Deep brain stimulation, which now involves surgically inserting electrodes several inches into a person’s brain and connecting them to a power source outside the skull, can be an extremely effective treatment for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. The expensive, invasive procedure doesn’t always work, however, and can be risky.Now, a study in mice points to a less invasive way to massage neuronal activity, by injecting metal nanoparticles into the brain and controlling them with magnetic fields. Major technical challenges must be overcome before the approach can be tested in humans, but the technique could eventually provide a wireless, nonsurgical alternative to traditional deep brain stimulation surgery, researchers say.”The approach is very innovative and clever,” says Antonio Sastre, a program director in the Division of Applied Science & Technology at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering in Bethesda, Maryland. 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At the time, Deisseroth and colleagues were refining optogenetics, a tool that can switch specific ensembles of neurons on and off in animals with beams of light.Optogenetics has revolutionized how neuroscientists study the brain by allowing them to directly manipulate specific neural circuits. But it isn’t practical for human deep brain stimulation. The technique requires that animals be genetically modified so that their neurons respond to light. Light also scatters in brain tissue. So rodents in optogenetics experiments must remain tethered to a surgically implanted, fiber optic cable that delivers laser beams directly to the brain region of interest. Unlike light, low-frequency magnetic fields pass straight through brain tissue as if it were “transparent,” Anikeeva says. That makes those types of magnetic fields an ideal vehicle for delivering energy into the brain without damaging it. Clinicians have long tried to do just that by placing magnetic field coils near a patient’s head. This so-called transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) triggers the flow of small electrical currents in neural circuits beneath the coils. But the magnetic fields used in TMS affect only brain tissue near the brain’s surface. Anikeeva, who is now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, decided to see if she could use magnetic nanoparticles to go deeper.Previous cancer studies had shown that by injecting tumors with magnetic nanoparticles made of iron oxide—“essentially rust, with well-tuned magnetic properties,” Anikeeva says—then exposing them to rapidly alternating magnetic fields, excited nanoparticles can be used to heat and destroy cancer tumors while leaving surrounding, healthy tissue intact. Anikeeva wondered if a similar method could be used to merely stimulate select groups of neurons deep within the brain. To find out, she and her MIT colleagues targeted a class of proteins called TRPV1 channels, which are found in neurons that respond to heat and certain chemicals in food. Every time you touch a hot iron or eat a spicy pepper, TRPV1-containing neurons fire. Anikeeva and her colleagues injected custom-made, 20-nanometer iron oxide particles into a region of the rodents’ brains called the ventral tegmental area (VTA), a well-studied deep brain structure essential to the experience of reward, which plays a central role in disorders such as addiction and depression in people.TRPV1-containing neurons are abundant in this region in humans, but sparse in mice. So the team also injected the rodents with a virus that increased cell expression of the channel just within that brain area. Such an approach would not be feasible in people, but made the experiment easier to evaluate, Anikeeva says.A few days later, the team put the mice underneath a custom-built, 6.35-centimeter-diameter coil that emits magnetic waves alternating between 10 hertz and 10 millihertz. Hours after the team applied the magnetic fields, they sacrificed the animals and examined their brain tissue under a microscope. The mice were a strain previously engineered to produce a bright green fluorescent marker in any active neurons. A large network of neurons connected to the VTA glowed green, suggesting that the magnetic fields had effectively stimulated the circuit, the team reports online today in Science. Anikeeva and colleagues found similar results when they waited a month before applying the magnetic stimulation, suggesting that the nanoparticles endured in place.To make the approach feasible in humans, researchers need to design nanoparticles that are “very, very selective” in their ability to target specific brain structures and neurons, Sastre says. TRPV1 channels are widely distributed throughout the human brain, so another major challenge is figuring out how to deliver stimulation only to the cells researchers want to target, he adds.In a “perfect, futuristic picture,” Anikeeva says, people suffering from depression or other neurologic or psychiatric disorders could come in for a simple intravenous injection of finely tuned, targeted nanoparticles that reach the region of the brain needing stimulation. In theory, such stimulation could take place every time patients go to sleep, if the magnetic coil were installed in their bed or a specialized pillow, she suggests. For now, however, the technique is most promising as a potential method of studying brain activity in animals that allows them to roam their enclosures without being tethered to wires, she says. “We’re not necessarily thinking of a clinical perspective yet,” Anikeeva emphasizes.(Video credit: Ritchie Chen and Polina Anikeeva)
