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Jawa, The Forever Bike: Here is a coffee table book worth having

first_imgSo most of you must be wondering what the book! But let me tell you one thing. The charm of holding a coffee table book has no comparison to reading one on a fancy tablet. That’s where Adil Jal Darukhanawala’s latest creation titled ‘Jawa, The Forever Bike’ comes in.The author if you might not be aware has in the past created a plethora of books on motor vehicles and each one of them is nothing short of being a collector’s item. This one though can be hailed as the Bible for the lovers of the Jawa brand. The book encompasses the entire life of the Jawa brand all the way to its resurrection in India. Jawa, The Forever Bike: Back cover of the book.The chapter wise tale takes you through all stages of Jawa. Right from describing and writing about each and every model to how Jawa created a ruckus in the world of motorsport in the past. The author has also brought in a third dimension by introducing the human element here when he gets talking to those who raced these bikes in the past! What a story it is!To me though Chapter 24 is the most special and an emotional one at that! The chapter takes you through the last days of the Mysore factory and gives you a glimpse of the factory floor. Pictures of bikes which we never saw on Indian roads standing there gathering dust and some really rare specimens of special project bikes. What a story. Last but not the least; we do have a proper look at the new range of Jawa bikes.advertisementThe book is available on request for purchase and you can write into to get your copy. Take our word and write in.ALSO READ | Volvo Cars India registers 25% sales growth to 2,687 units in Financial Year 2018-19ALSO READ | Jeep Compass Sport Plus sale starts, new variant priced at Rs 15.99 lakhALSO READ | TVS Radeon crosses 1 lakh sales milestone since launch in August 2018last_img read more

November 16, 2019 0

Report: Dortmund 0 Wolfsburg 0

first_imgBorussia Dortmund 0 Wolfsburg 0: Sanctioned Aubameyang sorely missed by wasteful hosts Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 02:55 1/15/18 yarmolenko-cropped Bongarts Wasteful Borussia Dortmund were held at home by Wolfsburg after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was dropped for disciplinary reasons. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s killer instinct in front of goal was sorely missed by Borussia Dortmund as they somehow failed to make the most of their chances in a 0-0 draw with struggling Wolfsburg on Sunday.Aubameyang was left out by coach Peter Stoger after failing to attend a team meeting on Saturday and, although Dortmund posed a constant threat in attack, they spurned a host of opportunities and ultimately failed to claim the victory that would have moved them up to second in the Bundesliga.Andriy Yarmolenko looked particularly keen to step up in Aubameyang’s absence and the Ukrainian caused Wolfsburg no end of problems, but he was arguably guilty of the two worst misses – one in each half. 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 Alexander Isak – given his first start in Aubameyang’s place – went closest in the first period, though, blasting against the right-hand post just prior to half-time.Seventeen-year-old debutant Jadon Sancho – an August arrival from Manchester City – then struck the opposite upright early in the second half, as Dortmund’s frustration continued to increase.Jadon Sancho has just become the first Englishman in history to start for @BVB in the #Bundesliga #BVBWOB— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) January 14, 2018Dortmund were full of youthful endeavour during the first half, looking bright in attack and creating a host of decent chances.Yarmolenko inspired the first, attacking on the break and flashing a low ball into the danger zone, but Maximilian Arnold crucially denied 18-year-old Isak inside the six-yard box.Sancho then went close in the 20th minute, finding the side-netting from a tight angle when Yarmolenko’s teasing cross went all the way to the far post.The lively Yarmolenko should have opened the scoring soon after, meeting Lukasz Piszczek’s delivery and prodding wide from close range.Wolfsburg nearly took advantage of Dortmund’s profligacy just before the break, but Roman Burki produced a smart save to deny Daniel Didavi after a clever one-two with Yunus Malli.And Isak let Wolfsburg off the hook again on the stroke of half-time, smashing a volley against the top of the post following Mario Gotze’s incisive pass.@alex_isak #bvbwob 0-0— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 14, 2018Dortmund’s dominance continued into the second half and Yarmolenko inexplicably shot over from five yards after a Gotze ball at the end of a rapid counter in the 48th minute.The left-hand post then came to Wolfsburg’s rescue a few moments later, denying Sancho a dream debut goal after he latched on to Shinji Kagawa’s pass from an acute angle.Wolfsburg seemed to wake up after that let-off and Renato Steffen – given his debut off the bench – nearly punished Dortmund just after the hour, but he could only head wide under pressure from Piszczek.Despite Wolfsburg’s improvement, one final chance fell to Sancho late on, but the teenager saw his effort crucially blocked after substitute Andre Schurrle’s cross fell kindly for him and the visitors ultimately held on to move four points clear of the bottom three.Key Opta stats:- Wolfsburg’s Renato Steffen celebrated his Bundesliga debut today, becoming the 6000th player in Bundesliga history.- Dortmund failed to score for the first time since matchday 3 (0-0 at Freiburg). In the 22 competitive games in between, they had scored 47 goals (2.14 per game).- Dortmund have claimed only five points from their last six home games in the Bundesliga.  read morelast_img read more

