Trials of impotence drug to help poorly growing fetuses are halted after infant deaths

first_img Trials of impotence drug to help poorly growing fetuses are halted after infant deaths AMSTERDAM—When gynecologist Wessel Ganzevoort received a request for an urgent meeting from the independent committee watching over his clinical trial last week, he thought it might be good news.Ganzevoort leads a study to find out whether sildenafil could help poorly growing fetuses if given to their pregnant mothers; the drug dilates blood vessels and in theory could bring fetuses more oxygen and nutrients. A data and safety monitoring committee, however, had looked at the unblinded evidence halfway through the study and wanted to talk. Ganzevoort, who’s at the Amsterdam University Medical Center (AUMC), knew that probably meant one of two things: Either the drug worked so well that continuing to give a placebo to half of the mothers in the trial would be unethical, or the study had to be stopped because sildenafil was causing serious complications. Because previous studies had not shown any major side effects, Ganzevoort expected the former.He was wrong. At the 19 July meeting, the committee told him that a very specific complication, persistent pulmonary hypertension—in which blood vessels in the baby’s lungs fail to open after birth—had occurred 17 times in the sildenafil-treated group, leading to 11 deaths. There were only three cases of the condition in the placebo group and no deaths. (In total, there were 19 deaths in the treatment group versus nine in the placebo group—the latter not being a surprise given all the fetuses were at high risk because of their poor growth.) “It took us very little time to make the decision to halt the study,” Ganzevoort says. 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Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, have stopped a similar study, pending an in-depth investigation of what happened in the Netherlands. But the sudden halt likely means the end of the road for what many thought was a promising therapeutic approach, says AUMC gynecologist Ben Willem Mol, who co-initiated the study.“Fetal growth restriction” is caused by a lack of blood flow from the placenta to the unborn child, resulting in undernourishment and stunted growth and development. It can lead to stillbirth or neonatal death, and babies that survive are still at higher risk for infections and often suffer from long-term problems such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. Growth restriction is diagnosed using ultrasound, but now the only medical treatment is closely monitoring the pregnancy and inducing birth when the risk of stillbirth is deemed high. That poses a difficult dilemma for doctors: Inducing birth too early increases the risk of complications, but waiting too long could lead to developmental anomalies or stillbirth.Increasing placental blood flow could spur fetal growth, which is why a growing number of doctors around the world are prescribing sildenafil to pregnant women whose fetuses suffer from impaired growth. The drug is known to dilate some blood vessels, including those in the penis—which is how it became a blockbuster drug for erectile dysfunction—and a number of animal studies and small human trials suggested the drug might benefit unborn children. Yet it is not approved for such use in pregnant women by any regulatory body, so physicians have been using it in a so-called off-label manner.Ganzevoort and a number of other experts in obstetrics wanted to firm up the evidence on the issue. In 2012, they started an initiative to conduct five separate but very similar trials that would culminate in a meta-analysis.The studies began in 2015, and even before last week’s dramatic decision, the results so far had been disappointing. A study by a team in the United Kingdom, published online in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health in December 2017, found sildenafil didn’t improve the duration of pregnancy, birth weight, or fetal and neonatal survival. The team did not observe any negative effects of the drug, except for a decrease in the blood flow from placenta to fetus through a shunt between the placenta and fetus called the ductus venosus. “This was an unexpected result and it was the first evidence for a potential adverse effect of the treatment,” says Gordon Smith of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, who was not involved in the study.A joint Australian–New Zealand team whose results from a similar trial were presented at a recent meeting didn’t find any benefits either, but also didn’t see complications, says study leader Katie Groom of the University of Auckland in New Zealand. A trial in Ireland has yet to start enrollment; researchers in that study did not respond to emails today, but Mol expects it will be canceled.The Dutch team held out hope for a more positive result, until the call last week. “There were no signs of serious harm, so we continued with our plan,” Ganzevoort says.The news was devastating to some study participants. “We were at peace with the death of our daughter, but now we no longer are,” one mother said on Dutch public television. It also raised questions about the information parents received about the study’s risks. The informed consent form they were asked to sign does not mention any potential negative effects for the child. “We did state that sildenafil normally is not prescribed during pregnancy, and that no strange things had been observed in this indication, which is a fact,” Ganzevoort says, “but we could have stated more specifically that we don’t know what we don’t know, as I did during all the counseling I did myself.” How the drug could have caused the complications is unclear. The Dutch team plans to investigate all of the cases of lung hypertension and the neonatal deaths it caused to check whether the diagnosis was correct and whether there were other specific characteristics among this group. One possible explanation is a “rebound effect,” Groom says. Some of the drug probably reached the fetus before birth, where it may have put dilating forces on the lung vessels, she says; that might have led to an increase of constricting signals from the fetus itself to prevent them from opening prematurely. “After birth, the child stopped receiving the dilating drug, potentially causing a constriction of the lung vessels,” Groom speculates.It’s also unclear why the deaths happened only in the Dutch trial. Study inclusion criteria in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands differed slightly, but not enough to explain the varying outcomes, Groom says. Researchers in the two other trials plan to check whether they may have missed cases of lung hypertension in the newborns.Given the small numbers of deaths, it’s also possible that the outcome in the Netherlands is entirely due to chance, although Ganzevoort says the odds of that are lower than 5%. “Combining our results with those of the other trials and zooming in on subgroups might give more clarity,” he says.The decision to halt the trial is a blow to the field, Mol says. “There were good reasons to believe this drug would work and it was responsible to run this trial,” he says. “I get emotional talking about it because we now have 11 grieving families and it does not help those people.”There is always a risk in clinical trials, however, says Indira van der Zande, who recently finished her Ph.D. thesis on pregnant women in clinical research at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. “But we should always keep in mind that by not conducting this study, there would have been a risk as well. Doctors might have prescribed this drug for years off-label, assuming it was safe and effective.”last_img read more

