The family of Sameyddin, a resident of Madapur, told The Hindu that he had gone to get grass for the cattle. He saw someone being beaten after which he got scared and ran. He was cornered and brutally beaten by the mob.Locals alleged that an announcement was made from a local place of worship at Bajhaida Khurd, about smugglers stealing cows and slaughtering them.These allegations are yet to be investigated by the police.As against the claims by the victims’ families and villagers, the local administration presented the case to be that of a road rage.Police have rejected villagers’ allegation of cow slaughter rumours as the basis of the lynching. They have detained five people in connection with the incident.According to Bajhaida Khurd villagers, a mob ran towards a farm following rumours of some people smuggling cows from farm lands for the purpose of cow slaughter.The mob went towards the village in vicinity, Madapur, and found Qasim and Sameyddin working in the farm. It attacked them with sticks. As the news of the lynching spread, officials immediately reached the spot. Circle Officer Pawan Kumar and police station in charge Ashwini Kumar took the injured to a local private hospital where Qasim was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors.Given the sensitivity of the matter, senior officials from Hapur, including Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rammohan Singh and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Hanuman Prasad reached the police station.Villagers confront each otherAs the news of Qasim’s death spread, residents of Bajhaida Khurd and Madapur confronted each other, leading to communal tension in the area. Police and personnel of the PAC were immediately deployed in the area.The residents of Bajhaida Khurd alleged that Qasim was trying to smuggle the local cows and when they protested, he started attacking the villagers.Sameyddin’s family members alleged that he was cutting grass for his cattle when he was picked up and beaten by local villagers.SP Hapur Sankalp Sharma, however, rejected the allegation that rumours of cow slaughter was the basis of the attack and lynching.“The victim’s family has given us a written complaint, saying that the beating and the fight was triggered after a motorbike hit some people. One person died and another was assaulted,” Mr. Sharma said.“This has nothing to do with cow slaughter rumours. Police are investigating the matter and we will take strict action against the culprits,” he added. A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and another was injured allegedly over rumors of cow slaughter at Pilakhua in Hapur district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.Qasim, 45, a cattle trader, received a call from someone who claimed to be a seller of cattle, asking him to come to Bajhaida Khurd, said his son Mahtab. The next thing he got to know was that his father was dead.“This looks like a conspiracy. It needs to be investigated,” said Mr. Mahtab, a resident of Siddiqpura village, next to Bajhaida Khurd.Also Read Prominent attacks by cow vigilantes since 2015
Indian-American Narsan Lingala and his girlfriend Sandhya Reddy have been charged with trying to hire a hitman to kill the former’s estranged wife.Lingala, 55, who has been charged by criminal complaint with one count of murder-for-hire was produced before US Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court and was held without bail. His ex-girlfriend, Reddy, 52, appeared in the court on the same charge and was also detained.Read it at Deccan Chronicle Related Items
Pakistan then forced seven penalty corners in the space Pakistan then forced seven penalty corners in the space of three minutes, four of them in a succession before equalising in the 21st minute. Muhammad Irfan Jr found the target in a scrimmage following a penaty corner shot. New Zealand left Pakistan way behind with three goals in a four minute burst. Two strikes by Woods (39th and 42nd minutes) and one by Kane Russell (43rd) on penalty corners stunned Pakistan. Pakistan tried to stage a comeback and exerted a lot of pressure on New Zealand, but could only reduce the margin by a goal. Qadir scored his second goal for Pakistan in the 52nd minute before New Zealand closed the gaps in their defence. Earlier, fast-improving Canada posted their first victory in three outings by prevailing 3-1 over Japan. After a goalless first half, Canada rode on two open field goals in successive minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Mark Pearson (34th minute) and Garbiel Ho-Garcia (35th) penetrated the Japanese circle to shoot on target before Japan pulled one back in the 42nd through captain Hiroki Sakamoto through a penalty corner. Canada sealed the fate of the contest with a 45th-minute penalty corner strike by captain Scott Tupper. The victory took Canadas points tally to four from three outings. They had picked up the first point from a 1-1 draw against New Zealand on Thursday. Japan have suffered defeats in all their three outings. PTI Cor SSC SSC
