India’s Fragmented Society Was Once a Melting Pot

first_img“In India we celebrate the commonality of major differences,” wrote the celebrated author Shashi Tharoor about his native country. “We are a land of belonging rather than of blood.” Indeed, India’s 1.24-billion-strong population is one of the world’s most diverse, with 700 ethnic and language groups and possibly many more, depending on how they are counted. Today, most of these groups keep pretty much to themselves, only rarely marrying outsiders. But a new study concludes that several thousand years ago, the entire subcontinent underwent a period of massive intermarriage, shuffling its population’s genetic deck so thoroughly that it left clear traces—even in the genomes of today’s most isolated tribes.In recent years, genetic studies of modern Indians have provided a host of new insights into the ancient history of this sprawling nation, which harbors nearly one-sixth of the world’s population. A key finding, reported in 2009 by a team led by geneticist David Reich of Harvard Medical School in Boston, was that most Indians today are descendants of two major population groups: Ancestral North Indians (ANI), who probably migrated into the subcontinent 8000 or more years ago from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe; and Ancestral South Indians (ASI), who were native to the region and had been there much longer. The study also showed that these two groups began to mix at some point in the past, although just when was not clear.Reich and his colleagues teamed up with researchers from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, India, to take a much closer look at the genetics of modern Indians. Using both newly generated and previously published genetic data from 571 people representing 73 ethnic and language groups, 71 from India and two from Pakistan (which prior to Indian independence from British rule in 1947 was considered part of India), the team analyzed the genetic differences among the subjects using several powerful statistical methods. 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Then, beginning about 1900 years ago or somewhat later, mating patterns shifted dramatically. Local populations became entrenched, eschewing intermarriage with other groups and adopting a cultural pattern of what researchers call endogamy, the practice of marrying only within an ethnic or social group.“There was a major demographic transformation in India from a region where mixture was pervasive to one in which it is very rare because of a shift to endogamy,” says lead author Priya Moorjani, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School.The traces of this alternating pattern can be clearly seen in the genomes of modern Indians today, the study finds. For example, the percentage of ANI ancestry ranges from a high of 71% in the Pathan ethnic group of northern India to a low of 17% in the Paniya group of southwest India, meaning that the degree of ancient admixture is still measurable and significant in even the most isolated and endogamous ethnic groups.“The most remarkable aspect of the ANI-ASI mixture is how pervasive it was, in the sense that it has left its mark on nearly every group in India,” Moorjani and her co-workers write.What accounts for this pattern? The team points out that the period of intermarriage overlaps with a time of huge social upheavals in India, including the collapse of the ancient Indus civilization—which thrived on the Indian subcontinent between about 2600 B.C.E. and 1900 B.C.E.—as well as large-scale population movements and the rise of the Vedic religion, the predecessor of modern Hinduism. But after 1900 years ago, India’s caste system became a major cultural force, the team concludes, based on its new genetic findings and confirmed by evidence from ancient religious texts. The system rigidly defined four social classes, with the Brahmans at the top and the Sudras at the bottom. Intermarriage was not allowed between them. The Rig-Veda, India’s oldest surviving text and a founding document of ancient Hinduism, does not mention the caste system in its earliest sections, probably written some 3000 years ago; only much later are references to it found.“The bulk of the Rig-Veda describes a society in which there is substantial movement among groups,” Moorjani points out. The four-caste system is only mentioned in an appendix written much later, she says, consistent with the genetic evidence.The study is “carefully and cautiously crafted,” says Toomas Kivisild, a population geneticist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and has “major significance for understanding the complex demographic processes in India that led to the endogamous rules of the caste system.”Lynn Jorde, a geneticist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, calls the results “intriguing,” but cautions that they need to be confirmed with a larger number of samples from even more regions of the Indian subcontinent, as well as with the use of complete DNA sequences from the entire genomes of all the individuals studied.The team agrees that more needs to be done and suggests that ancient DNA studies of prehistoric burials—which would give scientists a finer grained picture of population mixing in the ancient past—could be the next step in this ongoing research.last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos LIVE Streaming: When and Where to Watch Online, TV Telecast, Team News

