Exoskeleton helps former Canadian soldier walk again

first_imgToronto, Sep 20 (PTI) A former Canadian soldier who survived a debilitating brain injury while on duty in Afghanistan in 2006 has recovered his ability to walk again with the help of a customised exoskeleton. Trevor Greene was told he would likely never walk again after he suffered a brain injury when a teenage boy attacked him with an axe, cracking his skull. Greene survived but was left unable to walk. He began working with Ryan DArcy, a neuroscientist and professor at Canadas Simon Fraser University, in 2009. DArcy asked Greene to partner with him in a research project to explore how brain plasticity affects motor functions. Plasticity refers to the brains ability to reorganise its neural pathways and synapses in response to different behaviours, thoughts or emotions. The two have since met regularly for DArcy to collect functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of Greenes brain to track how the brain rewires itself. In an article published in The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, DArcy and his research team have challenged the current assumptions that after a traumatic brain injury, any further recovery ceases to happen over the long-term. His team discovered physical functions can be recovered through rehabilitation even six years after an injury. In 2014, DArcy called on Carolyn Sparrey, an assistant professor in the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering (MSE) who has extensive experience in biomechanics, to see if she could customise an exoskeleton that would suit the unique requirements of the 6 feet 4 inches tall Greene. Exoskeletons are typically designed for those with spinal cord injuries as an assistive technology providing lower leg movement. Sparrey notes that this is the first time exoskeleton technology has been used for a person with a brain injury. Today, Greene is able to walk upright with assistance, outfitted with a custom-made exoskeleton from Israel-based company, ReWalk. In the future he plans to walk unassisted. Ultimately, he says his goal is to make it to Everest base camp. The motorised exoskeleton has been customised so that Greene can wear the battery pack as a backpack. PTI MHN RCL AKJ RCLadvertisementlast_img read more

Suhrawadi Shuvo ‘out of danger’ after hit by Taskin Ahmed bouncer

first_imgBangladesh allrounder, Suhrawadi Shuvo has been hospitalised after being stuck on the lower right side of his neck. Playing for Victoria Sporting Club against Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League, Shuvo was struck while evading a Taskin Ahmed bouncer.The incident happened in the 25th over when Shuvo was batting on 21 and faced a low bouncer from Taskin. The ball didn’t rise as anticipated by the batsman and hitting him on the side of his head.BCB’s chief physician, Dr Debashish Chowdhury said Shuvo was out of danger after undergoing scans at the Apollo hospital. Chowdhury added that the new helmets with safety regulations would have helped the allrounder but he wasn’t wearing one.”He is out of danger. The CT scan and MRI showed that there has been no damage to his brain. He will be kept under observation for the next 24 hours at the hospital as a precautionary measure. He is stable now, but as with any head injuries, they will observe him for at least 24 hours.”It would have helped if he was wearing the helmet with new safety regulations, but he wasn’t,” Chowdhury told ESPNCricinfo. Shuvo was rushed to a hospital after he failed to respond to one of the four tests done in these sort of situations. Following that he was rushed to a hospital 12kms from the stadium with the Victoria team staff and BCB physician, Monirul Amin.last_img read more

