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Mercedes Benz C250D vs Mercedes Benz C63 AMG: Executive-Sedan vs Super-Sedan

first_imgThese two cars should be like chalk and cheese – executive-sedan versus super-sedan, wood versus carbon fibre, beige versus red, leather versus Alcantara, ECO versus RACE mode, inline-four versus V8, turbo-diesel versus biturbo petrol. Choosing one over the other could save you enough to consider a 3BHK in an area where your neighbours probably own one of these.ALSO READ: Mahindra Thar Club Challenge 2016 turns out to be a hitDespite all of that, they’re not that far apart. Because even though they’re in very different segments, it could very well be the same executive who starts dreaming of AMG-lettering alongside the C-badge on the rear of his sedan. In fact, the differences only serves to bring out the similarities.The main differentiator that a not-so-regular C has just passed you the four pipe exits. And a wall of angry V8 sound. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Like the way they look. The newest generation C-Class borrows the general look-and-feel of the S-Class but packages it into a 2,840mm wheelbase with an overall length of 4,686mm. The new C 250 diesel doesn’t change anything, over the already available C 200 or C 220 d models. There’s the same two-slat grille, beautiful headlamps with the subtly-curved DRLs, deep air dams and tasteful chrome. Not to mention the long hood, swoopy roofline, short rear deck and those oh-so-beautiful tail lamps punctuating the convex rear end.Both cabins are similarly luxurious. good for the AMG, considering its super-sedan competition. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)Carbon fibre and aluminium accents have an industrial feel, set off by the rich leather upholstery and Alcantara-wrapped wheel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) The AMG looks exactly the same, just drenched in protein shakes multiple times over a year-long P90 regimen. It squats lower, the hood has been lengthened 71mm to make room for the V8, additional cooling and strut braces. In the process, the hood also developed rippling power bulges. The bumper gets a carbon fibre splitter and more pronounced air dams. Wheel arches look impossibly flared thanks to a widened front track, just about keeping the staggered front-back 245/265 section 19-inch rubber in check under them.More carbon fibre, in design at least, on the dials. Favourite is the boost gauge. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Jeep Compass: Everything you need to knowadvertisementCOMAND interface, all controls have a wonderful tactile feel to them. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) Along the side, where the C has lovely chrome rubbing strips, the AMG has carbon fibre. Then there’s the rear end. That short rear deck gets a spoiler running right along the edge, almost invisibly so. And of course, the main differentiator that a not-so-regular C has just passed you – the four pipe exits. And a wall of angry V8 sound.Little i button activates the HUD on the windscreen for speed and revs. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)You see the silver stuff? All aluminium. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb) All of which hits you on the inside as well. In the C 63 S, I swear you can hear the engine breathe in for a split second when you press the throttle, before it erupts. There’s a distinct turbo whoosh but only if you have the door open, close it and all you hear is the low V8 rumble of an approaching train. The interiors of both these cars are similarly luxurious and that bodes well for the AMG, considering its super-sedan competition.You see the silver stuff? All aluminium. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)On top of the exceedingly well-crafted surfaces, switches, vents and such, there’s also the 13-speaker Burmester sound system. Not to forget the AMG specials – a flat-bottomed steering wheel with Alcantara accents and the race car-like 12 o’clock indicator, carbon fibre trim over the centre console, sport seats and red seatbelts. It also gets a few extra buttons for the sports exhaust, AMG ride control and traction control settings. Oh and the clock in the centre of the console is an IWC, adjustable through the COMAND interface.Drive mode select best left in Sport+, with AMG ride control set in Comfort. Traction off, for extra grins. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: Hyundai Elantra vs Skoda OctaviaThe C 250 d on the other hand gets a “regular” Mercedes clock, apart from a SYNC button for the dual-zone climate control to be matched instantly. Also, there are no controls for the rear passenger to adjust temperature or fan speed like on the AMG. Which for the diesel C-Class, likely to be a chauffeur-driven, is an omission worth pointing out. Unless, could Mercedes have other plans for the owner?advertisementWood grain inserts, the same lovely aluminium trim and the dual-tone colour palette makes the cabin feel spacious. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)The C 250 d comes with the same 2.1-litre twin-turbo, diesel in the C 220 d but tuned to produce 34 horsepower more, at 204bhp. The main point of interest is the 500Nm of torque that maxes out between 1,600-1,800 revs. The new-to-the-C, nine-speed 9G-TRONIC transmission is smart enough to keep that creamy torque right where you want it too. So at a steady 100kmph, the engine is relaxed at a little over 1,300rpm. Slow moving car ahead of you? A slight nudge will see you pass in a matter of seconds and a downshift or two, that’s how effortless the new powertrain is. Space for two cups or a phone, the cubbyhole isnt deep enough to accomodate both. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)As obviously more skewed towards the driver that this diesel C250d is, I think it drives best in Comfort, where a higher gear than necessary takes precedent every time. Sport and Sport+ make the car feel more on-edge than befitting its otherwise laid-back character. Still, downshifts are quick, whether by nudging the throttle or through the paddle shifters. It’s also very, very refined and you barely hear the engine at all. Which is what you want in an executive sedan with the three-pointed star on its hood. Placement of gear lever ideal at traffic lights, push the selector button in for Park without taking your hands off the steering wheel. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)ALSO READ: We give you the ultimate guide to travel India Of course, the other sedan here with the three-pointed star on its hood is an attention-seeking child. India only gets the AMG C 63 S version, which has the 4-litre V8 tuned to 510bhp. Yup, that’s 500 plus horsepower from a car that can seat five. While it’s a step down size-wise, from the earlier gen C 63 with a naturally aspirated 6.3-litre engine, this new hand built lump of anger makes more power and torque thanks to the two turbos nestled within the cylinder banks. In fact, there’s a whole 700Nm of torque to play with from 1,750rpm. And AMG engineers have been very particular to tune throttle response to the point where you just can’t tell that you’re driving a turbo.Paddle shifters in a diesel? Sure, theres nine gears to shift through. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)They’ve also been very attentive to the exhaust system, carefully measuring out exhaust runner lengths to provide the large displacement V8 sound that makes heads turn. Especially with the trick sports exhaust system that opens up valves that give you the full bore growl. From standstill the AMG will do 100kmph in 4 seconds. From there the speedo needle sweeps right almost as quickly as the revs do. This car will do serious speeds in no time at all, while top speed is electronically limited to 250kmph. The surprise here comes from the diesel corner. The C 250 d has a claimed 0-100kmph time of just 6.6s and a top speed of 247kmph.advertisementCentre-most toggle brings up climate control settings. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)For laughs, the AMG comes with a Comfort mode too. This affects the steering feel, throttle response, suspension stiffness and the dynamic engine mounts in the car. It also makes the C 63 quieter, which we didn’t think was fitting. We much prefer Sport+ or Race, where the car feels so tightly wound, a whisper could set it off. Here’s where the AMG shines. The electromechanical steering offers precise movements and feedback is superbly judged.ALSO READ: Living life with the Maruti Suzuki BalenoAt much, much higher speeds only Sport+ or Race offer the weight necessary for confidence. It’s a good thing, because the AMG can really attack corners, there’s just so much grip. It’s also really predictable, with under steer safely letting you know when you’ve reached the limit. So instead you lean on the optional carbon-ceramic brakes into a corner, get the front end to bite and then let the electrically controlled LSD meter out power to the rear wheels. This makes for very entertaining mid-corner antics, all perfectly controlled with ESP and traction control on.Under the right road conditions (and possibly a full moon night) Sport+ on the diesel C could almost be a Comfort+ on the AMG. (Photo: Nishant Jhamb)And the C 250 d inherits much of the same behaviour, just dialled down. In fact, under the right road conditions (and possibly a full moon night) Sport+ on the diesel C could almost be a Comfort+ on the AMG.  VerdictMercedes-AMG C 63 SIf you value usable performance over making heads turn and smartphones pop out of car windows, the AMG is for you. While it looks like a C-Class that’s been modified and thus flies under the radar of most people, it does give you supercar performance – with decent ground clearance, space for five and all the luxury you could want.     ALSO READ: Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza’s SUV cred put to testMercedes-Benz C 250 dThe new, more powerful diesel-C adds some niceties like interior ambient lighting, park assist and more to make the experience a whole lot better. The main talking point is the retuned engine that adds some horsepower and torque that does make the driving experience more effortless. If anyone other than yourself will be driving it, look at the C 220. Otherwise, look no further.last_img read more