Fit-again Rohit Sharma back for Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare matches

first_imgAfter being sidelined with a thigh injury and a subsequent surgery for three months, middle order batsman Rohit Sharma on Wednesday announced his return to competitive cricket for Mumbai’s final two Vijay Hazare Trophy matches in Chennai.Rohit, who had suffered the injury while batting during the fifth One-day International (ODI) against New Zealand on October 29, took to Twitter to announce his comeback.Finally done with rehab,Can’t wait to play Vijay Hazare on 4th & 6th. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here.Counting down the minutes Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 1, 2017″Finally done with rehab, Can’t wait to play Vijay Hazare on March 4 and 6. Thank you to everyone who helped me get here. Counting down the minutes,” the 29-year-old tweeted.During the period, the flamboyant right-hander missed most of India’s ongoing home season with the five-Test series against England, and the limited overs series against the same opponents as well as the one-off Test against Bangladesh and the first Test against Australia.On Wednesday, the Mumbai selectors added Rohit and seamer Dhawal Kulkarni to the squad while replacing left-arm spinner Vijay Gohil with all-rounder Vinayak Bhoir.last_img read more


first_imgThe Republican and Democratic Parties of Iowa have officially set the dates for the 2018 Caucus to Convention process.Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann says the Precinct Caucuses will be held on Monday, February, 5th.GOP County Conventions take place on Saturday, March 10th while Democratic county conventions are March 24th.The parties District Conventions are both on Saturday, April 28th and the State Conventions on Saturday, June 16th.Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price says they are looking forward to a competitive primary season and a spirited debate about the issues that matter most to Iowa.last_img read more

England’s work of art may be damaged by Les Bleues’ return to form

first_imgWomen’s rugby union … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Topics The Observer Reuse this content Since you’re here… features Share on Messenger Read more Support The Guardian Danielle Waterman the mainstay as England ring World Cup changes England women’s rugby union team The USA, in the final quarter against England, demonstrated their finishing power but it is unlikely New Zealand will have many problems against them in Tuesday’s first semi-final at Kingspan Stadium. France, however, have been a thorn in the side of the Red Roses in recent years, winning two of the last four Six Nations titles, and have shown imperious form in Dublin. Ireland were not at their best by any stretch throughout the pool stages but it was no mean feat by France to send the host nation crashing out.This is the seventh time France have reached the semi-finals in eight Women’s World Cups but they have never made it to the final, finishing third on five occasions. They were expected to get there three years ago as the hosts but were stunned by Canada in a match that attracted more than 2.5 million viewers in France alone. Their 21-5 victory over Ireland was watched by 2.3 million on France 2, peaking at more than 3 million, and the total number of viewers will be higher considering it was also broadcast on Eurosport. In terms of audience nowhere is women’s rugby more popular than in France and at the last count about 17,000 women play rugby there.France’s sevens players are semi-professional, the XVs amateur, so while that means challenges in fitting training around work schedules, the French federation has at least reached an agreement that means it compensates its players’ employers for time off. They will face the only professional team in the tournament on Tuesday but the gap in terms of preparation for the World Cup is not yawning.That said, England’s professional approach is their greatest advantage. That and their forward pack which can expect a stern test against Les Bleues. Four of their seven tries against the USA came from the driving maul; in their victory over New Zealand in June it contributed three of five scores.Before the tournament England’s head coach, Simon Middleton, said: “After the last World Cup it was an area that I looked at and thought we could make significant gains. It’s such an influential part of the game, it’s a fantastic attacking weapon and it can allow you to regain control of the game.center_img Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby union Share on WhatsApp “It’s a work of art, it’s so complex and a lot goes into it. It’s there to be seen but it’s also there to be stopped.”England have firepower out wide too – Middleton hailed his three wings, Amy Wilson-Hardy, Kay Wilson and Lydia Thompson, as world class after their opening win against Spain – but France have some prolific finishers themselves in Shannon Izar and Caroline Ladagnous. Up front, much relies on the No8 Safi N’Diaye and how she can combat England’s back row, which includes the captain and world player of the year, Sarah Hunter, and Marlie Packer, perhaps the team’s leading performer in the tournament.France do not always travel well so their clinical victory over Ireland is proof they are in form and they will be on a different level to anything England have encountered so far.As the world’s top two in the rankings, and having shared the trophy between them since 1994, New Zealand and England are understandably favourites to reach Saturday’s final. With Les Bleues around, though, not everything is as black and white as it seems. Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more As the Women’s World Cup ups sticks from Dublin and heads to Belfast for the knockout stages it is tempting to view this as an end to the phoney war, that the battle is only just about to commence. Equally it is hard to escape the feeling that England, the defending champions and world No1, have been on a collision course with New Zealand – winners of four of the last five tournaments – since day one.Both blitzed their pool-stage opposition, cruising past the USA and Canada respectively on Thursday in what were supposed to be their hardest assignments, and both, you sense, have a fair bit in reserve. New Zealand have amassed 213 points, scoring 35 tries – Portia Woodman has contributed nine of them – while England have crossed the whitewash 17 times. But France have been equally as impressive in the third pool.last_img read more