first_imgDays after Bayern Munich have parted ways with Coach Niko Kovac, the German side will face Olympiacos in their Champions League 2019-20 match day four fixture on Wednesday. The Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos game is scheduled to take place at the Allianz Arena. Bayern Munich, who lost their German league match to Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1, will look to make things right in their home fixture. Olympiacos, meanwhile, who lost to Bayern a fortnight ago, will look for a positive start. The Greek side are currently bottom placed with one point from three games. Whereas, Bayern Munich are leading group B standings with nine points. The Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos game will commence at 11:25 pm.For the upcoming fixture, Assistant coach Hans Flick will take charge of Bayern. Apart from Kovac’s departure, the German side has a list of injury blows to look at. Niklas Sule, who had injured his anterior cruciate ligament and underwent surgery, won’t be available for the remaining season. Jann-Fiete Arp was ruled out due to broken wrist, whereas, Lucas Hernandez won’t be able to make it to the squad before December. The 23-year-old defender had picked up an ankle injury last month. For Olympiacos, manager Pedro Martins is expecting Vasilios Torosidis to pass the fitness test for their trip to Bayern.UEFA Champions League 2019-20 Bayern Munich possible starting lineup vs Olympiacos: Neuer; Kimmich, Boateng, Pavard, Alaba; Martinez, Thiago; Coutinho, Gnabry, Coman; LewandowskiUEFA Champions League 2019-20 Olympiacos possible starting lineup vs Bayern Munich: Sa; Elabdellaoui, Semedo, Papadopoulos, Tsimikas; Guilherme; Bouchalakis, Camara, Valbuena, Masouras; El-ArabiWhat time is kick-off?The game will kick-off at 11:25 pm IST on November 6. There are eight Champions League games tonight with two of them in the early 11:25 pm slot and six that will start at 1:30 am on November 7.What TV channel is it on?Sony will show every game from the Champions League LIVE in India this season. Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos will be LIVE on Sony Ten2 SD and HD on Wednesday night.How can I stream it?The Champions League Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos live stream will be available on Sony LIV app in India for premium users. bayern munichchampions leagueChampions League 2019-20Europe First Published: November 6, 2019, 2:39 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Ranji Trophy 2017: Scoring runs makes me happy and keeps me motivated, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgGautam Gambhir relishes the domestic circuit.The stylish Delhi southpaw loves scoring runs in any arena and that is precisely what he has been doing over the last few years in domestic criket, away from all the stardom the international game brings.Gambhir loves the traditional format. He has scored nine Test centuries including a gutsy 137 during a 643-minute vigil in Napier.However, the 36-year-old, once a regular in the Indian team, last played an ODI nearly five years ago. His last Test apperance was against England in 2016. There was a time when Gambhir and Virender Sehwag put to sword some of the best bowling attacks in the world but the left-handed Delhi batsman is now out of favour because India have three openers, who have performed admirably.But Gambhir can never be counted out. (Gautam Gambhir slams BJP MLA who called Virat Kohli anti-national for marrying in Italy)This season, Gambhir guided Delhi to the final of Ranji Trophy, racking up 632 runs in 10 innings. His century against a quality Bengal attack, which had Mohammed Shami as spearhead, proved that the seasoned campaigner still has a lot of cricket left in him. And he is not ready to give up yet.  “It has been satisfying (season). You want to put your hands up and perform in crucial games for your team. That’s what the team expects you to do as well. Scoring runs makes me happy. It keeps me motivated. Winning a game of cricket is equally important to me,” Gambhir told Mail Today in an interview.advertisementAs someone who has been a regular in domestic tournaments, Gambhir made a strong pitch for India to overhaul its domestic structure and have first-class games of five days. He feels a five-day game, against the current four-day system, will prepare youngsters better for Test cricket and there will be more competition.  “The quality of first-class cricket can only improve if you reduce the number of games, from eight to six. You got to make it five-day cricket. Nowhere else in the world first-class cricket is played five days. Why not start (the same format) in India,” says Gambhir.”Some of the youngsters do not even know how to bat out the entire day, especially on a day five track, win a game outright. Because in a four-day game, most of the time the last day has been a dead rubber.”If it is a five-day game, you always have an opportunity to make a comeback in the second innings as well, so the bowlers will be motivated. It will be challenging for the batters as well.”Gambhir said one could take a leaf out of the English and Australian domestic systems where cricketers spent more time playing the game than their counterparts in India.”Look at county cricket. County games are 18 four-day games. There I can understand you can’t take it to five days because that’s going to be very challenging. Sheffield Shield is more than 10 games. In India you play six games, 24 days of first class cricket, which is nothing. You don’t prepare yourself the whole year just to play 24 days. And if you played one innings per (match), literally you play six or seven innings in a season which is absolutely ridiculous.”However, it is not that the Indian domestic circuit has remained unchanged. Last year, the Ranji Trophy was played on neutral venues to get rid of underprepared wickets.”Only in four-day cricket you feel you got to prepare underprepared wickets because if you are looking for an outright win you get desperate for it. Five day competition is the only way where you can get rid of neutral venues, neutral curators, underprepared wickets. If you are preparing youngsters to play Test cricket, try and give them the closet opportunity of preparing themselves for Test cricket.”Despite last playing international cricket a year ago, Gambhir said he was not thinking of an India comeback. He insisted the focus was on scoring runs for whichever team he represents now.”My job is to score runs and score as many as I can and try and win a game of cricket for my team.”Gambhir played under a young captain, Rishabh Pant this season. “Sometimes I feel I have done enough. Captaining the entire season is a very long time. It is not like the IPL where you just finish in two months. Captaining day in and day out can be very tiring as well. So I thought it is time someone else does it.”advertisementlast_img read more