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Shanghai, Nov 19 (AFP) Lin Dan is regarded as the best badminton player of all time but his brilliance has faded markedly and Chinese fans and media are readying his career obituary. Widely known as “Super Dan” during his pomp, the 35-year-old Chinese last week suffered his ninth first-round defeat in 19 tournaments this year, underlining his steep decline. The former world number one, who has won every major prize in badminton — some of them multiple times — appears determined to go for a third Olympic title at Tokyo 2020. But badminton’s answer to Roger Federer will be nearly 37 by then, and unlike the Swiss tennis great all the signs are that he is already well past his prime. Time waits for no sportsman, even one of the best ever produced by China. Lin is currently ranked 13th, below compatriots Shi Yuqi and Chen Long, and each country can send a maximum of two men’s singles players to the Olympics. “It all depends because there are very many strong players in China,” Lin said of his chances of making it a grand career finale in Tokyo. “They’re very strong so I have to be on top of them,” Lin, a fiery and controversial character down the years, said following his latest opening-round loss, to world champion Kento Momota at the Hong Kong Open last week. Lin’s long list of achievements include five world titles between 2006 and 2013, back-to-back Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012 and six All England crowns. In 2011, he became the first player to complete the ‘Super Grand Slam’ of badminton’s nine major titles.advertisement Lin’s victories are often accompanied by exuberant celebrations when he rips off his shirt and gives a military salute to the crowd. But he has won just one tournament this year, the New Zealand Open in May. Some Chinese media have taken to calling him “First-Round Lin” because of his habit of falling at the first hurdle. He was bestowed the same unflattering label at the start of his career, before he fulfilled his potential.- ‘Brutal winter’ -=================== “With his growing years and decline in status, ‘Super Dan’ has shown obvious signs of fatigue,” Chinese outlet The Paper said following his loss to Momota, the 24-year-old Japanese who represents the new guard at the top of men’s badminton. Lin was caught in a “vicious circle” of first-round defeats, which led to his ranking tumbling, in turn giving him harder draws in tournaments, the Shanghai-based website said. A Tencent Sports article said that Lin was in the midst of “a brutal winter”. “He used to be a legendary character admired by thousands of people on the world badminton stage,” it said. “And now in such a state… time is ruthless,” the article added, praising nevertheless his enduring “tenacity” and sportsmanship. Lin will, however, need “a magic bullet” to reach the Tokyo Games, it warned. With his tattoos and rebellious streak — and a rap sheet that included once hitting a coach — Lin is something of an unusual character in Chinese sports. For years he was hugely popular, combining good looks with brilliant shot-making and athleticism. But some in China have never forgiven him after he had an affair while his wife, Xie Xingfang, herself a former badminton world champion, was heavily pregnant in 2016. (AFP) ATKATK
The Delhi High Court on Friday rejected the plea of Minerva Punjab FC challenging the decision of All India Football Federation’s (AIFF) league committee not to postpone the I-League match against Real Kashmir FC in the wake of the Pulwama attack.The plea was disposed off after Minerva Punjab’s counsel informed the court that the matter has now been taken up by the AIFF’s league committee and that the league committee would take up the matter on February 25.Minerva’s counsels Abhimanyu Tewari and Amitabh Tewari had filed a plea, requesting the AIFF league committee to postpone their match with Kashmir which was scheduled to take place at the TRC Ground in Srinagar on February 18.”The rejection is completely against all principles of equity and is violative of the I-League regulations 2018-19 and the FIFA safety guidelines,” the plea said.”The decision of the AIFF not to postpone the match is inequitable and has been taken without taking the situation into account and without accounting for the safety of the players and the spectators,” the plea added.The advocates said that Minerva’s fears were well founded and a request to postpone the match would not affect any party in the light of the extremely volatile situation in the Valley.Also Read | Exclusive: Secure or not? Minerva Punjab, Real Kashmir in war of words over Srinagar matchAlso Read | Real Kashmir reveal reason for not tweeting on Pulwama. Very convenient, says Ranjit BajajAlso Read | We appeal AIFF to postpone Feb 28 Srinagar match but will go if ‘forced’ to: East Bengaladvertisement
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Carlo Ancelotti Ancelotti unlikely to take Leicester job, says Clement Harry West Last updated 2 years ago 23:24 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Carlo Ancelotti Leicester City Swansea City v Leicester City Premier League The Swansea coach expects his former mentor to stick to his plan and take time off instead of returning to the Premier League with the Foxes Speculation surrounding Carlo Ancelotti and the Leicester City vacancy is unlikely to come to fruition, according to Swansea City head coach Paul Clement.The Foxes, struggling in the Premier League relegation zone with one win from eight matches, sacked Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday and have placed Michael Appleton in caretaker charge for Saturday’s trip to face the Swans.Leicester 12/1 to be relegated 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 Rumours have emerged suggesting Ancelotti – who departed Bayern Munich last month after a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain – could be in line to take over at the King Power Stadium.But Clement, who worked under Ancelotti with Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern, believes the Italian will continue to enjoy his break from football until 2018-19.”The last time I spoke to him he said he’s taking time off and wants to go into club football again next summer. I don’t see why that would have changed,” Clement told a media conference.”He’s going to have the rest of the year off. Good for him as well.”Clement has sympathy for Shakespeare, but feels Crystal Palace’s sacking of Frank de Boer came as a greater surprise.PC: “It’s a shame when a fellow manager loses his job. Craig did extremely well at @LCFC, helping the team become champions.” pic.twitter.com/hwKMVvPhkO— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) October 19, 2017″It’s a shame when a fellow manager loses his job. We all know the pressures we face,” Clement said.”He did well not only as manager at end of last season but also in his role as assistant and behind the scenes to help that team become champions.”He earned it, steadied the ship and won his first five games last season, had a good run in the Champions League.”It’s sad because eight games in he’s been judged on results and they’ve decided to remove him. I wish him the best and hope he gets another position soon.”It was more shocking the change of Frank De Boer after four games. That’s double but still a short time to make a decision that someone isn’t good enough to take the team forward.”
