This technocrat is UPs face of corruption

first_imgLucknow: He has been the face of corruption in Uttar Pradesh for almost three decades but his proximity to politicians across the political spectrum has insulated him against any kind of drastic action. Arun Kumar Misra, the chief engineer of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Corporation, can easily be termed “the man with the golden touch” –anything he touched turned into gold for him. Accused in multi crore scams, Misra has faced suspension and a brief stint in jail. His political godmothers and godfathers have ensured that even though he is under IT and ED scanner, he remains “protected”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ His properties, far in excess of his declared sources of income, are spread across country. His posh bungalow at Prithviraj Road in Delhi and the Asia School of Engineering and Management in Barabanki has been attached by IT. Several companies, including Ajanta Merchants Pvt Ltd, have been unearthed through which properties in Dehradun and Prithviraj Road were purchased. Arun Kumar Misra was first appointed as an assistant engineer in the UPSIDC in 1986. Within a few years, his name started becoming synonymous with all matters related to corruption. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Four years ago, the Allahabad High Court had sought an explanation from the Akhilesh government when Misra was reinstated as chief engineer of UPSIDC, even when he was named in corruption cases and had been suspended. The Allahabad High Court had also ordered the Akhilesh Yadav government to remove Arun Kumar Mishra from the post of chief engineer (Project) of UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) on the grounds that he possessed forged certificates of class 10 and B.Tech degree. While hearing a petition filed by Anil Verma, senior manager (finance) of UPSIDC, a Division Bench of Justice Arun Tandon and Justice A.K. Misra had asked the state government to recover the salaries, which were paid to him in 30 years of his career as engineer. Earlier, the CBI had probed his role in Rs 400 crore Tronica City scam of Ghaziabad and revealed that he was also involvement in money laundering cases. Soon after taking over as chief minister in May 2007, Mayawati had suspended him for his alleged role in the scam between 2005 and 2007. But she had reinstated him silently after a few months and the reason does not need much explanation. In 2013, the High Court directed the CBI to probe allegations against Misra and two other officials. The CBI, in its report, had said that Misra transferred crores of illegally-earned money to his bank accounts with fake names and addresses. Maximum money was deposited in the Punjab National Bank, Vidhan Sabha road branch of Dehradun and Arya Vanprasth Ashram Road branch of Haridwar. The CBI had earlier blocked his accounts and registered FIR. There was a time when the CBI had decided to declare him an absconder because he was evading any interrogation. However, he had appeared before the agency allegedly after fortifying himself with the help of his political masters. Misra was also sent to jail in 2010 after an SIT probe against him. He was again posted back in the UPSIDC. The court, in 2018, stayed his suspension. Interestingly, the central government, in 2015, also refused permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation to file an appeal against Misra even though he had also been named by the Enforcement Directorate in a separate case of money laundering. The case also finds important mention by the SIT on black money set up last year by the Narendra Modi government. Officials said that CBI was to file an appeal against the orders of Uttarakhand high court, which quashed proceedings against Misra. The agency had to challenge the order before the Supreme Court within three months of the verdict but the then CBI Director Ranjit Sinha ruled against filing an appeal even though the director of prosecution was in favour of appealing. The CBI sources said that by the time the agency decided to seek nod from the Law Ministry and DoPT to file an appeal against Misra in late 2014, three months had elapsed and the government turned down the agency’s request citing ‘delay’.last_img read more

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Khattar urges people to embrace Guru Nanaks ideology

first_imgSirsa: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday exhorted the people to embrace the ideology propounded by Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev in its true spirit. He said the message of love, compassion, equality, peace and brotherhood that Guru Nanak promoted all his life holds extreme relevance even today. “..The message given by Guru Nanak Dev ji is as relevant today as it was during his time,” Khattar said here addressing a state-level function organised in the build-up to the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak. The chief minister exhorted the people to participate in the celebrations through the year with full enthusiasm and gaiety, regardless of caste, colour, creed and religion. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He announced that 9.75 acres land would be transferred to the Gurudwara Chilla Sahib in Sirsa where Guru Nanak Dev had spent over 4 months during one of his journeys. “Ownership rights of the land, which at present rests with the state government, would be transferred in the name of Gurudwara,” he said. He said the state government would provide all support and cooperation to the Gurudwara Chilla Sahib for starting projects of public welfare. He also announced to establish a Sikh Museum in Kurukshetra as an inspiration to the young generation. Khattar said that 400 posts of Punjabi teachers would be advertised soon to fill up the vacancies. Congratulating a large number of priests, saints and devotees who had converged in Sirsa not only from Haryana but also from other states, the chief minister emphasized that “education will not serve its purpose till the time moral values and good thoughts are instilled among the children”.last_img read more

