The Bharat bandh called by Congress and the call for a 12-hour strike by the Left parties in protest against the rising prices of petroleum products had little impact in West Bengal on Monday. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) has made it clear that they will oppose the bandh but will hit the streets in protest over the same issue. Public life and vehicular movement in Kolkata and most of the districts are normal on Monday morning. The two nerve centres of Kolkata and Howrah district-Sealdah and Howrah Stations- witnessed regular crowd of passengers in the morning. Bus services around the two two key rail stations is also normal. Large police contingent have been deployed at the two rail stations to prevent any untoward incident. There was usual movement of traffic in key areas of the city such as Esplanade in central Kolkata, Tollygunge in south Kolkata and Shyambazar in north Kolkata, Public life also remained normal in most of the districts. However, there was some traffic congestion in Howrah district where workers of Left parties staged a road blockade. A scuffle took place between Left cadres and police when they tried to lift the blockade.In a bid to keep vehicular traffic normal on Monday, the TMC government has deployed 4,000 government buses in the State. Extra trams have also been deployed in Kolkata. The State government has already issued a notification instructing its employees to report for duty on Monday.As to why they are not supporting the strike, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that “40 lakh work days were lost due to strikes in the Left Front era. We do not want anymore strike in Bengal now. But we will take out protest marches across the State against the rising prices of petrol and diesel.”The TMC’s stand over the issue drew sharp criticism from both the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Congress. While CPI(M) State Secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said that “if Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s opposition against the Centre is genuine then her party should support the strike”, State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked the TMC to “make its stand clear.” The party should clarify whether they are against the BJP-led government at the Cenrtre or are supporting it, he said.
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The ruling BJP today attacked Congress after one of its senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad kicked a political storm by comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) with Islamic State. Azad issued a staunch rebuttal in Parliament after the BJP demanded an apology from him for reportedly comparing its ideological mentor to dreaded terror outfit ISIS.The RSS has also lashed out at the Congress leader saying such comparison showed intellectual bankruptcy of the party.The Opposition parties are also expected to counter the government over the row over defunct Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallaya, who had left the country amid an ongoing investigation of over Rs 9000 crore loan which he has failed to pay. Here are the LIVE updates:- Request Modi government to shut down fair and lovely scheme, take decisive action in Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya case, says Congress.- Ghulam Nabi Azad must accept what he said was wrong, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.- Azad reads out the part of his speech about the RSS that spawned a political controversy. He claimed that he condemned the ISIS in the same way that he condemned the RSS and denied making any direct comparison between the two.- I have not said RSS and Islamic State are the same, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.- Congress party must apologise for statement made by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in Rajya Sabha.- Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi raises farmers’ issue in Parliament, says government must act to give relief to farmers.advertisement
Continue Reading Previous Abaco: NVIDIA Quadro P2000 XMC graphics and GPGPU boardNext Arrow Electronics announces Artificial Intelligence Experience Tour Farnell is now stocking a range of Ultimaker products in Europe. Ultimaker 3D printers help users bring prototypes and functional models to life in hours instead of weeks and are trusted by professionals, educators and innovators worldwide.The Ultimaker range of 3D printers available from Farnell include:• Engineered to perform, the Ultimaker 2+ is a great all-rounder that delivers consistent results. Reliable, efficient and user-friendly, this 3D printer supports a wide range of materials and is suitable for a huge variety of applications, including prototypes and customized tools.