Brazilian tennis player Matos handed life ban

first_imgLondon: Brazil’s Diego Matos was given a life ban from professional tennis and fined 125,000 after being found guilty of match-fixing on Monday. An anti-corruption hearing found Matos contrived the outcome of 10 matches played in 2018 at ITF level tournaments in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Portugal and Spain. The 31-year-old was also found guilty of not cooperating with a Tennis Integrity Unit investigation as he refused to comply fully with requests to provide his mobile phone for forensic examination and failed to supply financial records. Matos has been ordered to repay 12,000 he received from tournaments in Ecuador. He had been provisionally suspended from tennis since December 2018. He is currently ranked 373 in doubles, with a highest singles ranking of 580 in April 2012.last_img read more

Morocco boasts flagship model of integrated child protection policy Minister

Geneva- Morocco boasts a flagship model of integrated child protection policy at the regional level, Minister of Solidarity, Women, family and Social Development, Bassima Hakkaoui, said Wednesday in Geneva.The Kingdom is characterized by a public policy project concocted through a consultation process involving all relevant stakeholders, the minister told the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) on the sidelines of the examination of the third and fourth periodic reports of Morocco before the committee on the rights of the child.This strategy is overseen by a ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the Government Chief, underlined Hakkaoui, who chairs the Moroccan delegation participating in this debate, held within the framework of the 67th session of the Committee. During this debate, the committee members praised the progress made in Morocco in the protection of children’s rights by setting specific goals as part of the implementation of Morocco’s international commitments in this field. read more

CNN Fires Contributor for Supporting Palestine in UN Speech

Rabat – CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday after he gave a speech in the United Nations in which he called for “a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”In his speech on Wednesday, Hill, a professor of media studies at Temple University, expressed his support for Palestinians and invited countries to boycott Israel.Hill’s speech for the UN’s International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People received sharp criticism and Israeli groups considered it a call for the annihilation of Israel.   Israeli officials and Jewish organizations condemned the speech, called CNN to stop inviting Hill to its studios, pressuring the network to dismiss him.The Anti Defamation League (ADL) said, “Those calling for ‘from the river to the sea’ are calling for an end to the State of Israel.” The ADL added that the phrase “the river to the sea” is used by Hamas and anti-Israel groups.The ADL’s senior vice president for international affairs, Sharon Nazarian, said in a statement that the annual event at the UN “promotes divisiveness and hate.”The CNN contributor took to his Twitter account to defend himself and reply to critics.“My reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone,” he tweeted. “It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza.My reference to “river to the sea” was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things. No amount of debate will change what I actually said or what I meant.— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) 29 novembre 2018 read more

Pinterest prices public offering at 19 per share

SAN FRANCISCO — Pinterest is pricing its shares at $19 for its initial public offering Thursday, putting it on track to raise more than $1.4 billion.The digital scrapbooking and image search site said last week it expected to sell 75 million shares at a price between $15 and $17 each. The company will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PINS.Pinterest had revenue of $756 million last year and a loss of $63 million. It has more than 250 million monthly users.Pinterest and Zoom, also scheduled to go public Thursday, are the first tech companies to list their stock since the highly anticipated Lyft debut. Lyft shares are down more than 30 per cent from their high in late March.The Associated Press

92 people dead after Russian plane crashes into Black Sea

A pilot error or technical fault is likely to be the cause of Sunday’s devastating plane crash in Russia. All 84 passengers and eight crew members are believed to have died when the Russian military’s Tu-154 plane crashed into the black sea just two minutes after takeoff.The passengers included dozens of members of the Russian military choir, nine Russian journalists and a Russian doctor, according to The Associated Press.Helicopters and drones were being used during recovery efforts and two submersibles arrived Monday that will also help crews search for the planes black boxes. A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the Sochi Airport, where the plane had departed shortly before it crashed.

