Russia jails Pussy Riot members for World Cup pitch invasion

first_img0Shares0000One of the Pussy Riot feminist punk group protestors being escorted by stewards from the pitch during the World Cup final © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 16 – Russia on Monday jailed four members of Pussy Riot feminist punk group for 15 days after they invaded the pitch during the World Cup final dressed in police uniforms.A Moscow court sentenced Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova and Pyotr Verzilov to 15 days in police cells and also banned them from visiting sports events for three years, Mediazona court news site reported. They were found guilty of “grossly violating the rules for spectators’ behaviour” and given the maximum punishment possible under the charge.Verzilov is the founder of Mediazona website, which reports on trials of rights activists.The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium on Sunday and briefly halted play in the second half of the match between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.Pussy Riot immediately posted messages on social media claiming responsibility for the protest and issuing a list of six political demands.“Let all political prisoners free,” said the first.Others included an end to arrests at peaceful rallies and to “allow political competition in the country”.Pussy Riot is most famous for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a central Moscow church in February 2012.Three of the group’s members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups.Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 22 months of their two-year sentences. The other convicted member Yekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins has no timetable for return to contact drills

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The mere sight has comforted the Warriors.During the end of practices and shootaround, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins has been on the court with all of his other All-Star teammates. Despite his ongoing progress with his rehab from a left Achilles tendon that has sidelined him since late January, the Warriors do not yet know when he will participate in contact drills.“We’re literally taking it week-by-week,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after morning shootaround for …last_img

Mr. Clean Is Sick

first_imgDo you get sick too easily?  Did you grow up with allergies?  One reason might be your home environment is too clean, says a story on PhysOrg.    The “hygiene hypothesis” asserts that our immune system over-reacts to lack of stimulation by turning on itself – producing autoimmune diseases and allergies.  It “blames increased allergies on cleaner homes, increased air pollution and changes in diet.  Obesity and lack of exercise may also play a role.”    One researcher at University of Iowa is treating patients with multiple sclerosis and colitis with parasitic worms.  He claims incidents of these autoimmune diseases increased when parasitic worms were eliminated from our environment.  He thinks they have a “profound symbiotic effect on developing and maintaining the immune system.”Not sure we are ready to go that far and add parasitic worms to the diet – that idea needs much more proof!  The principle in this article could, however, help us think differently about some organisms with bad reputations.  Remember the milk maidens in Robert Jenner’s day who developed immunity to smallpox by working around cows?  Humans apparently need exposure to certain organisms to develop and maintain the immune system.  Certain tribes in Africa seem to get along quite well living in harmony with their livestock outdoors in environments that would freak out an American city dweller.    Maybe we should stop thinking of parasites as good vs evil, and view them instead as accelerators and brakes.  Everything in the living world is in motion.  There are constant pushes and pulls.  This is true in the genetic world, where promoters and repressors steer the expression of genes in a complex dance.  Our immune systems are not going to sit idly by when everything is sterile.  Needing stimulation and direction, they will practice on the body’s own cells, like bored firefighters setting the fire station on fire.  What’s needed in this view is balance, not isolation.    Our bodies are already covered inside and out with bacteria and other organisms, so encounters with more of them is only a matter of degree.  The microorganisms, fungi and worms in a new environment may act as alarms to keep our bodies ready.  Perhaps they even inject information needed for the body to adapt to the new environment.  They only become problematic when they swamp the body’s ability to react – perhaps because the immune response was not adequately exercised during development.  Allergies, in this view, are an over-reaction to things that should have been encountered in childhood.    These are mere suggestions that need more rigorous investigation.  The hygiene hypothesis cannot explain everything.  Plagues often ravage tribes close to nature as much as they do city dwellers.  Some parasites are nasty in any environment.  Maybe some of them had a useful function once but mutated into pathogens.  Whatever the balance point, cleanliness is still virtuous.  Didn’t we learn that from Joseph Lister?  (See last month’s Scientist of the Month).  All good suggestions need moderation.  Continue to shower and wash your hands.    The idea humans need exposure to organisms in natural environments makes sense, though.  Would some hospital patients recover faster in gardens open to fresh air?  Would incidence of allergies drop with more exposure to nature in childhood?  Is working the earth in gardening and farming good for health?  These seem like proper subjects for controlled experimentation and long-term population studies.  Meanwhile, it’s a good bet to increase your outdoor exposure.  Jog outdoors when you can instead of going to the gym.  Take your kids camping; go on hikes and visit a variety of outdoor environments.  This is unquestionably a better strategy for long-term health than parking them in front of the TV or video games with a bag of junk food.  This is a one principle both creationists and evolutionists should be able to agree on.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Investor Blogs Weigh in on Foursquare Funding