• Based on Ultimaker 2, the Ultimaker 2+ extended is one of the most advanced, precise and reliable desktop 3D printers around. From the moment it’s out of the box, it’s ready to go. Intuitive software quickly and intelligently prepares the design for print. A radial scroll wheel allows for adjustment of speed and heat even whilst it’s printing. Long print jobs come with the reassurance of hours upon hours of continuous reliable printing and even the heated print bed rarely needs adjustment.• The Ultimaker 3 is the most reliable dual extrusion 3D printer available, helping users achieve complex designs and improved 3D print performance due to a unique auto-nozzle lifting system, professional build and support material combinations, and swappable print cores. The Ultimaker 3 features seamless hardware, software and material integration, enabling designers, engineers and manufacturers to approach the innovation process in a completely new way and create complex geometries and remarkable design intricacy.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
After its global unveiling in Paris last month, the Find X has now made its way to India. At an event in New Delhi, Oppo announced that the Find X will be available in the country at Rs 59,990 via Flipkart and offline stores. The latest flagship from Oppo comes with a futuristic design language that includes an edge-to-edge curved display with no notch, an all-glass design, and a motorised camera system, among other things.The Find X a number of 2018 trends which includes a bezel-less display on a phone that’s almost entirely made up of glass. But what sets the Find X apart from pretty much every other Android flagship today is that there is no notch to be found here. What you get instead is a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio and some flagship-grade hardware in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. Here’s what you need to know.Oppo Find X specs:Display: The Oppo Find X sports a 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratioProcessor: The flagship is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.RAM: It comes with 8GB of RAM.Internal storage: The Find X is offered with 256GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. There’s also a special Lamborghini edition model that comes with 512GB of internal storage.Rear camera: The Oppo Find X sports a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16MP camera and another 20MP shooter. There’s OIS and also lots and lots of AI on-board.advertisementFront camera: On the front, the Oppo Find X comes with a 25MP camera with AI and portrait light feature.Software: The Oppo Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1. The phone is also eligible for Android P Beta.Battery: The phone is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging and USB Type-C.Special features:– The Oppo Find X brings a stunning edge-to-edge curved display with no notch and barely any chin. The flagship brings a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and an all-glass design. Apart from an attractive bezel-less display, the back also comes with a unique curvature and two gradient colours, called Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red, which changes its shade depending on the angle.– Arguably, the biggest highlight of the Find X is its motorised camera system that pops out from the top of the phone when activated. The mechanism raises when using face unlock and whenever the camera app is used. Unlike the Vivo Nex S which has a tiny pop-up selfie camera, the entire top of the Find X raises up to reveal the front and dual cameras.– The 3D facial recognition technology on-board the Oppo Find X uses a system that’s pretty similar to the one found on the iPhone X. It consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator that apparently makes O-Face (that’s what Oppo calls its system) a whole lot secure and faster than conventional mechanisms. The sensor also allow face unlock to work in the dark.– The glass back on the Find X comes with a unique colour scheme in gradient Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red colours. The colour starts of bright from the edges and grows darker as it reaches the middle. Oppo says the colour shade changes at certain angles.– While the Find X brings a stunning design, it also packs top-notch hardware inside as well. You’ll get about all the best 2018 Android hardware in the Find X, which includes a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and dual cameras, among other things.Oppo Find X India price and availability:Oppo announced that the Find X will cost Rs 59,990 and will be available in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. The flagship will go on sale starting August 3 on Flipkart and across offline stores in India. Pre-orders for the phone will begin on July 25 on Flipkart. The company also announced a special Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition that comes with 8GB + 256GB configuration and SuperVOOC fast charging.
