No. 6-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired.Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, will next play No. 49-ranked Kyle Edmund, who beat No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal limped into a news conference about a half-hour later, still wincing when he stepped up onto a platform. He said he felt muscle pain in his upper right leg in the third set but played through it. In the fourth set, chasing a drop shot, he felt the pain get worse “but didn’t realize how bad.”“Tough moments —not (for) the first time here,” he said. “I’m a positive person, but today is an opportunity lost to be in a semifinal for a Grand Slam and fight for an important title for me. Read Next LATEST STORIES In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro. “It’s really tough to accept.”Nadal said he’d have medical scans Wednesday to determine the exact location and extent of the injury, which he could only describe as being high on his right leg but not in the hip.“Unbelievable performance from both of us and really unfortunate for Rafa,” Cilic said. “He’s such an unbelievable competitor. He always gives his best … it’s very unfortunate for him to finish this way.”It was only the second time Nadal had retired during a Grand Slam match — the last time was also an Australian Open quarterfinal, in 2010 against Andy Murray.On Tuesday night, he needed a medical timeout after going down 4-1 in the fourth set for treatment on his leg.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Spain’s Rafael Nadal, right, walks from Croatia’s Marin Cilic after he withdrew injured from their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic.Top-ranked Nadal fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major winner went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent, and angrily hurled his headband into his equipment bag.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena.“I am loving it right now, just the way I’m playing,” Edmund said. “My first Grand Slam semifinal. First time I played on one of the biggest courts in the world. To beat a quality of player like Grigor. They’re great feelings. So, yeah, I just try to enjoy it as much as possible.”After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out. And so was Dimitrov, who lost a five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal.“Everything went his way today,” Dimitrov said. “It’s hard to hide a disappointment. It hurts, and so it should.”Edmund, who had a first-round upset over U.S. Open finalist Kevin Anderson, is now the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is facing a similar experience.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, becoming the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, said: “Kim, thanks for watching. I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.” View comments MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Ceres stuns Brisbane, sustains historic Champions League run 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal returned but was clearly bothered by the injury, limping and taking as much time as possible as he tried to stretch between points.He called the trainer again after losing the fourth set, and lasted only two further games.Cilic had only previously beaten Nadal once in their six previous matches — in their first match at Beijing in 2009.Nadal had a delayed start to the season because of an injured right knee, but appeared to be in good form through the first four rounds. He now hasn’t won back-to-back Australian Open quarterfinals since 2008 and ’09, the year he won his only Australian title.“I worked hard to be here,” said Nadal, who skipped tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane, Australia, while his knee recovered at the start of the season. “We did all the things that we believed were the right things to do.”His absence also means there’s only one of last year’s singles finalists remaining in the tournament. Roger Federer, who beat Nadal in five sets last year, is playing Tomas Berdych in a quarterfinal on Wednesday.Serena Williams didn’t defend her title, deciding she hadn’t had enough time to prepare following the birth of her first child last September. Her older sister, Venus Williams, was beaten in the first round.On top of that, six-time champion Novak Djokovic was upset in the fourth round.There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years, but it won’t be five-time finalist Murray — who skipped the season-opening tournament to have surgery on his hip.Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player. 