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US Water Polo Player Recalls Balcony Accident at Worlds

first_imgOne moment, Kaleigh Gilchrist was celebrating an unprecedented third straight world championship for the U.S. women’s water polo team.In the next moment, she was headed to a hospital in South Korea.Gilchrist was partying with teammate Paige Hauschild and other competitors from the world swimming championships when a balcony at a nightclub near the athletes’ village collapsed early Saturday morning, killing two people and creating a chaotic scene in the southern city of Gwangju.“We were having the best night ever celebrating our win, and somehow, a freak accident happened,” Gilchrist told The Associated Press in a phone interview.Gilchrist, a 27-year-old attacker from Newport Beach, California, who also was part of the United States’ gold medal-winning team at the 2016 Olympics, sustained some deep lacerations on her left leg and got some stitches for cuts on her left thigh. But she said she had no broken bones or nerve damage.FILE – In this May 22, 2016, file photo, United States attacker Kaleigh Gilchrist moves the ball during a women’s exhibition water polo match against Australia, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Gilchrist had surgery later Saturday morning. She remained in the hospital Monday while doctors monitored her recovery, but she hoped to return to the U.S. on Tuesday.She was counting her blessings, too.“We are the lucky ones and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost loved ones,” she said.Gilchrist, who also has traveled the world as an accomplished surfer, remembers only parts of the harrowing night.Hours after the Americans’ 11-6 victory over Spain in the final, Gilchrist was on the balcony with Hauschild, U.S. men’s attacker Johnny Hooper and other athletes when it went down.“It was all pretty quick, I think,” Gilchrist said. “But I remember falling and I talked to Johnny and we kind of thought the same thing: It’s like, we felt like (we were) falling for 10 seconds, which it probably ended up being one or two seconds. But everything kind of slowed down.”Gilchrist said the railing of the balcony was lined with glued-down beer bottles that shattered when it collapsed. She thinks she was helped up before she made her way out of the nightclub with Hauschild.Police investigators inspect a collapsed internal balcony at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)When Gilchrist got outside, she realized the extent of her injuries and laid down on the sidewalk. She then got some help from some players on the U.S. men and Australian water polo teams, and Christopher Bates, a trainer for the U.S. men’s team, joined the group.“Chris was kind of just the biggest blessing,” Gilchrist said. “He came, he’s a trainer, he put his belt around my leg as a tourniquet and he came in the ambulance with me.”Gilchrist face-timed with her parents, Jenny and Sandy, and sister, Ali, right after she got hurt, and Bates and her U.S. teammates also provided updates. Larnie Boquiren, a trainer for the women’s team, and team doctor Seth Schmoll also helped take care of Gilchrist.“My mom wanted to fly out, but I said ‘Don’t worry. I’m here with our trainer, Larnie, and Dr. Seth,’” Gilchrist said. “They’ve been so great to me, so I told my mom don’t worry and I’ll be home in no time.“She still wanted to come, but it’s all good.”Hauschild, Hooper and U.S. center Ben Hallock also got hurt. Hauschild got stitches on her right arm and Hooper needed stitches for cuts on his left hand. Hallock had some minor scrapes on his legs.Police investigators inspect a collapsed internal balcony at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)Gilchrist said she should know more about her recovery after she returns to the U.S., but she is hoping to be back in the pool with the team in a few months. The U.S. became the first team to win three straight world water polo titles with the victory in South Korea, and it is a big favorite to win a third consecutive gold at the Olympics next year.“It’s awesome to be a part of history and I think there’s something special about our team,” Gilchrist told the AP. “It’s just a bummer that an incident like this has to bring headlines to our team and not just the way we play the game and the way we work and grind. I think there’s something to be said of the success and I think a lot of people could learn from us.”___By JAY COHEN AP Sports WriterA collapsed internal balcony is seen at a nightclub in Gwangju, South Korea, Saturday, July 27, 2019. Members of the U.S. national water polo team were in a South Korean nightclub on Saturday when an internal balcony collapsed, killing at least one person. (Chun Jung-in/Yonhap via AP)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Dazzling goals, memorable celebrations and the dance of joy