PM and Education Minister to Lead National Labour Day Projects

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, will lead groups of volunteers in carrying out refurbishing works at the national Labour Day Projects on May 23 at the Cumberland Health Centre in St. Catherine, and the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann. Ms. Grange says the health centres will benefit from general beautification and upgrading to improve conditions for medical staff and clients, while schools will be outfitted with ramps and other features to make them more accessible and user-friendly for physically challenged persons. Story Highlights Gender, Culture, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says Mr. Holness is slated to visit Cumberland Health Centre, while Senator Reid will journey to St. Ann’s Bay Infant School. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, will lead groups of volunteers in carrying out refurbishing works at the national Labour Day Projects on May 23 at the Cumberland Health Centre in St. Catherine, and the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School in St. Ann.Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, says Mr. Holness is slated to visit Cumberland Health Centre, while Senator Reid will journey to St. Ann’s Bay Infant School.She tells JIS News that the works to be carried out on those facilities and others across the island are in keeping with this year’s focus on health centres and schools under the theme ‘Ramp it Up – Fix it Up’.Ms. Grange says the health centres will benefit from general beautification and upgrading to improve conditions for medical staff and clients, while schools will be outfitted with ramps and other features to make them more accessible and user-friendly for physically challenged persons.Ms. Grange says work at the Cumberland Health Centre on Labour Day will include refurbishing of a building to create additional space to accommodate patients.“Pregnant women, for example, had great difficulty on certain days when they went there because the facility just could not accommodate them. So there will shortly be two buildings that will accommodate patients, and after Labour Day, I know that those who use the facilities will appreciate the fact that we were able to fix it up,” she points out.The scope of works for health centres, which will include installation of air-conditioning units, repair of windows and roofs, and repair or replacing of furniture over time, will augment the Health Ministry’s ‘Adopt-a-Clinic’ initiative, under which 100 public health centres have been shortlisted for support through partnerships with private-sector stakeholders.At least two are being targeted in each parish, which will be identified in collaboration with the Municipal Corporations.Meanwhile, Senator Reid says the decision to focus on schools stems from a Motion brought to the Upper House by Opposition Senator, Dr. Floyd Morris, in March, calling on the Government to use this year’s Labour Day to continue measures to improve access to educational institutions for the physically challenged.The Motion proposed the installation of ramps in at least two schools in each of the 63 constituencies on the day, and for the National Education Trust (NET), an agency of the Education Ministry, to partner with other stakeholders in coordinating the project.Data from NET indicate that of Jamaica’s 971 public infant, primary and high schools, and over 2,000 early-childhood institutions, only 138 primary and high schools are fitted with ramps.In this regard, the Ramps for Schools project will run for one year after Labour Day, to enable the completion of work on the additional 126 schools.The Education Ministry has earmarked $30 million of its 2018/19 capital budget allocation to cover at least 25 of the 126 institutions, according to Senator Reid.“All students deserve the opportunity to receive a holistic and quality education (to enable them) to uplift themselves, their families and their communities,” he says.Labour Day culminates Workers’ Week activities from May 14 to 23 under the theme ‘Preserving our Legacy: Unfolding Progress’.Activities for Labour Day and Workers’ Week 2018 coincide with several significant events in Jamaica’s storied history.This year, observances commemorate the 80th anniversaries of the 1938 worker protests, and establishment of the Labour Department, which significantly reshaped the country’s landscape regarding conditions of employment.Additionally, May 23 will mark 186 years since National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Samuel Sharpe, was hanged for his role in the 1831/32 Christmas rebellion.The revolt started at Kensington Estate in St. James and spurred slave uprisings across the island, and is believed to have contributed to the abolition of slavery and emancipation of slaves between 1834 and 1838.Prime Minister Holness, in his address at the launch, urged the nation to advance the spirit of volunteerism and service on Labour Day.“Allow it to become a part of everything you do and a fixture in your daily lives. Make every day meaningful and productive (by) doing more for your families, your community and your country,” he said.Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, who has responsibility for the disabled community, appealed for all well-thinking Jamaicans to “come out and really make a difference” through the various projects that will be undertaken.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, whose message was read at the launch by Permanent Secretary, Marsha Henry-Martin, said Labour Day affords civic-minded persons the opportunity to “assess our individual and collective value” in order to “improve on what we are doing right, correct what we are doing wrong and work together to achieve a common objective”.The Ministry of Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport is coordinating Labour Day activities in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Ministries of Labour and Social Security; Education, Youth and Information; Health; Local Government and Community Development; and the various Municipal Corporations islandwide.Telecommunications entity, Digicel; and construction firm, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Limited, have partnered with the Government as the main sponsors.last_img read more