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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will miss his side’ s Premier League clash against Southampton on Wednesday as he has to attend his father’s funeral.Confirming the news, manager Jose Mourinho said Pogba had been given permission to stay in France rather than St. Mary’s after the family bereavement.”I don’t think Paul has the conditions to play; we will let him be completely free to come back when he thinks he is ready to be back,” goal.com quoted Mourinho as saying.Pogba’s father, Fassou Antoine Pogba, passed away last weekend after facing a long battle with ill-health. He was 79-year-old.Mourinho, however, confirmed that Anthony Martial would make an appearance, while Daley Blind would be rested ahead of the Europa League final clash against former club Ajax.”I’m going to rotate some people. Blind will not play against Southampton but Fellaini will, because he has not played the last three matches,” Mourinho said.”[Martial] didn’t play against Celta because the options were different but he is fine and he is one of the guys that it is very important for him to play 90 minutes. Smalling, Jones, Mata – it is very important for them to play 90 minutes,” he added.United are bidding to make a top-four Premier League finish with two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace in hand, as they trail Liverpool by eight points with only six points left for grabs
Pakistan will aim to bounce back from their humiliating defeat against India when they take on South Africa in their penultimate Champions Trophy clash at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Wednesday.The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side failed to have a dream start in the eight-team marquee tournament as they slumped to a huge 124-run defeat against title-holders India at the same venue on Sunday.Pakistan will now be desperate for the win to keep their hopes alive in the tournament.However, they will be without their fast bowler Wahab Riaz after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to an ankle injury he sustained while bowling during India’s innings. Rumman Raees was roped in the squad as a replacement for the injured fast bowler.Top-ranked ODI side South Africa, on the other hand, are too far away from all these worries after registering a comfortable 96-run win over Sri Lanka in their opening Group B fixture at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.Here are some facts about the two sides:- Pakistan have won three of their last four ODIs against South Africa, this coming on the back of just one victory in their previous seven encounters.- South Africa have won both previous meetings with Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, including a 67-run win at Edgbaston in 2013 (also in Mohali in 2006).- South Africa have secured wins in both their previous Champions Trophy games at Edgbaston (Pakistan in 2013, Bangladesh in 2004).- Overall South Africa have lost just twice in seven ODIs at the venue in Birmingham.advertisement- South Africa have claimed victories in 16 of their last 20 ODI matches ; Pakistan meanwhile have just two wins in their last seven outings.- Of the 27 batsmen to score 1,000 ODI runs against Pakistan, AB de Villiers has the best average against them (61.9).- In fact, AB de Villiers has scored more runs in ODI matches between South Africa and Pakistan than any other batsman (1423).Squads:Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Rumman Raees, Shadab Khan, Shoaib MalikSouth Africa: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, KA Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada.
BOSTON — David Ortiz still enjoys beating the New York Yankees.In what he’s said will be his final season before he retires, Ortiz hit a tie-breaking two-run homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth inning, and the Red Sox rallied for a 4-2 win over the Yankees on April 29th in the first of 19 meetings between the longtime rivals.“When you’re playing at home and the adrenaline’s flying all over the place when you’re playing against the Yankees, when something like this happens you enjoy it,” the 40-year-old slugger said.Big Papi has certainly been in the middle of the rivalry for quite some time, starting back in 2003. Now, he’s looking forward to coming back and seeing what the Fenway Park crowd watched him do.“Hey, like I said, those games between us and the Yankees, everybody’s on their toes,” he said. “It’s enjoyable. Next year I’m going to be coming as a fan and feeling the same way.”Jackie Bradley Jr. had a two-run double for Boston, which won for the fifth time in six games.Alex Rodriguez moved into 20th place on the all-time hits list with a solo homer for the Yankees, who lost for the 11th time in 15 games.“If you told me 10 years ago that Big Papi and I would be hitting home runs at 40, I probably would’ve laughed,” Rodriguez said. “But winning the game is the most important thing.”On a chilly night with a game-time temperature of 47 degrees, Big Papi sent a first-pitch curveball from Betances (0-2) into the first row of the Green Monster seats.Even his teammate Bradley Jr. is amazed that Ortiz still performs at a high level when the game’s on the line.“When you see it so often, it becomes repetitive, of course,” he said. “It’s still great no matter how many times you see it.”Koji Uehara (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning and Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his seventh save.Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances with four strikeouts.“I mean he’s been doing it for a long time,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said of Ortiz. “He’s been a great hitter for a long time. I still have a lot of faith in Dellin in that situation, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”Yankees starters Masahiro Tanaka had pinpoint control early and held Boston scoreless into the seventh before Bradley Jr.’s two-out double tied it. The Japanese right-hander gave up two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.Boston starter Henry Owens gave up two runs on six hits in six innings.Facing a left-handed starter for the ninth time in 11 games, the Yankees made it 1-0 in the second when Rodriguez hit a fastball off a light stanchion above the Green Monster in deep left center. It was his 3,082nd hit, breaking a tie with Cap Anson.The 40-year-old Rodriguez returned to the lineup in the team’s previous game and homered after missing two with tightness in his left oblique.New York increased it to 2-0 on Brett Gardner’s two-out, RBI single in the fifth.(KEN POWTAK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Virat Kohli went past West Indies great Brian Lara and is now in the top 10 of the leading ODI run-scorers. Kohli, on Tuesday, was named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year. He became the first man to sweep all three big ICC awards.Kohli has been in outstanding ODI form since the 2015 World Cup. He now has 39 ODI hundreds, second only to Sachin Tendulkar who finished with 49 hundreds in the format after playing for a quarter of a century. Kohli, who debuted in August 2008, is already considered to be the greatest ODI player by the likes of Michael Clarke.Over the last two years, Virat Kohli has scored 12 ODI hundreds. He was the leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2017 as well as 2018. Virat Kohli is widely believed to break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records in the one-day format and if keep this up, he might do it sooner rather than later.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST ODI LIVE SCOREBrian Lara, West Indies’ greatest batsman since Viv Richards, played 299 ODIs and scored 10405 runs including 19 hundreds at an average of 40.48.Kohli went past Lara’s tally of ODI runs in only his 220th ODI. He boast of an average of nearly 60 which is the highest in the 10K club.Virat Kohli is now also within touching distance of Rahul Dravid, who scored 10889 runs from 344 ODIs.Kohli already has several batting records to his name but entering the top 10 so early in his career would be special. He went past Brian Lara when with a boundary off Mitchell Santner in the 16th over.advertisementAlso Read | Not rain, not bad light. Sun stops play in Napier!Also Read | Virat Kohli’s ICC awards sweep a proud moment for India: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli 2nd player after Ricky Ponting to win consecutive ICC Cricketer of the Year awardsAlso Read | Virat Kohli completes historic hat-trick: Full list of ICC award winners
Power-hitting in one-day international matches does not always guarantee entertainment and cricket authorities must alter the laws to restore balance between bat and ball, former England captain Michael Atherton has said.Atherton’s comments came after England set West Indies a mammoth target of 418 in Wednesday’s ODI in Grenada, with the hosts falling just short in a thrilling chase with 389. Both teams smashed a record 46 sixes in the match.England hit 24 sixes to break the record of 23 set by West Indies last week in the first match of the series.”Six hitting alone does not guarantee entertainment and the balance between bat and ball is legitimate grounds for debate and concern in ODIs,” Atherton wrote in The Times”To provide a good spectacle, the balance in ODIs need not be skewed to the bowler as far as in Tests. This does not mean that bowlers should be denuded entirely.”Some swing, at the start with a better ball or at the end, by using one rather than two, would allow for a greater variety of skills.”Bowlers have been hampered since a 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided.India batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a record 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs, wanted the rule scrapped as each ball is not given time to generate reverse swing, a handy tool for bowlers in the final overs.”Tendulkar backed up my call for one white ball, rather than two, to be used again in ODIs, the better to encourage some reverse swing towards the end of an innings,” Atherton, who played 115 Tests for England, added.advertisement”Everything is loaded in favour of the batsmen – short boundaries, limitations on field settings, pitches that don’t deteriorate… and white balls that do not swing at the start and, because two are used, do not swing at the end.”