Take back TT from criminals son of murdered curator urges

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upNovember 16, 2015In “Regional”T&T family in dark over motive for triple murdersNovember 7, 2016In “Crime”T&T woman, 60, found dead with throat slitJuly 25, 2017In “Crime” The people of Trinidad and Tobago have become quitters and cowards and it is high time now that they take back the country from the hands of criminals.This was the advice given yesterday by environmentalist Stephen Broadbridge, as he spoke out about his mother’s gruesome murder on Saturday.Stephen Broadbridge (Trinidad Express photo)Dr Claire Broadbridge, 80, was found brutally murdered in the bedroom of her house on Saturday evening. Her throat was slit and her killer/s attempted to burn the house down by setting fire to a few pieces of furniture that was on the ground floor of her home.Speaking outside their Fondes Amandes, St Ann’s home yesterday, Broadbridge said because murders are happening every day in T&T, people are becoming immune and more and more insensitive to them. He said it was time for the people of T&T to force the police, politicians and even themselves to do their respective job and duties.“I am fed up of T&T…people are not sensitive any more to murders. People have become a little too tolerant and that needs to stop,” Broadbridge said.“People are quick to say time to ride out of the country because the country gone through, but the country not gone through…it’s time to take control of it. We all are quitters and cowards…the public needs to get braver and stop taking this crap.”Broadbridge called on people to come out and speak out in order to ensure the police and politicians to do their jobs properly.“We are the majority…the criminals are the minority…take your country back…get up and deal with this. If the police not doing their job make a fuss until they do…if the politicians not doing their job vote them out, don’t vote because you like the party (political party),” he said.Broadbridge stressed that if the people do not stand up and deal with current spiralling crime it will reach to their own doorsteps eventually.Up to late yesterday, several teams of investigating officers were still processing the scene. Surrounding the house, which is located on a hill, there is thick greenery, including several bamboo patches, which officers said made the “perfect escape route” for any perpetrator.Officers are yet to determine a motive for Dr Broadbridge’s murder. However, he son strongly believes she may have been killed by one of the workers she hired to do work for her.“Maybe the person was unhappy about the payment he got? I don’t think robbery was the motive because I didn’t see things missing. I think if it was a seasoned killer he might have tried to burn her body in the bedroom but he didn’t, he wanted to obviously not be near the body,” Broadbridge, who lives at the house with his brother, said.He told the T&T Guardian that he was in Brasso Seco on an environmental expedition tour with a group of about 12 people when he received the tragic news.“I got a call from a neighbour saying that they saw smoke coming from the house and that they had found my mother’s throat slit upstairs in her room. I immediately packed up and headed home. I am very angry by this. I am angry in the way my mother was killed. I am angry.”He added: “I do hope that the Broadbridge family gets justice. I hope residents who have cameras hand over their footage to the police and I hope the police get fingerprints.”Broadbridge described his mother as a civil servant who was very dedicated to her country.“She experienced a lot of trouble while in her post as museum curator. The museum was underfunded and she raised funds and did her best to produce a good museum,” he said.“She never got the support from politicians. There was a lot of sabotage from them (referring to politicians) but she still kept on trying. She had a very difficult time and was very bitter for it up until her retirement.”Broadbridge also mentioned a confrontation she had with a well-known politician who waved a tennis racket a few times in front her face while she was at the museum, over a disagreement she had back then with a tenant of the museum. Broadbridge said it was now too late for that politician to apologise to his mother, “it was appalling that type of behaviour, for surely he was unfit to be in public office.”British High Commissioner Tim Stew was one of scores of people who expressed shock at the killing on social media yesterday. In a Twitter post, Stew wrote: “My condolences to Stephen and the family. I’m shocked at this appalling crime against a most notable lady.”An autopsy is expected to be conducted on Dr Broadbridge’s body today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James. (Trinidad Guardian) read more

Tenova TAKRAF supplies reverse pulse bagfilters to PPC

first_imgTenova TAKRAF Africa has been awarded two contracts by South Africa’s leading cement producer, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), to supply reverse pulse bagfilters to replace existing  electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) at PPC’s slurry facility near Mahikeng, North West Province, and its De Hoek cement plant in the Western Cape.  Tenova TAKRAF Africa is part of the global Tenova Mining & Minerals Group.Replacement of the ESPs with reverse pulse bagfilter technology is part of  a PPC company-wide initiative to upgrade its dust control systems.  This initiative is in line with the company’s ongoing commitment to ensuring a safe and clean work environment, meeting increasingly more stringent requirements of South Africa’s National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act.Tenova TAKRAF‘s scope of work on both contracts covers design, supply, delivery, installation, commissioning and performance testing of the bagfilters, as well as  stripping of existing ESPs.  The contract for PPC Slurry was awarded in July 2013, and for PPC De Hoek in September 2013. Both are due for completion at the end of May 2014.The reverse pulse bagfilter for PPC Slurry is being installed on two finishing mills, handling an inlet dust load of 400 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 30,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is less than 20 mg/Nm3. The two reverse pulse bagfilters at PPC De Hoek are being installed on the kiln and raw mill, handling an inlet dust load of 75 g/Am3, at a flow rate of 300,000 Am3/h. The guaranteed emission rate is also less than 20 mg/Nm3. Tenova TAKRAF Africa had previously supplied a bagfilter for installation on the plant’s mill some three years ago.Tenova TAKRAF Africa has an extensive business relationship with PPC, with a reference list covering the supply of cement plants through to belt conveyor and dust control systems.  Its reverse pulse bagfilter technology has found wide acceptance, with some 2,000 installations in place in southern Africa in a vast variety of applications and in many different industries. The bagfilters handle flow rates from 0.5 to 100 m3/s and enable economical collection of dust at high filter rates with collection efficiencies >99.99 %. These high efficiencies are maintained under variable operating conditions by reverse pulse action, with the bagfilter being able to operate 24 h/day under arduous conditions. Filterbag inspection is easy and replacement of the bags is done from the clean-air side, minimising any risk to the maintenance staff.last_img read more

