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first_imgWhat does Ebola actually do?We’re hearing a lot about the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which has killed 1145 people and sickened more than 2000 so far. But what does the Ebola virus actually do? Much is still unknown, but here are some of the basic things we understand about how Ebola and humans interact.See all of Science’s coverage of the Ebola outbreak, including the ethics of using experimental drugs, the potential of existing treatments, and the tale of Africa’s first encounter with the virus. 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17 dead as intense rain pounds Pune district

first_imgChief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “Since Wednesday night, Pune has experienced a cloudburst-like situation, in which some people were washed away, while some unfortunately died owing to the collapse of a compound wall. Disaster management teams and NDRF [National Disaster Response Force] teams were rushed to the spot. Moreover, 15,000 people at Baramati in Pune district have been moved to safe zones after it was learnt that the city was facing the threat of a deluge.” He, along with Pune Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil, was closely monitoring the situation, which was now under control, Mr. Fadnavis added.Water entered the homes of a number of residential societies and chawls and shanties alike in the city’s low-lying areas like Sinhagad Road, Sahakarnagar, Parvati and Katraj after Wednesday midnight, while hundreds of four-wheelers and two-wheelers were either washed away or severely damaged. Intense rescue operations, including those of women and children, were conducted by the Fire Department teams and NDRF jawans throughout late Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday. In one incident, a 10-month-old, who was stranded along with his family in the city’s Parvati area, was rescued by Fire brigade officials. At least 17 persons, including four women and a teenage boy, lost their lives in rain-related incidents across Pune district, while four others are believed to be missing after an intense spell of heavy showers on the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday.According to the authorities, 12 persons were killed in different incidents within Pune city, while five deaths were reported in the outlying areas of the district.The downpour disrupted electricity and water supply in several parts of the city.Despite the city recording an average 53.1 mm of rain (in the past 24 hours) till 8.30 a.m. on Thursday, intense spells of rain over a four-hour period in some parts of the city and the district threw life out of gear besides causing severe damage to property.Hundreds of animals, chiefly livestock, were killed as swiftly moving waters from overflowing lakes and canals wreaked havoc on the city’s residential areas, businesses, shanties, bridges and public spaces across a wide swath from Katraj to Dandekar Bridge.Of the deaths recorded in the city, five were killed when incessant rains caused the collapse of a compound wall of a residential society in Aranyeshwar area around Wednesday midnight, while one person lost his life after his car was swept away from a bridge during heavy downpour.Five deaths were reported from the Khed Shivapur village in Haveli Taluk, 25 km from the city.Officials said carcasses of more than 60 livestock were found scattered at different points of the city, some even on top of wrecked vehicles. “While the intensity of rain was tremendous for some hours in some areas in the city like Sahakarnagar, Bibewadi, Katraj, it must be noted that the total rainfall recorded over areas in the city and the district during the night was not really that much. The unfortunate wall collapse incident in Aranyeshwar was because of the water that was flowing from the upstream areas in tremendous force. The people who died were not residents of the society but unfortunate passersby,” said Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram.Thousands of persons in Baramati had been moved to safer zones following heavy rainfall in the Saswad area, which prompted authorities to discharge more than 80,000 cusecs of water from the Nazare dam. The discharge was eased to 35,000 cusecs during the course of the day following a break in the rainS.Two teams of the NDRF have been deployed in Pune and three more in Baramati, while high-alert has been issued to residents living in the low-lying areas.Given the grim situation, Mr. Ram had declared all schools and colleges in Pune city as well as the outlying areas of the district, including Purandar, Baramati, Bhor and Haveli to be shut.Opposition hits out at ruling BJPSenior Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar, who is the Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Assembly, lashed out at the ruling BJP, saying the government had scant regard for human life and was only obsessed with the upcoming elections and staying in power. Resident look at a damaged road at Padmavati area after the Wednesday night flash floods, in Pune, Maharashtra on September 26, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannu Vehicles wade through flooded Katraj road after the Wednesday night flash flood, in Pune, Maharashtra on September 26, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannu  “At the time of the Sangli-Kolhapur deluge, all BJP leaders led by Chief Minister Fadnavis were busy wallowing in their ‘Mahajanadesh Yatra’. Now, when people have lost their lives in Pune owing to heavy rains, the Chief Minister and Pune’s Guardian Minister [Mr. Chandrakant Patil] are nowhere to be seen…instead of giving succour to the rain-afflicted by visiting the spot, they callously say that they are taking stock of the situation via vide-conferencing,” he said.“Why isn’t he [Mr. Patil] present when Pune is reeling under a calamity of this magnitude? Why is he in Delhi to discuss seat-sharing and ticket distribution when he ought to have been directing relief operations here?”NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, too, targeted the ruling party’s ‘’apathy’’ towards the rain-afflicted.center_img Vehicles are piled up at Tangewala Colony after floodwater from Ambilodha Nala entered the Sahakar Nagar locality on Wednesday midnight, in Pune, Maharashtra on September 26, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Jignesh Mistry  Flooded parking lotsIn some societies, the water levels rose as high as eight-nine feet as water flooded the parking lots. Hundreds of two-wheelers and four-wheelers were mauled by collapsing trees and were seen strewn about in a mangled state in residential societies in Bibwewadi, Sahakarnagar and Parvati. As the water levels receded, anxious citizens were seen searching for their vehicles, several of which were washed away.Massive traffic snarls were reported along the Swargate – Katraj route on Thursday morning. Waterlogging caused the jamming of the Katraj highway on Thursday morning.Rainwater caused the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) depot in Katraj to remain completely shut, causing much inconvenience to the regular travellers. A view of a flooded complex in KK Market area in Pune on September 26, 2019.  | Photo Credit: Mandar Tannu While the rains completely stopped in the morning, Pune Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao informed that rescue operations were on in around 30 locations across the city owing to waterlogging.“There are several areas in the city where floodwaters have damaged roads, destroyed pumping stations and disrupted electricity supply. Right now, we are concentrating on rescue and relief operations and restarting electricity supply,” he said.IMD warningThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) warning of an intense spell of rain had come in only at 9 p.m. on Wednesday evening, he added.Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, Head, Weather & Air Pollution Monitoring Unit, IMD, however, said, “The warnings of midnight showers had been put up on our website since Monday. Despite the intense spells of rain for a few hours, the overall rainfall over the city is moderate. The showers are the result of a local instability generated by a rise in the daytime temperature.”According to IMD officials, more rainfall, accompanied by thunderstorms, was expected in Pune along with Konkan and Madhya Maharashtra between Thursday night and the early hours of Friday and that the intensity was expected to reduce only by the end of the week.They further said the phenomenon was the result of rising daytime temperatures and high moisture levels during the day that were giving way to convective activities in the night. This, in turn, led to heavy and relentless showers for some hours in the night accompanied by lightning.last_img read more

