School Sport Australia Nationals

first_imgProspect Park in Launceston will host the 2008 School Sport Australia National Touch Championships from Monday, 20 to Friday, 24 October 2008 in 12 and 15 Boys and Girls divisions. The very best primary and secondary aged Touch players will be in attendance hoping to have fun, meet new friends, and play some Touch Football in picturesque Tasmania.It will be a family affair with many parents making the journey to watch their children participate. Some high profile family names will also be on the paddock hoping adding to their family legacies. In the 15’s Girls divisions, New South Wales will be looking to avenge their 2007 loss to Queensland in the Final in Melbourne. They have the line-up to do so with current Australian 18’s Girls representative, Kimberley Resch, in the side. Madison Absolum also follows in her siblings footsteps by representing her state.The Queenslanders have some stars of their own. Michaela Jacks, daughter of Touch Football Australia Hall of Fame member Terry will be on show. Michaela will be looking to claim a National title like her brothers, Ryan and Rhys, who won the 20’s Boys division for Brisbane City Cobras at the recent 2008 X-Blades National Youth Championships.In the 15’s Boys division, New South Wales will be looking to defend their 2007 crown. Cade Price will be one to watch out in the New South Wales line-up while Queensland counterpart, Adam Pryde, will be a danger to his opponents.To keep up with the latest results, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-4282-0-0-0For more information or to organise a photograph/interview, please contact:last_img read more

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Lamp gets $18 Million Injection from Petrocaribe

first_imgThe additional parishes are: Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. Ann, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny, and St. James.“LAMP II had cadastrally surveyed 2,654 parcels during the first phase and placed 3,749 parcels in the digital Cadastral Map database for St. Elizabeth. There were 5,178 files opened, and 1,120 applications for titles have been made, 388 titles have been completed, and another 645 have been provisionally approved,” Mr. Hayles informed.LAMP is funded by the Government and through grant funds. The Government has secured an $18 million grant from the Petro Caribe Fund to advance work under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).The money will go towards subsidizing the cost of another 1,000 land titles. “The grant will help beneficiaries, who have been unable to pay for their titles for years now, to complete their payments and so receive their land titles,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Changes, Hon. Ian Hayles.He was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.Giving an update on the LAMP/Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Grant Aid Cadastral Mapping and Titling Project, he informed that more than 500 parcels of land have been surveyed to date.The US$2.1 million project, launched in March, is targeting 1,000 needy households in land settlements to be surveyed and titled, in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, and St. Ann. “Surveying activities are now fully underway,” Mr. Hayles said.He noted that the LAMP project, implemented in 2000, continues to play a critical role in the regularisation of parcels of land across sections of the island.“The most recent figures reveal that a total of 19,193 files have been opened; 3,865 new titles have been produced; 736 estates administered; and 2,009 existing Certificates of Title updated,” he informed.LAMP II, which is an extension of the original initiative, has been extended for a further period of 10 years and the number of parishes expanded to eight. CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

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What makes chickens happy University of Guelph researchers try to find out