Samsung is reportedly planning to announce a rugged version of the recently launched S8, dubbed – Galaxy S8 Active soon. The South Korean smartphone maker has done the same with S6 and S7 as well by announcing the Galaxy S6 Active and S7 Active. Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is already in works, hints a few reports making rounds about the smartphone. Now some newly leaked images of the upcoming S8 Active show Galaxy S8-like design, 4000mAh battery and more.The leak comes directly from a Samsung employee in San Francisco, and is first reported by Android Police. The images reveal a Galaxy S8-like design, but there seems to be little difference on the battery setup. The S8 Active with a model number SM-G892A appears with a massive 4000mAh battery, which is quite big as compared to the Galaxy S8 and also S8+. To recall, Galaxy S8 comes with a 3000 mAh battery, while the S8+ Plus is backed by a 3500 mAh battery.The upcoming S8 Active is said to sport a display of the same size as the standard S8’s 5.8-inch unit. But, what differs on the display front is the absence of the curved edges, and this could be because of the durability reason. Further looking at the leaked images, looks like S8 Active will be a phone very different is look as compared to the other Active phones. For the Active phones, Samsung always preferred rugged physical keys over the physical home and capacitive keys. And with the S8 Active, the company may follow the same strategy.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8 Active spotted on Geekbench, specifications leakedFurthermore, the leaked images show that Samsung may have seemingly ditched the trademark reprogrammable Active Key for the Bixby button. The smrtphone is expected to run on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Apart from these minor differences, Samsung’s upcoming S8 Active phone is expected to be much like the Galaxy S8. The smartphone is expected o come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which can be further expandable via a microSD card. While on the camera front, the smartphone is likely to sport a 12-megapixel camera at the rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone is also seen with Qi wireless charging feature.Samsung Galaxy S8 Active has been subjected to several leaks already. The alleged Galaxy S8 Active has been spotted GekkBench, benchmark website a few weeks ago. The website shows the smartphone with an almost no-bezel screen – Infinity display – and a similar sensor and button placement as in the Galaxy S8. Further, the phone achieved a score of 1842 in the single-core test and 6394 in the multi-core test.
Liga MX Cruz Azul moving Tuesday home game after earthquakes Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:50 24/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Rocio Vazquez Liga MX Cruz Azul Pachuca v Cruz Azul Pachuca Liga MX matches are set to resume during the week, but La Maquina are seeking an alternate venue after not being allowed to play at Estadio Azul Cruz Azul is looking for an alternate location for Tuesday’s Liga MX match against Pachuca after Mexico City officials informed the club it could not play at its usual home venue, Estadio Azul.All matches scheduled for this weekend were postponed after Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in the state of Puebla resulted in dozens of collapsed buildings in the capital with quake-related deaths now above 300. Saturday morning brought more shaking in Mexico City, with a 6.1 magnitude quake taking place in Oaxaca setting off alarms and waking residents of the capital whose nerves already have been frayed after a stressful week.League action is set to resume midweek, but Cruz Azul announced Saturday it will not be able to play in its normal home. “Due to the earthquake and today’s earthquake alert, (Mexico City) is not allowing us to play Tuesday, September 26 in the Azul. The club will look for another site.” Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Debido al sismo y #AlertaSismica de hoy, la #CDMX no permitió jugar el próximo martes 26 de Septiembre en el Azul. Se buscará otra sede.— CRUZ AZUL FC ® (@Cruz_Azul_FC) September 23, 2017 Opened in 1946, the Azul is the oldest stadium in Liga MX. Cruz Azul announced plans to leave the Estadio Azul on a permanent basis and is currently seeking a site where it can build. Like most of the stadiums in Mexico, it was used as a drop-off site for aid items with players and coach Paco Jemez jumping into action to help collect and organize donations.El DT del @Cruz_Azul_FC “Paco Jemez” en La Plaza México apoyando y solidarizándose con el pueblo mexicano. pic.twitter.com/lwr2KYiO1V— La Plaza Mexico (@LaPlazaMexico) September 20, 2017No other first-division matches are scheduled for Mexico City during the week, while Puebla’s home contest against Atlas at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc is expected to go ahead without postponement.
