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first_imgBANFF, Alta. — The bodies have been recovered of three renowned mountain climbers who were believed to have been caught in a large avalanche in Banff National Park last week.Efforts to find the men — American Jess Roskelley and Austrians David Lama and Hansjorg Auer — had been hampered by poor weather and dangerous conditions.But on Sunday afternoon, Parks Canada said in a statement that all three had been found dead.Failed to fetchThe men disappeared while attempting to climb the east face of Howse Peak in the Icefields Parkway and were reported overdue on Wednesday.Parks Canada’s mountain safety team responded by helicopter and saw signs of multiple avalanches and debris containing climbing equipment, but a further search was put on hold until conditions improved. A visitor safety specialist with the agency said last week that the slide was believed to be a Size 3 avalanche, which is big enough to bury a car or destroy a small building.Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said last week that Lama, 28, and Auer, 35, had “shaped the international climbing and alpinist scene in recent years with many achievements.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – Sears Canada pensioners, former and current employees say the nearly $52.9 million in professional fees paid by the shuttered retailer during the insolvency process is alarming and concerning, their lawyers told an Ontario court today, noting they reserve the right to challenge them at a later date.Andrew Hatnay, a lawyer representing Sears pensioners, told Justice Glenn Hainey that his clients are concerned about the breadth of the fees. Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, echoed a similar sentiment.Sears Canada closed its remaining stores on Jan. 14, after filing for creditor protection last year, to leave it with just 70 employees by the end of this month, according to the court-appointed monitor’s report.The lawyers’ comments came during an Ontario Superior Court hearing in Toronto as Hainey approved the monitor’s fees of roughly $14 million, that lawyers for the employees and pensioners did not oppose.The judge also approved an extension of the retailer’s creditor protection until April 27 to allow the company time to, among other things, work out disputes with certain landlords over unintentional payments made by Sears.last_img read more

By Chase LacyRabat- Unlike its recent spat with Canada, much of Saudi Arabia’s political meddling is anti-Iran geopolitical maneuvering, a focal point in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy.On August 5, Saudi Arabia accused Canada of “blatant interference” in its affairs after Canada’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland, called for the immediate release of human rights activist Samar Badawi and her brother Raif Badawi, both women’s rights activists. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, “The kingdom views the Canadian position as an affront to the kingdom that requires a sharp response to prevent any party from attempting to meddle with Saudi sovereignty.”Saudi Arabia launched into a sharp reaction by expelling the Canadian ambassador from Saudi Arabia, ordering thousands of Saudi students to transfer from their Canadian universities, calling Saudi patients in Canadian medical facilities to relocate outside the country, and suspending all future trade.Notably, an $11 billion arms deal between Saudi Arabia and Canada may be scrapped. Lebanon: The Hariri debacleElsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s foreign meddling is focused on its Iran policy.Iranian-backing anywhere in the eyes of Saudi Arabia’s aggressive foreign policy is considered a threat.  Iranian ally Hezbollah, especially by the assistance of its media wing Al-Manar, has become a political force to contend with in Lebanon. In 2016 Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri formed a coalition government that allied itself with Hezbollah, ending a two year political deadlock. Saudi Arabia attempted to destabilize Lebanon to weaken Hezbollah. Their ensuing behavior reinforced the increasingly prevalent black-and-white Saudi perspective that everyone is either an ally of the kingdom or its enemy. In late October 2017, Hariri visited Riyadh to meet Saudi intelligence officials and Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan. Hariri was reportedly pleased with the visit, claiming positive feedback from the crown prince. He also asserted that Saudi Arabia would support a conference in Paris to assist the Lebanese economy, a Rome meeting to support the Lebanese military, and a joint council to encourage investments in Lebanon. Importantly however, sources close to Hariri speaking to Reuters believed he had convinced Saudi officials that rapprochement with Hezbollah was necessary for Lebanon’s stability. Hariri was due to return to Riyadh on November 6, 2017, however King Salman requested Hariri  meet Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS), moving the date earlier to November 3.When Hariri arrived, Saudi Arabia did not put out the usual entourage to welcome an important figure like a prime minister, an initial concerning sign. Hariri’s meeting with MBS did not take place as planned on the 3rd, and instead he spent the night in his personal residence in Riyadh. The next morning at 8 a.m., unusually early, Hariri was summoned to meet MBS. He disappeared from public sight for hours and then reappeared on television announcing his resignation as prime minister due to threats on his life from Hezbollah and Tehran sowing “devastation and chaos” in the region.The fiery language of the speech, according to Hariri’s aides, was notably uncharacteristic of him, and added to the already prevalent speculation that Saudi Arabia had prefabricated the speech and forced him to abide by their demands. However, Saudi