first_imgNEW YORK — How do you measure a chicken’s happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening?To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical fitness and behavioural tests. They’re watching how well birds scramble over a barrier for food, how skittish they seem and whether they play with a fake worm.Chickens can’t say how they feel, but playing with a fake worm may be a sign of happiness.“We have to infer when an animal is happy or content or experiencing pleasure based on their behaviour,” said Stephanie Torrey, one of the researchers.In recent years, the animal welfare world has moved beyond looking at how to minimize suffering to exploring whether animals can also enjoy their lives, Torrey said.Such measures may be considered irrelevant by companies but underscore a broader lack of consensus around the welfare of chickens, which are sometimes slaughtered as soon as five weeks after hatching.Animal welfare advocates say cruelty begins with birds that have been bred to have breasts so big they can barely walk. They say today’s chickens are genetic monstrosities crippled by pain and that the industry needs to switch breeds.Many in the industry say there’s no problem and that chickens may not move around a lot because they’re sedentary. Even if they were to agree to change breeds, it’s not clear what the alternatives should look like.The two sides disagree about the cause and frequency of health issues among broilers chickens. Tyson and Sanderson Farms, for example, acknowledge that chicken breasts have ballooned over the years, but they say they’re not seeing widespread problems as a result.“If they can’t move and get to the feed trough, they’re not going to survive,” said Mike Cockrell, chief financial officer for Sanderson Farms.John Glisson of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association says broiler chickens are “couch potatoes” and that some people may mistake the birds’ laziness for a medical issue. He said trying to assess welfare is tricky beyond established industry measures, like whether a chicken dies from disease before it’s slaughtered.The industry says changing breeds is unnecessary, and that switching to broiler chickens that don’t grow as big or as fast would mean using up more water and other resources. Chicken prices at the supermarket would be higher too.Still, animal welfare is becoming a bigger public relations concern, and companies say they’re always looking for ways to take better care of their chickens.Tyson recently ran a trial that let chickens pick from pens with varying levels of light to determine which they prefer. Perdue is testing giving its conventional birds as much light and space as its organic birds, which are the same breed.The Humane Society of the United States says stepping up living conditions helps, but it believes the bigger problem is breeding that has resulted in disfigured chickens. It says chickens have been genetically manipulated to have massive breasts their legs cannot support.“It is crazy for anyone to have to remind the industry that birds naturally walk,” said Josh Balk, the Humane Society’s vice-president of farm animal protection.Balk said the study in Canada will provide important information on what type of chickens might suffer less.University of Guelph researchers are also tracking chicken traits like weight, growth rate and meat quality they hope will be useful to the industry. Aviagen and Tyson-owned Cobb, which supply breeds to chicken producers, are providing birds for the study, including breeds that are widely used.The companies say they already track health and welfare, but that they’re interested in the research.The Guelph study is being funded by the Global Animal Partnership, which certifies corporate animal welfare standards. In 2016, it launched a campaign to get companies to switch to “slower growing” breeds. Since then, it has acknowledged that chicken welfare is more complicated than just growth rate.It’s now pushing for a “better” chicken, and hopes the study will help define what that entails.Only a small percentage of chickens in the U.S. are GAP-certified, and spelling out new requirements for breeds risks making certification even rarer.Anne Malleau, the group’s executive director, notes some of the researchers’ tests may seem far out. But she said providing “enrichments” — such as places where chickens can rest or perch — was also seen as a fringe idea before becoming more accepted.GAP was founded a decade ago with funding from Whole Foods, which still pays Malleau’s and another staffer’s salaries.Back in Guelph, researchers note that chicken traits can make for marketable imagery. That includes behaviours like their willingness to engage with a fake worm — which they note may be misinterpreted as “playing” and happiness.“The jury’s still out whether domestic chickens, with their comparatively smaller brains, have the capacity to play,” Torrey said.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Candice Choi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Three RCMP officers injured arresting Trans Mountain pipeline demonstrators

first_imgAt least 28 demonstrators were arrested at the site over the weekend after they zip-tied themselves to a gate.A B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an order preventing protesters from being within five metres of two works sites at Trans Mountain terminals in the Metro Vancouver city.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work that was approved by the federal government to twin the existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP say three officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests Monday evening at demonstrations against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.The Mounties say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another suffered a knee injury and a third injured a hand.The four arrests between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday evening were in addition to 15 made earlier in the day.last_img read more

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UNbacked partnership aims to use satellites to bolster global disaster response

20 June 2007The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today joined forces with a communications firm and a business organisation to employ satellites to bolster the global response to natural disasters. The United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today joined forces with a communications firm and a business organisation to employ satellites to bolster the global response to natural disasters.The poor – especially those living in remote and isolated areas – are most vulnerable to calamities, which wreak havoc and impede sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts.“Satellite communication provides a platform to deliver a wide range of services and applications even to remote areas,” said Hamadoun Touré, ITU’s Secretary-General.Last year alone, nearly 22,000 people lost their lives due to natural disasters, with 95 per cent of the deaths occurring in the least developed countries.“In the digital age, we are able to provide an [information and communications technology] lifeline to disaster victims and humanitarian personnel entrusted with coordinating rescue and relief operations, especially when terrestrial communications infrastructure is disrupted, overloaded or destroyed,” Dr. Touré said.In the new scheme, satellite provider ICO Global Communications will provide airtime on its F2 satellite – through voice and other telecommunication methods – to effectively respond to disasters, while the Commonwealth Business Council supply content and oversee the entrepreneurial skill development initiative.ITU will manage and coordinate emergency telecommunications, as well as provide an hour’s worth of airtime daily to assist countries in their preparedness efforts, convey early-warning information and elicit quick response. Should a disaster occur, this hour-long window will be extended as needed. read more

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Lord Naseby notes failure to give true picture on Sri Lanka to

Lord Baron Naseby, appreciating the development programme conducted by Sri Lanka, assured to provide his fullest assistance as a true ally of Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena thanked Lord Naseby for his constant support for Sri Lanka. He also appreciated the reconciliation efforts of the Government and said that the steps taken by Sri Lanka following the war was commendable and was on par with international standards. (Colombo Gazette) Lord Baron Naseby, a member of the British House of Lords, noted that the true picture on Sri Lanka has not been given to Geneva and this has resulted in Sri Lanka facing criticism at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.Lord Naseby expressed this view when he met President Maithripala Sirisena in London on the sidelines of the Commonwealth summit.