England Jones out of Brazil friendly, Cook & Solanke added to England squad Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 06:15 11/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty England England v Brazil Friendlies Brazil World Cup Gareth Southgate has added Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook to the England squad for the Brazil friendly, with Phil Jones ruled out. Phil Jones has withdrawn from the England squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Brazil with a thigh injury, while Dominic Solanke and Lewis Cook have been called up.Manchester United defender Jones started Friday’s friendly with Germany but had to be taken off after 25 minutes due to the injury.England 3/1 to beat Brazil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player He adds to Gareth Southgate’s significant list of absentees, with Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Jack Butland, Gary Cahill, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph all made unavailable in the last week.Southgate has decided not to add to the defenders already available to him despite Jones’ injury, instead bolstering his options further up the pitch.#YoungLions duo @DomSolanke and @lewiscook_ have joined @AngusGunn01 in being promoted to the #ThreeLions squad.Read more on the call-ups, plus news of a withdrawal from the group: https://t.co/XSLNIhYOkI pic.twitter.com/rVOEitx3j6 — England (@England) November 11, 2017 Bournemouth midfielder Cook and Liverpool striker Solanke have joined up with the senior squad having previously been on duty with the Under-21s.Both are in line to make their senior bows if they feature against the Brazilians.I am incredibly honoured and proud to be called up for the @England senior squad. A huge achievement for me and my family. Thank you for all the kind messages— Lewis Cook (@lewiscook_) November 11, 2017 They join Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn in earning a promotion after Southgate decided to add from within rather than make any further selections from outside of the existing group.Cook, a box-to-box central midfielder, has made four Premier League appearances this season, his second with Bournemouth since signing from Leeds United.Liverpool forward Solanke has appeared seven times in the English top flight since arriving at Anfield from Chelsea, but those appearances have totalled just 84 minutes.
zoom As of late June, liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering has become available at the Euroservices Terminal at Zeebrugge, Belgium after the first such refuelling operation proved to be a success.The multi-purpose LNG Carrier Coral Methane (7500 cbm), owned by Anthony Veder, was the first to tests the service. The vessel called at the port of Zeebrugge on June 29th for purging and conditioning operations at Euroservices Terminal. After discharging a cargo of ethylene at the port of Stenungsund, the LNG carrier arrived in Zeebrugge under last cargo vapors ethylene in order to change cargo atmosphere from ethylene to methane for her next charter agreement with AGA Gas.The cargo tanks of the vessel were successfully purged with purity shore nitrogen till requested specifications, ready for next cargo LNG.The LNG was delivered with several trucks by GDF SUEZ LNG Solutions in order to perform gas up and cool down operations.These operations took place on basis top-spray in/top-purge out with a flare return line available to flare off overpressure (nitrogen/LNG).Once cargo tanks were fully cooled down with LNG to -145 degrees Celsius, additional LNG was delivered to the vessel as heel and fuel.This first LNG operation at Euroservices Terminal was planned and prepared with Anthony Veder, GDF SUEZ LNG Solutions and Euroservices.Anton Aerts, Commercial Manager GDF SUEZ LNG Solutions said: “We succeeded in having a full LNG tanker truck and operator available at the Coral Methane during the three days of the operation, so it could proceed without delay.”Press Release; July 16th, 2014; Images: Zeebrugge Port
New Delhi: A day after he was shifted from the high profile Ministry of Finance to the Power Ministry, senior bureaucrat Subhash Chandra Garg on Thursday applied for voluntary retirement from service, sources said. Once the application of Garg seeking voluntary retirement is accepted he would become the first finance secretary to do so in 19 years. Garg was due for superannuation on October 31, 2020. In November 2000, senior IAS officer EAS Sharma also called it quits after being shunted out from the finance ministry to the relatively low key coal ministry during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsInstead of taking up coal secretary post, Sarma, who was the economic affairs secretary in the Vajpayee regime, had retired voluntarily, a year and two months before his superannuation date. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had on Wednesday approved the appointment of Atanu Chakroborty, an 85-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, as the new Finance Secretary. Chakroborty was serving as Disinvestment Secretary. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe government also appointed power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla as Officer on Special Duty in the Home Ministry and he will take over as the new Union Home Secretary succeeding Rajiv Gauba when he retires on August 31. According to a DoPT order, Bhalla, a 1984 batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, will join the MHA with immediate effect and continue to function as OSD till Gauba retires for the smooth transition of the charges. Anil Kumar Khachi, a 1986-batch IAS from Himachal Pradesh cadre will be the new Disinvestment Secretary succeeding Chakraborty. As per the DoPT order, Anshu Prakash, 1986-batch UT cadre IAS officer, appointed as new Telecom Secretary while his batch-mate from West Bengal cadre RS Shukla will join as Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs. Ravi Capoor, a 1986-batch Assam Meghalaya cadre, was appointed Secretary, Textiles while his batch-mate Atul Chaturvedi was sent to Animal Husbandry and Dairying department in the same capacity. The ACC also cleared in-situ upgrade of 12 IAS officers of 1986 batch to the level of Special Secretary in the rank and pay of Secretary, as a measure personal to them, by temporarily upgrading the post held by them, the order said. Those 1986-batch IAS promoted as special secretaries include Anil Kumar Jain in the Environment Ministry, Subash Chandra in the Department of Defence, Sanjeev Nandan Sahai in the Power Ministry, Shambhu Singh in the Roads and Transport Ministry, Ravi Mittal in the Department of Financial Services, Pramod Kumar Das in the Department of Expenditure and Sanjeeva Kumar in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the order said.
It’s been a tough week, so today we bring you happiness. No, really — an actual episode about the study of happiness: How we define it, how we measure it, and some surprising new data that reveals which groups of Canadians are actually the happiest.Can money buy happiness? What about Twitter followers, do they make you happy? Friends? Family? A pet or a chocolate bar? And why are most of the people you know with steady jobs and a handful of kids some of the least happy folks you’ll find? Listen to this episode and consider what matters to you, and the things in your life that bring you joy. And when you’re done, take our guest’s advice and go smile at someone.GUEST: John Helliwell, Happiness expert, Editor, World Happiness Report, UBC professor emeritusAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_1102_2018.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.
CHARLOTTETOWN — A look at Peter Bevan-Baker, leader of Prince Edward Island’s Green party.Age: 56.Early years: Bevan-Baker grew up in Scotland. He was a member of the Cub Scouts and later the Sea Scouts. He immigrated to Canada in 1985, living in Newfoundland and then Ontario before settling in Prince Edward Island in 2003. He became a Canadian citizen in 1992.Education: He earned a Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland.Career: He ran a dental clinic, cafe and community hall in Hampton, P.E.I. He ran unsuccessfully nine times federally and provincially for the Green party before becoming the first Green member of the P.E.I. legislature in 2015.Family: Married to his wife Ann for 28 years. They have four children.Quote: “On P.E.I. we face lots of problems ranging from mental health to sustainable agriculture to securing predictable long-term economic prosperity. Governing well means recognizing them all and bringing forward a coherent, integrated suite of policies and actions to deal with them in a balanced and cohesive way. But it also means recognizing what things must take precedence; what issues must be placed prior to the others. All issues are critical to some people, but some issues are fundamental to everyone’s well-being.” – From a recent blog post. The Canadian Press
Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Though more than 40 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the task of convincing a jury that he is a sexual predator when his criminal trial begins next month will largely fall to just one — Andrea Constand.Ms. Constand, who says Mr. Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004, is the only woman whose complaint has resulted in criminal charges. Many of the other women never called the police, or when they considered it, found that the statute of limitations had expired.By coming forward, Ms. Constand is sure to confront the sort of intense scrutiny that most people do when publicizing claims of sexual assault. And her account, along with how she tells it, will be critically important, not only to the outcome of the case and to the Cosby legacy but also to the many other women who view her as their last chance for justice. Advertisement
NEW YORK — J.C. Penney is closing more stores after a weak holiday sales season.Fourth-quarter income tumbled nearly 70 per cent and revenue slid 8 per cent.It did beat Wall Street expectations, and shares jumped 18 per cent before the opening bell Thursday.The company’s net income was $75 million, or 24 cents per share, for the quarter. That compares with $242 million, or 77 cents per share, a year ago.Adjusted per share was 18 cents per share, 7 cents better than analyst had projected, according to a survey by FactSet. Revenue was $3.78 billion, also beating expectations.Same-store sales fell 4 per cent, and the company says it’s closing 18 stores.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday as the nomination of a new Federal Reserve chief who will likely be in no rush to wrap up stimulus measures helped to distract traders from American debt worries.