Patnaik flays Centre for stopping welfare schemes

first_imgAs rich tributes were paid to Biju Patnaik on his 101st birth anniversary of Sunday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik criticised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre for stopping many welfare programmes ignoring the interests of the people living in tribal and backward regions of the State.The State government, however, continues to implement those schemes using its own resources to safeguard the interest of the people, and would continue to do so, said Mr. Patnaik said while addressing a gathering at the Biju Janata Dal headquarters here.Progress in many sectorsWhether one admits or not due to political reasons, but the State has achieved significant progress in various sectors since the BJD started ruling the State in 2000, said Mr. Patnaik. “There is a huge difference between Odisha of 2000 and today’s Odisha,” he said.Besides faring better than the national average in infant mortality rate, Odisha has also seen infrastructure development, investment flow, growth in employment opportunities and increase in food production and people’s income, said Mr. Patnaik. Stating that the BJD has remained No. 1 in the recently held panchayat elections and will remain in the same position in future, Mr. Patnaik urged the gathering of party leaders and workers to stay in touch with the people. Observing that BJD doesn’t believe in slogans, but in service, the Chief Minister called upon his party workers to continue on the path shown by Biju Patnaik to serve Odisha.Birth centenaryMr. Patnaik also attended a function organised at port town of Paradip to mark the closing of the year-long Biju Patnaik birth centenary celebrations. He also flagged off a mini-marathon in Bhubaneswar to mark the occasion.The Chief Minister also highlighted his government’s achievements at a function organised to mark the celebration of the Panchayati Raj Day which is observed on the occasion Biju Patnaik’s birth anniversary every year.last_img read more

Antarctic icebergs decimating seafloor life

first_imgA decade ago, the sea floor off the coast of the west Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) was a patchwork quilt of different colors and species. But now, icebergs are increasingly scouring the sea floor as they drift close to shore, fundamentally altering that rich ecosystem in the process. That’s the conclusion of a study reported this week in Current Biology. Each winter, the WAP sea surface freezes over, forming a skin of “fast ice” that holds back the bergs. But with climate change, the WAP is experiencing rapid regional warming, with fewer days each year of fast ice—letting the icebergs into the shallows more often, where they carve huge gashes through the habitat of the colorful, tentacled invertebrate animals carpeting the sea floor. The team examined the spatial distribution, diversity, and interactions between and within species from 1997 to 2013, along with scours from the ice each year. What it found was sobering: Most species weren’t able to recover from the increasingly frequent pounding by the ice. Instead, one species—a nondescript white mosslike animal encrusted on the rocks—emerged as an all-conquering winner, edging out the rest by its sheer ability to take a beating. It now has a near-monopoly in the area, the study found—and that could make the whole region more vulnerable to invading species.last_img read more

Phagu Chauhan sworn in as Bihar Governor

first_imgPhagu Chauhan was on Monday sworn in as the 40th Governor of Bihar, an official said. The 71-year-old Mr. Chauhan succeeded Lalji Tandon, who is now the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. He was administered the oath by Patna High Court Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi at a programme held at Raj Bhawan here in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, besides several ministers.Mr. Chauhan, a six-time MLA from Ghosi Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, had resigned from the UP Assembly on Friday. After having won the Assembly election for the first time in 1985 on a Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Party (DMKP) symbol, he returned as an MLA again in 1991 on a Janata Dal ticket. He won the seat in 1996 and 2002 on the BJP symbol.Mr. Chauhan again won Ghosi in May 2007 on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket but later returned to the saffron party and won the Assembly election for the sixth time in March 2017.last_img read more