World Cup World Cup absentees: Players who will miss Russia 2018 & major doubts Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 07:00 5/23/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Getty/Goal composite World Cup South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium England Poland Senegal With the tournament getting closer, Goal takes a look at the stars who may miss out on a place in their respective national team squad The 2018 World Cup is just a month away and national team bosses are beginning to figure out and finalise the best possible squads to bring to Russia.In the coming weeks they will be paying close attention to the health of their players because, with plenty of football to be played, injuries will happen, which can throw their plans into disarray.No footballer – not even the best – is completely invulnerable and sometimes fate can deliver cruel blows to individuals whose talents deserve to be showcased on the world stage. That is simply an unfortunate hazard of the profession. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now As well as that, personality clashes, bans and other issues can end up preventing players from taking part.As 32 teams get set for the big kick-off in June, Goal casts an eye over those stars who are major doubts for the World Cup as well as those who have been ruled out completely.Confirmed out of World Cup 2018 The question of which players are definitely out of the 2018 World Cup will yield a much clearer answer as we get closer to the tournament in June, with coaches generally keen to give their playing pool the best possible chance of making the final cut. However, the cases of some players missing out are understood, if not officially communicated.France are hoping to claim their second world title when they compete in Russia this summer but one man who is almost certain not to be part of that journey is Karim Benzema, who has not featured for his country since October 2015. The Real Madrid star does not hold much hope for the prospect of a recall ahead of the World Cup though, explaining his view that he will not be picked as long as Didier Deschamps is head coach.Laurent Koscielny went down in excruciating pain during Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final second-leg defeat to Atletico Madrid after appearing to lose his footing and the club later confirmed that the defender had suffered a torn Achilles tendon. Unfortunately for Koscielny that means his chances of going to Russia as part of the France contingent this summer are now gone and he faces a number of months in recovery.Dimitri Payet had a memorable Euro 2016 but he’s going to be watching from the sidelines for Russia 2018 after picking up a hamstring injury in the Europa League final against Atletico Madrid. The former West Ham United attacker limped off in tears in the first half to end his chances of a call-up from Deschamps, having forced his way into contention with his star performances for Marseille.Dani Carvajal will endure more heartbreak after an injury in a Champions League final ruled him out of a second successive major international tournament. The Real Madrid full-back missed Euro 2016 after being injured in the final against Atletico Madrid and he suffered a hamstring injury against Liverpool in Kiev to force him out of the World Cup.England will definitely have to make do without the services of Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who suffered a knee ligament injury in the Reds’ Champions League semi-final first leg victory over Roma. The former Arsenal star sustained the injury while making a tackle and it comes as a major blow to both the player and Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.He will be joined on the sidelines by club-mate Joe Gomez, who had forced himself into contention, and even earned a Man of the Match award during the Three Lions’ draw with Brazil having kept Neymar quiet. Ankle surgery, however, has ended his hopes of heading to Russia.Both Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart have also been excluded from the squad, with Southgate preferring to take Nick Pope instead of the experienced West Ham shot-stopper who has been having a terribly lukewarm season in East London.Brazil are one of the favourites to win the tournament, but they will have to make do without marauding full-back Dani Alves, who picked up a knee injury during the Coupe de France final and will instead spend the summer recovering ahead of Paris Saint-Germain’s 2018-19 campaign.Germany boss Joachim Low has a massive pool of talent to draw from, but two potential additions to his World Cup panel have been ruled out. Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry, who is on loan at Hoffenheim, has been laid low with a groin injury, while Borussia Monchengladbach captain Lars Stindl, who played a key role in the 2017 Confederations Cup win, has suffered a serious ankle injury.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich striker Sandro Wagner felt aggrieved to have missed out on a spot and World Cup winner Mario Gotze also failed to make the cut.Fernando Gago was part of the Argentina squad that finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup but he did not make Jorge Sampaoli’s final 23 for Russia 2018. Now playing for Boca Juniors and aged 31, the former Real Madrid midfielder suffered a serious knee injury towards the end of 2017 and has thus been left out of the squad. Other notable absentees are Serie A top scorer Mauro Icardi, who was cut from the 35-man shortlist, while Man Utd goalkeeper Sergio Romero has been ruled out through a knee injury.The likes of Javier Pastore, Angel Correa and Carlos Tevez, meanwhile, were also omitted from the preliminary squad and will play no part in Russia.There had been vague suggestions – encouraged by the man himself – that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could potentially make a return to the Sweden set-up for the World Cup, but the Swedish FA chief, Lars Richt, has ruled out any such possibility.More players will undoubtedly join the aforementioned, particularly those who are considered major doubts to make the plane to Russia (see below), and we will keep you updated.Major doubts for World Cup 2018 Mohamed Salah is a concern for Egypt’s World Cup squad after suffering a shoulder