Arabia failed disastrously because once Hariri had been released from Saudi Arabia he rescinded his resignation. Saudi Arabia also failed to direct Lebanon’s public’s anger towards Hezbollah and in fact united Lebanon’s various sects and factions in opposition to Saudi interference. Qatar and the Gulf crisisQatar is another country that has been on the receiving end of Saudi aggression. A crisis in the Gulf began on June 5, 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar. The severing of ties attempted to isolate Qatar and force the peninsula to succumb to their larger neighbor’s agenda and become a vassal state. The “quartet” of countries demanded that Qataris leave their territories within 14 days and prohibited their own citizens from living in Qatar. Saudi Arabia closed the land border, and the group prohibited ships under the Qatari flag or working for Qatar from docking at their ports. They also required aircraft flying to or from Qatar to receive prior permission to travel through their airspace. On June 22, the quartet gave Qatar a 13-point list of demands that included points such as ending all support for “terrorist organizations” such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah, ISIS, and Al Qaeda.The quartet demanded Qatar shutdown Al Jazeera and other Qatari-funded news outlets such as Middle East Eye and Arabi21. The group also called for Qatar to close down the Turkish military base, end joint-exercises with Turkey and diminish its ties with Iran.Finally, the coalition asked Qatar to pay reparations for “loss of life” and financial losses due to Qatari policies and to align with Saudi Arabia politically, militarily, socially, and economically. Though initially Qatar’s economy took a downturn while there was panic regarding the blockade, it recovered. In fact, Qatar is projected to have 2.6 percent GDP growth in 2018.Rather than align with the quartet, Qatar grew closer with Iran and Turkey.Sweden: Spat over ‘flagrant interference’Saudi Arabia’s recent row with Canada bears a remarkable resemblance to the kingdom’s diplomatic spat with Sweden in 2015. In January 2015 Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallstrom, criticized the kingdom’s human rights record. Speaking to parliament, she denounced the flogging of liberal blogger Raif Badawi and accused Saudi Arabia of being a dictatorship.After Sweden recognized Palestine as a sovereign state, she was invited to speak as a guest of honor at the Arab League conference in Cairo. Wallstrom’s planned remarks on democracy and women’s rights led Saudi Arabia to block her speech, and Sweden in turn scrapped a defense cooperation agreement between the two countries. In response Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador to Sweden, Ibrahim bin Ibrahim, on March 9, 2015, citing Sweden’s “flagrant interference” in its affairs. The kingdom said criticism of its human rights record was “harmful to the kingdom.”Sweden’s business community was concerned about the diplomatic spat. Saudi Arabia is Sweden’s fourth largest recipient of arms outside the EU with sale totals in 2014 reaching approximately $39 million.Despite the confrontation between Saudi Arabia and Sweden, both were keen to repair relations. Within the same month, Saudi Arabia reinstated its ambassador to Sweden after Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven apologized. Germany: ‘The doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed’Saudi Arabia took a similar approach to criticism from Germany. On November 13, 2017, speaking with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, then German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said to reporters that “Europe could not tolerate the adventurism that has spread there.” His remarks were a veiled criticism of the kingdom’s interference in Lebanon.Afterwards, Saudi Arabia summoned the German ambassador in Riyadh and handed him “a protest memorandum over the shameful and unjustified remarks by German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.”The kingdom also called its ambassador to Germany home for a consultation. The foreign ministry said “Such remarks provoke the surprise and disapproval of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which considers them as aimless and based on false info that would not help bring about stability in the region.”Since November, the kingdom has told its agencies not to renew contracts with non-essential German firms, though apparently those deemed essential continued operations. To German news outlet Der Spiegel, an unidentified businessman said, “For Germans, the doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed.” Detlef Daues, who owns a virtual department store for spare parts, has invested $5 million in his business in preparation for Saudi Arabia’s economic transition from its oil-based economy. However, he claims that he is being excluded from contracts since Gabriel’s comments. In another example, Riyadh had originally awarded a contract to construct a bike path through the city’s green belt to German AS+P Albert Speer and Bodecker Landscape Architects. After the spat however, the contract was reassigned to American company Coen+Partners. Germany is Saudi Arabia’s third largest source of imports and its largest trading partner in Europe, with German exports to the kingdom totaling €6.6 billion. Companies such as Bayer, Siemens AG, and Thyssenkrupp are among the 800 German companies active in the kingdom, and 200 of these companies have offices there, employing approximately 40,000 people. What does it all mean for Saudi Arabia?Saudi Arabia, embattled geopolitically in proxy wars with Iran, is pursuing MBS’s Vision 2030 plan. MBS realizes Saudi Arabia desperately needs to change going forward through moves such as privatizing certain sectors of the economy, which notably included Aramco until rejected by King Salman; encouraging foreign