Jeter’s Last Hit: Yanks Beat Bosox

first_imgBOSTON — The ball, marked and numbered for the occasion, bounced high off the dirt and down the third-base line, where a rookie who was 4 years-old when Derek Jeter made his major league debut leaped into the air to attempt a bare-handed play.It went off of his palm and onto the grass, and by that time Jeter was safe at first with hit No. 3,465 — sixth all-time, and the most in franchise history — along with the 1,311th RBI of a career in which he established himself as the New York Yankees’ consummate captain and, for two decades, the face of baseball.Jeter bid baseball adieu with an RBI single on a chopper, a dugout full of hugs and a final wave to the fans on Sept. 28th, concluding his Hall of Fame career by helping the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-5.“In an era where few heroes exist, over a 20-year span he represented the sport and himself in an absolutely magnificent way. It’s almost hard to believe,” Commissioner Bud Selig said this weekend when he stopped by Fenway for his own farewell tour. “He makes one proud.”Three days after an emotional farewell in New York, pinstripe-wearing fans filled Fenway Park for Jeter’s finale, chanting for him and the visiting Yankees and standing for each of his at-bats.After a hard line-drive out in the first inning, Jeter delivered his final hit as part of a four-run third inning, then left for a pinch hitter and headed into retirement.“I’m ready for it now,” Jeter said after the final out. “The plan was two at-bats. I was lucky I got a hit. I guess I hit the right part of the plate.”Jeter’s departure gave some import to an otherwise meaningless game between the longtime AL East rivals, who missed the playoffs together for the first time in 20 years.The last-place Red Sox — the defending World Series champions — are the first team in baseball history to go from worst to first and back to worst in three consecutive seasons.Michael Pineda (5-5) earned the victory as the Yankees finished in second place, 12 games behind the division-winning Baltimore Orioles and too far back in the wild-card standings to make the weekend series count.Clay Buchholz (8-11) gave up Ichiro Suzuki’s two-run triple before in the fourth, then entered trivia history as the last pitcher to give up a hit to Jeter.After a walk and a single and a wild pitch put runners on second and third, Suzuki lined the ball into the Fenway triangle, the deepest part of the ballpark, where it rolled under the 420-foot sign and stopped.Fans moaned that he was not waved home for an inside-the-park homer, but with Ichiro at third it meant that Jeter would be coming to bat with another RBI opportunity.The 40-year-old shortstop, in the lineup this weekend as the designated hitter, took a strike, took a ball and then fouled one off before bouncing a high chopper to third. Garin Cecchini, 23, tried to make a one-handed play but couldn’t.All eyes turned to the Jeter, safe at first, waiting to see if that was it. And when Brian McCann came out of the dugout to replace him as a pinch runner, the Captain’s career was over — 46 years to the day after Mickey Mantle ended his on the same field. The final hit raised Jeter’s lifetime batting average to .310.Jeter pointed at the applauding Red Sox, hugged pitcher Buchholz and then stopped in front of the Yankees dugout to tip his helmet to the crowd. Buchholz waited behind the mound to give the cheers a chance to subside, and then Jeter disappeared into the dugout.The Yankees scored five more in the top of the seventh inning and Boston put five across in the bottom half, but by that time the ballpark was half-empty.The fans had gotten what they wanted.The sun-soaked day began with a 30-minute ceremony in which Jeter was serenaded with “Respect” and presented with some local baubles: Second base emblazoned with his No. 2, a pair of Yankees-themed boots and a check for $22,222.22 to his Turn 2 Foundation.Former Red Sox players from Carl Yastrzemski to Fred Lynn came out to greet him along with captains from the other local teams: Bruins Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, the Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Troy Brown of the Patriots, followed by the entire 2014 Red Sox team.Jeter’s parents made the trip for his final series, along with thousands of New Yorkers who clogged the MassPike on their way to the game.Fans in Jeter’s No. 2 pinstripes milled unharassed inside the ballpark — a scene unimaginable a decade ago — mixing with Bostonians showing their esteem for a player who relished the rivalry as much as they do.“JETUH,” said one T-shirt in Red Sox colors and his name translated into the local dialect.And on the back: “WICKED RE2PECT.”(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Owner of medical marijuana dispensaries challenges constitutionality of law

first_imgTORONTO – The law under which the owner of two medical marijuana dispensaries was charged last year was unconstitutional because a valid program making medicinal pot readily available did not exist at the time, an Ontario court heard on Thursday.As a result, charges of possession for the purposes of trafficking and having proceeds of crime laid against Marek (Mark) Stupak should be thrown out, his lawyer Alan Young said.Stupak, 44, operated two “medical marijuana compassion clubs” known as the Social Collective in Toronto. Police charged him in May 2016 under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act as part of a series of city-wide raids in an operation known as “Project Claudia.”Young cited a 2000 ruling from Ontario’s top court that Parliament could not criminalize marijuana use without a program to make medicinal marijuana available to ill patients who needed it.Other courts, he said, regularly struck down restrictions on reasonable access to the drug. However, Ottawa failed to ensure that access, and dispensaries such as Stupak’s sprang up to fill the gap, Young said.“Project Claudia” made a “concerted effort” to close down all the dispensaries in Toronto but police messed up because they had no law to back their enforcement action at the time of the raids, Young said.In October 2013, Ottawa began shutting down an existing but criticized program under which patients could grow their own pot or have someone grow it for them for free. The program was replaced in April 2014 with one in which growers were licensed to grow and supply medical marijuana to patients.However, the new scheme also ran afoul of the courts, Young said. As a result, no valid medical program was in effect between October 2013 and August of 2016, when the government brought in new rules for medical marijuana, court heard.“The government dropped the ball and there was a gap,” Young told Superior Court Justice Heather McArthur. “There was a two-year period where patients were left in the dark and in the cold.”The gap, he said, left patients and their suppliers exposed to criminal sanction. Additionally, if a patient has a right to use and to access the drug, the government must make clear that those who distribute to them are exempt as well, Young said.“When ‘Project Claudia’ was initiated, medical patients were in a limbo period in which it was unclear how they were going to access (medical marijuana),” Young said.For his part, Crown lawyer David Morlog argued Stupak was looking for an “extremely broad” remedy given that the rules in place at the time were in fact constitutional.“The applicant is seeking retroactive absolution for drug trafficking,” Morlog said.Stupak, Morlog said, is relying on a misinterpretation of a key Federal Court decision in February 2016. In that ruling, a judge found the medical marijuana system unconstitutional, but gave the government six months to fix the issue.In his submissions, Young argued that evidence as to what exactly Stupak was doing with his dispensaries is not necessary unless the law is upheld. However, McArthur wondered whether she should know more.“I strongly suggest it’s not necessary,” Young replied, but McArthur said she would think about whether such evidence would be helpful to her ruling on the validity of the law.Five other individuals alleged to be owners of medical marijuana dispensaries have joined the challenge but are awaiting its outcome. Young said thousands of other cases could be affected as well.McArthur put the matter over until Nov. 6, when the parties will discuss whether she needs to hear evidence about Stupak’s dealings.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had the wrong spelling of Crown lawyer David Morloglast_img read more

