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India look towards shooters, lifters for more medals

first_imgIndia, who broke open the gold medal chest with a haul of five yellow metals on Tuesday, once again would look up to their star-packed shooting squad and lifters to boost their medals tally in the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.The Games hosts looked well on way to achieve their target in the multi-sport spectacle as the second-best country on day two, Tuesday, when shooters and grapplers combined to give them five gold medals as well as two silver medals for a two-day tally of 5 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.Australia, as projected before the Games, are leading the bunch with a 8-9-4 medal haul going into the third day’s competitions. They ended the day with 9-9-5.After grabbing the pairs gold, top marksmen Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang would compete against each other for the individual title in the 10m air rifle.Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang will compete against each other for individual title in 10m air rifle event. Photo: PTISimilar would be the predicament faced by women pistol shooters Rahi Sarnobat and Anisa Sayyed who nailed the gold in the 25m pairs event as they will line up as opponents at the Dr Karni Singh range.Deepak Sharma and Omkar Singh would also be fighting against one another for the individual medals in the 50m pistol after clinching the silver in the pairs event yesterday.Top-notch trap shooter Ronjan Sondhi is to combine forces with Asher Noria in the men’s double trap pairs contest.In weightlifting, Renu Bala Chanu (women’s 58 kg) and Ravi Kumar Kutulu (men’s 69 kg) would be in the thick of action.advertisementThe opening day of athletics action at the showpiece Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has a few Indian athletes ready for action, including women quarter milers Mandeep and Manjit Kaur, shot putters Om Prakash Singh and Sourabh Vij and long distance runners Sandip Kumar and Sunil Kumar (men’s 5000m).Indians’ campaign would continue in team events of badminton, table tennis and archery as well as in tennis (singles and doubles) and boxing (Jai Bhagwan – 60kg, Dilbag Singh – 69kg preliminary rounds).In women’s hockey India would be up against formidable Australia in their second Group A match.–with PTI inputslast_img read more

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Raza 97 puts Zimbabwe on top in Sri Lanka Test

first_imgPublished on Sikandar Raza hit a gritty 97 not out to help Zimbabwe recover from a top—order collapse and stretch their second innings lead over Sri Lanka to 262 in the one—off Test today.The visitors were 252 for six at stumps on day three, with Raza and Malcolm Waller (57) putting on an unbeaten 107— run stand for the seventh—wicket at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.Raza lifted Zimbabwe from a precarious 23—4, followed by 59—5, after Sri Lankan left—arm spinner Rangana Herath rattled the visitors’ batting with four early wickets.Herath, who got three wickets before the lunch break, bowled Sean Williams for 22 in the second session as Zimbabwe teetered dangerously close to losing their 10—run advantage.It was then that Raza put together 86 runs with Peter Moor (40) for the sixth wicket to turn the tables on Sri Lanka. Moor fell to paceman Lahiru Kumara.Raza, who registered his fifth Test fifty, used the sweep shot to great effect against the spinners as he found another partner in Waller to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling attack.Earlier skipper Graeme Cremer helped Zimbabwe take the lead after claiming his maiden five—wicket haul in a Test, helping bowl Sri Lanka for 346 in the morning session.But it was Herath’s left—arm spin that undid the fine work from leg—spinner Cremer (5—125).Herath, who registered his 30th Test five—wicket haul in the first innings, ran riot at the start of Zimabwe’s second essay to get the wickets of Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda and Regis Chakabva.Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera joined forces to get the prized wicket of first-innings centurion Craig Ervine for five at the stroke of lunch.While Sri Lanka look for redemption under new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal after their shock loss in the one—day series against Zimbabwe, the visitors eye their first—ever Test win over the islanders SHARE COMMENT COMMENTScenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL cricket July 16, 2017last_img read more