November 14, 2019 0

Zidane: PSG can cope without Neymar

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: PSG can cope without Neymar against Real Jamie Smith 21:16 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Olympique Marseille Aurelien Meunier Real Madrid PSG Zinédine Zidane Marcelo Neymar Getafe Real Madrid v Getafe Espanyol v Real Madrid Primera División PSG v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League The Brazilian will miss the encounter against the Spanish giants, after sustaining a fractured metatarsal in PSG’s win over Marseille Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane expects a difficult encounter against PSG in the Champions League last-16 second leg tie next week, despite Neymar’s absence.The Brazilian superstar sustained a fractured metatarsal that requires surgery against Marseille, placing his World Cup participation in doubt.Zidane is empathetic towards Neymar, but he insists that PSG have the squad depth to cope without the 26-year-old, despite falling to a 3-1 defeat in the first leg. 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 “We’re sorry about Neymar but they’re a good, strong side and whoever takes Neymar’s place will be good. We’re not thinking about an easy game,” Zidane said.”We’ve got to have some respect for the opponent, it’s the second leg of the last 16 of the Champions League, so we have to go out and play at 100 per cent.”It doesn’t matter who is playing for the opposition, whoever comes in wants to prove themselves. It’s going to be a difficult game but we knew that from the beginning of the tie.”Of course players will be thinking about Tuesday, it’s natural. But we’re thinking of tomorrow. We want to go out and put on a good performance. Against Espanyol the first half was good and the second half wasn’t. We have to concentrate for 90 minutes.”Players will always think about a big game, it’s natural, but we have to think about tomorrow’s game [against Getafe] more than anything. It’s important.”Meanwhile, Marcelo will play against PSG after recovering from a hamstring injury, but doubts persist over the fitness of midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.The Brazil left-back returned to training on Friday, but Modric (hamstring) and Kroos (knee) remain on the sidelines ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in the French capital.Madrid host Getafe in LaLiga on Saturday, seeking to return to winning ways after a surprise defeat at Espanyol in midweek, but questions at Zidane’s pre-match press conference were dominated by the European clash. “Marcelo is going to be with us, no doubt about that,” Zidane told reporters on Friday. “But the rest, I can’t tell you anything. It depends on the players and how they feel. I want players who are at 100 per cent.”I’m bothered about tomorrow. Tomorrow is the game, Tuesday we don’t know. “We’ll see, I don’t want to speak about [injuries] now. We’ll see.”last_img read more

November 14, 2019 0

Security Forces will Maintain Strong Presence in St. James – Senator Reid

first_imgStory Highlights Senator Reid was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 30). “We are going to make sure there are numbers on the ground in terms of security forces; we are going to use all the resources available,” he said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is assuring that the security forces will maintain a strong presence in St. James, after the State of Public Emergency (SOE) has expired. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, is assuring that the security forces will maintain a strong presence in St. James, after the State of Public Emergency (SOE) has expired.“We are going to make sure there are numbers on the ground in terms of security forces; we are going to use all the resources available,” he said.Senator Reid was speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (January 30).The SOE, which was declared by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in January 2018, will end on Thursday (January 31).Mr. Reid said more details will be revealed during this year’s Budget Debate “on our commitment to putting resources behind national security.”“It is going to receive the highest priority in terms of funding,” the Minister pointed out.“I want to assure the nation that notwithstanding limitations, we are going to work very hard to assure our citizens in St. James and Jamaica, that Jamaica is a safe country for all our citizens,” he added.The SOE which was declared in St. Catherine North, ended on January 2, while the SOE in sections of the Corporate Area terminated on January 7.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

