Five arrested, several injured in Jharkhand over cow slaughter

first_imgFive persons have been arrested and several, including five policemen, were injured at Pakur in Jharkhand when a clash broke out between villagers and policemen on Wednesday over cow slaughter during the Id-ul-Zuha festival. The situation is said to be tense but under control.Police officers said villagers at Dangrapahra under the Maheshpur police station limits in Pakur district bordering West Bengal attacked the policemen when they reached there on a tip- off that cow slaughter was being done on the Id-ul-Zuha festival. Since 2015, cow slaughter is banned in Jharkhand and on August 18, the Jharkhand government had also issued a directive for deputy commissioners of all districts to make sure that cattle were not slaughtered on Id-ul-Zuha.Situation under control“The villagers attacked the policemen…and five policemen, including the Maheshpur police station officer in-charge Umesh Prasad, were injured while some villagers too were injuried in the clash…the situation is under control now,” Pakur Superintendent of Police Shailendra Prasad Barnwal said. Both the SP and Deputy Commissioner of Pakur, Dilip Kumar Jha, are camping at Maheshpur, said R.K. Mallick, Jharkhand police spokesperson. “Deputy Inspector General, Raj Kumar Lakra has also been sent along with additional forces to bring the situation under control,” he added.The police had resorted to baton-charge and used tear gas against protesters. However, local people said the police also opened fire on them in which at least seven persons were injured. Later, the police also imposed Section 144 of the India Penal Code in the area which prohibites the assembly of four or more people at a place. Medical treatmentMeanwhile, many injured villagers crossed the Bengal border for medical treatment at Rampurhat government hospital in Birbhum district, 45 km away from Pakur.last_img read more

Germany sees FIFA Confederations Cup as test for young players

first_imgGermany’s Confederations Cup target is not so much the title as it is to develop young players with an eye on next year’s World Cup in Russia, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday.Germany, who have sent a second string team to the tournament starting on Saturday, were more interested in seeing their young squad play freely, Bierhoff told reporters in Sochi, Russia, a day after the world champions’ arrival.”On a sporting level it is an important tournament where we can measure ourselves with other teams,” Bierhoff said. “The most important thing for us is to develop the players.”He said he would like to see the young team gradually come together and deliver several candidates for next year’s squad that will defend their 2014 World Cup title in Russia.Coach Joachim Loew has brought half a dozen newcomers into the team, resting several of his stalwarts including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels among others to have them fit for next year’s tournament.”The competition will be extremely valuable for the development of the team and each individual player,” Bierhoff said.”We represent German football here. That is not only the 20 world champions but also others who have since joined us and we want to deliver a good performance.””The first priority is to develop the team and the second to win the title.”Germany kick off their Group B matches against Australia on June 19.last_img read more

UEFA Nations League: Italy hold Poland in first game under Roberto Mancini

first_imgItaly’s new manager Roberto Mancini started his stint with a 1-1 draw at home.The 2006 World Cup winners salvaged a draw with Poland thanks to a late penalty from midfielder Jorginho in their first match of the UEFA Nations League on Friday.Poland, playing their first match under new coach Jerzy Brzeczek, who replaced Adam Nawalka following their World Cup group stage exit, went ahead with a superbly executed Piotr Zielinski volley five minutes before halftime.With the home crowd getting restless, Italy were rescued in the 78th minute when visiting midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski fouled Federico Chiesa in the penalty area.Brazilian-born Jorginho calmly converted to ensure the points were shared in the League A Group Three game.Photos after the #Azzurri’s first appearance in the #NationsLeague finished in a draw. Zielinski opened the scoring before #Jorginho levelled in the second half from the penalty spot. #VivoAzzurro #ItalyPoland #ITAPOL pic.twitter.com/hV0VdvLxF8 Italy (@azzurri) September 7, 2018Italy travel to European champions Portugal in their next match in UEFA’s new competition on Monday.”It was the first big game so there were some mistakes but overall the lads did well,” said Mancini.He gave Fiorentina left back Cristiano Biraghi his debut in Italy’s first competitive match since the infamous 0-0 draw against Sweden in November which caused them to miss the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.LATE TACKLEItaly captain Giorgio Chiellini quickly made his mark on Poland striker Robert Lewandowski with a late tackle which earned him a booking in the eighth minute but it failed to deter the Poles who looked dangerous on the counter.advertisementItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two outstanding point-blank saves to foil Zielinksi in the first half hour but was powerless to stop another effort from the Napoli player in the 40th minute.Jorginho was caught in possession, the ball was quickly fed to Lewandowski on the left and he floated a delightful cross to the far post where the unmarked Zielinski volleyed home.Federico Bernardeschi, who had Italy’s best first-half chance when he shot wide from the edge of the area, missed from a similar position after the break.Mario Balotelli, whose only contribution was a first-half shot which sailed high and wide, was replaced by Andrea Belotti, although Mancini noted the forward was short of match practice.”He’s a striker of international level, he just needs to play,” he said.Italy then looked more dangerous and needed a penalty to salvage a point but there were encouraging signs for Mancini.”They are all lads who can do well in the future as they showed in the second half,” he added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro launched: Key specs, features, India price, and everything else you need to know