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,730.33 +37.92 0.30%S&P 500 — 1,656.40 +0.95 0.06%Dow — 14,802.98 +26.45 0.18%Nasdaq — 3,677.78 -17.05 -0.46%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 37.92 points to 12,730.33, while the Canadian dollar was down 0.24 of a cent to 96.21 cents US.U.S. indexes generally shook off early losses following two days of sharp declines as President Barack Obama nominated Janet Yellen, currently the Fed’s vice-chairwoman, to head the U.S. central bank.Yellen’s appointment “does add certainty, in the absence of certainty for stocks,” said Jim Russell, a regional investment director at U.S. Bank in New York.“It perhaps keeps a little bit of a safety net under equities for the near, or intermittent, term.” Yellen has been a key architect of the Fed’s efforts under chairman Ben Bernanke to keep interest rates near record lows to support the economy through US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrials rose 26.45 points to 14,802.98 and the S&P 500 index moved 0.95 of a point higher to 1,656.4. But tech stocks suffered for a third day with the Nasdaq dropping 17.06 points to 3,677.78.Traders also looked to the release of the minutes from the Fed’s last policy meeting Sept. 18. At that time, the Fed surprised markets in deciding not to start tapering its asset purchases because, in its view, the economy just wasn’t ready for such a step.One reason why Fed policy-makers did not begin tapering last month was concern over whether the different arms of the U.S. government could agree on a budget and the raising of the debt ceiling.Those minutes showed that nearly every member of the Fed thought that the central bank should see more data before slowing its bond purchases. But worries about whether a delay would confuse markets made the decision a close call.Markets have been rattled in recent days as a deadlock over funding pushed the U.S. government into a partial shutdown last week.The clock is also ticking toward an Oct. 17 deadline when the government hits its debt limit and starts running out of cash to pay creditors.But amid the tough talk of recent days, there were hints of the possibility of a brief truce. There were indications that both sides might be open to a short-term extension of the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit and a temporary end to the shutdown, giving them more time to resolve their disputes.And that fits in with what many analysts expect.“I think you will get enough resolved, not fully resolved but enough to move forward with,” said Sadiq Adatia, chief investment officer at Sun Life Global Investment.Much of the concern about a potential default by the government bond has been concentrated in short-term government securities known as T-bills.Portfolio managers at Fidelity Investments have been selling their short-term government debt holdings over the last couple of weeks. The largest manager of money market mutual funds in the U.S. said Wednesday that it no longer holds any U.S. government debt that comes due around the time the nation could hit its borrowing limit.On the TSX, the telecom sector led advancers, up 1% with BCE (TSX:BCE) ahead 97 cents to $44.70 while Telus (TSX:T) ran ahead 46 cents to $34.39.The base metals group was up 0.5% even as December copper fell six cents to US$3.23 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) climbed 57 cents to C$18.12 but Thompson Creek Metals (TSX:TCM) fell 15 cents to $3.22.The gold sector rose about 0.45% as December bullion fell $17.40 to US$1,307.20 an ounce. Yamana Gold (TSX:YRI) gained 21 cents to C$10.15.Industrials also lent support with Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) up 64 cents to $107.94.The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was off $1.88 at US$101.65 a barrel. The energy sector was up 0.25% with Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) ahead 36 cents to C$36.17.In earnings news, the Jean Coutu Group (TSX:PJC.A) posted quarterly net earnings of $208.2 million, or 99 cents per share, largely as a result of the sale of its stake in U.S. chain Rite Aid.The retailer said it plans to return up to $502 million to shareholders by way of share buyback and a one-time dividend of 50 cents per share.Excluding the one-item items, the company earned $49.9 million or 24 cents per share, about level with year-earlier earnings of $50 million or 23 cents but missing analyst estimates by a penny. Its shares fell 79 cents to $18.12. TOP STORIESCanadian corporate titan Paul Desmarais dies at 86CPPIB considering joining bid for BlackBerryFOMC minutes: Most Fed officials saw tapering this year, but decision to hold off a ‘close call’Jean Coutu is about to hand a bunch of cash back to shareholders as profit spikesThe U.S. Treasury can prevent debt default, but the cure would bring on a recessionWHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYG20 finance ministers meet in Washington ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.New housing price index (Aug) UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 310,000 jobs CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESMicron Technology, Inc. Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 24¢ a share Safeway Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 16¢ a share
GARRARD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- The hot dry conditions have some counties under a burn ban.Garrard County announced Friday it’s joining that list.- Advertisement – Madison County is under a burn ban and firefighters say this is the reason why.Firefighters in Berea had to battle a brush fire they say got out of control on Thursday.They say this started as an illegal burn and because of how dry it has been.