Quebec adoptees finally getting some longsought answers about their roots

first_imgCHAMBLY, Que. — For Raymonde Thibeault, it was the little details others took for granted about their roots that weighed on her.Adopted on Christmas Day 1955 just weeks after her birth, she knew nothing about her biological mother or the circumstances that took her to Quebec City from Montreal to give birth. All Thibeault had were a few details contained in records she received in the early 1980s.Twenty-five years ago, she took advantage of a Quebec pilot project and sent a message through a social worker to her birth mother seeking a meeting — but the response was a firm no.“They contacted her in 1993 and she refused because she said her husband wasn’t aware,” Thibeault, 63, recounted in a recent interview. Up until then, she had never felt abandoned, reasoning a single, pregnant woman in 1950s Quebec had little choice other than adoption.“But when she refused, I really felt rejected and a terrible sense of abandonment …. It took me months to recover from that pain,” she said.Thibeault never stopped wondering about her past, and a recent change to Quebec law means she, along with some of the tens of thousands of other adoptees in the province, have begun receiving a glimpse into their origins.Bill 113, which came into effect last June, lifted the confidentiality attached to adoption records in Quebec, following the lead of other provinces such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.The changes allow adopted children to learn the identity of their biological parents, and vice versa, unless one of the parties opts out.The process is taking place in two phases. Since June, the Quebec government has been releasing the names of the deceased biological parents of Quebec adoptees and orphans upon request.Next June, the law will extend to biological parents who are still living. Those people have been given one year to request a disclosure veto forbidding contact and keeping their identities private until one year after their deaths.Nicole-Anne Vautour, a Quebec government official who oversees a department dealing directly with adoptees and biological parents, could not provide the number of vetoes requested so far.She says her department has fielded some 25,000 calls — from both children and parents — since June. It currently has 7,000 open files and has closed an additional 3,500 files.“Even though we were well prepared, we were still astonished by the enthusiasm of the adoptees wanting to know — and wanting to know quite quickly — the information contained in their adoption files,” she said.Mouvement Retrouvailles, a Quebec group that helps reunite adoptees and biological parents, pushed for the new law on behalf of its 13,000 members.Caroline Fortin, the executive director of the organization, said she doesn’t believe the number of vetoes sought by living parents will be high. Experience in other provinces suggests about five per cent will opt out.“An adopted person needs to know their roots. They need to identify with the person who brought them into this world,” Fortin said. “And we are in 2018. People are a lot more open.”Currently, adoptees are entitled to get the first and last name of their parents on file as long as they’ve been deceased for one year — regardless of whether they sought confidentiality while living.“Just learning her name, I felt like a fog had lifted,” said Thibeault, who received her mother’s name last July. “I cried in the car for 15 minutes, it was very emotional.”For some adoptees, that name alone will suffice. Many others use the information to track down relatives.“You could have the best adoptive parents in the world, but you always have to wonder: ‘Why did she give me up? Why couldn’t she have kept me? Maybe if she’d kept me my life would have been different,’ ” said Lise Emond, a volunteer with Mouvement Retrouvailles and an adoptee herself.Once a death notice leads back to a birth family, reaching out is a delicate dance, sometimes done by letter or through an intermediary.Thibeault proceeded tactfully. An obituary led her to the family, and several cousins have accepted her with open arms. They provided her with information about her mother and photos, but none had known anything of her existence.So she’s been careful to keep her mother’s name confidential to make sure relatives aren’t unwittingly exposed to what could be a 63-year-old secret.“No one (from her mother’s family) divulged the secret, if they were even aware,” Thibeault said. “And it’s possible she never told anyone.”Some adoptees have not been as lucky — after decades of waiting, Emond said, they found their files to be empty. Some  have waited 60 years only to be disappointed.Emond said people are understandably mad when they learn there is nothing in their files.  “You’ll be hurt, and you’ll say, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I get the good information?’ ” she said.For others, getting information doesn’t guarantee a storybook ending. Emond recounts that some are told they were lucky to have avoided their clan.“There’s good and there’s bad, but you have to be aware of this, and this is what we always try to say: It’s not because you find your birth parents that your life is going to be better and you have closure,” Emond said. “You have closure for the adoption part, but for the other things, you still have the same complications, the same problems.”For Thibeault, her mother was but a piece of the puzzle. Her file suggested the possible existence of an older half-sibling. A DNA test taken through a genealogy website brought back a possible match for a half-sister, identified online simply as Josee Fournier.She now focuses on finding the unknown woman, who might provide another clue to her mother’s story, or perhaps a link to her father, of whom she knows almost nothing.“I’m lucky, I’ve met four cousins. In my case it’s a nice story,” Thibeault said. “But I’ll probably never know about my father, how they met. There’s no one left to tell us.”Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Bomb scare forces Turkish plane emergency landing

first_imgCASABLANCA, Morocco – A Turkish Airlines plane bound for Brazil was forced to make an emergency landing in Morocco on Sunday following a “bomb scare”, an airport official said.The plane landed at Casablanca Airport after taking off from Istanbul following the discovery of a suspicious mobile telephone, the official told AFP.A security check was carried out at the airport before the plane — an Airbus A340 with 229 passengers on board — was allowed to continue on its journey to Sao Paolo.last_img read more

Trump to Obtain Classified National Security Briefings

By Asmaa BahadiRabat – President Barack Obama confirmed on Thursday that Donald Trump will receive classified national security briefings before the elections in November. However, the President warned the Republican candidate, whom he has called “unfit” for the Presidency, that the information must be kept secret. The top secret briefings contain information about world crises and security threats.In response to a question about whether he was concerned about Trump obtaining the classified information, Obama said “What I will say is that they have been told these are classified briefings”, “And if they want to be President, they got to start acting like President, and that means being able to receive these briefings and not spread them around,” he added.Some Republicans have claimed that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s access to national security briefings should be denied because of her record of handling classified information on an unofficial email server while she was Secretary of State.Dismayed over Trump, the New York businessman who has proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States and building a wall on the US border with Mexico, Obama, a Democrat, assured that both candidates would be treated equally while speaking to reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday. Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State, in race for the White House.“We are going to go by the law, which is that, in both tradition and the law, that if somebody is the nominee … they need to get a security briefing so that if they were to win, they are not starting from scratch in terms of being prepared,” Obama said.However, Obama dismissed Trump’s claims that the election might be rigged.“Of course the elections will not be rigged. What does that mean?” Obama said, expressing his frustration. “If Mr. Trump is up 10 or 15 points on Election Day and ends up losing, then maybe he can raise some questions. That doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment.”Hillary Clinton is dominating most polls right now. read more

Nepal former Government forces cited for scores of disappearances – UN report

A United Nations investigation into a series of disappearances during the decade-long civil war in Nepal has uncovered eyewitnesses accusing former Government forces of killing a number of its captives, according to a report released by the world body today.Some 170 men and women disappeared in the Bardiya district of the South Asian country between 2001 and 2003 during the national conflict, which claimed an estimated 13,000 lives and ended in 2006 with the Government and the Maoists signing a peace deal.After conducting Constituent Assembly elections in May, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy, declared itself a republic and elected Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first President. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported that 156 of the disappearances came after arrests by – the now former – Government security forces loyal to the Monarchy and 14 were taken by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M) army. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay noted that the Government is preparing an investigative body to examine all forced disappearances during the 1996 to 2006 conflict, including the 170 cases documented in the OHCHR report.“I welcome the Government of Nepal’s commitment to investigate the many disappearances, and hope this commission of inquiry is established quickly,” said Ms. Pillay.“Ensuring justice and redress in these cases would not only provide some relief to the victims, but would also constitute and important step forward in Nepal’s peace process,” she stressed, adding that the investigation would also be a significant breakthrough in the “Government’s pledge to end impunity and its effort to build a new Nepal based on rule of law and respect for human rights.”Although the OHCHR report cites credible witness testimony suggesting that a number of detainees were killed while in custody, the fate of those who disappeared at the hands of State authorities remains officially unknown.However, the CPN-M acknowledged that it had killed 12 of the 14 victims cited in the report for suspicion of spying on its war-time operations. Meanwhile, the report was welcomed by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, established in 1980 to assist families in determining the fate or whereabouts of disappeared relatives, mainly by providing a channel of communication between the families and the Governments concerned.“The Working Group takes this opportunity to acknowledge the positive steps taken by the Government of Nepal since its country visit in December 2004, such as the creation of a national registry of persons held in detention centres,” the Group said in a press release issued today. “The 2007 decision of the Supreme Court calling the Government to ensure justice and redress for victims of enforced disappearances should also be commended,” it added. 19 December 2008A United Nations investigation into a series of disappearances during the decade-long civil war in Nepal has uncovered eyewitnesses accusing former Government forces of killing a number of its captives, according to a report released by the world body today. read more