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Geneticbased tests help doctors tailor treatment for kids with brain tumours

first_imgTORONTO – At eight years old, Julia Van Damme was like most other kids her age — going to school, playing sports and goofing around with her younger sister and older brother. But a routine eye exam turned up a baffling and unexpected finding — she was virtually blind in one eye.An MRI showed Julia had a golf ball-sized tumour in her brain, and the pressure it was exerting on her optic nerve was destroying the sight in her left eye.“I didn’t notice I was losing vision at all, because I was young,” said Julia, now 12. “I didn’t know what a brain tumour was. I didn’t know what cancer was then, so it was pretty hard for me to understand.”A biopsy of her tumour at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children determined Julia had what’s known as a low-grade glioma, a pediatric brain cancer that affects about 25,000 to 30,000 children worldwide.Because of its location in the centre of her brain, above the pituitary gland, the tumour couldn’t be removed surgically, and radiation in the area carried too high a risk of long-term effects. So Julia was started on standard chemotherapy, a gruelling 18-month course of weekly intravenous infusions, which in the end was ineffective in shrinking her tumour.But doctors at Sick Kids had another trick up their proverbial sleeves: tests they had developed to analyze the molecular makeup of individual brain tumours showed Julia’s cancer was being driven by a single genetic mutation called a BRAF (pronounced bee-raf) V600E.Research had shown that pediatric gliomas with this genetic signature often respond well to a drug used to treat adults with malignant melanoma, a potentially deadly form of skin cancer.For almost two years, Julia has been able to keep her tumour from progressing by taking two pills in the morning and two at night — an oral regimen that was unheard of just a few years ago.“In the past, we used to treat kids with brain tumours just based on looking at the tumour, by how the cells looked (under a microscope) and by looking at the imaging,” said Dr. Uri Tabori, a neuro-oncologist at Sick Kids. “We did all tumour types sort of the same.”But in the last decade, researchers began to be able to delineate tumours into subtypes based on their genetic profile, allowing them to predict how each subtype was likely to behave given a specific treatment.“Then we realized that using these molecular tools, we can actually tailor treatment to some patients that’s different than others,” said Tabori, who treated Julia.“We can say for your tumour, it’s going to be very, very low-grade, slow-growing, and we should refrain from any toxic therapy. And for the other ones, we need to be more aggressive.“And the last part of that, which is amazing, is that some tumours will actually have pills that target the mutation. So instead of giving chemotherapy, radiation and aggressive surgery, you can just give the pill and the tumour will respond and the patient will get better.”Dr. Cynthia Hawkins, a neuropathologist at the hospital, has been at the forefront of developing the molecular tests to help doctors better diagnose and treat specific subtypes of childhood brain cancers, among them glioma and medulloblastoma, a fast-growing malignancy that accounts for about 20 per cent of all childhood brain tumours.“One of the issues that we run into with pediatric brain tumours, in particular, is that although some commercial entities have developed tests for adult brain tumours, most of them don’t do it for pediatrics because the numbers just aren’t big enough to make it financially viable,” Hawkins explained.“And most of these tests we had to develop from the ground up at Sick Kids,” she said, adding that hospitals across Canada, as well as from the U.S. and countries around the world now send tumour samples to the Toronto hospital for molecular analysis.While Julia is doing well — the oral medication Dabrafenib initially shrank her tumour by about 15 per cent and its size has since stabilized — her diagnosis sent the Mississauga, Ont., family on a journey they never expected to take.“We were shocked,” said her father, Dan Van Damme, especially since Julia had never indicated she was having trouble seeing, had an A average at school and had continued to play soccer and hockey, even sometimes taking a turn as a goalie.Even through her weekly rounds of chemo, Julia maintained an upbeat demeanour, said her mother Maureen. “She’s a trooper, she’s a tough kid and she never complained about ‘Why her, why do I have to do this?’“She was always smiling. We’d skip down the hallways to go get chemo,” she recalled. “She just has such a strong spirit and a great attitude.”Before Julia went into the hospital to have a biopsy of her tumour, her brother Dylan, now 14, and sister Clara, 9, went up to their rooms and each brought her a stuffed animal to take with her.“The bond the three of them made and the five of us made during this journey is ‘We’re in it together,’” said Maureen, a stay-at-home mom. “That was from Day 1 our motto: we’re in this together, you’re not alone.”“I think you realize when something like this happens to you what’s most important in life,” added Dan, who’s a salesman for LinkedIn. “We have a different outlook. Our family is this stronger unit, and we really focus on activities that we can do together as a family all the time.”As for their daughter, she has her sights set firmly on the future.“There’s always something to look forward to,” said Julia, who seems mature beyond her years. “When I’m going through something tough, I think about what’s going to happen in the future. And once I finish this (treatment), it’s done.“So it’s better for me to think about what’s going to happen later on after I do that,” she said, stressing that her long-term goal is to become an actress.Her advice to other kids going through cancer treatment?“What I try to do is stay positive. Be strong and just know that you can get through it … just have a positive mindset with what you’re going through, even though it’s really tough.“Think about what you can do in the future.”—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitterlast_img read more