PIOJ to Develop Statistical Migration Database

first_img The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan.An allotment of $31.1 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to facilitate the development of the database along with other project activities.These include conducting peer-to-peer learning sessions with participating countries as well as facilitating the integration and coordination with local governance structures and planning mechanisms at parish, community and municipal levels.Up to December last year under the project, a policy on international migration and development (Green Paper) was developed, a multi-agency stakeholder governance structure (National Working Group on International Migration and Development) was developed to oversee policy formulation and implementation, and the country’s migration profile was developed and published.In addition, a National Diaspora Policy was drafted, capacity development training workshops were held for migration stakeholders, technical support was provided for the Diaspora Mapping Project, training was conducted in International Migration Law, a Policy Implementation Plan for 2017-2022 was developed, and a Plan of Action was developed for admission for forced returnees.The project, which was originally slated for January 2011 to June 2012, is now scheduled to end in March 2022 after several extensions.It is being funded by the Government of Jamaica with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Organization for Migration (IOM). The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to implement the national plan of action. It also seeks public ownership and participation in the implementation of the action plan. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will be developing a national statistical migration database this fiscal year as it continues work on the formulation of a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development. Story Highlights These include conducting peer-to-peer learning sessions with participating countries as well as facilitating the integration and coordination with local governance structures and planning mechanisms at parish, community and municipal levels.last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Protesters Hit the Streets in Devonport

first_imgzoom Hundreds of unionists and supporters hit the streets of Devonport today in solidarity with the 36 crew members of the fuel tanker the Alexander Spirit, who are soon to be made redundant.Last week the workers aboard the Caltex-owned ship were told their upcoming voyage to Singapore would be their last as they had been replaced by a foreign crew.Following the decision, the Australian workers refused to depart from Devonport until they got more information about their redundancy entitlements.A number of high profile supporters joined the crew and the Devonport community, including; Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, ACTU President Ged Kearney, ALP Senator Anne Urquhart, Tasmanian Opposition Leader Bryan Green, Bass ALP Candidate Justine Keay and MUA Assistant National Secretary Ian Bray.Bray said Caltex was misleading the Australian public by insisting that there was not enough trade to sustain the Australian-crewed Alexander Spirit. “I would love for Caltex to explain why the Liberian-flagged Stolt Kikyo is alongside in Geelong and what trip Caltex has planned for that vessel they have brought in to replace the Alexander Spirit,” he said.“Why haven’t the soon-to-be redundant crew from the Alexander Spirit crew been offered replacement jobs on the vessel?”“Why is the Government allowing Caltex to run roughshod over the intent of Cabotage laws by allowing this replacement vessel to do what was, up until today, the Alexander Spirit run?”“The fact the Abbott Government is intent on passing legislation that they know will have an impact on local jobs shows how little regard they have for Australian workers,” ACTU President Ged Kearney said.“The seafarers aboard the Alexander Spirit are the latest in the litany of workers being thrown on the scrapheap as a result of bad Government decisions.”According to Tasmanian Labor Leader Bryan Green, the claim that replacing of Australian crew with a cheaper foreign one, which are paid less than $2 per hour, cannot be excused with cost-cutting, as the cost per litre of fuel to maintain an Australian seafarer instead of a foreign one “is miniscule, it wouldn’t even register at the petrol pump.” “Local petrol prices, which are some of the highest in the country, have barely shifted in the past year despite global oil prices being the lowest in more than six years, so forgive me if I am cynical about Caltex’s reasoning behind their decision.”He urged Caltex to reconsider, calling on the State and Federal Government “to stop their attacks on Australian workers.”last_img read more

October 24, 2019 0

Ferry Carrying 350 People Stranded off Croatia

first_imgzoomSource: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Nick Savchenko The 1980-built ferry Aurelia, carrying almost 350 people aboard, has been stranded off the coast of Split, Croatia.According to local media reports, one of its engines malfunctioned in the early morning hours of May 9, causing the ship to drift into the Adriatic Sea.Italian firm SNAV, the ferry’s operator, confirmed that the Aurelia “suffered a power failure in its propulsion system yesterday morning, around 40 nautical miles from Split (Croatia), its destination.”Two tugboats have been sent to assist the stranded ferry, however, due to strong winds the units had to return back.A third tug managed to attach a tow line to Aurelia.“Shortly after 3:30 pm, a tugboat reached the ship and started towing it towards Split, where it arrived today,” SNAV said, adding that “all passengers are in good condition, having received full assistance from the ship’s crew.”Aurelia is deployed on a service between Ancona, Italy and Split, Croatia. At the time of the incident the vessel was travelling overnight to the Croatian port.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