22 killed in accidental explosion at Chinese coal mine

first_imgAN ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION at a coal mine in south-west China has killed 22 miners, state media said, in the latest deadly incident to hit the country’s troubled industry.Nine others were trapped after the blast at the Taozigou coal mine in Sichuan Province, Xinhua reported, citing the country’s work safety authorities.At the time of the accident at 2pm local time (7am Irish time), 108 miners were underground, the report said.China’s mines are among the world’s deadliest because of lax regulation, corruption and poor operating procedures. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking easy profits.Official figures show 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19 per cent fall on the previous year.Labour rights groups, however, say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their economic losses and avoid punishment.China is the world’s biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for 70 per cent of its growing energy needs.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

Bernadette Scully I had lost my reason for living I had lost

first_img No Comments By Natasha Reid Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 6:40 PM Dec 8th 2016, 6:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A DOCTOR ON trial, charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter by giving her too much sedative, has denied that a suicide note she wrote afterwards was acknowledgment that she caused the girl’s death, saying: ‘I had lost my reason for living’.Bernadette Scully (58) was being cross-examined by the State on the eighth day of her trial today.The Offaly GP is charged with unlawfully killing 11-year-old Emily Barut, who was profoundly disabled, at their home at Emvale, Bachelor’s Walk, Tullamore.It’s alleged that she killed her by an act of gross negligence involving the administration of an excessive quantity of chloral hydrate on 15 September, 2012.She has pleaded not guilty and is on trial at the Central Criminal Court.She said she had administered chloral hydrate when her daughter became upset at 2am and 6am. She said her daughter then had a massive fit after 11am.“So, you decide you need to do something to stop this fit?” asked Tara Burns SC, prosecuting.I was standing there with her, not there with my logical medical head on me,” she replied. She said it was really quite a stressful situation, describing, it as pandemonium.“If you’re in a hospital, you don’t have that emotional contact that I have with my Emily so you’re not standing back and thinking,” she said.Burns questioned her about the aftermath of Emily’s passing, when she wrote a suicide note and made two attempts to take her own life.“Can I suggest to you that the reason for that action was an acknowledgement by you after Emily’s death that you had been a cause of her passing?” she asked.“I wasn’t the cause,” she replied. “I did not cause emily’s death. It’s so hurtful to hear that.”She said that she and her daughter were ‘just tied together’, that she had slept beside her all her life.It was put to her that she had accepted that she had given her too much in her voluntary statement to gardai.“I gave Emily too much in relation to what I normally gave her,” she replied.I would not normally give two doses in one sitting. That’s what I meant by that.Burns suggested that her actions afterwards supported a proposition that she had felt responsible for Emily’s death.“No I didn’t. I wanted to go with Emily,” she said. “Emily came before anything in my life.”NoteThe barrister then asked her to explain two portions of the note:“If anyone thinks I’m awful for doing this, you should have listened to poor little Emily crying the last eight days. I love her dearly, Bernie,” she read from the envelope in which the note was found.“I meant, if anyone thinks I’m awful for killing myself,” replied Ms Scully.I’m talking about as the doctor, who was working with people who had committed suicide and I was letting them down.“I was very distressed after seeing her suffer so much and I couldn’t save her. I wanted to save her.”Burns then read from the letter:I do not want to die. I can not let Emily’s suffering continue. I can’t watch it any longer. The pain is too big, the struggle each day is too hard, the loneliness and isolation too much.Scully said she meant that she couldn’t let Emily’s suffering continue elsewhere.“I can not watch this world without her. The loneliness and isolation would be too much without her,” she added. “I did not have my thoughts clearly organised on paper.”Dignity Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesBurns noted that she had an absolute love for Emily and had attempted to have her treated with dignity during her life.“Your conduct after the event doesn’t seem to equate with a respect for Emily in terms of letting her peacefully pass,” she suggested, however.“There instead seems to be, by your actions, an acknowledgement that this is laid at your door.”Bernadette Scully didn’t agree:I had lost my reason for living. I had lost my Emily. I left Emily in my bed where she wanted always to be.She said Emily was always happiest in that bed, on her chest.“I laid her peacefully on my bed,” she continued. “I did not want to go on. I did not want to live after Emily was gone.”She said she’d had a life of sleep deprivation, of pain, of watching her suffer.“I had this beautiful little baby. She was like my little bird with a broken wing. My job was to protect her, and not just medically, as her mother,” she said.She said they had suffered so much at the hands of services that were not there.“We were forced back into our little shell,” she said. “I created a little world at home for her. It was her beautiful little world.”Tara Burns SC said that evidence of a nice conversation she’d had with her partner’s daughter, her tone of voice in a recorded call to the poisons centre, and her bringing the bottle and syringes back to the kitchen afterwards suggested someone who was together.“I wasn’t ok after Emily died,” she said.The trial continues before Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of seven women and five men.Read: ‘I just took her up in my arms and held her’: Mother gives evidence about the night her daughter died >Read: Gardaí considered other possible causes of death in case of GP accused of killing daughter > Share Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/3128807 center_img Bernadette Scully (R) gave evidence in the Central Criminal Court today. 9,486 Views Bernadette Scully (R) gave evidence in the Central Criminal Court today. Image: Leah Farrell I was working with my emotional mind, as a mother, looking at my baby, thinking I am going to have to stop this fit.She said that chloral hydrate was the only anticonvulsant she had.Burns said that the drug’s use as an anticonvulsant might be at issue.Scully said she had looked up the medical literature and found a residential centre in the UK, where chloral hydrate was used for children with epilepsy.“They’re giving it, a 10 ml dosage to children Emily’s age every four to six hours, so it is documented,” she added.“I think, faced with that horrendous fit she was in, i was thinking: ‘What can I give her?” she explained.‘Middle of a fit’Scully was asked why she had brought the bottle of chloral hydrate to the bedroom, rather than filling the syringe at the kitchen sink.“My child is in the room in the middle of this fit,” she replied.I’m not going to stand in the kitchen and fill a syringe. I’m running to try to get back to her. Short URL Bernadette Scully: ‘I had lost my reason for living. I had lost my Emily.’ The Offaly GP denies the manslaughter of her daughter. Image: Leah Farrelllast_img read more