investment; decreasing dependence on oil money; and initiating limited social change.However, the prevailing trend in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy is aggression. The kingdom has meddled in Syria and spearheaded a devastating war in Yemen that has created a severe humanitarian crisis. Saudi Arabia even had the audacity to attempt to isolate a fellow Gulf nation and even detain and force the prime minister of a sovereign nation to resign from his post. These actions alienate communities and countries, and in fact push them away from Saudi interests. Saudi’s policy to attempt to force communities and countries to bend to the kingdom’s own hegemonic ambitions in fact empowers its proclaimed rival Iran. Under Saudi threats, did Qatar move any closer to Saudi Arabia? No, in fact Qatar tightened its relations with Iran and Turkey. Did Lebanon respond to Hariri’s resignation with anger towards Hezbollah for its power and influence in Lebanon? No, the multitude of factions in the divided country united against the simple fact that Saudi Arabia was doing to Lebanon what it so vehemently accuses Western countries that criticize the kingdom’s dismal human rights record—of interfering in their internal affairs. The kingdom additionally did not receive support from the US or other Western nations. Contrary to US President Trump, former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “The United States cautions against any party, within or outside Lebanon, using Lebanon as a venue for proxy conflicts or in any manner contributing to instability in that country.”In Lebanon, Saudi Arabia has realized its need to backtrack. The kingdom made an attempt to make amends for its actions when it reinstated a $1 billion credit line to Lebanon that it had originally canceled in 2016. Saudi Arabia’s actions regarding Canada are the culmination of Saudi’s statement to Western countries for publicly addressing issues such as human rights in the kingdom—they are not to be mentioned.  While the kingdom has introduced reforms, such as finally permitting women to drive vehicles this summer, the country is sending the message that this is by the grace of the rulers, a gift rather than the result of activism.The same dozens of individuals such as Samar Badawi that campaigned to bring such rights to Saudi Arabia were subsequently arrested by the authorities. Saudi Arabia under MBS is willing to undergo societal transformations to stir economic growth through increasing foreign investments, privatizing, and enacting reforms.However as the arrests of the activists shows, anything that changes in Saudi Arabia is by the state’s will. If the kingdom allows for more freedom to speak out against the state, individuals may call not just for societal transformation, but for political transformation. The aggression Saudi Arabia exhibits in its foreign policy is disastrous for its image, and if the country wants foreign investors to be comfortable in the country the government must halt these radical acts. In time, Saudi Arabia may backtrack from its hostile position with Canada and Germany, as it did with Sweden, especially as MBS’s power is further solidified in the kingdom. When it comes to the Iranians and their proxies, however, Saudi Arabia has maintained a trend towards further hostility. read more

19 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised a humanitarian organization committed to eradicating landmines worldwide for its efforts to turn minefields into agricultural land in Afghanistan. “Each mine cleared, each square metre rendered free of unexploded ordnance, helps to build a foundation for development and peace,” Mr. Ban told a gathering on Sunday at the annual Roots of Peace Harvest of Hope event in Connecticut, United States.“We see land brought back to productive use, offering sustenance and livelihoods to people in need; we see children able to play without risking their lives; we see peace processes newly infused with confidence,” Mr. Ban said in a message delivered by his Chief of Staff, Vijay Nambiar. Mr. Ban welcomed the Roots of Peace organization’s focus on Afghanistan, where its Mines to Vines programme “is playing a crucial role in the country’s reconstruction. Afghanistan needs the international community’s assistance and solidarity, and I am pleased that you are doing your part.”Exporting some 400 tons of grapes this year from Afghanistan to neighbouring countries, the organization more than doubled the income for the average Afghan farmer by creating alternative agricultural crops to poppies, according to the non-profit Roots for Peace group. The Mines to Vines programme also raised money to remove landmines so that grapevines or other food crops can be grown in 23 of the country’s 34 provinces. The event marked the 2009 UN International Year of Reconciliation, by honouring Joseph Verner Reed – a former US Ambassador and senior UN official – and Theodore C. Sorensen – who was special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy – with its Global Citizen Award for their bipartisan work in turning “seeds of terror” into “seeds of hope.”“Like my predecessors as Secretary-General, I have welcomed Joseph Verner Reed’s advice and support on a wide range of matters, gained through his rich and varied diplomatic career serving both his country and the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban. “I have also benefited regularly from the wise counsel of the incomparable Ted Sorensen, who is among the organization’s most eloquent advocates – and most ardent defenders,” he added. “You rightly honour these two stalwart friends of the United Nations.” read more