October 23, 2019 0

Ceramics Exhibit to Open at Government House

first_img Thursday, Sep. 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sep. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. as part of Nocturne Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (early closure) Thursday, Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In collaboration with the Nova Scotia Potters Guild, Government House will host an exhibition titled Quaff: To Drink Deeply that has been created by some of Nova Scotia’s finest ceramic artists. Quaff is a juried exhibition of new work by members of the Nova Scotia Potters Guild. The show’s theme has inspired pieces ranging from complete tea sets to birds in a tree waiting to drink. “We are very fortunate to have a vibrant and high-caliber arts scene in this province that spans many disciplines,” said Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc. “This description can also be applied to the high-quality ceramic arts led by the Nova Scotia Potters Guild and Quaff is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the incredible talent that exists in the ceramic arts. We are pleased that Government House is the venue for the exhibition and we hope the public will view the beautiful works.” The works were selected by a three-person independent jury. “Quaff is a powerful reminder of the ceramic talent in our province,” said juror Sandra Alfoldy. “Filled with innova¬tive and traditional interpreta¬tions of quaff (to drink deeply) the works in this exhibition range from the utilitarian to the sculptural but each one presents a strong statement on Nova Scotians’ love of clay.” Quaff will also be the featured art installation during Nocturne: Art at Night, at Government House on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It is on display at Government House, 1451 Barrington St., Halifax from Sep. 20 to Oct. 27. The exhibition hours are: Opening hours may change due to other events occurring at Government House. Those wishing to view the exhibition are advised to confirm the hours by visiting or the Nova Scotia Potters Guild website at .last_img read more

October 22, 2019 0

Murder bid on husband Woman paramour held

first_imgGreater Noida: A woman in her early thirties and her paramour have been arrested in connection with an attempt to murder case of her husband in Surajpur area of Greater Noida. Cops said that the woman plotted conspiracy to eliminate her husband over her alleged extra marital affair. According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as gym trainer Rohit Kashyap, a native of Burari area in Delhi, Rohan of Govindpuri area in Delhi and wife Shikha, native of Burari area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe incident occurred on July 23, when the victim identified as Rajiv Verma, a sales manager at Oasis Venetia heights in site-c Surajpur area of Greater Noida had arrived his office around 12 pm and was taking out his bag from the car when he was shot by bike-borne assailants. “Two men driving on a black pulsar motorcycle stopped near him and opened indiscriminate fire on him. The victim survived but sustained four bullets in her hand and legs. Police lodged a case in connection with the incident and arrested three persons after sustained investigations,” said police officials. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the woman wanted to eliminate her husband over her one-year long extra-marital affair with the gym trainer. “During investigations, we got clues of involvement of victim’s wife into the case and the investigating team went through her call details. A number which was being called frequently got surfaced. Police tracked down the accused and upon interrogating him he confessed to have committed the crime. Victim’s wife was called for questioning who also confessed to crime,” said Krishna. “Upon interrogating the accused persons, it came to light that the woman had also given Rs 1 lakhs 20 thousand to Rohit to hire a contract killer and eliminate her husband Rajiv. Rohit involved his friend Rohan into the crime and both of them opened fire on Rajiv outside his office on the day of incident,” added Krishna.last_img read more

October 18, 2019 0

Boycott slams England for batting without brains

first_imgLeeds (United Kingdom): Geoffrey Boycott has torn into England after they collapsed to 67 all out in the third Test against Australia, saying they “batted without brains” and “threw away the Ashes”. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took five wickets as England slumped to their worst Ashes total in 71 years, with only Joe Denly (12) among the home batsmen getting to double figures on Friday’s second day at Headingley – former England opening batsman Boycott’s Yorkshire home ground. With Ashes-holders Australia already 1-0 up in the five-Test series, victory in this match would see them retain the urn and they consolidated their strong position by getting to 171-6 in their second innings at stumps — a lead of 283 runs. “What the hell is going on with this England team? How do you expect to win the Ashes with that sort of batting?,” Boycott wrote in his column for Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper published Saturday. “If England had batted all day they would have a lead of 100. So, what did England do? They batted without any brains and threw away the Ashes,” he added. Several England players gave their wickets away with a scathing Boycott, one of the best defensive batsmen cricket has known, absolving only captain Joe Root of blame among the top order. “Only one batsman out of seven could say he was got out by the bowlers,” Boycott insisted. “Joe Root received a lovely ball on a perfect length and line that just left him a touch and he was caught at slip. “No shame in that,” added Boycott, who scored his 100th first-class hundred in a 1977 Ashes Test against Australia at Headingley. Boycott was especially critical of World Cup-winner Jason Roy, drafted in as a Test opener this season and now averaging a meagre 9.80 this series after he was caught in the slips for nine following a loose drive off Hazlewood. “Jason Roy, with no footwork, went flashing at a pitched-up ball he did not need to play,” said Boycott. “I don’t care how many runs he makes second innings. If he plays another Test as an opener then someone wants his brains tested. “Roy is brilliant in one-day cricket but I must say again, he does not have the defensive technique to stay in consistently against the new ball and he has not got the mental aptitude for patience and concentration that is required to open the batting,” Boycott explained. Boycott said the dismissal of Jos Buttler (out for five) summed up England’s plight. “Jos Buttler, straight after lunch. They put a short extra cover into him and second ball he spooned it straight to the man. I do not know what he was thinking. “It is as if the batsmen cannot think straight, cannot handle pressure. It is as if they do not want to stay in and play a few maiden overs. “England shot themselves in the foot, even if we accept that the Australian fast bowling was excellent.”last_img read more