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Manitoba inquest exposes repeated failures to fix substandard policing in Indigenous communities

first_imgCara McKenna APTN National NewsThe inquest into the death of a northern Manitoba First Nations man who suffered heart failure while he was crammed in a tiny holding cell has exposed repeated failures to fix substandard policing in Indigenous communities.Brian McPherson, 44, a diabetic, died during a series of incidents involving untrained or insufficiently trained police officers and an inadequate jail in the Garden Hill First Nation, Man., in 2011.An inquiry into his death began in October 2013 in Garden Hill and ended last June in Winnipeg.The inquest report, released Friday, condemns the provincial and federal governments for continually failing to adequately fund and standardize First Nations policing despite a number of other previous inquest reports and studies suggesting changes.Manitoba Provincial Court Judge Malcolm McDonald has made 12 recommendations that mostly focus around fixing inadequate funding to First Nations police services and establishing proper facilities, training and safety measures.The inquest heard that Garden Hill was operating an unauthorized jail and Ottawa had cut funding for its band constable program shortly before McPherson’s death because the community failed to provide a proper financial audit.In 2006, Garden Hill had also applied to a federal-provincial First Nations police force program that was the remote community’s only viable option. It was denied.On the night of his death in late August, McPherson and a number of other people were gathered at a home in Garden Hill, which is designated as a dry community.The inquest heard band Coun. Wayne Harper ordered Garden Hill’s Const. Shannon Beardy and three untrained volunteer assistants to go inside and arrest anyone who had “superjuice” – a potent home brew that is common in remote communities.Beardy and one of the volunteer police assistants, Douglas Flett, testified that they did not think anyone was causing problems and would not have detained anyone if not for the order.Beardy also told the inquest that she was given no training prior to starting as constable in 2011, and that she quit her job the next year because she was always angry.That night, as many as 30 people were held at Garden Hill’s public safety building, with McPherson and at least seven others packed into a tiny cell.The inquest heard that the cell block was run down, had no bedding and was only about nine square metres in size. Cardboard and duct tape covered the windows so no one could see inside.Three guards on duty had as little as 20 minutes of training before handling prisoners and could only see inside the cells through low-res black and white video monitors that didn’t transmit sound.McPherson was found dead the next morning by another prisoner, though the inquest report acknowledges that he likely would have died that night regardless of where he was.He left behind two children and his partner Ann Monias, who described McPherson as a gentle character who had ongoing health problems.cmckenna@aptn.calast_img read more

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Election Commission has woken up to its powers: SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday refused to consider BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea challenging the EC’s 48-hr campaign ban on her and expressed satisfaction over the poll body’s action against leaders making hate speeches.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Mayawati’s counsel to file a separate appeal against the poll panel’s order. Taking note of the EC action, the court said it seems the poll body has “woken up” and barred various politicians from poll campaigning for varying hours. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe bench also comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna made it clear that no further order was required for now. The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours and on Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Mayawati for 48 hours from Tuesday for their “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A 72-hour campaign ban has also been imposed on Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe bench was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Yoga teacher based in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeking a direction to the EC to take “strict action” against political parties if their spokespersons make remarks based on caste and religion in the media in the run-up to general elections. The all-India ban on all four leaders – two from the ruling BJP and two from opposition parties – came into force from 6 am Tuesday. While Adityanath, Mayawati and Gandhi were found guilty of violating the model code, the EC said Khan not only broke the poll code, he also disregarded its November 2013 directive asking politicians to desist from “deeds or actions construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women”. For the first time, a pan-India ban has been imposed on politicians, while any restriction on a chief minister and a union minister is unprecedented. Mayawati alleged the order had been passed “under pressure” and it would be remembered as a “black day” in the EC’s history. She has faced action for appealing to Muslims to not vote for the Congress to avoid their anti-BJP votes getting divided. Her alliance partner and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav asked the EC whether it is capable of issuing similar directives to the prime minister to stop him from asking for votes in the name of the Army. The EC order to bar Adityanath and Mayawati came soon after the Supreme Court asked the poll watchdog about the action it has initiated against them. The apex court had on Monday expressed displeasure over the Election Commission not taking quick action against politicians for communal and hate speeches during the Lok Sabha campaigning and decided to examine the ambit of its power following submission that it was “toothless”. The EC’s counsel had said: “The power of the EC in this behalf is minimal. We can issue notice and seek reply but we cannot de-recognise a party or disqualify a candidate…we can only issue advisories and in case of a repeat offence, register a complaint.” Reacting sharply, the bench had said, “So you are saying you are toothless and powerless against hate speeches.”last_img read more

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Impaired driving charge

A chain reaction crash on the 406 early Friday morning sent one person to hospital and another to jail on impaired driving charges.OPP are looking for a third man who ran away. It happened about 1:30am in the northbound lanes near the St. David’s ramp. The driver of a Caravan rammed into the back of a Pontiac Montana. Then the driver of a Chevy Equinox smashed into the Caravan. The Equinox driver took off. The driver of the Montana was rushed to hospital with serious injuries.Police have charged the Dodge Caravan driver with impaired driving. He’s been identified as 35-year old Patrick Sproat of St. Catharines. read more