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FIBA EuroBasket 2017: Dominant Greece Οverwhelm Iceland (Vid)

first_imgHELSINKI (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – A dominant second-half ignited Greece to a comprehensive 90-61 victory over Iceland in Group A action on Day 1, FIBA reported.After Iceland had clawed back an early deficit to get within four at the long break, Greece unleashed speed and athleticism to overwhelm their opponents.With his famed brother missing, Thanasis Antetokounmpo provided a spark in the third quarter with 7 points, 3 rebounds and a bucket-load of defensive energy.Nikos Pappas top-scored for Greece with 14 points, while Haukur Palsson tried hard for Iceland with 16 points.Schroder unstoppable for Germany in win over UkraineTEL AVIV (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – Dennis Schroder showed why he is Germany’s leader with 32 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds in leading his team to a 75-63 victory over Ukraine in their FIBA EuroBasket 2017 Group B opener.Germany started cold but poured it on after the first quarter with Robin Benzing adding 17 points. Ukraine just could not stop Schroder and did not have the the offensive weapons either, Olexandr Mishula leading the way with 12 points.Dragic inspires Slovenia to victory over PolandHELSINKI (FIBA EuroBasket 2017) – Retiring captain Goran Dragic inspired Slovenia to a comfortable 90-81 victory over Poland in Group A action on Day 1.Dragic made a fast start to help Slovenia build an early lead. Poland made a gallant comeback late to get the deficit into single figures but Dragic proved too much and finished with a game-high 30 points. He was supported by teen sensation Luka Doncic, who struggled with his shot but had a solid all-round game of 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.Mateusz Ponitka fought hard for Poland with 22 points and 13 rebounds.TweetPinShare22 Shareslast_img read more

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David and Candice Warner welcome their 3rd child

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 15:45 IST Candice Warner with her 3 kids in hospital on Sunday (Instagram/@davidwarner31)HIGHLIGHTSCandice Warner gave birth to her third daughter on Sunday in LondonThe Warners named their new-born Isla RoseDavid Warner shared the news via social media using a picture of his familyAustralian opener David Warner’s life has taken a turn for better over the past few months. After his return to international cricket post a year-long ban, Warner has hit supreme form with the bat leading the run-charts in the ongoing World Cup 2019. As if his on-field exploits were not enough, Warner’s joy received another shot in the arm with the birth of his 3rd child in London on Monday.Warner was travelling with his pregnant wife Candice during the World Cup 2019 in England while expecting the birth of their 3rd daughter. Warner confirmed the news via social media when he posted a picture of Candice with their 3 kids including the new-born Isla Rose, with the caption: ‘We welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. @candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddad’.According to news reports, Warner had to rush to the hospital soon after Australia’s clash against New Zealand was over on Saturday evening.We welcomed our newest family member Isla Rose Warner at 10:30pm late last night. candywarner1 was absolutely amazing. Mum and Bub doing very well and her big sisters are over the moon. #prouddad https://t.co/wAsjXZLeYnadvertisementDavid Warner (@davidwarner31) July 1, 2019The Warners already are proud parents of two girls – Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. Thankfully for Warner, The Australian team has an almost week-long break before their final league match against South Africa in Manchester.Warner has scored a phenomenal 516 runs in the World Cup with 2 centuries and 3 fifties and looks set to challenge Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time high of 673 runs scored during the 2003 edition.Australia have already qualified for the semi-finals and are leading the points table with 14 points from 8 matches. They are also already assured of a top-2 finish in the points table.Also Read | Sportsmanship of few champions got tested, they failed badly: Waqar Younis slams Team IndiaAlso Read | You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow David WarnerFollow Candice WarnerFollow World Cup 2019 David and Candice Warner welcome their 3rd childDavid Warner, who is leading the list of highest run-getters in World Cup 2019, became a proud parent of his 3rd daughter in London, late night on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

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What to Expect on Your First African Safari

