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Ker HC quashes rape case after man marries victim

first_imgKochi: The Kerala High Court has allowed a petition seeking to quash a rape case on the ground that the parties have compromised and that the petitioner has married the victim.The man, the petitioner, was the accused in a case filed in the Court of the Judicial First Class Magistrate-1, Pathanamthitta. He was accused of committing an offence punishable under Section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. Quashing the rape case, Justice R Narayana Pisharadi in his recent judgement observed the circumstances of the case would show that the woman had given consent for intercourse on the promise made by the petitioner that he would marry her. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”In fact, she has given a statement to the police to that effect. The petitioner had no fraudulent intention in making the promise that he would marry the first respondent. The promise made by him to marry the prosecutrix was not a false promise made only with the intention to satisfy his lust. “This is evident from the fact that he married the victim within a short period after the incident. It is a marriage solemnised under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 and not merely a registration of marriage under Section 15 of that Act,” the High Court said in its order. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn such circumstances, it has to be found that what occurred was only acknowledged consensual physical relationship between the parties, the court said. The court further observed that in this factual scenario, prosecution of the petitioner for committing an offence of rape would be an abuse of the process of the court. “Continuation of the prosecution will cause embarrassment to the couple and it would create discord in their happy matrimonial life. Even if the prosecution against the petitioner is continued, prospects of an ultimate conviction is remote and bleak,” the court said while quashing the case, exercising its power under Section 482 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Quoting various judgements by the Supreme Court in such cases, the verdict said there is a clear distinction between rape and consensual sex. The court, in such cases, must very carefully examine whether the accused had actually wanted to marry the victim or had mala fide motives and had made a false promise of marriage only to satisfy his lust. If the accused has not made the promise with the sole intention to seduce the prosecutrix (victim) to indulge in sexual acts, such an act would not amount to rape, it said. The Court said there may be a case where the prosecutrix agrees to have sexual intercourse on account of her love and passion for the accused and not solely on account of the misconception created by accused, or where an accused, on account of circumstances which he could not have foreseen or which were beyond his control, was unable to marry her despite having every intention to do.last_img read more

India tells Russia to get OPEC to price oil at reasonable rates

first_imgNew Delhi: India has nudged Russia to use its influence on oil suppliers cartel OPEC to balance the global oil market, ensuring adequate supply with responsible and reasonable price. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on a three-day visit to Moscow, met his Russian counterpart Alexander Valentinovich Novak to review “the entire spectrum of oil and gas cooperation,” Pradhan said in a tweet after the meeting. India, the world’s third-biggest oil consumer, has been pressing the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for responsible pricing of oil and gas, saying the volatility in rates are far detached from market fundamentals and are hurting importing nations. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRussia is collaborating with the OPEC in fixing oil production quota with a view to controlling the prices. “Discussed with Minister Novak about the price volatility in the global oil market that is hurting the interests of both consuming and producing nations,” Pradhan said in another tweet. “Also conveyed our expectation that Russia, as a member of the OPEC Plus, can play an important role in balancing global oil market both in terms of ensuring adequate supply as well as in having a responsible and reasonable price.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia imports over 83 per cent of its crude oil needs. Of the total crude oil imported, about 85 per cent of comes from OPEC nations. Also, 80 per cent of gas imports come from those countries. India believes OPEC has a major role in shaping oil prices and availability, and the current high oil prices dent economic development of many countries as well as threaten already fragile world economic growth. Pradhan also discussed with Novak interest of Indian firms in investing more in Russian oil and gas fields. He also sought Russian investment in Indian oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), oil refining, petrochemicals and LNG import facilities. “Minister Novak and I met with over 20 CEOs and senior representatives of Indian and Russian oil & gas companies both in public and private sector,” he said. “Discussions recognized that there are still enormous opportunities for investments in oil and gas assets in Russia, and Russian investments in new initiatives launched to transform India into a gas-based economy through CGD, LNG terminals and use of natural gas in transportation, and expanding E&P opportunities and also refining capacities.” CGD is city gas distribution network that retail CNG to automobiles and piped cooking gas to households. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is super-cooled natural gas that turns into liquid for ease of transportation in ships. “We agreed to propose concrete recommendations including a roadmap and action plan for cooperation in the oil & gas sector to the Eastern Economic Forum and 20th Annual Bilateral Summit between Hon. Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi and President Putin,” Pradhan said in another tweet. Pradhan had on Thursday met officials of Russian oil firm Rosneft to discuss collaboration between the two nations. A Rosneft-led consortium had in 2017 bought Essar Oil that operates 20 million tonne refinery at Vadinar and over 5,500 petrol pumps in the country, for $12.9 billion. Essar Oil has since been renamed Nayara Energy. Pradhan is in Moscow ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Russia. Modi will be the chief guest at this year’s Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok between September 4 and 6. Modi would also meet the Russian President for the annual summit. Energy-hungry India is keen on sourcing one million barrels per day of oil and oil-equivalent gas from Russia and had identified Sakhalin-3 in the Far East, Vankor in East Siberia, and Terbs and Titov oilfields in Timan Pechora region as fields for potential collaboration. But, it has so far been unsuccessful in its attempts. OVL already has 20 per cent stake in Sakhalin-1 oil and gas field in Far East Russia, and in 2009 acquired Imperial Energy, which has fields in Siberia for $2.1 billion. Russia is wooing Indian investments in its Far East region ahead of Modi’s Vladivostok visit to balance China’s expanding presence in the resource-rich region.last_img read more

