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Ravichandran Ashwin claims six as India bundle out Sri Lanka for 183

first_imgOff-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed an impressive six-wicket haul as India bundled out hosts Sri Lanka for 183 in the first innings on Day One of the first Test match at the Galle International Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday. Follow updates here Ashwin (6/46) alongside leg-spinner Amit Mishra (2/21) flummoxed the Sri Lankan batsmen to bowl them out in just 49.4 overs in the second session of the day’s play.Also read:  India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, No Sanga show in Galle Pacers Ishant Sharma (1/30) and Varun Aaron (1/68) were the other wicket-taking bowlers for India.For Sri Lanka, skipper Angelo Mathews (64) was the highest scorer.India will play three Tests against Sri Lanka.last_img


first_imgSports Minister Anil Vij, who is leading a delegationSports Minister Anil Vij, who is leading a delegation at Rio Olympic Games, said international wrestler Sakshi has made the state and country proud by winning the country its first medal at Rio.Vij also extended good wishes to Sakshi and her family members on behalf of the people of the state and country. Vij in a release said that the state government would honour Sakshi with cash award of Rs 2.5 crore as per its sports policy. He hoped that the other sportspersons of the state would also prove their mettle in coming events by winning medals.Before this historical event, Vij also met all athletes from the state and encouraged them to bring laurels to the state and the country by delivering sterling performances in their respective games.As a result of this, Haryana has bagged the first medal for the country in the Olympics, the release said.Former Haryana Chief Minister Hooda, who is also from Rohtak in his tweet said, “Congrats Sakshi on winning our 1st medal in #Rio2016. Proud of u & everyone who fought hard even if they cudnt win.”Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu also tweeted, “Many congratulations. #SakshiMalik.” PTI CHS AKA KUNlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo scores on return as Real Madrid equal club record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored on his return from injury as Real Madrid thrashed promoted Osasuna 5-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday to equal the club’s 1960-61 record of 15 successive La Liga wins. (Latest Football stories)Ronaldo started the rout by knocking home an inviting cut-back from Gareth Bale in the sixth minute, with goals from Danilo and Sergio Ramos sending Madrid 3-0 up before the break.Pepe and Luka Modric were also on target before headers from Oriol Riera and David Garcia provided some consolation for the visitors, who saw Roberto Torres miss a 73rd minute penalty and Cayetano Bonnin sent off in the 80th.Real have nine points from three games, with champions Barcelona and Las Palmas on six from two and playing later.Madrid rivals Atletico earlier recorded their first win of the season with a 4-0 away thrashing of Celta Vigo thanks to goals from Koke, Angel Correa and a brace from Antoine Griezmann.Real’s 15th consecutive La Liga win under Zinedine Zidane matched the club record set by Miguel Munoz’s side in the 1960-61 season, when Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Francisco ‘Paco’ Gento were in the team.REAL EYE LA LIGA RECORDOne more win would equal Barcelona’s 2010-11 La Liga record of 16 in a row.Madrid sat back for a while after Ronaldo’s goal, allowing Osasuna plenty of possession that the visitors failed to capitalise on.Zidane’s side then picked up the pace, with Toni Kroos firing into the side netting when goalkeeper Nauzet Perez palmed the ball into his path after a deflected cross from Ronaldo.advertisementPerez was caught out of position in the 40th minute when he rushed out to flap away the ball only for it find Brazilian defender Danilo, who scored from a deflected strike.Ramos went close with a header off a corner earlier in the half and found the net shortly before the interval in identical fashion, this time directing his effort in under the crossbar.Pepe added the fourth from another Kroos corner in the 56th, Nauzet fumbling the ball in off the Portugal centre-back’s header.Modric made it 5-0 with a fine effort in the 62nd minute, curling the ball into the far corner from outside the penalty area, before Karim Benzema and Lucas Vazquez came on for Ronaldo and Bale.Real again took their foot off the gas and Osasuna pulled two goals back, through Riera’s header from Miguel Angel de las Cuevas’ cross and another nodded effort from David Garcia.Bonnin went off for his second bookable offence but hopes of a comeback were futile in any case.last_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: India far ahead in football infrastructure, says Ghana U-17 coach

first_imgGhana have won the FIFA U-17 World Cup twice despite being hamstrung by poor infrastructure that is far worse than India’s, the African nations U-17 football coach Samuel Fabin said here on Thursday.Ghana defeated India 4-0 in their third and final Group A encounter at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday to proceed to the second stage of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.”Honestly, in terms of infrastructure, India is way ahead of Ghana,” Fabin told reporters during the post-match press conference..@ghanafaofficial get past India by 4-0.#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017However, the Africans were way ahead in terms of skills and tactical awareness while the hosts struggled to retain possession in the rival half.Fabin, however feels his wards could have scored more goals and there were no real threats on his side from India.Indian players are leaving the #FIFAU17WC stage for the last time. You guys showed the entire nation what you’re capable of. #BackTheBlue Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017Talking about the four changes he made in the starting XI against India, he said: “To start with a faster pace was a part of our strategy…we have equally good players in the side and so made the change.”last_img read more