injury in Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid. The forward left the pitch in tears in the first half in Kiev after being hauled to the ground by Sergio Ramos.Five-time winners Brazil head to the tournament as one of the favourites but one of their star players finds himself in a desperate race to recover full fitness in time for the kick-off. Neymar underwent surgery on his foot in March after suffering a fractured metatarsal and a sprained ankle while playing for Paris Saint-Germain. The expectation is, however, that he’ll be ready to feature for his country in their warm-up clash with Croatia on June 3.Germany could have been forced into a defensive reshuffle following the news of Jerome Boateng’s thigh injury, which has brought his domestic season to a premature end. The Bayern Munich centre-back had been expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks but he has been included in his country’s provisional squad and appears likely to be ready for Russia.Despite Michy Batshuayi’s domestic season ending prematurely due to an ankle injury, he has made Belgium’s World Cup squad wich was announced on May 21.Iceland will be taking part in the World Cup for the first time in their history and Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will be involved. A knee ligament injury in March had cast serious doubts over his availability for the tournament in June but he was named as part of manager Heimir Hallgrimsson’s squad and looks all set to ready to feature in Russia.Peru’s Paolo Guerrero looks almost certain to miss the World Cup after seeing his doping ban extended to 14 months by Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). FIFPro are in the process of appealing to FIFA that he should be allowed to play, however, having previously tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.Potential doubts for World Cup 2018 While Manuel Neuer has been named in Germany’s provisional squad, the Bayern Munich keeper will be assessed further before Joachim Low makes his final call on the 23 players who will feature in Russia. Low said at a press conference on May 15: “We want to see for ourselves if Manuel Neuer is fit, we have a chance to see and assess him. And after the training camp we want to talk fair and square.”
Rohan Sen Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 16:06 IST Mohammed Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for his bowling performance in the 3rd ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMohammed Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for figures of 3 for 41 in the first inningsThis is the second time Shami got the MoM award in this seriesIndia (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series leadIndia (245/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*). ScorecardIndia made light work of the 244-run chase and registered a comfortable 7-wicket win to bag the five-match series with an unbeatable 3-0 lead against New Zealand on Monday.The win made Kohli the first Indian captain to win back-to-back ODI series in Australia and New Zealand.It was yet another cakewalk for the star-studded Indian batting lineup after the bowlers put in a outstanding performance to bowl New Zealand out for 243 in 49 overs after losing the toss.Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli then stitched together a 113-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the run chase.The vice-captain top-scored with 62 while the skipper scored 60 before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik took India over the line with an unbeaten 77-run stand for the third wicket. Rayudu remained unbeaten on 40 while Karthik scored 38 not out.Finishing touches courtesy @DineshKarthik & @RayuduAmbati after half centuries from @ImRo45 & @imVkohli takes #TeamIndia to a 7-wicket win in the 3rd ODI. 3-0 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/XGTwOHmetMBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019The match was nicely set up for the Indian team by the bowlers led by Mohammed Shami, who finished with 3 wickets for 41 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged a couple of wickets each.Shami was adjudged man-of-the-match for his bowling performance. He had skipper Kohli for company as his translator at the presentation but he didn’t need any help as it turns out.advertisementThe Bengal pacer, who had won the award in the first game as well, needed Kohli’s help in Napier where he answered the questions in Hindi which the Indian captain translated in English for the viewers.But this time Shami decided to go for it and gave it his best shot. “It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard. Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key,” Shami said.Innings Break!New Zealand all out for 243 in 49 overs (Shami 3/41, Hardik 2/45)The dinner break has been reduced to 30 minutes for today’s gameScorecard – https://t.co/0SXKeJvZSs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/lukAdaoZwcBCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2019Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull, who was conducting the presentation ceremony, was so impressed with Shami’s effort that he complimented him in Hindi after the interview.”Your English bahut acha, congratulations,” Doull told Shami as Kohli burst out laughing.The win was Kohli’s 47th as ODI captain which is the second most for a skipper after 63 matches. Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd and ex-Australia skipper Ricky Ponting are ahead with 50 wins.”Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me.”We really enjoy ourselves and even at the end when Rayudu and Karthik were batting, we were sitting in the change room and cheering for every run. That’s how the environment in the dressing room is. The guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field,” Kohli said at the presentation.The 30-year-old will now take a break from international cricket after he was rested for the final two ODIs of this series. Rohit will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.”Hopefully we can win the last 2 games. I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been a very hectic Australian tour and now I go on a break very happy 3-0 up sealing the series. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how the game goes,” Kohli added.Also Read | I can enjoy my break now: Virat Kohli after India win ODI series vs New ZealandAlso Read | Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record for most ODI sixes for IndiaAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli hits 100th 50-plus score in List A cricketAlso Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd ODIFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Ms. Grange said Independence and Emancipation celebrations are important in fostering pride in country for both young and old people. Story Highlights Thousands of Jamaicans, clad in the national colours of black, green, and gold, turned out at the National Stadium on August 6, to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary of political Independence, at the Grand Gala.Despite the presence of overcast skies and periods of slight drizzle, the event got underway at 6:00 p.m. and ended just after 10:00 p.m. with the much-anticipated display of fireworks.Among the attendees were Their Excellencies, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and Lady Allen; Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness and Mrs. Holness; Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie; Leader of the Opposition; Dr. Peter Phillips; and other members of the Houses of Parliament and Diplomatic Corps.Former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, and Reggae icon, Jimmy Cliff, were also honoured during the ceremony.Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Minister Grange said she was pleased with the different elements of the show.“We had an excellent turnout, in fact, we would have had every corner filled except that the police had their own rules in that people with pointed umbrellas would not be allowed in and so that was an issue,” she said.“But the place is packed, people are enjoying themselves, the spirit is great and we are celebrating our culture, achievements and icons,” she added.Ms. Grange said Independence and Emancipation celebrations are important in fostering pride in country for both young and old people.“It is important that as a country we celebrate our achievements (and that) we use the opportunity to reflect on where we are coming from, to look at where we are and to look to the future. Our young people are able to understand the culture and learn about their history and their heritage on occasions like these and it is important that we have events like the gala,” she said.Eleven-year-old, Ciara, who was celebrating her birthday, said the event was good.“It’s good that I was born on the day Jamaica gained Independence, because I feel very special now that everybody is celebrating Jamaica 55 and they are celebrating my birthday at the same time,” she told JIS News.She admitted that she was frightened during segments of the fireworks, but said that the overall performances were great.Another patron, John Campbell, who hails from Kingston, said he was home watching the event on the television, because of the weather, but decided to attend with his family.“Seeing the excitement, I just couldn’t afford to miss it, so I just got dressed and came here…I am enjoying the culture and everything that has been presented to us so far,” he told JIS News.More than 2000 performers were on show from communities across Kingston and St. Andrew. There were also performances by Etana, Ernie Smith, Jermaine Edwards, Mr. Vegas, Bugle, Admiral Bailey and Kukudoo.Emancipation and Independence activities were held under the theme: ‘Celebrating Jamaicans at Home and Abroad’.The celebrations were undertaken at a cost of $180 million and included the staging of the Independence Village in Kingston and St. James featuring concerts, exhibitions, and other activities. More than 2000 performers were on show from communities across Kingston and St. Andrew. There were also performances by Etana, Ernie Smith, Jermaine Edwards, Mr. Vegas, Bugle, Admiral Bailey and Kukudoo. Thousands of Jamaicans, clad in the national colours of black, green and gold turned out at the national stadium on August 6, to celebrate the country’s 55th anniversary of political Independence, at the Grand Gala.
Close to 100 students are getting a chance to explore careers in skilled trades this summer. TestDrive and Building Futures for Youth allow students to earn high school co-op credits and hours towards apprenticeship certification in the automotive service and construction trades. Caleb Erskine, a youth apprentice working part-time with Atlantic Acura, got his start through the TestDrive program. “I worked here last summer under the TestDrive program and it was a total game-changer,” said Caleb. “I’d never considered a career in the automotive trades before and now I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’m continuing to work and learn in the trade and can’t wait to see how far it takes me.” Premier Stephen McNeil and Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan were joined by Caleb, automotive and construction sector partners, and industry, apprenticeship board, school board and NSCC representatives at an event today in Halifax. “Jobs are what will keep our young people here in the province,” said Premier McNeil. “Programs like these help employers help students take advantage of the opportunities in Nova Scotia.” The TestDrive and Building Futures for Youth programs, supported by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the Department of Education and Education and Early Childhood Development, have provided more than 500 students with paid summer employment and hands-on trades experience. July marks the one-year anniversary of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. In its first year, the agency has signed on more than 180 new employers, and registered more than 1,350 new apprentices and 100 youth apprentices. Research has shown that more than 70 per cent of youth apprentices go on to full-time apprenticeship training.
Shimla: Vehicular traffic on the Rohtang-Manali road has been blocked following heavy rain on Saturday, the police said. The road was blocked after the water level in a nullah near Koksar police post in Kullu district rose instantly, Kullu Superintendent of Police (SP) Gaurav Singh said. Several vehicles are stranded due to the road block but no loss of life or property has been reported, he added.