I want patients to continue to be at the front of the queue for the best treatments availableJeremy Hunt, Health Secretary Professor Sir John Bell, the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University, will use a speech at the University of Birmingham today to set out how the country can build British life science into a “globally unique industry” while improving outcomes for patients.”We have created a strategy which capitalises on our strong science base to further build the industry into a globally-unique and internationally competitive life sciences eco-system, supported by collaboration across industry, Government, the NHS, academia, and research funders to deliver health and wealth,” he will say.Each year thousands of lives depend on health officials accurately predicting which strains of influenza will strike the UK and preparing the right vaccines to thwart them.In winter 2014-15, there were an estimated 44,000 excess deaths partly attributed to ineffective vaccines.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will today announce £14 million of funding support for 11 medical technology research centres to bring new technologies to patients by encouraging collaboration between industry and the NHS.”I want patients to continue to be at the front of the queue for the best treatments available, whether that means early access to trials, giving staff brand new innovations and technology to work with, or being at the heart of research to share best practice quickly across the health and social care system,” he will say.”A strong and growing life sciences sector ensures this, particularly as we negotiate our exit from the EU.” 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. A new national centre to investigate cures for influenza will be at the heart of a £160 million Government boost for the UK’s research sector, ministers will announced.The facility is also expected to manufacture large-scale vaccines to tackle polio and a host of other illnesses.The announcement coincides with the publication of a review recommending the future strategy for Britain’s £64 billion life sciences industry as the UK prepares to leave the EU.
BHP says it is continuing to evaluate materials handling and fleet replenishment options at its Spence copper mine, in Chile, with one possibility being the use of an in-pit crushing and conveying ore system in tandem with autonomous trucks.In its 2018 annual report, the company said the timing and sequencing of these options was “pertinent” to reducing health and safety risks and operating costs, with “technology-enabled solutions potentially significantly reducing risks associated with crash, collision and rollover, silica exposure, dust and greenhouse gas emissions”.Spence is a key part of BHP’s copper portfolio in Chile and is due to produce some 185,000-200,000 t of the red metal in the company’s 2019 financial year to end-June.