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Security Council members call ceasefire in Burundi a foremost priority

In a statement to the press, the Council President, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said the members “underlined that the ceasefire was the foremost priority.” Urging rebel groups to cease hostilities immediately and to enter into negotiations, the President said “there could be no justification whatsoever” for them to carry out any attacks. Members of the Council encouraged all States, in particular those in the region, to continue to support the facilitation efforts led by Gabonese President Omar Bongo and South African Vice President Jacob Zuma to bring the armed groups into the peace process, the President said. Looking to the regional context, Ambassador Koonjul stressed the importance of the dialogue between Burundi and its neighbours. He said the members welcomed the improved bilateral relations between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Burundi, particularly the outcome of the recent visit of Burundi’s Foreign Minister to Kinshasa. “Council members strongly encouraged the Governments of the DRC and of Burundi to cooperate further together in this regard,” the President said. On the relief effort, Council members reiterated their call on donors to enhance humanitarian activities and development cooperation with Bujumbura and to honour as soon as possible past commitments on aid to Burundi. Council members also commended the South African protection unit for its positive contribution to the peace process in Burundi, according to the President. Ambassador Koonjul’s statement followed a closed-door briefing by the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Sir Kieran Prendergast, on the situation in Burundi. read more

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Zvonko Sundovski overtakes Israeli NT

National team of Israel has a new head-coach – Zvonko Sundovski. Experienced Macedonian coach, who was leading Romanian side CSM Bucharest for a few years, will try to put Israeli handball on another level in upcoming years.His best achievement with the national teams is fifth place with Macedonia at Men’s EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. ← Previous Story Draw for EHF CL 2017/2018: Which is stronger group? Next Story → FROM DOHA TO PARIS: Issam Tej to US Creteil

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Hodgson comments on Puncheons return

first_imgRoy Hodgson has warned Jason Puncheon he can’t guarantee him more playing time but says his performance in Crystal Palace’s Carabao Cup win improved his chances.Puncheon, 32, wore the captain’s armband in their 1-0 victory over Swansea City as it was his first game for the club since last December.It was also his first appearance since he was fined and given community service in June for his part in a brawl outside a nightclub.Alexander Sorloth was the hero of the night by scoring the solitary goal of the game and the first since his £9 million move from FC MidtyjllandJoel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“His [Puncheon] state of mind was fine,” Hodgson said.“He’s a good professional and I’ve no problem with that at all. He wants to play more and I’ve told him I can’t guarantee that because it’s in midfield that we are at our most competitive. But this performance improved his chance of playing.“If he insists he wants to be playing week-in-week-out I can’t guarantee that, but he’s still a good player and was important in our victory.“I’m very happy with the result because in football you have enough bad days. This was a good win against a more than a bona fide opponent because Swansea are a good side.”last_img read more

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Giampaolo Derby clash against Genoa is crucial

first_imgSampdoria Coach Marco Giampaolo believes the derby against Genoa is a must-win clash after three defeats in a row.Sampdoria were beaten by Milan, before being thrashed 4-1 by both Torino and Roma, and they play the Derby della Lanterna after the international break.“We lost two games with too many goals conceded, and that makes losing all the harder,” Giampaolo confirmed to Football Italia via Sky.“Before we were more solid, but the last two defeats to Torino and Roma put everything into question, particularly the self-esteem of my lads.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We need to have the strength to continue, to do the things we know how to do. In that sense, the derby could be ideal.“I love Samp and I think I’ve done good work with this club. There are ups-and-downs, but that’s the league.”Meanwhile, Juve cemented their stay at the top after beating fellow rivals AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro on Sunday.last_img read more

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Illegal treecutting could prompt hefty fine

first_img A Vancouver man could face thousands of dollars in penalties after illegally cutting a large swath of trees on a slope near his home.The city last week received a complaint about an illegal tree removal that happened early this month, said Urban Forester Charles Ray. A site visit determined that 16 large trees were cut, plus “a lot more saplings,” he said. Officials soon learned that Bill Patterson, who lives nearby but doesn’t own the land, was the one who cleared it.The reason? “View enhancement,” Ray said.While the city is still weighing possible penalties, Patterson said he does accept responsibility for the cutting. He considers relationships with neighbors, property owners and the city to be of “utmost importance,” he said.“We’re working with the city and the property owner to resolve (those) issues,” Patterson said, declining to comment further.The affected area covers about 15,000 square feet immediately south of Cedar Street, on the steep bank above East Fifth Street. The felled trees were simply left in a heap where they lay.The city is still completing its investigation, and could decide on possible penalties within a week or two, Ray said.“In cases like this, the city typically issues fines,” Ray said.The bill could be steep: Fines of up to $1,000 per large tree are possible, he said, plus restoration costs. The clearing went against the city’s tree conservation rules, and happened on a site that falls under a “critical areas” ordinance designed to protect sensitive lands. In this case, the steep tree-covered slope is important for erosion control and stability, Ray said. Healthy trees also help control stormwater runoff, he said.The property where the trees were cleared is owned by Dow Cedar Street LLC, according to county records. Any restoration work on the site would be the responsibility of Patterson, according to the city. Click to enlargelast_img read more