Trudeau was only one in dark makeup at 2001 party but nobody

first_imgVANCOUVER — A man who attended an “Arabian Nights” gala held by a private school in Vancouver says no one besides Justin Trudeau attended in skin-darkening makeup, but no one else there was dressed as Aladdin.Wayne Hamill, who is white, says he doesn’t recall anyone expressing any offence over Trudeau’s costume or “brownface” makeup at the time.Hamill went to the 2001 party because his kids were West Point Grey Academy students and he says the future Liberal leader’s costume was in keeping with the theme and others were dressed as belly dancers or wearing saris or veils.He says he’s not a Trudeau supporter but he believes the uproar over a photograph showing Trudeau made up in brownface is unfair because it’s applying today’s standards to yesterday’s context.Trudeau has apologized for the image and others that have emerged of him wearing skin-darkening makeup, saying he had a blind spot because of his privilege and he deeply regrets behaviour he now recognizes as racist.He says in his 2014 book, “Common Ground,” that teaching at West Point Grey Academy gave him new insights into the “privileged lives” of private-school students that he didn’t glean from his own advantaged upbringing.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa failing to respond in face of Attawapiskat crisis NDP MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe state of emergency in Attawapiska First Nation isn’t getting the response the community was hoping for.The chief of the community declared the state of emergency because people were living in tents and, with temperatures plunging, the situation there is getting desperate.APTN National News reporter Annette Francis has this story.last_img

UN appeals for 35 million in emergency humanitarian funds for Haiti

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland told the press in New York that problems in the already troubled country have been exacerbated by recent turmoil. “What we saw is that the dramatic events of the last few weeks put the Haitian people, who were already suffering from deprivation and poverty, in an even more vulnerable position.”Regional organizations tried to work out a compromise between then-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his unarmed opposition prior to Mr. Aristide’s departure for the Central African Republic.Humanitarian access is very limited in Haiti, which remains volatile, Mr. Egeland said. More than 3,000 prisoners have been released – and then armed by various gangs – while thousands of political activists are also carrying weapons. Looting, killing and arson are widespread in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he added. The Flash Appeal runs in tandem with a consolidated appeal for $85 million launched last April to cover 18 months of humanitarian and other aid for the country of 8.3 million people.But that drive has only received pledges of $38 million, so beyond food, water and sanitation, there is no money for other needs, such as economic recovery, one year after the appeal was launched, Mr. Egeland said.”Haiti has by far the worst health indicators of the Americas before the crisis, with the highest infant and maternal mortality rates, the highest level of malnutrition and the highest percentage of people living with HIV/AIDS all over this hemisphere,” he pointed out, appealing for donors to come forward with funds.Currently, some 50 UN staff members are in Haiti, while a multidisciplinary assessment team will travel there tomorrow, according to a spokesman for the world body.Fred Eckhard said that in advance of the UN team’s trip, one staffer left today to assess the security situation, which will be re-examined before each wave of UN staff is sent in.”Some 16 political, military, police and logistics experts, as well as one information person, will go to begin planning the UN follow-on mission called for by the Security Council,” he reported. “A second wave made up primarily of representatives of UN agencies, funds and programmes could go in over the weekend, depending on the local security situation.”The Security Council approved a resolution on 29 February calling on the UN, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to “promote the rebuilding of democratic institutions” and combat poverty in Haiti.The Secretary-General’s Special Envoy, Reginald Dumas, is scheduled to visit Haiti early next week. read more

Boston Marathon becoming old hat for Brocks Registrar

Barb Davis poses with her co-runners after the Boston Marathon. From left: Cathy Hopkins, Cathy Belice, Klari Kalkman and DavisIt’s a long trek from the Schmon Tower to the top of Heartbreak Hill, but a familiar one to Barb Davis.On Monday, April 18, the Brock Registrar conquered hills and any other challenges to complete the famous Boston Marathon in a time that was fast enough (four hours, two minutes, 14 seconds) to automatically qualify her for next year’s event.This year marked Davis’s fifth consecutive triumph at the world’s oldest annual marathon, where her lifetime marathon best of 3:57:16 came in 2008.Davis, a familiar sight on the track above Ian Beddis gym track or the elliptical machines in The Zone, said conditions this year were close to ideal — clear skies, temperature around 60F, and mercifully, a tailwind. It all added to the magic that runners feel for this special race.“Boston is a mentally and physically challenging course,” she said on her return home. “But the crowd support is unbelievable. No other marathon course comes close to the noise and cheering, and just the sheer energy of Boston.“Turning that last corner into Boylston Street, in sight of the finish line, the crowd are 15 deep along the sides. They make you feel like an elite athlete coming down that last stretch.“Aside from any sense of personal accomplishment, to share the Boston experience with the women I trained with all winter was particularly special.”Davis can soak her feet and rest on her laurels, but only for a while. She has another date in Boston next April. read more