COMMENTS ARE PART of the lifeblood of the site.Whether they make you laugh, roll your eyes, punch the keyboard, nod your head or just think about something in a different way, the reaction from readers is an integral part of the news stories that we publish.As you’ll see from the list below, a lot of the articles which got the most comments this year were – unsurprisingly – on topical news issues which people felt strongly about. Same-sex marriage makes the list, with abortion, vaccinations and a united Ireland all getting provoking a vocal reaction from readers too.So without further ado, here’s the 10 articles which received the most comments this year as of 20 December. Keep an eye out for later this week when we’ll be publishing the comments which got the most thumbs up from other readers. That’s going to be fun…1. Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today?Comments: 784(Shutterstock)2. Poll: Should Ireland allow terminations in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities? Comments: 687(Photocall Ireland) 3. Shatter condemns hate mail sent to Muslim Community, says gardaí will take “appropriate action”Comments: 622(Brian Lawless/PA Wire) 4. Pictures: Crowds take to the streets for pro-choice marchComments: 575(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland) 5. Pics: Thousands attend pro-life vigil in Dublin Comments: 554(Niall Carson/PA Wire)6= Ireland’s largest mosque gets planning permission Comments: 540(Dublin Welfare Society) 6= Poll: Would you welcome a united Ireland? Comments: 540(Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images)8. Dublin business owner in storm over gay take-topper row Comments: 5389. Poll: Should vaccinations be compulsory for children?Comments: 536(Owen Humphreys/PA Wire) 10. Stop exporting your abortion problem, Britain tells Ireland Comments: 502(Julian Behal/PA Wire) Read: A selection of the best reader comments every week >
IT BEGAN SHORTLY after my partner became pregnant. It seemed as if an erratic attitude – that she could ‘let go’ and behave whatever way she wanted – began to manifest itself, with the constant excuse that hormones were to blame.It started with unfeasible demands, such as requesting a second car while I was the only one in the house working and one car was all that was required, or choosing baby names without me and becoming very aggressive if I did not like a name. When demands were not met, a period of two to three days of verbal abuse and mental abuse would begin. I would not accept the abuse, and when she decided that she wanted to be friends and have a happy home again, I said that it was possible, but that the recent behaviour would have to be addressed. When I stood my ground on this, another bout of verbal abuse ensued. For example: “you’re a useless partner”,”you cannot provide for your family”, etc.I continued to stand my ground and insist that we seek relationship counselling. She would only agree to this in the evenings when she knew the councillor’s office was closed, and the next morning would refuse to attend the session with me. Eventually, the abuse turned into physical abuse. On one occasion she punched me in the face numerous times while I was asking her not to yank her daughter, who had recently had an operation, up the stairs recklessly while shouting at her. I left that night, despite it being my home also.In an effort to get me back to the house, I suffered threats that I would never see the child, that she would have an abortion. I still stood my ground and stayed away. Consequently, she had an abortion and never informed me; I had to hear from a third party.I felt a strong sense of dutyMy thought process at the time was that my partner was pregnant so, morally, I could not just walk away. I felt a strong sense of duty towards her existing child and our unborn child, as any decent human would. To me, children are not assets to be used in arguments or to receive welfare payments and child maintenance.I felt trapped somewhat as my solicitor told me the bare facts – that my ex-partner would have custody of the child and that I would have to wait for approximately two years to receive limited access through the courts. This was known by my ex-partner, and was used as a threat towards me constantly. She was also aware that I wanted to raise the unborn child and, again, used this to try and manipulate me and the situation as she knew the law and society were on her side.I know that her group of friends think similarly, and whereas this behaviour would generally be considered strange, I was shocked at the number of males and females who accepted it and attempted to portray me as having abandoned my ex-partner. It really was an eye-opener as to the reality of what Irish society deems acceptable behaviour in such a situation.I was a victimI was far from afraid of the stigma as I was clear in my head that I was a victim of not only abuse, but also assault. I reported the incident to the Gardai. A female Garda actually tried to persuade me to return to my ex-partner, and suggested that she could have a chat with her to assist in mending the relationship. At that point, I told the Garda that this was not acceptable – that if a woman presented herself with such a claim, the man would be arrested within hours; at least an investigation would take place.I think this highlights the lack of training and support available across society for our various public services for dealing with men who come forward with their incidents. This particular Garda clearly was inept through lack of training, experience and common sense.She spread lies about meMy family and close friends were amazingly supportive. They reinforced in me that my future was bright, and that I should stand my ground and do the right thing: stay away from my ex-partner, do not contact her unless necessary, work through my solicitor and do not get dragged into the fight that she was clearly trying to bring about in order to portray