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Pharma crusader Dinesh Thakur takes Indias drug regulators to court

first_imgOne of India’s best-known whistleblowers, who exposed dangerous practices in the generic drug industry in 2013, is taking the country’s drugs regulators to court, accusing them of failing to enforce rules on drug safety in the $15 billion industry.Three years ago, Dinesh Thakur exposed how India’s then largest drugmaker and his former employer, Ranbaxy Laboratories, failed to conduct proper safety and quality tests on drugs and lied to regulators about its procedures.He made his name, and almost $48 million as a whistleblower award from the United States, when U.S. regulators fined Ranbaxy $500 million for violating federal drug safety laws and making false statements to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).Ranbaxy said the fine marked the resolution of past issues and it continued to make safe, effective and quality medicines.Thakur’s fresh case, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) suit, is listed on the Supreme Court website for hearing on Friday.It alleges that responses provided to him by government show how lax regulation can lead to potentially harmful medicines being sold in India without proper approvals.The suit, which names as respondents the health ministry, the Drugs Consultative Committee and the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), would not result in penalties but sets as objectives the creation of a framework for the recall of drugs and a commission to examine faulty drug approvals.The head of the CDSCO, GN Singh, said: “We welcome whistleblowers, we have got great respect, but their intentions should be genuine, should be nationalistic… I don’t have any comment on this guy.”The other named parties did not respond to requests for comment.Thakur, who said there was no financial motive for the suit, spent much of 2015 working with lawyers to file more than 100 public information requests on how state and central drug authorities had responded to cases where rules had been broken, some of which first came to light five years ago.Thakur says the responses he obtained show CDSCO and the health ministry have still not adequately investigated and prosecuted those breaches, despite saying they would.”An overwhelming number of non-standard-quality drugs are not prosecuted in criminal cases, since state drug controllers only impose minor administrative penalties on the offenders,” Thakur says in the lawsuit, citing government data.The health ministry and CDSCO did not respond to requests for comment on its penalty policy.NO INQUIRYThakur, who worked for Ranbaxy for two years from 2003 before turning whistleblower, is now chief executive of Florida-based MedAssure Global Compliance, which advises drug companies on quality and safety.After the Ranbaxy settlement in the U.S. in 2013, Thakur said the authorities in India did not contact him about it or probe the reasons for the fine, nor did they respond when he approached them through 2014.The ministry and CDSCO did not respond to requests for comment on their response.The Ranbaxy case prompted the FDA to increase inspections of Indian pharmaceutical plants. Products from 44 such plants are now banned for sale by overseas authorities but still sell in India.Thakur’s suit refers to the case of Buclizine, a drug made by Belgian firm UCB but since sold to Mankind Pharma for marketing in India.The CDSCO allowed UCB to sell Buclizine as an appetite stimulant in 2006, though it was not approved for that purpose in Belgium and banned in several other countries.UCB was not asked for clinical studies, the parliamentary committee found.UCB said it couldn’t answer current questions related to Buclizine but that it observed all regulatory, legal, quality and safety regulations.The CDSCO website says its expert advisory committee found “no convincing literature to support the drug’s use as an appetite stimulant” in 2013 but agreed to give Mankind Pharma time to make a case for the drug.Since then, Mankind Pharma Managing Director Sheetal Arora told Reuters it had received no official request for data to prove the safety and efficacy of the drug, which it was still selling.The parliamentary committee demanded an investigation and the drugs regulator committed to one in 2013. Thakur received a statement from the health ministry last year, seen by Reuters, showing no inquiry had begun.The regulator did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

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Indiana GOP Leaders Call on AG to Resign Amid Groping Claims

