Joseph Randle Rips Amazing TD Run on First Series for Dallas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.AdChoices广告 Joe Randle was tossed down early in the backfield on the first series of the game for Dallas, but that didn’t stop Randle from making a big play. After ripping off a big 28-yard rush, Randle took this play to the house for a 37-yard touchdown to put the Cowboys up early.JOE RANDLE— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) September 27, 2015He’s not leaving any meat on the bone as a starter for Dallas.last_img read more

Aguero playing through pain barrier for Man City

first_imgManchester City Aguero playing through pain barrier for Man City Sam Lee 20:00 12/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Sergio Aguero Manchester City Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero The striker has been hampered with a build-up of fluid on his heel for much of the season, a problem which is being managed by the club’s doctors Sergio Aguero has been playing through the pain barrier during Manchester City’s record-breaking campaign, Goal understands.Aguero picked up a heel injury in the second game of the season, against Everton on August 21, which has required frequent attention from City’s medical staff.That game was the last time City dropped points in the Premier League, with Pep Guardiola’s side going on to win 16 matches in a row since the 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Aguero has been managing a build-up of fluid under the skin of his heel for the past three months, and while the problem is not serious it has caused considerable discomfort at times.The Argentine has scored 12 goals for City since suffering the injury and has become the club’s all-time record goalscorer in the process.He has also suffered further setbacks, including a cracked rib following a car accident and a scare during a game for his country when he was taken ill in the dressing room as a result of low blood pressure.City boss Guardiola said after that most recent incident that the 28-year-old does not need a rest, and the striker himself has always made himself available for selection.David Silva, who missed Saturday’s victory against Tottenham due to personal reasons, has also played several games this season with a neck injury. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Wenger going full strength in Europa League

first_imgArsène Wenger Arsenal will go full strength in Europa League clash, says Wenger Joe Wright 17:06 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() arsene wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsène Wenger Arsenal Östersunds FK v Arsenal Östersunds FK UEFA Europa League The Gunners face Swedish side Ostersund in the second round of the Europa League and the manager insists they will go all out in the competition Arsene Wenger says he will not rest players for the first leg of Arsenal’s Europa League tie with Ostersund on Thursday.The Gunners head to Sweden for the last-32 clash off the back of a damaging 1-0 defeat to north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday, which has left them seven points adrift of the Premier League top four.Wenger used the group stage to give opportunities to a number of young players, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah, but denied after the loss to Spurs that he would prioritise their European campaign over the league in their quest to return to the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, with no FA Cup commitments this week and no domestic matches until the EFL Cup final on February 25, Wenger is prepared to name a strong side against Ostersund.”I would have anyway gone for it, especially as we have no game between the two matches,” said the Arsenal manager.”I will play the normal team because it is one of the opportunities we have especially because we don’t play in the FA Cup. There is no reason why I should rest players.”Wenger is desperate to see Arsenal’s away form improve, with his side having won only one of their last nine matches on the road in all competitions.”We have to win the next game,” he said. “Our record since I’ve been at Arsenal is one of the worst away from home. Certainly, the worst since I’m in England.”That doesn’t work, we have to play much better away from home and make superior results if we want to have a chance to come back.”last_img read more

Montreals Mirabel cargo airport to get 107 million for expansion

The Canadian Press MIRABEL, Que. — Montreal’s Mirabel airport does not have enough space to expand its flagship air cargo business.On Tuesday, the federal government and local airport authority sought to change that, announcing $107 million in funding to boost the airport’s capacity for goods-handling and infrastructure.Transport Minister Marc Garneau says the money will go toward building 20,000 square metres of warehouse space for air freight and logistics.It will also fund an expansion to the main aircraft parking lot and upgrades to the neighbouring road network.Ottawa will contribute $50 million to the infrastructure project and the Montreal airport authority will offer up $57 million.Garneau says the goal is to beef up trade volumes, stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

