Panathinaikos down to 10 men, wins 3-0 at Giannena

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS (AP). Panathinaikos beat Giannena 3-0 in the Greek league on Sunday despite playing more than half the game a man down.Panayiotis Vlahodimos scored in the 26th minute and Marcus Berg added two more from the 82nd onward as Panathinaikos took advantage of poor defending by the home side.Giannena failed to exploit Zeca’s 39th minute dismissal after a second yellow card in three minutes – despite the hosts creating a few chances, with Dimitris Farfalis missing from point-blank range in the 75th.Panathinaikos is in third place, a point behind AEK Athens, which beat league leader Olympiakos 1-0 on Saturday. Giannena is 12th.Also, fourth-place Panionios drew 1-1 at Kalloni, Panetolikos beat Levadiakos 2-0 and Iraklis won 1-0 at PAOK.last_img

SEGGER: IoT toolkit to access cloud based services

first_img Continue Reading Previous Teledyne LeCroy: WavePro HD oscilloscopes capture every detail up to 8 GHzNext Apacer: industrial-grade wide-temp identification SEGGER’s IoT Toolkit is a complete set of tools empowering IoT devices to interact with cloud based services, such as AWS, Azure, Dropbox, Twitter, Xively, and others. The set includes an http client and a JSON-parser and has been designed from the ground up for resource-constrained embedded systems. The IoT Toolkit works on top of the IP-Stack embOS/IP and can apply transport layer security via emSSL, if required.The tool kit support ranges from simple jobs such as retrieving a web page via the http protocol to complex tasks such as communicating with a REST based API using the JSON description language.A real world application sample is SEGGER’s Dropbox client, which uses the IoT toolkit to connect with the latest Dropbox API. For evaluation all IoT tools are available as free to use Windows executables.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Unperturbed by chatter, Dinesh Karthik ready to deliver for India

first_imgFifteen years after making his international debut and being in and out of the Indian team, Dinesh Karthik remains a topic of discussion and therefore, “relevant”, in his own words.After the World Cup squad was announced on April 15, the 33-year-old was the subject of an intense debate with many even questioning his selection over the highly-talented Rishabh Pant.Chief selector MSK Prasad tried to settled the debate by saying that reserve keeper Karthik was picked for his better skills behind the stumps but even that did not cut it with Pant’s supporters which included the likes of Ricky Ponting.”I would not still be playing if it was not for the blessings of my friends and family. Good or bad, if people still talk about you it means that you have managed to stay relevant. It is extremely satisfying that I have managed to stay relevant all these years and still trying hard to be part of the team,” Karthik told PTI before leaving for England.He made his debut even before Dhoni who burst on to the scene in December 2004 and the rest, as they say, is history. If it was not for Dhoni, the Chennai-based cricketer could have played a lot more than 26 Tests and 91 ODIs, but he has never had any qualms in accepting that he was replaced by a special player.Since he could not replace Dhoni behind the stumps, he had to add another dimension to his game as a specialist batsman to keep his spot in the team since the Champions Trophy in 2017. And he did that by emerging as the finisher the management was looking for, with his most memorable knock coming in the Nidahas Trophy final last year when he won India the trophy with a six off the last ball.advertisementWas a bit shocked after Australia ODIs snub: KarthikHowever, there were doubts over his World Cup spot as he was dropped from the ODI series against Australia, India’s last before the World Cup.”I was a bit shocked (after not being picked for Australia series) but I had faith that you know if it is meant to be it is meant to be. In the end, I was picked for my performances over the last two years.”I have batted in various positions (over the last 24 months) and I have had decent success in those positions. But the key is not for me to look back at the last two years, the greatest tournament is going to happen and I now have the opportunity to play there.”It doesn’t matter what the word is going around. What is important to me is that I have got an opportunity and there are people who believe in me and have faith in me, I need to go out there and stand up for my country,” he said.In an up and down career, Karthik has experienced the highs and lows, whether it was being part of India’s disastrous run in the 2007 World Cup or the World T20 triumph in South Africa months later. Karthik, who was then in his early 20s, vividly remembers those contrasting campaigns.”We played two World Cups in 2007. We were very successful in the T20 format and one World Cup where things did not go as per plan. Leading up to it (ODI World Cup), we were playing some really good cricket. The format was such that we got to play three games and we had one bad game against Bangladesh and that really hurt us.”After that game it was like playing a three-match bilateral series. You had to win the next two matches and there was so much pressure. That is the thing about World Cup.”But the T2O that followed was a breath of fresh air. The format was new. With Dhoni leading the side so well, it was a great tournament to be part of.”Fast forward to 2019, and he is one of the oldest members in the squad and someone who loves spending time with the youngsters, especially K L Rahul and Hardik Pandya.”Those two names matter a lot to me. I am very close to them in this Indian team. If either of them was not there in the team I would have been very sad. At the end of the day, you do make close friends as you go along in the journey.”For his current run in the Indian team, Karthik is quick to give all the credit to friend and mentor, Abhishek Nayar.advertisement”He is the single biggest factor in me being part of this World Cup team,” he added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Recapping some of the greatest upsets in World Cup historyAlso Read | Such losses are irreparable: Sachin Tendulkar condoles Asif Ali daughter’s demiseAlso See:last_img read more

