Chandigarh, Jul 24 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh has offered star woman cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur the DSPs position in Punjab Police, saying he wants to “correct a wrong” done to her in the past. Harmanpreet played a crucial role in India reaching the final of the ICC World Cup in England. Her hurricane knock of 171 against Australia in the semifinals was the highlight of her contribution. Having already announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh for the batter, the CM offered her a job after speaking to her father Harmandar Singh in Moga. Harmanpreet had reportedly wanted to join the Punjab Police some years ago but had been denied by the force. Amarinder said it was a “wrong perpetrated on the young cricketer by the previous Badal government, which had refused to accommodate the national player in Punjab Police.” The chief minister also promised to review the states sports policy to provide government jobs to young sportspersons like Harmanpreet. PTI SUN PM PM
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have reputations for being supreme athletes but a gruelling tennis season that offers little time to recover has left them among a number of big-name players who will be missing from the U.S. Open with injuries. (Also read: Roger Federer unconcerned by mounting injury toll ahead of US Open)Despite medical advances and a greater understanding by the players on how their bodies work, there is little down time for anyone who wants to be a regular competitor during the ATP and WTA seasons, which last approximately 11 and 10 months, respectively.”Most of the injuries in tennis are what are classified as overuse,” Todd Ellenbecker, the ATP’s Vice President of Medical Services, said in an email interview.”Not one particular force or trauma but a continued, repeated overload of smaller forces that lead to a breakdown in the player’s body.”Five top 11 men’s players are among those who have said they will miss the year’s final grand slam, which starts on Monday in New York: former world number one Djokovic (elbow), Andy Murray (hip), 2016 champion Wawrinka (knee), Canada’s Milos Raonic (wrist) and Japan’s Kei Nishikori (wrist).The women’s draw has not been robbed of the same level of star power with the most high-profile withdrawal due to injury being 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur (hand).Reuters Photo With a non-stop stream of tournaments on hard courts, grass and clay, coupled with racket technology that allows players to hit the ball harder than ever before, the physical toll on bodies can mount up.advertisement”Tennis is indeed unique in that it is one of the only high level sports played on multiple surfaces at the elite level,” said Ellenbecker. “We know that different ball speeds, and trajectories/court surface interfaces do affect the player’s body … however definitive injury risk research is scant.”Ellenbecker said after matches, a player’s focus shifts immediately from performance to recovery, which means replacing fluid and vital nutrients and for some, ice baths, compression garments and other recovery methods that work for them.Former world number one Roger Federer, who had been blessed with a body that seemed bullet-proof against the aches, pains and injuries suffered by most top athletes, is in the midst of one of the greatest ever comebacks from injury.After missing the second half of last season with a knee problem, Federer has won five titles this year, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon trophies.The Swiss is also aware that now aged 36, he not only needs to be judicious with his schedule but also has to be cautious about how far he should push his body.Hence opting to skip the claycourt season, including the French Open despite being fully fit, paid off for the Swiss as just weeks later he became the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles.Reuters Photo Bill Norris, the ATP’s former Director of Medical Services who spent 35 years patching up the broken and sore bodies of players from Ken Rosewall to Federer, said players have little choice but to pace themselves by taking regular breaks if they want to stay competitive late in their careers.”Federer has changed a lot of coaches but he’s kept a great team around him,” said Norris.”By (age) 30-35 you know what your body is capable of, what the competition is capable of. If you schedule yourself right and pace yourself you will have some reserve.”The run enjoyed by Federer and 37-year-old American Venus Williams, a finalist at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, has prompted many to ask whether a 40-year could soon walk off with one of the four grand slam titles.”From a truly anatomical standpoint, the work the players are doing now to maintain elite levels of human performance well into their 30s it is indeed possible and perceivable that we might see champions at this level among players in their 40s,” said Ellenbecker.”The amount of off-court work, human recovery efforts, and elite tennis skill development we are seeing now on the ATP World Tour where 43 of the top 100 players are age 30 or more tells us that this indeed could be possible.”
