Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies show

first_img In the 1970s, however, Rita Colwell of the University of Maryland in College Park suggested that outbreaks could originate in the local environment. She showed that V. cholerae lives in many rivers and coastal waters, including the Chesapeake Bay, a large estuary on the east coast of the United States. The bacteria attach themselves to plankton; Colwell argued that when climatic events such as El Niño trigger plankton blooms, cholera can erupt in areas with bad sanitation. Climate change could make such outbreaks more frequent, she warned.Since then experts have debated how many big cholera outbreaks are caused by such local events rather than brought in by travelers. “The community has been completely fractured by this,” says Nicholas Thomson, a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, U.K. Some have proposed combinations of the two scenarios; Africa, for instance, has had about a dozen big outbreaks in the past 50 years, and one theory holds that an Asian strain of V. cholerae was introduced once and then established itself in the environment, says Marco Salemi, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute in Gainesville. Imported microbes could also swap genes with local populations to create new strains. “If you spent time going though all the literature, you’d simply be confused,” Thomson says. Cholera’s travels The two major cholera epidemics that occurred in the Americas in the past 50 years were both caused by imported strains. So were 11 African epidemics. (GRAPHIC) J. YOU/SCIENCE; (DATA) D. DOMMAN ET AL. To solve the problem, Thomson and an international team of researchers spent years assembling a collection of 714 bacterial isolates spanning half a century in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. They sequenced all of them and compared the genomes, along with hundreds more that had been published before.The picture that emerged is strikingly clear. The Americas have seen two major cholera outbreaks in the past half-century: one that began in Peru and raced through almost all of Latin America between 1991 and 1993, and another in Haiti that started in 2010 and is ongoing. The analysis confirms previous strong evidence that the Haiti outbreak was inadvertently introduced by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, and it shows that the ’90s outbreak was also caused by Asian strains, both introduced in 1991. One arrived in Peru by way of Africa, and the other landed in Mexico, having traveled from southern Asia, possibly via Eastern Europe. In Africa, the researchers could pinpoint 11 separate introductions of cholera from Asia that went on to cause massive outbreaks. Local strains did sometimes cause disease in both Africa and Latin America, but none led to an explosive epidemic.The two papers “make the environmental hypothesis untenable, at least in the form that has been most aggressively promoted,” says microbiologist John Mekalanos of Harvard Medical School in Boston. “I certainly hope this puts this theory to rest.” Salemi says he was surprised by the results, particularly in Africa. “I would have expected to see more locally generated outbreaks,” he says, but “the analysis they do and the data they show are very clear.”Colwell—whose cholera research and advocacy for clean water have earned her many plaudits, including the National Medal of Science—told Science she did not want to publicly discuss the new research. Colwell says she has been “treated terribly” by her opponents in the long-running debate: “I’ve had 30 years of being dumped on and I don’t want to be dumped on anymore.” In perhaps the most famous example of shoe-leather epidemiology, U.K. physician John Snow mapped cholera cases in London in 1854 to pinpoint a water pump on Broad Street as the likely source of a deadly outbreak. Removing the pump handle helped stop its spread. Now, scientists have done similar detective work on a global scale, using 21st-century techniques. By sequencing and comparing hundreds of bacterial genomes, they have shown that all of the explosive epidemics of cholera in Africa and the Americas in the past half-century arose after the arrival of new strains that had evolved in Asia.The work, published in two Science papers this week, could put to rest an old debate about the role of environmental factors in cholera’s global burden. It could also have a big impact on the battle against the disease, because it allows public health officials to concentrate their efforts on the imported strains that are likely to be the most dangerous. And it suggests there is no local reservoir for major outbreaks in Africa or the Americas, which means “elimination of cholera in these places is completely achievable,” says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. “This is music to my ears.”Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which spreads through water contaminated with feces. Over the centuries, dangerous strains of the bacterium appear to have spread from Asia to the rest of the world in several waves. 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The new research will help those efforts, Legros says. When a new cholera case appears, researchers can now sequence the bacterium to determine whether it belongs to the pandemic lineage from Asia. That could help pinpoint truly dangerous outbreaks that most warrant use of the limited vaccine stocks, Thomson says: “The simple fact that you can now distinguish this form from all other cholera means that we have a chance to do something about it.”But the research also highlights the importance of eliminating natural reservoirs of pandemic V. cholerae in Asia. “If we want to control cholera at the global level, we must control it in that part of the world,” Legros says. Something in the region allows new strains to evolve and spread across the world, and scientists aren’t sure what it is. “The ecology there is almost certainly different from elsewhere,” Thomson says. It’s as if scientists have identified the pump, but not yet a handle they can pull. ALEJANDRO BALANGUER/AP IMAGES By Kai KupferschmidtNov. 9, 2017 , 2:00 PM Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies showlast_img read more