General Assembly focuses on drug trade human rights and economic inequalities

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez said his country is making advances in reducing the number of murders, kidnappings and terrorist acts and the production of illegal drugs, but one of its highest priorities now is to restore the confidence of its citizens in national institutions. Without that step, any moves to boost economic growth and stability would be undermined before they began.Given the deep divisions caused by social and material inequalities, Mr. Uribe Vélez said, it was vital to try to promote strong economic growth that at the same time is shared equitably by all Colombians. He said that, to this end, the Government is subsidizing farmers and peasant associations, increasing enrolments in schools and technical workshops, and spending greater sums on child nutrition programmes. Video Cyril Svoboda, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, told the Assembly that the undeniably troubled circumstances of Iraq today should not divert the world’s attention away from other important concerns, especially Afghanistan, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He stressed the importance of fighting for human rights, citing treaties against the use of State-ordered torture and the worldwide campaign to abolish the death penalty. Video Guyana’s Foreign Minister S. R. Insanally said cultural diversity is often overlooked in the race to help impoverished countries achieve economic development, leading to disastrous results in the long term. Turning to trade, Mr. Insanally said Guyana’s sugar industry “has recently been struck a devastating blow” by trade liberalization and the European Union’s reform of its trade in this commodity. He urged wealthy nations to give more priority to the needs of poor States. Video Foreign Minister Rogatien Biaou of Benin said that when his country holds the Security Council’s rotating presidency in early 2005, it will hold a special debate on the phenomenon of child soldiers in a bid to find a lasting solution to the problem. Mr. Biaou also urged the countries that have previously pledged to help the world’s poorest nations achieve sustainable development to make good on those promises – especially on giving official development assistance – and not just offer hollow words instead. Video Describing the fight against illicit drugs as his country’s “topmost priority,” U Tin Winn, Chairman of the delegation from Myanmar, said authorities in his country have over the past decade seized and destroyed drugs worth more than $14 billion. The drug trade is closely linked to much trans-national crime, he said, adding it was important for States to work together if they were to defeat the scourge. Mr. Winn also said allegations of human rights abuses in Myanmar were “aimed at discrediting the Government for political purposes.” Video In his speech, Belarusian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov spotlighted the plight of the world’s least developed countries, saying very few such States were meeting the target of 7 per cent annual economic growth that is necessary to achieve one of the key Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – halving the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. Mr. Martynov offered a robust defence of the United Nations “as the most important collective problem-solving mechanism,” adding that while it needs reform, it also needs greater support. Video Armenia’s Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian said the global curse of terrorism will not go away until the breeding ground of deprivation, poverty and injustice is drained. “This fight must go beyond effective regional and international cooperation” to include aggressively tackling the MDGs, he said, or else the inequalities and social injustices will remain. Mr. Oskanian said it was critical that the UN work more closely with regional organizations to achieve these aims. Video Momodu Koroma, Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, said his country was now in a delicate post-conflict phase after civil war split the country between 1991 and 2002. “This is the phase in which the gains of the peace effort should be maximized,” he said, adding that traditionally peacekeepers start “pulling out when the guns fall silent.” Mr. Koroma emphasized that he does not means that he expects the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), whose mandate currently lasts until June next year, to stay indefinitely. Video Hungarian Deputy Foreign Minister Gábor Bródi told the Assembly that it was essential that the rights of national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities are protected. “The presence [of such minorities] within the frontiers of a country is not only an asset, but also a source of social and cultural enrichment.” Mr. Bródi said Hungary was alarmed by the treatment of ethnic minorities in its neighbour Serbia and Montenegro, and called on authorities there to punish the perpetrators of physical attacks or acts of intimidation. Video Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, said poverty eradication and development must take priority among the eight MDGs. To do that, the world must adopt a fairer system of international trade and cancel the debt burdens of the most impoverished States. Total and general disarmament was also necessary, he added, if there is to be peace and stability. 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Sajid Javids eldest brother drowned in hotel bath after taking painkillers and