Juventus ‘ultras’ leaders arrested over alleged ticketing racket

first_imgReuse this content The suspects allegedly threatened to sing racist songs if they were not given cut-price tickets to sell on. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Italy Juventus was fined in 2017 and its president, Andrea Agnelli, banned for a year over an alleged scheme that involved giving tickets to ultras in exchange for guaranteeing peace in the stadium.Italy’s ultras tend to be well organised, extremely violent and racist. A murder investigation was launched in August after Fabrizio Piscitelli, a leading member of the Lazio ultras, was shot dead in a park in Rome. The Lazio ultras, also known as Irriducibili (irreducibles), have been linked to several acts of racism and antisemitism that have blighted the Serie A club in recent years.In April, they paid tribute to the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in Milan before an Italian Cup match between Lazio and AC Milan. Two AC Milan players were also subjected to racist chants by fans during the game.The arrests on Monday came after an Italian football journalist was sacked for making on-air racist remarks about the Inter Milan player Romelu Lukaku. Luciano Passirani was a guest on the TV show Qui Studio a Voi Stadio when he said the only way to stop Lukaku was to give him “10 bananas to eat”. Topics Share on WhatsApp Share on Messengercenter_img Juventus Share on Pinterest Facebook Share on LinkedIn Europe Twitter Pinterest Twelve leaders of hardcore Juventus “ultra” football fan groups have been arrested on suspicion of criminal association, money laundering, violence and aggravated extortion in connection with ticket sales.The suspects allegedly threatened to sing racist chants during matches if the Italian Serie A champions’ ticketing officials did not hand over blocks of reduced-price tickets that the ultras could then sell on to fans. The threats came after Juventus stopped distributing blocks of tickets for sale in 2017. Clubs are fined and can have points deducted over racist chanting.The investigation by Turin prosecutors, which was carried out with the help of police forces across central and northern Italy, began last year after a complaint by the club. The investigation was linked to alleged mafia infiltration into the ultras’ ticket touting.Police said those arrested had established a “widespread criminal strategy to ‘restore’ lost favours”.last_img read more

Open Your Beer with a Nuclear Weapon

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie From War To Peace may have created the coolest bottle opener out there. Made from recycled nuclear weapon systems, these beer openers proudly suggest you choose “Beers Not Bombs.”This eco-friendly company recycles everything they use: the packaging is recycled materials, the inks are all soy-based, and any plastic used is plant-based and biodegradable. But perhaps the most unique recycled material is the copper, salvaged from the mechanisms that transmitted launch signals to the deadly Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Nuclear Missiles. The Minuteman-I was originally introduced in 1962 as a deterrent to Soviet nuclear aggression; the Air Force modified them in 1965, creating the Minuteman-II to improve accuracy which would allow it to decimate targeted sites, like a Soviet missile silo. The Minuteman-III, from which the company takes its copper, appeared in the 1970s, and is three separate warheads instead of one, which made it far trickier for an enemy to take out with an anti-ballistic missile. The Minuteman-III has a yield (meaning the amount of energy released when detonated) of 300-500 kilotons. Just for reference, “Little Boy,” the bomb dropped on Hiroshima had 13-18 kiloton yield and “Fat Man” dropped on Nagasaki had 20-22 kiloton yield. The Minuteman missiles are freaking huge.Thanks to the START treaties and great strides in disarmament, the number of Minuteman-III missiles has been reduced. As a result, From War To Peace has taken the copper from the transmission mechanisms that would’ve sent launch signals to these deadly rockets and transformed it into what they call Peace Bronze. All of the copper was initially mined in Montana then refined in Illinois before being put into use in the nuclear arsenal house in North Dakota. Once salvaged from the nuclear missile site, it’s sent to Iowa where it’s made into a “Silicon Bronze” alloy made up of 95% copper and 5% Manganese and Silicon. Worried about radiation? Don’t be. Three sources guarantee the metal is delightfully radiation free: the US Government, the Iowan metal recyclers, and finally by the company itself in their own labs.From War to Peace has a number of bottle openers to choose from. The designs feel like a modern take on a World War II-era aesthetic. Most of them are pocket key chain bottle openers, but they also offer a fantastically cool wall mounted opener that explains it’s entirely made in the United States and made from nuclear weapon systems so you don’t have to launch into the whole spiel every time someone uses it. Though you just might want to. Every element of the openers is designed and made in the United States, creating jobs and opportunities. Ranging in price from $14.95 to $69.95 for the wall mount, they’re a steal.But the folks at From War To Peace put their money where their mouth is: 20% of their profits are given to various organizations promoting peace and social justice like Doctors Without Borders, Homeboy Industries, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and, of course, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt last_img read more