India Blue in firm control vs India Red in Duleep Trophy final

first_imgInching closer to lifting the Duleep Trophy, India Blue took a virtually unassailable lead of 476 runs against India Red on a rain-truncated penultimate day of the tournament final at the Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground here on Tuesday. (Latest Cricket stories)Play was marred due to rain with two stoppages halting play. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal scored a fifty and skipper Gautam Gambhir scored a fluent 36 as India Blue reached 139/3 at stumps. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav snared two wickets.India Test regulars Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease on 22 and 3 respectively.Resuming at the overnight total of 1/0, India Blue got off to a steady start with Gambhir and Agarwal stitching a 67-run partnership.Gambhir wasted little time to stretch the lead by punching Pradeep Sangwan through cover and point for the first runs of the evening. The 34-year old gave little leeway to Nathu Singh in the next over, clipping a full length delivery to the deep mid-wicket fence.Nathu did not have a good time bowling to Gambhir as the seasoned campaigner carted him for two more boundaries in the sixth over of the evening.RAIN PLAYS SPOILSPORTJust as India Blue looked to be cruising smoothly, at 33/0 in six overs, there was another stoppage in play, this time for an hour and fifteen minutes. Gambhir looked good for a long innings after play restarted, but departed to the delight of India Red.The dashing Delhi opener, though not happy with the decision, was drawn forward by a nicely tossed up delivery by Kuldeep forcing the southpaw to miss his front foot defence and let the ball spin away to hit him in front of the stumps.advertisementBarring Kuldeep who has been Gambhir’s bane in the final, the 2011 World Cup star looked good for his 36 at a swift strike rate of 61.01.At the other end, Agarwal played well for his 52 laced with seven fours. The 25-year old brought up his fifty in propitious fashion, flicking a Kuldeep delivery off the middle of the bat which Nathu misfielded at deep midwicket allowing the ball to trickle over the ropes. Agarwal brought up his 11th fifty in first-class cricket.Soon after though, the right-hander perished, this time, Nathu making no mistake at deep midwicket. Trying to hit Kuldeep with the spin into the stands, the Karnataka batsman ended up dragging it to Nathu.Dinesh Karthik did not last long, trying to be too swishy too early. Hurrying to a 12-ball 16, the experienced keeper stepped out to Amit Mishra missing the turn altogether.Brief Scores: India Blue 693/6 declared (Cheteshwar Pujara 256 not out, Sheldon Jackson 134; Amit Mishra 2-171) and 139/3 (Mayank Agarwal 52; Kuldeep Yadav 2/47) lead India Red 356 (Stuart Binny 98, Mishra 65; Ravindra Jadeja 5-95) by 476 runs.last_img read more

How Madrid’s best players flopped under Lopetegui

first_imgJulen Lopetegui has been sacked as Real Madrid head coach after seeing the winners of the last three Champions League finals slip to ninth in LaLiga.The former Spain coach struggled at the Santiago Bernabeu and, upon his departure on Monday, the club noted that eight Madrid players were nominated for the Ballon d’Or and should be capable of better.While Lopetegui has paid the price for his poor decisions, those world-class stars did not always help their coach in the opening 14 games of the campaign. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Following his sacking, we look at how Madrid’s octet of potential prize-winners have underperformed so far this term.last_img read more

Premier League: Newcastle draw at West Brom, Palace hold Brighton

first_imgNewcastle ended a run of four straight Premier League losses by coming from two goals down to draw 2-2 at West Bromwich Albion, whose winless run stretched to 13 games ahead of its likely appointment of Alan Pardew as manager.Pardew, who will reportedly be hired on Wednesday, will inherit a side two points above the Premier League relegation zone.Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion 2-0 up by the 56th minute at The Hawthorns, but Ciaran Clark reduced the deficit in the 59th and Newcastle equalized through Jonny Evans’ own goal in the 83rd.Newcastle’s comeback moved the team up to 12th place and five points clear of the bottom three ahead of a weekend trip to Chelsea.Pardew, who wasn’t at the match, will take on former club Crystal Palace on Saturday should his appointment be confirmed.PALACE EARN FIRST AWAY POINTPremier League strugglers Crystal Palace earned its first away point of the season with a 0-0 draw at Brighton on Tuesday.Bottom of the table, Palace was unable to make a breakthrough as the team’s search for a first league goal on the road since April continues.Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha went closest for the visitors when they were thwarted in quick succession by a superb double save from goalkeeper Mat Ryan, while Brighton striker Glenn Murray had a late header blocked on the line by Andros Townsend.Palace, under former England manager Roy Hodgson, is level on nine points with 19th-place Swansea, which has a game in hand. Brighton slipped to 10th in the standings.advertisementlast_img read more