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Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes

first_img Japan will allow gene-edited foodstuffs to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations as long as the techniques involved meet certain criteria, if recommendations agreed on by an advisory panel yesterday are adopted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. This would open the door to using CRISPR and other techniques on plants and animals intended for human consumption in the country.“There is little difference between traditional breeding methods and gene editing in terms of safety,” Hirohito Sone, an endocrinologist at Niigata University who chaired the expert panel, told NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster.How to regulate gene-edited food is a hotly debated issue internationally. Scientists and regulators have recognized a difference between genetic modification, which typically involves transferring a gene from one organism to another, and gene editing, in which certain genes within an organism are disabled or altered using new techniques such as CRISPR. That’s why a year ago, the U.S.Department of Agriculture concluded that most gene-edited foods would not need regulation. 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Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg/Getty Images center_img By Dennis NormileMar. 19, 2019 , 1:15 PM Now, Japan appears set to follow the U.S. example. The final report, approved yesterday, was not immediately available, but an earlier draft was posted on the ministry website. The report says no safety screening should be required provided the techniques used do not leave foreign genes or parts of genes in the target organism. In light of that objective, the panel concluded it would be reasonable to require information on the editing technique, the genes targeted for modification, and other details from developers or users that would be made public while respecting proprietary information.The recommendations leave open the possibility of requiring safety evaluations if there are insufficient details on the editing technique. The draft report does not directly tackle the issue of whether such foods should be labeled. The ministry is expected to largely follow the recommendations in finalizing a policy on gene-edited foods later this year.Consumer groups had voiced opposition to the draft recommendations, which were released for public comment in December 2018. Using the slogan “No need for genetically modified food!” the Consumers Union of Japan joined other groups circulating a petition calling for regulating the cultivation of all gene-edited crops, and safety reviews and labeling of all gene-edited foods.Whether consumers will embrace the new technology remains to be seen. Japan has approved the sale of genetically modified (GM) foods that have passed safety tests as long as they are labeled. But public wariness has limited consumption and has led most Japanese farmers to shun GM crops. The country does import sizable volumes of GM processed food and livestock feed, however. Japanese researchers are reportedly working on gene-edited potatoes, tomatoes, rice, chicken, and fish. “Thorough explanations [of the new technologies] are needed to ease public concerns,” Sone said.*Correction, 22 March, 3:25 p.m.: This story has been updated to note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, decided not to regulate gene-edited foods.last_img read more

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World Cup: India maintain clean sheets, trump Ireland by 8 wickets

first_imgIreland won the toss and elected to bat first against IndiaWelcome to the coverage of the ICC World Cup, Match 34 between India and Ireland from the Seddon Park stadium in Hamilton.ScorecardToss: Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against India.India achieved the 259-run total at the loss of just two wickets with 79 balls to spare against Ireland at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. MS Dhoni now has 9 consecutive World Cup wins, the most by an Indian captain. He went past Sourav Ganguly, who had 8 wins in the 2003 World Cup. Dhoni is second on the list of captains with the most wins in World Cups, he is equal with Clive Lloyd.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma played with flair and panache to compose brilliant knocks and take India to a thumping victory by eight wickets. India now have won nine consecutive games under MS Dhoni’s leadership in World Cups. In terms of successive victories in World Cups, Dhoni is now joint second with Clive Lloyd. It was Dhawan and Rohit, who tore apart a modest Ireland attack and collected runs with utmost ease. Dhawan had his fair share of luck, but he made them pay by essaying a ton.Once Dhawan got used to the lack of pace from Ireland’s slew of medium pacers, he took his game to an elevated plane. He took a heavy toll off Stuart Thompson’s wayward bowling by clouting him for a four and a six. When George Dockrell came into the attack, he threaded through the gaps and thumped three more fours. Once Dhawan reached his fifty, he used his feet to loft Stirling for a six and then used the depth of the crease to play the slog sweep in the same over. He also showcased the West Indian flair by shuffling across to pull Kevin O’Brien for a six.advertisementAt the other end of the spectrum, Rohit, with his glorious artwork of batsmanship, played a sumptuous on-drive off Alex Cusack and then lofted Mooney over mid-off for a six. He also reached his fifty in style by playing an inside-out stroke off Stirling for yet another six. Eventually, Thompson took the wickets of Rohit and Dhawan, but by then, the damage was done. In fact, the 174-run stand for the first wicket turned out to be India’s highest partnership for the opening wicket. Despite Niall O’Brien’s enterprising knock, the Indian bowlers took wickets at regular intervals to bowl out the opposition for a below par total. This is the first time, India have cleaned up the opposition for five successive times in ODIs. In fact, after Ravichandran Ashwin, with subtle variations of drift, did a tremendous job to keep the opposition in check and snaffle the key wicket of Paul Stirling, O’ Brien, played with fearlessness to take on the spinners. When MS Dhoni introduced the part-timer, Rohit Sharma, O’Brien decided to up the tempo and scored a couple of boundaries. He then used the paddle sweep to place the ball into gaps and collected boundaries off Suresh Raina. He also clouted Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for sixes.However, the bowlers made a superb comeback in the end overs by picking up a slew of wickets. In particular, Mohammed Shami snaring the wicket of O’Brien gave India the upper hand. Earlier, Stirling and William Porterfield gave a glimpse of their ability to play cracking shots on the back foot to put the Indian seamers under pressure.Umesh Yadav and Shami erred by bowling short on a flat deck and the batsmen duly took advantage of it. Both Sterling and Porterfield used the pull shot to good effect. They also played some stirring back foot punches. However, once the spinners were introduced into the attack, Ireland lost their way. Stirling was out to a soft dismissal and their key batsman, Ed Joyce, played a poor shot to lose his wicket to Raina. Mohit Sharma then sent Porterfield back to the pavilion after he constructed a fine fifty.For a brief period, O’Brien and Andrew Balbirnie raised genuine hopes of taking Ireland to a sizeable total, but losing the wickets of Balbirnie, Kevin O’Brien and Niall O’ Brien at a crucial juncture of the innings didn’t help their cause. For India, Ashwin continued his rich vein of form by bowling with control and took two wickets. Raina too did a commendable job in the middle overs.Playing XI(from):Ireland: John Mooney, Stuart Thompson, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, William Porterfield(c), Kevin O’Brien, Paul Stirling, Niall O’Brien , Alex Cusack, Gary Wilson(wk), Andy BalbirnieadvertisementIndia: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shamilast_img read more