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Petron repulses F2 Logistics in PSL Grand Prix finals rematch

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Blaze Spikers maintained their undefeated start in the conference, improving to a 6-0 record to lead the league while the Cargo Movers are in second at 5-1.From a slim 11-10 lead, Petron went on a late surge to take a 20-11 buffer but that was momentarily threatened by  Blaze Boosters’ own miscues and timely points by the Cargo Movers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Blaze Spikers committed three straight errors before Aby Maraño converted on a service ace that trimmed the gap to 4, 21-17.Stephanie Niemer and Remy Palma, however, scored on back-to-back hits to give Petron a 23-17 lead. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lindsay Stalzer, Petron’s previous player, had 21 points to lead the Cargo Movers while Rebecca Perry and Ara Galang had 12 and 10 points, respectively. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Petron recovered in time and halted F2 Logistics’ advances in four sets, 23-25, 25-14, 24-22, 25-18, in a rematch of last year’s finalists in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Like Mike: LeBron overwhelmed after passing Jordan, his hero Katherine Bell then soared for a back row kill to seal the victory.“We coaches know our players and we know that when they want to play great it’s possible to get the win,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos.“We’re happy with the win because this was a test for us because F2 is one of the strongest teams in the PSL.”“The first set was a struggle for us but I told the players to use the first set as a warm up because we knew we can bounce back from it.Bell finished the match with 31 points, a season-high for her, while Niemer added 22.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READlast_img read more

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Champions League: Juventus draw 2-2 against Bayern in last 16

first_imgJuventus came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 match on Tuesday. Thomas Mueller and Arjen Robben scored either side of halftime for Bayern but Paulo Dybala reduced the deficit with his first Champions League goal shortly after the hour.That seemed to inspire Juventus, which almost leveled shortly afterward, before substitute Stefano Sturaro grabbed the equalizer 14 minutes from time.”We need to build on the second half in which the lads played brilliantly,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. “We need to improve from the first half but don’t forget that Bayern is a great team, you just need to see how they pass the ball. And we didn’t give them too many chances.”They dropped a bit in the second half and we got braver. That’s what we need. In Europe you need a lot more courage because what we are doing in the league is not enough.”Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was mainly a spectator in the first period, when he was often the only player in his half, cutting a lonely figure as far up the pitch as around the center circle. Also read: Messi’s late double sinks Arsenal “It was a good Champions League match between two great teams,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola. “We had a really great performance. We can’t forget who we played against: last year’s finalists, champions of Italy the past four years, just won 15 games in a row … I’m a bit disappointed by how we played not to have won but that’s football.”advertisementBarcelona won 2-0 at Arsenal in Tuesday’s other match. There were some familiar faces for Juventus and Bayern Munich.Arturo Vidal joined Bayern from Juventus last summer and his name was applauded by the Bianconeri fans when the teams were read out. Another former Juventus player, Kingsley Coman, was on the bench.Former Bayern forward Mario Mandzukic returned for Juventus, following a month out injured, and had a couple of early chances against his old team, but Neuer made a comfortable save in the opening minute and Mandzukic fired wide of the right upright following a great cross from Dybala.Otherwise it was all Bayern. Vidal was the first player to test the goalkeeper and Gianluigi Buffon did well to palm away a volley from his former teammate in the fourth minute.Bayern should have taken the lead in the 14th when Leonardo Bonucci allowed Robert Lewandowski through and he pulled back for Mueller, who seemed certain to score from three yards out but Bonucci atoned for his error by running in to clear away the German’s tame shot.Mueller was not going to miss twice, however, and the World Cup winner put Bayern ahead on the stroke of halftime. Robben’s cross was put back in by Douglas Costa and Andrea Barzagli’s attempted clearance was straight at Mueller, who slotted into the bottom right corner.Juventus seemed content to sit back in the opening period but appeared more determined after the break. But it went from bad to worse 10 minutes into the second half when Lewandowski picked out Robben and he cut inside the penalty area before curling into the far side of the net to finish off a counterattack.Bayern appeared headed for a fourth successive win against Juventus but the hosts kept attacking and got one back in the 63rd when Mandzukic took advantage of Joshua Kimmich’s poor clearance to send Dybala clear and the Argentina slotted past Neuer.Juventus almost leveled immediately after but Juan Cuadrado’s effort was parried by Neuer and Paul Pogba curled narrowly over the bar. The equaliser came from an unlikely source as Alvaro Morata nodded on Mandzukic’s pass to Sturaro, who fired into the roof of the net.last_img read more