TORONTO — Aecon shareholders voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a $1.5-billion takeover of the Canadian company by a Chinese firm.CCCC International Holding Ltd., a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd., announced a friendly deal in October to buy the company for $20.37 per share in cash.“It’s a bitter sweet moment for me personally,” Aecon chief executive John Beck told the meeting with roughly 50 people present.“But it’s definitely the right thing for everyone involved with the company.”Aecon (TSX:ARE) had said in August that it was looking for potential buyers.The company’s board unanimously recommended shareholders support the bid and more than 99 per cent of the votes cast were in favour of the offer, which required the approval of a two-thirds majority.Roughly 33.85 million votes were cast in favour, while more than 204,000 votes were against the deal — marking a 57.8 per cent participation rate by shareholders eligible to vote.The deal has already received a “no action” letter granting approval under the Canadian Competition Act and Aecon has been advised by the buyer that it has approval from the National Development and Reform Commission, a Chinese economic planning regulator.It still faces a review under the Investment Canada Act.Aecon chairman Brian Tobin said “there’s a clear net benefit for Canada” from the deal.“Our hope and expectation is that the full approvals will be forthcoming,” he said in an interview after the meeting.“But we respect that there is an appropriate process that is undertaken by government and we are patiently awaiting the conclusion of that review.”The 140-year-old construction firm has worked on Canadian landmarks including the CN Tower, Vancouver’s SkyTrain and the Halifax Shipyard. read more

Some NPC Ministers have been accused of corruption and the matter was discussed by the NPC today. (Colombo Gazette) The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is to debate allegations against some of its members on June 14.The decision was taken after a committee report was submitted to the NPC when it convened today.

first_imgThe picture shows Paul Moore opening the IPCC 2012 – no less than 21 presentations on all aspects of IPCC technology and application. Details of IPCC 2013 will be available soon – where and when. Meanwhile there is great interest in Rapid Development 2013 – Enabling the Future Mine, Sydney Harbour Marriott, 23 – 25 January 2013. From new approaches to shaft sinking; faster raise boring and down-reaming; advances in hard rock cutting technology and continuous mining for hard rock; rapid decline development; and the use of new mobile miner and TBM technology to tackle mine access tunnels and block cave development – interest in this area of the industry is at an all time high. The reasons for this are numerous – from large open pits going or that have gone underground, from Chuquicamata to Jwaneng/Venetia and Bingham Canyon; to existing mines with major new level development at Kiruna, Argyle, Grasberg and El Teniente; to new block cave operations such as Pebble, Palabora Lift 2, New Afton, Resolution Copper and others. As Australia is seeing a lot of activity in this area, such as the tunnel boring work being conducted by Rio Tinto at Northparkes, it is a natural location for such an event. The rate for the full conference is US$1,600.This is our second such knowledge sharing event, following on from our highly successful annual IPCC conference; and the aim is the same. To offer the industry a forum where mining groups, contract miners, EPCM groups, consultants, OEMs, component suppliers and others can get together, listen to quality presentations and meet with the people they need to meet from engineering, procurement, design, sales and marketing teams. The focus at IM Events is to offer conferences that are on a subject not served previously by a commercial event; and one that the industry is actively seeking a forum on to advance development in that area. Contact paul@im-mining.comlast_img read more

first_imgPOLICE IN DOWN are appealing for information following a reported kidnapping incident that occured on Thursday.At 10am, a 27-year-old man was walking in the Bryansburn Road area when a white high top Transit van pulled up beside him. Two men, both wearing balaclavas and one armed with a knife, bundled him into the van.The man was let out of the vehicle in the Crawfordsburn Road area of Newtownards a while later uninjured.One of the men in the van is described as being approximately 5’10″ tall, of heavy build, with green eyes and was wearing a black Puffer jacket, black Adidas tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. The other man is described as being approximately 5’10″ tall, of heavy build and was wearing a black leather jacket, dark jeans and white trainers.Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID in Bangor on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Man charged over alleged false imprisonment>last_img read more

first_imgAre you tired of your cable modem? Do you have a bunch of unused Christmas lights lying around? Some German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications have found a solution in red, blue, green, and white LED light bulbs.Using LED lights the scientists were able to create an 800Mbps-capable network. With coverage of about 10 square meters, the LEDs were placed along the ceiling and would blink in rapid succession to transmit the information in a series of ones and zeroes. The light blinks so quickly that the human can’t detect it and in doing so can send massive streams of data.A laptop within range would be outfitted a photo diode which acts as a receiver. The diode absorbs the light which is then translated into signals the computer can understand.The use of LED lights to transmit information falls in a class called Visible Light Communication (VLC). It’s a unique answer to a traditional problem in environments that can’t use standard networks, such as an aircraft. VLC won’t interfere with information transmitted over regular wireless networks.Yet, it isn’t without its drawbacks. If anything is blocking the light, say an object or a person, the connection is disrupted. Anyone using that connection would have to be in the same room as the lights because the light obviously can’t travel through the walls. It is promising, though.via ispreviewlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of passengers were left stranded abroad after Greek airline SkyGreece announced that due to Greece’s financial state, it can no longer provide a service.The Athens-based start-up had only been running commercial flights for three months, operating flights out of Montreal, Toronto, New York JFK, Athens, Thessaloniki, Budapest and Zagreb.Shortly after launching scheduled international services in May, SkyGreece suffered financial setbacks, mainly as a result of capital controls.