Anthony Davis can’t play. Chris Paul doesn’t want to.Three months before the Olympics, the U.S. men’s basketball team has already been losing players. Not just any players, but some of the best in the sport.Davis and Paul are NBA All-Stars, perhaps two of the top 10 players in the league, and could have been the starting center and point guard when the Americans took the floor for their Olympic opener.Paul seems like a particularly big loss, given how many key plays he made four years ago against Lithuania and Spain in the only close games the U.S. faced.This has to be cause for concern, right? “We have too many players over here to kind of get worried about that,” U.S. veteran Carmelo Anthony said.The Americans are losing bodies, but clearly not any sleep.Not when they’re armed with a roster pool of 31 players, giving them quality backups and then if necessary, backups to those backups. They hope everyone would say yes to playing but are prepared when some of them say no.Even when a couple of them happen to be at the top of the list?“No, I don’t think of things that way,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said. “We have a lot of terrific players and athletes and flexibility, and we’re going to be just fine.”The original list of 31 is probably down to the mid-20s. Blake Griffin had a procedure on his left quad tendon after aggravating an injury in the playoffs on the same day that Clippers teammate Paul broke his right hand, which may have knocked him out of a third Olympics even if he hadn’t already decided he wouldn’t play.Washington’s John Wall had surgery on both knees and fellow point guard Mike Conley had his season cut short by injury as he heads into free agency, though they would’ve had a tough time making the team at perhaps its deepest position.Colangelo knows there could be other injuries, or players who pull out because of contract situations or simply because they don’t want to give up their summers.The Americans sustained heavy losses just four years ago, when Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard all had to withdraw in the months leading up to the Olympics.The Americans then went to London and rang up stats that rivaled the Dream Team’s while winning their second straight gold medal.“It goes all the way back to the reason for developing this national team concept, to create the depth that we have and the culture that we have,” Colangelo said. “And so I think we’re blessed to have that kind of a roster where we can take a few hits and still be very strong.”Removing Davis, sidelined by shoulder and knee problems, and Paul, the remainder of the current roster is:Guards: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala (Golden State), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), James Harden (Houston), Damian Lillard (Portland), Wall and Bradley Beal (Washington), Conley (Memphis), Jimmy Butler (Chicago), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto).Forwards and centers: LeBron James and Kevin Love (Cleveland), LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Anthony (New York), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Paul George (Indiana), Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Howard (Houston), Griffin and DeAndre Jordan (Clippers), DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay (Sacramento), Kenneth Faried (Denver), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Gordon Hayward (Utah).Colangelo plans to name the roster around June 27, and there are plenty of questions until then.— Could James pass on a U.S.-record fourth Olympics to rest if he’s in the NBA Finals for a sixth straight season?— Might Curry, who’s played on two world championship-winning teams, need to skip what would be his Olympic debut after a pair of injuries already in the playoffs?— Would Aldridge and Leonard, who withdrew in previous years, do so again if San Antonio reaches the finals?Anthony has said in some interviews that he’s still deciding on what would also be his fourth Olympics, though his intentions seemed clear in comments to The Associated Press.“Listen, I’ve been with USA Basketball since I was 16, 17 years old,” he said. “Can’t stop now.”If he and the top players go, the Americans might be untouchable in Rio.If they don’t, it might not matter. Durant, George, Love and Griffin all ended up unavailable two years ago for the Basketball World Cup, and a young U.S. team stormed to victory in Spain anyway.So they won’t dwell on who’s missing. “We just move on,” Colangelo said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Watford boss Gracia plays down Deeney wind-up celebrationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia hailed goalscorer Troy Deeney after victory over West Ham.The Watford captain slammed home a first-half penalty and Gerard Deulofeu added a late second to stun West Ham 2-0 and scupper their bid to win five matches on the spin.Deeney celebrated his successful spot-kick by punching the corner flag out of the ground in front of the West Ham supporters.”What I saw was that after the goal he was running to the corner,” Gracia said.”I don’t know what he said. I can’t tell you if it’s a good or bad celebration, I often see players running into the corner.”I like the way he plays, his commitment, all the things he does day by day. Like all the players he maybe makes mistakes but he is our captain and an important player for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is in hot water over his comments earlier in the week about the Colin Kaepernick protest situation.On Monday, when the entire sports world was enveloped in debate over the 49ers quarterback’s protest of the national anthem over concerns with the oppression of African-Americans, Finebaum stated that said oppression does not exist.Awful Announcing has a clip of Finebaum’s Monday statement.On Tuesday, Finebaum doubled down during a segment of College Football Live, and got into a pretty heated debate with Joey Galloway.This morning, Finebaum went on SportsCenter with Cari Champion to apologize for his statements at length.To Finebaum’s credit, he says he spoke with Marcus Spears and Galloway about his statements, and his eyes are “wider-open” on the issues that the black community faces in America. Krusty Sox Sports has video of the segment:From Paul Finebaum’s apology:“I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country, I see what is going on all across the country from North to South to East to West and I have no excuse. I can’t explain why I articulated the words the way they did, but I did and there is a public record of it and there’s a natural reaction and I respect that.All I can say is that I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling that I probably – not probably – I had no right to express. I don’t know whether this will mean anything to anyone but I feel compelled to answer your question that way – that it was a terrible mistake on my part and my eyes are wider-open today than they have ever been as a result.”Champion accepted his apology at the end of the segment.[Krusty Sox Sports]