Giannis, Middleton Hit Late 3s, Bucks Hold off Knicks

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton is finding plenty of freedom and fun in the Milwaukee Bucks’ wide-open offense.Middleton sank 7 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 30 points — including two critical 3s down the stretch — as the Bucks held off the New York Knicks 124-113 on Monday night.Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points and 13 assists for the Bucks, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2005-06.“There are so many interchangeable parts with the offense,” Middleton said. “Sharing the ball, moving the ball. The pace is crazy. But it’s been fun.“There are so many opportunities and different looks we get out of the offense.”Middleton’s 3-pointer with 2:22 left gave the Bucks a 116-110 lead, and he sank another off a pick-and-roll with Brook Lopez to make it 122-113.Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton shoots past New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 124-113. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said he believes Middleton can be an elite 3-point shooter. The 6-foot-8 veteran is 15-for-23 (65 percent) from beyond the arc this season.“We feel like he puts a lot of work and time into his craft,” Budenholzer said. “We’re going to create great opportunities for everybody, including Khris. And he’s done it before.”Antetokounmpo only had one 3, but it came in a big spot, giving Milwaukee the lead for good midway through the fourth period. He scored 16 points in the final quarter while playing through contact in the paint.“I just want to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “I tried to play harder, tried to get on my spots. It’s the third game of the season. New coach, new game plan.“I’m just trying to figure it out. And I will. And when I do, it’s going to be so easy and I’m going to be a beast out there.”Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 24 points. Trey Burke added 19 and Mario Hezonja had 18.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 124-113. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)New York outscored the Bucks 35-17 in the third quarter to pull within one point, led by Burke’s 13-point outburst in the period. But the Knicks were outscored 36-26 in the fourth.“This is the suffering you must go through to become a good basketball team,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “The best part about it is our guys found a way to make it a basketball game.”Middleton sank three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Bucks a 58-43 lead midway through the second quarter. He finished with 19 points in the half as Milwaukee rolled to a 71-52 lead.The Bucks made 10 of 20 3-pointers in the half, with Middleton making all four of his attempts. Milwaukee finished 17 of 40 from distance, giving them 48 3s on the season, the most in franchise history over a three-game stretch.“You’ve got to pick your poison with that group,” said Hardaway, who played under Budenholzer in Atlanta. “Not only can they shoot the ball, they’ve got guys that can get into the paint whenever they want against any team.“Coach (Budenholzer) gives them that freedom. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, gets between New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Mario Hezonja, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)TIP-INSKnicks: New York played without rookie forward Kevin Knox, who sprained his left ankle in a 103-101 loss at Boston on Saturday. … Fizdale said he isn’t ready to make a change in the starting lineup. Burke and Hardaway started in the backcourt, with Frank Ntilikina and Lance Thomas at forward and Enes Kanter at center. “We’re still going to make people work for it and earn it,” Fizdale said. “At the same time, I’m still looking at the next couple games. Then at some point, if I see a fit, I’m going to make a change.”Bucks: Third-year center Thon Maker was active for the first time this season and D.J. Wilson and Christian Wood were inactive. Maker did not play. … Budenholzer said he likes his bench options, including rookie Donte DiVincenzo and veteran Ersan Ilyasova. “His defense always stands out to me,” the coach said of Ilyasova, who played under Budenholzer in Atlanta. “He can guard big 5s. Offensively he has a knack for playing and it marries up with how we want to play.” Ilyasova had 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes on Monday.UP NEXTKnicks: At Miami on Wednesday night.Bucks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.—By CHARLES F. GARDNER , Associated PressMilwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer calls a play from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)Milwaukee Bucks’ Brook Lopez (11) reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)New York Knicks’ Lance Thomas (42) is fouled by Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