The eldest brother of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, was found drowned in a five-star hotel room after taking codeine and alcohol, a coroner heard.Mystery surrounds why Tariq Javid had booked into the luxury country hotel just minutes from his home, but a coroner who opened an inquest said that he had suffered “an unnatural death”.The body of the 52-year-old was found in his room at the South Lodge Hotel on July 29.A post-mortem examination showed that he died from a combination of drowning, ethanol and codeine toxicity and serious heart disease, an inquest was told.Mr Javid, a retail businessman, was the eldest of five brothers who include the home secretary, as well as one who is a police officer, another a financial adviser and one who is a multi-millionaire. He would like to extend his thanks to the many people sending their condolences and good wishesSajid Javid’s official spokesman Sajid Javid was the first non-white person to hold one of Britain’s offices of state. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Sajid Javid, the home secretary, pictured in Downing Street on TuesdayCredit:TOBY MELVILLE /Reuters A full inquest hearing will take place early next year and will be overseen by West Sussex senior coroner Ms Schofield.She said: “In respect of the evidence heard this morning I feel it is an unnatural death and the matter needs to proceed to an inquest formally.”Announcing the death last month, the home secretary’s official spokesman said: “I am very sad to confirm that Sajid lost his eldest brother Tariq this week, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.”He would like to extend his thanks to the many people sending their condolences and good wishes. He would also ask that his privacy and that of his family, be respected at this time of grief.” Sajid Javid arrives in Downing Street Meanwhile, his brother Basit is a senior police officer, Khalis is a financial adviser and Atif is a multi-millionaire property tycoon. The five-star hotel where he died is set deep in the Sussex countryside and markets itself as an exclusive choice for a romantic getaway or special occasion.The hotel hosted the G-20 London Summit in 2009, where then-Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, and the other world finance ministers and central bank governors from the European Union stayed in several of its 89-Jacobean style rooms.Sir Winston Churchill was also a regular guest and close friend of its owners, with his former favourite room now a £530-a night luxury suite.  Tariq followed in his father’s footsteps, as he had owned a clothes shop in Bristol after working as a bus driver.Abdul-Ghani Javid’s business was called Scallywags, and was in the middle of a notoriously crime-ridden part of the city. Mr Javid Senior arrived in England with the boys’ mother Zubaida with only £1 to his name in 1961.The couple settled in Rochdale, but later moved to Bristol to pursue their retail business.Despite the five siblings’ difficult start in life, all five brothers have gone on to greatness in their respective fields of business, politics and public sector roles. West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield opened an inquiry into his death at Crawley on Tuesday and ordered a full inquest to be carried out next year.She heard that Mr Javid’s body was found in a room at the South Lodge Hotel in Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex, on July 29. Apart from the drowning and codeine and alcohol toxicity, he had also been suffering from coronary artery atherosclerosis and idiopathic left ventricular hypertrophy, the hearing was told. read more

Maptek Vulcan 3D modelling basis of new UG drilling program at Broadway

first_imgBroadway Gold Mining has announced that it has completed a Maptek Vulcan 3D model of its Madison Project in the Butte-Anaconda region of Montana. Based on the positive results generated, Broadway is planning a new multi-phased underground diamond drilling program. The Phase II and III programs will target the expansion of known high-grade gold and copper massive sulphide and skarn zones of mineralisation. Previous Madison mine test stope production grades between 2005 – 2011, based on mill settlement statements of 13,242 t, average 25% copper and 17.8 g per tonne gold, which included a mill settlement of a bulk sample of 2,429 t of 35% copper and 1,372 t of 23 g per tonne gold.Development of the Vulcan 3-D model utilised all available underground 2D mine working plans as well as underground and surface diamond-core drill results from 150 holes, incorporating 18,998 m of drilling. Phil Mulholland, Broadway’s chief geologist, supervised the modelling work. The follow-up multi-phase drill program is supported by the 3-D model. A Phase II drill program will evaluate two high grade gold zones: the “MS 4890,” a massive sulphide gold skarn; and, the “East Drift,” a zone of mixed massive sulphide and skarn.  The Phase III drill program will target a third zone between the “Cu_higrade_2” and “Cu_higrade_3” zones, a copper-rich skarn.The MS 4890 is a block of 2,177 t averaging 24.96 g per tonne gold and 1.10 % copper. The East Drift zone is defined by three holes: 86-6, 25.71 g per tonne Au over 7.3 m; 88-C9, 11.3 g per tonne Au over 8.8 m; and C06-13, 10.6 g per tonne Au over 12.2 m. Cu_higrade_2 is a zone of 86,767 t of 3.46% Cu; and, Cu_higrade_3 is a zone of 86,736 t of 2.61% Cu.The company is currently budgeting a 670 m Phase II program consisting of 12 diamond drill holes from two underground stations. Seven core holes, representing 366 m, will be dedicated to the MS 4890 zone. Five core holes, approximately 305 m, will be dedicated to the East Drift.  It is anticipated the MS 4890 drill results will extend that zone 100 vertical feet down dip, connecting mineralisation of the Madison mine to the adjacent Broadway mine’s 900 level. The Broadway Mine has produced 144,000 oz of gold at 0.32 oz/ton (11 g per tonne).Upon completion of the Phase II program, a Mise-a-La–Masse geophysical survey will be used to map the geometry of the conductive massive sulphide body at depth. This approach was successful at Madison in 2017 when it was used to delineate the massive sulphide orebody at depth from surface. Mise-a-la-Masse is a geophysical method developed by Boliden AB to measure the conductivity and, thereby, the shape of a massive sulphide mineralised body. With improved understanding of the geometry and orientation of the known massive sulphide mineralization, the Company expects to improve targeting of future drilling.“Mise-a-la-Masse is to drilling massive sulphide ore bodies as leapfrogging is to startup businesses,” said Thomas Smeenk, CEO. “Each underground massive sulphide zone can be shaped by its conductivity. That geometry and orientation enables the team to drill more statistically significant results.”last_img read more