FREDERICTON — Jury selection begins today to determine if Matthew Raymond — accused of killing four people in a shooting spree in Fredericton in August 2018 — is fit to stand trial.Justice Fred Ferguson of the Court of Queen’s Bench ruled earlier this month that the threshold to question fitness of the accused had been met.Fitness means that an accused understands the charges against him and can instruct a lawyer on how he wishes to be defended.Jury selection is being held in a hockey arena because of the large number of potential jurors.Raymond is charged with the first-degree murders of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.Robichaud and Wright were killed in the parking lot outside their apartment building, and the officers were killed when they responded to the shootings.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.The Canadian Press
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7 April 2008Top United Nations officials have warned that global warming and its effects, including a rise in air and sea temperatures and extreme weather patterns, endanger not only the planet but also pose a major threat to human health. In his message marking this year’s World Health Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that, in addition to causing more frequent and more severe storms, heat waves, droughts and floods, climate change jeopardizes the quality and availability of water and food, “our fundamental determinants of nutrition and health.” He stressed the need to “give voice to this often-overlooked reality, ensuring that protecting human health is anchored at the heart of the global climate change agenda.” The Secretary-General added that it is the world’s poor – who contributed the least to climate change – that will bear the brunt of the human suffering resulting from the crisis. For example, malnutrition and climate-related infectious diseases will take their heaviest toll on the most vulnerable – small children, the elderly and the infirm. Women living in poverty face particular risk when natural disasters and other global-warming related dangers strike. Stressing that “climate change is real, it is accelerating and it threatens all of us,” Mr. Ban called for collective action to combat the scourge, for the sake of the planet as well as for those inhabiting it. “The core concern is succinctly stated: climate change endangers human health,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO). “The warming of the planet will be gradual, but the effects of extreme weather events – more storms, floods, droughts and heat waves – will be abrupt and acutely felt.” She noted that human beings are already exposed to the effects of climate-sensitive diseases, including malnutrition, which causes over 3.5 million deaths per year, diarrhoeal diseases, which kill over 1.8 million, and malaria, which kills almost 1 million. Recent events such as the European heat wave in 2003, Hurricane Katrina – which struck the United States in 2005 – and cholera epidemics in Bangladesh are just a few examples of what can be expected in the future. “These trends and events cannot be attributed solely to climate change but they are the types of challenges we expect to become more frequent and intense with climate changes,” she stated. “They will further strain health resources which, in many regions, are already under severe stress.” To address the health effects of climate change, WHO is coordinating and supporting research and assessment on the most effective measures to protect health, particularly for the most vulnerable such as women and children in developing countries. It is also advising Member States on the necessary changes to their health systems to protect their populations, and will be working closely with them in the years ahead to develop effective means of adapting to a changing climate and reducing its effects on human health.Also marking the Day, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) highlighted the disproportionate impact climate change could have on women and children. “Nearly 10 million children under age five die every year of largely preventable diseases,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “Many of the main global killers of children – including malaria and diarrhoea – are sensitive to changes in temperature and rainfall, and could become more common if weather patterns change.” In addition, women and children tend to be disproportionately affected by hurricanes and flooding, which climate change experts say will increase in intensity and frequency in coming years. The destruction of homes, schools and health centres resulting from natural disasters reduce services available to families.“The voices of women and children must be heard and their needs assessed as part of the international response to prospective changes to the environment, and they must have access to the knowledge and tools necessary to protect themselves and their communities,” the agency said in a news release.
Ambassador Abulkalam Abdul Momen of Bangladesh, the Vice-President of the Economic and Social Council, told a regional ECOSOC meeting, held in Kyoto, Japan, that the “very diversity” of countries in Asia and the Pacific should be turned into an asset.The countries “can create an effective regional network on which knowledge and skill can be built on and shared,” he said. “This will enable countries at different stages of development to learn from each other, sharing information, good practices and lessons learned, and transferring knowledge and technology for the upliftment of humanity.”Mr. Momen said tangible progress towards the MDGs – which include slashing poverty, reducing maternal mortality and halting environmental degradation – will only be possible across the region when there are targeted approaches that tackle the particular needs of individual countries.Some East Asian countries, for example, have been economic “tigers,” attracting large amounts of investment and enjoying rising productivity, he noted. Pacific island nations, however, face particular difficulties because of climate change.“For small island developing and climatically vulnerable States, the prospect of a continuing warming climate, together with narrowing economic, trade and employment options, mean that their very survival is at stake.”Today’s meeting, which has attracted more than 100 participants from governments, civil society, academia, the private sector and the UN, was held to share best practices and lessons learned in promoting jobs and productive capacity in the region.It was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japanese Government. 7 December 2011Asia-Pacific countries need to boost their cooperation with each other if the region is to achieve the series of social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their 2015 deadline, a United Nations meeting heard today.