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Champions League: Man United face PSG, Liverpool to play Bayern

first_imgManchester United legend Rio Ferdinand and wife Kate Wright enjoy fun dates, crazy night outs Red Devils on a roll Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will take on French giants PSG in the Last 16 of the Champions League, while Liverpool were drawn against fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in Nyon yesterday. Holders Real Madrid will face Ajax as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona play Lyon. Ronaldo returns to MadridPep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on Schalke while Atletico Madrid, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, will come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund will meet Tottenham Hotspur, while Roma were paired with two-time former champions Porto. Teams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12 & 13 and 19 & 20 with the return matches scheduled for March 5 & 6 and 12 & 13.Related News Europa league drawMeanwhile, former champions Chelsea will face Malmo in the Last 32 of the Europa League while Arsenal will lock horns again with BATE Borisov. The two sides met in the Europa League last season, the Gunners hammering the Belarussian side 6-0 at the Emirates. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever EPL: Saturday shock and thrillslast_img read more

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Nonprofit websites even worse than government ones…

first_imgOh me oh my! Here at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC) in San Francisco, ForeSee has released a report saying nonprofit websites score a mediocre 73 out of 100 on their quality scale, a point behind E-government sites. Here’s the report. Apparently the problem is poor communication about what nonprofits do and functionality that is lacking.We need to fix this, because as the report says:One in five visitors to a website are there to make a donation!Half are more likely to give if it’s a good website!If you now feel motivated to fix your website, you may want to go here.And if you’re interested in my presentation from NTC with Mark Rovner — the Seven Things Everyone Wants aka ePhilanthropy Unplugged — you can check it out here.last_img read more

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Reluctant keeper Martin Dubravka makes right impression at Newcastle

first_imgPremier League Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Martin Dubravka is a reluctant goalkeeper but the early indications are that Rafael Benítez’s loan signing from Sparta Prague could prove a key component in Newcastle’s struggle to stay in the Premier League.“I like to play as a right‑winger,” said the Slovakia international whose stunning display in his debut at home against Manchester United helped to consign them to a 1-0 defeat. “Sometimes I play outfield in training and the coaches say: ‘Why are you a goalkeeper, maybe you could change to being a midfielder?’ But it’s too late – my father and grandfathers were keepers and I’m tall.”Dubravka’s outstanding footwork represents a big reason why Benítez has transplanted this quintessential sweeper-keeper to Tyneside. “In modern football the keeper’s almost like a libero. You need to play with the ball, not just kick it long,” the 29-year-old said as he prepared for Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth. “When I get possession the manager wants me to try to play football.” Matt Ritchie gives Newcastle welcome victory over Manchester United Read more Nonetheless Benítez does not need a shrinking violet during a critical period when Islam Slimani, his loanee striker from Leicester, will miss at least three more games with a thigh injury. “He wants me to be loud and to talk to people, to help them and be confident on crosses,” Dubravka said. “I don’t want to look like I’m arrogant, just like I have enough confidence to help the guys. If I can see a striker three metres behind my defender, I’ll tell him. We need to know we’re all equal on the pitch. I don’t care if someone’s been here for five years, we have to fight together for the points.”Dubravka’s confidence is laced with both a certain humility and something approaching a sense of wonder. “Petr Cech’s a hero. I had his picture on my locker door but we’re now in the Premier League together. It’s a big step in my life. When we play Arsenal in April we’ll be against each other.”He also had immense admiration for the former Newcastle and Czech Republic keeper Pavel Srnicek, who died in December 2015 aged 47. “Pavel gave me a trophy 10 years ago for best goalkeeper and told me very nice things like: ‘Just work hard and one day you’ll play in the best league in the world.’ After that Pavel sent me a few positive messages. He was amazing to me.” features Newcastle United Share on Pinterest Share via Emailcenter_img Topics Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Bournemouth After a combination of fancy footwork and some stunning saves – including one with his left foot to divert an Anthony Martial shot – had seen off Manchester United, Benítez was suitably delighted. “He told me I should buy a lottery ticket and I’d win,” Dubravka said. “He spoke to me a lot before the game to help me. He knew it was a big debut. We knew nobody believed we could take three points but I said to everyone: ‘You can always beat the best teams if you fight for each other.’ That’s why we won.”It was a confident statement from a newcomer but, after a decade largely spent under the radar in Slovakia, Denmark and the Czech Republic, Dubravka is determined to seize the moment. “This has completely changed my life. Suddenly there are new possibilities. Everyone around this city has the feeling for football.”Benítez has an option to sign him for around £5m in the summer. “I hope I’ll stay,” Dubravka said. “It’s amazing here. Everybody in Slovakia knows about Newcastle; it’s a big name in my country. I know many people talk about the top six in England but, in Slovakia, Newcastle’s one of the most famous clubs. Everyone wants to be a hero of a club like Newcastle but I have to take this step by step. If you think things are going to go well, then they won’t.” Share on WhatsApp Bournemouth v Newcastle United: match preview Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more