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Japan must continue efforts to deactivate Fukushima nuclear plant – UN agency

The report was released after an expert team from the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed an initial review of Japan’s efforts to implement a Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The visit was the first of what is planned to be a two-mission review, at the request of the Japanese Government. “Our final report reflects that the Roadmap was developed early after the accident and that Japanese workers have achieved reasonable stable cooling of the damaged reactor cores and spent fuel pools,” said the Director of the IAEA’s Division of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology, Juan Carlos Lentijo. “But the continuing accumulation of contaminated water at the site is influencing the stability of the situation and must be resolved in the near term before other recovery and decommissioning steps can begin.”In March 2011, Japan was struck by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and forceful tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people in the eastern part of the country. The tsunami also slammed into the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, disabling cooling systems and leading to fuel meltdowns in three of the six units. The incident was reported to be the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.The report, which is available to the public online, acknowledges Japan’s accomplishments since the incident and provides advice on a range of issues, including overall strategy and planning, stakeholder involvement, and the management of reactor fuel.Thirteen IAEA experts visited Japan in April, and met in Tokyo, the capital, with officials from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Tokyo Electric Power Company. The team also visited the nuclear accident site to gain first-hand information about conditions at the plant.“I hope that Japan will benefit from our mission, and also that nuclear operators around the world can learn important lessons from the Fukushima Daiichi accident,” Mr. Lentijo said. “In this context, I’m pleased by the Government of Japan’s clear intention to make this report publicly available, which will contribute to disseminating the lessons learned to the international community.”Japan’s request for the mission came in the context of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, endorsed by all IAEA Member States in September 2011. The Action Plan defines a programme of work to strengthen the global nuclear safety framework, and it encourages the use of peer review missions to take advantage of worldwide experience. read more

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Afghanistan outgoing rights official at UN mission pledges commitment to advancing womens

Georgette Gagnon, Human Rights Director of the UN Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA), also said in an interview released today, that while UNAMA’s work did result in government and international forces adopting procedures to limit their actions’ impact on civilians, the figures of civilians killed or injured is higher in 2015 than at any previous recorded stage in the conflict. Speaking after completing more than five years as senior UN human rights official in Afghanistan, she said “civil society in Afghanistan is vibrant; it is very human-rights based and human-rights friendly, and it is taking forward the human rights struggle here.” “That, of course, is very encouraging,” Ms. Gannon said.But Ms. Gagnon referred to the case of Farkhunda, the Afghan woman who was brutally murdered by a Kabul mob on 19 March and whose death prompted calls within and outside Afghanistan for authorities to protect women’s rights.“Many women’s groups and others went on the street to demonstrate for proper, prompt justice,” she said. “Unfortunately, there has not been proper, prompt justice.” “There still are many serious issues with women’s rights,” she said. “The level of violence against women is still high; the government does need to do much more to address it.”In the interview, Ms. Gagnon said highlighted positive and encouraging indicators against a backdrop of enormous challenges posed by conflict, as well as by the complex political and economic situation. “We’re expecting that the gains made will be sustained, will not be rolled back, and will not be sacrificed,” she said. She noted that civil society groups, in particular, are advancing the human rights struggle in Afghanistan.Ms. Gagnon also spoke about critical issues for Afghanistan, such as civilian protection during armed conflict, children in conflict, women’s issues, detention practices and peace and reconciliation initiatives.On protection of civilians, she said that, during the last five years, UNAMA had dedicated resources to meticulously documenting the impact of the conflict on civilians across the country to get the parties to the conflict to take concrete steps to mitigate the effects on civilians – to protect lives. Ms. Gagnon described how the United Nations continues working with all parties to abide with their national and international obligations to protect civilians.“We’re bringing forward our findings, our documentation, our reporting, and we’re urging and putting forward recommendations, practical ways and means to reduce civilian casualties,” she said. “We have regular dialogue in the field with the military actors, urging them to abide by their obligations to protect civilians – ensure they have directives in place, rules of procedure, rules of engagement that put the protection of civilians at the centre.” read more

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SMMT opens the door to dialogue between finance sector and automotive industry