October 18, 2019 0

People love coffee beer for buzz not taste Study

first_imgWashington: Our preference for coffee or beer is not based on the way the beverages taste, but how they make us feel, according to a study. Scientists from Northwestern University in the US searched for variations in our taste genes that could explain our beverage preferences, because understanding them could indicate ways to intervene in people’s diets. They counted the number of servings of bitter and sweet beverages consumed by about 336,000 individuals in the UK Biobank. The researchers did a genome-wide association study of bitter beverage consumption and of sweet beverage consumption. The study, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, showed taste preferences for bitter or sweet beverages are not based on variations in our taste genes, but rather genes related to the psychoactive properties of these beverages. “The genetics underlying our preferences are related to the psychoactive components of these drinks,” said Marilyn Cornelis, an assistant professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That is why they drink it. It is not the taste,” Cornelis said in a statement. The study highlights important behaviour-reward components to beverage choice and adds to our understanding of the link between genetics and beverage consumption — and the potential barriers to intervening in people’s diets, she said. Sugary beverages are linked to many disease and health conditions, researchers said. Alcohol intake is related to more than 200 diseases and accounts for about 6 percent of deaths globally, they said. Cornelis did find one variant in a gene, called FTO, linked to sugar-sweetened drinks. People who had a variant in the FTO gene — the same variant previously related to lower risk of obesity — surprisingly preferred sugar-sweetened beverages. “It is counterintuitive. FTO has been something of a mystery gene, and we don’t know exactly how it is linked to obesity,” Cornelis said. “It likely plays a role in behaviour, which would be linked to weight management,” she said. “To our knowledge, this is the first genome-wide association study of beverage consumption based on taste perspective,” said Victor Zhong, a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 0

Casablanca Collapse of Three Houses Causes Many Dead and Injured

Casablanca- Heavy rains continue to wreak disaster and destruction throughout Morocco, causing three houses to collapse on Sunday evening in the Arsat Ben Slama neighborhood in Casablanca. The incident has reportedly resulted in several deaths and serious injuries.After a number of previous collapses, including the tragedy in the Bourgone neighborhood of Casablanca in which three apartments collapsed killing more than 20 victims last June, the collapses of the three houses in Arsat Ben Slama, near the Mosque of Hassan II, caused the loss of several lives and serious injuries.The number of dead and injured has not yet been confirmed, as people are still trapped under the wreckage. Local authorities in several regions in the city of Casablanca have already commenced demolition of unstable buildings that were already under the risk of collapse. However, local residents opposed the action simply because they have nowhere else to go.The heavy rain in many parts of the country this year has caused substantial losses in terms of infrastructure, houses, and hundreds of dead people, mainly in the south of Morocco, where people affected by the floods are still receiving humanitarian aid.Not only has the rain spurred Minister of Transport and Equipment, Abdelaziz Rebbah, to urgently search for solutions for the damaged infrastructures and houses caused by the recent floods that hit several parts of the country, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mohamed Ouzzine, has also opened an investigation into the poor construction of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium that came to light yesterday when it could not withstand the heavy rain it fell in Rabat. read more

October 12, 2019 0

Robust demand for mobile phone services will continue UN agency predicts

Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), told an industry congress in Barcelona that advanced services and handsets in affluent countries and increased take-up of mobile banking and mobile health-care services in poorer nations is driving the continued demand.“Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services,” Dr. Touré said. “I am confident that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the Internet.”The number of mobile cellular subscriptions had already reached 4.6 billion by the end of last year, and the ITU said it expects growth to be strong across all regions.The agency also predicted that, if current growth rates continue, within five years Web access by people on the move – such as from laptop computers and so-called smart mobile devices – will exceed Web access from desktop computers.“Even the simplest, low-end mobile phone can do so much to improve health care in the developing world,” said Dr. Touré. “Good examples include sending reminder messages to patients’ phones when they have a medical appointment or need a pre-natal check-up. Or using SMS messages to deliver instructions on when and how to take complex medication such as anti-retrovirals or vaccines.“It’s such a simple thing to do, and yet it saves millions of dollars and can help improve and even save the lives of millions of people.”In the developing world, the ITU noted, there are also large numbers of people who have a mobile phone subscription but no bank account and use their phones for banking activities. 15 February 2010Global demand for mobile telephones remains strong, despite the economic crisis, with the number of individual mobile cellular subscriptions likely to top 5 billion this year, the head of the United Nations telecoms agency said today. read more