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Boxing Federation of India begins to take shape

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 13 (PTI) Racing against time to escape the International Boxing Associations (AIBA) wrath, Indias bickering administrators seem to have struck a conciliatory note by agreeing to christen the proposed new national body as the Boxing Federation of India. “Responding to the need of the hour of having a duly elected federation to facilitate our boxers, a whopping 33 out of 36 Indian states/UTs have applied to Boxing Federation of India for membership and for the journey ahead to get India back in the international arena,” AIBA-appointed ad hoc committee currently administering the sport said. India has time till May 14 to put together a new federation, failing which the AIBA has threatened to bar the countrys boxers from the Rio Olympic Games in August. Only one Indian boxer — Shiva Thapa (56kg) — has qualified for Rio Olympics so far with two more qualifying events — one each for men and women — still to go. Faced with a tough-posturing AIBA, the Indian administrators held a meeting with Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director Injeti Srinivas in the capital on April 7. After much deliberation, it was decided to hold a stakeholders meet on April 16 in Kolkata where the date of the fresh elections is to be announced. All state units were asked to apply afresh for the new federation and so far 33 of 36 members have applied for affiliation with the proposed BFI. “Things are looking good. Lets see how it goes from here. The meeting in Kolkata should lead to something concrete and the federation formation should go ahead smoothly,” ad-hoc committee chairman Kishen Narsi told PTI. “The AIBA is in the loop about the developments here and they are keeping a close watch,” he added. Indian boxing has been in administrative turmoil since 2012 when the erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation was terminated for manipulation in elections. The body that took shape after that — Boxing India in 2014 — also could not run the show and was dissolved by AIBA following a revolt by the state units. The continued tug of war between the administrators has jeopardised the sport to such an extent that Indian boxers have been starved of international exposure due to the AIBA-enforced suspension, which has severely affected their overall performance. To put the situation in perspective, a record seven men and one woman boxer had qualified for the Olympics in 2012, while only one has so far made the cut for Rio. Add to this, Indian boxers have been forced to compete under the AIBA flag instead of the tri-colour because of the ongoing situation. PTI PM PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Mahilpur, the home to footballing roots in Punjab and Baljit Sahni

first_imgPunjab’s domination in hockey is world-renowned but in the state’s one particular dinky town, hockey has no representation.Mahilpur is a town in the Hoshiarpur province where football is a synonymous with sports. The beautiful game is the only game played here since the early 1960s.For a considerable period though, the talent of the kids in this small town went unnoticed. It was the JCT football club that gave them a platform during 1971.Mahilpur was finally able to produce players like Tejinder Singh and Sukhdev Singh, who went on to represent the country internationally.Coming from a similar array of talent, FC Pune City’s latest recruit Baljit Sahni is reminiscent of his town’s constant support towards its footballers.Baljit, a JCT product himself, enters his fourth season in the Indian Super League after successful stints with Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC.”I am proud of representing Mahilpur. Our town has produced many great footballers in the past and are still doing that. We have a wonderful football culture and parents themselves motivate their children to take up the sport in their growing years itself. From Tejinder Singh to current star Balwant Singh and Harmanjot Khabra, majority of players from the state of Punjab’s are from there,” Baljit told Mail Today.The 30-year-old striker started playing football at the age of 10 and as has been the tradition, joined the government football academy.”Every school or college has its own football academy there. Before joining JCT, every player starts playing at a very young age. Same was the case with me as I started young and joined the local academy where I trained with coach Ali Hassan,” he added.advertisementBefore rampaging through rivals’ defence in the ISL, Baljit had suffered a major setback in his career in 2009 when a road accident inflicted a fear of headers in the striker’s mind.The incident took place in Goa where his bike slipped on the wet road and Baljit hit his head first on the divider. The striker took a month’s time to recover but it was not before JCT’s match against Shillong Lajong a few months later that Baljit scored a headed goal.”Yes, that was a setback. I went to Goa to meet a friend when the accident happened. I still don’t know what happened exactly but it created a fear inside me for headers. With so many stitches on my skull, I didn’t want to take a chance so I avoided heading the ball.”I tied a ball through the ceiling at home and slowly started practicing my headers. It took me a while to score a headed goal although I was back on the field for JCT inside a month,” said Baljit, who also played for East Bengal in the I-League.Now with the Ranko Popovic-coached side, Baljit wants to make amends for the lost time and opportunities as he eyes a successful season and harbours a slight hope of a national recall.”I know the competition is tough, with players like Kean (Lewis) and Marcelinho already in the fray. But I want to make full use of the opportunity I get and score as many goals as possible. Of course, a national recall is a hope but I’ll concentrate on ISL first and let’s see what happens,” he signed off.last_img read more