This year’s SMMT Meet the Funder event will be held on 24 October 2013, at Cranmore Park, Solihull.Having identified that access to funding was a significant barrier to growth within the UK’s automotive supply chain, SMMT created Meet the Funder in 2012 as a way of bringing together some of the UK’s largest financial lenders/support agencies and automotive supply companies at a specialist networking event designed to enhance dialogue, strengthen relationships and ramp-up lending in the auto industry. Jaguar Land Rover’s recent announcement of £1.5 billion investment into its Solihull plant, for example, will create numerous openings for OEMs looking to expand, and Meet the Funder can provide the ideal platform to capitalise on such opportunities.In 2012, over 140 attendees from 70 supply chain companies attended. It is hoped that this year will be bigger and better as over 30 funders already confirmed for the event.Some of the confirmed organisations taking part this year include: Barclays, Blue Sky Corporate Finance, Business Growth Fund, FD Centre, HSBC, Lancashire Rosebud Fund, Lloyds TSB, Ludgate Finance, Santander, Manufacturing Advisory Service, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Royal Bank of Scotland, Yorkshire Bank and many more. The full list of funders and further details could be accessed here.This will be a great opportunity to hear from three key industry stakeholders – British Banker’s Association, Jaguar Land Rover and Royal Bank of Scotland – and to arrange one-to-one appointments to discuss your concerns or business needs. As a new feature to the event, there will be a series of additional seminars throughout the day designed to provide further details about the support, both financial and non financial, available across the UK.This year we also have another networking opportunity: Facilitated Networking involves informal peer-to-peer meetings with fellow attendees, as well as an exhibition area where the majority of funders will have a stand.To book a place please register here.Please note the charges:SMMT members: FREE with your membership number (please contact us on membership@smmt.co.uk or 0207 344 9210/1663 to get your membership number).Non Members: £30+VAT administration fee (early bird discount with 50% off extended until 23 September).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Grass cuttings from roadside verges to be sold to the National Grid

Grass cuttings from verges that have been allowed to grow into wildflower meadows will be cut at the end of summer and sold to the National Grid to create energy in the first scheme of its kind. Lincolnshire County Council is letting its grass verges grow wild over summer in order to encourage pollinators such as butterflies and bees instead of mowing them.At the end of the summer, the grass will be shorn and the long cuttings sent to be used as biofuel.The money made from the scheme will be put back into maintaining the verges for next year.While verges are often ignored, they provide important habitats for wildlife and also have potential to be used for peat-fee compost and green fuel.Mark, the project manager  at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust says  “It’s just as if our biggest nature reserve has been hidden in plain sight. Keeping verges safe for road users is a priority, but small changes to how we manage them could make a massive difference on a national scale.” 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. Lincolnshire County Council is the first to sell its verges cuttings for fuel, and it is thought this pilot could be rolled out across the County. Grass cutting will be more like meadow management, with fewer cuts allowing flowers to grow and set seed.The scheme was developed after six years of citizen science surveys and it is hoped this will create a “nectar network” for butterflies and bees and benefit neighbouring arable farmland.The Council is implementing the scheme across its 4,000 miles of verges.Energy produced in this way is both green and renewable, with the plants given to local power plants and energy sold to the grid.  It is created by anaerobicdigestion, which is when microorganisms break down natural materials in an area absent of oxygen.This produces biogases such as methane which can be used for energy.In this scheme, the plant matter is put in large containers called anaerobic digesters and left to break down. The Council has produced a “tool kit” for other interested councils, so others could trial this energy production technique, and charities the RHS and Plantlife have endorsed such schemes.They have asked authorities to keep verges untidy so flowers can grow in order to protect biodiversity and promote pollinators. read more

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ONE YEAR BAN Geoffroy Krantz positive for nandrolone

Geoffroy Krantzhandball doping Doping Commission of FFHB announced suspension of Saint Raphael player Geoffroy Krantz for period of one year. Former playmaker of Montpellier and VfL Gummersbach was tested positive for nandrolone in February. He won’t play until February 2015.Geoffroy Krantz began legal proceedings by filing a complaint against X last week for “administering a noxious substance to physical or psychological integrity of a person.”photo credit: handnews.fr ← Previous Story ITALIAN FINAL: Junior Fasano and SSV Bozen for the trophy! Next Story → Lars Walther takes charge in Romanian Baia Mare! read more

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Valves Source engine licensed for animated movie Deep

first_imgValve is getting into the movie business, but not to develop any of its game IP for the big screen. Instead, a movie studio has figured out they can cut costs by using a game engine to create an animated movie.Valve’s Source engine has been licensed by Brown Bag Films and Shane Acker (director of the Tim Burton produced movie 9) to create the animated movie Deep. The movie is set in a world after World War III has happened and we have been forced to live underwater using sunken ships for shelter. The story revolves around Captain Sullivan who commands a nuclear sub and is determined to save a devastated earth.Deep only has a budget of $19 million, which is a drop in the ocean compared to what someone like Disney must allocate for new projects. So Brown Bag had to think outside the box on how to cut corners and save money. A game engine like Source offers up many of the features required to make a movie, albeit it at a drastically reduced cost compared to typical industry tools.As well as offering all the features and a rich set of tools to make the movie happen, using the Source engine brings with it two further advantages. The first is the ability to produce a game that reuses all the assets and looks just like the movie, again at a reduced cost and development time.The second advantage has the potential to push Valve into a new market. It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Valve opts to distribute Deep the movie alongside Deep the game on Steam. Movies on Steam? Why not?Whatever the final look of Deep turns out to be, it’s an interesting experiment that could lead to other movie studios trying the same thing in the future. You only have to view the quality of cutscenes being produced using game engines like Unreal Engine and CryEngine to know that movie-quality visuals won’t be a problem.Read more at Varietylast_img read more