Emphasizing the rule of law as a vital element of conflict prevention, peacekeeping, conflict resolution and peace building, the Security Council today underlined the importance of the support of United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions to host countries in strengthening rule-of-law institutions. In a Presidential Statement following up on its 19 February open debate on the rule of law, the Council emphasized the vital importance of promoting justice and the rule of law as an indispensable element for peaceful coexistence and the prevention of armed conflict. The Council underscored that sustainable peace required an integrated approach based on coherence between political, security, development, human rights, including gender equality, and rule of law and justice activities. Outlining rule-of-law activities that might be part of UN peacekeeping and special political missions, the Council noted, among others, the provision of clear, credible and achievable mandates, as well as guidance by UN mission leadership on the Organizations rule-of-law activities and coordination in their conduct. Further to the statement, the Council underscored that support to the host nations rule-of-law institutions should be considered in a country-specific context, while recognizing the contribution of national justice systems, as well as that of the International Criminal Court, in accordance with the principle of complementarity.During the Council’s open debate in which nearly 70 delegations took part, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the rule of law is at the heart of the work of the United Nations and said that it is vital to ensure that the Organization makes the most of its assistance in this area to help post-conflict countries build the foundations for long-term peace and stability.The Secretary-General highlighted four important points that should guide rule of law mandates. First, mandates should reflect the specific challenges of a country and identify priority areas of support. Also, sequencing or establishing phases for the implementation of the different components of assistance is vital, since promptly addressing peoples immediate security and protection needs is crucial to laying the groundwork for the long-term success of institutions and processes. Given limited human and financial resources, a gradual or progressive implementation strategy may be the most effective in transitioning from peacekeeping to long-term development assistance, he continued.And lastly, assessing progress is essential to making policy decisions supported by evidence and responsive to particular needs.The Security Council has made important inroads to promote monitoring and evaluation of UN rule of law assistance, Mr. Ban said. Specific and sequenced mandates, which include data collection and evaluation capacities, would further support these efforts.
Updated 11.30amUNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK (UCC) has made a global first by retaining its Green Flag for the environment.The university received the accolade from the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, who said UCC has shown great leadership in achieving the world’s first Green Flag.He told UCC, “by increasing environmental awareness among your student population you have the potential to influence society generally, helping to ensure that environmental issues remain to the fore in our priorities”.UCC was the first university in the world to be awarded the status of a Green Campus by the Foundation of Environmental Education and An Taisce in 2010, and its renewal is a world first for the international Green Flag campus programme.It followed a rigorous re-evaluation by an expert panel of UCC’s performance in this area, after which An Taisce once again granted the international accreditation.InitiativesIt was student-led environmental initiatives in 2007 that were the catalyst that led to UCC’s first Green Flag award, in conjunction with an extensive environmental review by the Buildings & Estates Department at UCC and academic staff.Thanks to the award, recycling rates have increased from 21 per cent in 2007 to 75 per cent in 2012, with a plan in place for this figure to exceed 90 per cent in the coming years.Total campus energy consumption has been reduced by 9 per cent. while the number of UCC staff members cycling to work has doubled from 6 per cent in 2007 to 12 per cent in 2012.These measures have resulted in cumulative savings of nearly €1,000,000 over this period, and has helped to save 750,000 cubic metres of water in the process.Student buy-in from the outset has been pivotal to the success of UCC’s Green Campus programme, with both the Students’ Union (SU) and UCC Environmental Society taking a leading role.Accepting the award was the president of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy, who said that it remained a “source of immense pride to the University, its staff and its students for UCC to become the first third level institution in the world to reaffirm this important recognition.”The news comes less than a month after Trinity College Dublin was awarded the prestigious “Green Flag” award as part of An Taisce’s Green-Campus programme.UCC is now ranked 3rd in the world from a field of 215 competing universities in the Universitas Indonesia Greenmetric World University Ranking system,Read: Trinity College Dublin awarded environment ‘Green Flag’ >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It is seventy-seven years since Greece defied the fascist ultimatum of Mussolini to enter Greece and answered ‘No’ on 28 October 1940.To commemorate the nation’s heroic stance and the memory of the war heroes, the Hellenic RSL sub branch is hosting a commemorative event for OXI Day on Saturday 28 October. A church service will take place at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church (211 Dorcas St, South Melbourne) at 9.30 am. This will be followed by wreath-laying ceremonies at the Australian Hellenic Memorial (cnr of Birdwood and Anzac Ave, Domain Gardens) at noon and at the Shrine of Remembrance at 1.00 pm.The commemorations will continue at the Hellenic RSL sub branch’s Memorial Hall (14A Ferrars Pl, South Melbourne) for a light lunch.