Some of the numbers for Tuesday in BCs wildfire situation

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – A look at some of the numbers Tuesday in British Columbia’s wildfire situation:219: Fires burning in the province.35: Number of new fires that started Monday.$53.5 million: Amount spent on fighting fires so far this year in the province.43,000: Number of hectares burned this fire season.36: The air quality rating Tuesday in Williams Lake on the B.C. government scale that usually rates air from 1 to 10-plus.310: Firefighters arriving this week to help from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Parks Canada.10: Firefighting aircraft brought in from other provinces, including seven airtankers.300: Mounties who are being re-deployed from around the province and another 40 officers are coming from Alberta to lend a hand with policing and evacuations.10: Number arrested so far by RCMP in the evacuated areas around 100 Mile House and Williams Lake for mischief and break-ins.2: Officers who have lost their homes in the forest fires.$575: Fine handed out by the Abbotsford police patrol officer who saw a person throw a lit cigarette from their vehicle on Tuesday.last_img read more

Saskatchewans child welfare system putting children in risk of death report

first_imgAPTN National NewsSaskatchewan’s child welfare system has faced criticism in the past, and little has changed, according to the children’s advocate latest annual report.Sadly, the findings are not surprising. Children in care face risk of death either by their own hand or through neglect, the report found.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo has more.last_img

US judge returns foster mothers passport days after child abandonment charge dropped

first_imgHouston: The Indian-American foster mother of Sherin Mathews has got her passport back, nearly a week after charges were dropped against her in connection with the tragic death of her 3-year-old daughter, whose body was discovered in a culvert in suburban Dallas in 2017. Sini Mathews was charged with child endangerment after she left her adoptive daughter Sherin alone at home while she and her husband Wesley Mathews went out for dinner with their 4-four-year old biological daughter on the night before the toddler was reported missing from their house in Richardson, Texas. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Sini had been jailed on a child abandonment charge, but the charge was dismissed after the district attorney said there was not enough evidence to move forward and released her from the Dallas County Jail. On Thursday, a Dallas judge ordered authorities to return Sini’s passport, WBAP, an AM News/Talk radio station in Dallas reported. Defence attorney Heath Harris said the judge had little choice but to return the passport which was taken when Sini was arrested. He said Sini had no plans to go anywhere, but can do so if she chooses so. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “I am blessed,” Sini, a nurse, said after the charges against her were dropped and told the media that she was looking forward to meeting her biological daughter. “I want to thank the DA’s office for dismissing the case and I am looking forward to being reunited with my daughter,” Sini said. She had lost parental rights to her biological daughter who has been adopted by her relatives in Houston. Lawyers are now reviewing options to possibly return her to her mother, Sini, the WBAP report said. Sini’s husband Wesley is still in Dallas County Jail for capital murder linked to Sherin’s death. He will face trial in May this year and is presently being held on a USD 1.1 million bond. Sini and Wesley, who hail from Kerala, adopted Sherin from an orphanage in Bihar in July 2016. After Sherin disappeared, Wesley had first claimed that he had punished her by making her stand outside their home at 3 am for not drinking her milk. After Sherin’s body was found in a culvert a kilometre from their home in October, 2017, Wesley then changed his version to he had tried to feed her the milk and that she choked on it. Wesley was indicted for capital murder by a grand jury and for tampering with evidence. Wesley, if convicted, could face the death penalty or an automatic sentence of life without parole. An autopsy report in January 2018 showed that Sherin died of homicidal violence. Sherin’s case had attracted international attention and the Indian government had revoked the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) immigration status of Wesley and Sini.last_img read more