Booker, Suns Snap 18-Game Skid to Warriors With 115-111 Win

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State’s topsy-turvy, three-peat quest took another ugly turn.Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night.The Suns defeated Golden State for the first time since a 107-95 victory on Nov. 9, 2014, and earned their first road win in 20 tries against the Western Conference this season. The Warriors followed a great win against Denver two nights earlier with a dud.“Let’s not forget last year was way worse than this, way worse than this, with injuries and things like that. We have pretty much everybody healthy,” Stephen Curry said. “We talked about the things we need to get better at going into the playoffs and just haven’t done it. It’s an uncomfortable feeling, which I think we like right now.“We’re getting challenged, we’re getting teams’ best shots.”Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) dunks over Phoenix Suns forward Dragan Bender, left, and guard Devin Booker during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Klay Thompson’s two free throws with 1:04 to go made it 111-108. Andre Iguodala secured a rebound after two missed Suns shots but Curry missed on a 3 with 23 seconds left. Booker then converted two free throws.Booker’s jumper with 5:01 to play put the Suns ahead, then he made it 102-98 on a 3-pointer at 4:45. Booker hit a fadeaway at the 4:04 mark then scored on a driving one-handed dunk after Phoenix pushed in transition after Curry’s turnover.Kevin Durant had 25 points before leaving with a bruised right ankle midway through the fourth on a night his teammates struggled from near and far. The cold-shooting Warriors couldn’t overcome Booker’s late onslaught in losing to lowly Phoenix.“Probably the worst loss of the season, unfortunately,” Thompson said.Booker was 13 for 23, made all nine of his free throws and also dished out 11 assists for the Suns in a back-to-back and their fourth win in five games.Splash Brothers Curry and Thompson were a combined 16 of 42 — 8 of 30 on 3s after a 4-for-22 start — and the Warriors went 10 of 43 from beyond the arc.“One game, you miss shots,” Curry said. “We took ones we thought we could make. If they go down this could be a totally different conversation. So don’t overreact to that.”Phoenix Suns guard Tyler Johnson, right, tries to control the ball on the floor as he is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Curry started 0 for 5 and missed his initial four 3-point tries before connecting from deep 4:35 before halftime and finished with 18 points on 6-of-20 shooting.Thompson made his first four shots and appeared poised for another shooting gem to follow up his 39-point, nine 3-pointer performance in Friday’s 122-105 win against Denver. He still scored 28 points, going 10 of 22.Kelly Oubre Jr. added 22 points with four 3s for the Suns, who won at Oracle Arena for the first time since 2011 in what was their final visit there.Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov knew limiting turnovers would be a key to the Suns staying in the game. They committed just eight but had a three-game winning streak snapped Saturday at Portland. Booker had six Sunday and Oubre five of the Suns’ 14.The Suns played only 21 hours, 30 minutes later with the Daylight Saving Time change.“It shows a lot about us. After All-Star break, most people could fold and it’s happened in the past years here,” Booker said. “We came in after All-Star break as a team and it was like we’re going to finish this thing off the right way. We’ve improved in so many different ways.”The Warriors jumped to a 12-3 lead, getting a pair of quick 3s and a baseline drive and dunk from Thompson before a Phoenix timeout at the 7:56 mark. But Golden State’s lead was just 57-56 at halftime.TIP-INSSuns: Booker received a technical with 1:27 left in the third out of frustration on a no-call. … F T.J. Warren missed his 19th consecutive game with right ankle soreness. … Phoenix is 6-29 on the road overall.Warriors: Draymond Green contributed 11 rebounds and eight assists. … Thompson played his 600th career regular-season game — the 11th player in Warriors history to do so. His 102 postseason games are most ever for any Golden State player. … Thompson had six of his team’s 16 turnovers.By: Janie McCauley, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

West Ham United hand evidence to police on racist abuse of Mohamed Salah

first_imgWest Ham United have handed evidence to the police after completing an investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah during their Premier League match at the London Stadium on Monday.A video emerged on social media in which audible racial slurs were directed at the 26-year-old Egypt international as he was taking a corner. The match finished in a 1-1 draw.The user who posted the video on Twitter said: “I went to watch West Ham vs Liverpool and I was disgusted by what I was hearing. People like this deserve no place in our society let alone football matches.”The Metropolitan Police had told Reuters in an email that officers were in the process of reviewing the footage and West Ham said in a statement on Thursday that they had given all of their evidence to the police.”After a thorough and immediate investigation following the abhorrent racist abuse aimed at Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah on Monday night, West Ham United can confirm that it has handed evidence to the Metropolitan Police,” the statement said.”The Club is unequivocal in its stance – such abuse will not be tolerated. There is no place or excuse for this kind of behaviour.”Salah was last year named PFA Player of the Year and the Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year after he scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season.Also Watch:last_img read more