E Ink promises thinner lighter higher resolution and color epaper displays

first_imgE Ink is already doing swift business in the growing e-reader market, but just like any technology company, it can’t sit still for fear of being overtaken or made redundant. With that in mind, the company has used IFA 2011 to show us some future products and the latest updates to its displays that are coming to market.E Ink’s biggest success to date has to be the monochrome display found inside the best selling e-reader on the market: the Amazon Kindle. At IFA 2011 E Ink revealed some interesting facts about that monochrome display including how much potential it has for the future.First of all, the displays are made in rolls of up to 1km in length and over a meter wide. Those rolls are then cut to specification, connectors attached to allow integration with a circuit board, before being shipped to partners like Amazon. In other words, E Ink has no trouble producing millions of these displays in short order, showing us why Amazon has been able to meet demand for the Kindle despite its huge popularity.The resolution on the Kindle is SVGA, a mere 800 x 600 pixels and 167dpi. What you may not have known is that Kindle E Ink display is already capable of much higher resolutions, up to 12x SVGA in fact. The bottleneck isn’t the screen tech, but the underlying electronics capable of handling such a high resolution display.Anyone wondering what comes next for the Kindle also got a hint from E Ink as to whet we can expect from the next iteration of the device. E Ink is working with Epson to produce a chip capable of controlling a 300dpi e-paper display. If the Kindle remains a monochrome device, that higher resolution display is sure to feature in the next generation.If Amazon decides to create a Kindle Color instead, E Ink also has that covered with its latest Triton display. Triton uses the exact same monochrome E Ink screen, but overlays it with an RGBW color filter capable of 4,096 colors. That won’t challenge an iPad for color output, but then the Triton display retains the two month battery life, no power use when displaying a static image, and can be viewed easily in direct sunlight. We also can’t see any reason it wouldn’t also work with the forthcoming 300dpi screen.The good news is that Triton display isn’t in development, it’s actually already in mass production and will feature in a number of new e-readers coming to market soon. Unfortunately, E Ink didn’t tell us when or who is producing them.We can also look forward to E Ink’s displays getting thinner, lighter, and a lot more durable (shatterproof). The current generation display is laminated on to a glass substrate which has to be protected. That means devices need to be thicker to offer that protection, and that glass sheet makes them heavier. E Ink has come up with a plastic alternative to the glass which is thinner, lighter, and does not require the same level of protection while also not impacting the quality of the display output. In real terms, the existing E Ink displays are 200 microns thick where as the new ones are only 100 microns.Moving from glass to plastic also means E Ink can put their displays in more products. One of the first examples is credit cards, which can now have a multi-digit display for added security while not being any thicker than a standard card. Of course, this latest gen screen also means we can look forward to thinner, lighter e-readers too, as well as some rather unique uses such as an E Ink watch:E Ink also revealed their sales figures for the past few years purely for e-reader displays. In 2009 they shipped 3 million displays, in 2010 that increased to 10 million. This year they expect it to reach 25-30 million showing there’s certainly a growing market for low-power, highly-visible screens.Check out the video below for a demonstration of the latest E Ink displays as well as a good explanation as to how the E Ink technology works. I think you’ll agree, e-readers have a bright and colorful future ahead of them.via Charbax on YouTubelast_img read more