Pope Francis Releases Papal Encyclical On Climate Change

first_imgYesterday saw the release of Pope Francis’ Papal Encyclical, in which the leader of the Catholic Church deplored climate change as one of the principal challenges facing humanity and called for a ‘new dialogue’ about shaping the future of our planet.The encyclical’s findings acknowledge the “very solid scientific consensus” showing significant warming of the planet’s climate system and that such warming is “mainly a result of human activity.”In addition, the Papal declaration describes climate change as a critical moral issue requiring respectful dialogue with all parts of society.The encyclical has been welcomed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said that he and Pope Francis agree that climate change is a moral issue that requires collective urgent actions.“It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics,” continued the UN chief, urging the international community to “do far more to help the poorest and most vulnerable members of society, who are suffering most from climate impacts yet had least to do with causing the problem.”Mr. Ban deeply thanked Pope Francis for taking such a “strong stand” on the need for urgent global action. His moral voice is part of a growing chorus of people from all faiths and all sectors of society speaking out for climate action.The United Nations Foundation also acknowledged the encyclical, stating: “Pope Francis has shown great leadership with his encyclical on the environment and climate change. The encyclical comes at a critical time and serves as a ‘reset button’ in the global dialogue on how we address climate change. The Pope’s voice engages new participants around the globe and changes the tenor of the discussion.“Many reasons inspire us to protect our climate and environment – to safeguard our health and our economy, among others – but the most important motivation must be a moral one. Human activities are disrupting the Earth’s delicate balance – polluting our air and water, cutting down our forests, and leading many species to extinction. Climate change, caused primarily by the use of fossil fuels for energy, threatens the viability of our human existence on Earth. Carbon pollution is transforming the very chemical makeup of our atmosphere and oceans, with devastating consequences – extreme weather, droughts, floods, and rising seas. A warming planet will hurt us all, but the world’s poorest will suffer first and most.“With his encyclical Pope Francis is calling on us to pursue a more sustainable path – for the sake of the least among us and for generations to come. As his namesake Saint Francis said: “Remember that when you leave this Earth you can take nothing of what you have received, but only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.” May we apply what each of us has been given to protect the Earth we all share.”UN Foundation Board Member Kofi Annan commented, “This is real leadership. Let’s hope others follow his lead.”last_img read more

Husky Energy vows to boost downstream output if it wins MEG hostile

first_imgCALGARY – Husky Energy Inc. will increase its downstream capacity and thus “insulate” itself from recent large heavy oil price discounts if it succeeds in its hostile takeover of fellow oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp., CEO Rob Peabody said Thursday.The Calgary-based company controlled by Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka Shing has more capacity to refine, upgrade or transport heavy oil than it produces, which allows it to profit by buying cheap barrels in Alberta that can’t find pipeline space and selling them in the U.S., Peabody said on a conference call.He said MEG, which produces only raw bitumen, is still refusing to discuss the $3.3-billion cash-and-share offer Husky made in September, but he remains optimistic it will succeed by the January deadline for shareholders to tender.“We’re a little bit short on the upstream now, but we move to be a little bit long on the upstream post the MEG acquisition,” Peabody told a conference call to discuss Husky’s third-quarter results.“We’re going to have about 400,000 barrels a day of heavy and bitumen blend and about 375,000 barrels between upgrading, refining and committed pipeline capacity to take that away.”The acquisition could mean revisiting Husky’s deferred plan to double capacity of its Lloydminster, Alta., asphalt plant to 60,000 bpd, Peabody said.He added Husky’s Superior, Wis., asphalt refinery — sidelined by an explosion and fire in April — is expected to reopen in 2020 with at least 5,000 barrels per day of extra capacity.Meanwhile, Husky’s light oil refinery at Lima, Ohio, is undergoing an upgrade that will allow it to boost heavy oil processing capacity to 40,000 bpd from 10,000 bpd by the end of 2019.A lack of export pipeline capacity has been blamed for recent spot price discounts of more than US$50 per barrel for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend crude compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate — that’s more than three times the typical difference.Peabody said the discounts are expected to last for two to three years until export pipeline capacity is expanded. He predicted heavy oil producers will start to shut down wells to relieve the glut of oil.He said he agrees with the idea of government aid to increase crude-by-rail capacity from Western Canada, an option called for by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley earlier this week.Husky reported $545 million in net earnings in the three months ended Sept. 30, up sharply from $136 million in the same quarter last year, as its average realized price per barrel of upstream production rose by more than C$10 per barrel of oil equivalent.The profit amounted to 53 cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a profit of 13 cents per share a year ago and analyst expectations of 50 cents, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Production in the quarter totalled 297,000 boepd, down from 318,000 boepd, as Husky performed maintenance on its Tucker and Sunrise thermal oilsands operations and slowed production from its cold heavy oil wells.Analysts were disappointed with Husky’s slight miss on production and its reduction of 2018 production guidance by 10,000 to 15,000 boepd, along with its increase in capital spending expectations for the year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story (TSX:HSE, TSX:MEG)last_img read more