first_imgThe FIFA World Cup brings together the best players across to globe as they showcase their talents, goals and more importantly their celebrations that follow.From Sisphiwe Tshabalala dancing the ‘Macarena’ after scoring the first goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa to Roger Milla’s famous dance with the corner flag after scoring for Cameroon in the 1990 edition, to the one which started it all – Brazil’s Bebeto celebrating his goal against Holland in the World Cup 1994, swinging his arms like a cradle.The 2018 World Cup in Russia has seen many goals with fitting celebrations to match.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGERussia’s Artem Dzyuba scored in the opener against Saudi Arabia, mere 60 seconds after coming on as substitute. His coach Stanislav Cherchesov gave his salute as he tripled the hosts lead. In subsequent games, Dzyuba managed to score important goals against Egypt and Spain, all the while celebrating with the salute to his coach and his nation. Goal celebrations have become an art in itself with the top stars having their signature move after putting the ball in the back of the net.Antoine Griezmann brought out his “Take the L” dance (skipping with low kick while holding the letter L with his fingers to his forehead) after scoring a penalty against Argentina. He often brings the move out and it come to be synonymous with the Frenchman. But what does it mean? Turns out the France No. 7 is a big fan of the ‘Fortnite’ video game. The dance means “take the loss, savour the win” – a staple celebration in the survival game.advertisement Kylian Mbappe has been tearing up defenses all over Europe since last year when he burst onto the scene, that too with marketable celebration ready. But it all started while he was a kid playing FIFA (game) against his 12-year-old elder brother Ethan. Mbappe would drop the remote ato the floor and fold his hands under his armpits. Mbappe took it from the couch to biggest stage in the world.The usual suspects also find a mention in this list, but their celebrations were a bit different. Cristiano Ronaldo produced the signature jump amd land routine which he has come to perfect over the last few season at his club and even followed it up with a rub his goatee. Generally clean-shaved , the Portuguese captain to stroke the stubble on his chin.He later explained that, “It was a joke I made to Queresma…I started to shave. I left my beard and said if I score tomorrow. And it gave me luck, I scored in that game, I scored today and I’m going to keep it.” Lionel Messi’s usual pointing to the heavens celebration was also witnessed by the fans in Russia. This time he sank to the ground after scoring against Nigeria and rescuing his team.”I dedicate my goals to my grandmother. She took to me to football but now she can’t see how far I have come. Nevertheless she continues to helps me and my family,” Messi told Marca when asked about the celebration. Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku though choose to keep it simple. In his country’s opener against Panama, he scored his second goal of the night, he synced the word ‘mama’, before kissing his palm twice and pointing towards the camera.M’Baye Niang netted the Senegal’s Winner against Poland, he along with his team broke into a little jig, as the fans in the crowd went mad with joy. Their coach Aliou Cisse, who is World Cup 2018’s youngest coach at just 42 years of age, had his own unique celebration that went viral on social media. Cisse celebrated his team’s success with a fist bump celebration that ended with an intense look. And of course, social media had a field day with that. Yerry Mina, whose headers earned him the nickname “Mina de Oro” or gold mine, scored the winning goal in Colombia’s 1-0 win over Senegal, and then the unforgettable injury time equaliser against England in the Round of 16. The celebrations following these goals also became fan favourites.Also Worth Mentioning:Mexico pulled off a massive upset with a 1-0 win against the current world champions Germany in their opener, as fans back home caused a mini earthquake with their celebrations.Such was the magnitude of the celebration in Mexico that it caused an “artificial” earthquake according to SIMMSA, the body that monitors and analyses seismic activity in the country. The organisation said that, “The earthquake detected in Mexico City originated artificially. Possibly by massive jumps during the goal of the Mexico team in the World Cup. At least two sensors inside the City detected it.”advertisement Switzerland’s come-from-behind win 2-1 over Serbia, caused a bit of stir, as Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage. FIFA launched investigation into the matter, but the the duo were let of with a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs.last_img read more

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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni blasts CSK batsmen after Qualifier 1 defeat vs MI

first_imgChennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn’t happy that his batsmen failed to read the slow Chepauk track and were not discreet in their shot selection during their six-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in the first IPL Qualifier on Tuesday.CSK could score only 131 for 4 batting first, a target that was surpassed in 18.3 overs.”At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly. We have played 6 to 7 games already, that’s the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn’t do well, I think the batting needs to get better,” CSK skipper didn’t mince words at the post-match presentation ceremony.Dhoni was particularly critical about the fact that shot selection wasn’t the best in many cases during the past few games.”These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played. These are the players who we have banked on. They have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game,” said.While the spinners didn’t have a big total to defend, Dhoni thought that they should have bowled a bit wider from the batsmen.”I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, a few catches weren’t taken. We perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen, we didn’t have runs on the board, every boundary conceded in a 130 defence is bad.”advertisementHe had a word of caution now that CSK has lost four out of their last six games but are still in the hunt having finished in the top two.”It isn’t good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather then going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket, that means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top-two and that gives us a second chance.Also Read | Mumbai Indians’ enviable record in IPL finals: 3 wins, 1 loss out of 4 finalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma reveals Chepauk mantra after MI outclass CSK to reach finalAlso Read | IPL 2019: Mumbai Indians crush Chennai Super Kings to reach 5th finalAlso Read | MI vs CSK, IPL 2019 Qualifier 1 Highlightslast_img read more

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How Barcelona could line up with Rabiot

first_imgIt is one of football’s worst-kept secrets. Adrien Rabiot’s arrival at Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain appears to be all but a done deal, although they will have to wait a few more months yet to seal the move.Barca have gone so far as to officially confirm their interest, while PSG have already consigned the conflictive midfielder to football exile for as long as he remains at the club.Rabiot is out of contract at the end of the current season, and his current employers are now resigned to seeing him leave for nothing in June. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And while the Catalans may still face competition for his transfer – Liverpool are one of the teams reported to be also in the running – they are certainly in pole position to complete the acquisition of a young man whose obvious ability is only matched for his propensity for falling out with those around him.If, or perhaps when, the move is completed, the player will enter one of the world’s most competitive midfields, with a mix of top-class talents, promising youngsters and imperious veterans already ensuring the Catalans lack for absolutely nothing in the engine room.Protagonist in more than a few altercations during his time at Parc des Princes, he will have to shape up and show his very best in order to establish himself as a regular first-teamer in La Liga.Rabiot PSRabiot excels as a box-to-box midfielder, much in the vein of future Camp Nou team-mate Arturo Vidal. Being left-footed, the player also offers a fresh option in that sector to release the ever-dangerous Jordi Alba on the overlap.Tall, strapping and unerring in the pass, at his best he presents an interesting mobile alternative to the more creative Philippe Coutinho on the left of a hypthetical midfield trio.The France international is also capable of sitting further back in midfield, anchoring a three or playing alongside another holding man if Coutinho lines up on the left.That role is of course dominated by the incomparable Sergio Busquets. But Rabiot would provide a useful rotation option for when the midfield maestro is rested or unavailable, and could slot in alongside the promising Arthur in a duo that would not miss a beat in the pass.Rabiot PSRabiot’s biggest question marks revolve around his fragile mental state. Collapses such as that seen in the Champions League last-16 defeat against Real Madrid would not be tolerated at Camp Nou; nor would subsequent public outbursts that painted the player in a less than favourable light.He also refused to be on stand-by for France’s World Cup squad and missed out on the tournament, leading to claims that he was “immature”. Compatriot Ousmane Dembele has faced similar criticisms of his attitude since joining Barca; another problematic dressing room presence would quickly be exposed.No-nonsense Valverde seems to have made progress with Dembele, with the winger responding by proving he has the talent to make headlines on the pitch. Rabiot has the talent too, but wherever he lines up for Barca will have to prove his mentality is also up to scratch at one of the world’s most demanding clubs.last_img read more