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on December 15, 2010June 20, 2017By: Tim Thomas, Senior Advisor, MHTFClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Yesterday we blogged about the robust advocacy movement underway to convince the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria to broaden their funding portfolio with MNCH programming.A letter endorsed by an unusual array of NGOs, academics, policy-influencers and service providers representing the three disease areas as well as the maternal, newborn and child health communities was submitted and discussed at the Global Fund board meeting winding up in Sofia, Bulgaria today. That letter and an official Board discussion of the Fund’s potential paradigm shift generated a “Decision Point” released late yesterday (PDF) — it’s the Board decision on the proposal to expand its mandate. The Decision Point makes it clear that the Global Fund wants to see more proposals that incorporate MNCH interventions but those interventions must fall within the framework of projects that address HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. The proverbial genie is out of the bottle — no doubt that the advocacy will continue while the Fund develops a new 5 year strategy (2011-16). We’ll keep tracking this important evolution of the one of the world’s most innovative and, some would say, successful multi-lateral health funding mechanisms.Share this:
The Department of Finance has posted an HST toolkit on its website to provide retailers with additional information on the HST restoration effective July 1st. “We are dedicated to getting our province back to balance,” said Finance Minister Graham Steele. “I’d like to thank Nova Scotian retailers for their understanding and cooperation while we take on the hard work to start living within our means.” The toolkit features high-resolution PDF signage that retailers can print and post in their stores, a checklist explaining the tax restoration and background information on the HST. On July 1st, the HST will be restored to 15 per cent, when the provincial portion of the HST increases from eight per cent to 10 per cent. The HST is expected to generate an additional $214.8 million in 2010-11, and $307.5 million in 2011-12. For more information on the HST restoration and rebates, visit the Department of Finance website at: http://www.gov.ns.ca/finance/en/home/taxation/hstchanges/hstforbusiness.aspx
New Delhi: A military tribunal on Wednesday allowed Vice Admiral Karambir Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief on Friday as it deferred hearing on a petition challenging his appointment by nearly seven weeks.Commander-in-Chief of the Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Bimal Verma had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) here challenging the appointment of Singh as the next Navy Chief, overlooking his seniority. “The AFT posted the matter for hearing on July 17 as government sought more time for placing records relating to Vice Admiral Singh’s appointment before the tribunal,” Verma’s lawyer Ankur Chhibber said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCHe said the AFT allowed Singh to take charge as the new Navy chief from incumbent Admiral Sunil Lanba on May 31 and that his continuation will depend on the final outcome of the case. Verma is the senior-most naval commander. On May 22, the tribunal had directed the government to produce before it on May 29 all records and documents relating to selection of the new Navy chief. However, the government could not produce the records and sought more time. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsEarlier this month, the defence ministry issued an order rejecting Verma’s petition before it. Following the defence ministry’s order, Verma filed a fresh petition at the AFT challenging Singh’s appointment as well seeking quashing of the order by the ministry rejecting his plea against the selection. In its order, the defence ministry said Verma’s statutory petition dated April 10 against the appointment of Singh to the top post is devoid of merit and has been rejected in exercise of powers under Section 23 of the Navy Act 1957. On April 25, the tribunal directed the defence ministry to decide Verma’s petition within three weeks. Rejecting Verma’s plea, the defence ministry said a thorough selection process was conducted under which overall service profile of all the contenders for the top post was examined. It said specific parameters for selection were applied uniformly to all the contenders and, based on the assessment, it was found that Verma, though being the senior most eligible officer, was unsuitable to hold the post of the chief of the Naval Staff. In his petition to the defence ministry, Verma wondered why he was overlooked for the top post despite being the senior-most in the line of command, terming “wrongful” the government’s decision to appoint Singh to the post. While appointing the Army chief in 2016, the government did not follow the long-held tradition of going by seniority. Bipin Rawat was appointed Army chief superseding then Eastern Command Chief Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi and Southern Command Chief P M Hariz. Besides Verma, the other contenders for the Navy chief’s post included Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief (FOC-in-C) of Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar and FOC-in-C of Southern Naval Command Vice Admiral Anil Kumar Chawla. Singh, who is at present serving as the FOC-in-C of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, will be the first helicopter pilot to become chief of Naval Staff.