Peter Beagrie sacked by Sky Sports over assault conviction

first_img 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. Sacked football pundit Peter Beagrie has said he will appeal against his conviction for assaulting his partner.The former Everton and Manchester City player was “devastated” after he was convicted of attacking Zarah Blake by Skipton Magistrates on Tuesday.In a statement, Beagrie, 51, said: “I am innocent, something I have maintained from the outset, that is why the verdict was so devastating.”I will be appealing.”In his statement, he said he was still with his partner, adding: “This has been an upsetting and traumatic time for us and we both feel there is no other alternative but to appeal.”Sky Sports sacked the football pundit following his conviction.The court heard he punched his partner while angry and drunk in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, in April.He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and 15 days’ rehabilitation.last_img read more

Body found as police search disused quarry for missing midwife

Mr Potts, 53, added: “The quarry is about quarter of a mile down the road from my place, it’s in the middle of nowhere but once a month you get organised 4×4 events there. You also get walkers and cyclists up here.“My heart my goes out to that poor woman’s family, not knowing where she is and now police searching on such a big scale for a clue to her whereabouts.” CCTV footage captures the moment Samantha Eastwood was last seen as she left work Credit:Staffordshire Police 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. Police investigating the disappearance of missing midwife Samantha Eastwood launched a murder inquiry on Saturday after finding a body during the search of a disused quarry eight miles from where she was last seen alive.Specialist teams had been searching an area near the village of Caverswall, which lies close to the Staffordshire moorlands, as part of the increasingly desperate hunt for the 28-year-old.Staffordshire Police said the body has yet to be formally identified but that specialist officers were  supporting Miss Eastwood’s family at “this difficult time”. The force also revealed that three men were being held in custody in connection with Miss Eastwood’s disappearance. Neighbours said the family are “utterly heartbroken” following the discovery of the midwife’s body.One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “They are absolutely and utterly heartbroken as you can only imagine. It’s just the saddest outcome imaginable.”I will be going around to offer my condolences, but at the moment they just need time to grieve and digest this awful news.”Dozens of specialist officers and police dogs spent the day searching Tick Hill Quarry and nearby fields and woodland, while Ms Eastwood’s family waited anxiously for news.Uniformed officers could be seen using long sticks to examine bushes and undergrowth as they scoured the vast area in the hope of finding clue to the whereabouts of Ms Eastwood, who was last seen leaving work at Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am on Friday, July 27.Chief Nurse Liz Rix, of University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, confirmed Miss Eastwood’s death on Twitter and paid tribute to the “much loved and valued” midwife. She wrote: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Samantha Eastwood. She was reported missing 12 hours later when she failed to turn up for work, which colleagues said was “completely out of character.” Police searching near Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke-on-Trent on SaturdayCredit:PA Police are understood to be investigating whether the midwife was taken to a hideaway in a vehicle on Friday night. They are thought to be are focusing specifically on a two hour time frame between 9pm-11pm on the day she vanished.Nigel Potts, a farmer who lives close to the quarry at New Hall Farm, one of only six homes along the mile long single track Tick Hill Lane, revealed police were hoping to recover CCTV footage from his home and neighbouring properties covering those key hours.He said: “Officers first came to visit on Thursday afternoon and were inquiring if I had any film from the Friday 9-11pm. They said they were focusing on those two hours and were looking for a vehicle.“It’s a very rural and remote and area and I have CCTV but it didn’t go back to that day unfortunately.” Detectives released pictures of her £85 Radley purse, which is missing, and asked for anyone with dashcam footage recorded in north Staffordshire last weekend to come forward.Miss Eastwood had been due to marry John Peake, 34, this June but their engagement was called off in January and Mr Peake moved out of her home. She put her unworn wedding dress up for sale last month. Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy from the force’s Major and Organised Crime Department said: “The discovery today is not what anyone wanted, and this is now a homicide investigation. “A 32-year-old man who was previously released on conditional bail, has now been re-arrested for murder, and remains in custody.  Two other men, aged 28 and 60, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.”Miss Eastwood’s family said in a statement: “The family of Samantha would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this terrible time. We would like to say ‘thank-you’ to all the people who followed Samantha’s story and tried their best to help.”  Detective Superintendent Simon Duffy from Staffordshire Police’s major and organised crime department, appealed for the public to report any unusual or suspicious activity, including parked vehicles in rural laybys around the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire area.He said: “Today’s extensive searches are part of the ongoing investigation, which has officers and staff working round the clock in an effort to find anything which brings us closer to finding Samantha.”Miss Eastwood had been due to marry John Peake, 34, this June but their engagement was called off in January and Mr Peake moved out of her home. She put her unworn wedding dress up for sale last month. A police community support officer stands guard outside the home of Samantha EastwoodCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Another Stoke property connected to the family, whose elderly owner lives in a care home, was searched by forensics experts for several hours, according to neighbours.A neighbour said: “Me and my wife just came back from church and saw two unmarked police cars in the road. Later on a third one came then a fourth.“There was a forensic team too and they were there for three or four hours.”Mr Peake, who is understood to have met Miss Eastwood at  Keele University has made repeated appeals for information on social media, while Miss Eastwood’s mother, Carole Eastwood, as said: “I just want my baby back.”CCTV footage of the midwife leaving work in her blue scrubs last Friday as well as further video footage of her driving her Volvo XC60 away from the hospital has been released by police. Samantha Eastwood was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am last FridayCredit:Pixel8000 The search around Caverswall came after police began treating the home of Mr Peake’s brother-in-law as a potential crime scene.Forensic experts spent four hours scouring the property for possible clues. Police have been stationed outside the property, belonging to Katie Stirling, Mr Peake’s sister, and her husband Michael, a fencing contractor, since last SundayMs Eastwood vanished after driving home from a night shift at the hospital. Neighbours told police they heard screams coming from her semi-detached house at around 2pm, some six hours after she finished work.Miss Eastwood’s devastated sister Gemma, 26, sobbed as she appealed for information about her “happy, bubbly” sibling on Friday, adding: “Without her, half of me is gone.” Samantha Eastwood was last seen leaving Royal Stoke University Hospital at 7.45am last Friday CCTV footage captures the moment Samantha Eastwood was last seen as she left work  Gemma Eastwood broke down as she appealed for her sister’s safe returnCredit:Tristan Potter / Her car was later found at her home, with the keys and bank cards inside her house.Gemma Eastwood, a support worker, said: “Samantha is a fantastic woman and friend. She is warm, friendly, loyal, kind and generous, with a great sense of humour. And whoever she is with she will always make their times together fun.”Samantha was determined to become a midwife from a young age and succeeded.”All of Samantha’s work friends describe her as an amazing midwife.”She is caring, harmless and gentle. Samantha is selfless and would do anything for anyone before herself.”Officers have declined to say whether they have recovered Miss Eastwood’s mobile phone, stating that it was part of an “ongoing investigation”.DI Duffy asked the public to report any sightings of vehicles parked in “strange locations”, isolated areas, or lay-bys, no matter how inconsequential they may appear. Gemma Eastwood broke down as she appealed for her sister's safe return “Sam will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with her family and friends during this time. “Sam, who had worked as a midwife at Royal Stoke for six years, was a much loved and valued member of the Maternity service. “I would like to thank @StaffsPolice for their dedication and support this week.” A police community support officer stands guard outside the home of Samantha Eastwood Police searching near Tickhill Lane in Caverswall near Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday read more