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Yarmouth County Traffic Advisory

first_imgYARMOUTH COUNTY: Indian Sluice Bridge The Indian Sluice Bridge will be closed for deck repairs Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross. Traffic control people will be onsite. In case of rain, repairs will be moved to Thursday, Oct. 18. -30-last_img

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Clients fall off Calgary program helps recently released prisoners with hep C

first_imgCALGARY — Imagine adjusting to life after serving prison time, then add mental- health struggles, addiction or homelessness.Now, throw in hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can cause serious liver problems and is several times more prevalent in federal prisons than the general population.A specialist in addictions and internal medicine who focuses on vulnerable populations has launched a pilot program in Calgary to ensure recently released inmates with a history of injection drug use are screened and treated for the virus.“It takes a lot of willpower and effort on their end to come out of this. And if we don’t provide them with enough support, they’re not going to be able to,” says Monty Ghosh, a University of Alberta professor who splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary.The program connects newly released prisoners with so-called peer navigators who have lived through similar experiences. The navigators accompany the former inmates to medical, legal and social services appointments — interactions that many avoid for fear of judgment or because more pressing issues are at hand.“Clients often tell me that they’re confused about resources in the community. They don’t know where to go or how to get there sometimes. They have very little money to take a bus to get to where they need to be,” says Ghosh.“Sometimes they have to decide between food and lining up to get into the shelter versus actually making their medical appointment.”In a best-case scenario, Gosh says, it can take five months to clear the body of the hepatitis C virus. Usually, it’s more like nine or 10 months. There are numerous blood tests and followups a patient must go through over that time.“We find that every time we add another step, clients fall off. But if you add a peer navigator, they make it to each and every one of those steps at a high, high rate.”The program, which began in April, aims to reach 120 clients in its first year and have 80 per cent of them follow through with their treatment to the end. Ghosh says about 40 per cent of incarcerated people usually complete the treatment.The initiative is funded with $46,000 through what pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Canada calls a “micro-elimination” grant. The grants are meant to help organizations combat hepatitis C in the most affected groups.“We recognize that it will take more than just science to eliminate the burden of (hepatitis C) on patients, our health system and Canadian society as a whole,” says Gilead general manager Kennet Brysting.The Correctional Service of Canada says hepatitis C rates in federal prisons dropped to just under eight per cent in 2017 from 32 per cent in 2007. In the general population, the decrease is less than one per cent.Spokeswoman Stephanie Stevenson says 80 per cent of federal inmates with the virus are diagnosed before incarceration or at intake. The rates are higher than the general population because there is often a history of high-risk behaviour, such as injection drug use or unprotected sex, she says. The virus can also be spread through snorting drugs or getting a tattoo.In addition to medical treatment, Corrections also offers educational, counselling, peer support and harm reduction programs, including needle exchanges.“Prior to release, (Corrections) health-care professionals liaise with community health-care providers, including infectious disease specialists, to facilitate effective transition and followup in the community,” Stevenson says. “Once in the community, provinces and territories are responsible for offenders health-care needs.”The head of the John Howard Society of Canada, a group that advocates for an “effective, just and humane” criminal justice system, says inmates are sometimes released without a provincial health-care card and only a few weeks worth of medication.“If they’re going into a halfway house or going into a parole situation, those with whom they’re staying will go to great lengths to try and make sure that their health-care needs are being met,” Catherine Latimer says.“But it’s often challenging.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Rental agencies struggle with screenings as security concerns rise