Prosecutors are asking Ontario’s highest court to overturn the acquittal of a former violin teacher who measured his teenage students’ bare breasts while fitting them for shoulder rests.The Crown is appealing a ruling that found Claude Trachy not guilty on dozens of charges related to the sexual violation of more than 20 students in the 1970s and 80s, saying the trial judge made several errors.Trachy, 73, of Chatham, Ont., was acquitted last year after a judge found the now-retired music teacher did not act with a sexual purpose but rather because he believed it was necessary to properly equip the students.The appeal is set to be heard Tuesday and prosecutors are asking the court to convict Trachy on some of the charges or order a new trial on all of them.Court documents filed ahead of the hearing say the complainants, who are now adults, testified they were asked to remove their shirt and bra on the left side so that Trachy could measure them from collarbone to nipple.They testified he touched their breast during this process and often would then have them play with their left breast exposed. Four complainants also alleged he took a plastic mould of their left breast.Trachy told his trial he had the complainants undo their blouse on the left side so he could measure them from collarbone to nipple but maintained he derived no sexual gratification from it. He also denied cupping or rubbing any of the complainants’ breasts, as some of them alleged.In its appeal documents, the Crown notes that “no boys, notwithstanding their growth, size or shape, were touched in this fashion.” Neither was Trachy’s daughter, who also played violin, it says.It also says Trachy didn’t have a formula for how the measurement translated into shoulder rest adjustment and had no rationale for how often the girls needed to be assessed.The Crown alleges the trial judge oversimplified the allegations to focus exclusively on whether Trachy acted with a sexual purpose.Prosecutors say sexual intention is only a necessary element of some of the charges against Trachy, such as sexual interference, but does not need to be proven for others, such as sexual assault, which only requires that the touching be of a sexual nature.“In an expedient rush towards simplicity the trial judge lost the full scope of relevance of the complainants’ evidence,” they allege in the documents.“The failure of the trial judge to assess the relevance of the evidence by assessing what the complainants actually said that they had suffered from and without reference to the specific elements of the various offences charged combined to form an erroneous central core which permeated the balance of the trial.”They argue the trial judge also failed to properly consider the evidence of an expert witness, who testified there was no justification for touching the students’ breasts as part of a fitting, nor was it a known or documented practice.The Crown further alleges the judge did not consider comments Trachy made to police in which he suggested he had stopped measuring in that way after a previous arrest and conviction in the 1990s related to the sexual violation of two sisters.Defence lawyers, meanwhile, argue the appeal has no legal basis and the Crown is simply seeking a “do-over” of the trial.“Though framed in terms of legal error, the Crown’s appeal amounts to a thinly disguised claim of ‘unreasonable acquittal,’ a ground of appeal that does not exist in Canadian law,” they say in written submissions.“Focusing primarily on the respondent’s purpose for the touching was in no way improper because, in these circumstances, this was going to be the crucial issue determining proof of guilt,” they say.Trachy testified that at the time, he didn’t think that his methods could make students uncomfortable, and his acknowledgment that he later dropped the practice “was not an admission of having committed sexual misconduct,” the defence says.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press
Vincent Rutaganira, who had been sentenced in March 2005 to six years’ jail, was released yesterday from the UN detention facility in Arusha, Tanzania, where the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is based. Mr. Rutaganira had been in custody since he was arrested in March 2002.A councillor from 1985 to 1994 in the Mubuga sector of Kibuye prefecture in western Rwanda, Mr. Rutaganira had pleaded guilty to one count of extermination as an accomplice by omission to a crime against humanity.In sentencing the councillor, the ICTR judges said that he had known about the planned massacre in which thousands of Tutsis were killed and yet he did not use his authority to prevent the attacks or to protect and assist the group as they sheltered in the local church.The Security Council set up the ICTR in 1994 in response to that year’s genocide in the small African country, where some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed – mostly by machete or club – in just 100 days starting in early April. 3 March 2008A former Rwandan local government official convicted and jailed by the United Nations genocide tribunal for failing to prevent the massacre of Tutsis seeking refuge in a church has been released from prison after completing his sentence.
The new estimates published today in the journal PLOS ONE also note that the herpes simplex virus type 1 is an important cause of genital herpes.Herpes simplex virus is categorized into two types: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Both are “highly infectious and incurable,” and while HSV-1 is primarily transmitted by oral-oral contact and in most cases causes orolabial herpes or “cold sores” around the mouth, HSV-2 is almost entirely sexually transmitted through skin-to-skin contact, causing genital herpes.“Access to education and information on both types of herpes and sexually transmitted infections is critical to protect young people’s health before they become sexually active,” according to Dr. Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. “The new estimates highlight the crucial need for countries to improve data collection for both HSV types and sexually transmitted infections in general,” Dr. Temmerman said.Herpes is a lifelong infection, which often has mild or no symptoms but can be detected by the presence of antibodies for HSV-1 or HSV-2 in the blood, according to WHO.“It is difficult to determine the proportion of HSV-infected people worldwide who have symptomatic disease, as symptoms may be mild or simply not recognized as herpes,” it said.Estimates for HSV-1 prevalence by region among people aged 0-49 in 2012 Americas: 178 million women (49 per cent), 142 million men (39 per cent) Africa: 350 million women (87 per cent), 355 million men (87 per cent) Eastern Mediterranean: 188 million women (75 per cent), 202 million men (75 per cent) Europe: 207 million women (69 per cent), 187 million men (61 per cent) South-East Asia: 432 million women (59 per cent), 458 million men (58 per cent) Western Pacific: 488 million women (74 per cent), 521 million men (73 per cent) Estimates of new HSV-1 infections among people aged 0-49 in 2012 Americas: 6 million women, 5 million men Africa: 17 million women, 18 million men Eastern Mediterranean: 6 million women, 7 million men Europe: 5 million women, 5 million men South-East Asia: 13 million women, 14 million men Western Pacific: 11 million women, 12 million menWHO is currently working on the development of a global health sector strategy for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including for HSV-1 and HSV-2, to be finalized for consideration at the 69th World Health Assembly in 2016.