October 11, 2019 0

Clergy can dress down after church votes to let them ditch vestments

first_img 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. During a debate on the motion members said they had been concerned that the new freedoms could mean clergy were pressured into “foolishness”. Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, said: “I had concerns because I felt that there were moments perhaps where themed weddings might have suddenly imposed. The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (left, front) and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (right, front) during a meeting at the Church of England General Synod  Members of the governing body overwhelmingly voted in favour of the change Spotted: Justin Welby was wearing ‘blue trainers’  a synod member saidCredit:Danny Lawson/PA “I heard stories of a priest who was asked to wear a purple stole at a wedding – those of you who don’t do coloured dressing up in church should know that that’s the sort of thing worn at a funeral most of the time – because purple was the colour that the bridesmaids would be wearing.”But clauses which specified that clothing must be “suitable for a minister of the Church of England ministering divine service” had allayed concerns. Another member, Bill Braviner, a Stockton-based vicar, implored clergy to consider the needs of congregants who would prefer to see their priest in robes. “I would just make a plea for clergy who prefer not to robe to be open to robing when it is best for the mission of the church,” he said.  In another vote, the church also decided that people who die by suicide would now be allowed to have a full Christian burial service. center_img Under official rules they had previously been denied the standard funeral set out in the Book of Common Prayer. But a long-awaited plan to change the law has now been given final assent, in a move hailed as “compassionate” by synod members, who backed it almost unanimously with just one member of the laity voting against.  Alan Smith, the bishop of St Albans, said: “The traditional attitude towards the burial of suicides reflected the belief that all suicide was a grave sin. “But public attitudes had changed markedly by the second half of the last century as understandings of mental health had developed.” Clergy will be allowed to opt out using a conscience cause if they choose to do so in cases such as a death by assisted suicide or where a person was avowedly not a Christian, he added. Clergy have been given the go-ahead to ditch their robes and dress down for services following a vote by the church’s General Synod. Priests should be allowed flexibility to wear what they want to make the church more accessible and relevant to the modern world, members said. This means that clergy are now officially allowed to lead services in casual clothing such as jeans and trainers. The changes would help the church by “reflecting the way society has gone in the way of informality”, said Leyland vicar Alistair McHaffie. He also pointed out that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, had led the charge by wearing unorthodox footwear to the York-based synod.Mr McHaffie said: “Years ago the Archbishop of Canterbury would wear sensible black shoes at General Synod – and I’ve noticed this weekend our Archbishop is wearing a pair of blue trainers.” However the Archbishop protested that they were in fact “walking shoes”.  Members of the governing body overwhelmingly voted in favour of the changeCredit:Danny Lawson/PAlast_img read more

September 25, 2019 0

Boom in cocaine demand fuels increase in strength putting more lives at

first_imgAnd it is feared that the price of cocaine could even plummet as the gangs – linked to stabbings and shootings across London – become more competitive in an already saturated market. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics shows that deaths from cocaine in England and Wales… While the battle for “market dominance” on Britain’s streets has seen gangs adopt High Street-style loyalty cards, dealers are also now increasing the potency of the drug to try to guarantee customer loyalty.center_img The violent turf war being waged between organised gangs competing to sell cocaine to wealthy people will see purity rise to dangerous levels and result in a record numbers of drug deaths, experts warn.last_img read more