Researchers Used Robotic Snakes to Search for Earthquake Survivors

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Mexico was recently rocked by a pair of super-powerful earthquakes. Damage, especially in Mexico City was extensive, and crews are still mounting rescue and clean up efforts. And they have an unlikely ally — snake-bots.Two robotic snakes from Carnegie Mellon University were sent down as part of a research project by roboticist Howie Choset and their team. The snakes were designed to help rescuers check for survivors underneath rubble. At just under two inches thick and more than a yard long (that’s 5cm and about 0.9 meters for 95% of human beings on Earth), they’re capable of winding their way through practically anything. Their heads also house an array of flashlights and sensors meant for helping them find survivors in ruins.“They look like snakes, but they’re metal. They can spread through tightly packed spaces ad get to locations that people and machinery otherwise cannot access without disturbing [them],” Choset told Science Magazine in an interview. “It’s like minimally invasive surgery. We’ve used them in other deployments, too. We’ve got to nuclear power plants. We’ve actually done archaeology with them… with my snake robots, I have been working on search and rescue for about 20 years.”The fact that they don’t disturb the rubble is particularly critical. Often, following disasters, ruins aren’t stable and they can shift — crushing possible survivors — well before rescuers have a chance to get to them. Even removing rubble is particularly risky (albeit necessary) part of recovery. Choset says, though, that his bots are about the best at what they do. But there’s a lot of room for improvement yet.Snake bots didn’t find anyone in Mexico, unfortunately, (though Choset believes it’s because the team arrived a couple of days late), but it has helped the researchers learn more about the limitations of their design.“The thing that controls the robot in bright sunlight, doesn’t work as well. There were also mobility challenges. [Debris and rubble] are insane,” they added. “They did very well, but at a certain point we want the robot to move like a real snake does, over this harsh terrain. We need to do a lot more, so we’re that much more respectful of what a real snake can do.”The robots are also pretty tough to operate, requiring as many as four people to be optimally effective. And, in time, the hope is that they’ll be able to get more sensors on them that can boost their abilities a bit more.The next generation of the snake bots has already been designed, with help from DARPA, but Choset didn’t take them for this run because they’d yet to be tested. Even those newer models aren’t quite ready for a major search and rescue operation, but, in time, Choset is confident the team will get there.“We need better algorithms to traverse obstacles. We need better interfaces. And then practice. I know it sounds simple, but going through one of these [operations] deepens your understanding,” Choset told Science.I, for one, welcome our new snake-bot rescuers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