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Yanks, Astros in Playoff Showdown

first_imgNEW YORK — For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days’ rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season’s worth of doubters wrong.“I play with a chip on my shoulder,” Keuchel said at Yankee Stadium. “I think a lot of the guys do in there as well. And we’ll always carry that.”Before they take on a pitcher who shut them out twice this season, the New York Yankees faced another difficult challenge: Clubhouse leader CC Sabathia is not going to be with the team in the postseason because he is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center.“For tomorrow, not just for the team, but maybe we can get the win for CC as well,” Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka (12-7) said Oct. 5 after a meeting that not only focused on the Astros but also how players could support their friend and teammate.To advance to the Division Series and face the Royals in a best-of-five matchup that begins Oct. 6 in Kanas City, the Yankees will have to figure out how to beat the AL’s only 20-game winner in a winner-take-all playoff Oct. 6 after going scoreless against him in 16 innings this season.Keuchel (20-8) might have trouble walking the streets of Manhattan these days with his distinctive bushy beard giving him away to fans, but he’s been elusive on the mound in a season that has made him a Cy Young Award candidate.And first-year manager A.J. Hinch, who pressed all the right buttons in guiding the surprising Astros to their first postseason in 10 years, is confident his 27-year-old ace will handle the short rest without a problem.“I think his preparation is fine. Physically he’s fine. It’s just a little bit of a different routine,” Hinch said. “It probably garners more attention than it needs to. But at the end of the day, I think if he pitches well it will be a lot of guts and he came through on short rest. If he doesn’t pitch well, then it’s a change in routine and a lack of rest.”Keuchel sees the questions about his ability to start without regular rest just one more reason for Houston to defy expectations. The young ballclub, with a rising star in rookie shortstop Carlos Correa, is two years removed from a 111-loss season.But the Astros surprised almost everyone in baseball by racing out to a big lead in the AL West only to fade in September before rallying and earning the second wild card on the final day of the schedule.“We proved people wrong continuously throughout the season and we’re going to try to continue to do that,” Keuchel said.The storied Yankees were also a bit of a surprise; not much was expected from an aging roster with pitching questions the year after Derek Jeter hung up his spikes.But led by the resurgent Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira (who is injured), New York sat atop the AL East late into the summer before slumping down the stretch.Keuchel will be facing a New York lineup that has limped into the postseason, losing six of seven games.In better times for the Yankees, Keuchel shut them out with a six-hitter in Houston on June 25. He repeated that impressive performance in the Bronx, pitching three-hit ball for seven innings on Aug. 25.“He’s a guy who keeps the ball down in the zone,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “You can’t chase on him.”Jason Castro, who has caught Keuchel throughout his development into this year’s AL All-Star Game starter, credits a slider the left-hander can spot well repeatedly as one of the keys to his success.“He’s come a long way. He’s made some great improvements over the last few years,” Castro said. “His slider has developed into a plus pitch.”If the Yankees are going to finally get to Keuchel in their first postseason game since 2012, they might need Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Rodriguez to emerge from their second-half swoon.But A-Rod, who has struggled mightily in many Octobers past, sees things differently.Just as this season was for him after sitting out last year because of a drug suspension, the postseason is a clean slate for everyone. “It all goes back to reset,” he said.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World cricket needs MS Dhoni as much as it needs Virat Kohli: David Richardson

first_imgInternational Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson speaking at the MCC’s 2018 Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture, said the world cricket needs players like Virat Kohli, but there has to be someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni too.”On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture.The ICC Chief Executive in his speech at the MCC’s Colin Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s, touched upon the expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket. He also said the current situation needs more initiative from the players and coaches.”Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpire’s decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said.Richardson said that ICC will impose a six-Test or 12-match suspension in limited-overs cricket for any kind of personal abuse. He also said that ICC is working on “educating the players on what it means to play the game within the spirit.”David Richardson on what the @ICC have done to address the current situation in cricket.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn #CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/o4TbCusU8fadvertisementLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018READ – Don’t complain if you are caught cheating, says Dave Richardson at MCC lectureCricket’s image has taken a battering in recent months, with former Australia captain Steve Smith and two of his players slapped with long bans for the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal in March.”Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game,” Richardson said.The ICC introduced tougher punishments for ball-tampering last month, but South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who has twice fallen foul of the rules, remarked that he needed more “clarity” over what was permitted.READ – Virat Kohli finding a special place among Indian greats: Sanjay MajrekarRichardson said the rules were already clear enough.”Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball. Asking if they can chew gum, wear sun screen or drink a sugary drink.READ- India’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away Test”The laws are simple and straightforward do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and if you are caught, don’t complain. Saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating.”Richardson also spoke about how a home team should maintain the principles of respect for the opposition during a bilateral series.READ – India vs England: Time for Virat Kohli the leader to stand up and deliverThe touring team should be treated as “honoured guests with the standard of practice facilities and other logistical arrangements exactly the same as the home team, if not better”.”Who will want their kids to play cricket if there’s poor behaviour?”@ICC chief-executive David Richardson on the future of the #SpiritOfCricket.Watch live https://t.co/Za9EqiIesn #CowdreyLecture pic.twitter.com/xaAcy857vgLord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 6, 2018The ICC Chief Executive seemed a tad disappointed in the manner national team coaches have supported the boorish behaviour of their players. He cited the example of former South African all rounder Mike Proctor, who during his time as national coach would ensure that an umpiring decision had “unqualified acceptance”.READ – Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England'”Too many coaches or team managers of recent times are too quick to side with their players, blame the umpires for being biased against their team, storming off to the match referee’s room to complain,” he added.”Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game.”(With inputs from Reuters and PTI)last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Mohsin Khan quits as head of Pakistan’s cricket committee