first_imgBy BRIAN SLODYSKO, Associated PressINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and the two GOP Statehouse leaders have called for Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill to resign amid what they say are credible claims that Hill drunkenly groped four women, including a lawmaker, at an Indianapolis bar.“Four women had the courage to step forward to report sexual harassment by the Indiana attorney general,” the Republican governor said in a statement Thursday night. “The findings of the recent legislative report are disturbing and, at a minimum, show a violation of the state’s zero tolerance sexual harassment policy.”This Aug. 9, 2017 photo shows Curtis Hill, Indiana Attorney General, during an event in Indianapolis. (Robert Scheer/The Indianapolis Star via AP)He said he agrees with GOP Senate leader David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma that Hill should resign and supports “a thorough investigation by the state’s inspector general.”Long and Bosma issued a joint statement Thursday evening, saying: “We believe that the women who came forward with accounts of inappropriate behavior by Attorney General Curtis Hill in the early hours of March 15, 2018, are telling the truth regardless of the attorney general’s denial of these allegations.”A spokeswoman for Hill did not respond to a message seeking comment Thursday evening.Two other Indiana Republicans — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Secretary of State Connie Lawson — later called on Hill to step down , with Crouch saying in a statement late Thursday that “sexual harassment should never be tolerated.”Lawson said in her statement that “Indiana deserves a safe work environment, which extends beyond the workplace. … Our state leaders are held to a higher standard and must behave in such a manner.”The call from high-level Republicans for Hill to resign comes after Democrats ratcheted up political pressure in an election year where female voters could make a big difference at the polls. Over the past week, Democrats have harshly criticized what they characterize as a lackluster Republican response to the allegations against Hill. A Statehouse rally calling for Hill’s resignation was being planned for Saturday.Hill has denied the groping allegations, which were lodged by the lawmaker and three legislative aides, and on Tuesday said he had no plans to step down. The accusations against him were included in a confidential legislative memo that was leaked this week to news outlets, including The Associated Press.Earlier Thursday, many Republicans either declined, or were reluctant, to comment on Hill. On Tuesday, Bosma and Long had said they had “no further public comment on the matter” but announced that they were launching an investigation into the leak of a memo outlining the allegations against Hill.The document, which includes details from interviews with six women, offers a picture of Hill carousing during a party at a bar in the early morning hours of March 15, shortly after this year’s legislative session came to a close.The lawmaker said Hill was “very intoxicated” when he slid his hands down her back, put them under her clothes and grabbed her buttocks, according to the memo. She told him to “back off” and walked away, but Hill again approached her, reached under her clothing and grabbed her again, according to the memo.Democrats say that meets the legal threshold for a sexual battery charge.Hill also gave a staffer a two-minute back rub, which made her uncomfortable, the memo states.Another staffer said Hill put his arm around her and slid his hand down her back. When she tried to remove his hand, she said he groped her buttocks, the memo states. He put his arm around a third staffer’s waist and “hugged” her close, according to the document.Hill has called the inquiry by legislative leaders into his conduct a “prejudicial investigation that is deeply troubling.”“At no time was my behavior inappropriate nor did I touch anyone in an inappropriate manner,” Hill said in a statement.Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney said that if Hill doesn’t resign, the Legislature should impeach him.“I think there is an adequate basis and the law provides for that,” said DeLaney, a lawyer from Indianapolis. “I think he has no choice but to resign. But that doesn’t mean he will take that choice.”Another matter that remains unclear is the future of the investigation by GOP leaders into the leak of the memo.Both Bosma and Long previously called it an “egregious breach of confidentiality” and vowed that they were “investigating the source of this breach of employee confidentiality and will react accordingly if the source is discovered.”Hill, a staunch social conservative who is married, has been viewed as a rising star in the Republican Party. The former Elkhart County prosecutor, who is also an Elvis imitator, has visited the White House several times since President Donald Trump took office. In May, he warmed up the crowd at a rally Trump held in Hill’s native Elkhart.But Hill, who has cultivated a tough-on-crime reputation, also has a complicated relationship with fellow Indiana Republicans, particularly Holcomb, and this week found himself with few allies. In the past he vehemently criticized several policy initiatives Holcomb championed, including expanded needle exchanges to reduce the spread of infectious disease among drug users and a law legalizing the use of a cannabis-derived medicine that can reduce seizures but won’t get you high.last_img read more

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Spotify Launches in the Middle East and North Africa

first_imgAs expected, today Spotify announced that it has launches its service in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing the service to 78 markets in total. The new markets are United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt.Spotify is launching in the territories with a fully Arabic user experience, offering music fans local and international music and locally-curated playlists, including Today’s Top Arabic Hits, Oriental Chill Vibes, and Arabic EDM. Users in the territories have both free and subscription models available.“I am super excited to share with you that, from today, Spotify is now available across the Middle East and North Africa,” said Cecilia Qvist, Spotify’s Global Head of Markets. “Spotify is launching in MENA with a full Arabic service, dozens of locally-curated playlists for every mood and moment, and access to a full catalog of millions of songs, for both our free and premium users. Music fans will also enjoy Spotify’s personalized music recommendations from day one, which will help them to enjoy, discover and share new music from both local and international artists simply and easily.” Popular on Variety Today also sees the launch of Spotify’s Arab Hub, as part of its Global Cultures initiative, following the recent launches of the Latin hub and Afro hub.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Buy This Comic Martian ManhunterMarvin the Martian Special 1