32 médicaments à éviter selon PrescrirePrescrire est la revue indépendante qui a révélé le scandale du Mediator. Lors de sa manifestation annuelle à Paris, hier, elle a pointé du doigt d’autres médicaments mis sur le marché. Le verdict est sévère.Un nouveau médicament sur cinq serait trop dangereux, à en croire la revue médicale Prescrire, totalement indépendante, et rendue célèbre par l’affaire du Mediator. “Sur les nouvelles spécialités examinées depuis cinq ans par Prescrire, environ 20% n’auraient pas dû obtenir d’autorisation de mise sur le marché (AMM), à cause d’une balance bénéfices-risques défavorable”, a confié à l’Express Gilles Mignot, responsable de l’évaluation des nouveautés. La tendance se serait accélérée depuis les années 2000. Conséquence, pas de lauréat à la “pilule d’or”, cette année. Aucun médicament ne serait aujourd’hui à la hauteur, d’après la revue, inquiète.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Prescrire publie d’ailleurs ce mois-ci un document censé permettre aux médecins de faire le tri dans la jungle des médicaments disponibles, indique Le Point. Dans chaque spécialité, les substances à écarter sont répertoriées. Leur balance bénéfices/risques serait douteuse… Au total, 32 médicaments sont incriminés : Cancérologie- Bévacizumab- Catumaxomab- Cétuximab- Histamine- Mifamurtide- Pazopanib- Temsirolimus- Trabectédine- VinflunineCardiologie- Dipyridamole- Dobésilate de calcium- Ivabradine- Nicorandil- Olmésartan- TrimétazidineContraception- DrospirénoneDermatologie- Kétoprofène- Tacrolimus et pimécrolimusDiabétologie – Endocrinologie- Glitazones- Sartan- SibutramineDouleurs – Soins palliatifs- Capsaïcine- NimésulideGériatrie- RivastigmineGynécologie – Ménopause- TiboloneMaladies infectieuses- TigécyclineNeurologie et psychiatrie- Duloxétine- Méprobamate- OlanzapinePneumologie- OmalizumabRhumatologie- EtoricoxibUrgences- Prométhazine injectableRetrouvez cette liste détaillée sur LePoint.fr (lien non disponible).Le 28 janvier 2011 à 09:56 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government offers sincere condolences to the family and friends on the death of the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. The Premier, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, in deep reflection commented, “Our nation has suffered a tremendous loss today.”One of Rev. Howell’s most notable national accomplishments is the penning of the National Song This Land Of Ours. Rev. Howell, as many knew him, was a true patriot to our country and a soldier for our people. Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell will be greatly missed.” Related Items:national song, this land of ours Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Jammu: Over one lakh pilgrims have performed the Amarnath Yatra during the last eight days as another batch of 5,964 yatris on Tuesday left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley, officials said. To date, 1,11,699 pilgrims have performed the ongoing Yatra, officials said. This year’s 45-day long Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave shrine started on July 1 and will end on August 15, coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us After remaining suspended on Monday due to law and order reasons, the movement of yatris was allowed on Tuesday. “The pilgrims on Tuesday left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two escorted convoys. Of these, 1,967 pilgrims are going to the Baltal base camp while 3,997 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” a police officer said. Yatris approach the cave shrine either from the Baltal base camp using the shorter 14-km long uphill trek or from the traditional Pahalgam base camp using the 42-km long uphill trek. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps. Situated at 3,888 metres above the sea-level, the cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon. Devotees believe the ice stalagmite structure symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva. After public demands, the curbs on the movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway have been brought down to two hours daily. Advertise With Us Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said these curbs are important for the safety of the pilgrims. Local Muslims have always lent a helping hand to their Hindu brethren so that they perform the Yatra with ease and convenience. In fact, till early 1980s, the Amarnath Yatra has mostly remained confined to Kashmiri Pandits and Sadhus. The cave shrine was discovered by a Muslim shepherd — Buta Malik — in 1850. His descendants benefited immensely from the discovery as they received a portion of the offerings at the Cave shrine for over 150 years.
