Houthi forces.“In this complex environment, where we are faced with political stalemate and an intensification of conflict, it is ever more important for the Security Council and the international community to promote political dialogue and to seek to end the violations committed against children,” Ms. Zerrougui said.In her briefing, she noted that 73 per cent of child deaths and injuries during the second quarter of 2015 were attributed to air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition – and that 18 per cent of child deaths and 17 per cent of child injuries were attributed to Houthi forces during the same period.In addition, she said reports showed there had been a “stark increase in attacks and military use of schools” since March, while violence had additionally taken a “heavy toll on education workers.”The UN envoy also said that verified attacks on hospitals had increased six-fold from the first to the second quarter of this year, adding that the destruction – together with insecurity due to conflict – was having a “serious impact on access to healthcare.”Meanwhile, Ms. Zerrougui highlighted other violations against children caught up in armed conflict, including recruitment and use, saying it was “increasingly being used more systematically by all parties.” The number of cases of child recruitment and use documented by the UN during the first eight months of 2015 had been triple the number for the whole of 2014 – and 82 per cent of verified recruitment cases were attributed to Houthi forces.Four groups remain listed for recruitment and use in the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict, she recalled, but added that while the Government of Yemen had signed an Action Plan with the UN to end the practice in its armed forces, the plan had been stalled since September of last year.The Special Representative also spoke of “serious concerns about the denial of humanitarian access,” and called for urgent action to facilitate access to assistance without delay. read more

Signing Day Was Big For Unheralded Prep Footballers Too

All the attention and adulation for last week’s National Signing Day went to the country’s top players, like Robert Nkemdiche of Georgia, who chose Mississippi.But for Kris Smith of Flowery Branch High School near Atlanta, who has signed with Indiana University, the occasion was just as important and exciting, despite there being no ESPN cameras or significant gathering of media.The 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker Smith gave up football after the eighth grade to focus on basketball. But the urge was too great to not return to the field, and he resumed his football career in his junior year. In just two seasons, he flourished enough to earn a scholarship, making last Wednesday a special day.“I just can’t wait to play football when I get to Indiana,” Smith said.Smith’s father, Sean Smith, credits Rodrick Clark — a former assistant coach at Stephenson High School near Atlanta who co-founded Athletic Trust Advisers with Cosey Coleman and Tim Mason — for his son landing a Division I scholarship.Clark’s and Coleman’s company helps parents and young athletes navigate college options.“We were lost,” Sean Smith said. “We were a little behind. (Clark) told us what we needed to do as far as training, education and eating right. Kids had been getting letters since their sophomore year. I didn’t know that kids had to be registered to be recruited through the NCAA Clearinghouse.”Kris Smith was surprised at how much he learned from Clark about training and diet and that Clark was as committed as he was in the recruitment process.“It’s a blessing,” Sean Smith said when he learned his son was being offered scholarships. “We give God the credit and he orchestrated Coach Clark in our life.”William Koen Jr., a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman, signed his letter to play with Bethune Cookman University, a small school in Daytona Beach, Fla., that plays in the MEAC. For Koen, it was like he signed with Alabama.Coming out of Mt. View High, he earned looks from some Division I and I-AA schools. But offers were not coming in. Koen and his family were hooked up with Athletic Trust Advisers. There was some skepticism by William Koen Sr. — until Clark provided examples of others he had mentored.“Their family went 110 percent no matter what,” Clark said. “They trusted the process.”The family celebrated when  they received word that their son would be receive a scholarship from Bethune Cookman.“It was a weight lifted off my shoulders,” Koen Sr. said. “One of the best things that could have happened to me. Me and my wife (Tracey) danced around the house and gave each other high fives.”It was similar for Archer High corner back Trevellous Cheek and his family. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound Cheek is expected to sign with California. Clark said Cheek’s work ethic has been his strength.“He would go 110 percent on anything,” Clark said. “Grades, working out. He would call and ask questions and was eager to learn. He wanted to be the best on and off the field, to the point where he would be drained.”“He not only encouraged, he kept my son reaching,” Leon Cheek said of Clark. “That guy is a blessing to me, my family and so many other families. He helped us build this young man.”Trevellous Cheek added, “I learned small things about what wide receivers don’t like, such as to be touched. Especially, if you keep (hands) on them all the way through five yards.”Cheek’s teammate Deondre Singleton, who played corner back and safety, signed with Duke. And the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Singleton said aside from football, he learned from Clark the importance of dressing properly and speaking clearly and with authority to coaches and the media.“I had to learn how to work on my body language,” Singleton said. “No matter what school it was, I had to show the same body language.”For Archer defensive end Antonio Riles, who signed with Florida, Clark’s work was more about helping him raise his grade point average to meet admission qualifications, which he did.Some other local Atlanta recruits who will be attending college in the fall on a football scholarship are: Ernest Alexander of Archer High (going to Navy), Sean Fowler of Archer (Shorter College), Jaypee Philbert of Archer (Alabama State), Brandon Goodson of Dacula (Wofford), Chris Palmer of Collins Hill (Navy), Kyle Simmons of Druid Hills (Stetson University), Jay Turner of Parkview (Coastal Carolina), Detavius Long and Demetrius McClendon of Tri-Cities (West Georgia Tech).Each player that Clark has helped has vowed to come back and be a testimony to other high school football players, but William Koen Jr. summed it up best as far the collective sentiments they had for Athletic Trust Advisers.“Without coach Clark’s help I wouldn’t be anywhere,” Keon Jr. said. “Without his help I would not be getting a scholarship to college. If you’re a good football player, with coach Clark’s help he will make you a great football player.” read more