United action on global scale needed to clinch new climate pact says

The political agreement was struck in the Danish capital on Saturday morning after negotiations had come to a standstill, with Mr. Ban intervening at the last minute to assuage nations which felt they had been excluded from parts of the negotiations. The accord includes an agreement to working towards curbing global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, efforts to reduce or limit emissions, and pledges to mobilize $100 billion a year for developing countries to combat climate change. “While I am satisfied that we sealed a deal, I am aware that the outcome of the Copenhagen conference, including the Copenhagen Accord, did not go as far as many have hoped,” Mr. Ban told reporters today in New York. The two-week-long United Nations conference in Copenhagen, attended by 128 heads of State and government, was marked by interruptions in negotiations due to divisions between States over transparency and other issues. “The leaders were united in purpose, but they were not united in action,” Mr. Ban, who also addressed the General Assembly today, pointed out. Nonetheless, he said that the talks “represent a beginning – an essential beginning,” because without nations hammering out a deal in Copenhagen, the financial and technical support for poorer nations agreed upon would not take immediate effect. The coming challenge for the UN will be to harness political will and translate it into action, said the Secretary-General, who will set up a high-level panel on development and climate change. Due to the complexity of the negotiations and the entrenched positions held by many countries, “everybody knew that it would not be an easy task,” he told reporters, emphasizing the importance of taking proactive action to clinch a legally binding pact next year instead of dwelling on the Copenhagen talks. The accord reached “provides the basis of understanding where the treaty negotiations begin,” Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, said at a press conference in New York. If the agreement attains the wide support that was indicated by nations in the closing session of the Copenhagen summit, then “you have a real centre of gravity for the treaty negotiations throughout 2010,” he added. 21 December 2009Acknowledging that the climate change deal reached over the weekend in Copenhagen was not ideal for all nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today exhorted world leaders to act in concert to ensure that a legally binding treaty is reached next year. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Most actively traded companies on the TSX AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,390.43, down 147.19 points):Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS). Utilities. Up 52 cents, or 1.40 per cent, to $37.75 on 9.98 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Down 34 cents, or 9.71 per cent, to $3.16 on 8.3 million shares.Cequence Energy Ltd. (TSX:CQE). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 3.42 per cent, to $1.41 on 6.9 million shares.Delphi Energy Corp. (TSX:DEE). Oil and gas. Down 21 cents, or 9.86 per cent, to $1.92 on 6.2 million shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Down 44 cents, or 7.31 per cent, to $5.58 on 5.7 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Down $1.48, or 3.87 per cent, to $36.80 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Scotiabank (TSX:BNS). Down $1.59, or 2.31 per cent, to $67.19 on 3.9 million shares. Scotiabank announced it is cutting 1,500 jobs company-wide — about two-thirds of them in Canada and will post a $341-million after-tax charge for the fourth quarter, reducing earnings by 28 cents a share. Part of that is for severance costs but Scotiabank is also taking a number of other steps, including an additional $109 million of loan loss provisions related to the Caribbean region.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 82 cents, or 11.85 per cent, to $6.10 on 4.5 million shares. Talisman said it may take writedowns on its U.K. North Sea assets in the fourth quarter .The Calgary-based company’s offshore operations in the region, being jointly developed with China’s Sinopec, have been an ongoing headache.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 16 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $55.19 on 1.9 million shares. The company says the price tag for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has risen by about half to US$8 billion as the U.S. regulatory process drags into its seventh year.WestJet (TSX:WJA). Airline. Down $2.11, or 6.59 per cent, to $29.92 on 1.3 million shares. The airline said its third-quarter net income decreased 20 per cent to $52.2 million or 40 cents per share, including a $45.5-million loss from the sale of 10 old Boeing 737 aircraft. That compared with $65.1 million or 50 cents per share in the third quarter of 2013. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 4, 2014 3:09 pm MDT read more