BMW S 1000 RR launched, price starts at Rs 18.50 lakh

first_img Next Varun Singh New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: June 28, 2019 11:06 IST Shahid Kapoor with the all-new BMW S 1000 RR.HIGHLIGHTSThe top-of-the-line BMW S 1000 RR Pro M Sport is priced at Rs 22.95 lakh (ex-showroom).Powering S 1000 RR is a newly developed 4-cylinder, in-line, 999 cc engine.BMW S 1000 RR comes in with four standard ride modes — Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race.BMW Motorrad has launched the new S 1000 RR in India for a starting price of Rs 18.50 lakh (ex-showroom). The bookings for the superbike, which is here as a completely built-up unit (CBU), have started at company dealerships. BMW S 1000 RR is not only lighter in weight but also features an entirely new chassis, suspension, lights, dashboard and design. Even the engine is new with BMW ShiftCam technology.BMW S 1000 RR is available in two colour options — ‘Racing Red’ and ‘Light White/ Lupin Blue Metallic/ Racing Red’ with motorsport finish. It is the first motorcycle to get an M package, with features like carbon fibre wheels, M lightweight battery and M sport seat. Below are the variant-wise ex-showroom prices of the superbike.– BMW S 1000 RR Standard — Rs 18.50 lakh– BMW S 1000 RR Pro — Rs 20.95 lakh– BMW S 1000 RR Pro M Sport — Rs 22.95 lakhPowering the new BMW S 1000 RR is a newly developed 4-cylinder, in-line, 999 cc engine that delivers 207 hp. The motor is four kilos lighter than the earlier model. According to the company, BMW ShiftCam technology provides more power, reduced emission and better fuel efficiency. The frame and suspension of the bike are new as well. It gets ABS Pro, dynamic traction control (DTC) and DTC wheelie function as standard, while dynamic damping control is optional.BMW S 1000 RR comes in with four standard ride modes — Rain, Road, Dynamic and Race. For track racing, the Riding Modes Pro option in the superbike offers three additional freely programmable riding modes — Race Pro 1, Race Pro 2 and Race Pro 3. There is a 6.5-inch multifunctional instrument panel (TFT display). There are LED headlights as standard, with LED turn signals, tail lights and brake lights.advertisementALSO READ | MG Hector SUV launched in India at Rs 12.18 lakh, price lower than Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500ALSO READ | MG Hector launch price surprises all, might lead to price war in SUV segmentALSO READ | MG Hector bookings cross 10,000 markGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow BMW S 1000 RRFollow BMW S 1000 RR priceFollow BMW S 1000 RR launch BMW S 1000 RR launched, price starts at Rs 18.50 lakhNew BMW S 1000 RR is available in two colour options — ‘Racing Red’ and ‘Light White/ Lupin Blue Metallic/ Racing Red’ with motorsport finish. It is the first motorcycle to get an M package, with features like carbon fibre wheels, M lightweight battery and M sport seat.advertisementlast_img read more

Working Together to Improve Services

first_imgThirteen projects across the province are receiving grants to provide victims of sexual violence with the support they need. “We need to make sure survivors and their families can get the help they need no matter where they live,” said Marilyn More, Minister responsible for the Status of Women. “These approved projects are taking a collaborative and coordinated approach to address sexual violence across the province. They are an important step to help prevent and address sexual violence. “We know, and have heard that there are gaps in services for victims of sexual violence. Today’s funding will help community organizations strengthen their network to improve sexual assault services and provide a better future for families through projects like these.” In May, the province announced $200,000 in grants to support collaboration between organizations that address sexual violence. Organizations can use funding to expand upon partnerships, or to support proposals for potential demonstration projects being announced in September. “Today’s project funding will enable us to build more robust collaborative linkages with existing services for victims,” said Paula Marshall, executive director of the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Eskasoni office. “This is a positive step to help us move from passively serving aboriginal women to a more active and engaged stance.” The grants are part of the province’s $1.1 million investment to address sexual violence. It builds upon the emergency funding some community organizations received in May, when they experienced an increase demand for their services. “Over the past three months there has been a collective determination to do things differently – and it’s happening,” said Ms. More. “From working differently together to ensuring services are developed in under-served areas, we are helping more survivors get support and we are taking steps to help change the culture around this issue, recognizing we still have a long way to go to end sexual violence.” More information, visit read more