JIRC Urges Companies to Donate Books

first_img Literary specialists and principals have been engaged to recommend students most in need of the intervention. Registration forms will also be available online for parents to register their children for participation. The camp, which is expected to cater to some 1,500 children between six and 17 years old, will run from July 24 to 28 and will be held at 15 locations across the 14 parishes. The Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC) is calling on corporate Jamaica to come on board and donate books and other resources to its week-long islandwide reading camp in July.The camp, which is expected to cater to some 1,500 children between six and 17 years old, will run from July 24 to 28 and will be held at 15 locations across the 14 parishes.Executive Director of JIRC, Santana Morris, said there is an ongoing book drive to acquire material to be used for ‘reading corners’ at each location.She explained that the camp will be targeting children in need of literacy intervention and will address the five main components of literacy – fluency, comprehension skills, vocabulary development, phonemics and phonological development.Literary specialists and principals have been engaged to recommend students most in need of the intervention. Registration forms will also be available online for parents to register their children for participation.“JIRC is a strategic, non-profit, innovative initiative that was created to help students master the art of reading. We gather trained literacy specialists across the island to create special programmes to help students who are having literacy challenges, who are from a low financial background, and others who might even just want to read above their grade level,” Ms. Morris said.The JIRC Summer Reading Camp was first held in 2016 in seven parishes.“This year, we will be having a mixture of activities, including an edutainment package, where we will be inviting different professionals to come in and to speak to the students about why literacy is important and how it applies in their work and field,” she said.She said this is to include nurses, doctors, security personnel, skilled labourers and others from the community, who will demonstrate the value of literacy in their everyday work.“We will be focusing on promoting literacy in our communities. Teachers and the Ministry of Education cannot do it alone, so we have to come together as a nation to help our students to master reading and to eradicate illiteracy in our country,” she said.Children will be screened at the start of the camp to ascertain their level of need and be assigned accordingly.The Executive Director said some 800 volunteers, including 300 teachers, have been accepted to help in the teaching and running of the camps.She explained that the JIRC aims to use culturally relevant books and material to help the youngsters relate to the lessons.The programme is also looking to utilise digital solutions to help children learn to read.“We are hoping to get sponsorship for tablets or laptops that will aid in delivery this year. This will help students develop literacy and create a better foundation for lifelong learning,” she said.The National Youth Service (NYS) has offered to collaborate with the JIRC to provide a stipend for volunteers from the age of 17 to 29.Information on how to donate can be found at the website: www.jamaicaintensivereadingclinic.com and on the JIRC Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. The Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic (JIRC) is calling on corporate Jamaica to come on board and donate books and other resources to its week-long islandwide reading camp in July. Story Highlightslast_img read more

5 children killed in fire at Pennsylvania day care centre

first_imgErie: A day care centre where children could stay overnight as their parents worked was ravaged Sunday by a fire that killed five and sent the owner to the hospital, authorities said. The victims in the lakeside city of Erie ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said. At least four of the victims were staying overnight at the residential house that had been turned into a day care centre, Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the Erie Times-News. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe fire, reported at about 1:15 am Sunday, was funneling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, Widomski said. Valerie Lockett-Slupski, standing across the street from the fire-damaged house, told the newspaper she was the grandmother of four of the children, and that they were staying at the day care center because their parents were working overnight. She said the family had two boys and two girls and had used the center for almost a year. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened,” Lockett-Slupski said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation Sunday afternoon, Widomski told the newspaper. The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists the Harris Family Daycare as “a 24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service including holidays.” The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. But a Jan. 3, 2019, inspection note on that listing highlighted “ashes and cigarette or cigar butts” in “a child care space, play space or food preparation area.” The day care center’s response to the note reads, “I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way,” and the department listed the issue as corrected. Another department note from the same date reads “protective receptacle covers shall be placed in electrical outlets accessible to children 5 years of age or younger,” to which the day care’s response was, “I turned the outlets so they were closed. I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use.” That issue was also listed as being corrected. Widomski told the newspaper that the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor. The department’s two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives trained in fire investigations are working to determine the cause of the blaze.last_img read more

Your Chance To Discuss Your Dog With Cesar Millan

first_imgHere is your chance to win a personal encounter with Cesar Millan just by donating to charity.Meet Cesar Millan!Dog lovers everywhere know that Cesar Millan’s relationship with dogs is undeniably special. As a young boy he was teased for his close relationships with dogs by his classmates calling him ‘dog boy,’ but today, he is the pet care industry’s most recognized and sought-after authority working in the field of dog care and rehabilitation. Pooch lovers everywhere would dream of the opportunity to meet this celebrated dog behaviorist in person and Omaze.com is now making their dream come true.Anyone can now enter-to-win the ultimate dog-lover’s experience: a flight to Miami with their best pal to meet Cesar Millan, VIP access to filming of the Cesar Millan show and some one-on-one time with the man himself backstage before the show. The winner will learn about Cesar’s philosophies on dogs, see a live demonstration with a variety of breeds and participate in an audience Q&A session. The best part? Entries start at just $5 a pop and every 5 entries will teach a classroom of children humane education and helps save the lives of shelter dogs.Donations benefit the Cesar Millan Foundation.To find out more about the experience or Omaze.com, click here.last_img read more