European Countries Seek to Ban FullFace Islamic Veils for Good

Casablanca – The ongoing question in Europe on whether or not the wearing of a burka or niqab should be accepted has started to receive long-term answers. The concern of taking away a women’s religious freedom has been swept aside for female equality and the fear of possible terrosim. Many politicians have demanded a ban of the veil that covers the face apart from the eyes. The ban is not to be seen as weapon of discrimination; rather, it aims to give the women a chance to assimilate into the culture of their host country and respect its public policies.As a matter of fact, The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has recently approved the ban on the full-body veil that was enacted in France three years ago. France is known to have the largest Muslim minority in Europe, with about five million inhabitants practicing the religion. Under the supervision of ex-President Nicolar Sarkozy, the ban took effect on 11 April 2011. For this reason, no woman, either French or foreign, has been seen with a burqa since the new law has been enacted. In most cases, the majority of the Muslim female community gave in and switched to the typical head-scarf; however, some of them have stood up for their beliefs and paid fines for violating the burqa ban.In June of 2011, Belgium introduced the ban of any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in public localities.Spain has not enacted a national ban, yet the city of Barcelona and two smaller towns in Catalonia impose bans.Britain is open-minded with regard to veils, since they do not posses a law to restrict them; but it is up to the schools and workplaces whether or not they want to follow a dress code.The Netherlands has attempted to impose a ban, but failed many times due to lack of strategy and the fear of violating civil rights. Either way, only around 300 women are expected to wear a niqab or burqa in the country.Italy went a step further from France and even displayed signs in several towns, which serve as a reminder to the local bans of the burqa and the niqab.In 2008, Denmark banned all sorts of religious symbols—such as the veil, turbans, and Jewish skull caps—in public institutions.Turkey has banned the head-scarf in official buildings, but the issue is deeply two-sided, since the country’s population is predominantly Muslim.  The wife and daughters of Turkey’s prime minister and president, for instance, cover their hair with a scarf.The situation in Germany is not as intense, since there is no national restricition of the burqa or niqab. However, many Germans find it challenging to accept an image of a woman hidden completely under a large piece of cloth. Women with a simple head-scarf, on the other hand, are allowed to teach at schools and are respected by most people.Russia is less tolerant and announced a ban of veils in 2013. The authorities believe that the dress code of Muslim women is a violation of Russian law.Switzerland joined  its neighboring countries to agree on the law enforcement against the veil, since it made the majority of its citizens feel uncomfortable.In light of the fact that the traditional Islamic veil is acceptable in most Europan countries, the bans of the burka or niqab are not that disastrous. Because of this, authorities believe that it is only for the good, in order to live peacefully and with no misunderstandings in a community full of diversity.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

African Women Forum to Hold Special Meeting on March 13 in

Geneva – The next African Women’s Forum, an initiative of the Grans Montana organization, will hold a special meeting on March 13 in the southern city of Dakhla, on the fringes of the annual meeting of the NGO dedicated to Africa and South-South Cooperation.Through this meeting, the prestigious organization aims to enable African women take their roles in a thriving continent, one of the organizers said.The Grans Montana African Women’s Forum is an avenue for discussions, exchanges, reflections and sharing for women. The next special program will be dedicated to the crucial role of women in African economies. The Honorary Committee will be chaired by Director General, Irina Bokova, while ISESCO’s Director General, Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri will hold the vice-presidency.“Dakhla is a model for the future of Morocco and Africa and represents an exceptional strategic location as a hub for economy and trade”, forum’s founding president, Jean-Paul Carteron, said in a statement.Since its inception, the Grans Montana Forum has been endeavoring to promote women’s empowerment and the improvement of their fundamental rights. read more