32 of financial services organisations do not offer extra flexibility around pension

first_imgAround a third (32%) of London-based financial services organisation respondents are not providing additional flexibility for employees who may be affected by the changes to the annual and lifetime pensions allowances, according to research by Punter Southall Aspire.Its Taxing times for high earners report, which surveyed 50 London-based financial services organisations such as banks, insurance organisations, investment firms, private equity firms and asset management organisations, also found that 21% of respondents are not allowing employees to take cash in lieu of pension contributions.In April 2016, the lifetime allowance was reduced from £1.25 million to £1 million. The government also reduced the annual allowance so that those earning between £150,000 and £210,000 a year face a tapered annual allowance for tax relief from £40,000 to £10,000.The research also found:28% of respondents have capped contributions for their staff at £10,000 in response to the tapered annual allowance.52% of respondents who offer a cash allowance deduct the national insurance that is due from the cash allowance.68% of respondents have not reviewed their life assurance arrangements in light of the reduced lifetime allowance.Alan Morahan (pictured), managing director of defined contribution (DC) consulting at Punter Southall Aspire, said: “The fact a third of financial services [organisations] haven’t provided any additional flexibility to their employees in light of these tax changes is worrying.“Many employees are in the dark about their options. They are either continuing to make their pension contribution, which could lead to a potential tax liability or have ceased their contributions altogether, without any cash allowance in lieu of their employer contribution. Some are oblivious to the implications of the tax changes and are sleepwalking their way towards a substantial and unexpected tax bill.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday June 1 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowBegich and Treadwell throw their hats into Alaska Governor’s raceCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAfter days of rumors and speculation, Mark Begich has announced that he is running for governor in the Democratic primary. Mead Treadwell, former Lt. Gov. under Sean Parnell, announced his candidacy in the Republican primary.In AOGA gubernatorial debate, Dunleavy and Hawkins grill Walker on China, gasline prospectsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageGov. Bill Walker, former State Senator Mike Dunleavy and businessman Scott Hawkins faced off in a debate yesterday at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference in Anchorage.Three Democrats running to unseat Don YoungLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Several challengers had filed for the seat held by Congressman Don Young. Young is running for re-election and had about half a million dollars in his campaign account as of April 1.Former House District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler to plead guilty to harassmentTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelAlmost six months after he was accused of slapping a woman in his hotel room, former House District 38 Representative Zach Fansler is pleading guilty… though not to assault.Alaska businesses find a niche: helping oil companies cope with climate changeElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska’s oil industry has specially designed its operations for freezing conditions. But as temperatures rise, companies are starting to pay a price for climate change — and some Alaska businesses are making money off of it.Fast ferry’s future sailings uncertainEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Marine Highway System appears to be phasing out its fast ferries. One is in long-term storage and the other will join it this fall.Breakfast, horses, and other wisdom from retiring uber-reporter Ed SchoenfeldRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAfter three decades in media in Alaska (almost 15 of them as CoastAlaska’s regional news director), Ed Schoenfeld retires.AK: Safari Quest returns to PetersburgAlanna Elder, KFSK – PetersburgA cruise ship that used to stop in Petersburg will be using the small town as its home port this summer. Its tour company is the latest of several to add the town to an itinerary peddling the authentic Alaskan experience.49 Voices: Marin Lee of HomerZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaThis week we’re hearing from Marin Lee in Adak. Lee grew up fishing in Homer and is a deckhand on the research vessel Tiglax.last_img read more

Jagans madness is bane to state Chandrababu Naidu reacts to HC

first_imgAmaravati: Chief minister and YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has been trying to prove corruption, which was not happened, observed TDP president and former CM N Chandrababu Naidu while reacting on High Court verdict on the Polavaram Irrigation project in a case lodged by Navayuga Engineering company challenging the government’s decision to terminate the contract before completing the works. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Naidu, in an interaction at party head office at Guntur on Thursday, said that he has been warning the government from day one that if the issue goes to courts, then it will get delayed. Now, it has been happening, he added. He further blamed thay the madness of Jagan became a curse for the entire public of the state. Jagan has been taking hasty decisions. The reverse tendering will hurt the investor’s sentiments and that will have a negative impact on the growth of the industrial sector, he observed.last_img read more

Dhaka slum catches fire

first_imgFire at Tejgaon slum in Dhaka on 3 March. Photo: Zia IslamA fire broke out at a slum beside private television channel Deepto TV in Dhaka’s Tejgaon area on Sunday, reports UNB.The fire originated around 12:10pm during an eviction drive conducted by police in the area, said Ekramul Islam, duty officer at the Fire Service and Civil Defence control room.On information, three firefighting units rushed to the spot to douse the flame, he added.last_img