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You just cant take anything for granted – Southgate

first_imgEngland’s coach Gareth Southgate has shared a piece of his mind on World Cup holders’ Germany’s surprise exit at the group stage.Germany has been eliminated from the 2018 World Cup by South Korea and Southgate has used them as an example of the folly of looking ahead to potential future routes deeper into the competition instead of taking care of immediate priorities.“You just can’t take anything for granted,” he said according to BBC.“The margins are so fine within the matches. We were watching Argentina play Nigeria and then Portugal and Spain the night before and one decision at one end of the pitch and another decision within two minutes and the situation in the group changed completely.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“This is what is brilliant about tournaments. You don’t know what will happen. Everyone was saying we had seen great matches but all the top teams would get through – now Germany are out and they haven’t.“This is what attracts everyone to World Cups and European Championships. The thrill to be part of it is fantastic.”last_img read more

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Joao Cancelo hails Ronaldos mentality

first_imgJoao Cancelo has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo’s “winning mentality” after the Portuguese superstar’s sensational switch to Juventus.New team-mate Joao Cancelo says Cristiano Ronaldo is the perfect fit for the Juventus winning machine and hailed his winning mentality after Ronaldo’s switchThe Portugues international star Ronaldo signed his €100million move to the Serie A champions two days ago, bringing an end to his successful nine-season at Real Madrid.While speaking at his official unveiling on Thursday, Cancelo said as quoted by FourFourTwo:“It’s an enormous pleasure for me and all footballers to play with a great champion like Cristiano Ronaldo.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I’m sure he’s going to raise the overall quality of the team and he’ll help us to keep winning.“He has a winning mentality and has won a lot in his career. At the same time, Juventus have claimed seven straight Scudetto titles, so I hope they will make a perfect match.”Having become Los Blancos’ all-time top scorer, Ronaldo is still a four-time Champions League winner with the team he joined from Manchester United in 2009.Cancelo was part of the under-21 squad that competed in the 2015 European Championships. He replaced left-back Raphaël Guerreiro midway through the second half of the 5–0 semi-final win against Germany for his only appearance of the tournament, in a final runner-up finish to Sweden.last_img read more

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Barcelona bring forward signing of JeanClair Todibo

first_imgToulouse centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo’s arrival at Barcelona has been brought forward, despite having previously agreed to wait until the summer.The Catalan giants previously announced they had signed Todibo for next season on a free transfer from Ligue 1 side Toulouse as his contract was up in June.After lengthy negotiations with Toulouse, however, Barcelona have now confirmed that the 19-year-old will instead arrive six months earlier than planned with Toulouse set to receive a small transfer fee as compensation.The French youngster will take the No. 6 jersey at Barcelona, which was previously worn by midfielder Denis Suarez before he left for Arsenal on a loan deal on Thursday.“FC Barcelona and Toulouse FC have come to an agreement over the French player Jean-Clair Todibo, with whom the Blaugrana had agreed a transfer from July 1 2019,” read a statement on the club website.“The agreement signed includes the immediate arrival of the French player, who will sign a contract with the club for the next four and a half seasons, until the end of the 2022-23 campaign.“The French player will wear the number six. A shirt which players like Guillermo Amor, Xavi Hernandez, Dani Alves and Denis Suarez, the last to use it, have worn.”Todibo is regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and has already represented France at U20 level.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Since graduating through the youth ranks at Toulouse, Todibo had inserted himself as a key member of the squad after debuting in club’s 2-1 win over rivals Bordeaux in August during the Derby de la Garonne.Todibo had since made a further nine league appearances and scored his first goal for the senior team in a 1-1 draw at Rennes in September.But the teenager found himself forced out of the squad after refusing to sign a new contract, which opened the door for an early exit.Todibo will be presented as a Barcelona player later today.ICYMI: Jean-Clair Todibo (@jctodibo) transfer to FC Barcelona brought forward[+] https://t.co/RwuOVHMKdE pic.twitter.com/GYCkKIRJk1— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) February 1, 2019last_img read more