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers “Experience an African safari” is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that tops almost every traveler’s bucket list. It’s wild, exhilarating, and unlike anything else on earth. But, before you embark on your first safari, there are a few things you should know.Set Your Wake-Up Alarm EarlyMost lodges host two daily game drives — one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Morning drives run very early: expect to start around 5:00 a.m. Because the drives typically last between 4-6 hours, this scheduling is done to avoid the blazing midday heat (and trust us, it’s worth it). If you’re the sort who frequently oversleeps, set a backup alarm because most lodges simply won’t wait if you’re a no-show.Pack Smart & Layer UpRemember to pack in layers. Before sunrise, Africa can be surprisingly cold, even frigid, with temperatures dipping into the 40s Fahrenheit in some places like Kruger National Park. Once the sun comes up, however, it heats up fast. Moisture-wicking clothing is your friend — it’s lightweight, packs down small, and can be easily layered for warmth.Silence Your GearImagine: your game driver spots a rare African leopard. As you inch ever closer to the beautiful creature, relaxing calmly in a nearby tree: SKKKKKRAAAAATCH! One of your safari cohorts tears open his camera bag to dig for a zoom lens, scaring the cat off into the brush for good. This happens more than you might expect, so don’t be the one who makes this mistake. Pay attention to the gear you bring and, most importantly, make sure you can use everything silently. This means leaving anything with Velcro (or other noisy closures) — camera bags, pants pockets, or water bottle holsters — at home. Your safari mates will thank you.Prepare to Be Fully ExposedTelevised African expeditions depict carloads of cameramen and TV personalities riding in enclosed, air-conditioned, and (mostly) secure Land Rovers. While some lodges indeed use such vehicles, most are open-top and exposed to the elements. Prepare for every day to be fully exposed to the African sun — pack ample sunscreen and dress accordingly. Also, remember the lack of windows is much better for photographing and incidents between wildlife and humans are virtually non-existent. It is, of course, in every safari lodge’s best interest for their guests not to get eaten.Be PatientNature is unpredictable, but isn’t that part of the fun? The only way to guarantee you’ll see The Big 5 (that’s elephants, lions, leopards, African buffalo, and black rhinos to the layman) is to visit your local zoo. While on safari, be patient and keep your eyes peeled during every drive. The wildlife, particularly on the open African plains, is incredibly well adapted and camouflaged. You’ll likely miss ten times as many animals as you see. But, that just makes those rare, close-up shots of a leopard or sleeping lion all the better because you had to earn them. How to Shave With a Straight Razorlast_img read more

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Government to Build New Schools to Tackle Shift System

first_img The Government is in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as it relates to the buildout of five of 17 new schools, in order to remove 40 from the shift system. “I must also happily report that there are several local and international interests that have approached us in terms of wanting to help us to build out (these) particular infrastructure,” the Minister said. Story Highlights The Government is in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as it relates to the buildout of five of 17 new schools, in order to remove 40 from the shift system.Speaking at the launch of the Support for Sustainability of the Education Sector Transformation Plan, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on May 15, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that a proposal in furtherance of the buildout of the schools is before the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC).An institution of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, PIMSEC was established to manage and administer all government projects in Jamaica, regardless of the source of funding, the type of procurement or implementation method used.“I must also happily report that there are several local and international interests that have approached us in terms of wanting to help us to build out (these) particular infrastructure,” the Minister said.Additionally, Mr. Reid noted that “there are even persons willing to give us a moratorium to facilitate this”.The Transformation Plan is designed to support the continued improvement in the performance of the education sector, in order to meet the demands of the country’s development goals.It consists of three to four areas to sustain the gains made in the education sector to date, and addresses remaining challenges.These are the strengthening of the early-childhood modernisation initiatives centred on innovation in teaching, development of curriculum and materials, and regulation of the sector.It also includes support to assist teachers’ colleges to strengthen internal quality assurance and capacity building for teacher education in numeracy and science, and technical support to the Division of School Services. The fourth component involves an audit to ensure the money is properly used.Funded by the Embassy of Japan in Jamaica in the sum of US$500,000, the IDB will have responsibility for managing the finance on behalf of the Education, Youth and Information Ministry.Senator Reid endorsed the technical cooperation grant, noting that there needs to be continuity and, by extension, sustainability in the plans for the education sector.Meanwhile, in his remarks, Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Hiromasa Yamazaki, noted that investing in education at all levels is important to the overall development of the country and its people.Mr. Yamazaki informed that over the past decades, Japan has been supporting Jamaica in the area of education under the Grant Assistance of Grassroots Human Security Project, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).For her part, Chief of Operations at the IDB, Adriana La Valley, said that “education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to effectively change the world”.“We continue to provide support to initiatives that will foster continued improvement in transformation of educational outcomes. That is why we continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to fill development gaps in the sector,” she said. Speaking at the launch of the Support for Sustainability of the Education Sector Transformation Plan, at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in New Kingston on May 15, Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said that a proposal in furtherance of the buildout of the schools is before the Public Investment Management Secretariat (PIMSEC).last_img read more