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A BIT FROM THE AUSSIE TOUR DIARY…

first_imgA chapter from the Aussie Diary…. Here are some entries from the Aussie teams tour diary… DAY ONE: Womens 18’s: The day started off well with a well organized opening ceremony at Kings Beach, being entertained by a local Aboriginal Dance tribe. Next we hit the fields in what was a hard physical game against NZ. We worked hard and stuck to our patterns and showed discipline to come out with an upset 3-2 win. Our poor warm up flowed through into our second game against the Australian 20’s and we ended up with a 4-0 loss. DAY TWO: Mixed 18’s: The Aussie Mixed 18’s finished day two on a high, after a comprehensive 13-0 defeat against the Cook Islands. The win comes at the crucial halfway point of the tournament and marks a turnaround in form for the young Australians, who had to endure a four day camp, where unfortunately 40% of the side were injured. This meant the side was unable to fully prepare as a complete unit. The disrupted build up was compounded further when the Aussies found themselves thrust straight in the deep end with matches against the New Zealand 20’s and 18’s respectively. Injury concerns aside, team co-captain Claire Giarola has been in outstanding form, wih notable mentions for Natasha Fry, Charli Simpkins, Ben Nercessian, Kelvin Caspani and the speed machine that is Ricky Morris. With good news on the injury front, thanks to some terrific work from ATA medical staff and also an increasing cohesion amongst the team, the Aussies are looking forward to another solid day tomorrow, before launching an assault on the impending finals series. Womens 18’s: Our second day of competition began with an extremely competitive game against the New Zealand Womens 18’s. With our coach away, our assistant coach Mick McCall took over the show along with Peter Bell. After a disappointing first half the girls showed courage and dedication to play well in the second half with some standout performances in the game by Emily Hopkin and Tennille Shaw. However, we still went down 7-4. We took on the South African Womens 18’s for our second game of the day and to the Aussie girls credit we played a good game to come away with a win, 14-0. The South African girls played an awesome game and never gave up. Despite the scoreline, no love was lost and both teams posed for an after game photo. By Nikki Etheridge & Alyce Hulbert.last_img read more

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Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match-winner: Gautam Gambhir to Anil Kumble, who turns 49 today