first_imgMonday’s deadly rental van rampage in Toronto shows how quickly a vehicle can be turned into a weapon, but rental agencies are finding few clear options to prevent their property from involvement in such violent acts.The urgency to find solutions is increasing, however.The attack in Toronto that left at least 10 people dead and several injured is only the latest of a spate of vehicle attacks — including one in Edmonton last September — that have security experts grappling with solutions.Efforts are further along in Europe, which has seen a rash of vehicle attacks across the continent. In the U.K., vehicle rental companies were asked to conduct tougher background checks following two separate van attacks in London last June.But rental agencies are still limited in how well they can screen customers, said Toby Poston, director of communications at the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association.“Members aren’t experts at profiling customers,” said Poston.“People don’t come into rental branches wearing camo gear and stab vests and with that sort of glint in their eye. Quite often, these people just present themselves like any normal person.”The British association is, however, looking to better co-ordinate with law and security officials to make it easier to share data. Poston said rental agencies wouldn’t have access to terror watchlists or the like, but could potentially feed information to authorities for better monitoring.Member companies are also looking to potentially institute other record searches like credit and criminal background checks, but even then there is no clear way to determine that a vehicle shouldn’t be rented, said Poston.“You have to remember that a criminal record is not always reason enough to not rent someone a vehicle. And you have to be careful from a discrimination point of view.”The accused in the Toronto van attack, Alek Minassian, did not even raise any red flags during a brief stint in the Canadian Armed Forces last year, a military source told The Canadian Press.Toronto police said he rented the van from a Ryder rental location north of the city. The company said Tuesday it was fully co-operating with authorities, but declined to comment on its current security policies.The Associated Canadian Car Rental Operators said government officials have yet to reach out to try to co-ordinate data sharing.But any such efforts would be complicated, said vice president of government relations Craig Hirota.“It’s challenging, how do you use that information so that it doesn’t infringe on existing rights of the individual and rights to privacy?”The RCMP’s National Critical Infrastructure Team has been in contact with industry and sends out relevant information, Hirota added.“We are in the loop with local and federal law enforcement when there are bulletins.”He said the rental industry has long been concerned with fraudulent and criminal activity with rentals, but there are limited options for screenings.“Vehicle rental agencies have been concerned with people doing bad things with rental cars since the inception of the industry. Obviously if there was a way to tell a renter was going to do something prohibited with your vehicle, we’d love to have that.”The U.K. rental association is looking to security models elsewhere, including the New York Police Department’s Operation Nexus program that facilitates reporting of suspicious business encounters.It is also considering the establishment of a national accreditation scheme that could include training and formalizing policies such as no cash rentals. Companies also generally require business accounts for customers wanting to rent larger trucks, said Poston.Elsewhere in Europe, Italy has implemented a real-time notification scheme with rental operators and a similar one is being developed in Belgium. Sweden is looking to introduce geofence technology that could connect with a vehicle’s on-board computer and limit its speed to a safe level.The ease of carrying out such attacks, and the difficulties in detecting them are part of the reason for their rise, said Jeremy Littlewood, an assistant professor at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.“It’s easy to replicate if someone gets that into their head,” said Littlewood.Littlewood also questioned the effectiveness of background checks. He pointed out that Alek Minassian, now charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder for Monday’s attack, was not known to police.“So far, police authorities are saying this person was not known to us. And so even if we had a database, our individual in this case is not going to show up from the police side.”Even when perpetrators are known it is still difficult to stop an attack, said Littlewood, noting that Martin Couture-Rouleau was reported to be under RCMP surveillance when in 2014 he used a vehicle in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., to hit two members of the Canadian Armed Forces, leaving one dead.Prevention has instead focused on more cement barriers, and heavy trucks at intersections for major events, but there’s no way to fully prevent this sort of attack entirely, said Littlewood.“We have to recognize the limits of what can be done here, and the reality is we have to accept there are going to be some risks, and we can never entirely make ourselves into a zero-risk world.”last_img read more

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Pilot makes incredible crashlanding near Liard Hot Springs

first_imgSean Holmstead, the owner and chief pilot of Mackenzie Mountain Aviation said that the airplane was damaged during the crash-landing, though the 37-year-old pilot was not injured. Holmstead said that the extent of the damage to the airplane is currently not known, but that a salvage attempt will be made in the near future. FORT NELSON, B.C. — A pilot that became incapacitated while flying from Fort Nelson to Watson Lake was able to make a miraculous crash-landing north of Liard Hot Springs last Friday.A spokesman with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said that the pilot and lone occupant of a six-seater Cessna U206 Super Skywagon owned by Mackenzie Mountain Aviation Corp. was flying via visual flight rules when he became incapacitated at around 7:45 on Friday evening. The spokesman said that after the aircraft descended, the pilot was able to regain control of his plane and perform an emergency landing after striking several trees. The pilot, who was not injured in the emergency landing, was able to activate the plane’s emergency locator beacon and make a call to his company via satellite phone before spending the night inside the plane. Transport Canada spokesman Pierre Manoni said that search and rescue aircraft were dispatched by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria at first light on Saturday morning and were able to rescue the pilot, who was transported to the Fort Nelson Hospital to be checked out.last_img read more