“SkyGreece Airlines would like to apologise to all of its passengers who have been affected as a result of the company’s current operational crisis,” the official statement said.“The founders, managers and employees of SkyGreece care deeply about their passengers and have been working around the clock to resolve the problem.”The airline, which only owns one Boeing 767-300 ER, and leases an Airbus A330-200, that is based in New York, had pre-sold thousands of tickets to and from Greece.“In spite of the resulting immediate and dramatic reduction in ticket sales, the company’s founders have worked tirelessly to maintain scheduled service,” a statement on the airline’s website reads.“Unfortunately, as a result of recent technical issues, the company is now facing a system-wide multi-day delay and significant additional expenses. Passengers should contact their travel agent to arrange for alternate travel and/or accommodations.”A Facebook group has since been set up called SkyGreece Troubles, with nearly 1,000 people launching complaints. At the same time, owner of SkyWay Tours, Aris Sideratos, says that he has “no clue of what’s going to happen” in terms of getting customers home.One passenger, Alex Repka, was forced to shell out extra cash last week when his flight back to Toronto from Budapest was cancelled.“When I had arrived and walked to their counter, there was nobody there, just a sheet of paper stating the numbers that I could call to figure something out,” he told CTV News.Bessie Broussalis says her elderly father is stranded in Greece after his return flight to Canada was cancelled.“He is elderly. He is 74 years old. He has medication that he will run out of,” she added.Source: Quebec News, DailyMaillast_img read more

first_imgThe first reports from Messi’s injury have been disclosed and things are not as grave as they could have been, he won’t play vs Inter and will miss El Clasico.The images of Lionel Messi’s horrific elbow injury are difficult to watch, the worse was expected but we all needed to make sure if he was going to miss El Clasico or even longer.Fortunately for the Argentine player and FC Barcelona, Messi suffered a distal radius fracture which will keep him out for 3 weeks according to reports from Diario Sport.Fortunately for everyone, this type of injury is not as serious as others that sometimes keep players out of competitions for several months, we all know how long bone fractures can take to heal but Messi didn’t suffer the incident in a sensitive area of his body.The player was immediately taken to San Joan Despi’s medical facility after many of the early prognoses were already quite alarming, it was almost certain that he would miss the Champions League match against Internazionale Milano but there was still a small ray of hope that he could make it to El Clasico next weekend.However, the official report from FC Barcelona’s gave us the news that we didn’t want to hear and Messi will stay out of competition for at least three weeks depending on how his recovery process develops.❗ [INJURY NEWS] Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. #FuerzaLeo— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 20, 2018With this news about his fracture, Lionel Messi will miss up to five matches throughout all competitions during the time that the Argentine will stay injured.First, Lionel will surely miss out on both Champions League matches against Internazionale Milano, the first at Camp Nou in a couple of days and the second one on 6 November at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium.Messi will also miss out on next weekend’s El Clasico action, which marks the first time we won’t enjoy a Barcelona vs Real Madrid match without the presence of either him or Cristiano Ronaldo since December 2007.Between the match against Los Blancos and the second one against Inter, Barcelona will travel to play against Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Ray, as well as Vallecas to play against Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.And finally, right before the next international break on November, Messi will also miss out on the match against Real Betis at the Camp Nou.All players then go on the final commitment with their respective national teams, and they will return with their clubs on the final week of November.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.”How can Messi get an arm injury when goats have four legs?”– @utdBrett— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 20, 2018Messi’s possible return to activityWhat the Barcelona doctors are aiming for with this new setback in Lionel Messi’s current season, is to have him back in form and ready to play when the final international break of 2018 is over.On 24 November, FC Barcelona has a crucial visit to the Metropolitano Stadium against Atletico Madrid.Apart from the objective of having Messi fit for this match, the club will also have the complicated task of staying as La Liga’s leaders in the next month without their skipper and have him back to keep fighting for it against the Colchoneros.El Clasico doesn’t matter anymore, Messi won’t be in it and we are potentially going to watch a match that will have everyone wondering what it will be like without a player like him or Cristiano Ronaldo for that matter.With the latest injury this Saturday, Lionel Messi has suffered 14 throughout his career with the Catalan club. Most of his physical problems during matches have been of muscular nature, with only a couple of them being more serious like today.Get ready for a full month without Lionel Messi, we know we won’t like it.