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed a new era dawns

Prince Harry, who is sixth in line for the throne, has long called on Britain’s monarchy to draw closer to the daily life of its people. But the most extraordinary thing he has done is to marry Ms. Markle, an American actress who is three years his senior, biracial, divorced and vocal about her views. Their choices at Saturday’s wedding, many of them heavily influenced by black culture, made it clear that they plan to project a more inclusive monarchy. A thousand-year-old English castle echoed with the exhortations of an African-American bishop and a gospel choir on Saturday, as Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle, an American actress, nudging the British royal family into a new era.Ms. Markle, who has long identified herself as a feminist, entered St. George’s Chapel alone rather than being given away by her father or any other man, a departure from tradition that in itself sent a message to the world. She was met halfway by Prince Charles, her future father-in-law and presumably the future king of Britain. In short, it was not your average royal wedding. Among the throngs who filled the streets of Windsor on Saturday were black women who had flown in from Houston and Atlanta, moved, sometimes to tears, to see a woman of color so publicly adored.“One of the children of slaves is marrying a royal whose forerunners sanctioned slavery; the lion is lying down with the lamb,” said Denise Crawford, a court stenographer from Brooklyn.“I just want to be here to observe the changing of the guard and the changing of the British Empire,” she said. “Today is a day that history will never forget.” In a time of tribalism and separation, it was a clear move toward an integrated modern future from the oldest of houses. Seated directly opposite Queen Elizabeth II was Ms. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, the descendant of slaves on plantations in the American South. The episode delighted viewers on social media.“A black reverend preaching to British royalty about the resilience of faith during slavery is 10000000% not what I thought I was waking up for, the royal wedding is good,” Elamin Abdelmahmoud, social media editor at Buzzfeed, wrote on Twitter.When the couple stepped out of the church and into the sunshine, a jolt went through the waiting crowd, which cheered their first kiss as husband and wife.For Britons, there was a sense of an old heartbreak being mended. Many people here feel a special affection for Harry, who was only 12 when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash. On the day of the funeral, Harry was made to walk behind her coffin, and much of the country watched as his face crumpled.“He was such a young boy,” said Christine Janetta, 57, one of the charity workers invited to greet the couple from the lawn on the grounds of Windsor Castle. “We’ve all been very protective of Harry, because we saw that little boy with his broken heart.”Ms. Janetta said she was devoted to Princess Diana, and that she thought it would have given her a sense of deep relief to see both of her sons happily settled. “He’s just his mum,” she said. “He is a carbon copy of his mum. Just look at the smile.”Harry’s popularity helped give him the power to stretch the bounds of convention by marrying Ms. Markle, an American of mixed race. The decision may have a lasting effect on British society, which in recent years has been swept by a wave of anti-immigrant feeling. But it has not made things easier for the couple.As the wedding approached, British newspapers swung the klieg lights of their attention to Ms. Markle’s estranged half siblings, who said scathing things about a bride whom few Britons knew. More damaging were insistent approaches to her father, Thomas Markle, a retired Hollywood lighting director who declared bankruptcy years ago and now lives alone in Mexico.A week before the ceremony, The Daily Mail reported that Mr. Markle had colluded with a photographer to stage seemingly candid pictures. With that, Mr. Markle dropped out of the wedding in disgrace, leaving Ms. Markle with only one blood relative, her mother, to attend the ceremony at her side.On Saturday, royal fans embraced the couple unreservedly. People had camped out all night, huddling in blankets and clutching hot-water bottles, in hopes of making eye contact when the couple left the chapel. Along the main street of Windsor, people leaned precariously from windows.Many of those lining the streets said they had come to express their support for a royal couple who, after generations of aristocratic matches, more closely reflected modern Britain. Christel Funten, a nanny, had traveled from Paris to attend the celebration.“It’s very good for the monarchy that Meghan Markle is a divorcée,” she said. “It breaks a taboo. It’s magnificent.”Charlotte Osborn, a Londoner, said the wedding showed how far the country had come since 1936, when King Edward VIII chose to abdicate the throne so that he could marry the woman of his choice: Wallis Simpson, a divorced American.“It’s a modern version of Wallis Simpson, where it all ends sensibly, rather than in disaster,” she said.Any royal wedding is theater, and this one did not disappoint. The dim vaulted opening of St. George’s Chapel, whose construction was finished in the reign of King Henry VIII, was so crowded with flowers that it felt as if you were stepping into a wonderland. A palace spokesman described the floral style as “cascading hedgerow,” and it filled the chapel with the smell of growing things.Harry arrived at the chapel on foot, walking beside his brother, Prince William, in the doeskin frock coat of the Blues and Royals, the regiment he joined after graduating from military school. Harry took his place in the chapel and shifted in his seat nervously, trying to catch Ms. Ragland’s eye.Ten minutes later, Ms. Markle stepped from a Rolls-Royce Phantom 4, in the company of two small pageboys in military dress. Her dress, with a flowing train 16 feet long, was dazzling pure white, wide-necked and minimal, leaving her collarbones bare, à la Audrey Hepburn.The dress, which had been the subject of agitated speculation for weeks leading up to the wedding, was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at the French fashion house Givenchy.Seven tiny bridesmaids and pageboys trailed behind her, holding the edges of her 16-foot veil. As she approached the altar, she gave a quiet “Hi” to Harry. He flushed and, when she stood opposite him, added, “You look amazing.”Harry has decided to wear a wedding ring — a break from tradition not just for the royal family but for British aristocrats in general. Asked whether they would support the couple in their marriage, the assembled guests said, “We will.”As a bride, Ms. Markle stood apart from Diana, a 20-year-old who nearly disappeared inside pouffes of meringue, and from Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, a school friend who had known William for 10 years at the time of their marriage, and was well known to the British public.Mesha Griffin, an African-American schoolteacher from Washington, had flown to Britain alone, just to be present on the day of Ms. Markle’s wedding.“She is owning her heritage,” Ms. Griffin said of the bride. “She is going to impact history in a way we saw with Princess Diana, not in a disrespectful way. She will respectfully change history.” (Courtesy New York Times) In the knight’s stalls supporting Ms. Markle, beneath rows of medieval swords and helmets, sat a constellation of American celebrities, among them Oprah Winfrey who, with a great gift for openness and emotional candor, has become an icon for black women.There were the Hollywood and humanitarian megacelebrities George and Amal Clooney, and the tennis star Serena Williams. A gospel choir sang the Ben E. King song “Stand By Me,” and the couple exited to the rousing civil rights anthem “This Little Light of Mine.” “I’m talking about some power, real power,” he boomed. “Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s Antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform.”At one point, seemingly sensing the passage of time, he said, “We’re going to sit down; we gotta get y’all married.”He punctured the hallowed, starchy decorum of the day, visibly shocking some members of the royal family. Zara Tindall, a granddaughter of the queen, looked as if she might fall off her chair. The most startling moments came with the sermon by the Most Rev. Michael Curry, the Chicago-born bishop of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Curry, in the great tradition of black preachers, delivered a loose, improvisational sermon that began as a meandering discourse but built to a passionate, shouting climax, name-checking Martin Luther King Jr. and slave spirituals along the way. read more