September 25, 2019 0

Brazil court bars Venezuelans crossing border

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazilian border town tires of Venezuelan refugeesMarch 15, 2018In “Regional”Neighbouring South American countries stiffen borders as chaos in Venezuela triggers exodusAugust 20, 2018In “latest news”Venezuela crisis: Maduro to close border with BrazilFebruary 21, 2019In “latest news” In this file picture taken on May 3, 2018 Venezuelan refugees queue outside the UNHCR’s Jardim Floresta Camp, in Boa Vista, Roraima State, north of Brazil. (Photos: AFP)SAO PAULO, Brazil (AFP) — A Brazilian federal court has ordered a block on Venezuelans crossing the border from their economically imploding country, but there was no indication Monday of the suspension yet taking effect.The judge, in the northern Brazilian state of Roraima on the Venezuelan border, said in his “provisional” ruling issued on Sunday that the order should take effect immediately.It applies to land crossings at the border, not air or sea arrivals.Roraima’s capital Boa Vista has seen its number of inhabitants swell by nearly eight per cent with the arrival of some 25,000 Venezuelans over the past two years.A government body helping arriving Venezuelans, the Logistics and Humanitarian Task Force, said the suspension had not come into effect by today. It said the government was working to suspend the court order.Most Venezuelans leaving their country – where food and medicine are scarce and their money, the bolivar, has become practically worthless – do so by crossing at land border points.It is estimated that around 500 a day cross into Brazil. Most settle in Roraima state, but others go on to other Brazilian states or to other countries such as Argentina or Chile.The court order has the backing of Roraima’s governor, Suely Campos, who said in a statement that “we have been asking the Supreme Court to close the border since May.”Brazilian President Michel Temer has said several times that the border with Venezuela would not be closed.In the first half of this year, 56,740 Venezuelans sought legal status to stay in Brazil, with 35,540 of them applying for refugee status. read more

September 25, 2019 0

AG Kobenhavn wins third place

The third place match between Fuchse Berlin and AG Kobenhavn was more of a revial character, saw AG Kobenhavn domination throughout most of match, never letting Fuchse Berlin get close after the initial 20 minutes when it was 8-7 for AGK and has since dominated. In the end, AGK 26-21 Fuchse Berlin.AG Kobenhavn starts the game strong taking a 3-0 lead thanks mostly to Kasper Hvidt brilliant saves, not letting Fuchse score in the first 5 minutes. Hansen’s second goal makes it 4-0 for AGK in the 9th minute, and Sigurdsson asks for a timeout. Finally Fuchse Berlin breaks the ice through Pevnov only in the 10th minute. Then comes another goal through Romero from penalty, and a two-minute suspension for Mikkel Hansen. The Foxes continue in the same manner, and through Petersson and Romero make it 4-4 in the 15th minute. Pevnov a minute later brings the first lead Fuchse Berlin, 5-4, follows, and the score in the 20th minute is 8-7 for AG Kobenhavn. A two-goal run through Larsen bring AGK to 10-7 lead in the 25th minute. By the end of the first half, the lead is only enlarged by 1 goal, the teams going at half-time with 13-9 for AG Kobenhavn.The Berlin side is the one to open the 2nd half with a goal scoring through Christophersen. AGK don’t let the Berliner get close, and make it 16-11 in the 35th minute. Through Sigurdsson, AGK keep the lead steady now at 18-12 in the 40th minute. Ekberg scores for AGK’s to hold onto their highest lead, 19-13. Entering the final remaining 10 minutes, Fuchse Berlin attempt to make the game-ending more interesting, by making it 21-17 for AGK, but with brilliant goal by Sigurdsson it’s again huge +5 for AGK. The closest Fuchse got is 3 goals difference and couldn’t do more. Kvidt is magnificent on the goal, saving important penalty, and in the end AG Kobenhavn deservedly wins the 3rd place with 26-21. ← Previous Story EHF F4 BLOG: Antonio Carlos Ortega “The people wanted handball” Next Story → THW KIEL CONQUERS EUROPE!!! champions leagueFuchse Berlinhvidtkobenhavn read more

September 22, 2019 0

Instagram passe en version 21 sur iOS

first_imgInstagram passe en version 2.1 sur iOSL’application Instagram s’offre une mise à jour sur iOS. Au menu : une interface un peu remodelée et une nouvelle fonction… avant une arrivée du programme sous Android et Windows Phone ?Si l’on attend toujours qu’Instagram débarque sur Android et sur Windows Phone, les utilisateurs de l’application pour iOS vont pouvoir se réjouir. Une nouvelle mise à jour est aujourd’hui disponible. Une version 2.1 qui ne change pas du tout au tout le logiciel mais qui apporte son lot de nouveautés intéressantes. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Tout d’abord, Instagram voit son interface quelque peu remodelée et modifiée : une nouvelle présentation qui s’avère un peu plus agréable à l’oeil et gagne en fluidité, souligne Ensuite, la version 2.1 accueille aussi une nouvelle fonction baptisée Lux. Celle-ci permet de faire ressortir les contrastes, les détails “cachés” en jouant sur la luminosité et donc en forçant le trait des clichés. Enfin, troisième et dernière nouveauté : les développeurs d’Instagram ont également un nouveau filtre baptisé Sierra et sur lequel les utilisateurs n’hésiteront pas à se jeter.Au final, cette mise à jour n’est donc pas majeure mais elle a le mérite de confirmer le potentiel de l’application, ce qui ravira sans aucun doute ses utilisateurs. Pour ceux qui ne sont pas encore convertis, Instagram est disponible gratuitement sur l’App Store (lien non disponible). En revanche, pour les photographes qui ne sont pas encore sous iOS, il faudra encore un peu de patience pour attendre les versions Android et Windows Phone…Le 19 février 2012 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