Only I can pen Sahir Ludhianvis biopic Javed Akhtar

first_imgMumbai: Veteran lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar has said only he can translate the life and journey of the late iconic poet Sahir Ludhianvi on the big screen. The screenwriter opened up about sharing a close bond with Ludhianvi, who was his family friend. “He was a friend of my father and my mamu’s (maternal uncle) friend. He used to meet with a lot of love and affection. I shared a great bond with him. “If anyone can make a film on him or his life, it is only me because no one knew him that well as I know him. Those who did know him are not alive,” Akhtar told reporters when the subject of the biopic was raised on Tuesday. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Asked who would be apt to play him on screen, he said any good actor would be the right fit. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been planning to make a film on the life of Ludhianvi for some time. Names of several actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra had cropped up for the project but nothing is finalised. Recently, there were reports about Abhishek Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu starring in the project. Akhtar was speaking on the sidelines of the launch of a chat show “Shemaroo Me Living Legends” with Komal Nahta. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna He believes people always yearn for older days to come back but do not take any lessons from those times. “We have an interesting relationship with nostalgia and it is not just the film industry but the entire country. We often praise the olden days as if everything was just amazing then. But at the same time we do not respect the old times.” However, he said the quality of filmmaking has improved a lot over the time. “Even in the ’50s, ’60s and even in ’70s bad films were made the fact is that by and large the standard has improved today,” he added. Shabana Azmi, who was accompanying Akhtar, said the industry has started giving importance to casting directors. “I believe a lot of changes have happened in Indian cinema and people have realised content is king and a lot of importance is given to writing. I am happy that today even the (art of) acting has changed. “Also, today casting directors play a crucial role in getting the right cast. Earlier we had stock actors who were meant to do only certain kind of roles,” she said. Film personalities like Jeetendra, Bindu, Moushmi Chaterjee, Jaya Pradha, Poonam Dhillon, Ameen Sayani, Kamini Kaushal and Satish Kaushik were also among the attendees.last_img read more

Lily Tomlin Writes To Summer Wind Farms

first_imgEarlier this week, actor and Detroit native Lily Tomlin sent a letter on behalf of PETA to Summer Wind Farms (SWF) Sanctuary urging CEO Charles Vanneste to retire all animals at the notorious roadside zoo in Brown City to reputable sanctuaries.“The animals at SWF have complex needs that simply can’t be met at your facility or any other roadside zoo, but you now have an opportunity to give something back to the animals who provided you with revenue for so many years,” writes the Emmy-winning actor and comedian.The letter comes as the facility has been slapped with numerous federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) citations by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for having filthy enclosures, failing to provide animals with clean water, denying veterinary care to three ailing lemurs, and confining a tiger to a cramped cage in a basement.During an inspection in February, the USDA further warned that the “amount of animal husbandry issues at the facility” indicates “a lack of adequately trained employees,” which “can result in facility and animal conditions that result in unnecessary animal suffering.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — also notes that these new citations follow January’s formal complaint by the USDA alleging nearly 90 willful violations of the AWA documented at SWF between November 2012 and October 2015 — the first step in a disciplinary process that could result in license suspension or revocationlast_img read more

Hunters face fines after 50 dead caribou found in Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsOfficers with the Northwest Territories department of natural resources say the remains of at least 50 caribou have been uncovered.It’s believed they were left behind after a recent hunt.The remains included meat suitable for food, including legs above the knee, rumps and ribs.The caribou were found near the small community of Gameti, a popular hunting spot.The officers are asking for the public’s help in finding the hunters who may face fines.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,452.64, up 44.98 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up seven cents, or 1.91 per cent, to $3.73 on 17 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 72 cents, or 6.64 per cent, to $10.13 on 12.9 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up five cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $9.41 on 6.9 million shares.Yamana Gold Inc. (TSX:YRI). Miner. Down 36 cents, or 8.39 per cent, to $3.93 on 6.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down five cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $13.79 on 5.3 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Down 58 cents, or 2.71 per cent, to $20.81 on 4.6 million shares.last_img