first_imgFormer test opening batsman Mohsin Khan has quit as head of Pakistan Cricket Board’s cricket committee just four days after the national team lost to archrival India at the World Cup.Khan, appearing as an analyst on national television, had been criticizing Pakistan dismal performance at the tournament.The PCB issued a statement saying that during a recent meeting with the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani, Khan had “expressed his willingness to be released from his current position, which was accepted by the PCB chairman.”Pakistan has won just one of its first five group matches at the World Cup, against top-ranked England.A heavy loss to India last weekend likely means Pakistan needs victories in each of its remaining games, starting against South Africa on Sunday at Lord’s, to stand a chance of qualifying for the semifinals.Former test captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq along with Urooj Mumtaz, ex-captain of Pakistan’s women’s team, are the other members of the cricket committee.Mohsin Khan thanked the board for giving him an opportunity to head the cricket committee and said his “services are always available for Pakistan cricket at a suitable position in view of my past record.”He was previously head of the selection committee and also coached the national team.PCB managing director Wasim Khan will be the new head of the cricket committee as the cricket board plans to carry out a robust review of the national team’s performance over the past three years.Also Read | Rishabh Pant likely to make World Cup debut against AfghanistanAlso Read | David Warner emulates Virat Kohli with 16th ODI hundred in 110 inningsAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

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Pack it In: Uphill Skiing

first_img The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather The West Coast and Rockies are getting dumped on by epic storms this holiday season. It seems that every ski resort is inundated with winter refugees fleeing the warm weather further East. If you’ve reached the end of your patience for sitting in lift lines watching the early birds get all the sick powder, it might be time to venture out of the resort for the first time and start exploring the backcountry. A word of caution though, uphill skiing often turns into an addiction with symptoms that include jonesing for deep snow, becoming addicted to weather forecasts, and planning out your perfect mountain town cabin. If you can get past the worst of it though, backcountry skiing is one of the most rewarding and inspiring winter sports out there. This list is a few of our favorites for uphill skiing, both long tours into the wilds, and shorter half day excursions right outside of the resort.Related: Ski Season Preview: Ski Gear Buyer’s Guide | Ski Season Preview: Salomon Mountain CollectionBlack Diamond Saga 40 JetforceSince you’ll be carrying all your gear uphill rather than sitting on the lift, a good pack to haul it all is imperative. Black Diamond’s ski packs set an industry standard that is not often matched. The Saga 40 Jetforce adds in a fan driven avalanche airbag that will keep you afloat should the worst happen. (but it won’t because you got some avalanche awareness training and are making good decisions when the snow gets sketchy, right?)Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Gear KitYour beacon, shovel, and probe are your lifeline, and last line of defense. No matter if you’re a well seasoned dawn patroller or getting out into the side country for your first time, this is the one set of gear that you don’t want to skimp on. Ortovox beacons have been our go to for a few seasons. the 3+ beacon is the only one on the market that features an accelerometer that helps choose the best antenna for both active search and passive situations. Get one, and then get some training and a lot of practice with it.La Sportiva Vapor SvelteBased on the award winning Vapro Nano powder ski, the Vapor Svelte is a serious backcountry climbing machine. Using carbon nanotube construction, it is 40% lighter than skis of similar size. It doesn’t sacrifice any downhill performance though. The carbon/kevlar core is stiff and can handle everything from soft powder to icy crust.Arc’teryx Procline KitYou probably recognize this set of pants and jacket from our Buyer’s Guide last week. We can’t stress enough how much we love the Procline kit. The Comp Jacket uses GORETEX fabric in the hood, chest, and arms to combat serious weather. Lighter, more breathable fabric lines the back, letting you dump moisture effectively while climbing. Nice touches like foam inserts in the hem to keep the jacket under your pack or harness, and glove friendly zipper and hood adjustment make this the best jacket for nasty mountain climbs that we’ve worn this season. Likewise, the FL Pants are designed to move fast and light. They are a thicker softshell material that sheds snow and stretches when you’re moving uphill and down. Instep reinforcements protect them from ski edges and crampons.Atomic Backlands Carbon LightBuilt much lighter than typical Alpine boots, the Backlands line is designed from the soles up to go uphill fast. The Carbon Light weighs in under a kilo per boot, and has seventy-four degrees of rotation when in climb mode. To say they are comfortable is a vast understatement. We can’t wait to get our pair out on some ski-mountaineering race courses later this season.Smith Optics Captain’s ChoiceOriginally designed as a boating and fishing sunglass, we found the Captain’s choice is excellent at pulling double duty during high aerobic activities. It has an excellent anti-fog coating that stands up to heavy sweat in the cold, and is extremely comfortable. Make sure you opt for the Chromapop lenses for an added bonus.Mammut Zephir Altitude and Serenity RopeMammut’s Swiss mountaineering heritage is readily evident in the Zephir Altitude harness. Built for alpine climbers and ski mountaineers who count every ounce, this mighty little harness goes in our pack whenever we are out bagging couloirs and also on race days when we’ll be getting on ropes ascending nasty sections of rock and rappeling into softer snow. Paired with the ultralight Serenity Rope, it makes a system that will get you up and down just about any technical section. We’ll be using ours in this season’s Powder Keg Ski Mountaineering Race, so stay tuned for more information as we beat on it throughout the season.Dynafit TLT Radical ST 2.0Dynafit is synonymous with European ski touring. They launched their low tech binding more than twenty years ago, and they still define the industry. This year, the TLT line has been updated with a pivoting toepiece that adds an extra degree of safety when charging downhill.G3 Alpinist Climbing SkinsClimbing skins are your ticket to the top of the mountain. A good pair can handle everything from fluffy deep winter powder to slushy spring corn. We’ve got Alpinists for every pair of skis we own, and the optimal grip and glide are perfect for long days on the mountain. Make sure you order a pair that closely match the width of your skis (you can even err a little too big if you’re worried, as they are easily trimmed).Herd Headwear Decoy BeanieNot everything has to be the latest technical and ultralight. We like the Herd Decoy simply because it is comfortable and looks awesome no matter what we’re doing. The noticeable deer and snowflake pattern will make you easy to spot in crowded lift lines or ripping backcountry snow. 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations center_img 1. BLACK DIAMOND SAGA 40 JETFORCE 2. ORTOVOX 3+ AVALANCHE GEAR KIT 3. LA SPORTIVA VAPOR SVELTE 4. ARC’TERYX PROCLINE KIT 5. ATOMIC BACKLANDS CARBON LIGHT 6. SMITH OPTICS CAPTAIN’S CHOICE 7. MAMMUT ZEPHIR ALTITUDE AND SERENITY ROPE 8. DYNAFIT TLT RADICAL ST 2.0 9. G3 ALPINIST CLIMBING SKINS 10. HERD HEADWEAR DECOY BEANIE There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020last_img read more