first_imgXiaomi has finally launched the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro in India at an event in New Delhi today. The Redmi Note 7 India price starts from Rs 9,999 while the base model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro has been priced at Rs 13,999. The Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in India on March 6 while the Redmi Note 7 Pro will go on sale in India on March 13.As far as the design of the two Redmi Notes are concerned both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro come with gradient finish (Aura design) and Dot drop notch display. Notably this is for the first time that Xiaomi has brought a waterdrop notched display phones to India. Both the phones come with the same screen size with LCD panel on top and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection. Both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro run on the latest Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10. Let’s take a note of everything that the Redmi Note 7 series offer the consumers.Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro specificationsDisplay: Both the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro sport a 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display coupled with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Both back and front of the Redmi Note 7 series phones are protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.Processor: The Redmi Note 7 is powered by 2.2GHz Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset while the Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor.RAM: The Redmi Note 7 comes in two RAM variants — 3GB and 4GB RAM. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes in two RAM variants — 4GB RAM and 6GB.advertisementStorage: The Redmi Note 7 comes in two storage models — 32GB and 64GB. The storage space can be expanded further up to 256GB via microSD card. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also comes in two storage models — 64GB and 128GB.Rear camera: Both the Redmi Note 7 series phones come with dual camera setup on the back. On the rear panel, the Redmi Note 7 includes a primary camera of 12MP sensor with, while the secondary camera includes a 5MP sensor for capturing depth shots. While the Redmi Note 7 Pro includes a primary camera of 48MP sensor and 5MP secondary sensor for.portrait shots.Front camera: On the front, both the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro include a single camera setup which sits on the waterdrop notch. The Redmi Note 7 includes a 13-megapixel camera on the front, while the Redmi Note 7 Pro also consists of a 13-megapixel selfie shooter with lotsnof AI.Battery: The Redmi Note 7 and Note 7 Pro are backed by a 4,000mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4.Software: The Redmi Note 7 runs Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10.Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro key features– Notably, the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro are the first Notes from Xiaomi to come with a waterdrop notch display in India, Xiaomi calls it Dot Drop notch. We have already seen the similar display style on some of the new phones from Vivo, Oppo, OnePlus, Samsung and others.– The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with a 48MP rear camera paired with f/1.79 aperture on the back, this is one biggest highlight of the Xiaomi phone. The rear side of the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro includes two cameras on the back which are placed in a vertical fashion. The rear camera setup is further paired with LED flash, which is followed by a circular fingerprint sensor.– Gradient finish is another highlight of the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The finish makes the phones look beautiful especially from the back. The all new Redmi Note series come in funky colours including Red, Blue, Pink and Black.– The Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 chipset which runs pricier phones like the Vivo V15 Pro which retails for Rs 28,990 in India right now. The Redmi Note 7, on the other hand, is powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset.– It is great to see the Redmi Note 7 and the Redmi Note 7 Pro come with USB Type C support. This is the first Note series to include Type C support. The phones also comes with Quick Charge 4 support, AI face unlock support.Redmi Note 7, Redmi Note 7 Pro price and availability The Redmi Note 7 comes in three two variants in India including 3GB RAM/32GB storage for Rs 9,999 and 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 11,999. The Redmi Note 7 Pro also comes in two variants including 4GB RAM and 64GB storage for Rs 13,999, and 6GB RAM and 128GB storage for Rs 16,999.advertisementThe Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available in India starting March 13 while the Redmi Note 7 will go on sale in India for the first time on March 6. The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes in Neptune Blue, Nebula Red, and Classic Space Black. While the Redmi Note 7 comes in Once Black, Ruby Red, and Sapphire Blue colours.ALSO READ: | Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 32-inch launched in India for Rs 12,999, will be available on March 7ALSO READ: | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro, Redmi Note 7 launched in India, price starts from Rs 9,999ALSO READ: | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 set to launch in India today, expected to be priced around Rs 10,000last_img read more