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week that comic is Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1, by DC Comics, writers Steve Orlando, Frank Barbiere, and Jim Fanning, as well as artists Aaron Lopresti and John Loter.Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1(W) Steve Orlando, Frank Barbiere, Jim Fanning(A) Aaron Lopresti, John LoterMartian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!via DC ComicsDC Comics is in an upswing right now, with their recent Rebirth relaunch kicking off what feels like a genuine step in the right direction for the universe. Even better though, is the massive amount of crossovers that DC has been doing, normally injunction with another publisher. Batman/TMNT, Justice League/Power Rangers, Green Lantern/Star Trek are just a few examples of the great crossovers and meet ups that DC has been a part of over the past year or so. This most recent wave is the DC Universe meeting Looney Tunes characters, an in-house set up as DC is owned by Warner Brothers. The Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1 is brought to us by this holy matrimony, and it is such a blast. A pretty straight forward main story by writers Steve Orlando and Frank Barbiere has the two characters meeting after J’Onn reconstructs the portal that brought him to earth in the first place (which looks especially like the portals from Rick and Morty). When Marvin steps out of the portal, and the two recognize each other as Martians, shenanigans ensue as the two fight over their respective beliefs in the worth of humanity. There’s a particularly great bit where Marvin cites traffic as an example of why the human race needs to be eradicated, and honestly, he’s got a point.Orlando and Barbiere do such a great job of capturing the voice of both Martians, portraying J’Onn in a way that I couldn’t help but hear Carl Lumbly’s voice from the Justice League cartoon in my head as he speaks to the values of the human race. Despite not having actually watched a cartoon with Marvin the Martian in it for a long time, quite possibly since Duck Dodgers, I immediately remembered how he sounded the minute he stepped onto the page. Artist Aaron Lopresti does a great job of updating Marvin’s design to make it feel more in line with the DC Universe, although poor J’Onn is still in that horrendous New 52 get up with the weird belly window. There is a backup story that is more Looney Tunes-esque by writer Jim Fanning and artist John Loter that is short, sweet, and super cute, presenting an alternate version of the two meeting. All in all, it makes for a great special, and probably my favorite of the Looney Tunes/DC crossovers. The Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1 is available today in print and online here at Comixology.via DC Comics6/14/17 Releases – In addition to Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Black Cloud #3 by Image Comics, writers Ivan Brandon and Jason Latour, as well as artist Greg Hinkle. Check out my review of the first issue here.Kingpin #5 by writer Matthew Rosenberg, artist Ben Torres, and Marvel Comics. Final issue in one of our favorite new series! Make sure to check out Rosenberg’s new Secret Warriors series!Quantum Teens Are GO! #4 (of 4) by writer Magdalene Vissagio, artist Eryk Donovan, and Black Mask Studios. The final issue in one of my favorite new series!last_img read more

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Glooko app offers diabetics easier selfchecks

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Therein lies the Glooko difference.Other diabetes-management apps designed for iPhones are not as convenient, or, as one diabetes site blogger put it, they carry the ugh factor of having to input the information manually. Glooko relieves the tedium with its MeterSync cable device. You plug it into the meter and the phone, and that is all.Glooko’s founders include those who have diabetes and those whose lives involve people with the disease, say the vendors. Convenience is what the company hopes will be a key attraction. Another perceived benefit is that the connection cable is compatible with any one of the popular glucose monitors: Bayer Contour, Freestyle Freedom Lite, Freestyle Lite, OneTouch Ultra 2, OneTouch UltraLink and OneTouch UltraMini.“Say goodbye to manually entering blood glucose readings. Say hello to a logbook that fits your lifestyle. Save time and eliminate errors from manual entry by easily and quickly downloading blood glucose readings from your meter to your iPod touch or iPhone,” says the site.Other than convenience, the record-keeping features are able to carry information beyond meter readings. The user can generate a more informative record of the condition, by noting down varied factors that affect blood glucose.The patient can mark off notes about whether the reading was done before or after a meal, the number of carbs consumed, or can click on a predefined list of lifestyle factors.Information from the logbook can then be emailed or faxed as a 14-day summary to the doctor.Any doubt that the application does not have a ready market can be argued too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 26 million adults and children in the United States — or 8.3 percent of the population — have diabetes.By 2025, one in five people in the U.S. is projected to have diabetes.As for Glooko’s technology decisions to run with Apple devices, the product’s notes and 14-day summaries will make their way to many physicians already using Apple mobile devices on their work.Recent findings indicate that 75 percent of U.S. physicians already own an Apple device, whether a smartphone or iPad. The Glooko product works with Apple devices running iOS 4.3 or later.On the patient side, Glooko is joining a relatively young but growing wave of “patient-centered apps” designed to help people with chronic diseases that need monitoring—such as Vree for Diabetes by Merck & Co., and Novartis’s VaxTrak for tracking family vaccinations. Citation: Glooko app offers diabetics easier self-checks (2011, November 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-glooko-app-diabetics-easier-self-checks.html More information: www.glooko.com/ , itunes.apple.com/us/app/glooko … ook/id471942748?mt=8center_img (PhysOrg.com) — A consumer health management app has joined an ever-growing list of Apple App Store items; Glooko helps diabetics check their blood sugar daily. Glooko is a Palo Alto startup that presents its core product as two items: a free-to-download logbook available at iTunes and a fee-charged cable, sold separately, at $39.95 from Amazon. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Interactive mobile app teaches people how to manage diabeteslast_img read more