Text of a statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the Humboldt Broncos bus crash:An entire country is in shock and mourning today as we learn more about the tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos that claimed the lives of 14 people, and injured many more.We are heartbroken knowing many of those we lost had their entire lives in front of them. We grieve with those facing news no parent or family should ever have to face. And our hearts go out to the community that has lost teammates, coaches, friends, and mentors.This is every parent’s worst nightmare. No one should ever have to see their child leave to play the sport they love and never come back.Our national hockey family is a close one, with roots in almost every town – small and big – across Canada. Humboldt is no exception, and today the country and the entire hockey community stands with you.I thank the first responders – the RCMP, the Provincial Response Team, and medical personnel – who worked tirelessly through the night, and continue to respond to this incredibly difficult situation with courage and professionalism.To the entire Humboldt community: We are here for you. As neighbours, as friends, and as Canadians, we grieve alongside you.
MONTREAL – Here’s a summary of where the NAFTA talks stand after a week-long round in Montreal. The round officially concludes Monday with meetings between the political ministers leading the negotiations for Canada, Mexico and the U.S.Chapters: A chapter on anti-corruption measures was concluded in Montreal. Officials from one country say chapters on telecommunications and digital trade are also more than 90 per cent done.Autos: The countries have begun a real dialogue. Previous rounds saw acrimony over a U.S. demand that 85 per cent of a car’s parts be North American — a major increase from the current 62.5 per cent requirement — and 50 per cent be American to avoid a tariff. Some in the auto sector called that idea so unworkable it would induce companies to move to Asia and simply pay the import tariff. At this round, Canada proposed a major overhaul: include the value of intellectual property in the calculation, instead of just parts, thereby inflating U.S. numbers while being less disruptive to the industry. The countries are now analyzing how such formulas could work, and the idea has been turned over to political decision-makers in the U.S. and Mexico for their input.Chapter 11: The Americans want it to be voluntary for countries to participate in the investor-state system, which allows companies to sue countries for discriminatory treatment. The U.S. has suggested it might want to opt out of the system, arguing that it provides assurance for investors outsourcing operations to Mexico. This is not to be confused with the Chapter 19 system, which handles fights over punitive duties, on cases such as softwood lumber — the Americans want that gone entirely. At this round, the Chapter 19 irritant was largely avoided. But the Canadians and Mexicans worked out a proposal on Chapter 11. Their idea would essentially sideline the Americans, creating a new investor-state system that applies only to them. Under the Canadian proposal, backed by Mexico, the U.S. would be prevented from participating in or developing the rules of the new system: “We basically said to them, ‘If you want to opt out that’s fine, you’re gone,”’ one non-American said.Sunset clause: The U.S. has proposed a clause that would automatically terminate NAFTA every five years, unless renewed by all three countries. The other countries called that unworkable, and a constant chill on investment, akin to placing an automatic-divorce clause in a marriage license. In November, the Mexicans proposed turning this termination clause into a review clause — meaning it would force regular reviews of how the agreement is working, but not threaten automatic termination. They pointed out that NAFTA already has a termination clause, which countries are free to use. The Canadians offered new ideas at this round for how the review clause might work. One suggestion is for NAFTA’s central body, the Free Trade Commission, to produce regular updates on how the agreement is working.Dairy: The U.S. wants to end, within a decade, Canada’s supply-management system, which limits imports on milk, cheese and poultry, and sets minimum prices. The U.S. also wants to end a special program, known as Class 7, which lets Canadian producers sell certain cheese-making proteins at lower worldwide prices, squeezing out some imports from Americans who have an excess supply. This politically sensitive file, which touches rural ridings especially in central Canada, tends to get pushed down to the wire in trade negotiations. Sources say Canada has not made any counter-offers in Montreal.Labour: No dramatic developments. In the U.S., Democrats have just published a letter urging their country to demand far higher labour standards from Mexico. While calling this week’s discussions excellent in general, a Democratic congressman in Montreal, Bill Pascrell, said his enthusiasm has been dampened by a lack of progress on labour, and by what he views as Mexican nonchalance. “I don’t think they get it,” he said. But Mexico says it agrees with higher standards; new labour and environmental chapters in NAFTA; new worker protections; tougher enforcement of existing laws; and combating imports tied to child labour. It disputes the suggestion that it’s avoiding the issue. It also says that NAFTA is an inappropriate place to push for wage guarantees, as wages are a function of myriad domestic economic conditions. Canada has also proposed ending right-to-work laws in the U.S., which is viewed as a non-starter by the Americans.Buy American: The U.S. wants limits on how many public contracts can be won by its free-trade neighbours. In October, it proposed limiting Canada and Mexico to one dollar of contracts for every dollar in contracts granted by Canada and Mexico to American companies. The other countries declared this a non-starter. Sources say there was no major engagement on this at the Montreal round.What’s next: Future talks are slated for late February in Mexico, then for Washington a month later. It’s unclear what happens next. Mexico has a presidential election in July and the next president gets sworn in in December, while the U.S. will have national congressional elections in the fall. U.S. President Donald Trump has a decision to make by about March: start cancelling NAFTA, keep negotiating, or pause until the fall. The new engagement at this round has some insiders hoping he might avoid cancelling the deal. Officials from one country speculated this week that talks might continue through 2018, despite the elections.