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Related Posts With news breaking late yesterday afternoon about Foursquare’s closing a $20 million Series B round, it’s not surprising that many investor blogs from last night through this morning were updated with posts offering their individual takes the deal. Was it a good investment? Was it a wise move for Foursquare? What next?Ben Horowitz wrote a post aptly titled “Why Andreessen Horowitz Invested in Foursquare.” Horowitz lists the following reasons behind his firm’s investment in the location-based network: a great founder, a killer product, a gigantic market. Weigh Decisions CarefullyFred Wilson took issue with some of the criticisms about what may have seemed like indecision or missteps on Foursquare’s part throughout what was a closely followed round of investment and acquisition inquiries. Wilson too praises the deliberation on the part of Foursquare founders. The moral of the story, Wilson writes, “is don’t let conventional wisdom force you into making decisions you don’t need to make and you aren’t ready to make, particularly about very big decisions that you will be living with the rest of your life.Develop Relationships with Investors EarlyFirst Round Capital Entrepreneur in Residence Charlie O’Donnell wrote a longer piece, less about the specifics of the Foursquare investment and more about lessons entrepreneurs can learn from it. Titled “Multiple Passes at the Target,” O’Donnell points to the importance of entrepreneurs and investors building a relationship over time, noted in the case of Foursquare with some of the offers and and declines from Andreessen Horowitz before yesterday’s funding.O’Donnell urges entrepreneurs to let go of the notion that they only get “one shot” to win over an investors. Instead of waiting to interact til it’s time to pitch, O’Donnell advises “never pass up an opportunity to have a ‘way too early’ conversation with an investor.”Investors have an information advantage, says O’Donnell, and this knowledge on markets, competitors, lessons learned, and funding in general, can be invaluable. By establishing a relationship early, investors will see progress: “It’s hard to show progress in one meeting, but if I meet with you when you have something super early that breaks all the time, and then 3 months later when you’ve sured up the product, struck a biz dev deal, and bolstered the feature set–after you told me that’s what you were going to do–that’s going to get a big check mark on execution. Of course, that’s different than trying to come in 3 weeks later with just one more customer if my initial concern was executing a sales plan in a market with hundreds of thousands of potential customers. That’s the same story all over again.” O’Donnell does distinguish between meeting early and actually pitching early. Using the common dating analogy, he does admit it can be a “very fine line between what’s just being friendly and what is a clear pursuit.” Emailing wireframes for some casual feedback is one thing, sending a PowerPoint deck? “Pitchy.”High praise came from many of the investor blogs about Foursquare’s founding team, and many of them remarked on the progress that the company had made. Being able to observe the company’s development over time and being able to testify with some certainly to the vision and follow-through of the founding team does support the argument that O’Donnell makes in his post: that it’s worth developing a relationship over time between entrepreneur and investor. Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Olympics losers have now a reason to work harder