Ruth Davidson signals possible move to Westminster if she loses 2021 Holyrood

first_imgRuth Davidson has been touted as a replacement for Theresa MayCredit:Reuters Asked what went wrong with the Tories in England in the general election, she appeared to have a dig at Mrs May’s “strong and stable” mantra, saying: “I’ve got a bit of experience in campaigning. Part of the issue is a belief that you can say the same thing every day for seven weeks and the media will just report that.“Voters don’t like results being declared before they have cast their votes, thanks very much. There was a bit of a backlash there. Corbyn was seen as a safe receptacle because everybody had written off his chances. Well, he won’t be a safe receptacle next time.“I don’t believe that Jeremy Corbyn is unstoppable. I think he’s eminently beatable in 2022. People who are so afraid of him do need to get their act together and start making that case now.” They are also the second party at Holyrood and Ms Davidson aims to become First Minister after the 2021 vote.  Her popularity was clear at the party conference two months ago following a spectacular result in the general election in June when the Scottish Tories won 13 seats – 12 more than the last time round – including Alex Salmond’s constituency. theresa may Ruth Davidson has given the clearest signal yet that she could stand for a Westminster seat in 2022 if she fails to win the next Holyrood election.The Scottish Conservative leader has repeatedly been touted as a possible replacement for Theresa May, and was backed by the Tory grandee Lord Heseltine in October as someone who has “begun to qualify” for the job.She previously insisted she had no plans to become an MP, but has admitted in a new interview that if the Tories fail to win the 2021 Scottish Parliament election she will consider her options.Ms Davidson also said she believed that Jeremy Corbyn would be “eminently beatable” in the next election.She told The Spectator that she had been the Scottish leader for six years, and her two predecessors lasted around six and a half years each.Ms Davidson added that after that “we can start other conversations”, and when asked if that meant coming to Westminster, she replied: “I haven’t ruled it out. If devolution is going to work, then actually there has to be the ability to move between chambers and parliaments.” 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.last_img read more

University diversity drive has led to more students feeling under pressure to

Universities’ efforts to boost their intake of disadvantaged students has led to more feeling under “psychological pressure” to cheat due to financial woes, the new chair of higher education quality watchdog has said.     In recent… Prof Simon Gaskell, chair of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), said that the temptation to “cut corners” is linked to how stressed students feel and this is now “significantly higher” than it used to be. In his first interview since taking up the post earlier this month, he said that students feel under a “great deal” of pressure these days including financial pressure and the pressure to do well in their degree and go on to get a good job.  read more