Eight Buckeye athletes inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Members of the Ohio State Hall of Fame class of 2016 were inducted on Friday, Sept. 9 at the Ohio Union. Credit: OSU Athletics.The Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame welcomed eight new members this Friday, including two of the greatest basketball players ever to play at Ohio State.The new members are Evan Turner (men’s basketball), Jantel Lavender (women’s basketball), John Machado (baseball), Justin Kronauge (men’s tennis), Dan Taylor (men’s track and field), Sam Marder (softball), Randall Larson (diving) and Paul Zelenak (pistol).Headlining the class are the two basketball stars, Turner and Lavender, who both ended their Ohio State careers among their respective team’s all time leading scorers.Turner, who was taken with the second overall pick back in the 2010 NBA draft, played both guard and forward for three seasons (2007-2010) at Ohio State and helped lead the club to a 2008 National Invitational Tournament championship, runner-up in the 2009 Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball tournament and then to victory in the conference tournament the following season.During Turner’s career, he led the Big Ten in scoring in both his sophomore and his junior season. Turner currently sits 18th on the all-time Ohio State scoring list with 1,517 points. He was also an All-Big Ten player in his two final seasons and a first team consensus All-American in his junior season. On Feb. 16, 2015, Turner’s number was retired during the Ohio State vs Michigan game.Turner said that he has been humbled by everything that has gone on to celebrate his legacy as a Buckeye.“The Ohio State is so close to my heart,” Turner said. “To be able to come back here and get honored, to be able to do things most guys aren’t able to do is a blessing. Like I said, I’m a big Buckeye. This is all unreal to me still.”Even after looking back at a career that has spanned six seasons in the NBA to this point, Turner still remembers his time fondly at Ohio State, saying that it is where he has had “the best memories.”“Still sometimes I go to my mom’s house and look at the trophies and things I was able to do here,” Turner said. “We were able to accomplish that, I was able to be a part of that, that’s unreal and to be appreciated for your hard work and your efforts is always a blessing.”The other basketball star joining the ranks of Buckeye immortality is all time leading scorer of the women’s basketball team Jantel Lavender. Over her four year career at Ohio State, Lavender averaged 20.7 points per game and totaled 2818 points and collected 1422 rebounds (most all-time in Big Ten women’s basketball history). Lavender played from 2007-2011 and reached double-digit scoring totals in all 136 games, an NCAA record. She is also the only athlete in the history of the Big Ten to be given the title of Big Ten Player of the Year in every season she played.During her tenure, Lavender led the Scarlet and Gray to three Big Ten regular season titles, three tournament titles, an appearance in the NCAA tournament in every season and a pair of Sweet 16 appearances.After her career at Ohio State was over, she was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks and was named an All-Star in 2015.Lavender has looked back on her successful career with a lot of pride and has felt that it is a tremendous milestone to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.“For me to become just eligible to be in the Hall of Fame and to be inducted, it’s unbelievable,” Lavender said. “I don’t think it’s really hit me 100% yet. I just know I put in so much work and I put myself forward to the game and gave my teammates so much that I think it’s well deserving and I’m happy about it and I’m just happy to be here.”The new Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s football game against Tulsa. read more

Govt releases petroleum agreement for Kaieteur Block

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWith 7th oil discovery, Exxon now projecting over 500,000 barrels per dayFebruary 28, 2018In “Business”Up for review in 4 years, Trotman says Govt may want to re-examine Exxon’s contractMarch 31, 2018In “Business”Guyana will refuse to surrender any of its sovereign rights- GovtMarch 18, 2017In “latest news” The Natural Resources Ministry on Wednesday released the Petroleum Agreement –signed on April 28, 2015- between the then Government and the principals of Ratio Energy Limited and Ratio Guyana Limited.  According to the Ministry, Ratio Energy Limited (now Cataleya Energy Limited by way of a duly registered change of name) and Ratio Guyana Limited (referred to as ‘Ratio’) commenced negotiations with the previous Government of Guyana for a Petroleum Licence within the ultra-deep water Guyana Basin area in mid-2012.At the time, that area was known as Annex B.Negotiations were nearly completed when the October 2013 Anadarko/Venezuelan incident occurred where Venezuela’s navy took control of a research vessel, which was conducting a survey in the Roraima Block offshore Guyana.It took until the 1st Quarter of 2015 before negotiations resumed. On April 28, 2015, the production sharing agreement was signed by both the then Government of Guyana and Ratio’s principals.The concession was then renamed the ‘Kaieteur’ Block. It totals approximately 13,535 sq. kms.Article 15 of the released petroleum agreement outlines that the Contractor will pay royalty at the rate of one percent (1%) of Crude Oil produced and sold.Article 11.4 of the contract outlines that once the recoverable contract costs have been satisfied, the profit will be shared equally, with 50 per cent going towards the contractor and the other 50 per cent to the Government.Moreover, Article 10 outlines that the Contractor will pay the Government $US 200,000 every year the licences remains in force as a rental charge.Ratio, this publication was informed, is in a joint venture partnership with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), a subsidiary of US oil exploration giant ExxonMobil. As such, Ratio has a 25 per cent stake in the Kaieteur Block. Cataleya Energy has another 25 per cent of the Kaieteur Block, while EEPGL has a stake of 50 per cent respectively. read more