Oppo recently conducted a special campaign for Indian cricket fans on the sidelines of the recent India – Pakistan match. The campaign, ‘Big Game, Big Cashback’ offered participants a chance to win 100 per cent cashback on the Oppo F9 Pro. By the end of it, there were a total of 38,790 participants, of which 625 consumers won the full cashback. This means Oppo offered a total of Rs 1,49,93,750 in cashback for the campaign.Commenting on this campaign, Will Yang, Brand Director, OPPO India said, “We know the love young Indian consumers share for Cricket as a sport and hence believed that this was the perfect opportunity to connect with them. With the cashback offer we wanted to share their excitement for the ongoing tournament and offer a smartphone that enhances their overall experience. It is great to see how the consumers resonate with OPPO when it comes to cricket, clearly making OPPO’s association with the Indian Cricket team, a lot more fruitful.”The Oppo F9 Pro was launched in India in September at Rs 23,990. The phone brings a unique waterdrop display and a gradient colour scheme on the back. It sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2340) display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The F9 Pro is powered by a Helio P60 chipset with 6GB of RAM. The device runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s custom Color OS 5.2 on top.As for the cameras, the Oppo F9 Pro offers a 16MP + 2MP configuration on the back with f/1.8 aperture and a 25-megapixel sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The device houses a 3,500mAh battery with VOOC fast charging support that will juice up the device over 50 per cent in just half an hour. In our review of the Oppo F9 Pro, we said that the device brings a stunning waterdrop display along with an appealing gradient design and an impressive battery life that’s made even better with VOOC flash charge support.advertisementALSO READ: Oppo F9 Pro review: Waterdrop notch, superfast charging makes it worth buying
UEFA says its new online platform to stream soccer games will show German league matches next season.The governing body of European soccer says www.uefa.tv is “giving viewers greater access to live and on-demand video content,” including Champions League highlights.More streaming services are expected to launch in an effort to reach younger fans worldwide.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says “the digital landscape is evolving and we need to be in a position where we can anticipate and respond to these changes.”UEFA’s portal will show Monday highlights of weekend matches in the Bundesliga in TV markets including Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, the Middle East and Africa.Archive of classic Bundesliga and Champions League matches involving German teams will also be available.UEFA will show live games from its youth, women’s and futsal competitions where there is no broadcast deal.It says the site will complement and not compete with TV channels.Also Read | EPL 2019/20 fixtures out: Manchester United v Chelsea tops opening gamesAlso Watch:
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings has reportedly proposed to divest the Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) in order to obtain US approval for the takeover of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL).According to the Wall Street Journal, the option was unveiled after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) raised concerns over COSCO taking control of the Long Beach terminal.The parties held a meeting last week, during which the Chinese major said it could either divest or carve out the terminal in order to get CFIUS’ go-ahead for the USD 6.3 billion takeover deal.“The transaction process is ongoing and we remain confident. We will update the market when appropriate,” OOIL representative said.OOIL’s shipping arm OOCL holds a 40-year concession to operate the facility at the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the biggest gateways for imports into the US.COSCO earlier said that the takeover is expected to be completed by June 30, 2018. If the company fails to complete the deal by the deadline, OOIL will receive a break fee of USD 253 million. The fee would be waived if the transaction fails to meet the requirements of CFIUS.In mid-2017, COSCO Shipping Holdings and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) made the offer to buy all issued shares of OOIL. Once the transaction is completed, COSCO would hold 90.1% of OOIL, becoming the world’s third-largest container carrier.COSCO would have a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, Drewry said last year.World Maritime News Staff