The newest member of the 3DS family is the Nintendo 2DS

first_imgJust when you finally come to terms with the good ship Nintendo being piloted by insane people, and you’ve decided to just ignore the company and not let them get to you anymore, they go ahead and announce a new iteration of the Nintendo 3Ds: the Nintendo 2DS. It’s a slate-style 3DS that doesn’t fold, and no longer has the titular 3D capability.The 2DS is being touted as an entry-level 3DS. The difference between the 2DS and 3DS is apparent in the naming convention; the handheld will drop the 3D capability. Along with that, the portable dispenses with the clamshell design, and instead opts for one solid slate. This, of course, means you can’t fold it and store it snugly in your pocket.It will be able to play the entire 3DS library — just without that 3D option that you likely already ignore due to the drain it causes on the battery, the precise viewing angle the screen requires for it to not induce nausea, as well as the very noticeable graphical ghosting visible on dark backgrounds. While the inability to fold may end up quite a nuisance, it likely contributed to the handheld’s cheaper price tag.The lack of 3D and hinge, the price, and a mono speaker (the stereo headphone jack is hanging around) are the only real differences between the 2DS and 3DS capabilities. For example, the 2DS — despite not having a 3D-capable screen — can still record 3D images and video.The release of this unit blatantly displays that Nintendo is unhappy with the way the 3DS has fared at retail, and is now addressing one of the handheld’s main faults. The 3D, while a cute novelty, has never worked effortlessly. The 3D viewing angle is too sensitive to use during any kind of commute, it drains the battery, and the ghosting is extremely visible on top of dark backgrounds. Thanks to the 3D slider, the 3D was always an option, rather than forced. However, Nintendo likely decided to remove it because units still weren’t moving at a desired pace, and the price couldn’t be slashed due to the expense of the 3D.The conspiracist might feel that the reason why Nintendo didn’t stick with the clamshell design was not to lower the price, but to leave the 3DS with an attractive feature over the 2DS (assuming the 3D isn’t one). This is likely true.The 2DS will come with a 4GB memory card, and launches on October 12 — the same day as the new Pokémon X and Y — for $129.99 in red or blue color schemes. It will sit alongside the 3DS XL ($199) and the standard 3DS ($169).It’s also worth noting that the ironic title of this post was not our brilliant doing, but something Nintendo actually said.last_img read more

Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy

first_img By Cónal Thomas 46 Comments Tivoli DocksDunkettleWater RockBallynoeCarrigtwohill WestBlackpool / KilbarryMonardBlarney / StoneviewThe overall transport strategy for Cork is estimated to cost €3.5 billion.  Share35 Tweet Email Light rail network proposed for Cork under ambitious new transport strategy The NTA’s plans are estimated to cost €3.5 billion. Proposed Light Rail Network for Cork CityIn addition to public transport, the ambitious plans also propose increasing walking and cycling in Cork City. Improvements to cycling routes around the city include proposals to segregate routes along waterfront areas as well as develop a 200 kilometre cycling network. “For Cork to grow sustainably as forecast its street network must facilitate more walking and cycling,” the NTA has said.Its arterial routes must also prioritise the movement of buses, according to the authority.Within the city, streets will have “more of a place function and will require a greater emphasis on liveability, motor traffic restraint and traffic calming.”As a result, new roads will be required in some cases to “unlock housing and commercial development and to support local access in planned growth areas,” the NTA has said. The road improvement portion of the strategy is estimated to cost €1.4 billion. The draft strategy also proposes to restrict heavy goods vehicles in the city centre. NTA CEO Anne Graham has said the ambitious plans “will deliver an accessible, integrated transport network that enables the sustainable growth of the Cork Metropolitan Area as a dynamic, connected, and internationally competitive European city region as envisaged by the National Planning Framework 2040.”“An exciting vision of transport that will encourage more people to use sustainable modes is at the core of this strategy.”The plans will now be put out for a six-week public consultation period, beginning on 5 June at the Imperial Hotel in Cork City.   Tuesday 14 May 2019, 12:43 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL May 14th 2019, 12:43 PM 17,853 Views Cork’s proposed new light-rail system on Washington street. Source: Philip Watkin/3Ddesignshop.comA NEW €1 BILLION light rail system for Cork city has been proposed under ambitious new transport plans from the National Transport Authority (NTA). The draft Cork Metropolitan Area Transport Strategy 2040 proposes to build a light rail network running between Ballincollig to Mahon via the city centre in conjunction with increased bus services and improved cycling infrastructure.It’s estimated that this new Luas-style tram system will carry 46 million passengers per year and will take 27 minutes to travel from Ballincollig to Cork city centre. Under the plan, the light rail newtork will run in conjunction with improved bus and suburban rail services in the city, the NTA has said. The authority proposes to bring 220 new double-decker vehicles into service with a total of 200km of cross city routes planned to come on-stream under its BusConnects plan. Under the €545 million bus improvements part of the transport strategy, the NTA plans to increase Cork’s bus lane network from 14 kilometres to 100 kilometres by 2040.As well as light rail, Cork’s current suburban rail network will be developed with new train stations planned at the following locations:last_img read more

