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About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ronaldo: Sarri has improved on Allegri’s Juventus workby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCristiano Ronaldo admits he’s enjoying playing for Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.Ronaldo believes Juventus have changed for the better this season.“We’ve changed with Sarri to improve,” he said at a Press conference for their Champions League clash with Lokomotiv Moscow.“I have more freedom. We’ve changed a lot, we’re improving and there are still things to fix but I’m very happy.“We did a great job with Allegri, but with Sarri we’ve improved. My position has changed a but.“I always try to occupy the areas on the pitch where I feel best. I like to have freedom of movement.“We must fight to assert ourselves again in the League and try to win the Champions League.“This is our objective. Collective results are important. As for the Ballon d’Or, I have nothing to say about it.“It’s not important whether I win it or not. If there are individual awards, it’ll be the result of results with the team.“Now we have a match to play, I’m thinking about that and nothing else. I like what he asks us to do on the field.“Compared to the past, we’re creating more chances. We’re having great possession and we move around differently.“I’m very happy with how things are going with the new Coach. I’m satisfied and happy with what we’re doing.”
We’re officially three months away from college football’s first contest – Cal vs. Hawaii – so it’s time to start making some predictions. No, we don’t just mean for division winners, bowl matchups and the College Football Playoff field. We’re going to make predictions for every game. Every game that involves a Power 5 team, at least.Let’s get started with week one – which features a dozen big-time matchups. Week 1 Highlights:Tennessee looks like the most impressive team in the country, blasting Appalachian State.Stanford takes down Kansas State in an important non-conference matchup.UCLA hands Texas A&M a tough non-conference loss.Oklahoma holds off upstart Houston.LSU handles Wisconsin despite offensive struggles.Alabama crushes USC.Clemson downs Auburn on a last-second touchdown.Notre Dame has no problem with Texas.Florida State surprises Ole Miss with 21 fourth-quarter points.Here are the standings and the College Football Playoff outlook after week one:Here are the scores for every Power 5 game:California 33, Hawaii 7 Utah 43, Southern Utah 10 Minnesota 20, Oregon State 13 Wake Forest 20, Tulane 10 Louisville 45, Charlotte 23 Indiana 42, Florida International 17 NC State 55, William & Mary 10 Tennessee 65, Appalachian State 7 South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 Colorado 31, Colorado State 30 Stanford 17, Kansas State 7 Syracuse 24, Colgate 20 Michigan State 31, Furman 0 Ohio State 31, Bowling Green 17 Penn State 45, Kent State 20 Iowa 20, Miami (OH) 17 Northwestern 24, Western Michigan 3 Purdue 10, Eastern Kentucky 9 Kansas 27, Rhode Island 20 TCU 45, South Dakota State 10 Texas Tech 45, Stephen F Austin 20 BYU 27, Arizona 20 Baylor 35, Northwestern State 10 Iowa State 35, Northern Iowa 31 Arkansas 45, Louisiana Tech 23 UCLA 31, Texas A&M 23 Mississippi State 40, South Alabama 20 West Virginia 45, Missouri 20 Kentucky 34, Southern Miss 31 Arizona State 51, Northern Arizona 13 Oregon 50, UC Davis 7 Washington 54, Rutgers 23 Washington State 34, Eastern Washington 20 Nebraska 40, Fresno State 13 Illinois 19, Murray State 11 Maryland 24, Howard 7 Georgia Tech 23, Boston College 7 Oklahoma 24, Houston 20 Michigan 70, Hawaii 7 Virginia Tech 34, Liberty 10 Pittsburgh 17, Villanova 9 Virginia 17, Richmond 7 LSU 30, Wisconsin 20 Georgia 27, North Carolina 13 Duke 30, NC Central 3 Miami 30, Florida A&M 7 Alabama 31, USC 7 Clemson 35, Auburn 31 Notre Dame 35, Texas 10 Florida State 24, Ole Miss 21 Oklahoma State 48, SE Louisiana 0 Florida 34, UMass 6Next: Week 2 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14
zoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Australia has decided to join the United States-led mission to ensure freedom of navigation and safe passage through the Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with Iran.According to the country’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, Australia would deploy a frigate in January 2020 for six months, a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft for one month before the end of 2019 and ADF personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.This mission will see the Australian Defence Force work alongside its international partners to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.“We have been working closely with our allies and partners, particularly the United States and the United Kingdom, on this issue, which impacts global security and stability,” Morrison said.“Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law. All states have a right to expect safe passage of their maritime trade consistent with international law.”“It is in Australia’s interest to work with international partners to uphold these rights.”