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Eurotech and ALTEN Calsoft Labs partner on innovative solutions in the IoT space

first_img Continue Reading Previous Sensirion: pressure-resistant mass flow meter for gas mixing medtech applicationsNext u-blox: cellular connectivity for professional IoT platform Eurotech announced a partnership agreement with ALTEN Calsoft Labs, a digital transformation, technology consulting, enterprise IT and product engineering services company, that offers best of the breed offering for Industry verticals in the Internet of Things domain.Eurotech selected ALTEN Calsoft Labs as key partner to increase its Global presence because of their extensive deep industry and business process expertise, passion for customer excellence, and proven global IT services delivery model and network. ALTEN Calsoft Labs offers best of the breed solutions for Industry verticals like Manufacturing, Automotive, Education, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Networking & Telecom and Retail.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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Fulham out to make up for lost time in Championship play-off with Derby

first_imgShare on LinkedIn The risk Jokanovic speaks of reflects the way he sees the game panning out. Derby’s manager, Gary Rowett, has also described his team as having been given “a second chance” after they slipped out of the top six in April only to bounce back and hold on to sixth place on the final day. Jokanovic believes Rowett’s team will let Fulham dictate the play, in both legs, and look to catch them out on the break.“We know how they will play,” Jokanovic said. “They are a good team – expensive, experienced. They will try what they always try, to be aggressive and try and catch us in transition. They will not try to dominate us with the ball. They won’t take the ball.“It is our responsibility to try and move the ball. To take enough acceptable risks during the game. And that’s it. In the 180 minutes different things will happen and we will have to manage them.”Bluff fighting talk from the Serb then, before a crucial game in his career. There is no doubt he has greatly improved Fulham in his two-and-a-half years but now he needs to prove it in a one-off situation (or two, depending on your perspective).“I want to be successful‚“ Jokanovic added of his own ambitions. “I want to win all the games. At the end, I care about my team, my club supporters, staff and myself too. What I really want in the future is to be successful. The easiest way is to do that with my team.” Share on Pinterest Fulham Share on Facebook The Fulham juggernaut hit a pothole last weekend. A team unbeaten in 23 Championship matches got turned over by 20th‑placed Birmingham. Had they won, the Cottagers would have been promoted to the Premier League ahead of Cardiff. Instead they lost 3-1, conceding two first-half goals. So, how to avoid it happening again in the play-offs?Fulham must now go again and face two encounters with Derby in 72 hours, starting with the first leg at Pride Park on Friday night. “It’s a second chance – something like this,” is how Slavisa Jokanovic describes it and the Fulham manager has previously described the play-offs as a positive for his team, a fallback should things go wrong. Now that they have, these two games offer a chance for immediate redemption. Share on WhatsApp Read more Topics Fulham lead march of heavyweights in £200m Championship play-offs Share on Twitter Derby Countycenter_img Share via Email features Fulham fail in automatic promotion bid while Bolton achieve great escape Championship “We didn’t make so many mistakes last year,” Jokanovic said this week . “We lost one 50-50 decision when we touched the ball with a hand after a complicated situation. From my point of view, it was not the way to decide who plays in a final, but it’s football. I don’t look back at this game.”All the same, Jokanovic hopes the experience of last year’s semi-final will stand his team in good stead. With away goals not a consideration, it is also a unique type of encounter, a “180-minute match”, as he puts it. He remains bullish, too.“The play-off a year ago showed us what kind of matches these games are. Now we are one year older, one year more experienced,” the Serb added. “We have ahead of us one play-off game of 180 minutes. We are a team who take a huge level of the risk and we have to manage this aspect of the situation. We have to be quiet, we have to concentrate and take the right decisions during the game. Definitely I expect we are going to be more successful this time.” Read more “OK, at the last moment we could not make it. I accept that. I am head coach of this club,” Jokanovic said. “We must be realistic and admit that we didn’t bring our best performance against Birmingham and we made many mistakes. But that’s it. What we did do was cut an 18-point gap between us and Cardiff in the regular season and overtook 15 teams. We don’t lose our confidence after 90 bad minutes, because we have 2,000 very good minutes behind us.”The play-offs are notorious for contradicting league form. While the team that finish third in the table, as Fulham did, are statistically the most likely to go up, only one club in the last five years has done so. Perhaps more worrying for them is the fact Fulham are yet to win a single game in the Football League play-offs.In 1989 they lost both legs of the semi-final against Bristol Rovers in Division Three, in 1998 to Grimsby in Division Two. Then, last year, Jokanovic’s Fulham lost 2-1 on aggregate against Reading. The match was decided with a single incident, a penalty scored by Yann Kermogant after a Tomas Kalas handball. Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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a month agoSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 double