Deadly sea exodus from Somalia to Yemen gains momentum UN reports

28 September 2007The deadly drama involving people-smuggling across the Gulf of Aden continues apace, with at least 89 confirmed deaths and 154 missing and presumed dead so far this month as traffickers reportedly stabbed passengers, beat them with iron bars and plastic tubes and threw some overboard, the United Nations refugee agency said today. Between 1 and 26 September, 50 smuggling boats, nearly two a day, arrived on Yemeni shores from Somalia with 4,741 people, mostly Somalis and Ethiopians fleeing conflict and drought – an increase of 70 per cent over last year when 30 boats arrived with 2,961 people for the whole of the month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva. UNHCR is strengthening its operations to deal with the crisis with plans to open a second reception centre along the Yemeni coast to provide medical care and other support. Several new arrivals reported that Yemeni armed forces opened fire when they spotted the boats, shooting a 70-year-old Somali man in the heart and killing him, she said. Since the beginning of the year, 13,897 people have arrived in Yemen after making the perilous voyage across the gulf, while at least 356 have died and 272 remain missing and are presumed dead. The exodus eased off in the summer due to rough seas but resumed again at the beginning of September. Five boats arrived on Wednesday alone with 600 migrants. Four Ethiopians died in the hold of one of the boats due to asphyxiation, while 18 people were thrown overboard while still at sea, passengers said. “Survivors told us that they had been violently treated by the smugglers, who beat them with iron bars, belts and plastic tubes and stabbed them with daggers,” Ms. Pagonis said. Two boats arrived last Sunday with 98 Somalis and 135 Ethiopians, she added. Two Somalis died during the voyage in the hold of one boat from asphyxiation and two drowned while trying to reach shore from deep water. UNHCR is discussing the shooting incidents with Yemeni authorities, who have expressed their concern that some smugglers arrive with weapons and drugs, and later this month will provide training to Yemeni coast guards and immigration officials on refugee law, humanitarian law and rescue at sea. The second reception and registration centre UNHCR is planning along the Yemeni coast will include a health post run by the non-governmental organization Medecins sans Frontiers (MSF) and more staff and vehicles from the agency and its partners to speed up support for new arrivals. MSF has also set up three out of four planned health posts along the coast and UNHCR also intends to have two registration centres in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, and Aden. The agency at present has 61 staff in Yemen and plans to bring in reinforcements in the months to come. Somalis registered at the UNHCR’s reception centre say they left due to conflict, arbitrary killings, threat of detention, drought and lack of work. Somalis account for half the migrant flow and most have fled conflict in southern and central parts of the country, including Mogadishu, the capital. There are nearly 90,000 registered refugees in Yemen, almost all of them Somalis. read more

Security Council approves 5500 UN peacekeepers for Chad Central African Republic

14 January 2009The Security Council today unanimously approved the deployment of some 5,500 United Nations peacekeepers to replace European troops in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 March 2010. The Security Council today unanimously approved the deployment of some 5,500 United Nations peacekeepers to replace European troops in strife-torn areas of Chad and Central African Republic (CAR) until 15 March 2010.The UN Mission in CAR and Chad (MINURCAT) is scheduled to take over from the European Force on 15 March and the Council largely followed the suggestions made by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his latest report on the issue last month.Eastern Chad faces an acute humanitarian challenge with over 290,000 Sudanese refugees from the Darfur war, more than 180,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and a further 700,000 individuals among host communities in need of food, water and health care. Northern CAR has also been affected by a spill-over from the Darfur conflict as well as by other armed groups.In its resolution, the 15-member Council stressed that the multidimensional presence in Chad and military presence in the CAR is intended to help create the security conditions conducive to a voluntary, secure and sustainable return of refugees and displaced persons, by boosting security protection, facilitating the provision of humanitarian aid, and promoting reconstruction and economic and social development.Some 4,900 troops and police backed by helicopters are to be deployed in eastern Chad and 500 troops will be stationed in northern CAR to provide force protection for one consolidated site, project limited longer range patrols, maintain a quick reaction force and undertake air field maintenance at Birao.The resolution empowers MINURCAT to “take all necessary measures, within its capabilities” to contribute to protecting civilians in danger, particularly refugees and IDPs, facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid and the free movement of humanitarian personnel, and protect UN personnel, facilities, installations and equipment.It calls on the Governments of Sudan, Chad and CAR to ensure that their territories are not used to undermine the sovereignty of others and to cooperate in putting an end to the activities of armed groups in the region and their attempts to seize power by force.It sets MINURCAT’s maximum strength at 5,200 military personnel, 300 police officers, 25 military liaison officers, and an appropriate number of civilian staff. read more

Study advocates raising commercial freezer temperatures

A research project has found raising commercial freezer temperatures could lead to significant electricity savings without affecting food safety.Since the early 1960s, provincial regulation required frozen food in commercial freezers to be kept at a temperature of -18 degrees Celsius.On July 1, new regulation comes into effect eliminating the standard temperature set-point and only requiring that food be kept in a “frozen state.”“Frozen is frozen, and there is no public health risk to warming standard freezer temperatures slightly,” said James Alden, a developer of the research project.“For Ontario, this decision will support efforts on climate change, and if adopted more broadly on a global basis, will have a major impact on reducing the electricity use of the over 1.5 billion commercial freezers worldwide.”The study looked at the internal freezer temperature and energy consumption over an eight-week period in 30 commercial freezers across Toronto.It found at a temperature of -15 degrees Celsius, there was an average unweighted energy savings of 10 per cent per freezer without compromising food quality of safety.The research was conducted with funding from the Conservation Fund of the Independent Electricity System Operator and organizations including Toronto Hydro, Toronto Public Health, and the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel, and Motel Association. read more