Mother and stepfather of drowned fiveyearold boy charged with negligence manslaughter

first_imgLynsey Dunn and Paul Smith the parents of five year old Charlie DunnCredit:SWNS The parents of a five-year-old boy who drowned in a water park have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.Charlie Dunn died in hospital after he was found submerged in a lake at Bosworth Water Park near Hinckley, Leics., on July 23 last year.The youngster’s body was found by a boy looking for his lost goggles after he wandered off while his parents were packing up the car to leave the attraction.His mum Lynsey Dunn, 28, and stepdad Paul Smith, 36, were taken into custody at the time on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.The couple, from Tamworth, Staffs., were initially released on bail before charges against them were dropped in December. They were arrested again in March this year and on Wednesday they appeared at Leicester Magistrate’s Court where they were charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.Dunn and Smith have also been charged with seven child neglect offence, alleged to have taken place between April 2012 and July 2016.Smith was also charged with two counts of witness intimidation, alleged to have taken place in March 2017 and June 2017.He was also charged with one count of threats to damage or destroy property by fire in June 2017, and eight driving offences which are alleged to have taken place in January and June this year. Lynsey Dunn and Paul Smith the parents of five year old Charlie Dunncenter_img Smith was remanded into custody while Dunn was released on bail. Both will return to Leicester Crown Court on July 5. 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

Discrimination against LGBT teachers to end under amended law

first_imgTEACHERS WILL NOT be allowed to be dismissed for being a a lone parent, a divorcee or on the basis of their sexual orientation under an amendment to employment law set to be passed shortly.Labour Senator Ivana Bacik says she is “delighted” that on Dublin Pride day the Government will move on her bill, which will see an amendment to Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act.It is expected that it will be brought to Cabinet in the coming days.Religious ordersThe law as it stands, educational or medical institutions controlled by religious orders are permitted to be discriminatory against those whose sexual orientation or family status, is not perceived as conforming with the religious ethos of their institution.Speaking to, Senator Bacik said it is something that has been slow moving, but that everyone has been keen to come to fruition.The repeal of section 37 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 to eliminate legalised discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender (LGBT) people in the education and healthcare sectors was in the programme for Government, said Bacik, who said it is only right that it is finally being acted upon.She said there were delays to getting to this stage as they had to await the Equality and Human Rights Commission report in order to ensure that the legislation was “robust enough, which I was happy with,” said Bacik.“The Department of Education have been keen to progress it as it affects teachers in their everyday work,” she said.“Teachers unions have been campaigning for this for a long time. While it has never been used to dismiss someone, it has still been present for teachers. It struck fear in teachers who were fearful of sharing personal details about their personal lives with colleagues and that really is unsatisfactory,” said Bacik, who said it is great that it has had cross party support.Once the proposals are approved by Cabinet, they will be passed to the Dáil and Seanad.Read: Beaten, robbed and left to die: One march that paved the way for the Dublin Pride parade>Read: Liberty Hall lights up for Dublin’s Pride Festival>last_img read more