Shaneen Robinson APTN National NewsAPTN is celebrating 10 years of hosting Aboriginal Day Live.Across the country you can tune in this Saturday to watch performances from Indigenous artists.It all happens in Winnipeg at the historic Forks.
Niklas Sule has been left amazed by Manuel Neuer’s impressive comeback from injury after the goalkeeper played a competitive training match for GermanyThe Bayern Munich captain sustained a broken foot in September last year, which left him out of action for their entire campaign with Sven Ulreich having occupied his place in the squad since as they won a sixth successive Bundesliga title.However, Germany boss Joachim Low included Neuer in his preliminary squad for next month’s tournament in Russia with the aim of properly assessing the 32-year-old’s fitness levels before making a final decision.Neuer continued with his progress from injury by playing in a test match for the Germany u20 side against the senior side and completed 30 minutes.The captain now looks set to be confirmed in Low’s final 23-man squad and Sule could not hide his admiration for him, who he calls the “best keeper in the world”.“At first I couldn’t believe it, when Manu did his first training after four months out and sensationally saved one ball after the other. It was as if he had never left,” said the defender, according to Goal.“I hadn’t witnessed something like that before. His body language is simply incredible.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He is the best keeper in the world, and for me, it is great to play with him at the Bayern and cause him problems by shooting my swirling shots on goal.”A fit Neuer is normally the undisputed number one at Germany and assistant coach Thomas Schneider backed him to be ready to start if required.“The coaches Jogi [Low, head coach] and Andi [Kopke, goalkeeping coach] talked to Marc-Andre, who had a very good season and is an important part of the team since the Confederations Cup last year and who got even better this year,” he said.“But Manu is a complete goalkeeper. His name, the way he moves, his presence on the pitch and his technical skills. He has been named the world’s best goalkeeper for a reason.“Of course it is no easy situation for Marc now, but when you have such an unbelievably good goalkeeper in your team like Manuel, you want him to play.”Neuer is expected to play in his first proper competitive match against Austria on Saturday in a friendly.
The Rossoneri general director has backed coach Gennaro Gattuso and hopes his team can do well in the Italian Lega Serie AFor AC Milan general director Leonardo, his team doesn’t have to be obsessed to win the UEFA Champions League and has to focus on the Italian Lega Serie A.“For a club like Milan, of course, the objective must be to get back into the most important European competition,” Leonardo was quoted by Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We believe that we have the ideal structure in place to achieve this target, but we mustn’t make the mistake of turning it into an obsession.”“At the moment, we are three points off fourth place with a game in hand, so perfectly in line with our ambitions,” he added.“The rumors on Rino came from outside the club, and as far as we are concerned, they are to be considered unfounded. This is why we didn’t need to release a statement denying it because Rino knows he has the full faith of the club and squad.”
For Morecambe winger Kevin Ellison, the rating EA Sports gave him for his pace is not a reflection of his real-life statisticsEnglish winger Kevin Ellison has been playing professionally since 1996.And with almost 40 years of age, the Morecambe footballer is one of those lucky players from the lower divisions that is present in the FIFA 19 video game.But his FIFA card has become a meme.FIFA gamers will have rules like those in football Manuel R. Medina – July 30, 2019 To make eSports fairer to everyone, FIFA gamers will have to adhere to rules like in football: from fraud prevention to drug testing.The veteran footballer has been given a 35 pace rating, making him one of the slowest players in the same.But he has taken his 15-minutes of fame with a laugh.“So as this has been trending the last 24 hours, my solicitor is onto this matter,” he wrote on Twitter as reported by The Sport Bible.“#AgeDiscrimination, you will be hearing from my brief very shortly @EASportsFIFA.”