[Representational Image]IANSDays after India’s intelligence agencies warned of attacks by Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), new reports emerged, stating a group of terrorists are planning to carry out a suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The attack is said to take place either on Eid or ahead of Independence Day celebrations.Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has reportedly given Jaish full permission to cause as many casualties as they can, without worrying about “collateral damage,” sources from the Indian intelligence agency told Times of India.Security personals also revealed that the planned attack will take place in a mosque so that Pakistan can ‘pin the blame to India’.A group of seven Jaish terrorists entered the region, south of Banihal and Pir Panjal mountain range, police sources said. ‘We suspect they infiltrated from Rajouri or Poonch district,” a police official said.It is reported that the group’s target is to attack civilian traffic and security installations along the highway in Anantnag district, security sources in south Kashmir said.Abdul Rauf Azhar, the younger brother of Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar, is said to have met ISI officials in Rawalpindi to organise the attack. Abdul Rauf reportedly went back to Bhawalpur after sending the group of suicide bombers to Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier reports suggested that a large number of JeM recruits shifted to the border regions of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) from terror camps in Punjab. Local sleeper cells were also reported to have been activated and a three-member team of JeM was said to plan an attack in Mumbai.Indian security forces have been put on high alert as terror camps in Kotli, Rawalkot, Bagh and Muzzafrabad in PoK area, bordering Line of Control (LoC), have been reactivated with “backing by the Pakistan army”, said top intelligence sources.National Security Adviser Ajit Doval landed in J&K last week and reviewed security arrangements along the LoC with the army and paramilitary commanders.The reports came a week after the Indian government’s move to revoke the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the state into two union territories. Pakistan has called the decision “illegal, unilateral, reckless and coercive attempt” and proceeded to expel Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and suspended all bilateral ties last week. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan compared the BJP government with Nazi fascism and called for the international community to act against the “genocide of the Kashmiris”.What should be obvious is the int community will be witnessing the genocide of the Kashmiris in IOK. Question is: Will we watch another appeasement of fascism, this time in the garb of BJP govt, or will the int community have the moral courage to stop this from happening?— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) August 8, 2019Khan has also made ominous statements about a military conflict between the two countries and said that “Pulwama-like attacks” can be expected.”I can already predict this will happen. They will attempt to place the blame on us again. They may strike us again, and we will strike back,” Imran Khan said in the joint session of parliament last week.Counterinsurgency experts have told TOI, “Terror is the only cost-effective strategy that they are left with, now that India has concretised integration of J&K with the rest of the country.”Experts have said that Pakistan is planning the armed conflict in the state to demonstrate the pro-Pakistan sentiments and will continue to sponsor terror activities in the state. UN chief urges India & Pakistan to exercise ‘maximum restraint’ on Kashmir, recalls Simla agreement Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:49?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 …
Listen Chan-Fan. CC license. Simone ManuelThe road to Rio is not an easy one. For Sugar Land native Simone Manuel, it began at an early age.“I started swimming when I was four and that was just swim lessons, and then I did summer league swimming at the age six, and then I decided I wanted to do year-round swimming at the age of nine,” says Manuel.At ten years old Simone says she earned her first state record. At 19, Manuel made the U.S. Olympic team.“Seeing the Olympic rings by my name I was just in shock, I just didn’t really know what to do, I didn’t know how to react. I think the only thing I probably said inside my head was, ‘Thank God.’ But, I definitely was really excited,” she says.The excitement of making the Olympic team is preceded by thousands of hours of preparation. Manuel’s current practice schedule includes at least nine workouts a week. But the commitment began before she became a teenager.Allison Beebe was Manuel’s coach with the First Colony Swim Team in Sugar Land.“It’s a lifestyle. It’s not only the hard work at the pool, but making smart choices socially. In terms of nutrition, making sure that they’re helping the recovery process in between practices. The family needs to be supportive but not pushy. So it’s a lifestyle, and it’s a healthy lifestyle if managed correctly,” says Beebe who now coaches with the Santa Clara Swim Club in California.Hard work is the norm for an Olympic athlete. What makes Simone’s path unique is the color of her skin. She’s African-American.“Around the age twelve was when I came home from practice and asked my mom, ‘Why aren’t there many people like me in the pool?’ And I think she was kind of surprised by that, but she helped me, we got some information, and we got some answers and from then on I was like, this is what I love to do even though there aren’t many people like me doing it,” she says.And “do it” she has. As a freshman at Stanford, Manuel won the NCAA 50-meter freestyle. She sat out this past year to train for the Olympics. And after a couple of weeks in San Antonio, the Olympic swim team has gone on to Atlanta before their trip to Rio.“Last time I’ve been in Sugar Land was Christmas,” says Manuel, who won’t make it back to town until after the Olympics.Now her focus is set on Olympic glory. While many are concerned about the rumored poor accommodations in the Olympic Village, or the Zika virus, Simone has tunnel vision.Manuel says, “USA Swimming has really helped with the process of soaking our clothes in mosquito repellent, and we have mosquito bug spray and bed nets, so we’re taking all the precautions but our main focus is to be ready to compete and work hard for our country.”Manuel will compete in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X 00:00 /01:37