One official ambassador is University of Victoria fine arts student Emery Vanderburgh, 21. She lost her leg to cancer at 17. She said her first prosthetic cover helped her “connect with this new look and new chapter.” Alleles does much of their marketing through ambassadors: social-media mavens who model the covers on Instagram in exchange for free product. Some people call themselves ambassadors even though they have no formal relationship with the company, Wanner said – they just love their covers that much. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: “There are not a lot of people designing well for disability,” he said. “It’s really clinical and about engineering (still). It’s not enough anymore to design just for necessity.” Instagram thinks so too. The social-media giant recently featured Alleles on their own home feed and in their Instagram stories, providing a huge boost to the brand. She had Alleles design a custom cover using the aesthetic of Irish artist Louis Le Brocquy as inspiration. The design also pays tribute to her love of cats. Advertisement What it will cost you: During her first few months as an amputee, before she had the cover, people often came up to her asking how she lost her leg.“Any kind of approach had this negative connotation,” she said. But after she got the cover, “The conversation completely changed, to complimenting me and admiring this artistic piece that exemplified my personality.” Advertisement Facebook “It allowed people to feel comfortable talking to me.” McCauley Wanner, 31 and Ryan Palibroda, 36, believe their business – which has seen explosive growth over the last year and a half – proves the concept of “design for disability” is an idea whose time has come. “The only reason our business exists is Instagram,” Wanner said. Their Victoria, B.C.-based company, Alleles, makes decorative plastic covers for prosthetic legs in bold colours and intricate patterns that could almost pass for a sleeve tattoo. They’re eminently Instagrammable. Advertisement Alleles has a new line of covers for arm prosthetics in the works, and they’re currently dreaming up other ways to integrate fashion into the lives of people with disabilities – maybe clothing, or even things at a larger scale, using Palibroda’s expertise as a trained architect. Alleles prosthetic covers range in price from $325 up to $1,500 for a fully custom design. “Honestly, I’ve never met more original thinkers. They recognized that prosthetics had only really been viewed as a clinical, medical device and that this perception doesn’t encourage people to feel proud of their uniqueness,” Vanderburgh said. Until recently, design of prosthetics was exclusively focused on making pieces functional and lifelike, not beautiful or stylish, Wanner explained. Early on in the business, there was “push back” both from amputees and people in the prosthetics industry who considered prioritizing design and fashion to be “frivolous,” she said. Twitter
3 August 2010On the first day of his visit to Japan ahead of the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to work to ensure that nuclear weapons were eliminated. On the first day of his visit to Japan ahead of the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the world to work to ensure that nuclear weapons were eliminated. “We must do everything we can to build on the current global momentum towards a nuclear-weapon-free world,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Tokyo, where he also had a working dinner with Japan’s Foreign Minister, Katsuya Okada. He highlighted the Security Council summit on nuclear disarmament in September last year, the extension of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia and the summit on nuclear security in Washington in April this year as positive signs of movement towards a nuclear-free world.Later this week he will visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima for commemoration activities related to the bombings in those cities in August 1945.In a response to a reporter’s question, Mr. Ban said he will use his presence at the commemoration events to “to send out to the international community a strong message to the whole world that we must strive harder to realize a world free of nuclear weapons and proliferation.”Today, the Secretary-General and Mr. Okada discussed cooperation between the United Nations and Japan, which is the second largest contributor to the UN regular budget and to that of UN peacekeeping operations.Mr. Ban lauded Japan’s contribution across the range of matters of UN concern during his discussions with Mr. Okada, which also touched on regional issues, including the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, Iran, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, as well as conflict in Somalia.“Japan’s engagement goes well beyond financing. It extends across the whole spectrum of the UN agenda and goals – from climate change to counter-terrorism, from peacebuilding in Africa to human security and our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). And of course, Japan is a leader on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament,” the Secretary-General said.The Secretary-General is tomorrow scheduled to exchange views on international issues with university students and have a meeting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