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Jayalalithaa back as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Later in the day, Jayalalithaa is expected to appear in public for the first time after her acquittal and garland the statues of AIADMK leaders, including mentor and party founder MG Ramachandran, DMK founder CN Annadurai and DK leader Periyar EV Ramasamy.She will visit Raj Bhavan to call on governor Rosaiah and stake claim to form a government. Party sources indicate that she could be sworn in as the chief minister on Friday or on Saturday.Clearing the decks for Jayalalithaa to contest from an assembly constituency once she assumes office as chief minister for the fifth time, P Vetrivel, AIADMK MLA from north Chennai’s Radhakrishnan Nagar, had resigned on May 17 . AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was on Friday unanimously elected its legislature party leader, paving the way for her return as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu following her acquittal in a disproportionate assets case, the Hindustan Times reported.Party MLAs, including party treasurer and chief minister O Panneerselvam, assembled at the party headquarters in Chennai in the morning and re-elected Jayalalithaa as AIADMK legislative chief. A beaming cooperative minister, Sellur K Raju, when asked if Jayalalithaa had been elected as LPP leader, said: “This is the happiest day of our life.” Party cadres had assembled in large numbers at the AIADMK headquarters since early morning.Panneerselvam, who headed straight to Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, resigned soon after the meeting. Accepting the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah invited AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa to form the new government at the earliest, a Raj Bhavan statement said.“The governor of Tamil Nadu accepted the resignation of Panneerselvam and his council of ministers from the ‘forenoon of’ May 22, 2015,” said the statement.“The governor has requested the chief minister (Panneerselvam) and his present council of ministers to function until alternative arrangements are made,” it added. With Vetrivel’s resignation, the AIADMK’s strength in the 234-member assembly came down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.The 67-year-old leader had to resign from the assembly and her post as the chief minister following her conviction in the Rs 66.66 crore disproportionate assets case by a Bengaluru trial court in the disproportionate assets case on September 27 last year.On May 11, the Karnataka high court upturned the trial court conviction and cleared Jayalalithaa of all charges in the graft case. However, the Karnataka government had announced that it would challenge Jayalalithaa’s acquittal in the Supreme Court.Jayalalithaa used to represent the temple town of Srirangam in the assembly. After her resignation, the party managed to retain the seat through a by-election by a huge margin. Panneeerselvam forwarded the motion to elect her as legislature party leader which was seconded by electricity minister Natham R Vishwanathan. “The governor of Tamil Nadu has invited Selvi (Ms) J Jayalalithaa to form the ministry at the earliest and requested her to send the list of persons to be appointed as ministers with portfolios.” read more

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Police find 77000 worth of drugs in Niagara Falls home couple

A couple is facing drug trafficking charges after police seized $77,000 worth of drugs from a home in Niagara Falls. Police executed a search warrant on Tuesday just before 9 p.m. and found $37,000 worth of cocaine, $34,000 worth of heroin and $6,400 of marijuana. Officers also located a large amount of cash inside the home.Geol Spencer, 28, and Krystle Regis, 30, are each facing three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $10,000.

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In report on Africa Annan sees progress on peace development amid persistent

Since November 2001, the peace process in Eritrea and Ethiopia is being consolidated and the Great Lakes region is showing signs of stability, the Secretary-General notes in his latest progress report to the UN General Assembly on the causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa.Meanwhile, the signing of a peace treaty between the rebels and the Government of Angola earlier this year raises hopes for a possible end to the longest civil war in Africa, Mr. Annan adds. In May, Sierra Leone held successful elections, restoring democracy to the country. However, the nearby conflict in Liberia, which is spreading to Guinea, is cause for concern for the fragile peace being forged in Sierra Leone.Despite this difficult environment, Mr. Annan observes that economic growth in Africa averaged about 3.1 percent last year. Nevertheless, although some 15 African countries achieved a more than 5 per cent growth rate, it still falls short of a 7 per cent annual growth rate needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015.In addition to poverty, HIV/AIDS also remains a critical challenge, the Secretary-General says. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has now mobilized about $700 million, far below the goal of $7 billion to $10 billion needed annually.”The demand for global AIDS grants far exceeds the available resources,” Mr. Annan writes. “Thus one of the challenges that the Fund is facing is to raise the resources needed from donors, the private sector and corporations, including non-governmental organizations.”The Secretary-General praised the continent’s leaders for adopting the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) initiative, which underlines peace and stability, good governance, democracy and respect for human rights as preconditions for development.”By adopting NEPAD, African leaders have acknowledged this link and committed themselves to strengthening the continent’s capacity for conflict prevention, management and resolution,” Mr. Annan says. read more

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New LC Engineering payload monitoring system at AIMEX

first_imgLC Engineering will be displaying its latest high-tech payload measuring and production monitoring system, designed to enhance hydraulic excavator and shovel loading productivity, at the AIMEX –show in Sydney from August 20-23, 2013. The LC Titan Production Monitor calculates the payload in each bucket accurately before it is dumped in the truck, using highly sophisticated instruments and algorithms to compensate for the high-vibration digging environment that these loading tools work in. While dumping into the truck body, the excavator or shovel operator simply glances at the Titan screen to get a summary of the truck load after each loading pass, and how many more passes are required, said LC Engineering’s R&D Manager Bruce Leslie.“They can then select where to take their remaining bucket loads from, depending on whether they need full or part-full buckets, or heavier or lighter loads,” he said. According to Leslie, trials have demonstrated that while the statistical spread of truckloads for most operations have a standard deviation of 8-10% of the average, operators using the Titan monitor achieve a standard deviation of 4-5%. “This increases average payload by up to 6%, while decreasing loads over 110% and eliminating loads over 120%,” he states.The Titan system logs every loading cycle, providing complete information about the trajectory, energy, cycle breakdown and truck-filling loads, passes and times. It also keeps all the raw data generated by the system, allowing full forensic analysis of the excavator’s or shovel’s operations at any time. “In matched loading operations, where the diggers can consistently fill the trucks to capacity with a specific number of passes, the Titan system provides excellent feedback for tightening the spread, and more consistently delivering an average payload within 5% deviation,” said Leslie. “In unmatched operations, the system provides both the feedback needed to train operators to increase their average loads, and the loading information required for a mine operation to select better optimised buckets.”LC Engineering also provides a customised data support service, which includes options for remote analysis, on-site presentations, regular training of operators, and other services. “Reports are routinely generated from our fully backed-up database in Brisbane,” said Leslie. Further options available with the Titan Production Monitor include strain gauges to monitor fatigue stresses in the excavators’ and shovels’ structures; camera monitoring of the bucket lip to check for tooth loss; and synchronised database on site, with SQL-based Intranet reports. “We completely integrate our products with other providers wherever possible,” said Leslie. For example, integration with truck management and scheduling systems, such as iVolve, provides automated recognition of trucks and cross-checking between the truck weighing systems and the Titan Production Monitor. “The Titan system has been engineered using a combination of standard industrial components and our own custom-developed enclosures and electronics, is rated to 70°C operating conditions, and can be installed without requiring any welding to the machine,” concluded Leslie.last_img read more