Bedlam Baby, Just Bedlam

first_imgWe’re going to talk about it because this game matters inasmuch as it is a game between two schools that don’t really like each other that much and have a recent history of playing defibrilator-inducing affairs marred by dramatic scores, pantheon-level performances, and upload-it-from-your-iPhone-at-the-game-because-it’s-going-viral-in-a-hurry plays. Year after year after year.So it doesn’t really matter that the national championship is circling the drain or even that the Big 12 title is still at hand. What matters, very simply and very succinctly, is that we get to watch this game with 55,000 of our best friends to close down a semester of the most fun football season anybody under the age of 30 has ever seen (or maybe just remembered).What matters when we spill into the stadium tomorrow and whisper about whatever uniform OSU’s players are wearing and debate the merits of a bad losses vs. good wins is that we are alive and talking and that we get to consume sporting events and chat about them with people as crazy as we are.What matters is how this school and these people have responded to what happened on November 17th.No matter what happens against OU, someday we’ll look back on 2011 and say, “gosh, that was pretty fun wasn’t it, I mean that year was one of the most thrilling rides we’ve ever been on.”As fans, we can’t really ask me for much more than that (besides maybe a big BWeeds laser or Gilbert kick return every once in a while).And who knows, if we’re lucky and a few voters throw a few bones, Rece could be revealing orange on the BCS countdown show on Sunday night.It’s funny too, because I just looked at a map and it says Louisiana is some 450 miles from Oklahoma, but we might only be 60 minutes from New Orleans.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Emily NielsenOur modern day monolithic sporting community has this tendency to bludgeon the present, or whatever is happening at this moment, to the point that the only way to enjoy events is when looking forward to them or back at them. It’s a societal problem at large, or maybe a 2011 media problem, to be specific, but whoever the guilty party may be, it is a problem.Figuratively speaking, everything that can possibly be written about this game has already been written (not literally of course, because the interwebs are not large enough for all those permutations). We have beat to death the weather angle and destroyed the “this will make Oklahoma State a national contender!” story. We have wrung this game around its own neck and smashed every key on our keyboards in the process. It is a necessary diversion (for what would we read about, if not for a game that might or might not be meaningless in the national title picture?!?), but not always a fresh one.Don’t get me wrong, I love Bedlam, and I love the creativity and entertainment I’ve seen from some of my favorite writers, both national and local this week. It’s just that…well, it’s just that it’s time to play this game.And it’s a game that has felt a bit hollow to me, as if something about it doesn’t ring true to the praises we’ve been adulating it with all week, nay, all season. There is, of course, the matter of that Iowa State affair and Tech and Baylor didn’t help things either, and I suppose that’s why it seems a little empty, or maybe a tad shallow – it was supposed to mean so much more. The Big 12, the title game, perfection, and bragging rights were all supposed to be wrapped up in the most relevant Bedlam affair any of us had ever seen.But things went south as things tend to do and we’re left with this, which seems like it’s supposed to feel like that.I know that once 7 PM rolls around tomorrow night, and I’m hopping up and down jammed somewhere between the student section and the amalgamation of personalities that occupy the west end zone seats, that all will be right in this world we have constructed for ourselves.I know that thousands of key rings will rattle and Quinn Sharp will hit the back of the end zone with his kickoff and Boone’s stadium will get immensely louder than a stadium would normally be on a cold Saturday night in December.And I know that in ten years when we talk about this season we’ll talk about stroking Tech in Lubbock and we’ll talk about how Weeden embarrassed the 2011 Heisman trophy winner (Lord, help us) at home or we’ll argue about whether or not OSU could have gone century mark all over Turner Gill on his way out the door at Kansas.We’ll talk about that second half at A&M in hushed, reverential tones and we’ll talk about the throws Weeden made in the second half of the Kansas State game. We’ll also undoubtedly talk about how we didn’t know what to feel or who to talk to or what to do after that night in Ames when that world I mentioned earlier, constructed by us, constructed for us, all came crashing down in a heap of tragic news and meaningless (but still meaningful) football scores.Maybe we’ll talk about how we fell .00003 points short of getting Lester in NOLA for the title game or maybe we’ll talk about Justin Gilbert doing Joe Adams in front of Joe Adams in the Cotton Bowl.But you know what? Above all of those things we might talk about, we’re still going to talk about whatever happens tomorrow night the most. Whether it’s a field rush and a goal post dunking in Theta Pond or it’s Landry ramming a shiv into our already-very-fragile hearts on his way to the NFL. We’re going to talk about it above everything else because talking about sports is what we do and we are preternaturally inclined to talking about the most emotional, exciting things we have experienced during our consumption of these games.last_img read more

Cascadia sides play out dull first-leg draw

first_imgMLS Sounders and Whitecaps play out dull Cascadia playoff draw Goal Last updated 2 years ago 10:46 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nicolas Lodeiro, Seattle Sounders Kelvin Kuo MLS Vancouver Whitecaps v Seattle Sounders Seattle Sounders Vancouver Whitecaps Videos Neither Seattle nor Vancouver could generate much offense as the scene will now shift to CenturyLink Field for the second leg The Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinal on Sunday night at BC Place.The closest either side came in the first half was when Kendall Waston nearly opened the scoring for Seattle with an own goal, as Joevin Jones hit a cross that the Costa Rican scrambled onto his own crossbar in the 36th minute. Inches away from a @SoundersFC opener! #VANvSEA // @Audi #MLSCupPlayoffs https://t.co/N7YfD59rnr— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 30, 2017With just over 15 minutes to play, Seattle center back Chad Marshall was forced to limp off in what could be a major blow to the Sounders’ hopes of repeating as MLS champions. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The action never quite got going on the night, as both sides appeared content to move on to the second leg with a 0-0 draw. The scene will now shift to CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Thursday for the second leg. Kickoff is at 10:30 p.m. ET.last_img read more