3 September 2010The United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti has unveiled three drainage and canal rehabilitation projects that it hopes will boost employment and reduce violence in troubled neighbourhoods of a major city. The projects will benefit the districts of Goya, Petite Anse and Ti Riviere in the northern city of Cap Haïtien, the peacekeeping mission – known as MINUSTAH – reported yesterday.Those three districts have been affected by violence and health problems and they are also considered at risk from flooding during the current hurricane season.MINUSTAH reported that the projects should create more than 2,500 jobs and help to reduce flood risks by ditching, paving and rehabilitating channels and canals.The mission is fully funding the projects, estimated to cost just under $600,000, through a community violence reduction programme being conducted with city officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The Prime Minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal urged President Maithiripala Sirisena to reconsider the capital punishment handed down by Sri Lanka on a Nepali citizen, Chet Bahadur Thapa ( Lalitpur). My Republica reported.Pushpa Kamal Dahal had talks with President Sirisena in India and discussed matters relating to operating direct flights between the two countries and hosting the stalled 19th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation ) Summit. Emphasizing on the need of holding the Summit of the regional body as soon as possible, he said the member countries should have common views regarding this. During the meeting, Prime Minister Dahal said that though Nepal and Sri Lanka are somehow far in terms of geographical location, both countries need to play a role in the overall development of South Asia and in the maintenance of cordial relations among SAARC countries. The Prime Minister, on the occasion, also requested the President to reconsider the capital punishment handed down by Sri Lanka on a Nepali citizen, Chet Bahadur Thapa ( Lalitpur) over a case of drugs smuggling and to take effective measures to control trafficking of Nepali women to gulf countries via Sri Lanka.Stating that Sri Lanka shares friendly relations with Nepal, the Sri Lankan President underscored the need of making collective efforts to organised the SAARC Summit. He said Sri Lanka was positive towards the concerns put forth by Nepal. (Colombo Gazette)
The newest addition to the downtown Simcoe cleanup efforts really rocks.The Norfolk Association for Community Living and the Simcoe Painted Rocks group have come together to revamp a garden outside of the NACL downtown location. The newly founded Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden is located at the corner of Peel St. and Kent St. South.Cindy Newlove from NACL said they wanted to clean up the garden outside of their location.“This garden area was full of weeds, and syringes, and garbage. I thought if we can clean it up and bring some beauty to the downtown, why not?”Newlove is a member of the Brantford Painted Rock group and drew inspiration from their community rock garden for the Simcoe location.“I saw how much positivity was coming from it in Brantford so I thought why not bring it to Simcoe,” said Newlove.Kim Feere, the founder of the Simcoe Painted Rocks group, worked alongside Newlove to see the garden come to fruition.The Simcoe group currently has around 480 members that paint and hide rocks around the community. This garden is now a new location for these artists to hide their painted rocks.The public is welcome to take any of the rocks that they feel speak to them. They can later return the rock, hide it somewhere else, or replace it with a new rock they have created.“It’s like a rock exchange, it’s just to put a smile on somebody’s face,” said Feere.If you find one of the rocks or hide it somewhere else, they ask that you tag the Simcoe Painted Rock group so they can see how far the rocks travel.There will be rock painting days held at the downtown NACL location, which will be posted on their Facebook firstname.lastname@example.org 11-year-old Stella Davidson, alongside brother Rowan, 7, paint rocks at the grand opening of the Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden on Friday afternoon. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER) Maeghan Lampman and Peter Ford paint rocks to place in the Simcoe Community Painted Rock Garden during the garden’s grand opening on Friday afternoon. (ASHLEY TAYLOR/SIMCOE REFORMER)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Apr 9, 2013 8:09 am MDT Spotify’s Top 10 most streamed tracks The following list represents the top streamed tracks on Spotify from Monday, April 1, to Sunday, April 7:UNITED STATES1. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore)3. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, “Can’t Hold Us” (Macklemore)5. Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z, “Suit & Tie” (RCA Records)6. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (Atlantic Records)7. Lil Wayne, “Love Me” (Cash Money Records)8. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)9. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey” (Dualtone Music Group Inc.)10. Drake, “Started From the Bottom” (Cash Money Records)UNITED KINGDOM1. Bastille, “Pompeii” (Virgin Records)2. Justin Timberlake, “Mirrors” (RCA Records)3. P!nk, “Just Give Me a Reason” (RCA Records)4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz, “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore)5. The Saturdays, “What About Us” (Polydor Ltd. (UK))6. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive” (Interscope Records)7. Bruno Mars, “When I Was Your Man” (Atlantic Records)8. The Lumineers, “Ho Hey” (Dualtone Music Group Inc.)9. Disclosure, “White Noise” (Universal Island Records)10. Avicii, “I Could Be the One (Nicktim Radio Edit) (Avicii vs. Nicky Romero)” (Virgin Records)