Graduates face tough recruitment process for jobs in Gilmores department

first_imgJOBSEEKERS APPLYING FOR graduate positions in the Diplomatic Service in the Department of Foreign Affairs will face a gruelling recruitment process, according to details provided by Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore.Gilmore said the deadline for the jobs was 10 October and applications were to be made online.“Candidates will be required to take a number of online and assessment centre tests in October and November, with preliminary and second round interviews due to be held in December and January,” Gilmore said.The number of appointments made will depend on the department’s overall staffing position during the lifetime of the new panel, he said, having regard to the exigencies of the targets set for the department.“I would hope that it will be possible to make at least 10 appointments immediately,” the Tánaiste added.Read: Want to work in the civil service? New jobs being advertised from today>Read: 217 people have worked JobBridge internships in government departments>last_img read more

Karas underworld financier sues ATO

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tom Karas, an associate of Tony Mokbel who is alleged to have used the identity of a distant Greek relative from Pylos to avoid tax, is suing the ATO. The action marks the latest round of a tax battle worth tens of millions of dollars between Melbourne financier Tom Karas 47, of Fitzroy, and the ATO. Karas has launched a Federal Court action to prevent the tax authorities getting $44 million. Described in an affidavit to the Supreme Court earlier this year, the ATO described Karas as “a primary person of interest to the joint special project conducted between the serious non-compliance section of the ATO and Victoria Police’s Purana taskforce investigating those who may be involved in, or benefiting from, Melbourne’s organised crime scene”. The ATO alleges Karas received millions of dollars in undisclosed funds, using a false identity – Christos Karaglanis from 2003 to 2010. Mr Karas claims Karaglanis exists, and that he should not be liable for income tax for Karaglanis.In June, Victoria’s Supreme Court ordered Mr Karas’ assets be frozen after the tax office alleged he used a false identity from 2003 to 2010 to hide income. For the past decade the Purana taskforce has used the civil court system to systematically dismantle and seize assets bought from the alleged sale of drugs by large crime syndicates. The ATO alleges Mr Karas used the name of Christos Karaglanis, who lives in Greece, to avoid more than $21 million in income tax. The ATO is also claiming $23 million in interest and penalties. Karas claims the ATO has wrongly assessed cash he had ‘held’ on behalf of Mr Karaglanis and is seeking a declaration that the ATO’s tax assessments are unlawful. He is also pursuing an injunction stopping the ATO from pursuing the assessments. Mr Karas has attracted much attention from the police and ATO since 2006, when he began lending money to some of Victoria’s most notorious underworld figures.last_img read more

Davies Spurs derby defeat to Arsenal really hurts

first_imgTottenham full-back Ben Davies revealed the entire squad is suffering from their 4-2 defeat to rivals Arsenal on SundaySpurs headed into the break with a 2-1 lead at the Emirates after goals from Eric Dier and Harry Kane cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener.However, in light of Arsenal coach Unai Emery’s double substitution in the during half-time, Spurs conceded three goals after the break to lose the North London derby 4-2.The result also saw Arsenal leapfrog Spurs into fourth-place in the Premier League table.“It’s a horrible feeling losing the derby,” Davies told the club website.“Losing the derby hurts a lot. it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a very disappointing result but we have to go away, try to get it out of our minds now and focus on the next games coming up.“They came out of the blocks, but we had a really good go and got back into the game.“That’s why it’s so disappointing we let it slip. Those are the games where you sometimes have to grind it out and we didn’t do that well enough.“You have to deal with the highs and the lows. That’s football. Obviously, losing the derby hurts a lot and it’s about us dealing with that now and trying to put it right in the next few games.“We have to make sure we pick up three points against Southampton and bounce back straight away.”Spurs will host Southampton at Wembley on Wednesday with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).last_img read more