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Government Continues to Connect Communities

first_imgMore Nova Scotians will have access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing and other sustainable transportation options with continued support from government for the Connect2 program. Energy Minister Michel Samson announced today, April 4, that Connect2 will begin accepting applications from groups that want to build routes for trips under two kilometres between key points in a community, or those that promote options like ride sharing. “As we move toward a cleaner energy future we all have an important part to play,” said Mr. Samson. “This is about giving Nova Scotians more options to reduce their carbon footprint and making walking or biking a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia, especially in rural areas.” Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Since Connect2 was created, government has invested $1.2 million which has helped create about $5.2 million in additional funding to support more than 50 projects. “With support from Connect2 we accelerated work to the Riverlakes Greenway multi-use trail which runs through the community of Fall River,” said Bob Guscott, chair, Shubenacadie Watershed Environmental Protection Society Trails. “Community members now have access to the larger transportation system.” Successful projects are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000 for projects in the infrastructure and design category. Projects that focus on public education and engagement or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000. Applications are due May 5 and all projects must be completed by March 10, 2018. For more information on the program, or to apply, visit novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation.last_img read more

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Illegal firearms factory based in Rajasthan busted

first_imgNew Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Monday claimed that they have busted an illegal firearms factory based in Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Four persons were arrested and 10 weapons were seized. Police identified the accused as Talim Khan (25), Nauman (35), Najar Hussain (33) and Juber Khan (32). Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Ajit Singla said that they received information that members of an illegal firearms syndicate would come to Chhalwa area for delivery of a huge consignment of illegal firearms to someone in Najafgarh area. The crime branch formed under DCP Joy Tirkey led by Inspector Richhpal Singh laid a trap and four members of the gang were apprehended on Dwarka-Chhawla road while they were travelling in their Swift car. At the instance of the accused persons, raids were conducted by the crime branch in Mewat region at top of Ghadijaan Pahadi, District Bharatpur, Rajasthan and an entire illegal arms manufacturing unit was unearthed.last_img read more

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Killer of missing Alberta seniors loses appeal of manslaughter convictions

first_imgEDMONTON — An appeal from the killer of two Edmonton-area seniors has been dismissed.Travis Vader asked the Alberta Court of Appeal for a new trial or for his manslaughter charges to be stayed.Vader was sentenced in 2017 to life in prison for the deaths of Lyle and Marie McCann, who vanished in 2010 while setting out on a camping trip.His lawyers argued the trial judge should have dismissed his case because it took so long to work its way through the court system.The lawyers also said the judge made errors and showed bias when he substituted the lesser offence of manslaughter for two second-degree murder verdicts.Three Appeal judges agreed that a reasonable person would think Vader was treated fairly at trial.“We see no prejudice having befallen the appellant as a consequence of the trial judge’s analysis, and no benefit in a retrial to test again whether the appellant should have been convicted of manslaughter in the robbery killing of the McCanns,” the judges wrote in a unanimous decision released Friday.During the trial in 2016, Vader was described as a desperate drug addict who came across the McCanns and killed them during a robbery.Court heard the couple’s burned-out motorhome and a vehicle they had been towing were discovered in the days after they disappeared. Their bodies have never been found.Vader was charged with first-degree murder in 2012. The charges against were stayed in March 2014 but were reinstated a few months later.Vader had sought to have the charges thrown out on the grounds his constitutional right to a speedy trial was violated. Thomas dismissed the application six months before a landmark 2016 Supreme Court of Canada decision that set limits on how long cases should take in court.The Jordan decision says cases should take 18 months in provincial courts and 30 months in superior courts, with some exceptions. It included a provision for cases already underway at the time of the ruling, such as Vader’s.The Appeal Court said it took 58 months from when Vader was charged until he was sentenced. But they said the delay was justified, given the unusual nature of the case.“The complexity of this case, including the difficulties associated with prosecuting a murder trial ‘without a body,’ though not a full answer, was a significant factor in justifying the delay,” the judges said in their decision. “In conclusion, although the trial took substantially longer to complete than the 30-month presumptive ceiling, we think that in light of the extraordinary circumstances of this case, the delay was not unreasonable and that the appellant’s submission must fail.”The defence had argued the RCMP was negligent in the handling of disclosure in the trial, which added two years of delay to the prosecution.The lawyers also noted Thomas mistakenly used an outdated section of the Criminal Code to initially convict Vader of second-degree murder. He later substituted the verdict with manslaughter.— By Lauren Krugel in CalgaryThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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FSJ RCMP is looking for assistance to locate a stolen Range Rover