me as the abuser. She actually spread lies about me that I had in fact hit her. Without giving details, I am a very large, fit man and she is a slim woman; had I hit her, the signs would be there for all to see. Yet no such evidence was ever even requested or spoken about. I find it amazing that the general reaction by society was to spread the rumour as scandal rather than ask for evidence. We should seriously look at ourselves.In my opinion, all victims of domestic abuse should be encouraged to approach the Gardai. The Gardai should receive training on how to deal with such a situation appropriately; pressing charges against any person accused, with sufficient evidence, of domestic abuse, regardless of gender. We need a zero tolerance approach to this issue.Let me be clear, the Gardai are obliged to protect their fellow citizens, not to return them to harm’s way. As for other organisations, I am not sure what we can do as I am quite a strong person and dealt with this relying on the great support of my family and friends, and the professional advice of my solicitor.Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child?I also feel that the law discriminates against men in this area. Why are women automatically granted custody of the child when born? Should a man not be entitled to equal access to his child when born, regardless of the status of the relationship between the mother and father? Of course he should! Although, naturally, factors such as breast feeding in the early months need to be allowed for.Statistics presented in the media lean towards coverage of child and woman abuse – but how could we possibly have statistics regarding abuse of males when the Gardai, and other bodies, effectively treat the issue as a non-issue and try to return the abused to his abuser? I have never struck a woman, yet I have been struck on a number of occasions by women. These occasions were in social settings with alcohol involved and far from as serious as domestic abuse in the home.Please do not misunderstand me; I love women and see men and women as absolutely equal. However, society seems to think it is OK for a woman to actually slap a man across the face for whatever reason. It is actually laughed off. For example, if you give an opinion on a delicate subject that people might not agree with, it may and has resulted in a slap across the face or a kick in the shins. Reverse the situation; what would the outcome be?Read: Violence in the home: “It was always the fear that this person was going to kill me”
Besides heating the Earth, the Sun has been very busy the past few days. Just last week we reported that high latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere may have had the luxury of viewing aurora borealis displays thanks to a large solar flare that hurled a cloud of plasma down to Earth at the beginning of the week. Today, we’re hearing more news from NASA of another, very large solar flare.At 3:48 a.m. EST today, the Sun shot the largest solar flare seen in the current solar cycle. The powerful flare had an X-ray magnitude of X6.9, which is three times the size of the previous largest solar flare from February that had an X2.2 rating, and is the largest flare seen since 2006. The X-class flares are classified as the strongest of solar flares, whereas the smallest are A-class. These are followed by B, C, M, and then X, and each letter represents a 10-fold increase in energy output, much like the Richter scale.NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) was able to capture high-definition photos of the solar flare, one of which you can see above. The flare erupted near the solar limb at the site of sunspot 1263. The M-class flares we saw last week came from sunspots 1263 and 1261 — a very active part of the Sun.Today’s flare produced a coronal mass ejection, another solar phenomenon that can send solar particles into space and disrupt electronic systems in satellites and on Earth. However, scientists believe there won’t be any impact on Earth. There were some brief VLF and HF radio blackouts on the Sun-facing side of Earth when the solar flare was fired due to X-ray radiation, but nothing major.You can watch a short video below of the solar flare from SDO. The movie was made using observations from the SDO’s Atmospheric Imaging Assembly.To get some more background on solar flares, science-class style, check out the video below from NASA.via Discovery
La Lune a perdu 100 mètres de diamètreComme le pensaient les planétologues, la Lune rétrécit, mais de façon très lente. Depuis environ un milliard d’années, l’astre aurait en effet perdu 100 mètres de diamètre.Les récentes analyses des images de la sonde Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter laissent apparaître des fissures dans le sol de la Lune. Elles auraient pour origine le refroidissement et la contraction de l’intérieur de l’astre. Ainsi, depuis environ un milliard d’années, le diamètre de la Lune aurait diminué de cent mètres, révèle une étude publiée dans le magazine Science.À lire aussiAprès l’annulation de son lancement pour la Lune à la dernière minute, l’Inde est de nouveau prêteLes scientifiques ont observé quatorze formations géologiques témoignant de ce phénomène, certaines pouvant atteindre une hauteur de dix mètres et plusieurs kilomètres de long. De tels reliefs avaient déjà été repérés à l’équateur de la Lune, mais c’est la première fois qu’ils ont été observés dans d’autres régions, permettant ainsi de conclure à un processus général de contraction.Le fait que ces déformations remontent à un passé récent, à savoir un milliard d’années environ, “pourrait suggérer que la Lune est toujours active” souligne Thomas Watters du Centre d’études terrestres et planétaires au Musée national de l’air et de l’espace à Washington. Le chercheur s’est fait rassurant, en assurant que la Lune n’est pas près de disparaître et que ce phénomène n’aura aucun impact sur la Terre.Le 28 août 2010 à 19:07 • Emmanuel Perrin