2004 NATIONAL 18’S STORIES ARCHIVED

first_imgAll stories and results from the 2004 National 18’s Championships held recently in Coffs Harbour, have now been archived. These stories can now be viewed using the following link: NATIONAL 18’S STORIES AND RESULTS and click on 2004 They can also be viewed using the ‘News Archive’ link on the ATA homepage: NATIONAL 18’S STORIES AND RESULTS NEWS ARCHIVE (all stories will be found under September 2004)last_img

Marilla Stephenson to Support Work of oneNS Coalition

first_imgWell-known, former Chronicle Herald columnist Marilla Stephenson is joining the Office of Planning and Priorities to support the work of the oneNS Coalition. “It’s not often that you have an opportunity to bring someone on with the breadth of skills, and level of experience and passion that Marilla Stephenson brings,” said Bernie Miller, deputy minister, Office of Planning and Priorities. “She holds extensive knowledge about the issues affecting our province, and understands better than most the importance of working collaboratively to address them. We are very pleased she will be joining our team.” The oneNS Coalition is a 15-member volunteer committee with representation from the private, public, post-secondary, and non-profit sectors. It is actively working to foster broad-based, collective action in response to the oneNS Commission (Ivany) report and develop a 10-year strategic plan to meet its goals. This work is aimed at building a better future for Nova Scotia by addressing key economic and demographic challenges. A critical part of the work involves outreach to stakeholders, coming to common agreement on the issues and their solutions, and working in a co-ordinated, collective fashion to address them. Ms. Stephenson will support the work of the oneNS Coalition on an 18-month personal services contract. She will be involved primarily in strategic planning, increased efforts to reach out to and work closely with stakeholders, and work to move the project forward.last_img read more

Sener to Complete Moroccos Noor Ouarzazate III Solar Plant Soon

Rabat – The reliability test “is one more step in the start-up of the facility, which is nearing commercial operation and final delivery to the client,” Sener wrote in a statement on November 7.On September 26, Sener announced it would start final testing of Morocco’s Noor III solar power plant in Ouarzazate to prepare for commercial operation.Sener completed the first synchronization of the Noor III plant to the Moroccan grid in August. The company is expecting to deliver the plant by the end of 2018.“With this reliability test, which ran for ten straight days, Noor Ouarzazate III has demonstrated its ability to output its rated power to the grid under changing weather conditions, and even after sunset,” wrote Sener.The plant’s central receiver with a molten salt storage system will enable Noor III to produce electricity without sunlight for 7.5 hours.Read also: Sener to Soon Connect Morocco’s Noor Solar Power Plant III to GridAccording to Sener, the plant added over 13.2 gigawatts to the grid during the 10-day test.The plant will be able to supply enough electricity for 120,000 households and save 130,000 tons of CO2 per year.Noor III is a 150 megawatt thermal tower plant which spans 750 hectares and is expected to supply 500 gigawatt hours per year.The Noor III plant is part of the Noor project in the Sahara desert, 10 kilometers northeast of Ouarzazate, in central Morocco.“Once operational, it will mark a turning point in the [solar power station] (CSP) sector worldwide,” said Anas Raisuni, Sener’s regional managing director in Morocco.The Noor project has three phases and four parts: Noor I, Noor II, Noor III, and Noor IV. Noor CSP plants can store solar energy in the form of heated molten salt, allowing the plants to produce electricity into the night.The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has been managing the solar complex project along with ACWA Power, as part of Morocco’s Noor Solar Plan, the leading solar energy project in the MENA region.Read also: King Mohammed VI’s Renewable Energy Goals Reached Within DeadlineSener was founded in 1956 and has more than 2,500 professionals in its centers in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa.Sener has been involved in 29 solar plants in Spain, the US, South Africa, and Morocco. Sener’s solar plants have an installed capacity of more than 2,000 megawatts and save more than 1 million tons of CO2 emissions a year.In 2017, the group’s operating revenue exceeded €766 million. read more