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen blue 2006 Range Rover.The vehicle was taken sometime between 1:15 am and 10:15 am, April 09, 2019 near 102nd Ave and 102nd St in Fort St John, BC.The Vehicle is described as: 2006 Land Rover Range Rover,Blue in colour,4 door SUVBC Licence Plate GA391XThe Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

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Ban urges calm in wake of Fijian court ruling

9 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for calm in Fiji following the ruling by the Pacific archipelago’s Court of Appeal that the December 2006 removal of the elected Government was unlawful and the appointment of the interim Government unconstitutional. Mr. Ban “urges full respect for human rights, the rule of law and the judicial process,” according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.He noted that a meeting convened today by Commodore Josaia V. Bainimarama, who serves as Prime Minister, included a number of political parties, but excluded many major ones.Last year, the UN was requested to mediate an “inclusive, independent and time-bound” political dialogue, also brokered by the Commonwealth, after parliamentary elections scheduled for last month were postponed.“The United Nations, in consultation with the Commonwealth, will be reviewing its role in mediating a national dialogue in light of these developments and the prior understanding that the dialogue must be broad-based, inclusive, time bound and without prejudice as to its outcome,” the Secretary-General said in today’s statement.The island chain has suffered prolonged internal tensions between its indigenous Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities, and had four coups since 1987. Mr. Bainimarama, commander of Fiji’s military forces, came to power in a coup in December 2006, sparking criticism from the UN at the time. read more

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Chinese President asserts assistance to Lanka not dependent on individuals

Chinese President Xi Jinping today asserted that China’s assistance to Sri Lanka is not dependent on individuals or any political party.Speaking at a meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Beijing, the Chinese leader said that he expects relations between China and Sri Lanka to be strengthened under the cohabitation Government which is in power in Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe meanwhile said that Sri Lanka appreciates China’s role in promoting global economic stability and growth, and thanked China for its long-time support to Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) President Xi also said that Sri Lanka is an important partner to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative. The Prime Minister’s office quoted Xi Jinping as telling Wickremesinghe that China gives assistance to Sri Lanka based on policy and in the interest of the Sri Lankan public and not based on individuals or any political party. read more

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UK automotive excellence showcased at Advanced Engineering Summit

Today, government is holding a Global Business Summit on Advanced Engineering that will offer international business leaders the opportunity to gain invaluable insights about the UK’s world-class capabilities in this high-growth sector.The Summit features a number of conferences and seminars, break-out sessions, networking events and receptions for an invited audience of entrepreneurs and captains of industry within the Advanced Engineering field.A live feed of the Advanced Engineering Summit will is available via the embedded player below, or can be watched on YouTube directly.SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt, is joining the Summit for the session on Future global technology trends, along with other sector representatives including Graham Smith OBE, Executive Adviser to President, Toyota Motors Europe and Professor Richard Parry-Jones, CBE, Co-Chair UK Automotive Council.Use the following link to download the full agenda of the Advanced Engineering Summit.Opening with a Ministerial keynote address, the Summit includes senior representatives of major global companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, McLaren Racing and Nissan who are participating in panel-led discussions about the strength of the UK as a trading partner and the investment location of choice.This will be followed by case studies highlighting key examples of collaboration between industry and academia in the development of technical solutions and excellence, and interactive sessions on the challenges, processes and outcomes required to deliver solutions in Automotive and Aerospace.In attendance at the event will be leading political figures from the UK government and a number of British Business Ambassadors, offering delegates an unrivalled opportunity to engage with key decision makers and influencers at the highest level.Click through to find out more about the series of global business summits taking place at the British Business Embassy, which represent the largest and most ambitious set of trade and investment events ever held in this country.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Play to bring Brock researchers work to life