In the meeting, which was attended by JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, former Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad, consensus was reached on the merger of all splinters of Janata Parivar.According to sources, the unification will start after January 15 as the month of kharmas (inauspicious) will come to end on Makar Sankranti, which will be celebrated on January 14. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhile talking to reporters, after the meeting, JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar on Saturday said, “The merger of Janata Parivar is on the cards. Today, we all met to discuss issues like flag and symbol of the proposed outfit.”“We had earlier taken a decision about merging our parties and Mulayam Singh was authorised to take the proposal forward. We sat together today in this regard. He will speak to the JD(S) president and INLD leaders and we will have a formal meeting,” Kumar said, describing their meeting as informal. While talking to Millennium Post, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said, “All parties have agreed to the merger and the good news will come soon.”There are suggestions that JD (U) and RJD may merge before the grand merger of five parties as a prolonged delay may be detrimental to their interest in Bihar which is headed for polls later this year and they face a stiff challenge from a rejuvenated BJP.
Kolkata: Kundan Maharaj (24), who was driving his own cab while ferrying some passengers to Burdwan from Howrah, has been murdered when he resisted their attempt to loot the vehicle.He was a resident of Howrah’s Liluah. The accused are believed to be car lifters, who booked the vehicle under the pretext of going to Shaktigarh.According to the investigation, police came to know that four youths boarded the vehicle from Howrah and told the victim, who is also the owner of the car, that they would go to Shaktigarh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe family members of the victim told the police that when he reached Shaktigarh, the youths asked him to drive 10 kms further towards Burdwan side. Maharaj then captured some photographs of the passengers and sent to his father through social a networking app on Saturday night.Police on Saturday night recovered the body of the victim that was lying on National Highway 2. There were several stab marks in his abdomen. The car was found at a distance of around 10 km from the place where the body was spotted. A sharp weapon was also found inside the vehicle which was carrying blood stains. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPAccording to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the miscreants stabbed the victim and dumped him on the road side. Then they sped up the vehicle in an attempt to loot it. On their way, they met with an accident as the vehicle was at a top speed. When the car met with an accident, the accused youths fled the spot leaving the vehicle there.Police suspect that the miscreants might be a part of interstate car smuggling racket. Police have seized the car and recovered the mobile phone of the victim. The family members called up the victim several times but the phone remained unanswered until the district police recovered his body. They have started a detailed probe and are conducting raids.
Recently, most of the organizations experienced severe downfall due to an undetected malware, Deeplocker, which secretly evaded even the stringent cyber security mechanisms. Deeplocker leverages the AI model to attack the target host by using indicators such as facial recognition, geolocation and voice recognition. This incidence speaks volumes about the big role AI plays in the cybersecurity domain. In fact, some may even go on to say that AI for cybersecurity is no longer a nice to have tech rather a necessity. Large and small organizations and even startups are hugely investing in building AI systems to analyze the huge data trove and in turn, help their cybersecurity professionals to identify possible threats and take precautions or immediate actions to solve it. If AI can be used in getting the systems protected, it can also harm it. How? The hackers and intruders can also use it to launch an attack–this would be a much smarter attack–which would be difficult to combat. Phishing, one of the most common and simple social engineering cyber attack is now easy for attackers to master. There are a plethora of tools on the dark web that can help anyone to get their hands on phishing. In such trying conditions, it is only imperative that organizations take necessary precautions to guard their information castles. What better than AI? How 6 tools are using artificial intelligence for cybersecurity Symantec’s Targeted attack analytics (TAA) tool This tool was developed by Symantec and is used to uncover stealthy and targeted attacks. It applies AI and machine learning on the processes, knowledge, and capabilities of the Symantec’s security experts and researchers. The TAA tool was used by Symantec to counter the Dragonfly 2.0 attack last year. This attack targeted multiple energy companies and tried to gain access to operational networks. Eric Chein, Technical Director of Symantec Security says, “ With TAA, we’re taking the intelligence generated from our leading research teams