Local environmental groups worry that a recent order by President Donald Trump aimed at scaling back rules on clean water could threaten wetlands and small streams.Last month, Trump signed an executive order directing the Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle the 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule, a measure that brought a scientific approach controlling aquatic pollution and ultimately expanded federal authority over the county’s waters.The rule attempts to clarify which rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands are regulated by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers.The 2015 rule was written in response to the 2006 U.S. Supreme Court case Rapanos v. United States, which challenged federal jurisdiction to regulate some wetlands under the 1972 Clean Water Act.Environmental groups mostly like the rule, said Janette Brimmer, staff attorney with the environmental group Earth Justice, because it used science to understand how waterways function.“On balance, overall, most of the rule is good and science-based,” she said. “EPA put an enormous amount of time and effort with hydrologists, geologists, biologists. … It was circulated to even larger group of scientists looking at connectivity.”
By Mamadou DemMomodou Nai Ceesay, a former Secretary of State (SoS) for Local Government and Lands, yesterday, 29th September, 2014 testified before Magistrate Lamin Mbaye Snr. as the seventh prosecution witness (PW7) in the ongoing criminal case involving Lamin Waa Juwara, Tamsir Onasis Konteh and Hamidou Jallow.The trio is standing trial at the Banjul Magistrates’ Court charged with various counts such as ‘Neglect of official duty’, ‘Making false documents’, ‘Uttering false documents, ‘Obtaining goods by false pretences’, ‘Abuse of Office’, ‘Disobedience of statutory’ and ‘Disobedience of lawful orders’. They all pleaded not guilty as charged.In his evidence in chief, PW7 testified that he did advise the first accused to go the “alkalo” of Tanji village and get the Alkalo Certificate and then forward his claim for compensation to the Land Administration Board.“If Mr. Tamsir Conteh was the bonafide owner of the said property, any person of a sound mind would have gone to the “alkalo” of Tanji and get the “alkalo” certificate rectified because for the compensation, a valid “alkalo” certificate and a sketch plan should be presented,” said the former Lands SoS.PW7 told the Court that the said documents were supposed to be presented to the Lands Office for the technical team to vet all of them and after certifying them, then they would forward them to the land administration board. He said if the board is satisfied with the claim, they would then make a recommendation to the SoS for Lands.Mr. Ceesay further told the court that the Land Administration Board is a body appointed by government to handle all land matters, including claims and compensations for lands. He said he is not aware whether the board still exists.Under cross examination by defence counsel, Sheriff Tambedou, the witness adduced that the first accused must have been informed by the Lands Department that his application was not approved. He added that he had not seen any letter emanating from Lands Office informing Mr. Konteh that his application was not approved.“Did you as Secretary of State write to the first accused informing him that his application was not approved?”“No I did not. It is the responsibility of the Lands department,” he responded.“Did you advised him to submit the Alkalo Certificate you declared as invalid to the Land Administration Board,” quizzed counsel?“I didn’t advise him to forward that. I just advised him to go back to the “alkalo” and get a valid certificate,” said the witness.Counsel added, “Did you receive any report from the technical department informing you that the certificate the first accused submitted was invalid?”Nai answered, “No. But as the minister in charge of approval, it is my responsibility to inspect all supporting documents to the claim and it was during the inspection that I observed this.”Counsel added, “Did you act on the recommendation of your technical team at the Lands department?”“I have to vet all recommendations that are coming to me. Recommendations that I believe have all the supporting documents will be approved. Others that are without supporting documents won’t be approved,” said the former Lands SoS.Further responding to the defence counsel’s questions, the witness told the Court that he cannot remember having a meeting together with the former Director of Lands, Mr. R.A.F. Thomas, and the first accused (Konteh). He added that he was relieved from the position of Secretary of State on the 20th January, 2002.At that juncture, the counsel for the accused put it to the witness that he met with Mr. Konteh on several occasions regarding compensation of the piece of land situated at Tanji Layout which ended with bitter exchanges of words, but the witness, in response, said “I have never had any bitter argument with the accused person.”The witness acknowledged knowing Mr. Pierre Tamba and Ismaila Sambou, two former ministers of Local Government and Lands, adding he does not know whether these ministers have approved compensation for the first accused.“I am putting it to you that you refused the application only because it was Tamsir Konteh and was personal to you,” said the defence counsel.“It was not personal to me,” responded Mr. Ceesay.The case was adjourned for continuation on 14 October, 2014.