Congress passed Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act of 1996 (the “CDA”) in response to concerns over Internet service providers’ liability for editing third-party content on their Web sites. The CDA essentially gave providers and users of interactive computer services much needed immunity from claims of defamation and other torts arising from content created by others. However, the ever-increasing novelty and popularity of social-networking sites, and the real time sharing of user-generated content associated with such sites, have highlighted the limits of CDA protection. Publishers of user-generated online content should pay attention to such limits to stay clear of liability.Where Publishers Can Go WrongThe recent case of Finkel v. Facebook underlined the protections intended to be given by the CDA. In Finkel, a high school student sued Facebook for defamation after four fellow high school students posted derogatory comments on Facebook. The New York Supreme Court applied the CDA and dismissed Finkel’s defamation claims against Facebook because “there [was] no claim Facebook had any hand in creating the [allegedly defamatory] content.” The case turned on the fact that the content was created by the Facebook user, not Facebook. Satisfaction of this requirement will generally immunize Internet publishers from liability in such circumstances, and, in line with statutory intentions, that immunity will remain intact even if slight modifications are made to user-generated content. Where things get murky, however, is in trying to determine what acts can turn an otherwise-immunized service provider into a potentially liable content provider. For example, courts have refused to immunize defendants where a plaintiff alleges that the defendant created the content at issue. In Anthony v. Yahoo!, Anthony claimed that Yahoo! had created its own fake profile matches, and that the profiles were created to lure users into renewing subscriptions to Yahoo!’s Yahoo Personals and Yahoo Premier dating and relationship Web sites. Because the complaint alleged that Yahoo! created the content itself (not one of its users), and because Anthony claimed that Yahoo! used the profiles to commit fraud upon its users, Yahoo! could not dismiss Anthony’s claims under the CDA. The Court also highlighted an important point that should not be overlooked: that a defendant can be considered both a service provider and a content provider under the CDA depending on the extent of creation or development of allegedly harmful content.Danger: Intellectual Property ClaimsWhile the CDA generally immunizes Internet publishers for defamation and other tort claims, it does not protect against intellectual property claims, and publishers who also display individuals’ identifying information (such as name, likeness, etc.) should be aware of a recent trend whereby courts have expanded the scope of this exception. In Doe v. Friendfinder Network, Inc., Jane Doe sued Friendfinder for distributing and failing to remove a member’s profile whose name and likeness was so similar to hers that other people mistakenly believed Doe to be a member of the adult dating site. Doe claimed that the “false profiles” were defamatory and violated her right of publicity under state law. The Court dismissed the defamation claims under the CDA because the problematic content was user-generated, but it refused to dismiss Doe’s state right of publicity claims for the alleged use of her name and likeness because such claims are classified as intellectual property claims and are not barred by the CDA.The problematic cases above involve defendants who created allegedly defamatory statements, added to user-generated content, or used postings in a way that improperly displayed an individual’s name and likeness—all claims that were not covered by the CDA. As social networking sites continue to evolve and gain staggering popularity, we will likely see more examples of courts not allowing CDA protection. Despite the broad protection the CDA affords to Internet publishers, the road ahead is still unpredictable and should be monitored closely.Camille M. Miller is chair of the intellectual property practice group in the Philadelphia office of Cozen O’Connor, a top 100 law firm.Aaron P. Georghiades is an associate in the intellectual property practice group in the firm’s New York office.
Columbus, Ga., leaders are pursuing an online campaign to persuade Congress to undo stringent budget cuts forcing the Army to shrink to levels that could jeopardize the nation’s security interests.The campaign is a response to the Army’s latest round of restructuring, which will trim its active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000 soldiers by the end of fiscal 2018. Fort Benning is slated to suffer a net loss of 3,402 soldiers, more than any other post under the second round of cuts imposed by the Army since 2013.“We can tell our story and make sure everyone understands that the size of our military is not being designed by strategy,” said Gary Jones, executive vice president of military affairs for the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce. “The military is being designed by budget, not a national defense strategy,” he told the Ledger-Enquirer.The Columbus Chattahoochee Coalition, which is now separate from the chamber, hopes to collect 25,000 signatures that would be submitted to the Alabama and Georgia congressional delegations. So far the group has collected 4,000 signatures. The coalition is publicizing the effort on four billboards throughout Columbus and on public service announcements.