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SD City Council Committee holds meeting on controversial carotid restraint

first_img Elizabeth Alvarez, Updated: 8:40 PM SD City Council Committee holds meeting on controversial carotid restraint Elizabeth Alvarez Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Posted: April 25, 2018 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Members of the San Diego City Council Committee on Public Safety met Wednesday to review the concerns that some people have about police practices including restraint techniques.A handful of people showed up to Wednesday’s committee meeting at city hall.“We are here to support a ban on the carotid restraint. We realize that most major cities have already banned this restraint.” Said Yusef Miller with The Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego.A carotid restraint is a neck restraint that involves squeezing the arteries so that the suspect passes out.Although concerned citizens at the meeting kept referring to the carotid restraint being the same as the choke hold, it is not the same according to police.San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit, who is at the committee meeting for another matter, said the effects are different. The chief explained that chokehold technique can cut off the windpipe and be more lethal. This is a technique that Chief Nisleit said the San Diego Police Department does not use.No action was taken during the committee meeting. Members will wait for the Community Review Board to present more information on neck restraint at a later date before it decides to make any recommendations to the city council. April 25, 2018last_img read more

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North Miami police release personnel file of cop who shot unarmed therapist

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – The North Miami police officer who shot an unarmed man, Monday, was identified as 30-year-old Jonathan Aledda, Friday.North Miami’s city manager made the announcement, Friday morning, and the police department released Aledda’s personnel file.The file included multiple commendations for going beyond the call of duty. Aledda’s most recent performance review also included positive descriptions.“Dependable, reliable and a trustworthy employee,” the supervisor wrote. “A good image for his peers and employees to follow.”Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera came to Aledda’s defense by saying that the officer was trying to shoot the autistic man that was with the victim, Charles Kinsey. The autistic man was holding a toy truck that officers believed was a gun.North Miami officer who shot unarmed man identified; 2nd officer suspended“Unfortunately, he missed,” Police Benevolent Association president John Rivera said. “His shot went astray.”Aledda was named officer of the month twice as a cop. However, Aledda has been under investigation before. In 2013, he was accused of officer misconduct after responding to a call of an armed robbery and arresting the owner of the business, a victim, in October of 2013. Aledda was exonerated in that case.City officials have created a panel to improve community relations.“Justice will be served,” North Miami Mayor Dr. Smith Joseph said, Friday. “I assure you that we will go wherever the truth takes us.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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55 caught in drunk drive checking in Hyderabad

first_imgAround 55 people were caught driving in an inebriated state by the traffic police during the drunken drive check conducted at Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills on Saturday. The police registered cases on them and seized 22 cars and 22 bikes. Meanwhile, during the drunken drive check on Road no. 45, a youngster tried to escape from the police. However, the police chased and nabbed him. On July 12, the traffic police have registered 35 cases against those for driving in the drunken state near Neeru’s, Jubilee Hills. 11 cars, 24 bikes were seized.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy M30 Review Behemoth battery saves the day