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The United Food and Commercial Workers Union took part in a rally at a Ralphs grocery store in Mission Valley today.Grocery workers say they’re looking for a pay increase to afford living in Southern California. However, they claim that local grocery stores are stalling on contract negotiations with the workers’ union.Last month, workers voted to authorize a strike, but union leaders haven’t ordered one yet.Negotiations pick back up again next week. Posted: August 16, 2019 Grocery workers hold rally at a Mission Valley Ralphs KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, August 16, 2019
The twenty-year-old digital brand, which features news, reviews, and analysis of the independent film industry, will join Penske’s existing entertainment brands Variety, Deadline Hollywood, TVLine.com, and Hollywood Life, among others. “We’ll be expanding our coverage even further, and our reach. We’ll be bigger and better,” writes Harris in a note on Indiewire.com. “But the most fundamental elements will remain unchanged: We remain committed to covering the best in film and television with voices that are fresh, strong, and unique.” “Indiewire has a rich history as one of the early innovators in digital media—and I’ve long admired the company and its team’s dedication to informing and breaking the most essential news in independent film,” said Penske Media chairman and CEO, Jay Penske, in a statement. Launched by Eugene Hernandez in 1996, Indiewire’s blog network now includes high-profile film industry commentators such as Anne Thompson, Leonard Maltin, and Peter Bogdanovich. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Penske has confirmed that Indiewire’s editor-in-chief, Dana Harris, will remain in her current position after Indiewire’s operations are transferred to Penske’s offices in Los Angeles and New York, reporting directly to Jay Penske. Publisher James Israel will also continue to lead sales and marketing, reporting to Variety publisher Michelle Sobrino and Penske Media’s EVP of strategy, George Grobar. The acquisition follows Penske’s $100 million purchase of Fairchild Media—owners of fashion media brands WWD, among others—from Condé Nast in August of 2014 and, more recently, its acquisition of entertainment awards prediction site GoldDerby.com last July. Penske Media Corp. has acquired independent film site Indiewire from SnagFilms, Inc., the company announced today.