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Asylum seekers cant count on same response as Saudi teen experts

first_imgThe case of a Saudi teen whose flight from her allegedly abusive family captured international attention is a rare one where circumstances aligned to grant her swift protection in Canada, but others in similar situations can’t count on the same response, immigration experts said Monday.Eighteen-year-old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun shot into the spotlight earlier this month when she fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, then barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and tweeted that she feared for her life if she returned home.Alqunun landed in Toronto on Saturday after the Canadian government said it had agreed to resettle her at the request of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is expected to make a public statement on Tuesday.While her success may encourage others facing a similar plight to seek asylum, there are too many variables at play to know how they would be received, experts in refugee settlement said, adding the vast majority of cases take years to process.“The Thai authorities opted to pursue a protection path in the case of Rahaf Mohammed but no one can guarantee that that will happen in the future with any degree of consistency or frequency,” said Sharry Aiken, an expert in migration law and policy at Queen’s University.“So while there may be, in the immediate aftermath of her case, further attempts, my guess is that we can’t count on those attempts being successful in the same way.”She pointed to the case of Dina Ali Lasloom, another Saudi woman who left her family in Kuwait in 2017 but was stopped while in transit in the Philippines. With the help of a Canadian traveller, Lasloom posted a video on Twitter outlining her plight but media outlets reported that she was sent back to Saudi Arabia shortly afterwards.Some countries, such as Canada, may be influenced if they know a situation is playing out in the public eye but it’s unclear to what extent that matters for so-called transit states like Thailand and the Philippines, Aiken said.“It’s important to understand that it’s not every Twitter campaign that’s going to result in effective action,” she said.Chantal Desloges, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer, said that while Canada should be applauded for taking in Alqunun, the decision may have “troubling implications” for others awaiting help. “I worry that it’s going to incentivize other people to think that they can bombard organizations and the Canadian government on social media and somehow try to get that same preferential treatment for themselves,” she said.“It’s opening up a bit of a can of worms and those people are justifiably going to be thinking to themselves, ‘Well it worked for her, why isn’t it working for me?’”The federal government always says refugee resettlement takes time but cases like this one show it can be a matter of political willpower, she said.Canada’s immigration minister, Ahmed Hussen, acknowledged Monday that Alqunun’s case is an unusual one. “Most cases of course take a long time to process and so on but there are exceptional cases in which UNHCR calls on Canada to provide urgent protection to women particularly…who are caught in a very serious and dangerous situation and need urgent protection,” he said.Craig Damian Smith, an associate director at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy’s Global Migration Lab, said Alqunun’s case has undoubtedly brought attention to the conditions many women face in countries such as Saudi Arabia, but it will likely not improve their situation.“It could also mean that there’s a crackdown on their ability to travel,” he said. “This is something that you see with oppressive countries in general from the Cold War to the present — you don’t want to give your ideological enemies spectacular wins.”Aiken, the immigration law expert from Queen’s University, said Canada could also do much better on other aspects of refugee resettlement, noting the country is standing firm on its decision to block prospective refugees coming through the United States from other countries.“We offered protection to one refugee but there are thousands of prospective refugees attempting to flee the United States right now — not from the U.S. but from third countries — and we are not providing them with the opportunity to pursue asylum claims in Canada,” she said.“It’s important to understand that amongst the migrant population seeking admission to Canada, there are women just like Rahaf Mohammed who we are not accepting.”Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Katherine Heigl To Be Honored By American Cancer Society

first_imgThe American Cancer Society has selected Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl to receive its Celebrating More Birthdays Award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on October 5, 2012 in Beverly Hills.Katherine Heigl to receive its Celebrating More Birthdays Award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon“The American Cancer Society is proud to honor Katherine Heigl for inspiring women as a role model, as a support giver during her mother’s cancer journey, and as a voice celebrating the strength of all women,” said David F. Veneziano, Executive Vice President, American Cancer Society of California. “She models our mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.”Heigl’s public support of her mother’s cancer experience has helped amplify the awareness of cancer related issues and the actions every individual can take to assist those with cancer, and to treat and even prevent the disease.“The American Cancer Society is proud to honor Katherine Heigl for the support she has given during her mother’s cancer journey. Katherine’s mother, Nancy, has become a role model to her and has inspired her to speak out on behalf of her and other women with cancer,” said David F. Veneziano. “Through the power of support, hope and a determination to fight, she exemplifies our mission of creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays for everyone.”One in two Americans will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime and with more than three million volunteers fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community, the American Cancer Society works closely with the Entertainment Industry to communicate how to save lives from cancer, and diminish the suffering of those touched by the disease.For more information about the American Cancer Society’s free community-based patient programs and services, and advocacy and research efforts, visit cancer.org or call 800.227.2345.last_img read more

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Harper avoids questions on initiating CrownFirst Nations talks on Enbridge pipeline

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper sidestepped questions Monday on whether the federal government plans to directly engage with the dozens of First Nations that have vowed to stop the planned Northern Gateway pipeline project to transport Alberta mined bitumen to the British Columbia coast.Harper has said the construction of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline is “in the national interest.”The pipeline would transport raw bitumen from Alberta 1100 kilometres to a B.C. port at Kitimat where it would be transferred onto tankers bound for China, which has a stake in both the pipeline and in the tar sands.Dozens of First Nations from B.C., Alberta and the Northwest Territories have signed a declaration opposing the pipeline. Some have vowed to block the project at all cost.Liberal interim leader Bob Rae pressed Harper on the issue Monday during question period. He asked Harper if the government planned to set up a separate process to engage First Nations directly.Rae said the existing regulatory process doesn’t really deal with the constitutional requirement requiring consultation with First Nations before the development of projects impacting Aboriginal rights and title.“Does (the prime minister) contemplate some additional process that will involve a direct Crown-First Nations discussion with respect to the impact of this project on First Nations?” said Rae.Harper avoided the question and instead repeated the standard government line that there is a constitutional requirement to consult with First Nations.“Consulting with Aboriginal groups is a constitutional requirement and, of course, that is part of any process,” said Harper.The prime minister also stated that the pipeline was in the “national interest” and needed to be constructed.“It is vitally important to the national interest of this country that we are able to export our energy products to Asia,” said Harper.It remains unclear how the review panel currently holding hearings on the pipeline could possibly recommend against the project when the Conservative government has publicly declared it in the national interest.The Harper government’s position on the pipeline appears to put it on a collision course with First Nations.On Friday, First Nations in Alberta and the NWT signed onto the Save the Fraser Declaration opposing the pipeline.The new signatories include the Dene Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Swan River First Nation, Smith’s Landing First Nation, Katlodeeche First Nation, Liidlii Kue First Nation, Deh Gah Got’ie First Nation, and Deh Cho First Nations.B.C. First Nations along the pipeline’s proposed corridor have all signed on to the declaration.“We will stop them,” said Saik’uz First Nation Chief Jackie Thomas on Friday.First Nations leaders say the environmental risks associated with the pipeline, either a pipeline spill or an oil tanker wreck, outweigh any of the project’s economic benefits.While Enbridge has claimed to have achieved the support of a number of First Nations for the project, the identities of these communities remain a mystery.last_img read more