first_imgSNAPPED: Ex-Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan hits Fiorentina U19 doubleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan is off the mark for Fiorentina.He scored twice for the Under-19 side in their 6-3 win over Bologna.Duncan made an impressive debut in a friendly against Perugia last week and then scored a header and a coolly-taken penalty on Sunday for the U19s.The 18-year-old, who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, posted a picture of himself with Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso after Sunday’s game.Happy to score my first goals for the club today and even greater to catch up with Mr Commisso after the game. Looking forward to giving my all for the club. #forzaviolapic.twitter.com/33uQmhuS93— Bobby Duncan (@bobbyduncan999) September 15, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Klaveness Names Its 1st NextGeneration Combination Carrier

first_imgNorway-based shipowner Klaveness Combination Carriers (KCC) has named the first vessel in its next generation of combination carriers, the CLEANBUs.MV Baru was named at New Yangzi Shipyard in China on October 17, 2018.The 83,600 dwt Baru features a length of 228.4 meters and a width of 34.5 meters. It is said to be a high-tech, digital vessel with new, innovative solutions.MV Baru sets new standard in environmentally friendly deep sea shipping: https://t.co/UFJg0Fmaf6 #KlavenessCombinationCarriers pic.twitter.com/CE63ETo8wv— Torvald Klaveness (@klaveness) October 18, 2018The CLEANBU vessels will be employed in tanker-dry bulk combination trades with minimum ballast, according to the company.“With the delivery of CLEANBUs, KCC will expand its (…) combi-service into the petroleum and petrochemical industry. These vessels provide the most environmentally friendly and cost-efficient freight solution around today, meeting the highest standards of safety. The CLEANBUs have up to 40% lower CO2 emissions per ton mile transported cargo, and go a long way in meeting IMO’s 2050 targets of a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions from shipping,” Engebret Dahm, Managing Director of KCC, said.MV Baru and the other four contracted CLEANBU vessels will be delivered from the New Yangzi Shipyard in the period from November 2018 to August 2020. In addition, KCC has fixed-price options to contract a further four CLEANBUs for delivery in 2020 and 2021.With the delivery of the MV Baru, KCC will operate a fleet of ten combination carriers.Earlier this week, the company was registered on NOTC for trading, following a successful private placement of common shares in September 2018.KCC was established in April 2018 with an aim to own and operate modern combination carriers by providing environmentally friendly transportation system with “the lowest carbon emissions in the industry”.last_img read more

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Nova Scotia Mental Health Court Opens Today

first_imgA specialized mental health court, the first of its kind in Nova Scotia, opened today, Nov. 2, at the Dartmouth Provincial Court, 277 Pleasant St., Dartmouth. Justice Minister Ross Landry announced the specialized court in August. The court will hold its first session on Thursday, Nov. 5. The court’s goal is to treat Nova Scotians with mental disorders who commit criminal offences, fairly and compassionately and to help them improve their mental health to reduce the risk to public safety. For more information visit the Department of Justice website at www.gov.ns.ca/just . -30-last_img read more

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ONE Nova Scotia Progress

first_img “There has been progress in many areas, particularly in immigration, drawing on Nova Scotia universities and NSCC to advance innovation, and strategic investments in oceans industries,” said Henry Demone, a volunteer member of the ONE Nova Scotia Coalition and chairman of High Liner Foods. “Nova Scotia has many assets and advantages that can be leveraged to grow our economy and compete internationally. “It starts with innovation and investment in our businesses, and making sure our workers – especially our young people – receive the education and training required to fill our workforce needs.Change is already happening in Nova Scotia as we look to the future – tidal energy, ICT cluster development, and of course, the competitive strengths of our many ocean-based industries.” Grounded by a commitment to responsible fiscal management, the government has invested in education, career and employment services, oceans industries, innovation, business startups and entrepreneurship accelerator programs. The province has also announced $65 million in venture capital funding over the coming years that will assist startups to commercialize new products. The report includes eight focus areas: The Early Years: Starting Strong; Our Future is Young; Universities and NSCC as Innovation Hubs; Immigration and Welcoming Communities; Our ICT Momentum; Going Global: Innovation and Competitiveness; Nova Scotia’s Ocean Advantage and Implementation: Ensuring Accountability and Sustaining Momentum. Some organizations with an interest in this area are collaborating to develop a measurement framework, outlined in the eighth focus area. The framework will include an online dashboard to track progress towards the ONE Nova Scotia goals and share the information with Nova Scotians. A list of progress highlights can be found here, medium.com/@nsgov/one-nova-scotia-progress-43c95fb14e1e#.eaoz66g2k. annual seafood exports hit $1.68 billion in 2015, a 33 per cent increase over 2014. The Ivany goal is $1.72 billion 3,418 immigrants came to Nova Scotia in the first six months of 2016, more than the total of 3,403 immigrants who arrived in the province in 2015. These levels mark a significant increase from 2012, when Nova Scotia received 2,370 immigrants year-to-date September tourism visitation is up eight per cent for a total of 1,798,000 non-resident overnight visitors. Year-to-date room nights sold are at 2,097,000, up four per cent from last year youth unemployment is down, especially among those 20-24 years of age, falling from 17.1 per cent in 2012 to 11.8 per cent in 2015, where it remains. The national rate is 10.6 per cent Strong growth in seafood exports, tourism and total population are among the positive economic trends in Nova Scotia, a year after the release of the ONE Nova Scotia Collaborative Action Plan. “Leaders, individuals and organizations in communities and sectors throughout Nova Scotia are working collaboratively to strengthen our province, in response to the ONE Nova Scotia findings,” Premier Stephen McNeil said today, Nov. 7. The 10-year plan, We Choose Now, was developed in consultation with stakeholders and sector leaders across Nova Scotia. It calls for action in eight areas of focus to advance the goals of the 2014 Ivany Report, which projected long-term economic and demographic declines if the status quo did not change. “Our population has reached an all-time high, seafood exports have doubled in just a few years, youth unemployment has declined and we are on track for a record season in tourism,” said Premier McNeil. “This is a 10-year plan and there is more work to do, but there are many positive indicators pointing toward a healthy, sustainable future for Nova Scotia.” Among the highlights in progress towards the Ivany goals: last_img read more