10 Most Delicious Moroccan Foods

Rabat – While I was wrought with anxiety and homesickness on my flight to Morocco for my semester abroad, I cheered myself up by imagining all the delicious Moroccan foods I was about to have at my disposal. I ignorantly assumed that Moroccan foods would resemble that of the Middle East. I was daydreaming about piles of falafel, hummus, tabouleh, fattoush, mana’eesh, and baba ghanoush. While all of these dishes are available in Morocco, the country has so much more to offer in terms of its own authentic cuisine.I won’t bore you by going over the varieties of couscous and tagines that are native to Morocco. They’re great, but their worldwide fame makes that discussion a bit redundant. Here are ten more Moroccan foods of varying popularity that you need to try during your visit–or make at home! ZaalukMy favorite way to start a meal is with zaaluk and bread. To be honest, I could eat this as a meal by itself–it’s really that delicious. The base of zaaluk is mashed eggplants, tomatoes, and garlic. It is spiced with cumin, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne for some heat. Use it as a spread or dip before moving onto the main course of your meal. It’s easy to fill up on this stuff, so pace yourself! TangiaI said I wasn’t going to mention tagines or couscous, but I do have to mention one renowned Moroccan dish: tangia. Most famous in Marrakech, tangia is yet another Moroccan dish named for its cooking vessel. Tangia, also known as the bachelor’s dish, was originally cooked by unmarried working men who would gather to prepare this easy, meat-based meal. Tangia is prepared with bone-in chunks of meat or chicken flavored with garlic, onions, preserved lemon, and cumin.Traditionally, bachelors would assemble the ingredients in an urn-like pot and bury the tangia in hot ashes to cook slowly while they went off to work. Another traditional method included bringing the pot of ingredients to the local hammam, where the tangia was cooked overnight over hot coals and picked up the next morning. The slow process tenderizes the meat so that it falls easily off the bone. You can easily find this traditional dish at restaurants in Marrakech as well as in Meknes, Fez, and Sefrou. Moroccans didn’t invent slow cooking, but they certainly perfected the technique. This mouthwatering meal is truly one for the books. RfissaDon’t worry, ladies–Moroccan women get a special meal, too! Rfissa is a traditional dish of chicken, onions, lentils, and msemen that was curated to replenish women after childbirth. It’s seasoned with saffron, parsley, coriander, ras el hanout, ginger, garlic, turmeric, salt, and pepper. The secret ingredient is fenugreek, a medicinal herb that supposedly boosts milk production in new mothers. Fenugreek is also lauded as a natural way to treat inflammation, balance blood sugar levels, and improve male libido. It’s unlikely you’ll find this dish in a restaurant, so take a day to prepare this amazing meal at home. B’stillaBastilla is among the most delicious Moroccan foodsThe first time I had b’stilla was days before traveling to Morocco for my semester abroad. I went out to a Moroccan restaurant with my family and one of the courses was this sweet and savory meat pie. I was amazed at how much I enjoyed this strange combination of chicken, eggs, nuts, cinnamon, and sugar. The Moroccan dish, which has Andalusian origins, is usually prepared for large events or parties. It can be made with chicken, seafood, or even pigeon.Now that I live in Rabat, I get to enjoy homemade b’stilla even without a cause for celebration, courtesy of my wonderful mother-in-law. In addition to making the large pie for family gatherings, she stuffs triangles of phyllo dough with the b’stilla mixture for me to fry up whenever I crave this one-of-a-kind flavor and texture. Not everyone is as lucky as I am, so grab this traditional meal whenever you get the chance!SardinesMoroccan Stuffed Fried Sardines with ChermoulaMorocco’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts are famous for their bountiful varieties of fresh seafood. Seeing as Morocco is the world’s top producer of canned sardines, it comes as no surprise that sardine-based dishes are particularly famous in the Kingdom. Most Moroccans, of course, prefer fresh sardines over canned. You’ll find endless options in the coastal cities of Essaouira, Agadir, Tetouan, Tangier, and Rabat. Try them