Family appeal for stolen memory card with the only photos of their

first_imgWe are just heartbroken to have lost them. 10,458 Views Short URL Apr 26th 2017, 12:31 PM Family appeal for stolen memory card with the only photos of their stillborn baby The memory cards also contain the only official photos of a family wedding a fortnight ago. POLICE IN BALLYMENA are appealing for the return of two stolen camera memory cards – one of which contains the only images of a family’s stillborn baby and the other, the only professional photos of a recent family wedding.The memory cards, which were inside a blue-green coloured purse, were stolen from a car outside a family home in the Cloughwater area of the town sometime between 10pm on Thursday 20 April and 10am on Friday 21 April.Ruth McPeake, aunt of baby Maggie, who was born prematurely in May 2013 said : “One of the memory cards contains the only pictures we have of little Maggie who was stillborn at 24 weeks. “I got married less than two weeks ago and the other card has all our ‘official’ photos on it.“While they are obviously of great sentimental value and I would be delighted to get them back, it’s the photos of Maggie that are so important to us. Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 12:31 PM Image: Shutterstock/Nomad_Soul By Gráinne Ní Aodha 13 Comments It is coming up to the fourth anniversary of her loss and for my sister’s sake, I am desperate to have these photos back. Image: Shutterstock/Nomad_Soul Share25 Tweet Email One of the SD cards is an AGFC brand and red in colour; the other is blue and black.Sergeant Tracy Watterson of the PSNI said they are appealing to anyone who has information about the cards to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference number 317 of 21/4/17 .“Alternatively, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”Read: ‘Significant explosive device’ found at gates of primary school in BelfastRead: Gardaí seek public’s help in finding missing 17-year-old Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sportiiiis 4iiii Les lunettes à affichage tête haute baissent de prix

first_imgSportiiiis 4iiii : Les lunettes à affichage tête haute baissent de prixSportiiiis a dévoilé de nouveaux tarifs pour son appareil 4iiii, qui pourrait séduire de nombreux sportifs.Sportiiiis est dispositif d’affichage pratique et technologique dédié aux sportifs. il peut être fixé à des lunettes lors de joggings par exemple et donner des informations variées au sujet de ses performances, tout en gardant un œil sur la route. Ces informations apparaissent sur un petit écran à LED, que l’utilisateur peut placer comme il le souhaite, dans son champ de vision. Ce véritable coach personnel peut être paramétré depuis un PC ou un Mac et des programmes d’entraînement peuvent être préchargés. On peut y entrer des données personnelles et l’écran affiche des informations relatives au rythme cardiaque, à la vitesse… Et…Bonne nouvelle : le produit a sensiblement baissé et qu’il sera vendu à moins de 120 euros au lieu de 156 euros au moment du lancement. Le 22 mai 2012 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Fans injured when car sails into fence at Daytona