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5 MEMORABLE THINGS MARGARET ATWOOD HAS TOLD US ABOUT HER CHILDHOOD

first_imgThrough the rest of the interview, Atwood, who turns 79 on Sunday, shared some memorable tales and tidbits about her chidlhood.She loved horror comics (the good ones)LaMarsh quoted Atwood’s childhood best friend about the young Atwood’s love of horror comics — “you used to tell spooky stories and scare her to death.”Atwood confessed that yes, “that was part of my general interest in things like that,” explaining that by the end of Grade 6, she’d read all of Edgar Allan Poe, and “the entire unexpurgated Grimm’s fairy tales,” which she described as real “blood and thunder stories.” Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: “Let’s talk about you before you became a public persona,” CBC Radio host Judy LaMarsh told her guest Margaret Atwood.During a 1975 interview on Judy that proceeded like an episode of the old television program This is Your Life, LaMarsh peppered Atwood with questions based on intel gleaned from childhood friends and teachers.What they discussed is sometimes not so surprising — “you were in the brain class [at school]” — and sometimes a little surprising (one teacher interviewed had been skeptical about the extent of Atwood’s future success). Facebookcenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter A sheet of photos of author Margaret Atwood is shown in this image. The photos of the author were taken in June of 1975. (Arnaud Maggs/Library and Archives Canada/R7959)last_img read more

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Two suspects arrested over murder of businessman

The abductors had demanded Rs. 20 million from the family of the businessman and his father had promised to pay the ransom. Two suspects have been arrested over the abduction and murder of businessman Sakeem Sulaiman from Bambalapitiya.The two suspects are aged 22 and 23, the police said. The businessman was abducted for ransom and was found dead in Mawanella. The police later obtained a court order preventing five people wanted in connection to the murder from travelling overseas. (Colombo Gazette) However while investigations were ongoing the body was discovered in Mawanella. The post-mortem revealed he died as a result of a blow to the head. read more

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UN peacekeeping mission dismisses rumours related to armed group in eastern DR

In a news release, the UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) stated that it had sent a fact-checking team to the areas of Mpati, Nyange and Bibwe, located in the Masisi territory in the eastern province of North Kivu, to look into claims that up to 4,000 fighters belonging to the armed group known as the Forces Démocratiques de Liberation du Rwanda (FDLR), were there, amongst other rumours.Made up primarily of ethnic Hutu fighters linked to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the FDLR has been active since late 1994, mainly in the eastern DRC.Operating between 21-24 December last year, the evaluation team was composed of members of MONUSCO’s brigade in North Kivu, as well as staff dealing with disarmament, demobilization, repatriation and reintegration issues.At the end of the fact-checking mission, the team was able to declare that several rumours were baseless. These included the one that claimed that 4,000 FDLR fighters and their families had arrived in the location of Kazibake; another which asserted the presence of two white helicopters without UN signage in the area between Nyange and Lwama on 13 December; a rumour which claimed that a new FDLR commander named ‘Bakota’ had arrived in Kivuye; and a rumour that weapons and munitions were being supplied to the FDLR.However, according to MONUSCO, the team did confirm the presence of FDLR forces in several places and villages in the Bashali and Mpati areas. It noted that these fighters had been in these locations since April 2012, as part of their efforts to avoid the advance of another armed group, the Mai Mai Rahiya Mutomboki.The fact-checking team also confirmed that the FDLR and other groups are present in the Bibwe-Kitso-Nyange area, leading to concerns over the protection of the civilian population there as these groups are said to be demanding illegal taxes and making the agricultural production cycle more difficult. MONUSCO has urged national and local authorities to take appropriate measures to help these civilians. Its peacekeepers have previously conducted joint operations with the DRC national army to limit the impact of such armed groups, including the FDLR.According to the peacekeeping mission’s estimates, there are no more than a few hundred FDLR fighters present in the region. MONUSCO has 6,700 and 4,000 troops in the provinces of North and South Kivu, respectively. North Kivu alone is four times the size of Belgium. read more

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UN launches 24hour hotline for staff to report sexual harassment