British press dubs speaker Bercow Brexit destroyer

first_imgA protester carrying flags walks past EU flags of anti-Brexit activists near the Houses of Parliament in London on 18 March 2019. Britain`s government cannot submit its Brexit deal for another vote in parliament if it is `the same` or `substantially the same` to the one already rejected by MPs, the House of Commons speaker said on Monday. `What the government cannot legitimately do is to re-submit to the House the same proposition or substantially the same proposition,` John Bercow told parliament. Photo: AFPBritain’s mostly right-wing newspapers branded parliamentary speaker John Bercow an obnoxious, despotic traitor on Tuesday after his bombshell ruling threw the Brexit process into disarray.After Bercow ruled MPs could not vote again on the EU divorce deal unless it was substantially changed, newspapers labelled him the “Brexit Destroyer” and a “preening egotist” bent on stopping Britain leaving.But editorials in the more pro-EU papers said the dramatic situation, 10 days out from Britain’s scheduled departure date, was entirely prime minister Theresa May’s fault and Bercow had been right to assert parliamentary primacy over of the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union.The Daily Mail’s front page was a picture of Bercow grinning, with the headline: “Smirk that says: Brexit be damned.”Its parliamentary sketch said: “Me, me, me… the twitchy windbag was at his despotic worst.”And its editorial said Bercow, 56, was revelling in a “brazen act of sabotage… detonating this bombshell at the most inconvenient and sensitive moment.”The paper called him a “preening egotist” and “committed Remainer”.Blocking a fresh vote on the deal “would ensure that our national trauma goes on and on”.Losing the chance to deliver Brexit and begin healing Britain’s wounds due to “one man’s overweening vanity would be a perversion of our democracy”.The Sun, which considers Bercow an “odious slug”, said: “Remainers have their reward for keeping the most obnoxious, discredited and shameless Commons speaker in his job.”Bercow “scuppered the only one on the table with his most disgraceful abuse of power yet.”May is having to fight a Remain majority AND a bent referee”, the tabloid said.The Daily Express’s front page called Bercow “The Brexit Destroyer”.”Bercow stoops low with this Brexit ambush,” its editorial said.”Could John Bercow be the most treacherous speaker ever?- ‘Wrecking ball’ -“As a political act, it was maliciously timed.”Bercow’s political vanity has sent a wrecking ball crashing into the most important political process in decades. For that he must be condemned.”The broadsheets took a more measured tone.The Financial Times front page said: “May’s Brexit hits block as Bercow rules out third vote on same deal”.The Daily Telegraph’s read: “‘A major constitutional crisis’.”It said that as things stand, “May’s deal is effectively dead and the UK is leaving the EU next week. More drama lies ahead.”Meanwhile The Times said the best option was for parliament to endorse the deal in a vote next week.Elsewhere, The Guardian, headlined “Brexit chaos as speaker stops May in her tracks”, said Bercow was correct to exert the right of parliament over a referendum.”It is time to stop the prime minister playing a game of chicken with the future of the country,” it said.”If the risks are high for the speaker, they are higher for Mrs May. She could lose her Brexit deal and lose power. She only has herself to blame.”The Daily Mirror, which supports the opposition Labour Party, said May was stuck, her plan was a shambles and it was all her fault for taking two years to produce a flawed deal and then being unable to persuade her own Conservative MPs to back it.”Humiliated May is a PM without power,” it said.last_img

Troops let Muslims go to mosques in lockeddown Kashmir

first_img Share This! Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 Share This! TagsBJP Hindutva India Islam Kashmir Narendra Modi,You may also like Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,‘Let our voices be heard’: Churches march against immigration raids Aijaz Hussain By: Aijaz Hussain By: Aijaz Hussain Anti-extremism program won’t stop white hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Aijaz Hussain India to bring supplies to Kashmir; Pakistan to go to UN Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019center_img News News Share This! News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Aijaz Hussain,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Troops in Indian-administered Kashmir allowed some Muslims to walk to local mosques alone or in pairs Monday (Aug. 12) for the Eid al-Adha festival during an unprecedented security lockdown in the disputed region that has gone on for eight straight days.Thousands of additional troops were sent to the disputed Himalayan region before India’s Hindu nationalist-led government said Aug. 5 it was revoking Kashmir’s special constitutional status and downgrading its statehood.All communications and the internet remained cut off in the Muslim-majority territory to limit protests of the Indian government’s decision. Streets were deserted, with most people staying indoors and authorities not allowing large groups to gather.“Our hearts are on fire,” said Habibullah Bhat, 75, who said he came out to pray on the Islamic holy day despite his failing health. “India has thrown us into the dark ages, but God is on our side and our resistance will win.”Hundreds of worshippers gathered on a Srinagar street after the prayers and chanted, “We want freedom” and “Go India, go back,” witnesses said. Officials said the protest ended peacefully.Elsewhere, two people were injured in violent incidents, senior police officer S.P. Pani said. He did not give any details.Kashmir police said in a tweet that Eid prayers “concluded peacefully in various parts of the (Kashmir) Valley. No untoward incident reported so far.” Independent verification of events in the region was difficult because of the communications shutdown.India’s foreign ministry shared photos of people visiting mosques but didn’t specify where the photos were taken in the region, which New Delhi downgraded from a state to two federal territories a week ago.Vijay Keshav Gokhale, the ministry’s top diplomat, said communications restrictions “will be gradually eased when we feel the law and order situation improves.” He said most mosques were open, but some were not for security reasons.There were “no reports of starvation” and medical facilities, utilities and banking services were functioning normally, he said.The lockdown is expected to last through Thursday, India’s independence day. The restrictions were briefly eased for Friday prayers last week and for shopping ahead of Eid.Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both. The nuclear neighbors and bitter rivals have fought two wars over Kashmir, and the first one ended in 1948 with a promise of a U.N.-sponsored referendum in the territory. It has never been held.Rebels have been fighting Indian rule for decades in the portion administered by New Delhi.Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and opposition leader Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed support for people in the Indian-administered portion of Kashmir to have self-determination. Both visited the Pakistani-controlled portion of Kashmir for Eid.Qureshi urged the international community to take notice of “Indian atrocities and human rights violations in Kashmir.” He said Islamabad was trying its best to highlight the issue internationally and expose Indian “cruelties.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an Aug. 8 address to the nation that the move would free the territory of “terrorism and separatism” and accused Pakistan of fomenting unrest.Restrictions, security lockdowns and information blackouts are nothing new for Kashmiris. The region saw months of clampdowns during massive uprisings against Indian rule in 2008, 2010 and 2016. However, this is the first time that landline phones have been cut off, intensifying the hardship.Frequent separatist calls for general strikes and protests are routinely met with lockdowns.Kashmiris have learned to figure out ways to survive being confined to their homes. They are accustomed to stockpiling essentials, a practice usually undertaken during harsh winter months when roads and communications lines often are down.More than 1 million people live in the area under security siege in Srinagar, and residents have begun to face shortages of food, prescription drugs and other necessities as shops remain closed and movement is restricted. Parents have struggled to entertain their children who are unable to go to school.Authorities say they have made cash available in ATMs so residents could take out money to buy essentials for Eid.(Associated Press writers Ashok Sharma and Emily Schmall in New Delhi and Roshan Mughal in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, contributed.) Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