grilled, barbequed, or fried and stuffed with chermoula.Amazigh flatbread (madfouna)The Amazigh flatbread is probably the most underrated dish in the country. Sure, it’s basically a sandwich, but who doesn’t love sandwiches?According to a BBC Travel feature, this ancient “Moroccan pizza” originated in the Erg Chebbi region of the Sahara Desert. To make the pizza, Saharan bread dough is kneaded, rolled into a round shape, stretched over fillings, pinched closed, and baked. Imazighen originally baked the meal in a fire pit in the sand or in a mud oven, but now it is also cooked in large fire ovens. Fillings include beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, nuts, onions, and garlic. The quintessential Moroccan herbs and spices—including cumin, paprika, turmeric, ginger, and parsley–add even more flavor to the fillings. The flatbreads tend to be customizable, so there is an option for everyone.       If you ever visit the Sahara, specifically the town of Rissani, don’t pass up the chance to sample this amazing age-old tradition. MaakoudaMaakouda is one of the most popular Moroccan foodsMaakouda is one of Morocco’s safest street foods–you probably won’t need Imodium after enjoying these crispy potato fritters. No undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables here!You can find this snack practically anywhere, but maakouda also comes in a quiche-like form that can be enjoyed as a meal. This version is baked or cooked in a tagine rather than fried and includes eggs. Both variations pair nicely with ketchup or a spicy sauce.  Either way, you can’t go wrong with this one. AmlouAmlou is a deliciously sweet mixture of argan oil, honey, and almonds. The taste and texture are reminiscent of peanut butter due to the strong nutty flavor of argan oil. I personally prefer it over peanut butter, and I like to tell myself it’s healthier. Enjoy amlou with warm msemen or other Moroccan breads for a filling breakfast or snack. Everything during RamadanSorry, I couldn’t pick just one. But I’ll try to limit myself to sweets. If you visit Morocco during the holy month of Ramadan, you’ll be exposed to some of the best desserts the country has to offer. My absolute favorite Ramadan delight is harira and chebakia. Mind you, harira is not a dessert. I had to mention it, though, because the unlikely pair of honey-drenched cookies and a hearty tomato, chickpea, and lentil soup is truly unbeatable. Other famous Ramadan sweets in Morocco include briwat (deep-fried stuffed turnovers), sellou (flour paste made with nuts, honey, and seeds), and lsan teer cookies (honeyed, crescent-shaped treats). Don’t eat, drink, or smoke in public during the day if you aren’t fasting for Ramadan–this is hshuma (shameful). Even more hshuma, though, is depriving yourself of these delicious sweets when it’s time to breakfast. Kul! Eat!Almost everything during Eid al AdhaAgain, I couldn’t pick just one. Eid al Adha is heaven for meat-lovers but not for the faint of heart. You will see a lot of blood, guts, and severed sheep heads if you go out and about during the yearly Festival of Sacrifice. Moroccan families celebrating Eid use every part of the sheep that they don’t give away to the poor or to friends and neighbors. The first holiday meal for many families is made of sheep entrails and liver: boulfaf and tkalia.  one of the most popular Moroccan foods during Eid, called meshwi, is best enjoyed fresh off the grill. Chunks of sheep or lamb meat are seasoned with parsley, coriander, cumin, black pepper, and salt and barbequed to perfection. Sheep liver is also made into tender kebabs and wrapped with lace fat.  LKhlii is made of dried and salted meat and is a great way to preserve leftover lamb or mutton from the holiday.During Eid, kouraine is made from the slaughtered animal’s legs and prepared with chickpeas, saffron, turmeric, paprika, ginger, cumin, and garlic. Raisins are sometimes added for a touch of sweetness. Roasted ribs are another holiday favorite, flavored with onion, cumin, black pepper, ginger, coriander, saffron, lemon juice, and garlic. The holidays are a great time to experience some of the country’s best dishes, but Morocco never faces a shortage of delicious food. This list is merely a glimpse at the amazing cuisine that has either originated in Morocco or been perfected by Moroccans. With unique culinary traditions in each region, Morocco has something to satisfy every craving. read more