“The helpline is a 24-hour resource for UN Secretariat personnel to speak confidentially with an impartial and trained individual who can provide information on protection, support and reporting mechanisms,” said Mr. Guterres in his email sent to staff members.Going live tomorrow, the ‘Speak up’ helpline is part of the UN’s five-point plan to address such behavior within its ranks and will complement existing reporting mechanisms.The goal is to attend to the needs of personnel, and to empower them to make informed decisions on action, if they choose, he said.The Investigations Division of the Office of Internal Oversight Services will, with immediate effect, take responsibility for investigating all complaints of sexual harassment, and implement a streamlined, fast-tracked procedure to receive, process and address complaints.A specialized team focusing on the investigation of sexual harassment is being created, and additional investigators are under recruitment, with particular attention given to increasing the number of female investigators, Mr. Guterres said.  “I reiterate my commitment to zero tolerance of sexual harassment, and underline that harassment of any type is antithetical to the principles for which we stand as an Organization,” he said.As members of a standard-setting institution, he said, the UN must be committed to fostering an inclusive environment in which every person is valued and respected. A harmonious, safe and civil workplace is a key to delivering on its mandates for the people it serves.,The Helpline can be reached via phone at +1 (917) 367-8910 or through email: speakup@un.org. read more

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Brock prof who mixes science with poetry shortlisted for 2016 CBC Poetry

Poetry and science don’t often go together, but a Brock University professor has made a name for himself by merging the two.When CBC announced the 2016 Poetry Prize shortlist last month, Prof. Adam Dickinson’s poem The Metabolites made the cut.The Metabolites is part of a book he is working on that explores the body and its relationship to its environment on a microbial level. Dickinson’s current work focuses on chemical pollution and its effects on the human body.“Our bodies are ultimately much more permeable than we think,” he says. “Rather than just look at the adverse effects of toxic chemicals, I also wanted to consider the necessary ways the body is written over by its environment in the form of microbes as a means of maintaining general health.”He describes the book he is working on as “a chemical/microbial autobiography that will emerge … from a toxicological and symbiotic map of my own body.”Dickinson uses himself as a guinea pig, conducting a series of blood and urine tests and skin swabs of various body parts to test for pollutants.The Metabolites comes from test results for chemicals used in synthetic fragrances.Dickinson’s poetry explores areas of language that usually don’t belong to poetry, particularly the language of science. His previous book, Polymers (2013) explores the intersection between poetry and science by comparing our world and lifestyle with the structures and behaviours of polymers. His work brings together the materials and approaches of science and literature to reexamine how we view each other and the world.He is attracted to poetry as a way of reimaging what constitutes writing.“Poetry can shift frames of signification and make things matter that don’t otherwise matter. It is a way of looking at the world according to reimagined parameters,” he said.Dickinson, who teaches poetics and creative writing, has had work published in literary journals and anthologies in Canada and internationally. All three of his books of poetry have been nominated for awards. The Polymers was a finalist for both the 2013 Governor General’s Award for Poetry and the 2014 Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Kingdom, Phylum (2006) and Cartography and Walking (2002) were also both nominated for national and provincial writing awards.The 2016 CBC Poetry Prize shortlist of five poets was chosen by a jury of Roo Borson, George Elliott Clarke, and Erin Moure from more than 1,300 entries. Michael Fraser won the 2016 grand prize for his poem “African Canadian in Union Blue.” The winner received $6,000 from Canada Council of the Arts, publication in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Remaining finalists receive $1,000 each.You can read The Metabolites on the CBC Poetry Prize website.For a fascinating mini-documentary on Dickinson and his work, see this story on FieldWorkTV. read more

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Meet the hair archaeologist who recreates hairdos from history

first_imgBY DAY, Janet Stephens cuts and colours at a hair salon. By night, she is an amateur archaeologist, meticulously recreating hairstyles dating back to the times of Roman antiquity.Stephens, 54, who has worked as a hairdresser for more than two decades, recreates updos from the Roman era at her home in Baltimore, about 65km from Washington, DC.She combines her vocation as hairdresser with her love of archaeology, in the process revealing the secrets of how women wore their hair in ancient times.Stephens styled the hair of one particular mannequin as it would have been worn by Empress Plotina around 110 AD, pointing out that the unique braided loops and coils signaled her exalted status.Historians and archeologist long believed that the elaborate hairdos of women of that era as depicted in marble sculpture were merely flights of artistic imagination, that bore little relationship to the real styles of women at that time.But Stephens, a trim redhead, said the intricate updos were fairly faithful representations of how women of that social station actually wore their hair.“The styles work,” Stephens said. “When you know how to look at them, you see their logic,” she said.“You can see the braids starting at one spot and travelling to another spot and turning into something else,” she told AFP.via Janet Stephens/YoutubeStephens’ exhaustive research has helped her to develop a novel theory as to how some of the most elaborate hairstyles of the day came about.She surmised that some of the elaborate and unwieldy dos were made using a needle and thread to keep them in place.“The theory before mine was that all these hairstyles were either made for wigs or that they were the complete inventions of the sculptors who portrayed these women,” she told AFP.“I had a leap of intuition, as I was sweating in my basement over (one) hairstyle and I realised that if I sewed it together with a needle and thread, it worked and I could make all of them,” she told AFP.She guessed that slaves probably used a needle and thread to stitch together the elaborate hairstyles that could then stay in place for days.Stephens haunted museums, spent long hours in libraries, and even learnt German to continue her research, back up her theory and draft a paper in which to present her evidence.She discovered – with help from the Second Century grammarian Pompeius Festus – that the Latin word “acus” normally translated as “pin” can also be translated to mean “needle.”The tell-tale clue provided evidence that the hairstyles of antiquity might indeed have been sewn into place. Stephens published her findings in the Journal of Roman Archaeology, making her one of the few non-academics to have written an article in the scholarly periodical.via Janet Stephens/YoutubeShe said that the fact that she was not a scholar allowed her to approach her research with an unjaundiced eye.“I was not looking for something in advance,” she told AFP.“I came in as a hairdresser, and I knew an awful lot about hair,” she said.Stephens posted her meticulous recreations on YouTube, demonstrating in painstaking detail how the hair first is carefully sectioned, then plaited, looped and twirled, sometimes covered partially or entirely with a head wrap.She even uses historically accurate tools to recreate the elaborate hair designs, including bone needle, gum acacia and rudimentary curling irons.Stephens said she does not pursue her hobby for profit, but has encouraged Hollywood producers seeking to make movie scenes set in ancient Rome to log onto YouTube to see how she does it.She has been amused over the years to see the fanciful, but totally inaccurate, depictions of how to recreate the hairstyles that have been all but lost to time.via Janet Stephens/YoutubeStephens chuckles when thinking back to 1970s British television series I, Claudius, which depicted hairdos that no woman of the Roman Empire would ever have worn.“In ‘I, Claudius’ it is hilarious how ’70s the hair is,” she said.“At no time during Roman fashion history did any woman ever wear a side parting,” said Stephens. “It’s always from the centre. It’s always symmetrical.”Now though, as Stephens points out, historically inaccurate hairdos can be a thing of the past.“I’m sure Hollywood can go to my YouTube channel,” she said, “and find all they need to know about how to do this.”- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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By Odins Beard Viking Metal Band Amon Amarth Releases a Video Game