Vaping impacts blood vessels even without nicotine

(Reuters Health) – Healthy young people show signs of impaired blood vessel function after just a few puffs of an electronic cigarette, even without nicotine, new research shows.“We essentially found that using e-cigarettes is not equivalent to inhaling water vapor; in fact, it can exert acute, detrimental effects on (blood vessels) even when the liquid does not contain nicotine,” Dr. Alessandra Caporale of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, the study’s first author, told Reuters Health in an email.Evidence is mounting that vaping, sometimes touted as a safer alternative to smoking, is not risk-free, Dr. Caporale and her colleagues note in Radiology. In a previous study, they found that vaping nicotine-free e-cigarettes increased signs of inflammation and a form of tissue damage known as oxidative stress, which returned to normal levels in one to three hours.Big U.S. tobacco companies are all developing e-cigarettes. The battery-powered devices feature a glowing tip and a heating element that turns liquid nicotine and flavorings into a cloud of vapor that users inhale.In the new study, the authors used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to take several measurements of blood vessel function in 31 healthy adults who had never smoked, before and after they took 16 three-second puffs of an e-cigarette containing propylene glycol, glycerol and flavoring but no nicotine.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.After vaping, study participants showed several changes indicating that “vascular reactivity,” which is the ability of healthy blood vessels to widen when necessary, was “considerably and significantly impaired,” Dr. Caporale noted.These changes were temporary, but if repeated over a long period of time could cause inflammation and deterioration of blood vessel health, the researcher added. “We are far from suggesting that a single episode of vaping translates immediately into atherosclerosis.”With funding from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which also supported the current research, Dr. Caporale and her team are planning a study that will look at inflammation, oxidative stress and circulatory changes in e-cigarette users, cigarette smokers and non-smokers over time.Dr. Irfan Rahman, a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center who researches the effect of e-cigarettes on health, reviewed the study for Reuters Health. “The study is interesting and has some insights into long-term consequences of electronic cigarette vapors in cardioneurovascular disorders,” he told Reuters Health in a telephone interview.But the findings don’t confirm an association and shouldn’t be interpreted to mean that e-cigarette users will develop these health problems, he added.SOURCE: Radiology, online August 20, 2019. read more

Fast Furious 6 speeds past The Hangover Part III to finish first

‘Fast & Furious 6’ speeds past ‘The Hangover Part III’ to finish first at weekend box office AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2013 2:41 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After a lacklustre start to the year, the movie industry enjoyed its most robust Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office, with “Fast & Furious 6” speeding to the top spot.The record-breaking four-day weekend generated estimated receipts of $316 million.“Over $300 million for Memorial Day weekend has never happened before,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of “This proves that when you have a great selection of films, audiences will line up at movie theatres in record numbers.”The sixth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise debuted at No. 1 with $120 million, making it the biggest opening weekend for a Universal Pictures release, according to Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, the muscle-car action romp took in an additional $158 million internationally.Fans turned out because filmmakers upped the ante, said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s head of distribution.“The creative team, the filmmakers and the studio put their heart and soul into making it bigger and better,” she said. “When you have this many films in the franchise … you have to take it in a new direction.”The street racers battle both a tank and a plane in the film.“It is the very definition of the summer popcorn movie,” Dergarabedian said. “You suspend disbelief, buckle up and go along for that ride.”“The Hangover Part III,” starring Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms, opened in second place. The final chapter in the Warner Bros. raunchy comedy trilogy collected $51.2 million.Paramount Pictures’ “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” which opened last week, added $47 million to its domestic ticket sales, landing at No. 3.Fox’ animated “Epic,” the only non-sequel among the weekend’s five top-grossing films, opened in the fourth spot with $42.6 million.“We did see a hole in the release schedule that said this is the perfect time to launch an animated film,” said Fox president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson. “It can be challenging to launch an original-content movie in such a competitive weekend, but this is a very special movie: A family movie as well as an all-audience movie.”Now in its fourth week of release, “Iron Man 3” — which had the biggest opening so far this year — hung onto fifth place with $24.4 million.The record-breaking weekend take bodes well for the summer movie season, Dergarabedian said: “This Memorial weekend is exactly what the industry needed and this momentum will carry forward.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.1. “Fast & Furious 6,” $120 million ($158 million international).2. “The Hangover Part III,” $51.2 million ($19.2 million international).3. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $47 million ($13.1 million international).4. “Epic,” $42.6 million ($23.1 million international).5. “Iron Man 3,” $24.4 million ($17.4 million international).6. “The Great Gatsby,” $17 million ($24.4 million international).7. “Mud,” $2.5 million ($400,000 international).8. “The Croods,” $1.6 million ($5.8 million international).9. “42,” $1.6 million.10. “Oblivion,” $1.1 million ($2.3 million international).Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada) through Sunday for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:1. “Fast & Furious 6,” $158 million.2. “The Great Gatsby,” $24.4 million.3. “Epic,” $23.1 million.4. “The Hangover Part III,” $19.2 million.5. “Iron Man 3,” $17.4 million.6. “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” $13.1 million.7. “The Croods,” $5.8 million.8. “Oblivion,” $2.3 million.9. “Evil Dead,” $2.2 million.10. “Only God Forgives,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen on Twitter at .___Online:Homepagehttp://www.rentrak.com___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