🇦🇷 Lionel Messi is forced off for @FCBarcelona with a serious arm injury.😢 Get well soon, King Leo.— SPORF (@Sporf) October 20, 2018Do you think Lionel Messi will make it in time to play against Atletico Madrid a month from now? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_img Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia, #Manyislandsmanypossibilites Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 18, 2017 – The tourist board is touting a new sister islands marketing campaign which will feature not only some of the less visited destinations of the country but some of its most intriguing natives, including now world renowned artist from these islands:  Bradley Theodore.In a collaboration which is dubbed, ‘Many Islands, Many Possibilities’ the new video features North Caicos, Middle Caicos, Grand Turk, Gibbs Cay and some roads less traveled in Provo.Pamela Ewing, the Tourist Board’s executive in North America and Oehleo Higgs, Senior PR for the Board based in Providenciales explained that the videos were filmed last week and are in keeping with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s designated theme for 2017, as the Year of Adventure. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Forcecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Photocredit: TCI Tourist Board#MagneticNewsMedia#Manyislandsmanypossibiliteslast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A pair of kittens dropped off at a Miami Beach Fire Station have found their forever home.Miami Beach Fire Rescue tweeted out a photo of three young ladies holding the pair of kittens, who have now been adopted.The firefighters tried putting out the word early Thursday after two kittens were dropped off at the Station One fire house on Jefferson Avenue.This, from a unit known for their cat rescues. “About three weeks ago, we rescued a kitten from a drain. This is our fire house cat Phoebe, and she will remain at the fire house permanently,” said Miami Beach Fire Rescue Capt. Alan Lopez. Looks like the kittens have been adopted! Thanks to our followers for helping us find them a home 😻🙌🏽— Miami Beach Fire (@MiamiBeachFire) September 15, 2016Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgLeaders of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) address a press conference at Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) office in the city`s Segunbagicha area on Friday.Leaders of Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) on Friday demanded immediaterelease of Eden Mohila (girls) College Student Lutfunnahar Luma, also a leader of the quota reform movement, reports UNB.They raised the demand at a press conference held at Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB) office in the city’s Segunbagicha area.Luma was arrested from her village home in Sirajganj on 15 August on charges of her alleged involvement in instigating violence during the student protest demanding road safety.Later, she was shown arrested in a case filed under the ICT Act with Ramna police station.In the written statement, joint convener of the BGSRPC Ataullah said though Luma was actively involved in quota reform movement, she did not take part in the students’ movement for road safety.She was staying in Gopalganj and Sirajganj from 3 July to 15 August, reads the statement.”A video clip which became viral on social media during student movement in Jhigatola on 4 August showed that a girl wearing rose colour dress. As the face of the girl was covered, it was not possible to identify her completely. But, Luma was arrested for her wearing a rose colour dress during the quota reform movement,” said Ataullah.He demanded the immediate release of Luma and other activists of the movement.Among others, joint convener of BGSRPC Bin Yamin Mollah and Luma’s mother and one of her sisters were present at the press conference.last_img

first_imgThe crushed auto-rickshaw is seen at West Mandarin in Lakshmipur sadar upazila. Photo: Prothom AloSeven people, including six members of a family, were killed when a truck rammed a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at West Mandarin in Lakshmipur sadar upazila early Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Rokeya Begum, Shah Alam, Shamsunnahar, Nasima Begum, Rubel, Amit and CNG driver Nur Hossain.The damaged truck is seen at West Mandarin in Lakshmipur sadar upazila. Photo: Prothom AloThe accident took place around 3:30am when a truck hit the Chandraganj-bound CNG-run auto-rickshaw, leaving its passengers and the driver dead on the spot, said Shahjahan, inspector of Chandraganj Highway police.On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to local hospital morgue.last_img

first_imgPolice arrested a man from Gagrijora village in Naria upazila on Saturday on charges of raping two and a half years old girl, reports UNB.The arrestee is Alal Sheikh, 30, son of Moslem Sheikh of the village.Quoting family members, Abu Bakkar, officer-in-charge of Naria police station, said Alal took the girl to a room and raped her while she was playing on their yard on Friday afternoon.Later, the girl was taken to Sadar Hospital for medical test and her parents lodged a complaint with the police station, said the OC.On the flowing day, police managed to detain Alal around 10:00am.last_img