first_img Next Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match-winner: Gautam Gambhir to Anil Kumble, who turns 49 todayFormer India cricketers Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman took to Twitter to extend birthday wishes for ex-India captain Anil Kumble, who turns 49 today (October 17).advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiOctober 17, 2019UPDATED: October 17, 2019 18:29 IST (Harbhajan Singh Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAnil Kumble is celebrating his 49th birthday today (October 17)Kumble retired from cricket as the 3rd-highest wicket taker in Tests with 619 scalpsKumble was appointed head coach of Kings XI Punjab for a period of 3 years last weekFormer India captain Anil Kumble is turning 49 today (October 17) and wishes have started to pour in for the legendary leg-spinner from all over the world, including his former teammates.Virender Sehwag posted a quirky birthday wish for Kumble in his own inimitable style.”One of India’s greatest ever Match winners and a terrific role model. Sorry for depriving you of your second century @anilkumble1074 Bhai. But I pray that you score a century in real life. Only 51 more to go. come on ..come on Anil Bhai! Happy Birthday,” Sehwag tweeted.One of India’s greatest ever Match winners and a terrific role model. Sorry for depriving you of your second century @anilkumble1074 bhai. But I pray that you score a century in real life. Only 51 more to go.. come on ..come on Anil Bhai ! Happy Birthday pic.twitter.com/P7UnvoLBlUVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 17, 2019Former batsman and current BJP lawmaker Gautam Gambhir called Kumble the biggest match-winner for the country and tweeted: “Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match-winner @anilkumble1074! Have learnt so much from you and you are the best leader that I have played under! Thanks for inspiring generations of cricketers”.Birthday wishes to India’s greatest match winner @anilkumble1074 ! Have learnt so much from you and you are the best leader that I have played under! Thanks for inspiring generations of cricketers. pic.twitter.com/NAM2KeFdtXGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) October 17, 2019″Wishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074 May God shower you with blessings today and always and I am sure this special day will bring you endless joy and tons of precious memories,” former middle-order batsman VVS Laxman tweeted.advertisementWishing you a very special birthday and a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074 May God shower you with blessings today and always and I am sure this special day will bring you endless joy and tons of precious memories! pic.twitter.com/Sun4LaLY6QVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 17, 2019″Greatest spinner ever played the game. biggest match-winner for india.. happy birthday @anilkumble1074 my bowling partner and guru,” India spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted.Greatest spinner ever played the game.. biggest match winner for india.. happy birthday @anilkumble1074 my bowling partner and guru pic.twitter.com/u9ef40SrjsHarbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 17, 2019″Many more happy returns of the day to India’s greatest match-winner @anilkumble1074 Bhai. May you continue to inspire and have a healthy and joyful life ahead,” former cricketer Mohammad Kaif tweeted.Many more happy returns of the day to India’s greatest match winner @anilkumble1074 bhai. May you continue to inspire and have a healthy and joyful life ahead. pic.twitter.com/kaoFkp5QzlMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 17, 2019Kumble took up a career in coaching after retiring from the sport with 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets. His tally of Test wickets is the most by an Indian bowler and third on the overall list.The spinner also took ten wickets in an innings against Pakistan in 1999, emulating Jim Laker’s feat.Many many happy returns of the day @anilkumble1074 .Dreams and success go hand in hand. On this your birthday, I wish you all of the successes and dream fulfillments life has to offer. Happy birthday!Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) October 17, 2019Many happy returns of the day @anilkumble1074 bhai! Wishing you best of health and prosperity. pic.twitter.com/V77DjtPHQlPragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 17, 2019One of the greatest personalities to ever walk into the Cricket ground in Indian Blue, you are an inspiration to uncountable dreams. Wish you a very happy birthday and a great life ahead @anilkumble1074 pic.twitter.com/Joxh96GBppRajeev Shukla (@ShuklaRajiv) October 17, 2019Many more happy returns of the day @anilkumble1074 bhai. Hope you celebrate it the Jumbo way.Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) October 17, 2019Today are birthdays of Aravinda de Silva (54th) and Anil Kumble (49th).DYK? Kumble has dismissed Aravinda on seven occasions in Test matches, the most the latter has been dismissed by any bowler!Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 17, 2019Happy birthday Anil bhai @anilkumble1074 , wish you a lifetime of health, happiness & success! pic.twitter.com/P9z8IkPltxSuresh Raina (@ImRaina) October 17, 2019Kumble was last week appointed head coach of IPL team Kings XI Punjab for a period of 3 years. He spoke to India Today on Wednesday about the challenges that lay ahead for him in the upcoming season.”I have got another opportunity to work with the players and I am really looking forward to that. In IPL, whether you have a good start or not the finish has to be good, it’s a roller coaster ride. I don’t want the team to panic because it can happen when if you constantly focus on the points table.advertisement”If you are third on the table and lose 2 games then you can drop down to 7th. Then after a win you can go up again. You keep going up and down in the table in the IPL. Consistency will be my main focus in Kings XI Punjab,” Kumble told India Today.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Anil KumbleFollow Happy Birthday Anil Kumblelast_img read more

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European Union Film Festival begins in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi schedule of the 24th edition of European Union Film Festival (EUFF) kicked off on Friday with an aim to exhibit European cinematic talent among the Indian audience. Organised by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in partnership with Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in Delhi, the gala commenced with the screening of the Belgium movie “King of the Belgians” at India Habitat Centre here. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography Directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, “King of the Belgians” is a mockumentary road movie in which a dormant king gets lost in the Balkans and awakens to the real world. EUFF was inaugurated by Raimund Magis, Charge d’Affaires, Delegation of the European Union to India, and Stijn Mols, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, India. Talking about the festival, Magis told IANS: “I believe the Indian audience will appreciate the European films as it’s a great way for them to know about the culture, history and tradition about the far away countries. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “People here will relate to the films. Also, it’s an interesting way to learn more about how human emotions are being received in the other parts of the world.” The movie extravaganza is currently running in Delhi and Chennai. Later it will travel to Goa, Pune, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kozhikode till September. According to Magis, film festivals play a vital link in the chain of global cultural exchange between different nations. “Cinema is like a window which allows people to try out new things. It’s also an opportunity to not only know about the culture of other place, but also about what’s happening socially or politically there. It’s a fantastic way to get deeper understanding of diversity.” “Styx” (Austria), “Rosemarie” ( Cyprus), “Hope” (France), “Drive me Home” (Italy), “Diamantino” (Portugal), “Beside Me” (Romania) and “#Female Pleasure” (Switzerland) are some of the movies from 22 European countries, which will be showcased at the film festival. Asked if Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) suggested any cuts in the European films before their screening in India, Magis laughed and said: “The films have been passed through the Indian censorship board without any cuts. In fact, after the screening of these movies, I had a fun discussion with the members of CBFC. “They complimented me about the movies and started asking me questions about the European films.They were happy with all of these films.” EUFF will run in Delhi till July 7.last_img read more