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Protesters ambush Newfoundland and Labrador premier over Muskrat Falls project

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsPeople rallied against a massive hydro-electric project in Labrador Friday.It’s a last ditch effort to voice their concerns about Muskrat Falls.The Labrador Inuit who live downstream from the dam fear it will destroy their way of life.See related stories here: Muskrat Fallstroache@aptn.calast_img

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Western Alberta District RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit charge armed robbery suspects

first_imgLater in the day, the RCMP had located the vehicle in Grande Prairie and arrested the two occupants within the vehicle at a gas station on the east side of the city.According to Police, the pair were arrested in a stolen vehicle and a quantity of stolen property was located inside the vehicle.Facing charges are 31-year-old Michael Robert Corris and 56-year-old Joseph William Kelly, both of Fort St. John.Both males have been remanded in custody and will appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court on September 26, 2019. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – The Western Alberta District RCMP Rural Crime Reduction Unit has charged suspects in connection to an armed robbery in Pouce Coupe.During the early morning hours of August 7, at around 5:00 a.m., Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of an armed robbery at a local business in the Pouce Coupe area.The RCMP say a description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and shared with RCMP Detachments in the Peace Region.last_img read more

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UN to mark global womens day with focus on Afghans US First

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will join First Lady Laura Bush on 8 March to open a commemorative meeting aimed at “celebrating the indomitable spirit, heroism and endurance of Afghan women” while showing global solidarity with their cause, according to organizers. The event will also focus on the needs of Afghan women and girls and suggest ways in which they can contribute to consolidating peace and rebuilding Afghan society. The opening ceremony will also be addressed by the President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador Ole Peter Kolby of Norway, and the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, Angela King. A panel discussion slated to follow will include the participation of Sima Wali, the President of Refugee Women in Development, who was a delegate to the UN Peace Talks on Afghanistan. Other participants will include the Chief Organizer of the Afghan Women’s Summit for Democracy, Ambassador Othman Jerandi of Tunisia, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund, and Julia Taft, Director of the UN Development Programme’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. The planned events build on growing international momentum to secure rights for women and girls, which had been severely curtailed during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan. For years, UN bodies – including the Security Council, the General Assembly, the Commission on Human Rights and the Commission on the Status of Women – have scrutinized the situation of Afghan women and girls. Most recently, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued a statement on 30 January voicing support for Afghan women. International Women’s Day, marked each year on 8 March, serves as an occasion for women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, to come together in celebration of their rights. read more

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Tasers issued to almost 2000 more London police officers after knife crime

first_imgBritain’s largest police force is to equip hundreds more officers with Tasers after a surge in violence and knife crime.Scotland Yard announced the devices will issued to 1,867 extra frontline personnel, bringing the total number trained and able to carry the equipment to more than 6,400.Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick took the decision following an increase in violent crime in London, including offences involving knifes, as well as rise in assaults against officers.In a trend replicated around the country, figures show knife crime jumped by almost a quarter in the capital in 2016/17. Assaults against Met officers increased from 2,211 in 2014 to 2,486 in 2015 and to 2,676 last year.Ms Dick said: “Keeping the public safe from harm is at the heart of our job. With this uplift, my officers will be better-equipped to protect the public and themselves.”We know that the mere presence of a Taser is often enough to defuse a dangerous situation and often get a suspect to drop their weapon if they’re armed.”Tasers reduce the need for physical contact and also the risk of unintended or unnecessary injuries to all parties.”With the roll-out of body-worn cameras to every uniformed officer, the public can also rest assured that the use of a Taser is correctly recorded and monitored and that the use of it is subject to comprehensive scrutiny.” Surveys carried out by rank-and-file police associations have indicated there is strong support for Tasers to be issued to more frontline officers.Earlier this year, a new Taser model was authorised for use by forces in England and Wales. The X2 version can be fired twice if it misses or does not subdue the target on the first go. Figures show forces in England and Wales deployed Tasers at a rate of 30 times a day last year, although the number of instances when the weapons were discharged fell. Use of the equipment has been at the centre of controversy in the past after a number of deaths.center_img The Met said it has used Tasers “safely and effectively” since 2003. Over the past three years, 87 per cent of occasions when a Taser was drawn have been resolved without the device being discharged, according to the force.Officers must complete a selection and training process before they are given the green light to use the stun guns on the frontline.Around 1,730 of the newly trained officers will be from boroughs around London, with the remainder based on other specialist units across the Met.The increase will begin within weeks with the training programme is expected to take around two years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Negative effects of poorly managed migration not lost on Govt Greenidge

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related As consultations on effectively managing migration got underway on Monday, Guyana has thrown its support behind a global pact designed to have nations facilitate and manage the safe migration of local and foreign nationals.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl GreenidgeThis was disclosed today when Guyana hosted an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) consultation session, which led to issues relating to the safety and management of migrants being discussed by the United Nations agency and government officials.During his address to the gathering, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge made the case for the benefits of migration which according to him includes remittance and skills transfer.“ Migration isn’t just, of course, advantageous to the source mission, …as we know remittances have boosted the national incomes of many developing nations and diaspora communities have created and strengthened bonds between countries. And I don’t have to isolate Guyana in that regard where remittances in particular have constituted a significant proportion and at times as greatly as 17% of GDP in any one year,” the Minister said.Moreover, Greenidge emphasized that the potential negative consequences from poorly managed migration are not lost on the government.“There are an estimated  258 million international migrants and it is likely that recent instability and the impacts of forces like climate change could drive these numbers dramatically upwards in the future. Recognising this reality, nations have the responsibility to take charge of their condition and to ensure that action is taken, which action could make migration work for all people,” he explained.Head of the Diaspora unit of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Michael Brotherson, explained the concept of the pact highlighting that it “is centered around addressing the challenges faced by migrants today, including but not limited to effective protection of the human rights and fundamental freedom of migrants including women and children, the specific needs of migrants in vulnerable situations and combatting racism, xenophobia and discrimination and intolerance towards all migrants.”He noted that having played a part in IOM talks previously, Guyana is looking forward to continuing the discourse.IOM is an inter-governmental organisation that works with UN member states to ensure safe and orderly migration.Guyana has not only experienced migration of its skilled and un-skilled workforce in the past; it has most recently experienced an influx of migrants and re-migrants from Venezuela.It is understood that inter-governmental negotiations will commence later this month. read more