Four doctors told me this would kill me The devastating effect HPV

first_img ‘Four doctors told me this would kill me’: The devastating effect HPV can have on men and women A heartbreaking US documentary ‘Someone You Love – The HPV Epidemic’ premiered in Dublin last night. 58,603 Views Mar 31st 2017, 12:07 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MORE PEOPLE GET the HPV virus than get the flu.But, the vast majority of the time, it doesn’t develop into anything serious.‘Someone You Love – The HPV Epidemic’ is a documentary that shows what happens when it does. It follows five women who developed cervical cancer because of the HPV virus. The five women featured in the documentary Someone You Love – The HPV Vaccine. Source: Grainne Ní Aodha/TheJournal.ieSusie, a mother-of-two, who didn’t understand what HPV was until it developed into something sinister. Her husband and childhood sweetheart, began verbally abusing her for having the HPV virus, thinking it meant she’d been unfaithful.Tamika, a television producer, who hadn’t heard of HPV before either, and when told cells were changing on her cervix, asked “Where’s my cervix?” She had her womb removed, and raises awareness of the virus among the African-American community, which have much lower rates of getting checked.Kristen, who was diagnosed at 23, died of cervical cancer. The documentary interviews her parents and her best friend about dealing with her loss.And Kelly, who was recently married, a former diver and gymnast, and who was meant to be the ‘feel-good story’ of the documentary.She went through treatment for cervical cancer and was the most positive – cracking jokes and staying upbeat. She was cleared of cancer at the end of the treatment – but six weeks later, it had returned to the same lymph nodes.“In seven days, four different doctors told me that this would kill me,” she says in the documentary. “The doctor at Northwestern was saying chemo won’t kill it and the chances that you will die are pretty good.”Despite her fighting spirit, in February 2014 it did kill her.When she received her terminal diagnosis it prompted the director, Frank Lumiere, to put an end to the filming, but Kelly asked that it continue to raise awareness of HPV and cervical cancer. Source: Lumiere Media/YouTubeChristine Baze is the fifth woman featured in the film, which premiered in Europe last night in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema.She travelled from Boston to attend the first showing outside the US.She says the prompt to film this came from a chat the director had at an event, where he heard about HPV for the first time, and was astounded there wasn’t more awareness of it.Now his documentary, vastly different from the work he’d done before, is being used by health departments in various US states to be viewed for free by anyone looking to learn about HPV.But what’s caused all the misconceptions around the virus? Why don’t we know more about it? Christine Baze tours with her band, raising awareness of cervical health by telling her story between songs.“I think it’s because it’s to do with what’s below the belt,” Christine tells “We automatically think ‘Oh, they’ve been out and about’.”Christine had passed 13 screens in-a-row before she was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer in 2000 – aged 31.After having part of her vagina, her cervix, her ovaries and her Fallopian tubes removed, as well as lymphatic nodes, she’s now in the clear.But she’s not done, as she works hard at raising awareness of the HPV virus and cervical cancer.FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefitsFactsThis year in Ireland, more than 280 Irish women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and 90 women will succumb to their disease.More than 6,500 women in Ireland receive invasive treatment to remove HPV-caused pre-cancers each year, and one in 10 women will need treatment in their lifetime because of an HPV infection.Another thing most people don’t realise is the HPV virus can cause throat, anal or penile cancer in men.In fact, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of throat cancers associated with HPV among young men. Source: Shutterstock/Christian HorzThe ‘v’ wordThe good news is there’s a vaccine that can prevent people from getting the HPV and going through the harsh process that the five women above had to.This vaccine, injected into the arm, helps the body recognise HPV and once it does recognise it, helps to produce the antibodies to fight it.“If there was a vaccine for breast cancer, you bet we’d be handing it out no problem,” Christine says.“It’s a miracle we have a prevention cure for a cancer,” Dr Robert O’Connor of the Irish Cancer Society adds.The bad news is of course that rumours and misinformation have persevered in Ireland, that have dramatically lowered the number of Irish girls getting the HPV vaccine for free – from 87% of eligible girls getting it in the first year to just 70% last year.The original plan for the free HPV vaccine in Ireland was that once it had been introduced in schools for girls, it would then be rolled out for boys too.But because of the fight to educate about the HPV vaccine to stop the drop-off rate among girls, the vaccine hasn’t been made available for free for school boys yet.As has been proven time and time again, there’s no independent, robust evidence that shows that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.O’Connor says that whenever there’s uncertainty around what to do when it comes to medicine, look at what doctors do. “Doctors get their kids vaccinated against the HPV virus – their sons and daughters.“What you have to ask yourself is, What would you give up so someone doesn’t have to go through [cancer treatment]?”The HPV vaccine is available for free to girls in secondary schools. There are proposals before the Department of Health to extend the HPV vaccine to boys at school.The HPV vaccine is also available for free to men who have sex with men under the age of 26.FactCheck: No, the reported side effects of the HPV vaccine do NOT outweigh the proven benefitsRead: Woman who helped raise $300m for cancer research dies from breast cancer Friday 31 Mar 2017, 12:07 AM Share902 Tweet Email6 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL 84 Comments last_img read more

Embassy marks Anzac Day in Greece

first_imgThe Australian Embassy in Athens will commemorate Anzac Day 2013 with ceremonies at Lemnos in the northern Aegean next weekend and the Greek capital on April 25. The ceremonies will be attended by veterans and their families, members of Australian federal and state parliaments, as well as representatives of the Greek government and defence forces. Both events are open to the public.In Lemnos the main ceremony will be held at the Portianou Commonwealth Military Cemetery on Saturday 20 April at 11am, with commemorations also taking place at the East Moudros Commonwealth Military Cemetery and the Australian Memorial at Moudros Harbour. In attendance will be Australia’s Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Raymond Griggs.Lemnos – just 130 kilometres from the entrance to the Dardanelles – was the main assembly, embarkation and supply base for the Gallipoli landings in April 1915. It was also home to Australian military hospitals and a place of refuge for wounded Australian soldiers during the doomed campaign.At least 148 Australians are buried in the Lemnos Commonwealth war cemeteries – the last resting place of more than 1200 Commonwealth troops who served in the Gallipoli campaign.Australian Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield told Neos Kosmos that the annual commemoration was an occasion to remember the fallen and mark Australia and Greece’s shared history.“Lemnos has a special significance for all Australians. Along with allied forces, the first ANZACs embarked from Lemnos’ Moudros Harbour on the campaign that shaped our nation,” said Ms Bloomfield. “The ANZACs found shelter, refuge and the friendship of the Lemnian people. Many died here, finding their final resting place on Lemnian soil.”Ambassador Bloomfield added that the Australian Memorial at Moudros Harbour and the Commonwealth cemeteries on Lemnos were “testament to the enduring bonds between our two peoples, and the proud Lemnian community in Australia keeps the memory strong”.“From the coast of Lemnos in 1915 to the battlefields of Crete fighting against Nazi invasion in 1941, Australians and Greeks have fought together to defend our shared ideals.”The Anzac Day service in Athens will be held at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Alimos on Thursday 25 April at 11.00 am, followed by a reception and photographic exhibition hosted by the Australian Embassy.“The spirit of the ANZACs draws us together in time of need. Through those we have lost, we have gained a story that belongs to all Australians, a story of courage, of sacrifice, of standing by our mates,” said Ms Bloomfield.The Ambassador added that the Anzac story ensured “a stronger commitment to our democracy and freedom, and the responsibility to stand together united, to serve our community and our country, now and for future generations”. “In today’s challenging times, that spirit endures more than ever, in Australia as in Greece.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Dwayne The Rock Johnson May Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