first_imgAt least 15 people were killed and 23 others injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj and Sunamganj on Sunday, reports UNB.In Sirajganj, eight people were killed and 15 others injured in a head-on collision between a human hauler and a bus at Boalia in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj on Sunday noon.The deceased could not be identified immediately.The accident took place on Dhaka-Pabna Highway when the passenger bus collided with the human hauler around 12:45pm, killing eight of people on the spot, said Dewan Koishik Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Ullapara Model police station.Police took the injured to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital, the OC added.In Sunamganj, at least seven people were killed and eight others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a human hauler in Dakshin Sunamganj upazila.The accident took place in Patharia around 8:00am. All seven victims were killed on the spot, police said.Both vehicles fell into a roadside ditch after the accident, said Harun-or-Rashid, officer-in-charge of Dakshin Sunamganj police station.Police rescued the injured and sent them to Sunamganj Sadar Hospital. Two of the injured were shifted to Osmani Medical College Hospital in critical condition, the OC added.last_img read more

first_img Florida python hunt yielding relatively few snakes Illustration of e-textile pants. Credit: Liu, et al. ©2008 IEEE. Explore further A Virginia Tech engineering team designed the pants in hopes that, by identifying individuals with a higher risk of falling, it may be possible to reduce the number of injuries associated with fall accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, about one-third of adults age 70 and over fall every year, with one-fourth of these falls resulting in injuries. “One of the main issues in developing a wearable system is making sure that people will wear it,” said Thurmon Lockhart, Associate Professor and Director of Locomotion Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech, to “Comfort and technological innovation are keys for future designs of wearable systems.”The e-textile pants are embedded with several e-TAGS, which are small printed circuit boards containing microcontrollers, sensors, and communication devices (designed by Electrical Engineering professors Tom Martin and Mark Jones of Virginia Tech). The researchers attached four e-TAGs with gyroscopes and accelerometers to each of an individual’s ankles and knees, as well as two e-TAGs with accelerometers to each hip. Also, each foot had a piezoelectric sensor attached to the heel that was connected to an e-TAG on the pants. The set-up was powered by a 9-volt battery attached near the waist. During walking trials, the data collected by the e-TAGs was transmitted to a single Bluetooth e-TAG, which wirelessly transmitted the data to a host computer.The researchers tested the feasibility of the pants by comparing measurements from a group of nine healthy individuals (young and old) and a group of four elderly individuals with a medical history of falling. The participants walked on a treadmill at various speeds as the sensors monitored local perturbations at the six joints.These local instabilities – for example, ankle or knee movements that varied from step to step – differed between the healthy group and the group with a falling history. For two different parameters (angular velocity and vertical acceleration), the researchers determined which joints had significant instabilities at different walking speeds. Overall, they found that local dynamic stability as measured by the pants varies significantly between the two groups, meaning that the pants can accurately differentiate individuals with a high risk for falling from their healthy counterparts. As the researchers explain, this local instability measurement may indicate how well the human motor control system can compensate for small perturbations between gait cycles, such as uneven surfaces or the individual’s own motor control error.Because the pants are unobtrusive and can be connected to a remote health care facility, the technology could enable elderly individuals to live independently for longer, with the pants as a safeguard. When the pants detect instabilities in an individual’s gait, the system could notify both the health care facility and the individual, warning them to avoid potentially unsafe walking surfaces. “In the future, the diagnostic power is going to increase for wearable systems, and may include checking blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and more,” Lockhart said. “We’re also looking into other designs, such as jewelry which people can wear on the wrist and other small single-node systems.” Lockhart added that the research team has begun working with several companies to try to bring the wearable sensor system to a reality, possibly in the next few years.More information: Liu, Jian; Lockhart, Thurmon E.; Jones, Mark; and Martin, Tom. “Local Dynamic Stability Assessment of Motion Impaired Elderly Using Electronic Textile Pants.” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. To be published. Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: E-Textile Pants Identify Fall-Prone Elderly (2008, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — A pair of pants may help determine if elderly individuals have a high risk of slipping and falling by sensing fluctuations in their walking gait. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img More information: Contests with deadly weapons: telson sparring in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) Published 23 September 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0558AbstractMantis shrimp strike with extreme impact forces that are deadly to prey. They also strike conspecifics during territorial contests, yet theoretical and empirical findings in aggressive behaviour research suggest competitors should resolve conflicts using signals before escalating to dangerous combat. We tested how Neogonodactylus bredini uses two ritualized behaviours to resolve size-matched contests: meral spread visual displays and telson (tailplate) strikes. We predicted that (i) most contests would be resolved by meral spreads, (ii) meral spreads would reliably signal strike force and (iii) strike force would predict contest success. The results were unexpected for each prediction. Contests were not resolved by meral spreads, instead escalating to striking in 33 of 34 experiments. The size of meral spread components did not strongly correlate with strike force. Strike force did not predict contest success; instead, winners delivered more strikes. Size-matched N. bredini avoid deadly combat not by visual displays, but by ritualistically and repeatedly striking each other’s telsons until the loser retreats. We term this behaviour ‘telson sparring’, analogous to sparring in other weapon systems. We present an alternative framework for mantis shrimp contests in which the fight itself is the signal, serving as a non-lethal indicator of aggressive persistence or endurance. How mantis shrimp evolved many shapes with same powerful punch (—A pair of biology researchers at Duke University has found that the mantis shrimp engages in an unusual form of sparring during territorial disputes—hammering each other on their tailplates. In their paper published in Royal Society Biology Letters, Patrick Green and Sheila Patek describe their initial expectations regarding behavior of the crustaceans and then what they actually observed. © 2015 Citation: Mantis shrimp found to spar safely with deadly weapons (2015, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Mantis shrimp, as it turns out, are not actually a type of shrimp—they are a close relative, a stomatopod. They are interesting because they have what amounts to a hammer, a raptorial appendage that can be pushed with tremendous and deadly force—enough to kill prey. In this new effort, the researchers report discovering that the tiny lobster-looking creatures also use their battering ram in another way, as part of resolving territorial disputes. They hammer each other on their backsides (telson) which are protected and thus little harm comes about.Because disputes between members of the same species can often result in injury and/or death, many have evolved to using visual displays before resorting to a physical confrontation—the mantis shrimp, for example, engages in what is known as a ‘meral spread’ an apparent attempt to make itself look larger. Going in, the researchers believed that such displays likely meant relatively few physical encounters. They also expected that such displays would be a reliable means of demonstrating an individual’s strike force, and that ultimately, when it came to blows, strike force would ultimately win out.Instead, the researchers discovered after observing and testing several specimens, that the meral spread rarely prevented an escalation to violence—out of 34 encounters, just one dissipated. Also, they found that the size of the meral spread did not correlate to strike force and strike force was not a good predictor of success in a physical battle. The winner, they found, as in amateur boxing, was the one that struck the most blows. The loser tended to slink away in defeat. The researchers suggest such battles are a way for two rivals wanting the same burrow to communicate traits they posses such as persistence, endurance or grit—all without causing harm to the other. Mantis shrimp. Credit: Wikipedia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary was observed at Rabindra Tirtha, New Town, with great enthusiasm.The day-long programme was inaugurated by Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Calling Rabindra Tirtha a “mini Santiniketan”, Sen said well known, lesser known and unknown Tagore exponents took part in the programme and he has been remembered through his songs and recitations”. Rabindra Tirtha is coming up as a major cultural hub in the city. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRabindra Tirtha has taken up a month-long programme on every Saturday and Sunday in May, to pay homage to Tagore. Rabindra sangeet exponents will participate in the event and dance drama and geeti alekhya will be presented during the fortnight. Handicapped Development Welfare Association observed the day at Ahindra Mancha on Wednesday. Actor Rituparna Sengupta graced the occasion, along with Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (parks and squares) and Saikat Mitra (singer), along with Sourav Ghosh (President, HDWA) and Sumanta Ghosh (secretary, HWDA). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedStudents performed dance and mime. Many of them were deaf and dumb. All the guests handed over certificates to the participants. Rituparna Sengupta said, “I always love to be with such good causes. I have come not only to celebrate the poet’s birthday, but it’s also my duty to support such initiatives. It is good to know that participants from various states of India and even Bangladesh have joined this grand celebration. I wish them all the success for all their future initiatives.” Rabindra Jayanti was also observed by the students of Naba Nalanda High School. The function was held at one of the boulevards on Southern Avenue. The programme started early in the morning, where students presented songs, dance drama and recited poems by Tagore.Thousands of people went to Jorasanko Thakurbari to pay homage to the great poet. He was born in this house on May 9, 1861 and died here in 1941. Tagore’s statue at Rabindra Sarobar Lake was garlanded and the morning walkers sang his songs, while some recited poems written by him.Various clubs organised blood donation camps and distributed fruits among the patients of state-run hospitals. In Salt Lake, Rabindra Jayanti was celebrated in every block. The residents presented his songs, dance drama and one act plays to remember the bard.last_img read more