Army says Sri Lanka overcame all waves of terror

The Sri Lanka army says Sri Lanka could be the only country which has experienced and overcame all waves of terrorism.Major General Udaya Perera, speaking on the final day of the Defence Seminar in Colombo today, noted that the international community should come together to prevent the 5th wave of terrorism in the offing since contours of terrorism have changed their facets in the course of the past century. “The terrorism converts itself into different waves, lately ‘Ethnicity and Religion’ and in the past it was Marxism, Colonialism, etc. History appears to be repeating. What we now see is the clash of civilization, like what we experienced in the past,” Major General Udaya Perera quipped saying that Sri Lanka could be the only country which has experienced and overcame all these waves of terrorism. (Colombo Gazette) Presenting his views under ‘Changing Contours of Terrorism and Security Challenges’ Perera feared that next threat of terrorism would emanate from ‘Clash of Civilizations’ as what is being witnessed today at global sphere. read more

Envoy says Sri Lankans willing to visit Jordan face obstacles

Ambassador Lafeer called for opening a Jordanian embassy in Sri Lanka due to the progressing relations between the two countries and the role it could play in further boosting bilateral relations.He said that His Majesty King Abdullah II plays a balanced role in the region and enjoys the respect and appreciation of the whole world, adding that His Majesty’s wise policies and wisdom helped Jordan to preserve its stability in a volatile region.Jordan and Sri Lanka, the Ambassador said have identical views on various issues of common concern, especially the Palestinian cause, adding that Sri Lanka supports the two-state solution through negotiations leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankans willing to visit Jordan are facing obstacles, especially as a result of restrictions on granting visas to Sri Lankans as well as the absence of direct flights to Sri Lanka.Sri Lankan Ambassador to Jordan, Abdul Latiff Lafeer called for the reopening of direct flights between the two countries, and facilitating the process of granting Sri Lankan citizens visas to enable them to visit Jordan for tourist purposes. In a press statement on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s national day, he said that there are 15,000 Sri Lankan workers in Jordan, including 12,000 in garment factories and 3,000 domestic helpers, noting that they receive all attention and care in Jordan and consider Jordan as one of the best countries to work and live in, Ammon news reported. He said that the agreement on avoiding double taxation between Jordan and Sri Lanka is now being reviewed by the Jordanian parliament in preparation for its signing, calling for the speedy completion of this agreement due to its importance and the role it will play in increasing economic cooperation.He said the volume of Sri Lankan investments in Jordan stands at more than $50 million, concentrated in two Sri Lankan garment factories, adding that Talal Abu Ghazaleh Organization recently opened an office in Sri Lanka to protect intellectual property.In the tourism field, the Sri Lankan Ambassador said that tourism between the two countries is growing steadily, pointing to the increasing number of Jordanians visiting his country. “The volume of trade exchange between the two countries amounts to $50 million, but there are wider opportunities for increasing trade and boosting economic relations between them,” the Ambassador added, noting that both countries are interested in increasing trade and economic cooperation.The Ambassador pointed out that there are opportunities for Jordanians to invest in Sri Lanka, mainly in the fields of industry, infrastructure, railways, agriculture, tourism, hotel industry and others. The Ambassador spoke about obstacles facing Sri Lankans willing to visit Jordan, the most important of which are the restrictions on granting visas to Sri Lankans, as well as the absence of direct flights to Sri Lanka. He called for the reopening of direct flights between the two countries, and facilitating the process of granting Sri Lankan citizens visas to enable them to visit Jordan for tourist purposes. Lafeer described Jordanian-Sri Lankan relations, which have been established in 1965, as distinguished at all levels, noting that these relations are progressively developing in various fields. read more

UN panel on damages arising from Iraqs invasion of Kuwait opens meeting

The UN Compensation Commission (UNCC) has already resolved over 99 per cent of the 2.6 million claims before it, amounting to approximately $350 billion. The resolved claims have totalled about $43.8 billion in compensation out of a total of over $150.2 billion in claims. Of this amount $16.7 billion has so far been made available for distribution to successful claimants.Money for the awards come from the UN Compensation Fund, which receives up to 30 per cent of the revenue generated by Iraqi petroleum and petroleum product exports under the UN’s oil-for-food programme, which also allows Baghdad to use a portion of the sales to buy relief supplies.At its three-day meeting the Council will consider a number of reports and recommendations of the panels of Commissioners concerning claims filed by individuals and corporations.The Governing Council is the policy-making organ of the UNCC, a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council, and its composition is the same as that of the 15-member Security Council at any given time. The panels of Commissioners review and evaluate the claims submitted by governments on behalf of their nationals, their companies or on their own behalf. read more

Security Council to consider Annans action plan on ending child soldier recruitment