first_imgDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.A last-lap accident sent rookie Kyle Larson’s car sailing into the fence that separates the track from the seats, and large chunks of Larson’s car landed in the grandstands. The car itself had its entire front end sheared off, with a piece of burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence.Neither NASCAR nor Daytona International Speedway officials had any immediate comment on potential injuries.“There obviously was some intrusion into the fence and fortunately with the way the event’s equipped up, there were plenty of emergency workers ready to go and they all jumped in on it pretty quickly,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton. “Right now, it’s just a function of determining what all damage is done. They’re moving folks, as we’ve seen, to care centers and take some folks over to Halifax Medical.”Stewart, who won for the 19th time at Daytona and seventh time in the last nine season-opening Nationwide races, was in no mood to celebrate.“The important thing is what going on on the frontstretch right now,” said Stewart, the three-time NASCAR champion. “We’ve always known, and since racing started, this is a dangerous sport. But it’s hard. We assume that risk, but it’s hard when the fans get caught up in it.last_img read more

Gov Inslee signs estate tax fix into law

first_imgOLYMPIA — A legislative fix to a court ruling on the estate tax was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee early Friday morning, hours before the state was to start issuing millions of dollars in refunds.Inslee signed the bill, joined by Democratic and Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate, shortly after the Senate approved the measure on a 30-19 vote just before midnight Thursday. The Senate vote came after a full day of negotiations following passage by the House Thursday morning.“This is a good step forward in our effort to improve the financing for the education for our children,” Inslee said before signing the bill.Officials with the state Department of Revenue had said the state could have to pay out $160 million over the next two years if the fix isn’t made to the law. The figure includes money lost through refunds and a decline in future collections.Lawmakers scrambled to reach a deal in time to prevent the first $13 million the state agency said it would have to send to 10 estates before a 9 a.m. court hearing on Friday. The measure passed Thursday night was a legislative workaround to last year’s ruling by the state Supreme Court, which determined the estate tax did not apply to married couples who had used a certain type of trust in their estate planning.last_img read more

Ploonets hell yeah Runaway moons get a charmingly goofy name

first_img Hunt for first ‘exomoon’ zeroes in on top prospect of surprising size Exomoons could have ‘moon-moons,’ and they might support alien life Hey peeps!😃I was inspired by the Ploonet news yesterday to go back to making infographics! So here is a summary of Ploonet formation!🌑Hope you enjoy 💖🙏Also just like the other ones it is free to use and modify!#ploonets #scicomm #sciart #astronomyfact #sciencetwitter— Dr. Héloïse Stevance 💖💥 (@Sydonahi) July 10, 2019 Sci-Tech 27 Photos Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Space The last paper submitted to the ArXiv by our team shows that regular exomoons orbiting close-in giant planets are tidally unstable, and prone to be unavoidably expelled from the planet’s orbit to circumstellar locations. (Follow the thread)— Mario Sucerquia (@MarioSucerquia) July 1, 2019 Share your voice NASA released this illustration of what an exomoon might look. NASA/ESA/L. Hustak Dear Diary, I dream of one day running away from my home in orbit around my gas giant planet, which is now migrating ever closer to our solar system’s star. Thanks for the push, gravitational forces! Soon I will be free from my planetary orbit and I will no longer be just another moon. I will break away and become … a ploonet!If you’re getting “moonmoon” vibes from this whole ploonet thing, you’re not alone. The term combines the words “planet” and “moon” to describe a hypothetical moon that breaks away from its host and became its own kind of small planet.Ploonets are now a thing thanks to a paper submitted for review to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society journal. It’s called Ploonets: formation, evolution, and detectability of tidally detached exomoons.Astrophysicist Mario Sucerquia, the lead author, said he and co-author Jorge Zuluaga created the nickname “because we pretended to capture in a single word the entire biography of these objects: planets with a moonish origin.” He said he finds the term “captivating.” The scientists considered going with “moonets,” but wanted to reinforce how they end up as planets. As Stevance points out, ploonets are likely to live fast and die young. If you’d like to immerse yourself in all the juicy astrophysics details of ploonets, be sure to check out Sucerquia’s own Twitter thread on the matter. He discusses how we might able to spot ploonets, some of which could end up looking like giant comets or just regular exoplanets. Post a comment The researchers ran simulations of a large exomoon (a moon located around a planet in another solar system) orbiting a gas giant (think of a hot Jupiter) that’s moving ever closer to its star. The simulations didn’t end well for a lot of these hypothetical moons, which faced demises including crashing into their own planets or burning up in the star. But some survived in the simulations to achieve their own orbits around the star. Voila, ploonets!Astrophysicist Heloise Stevance, who was not involved in the paper, created and tweeted a helpful infographic to explain how this all works. 0 But here’s the kicker: “The Earth’s tidal strength is gradually pushing the Moon away from us at a rate of about three centimeters per year,” he tweeted. “Therefore, the moon is indeed a potential ploonet!” Fine then, I’ll see you on the dark side of the ploonet. Tags Originally published July 10, 9:04 a.m. PT.Update, 3:08 p.m. PT: Adds comment from lead author of paper.  Fly me to the exomoonlast_img read more