Brock faculty members, graduate students and community artists have come together to transform the work of a Brock researcher into a play to be performed at this weekend’s Festival of Readers.We Want to Paint on the Walls of the Cave: Stories from the Contact Zone blends dance, music, drama, poetry, visuals and audience participation to explore the experiences of immigrants, refugees and indigenous peoples in Canada.Since it was first performed at the In the Soil Arts Festival in April, the play has been expanded with new content and performers.The current cast includes several Brock University faculty members and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. Using a collaborative playbuilding approach, the performers wove their personal experiences and ideas into the play.Snezana Ratkovic, a research officer and instructor in the Faculty of Education, worked with colleagues in the Faculty to develop the play based on her PhD research into the experiences of refugee women. Having settled in Canada as a refugee from the former Yugoslavia, she understands the challenge of creating a new life in an unfamiliar country.Named after a transcript poem Ratkovic created, the play’s title reflects how the women in her research wanted to express their creativity while striving to learn new languages, rebuild careers and support their families.Ratkovic credited the support of several faculty and community members for helping to bring the production together.Associate Professor Kari-Lynn Winters, in the Department of Teacher Education, is the play’s director and co-playwright; Assistant Professor Catherine Longboat, of Brock’s Tecumseh Centre For Aboriginal Research and Education, used her expertise of the indigenous community to aid in the play’s creation; Tecumseh Centre Assistant Professor Spy Dénommé-Welch composed the show’s music; recent Brock graduate Heryka Miranda, a social change dance artist and activist-scholar, worked with the performers as a choreographer and dance director; and Catherine Magowan, Dénommé-Welch’s composing partner, was the recording engineer.We Want to Paint on the Walls of the Cave will be performed at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St. in St. Catharines. read more

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Jilted husband burns self to death in home after wife leaves

Bisnauth Baldeo Ram of Section ‘A’ Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice reportedly turned the family’s single-storey wooden structure, measuring 20ft by 18ft, into a pyre in which he perished following hours of dispute with his wife on Thursday.This publication was told that resulting from this dispute, Ram’s wife had earlier departed the home, claiming she was going to the city to stay with a relative; and neighbours had last seen the 52-year-old Ram standing in front of his gate on Thursday at about 10:45hrs, when he was overheard saying that he had had enough of his wife walking out of the house, and was going to burn the house and kill himself in the process.Smoke reportedly began emanating from the front of Ram’s house at about 11:00hrs, but by the time the Fire Service arrived on scene some 30 minutes later, the entire building was engulfed. A fire unit from GuySuCo’s Blairmont Estate first responded, and then the Onverwagt Fire Station sent a unit.When the fire was extinguished, Ram’s charred remains were found among the debris. He reportedly had been unemployed, and was said to have been an alcoholic.According to a source from the New Amsterdam Fire Service, Ram had locked the door and had placed a table to prevent anyone from entering the building in the initial stages of the fire.Ram’s body is currently at the Fort Wellington Hospital Mortuary, awaiting a post mortem. (Andrew Carmichael) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJilted husband burns down home after family left over alleged abuseFebruary 14, 2017In “latest news”Parika bed sheet murder: Husband on the run caughtApril 10, 2017In “Crime”Parika man who consumed poison after setting his home alight succumbsSeptember 26, 2017In “Crime” read more

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Man due in court after pensioner seriously assaulted during burglary

first_imgA MAN IS due in court this morning in connection with a burglary and serious assault in the Rialto area of Dublin.It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning at a house on St. Anthony’s Road. Gardaí were called to the scene at around 1.25am following reports of intruders inside.Upon arrival, they found a 69-year-old lying on the floor, suffering with serious head injuries.An ambulance was called in, and officers began a search of the area. Shortly afterwards, a 23-year-old man was arrested nearby at Herberton Road.He’s been held for questioning at Kilmainham Garda Station, and is listed to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street later this morning.The injured man was taken for treatment to nearby St James’s Hospital. His injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.Gardai in Kilmainham are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at 01 6669700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Dozens feared dead in Laos plane crash > Read: Medical cards, cochlear implants and everything else happening in Leinster House today >last_img read more