Gazette to be challenged

The gazette notification giving the President powers to deploy the army to any district in Sri Lanka is to be challenged, lawyers said today.The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) says it has appointed a two man committee to look at the gazette notification. The gazette, which is renewed monthly, gives the President the powers to deploy the army to all of the 25 districts in Sri Lanka for security reasons including to control mob violence. (Colombo Gazette) An executive member of the BASL said that the committee is expected to make some recommendations which will be used to take legal action on the gazette. read more

Afghanistan has worlds fastest growing crisis of internal displacement UN

“Population movements among Afghans are at crisis levels,” Dennis McNamara told a press conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Tuesday following his participation in an inter-agency mission to Kabul, Herat and Mazar. “Our biggest concern right now is the impoverished population divested of most basic assets, who remain in their villages and cannot even meet transport costs to get out.”According to Mr. McNamara, who is Special Coordinator for Internally Displaced Persons for the Geneva-based Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 140,000 displaced people are now in Herat, with 100,000 people in Maslakh camp alone. On average, 300 families – over 1,500 people – are entering Herat every day in need of help, and often sleeping in the open due to a lack of shelter. Overall, about 700,000 to 800,000 Afghans have left their homes due to conflict, drought or both, with 500,000 of them still inside Afghanistan, Mr. McNamara said.In Mazar, the vulnerable population is in “acute distress and living under deplorable conditions, with few worldly possessions,” he said. Because the displaced are spread throughout every province of northern Afghanistan, their dispersion makes rendering adequate assistanceextremely difficult.The Special Coordinator called for a “multi-layered response,” including increased aid across in the areas of shelter, health, food, sanitation and water. He said that the assistance community immediately needed 20,000 new shelters for the displaced, and that the current appeal for $254 million would have to be revised upwards immediately and would require urgent action by donors. Given that 85 per cent of Afghanistan’s population lives in rural areas, support to the agricultural sector would be needed, he said, calling for $7 million for seed and other inputs. He also said both UN agencies and non-governmental organizations needed to strengthen their presence inside the country to be able to cope with the escalating crisis.The assessment mission was comprised of staff from OCHA, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-governmental organization CARE. read more

US Geological Survey reports 4 earthquakes capable of moderate damage in northwest

US Geological Survey reports 4 earthquakes capable of moderate damage in northwest Oklahoma by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2016 8:02 am MDT Last Updated Jan 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FAIRVIEW, Okla. – Four earthquakes capable of causing moderate damage rocked northwestern Oklahoma, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries.The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.7 quake hit just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about 20 miles northwest of Fairview and a magnitude 4.8 quake struck about a half mile away less than a minute later. A magnitude 4.0 quake was recorded in the area just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday and another magnitude 4.0 temblor struck in the same area just before 2 p.m. Thursday.Oklahoma’s earthquakes have been linked to injecting wastewater underground from oil and gas production. Regulators have ordered a reduction in volume or the closure of some wells.Fairview police and Major County Sheriff’s Department officials say there were no reports of damage or injuries.Hundreds of people reported feeling the quakes in Kansas and Oklahoma. There were also reports to the USGS that the quake was felt hundreds of miles away in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin.Fairview is about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.“It was by far the worst earthquake that I’ve experienced,” said Fairview resident Mary Beth McFadden. “The house just tremored for quite some time, and then we had another one right away.“It was just scary. Nothing fell off the walls, but it was very nerve-wracking for a few minutes.”More than a dozen smaller quakes were also recorded Wednesday night and Thursday.The Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s oil and natural gas industry, on Monday ordered five wastewater injection wells to reduce volume after a swarm of quakes, including a 4.2-magnitude temblor on New Year’s Day, rattled Edmond, a northeast suburb of Oklahoma City. read more

Early goal dooms Ohio State womens soccer against Purdue

As some fans of the Ohio State women’s soccer team were still finding their seats, Purdue’s junior forward Alex Hairston scored just 31 seconds into the game.Hairston’s goal would prove to be the only one of the match from either side as the Boilermakers defeated OSU 1-0 Sunday afternoon.“We just kept knocking the ball backwards … and eventually there’s no other place for it to go than in the goal,” coach Lori Walker said. “It was just very sloppy and very casual on our part.”Purdue would continue to control play for a majority of the first half, outshooting the Buckeyes 6-3 in the first 30 minutes of the match.“We came out and we were a little too casual, and to Purdue’s credit they pressed us,” Walker said.OSU pushed back in the final 15 minutes of the first half, but could not get a tying goal before the teams headed to the locker room.Junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber’s header in the final minute of the half was the best chance for the Buckeyes during that time, and despite leading in shots 7-6, the Buckeyes couldn’t make a goal before heading into the break.“We were not communicating to each other and once we stopped that up, we played better but it wasn’t enough,” sophomore goalkeeper Jillian McVicker said.The second half start was similar to the first, as the Boilermakers pressed again, attempting four of the first five shots. McVicker stopped two of those shots, with one deflected and another wide of the mark.OSU had three shots on goal in the final 10 minutes, but could not find the equalizer. In the 86th minute, sophomore forward Michela Paradiso had a shot from just outside the box, but was stopped on a diving save from Purdue’s redshirt-senior goalkeeper Clara Kridler, a Columbus native.“We picked up our momentum a little bit more in that second half but we didn’t capitalize on our chances, and you can’t win games if you don’t capitalize on chances,” Gruber said.McVicker said the Buckeyes played hard after the early goal, but hard work is not everything.“Sometimes working hard isn’t always working smart though, so we were running around and hustling but sometimes it’s just not enough,” McVicker said.After playing the last three games at home the Buckeyes (7-2-2, 1-1-1) are scheduled for a road game at Minnesota Friday at 8 p.m. read more