first_img“Dearest @therock based on reports of outstanding chemistry between you and a familiar friend, I believe the next logical step is for you to join the Marvel Universe as Garrison Kane in a future Deadpool installment,” Liefeld wrote in the Instagram post. “You’re a natural and Kane is already celebrated by millions of comics fans who have thrilled to his adventures since I first introduced him in X-Force #2! Your pal, Rob!”Dearest Rob, thank you amigo. It’s true, in @HobbsAndShaw, I have insanely outstanding chemistry with our familiar friend. Since you created the characters, how does one Garrison Kane get alone with one ?— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 3, 2019After the Instagram post was published, Johnson responded with a cheeky reply on Twitter, poking fun at the comic book creator’s request. The “familiar friend” discussed above could be Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool.“Dearest Rob, thank you amigo. It’s true, in @HobbsAndShaw, I have insanely outstanding chemistry with our familiar friend,” Johnson wrote. “Since you created the characters, how does one Garrison Kane get alone with one [Robert Liefeld].”Fans were also excited about the possibility of Johnson playing Garrison Kane and tweeted their support for the role.He is weapon X. And a member of x-force. So allies But you would have the ability to transform weapons attached to your armour, and access and ability to use any mutant power. So in other words you would be a bad ass— Ted (@EvilDeadTed) August 3, 2019 Stay on target Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the actor known for his roles in Hobbs and Shaw and The Scorpion King, may be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) soon.On Sunday, comic book fans were surprised when Robert Liefeld, the co-creator of Deadpool, uploaded a picture on Instagram, which showed a collage of Johnson placed next to two shots of Garrison Kane (Weapon X), a former member of Cable’s Six Pack mercenary team, reported. Please make this happen— ⎊ (@_jennifer1878) August 3, 2019 Are we witnesses to the start of a beautiful relationship? I think so…— Richard Parry (@pilsbury44) August 3, 2019center_img I would love to see @TheRock in the MCU. It’s the perfect time to bring him on.— Cliff Bauman (@sacredfutures) August 3, 2019It’s uncertain if Johnson will officially team up with Liefeld, however, the thought of the former WWE champion being a major superhero could be an exciting new update for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Watch: ‘The Rock’ Named Highest-Paid Actor of 2019 by ‘Forbes’More on These Movies Before ‘Hobbs and Shaw’11 ‘Fast and Furious’ Characters That Deserve Their Own MoviesAll of Marvel Studios’ Major Movie Announcements holy shit; the rock in the mcu!!!!— cgc (@cyrilgcoombsiii) August 3, 2019 Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

Turnquest Small Business centre services to be free

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 30th 2017: DPM and Finance Minister Peter Turnquest says his government has already commenced works on developing a Small Business Centre at the University of The Bahamas.The minister speaking at a Billionaire Roundtable’s ‘Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups’ at the Hyatt Baha Mar Convention Centre, says allocations in this year’s fiscal package have been made for a Small Business Centre. The centre will be designed to aid in capacity building for small and medium sized business entrepreneurs that may need more technical assistance on matters such as getting a business license, writing a business plan, managing and developing employees or those wanting to export. He adds the project is as a result of collaborations with the Finance Ministry and the US Small Business Development Centres, and the University of The Bahamas which will also be hosted at the University’s campus, while he adds that all of the services will be free to the public, as a public service.” Meanwhile, he told the businessmen that the country has managed extremely well having continued foreign direct investment (FDI), which has helped strengthen the economy. He says FDI presents itself to countries viewed as “safe bets” and flows to where there are strong institutions and good governance.The Minister says his government intends to encourage a culture of savings through transparent, and accountable, corruption free practices in national investments.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasSmallBusinessDevelopmentCentre Related Items:last_img read more

Thorpe Park Leeds introduces bike health checks for staff

first_imgThorpe Park Leeds business park has introduced a new monthly bicycle health check service for the 4,500 employees working on site.More than 60 organisations have offices at the site, including Atkins, BAM, IBM, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, National Grid, and United Utilities.The business park has launched the mobile Dr Bike service as part of its sustainable travel plan and ParkLife initiative, managed by TPS Transport Consultants, which aims to foster a culture of engagement on site and provide travel support to staff.The scheme gives employees access to a free bike health check and security chipping service, provided by a trained mechanic.Thorpe Park Leeds plans to expand the initiative to include free cycle maintenance sessions for employees, helping them to learn the basics about how to maintain their bikes.To support these measures and engage employees with cycling, a Bicycle User Group (BUG) has been established. This group of regular cyclists provides feedback and ensures that the measures introduced have the biggest impact on staff.Mark Jackson at Scarborough Group International, which owns the site in partnership with Legal and General Capital, said: “At Thorpe Park Leeds we recognise that a great working environment isn’t just about the building you are based in, it’s about the community you are a part of.”last_img read more