UN urges concerted global action to stem deadly toll from tobacco use

31 May 2011The United Nations today urged governments to drastically step up their efforts to curb the use of tobacco, stressing that policy-makers already have the tools they need to combat consumption of a drug that kills nearly 6 million people worldwide every year. Marking World No Tobacco Day, the UN called on all countries to sign up to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which has accumulated 173 States Parties since it was opened for signature in 2003.The United States, Indonesia, Argentina and Ethiopia are among the few remaining countries not to have become States Parties to the treaty, which spells out a series of measures aimed at reducing use of tobacco control, such as restrictions on sales to minors, the introduction of taxes on cigarettes to reduce demand, and the implementation of comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising.“We have the treaty. It’s effective. Let’s use it,” Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative, told the UN News Centre. “The measures are not expensive. All we need is political will.”Dr. Bettcher said too many countries were lagging in their commitments to eliminate all forms of tobacco advertising or to ban smoking in workplaces and public spaces.“That means no designated smoking areas, no carve-out areas for people to smoke.”While there are no formal international guidelines in place yet on the appropriate level of taxes on cigarette packets, Dr. Bettcher said WHO has established a yardstick that such taxes should comprise at least 70 per cent of the eventual retail price.This year’s Day is being celebrated less than four months before world leaders hold a high-level meeting at UN Headquarters in New York in September on non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease – many of which are caused by tobacco use.“What we start on 31 May we need to continue for the rest of the year,” Dr. Bettcher said.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message to mark the Day, noted the myriad health problems and costs associated with smoking and said that “tobacco use makes us poorer – in health and economic terms.”Tobacco is estimated to have killed about 100 million people last century and could kill as many as 1 billion more this century unless action is taken. read more

Explosions at Ukrainian transmission towers leave most of Crimea without electricity

Explosions at Ukrainian transmission towers leave most of Crimea without electricity by The Associated Press Posted Nov 22, 2015 7:09 am MDT Last Updated Nov 22, 2015 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A damaged transmission tower lays in the foreground close to the village of Chaplinka on the Crimean border Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Russia’s Energy Ministry says nearly 2 million people on the Crimean Peninsula are without electricity after two transmission towers in Ukraine were damaged by explosions. (AP Photo/str) MOSCOW – Two electricity transmission towers in Ukraine were damaged by explosions, leaving most of the nearly 2 million people on the disputed Crimean Peninsula without power on Sunday, the Russian Energy Ministry said.Crimea was annexed by Russia last year but depends on Ukraine for most of its electricity supplies.Two of the four transmission towers in Kherson, Ukraine, were damaged on Friday. Ukrainian activists calling for an economic blockade of the Black Sea peninsula tried to prevent repair works on Saturday, but retreated after clashes with police.Around midnight, explosions hit the two other transmission towers, Ukrainian police said. They said it was not immediately clear who was responsible.Russia’s Energy Ministry said that by Sunday afternoon electricity supplies had been restored to more than a quarter of the population, largely in the major cities, through the use of mobile gas turbine generators.The Crimean government said it would introduce schedules for supplying electricity and water to households due to the shortage of power-generating capacity. Few buildings in Russia and Ukraine have electrical heat.Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, which is based in Crimea, was not affected by the power outage, the Interfax news agency reported, citing a fleet spokesman. read more

Yemen hospital airstrike under investigation amid resurgence of deadly cholera

Condemning the attack on Kitaf District in northern Sa’ada Governorate – and intensified fighting in Taizz city in the south-west of the country that shut another hospital at the weekend, Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said that it was “unconscionable” that facilities were being destroyed “just when people need them the most”.She added: “Cholera is starting to spread like wildfire across the country. In the past three months, we’ve seen 200 deaths and more than 110,000 suspected cases.”The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), meanwhile, said on Wednesday that colleagues in Yemen were preparing to investigate the Sa’ada airstrike to verify the number of civilian casualties.Up to 14 March this year, OHCHR has verified the deaths of 7,072 civilians, since March 2015, and 11,205 have been injured. The real toll is likely far higher.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), at least two people were killed and five injured during clashes in Taizz’s Al Mudhaffer district.“International humanitarian law is unequivocal on this point,” Ms. Grande insisted. “Parties which resort to arms are required to do everything possible to protect hospitals and health facilities. This is not a voluntary commitment—it is a fundamental responsibility.”Health teams ‘working day and night’ to stop cholera resurgenceAlthough the current cholera and diarrhoea outbreak is smaller than two years ago, when more than one million cases were reported, there are serious concerns that the coming rains and lack of basic healthcare facilities could spark a huge rise in infection levels.Nearly one third of the reported cases are children under-five, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned.“Our teams in Yemen are working day and night with a wide network of local partners to respond and stop the further spread and transmission of the diseases,” WHO said in a joint statement with UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “We fear that the number of suspected cholera cases will continue to increase with the early arrival of the rainy season and as basic services, including lifesaving water systems and networks, have collapsed.”Numerous problems have exacerbated the risk of a massive outbreak, including poor sewage disposal systems, the use of contaminated water for agriculture, unreliable electricity to store food and escalating violence in Hudaydah and Taizz, forcing families to flee their homes.More than four years since fighting escalated in Yemen between supporters of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi opposition groups, Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the UN says.In a recent appeal for help from international donors to save millions from starvation, UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned of an “overwhelming humanitarian calamity”.Some 360,000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition, Mr. Guterres told Member States last month, before citing one credible report that more than 80,000 children under five had died of starvation.According to OCHA, nearly 80 per cent of the total population – 24.1 million people – require some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Ten million people are a step away from famine and starvation and seven million are malnourished, it said in a statement.To date, the $4.2 billion 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) is only five per cent funded. read more