Video of meeting: In a statement read by Foreign Minister Rogatien Biaou of Benin, which holds the Council presidency for February, at the end of a day-long debate the 15-member body said it was working on a new resolution to “take forward the implementation of its previous resolutions.”It reiterated “its intention to complete expeditiously the process of the establishment of the mechanism” and said it would ensure compliance and end impunity.The new resolution would be aimed at “ending the recruitment or use of child soldiers in violation of applicable international law and other violations and abuses committed against children affected by armed conflict situations, and promoting their reintegration and rehabilitation.”It did not make clear whether it would impose sanctions or “targeted measures” against those who recruited children, a key request made earlier in the day by Olara Otunnu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC).He made his remarks during a special Council session convened to review the problems facing child victims of wars and his third report on the situation.The situation of vulnerable children has improved in just a few years, mainly under Security Council leadership, Mr. Otunnu said, but too many of them were still being brutalized by parties to conflicts, with UN field representatives complaining of lack of security, access, cooperation and, especially, an organized and functioning mechanism for monitoring and reporting at the country level.”The Council has on previous occasions expressed its intention to take concrete and targeted measures against these (offending) parties. It is most important that the Council make good on its promise on this occasion. On that depends the credibility of this exercise,” he said.”The targeted measures should include the imposition of travel restrictions on leaders and their exclusion from any governance structures and amnesty provisions, the imposition of arms embargoes, a ban on military assistance and restriction on the flow of financial resources to the parties concerned.”He suggested that the Council establish a committee to review any sanctions imposed to protect children exposed to conflict, demand that the parties named prepare time-bound action plans to end their violations and put the recommended monitoring and reporting mechanism into operation expeditiously.Listing an offending party, whether a Government or a rebel, was to ensure accountability of a “specific, identifiable and identified entity,” not a broad or non-specific category of offenders, Mr. Otunnu said.The LTTE of Sri Lanka, named in this year’s report, notified him in a letter he received just yesterday of “their readiness to enter into dialogue, using the framework of the monitoring and reporting mechanism,” he said.He called on the LTTE leadership to embark immediately on tangible actions, leading to a time-bound action plan to end, once and for all, the practices of recruitment, abductions and use of children as soldiers.Mr. Otunnu concluded his remarks by reciting from a Bob Marley song, “Hear the children cryin’.”Meanwhile, the Deputy Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rima Salah, told the Council the agency “already has in place sophisticated monitoring and reporting tools for a variety of sectors, including health education, water and sanitation and, in some countries, on conflict-related child rights abuses, such as abductions and recruitment of child soldiers.”To improve this expertise and apply it globally, UNICEF would need cooperation from Governments, assurance of security for staff and whistle-blowers, and appropriate guidance, methodology and data collection tools, as well as funding for training staff and other workers in the field, Mr. Salah said. More than 30 speakers addressed the Council, including its 15 members. – Morning session [3hrs 15mins]- Afternoon session [2hrs 20mins] read more

Security Council hails remarkable achievements one year after Colombian peace accord

In a press statement, the Council circulated the document containing the Agreement for Ending the Conflict and building a lasting peace between the Government and FARC-EP, while congratulating the parties “for the remarkable achievements of the peace process.” The historic peace accord ended the Western Hemisphere’s longest running conflict. The deal had been the culmination of four years of talks hosted in Havana, Cuba, between the two sides, and which had led to agreements on key issues such as political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and victims’ rights and transitional justice. “The members of the Security Council applauded the leadership and commitment of the parties to implementing the agreement over the past 12 months, which has brought to an end over 50 years of conflict,” the Council said in a statement. The Council members welcomed the successful completion of the FARC-EP’s laying down of arms to UN monitors in August, calling it “a major milestone in the transition between war and peace.” “Colombia’s peace process has sparked high hopes and expectations around the world and continues to provide inspiration for those seeking to end conflicts elsewhere,” the statement continued. It also reiterated the Council’s “full support to the parties as they seek to turn the end of the conflict into a stable and lasting peace by working to fully implement the peace agreement beyond the laying down of arms.” Additionally, the Security Council members welcomed the report of the visit to Colombia in November by the Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feltman, and noted his statement in Bogotá on 15 November 2017, particularly regarding the importance of advancing the reincorporation of former FARC-EP combatants into civilian life with a comprehensive strategy and concrete action plans and resources to enable success. The statement also noted “the importance of addressing the security situation in the former conflict zones, following some attacks, including on community leaders, human rights defenders and former FARC combatants, by increasing State presence and governance to secure a lasting peace.” In this regard, the Council members urged the parties, with the support of the relevant civilian state institutions and security forces, “to redouble efforts to accelerate progress in implementation over the coming weeks and months, in accordance with the provisions set out in the peace agreement, including with respect to enacting the necessary legislation.” According to the statement, they further underlined the importance of “upholding the political participation of the FARC-EP now that they have laid down their arms, in accordance with the peace agreement” and “the international community remaining closely engaged to continue to support and encourage Colombia’s work to implement the peace agreement.” The Council members recalled resolutions 2366 (2017) and 2377 (2017), which established and mandated the UN Verification Mission to verify implementation by the parties of the process of political, economic and social reincorporation of the FARC-EP and the implementation of personal and collective security guarantees. They “appreciated the efforts of the Verification Mission to provide support and to encourage progress” and looked forward 26 December when the Secretary-General would submit the first 90-day report on its activities. read more