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Renewed violence undercutting Middle East diplomatic efforts – UN official

25 April 2007Diplomatic initiatives to rejuvenate the Middle East peace process are making some progress, but they are being undermined by the deteriorating security situation on the ground, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, urging Israeli and Palestinian leaders to do their utmost to prevent the violence from escalating further. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe told an open Council meeting on the issue that the situation in the region is fragile, capable of either moving forward based on fresh negotiations or becoming caught in a spiral of tit-for-tat violence.“Actions and inactions on the ground remain real obstacles to progress, and have the potential to lead to paralysis or even a rapid deterioration,” Mr. Pascoe said in his statement to the Council debate, which saw the participation of over a dozen speakers. “The renewed violence of the past few days shows how precarious the situation is.”Between 14 March and 17 April, at least 43 Palestinians have been killed, 22 as a result of intra-community fighting and 21 by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF). More than 200 other Palestinians and 13 Israelis have also been injured, while 54 rockets and mortars were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel.Mr. Pascoe called on the Palestinian Authority to take steps to counter the rocket fire and the smuggling of weapons, as well as to implement the internal security plan to restore law and order within Gaza.He added that the UN remains deeply concerned about the fate of the kidnapped British journalist Alan Johnston and reiterated Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent call for his immediate release. Mr. Johnston, who works for the BBC, was abducted on 12 March near his office as he was returning from the Erez crossing between Gaza and Israel.Releasing Corporal Gilad Shalit of Israel, who was kidnapped by Palestinian militants last June and taken into Gaza, “is also crucial to forward movement” in the peace process.Mr. Pascoe urged Israel to play its part to calm the situation, especially with its settler community in the West Bank. He noted widespread recent reports that groups of settlers had attacked Palestinian children and a mentally disabled man.Israel continues to construct new housing units in some 75 of its 121 settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory, he added, despite the Road Map plan calling for a freeze on settlements.All security measures must be proportionate, the Under-Secretary-General stressed, warning that Israeli operations in Palestinian population centres result almost inevitably in civilian casualties and are “a matter of great concern.”Israeli authorities are also subjecting UN staff members and other humanitarian workers crossing from Gaza into Israel to “increasingly arbitrary treatment” and searching their vehicles and property, including laptop computers, out of sight of UN staff.“This practice violates UN security standards, as well as UN privileges and immunities. We continue to work closely with all relevant Israeli authorities to correct the situation, but with little progress so far.”But Mr. Pascoe said there were some hopeful signs of progress on the political and diplomatic efforts, particularly the face-to-face meeting in Jerusalem on 15 April between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.The two men discussed immediate humanitarian and security issues and reportedly also exchanged views on aspects of a future Palestinian State and how and when it could be achieved, Mr. Pascoe said, encouraging the leaders to build on those discussions.He was also heartened by “the greater public awareness of the potential of the Arab Peace Initiative,” adding that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was supporting all regional or international initiatives towards peace in the Middle East.Turning to Lebanon, Mr. Pascoe observed that despite intensive efforts to ease the country’s political stalemate, there has been no breakthrough regarding a national unity government or the formation of a special tribunal to try the suspected killers of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.While Lebanon has said it is committed to moving ahead on political and socio-economic reform as agreed, only a small percentage of pledges from international donors have been disbursed so far.Israeli air violations of the Blue Line have continued, as have claims that arms are being transferred into Lebanon in direct breach of the Security Council-imposed embargo. But the total strength of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has reached 13,000 peacekeepers, and there has been “near total calm” in the area in the past two months. read more

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UN and major African bank in partnership to raise HIVAIDS awareness

16 December 2011The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and one of Africa’s largest banks have formed a two-year partnership to raise public awareness of the pandemic in the continent, the UN agency reported today. The United Nations body tasked with combating the spread of HIV/AIDS and one of Africa’s largest banks have formed a two-year partnership to raise public awareness of the pandemic in the continent, the UN agency reported today.Under the partnership, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) will use the Standard Bank Group’s marketing and communication resources across the continent to disseminate knowledge and expertise on responding to AIDS among the bank’s employees and local communities.In the lead up to World AIDS Day on 1 December, the partnership organized activities in four countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa – on the theme of ‘Getting to zero,’ a UNAIDS campaign promoting a vision of zero HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and complete eradication of discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.In South Africa, where the bank is based, activities included community football matches and hula hoop competitions, engagement of local radio stations to conduct competitions around HIV knowledge, condom distribution and HIV information dissemination. Voluntary HIV counselling and testing was also provided and approximately 1,150 people tested over a two week period.Activities in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria also included community voluntary HIV counselling and testing, condom distribution, HIV information dissemination and a football gala with young people, bankers, ministers and parliamentarians. There were also AIDS awareness-raising sessions conducted among young people in 24 secondary schools by Standard Bank wellness champions.“Our partnership with the Standard Bank Group is an excellent example of how businesses can significantly contribute to the AIDS response,” said Regina Castillo, head of UNAIDS private sector partnerships. “The Standard Bank Group is making a real difference by keeping both their workforce and their businesses healthy and contributing to the communities in which they work.” read more