Brock researchers weigh in on national climate action plan

Brock University climate change researchers are among dozens of experts contributing to a national report, Acting on Climate Change: Extending the Dialogue Among Canadians, released in Toronto Oct. 8.Biologists Liette Vasseur and Gary Pickering co-authored a paper, “Feeding the Social Animal: How to Engage Canadians in Climate Change Mitigation,” which is included in the national report.The Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC) paper explores a wide range of beliefs and attitudes about climate change.These include: an excessive trust that technology will solve all problems associated with climate change; the belief that climate change is a natural phenomenon not caused by human activity; and a fear of “looking foolish” by being the only ones to take pro-environment actions.“Climate change psychology answers some baseline questions from which the ‘what to do’ will follow,” said Pickering. “Understanding the specific psycho-social barriers that prevent individuals from fully engaging in pro-environmental behaviour is critical to determining how best to mobilize Canadians toward climate change mitigation and adaptation.”Thursday’s report builds on an earlier climate action report – dubbed Canada’s “Marshall Plan” for climate change – produced by the Sustainable Canada Dialogues network of more than 60 scholars from over 30 universities across the country. “The main goal of the report and the current Sustainability Dialogue movement is to encourage people from different disciplines to talk about the ‘elephant in the room,’ which is climate change,” said Vasseur. “People have to face the reality not only for themselves but for their children and grandchildren.”“We hope this new report will help lay the foundation for a country-wide consultation on socially acceptable ways to transition to a low-carbon society and economy, beginning immediately,” said Taysha Palmer, a graduate student in Brock’s Sustainability Science and Society program and a co-author on Acting on Climate Change: Solutions from Canadian Scholars. read more

Caption Competition the wheels on the bus go round and round

first_imgImage: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandLEO VARADKAR UNVEILED 80 new high-tech, Wi-Fi-enabled buses at Dublin Bus headquarters today.And fulfilled his childhood dream of driving the Big Red Fun Bus.Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandHe also tried out the cheap seats.Image: Colm Mahady/FennellsNow, to the comments section you must go…the best of the publishable ones will get a mention in tonight’s Fix.last_img

YMCA open house to focus on pool proposal

first_imgWoodland — The Woodland Community Swimming Pool Committee will hold an open house on the proposed Woodland YMCA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Woodland High School, 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland.Bob Hall, president and CEO of the YMCA of Columbia-Willamette, will be in attendance along with members of the committee to answer questions and go over revised plans for the site.In November, Woodland residents voted against allowing the committee to issue $7,990,000 of general obligation bonds to build a pool and recreation facility. The committee teamed up with the YMCA on the project and secured space at the former Lakeside Motel property. The bond was going to pay for an estimated 49 percent of the facility. The bond vote failed with 53.41 percent voting against.The committee is moving ahead on the project, and expects to start demolishing the hotel on May 23.last_img read more

Industrial Base Study Primarily Aimed at ShortTerm Changes

first_imgA federal study on the health of the nation’s defense industrial base which is nearly ready for release will focus on near-term interventions needed to ensure military production could be rapidly scaled up in the event of a crisis, rather than more far-reaching changes that would address the nation’s loss of dominance in a variety of high-tech fields. Shortcomings that could leave the military vulnerable if war were to break out include aging facilities, dependence on a single depot to manufacture cannons for the Army’s armored vehicles, a reliance on imports for critical materials, including from adversaries such as China and Russia, and the lack of critical machine tooling in the United States.Those shortcomings represent single points of failure in the nation’s defense industrial base, reports Breaking Defense. And rather than focusing on prime contractors, the study will zero in on potential shortfalls in the supply chain involving second-, third- and fourth-tier subcontractors. The study is almost completed but it is not expected to be released immediately as officials first will brief lawmakers on its findings.A separate study under way by the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School will take a broader look at the nation’s industrial base policy and include recommendations for the Pentagon to foster innovation.Army photo by David Vergun Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Machine Learning is Improving The Way These Prosthetic Limbs Perform