first_imgAbhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her,Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her performance. “I know my mistakes. I don’t need videos to know why I failed,” she says. She is back to a gruelling 10-hour training schedule at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, where she wakes up at 6 a.m. in the hostel to train for the World Cup in Tokyo this September. The event is crucial because she has slipped in the women’s recurve rankings after London.Deepika Kumari, 18, is training for the Tokyo World Cup.The 2012 Olympics have also taught Kumari how important it is to relax and focus. This is something Abhinav Bindra knows well. Bindra knows the precise moment when the quest for a repeat of his Beijing gold was shattered. It was at noon on July 30, after his 53rd shot. He faltered. It was all downhill from there on. He crashed to 16th place in the 10 metre air rifle. In that split second, four years of eight-hour training days, firing 120 practice shots in Dortmund, Germany, where he trained since 2000, vaporised. Bindra can’t hide the sting of defeat as he sits in his plush three-storied south Delhi bungalow, complete with an elevator and a row of cars in his private garage, including a sleek black BMW 7 Series. “Winning is a combination of hard work and luck,” he says. “There is no formula to gold.” Bindra, 29, withdrew to Germany for a fortnight after his Games disappointment. That was the only break he allowed himself. Now, after a two-day halt in India, he will head to Canada. There’s only a hint that the trip could be for training, when he says the two-week break was enough. Asked what he plans next, he will only say: “Ask me in six months and I’ll have an answer.”Not all athletes have taken defeat on their chin. Vijender Singh, 26, India’s middleweight boxing medal hope, has gone underground after losing 13-17 in the quarter-finals to Uzbek rival Abbos Atoev. Once easily accessible to the media, he now refuses to take calls. He is being treated in a Delhi hospital for a back injury he sustained during a practice session in London. The six-foot-tall Haryana police inspector bagged a bronze in Beijing. Overnight, he was promoted to deputy superintendent of police. He became the poster boy of boxing, walked the ramp for Rohit Bal and appeared in TV shows like 10 ka Dum and Nach Baliye. The loss in London has devastated him.”It takes time to get over defeat,” says Jagdish Singh, who has coached Vijender since he was 12. “It’s not easy. Bhaari chot toh lagti hi hai (It’s always a deep wound),” Vijender was supremely confident of another medal in London. “He could have improved when the score was 3-3, but he did not play to his strength, which is counter punching,” says his crestfallen coach. “It’s not the end of the world. I still have one more Olympics left in me,” Vijender told the media on August 11.Krishna Poonia’s seventh spot in the woman discus throw came as a dramatic letdown for her son Lakshya Raj, 11. “I felt bad when mom didn’t win a medal,” says the son. It was a statement loaded with disappointment. Krishna, 34, began her sporting career soon after her son was born. With husband and coach Virendra Poonia, she stayed away from her home in Jaipur for large parts of the year. Lakshya has now adjusted to life without her mother at his paternal grandfather’s home. He visits his parents during vacations. Back from London after her defeat, Krishna told INDIA TODAY that she understands her son’s sentiments. But she still feels sacrificing family life for a sporting career was worth it. In fact, she plans to restart her eight-hour training schedule in London. She was to fly to Stockholm to compete in the DN Galan Diamond League track and field meet on August 17, but skipped it to attend the August 16 reception by the sports ministry in Delhi. Virendra says she will get back to her training regimen for the Rio Games. Her 64.7 metre throw in London equalled the gold medal winning effort of Stephanie Brown Trafton at Beijing, but fell short of Sandra Perkovic’s 69 metres that fetched gold here, while Trafton came eighth. “She’s the first Indian to qualify for an Olympics final in discus,” says her husband. But there’s also a creeping realisation that age may not be on her side-she will be 38 at the Rio Games in 2016.Krishna speaks of creating a sporting legacy. With her husband, she plans to set up an academy in Jaipur to train girls in athletics. “It’s time to think of giving back to the country,” she says. As for tomorrow, there’s always Rio.advertisementadvertisement-With Rohit Parihar.last_img read more

Maliseet clan mother This is our territory and were not going to

first_imgAPTN National NewsComplaints over consultation don’t appear to be slowing down major energy projects in New Brunswick.Both a pipeline and an open pit mine are proposed for Maliseet territory.The grassroots, and some chief and councils, are opposed.Many are raising questions about the consultation process.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.last_img