Urban Meyer Ohio leaders talk complicated college athlete union movement

Then-senior Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) avoids OSU defenders during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSteps have been taken to scale what has for years seemed like an insurmountable mountain in college athletics — the debate over college athletes becoming school employees and getting paid — but don’t expect to see Urban Meyer offering his support any time soon.Although the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern University football players the right to formally establish a union on March 26 — thus considering them school employees — Ohio State’s football coach does not see eye-to-eye with the ruling.“I don’t feel that at all,” Meyer said Tuesday after OSU spring practice when asked if he saw student-athletes as employees. “What I do feel is that I’ve always been a pro-student (guy) … students should get more than what they get. But it gets so complicated.”The complications that come with the decision move across the college football landscape as a whole to the current members of the Northwestern football team, some who showed support for the unionization movement and who also dodged questions from the media after their first spring practice Tuesday, according to The Chicago Tribune.“I am focusing on football and football only right now,” Wildcat senior running back Treyvon Green told the Tribune, going on to say he didn’t have a comment on whether or not he feels the same way he did in January when players — including former quarterback Kain Colter, who is the face of the movement — signed on in support of the right to join a union.Meyer and the rest of the coaches in the Big Ten, however, won’t have to immediately worry about their players doing the same, as the ruling only applies to private institutions — Northwestern sits as the lone private school in the conference.Meyer, however, said he has not “immersed” himself in the situation and is unable to give a full and informed response. But when it comes to money, the coach did say potential student-athletes should be able to visit campus free of charge.“I think students, athletes, parents should come on visits and shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Meyer said. “They should get a stipend.”Anything beyond that? No way.“But to say they should go out and get their own shoe contracts and things … I start hearing that and I’m like, ‘Whoa. What could that do for this great sport?’” Meyer said. “And really, what would that do for college athletics as a whole?”OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz joined Meyer as another OSU employee who wasn’t “really knowledgeable” on the happenings in Evanston, Ill., but he said he has concerns about its repercussions.“My concern, I think, is two-fold for situations like that. One is, it will affect the major sports and I hope it just doesn’t damage the ‘non-revenue’ sports that are extremely important, which are a majority of the athletes that we have,” Steinmetz said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday. “The other concern I always have when there is a shift in the economics, in this particular case, is, one of the things we’re really proud of at Ohio State is that our student-athletes do really well academically. They’re among the top in the country, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country. I really am concerned, again as the chief academic officer, about anything that would damage the ability for those students to do well, and for us to assist those students through athletics because a lot of their budget goes to the academic assistance of the students that are there.”Northwestern plans to start appealing the decision by the NLRB by April 9, and issued a statement about its opinion on regional director of the NLRB Peter Sung Ohr’s decision.“While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it,” the statement read. “Northwestern believes strongly that our student athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student athletes.”While Meyer, Steinmetz and Northwestern have reservations about players unionizing, one Ohio lawmaker — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — supports Colter’s cause, and the two met on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where Brown offered up his support.“The right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize,” Brown said in a statement. “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their sport as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker. I offer whatever assistance I can to Mr. Colter and his colleagues to help athletes organize and ensure their rights are commensurate with their sacrifice and responsibilities.”The NLRB’s ruling is based off a link between the players’ time commitment athletically and academically, and is a move that is making waves across the country.“I don’t necessarily agree with football players being unionized,” OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after spring practice March 27. “We don’t necessarily see the money, but we are getting a lot of benefit out of our scholarships. It just kind of seems silly to want to be unionized.”While the country waits to see if Northwestern wins its appeal, the track beyond that is also unknown, because if the institution comes out on the wrong side of the decision, a trip to federal court is likely imminent.“That’s different,” OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 regarding the current and former Northwestern players’ push. “It’s neat that the players feel they’re doing the right thing … It’s going to change college football.”Either way, the move by Colter and company is sure to change the landscape of the sport — and college athletics as a whole. The NCAA mandates student-athletes are only allowed to practice 20 hours per week under supervision. That’s a rule Meyer supports, but recognizes success at this level goes beyond just that time.“It’s a great rule,” Meyer said. “Mandated means ‘with us.’ A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week. But he’s gotta do it on his own … If they’re watching an hour clock, if they’re punching out after 20 hours, you probably have a pretty average player there.”If a union is indeed in the cards, the players at Northwestern — and those other schools that choose to follow suit — would have the opportunities to push for wage increase, health care benefits and even a cut down on that time at work.“If that is best for the players, why not take a look at it and listen?” Johnson said.If the members of the union want to get more of a stipend, Bennett said that much would be beneficial due to the current state of the economy.“The cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.” read more

Teachers salary impasse Govt nominating arbitration chair

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGTU boycotts meeting with Labour DepartmentSeptember 26, 2018In “latest news”Labour Department bullying Union – GTUSeptember 25, 2018In “latest news”Lack of progress would likely see teachers returning to streets- GTU on salary impasseSeptember 18, 2018In “latest news” Officials of the Ministry of Education at the Ministry of Social Protection last weekThe Ministry of Social Protection said it will be nominating a chairman on behalf of the Ministry of Education (MOE), to head the Arbitration Panel for the ministry and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU).According to a DPI release, the Department of Labour on Monday said the two parties have failed to agree on a common chairman, and in keeping with the provisions of the extant Collective Labour Agreement between themselves, the Education Ministry sought the intervention of the Ministry of Social Protection to nominate the chairman.Moreover, the Social Protection Ministry said it agreed to satisfy the request of the Ministry of Education and has since written to the President of the Teachers’ Union indicating its acceptance of the Ministry of Education’s request.The union was advised also, that it would be informed of future developments on the matter in due course.The meeting between the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Teachers’ Union last Friday to nominate a chairman for the Arbitration Tribunal ended with an impasse, as neither of the parties accepted the names submitted by the other.The ministry had proposed as its nominees Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, Derrick Cummings, and Human Resource Manager of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Glendon Harris as the possible head of the panel.The GTU presented as their nominees former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rashleigh Jackson, Dr Aubrey Armstrong and former Minister of Education, Labour and Regional Development, Jeffrey Thomas.Union President Mark Lyte had argued that the Ministry rejected their nominees without reason, while they rejected the Ministry’s due to no confidence issues.“They were all rejected with no reason given as to why they were rejected. The Ministry put forward two names which are all present and functioning Government officials. Of course the Union had to reject those because we cannot accept nominees from the Government to chair,” he explained.According to Lyte, the Union requested a reason for the rejection for its list of nominees only to be told “they can’t give reasons at this point in time.”The ministry had agreed to go to arbitration following days of industrial action by the Guyana Teachers’ Union at the start of the new school year.The union has been clamouring for the Education Ministry to honour a proposal for a 40 per cent increase in salary for 2016, forty-five per cent in 2017, fifty per cent in 2018, fifty per cent in 2019 and fifty per cent in 2020 be granted to all categories of teachers/educators.However, the Education Ministry’s counterproposal had made available $700M to facilitate an increase in salaries for all teachers based on the current salary scale and the previously proposed $200M for debunching for 2018.In arbitration an independent third-party hears the evidence brought by both sides and makes a final decision. read more