“We have a very active campaign doing presentations to business organizations, social organizations and to churches,” Jones said.Jones acknowledged the effort won’t prevent the Army from carrying out the latest round of cuts, but rather the coalition is hoping to convince federal lawmakers to erase the 2011 Budget Control Act spending caps.Jones said he is confident the campaign will meet its goal of attaining 25,000 online signatures. “If we don’t stop sequestration, more tough, tough times are coming,” he told the paper.Meanwhile, the region’s rental housing market is bracing for an uptick in vacancies as the population of Fort Benning drops. Already, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division — which will convert to a maneuver battalion task force by FY 2017 as a result of the latest realignments — has shrunk by 150 soldiers.Managers at Greystone Properties, which owns almost a dozen complexes in the region, are expecting a two to three percent lower occupancy rate once downsizing is complete, reported WTVM. About 28 percent of those buildings’ tenants are military families. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Ford’s emissions certification program is currently under the scrutinizing eye of the federal government.Ford on Friday announced as part of a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it’s currently subject to a criminal investigation from the Department of Justice. The investigation is focused on Ford’s emission certifications program, which is used to determine fuel-economy figures and emissions compliance.At the heart of the investigation is the “road load” estimation, which during a dynamometer (dyno) test estimates the force imparted on a vehicle from tire rolling resistance, aerodynamic drag and other factors. In its SEC filing, Ford was quick to stress that this has nothing to do with defeat devices like those found in VW’s diesel vehicles. Defeat devices are intentional pieces of hardware or software meant to skirt testing processes, which is a fancy way of saying “cheating the government.”Enlarge ImageEven inadvertent mistakes can be costly. Ford The Department of Justice declined to comment. In a forwarded statement, Ford said, “Our focus is on completing our investigation and a thorough technical review of this matter and cooperating with government and regulatory agencies.” In its SEC filing, Ford said it is “fully cooperating with all government agencies,” and that the automaker had already notified other state and federal agencies. Ford said in the same filing that it “cannot provide assurance that [the investigation and potential outcome] will not have a material adverse effect” on the company.Ford first announced that it was looking into its own emissions certification processes in February. At that point, a statement from the automaker said that there was “no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications.” At the time, Ford hired a third-party firm to investigate its methodologies, which it did after several employees voiced concerns about the tests late last year.Road-load and coastdown estimation have caught automakers in a bad way before. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine after bad road-load data led to incorrect fuel-economy ratings on about 1 million vehicles. Mitsubishi admitted in 2016 to administering coastdown tests incorrectly. This year, Porsche said it was looking at data for the 2016-2017 911 after it discovered potential discrepancies with individual coastdown tests.Originally published April 26, 7:46 a.m. PT. Update, 10:11 a.m.: Adds comments from Ford and the DOJ. More From Roadshow 83 Photos Tags 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Share your voice Ford Ford 0 Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Post a comment 2019 Land Rover Range Rover P400e review: A hard hybrid to recommend More about 2019 Ford Ranger Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker 2020 Ford Escape gears up for city living Car Industry
Share your voice Dark Phoenix looks even more deadly in Barbie form. Mattel Whether you loved or hated the superhero movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix, fans of Dark Phoenix, Mystique, and Storm will be able to collect them all… in Barbie doll form.During San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, Marvel and Mattel announced a new line of Mystique, Storm and Dark Phoenix Barbie dolls to celebrate Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary. The X-Men dolls come with elaborate costumes and accessories, and retail for $55 (roughly £44, AU$78) each. Young Stan Lee returning in animated form Stan Lee sang to me: 10 crazy Comic-Con moments I’ll never forget Comic-Con survival tips from Adam Savage, Jim Lee and more insiders 6:21 The hottest SDCC 2019 exclusives we’ve seen so far Dark Phoenix: You might know her as Jean Grey-Summers. In the X-Men universe Jean AKA Dark Phoenix is an Omega-level mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers. Dark Phoenix Barbie doll dons her signature red bodysuit with gold details and includes the gold phoenix image. She also wears thigh-high boots, gloves and a sash belt.Mystique Barbie doll Mattel Mystique: This super villain is a mutant born who can shape-shift to look like anyone she wants. Mystique Barbie doll wears a white dress with a double slit and a very creepy belt of skulls. Her other accessories include white gloves, tall boots and the skull detail on her forehead.Storm Barbie doll Mattel Storm: Born Ororo Munroe, Storm is a member of the X-Men team who can change the weather on a whim or as a weapon. Storm Barbie doll wears a shiny-black bodysuit, cape and boots, all with fancy metallic-gold trim. She also has gauntlets, a headdress, and her gemstone brooch to complete the outfit.Fans can pre-order these new Barbie dolls at GameStop beginning July 18. The dolls will be available in stores later in October. Now playing: Watch this: More SDCC news 25 Photos Marvel X-Men 0 Post a comment Rick and Morty Comic-Con exclusive toy unboxing Comic-Con Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies Tags