FREDERICTON – A New Brunswick judge rejected a bid Friday by aboriginal leaders to block an increase in the amount of softwood lumber that can be harvested from Crown lands in the province.The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs of New Brunswick asked the Court of Queen’s Bench to impose an injunction that would have prevented the provincial government from signing final agreements with forestry companies.The chiefs expressed disappointment over the judge’s decision and said in a statement they are considering further legal action, including the possibility of an appeal.The agreements are part of the province’s 10-year forestry plan, which allows companies to cut 660,000 more cubic metres of softwood annually, an increase of about 20 per cent.The chiefs argued that the province failed to adequately consult First Nations communities about the plan.In denying their request, Judge Judy Clendening said the chiefs might have an argument to make.“I find that perhaps the applicants may have a triable issue with regard to consultation and accommodation about the terms of the forest management strategy,” she said.The group also argued the increase in the amount of wood that can be cut will cause irreversible harm to the environment and plant and animal species that the First Nations rely on.But Clendening said the facts have not been fleshed out to the extent that the issue of irreparable harm can be determined.“Balancing the rights of all parties at this stage is not possible on the evidence before the court, hence, the status quo will be maintained,” Clendening said.None of the lawyers for the forestry companies or the First Nations groups would comment outside the court.Susan Levi-Peters, a former chief of the Elsipogtog First Nation, said efforts to block the deals with the large forestry companies needs to continue.“We cannot give up because what they’re doing right now is going against conservation,” she said after the decision.The forestry plan is a major part of the bid by the Progressive Conservatives to be re-elected in the province’s Sept. 22 election. The party says the strategy will create jobs and rejuvenate the forestry sector. Judge denies request to impose injunction on New Brunswick forestry plan by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2014 10:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Formed in 1941, the men took the name of their club from the guinea pig, because of the experimental nature of the surgical procedures they underwent.Just 28 of those treated are still alive around the world today, and a few endured the chilly weather as the Duke pulled away a union flag shrouding the stone monument, to unveil the green Cumbrian slate to the autumn sunshine.The memorial, which stands in the Staffordshire arboretum, is inscribed with the words “Out of the flames came inspiration”. The Duke of Edinburgh unveils the memorial and finds the flag gets caught at the backCredit:DAVID HARTLEY The flag gets caught at the backCredit: DAVID HARTLEY The Guinea Pig Club, formed in 1941 by men being treated for burns at a hospital in Sussex, as well as meeting with surviving members of the club and their guestsCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire It was designed by Graeme Mitcheson, and bears the outline of a Spitfire fighter plane wing while on its reverse, set against the outline of a crashing Hurricane aircraft, is the face of Sir Archibald.Addressing his comrades during the ceremony, club trustee Dr Sandy Saunders, who helped raise thousands for the memorial, said: “A debt of honour is owed to the excellence of surgical expertise, which restored my body to health, and the cheerful spirit of valiant men who taught me to endure my treatment.”He added that, in what is the 75th year of the club, it was only right to remember the “band of seriously injured men” who were able to support each other in some of the darkest moments of their lives. Among the men who benefited from the pioneering work was former racing driver Peter Procter from Appletreewick near Skipton, in Yorkshire, who was badly burned in a car crash at Goodwood in 1966.He was adopted by the club’s members when they found out he was being treated on the burns ward at East Grinstead.His wife, Shirley, also at the unveiling, told how while her husband was in hospital with 65% burns she phoned the club’s warrant officer, “Tubby” Taylor, and spoke of how the Guinea Pigs then swung into action.Mrs Procter said: “I told him, ‘you don’t know me, and I don’t know you, but I read your book about the Guinea Pigs’. The Duke of Edinburgh at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire where he dedicated a memorial to the Guinea Pig ClubCredit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire The Duke of Edinburgh encountered a troublesome Union Flag that refused to budge today as he unveiled a memorial in honour of an inspirational band of badly burned Second World War airmen.A handful of the surviving members of the once 649-strong Guinea Pig Club, now in their eighties and nineties, watched as their president, the Duke of Edinburgh, unveiled the stone at the National Memorial Arboretum