DMT joins United Nations Task Force for the classification of nuclear fuel

first_imgIn May 2016, the international technology service provider DMT officially became a member of the United Nations Task Force for the Application of the UN Resource Classification Code UNFC-2009 to Nuclear Fuel Resources. DMT is hereby reinforcing its activities related to the life cycle of nuclear resources.The Task Force is part of the UN Expert Group for Resource Classification and is chaired by experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. It consists of high-ranking government and industry representatives from organisations such as the United States Geological Survey, Geoscience Australia, Center for Mineral Technology Brazil and Uranium Corporation of India Ltd, among others. The goal of this Task Force is the application of a worldwide-accepted best practice guideline for the safe and environmentally sustainable handling of radioactive resources, including the exploration, use and disposal thereof according to the guidelines of IAEA and UN.“DMT has expertise in both the exploration of mineral resources, such as copper and uranium, and safe in-situ extraction technology”, explains DMT Managing Director Professor Eiko Räkers. “Within the UN Task Force group, DMT will be responsible for the composition of the Best Practice Guideline for In-situ Extraction Technologies for Uranium and Thorium.” This guideline is published and regularly updated by the United Nations Economic Commission of Europe UNECE and IAEA. The Task Force convenes annually at the United Nations office in Geneva to advise governmental atomic energy agencies of mining nations from around the world on the handling and recovery of radioactive U-Th resources.last_img read more

Director Oliver Stone wishes Tsipras good luck

first_imgDirector Oliver Stone wished SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras ‘good luck’ in leading Greece. The SYRIZA leader met US film director and documentary maker Oliver Stone in Zagreb, Croatia this week as the two men attended the city’s Subfersive Festival, where Tsipras was due to speak about the European Left. Stone suggested Tsipras was likely to be Greece’s next prime minister and wished him good luck. ““He’s going to need it,” added the director.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Nouvel Imac 215 et 27 pouces sortie de lordinateur ultra design dApple

first_imgNouvel Imac 21.5 et 27 pouces : sortie de l’ordinateur ultra design d’AppleL’ordinateur ultra-plat d’Apple est officiellement lancé à partir d’aujourd’hui. Décliné en deux modèles, il revient plus fin, plus léger et plus technologique que jamais !Présenté à la fin du mois dernier, le nouvel iMac est officiellement de sortie ! Comme prévu, il est décliné en deux modèles : un modèle doté d’un écran de 21,5 pouces, et un autre avec dalle de 27 pouces. Plus léger (à 9,5 Kg, il perd presque 4 Kg vis à vis de l’ancien modèle), et arborant un écran d’une finesse de 5 mm record, cette nouvelle version intègre la nouvelle plateforme Ivy Bridge d’Intel, un processeur graphique Nvidia GeForce avec architecture Kepler, une connectivité wifi n et Bluetooth 4.0, ainsi que des ports USB 3.0. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Concernant la référence à 21,5 pouces, le tarif du premier modèle de la gamme s’établit à 1.349 euros, avec un processeur Intel Core i5 quad core cadencé à 2,7 Ghz, une carte graphique GeForce GT 640M, 8 Go de mémoire vive et un disque dur de 1 TB. Pour le haut de gamme, à 1549 euros, le processeur augmente sa cadence à 2,9 Ghz et l’ordinateur dispose d’une carte graphique GeForce GT 650M.Pour le nouvel iMac 27 pouces, la gamme débute avec la même configuration que le 21,5 pouces haut de gamme, mais avec une carte graphique GeForce GTX 660M, et une tarification commençant à 1879 euros. Pour le modèle haut de gamme, l’ordinateur intègre un processeur Intel i5 quad core cadencé à 3,2 Ghz, une carte graphique Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX avec 1 Go de mémoire vive, 8 Go de mémoire vive et un disque dur de 1 TB. Son prix : 2049 euros.Ces caractéristiques et prix peuvent évidemment être modifiés, suivant les options proposées, concernant le processeur, la capacité ou la carte graphique pouvant être mis en suppléments.Le 30 novembre 2012 à 18:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

I am proud to be an Indian PV Sindhu shows her patriotism

first_img PV Sindhu creates history, becomes first Indian to win BWF World Championship IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … 25th August 2019 would go down in history as one of the most glorious days in Indian sports. For the first time ever, an Indian was crowned the world champion in the sport of badminton. Pusarla Venkata Sindhu won her third final of the World Championship of the sport. While the entire nation would be exulting with joy along with the 24-year old lady from Hyderabad, she herself didn’t forget her roots and didn’t forget to mention her patriotic feelings on the occasion.In the post-match interview, the newly-crowned queen of world badminton said: “I am proud to be an Indian.” Her comments were responded to by the Indian contingent in the crowd with great cheers. But that wasn’t the only statement she made which eschewed a beautiful emotion.The champion shuttler also thanked her parents and revealed that today is her mother’s birthday and decided to dedicate this victory to her. Sindhu with her gold medalTwitterBut the most touching moment of the evening came when the Indian national anthem was played and the Indian flag rose highest among all on the wall. Sindhu was visibly moved and her eyes were clearly moist as the tunes of Jana Gana Mana were played in the St. Jakobshalle arena in Basel, Switzerland.This was Sindhu’s third appearance in the final of the BWF World Championships. This event has brought a rich haul of medals for the Indian shuttler. She first achieved success here in 2013 by winning the bronze medal. The feat was repeated by her the next year.In 2017, Sindhu reached the finals and played one of the greatest matches every contested in women’s singles badminton. In that epic fight, she was up against the same opponent that she vanquished today – Nozomi Okuhara. Unfortunately for the Indian, she narrowly missed winning the title. TwitterIn 2018, Sindhu was up against the same opponent who defeated her in the 2016 Rio Olympics final, Carolina Marin. The Spaniard was again the victor.But this year, Sindhu was determined, focussed and armed with a deadly smash that both Chen Yufei, her opponent in the semis, and Okuhara got crushed by. This victory would taste even sweeter for Pusarla as she was out of form earlier in the year and had suffered some bad losses in BWF World Tour events.But her form started to return in time as she reached the finals of the Indonesia Open where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi. But it was clear that Sindhu was regaining her form. Finally, she won the coveted title that had eluded India for decades.center_img Closelast_img read more