Ricardo Coquet who was a prisoner in the Naval Mechanics School (known as the ESMA), visits a exhibition about human rights at the former ESMA navy school and detention centre of 1976 military coup in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 28 June 2018. Photo: ReutersShackled in a lightless attic, Ricardo Coquet drew strength from the sound of cheers coming from soccer fans at the 1978 World Cup, held just blocks from the detention centre where he was imprisoned by the country’s military dictatorship.Forty years later, and ahead of Argentina’s World Cup match with France on Saturday, Coquet and other former political prisoners inaugurated a new exhibit at the Buenos Aires ESMA museum on Thursday. Once a Naval academy, the building became a memorial after Argentina’s military junta used it as a clandestine torture site.“This is a sacred place,” Coquet said, tears welling in his eyes as he revisited the dingy attic. “When we were in here, we did not belong to the world of the living.”As many as 30,000 people were forcibly disappeared by the government between 1976 and 1983, according to Argentina’s National Commission on Disappeared Persons.Imprisoned for over two years, Coquet said he and other inmates were routinely tortured by military officers. He is missing three fingers, two of which he said were a result of his abuse.Coquet, now 65, is one of around 5,000 men, women and children who were held at the center. More than 600 such facilities were used in Argentina following the 1976 US-backed military coup that installed a series of right wing dictators, according to the exhibit’s organizers.“Life revolves around football in Argentina” Coquet said. “But who wins a match is less important than who wins an election.”On display at the exhibit are personal effects of the prisoners, including art etched into bottlecaps and handmade playing cards prisoners would use to pass the time.“Testimony is the most important thing we have,” Coquet said. “But the goal, always, is greater justice.”Argentina defeated the Netherlands 3-1 to win the 1978 World Cup. It had stayed alive in the tournament with a controversial 6-0 win over Peru – a match that Peruvian officials accused Argentina of fixing.
APOfficials deliver water to an holding area for residents waiting to be evacuated, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)After days and days of flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey and no end in sight, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has compiled a list of essential information for those impacted by the storm. To apply for FEMA aid, they recommend: Quickest way to register is DisasterAssistance.gov Or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)To make sure that friends and family know you’re safe, FEMA recommends visiting safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/. If you need help and are in a situation that is not life threatening you can contact the Red Cross by calling 211. Shelters can be found by searching the Red Cross website, you can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS and for those shelters in Houston call 713-426-9404. To report a missing child, FEMA recommends that you contact the Nation Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.More specifically for those in Harris County there are a number of resources available. If you’re looking to volunteer your time to help those in need, you can contact the virtual volunteer office with the Harris County Office of Emergency Management at readyharris.org. If you need rescue within the Houston area, call 713-881-3100 and you can call the Coast Guard Rescue at 281-464-4851, *4852, *4853, *4584, *4855For those who have had to abandon their cars and will need to locate them after the flooding stops, the number to call is 713-308-8580 or go to findmytowedcar.com.As the events of the last few days takes its toll on folks, for those who wish to talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.Other General InformationVolunteering statewide, register at www.NVOAD.orgLooking for contractors to help with your home go to www.fema.gov/about-industry-liaison-program or Google “FEMA Industry”. For independent drivers/haulers:· Coyote Logistics, or call 877-6-COYOTE 877-626-9683For group drivers/haulers:· www.GSA.gov or call, 1-844-GSA-4111 1-844-472-4111For FEMA Registration call 1-800-621-3362/TTY: 800-462-7585 Share
Balurghat: Most of the well-known eateries running in Balurghat have no ‘Food Safety Licences’.The matter came to light following joint drives conducted by the officials of the concerned district Food Safety Department and Balurghat Civic Body over the past two days.It may be mentioned that the state Urban Development department has instructed all civic bodies to conduct raids at restaurants and eateries after a racket selling rotten and stale meat was unearthed in Kolkata. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe concerned officials have asked the owners of the restaurants and eateries to follow the food safety norms strictly, failing which they will close down the establishments.During the drives, the officials found that the hotels and restaurants are being run flouting the mentioned norms. In most of the restaurants, the kitchens are being run in unhygienic conditions. However, no stale and rotten meat was found stored in the freezers. Civic officials said the former Left board was largely responsible for the menace of flouting the food safety measures by the owners of those eateries and running their establishments without any hindrance. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a civic official, the erstwhile Left board had only distributed registrations to the owners of those establishments for Rs 100 to start their trades.District Food Safety Department official, Biswajit Manna said: “It is unfortunate that most reputed hotels and restaurants in town have no proper infrastructure. The kitchens are unhygienic. The establishments have no Food Safety Licenses too. We have instructed to follow the rules and regulations immediately.” The chairman of Balurghat Municipality, Rajen Shill echoed Manna and said: “We will monitor the situation. Several drives will also be conducted at the eateries in Balurghat in future. We have talked to the officials of district Food Safety Department regarding the matter.”The officials said the raids will be held everyday and restaurants found not following the norms will be booked.It may be mentioned that in Birbhum district, the civic officials have collected food samples from several restaurants and sent them to the laboratories for analysis.