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Nest smart thermostat teardown reveals inner beauty

first_imgA very curious geek has risked the $250 investment in the Nest thermostat — the clever, networked device from one of the people behind the iPod — to tear it apart and share its insides with the world. The teardown reveals that the Nest is truly an advanced piece of electronics with a very Apple-ish attention to detail.The thermostat is chock full of high tech parts, including infrared sensors for movement and proximity, humidity sensors, a magneto scroll, and even a mini-USB connector. It also has multiple wireless radios and a large battery to provide steady power to all these extra bits.Throughout the process, our hero noticed the ease of taking things apart and even got about halfway through the process with the Nest-branded Phillips screwdriver included in the box. After that, the Torx screwdrivers came out.If you were wondering, magneto sensors are used in the scrolling outer edge of the device. Like a click wheel, it’s used for everything from raising or lowering the temperature to choosing letters from a radial menu to enter Wi-Fi passwords.When he reached the end of the teardown, the bare PCB, he found something remarkable: every IC chip was bonded to the PCB. He exclaimed with surprise, wondering if Nest was worried about mechanical shock or vibration. A more likely cause is a concern for long-running device quality. A thermostat is unlike most gadgets we buy, for instance a mobile phone. People don’t want to upgrade them frequently — consumers tend to buy one and keep it forever.To the disappointment of many of us here at Geek, none of the specific ICs have been looked up yet. However, the author spotted “two flexible PCB antennas” with one marked Zigbee, in reference to an open standard for automated home devices. It’s likely the case that the other one is for Wifi and that the thermostat, along with future Nest devices, will embrace the Zigbee standard.In another testament to the device’s design it “astonishingly” was put back together in just a few minutes. Ultimately the teardown’s author praised the hardware design, as well as the UI and website design for the Nest. “It’s slick. Really slick,” he wrote, adding that the ribbons, connectors, battery and hardware were all of high quality.More at SparkfunBlake’s OpinionAs we wrote when Nest was introduced, there’s a lot of Apple DNA in this product. That’s not too surprising considering Nest is founded by Tony Fadell, who is a prominent character in the iPod chapter of Steve Jobs’ biography. He’s often referred to colloquially as “the father of the iPod.” But there’s one more chapter from the Jobs bio that belongs in the Nest story: an emphasis on beauty, even in the parts inside the device.The teardown pictures reveal that the Nest thermostat is as pretty inside as it can be. Lines are clean, parts are well laid out, and even though almost no one will tear down the device like this, almost anyone can. There are even hints of symmetry among connectors inside the round device. There are still other small, Apple-ish details like the “Designed in US / Built in China” monicker printed on the back of the device.Aside from the trademark attractive design and well-executed software, it’s clear that Fadell and company took a lot of Apple with them when they left to form Nest.last_img read more

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Lucas Biglia hopes to finish in the top four

first_imgThe AC Milan footballer has listed his objectives with the team this 2018-2019 season, including renewing his contractArgentinean defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia has been with Italian Lega Serie A club AC Milan since 2017.The footballer has played in 30 matches, scoring one goal.But the 32-year-old aims high this season where he wants to finish in the top four for the Serie A.“We have to look at ourselves, we have to raise the bar and think about the Champions League,” he told Sky Sports Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We only look at ourselves, not the others. Up until March, the league is one thing, from March to May it’s another.”“We hope to be in the top four when we get to March,” he added.And other of the objectives Biglia has is to renew his contract.“I’d like to renew, I feel good and I’ve settled in after a hard year,” he commented.“I also feel good with my teammates who had faith in me. The relationship with the boss [Gennaro Gattuso] is the best, I do what he asks me to do for the team.”last_img read more