Thorskan environmental scanning tech helps usher in true nextgen gaming

first_imgNow that we have all these mega-powerful next generation game consoles, what are we supposed to do with them? It won’t do to just play the same old games at a higher resolution. There are a number of technologies on the way to make the next generation really feel like the next generation, but Thorskan might be the tech that takes us there first.Thorskan is an environmental scanning technology developed by Polish company Better Reality. It’s designed to take high-resolution scans of real places and transform them into fully immersive 3D worlds with texture resolutions as high as 26,000 x 26,000 pixels. The magic is in the engine behind Thorskan, not the hardware. Designers record high-resolution images of the desired space, then feed them into Thorskan.Movie studios are using the technology to create photo-realistic CGI more quickly, but the game industry is beginning to make use of it too. The first title that uses Thorskan environments is Get Even, which has just gotten its first official trailer. In the video above you can see the raw output from Thorskan. Below, in the trailer for Get Even you can see some of the same environments after post processing.Get Even is a first-person shooter that is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The studio says the game is currently slated for a 2015 release, so the next generation isn’t going to be here as soon as we might have hoped.last_img read more

Nematodes with five distinct forms found

first_imgTwo morphotypes (morphs I, II) of P. borbonicus, a symbiont of Ficus mauritiana. The beard-like labial morphology is a novelty known only from this species and P. sycomori. Scale bar, 10μm. Credit: Vladislav Susoy & Jürgen Berger Journal information: Science Advances As the team notes, it is not uncommon for a single species to have many forms, dogs are one good example—other animals have different coat colors or wing patterns, depending on where they live, etc. But it is unusual for a single species to exist in as many as five different forms where they are so different it is difficult to make them out as from the same species. In this case, the nematoads are of a type that live inside of figs—they are carried to their home when young, by wasps. As they grow, they can take on one of five different forms depending on the conditions they find inside the fig—most of the differences are in the way the mouth is structured. If there are other competing nematoads of another species in a single fig, for example, the worms grow a lot of teeth and survive by eating the other worms. Those that land in nematoad-free figs, on the other hand, instead grow mouths that are suitable for eating microbes.As to why the nematoads developed such diversification abilities, the team suggests it has to do with their isolated existence—they equate individual figs to islands, where a young nematoad is wholly at the mercy of its environment, which appears to be of five different major varieties. They note also that few nematoads actually manage to colonize new fruit, thus any species able to do so would naturally need to be able to take advantage of what is found once it arrives. They add that they have also found three related nematoad species that also have five phenotypes, which suggests the characteristic may not be as rare as was initially thought. They suggest there might be some species that are able to take on even more than five forms. Citation: Nematodes with five distinct forms found (2016, January 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-nematodes-distinct.html (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that at least one type of nematoad exhibits five distinct forms—each different enough that the microscopic worms were initially thought to be of different species. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of the worms that live in South Africa, Vietnam and on La Réunion Island and possible reasons for such diversity among a single species. Explore furthercenter_img More information: V. Susoy et al. Large-scale diversification without genetic isolation in nematode symbionts of figs, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501031AbstractDiversification is commonly understood to be the divergence of phenotypes accompanying that of lineages. In contrast, alternative phenotypes arising from a single genotype are almost exclusively limited to dimorphism in nature. We report a remarkable case of macroevolutionary-scale diversification without genetic divergence. Upon colonizing the island-like microecosystem of individual figs, symbiotic nematodes of the genus Pristionchus accumulated a polyphenism with up to five discrete adult morphotypes per species. By integrating laboratory and field experiments with extensive genotyping of individuals, including the analysis of 49 genomes from a single species, we show that rapid filling of potential ecological niches is possible without diversifying selection on genotypes. This uncoupling of morphological diversification and speciation in fig-associated nematodes has resulted from a remarkable expansion of discontinuous developmental plasticity. 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. A worm with five faces © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Heres Your First Look at Elon Musks Tunnel Drilling Machine