first_imgStay on target Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesYou Can’t Squish This Cockroach-Inspired Robot Prosthetic limb users may have a bright future to look forward to, in terms of new technology that can and will help them adapt to the challenges of using the tools. AS it turns out, according to Tech Xplore, the scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Gottingen have successfully utilized machine learning to help improve the performance of prosthetic hands.The team tested their prototypes on five amputees, and found that the new form of machine learning-based control was actually more adept at providing natural movements than what’s currently available to users at this time. This research and its related findings, could potentially help to spark a “new generation of prosthetic limbs,” according to the researchers.Professor Dario Farina, who authored the research paper from Imperial College London’s Department of Bioengineering, stated that the main goal when designing “bionic” prosthetic limbs is to let patients control them as naturally as possible, as if they were actually their natural limbs, and this new machine-learning technology helps achieve that state as closely as possible, right now.The new bionic hand that’s being worked on relies on a human-machine interface that actually helps interpret the user’s intentions and sends various commands to the artificial limb, as you can see demonstrated in the video below. It’s hooked up to the patient’s stump via electrodes, which amplifies the patient’s signals and sends them to a computer. You can see how naturally and smoothly the hand works on the left, compared to the stilted motions of the limb on the right.This kind of control allowed patients to more easily rotate their wrist and open their hands simultaneously or separately, and the movements, in general, were more natural than the limbs they had been using previously. These advances are certainly an excellent step forward for ensuring the improvement of lives affected by amputation or missing limbs, and hopefully, the technology will simply continue getting even better from here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Top 5 Bot Maker Experts You Should Hear Keynote

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read June 15, 2017 Register Now » A Chatbot Bot maker is an answer to many of the past year’s exponential growth in messaging apps over social media apps. There are lots of great free chatbot tools to make it easy to get started. Those who choose not to utilize it will be falling behind the technology growth, most likely regretting the decision they have made and later jumping on the chatbot bandwagon. Since consumer behavior has recently shifted from social apps to messaging apps, chatbot marketing seems like the most natural transition away from traditional social media marketing. Retailers and brands alike are scrambling to integrate this new marketing strategy into their processes, leading us to believe this explosion of chatbots is on to something: money.But who am I to tell all this? With the upsurge of chatbot mania in April of last year, (Facebook then announcing that it will now have Facebook Messenger bots with such partnerships as CNN and 1-800-Flowers) so have risen many chatbot marketing experts. Some are chatbot creators, while others are evangelists. All things aside, they preach a similar message, praising the upsides of chatbot marketing. They are definitely people to know and learn from.Here is a list of five top bot maker experts you should hear keynote:1. Murray NewlandsMurray Newlands is at the top of our list, and not just because he received his green card as an “alien with extraordinary abilities”, which, hey, we think is an awesome feat. He is an entrepreneur for a number of successful companies such as sighted.com, an online invoicing company based in San Francisco, CA. His latest foray is now in the world of chatbot marketing as the founder of ChattyPeople, a Facebook commerce solution with a messenger bot without coding. He knows the value of chatbot marketing and what it can do for your company.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your Business2. Dharmesh ShahDharmesh Shah is the CTO and co-founder of Hubspot. In addition to co-authoring “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs”, Dharmesh founded and writes for OnStartups.com. He is also an angel investor, so he is probably a good person to pitch your next chatbot idea to.Related: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without Coding3. Dion HinchcliffeDion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized thought leader, business strategist, enterprise architect, book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, and more. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in social business, Enterprise 2.0, and enterprise IT. Currently, he is the Chief Strategy Officer of 7Summits. As a digital leader, he has become a well-known chatbot evangelist. In his #H2HChat with Bryan Kramer, he goes in depth as to how chatbots and artificial intelligence are evolving the social experience.Related: Make Chats With Chatbots Work4. Larry EllisonLarry Ellison is the founder of Oracle. He was the CEO of the company until about two years ago and is now Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO. Last year, he kicked off the Oracle’s massive tech conference in San Francisco, CA, demonstrating a new chatbot service on Oracle’s cloud. The most noteworthy of the keynote was a joke made about his salary as he demonstrated ordering business cards with his newly debuted chatbot. Using an iPad, he asked an Oracle app called iProcurment to “order cards.” The chat bot then proceeded to show him his last order and then said, “Hmm… It looks like your title has changed since your last order.” All jokes aside, Larry is still top dog in our book and his knowledge of the future of chatbots and their effect on marketing carries some weight.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer Service5. Adelyn Zhou and Marlene JiaLast but not least, what is turning out to be a heavily male-oriented list, is rounded out with two of the top chatbot experts, Adelyn Zhou and Marlene Jia. Both of these ladies are part of the leadership team of Topbots, a company that offers growth marketing services to help your customers discover and engage with your chatbots. They both also co-authored a book called Chatbots , which is available for pre-order on their site or via Amazon.New to the world of chatbot marketing? Let these experts be your guide. With a little research, you are sure to be an expert in no time. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Will Lenovos Foldable Laptop Fly or Flop