SIPTU to meet with Baxter management

first_imgUpdated 12.37pmAMERICAN PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY Baxter Healthcare will lay off 110 people in the early part of 2014.The company will seek the voluntary redundancies from its operations in Castlebar.Baxter has over 1,000 employees at plants in Castlebar and Swinford in the county and will look to shed 10 per cent of that number by next March.The company, which manufactures kidney dialysis products, has been operating in Mayo for over 40 years.The news will come as a blow to the town, which last week was celebrating the announcement that health services firm Northgate would create 150 jobs in the town.SIPTU representatives will meet with the management tomorrow to discuss the job losses.The meeting follows the announcement that the permanent weekend working crew at its plant in Castlebar will be reduced from 180 workers to 70 early in 2014.SIPTU organiser, Frank Jones, said: “This is devastating news for our members in Baxter Healthcare which currently employs approximately 1,000 workers in Mayo at sites in Castlebar and Swinford.”He added that the meeting will aim to ensure no compulsory redundancies are enforced.This article was originally posted at 7.50am.Read: 570 job losses at pharmaceutical company in DublinRead: HSE to introduce targeted redundancy scheme in Januarylast_img read more

Volunteers rescue birds trapped in the frozen Kastoria lake

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following the extreme cold wave for Greek standards that hit the country this week, Kastoria Lake in Northern Greece froze over completely within a few hours trapping local fauna in the ice.A group of fearless volunteers from the Kastoria Environmental Protection Society (KEPS) spent the last days tirelessly trying to rescue several birds, including a group of swans unable to escape the solid lake. The volunteers are actually risking their own lives to reach the animals in peril by using inflatable boats to slide on the surface of the frozen lake; if the ice were to crack the KEPS members could sink into the deep waters.“We have already saved seventeen large birds such as swans, pelicans and herons which remained in the water during the night”, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, a member of KEPS told ANA-MPA.“When it freezes, the birds’ feet become stuck on the ice. We rescued coots, moorhens and ducks which are malnourished or worn out, and we keep them for a couple of days at the center,” he added.According to experts waterfowl are currently in danger of dying of hunger as they need to dive into the water for food, or being stuck on the ice as their wet feet touch the surface of the lake and become prey for carnivores.last_img read more

Hughton We deserved more

first_imgBrighton manager Chris Hughton believes his side at least a point in their 2-0 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.David Brooks’ brace was the difference on Saturday as 10-men Brighton succumbed to their third Premier League defeat in a row.Despite feeling hard done by, Hughton admitted his side failed to utilize their chances in the game.“I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t,” Hughton told the club’s website.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly, before that, I thought we were always in the game.“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that plays with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, is going to cause you problems.“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”last_img read more

Mold makes Vancouver house uninhabitable

first_imgCraig and Shelly Johnson bought their Andresen neighborhood home 24 years ago. To the high school sweethearts, it was the perfect place to raise their kids and enjoy their future grandkids.This summer, the Johnsons learned their dream home was poisoning them.After a decade of unexplained chronic pain, fatigue, respiratory infections and debilitating headaches, Craig, 54, and Shelly, 50, learned the attic of their home was full of various varieties of black and white mold. A Go Fund Me account has been established to collect money to purchase Craig and Shelly Johnson a new home. Donations can be made there. Donations to the Raise the Roof Foundation account also can be made at any Columbia Credit Union branch.Because of the level of toxins, their home is uninhabitable. The roof must be completely removed, and the insulation, sheetrock and wood inside replaced. Anything that isn’t glass or metal must be thrown away, including furniture, appliances, clothes, linens and even the family photos hanging on the walls. Devastated, the couple contacted their insurance company only to learn their policy — like most homeowner policies — has a mold exclusion. Nothing is covered.Three years ago, the couple filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy after draining their retirement fund and bank accounts to pay for medical tests and treatments.last_img read more