first_imgApril 28, 2017 It seems that Elon Musk is making headway with his latest brainchild, the Boring Company. Stuck in Los Angeles traffic back in December, the SpaceX and Tesla CEO said that he wanted to start a company that would allow him to build underground tunnels for better transportation in congested cities.Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016Related: He’s Human, After All: 5 Times Elon Musk Completely FailedIn February, Bloomberg reported that Musk had begun making a test tunnel in the SpaceX parking lot. Now, thanks to an errant Instagram post from a SpaceX employee — that was deleted shortly thereafter — we have our first sighting of one of The Boring Company’s machines. It has a logo, so you know it’s serious.Clearly, Musk won’t be content until he has a hand in every aspect of the transportation industry. Rockets, cars, power, tunnels and of course his work on the hyperloop. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalscenter_img 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

To meet growing demand for experiential travel Eu

first_imgTo meet growing demand for experiential travel, European Waterways is offering a wider range of new themed cruise departures for 2020 including a Whisky Trail cruise aboard the Scottish Highlander and a Golf Cruise aboard the Spirit of Scotland. There is also a Wine Appreciation Cruise aboard L’Impressionniste in Burgundy, France; and an Opera Cruise aboard La Bella Vita, which sails out of Venice.For single malt whisky enthusiasts, the 5 April, 2020 Whisky Trail cruise aboard the 8-passenger Scottish Highlander hotel barge is ideal. Guests will visit at least three distilleries, where they will enjoy private tours and tastings, among them the family-run Benromach Distillery near Forres, as well as the Tomatin and Dalwhinnie distilleries, both in the Highland region. Cabins for the cruise start at €3,890 per person (approx. AU$6,500), based on double occupancy. There is no supplement for the Whisky Trail Cruise.“Our guests don’t want to be ‘spectators’ of history and culture, they want to be participants,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “From sharing a glass of Pastis with a friendly lock keeper, to gourmet lunch with a baroness, to playing golf in the country that invented the sport, they seek immersive experiences that are both memorable and meaningful in providing insight into the local cultures.”The April 12, 2020 Wine Appreciation Cruise aboard the 12-passenger L’Impressionniste in Southern Burgundy features private tastings at some of the best, off the beaten path vineyards. Guests will enjoy such Burgundies as Nuits St-Georges, Santenay and Vosne Romanée, with premier or grand cru vintages hand-picked by the knowledgeable guides. Regions visited include the Loire Valley, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Alsace. Rates for the cruise start at €4,650 per person (approx. AU$7,600), based on double occupancy. A supplement of €675 (approx. AU$1,200) is applied to participants.It’s widely believed that golf was invented in Scotland, where rules for the modern game and the first 18-hole courses were established. European Waterways’ 12-passenger Spirit of Scotland Golf Cruise offers guests the opportunity to play the game with the wide expanse of the Scottish Highlands providing a dramatic background. The boat’s April 26, 2020 departures lets players tee up at four championship courses that include the Castle Stuart, the Royal Dornoch, Fort Augustus, and Newtonmore. Rates for the cruise start at €4,150 per person (approx. AU$6,800). A supplement of €825 (approx. AU$1,345) is applied to participants.For opera lovers, Venice’s Arena di Verona offers one of the most impressive settings to enjoy a performance of some of the world’s most famous operas. The August 16, 2020 departure on the 20-passenger La Bella Vita includes premium seats at this internationally famous venue for a performance of Verdi’s “Nabucco”. Cabins start at €3,490 per person (approx. AU$5,700), based on double occupancy. A supplement of €540 (approx. AU$900) is applied to participants. Other Opera Cruises can be booked throughout July and August, either by cabin or as a whole boat charters, based on availability. cruiseEuropean WaterwaysgolfOperaScotlandScottish Whisky Traillast_img read more