Adam Johnson supporter jailed for harassing footballers child sex victim on Facebook

first_imgThis is one attention-seeking girl… Her family will be embarrassed. Like and sharepost on Steven Knox’s Facebook page Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. District Judge Katrina Harrison said it was a “very troubling case”.She said: “The bottom line seems to me that if people are allowed to get away with what he did in this particular case, it’s pointless having the rule of law.”The judge said complainants could be put off coming forward if they were named afterwards.”I did consider whether I could suspend the sentence but I have become absolutely convinced that the courts must make a stand against this kind of behaviour,” she said.Ms Johnson, who sat at the back of the court with her father, wept as her ex-partner was led away.Durham Police had previously warned internet users that it was a crime to identify alleged sexual assault victims.The ex-Sunderland winger’s young victim, who was said to be besotted with him, has been named on social media numerous times.Johnson’s trial at Bradford Crown Court heard that he had kissed and sexually touched the girl in his Range Rover in a secluded spot in County Durham.Trial judge Jonathan Rose was satisfied the girl had suffered “severe psychological harm” and that Johnson had taken advantage of “a young teenager’s adoration of a successful celebrity”. Johnson was jailed for six years. Adam Johnson A photo of the girl was posted too, and although it was obscured, it was the same as previously posted photos, Mr Hope said.The post was shared almost 1,000 times by the time the victim saw it. The court heard how people were urging Knox to name the girl, then delete the post five minutes later, so they could see it and spread it.Mr Hope said: “The prosecution case is that he is encouraging others to share pictures and as a consequence, revealing her identity further.”The prosecution said there was a further, similar Facebook message on March 23.Police tried to find Knox and he was finally stopped at an airport on May 31.In a victim impact statement, the schoolgirl said she felt “totally paranoid” whenever she went out, that the trial judge’s promise of life-long anonymity had been ignored and that she had been threatened. She has had to have counselling.Richard Rogers, defending Knox, said: “He apologises profusely, through me, to the young lady and wishes it had never happened.”The judge imposed an indefinite restraining order. She said she would not make any order of compensation, which the victim had not asked for, as it could be considered “insulting” to the girl.The judge said Knox could have been charged with contempt of court, but the prosecution decided not to charge him with that offence as the comments were not made during the trial. The day after the Sunderland star was convicted, Knox posted two photos of the girl on Facebook and wrote: “A don’t care if get locked up stand by my beliefs does this look like a girl who scared leave house who that young didn’t no what was happening who bragged and lied who Perseud and prolonged couldn’t give a slightest care in world (sic).”His Facebook profile was “public” and he had more than 3,000 Facebook friends, the court heard.The victim took a screen shot and sent it to the police.Jim Hope, prosecuting, said the next day Knox posted a picture of “pound notes”, with a photo of the victim partially obscured by a football, and the comment: “Guess who this is.”Durham Police issued him with a harassment warning on March 11, explaining the girl must not be identified and that she had been caused considerable stress and harassment.But on March 21 a relative of the victim told her there were a further 12 images of her on Knox’s Facebook page, with the message: “This is one attention-seeking girl. Away man, she f—— loves it.”It’s absolute joke. Like and share. Her family will be embarrassed. Like and share.”center_img Dave Johnson (right) and Faye Johnson (left), the father and sister of footballer Adam JohnsonCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA The former partner of Adam Johnson’s sister has been jailed for 16 weeks for harassing the disgraced ex-England footballer’s child sex victim in a series of Facebook posts.Steven Knox, of Sunderland, caused the 15-year-old alarm or distress by posting photos of her online and urging others to share them after Johnson was convicted of sexual activity with the child.The 30-year-old, who is unemployed, ignored a harassment warning by the police and continued to post about the girl, who as the victim of a sex crime was entitled to life-long anonymity.Knox, who has a child with Johnson’s sister Faye, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court to admit the single harassment charge. Adam (right) and Faye Johnson (left), the sister and father of footballer Adam Johnson Footballer Adam Johnson pictured arriving for his trial at Bradford Crown CourtCredit:Nigel Roddis/Gettylast_img read more