OTTAWA — The Canadian labour market beat expectations last month by adding 45,300 positions.Statistics Canada says the vast majority of the new jobs in June were in part-time work, although the number of full-time positions also increased.The agency says the national unemployment rate edged down to 6.5 per cent.A consensus of economists had expected an increase of 10,000 jobs in June and for the unemployment rate to stay at 6.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.The increase adds to a series of positive job-market gains since the middle of 2016 and comes amid widespread expectations that the Bank of Canada will hike its benchmark interest rate next week.Compared to a year earlier, the agency says 350,800 more people were employed in Canada and that 248,200 of those new jobs were full time.
Nadeemal Perera was later released after being questioned for several hours. The Police said that Nadeemal Perera and the other person were questioned by the CID and Police Narcotics Bureau. Nadeemal Perera, son of singer Amal Perera and another person who were in remand in Dubai have been deported and detained in Colombo by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).The other suspect deported is said to be a prison officer. However, the prison officer was handed over to the Colombo Crimes Division for further investigations.Amal Perera and Nadeemal Perera had been arrested at a Dubai hotel recently together with notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush. (Colombo Gazette)
“We urge a review of this draft law to ensure that it does not restrict the important work of civil society organizations in the country,” said Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.The draft law requires non-commercial organizations established in the Kyrgyz Republic, involved in “political activities” and receiving funding from foreign sources, to register as “foreign agents.”The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) says the law fails to adequately define the term “political activities,” referring only to “activities aimed at influencing the decisions of public authorities in order to change their policy, as well as activities aimed at influencing the public opinion for the above-mentioned purposes.”“This vague wording may put at risk numerous organizations working to deliver services or conduct human rights advocacy,” said Mr. Colville.It also requires that materials published by civil society organizations through the media and the Internet must note that they were published or distributed by a non-commercial organisation acting as a “foreign agent.”“The term “foreign agent” carries extremely negative connotations and could lead to stigmatization, mistrust and hostility towards activists, human rights defenders and civil society organizations,” he said.The statement explained that the draft law would give the Ministry of Justice powers to conduct inspections of organizations, and to request and check internal documents. The Ministry would have the power to send representatives to participate in internal activities and to determine whether or not the organization complies with the goals of its creation.In cases where an organization fails to file an application for inclusion in the register of non-commercial organisations acting as a “foreign agent,” the Ministry would have the authority to suspend their activities for up to six months without waiting for a court decision. “If adopted, these new oversight powers would contradict the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Kyrgyzstan is a party,” said the statement.The draft law also provides for criminal liability and imprisonment of up to three years for establishing a non-commercial organisation whose work aims to “incite citizens to refuse to fulfil their civic duties or commit other unlawful acts.”“This may lead to the criminalization of the work of human rights defenders,” it warned. “The terms ‘inciting’ and ‘propaganda acts’ are ill-defined and broad, and may give rise to subjective interpretation.”
“Violence against aid workers is a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law,” OCHA underscored in a news release issued yesterday. According to the release, during the month of September, some 15 attacks were recorded with instances where armed men broke into the premises of international organizations. Highlighting the negative impact of such violence, particularly on vulnerable populations that are still in dire need of humanitarian aid, OCHA deplored the deterioration in the protection of civilians’ the country. It added that the attacks come amid a situation when humanitarian funding for the African country is at its lowest. “To date, 2.3 million people are still in need of humanitarian assistance, with only the 532 million US dollars of the humanitarian appeal funded,” OCHA said, noting that with the increasing needs in the country, “a little investment in the humanitarian action is necessary to save lives and alleviate suffering.”