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Denali wolf(Photo by Kent Miller, Denali National Park)The State of Alaska has sued several federal land management agencies and top officials over a series of new predator hunting restrictions that went into effect over the past two years.Listen nowThe suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage, claims that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service violated provisions of four federal laws when the agencies banned certain hunting practices on refuge and national preserve land, including the taking of brown bears over bait, the same-day airborne hunting of bears and the hunting of bear cubs in certain circumstances.At the heart of the dispute are differing interpretations of key terms such as “natural diversity,” which the federal agencies claim to be protecting via the predator hunting restrictions. But Alaska Assistant Attorney General Cheryl Brooking argued that federal wildlife managers are willing to take those protections too far. She cited a recent example involving caribou on Unimak Island, in the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.“The wolves had moved in on the birthing grounds and the State wanted permission to go in and take out some of the wolves to preserve the caribou, because that is a very important subsistence resource for the people in that area,” Brooking said. “And the response from the federal government was, ‘well, we are just going to let the natural processes occur and it’s OK to let the caribou blink out.’ That was the term used – “blink out.” The State doesn’t manage that way. We manage for sustained yield of predators and prey, and we recognize the importance of hunting.”Brookings also noted that the State plans to take the federal agencies to task for failing to demonstrate a biological need for the increased predator hunting restrictions – which she argues violates the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.“ANILCA allows the federal government to institute closures for ‘periods when or areas where’ a closure is necessary for conservation of the resource, or for protection of subsistence,” Brookings said. “Without any scientific or biological reason for these closures, then that is a clear violation of ANILCA.“The suit asks the court to vacate both the Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service versions of the rule, to repay the state’s legal costs, and to instruct the federal agencies to improve their consultations with the State of Alaska regarding wildlife management in the future.Representatives from the Fish and Wildlife Service regional office in Anchorage declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the need for more time to review the suit and coordinate with agency lawyers.But after a public meeting in Galena last March, when the Fish and Wildlife version of the rule was in draft form, Chief of Alaska Refuges Mitch Ellis said that the rule was more about formalizing the agency’s guiding principles rather than rejecting all forms of predator control outright. “I do want to make it clear: our agency is not against predator control. Our agency uses predator control for a number of things: restoring species, when it helps meet the purpose of the refuge, etc,” Ellis said. “What are doing here is clarifying when it is appropriate and when it is not.”The rule classifies the hunting practices in question as “highly efficient methods and means” of harvesting animals, and finds them out of line with federal wildlife management mandates.Federal officials named in the suit include Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Dan Ashe, and Acting Director of the National Park Service Michael Reynolds. These officials are likely to be leaving their posts soon as the new Trump Administration takes over, but the presidential transition had nothing to do with the decision to file the lawsuit last week, according to Assistant Attorney General Brooking.The federal government has 60 days to file a response to the suit.Aside from the lawsuit, Alaska’s congressional delegation has been trying to overturn or defund the new rules using legislation, but without success. Congressman Don Young’s office says that those legislative efforts will resume when the Trump Administration takes office.The predator hunting restrictions can also be overruled and replaced by the Federal Subsistence Board for federally-qualified subsistence users on federal land.
BNP on Wednesday announced a two-day countrywide programme demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail, reports UNB.The programme includes holding of an hour-long human chain on 10 September and a two-hour long token hunger strike on 12 September.Besides, the party will stage demonstrations across the country, including in capital, on 8 September protesting the shifting of the makeshift court on Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against Khaleda.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Naya paltan central office.”We’ve brought some changes in our action programmes we announced at noon. We’re now announcing a three-day revised programme,” he said.The BNP leader said they shifted their human chain programme to 10 September from 8 September.As per the revised programmes, he said their party leaders and activists will form human chains in all metropolitan cities and district towns from 11:00am to 12:00pm on 10 September.In Dhaka, Rizvi said, the human chain programme will be held in front of the Jatiya Press Club on the same day and same time.Besides, he said, the party will observe a token hunger strike in all metropolitan cities and all district towns from 10:00am 12:00 noon on 12 September.The BNP leader also said they have sought permission from the authorities of Mohanagar Natya Mancha and the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh to get any of the venues to hold their token hunger strike programme.Earlier at a press conference at noon, Rizvi announced a two-day programme, including human chain on 8 September and the hunger strike on 12 September.On February 8 last, a special court sentenced Khaleda to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Khaleda, a 73-year-old former prime minister, was taken to the old central jail minutes after the verdict was delivered.
Two people were killed and 11 others injured in a factional clash between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy at Bogargot village in Narsingdi’s Sadar upazila on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased were Anwar Ali, 45, a supporter of UP member and ward number-9 AL vice-president Bachchu Mia and Motalib Mia, 40, a supporter of ward president Kamal Sarkar.Officer-in-charge of Sadar model police station Md Syeduzzaman said as a sequel to previous enmity, supporters of Bachchu Mia and Kamal Sarkar attacked each other with sharp weapons, leaving Anwar dead on the spot.Among the injured, Motalib died on the way to a hospital.The injured were rushed to Sadar Hospital and among them, four were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he added.Additional police force was deployed in the village to fend off further trouble.