first_imgStay on target Android Q is Android 10 In Brand UpdateGoogle Pixel Phones Talk to 911 For You Swedish Melodic Death Metal band Amon Amarth is known around the world for its songs about Norse Mythology. Not content with merely pillaging arenas and concert halls, the famed Viking Metal giants are setting sail for the land of video games.Titled after the band, Amon Amarth will let users play as the Norse deity, Thor. With his trusted hammer, Mjolnir, the god of thunder will face off against other Norse beings like Surtur, Hel, Fenrir, and Nidhogg. In addition to his hammer, Thor can use his ability to control lighting to bring further pain upon his enemies. You can see what the game has in store in the trailer below.The game features four worlds and a total of 12 different levels. Each of the four worlds is ruled by a different deity or monster that must be slain. Since this is an Amon Amarth game, it contains 13 of the band’s songs. Each song has been redone in chiptune form.Amon Amarth is being developed by Ride & Crash Games, who is based out of Stockholm, Sweden. According to the press release (via MetalSucks), founder Robert Chirico Willstedt met Amon Amarth in 2015. After bonding with the band “over epic amounts of beer and a common love of video games,” they began to discuss a game based on Amon Amarth. Robert gathered a team of developers and designers to bring the digital Viking epic to life. The band continually met with the developers to ensure the game would be “an authentic Amon Amarth product.”Despite almost exclusively writing songs based on Norse myths, Amon Amarth’s moniker is actually the Sindarin name of Mount Doom from The Lord of the Rings. To date, the Viking Metal band has released ten albums. Their latest, Jomsviking, came out in the Spring of 2016.Amon Amarth is available now on iOS and Android devices for $8.99.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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WWE touts Tough Talk live recap show after Tough Enough

first_img Pinterest Videos Articles CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Triple H Videos Articles WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 Google+ WWE and Full Sail University announce expanded partnership for NXT Television Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reignscenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Now Playing Up Next WWE sent out the following:WWE® NETWORK TO AIR TOUGH TALK IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING WWE TOUGH ENOUGH® ON USA NETWORKSTAMFORD, Conn., June 18, 2015 – WWE Network will exclusively air Tough Talk, a live recap show hosted by WWE Superstar The Miz®, starting Tuesday, June 23 at 9/8C, immediately following the new hard hitting reality series, WWE Tough Enough on USA Network. During the half-hour program, The Miz will have exclusive interviews with eliminated competitors, judges, coaches and special guests. Using social media to ask fans for questions and comments, The Miz will get the answers they want most.A devoted lifelong WWE fan, MTV Real World alum Mike “The Miz” Mizanin competed on the fourth season of Tough Enough, where he finished as the runner-up. Determined to make it, The Miz continued to train and earned his spot at WWE where he is now living out his dream at the top of the roster. The Miz has also been featured in commercials, on television and has starred in 20th Century Fox’s action-thriller films The Marine 4: Moving Target, The Marine 3: Homefront and ABC Family’s Christmas Bounty.Click here to view a television promo for Tough Talk.WWE Tough Enough, premieres Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network. Outside of the U.S., WWE Tough Enough airs live on OSN Sports 2 HD across the Middle East and North Africa, Ten Sports in the Indian subcontinent, Cielo in Italy and on YouTube around the rest of the world. Host and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho® will be joined by a panel of judges, including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™.Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is “Tough Enough,” to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The Miz Facebook Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahonlast_img read more

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