State Officials Provide Advice For Preventing Mulch Fires

first_imgSTOW, MA — “Every year around this time, we experience many fires started by cigarettes tossed into piles of bark mulch, which is combustible and can easily catch fire,” says State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. “We are asking smokers to dispose of their smoking materials responsibly in order to prevent fires. Don’t toss cigarette butts into mulch or a pile of dried leaves.”“Businesses and homeowners that are sprucing up their landscaping should also provide and maintain safe receptacles for disposing of smoking materials so that people won’t start fires by tossing cigarettes into the mulch,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey, “Metal containers with sand are best.”“If you see a smoldering mulch pile, please call 9-1-1 so the fire department can make sure it is truly extinguished. Mulch can smolder for a long time before erupting into flames,” said Ostroskey.In the past five years (2013 – 2017), there have been 231 fires that started in mulch and spread to buildings. These 231 fires caused one civilian death, one civilian injury, 16 fire service injuries and property damages of $10.2 million. Fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early, and by the time they enter the building to trigger a fire alarm, smoke detector or sprinkler system, the fire is already large. Fortunately, many mulch fires are caught and extinguished before spreading to a building or motor vehicle.Mulch FireFactorOn the Department of Fire Service’s website, there is a Mulch FireFactor, an educational hand-out in both English and Spanish on mulch fire safety and the Fire Code. It can be used by fire departments to educate the community on the regulation and for building managers, landscapers and companies that store and sell mulch, to educate their staff.Nurseries, Landscapers and Property Managers Need to Know the RulesFire officials want to remind building owners, property managers, nurseries and landscaping companies about the proper placement and storage of mulch in order to prevent these types of fires. Ostroskey said, “It’s important for mulch storage piles to be 30’ apart to keep fires from spreading.”Keep Mulch 18” Away From BuildingsHere are some tips for property managers and building owners on how to prevent mulch fires:Keep wood mulch 18” away from combustible exteriors of buildings such as wood or vinyl siding and decks. Don’t put it right up against the building.Use materials such as pea stone or crushed rock for the first 18” as a barrier around the foundation of the building and around gas and electrical meters.Provide proper receptacles for smoking materials.State Fire Code on Mulch ApplicationThe Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00, section 10.14.10.4) prohibits the new application of mulch within 18” around combustible exteriors of buildings, such as wood or vinyl but not brick or concrete. Residential buildings with six units or less are exempted from this regulation, but all homeowners may also wish to adopt these safety practices. The regulation applies to all other buildings including commercial properties.Storage and Manufacturing of MulchThe regulation (527 CMR 1.00, section 31.3.6.4.3) also has safety requirements for those who store or manufacture mulch. It limits the size of mulch piles and requires a distance of 30-feet between piles and 25-feet from the lot line. Large piles of mulch can easily spontaneously combust with all the heat they generate, so it’s important to be vigilant and employ good housekeeping. The distance between piles prevents a fire from easily spreading to another pile or to a building.Permits Required to Store 300+ Cubic Yards of MulchPermits are required from the fire department wherever more than 300 cubic yards of mulch is produced or stored.Arlington Fatal Fire Destroyed 36-unit Apartment and 6 CarsOne of the most destructive mulch fires in Massachusetts occurred on May 5, 2015 in a large Arlington apartment complex. One man died in the fire started by smoking materials discarded in a mulch bed, which spread to a car, then to a building. Thirty-six apartments and six cars were destroyed. The building had no sprinklers and the estimated dollar loss was $6.7 million.(NOTE: The above press release is from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedState Fire Marshal Offers Tips To Prevent Mulch FiresIn “Government”State Fire Marshal Cautions Smokers, Announces Improper Disposal Of Smoking Materials Caused Recent Woburn FireIn “Police Log”Massachusetts State Fire Marshal: September Is Campus Fire Safety MonthIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Fakhrul thanks EC for ensuring justice

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday thanked the election commission for ‘ensuing justice’ as most of their aspirants whose nominations had been declared illegal got back their candidatures through appeals, reports UNB.Taking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also hoped that their chairperson’s nomination will be declared valid if the commission ensures justice to her.“We think the declaration of most of our candidates valid is our victory. We also hope our leader Khaleda Zia will also be declared a legal candidate if justice is ensured,” he said.Fakhrul said the returning officers declared illegal the nominations of many of our candidates but most of them were considered as legal runners through the election commission hearing. “So, I thank the election commission.”He alleged that the returning officers declared illegal most of their candidates’ nominations as they had to obey the government order and they could not ensure justice in many cases for that reason.Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they may announce a partial list of their final candidates for different constituencies after 8pm today.He alleged that the government, being afraid of defeat, is now using state machineries to influence the election.The BNP leader also alleged that law enforcers continued the arrest of their leaders and activists hampering their organisational activities.He urged the government and the election commission to stop arresting opposition activists and create a proper election atmosphere so that all the parties can exercise their democratic rights.last_img read more

DU pharmacy dept refuses to shoulder research that found detergent in milk

first_imgDhaka University’s Department of Pharmacy has distanced itself from a research that found detergent and antibiotics in pasteurised and unpasteurised milk samples.In a media statement on Friday, the department said that it will not take responsibility for the research findings.”The department was not involved with the report and research,” the statement, signed by chairman professor Sitesh Chandra Bachar, read.The Faculty of Pharmacy and Biomedical Research Centre on 25 June said they found traces of detergent and antibiotics in some samples of pasteurised and unpasteurised milk available in the local market.Professor Bachar told UNB that no-one from his department was involved in this research.”It was the job of DU researchers to publish the findings in journals, not to disclose them at a press conference,” he said, suspecting that there might have been “some other intention”.Biomedical Research Centre director professor ABM Faroque also confirmed that the pharmacy department was not involved with the research.He clarified that it was conducted by some members and students of the pharmacy faculty, not the pharmacy department.Prof Faroque defended the findings and making them public.”The research is alright,” he said. “Our only intention was to inform the people after we found the harmful elements in milk.”last_img read more