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Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2017 Phys.org Wall pillars with three animal symbols in series. Part a) is pillar 2 from Enclosure A, while part b) is pillar 38, Enclosure D (images courtesy of Travel The Unknown). Researchers suggest comet most likely cause of Chicxulub crater (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the University of Edinburgh has found what they describe as evidence of a comet striking the Earth at approximately the same time as the onset of the Younger Dryas in carvings on an ancient stone pillar in southern Turkey. The group has published their findings in the journal Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry. Constellations around Scorpius (Western Lore). Credit: B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsiscenter_img Prior evidence based on ice cores taken from Greenland has suggested that a strike by a comet may have led to the onset of the Younger Dryas—a period of Earth cooling that lasted for approximately 1000 years. Other evidence also suggests that the cooling period caused groups of people to band together to cultivate crops, leading to the development of agriculture, which in turn led to huge leaps in technological innovations and societal developments, i.e. Neolithic civilization. In this new effort, the researchers describe evidence they found on a stone pillar at Gobekli Tepe (the oldest known temple site) that aligns with the ice core findings—that a comet struck the Earth in approximately 10,950BC.The pillar was created by the people of Gobekli Tepe and now appears to have served as a means of commemorating a devastating event—perhaps a comet breaking up and its remnants crashing into the Earth, causing an immediate environmental impact around the globe and possible loss of life (one of the characters on the pillar was of a headless human.) The team fed likenesses of the images carved onto the pillar (known as the vulture stone) into a computer to determine if they might be linked with constellations. Doing so revealed associations between characters on the pillar and astronomical symbols in the sky for the year 10,950 BC. The fact that the people took the time and considerable effort to create the characters on the pillar suggests something very important must have happened during the same time period that the Greenland ice core suggests a comet struck, approximately 10,890BC. Pillar 43, Enclosure D, also known as the Vulture Stone of Göbekli Tepe. Credit: Martin B. Sweatman and Dimitrios Tsikritsis The researchers have concluded that the carvings on the pillar were likely meant to document the cataclysmic event and suggest that the temple may have been an observatory. They also report that they found evidence of changes to the Earth’s rotational axis as a result of the comet strike. Citation: Ancient stone pillars offer clues of comet strike that changed human history (2017, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-ancient-stone-pillars-clues-comet.html More information: DECODING GÖBEKLI TEPE WITH ARCHAEOASTRONOMY: WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? (pp.233-250). B. Sweatman, D. Tsikritsis, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.400780 , http://www.maajournal.com/Issues2017a.php (PDF)ABSTRACTWe have interpreted much of the symbolism of Göbekli Tepe in terms of astronomical events. By matching low-relief carvings on some of the pillars at Göbekli Tepe to star asterisms we find compelling evidence that the famous ‘Vulture Stone’ is a date stamp for 10950 BC ± 250 yrs, which corresponds closely to the proposed Younger Dryas event, estimated at 10890 BC. We also find evidence that a key function of Göbekli Tepe was to observe meteor showers and record cometary encounters. Indeed, the people of Göbekli Tepe appear to have had a special interest in the Taurid meteor stream, the same meteor stream that is proposed as responsible for the Younger-Dryas event. Is Göbekli Tepe the ‘smoking gun’ for the Younger-Dryas cometary encounter, and hence for coherent catastrophism?last_img read more

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Capturing Latin America through an Indian travellers lens

first_imgThe embassies and high commissions of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) based in New Delhi, held the felicitation ceremony of the ‘My Latin American Trip 2017’ photography competition in the Capital. This photo-competition, now entering its third year, is open to all Indian tourists, to submit photographs from their travels to Latin America and the Caribbean countries. The second edition of the contest received 70 entries from non-professional photographers, who shared photographs of their adventures in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The submissions were evaluated by a committee comprising of officials from the GRULAC missions, who shortlisted 19 finalists. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe appreciation awards were presented by representatives of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, and Chile. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Han Dannenberg Castellanos, Dean of Diplomatic Corps stressed on the importance of public and cultural diplomacy in bringing the Latin American and Caribbean region closer to the Indian tourists. The exhibition of winning photographs, along with all the other submissions was also inaugurated for public viewing. The exhibit is on display at the Art Gallery, Embassy of Peru till February 16.last_img read more

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How was Stonehenge so Precisely Built These Cylinders Might Have the Key