Kolkata: Primary autopsy reports of Class X student, who was found dead inside her school washroom on Friday, confirmed suicide.Police said the primary report mentioned hypoxia or lack of oxygen supply to the brain and body as the cause of death of the student of GD Birla Centre for Education in south Kolkata. The cut mark on her wrist was a second injury, which according to doctors was “self-implicating”. Doctors suspected that the girl died because of the polythene packet that she had tied up with strings, used to bind practical notebooks, to cover her head. The autopsy was done at SSKM hospital on Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Police also confirmed that the girl had suicidal tendency. Even earlier, she had attempted to take the extreme step at home. “So far, investigation reveals that it was a case of suicide. While examining her mother, we found out that she had made similar attempts at home earlier,” said an investigating official. Bright, meritorious and trained in self-defence, she was always among the top five rank holders. Police said she had attended five periods before her death and behaved normally. Before leaving her classroom, she had told her friends that she would go to the sick room. However, CCTV footage showed that she instead went to the washroom with a few things in her hand. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “She was missing for 40 minutes and was later found unconscious inside the washroom. Prima facie it appears to be a case of suicide, which very well-planned. She had spoken to her father before school and had asked him to get biryani from Hyderabad, when he returned from there,” said an investigating official. Her three-page suicide note had no overwriting and was flawless, said police. She also described how she was dying and that no one should be held responsible for her death. “She hasn’t held anyone responsible for her death in her suicide note. But her writing shows how upset she was and had a lot of hidden pain. She hasn’t addressed anyone in specific in her suicide note. She also thanked her parents for doing their best in her life. But has mentioned about some strange dark side of her life, which isn’t clear,” said police. Police suspected she might have consumed something before wrapping her head with a polythine, so that no one could hear her screams. However, that will be cleared in the detailed autopsy report. Police also suspected that she had learnt the procedure by watching web series or movies. “She was academically brilliant and would complete her syllabus much in advance. Her mother said she had wanted an admission in the Indian Statistical Institute in future and would often talk about it,” said police. Police are now examining her laptops and mobile phones. Chairperson of West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Ananya Chakraborti, met the school authorities Saturday. “The school authorities are very shocked since they never found anything abnormal in her. But after the incident when they spoke to her mother, she apparently revealed that the girl had attempted suicide even before. Her parents didn’t inform the school authorities about it, otherwise they would have paid more attention and such an incident could have been averted,” Chakraborti said.Several guardians believed that lack of CCTV cameras inside washrooms make it easy for students to do anything secretly. An attendant outside the washroom could have avoided this incident in particular, they added. “This is an extremely unfortunate incident. It should be probed from all possible angle, be it any loophole on part of the school authorities, the education system or domestic environment,” said Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University. (With inputs from Indian Express)
Facing trauma in childhood can significantly change the structure of the brain, which may result in severe depression which could even be recurrent in adulthood, say researchers. The results from MRI scan images suggest that both childhood maltreatment and recurring depression are associated with similar reductions in the surface area of the insular cortex, part of the brain that regulates emotion and self-awareness. This reduction could make a future relapse more likely, said the study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, which found childhood maltreatment one of the strongest risk factors for major depression in adulthood. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Given the impact of the insular cortex on brain functions such as emotional awareness, it’s possible that the changes we saw make patients less responsive to conventional treatments,” said lead researcher Nils Opel from the University of Munster in Germany. The study included 110 patients aged 18 to 60 years. Of the 75 patients who experienced a relapse, 48 had experienced one additional episode, seven reported two episodes, and six experienced three episodes. Fourteen had a remission period of less than two months and could therefore be regarded as having chronic depression. The findings are to develop or improve risk-adapted interventions for people susceptible to a worse long-term clinical outcome. Future research should therefore explore how the findings could be translated into care and treatment that could improve patient outcomes.
Microsoft is expanding its Xbox entertainment offering to 222 countries, up from 35 today, and is enhancing its TV offering with multiscreen delivery.The new version of the service will take the Xbox entertainment service to phones, tablets and PCs, according to Microsoft. Via the Xbox SmartGlass downloadable app, users will be able to convert tablets, PCs, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android devices into second screens to view its entertainment offering. For Xbox Video, users will be able to start a TV show or movie on their Windows 8 tablet and finish it on the TV screen through Xbox 360.The enhancements coincide with the launch of the Windows 8 operating system, to be followed shortly by the launch of Windows 8 for Mobile.