first_img Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Phillip Tracy,center_img Phillip Tracy, Foldable screen concepts have floated around electronics shows for years, mesmerizing attendees and promising a future in which TVs roll away and smartphones fold into our pockets.The latter use has seen the most coverage lately, as smartphone makers like Samsung race to push out the first foldable phone. But as the Korean giant fumbled the snap with the Galaxy Fold, an unexpected visitor arrived to reassure early adopters that folding devices are more than just a gimmick.That surprise appearance came from laptop giant Lenovo, and the foldable laptop it teased is more than just a concept. Rather, Lenovo’s foldable device will be the newest addition to the flagship ThinkPad X1 series, which brought us the X1 Carbon and X1 Extreme, two of our favorite laptops.Early impressions of the device have been largely positive. Our own Editor-in-Chief, Mark Spoonauer, was impressed with the durability of the ThinkPad X1 foldable concept, and believes it will be popular among early adopters. But there remains a lot of uncertainty about the laptop – not only in terms of pricing and availability, but also regarding how consumers will react to the new form factor.Pricing will be keyI spoke to several analysts to get a better idea of how the foldable ThinkPad will impact the laptop market.The consensus is that pricing will be a major determining factor in the laptop’s success. However, even if the foldable notebook is more affordable than expected, laptops with flexible displays aren’t expected to pose a serious threat to traditional clamshell laptops for the next few years.MORE: Lenovo Just Unveiled World’s First Foldable PC, and I Tried It”The foldable notebook (as well as the imminent dual-screen notebook) phenomenon is currently a solution in search of a problem, which is to say it’s a very cool concept, but unlikely to move the market needle much in the beginning,” Linn Huang, research director at IDC, wrote in an email. “For starters, the price gap necessitated by a foldable panel will likely keep these products in the premium end of the premium end.”First-generation growing painsWhile we don’t know for sure how many units the company plans on producing, the foldable ThinkPad is expected to ship in small quantities.”You’re going to have to give it at least two generations, so we’re really talking 2022, 2023, before you should start to see things show up in quantities that would start to impact consumer markets,” Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, told Laptop Mag.As an early adopter of flexible-display technology, Lenovo will face a number of technical roadblocks that haven’t been solved by other vendors. Those difficulties were put on full display last month when numerous reports surfaced claiming that the Samsung Galaxy Fold displays were breaking and malfunctioning. Things got so bad that Samsung was forced to delay the Fold launch and make last-minute changes to the design of its screen.MORE: Lenovo Designs the Weirdest Foldable Phone YetOnce Lenovo solves the technical issues that plagued other foldable devices, the company will still need to focus on software. In a brief demo, Lenovo showed how a user could fold the laptop, then write in a Word document on one half of the display and browse the web on the other half of it. While Windows worked well in this control demonstration, it will be crucial that programs and apps are optimized to run on the foldable screen.”The question is, will the software and ecosystem produce enough compelling usage scenarios to drive actual sales?” Huang said. “I’m a bit more dubious about this, at least right at launch. I do believe that this category will be carried in the beginning by the likes of current and aspiring creative professionals as well as prosumers.”Why the Foldable ThinkPad isn’t the Galaxy FoldDespite these potential barriers, analysts believe the foldable ThinkPad is better positioned than the Galaxy Fold. One advantage Lenovo has on Samsung and other companies set to release foldable devices is that the ThinkPad will be targeted at businesses, which should push it further from the scrutiny of the public eye.”I think it’s even better that it’s a commercial product because it’s going to be a lot easier to find partners who are willing to think a little different and work with somebody like Lenovo to see what they can do with a product like that,” Baker said.Mikako Kitagawa, a senior principal analyst at Gartner, agrees that Lenovo is taking the right approach by going after business professionals. “Lenovo has foldable on ThinkPad, which means that they are targeting [the] business market,” Kitagawa said. “Consumers do not carry [a] laptop with them, but business users do.”No reward without riskWhether it’s a commercial success or not, Lenovo is showing that it’s willing to take risks and be the first to market, a refreshing mindset that analysts believe will eventually be rewarded.”I think you get rewarded for thinking ahead. Whether it’s thinking ahead with consumer devices, commercial devices, with software – you’re going to get rewarded eventually,” Baker said. “There are no secrets, so certainly they [Lenovo’s competitors] are all looking at these products too and they all have their thought processes on how they see value in something like this. I’m sure everybody is looking at what the laptop looks like in 2022 and 2023.”Credit: Laptop Maglast_img read more

7 Ukulele Covers That Will Melt Your Heart

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Performed by Mike Miragliuolo4. Blitzkrieg Bop – The RamonesPerformed by Gus and Fin Rock’n’Roll Radio Ukelele Show The ukulele has become the go-to instrument to put a quirky spin on any song. It’s no wonder some of the world’s most famous songs have been turned into heart melting ukulele covers. Here are our top seven cover songs to celebrate International Play Your Ukulele Day.1. Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika – SA National AnthemPerformed by Dylan RN2. Kids – MGMT Performed by The Ooks of Hazard3. My Girl – The Tempationscenter_img 5. Bohemian Rhapsody – QueenPerformed by Jake Shimabukuro6. Get Lucky – Daft PunkPerformed by Ukulenny7. Radiohead – CreepPerformed by Melissa y Eurekalast_img