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Bruce Prichard talks The Rocks rise to stardom WWE reporting Q2 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Charlotte Flair to reportedly take on WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus at SummerSlam center_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In the video seen above, a preview clip for this week’s “Something Else to Wrestle With” with Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson on WWE Network has been released as they look at The Rock’s rise to stardom in 1997 and 1998. WWE reporting Q2 2018 earnings on July 26WWE issued the following:WWE® to Report Second Quarter 2018 ResultsSTAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced that it will report its second quarter 2018 results on Thursday, July 26, 2018, before the opening of the market. The Company’s Chairman & CEO, Vincent K. McMahon, and Co-Presidents, George A. Barrios and Michelle D. Wilson, will host a conference call beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET to discuss the results.All interested parties are welcome to listen to a live web cast that will be hosted through the Company’s web site at corporate.wwe.com/investors. Participants can access the conference call by dialing 855-200-4993 (toll free) or 323-794-2092 from outside the U.S. (conference ID for both lines: 3327842). Please reserve a line approximately 10 minutes prior to the start time of the conference call.The earnings presentation referenced during the call will be made available on July 26, 2018 at corporate.wwe.com/investors. A replay of the call will be available approximately two hours after the conference call concludes, and can be accessed on the Company’s web site. Jim Cornette on Bruce Prichard returning to WWE and working with Vince McMahon Bruce Prichard was already working in consultant role with WWE back in Januarylast_img read more

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Three new Performance Center recruits including former Impact star

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Facebook EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory part of new Performance Center class, new PC coach Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It WWE has announced three new Performance Center recruits.This includes former Impact Wrestling star Robert Strauss (aka Robbie E), Cal Bloom (the son of former WWE star Beau Beverly) and independent star Stokely Hathaway.Strauss has been a fixture of the independent scene since making his debut in 2001, while still a teenager. Competing under aliases like “Robbie E” and “Rob Eckos,” he has won more than two dozen championships throughout his career, as well as wrestled in 46 states and more than 20 countries. In addition to his exploits in sports-entertainment, the New Jersey native has appeared on reality shows, making it to the finals on the 25th season of CBS’ “Amazing Race” and participating in the trials on “The Titan Games,” the competition series created by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Strauss also starred in Muscle & Fitness’ “Dad Bod Destroyer” video series.Hathaway comes to the Performance Center after a successful tenure as a manager and a wrestler on the indies. Although trained for the ring, Hathaway gained a reputation in recent years for wheeling and dealing on behalf of other wrestlers. The notoriously outspoken Hathaway has represented clients in several promotions throughout the U.S., from EVOLVE Wrestling to the New England-based Beyond Wrestling. He hails from New York City.Bloom, meanwhile, brings a sports-entertainment pedigree to the Performance Center. The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is the son of former WWE Superstar Wayne Bloom, who wrestled as “Beau Beverly” in the early 1990s. The younger Bloom played tight end at the University of Central Florida, making four Bowl Game appearances (including UCF’s Fiesta Bowl win against Baylor University). He also received the team’s Iron Knight Award for strongest player after bench-pressing 500 pounds, a record for UCF tight ends. Although he hasn’t yet had a match, the 25-year-old Bloom has received training from his father Wayne, WWE alumnus Ken Kennedy and famed wrestling coach Brad Rheingans.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE announces new Performance Center signings, Including a former Impact star Sean Waltman teaching again at Performance Center, Three NXT stars receive new names Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Kurt Angle Cesarolast_img read more

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Leavitt Stuart urge Herrera Beutler to back bridge

first_imgTwo days after the federal government gave its final approval to plans for the Columbia River Crossing, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart issued a statement Friday calling on Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to do the same.The federal Record of Decision, announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation, gives the controversial Interstate 5 megaproject the green light to chase federal funding and start construction, which is slated for late 2013.“We need our congresswoman to work positively and productively for this investment in job growth and economic prosperity,” Stuart said in the statement. “No more vague statements like, ‘We need this bridge — just not this bridge.’ This is the project. … It’s time that her rhetoric stop and thoughtful representation begin.”Leavitt and Herrera Beutler exchanged terse letters earlier this year over her support for the CRC. She has said she has hopes for an I-5 bridge project, yet remains unsold on the plans as they stand now.Herrera Beutler has been pressing C-Tran to hold a districtwide vote on a sales tax for light rail as soon as possible. Otherwise, she said, she may not be able to lobby for the $1.2 billion in federal funding needed for the $3.1 billion to $3.6 billion project.last_img read more

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