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EHF CL BEST 7 – Round 2

EHF TV platform announced BEST 7 of the Round 2 at VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017.Left wing: Michael Guigou (Montpellier Handball)Left back: Nuno Pereira (ABC UMinho)Playmaker: Domagoj Duvnjak (THW Kiel)Right back: Nedim Remili (PSG Handball)Right wing: Mohamed Sanad (Naturhouse La Rioja)Line player: Julen Aguinagalde (Vive Tauron Kielce)Goalkeeper: Soren Rasmussen (Bjerringbro Silkeborg) ← Previous Story SG Flensburg have no mercy in neighbourhood Next Story → Nikola Karabatic is out for two-three weeks VELUX EHF Champions League 2016/2017 read more

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Top readers comments of the week

first_imgEVERY SATURDAY MORNING we like to take a look at all the best comments left on the site by you lot over the past week.This week there was a lot of talk about the unexpected resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the impending threat of industrial action by gardaí, and Oscar Pistorius being charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Then there was Fianna Fáil’s resurgence in the opinion polls to become the most popular political party in the country, office romance and er, Chubby Checker’s lawsuit against a penis-measuring app.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. New opinion poll shows Fianna Fáil is Ireland’s most popular party (357 comments)2. Pope Benedict resigns, cites ‘advanced age’ and deteriorating health (310 comments)3. Poll: Would you support a garda ‘blue flu’? (294 comments)4. Poll: Do you think Fianna Fáil will return to government in the next election? (243 comments)5. Gardaí across the country voting in favour of industrial action (234 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this weekThis video about Dublin slang translated for people who aren’t used to it was popular on the site this week – as was this comment by Shane Ellis about how easy it is to get tripped up by it:(Video: Jenny Keogh/YouTube)I remember when I first moved to Dublin from the country and was in a friends house in ballyfermot and their neighbour who was a somewhat larger lady popped in to show off a new dress she got for a wedding. All the girls started telling her she looked massive. I nearly choked on my tea.A couple in Thailand set a new record this week for the world’s longest kiss by locking lips for more than 58 hours on Valentine’s Day. Nun on Yokes was not impressed: That is nothing. There is a bloke sitting across from me in the office who has kissed my bosses ar#e for 2 solid years.As Michael McTague pointed out, there have been a number of strange and unexpected stories over the past few days: Pope resigns, lightning hits basilica , meteors hit Russia, horses turning into cows and sky reporting larger meteor to be the closest recorded ever tonight ? We’re the Mayans right. Where’s the nearest bunker ! There was a huge reaction to the announcement this week that Pope Benedict XVI is to resign. Some commenters spoke positively about him, others didn’t. This comment was from Tracey Coughlan:I think he was too told to be elected in the first place … It’s a lot to take on at that age. I hope the next pope will be younger and have a more open/ softer view of the world. There is just so much skeletons dropping out of the churches cupboard maybe the stress of it all is too much to bare ……. But then again the victims had to carry the weight of those vicious crimesFour animal organisations saved more than 140 dogs from what were described as “deplorable conditions” in the single biggest dog rescue in the history of the State this week. Gary Cogan pointed out some of the issues with the situation:This story causes conflicting emotions for me. As my two rescue dogs snore on my sofa, I count the blessings they give me. I’m thankful for the great work work done by so many volunteers in groups like ASH animal rescue. But lets be clear, the condition of these dogs indicate they weren’t for sale. She wasn’t in this for profit and the fact she was trying to rescue dogs seems to indicate she wasn’t intentionally cruel. Yes, the dogs needed to be rescued. But maybe so does she. Instead of burning her at the stake, how about a mental health intervention, training and 1000 hours supervised community work at an animal shelter? I have no time or tolerance for those who set out to hurt animals but was that really what was happening here? So very sad for all involved, be they on two legs or four.It was National No Smoking Day earlier this week, and one ex-smoker wrote this column about how she finally gave up after decades. Joan Ruud Donnellan-Wijnen shared her own story about her mother: My mother died young from Emphysema, an awful thing to see, I remember her telling me that if only she knew how it was going to affect her future she’d NEVER have started all those years ago. On oxygen all the time & oxygen mask at night, no quality of life. She gave them up the year before she died but it was too late, damage had been done & the disease advanced very fast. She was from a generation where it was glamorous to smoke, 1940/50′s. Ive just had a baby girl and wouldve loved it if she was here to see her granddaughter …I’ve never smoked but my heart goes out to anyone who does & wants to give up, that’s nearly 99% of people who smoke I think. It isn’t easy…. So best of luck to anyone who’s off the cigarettes or going to try give them up.. Don’t be too hard on yourself and avoid places where people smoke for awhile.. If you do light up don’t feel bad, try again…. It’s worth it for you & your family…We couldn’t do comments of the week this week without mentioning the story of Lisa and Barry. Here’s the short version: On Wednesday, commenter Lisa Coyne responded to an article asking people if they fancied anyone in their office by posting about how she had a crush on someone in her workplace. Other commenters suggested she ask him out. She laughed it out. The more romantic commenters persisted. Eventually Lisa said that she would – and the two ended up going out for a drink on Thursday evening.The last we heard from Lisa was just before the date…: An hour and a half to go, taxi here at 8, so sick with nerves, Valium please :)… but we still don’t know what happened next. Did they meet? How did it go? Could this be the first ever Journal commenter couple? So many questions. Bryan N had this nice suggestion: The Journal should pay for drinks and a meal somewhere nice… C’mon :)(We promise to get them a wedding present if it comes to it)5 of the comments which received the most thumbs upJeff Swords got more than 1,380 thumbs up for this brief comment on the article about how Fianna Fáil are now officially the most popular party in the country: So the Irish electorate are officially idiots?Donncha O’Callaghan spoke to TheScore.ie about the Ireland versus England rugby match ten years ago where English captain Martin Johnson refused to move from Ireland’s side of the red carpet. Nicky Power got 1071 thumbs up for this: There are some moments in a sports persons career that define them, that incident was Martin Johnson’s. It will forever last as a monument to his character. He is a dick. An absolute dick.There was an unexpectedly huge amount of interest in the birth of Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll’s first child this week. Joan Featherstone got 924 thumbs up here: Ah that’s brilliant, she looked fab at the awards…best of luck to them all, BOD is lovely very unassuming!There seems to be no end in sight to the saga of horsemeat masquerading as other meat. Peter Connolly got 812 thumbs up for this comment: Get back to you local butcher folks,And this is just beef that’s being tested.This is a wake up call that we all need to be more aware if what we eat in every regard , if this can happen just imagine where its going to end ?Watch this space !Finally, we asked for your worst date stories. People shared – and in some cases overshared – tales of supreme awkwardness, rudeness, injuries and lateness, but Paul Minogue topped the list with 809 thumbs up for his story: Second date. After a few too many drinks we’re in a taxi heading home. I’m half asleep on his lap in the back. Next thing I know I’m covered in vomit. He was so hammered he puked on me. Morto. I forgave him and we got married just over a year ago:-)Spot any good comments during the week? Let us know: mail christine@thejournal.ie with any suggestions for comments of the week.last_img read more