on Wednesday.All of the club’s members, many of whom fought in the Battle of Britain against the Luftwaffe, received treatment for disfiguring burns at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead from the visionary surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe. “He said ‘I know all about Peter Procter, I’ve read all the press reports’.”He said ‘what do you need?’ and I said ‘back-up’.”And that was it, he said ‘you’ve got it’ and they would then come and visit Peter.”Mr Procter, 86, who only gave up driving racing cars five years ago, said: “I was nine when the war broke out.”We lived near York, which was served by Bomber Command, so we would see the Lancasters and the Wellingtons (bombers) coming in all the time.”So those men were always my heroes.”Then, when they came to see me in hospital after the crash, they were my heroes again.”They were heroes twice over to me. You don’t often get that.”Asked if he believed he would be here today without the surgeons and the Guinea Pig Club, he said: “I don’t think for a second – had I gone anywhere else other than East Grinstead – I’d have survived.”I think mentally, the support I got there, the attitude – I felt I was family, straight away.”It was a special environment.”He said the monument’s unveiling was a “wonderful” occasion, “but not before time”.Mr Procter, who has five children, said: “This should have been here from day one.”What a contribution they made.”The survivors of the Guinea Pig Club suffered tremendous injuries, and people with those sorts of injuries weren’t treated then as they are now.”I think they deserve a very special place like this.”The Duke has been president of the club since 1960, following the death of Sir Archibald. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
As Handball-Planet.com exclusively announced five days ago, Ivano Balic will play in DKB Bundesliga team – HSG Wetzlar. Our media was the first to wrote about deal between handball “Mozzart”and German team, who finished 7th last season. Officialy presentation will be held on Tuesday. Balic is already in Germany, ready to help his new team to obtain Bundesliga position in the upcoming season and to replace injured Adnan Harmandic.The best handball player signed one year contract and will have debut in the best handball league at age 34. Balic WetzlarHSG WetzlarIvano Balic ← Previous Story Danil Chernov to SL Benfica Next Story → Struga 2013 is coming: Vardar with two wins finished preparation in Slovenia
“Whatever was in my ear didn’t like it at all”With the pain becoming excruciating, his flatmate rushed him to hospital where a doctor put oil down the ear canal.This only forced the two centimetre (0.8 inch) roach to crawl in deeper, before it eventually began to die.“Near the 10 minute mark … somewhere about there, he started to stop burrowing but he was still in the throes of death twitching”At that point the doctor put forceps into his ear and pulled out the cockroach.“She (the doctor) said, ‘You know how I said a little cockroach, that may have been an underestimate’,” he said.“They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone’s ear.”Helmer told ABC he would not be taking any added precautions when sleeping, although friends of his said they were so perturbed by his experience that they had begun going to bed with headphones on.- © AFP, 2014 A MAN IN Australia endured a painful hospital visit after a large cockroach burrowed into his ear and his efforts to suck it out with a vacuum cleaner failed.Darwin-based Hendrik Helmer’s ordeal began in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he was woken by a sharp pain in his right ear, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.“I was hoping it was not a poisonous spider… I was hoping it didn’t bite me,” he said, adding that as the pain got worse he tried to suck the insect out with a Hoover before squirting water in his ear.
Feb 22nd 2017, 6:20 AM http://jrnl.ie/3251693 Shane Ross to seek a free vote on new drink-driving law A number of rural TDs, including some in the Independent Alliance, are unhappy with some aspects of the law. Short URL By Christina Finn 25 Comments Transport Minster Shane Ross Image: Sam Boal Share6 Tweet Email TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE ROSS is to seek a free vote in the Dáil on his new drink-driving law, TheJournal.ie has learned.Last week, Ross received approval from his Cabinet colleagues to implement a new law that will see drink drivers automatically disqualified from driving when caught over the alcohol limit.Ross said he hopes that the General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill will be passed as soon as possible.The latest figures show there were 188 road deaths last year, an increase of 26 on 2015.Rural TDsThe minister is likely to face some backlash from rural TDs over the new legislation – even from within his own Independent Alliance grouping.“I expect it to pass through the Dáil with resistance in places from rural areas,” Ross told TheJournal.ie yesterday.I will be looking for a free vote for everybody. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil don’t really do free votes, but I will be asking the Cabinet … they may say no.He pointed out that a free vote is not included in the Programme for Government on the issue.It’s understood that a number of TDs, including his Independent Alliance colleagues Kevin Boxer Moran and Sean Canney, are unhappy with some aspects of the new legislation and the impact it will have on rural areas.“This seems to be a classic case for it, it should be a free vote, certainly for Kevin Boxer [Moran] and Sean Canney,” continued Ross.Other TDs such as Kerry’s Michael Healy Rae have also been vocal about stricter laws.In 2016, Healy Rae said there should be “a common sense approach in rural areas” whereby people could go out, have a glass or two of beer and drive home.“There is nothing wrong with it,” he added.It’s understood Ross will seek permission for a free vote from his government colleagues in next week’s Cabinet meeting.The importance of the pubRoss said he “totally understands” why some rural TDs have concerns about the new provisions.I know the importance in rural Ireland of the pub, the social drinking – but I think if we save one life, which it can, it is not too much to ask for people to make arrangements. One person can drive, and four people can drink, and publicans can make arrangements.He said the government will also investigate what measures it can introduce that will help country communities deal with the new laws.“It is part of rural life and no one wants to do anything to damage that, but also we don’t want to provide facilities that allows people who have been drinking more than they should to go out and drive cars,” said the transport minister.‘Drink culture’When asked if he was familiar with the recent “Pint Baby” video that has gone viral, he said he was, and pointed out there is a “drink culture” here in Ireland.That [a drink culture] would be fine as long as people aren’t killing people and there were no road deaths as a result. You have to have an absolute on that, I think. You can’t say it is okay for some people in the country to drive over the limit and get lesser penalty points and be kept on the road.Ross said he found the recent RTÉ documentary, which looked at the personal stories behind Ireland’s car crash victims, “chilling”.When you see children being killed innocently… I think it is a no-brainer that things like this should be tackled.He said he had no patience for people who say they can drink five pints and drive home.“They are being wildly irresponsible with other people’s’ lives, it is not just their own,” said the minister.He said that disqualifying drivers who were found to be drink driving was “proportionate” and would “ultimately save lives”.‘No exceptions’: Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points>Poll: Should all motorists be disqualified for drink driving?> Image: Sam Boal 11,452 Views Transport Minster Shane Ross Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Key West, Florida Bans Sunscreens That Harm Coral ReefsOne father is working to make a better sunblock made of nanoparticles A team of international scientists found an environmentally friendly way to produce sunscreen from cashew nut shells.“Green chemists” from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg are working to produce useful compounds from wood and other fast-growing, non-edible plant waste.Cashew nut shells contain oil compounds that can cause contact dermatitis (similar in severity to poison ivy). Which is why the delicious snack is not typically sold to consumers in its husk.But instead of simply throwing them away, researchers are recycling the pods to help protect humans, livestock, and polymers from the Sun’s harmful rays.As described in a paper published by the European Journal of Organic Chemistry, cashew shells produce aromatic compounds that show good UVA and UVB absorbance.“Cashew nut shells are a waste product in the cashew-farming community, especially in Tanzania, so finding a useful, sustainable way to use these waste products can lead to completely new, environmentally friendly ways of doing things,” principal study author Charles de Koning, a professor at the Wits School of Chemistry, said in a statement.While the atmosphere blocks about three-quarters of the Sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, that last quarter can be damaging to most materials—from dyes and plastics to human and animal skin.To mitigate UV injury, according to Wits University, organic and inorganic compounds are used as filters. Ideal options display a high UV absorption of UVA rays (from 315-400 nm) and UVB rays (from 280-315 nm).But, aside from their petrochemical origin, a major drawback of current UV protection agents is their negative effect on aquatic ecosystems.As a result, there is growing attention from regulatory bodies and stricter regulations are being enforced on the production of Sun-filtering products.“We aimed to find a way to produce new UV absorbers from cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL) as a non-edible, bio-renewable carbon resource,” de Koning said.The team—including colleagues from universities in Germany, Malawi, and Tanzania—has already filed a patent application to commercialize this process in South Africa.More on Geek.com:Key West, Florida Bans Sunscreens That Harm Coral ReefsThis Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water BottleL’Oréal’s Electronic UV Sensor Sticks With You Stay on target