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Kiwi PM urged to take tough stand during Sri Lanka visit

“The Prime Minister should use the opportunity to press Sri Lanka to honour the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution it co-sponsored, agreeing to allow independent foreign judges to be part of the reconciliation process.“It’s time for the Prime Minister to continue that tradition of standing up for Kiwi values, regardless of how inconvenient or uncomfortable it might be for him. If he is not prepared to promote New Zealand’s human rights values with Sri Lanka, he shouldn’t be endorsing Sri Lanka’s human rights failures by promoting more trade.“New Zealanders want a foreign policy that is based on our values and what is right. That includes our leaders fighting for the rights of New Zealanders living in Australia, speaking out for innocent refugees imprisoned in detention camps and not cosying up to a Sri Lankan regime that has been accused of war crimes,” Shaw said. (Colombo Gazette) “The Prime Minister’s trips to Australia and Sri Lanka could be an opportunity to reassert New Zealand’s strong position on human rights, in the tradition of previous Prime Minsters like David Lange.“If David Lange had refused to stand up to the United States in the 1980s, New Zealand might not be a nuclear-free country today. Sri Lanka, although no longer in a civil war, has yet to commit to an independent and just post-war reconciliation process. In fact, Sri Lanka continues to face accusations of torturing prisoners who were imprisoned prior to the end of the civil war in 2009. “The Prime Minister has shown how prepared he is to ignore New Zealanders’ concerns about human rights abuses in countries like Saudi Arabia. It is almost as if the National Government is seeking out some of the worst regimes to do deals with,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw. One of the leading political parties in New Zealand has urged New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to take a tough stand on the human rights issue when he visits Sri Lanka next week.John Key yesterday left for a trip to Australia and Sri Lanka. The trip has been billed as a chance “to highlight the growing commercial and political ties” with Sri Lanka. The Green Party today said that John Key should use his trip to Australia and Sri Lanka as an opportunity to restore New Zealand’s strong reputation of promoting human rights and standing up for our unique values. read more

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TSX down New York markets flat as April retail sales miss estimates

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower for a third consecutive session Wednesday while New York markets were flat after a disappointing read on American retail sales that again called into question the strength of U.S. economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite closed down 62.43 points at 14,980.72, after falling almost 127 points the two previous sessions, including more than 109 points on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the loonie ticked higher as the retail sales report contributed to recent weakness in the U.S. dollar, rising 0.35 of a U.S. cent to 83.56 cents — the higher range of where it has traded since mid-April.However, its a range that the BMO’s Paul Taylor says will be difficult to maintain, particularly if the recent strengthening in oil prices above $60 a barrel is the “dead cat bounce” that many expect.The loonie could fall to US$0.75 by next March should oil prices retreat as expected even from their current depressed levels, said Taylor, chief investment officer, asset allocation, BMO Global Asset Management Canada.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average finished 7.74 points lower at 18,060.49, adding to losses of almost 123 points the previous two days. The S&P 500 edged 0.64 of a point lower to 2,098.48, while the Nasdaq gained 5.50 points to 4,981.69.Commodities were also mixed, with the June gold contract rising $25.80 to US$1,218.20 an ounce in the face of the weaker U.S. currency as well as a flight to safety as a deal between Greece and its creditors remains elusive and fears of a sovereign debt default grow.June oil fell 25 cents to US$60.50 a barrel.In economic news, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. retail sales were unchanged in April after rising 1.1 per cent in March and below analyst estimates.The figures also challenged assumptions that the harsh winter weather has been to blame and that a spring rebound in retail spending was certain to materialize.“Instead of cheering bad news as had happened in the past, traders have started to react negatively on bad news with the impact of data on corporate earnings becoming more important than its impact on liquidity,” Colin Cieszynski, chief market strategist at CMC Markets Canada, said in a commentary.Meanwhile, Taylor said he remains relatively optimistic about the U.S. market, expecting it to produce returns of six to as much as eight per cent this year and easily outperform the TSX as lower oil prices negatively impact Canadian corporate earnings.“Consistent with our call for a bit of further weakness in oil, we think the Canadian market represents less positive value than the U.S. and, certainly, Europe and Japan at this stage,” he said.In corporate news, Macy’s reported profits down 13 per cent in the first quarter, blamed partly on severe winter weather and delayed merchandise shipments as a result of the U.S. West Coast port slowdown. The retailer also cited lower spending by foreign tourists because of the stronger U.S. dollar. Shares in Macy’s (NYSE:M) closed down $1.60 or 2.45 per cent at US$63.73. TSX down, New York markets flat as April retail sales miss estimates by Brian McKenna, The Canadian Press Posted May 13, 2015 6:24 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,037.54, down 202.48 points):Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 34 cents, or 5.07 per cent, to $6.36 on 10.7 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 82 cents, or 9.61 per cent, to $7.71 on 9.3 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 15 cents, or 2.22 per cent, to $6.60 on 8.4 million shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Up 1.5 cents, or 27.27 per cent, to seven cents on 7.6 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 55 cents, or 5.99 per cent, to $8.63 on 6.9 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $25 on 6.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A). Publishing. Down $1.89, or 9.86 per cent, to $17.28 on 568,235 shares. In its second quarter earnings released Friday, Transcontinental reported that net earnings fell by 93 per cent to $5.4 million. The company attributed that to a large gain last year from the sale of its consumer magazines, the reversal of pension plan provisions and an impairment charge this year related to its newspapers in the Atlantic provinces. Excluding those items, Transcontinental’s adjusted earnings fell by 12.5 per cent to $34.2 million while its revenue edged up to $497.2 million from $490.5 million. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 2:56 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX read more