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Opinion After two decades as a journalist no project Ive handled has

first_imgIRELAND SEEMS TO be constantly traumatised by its mistreatment of unmarried mothers and their babies – those whom poverty or family abandonment consigned to the margins of society to suffer unimaginable pain in religious-run, State-funded institutions.I felt it was important to show solidarity with survivors some years ago after the horrors revealed in the landmark Ryan report on institutional abuse, and to record not only the abuse but its enduring effects on survivors’ lives as adults.Thus, Stolen Lives grew out of the aftermath of the first national March of Solidarity with survivors of institutional abuse on 10 June, 2009, which the late Christine Buckley and I organised with the support of Barnardos, One in Four and the Children’s Rights Alliance, after publication of the Ryan Report.A day after the solidarity march, which brought 5,000 people onto the streets in Dublin in a silent protest under the banner “Cherishing all of the children of the nation equally”, a Dáil debate on the Ryan report was opened.Stolen childhoodsThe abuse was described by then-Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny, now An Taoiseach, as “torture, pure and simple”. Eamon Gilmore, now An Tánaiste, said it was “a stain on the conscience of our nation.” Michael D Higgins, now An tUachtarain, said: “There is evidence of an institutional collusion that was deep, continuous and sinister in terms of its relationship between church and State”.Through such “collusion” not only were childhoods stolen but the horrors these children suffered blighted their entire lives. Some found their suffering unendurable and died by suicide.My book focuses on 10 survivors ranging in age from 54 to 87, who reveal the shocking details of the abuse and how it shattered their adulthood. With no chance of happiness, some lives descended into alcohol, drugs or crime and others ended up abandoned once again on the margins of society or on the streets of London or Liverpool and beyond.After two decades as a journalist with Reuters in various parts of the world, no project I’ve handled has been quite as harrowing as this book. In the course of compiling it I have come to believe that the abuse of children in industrial schools was one of the darkest chapters in Ireland’s history. Childhoods were stolen, adult lives were rent asunder.Isolated from the outside worldThere have been other appalling cases of religious and secular abuse here, as in other countries, but what made the institutional abuse particularly horrific was that the crimes were committed against children largely isolated from the outside world.In the Dáil debate on June 11, 2009, Enda Kenny also said: “We cannot re-write those stories, nor can we write a happy ending to them. But it is our clear and inescapable duty to reach out and rescue, to listen and to learn and to create something out of this catalogue of cruelty in which, as a nation, we can take some pride”.But five years later we still have a long way to go to try to fashion something in which we can take pride. Within weeks of the publication of the book, the Tuam babies case and other like it around the country were revealing a fresh catalogue of horror, convulsing the nation again.There have been many apologies. Yet in the case of the Ryan report, the Government is still pursuing the religious congregations for their half of the bill for the abuse, which now stands at €1.36 billion.In writing Stolen Lives I also found little had changed as regards transparency since the Ryan report. The Christian Brothers, through Province Leader Br Kevin Mullan, said they were “not in a position to furnish information” as to whether certain Brothers were still alive to respond to allegations in Stolen Lives nor did he proffer a reason or reasons for not providing such information.Against such walls of silence and indifference, those who have told their stories are owed a huge debt of gratitude for their courage in reliving the horrors they suffered and the nightmares they still endure.I would like to acknowledge especially their foremost champion, the late Christine Buckley, for her unstinting support with this book, which she hoped would be completed for this 5th anniversary of the Ryan report.Bette Browne has worked as a journalist with Reuters in Europe, the United States and Asia. She now lives and works in Dublin. Her official website can be found at www.BetteBrowne.comProceeds from Stolen Lives, priced at €7.99 and available at www.bettebrowne.com, are going after covering publication costs to the Aislinn Education & Support Centre for Survivors of Institutional Abuse, co-founded by Christine and Carmel McDonnell-Byrne, where countless survivors have found solace and support.Read: TD says sending children to adult psychiatric units is ‘inhumane’Read: Here’s a list of maternity homes in Ireland in 1947last_img read more

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Doctors taking steps to ensure health instructions are clear

first_imgOn the WebLegacy Health’s Clear initiative and information on an upcoming health literacy conferenceWhat a physician says and what a patient hears can be two different things, especially for those among the nearly half of the U.S. adult population with low health literacy.Health literacy is defined by the Institute of Medicine as the capacity to obtain, understand and process basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.Nothing — not age, income, employment status, education level or racial group — affects health status more than literacy skills, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation.“When patients don’t take their medications the way we think they are, things can get worse and sometimes quickly,” said Dr. Kelley Aurand, a family practitioner at Legacy Medical Group’s Fisher’s Landing clinic.Legacy Health is combating health illiteracy with a new campaign called Clear: Communication, Literacy and Education Achieve Results. The goal is to promote health literacy awareness and provide tools to help patients overcome literacy challenges.last_img read more

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US Fed rate hike could actually bring relief for Sensex Analysts

first_imgWith the benchmark indices witnessing heavy sell-off in the past few trading sessions ahead of the US central bank meeting this week, where it is expected to raise interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade, analysts expect such a move to bring a relief for the domestic stock markets instead of inducing further volatility.Both the BSE S&P Sensex and Nifty stock indices are currently trading at a three-month low amid concerns over huge outflows led by imminent interest rate in the US. The rupee is also trading at a two-year low of over 67 against the US dollar, as investors remain jittery over massive outflows from the domestic markets once the US Federal Reserve tightens policy rates.Although it is almost certain that the US central bank will hike lending rates at its two-day meeting on 15-16 December, the bank is expected to take the gradual approach on additional tightening in the next 12 months.As a result, equity markets may start showing less volatility once the US Fed takes the rate increase decision at this week’s meeting.”We may see a ‘buy on news’ kind of scenario once we are done with the US Federal Reserve meeting. At least that one uncertainty would be out of the way, which will be a relief for markets,” Dipan Mehta, Member BSE & NSE, said in an interview with ET Now.The sell-off seen in the market in the run-up to the US Fed meeting has been led largely by foreign institutional investors (FIIs). So far this month, overseas investors have sold stocks worth nearly Rs 5,000 crore, besides shares worth over Rs 7,000 crore last month.The incessant sell-off is also expected to come to a halt once the US central banks finalises a rate increase.”I would not bet on Goods and Services Tax (GST) as a major trigger point for the market, but the Fed decision will certainly make a difference because at least the relentless FII selling we are seeing over the past few weeks might just come under control, and that would make a big difference,” said Mehta.After falling by over 2% last week, the benchmark indices rebounded on Monday showing the markets have already priced in the eventuality. While the Sensex gained 105 points or 0.42% to end at 25,150 points, the 50-share Nifty ended at 7,650 points, up 39 points or 0.52%.Analysts recommend investors to take advantage of the weakness in the markets and buy stocks from a long-term perspective.”The domestic factors are giving lot of comfort. India is likely to grow at 8% over the next 1-2 years. 2016 will be great year to make money in quality stocks,” NDTV Profit quoted G Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics Research & Advisory.last_img read more