Road accidents claim 15 lives a day

first_imgAt least 15 people were killed and 36 injured in an average of 13 road crashes a day across the country in February 2018, according to a monitoring report released on Friday.More than 413 people, including 53 women and 48 children, died and 995 others, including 46 women and 19 children, were injured in 373 road crashes that occurred between 1 February and 28 February.This was reflected in a regular monthly survey and observation report of National Committee to Protect Shipping, Roads and Railways (NCPSRR), a non-government organisation.The fatal accidents took place on the several roads, highways, national roads, inter-district and regional roads across the country in January.The report was prepared on the basis of 22 English and Bangla national dailies, 10 regional newspapers and eight online news portals and news agencies.According to the report, some 22 people, including five women, were killed and 80 others, including one woman, injured in 31 railway accidents, while seven people, including one woman and three children, were killed and seven others injured in six waterway accidents during the same period.According to its observation, maximum major road accidents occurred due to whimsicality and shortage of carefulness of heavy vehicles’ drivers. There is a lack of proper monitoring and supervision of the authorities concerned in this regard, the NCPSRR said.last_img read more

REDWOOD Based on a True Story

first_imgJoin the author of REDWOOD, A. Rod Womack, 6:30 p.m., March 25 for a book signing. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The author’s event will take place at the Enoch Pratt Library, 4330 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. Contact Vern Goff at or (202) 262-1786 for more information.last_img

Walls are mirrors with new imaging technique

first_img New laser technology brings perfect focus to medical advances © 2012 The paper, published yesterday in Nature Photonics, is authored by Ori Katz, Eran Small and Yaron Silberberg. Prof Silberberg and his colleagues are with the Ultra Fast Optics Group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. They are being said to have “pushed the limits” of what spatial light modulators (SLMs) can do.SLMs modify the phase of an incoming light beam. Like a series of ocean waves, the waves in light can be slowed down or redirected when they hit scattering materials. The team’s “wavefront shaping” involves using the SLM so that it refocuses at a desired location. Exploiting the angular range in which a single wavefront pattern inverts scattering allows wide-field real-time imaging through a single process.“We show that wavefront-shaping enables wide-field imaging through turbid layers with incoherent illumination, and imaging of occluded objects using light scattered from diffuse walls,” the authors said.“Our results bring wavefront-shaping closer to practical applications and realize the vision of looking through walls and around corners.” This is not the first attempt to explore correcting for scattering, with a number of research efforts in evidence over recent years. In 2010 there was news of a prototype camera that was developed by scientists that can shoot around corners, making use of an ultra-short high-intensity burst of laser light to illuminate a scene.The Weizmann Institute team provides real-time imaging in a different way. As reported in Nature Photonics, the technique is quick, simple and uses natural light rather than lasers. The main power of the technique is said to be that it can work with incoherent light. Unlike past wavefront approaches, this technique does not require a coherent source, interferometric detection, raster scanning or off-line computational reconstruction. Earth-based astronomy and deep tissue imaging are two relevant areas that could make use of the study’s findings, as both astronomy and deep tissue imaging are challenged by scattering and dense materials. Talking about future applications, principal investigator Silberberg said, “Our technique for imaging through scattering layers may allow that study of previously inaccessible biological samples by optical imaging, e.g., imaging through thin egg shells for studying embryonic development.” Silberberg further explained what could make a difference. “If you want to look to see an embryo developing inside an egg but the eggshell scatters everything, or you want to look through the skin, scattering is the main enemy there, and time-of-flight is not a good solution.” He was referring to the “time-of-flight” approach with a laser-based camera. He envisions that the primary use for their technique will be in biological and medical studies. More information: Looking around corners and through thin turbid layers in real time with scattered incoherent light, Nature Photonics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2012.150 (Preprint is available on Arxiv)AbstractImaging with optical resolution through turbid media is a long sought-after goal with important applications in deep tissue imaging. Although extensively studied, this goal was considered impractical until recently. Adaptive-optics techniques, which can correct weak aberrations, are inadequate for turbid samples, where light is scattered to complex speckle patterns with a number of modes greatly exceeding the number of degrees of control. This conception changed after the demonstration of coherent focusing through turbid media by wavefront-shaping, using spatial light modulators. Here, we show that wavefront-shaping enables wide-field imaging through turbid layers with incoherent illumination, and imaging of occluded objects using light scattered from diffuse walls. In contrast to the recently introduced schemes for imaging through turbid media, our technique does not require coherent sources, interferometric detection, raster-scanning or off-line reconstruction. Our results bring wavefront-shaping closer to practical applications and realize the vision of looking through ‘walls’ and around corners. ( — A child’s dream wanting to come true: putting on a magic cape to see around corners and through walls, solving mysteries and catching criminals. Scientists, meanwhile, are achieving the same optical powers with knowledge and labs if not capes. A study published yesterday, “Looking around corners and through thin turbid layers in real time with scattered incoherent light,” is attracting much attention in its description of the technique, using a spatial light modulator to undo the scattering that makes objects opaque or non-reflecting. Their technique allows real-time imaging through opaque materials and around highly scattering optical diffusers. Journal information: Nature Photonics Citation: Walls are mirrors with new imaging technique (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further 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.last_img read more