Lahore blast probably from gas leak not bomb Pakistan official

first_imgAn explosion that killed seven people and caused panic in the Pakistani city of Lahore was caused by a gas leak and not a bomb as police had earlier stated, according to officials 24 February. AFPPakistani officials on Friday said a blast that killed 10 people at a shopping centre in the eastern city of Lahore was most probably an accident caused by a gas leak, not a bomb, as initially described.Panic gripped the city on Thursday after the blast at an upscale market, which also wounded 32 people.Soon after, a burst tyre in another commercial district prompted police to clear the area and rumours of another blast began to spread.”Yesterday’s blast was not an act of terrorism,” Punjab law minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters.”It took place by accident. There is no evidence of explosive materials. There were gas cylinders present at the site and there is a strong possibility that the explosion was caused by a gas leak.”Speaking to Reuters on Friday, Punjab government spokesman Malik Mohammad Ahmed Khan revised his statement the previous day that the initial blast had been caused by a planted bomb.”Confusion was caused because the evidence was buried under the rubble, but it is now clear that this was not a bomb blast,” Khan said. “It was a gas cylinder explosion.”The injuries suffered by victims were not consistent with a bomb explosion, he added, while no militant group had claimed the blast.Pakistan has been hit by a wave of militant attacks in recent weeks that have killed at least 130 people. One attack at a Sufi shrine in southern Sindh province killed 90 people.last_img read more

Researchers find proof of global cooling after Chicxulub asteroid impact

first_img Citation: Researchers find proof of global cooling after Chicxulub asteroid impact (2014, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event was one of the largest mass extinctions on Earth. A 180-kilometer-wide impact crater near the town of Chicxulub, in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is evidence of the asteroid impact believed to have caused it. While proof of the collision exists, until now, scientists have found no evidence of an impact winter occurring afterward. This could be because the period of global cooling was very brief, lasting from months to decades. In addition, many of the algae that produce the chalky fossils used to study ocean surface temperatures became extinct themselves.Vellekoop and his team looked for signs of global cooling in sediment at the Brazos River in Texas. There, layers of sediment formed at the K-Pg boundary contain high levels of iridium, which would have come from the asteroid. These layers contain many broken shells, which could have been remnants of a tsunami caused by the impact.The researchers studied lipids produced by the microbe Thaumarchaeota. The composition of these lipids changes as ocean temperatures change. An examination of lipids preserved in sediment at the K-Pg boundary revealed that after the impact, ocean temperatures fell an average of two degrees Celsius, with drops of up to seven degrees Celsius in some places. This decrease in temperature lasted up to several decades, a timescale supported by models and by evidence of species migration.The sudden cooling would have caused a great amount of stress on living things and therefore been a key contributor to the mass extinction. When dust injected into the atmosphere rained out, the ocean surfaces would have become acidic, resulting in yet more stress for surface-dwelling organisms.Vellekoop’s team found that a stable warm period followed this short period of global cooling. Large-scale mortality, forest fires and the vaporization of rock would have released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, causing this global warming. The team thinks the research should help increase understanding of the effects of rapid climate change. © 2014 More information: Johan Vellekoop, Appy Sluijs, Jan Smit, Stefan Schouten, Johan W. H. Weijers, Jaap S. Sinninghe Damsté, and Henk Brinkhuis. “Rapid short-term cooling following the Chicxulub impact at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary.” PNAS 2014 ; published ahead of print May 12, 2014, doi:10.1073/pnas.1319253111AbstractThe mass extinction at the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary, ∼66 Ma, is thought to be caused by the impact of an asteroid at Chicxulub, present-day Mexico. Although the precise mechanisms that led to this mass extinction remain enigmatic, most postulated scenarios involve a short-lived global cooling, a so-called “impact winter” phase. Here we document a major decline in sea surface temperature during the first months to decades following the impact event, using TEX86 paleothermometry of sediments from the Brazos River section, Texas. We interpret this cold spell to reflect, to our knowledge, the first direct evidence for the effects of the formation of dust and aerosols by the impact and their injection in the stratosphere, blocking incoming solar radiation. This impact winter was likely a major driver of mass extinction because of the resulting global decimation of marine and continental photosynthesis.Press release Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img ( —Scientists have long believed an asteroid that collided with the Earth around 66 million years ago, leaving an enormous crater near Chicxulub Mexico, caused the demise of the dinosaurs and many other living things. Ash and dust thrown into the air during the impact would have caused darkness and a drop in global temperature, leading to a mass extinction. Johan Vellekoop of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his colleagues have found evidence of this global cooling by studying lipids in sediment formed at the same time as the collision. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Yucatan chix crater. Credit: NASA Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Keeping the festive spirit high with Teej celebration

