Kerber withdraws from Birmingham event due to hamstring injury

Posted by admin on June 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

World number one Angelique Kerber has suffered a pre-Wimbledon injury scare, pulling out of this week’s Aegon Classic at Edgbaston due to a recurrence of a hamstring problem.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – 28/5/17Germany’s Angelique Kerber reacts during her first round match against Russia’s Ekaterina MakarovaReuters / Pascal Rossignol

BIRMINGHAM, England: World number one Angelique Kerber has suffered a pre-Wimbledon injury scare, pulling out of this week’s Aegon Classic at Edgbaston due to a recurrence of a hamstring problem.

The German is also unsure whether she will be able to play at Eastbourne next week due to problems with the left hamstring strain which forced her to retire during her third-round match in Madrid.

“It started slowly and then I really felt it yesterday (Saturday) evening. It is my left hamstring, the same one I had in Madrid,” she told reporters.

Kerber had a disappointing claycourt season and went out in the first round at the French Open. She said the injury flared up again when she returned to the courts last week.

“It was OK and I started practising again after Paris and then I felt it again in the last few days. I don’t want to risk anything now, to do something (worse),” she said.

Kerber is the latest big name to have pulled out of the Aegon Classic following Simona Halep’s withdrawal with an ankle complaint.

Kerber is chasing an elusive first title this year after failing to get past the third round in her last five tournaments.

The 29-year-old has struggled to impose herself in recent months and her only appearance in a final this year was at the Abierto GNP Seguros competition at Monterrey in April, where she lost to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

The Eastbourne International tournament begins on June 25 with Wimbledon getting under way a week later.

(Additional reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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US Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

Posted by admin on June 18, 2017 in Uncategorized |

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practise earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in a file photo.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON: U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practise earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday.

Scalise’s condition was upgraded to “serious,” from “critical” after undergoing another surgery on Saturday, according to a statement from Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. “He is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones,” the doctor said.

Scalise, 51, sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip early on Wednesday at a baseball field in a suburb of Washington.

Four men, including Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist, were shot and wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

Sava earlier said the Louisiana congressman had been at “imminent risk of death” when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood.

Hodgkinson 66, who was from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, died after being shot by police.

(Reporting by Joel Schectman, editing by G Crosse)

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Lyon in 'advanced talks' to sign Chelsea forward Traore

Posted by admin on June 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Olympique Lyonnais are expecting competition from various clubs as they hold “advanced talks” to sign midfielder Bertrand Traore from Premier League champions Chelsea, the Ligue 1 team’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said.

FILE PHOTO: Football Soccer – Liverpool v Chelsea – International Champions Cup – Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California, United States of America – 16/17 – 27/7/16. Chelsea’s Bertrand Traore. Reuters / Mike Blake

REUTERS: Olympique Lyonnais are expecting competition from various clubs as they hold “advanced talks” to sign midfielder Bertrand Traore from Premier League champions Chelsea, the Ligue 1 team’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said.

The 21-year-old, who made 12 appearances for Chelsea in the 2015-16 season, was loaned out to Ajax Amsterdam last season, where he scored 13 goals to help them reach the Europa League final and finish second in the Dutch league.

“We want to bring Bertrand Traore to the club,” Aulas told reporters at a press conference to unveil the club’s newly signed defender Fernando Marcal.

“There are advanced talks there, but many clubs are interested.

“We absolutely want to do the deal.”

The Burkina Faso international signed a new three-year contract at Chelsea in 2016.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Commentary: How far should we go to identify radicalised individuals?

Posted by admin on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized |

SINGAPORE: On Monday (Jun 12), the Ministry of Home Affairs announced the first Singaporean woman to be detained for radicalism under the Internal Security Act. Syaikhah Izzah Zahrah Al Ansari, a 22-year-old mother of one was a contract worker at the PAP Community Foundation Sparkletots pre-school.

Given the spate of attacks around the world over the past few weeks and the heightened threat level in Singapore, it is not surprising that countries including Singapore have doubled down to increase focus and scrutiny on potential terrorist threats.

Yet, the ability to preserve security is dependent on whether authorities have an early indication, allowing for sufficient time to prevent or manage the impact of a threat.

A key question is, how far are we willing to go to put in place safeguards? In doing so, how do we ensure we do not compromise on our community space, values and bonds that we hold dear?

Indonesia’s elite anti-terror squad investigates a suicide bombing attack near a busy Jakarta bus station that killed three policemen in May. (Photo: AFP/Fernando)


In light of the recent arrest, one might ask, should there be additional vetting for individuals working with children?

My view is that any approach to step up additional vetting of our educators is a knee-jerk reaction that misses the forest for the trees. Much as we feel vulnerable if such a situation arises, studies have shown that there is no one single profile of terrorists or potential terrorists.

Since 2014, Islamic State has sought to recruit a broad range of individuals with specialised skillsets. They have called for skilled professionals, especially “judges and those who have military, managerial and service skills, as well as doctors and engineers in all fields” to join the new caliphate.

Islamic State further highlighted in 2015 that in addition to those in combat roles, it needed a plethora of people with different skillsets. It mentioned press officers, doctors, chefs, individuals who could man checkpoints, administrative staff, teachers and even fitness instructors.

A radical militant waves an Islamic State flag in Raqqa in June 2014. (Photo: REUTERS)


Recently, Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam also came out strongly to highlight the importance of family members alerting authorities to individuals suspected of being radicalised. He had said that family members should not feel like they were “ratting” on their loved ones but see it as a way to help them.