Environment dept calls for ban on use of plastic bags bottles

first_imgKolkata: Arnab Roy, principal secretary of the Environment department, has sought cooperation from all corners to impose ban on the use of plastic bags and bottles.He was addressing a conference on Sustainable Waste Management, organised by CII in association with the department of Environment on Tuesday morning.”In order to arrest use of plastic bags, which constitute 50 percent of the plastic wastes, we need cooperation from all,” Roy said, adding that the state government is extremely serious about converting wastes into wealth and a source of job generation. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The state government is also keen that all stakeholders – the government, industry and private citizens – come together to evolve a robust waste management mechanism,” he said.According to him, challenges of solid wastes are no longer limited to urban areas. “The rural Panchayat areas are also becoming relevant in the scheme of things,” he said.”Make value out of waste, increase efficiency of collection, recycling and processing and make public-private handshakes happen. The situation is win-win for all and the economy will also get a boost,” Roy summed up. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedKalyan Rudra, chairman, West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), said that in view of the scarcity of land for dumping, the state government has taken up a cluster approach in solid waste management. The state government has identified common land for dumping wastes in six municipalities. They are Dum Dum, South Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, Kamarhati, Baranagore and Barrackpore.Subrata Mondol, chief general manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), spoke of the business opportunities that farm wastes can create. He also said NABARD is playing a major role in funding organic farming carried out in a judicious and environment-friendly manner.Chitranjan Dar, chairman, Sustainability sub-committee, & Group Head – CPO, LSTC, EHS and Quality Assurance, ITC Ltd, said waste is an area which has the potential of producing the next band of millionaires and generating numerous jobs.Dipankar Chakrabarti, co-chairman, CII ER Innovation Taskforce & Executive Director, Advisory Risk Management Leader, PwC India, said, to overcome the huge burden of wastes, it’s extremely important to significantly reduce waste generation, maximise reuse/recycling and further utilisation of the same as alternate raw material/fuel; thus reducing the burden of land-filling.last_img read more

HIV rates drop in Australia and undetectable viral loads at all time

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) HIV rates have dropped in Australia (World Bank Photo Collection | Flickr) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Not all good newsNot all of the latest statistics revealed good news.The rate of HIV diagnoses among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was double the population.New cases among heterosexual men also jumped 10% over the past five years. Many had lived with HIV for years without knowing their status. Experts have calling for better HIV education for heterosexual Australians travelling overseas.‘The figures among heterosexuals are concerning. Almost half the diagnoses in this population are late, which means that the person has been living with HIV for four or more years without knowing,’ Guy said.‘These data highlight the importance of HIV testing among heterosexuals.’HIV experts said the fact that the numbers among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations had not declined, meant the gap in HIV rates was likely to widen.‘More needs to be done to ensure that people with HIV from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other culturally and linguistically diverse communities, positive women and those without access to Medicare get more opportunities to test and commence treatment at earlier stages of infection,’ said Aaron Cogle, CEO, National Association of People with HIV Australia.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Last year, Australia recorded its lowest rate of new HIV diagnoses since 2010, with 963 cases. The biggest drop of new cases was among men who have sex with men (MSM). That population saw a 15% reduction in the last year alone.The Kirby Institute released the new figures at the Australasian HIV & AIDS Conference in Sydney.‘We should be very pleased with these results,’ said Professor Rebecca Guy, head of the Kirby Institute’s Surveillance, Evaluation and Research Program.‘Although the declines are relatively small, the downward trend over recent years, alongside increased testing rates and enhanced national prevention strategies, mean we can be cautiously optimistic about these reductions.’Another welcomed statistics in the latest release of data showed Australia has met its 2020 UNAIDS global targets.In 2017, an estimated 74% of people living with HIV in Australia had a suppressed or undetectable viral load. That figure just exceeds the UNAIDS target of 73%.‘This is a fantastic achievement for Australia, and reflects strengthened clinical and public health initiatives, and the leadership of people living with HIV,’ Guy said.‘However, we have a long way to go to meet the 2030 target of 86%. This will only be achieved with enhanced responses and strong partnerships between community, government, research and clinical sectors.’center_img Dean Street clinic in London slashes appointments from 350 a day to just 75For the first time in 10 years, Russia has funded HIV prevention for gay menNew HIV diagnoses in UK dropped by 17% last yearRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : New HIV cases are at a seven year low in Australia. Experts have credited the increase use of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and regular testing. GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more

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