Google prochainement propriétaire de Twitter

first_imgGoogle prochainement propriétaire de Twitter ?Le géant de l’internet profiterait de l’étourdissante chute de Facebook pour s’emparer de “l’autre” grand réseau social : Twitter. Selon certaines rumeurs, l’accord serait même finalisé à 99%.Le malheur des uns ferait-il toujours le bonheur des autres ? Selon le magazine Business Insider, Google serait sur le point de racheter Twitter. La firme profiterait de la chute de notoriété, entraîné par la dégringolade de l’action Facebook, pour essayer de récupérer le concurrent de Facebook, autre poids lourd du réseau social sur Internet.Mais l’article ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin : il explique même que cet accord serait déjà en cours et finalisé à 99%.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le dernier 1% de désaccord serait situé au niveau du prix de la transaction, mais vu le contexte actuel, Twitter ne serait pas en position de force.Mais, du point de vue des objectifs de ces deux entreprises, tout le monde en sortirait gagnant : le réseau social bénéficiant de plus de vecteurs de diffusion et de notoriété, Google, lui, intégrant l’un des deux réseaux sociaux les plus puissants du monde.Le changement de logo de Twitter (notre photo), effectué ce jour, et la disparition du nom du service ne sont peut être pas le fruit d’une simple coïncidence ou du hasard…L’oiseau aurait-il déjà changé de nid ?Le 7 juin 2012 à 11:29 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0

Détranges crânes largement déformés découverts au Mexique

first_imgD’étranges crânes largement déformés découverts au MexiqueDes archéologues américano-mexicains ont découvert dans un cimetière précolombien dans le Sonora des crânes montrant une forme étrangement allongée. Des crânes dignes du film Alien de Ridley Scott. Ceci fournit la première preuve de l’extension de certaines pratiques rituelles au nord du Mexique.  C’est près de la petite agglomération d’Onavas, dans le sud du Sonora au nord du Mexique, que des archéologues de l’Arizona State University et de l’Institut national mexicain d’anthropologie et d’histoire (INAH) ont fait leur découverte : un cimetière comptant 25 tombes et datant, selon l’analyse d’échantillons, de l’an 943 après J.-C. Mais là n’est pas le inattendu. Parmi les défunts, ornés de bracelets, anneaux nasaux ou boucles d’oreilles, les chercheurs ont trouvé 5 crânes portant des mutilations dentaires et 13 montrant une forme inhabituelle.Ces défunts ont en fait subi une déformation intentionnelle de leur crâne qui lui ont donné une forme particulièrement allongée, conduisant à un aspect tout sauf humain. Il s’agit d’une pratique rituelle déjà identifiée dans certaines cultures mais c’est la première fois qu’elle est caractérisée dans cette région. “La déformation crânienne était utilisée dans les cultures méso-américaines pour différencier un groupe social des autres individus et à des fins rituelles. Cette découverte unique montre un mélange de traditions issues de différents groupes du nord du Mexique”, a expliqué l’archéologue Cristina Garcia Moreno, directrice du projet de recherche.L’influence des peuples pratiquant ce rituel semble donc être allée bien plus loin que ce que pensaient jusqu’ici les scientifiques. “L’utilisation d’ornements fabriqués à partir de coquillages du golfe de Californie n’avait jamais été constatée avant dans le territoire du Sonora, et cette découverte étend la limite de l’influence des peuples méso-américains plus au nord que ce qui avait été précédemment documenté”, a ajouté l’archéologue. Un rite de passage à l’adolescence ? À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”La mutilation dentaire était considérée, dans les cultures telles que le Nayarit, comme un rite de passage à l’adolescence. Ceci est confirmé par les données de ce cimetière du Sonora, où les 5 morts ayant des mutilations dentaires sont tous âgés de plus de 12 ans”, a précisé la chercheuse. Mais “nous n’avons pas pu déterminer pourquoi certains portaient des ornements et d’autres non, ou pourquoi, sur les 25 squelettes, un seul était féminin”, a t-elle indiqué.Par ailleurs, cette ‘hécatombe’ d’adolescents suggère d’après les spécialistes, que ces mutilations rituelles étaient liées à un risque élevé de graves complications sanitaires.Le 19 décembre 2012 à 15:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 0