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UN African Union pledge to help Kenya ensure credible rerun of presidential

In a joint statement issued Sunday by the two organizations, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat urged all political actors, parties and their supporters to create conditions for a peaceful election and refrain from any act of violence. On 1 September, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the August 2017 election and ordered the holding of a new one.“It is critical that all concerned work towards the preservation of calm and peace in the country,” the statement said.The two leaders said that they continue to closely monitor developments in Kenya, in the light of the forthcoming election, calling on all stakeholders to cooperate with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the constitutionally-mandated body to conduct the election.They stressed the need for the Kenyan security services to exercise restraint, use minimal force in performing their duties and respect the freedom and political liberties of all Kenyans. read more

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Mali Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack against UN mission convoy

In a statement issued by a UN spokesperson, the Secretary-General conveyed his sincere condolences to the Government of Chad, as well as his profound sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims. He also wished a swift recovery to the wounded. According to the statement, the convoy was travelling from Tessalit to Aguelhok in Mali’s northern Kidal region. “The Secretary-General reiterates that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and calls for the perpetrators of this attack to be swiftly brought to justice,” the statement stressed. Urging the Government and the signatory armed groups to accelerate the implementation of the Malian peace agreement, Mr. Gurterres reaffirmed through the statement that such attacks will not affect the United Nations’ determination to support the Malian people in their quest for peace. read more

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DR Congo President and UN chief meet at a historic moment for

Speaking to representatives of the press in the capital, Kinshasa, on Monday, Mr. Guterres said that, in a meeting earlier in the day with Félix Tshisekedi, the President of DRC, he had expressed his conviction that the country will see “a government that wants to transform the country, an opposition that also plays an important role in political life, with greater respect for human rights and with a vision for the future of Congo”.The UN chief called on the international community to support the Congolese people and authorities in seizing the opportunity to strengthen their institutions; develop DRC sustainably, inclusively, and in security; and effectively respond to humanitarian problems.Agreement reached on improved security measuresThe UN Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) will strengthen its capacity to tackle armed ADF militants, announced the Secretary-General, and increase its cooperation with the DRC Armed Forces, with the aim of better responding to the security concerns of the population.Mr. Guterres appealed to Congolese members of armed groups to lay down their weapons and integrate into the community, noting that the UN will do more to assist the demobilization, disarmament and reintegration of former combatants. The UN, he added, will also intensify cooperation in the area of inclusive and sustainable development: “Congo has a huge wealth potential. This potential must serve the interests of the Congolese people and in the humanitarian field”.The ultimate aim of the United Nations, continued the Secretary-General, is that MONUSCO will no longer be necessary, and that it can be replaced with a country team that concentrates on working with the government for the development and well-being of the Congolese people.This, however, is a long-term aim and Mr. Guterres gave his assurance that the UN remains engaged with the Democratic Republic of the Congo and “will not abandon the Congolese people”. .@UN chief @antonioguterres meets DR Congo President, promises solidarity with the Congolese people. Full story here: https://t.co/AUXUpCwm1Z pic.twitter.com/DBRBPrc4Hb— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) September 3, 2019 MONUSCO/Michael AliThe UN Secretary-General António Guterres (l) meets the President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on 2 September 2019. read more

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Week in Brussels – week ending 4 July 2014

DOWNLOAD1. Juncker elected as Commission President.2. €25b of finance for SMEs announced.3. EEF Chief Executive to lead manufacturers in Europe.4. Martin Schulz re-elected as European Parliament President.5. Italy takes over Council of the European Union Presidency.6. Week ahead.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

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