UN relief agency estimates 18 million Haitians have been affected by Hurricane

Initial data collected by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) showed Hurricane Sandy, which ploughed through the Caribbean country before hitting the eastern coast of the United States, killed 60 people and significantly damaged critical infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals in addition to destroying thousands of homes.“Floodwater had been receding since Sunday but more than 18,000 homes have been flooded, damaged or destroyed,” an OCHA spokesperson, Jens Laerke, told reporters in Geneva, adding that food security remains a main concern as the country is now struggling with the combined impact of hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, which hit in August, as well as drought.Preliminary data estimated that food security had been severely affected, Mr. Laerke said, with up to two million people at risk of malnutrition. In addition to food insecurity, OCHA said it is concerned about the nearly 350,000 people that are still living in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) as a result of a devastating earthquake which hit the country in January 2010. Mr. Laerke noted that while most vulnerable IDPs in camps that had been evacuated before the storm have returned home, some 1,500 people remain in 15 hurricane shelters.Because of the impact of the hurricane, OCHA said it is now considering an emergency revision of the Consolidated Appeal (CAP) to accommodate increased needs.During the same briefing, a spokesperson for the UN World Health Organization (WHO) reported that access to health services and restocking supplies was limited as rivers had become impassable and roads had been obstructed. It also warned that poor sanitary conditions could increase the risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera, which is still endemic in the country.The WHO spokesperson said there has already been an increase in cholera alerts, especially in the south, and added that field teams are monitoring the situation closely. WHO is also working with the Government in the area to ensure that health supplies could be delivered to treatment centres that had been damaged by strong winds and flooding, he added.Cuba was also severely affected by the hurricane, OCHA’s Mr. Laemke said, with power cuts affecting more than 890,000 people and nearly 200,000 homes damaged by the storm.In addition, 375 health centres and several hospitals were damaged, as were 2,100 schools. Crops have been damaged and remote communities are cut off because of road and bridge damage. UN humanitarian agencies are working closely with national and local authorities, donors and emergency organizations to support national efforts. An emergency cash grant of $100,000 has been approved and a request for the UN Central Emergency Response Fund is under preparation. Launched in 2006 and managed by OCHA, CERF enables the fast delivery of life-saving assistance to people affected by natural disasters and other crises worldwide. It is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, non-governmental organizations, regional governments, the private sector and individual donors. read more

New year new look for wine grape preharvest monitoring program

Jim Willwerth, a viticulturist with Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, checks the grapes in a Niagara vineyard recently. CCOVI’s preharvest monitoring program launches this week. The grapes of Niagara’s 2012 vintage will be ready for harvest sooner than those of previous vintages say researchers at Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI). Tracking the maturation of grapes in the Niagara region is the focus of a popular preharvest monitoring program that CCOVI launches again this week. The program, now in its third year, has a new look thanks to a website that allows growers and winemakers to track the progress of grapes while being able to compare this year’s data to that of previous harvests.“Fruit maturity levels at this point in time are close to that of 2010, which some say was the best vintage in Ontario history,” says Jim Willwerth, CCOVI viticulturalist, who oversees the project.From now to the end of harvest, Willwerth will sample at four sites across the Niagara Peninsula each week tracking key indicators of fruit ripeness for the four most popular Niagara varieties – Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The data measuring sugar levels, titratable acidity, pH and volatile acidity is posted to the website every Tuesday.The 2012 growing season didn’t start unusually early, but has progressed quickly from bud-break on. Grapes are generally one of the last major fruit crops to bud, which allowed most grapes to miss the frost damage many other tree fruit experienced this year. Bloom dates across Ontario were 10 to 14 days ahead based on a 10-year normal. This earliness has continued through to beginning of fruit ripening.“I have never seen a year like this where we come out of the start so quickly and have not slowed down a single step, even at sites with record low rainfall and extreme heat in the season,” says Kevin Ker, CCOVI Professional Affiliate. “We now move into the critical period where the vines begin to mature the fruit and develop the wonderful complexities we find in top flight wines.”Local grape growers appreciate the data the program provides.“It is great that Brock wants to be at the forefront of what is going on in this industry,” says grape grower Bill Schenck. “As we go forward, the more information we have with past history, we can pretty much judge the quality of the crop for the upcoming year.”To find out more about the pre-harvest monitoring system and to view the data, visit initiative is supported by funding through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Developing Innovative Agri-Products initiative and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation’s (MEDI) Ontario Research Fund, which support industry-led research and innovation. This project is a collaboration between AAFC, MEDI, the Grape Growers of Ontario and Brock’s CCOVI. read more