Perhaps by extension, the burden and responsibility of reporting, is one shared not just by the family and the individual’s close circle of friends, but may also extend to his or her larger community, which may include colleagues that he or she works alongside.

Knowledge that an individual may be radicalised should mandate a response.

Yet, when family members or loved ones confront the individual, he or she may deny these allegations or take extra precautions to cover up his or her actions, especially if he or she feels cornered.

Threat indicators are built on a pool of knowledge and data points learned over time. So it is a judgment call at the end of the day, based on the actions of the individual who has every incentive not to reveal their true intentions if they have indeed become radicalised.

In this case, the view that Izzah had turned over a new leaf when she “stopped wearing the niqab and started listening to music and watching films” led to the decision by her parents to refrain from alerting the authorities. Yet, her parents were wrong, because she was instead becoming more radical and adept at concealing her activities.

“You see someone going on the wrong path. Imagine if they take up arms, go out there and do something,” said Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam. (File photo: TODAY)

Was this ill intent on the parents’ part or a misguided assessment based on an assumed change initiated by an ostensible shift in Izzah’s behaviour? By extension, did we look at the group of people that she was in touch with outside the circle of her family?


For family members, friends and the community alike, the difficult choice often arises from the tenuous assumption that being misguided does not equate to the individual being dangerous. The process of reporting and the sense of stigmatisation that follows present an added layer of pressure.

Prioritising the safety and security of the individual is key. So it is useful that the Home Affairs Ministry highlighted that through early reporting, individuals “could be steered away from the path of radicalisation and may not need to be severely dealt with under the law”.

Indeed, accountability for reporting individuals needs to be considered under the broad umbrella of building national frameworks for resilience against radicalisation, and these should begin at the micro level.

What we need is a concentric cycle of continuous engagement, where self-awareness at the individual level and social awareness at the level of family, friends and the community of what radicalism entails, what the tell-tale signs are, and how to manage the situation can be improved through better education.

The worse thing to do is to shut the individual out or give them the impression that they are being isolated.

Building a climate of care and concern can help reduce the element of fear arising from consulting relevant authorities. Making available to family and friends channels for counselling and guidance, without implying that the individual has been “compromised” when these channels are exercised, will be an integral strategy.

It is precisely when individuals are on the fence of radicalism that we need to sway them to the right side.

So let’s keep open doors for communication to empower family members and friends to seek help to safeguard the lives of their loved ones before they hurt others or themselves.

Dr Jolene Jerard is a Research Fellow with the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

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New York names street corner after Elie Wiesel

Posted by admin on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized |

NEW YORK: New York on Tuesday (Jun 13) renamed a Manhattan street corner after Elie Wiesel, the Holocaust survivor, Nobel peace laureate and humanitarian who died last year.

The southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side was permanently renamed “Elie Wiesel Way” at a ceremony attended by city officials under the baking heat of an early summer heatwave.

The family of Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel, widow Marion Wiesel (centre) pose for a picture following a ceremony to co-name the southwest corner of 84th Street and Central Park West with the late humanitarian’s name, in New York. (Kena Betancur/AFP)

Wiesel, who was considered “the world’s leading spokesman on the Holocaust,” is remembered for his life’s work in keeping alive the memory of the genocide of six million Jews during World War II.

“His indelible faith in humanity is an everlasting example of courage and tolerance. His words serve as a beacon of hope against fear and oppression in uncertain times,” said New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Born in Romania, he became a US citizen and died at his home in Manhattan on Jul 2, 2016 at the age of 87.

In 1956, he published in Yiddish the internationally acclaimed memoir “Night” detailing his experiences in Nazi death camps. It has been translated into more than 30 languages and sold 10 million copies.

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. At the time of his death, then US president Barack Obama called Wiesel “one of the great moral voices of our time, and in many ways, the conscience of the world.”

Arrested during the Holocaust as a teenager, his mother and younger sister were gassed at Auschwitz. His father died at Buchenwald, where Wiesel was freed by US soldiers at the age of 16.

He was reunited with his two older sisters in France, and studied at the Sorbonne university in Paris.

After he won the Nobel Prize, Wiesel and his wife founded The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity with a mission to “combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programmes.”

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Tennis – Birthday heartache looms in Paris – guaranteed

Posted by admin on June 6, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Two birthdays, one present.

Jun 6, 2017; Paris, France; Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) reacts during her match against Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) on day ten of the 2017 French Open tennis tournament at Stade Roland Garros. PHOTO: Reuters/ Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

PARIS: Two birthdays, one present.

Both Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko will celebrate birthdays on Thursday, but one will be left crying into her cake as they face off in the French Open semi-finals.

Swiss Bacsinszky beat local darling Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-4 in the last eight while Ostapenko downed former world one Caroline Wozniacki.

Bacsinszky turns 28 on Thursday, while Ostapenko will leave her teens behind.

“It will be great to celebrate playing tennis here,” said Ostapenko, the first teenager since Ana Ivanovic in 2008 to reach the last four in Roland Garros.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ossian Shine)

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Momoday Handheld fan Palm-Leaf Fan Portable Rechargeable Air Cooling Handy Personal Portable Fans for Indoor Outdoor Activities Home Office and Travel (Black)

Posted by admin on June 5, 2017 in Biotechnology |

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Posted by admin on June 4, 2017 in Biotechnology |

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Cooling Mattress Pad with Cool Gel for Memory Foam Mattresses – keeps memory foam cool with temperature regulating technology , plush & soft protector deep pocket (Twin)

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