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Google and Verily use AI to screen patients for diabetic eye conditions

first_img Share your voice Google and Verily’s algorithm in use at the Aravind Eye Hospital in India. Verily Google and Verily, Alphabet’s life sciences arm, are using machine learning to screen for diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME), two eye conditions that can lead to blindness. The goal is to enable automated screening that can detect disease sooner and provide more people with access to screenings.Verily, part of Google parent company Alphabet, has been working with the search giant to conduct clinical research around the world and particularly in India, where studies showed the algorithm was as good at assessing images for disease as general ophthalmologists and retinal specialists, according to a Monday blog post from the companies. The results of the research led to the “first real world clinical use of the algorithm” at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, this year, the companies said. The algorithm received the CE mark, certifying that it’s met safety, health and environmental protection requirements in the European Union, according to the post.In India, several cases of DR are undiagnosed because of a shortage of more than 100,000 eye doctors and a lack of screening for 66 million diabetics, the companies said. Machine learning could help more people get appropriate screenings, according to Dr. R. Kim, chief medical officer and chief of retina services at Aravind Eye Hospital.”By integrating Verily and Google’s retinal diagnostic program into our screening process, we can improve our efficiency, giving physicians like myself more time to work closely with patients on treatment and management of their disease while increasing the volume of screenings we can perform,” Kim said in a statement. At Aravind Eye Hospital, technicians take an image of each eye, and the algorithm then assesses the image for DR and DME. The technicians get quick feedback to determine whether a patient needs to be referred to a doctor.Aravind’s vision centers provide care to remote and rural parts of India. Verily and Google said they believe their algorithm could help in other parts of the world with a shortage of eye doctors and a growing number of people with diabetes. The companies also recently began a study with Rajavithi Hospital in Thailand to examine the algorithm’s impact in a national DR screening program. In addition, they’re working with Nikon and its subsidiary Optos to find other areas where machine learning tools that screen for diabetic eye disease could be helpful. Verily was previously working on smart contact lenses embedded with sensors that could potentially help diabetics monitor their glucose levels, but put that project on hold in November.  Tags Comment Sci-Tech 1 Googlelast_img read more

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3 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed for women safety

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said about three lakh CCTV cameras will be installed in Delhi as part of a project to boost security, asserting that the Arvind Kejriwal government is committed to ensure safety of women in the city. The AAP government has already begun work on installation of 1.4 CCTV cameras. He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the work to install 2,000 CCTV cameras in his assembly constituency of Patparganj as part of the project. A control room will be set up at the PWD headquarters in ITO area to keep a constant vigil on any eve-teasers or miscreants in every nook and cranny, Sisodia said. Also Read – CYSS on hunger strike for ballot papers Advertise With Us “These hi-tech cameras will have a system that will provide a live feed to the RWA of the area and another to the SHO on a phone. The feed will be stored for 30 days and old feed can also be accessed on phone,” he said. Hitting out at the AAP government’s detractors, he reiterated that it was for the installation of CCTV cameras and Mohalla Clinics that “the CM, I and other colleagues had held dharna for over a week at the LG House”. Sisodia claimed that “only two other cities globally” have such a robust system of CCTV cameras across the city. Delhi will become “the third one”, he said. “I congratulate the people of Patparganj. It is a big dream realised today.. as it is related to women safety. Also Read – INX Media scam: HC to hear ED plea of Karti’s CA in Dec Advertise With Us Though (the job of ensuring) women safety (Delhi Police) does not directly come under the Delhi government, it is doing whatever it can, and installation of CCTVs is a step in that direction only,” he said. Entire Delhi is to get 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in two-three months, Sisodia said during the event held at Supershine Chowk in East Vinod Nagar in East Delhi, adding, Patparganj will get 2,000 cameras in the first phase. Advertise With Us “And, tender process has begun for another 1.5 lakh cameras. So, entire Delhi will have about three lakh cameras,” he said. “Our sisters and daughters will get the biggest relief,” Sisodia said. The Deputy chief minister, who is also Delhi’s Education Minister, said the cameras will be installed separately for schools and buses. Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced that the work would start on June 8. He said the tender for installing 1.40 lakh CCTV cameras had been passed and a survey completed for 70,000 cameras. The entire project is likely to be completed by December, the Chief Minister had said. “We are serious about women safety and the proposal to make metro and DTC rides free for them is also another dimension of our vision,” Sisodia said, and asked the crowd if it should be brought in or not. “A woman or a girl will save Rs 2000-3000 monthly and that benefit will also cascade to the male members. A father can spend more on daughter’s books and education then,” he said. “It is big step to ensure women safety. And I know many girls who are MBA and MTech but do not step out for work due to safety issues or step out less… If they feel safe, they will give vote to us,” he said, with a smile.last_img read more

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