first_imgIn Salisbury, South West England lies a circular monument that dates from the Neolithic period and is probably one of Britain’s most easily recognizable symbols. It is presumed that the iconic Stonehenge, as we today know it, was constructed between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago, although the plain was used for ritual gatherings over a course of 10,000 years, and was once part of a greater shrine landscape which held mystical significance to ancient natives of England.StonehengeBesides a number of mysteries that still puzzle archaeologists regarding this place, among the most striking is how Stonehenge was built with such geometric precision.Thankfully, this historical mystery isn’t left without clues.A number of cylinder-shaped objects, today known as the Folkton and Lavant Drums, are believed to have been key in marking out the exact measurements for the placement the massive stones of the pre-historic shrine.Folkton Drums. Photo by Jononmac46 CC BY-SA 3.0The first three drums were first excavated in 1889 near the village of Folkton (hence the name) in northern England as part of a child’s grave goods.For a long time they were considered unique, until some 100 years later a similar object was discovered in West Sussex, in the vicinity of yet another idyllic village called Lavant.Church of St. Nicholas at Lavant, West Sussex, England.Modern dating processes confirmed that the drums were carved between the years 3,000 and 2,000 BC and that their main role was to serve as instruments for measurement.These instruments were most probably used to establish the size of the concentric circles of standing stones and timber posts, giving them such precise shape.Rare and beautifully executed engraved illustration: Druids Worship at Stonehenge, England, in Ancient Times. Engraving from The Popular Pictorial Bible.Although the chalk cylinders from Folkton and Lavant are unique finds, archaeologists are certain that these examples are most probably ancient replicas the original measuring instruments which existed much earlier and were most probably made from wood.They are believed to represent the medieval measurement of one long foot, which is the equivalent of 12.7 inches (32.2 cm).Folkton Drums: Detail of the schematic face on one of the drums. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0The measurements were made by wrapping a thin rope around the drum a number of times, each of them representing a different length corresponding with the girth of the cylinder.The smallest of the three Folkton Drums is 4.09 inches (10.4 cm) across, while the next is 4.88 inches (12.4 cm). The largest one is 5.75 inches (14.6 cm).View of another face with prominent features. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0According to experts from the University of Manchester, the string would be wound around the smallest drum ten times, in order to measure 10 long feet.The middle and largest drums would also provide a measurement of 10 long feet, by wrapping the string around eight and seven times respectively.The three Folkton Drums on display at the British Museum. Photo by Johnbod CC BY-SA 4.0As for the Lavant Drum, its measurements proved to be somewhat different. It is necessary to wind a string nine times around it, in order to get this universal length of 10 long feet.Apart from Stonehenge, it is strongly believed that the drums were used for the construction of what is today known as the Durrington Walls, an earthwork henge enclosure located around 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of Salisbury, that was built some 4,500 years ago.However, scholars still argue over why three different sized drums were needed in order to establish the same length of 10 long feet.Stonehenge Sunset LandscapeAnne Teather, an archaeologist from the University of Manchester and one of the authors of the most recent study regarding the Folkton Drums, provided some possible explanations to this mystery in an interview for Live Science in January 2019:“We have suggested that the different-size drums all give 10 long feet, but a different subdivision of that measure, so they may have been useful when fractions of the measure were required. Another explanation is that the drums were instructional teaching aids that would have been used to demonstrate some of the principles of mathematics and geometry.”While the drums clearly had been used as a measurement instrument, another thing strikes the scientists working on this case. The fact that they were discovered in a child’s grave implies that the Folkton Drums held some sort of ritual significance.Photograph of Stonehenge at the sunsetMike Parker Pearson of the University of London argues that the measurements were perhaps related to childhood and coming of age. He gave a statement as part of an article published by the University College London:“The Folkton Drums were found in the grave of a child, so does this mean that standard measures were somehow associated with children, or growth, or the human life-cycle including learning and the inter-generational transmission of knowledge? These items were almost certainly prestigious although how, or to what extent they held social power, is unknown. This work opens up the field of material culture studies to exciting new possibilities.”Whatever the case, there are still many secrets regarding these objects, as the Neolithic period in Britain remains covered in a veil of mystery.However, everyone agrees that the Folkton and Lavant Drums provide an exquisite insight into how advanced the level of understanding mathematics and geometry was in such ancient times.Read another story from us: Stonehenge – a Michigan man demonstrated it might have been a one-man showTherefore it comes as no surprise that such knowledge was transferred to children at an early age and that it was probably believed that it held mystical and magic power.last_img read more

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Cynthia Brown takes lead in Annual Tarpon Classic

first_img 200 1 100 100 3 600 6 200 Saénz, Mario 4 400 Facebook Comments Things started out a little strange for the Cub Amateur annual tarpon tournament held this year out of Tortuguero. The weather was weird, the ocean rougher than normal and the bite not that good. The tournament – which consisted of a half-day of fishing last Friday, all day Saturday and a half-day Sunday – brought 27 anglers, 72 releases and many more hook-ups.The tournament began slowly, with only nine tarpon landed the first afternoon. Fishing was a little better on day two, and 32 releases were recorded. By Sunday morning, conditions had returned to normal for September and the chew was on.Thirty-two fish were landed Sunday morning before the first leg of the tournament concluded, and Capt. Eddie Brown, who has fished the tournament for the last 36 years, guided his crew to 12 releases on Sunday. His wife, Cynthia, took the lead with eight fish.The second leg of the tournament will be fished October 19-21. The top anglers were as follows: Domínguez, Domingo Brown, Cynthia 300 300 700 Paéz, Carlos R.center_img 500 200 200 600 5 600 2 200 200 400 800 Schifter, José 300 500 Laurencich, Federico 200 No related posts.last_img read more

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