first_imgThe monsoon season is a festive celebration of the spirit of strong family ties and happiness. Keeping the festive spirits high and with an aim to promote the feeling of communal harmony within the hearts of local masses, Delhi Tourism is back with its Teej Festival at all its three Dilli Haats – INA, Pitampura and Janakpuri until August 14, August 11-15 and August 12-15 respectively.In sync with the festivities, all the three centres of Dilli Haats have been decorated to put forth the best of this season. The long festive extravaganza will have stalls adorned by artificial jewellery, handicrafts and handloom products. Unique delicacies like Ghevar, Rajasthani thalis alongside savoury treats from across the city will be available. Teej Bazaar, the highlight of the festival is one of a kind flee market that offers a variety of colorful Rakhis and traditional decorative items. Mehandi artists, bangle, and jewellery stalls form a vital part of this tradition and will be showcased during the Utsav. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCultural performances in association with Sahitya Kala Academy, Rajasthan Tourism etc. have been scheduled during the evening hours of the festival. The evening will showcase enthralling performances by folk artists, the ceremonial Rajasthani dance and traditional arts for the entertainment of the visitors. While parents indulge in the festivities, kids will be able to enjoy at the joy rides available at the venue.Dilli Haat, INA will also host a Mehandi and Rangoli competition on the August 11.last_img read more

Gate to Prominent Biblical City from the Reign of King David Discovered

first_imgA gate dating to the 10th century B.C. in the time of King David has been discovered by archaeologists after 32 years of excavation in the Golan Heights’ Jordan Park. The excavation took place where the ancient city of Bethsaida is thought to have existed.  Bethsaida was the Biblical hometown of the apostles Peter and Andrew and is also the Biblical location of where Jesus healed a blind man in the book of Mark. Around 1,000 years earlier, King David would have passed through this gate to marry the princess of Bethsaida, or Geshur, as the city was called during the Israelite period.The newly discovered gate is close to a city wall, which a team discovered last year and identified as the gate to the ancient city of Zer.  The site is on a rocky hill that overlooks a valley and the Sea of Galilee. Not much remains of the gate, only a few dressed stones, but it is believed to be an entrance to the city.The Pool of Bethesda, Jerusalem. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Images CC BY 4.0The Jerusalem Post reports, “According to Professor Rami Arav of the University of Nebraska, chief archaeologist overseeing the excavations, the gate and further findings found within the ancient city give the notion that it was possible that Solomon and David might not have been the sole kings of the Israelite kingdom at their respective times, but instead chieftains of large tribes of Israelites.”AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsExcavations at the Pool of Bethesda showing the ruins of the Temple of Serapis with a column from an early Christian church, Aelia Capitolina. Photo byCarole Raddato CC BY-SA 2.0Another relevant find was a 3,000-year-old monument, or “stele,” of a pagan idol. It was discovered by a team that included Dr. Chris Sinkinson of The Christian Institute.Related Video:Experts from around the world have been involved in the decades-long hunt, with Professor Arav leading the work. He told The Christian Institute that the area has shown no disturbance from construction, making it a “unique example of a capital city from the 11th-8th century.”Ruins of a city gate to Bethsaida. Photo by Bukvoed CC BY 4.0He explained: “Bethsaida was the name of the city during the Second Temple period, but during the First Temple period it was the city of Zer,” the name used in Joshua 19:35.The newly found city gate is thought to be centuries older than this previously excavated gate at Bethsaida. Photo by Chmee2 CC BY 3.0The finding of the “stele” of an idol from most likely the Kingdom of Geshur opens up the possibility that Bethsaida was not an Israelite kingdom but an Aramaic one. “Within the city limits of Bethsaida, there was a stone stele bearing the image of their bull-shaped moon god, which dates back to the 11th century BCE,” reported the Jerusalem Post. “This monument is one of seven other similar tombstones found from the ancient world, from southern Turkey to Egypt. Two have been found in Bethsaida alone. Some of these monuments have been found in cities dating to later periods, such as the 9th-8th century BCE.”The rare stone stele dating back to the kingdom of Geshur was unearthed in the archaeological excavation. Geshur is mentioned in the Bible as co-existing alongside the Kingdom of David. It was eventually annexed by King Hazael, who ruled what is today Syria.Archaeologists say it’s difficult to know what Aramean cities actually looked like because too little work on the topic had been done before the outbreak of civil war in Syria, and excavation there now is very difficult.According to the Bible, King David came to Geshur to find a wife and by all accounts would have passed through this gate. He married the daughter of the King of Geshur, Maachah, who bore their children Absalom and Tamar. By the 9th century B.C., the kingdom of Geshur seems to have disappeared.Related Article: 2000-year-old Jewish Village Unearthed in JerusalemBorn around 1000 B.C., David was the eighth son (and youngest) of Jesse, from the tribe of Judah. Like King Saul and King Solomon, David reigned for 40 years in one of the most prosperous periods in Israel’s history. It was called by many  “The Golden Age” of Israel.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.comlast_img read more