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Scientists propose hidden 3D optical data storage technique

first_img The scientists, Konstantinos Iliopoulos and coauthors from the University of Angers, France, have published their study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The researchers designed a new class of nonlinear optical (NLO) coumarin-based polymers that can be reversibly transformed into dimers (which are large molecules made of two identical smaller molecules) under irradiation by different wavelengths of light. Whereas wavelengths greater than 300 nm can produce dimers, wavelengths less than 280 nm do the reverse, separating each dimer into two individual molecules. Since each type of molecule is electronically and structurally very different, optically controlling this process can provide the basis for writing, reading, erasing, and rewriting data.“The most important issue is the conjugation of several aspects in one system,” coauthor Denis Gindre of the University of Angers told PhysOrg.com. “First, a high density of data storage; second, re-writability; and third, the fact that these issues can only be addressed by a non-linear technique (and are non-detectable by linear techniques).” To demonstrate the possibility of writing data in this way, the scientists irradiated a coumarin-based polymer with a laser with a wavelength of 700 nm (for a two-photon process at 350 nm). The laser created a photodimerization reaction of the coumarin molecules, changing the polymer into a dimer form. By controlling the irradiation, the scientists demonstrated the recording of lines and dots.The recorded data could be read by a method called second-harmonic generation (SHG)-assisted imaging, in which photons interacting with the NLO material combine to form photons with twice the energy. The level of SHG signals is significantly lower than the unwritten background area, resulting in two distinct logical levels. No loss of recorded bits along the reading process was observed because the UV light generated by SHG is not absorbed by the molecules, avoiding the erasing of information by further chemical reaction.Finally, the scientists showed that the data could be erased and rewritten in the same area. To erase, the written polymer was exposed to a UV light with a wavelength of less than 280 nm, which converted the dimer polymer back into its original form. After using SHG imaging to confirm that the data was erased, the scientists repeated the writing process with the longer-wavelength laser. This novel approach to optical data storage has the potential to provide an efficient, high-capacity data storage method, the scientists note. Also, because the reading process can be carried out only by SHG imaging, the technique could be used for the sensitive field of hidden 3D data storage.“This technique can, in principle, be applied to a bulk 3D material,” said coauthor Marc Sallé of the University of Angers. “With such a concept, it is impossible to read the written information with conventional linear techniques like optical microscopy, polarization microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and so on. This is why the term ‘hidden’ was used. One potential application is, for instance, undetectable marking to detect fakes or counterfeits.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Five-Dimensional DVD Could Hold Data of 30 Blu-ray Discs Explore further (Top) The image in (a) shows lines written using the photodimerization technique, corresponding to lower SHG signals in (b). (Bottom) These images show a line that was (a) written, (b) erased, and (c) rewritten perpendicular to the first line. Image credit: Iliopoulos, et al. © 2010 American Chemical Society. More information: Konstantinos Iliopoulos, et al. “Reversible Two-Photon Optical Data Storage in Coumarin-Based Copolymers.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/ja1047285 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Scientists propose ‘hidden’ 3D optical data storage technique (2010, October 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-scientists-hidden-3d-optical-storage.html (PhysOrg.com) — By using a laser to reversibly combine and separate molecules, scientists have demonstrated a new optical data storage technique. Because the data can be read by only one kind of imaging technique (second-harmonic generation-assisted imaging), the new method could be used for hidden 3D data storage.last_img read more

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Oil spill fouls Curacao shore threatens flamingos

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) “This is probably the biggest (environmental) disaster in Curacao,” said Peter van Leeuwen of the Stichting SMOC group. “The whole area of Jan Kok is black. The birds are black. The crabs are black. The plants are black. Everything is draped in oil.”Curacao-based journalist Dick Drayer, who covers the Netherlands Antilles for Dutch television, estimated that the spill covers an area “of around 30 soccer fields.” He added that three distinct oil slicks are floating offshore and are “threatening the southern coast of Curacao.”Photographs of Curacao’s southern Jan Kok area show a darkened coast and gobs of oil dripping off of coastline rocks and mixing in the surf. Oil-smudged flamingos, crustaceans, and lizards can be seen struggling on the wind-swept reserve of salt flats.Van Leeuwen said the spill started threatening wildlife sometime last week but cleanup efforts by the company only recently got under way at the nature reserve, no more than 1,000 meters away from big tanks where Petroleos de Venezuela SA stores thousands of gallons of crude oil.“A lot of time has gone by without any action. It’s been about one week before somebody at the company has done anything at all,” he said, adding that workmen are now excavating holes on Jan Kok’s beach to capture the spilled oil and mix it with sand and soil in order to cart it away. Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Curacao dive shop operator Ingrid Van Den Bosch said she has seen no evidence that the island’s world-class diving sites have been impacted by the spill. ___David McFadden on Twitter: http://twitter.com/dmcfadd Associated PressKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island said Monday.The leader of a local environmental group asserted Monday that the spill of crude oil at Curacao’s Jan Kok preserve was from at least one storage tank owned by the Isla oil refinery, the largest business and employer on the southern Caribbean island best known for its diving opportunities and colorful capital of Willemstad. The island’s refinery is run by the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, only about 40 miles away. Comments   Share   Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Numerous calls to Kenneth Gijsbertha, the Curacao spokesman for the Isla oil refinery, went unanswered Monday.The Isla refinery is a sprawling expanse of metal pipes, chemical converters and concrete by Willemstad’s bay. For years, activists have complained about the thick haze of smoke that sometimes blankets the area around the refinery, which can produce roughly 220,000 barrels a day.Venezuela’s state-owned oil company is grappling with arguably more pressing problems. On Saturday, a huge explosion rocked the energy-rich country’s biggest oil refinery, unleashing a ferocious fire that killed at least 41 people and injured more than 150 others.Jacintha Constancia, Curacao’s minister of public health, environment and nature, also did not answer calls on Monday to explain what the government was doing about the spill or to prevent future accidents.Nena Sanchez, a painter and former “Miss Curacao” who runs a plantation house and art studio on a hillside just above the Jan Kok salt flats, described the oil spill as “definitely extensive.”“We’re very, very upset about the whole deal. We don’t know if the damage is so bad that the flamingos will go somewhere else because there is nothing left to eat here,” Sanchez said from her cactus-studded retreat above Jan Kok. Sponsored Stories 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

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