Tower Light providing safe lighting for the worldwide mining industry

first_imgTower Light manufactures what it says is “the world’s largest range of lighting towers.” It has introduced a new range of lighting sets made specifically for mining. It says “the Tower Light vertical mast systems are becoming more and more popular with mining, principally because the lighting towers currently used on some mining projects are the old style, hazardous, horizontal-vertical mast.Tower Light was the first company to introduce the vertical mast system, which immediately improved efficiency and safety for operators – this milestone innovation was formally recognised with a series of industry awards. The vertical mast of these lighting towers contributes to greater operational safety, yet remains competitively priced.They can be fitted with efficient, bright, metal halide lamps and at an extended height the mast will always guarantee sufficient illumination for a wide working area. A high capacity fuel tank ensures extended use of the lighting tower without the need for frequent refilling and with a robust, tough finish helps to reduce downtime. Tower Light can supply lighting sets that are fitted with an advanced light detection sensor and auto stop/start mechanism that automatically switches on the unit when the ambient light has descended to a predetermined level. In reverse, the sensor will close down the lighting set when sufficient brightness rises. This completely alleviates the need to employ a team of operatives, travelling around a mine manually starting and stopping each individual lighting set, at night and in the morning, saving both manpower and fuel.Also available are lighting sets fitted with LED lamps instead of metal halide floodlights. Environmentally beneficial LED lighting guarantees greater financial benefits as less fuel is consumed and maintenance is lowered because LED lamps can operate for up to 70,000 hours with replacement. In addition, the lamps are sealed inside a plexi-glass box ensuring that contaminates are unable to enter the floodlight casing giving a high resistance to breakage and explosion. An added benefit of using LED lamps is that unlike metal halide, LED lights will restart whilst hot.last_img read more

Paris Mayor calls for ban on controversial comedian accused of antiSemitism

first_imgTHE MAYOR OF Paris has joined France’s interior minister in calling for comedian Dieudonne, whose vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews has caused outrage, to be banned from the stage.Dieudonne has been part of France’s comedy scene for years, but while he started out with a Jewish comedian in sketches that mocked racism, he gradually veered to the far-right and alienated some fans with anti-Jewish comments his latest being a joke about gas chambers.Speaking on Europe 1 radio, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe likened Dieudonne to a criminal who “defends crimes against humanity”.“We must ban the performances (of the comedian),” he said, echoing recent comments made by Interior Minister Manuel Valls.Dieudonne has been fined several times for defamation, using insulting language, hate speech and racial discrimination, and a provocative arm gesture he makes has been described as an upside down Nazi salute.Dieudonne argues that the horrors of the Holocaust are given too much focus to the exclusion of other crimes, like slavery and racism, and says his “quenelle” gesture merely represents his anti-establishment views.The gesture has landed several personalities in hot water, including footballer Nicolas Anelka, who used it to celebrate a goal.“SOS Racisme”, an organisation that fights racism, announced on Sunday it would take to court anyone who spread pictures of or did the “quenelle” in locations such as synagogues or Holocaust memorials “that leave no doubt” as to the anti-semitic nature of the gesture.Valls, meanwhile, has said he is examining options to ban performances by a man he brands as a “little trader of hate”, outraged by Dieudonne’s latest jibe against Jewish radio presenter Patrick Cohen.“When I hear Patrick Cohen speak, I tell myself, you know, the gas chambers… A shame,” Dieudonne had said in comments filmed secretly at a show and then aired on French television.Valls has also asked Dieudonne to pay some €65,000 euros he has run up in fines.Officials in several cities where Dieudonne is set to perform during a nationwide tour this month have also said they are trying to ban his show.And veteran Nazi hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld have called for a protest on Wednesday at a theatre in the western city of Nantes, where Dieudonne is due to perform.The controversy comes at a sensitive time for France, where racism has shot to the fore after the country’s black justice minister was the victim of a series of racial jibes — prompting President Francois Hollande to pledge intransigence on racism in his New Year’s address.© – AFP 2014Read: Anelka defends ‘quenelle’ gesture, says he’s not anti-Semitic >last_img read more