Oil wells set alight by ISIL are visible from the newly retaken Iraqi town of al-Hud, outside Mosul, where IOM distributed 350 non-food item kits to recently displaced families. Photo: IOM/Jennifer Sparks The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) received reports on 25 October that 50 former Iraqi police officers had been killed in a building outside Mosul city, and “that building was the same agricultural college that has now been cited as the site of those mass graves,” Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office told reporters in Geneva.“However, OHCHR does not have information about the mass graves,” she added.Ms. Shamdasani said the UN continues to receive information about civilians being forcibly moved by the ISIL, as well as abductions and killings of civilians.In response to a question, she said that as of 4 November, ISIL had forcibly moved about 1,500 families from Hammam al-Alil towards Mosul airport. OHCHR also has information about dead bodies found, but that has not yet been sufficiently verified. The spokesperson also said OHCHR has information that between 1 and 4 November, 195 former Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) members had been reportedly abducted by ISIL in several villages in Tal Afar, and on 3 November, another 100 former ISF officers had been abducted from Mawali village about 20 kilometres west of Mosul. The fate of these 295 civilians is unknown. On 2 or 3 of November, ISIL allegedly abducted at least 30 sheiks in the Qayrawan sub-district of Sinjar district, who were taken to an unknown location, she added. One report said that 18 of them were killed in Tal Afar district on 14 November, but the information has not yet been verified.Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), said that he talked this morning with the WHO team in Erbil Hospital, which is delivering medical supplies for more than 90,000 beneficiaries, including trauma kits and surgical supplies for 300 trauma and surgical interventions.Erbil Hospital is the main referral hospital in the area, about 1 hour from Mosul, where injured people were being brought.Since the military offensive began on 17 October, they had received 29 trauma injury cases, 10 of them for bullet injuries, four for mortar shell injuries, two for mine injuries; 11 were women and six were children, he said.In other areas, WHO is trying to provide health care with mobile clinics. In some cases, those mobile clinics are the first responders to arrive on the scene. Five days after Tlol Nasir village, south of Mosul, became accessible, a WHO mobile health clinic was the first health provider to arrive. The main cause of medical consultation continues to be respiratory tract infections due to smoke inhalation, as some 20 oil wells continue to burn. WHO had also conducted assessment missions to the two nearest referral hospitals to Mosul, closer to Mosul than Erbil, which were Qayyarah Hospital south of Mosul and Hamdaneya Hospital east of Mosul. Those hospitals are not functional right now, but WHO is working with the health authorities to ensure that emergency and reproductive health departments are rehabilitated in the coming days and weeks, to ensure referral care for trauma and complicated deliveries.In response to a question, Mr. Jasarevic said that WHO has not received any reports on the use of chemical weapons so far. WHO has trained 90 medical staff on mass casualty management and decontamination of patients. In response to a question about the situation in Mosul and the possible targeting of bridges to prevent the movement of people, Jens Laerke, a spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that the humanitarian community has not yet reached inside Mosul. He said that as a general note, civilian infrastructure must be spared in accordance with international humanitarian law.Leonard Doyle, a spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said that 34,860 people have been displaced from Mosul and adjacent districts, up from 7 November. Over the past weekend, IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing has been in the area on a two-day visit to the conflict zone, looking in particular at the emergency camps which have been established.
“Let us not be provoked or play into the hands of those who thrive on hatred and instil fear in our societies. Today’s global challenges should compel us to reject the failed mindset of ‘us’ versus ‘them.’ Let us see the world and all its possibilities through the prism of ‘we the peoples’, the UN chief concluded. “[Tolerance] is a lever for sustainable development, as it encourages the construction of more inclusive and thus more resilient societies that are able to draw on the ideas, creative energy and talents of each of their members,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message on the Day. Underscoring the need to counter the threats to tolerance such as tendencies and rhetoric calling for isolationism and that the world would be a better place if people lived alone, in “pure cultures, protected from outside influence, Ms. Bokova said. “We must remember the historical facts, recall how peoples and identities have mingled, engendering richer, more complex cultures with multiple identities. Using the living testimony of world heritage sites, we can show that no culture has ever grown in isolation, and that diversity is a strength, not a weakness.” In her message, the UNESCO Director-General also spoke out against the rise in racist attitudes and stereotyping of religions and cultures and stressed that tolerance is not naive or passive acceptance of difference, noting that it is a fight for the respect of fundamental rights. “Tolerance is not relativism or indifference. It is a commitment renewed every day to seek in our diversity the bonds that unite humanity,” Ms. Bokova underscored.International Day for Tolerance is celebrated annually on November 16, marking the 1995 adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance by UNESCO Member States that among other things, affirmed that tolerance is neither an indulgence nor indifference, and that it is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, forms of expression and ways of being human. Children participate in an interactive event – We are Family: Educating Our Children for a Safer World – to connect young people worldwide on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file) Underscoring the importance of tolerance, particularly in today’s diverse world, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have called for seeing the world through the prism of “we the peoples” and to collectively build societies that are more inclusive, more peaceful and more prosperous. “The values of tolerance and mutual understanding – so firmly embedded in the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – are facing profound tests around the world,” said Mr. Ban in his message on the International Day for Tolerance.Refugees and migrants continue to face “closed doors and clenched fists,” he said, stressing that violent extremists continue to target people solely because of their faiths and traditions. Day by day, bigotry shows its face through racism, anti-Muslim hatred, anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.“Too many armed conflicts have sectarian dimensions; too many societal disputes break down along communal lines. And too many politicians use the cynical math that says you add votes by dividing people,” he said.The United Nations, the Secretary-General continued, promotes tolerance as a matter of its fundamental identity. “When tolerance is upheld, we encourage the world to emulate those fine examples. When tolerance is threatened, we must speak out,” he stated.He went on to note that the UN has launched a new campaign to promote tolerance, respect and dignity across the world, Together. It is meant as a specific response to the xenophobia faced by so many refugees and migrants, and aims to highlight the benefits of diversity and migration. But it is also part of our general efforts to promote mutual understanding and global harmony.