and uniting it with the power of advanced machine learning to help customers automatically identify these dangerous threats and take action.” The TAA tools analyze incidents within the network against the incidents found in their Symantec threat data lake. TAA unveils suspicious activity in individual endpoints and collates that information to determine whether each action indicate hidden malicious activity. The TAA tools are now available for Symantec Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) customers. Sophos’ Intercept X tool Sophos is a British security software and hardware company. Its tool, Intercept X, uses a deep learning neural network that works similar to a human brain. In 2010, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) created their first Cyber Genome Program to uncover the ‘DNA’ of malware and other cyber threats, which led to the creation of algorithm present in the Intercept X. Before a file executes, the Intercept X is able to extract millions of features from a file, conduct a deep analysis, and determine if a file is benign or malicious in 20 milliseconds. The model is trained on real-world feedback and bi-directional sharing of threat intelligence via an access to millions of samples provided by the data scientists. This results in high accuracy rate for both existing and zero-day malware, and a lower false positive rate. Intercept X utilizes behavioral analysis to restrict new ransomware and boot-record attacks. The Intercept X has been tested on several third parties such as NSS labs and received high-scores. It is also proven on VirusTotal since August of 2016. Maik Morgenstern, CTO, AV-TEST said, “One of the best performance scores we have ever seen in our tests.” Darktrace Antigena Darktrace Antigena is Darktrace’s active self-defense product. Antigena expands Darktrace’s core capabilities to detect and replicate the function of digital antibodies that identify and neutralize threats and viruses. Antigena makes use of Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System to identify suspicious activity and responds to them in real-time, depending on the severity of the threat. With the help of underlying machine learning technology, Darktrace Antigena identifies and protects against unknown threats as they develop. It does this without the need for human intervention, prior knowledge of attacks, rules or signatures. With such automated response capability, organizations can respond to threats quickly, without disrupting the normal pattern of business activity. Darktrace Antigena modules help to regulate user and machine access to the internet, message protocols and machine and network connectivity via various products such as Antigena Internet, Antigena Communication, and Antigena network. IBM QRadar Advisor IBM’s QRadar Advisor uses the IBM Watson technology to fight against cyber attacks. It uses AI to auto-investigate indicators of any compromise or exploit. QRadar Advisor uses cognitive reasoning to give critical insights and further accelerates the response cycle. With the help of IBM’s QRadar Advisor, security analysts can assess threat incidents and reduce the risk of missing them. Features of the IBM QRadar Advisor Automatic investigations of incidents QRadar Advisor with Watson investigates threat incidents by mining local data using observables in the incident to gather broader local context. It later quickly assesses the threats regarding whether they have bypassed layered defenses or were blocked. Provides Intelligent reasoning QRadar identifies the likely threat by applying cognitive reasoning. It connects threat entities related to the original incident such as malicious files, suspicious IP addresses, and rogue entities to draw relationships among these entities. Identifies high priority risks With this tool, one can get critical insights on an incident, such as whether or not a malware has executed, with supporting evidence to focus your time on the higher risk threats. Then make a decision quickly on the best response method for your business. Key insights on users and critical assets IBM’s QRadar can detect suspicious behavior from insiders through integration with the User Behavior Analytics (UBA) App and understands how certain activities or profiles impact systems. Vectra’s Cognito Vectra’s Cognito platform uses AI to detect attackers in real-time. It automates threat detection and hunts for covert attackers. Cognito uses behavioral detection algorithms to collect network metadata, logs and cloud events. It further analyzes these events and stores them to reveal hidden attackers in workloads and user/ IoT devices. Cognito platform consists of Cognito Detect and Cognito Recall. Cognito Detect reveals hidden attackers in real time using machine learning, data science, and behavioral analytics. It automatically triggers responses from existing security enforcement points by driving dynamic incident response rules. Cognito Recall determines exploits that exist in historical data. It further speeds up detection of incident investigations with actionable context about compromised devices and workloads over time. It’s a quick and easy fix to find all devices or workloads accessed by compromised accounts and identify files involved in exfiltration. Just as diamond cuts diamond, AI cuts AI. By using AI to attack and to prevent on either side, AI systems will learn different and newer patterns and also identify unique deviations to security analysts. This provides organizations to resolve an attack on the way much before it reaches to the core. Given the rate at which AI and machine learning are expanding, the days when AI will redefine the entire cybersecurity ecosystem are not that far. Read Next DeepMind AI can spot over 50 sight-threatening eye diseases with expert accuracy IBM’s DeepLocker: The Artificial Intelligence powered sneaky new breed of Malware 7 Black Hat USA 2018 conference cybersecurity training highlights Top 5 cybersecurity trends you should be aware of in 2018