first_img 1/2 Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Wide angle lens test 1x normal modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Wide angle lens testIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextColour reproduction in shots taken during the day is good.If you take a lot of portraits, the Live Focus does a decent job. But the edge detection is not on point while shooting humans even in well-lit conditions. See below: Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Portrait test rear cameraIBTimes India/Sami Khan Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light camera testIBTimes India/Sami Khan Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Wide angle lens test 1x normal modeIBTimes India/Sami Khan IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/0:25Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:19?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light camera testIBTimes India/Sami Khan Samsung has stepped up its game in a big way in the affordable smartphone segment and the Galaxy M30 is living proof of that. While the smartphone giant continues to face an imminent threat from Xiaomi, which is dominating budget smartphone sales in India, the Galaxy M30 could save the day.Samsung Galaxy M30 was launched in India in February as the company’s response to the growing popularity of Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro. Priced at Rs 14,990, the Galaxy M30 shipped to us for review comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s also a 6GB+128GB model, but it costs Rs 17,990, so we chose to test the base model that is likely to gain more traction in India.Before we get to the final impressions of the device, here’s what the Galaxy M30 offers.Display: 6.14-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ Infinity-U displayMain Camera: 13MP (f/1.9) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (123-degree ultra-wide) lenses on backSecondary camera: 16MP sensor with selfie focusChipset: Exynos 7904 14nm 1.8GHz octa-core CPURAM: 4GBStorage: 64GB, expandable storage via dedicated microSD card (up to 512GB)Battery: 5,000mAh with 15W fast charging supportOS: Android 8.1 Oreo-based Samsung Experience 9.5 UIAdd-ons: Fingerprint scanner, face unlock, dual SIM card support, and moreHere’s how Samsung Galaxy M30 stacks up against its reputation.Design & DisplaySamsung Galaxy M30 benefits hugely from the Super AMOLED display that gives a bright and crisp output. The Infinity-U design is basically a round notch up top, which doesn’t occupy much space and delivers a large screen real-estate. The display output is the best in its price range, so if you’re a multimedia buff then the Galaxy M30 is a right fit. 1/3 Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextBut it’s worth pointing out that the polycarbonate back doesn’t feel as premium as glass, but keeps smudges at bay and offers a solid non-slippery grip. The handset sports a USB Type-C port at the bottom, alongside speaker and 3.5mm headphone jack. The volume rockers are placed on the higher end of the side, which may be difficult to reach at once, the same is the case for the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. 1/2 Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light front camera testIBTimes India/Sami KhanThere’s a wide angle lens in the setup as well, but having used some of the best wide-angle cameras, the Galaxy M30 could use some improvement. But I would like to cut some slack here as the effort is genuine and the price range is not even close to what I’m comparing with. As long as you want to capture landscapes, the wide-angle shots will look as dramatic as they can be, but trying to squeeze in more subjects in the wide angle frame is not such a good idea as the edges will get distorted. See the image below: Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Wide angle lens testIBTimes India/Sami Khan Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe gradient finish on the back, though, is a classy finish. It looks elegant, not too flashy or loud as in the case of some phones.CameraSamsung Galaxy M30 packs a punch here. There’s a triple camera setup at the back and a single 16MP selfie snapper. Both work to their full potential and fulfil needs of those Instagram-savvy users.During the day, Samsung Galaxy M30 delivers its best results with the right detailing, contrast and colours. During the night, the details are lost completely. If you simply want to capture the city lights from your high-rise apartment to share it on Instagram, you’ll be disappointed to look at the results. 1/3 Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light camera testIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light camera testIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Low-light camera testIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNext Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Portrait test front cameraIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 has good focus speed during the day, whereas low-light focusing will require some manual input. Check out some of the results straight from Galaxy M30’s camera roll below: 1/5 Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Normal camera modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Normal camera modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Normal camera modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Normal camera modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanSamsung Galaxy M30 review: Normal camera modeIBTimes India/Sami KhanPreviousNextSamsung Galaxy M30’s selfies are better than expected. I had high expectations from the rear setup, but the front camera does a good job at taking selfies in all conditions.  Samsung Galaxy M30 review: Portrait test front cameraIBTimes India/Sami KhanPerformanceSamsung Galaxy M30 is not exactly the best performing phone out there, but its largely due to the dating Experience 9.5 UI based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The interface is laggy at times with delayed response rate, but running of multiple apps, mild gaming, streaming and social media browsing is handled like any other budget smartphone. There are some unwanted apps pre-loaded on the phone and Samsung suggests more to download, but you can skip them. Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe Exynos chipset in the Galaxy M30 with the 4GB RAM works great for day-to-day tasks and multitasking and mild gaming doesn’t cause any problem. In fact, playing PUBG Mobile with medium graphics setting is also possible on this budget smartphone for those who want to get on the PUBG-craze. We did not experience any app crashes or freezing of the phone when running multiple apps. The facial recognition works extremely well and the fingerprint scanner is efficient. Overall, it is a decent phone, but power users will find a better fit with the Redmi Note 7 Pro (Review).BatteryThe one thing where Samsung Galaxy M30 really makes an impact is the battery. The 5,000mAh battery in the handset is a generous offering, but it is surprising considering the slim and handy design. The USB Type-C port and 15W fast charging is a worthy addition, which means users won’t have to wait for hours to get the M30 fully charged. But don’t expect it to be too quick as it would take at least 2 hours to fully boost the phone to 100 percent battery. Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanAs for battery life, things get really impressive. Samsung Galaxy M30 manages power extremely well. Be it playing games, streaming videos or browsing and making calls, the Galaxy M30 will easily last you a full day with high usage. With mixed and moderate use, expect the M30 to deliver a day and a half on a single charge, which is quite impressive. Samsung Galaxy M30 reviewIBTimes India/Sami KhanThere are different power saving modes as well, which work just as great to further add more minutes to the battery life in the final few stages.VerdictIf you’re looking for excellent battery life in a smartphone, Samsung Galaxy M30 is the right choice. With average performance and a remarkable battery, display and design, you get a good package for under Rs 15,000. Sure, Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro gives a tough fight, but this smartphone is for those who are used to Samsung’s interface, don’t want the glitter and shine, and are willing to settle on the camera use. Is Redmi Note 7 the new-age Nokia 3310? Closelast_img read more

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ExCJ Sinha accused of graft money laundering

first_imgFormer chief justice SK Sinha. File PhotoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case on Wednesday against former chief justice SK Sinha and 10 others accusing them of accumulating illegal wealth and laundering Tk 40 million, reports UNB.On 25 September last year, the ACC summoned five officials of the Farmers Bank Ltd for interrogation over deposit of Tk 40 million in SK Sinha’s account with the bank.On 6 May, ACC interrogated two businessmen – Md Shahjahan and Niranjan Chadra Saha – for allegedly taking Tk 40 million in loan from the Farmers Bank using fake documents and depositing the money in the bank account of a VVIP.Sinha, the first non-Muslim chief justice of the country, went on leave on 2 October, 2017, and left for Australia on 13 October amid a row over some of his observations in the 16th amendment verdict.Just before his departure, Sinha told reporters that he was not sick, contradicting the government’s claim that he went on leave on health grounds.A day after Sinha’s trip to Australia, the Supreme Court issued a statement saying he was facing 11 charges, including graft, moral turpitude and money laundering.On 11 November, 2017, Sinha resigned from his post of chief justice.last_img read more

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