Plea for help to the diaspora

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In an extraordinary move the Athens based children’s welfare organisation The Smile of the Child is making a plea to Greek-Australians for donations to continue its work providing nation-wide services to children in need. Neos Kosmos received a letter this week from The Smile of the Child, calling for help from the diaspora in Australia. The letter explained the struggle thousands of children affected by the economic crisis in Greece, as families face mounting financial strain. Increasing demand for its services are stretching the organisation’s resources, forcing the organisation to plead with the international Greek community for donations of any amount to ensure disadvantaged children in Greece continue to receive the help they need. Costas Yannopoulos, director of The Smile of the Child said he has seen an increase in cases of neglect, abuse, bullying in schools and children coming into Greece as refugees. “Like any family, our priority is to the health of the children. We have support centres that not only help the children but the whole family.” In 2011 alone, The Smile of the Child housed 284 Greek and refugee children in their 11 homes across Greece, supported 4,465 children and their families through their welfare centres and responded to countless emergency calls among the many other services the nation-wide organisation provide, either directly or by supporting other institutions such as hospitals and schools. The director commended the Greek people’s dedication to helping the needy in a time of hardship, if only through 2 euro donations through the organisations natonal hotline. “Every small donation can make a difference,” he said. “In February 2011, we only had 1.5 months financial life left,” he said. “But the public’s response to our cry of anguish was amazing, even in a time of hardship, people are continuing to make donations.” Plans are underway to use donations to open two new children’s homes next year. The new homes, set to house children facing neglect, abuse and poverty, will be located in Aigio and Agrinio. The Smile of the Child’s call for help to Greek communities in Australia and around the world is a mark of the significance of the relationship between Greek people and the diaspora. Greek-Australian community groups such as the Hellenic Democratic Initiative and the Greek Ambassadors group has actively campaigned to raise funds and resources to those in need in Greece. Australian Ambassador to Greece Jenny Bloomfield has also taken an interest in the cause, donating aid as well as help raise the organisation’s profile in Australia. For every euro donated to The Smile of the Child, 10 cents goes towards administrative costs and 90 cents goes towards the organisation’s nation-wide services. For more information on how to donate and to see where donations are going, head to The Smile of the Child’s website: read more

Nouvelles découvertes sur laprès Big Bang

first_imgNouvelles découvertes sur l’après Big BangLes premières étoiles de l’Univers, apparues après le Big Bang, n’étaient pas seules. C’est ce qu’a permis de révéler une simulation informatique, indiquent des scientifiques.Les étoiles se forment à partir de nuages de gaz sous pression et de la gravitation à laquelle ils sont soumis. En augmentant en densité, le gaz se réchauffe, la pression augmente et, si elle se poursuit, cette compression donne naissance à une étoile. Ce mécanisme fonctionne particulièrement bien si le gaz contient des composés chimiques comme le carbone ou l’oxygène, indique le Daily Mail.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?L’étude qui vient d’être publiée dans Science Express montre donc un nouvel aspect de l’après Big Bang. En effet, une simulation informatique a été réalisée et a permis de découvrir que, contrairement à ce qui était communément admis jusque-là, les toutes premières étoiles de l’Univers étaient accompagnées de disques de gaz.Le gaz qui est à l’origine de la formation des étoiles tourne et est donc dans l’impossibilité d’être directement accumulé dans l’étoile elle-même. Il forme alors une structure semblable à un disque gazeux. Ce n’est que sous l’influence des frictions internes de gaz que ce disque va devenir instable et se fragmenter en plusieurs éléments.Ainsi, le gaz ne forme pas une étoile centrale mais un groupe d’étoiles. Grâce à cette nouvelle découverte, il deviendrait possible de détecter les véritables toutes premières étoiles de l’Univers. De futures missions spatiale devraient donc être programmées pour partir explorer ces premières explosions datant de l’origine de l’Univers, l’après Big Bang immédiat.Le 9 février 2011 à 09:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Larsenic présent dans le riz peut entrainer des lésions génétiques

first_imgL’arsenic présent dans le riz peut entrainer des lésions génétiquesSelon une étude menée en Inde, la présence de niveau élevé d’arsenic dans le riz provoque des lésions d’ordre génétique chez les humains.L’arsenic est un “contaminant courant” qui apparaît de manière naturelle dans l’eau ou en grandes quantités par la pollution humaine. Or, “l’alimentation est la principale source d’exposition à l’arsenic” pour l’homme, indique l’Efsa, l’Autorité européenne de sûreté des aliments. Et cette exposition n’est pas sans problème. C’est du moins ce que vient de démontrer une étude récemment publiée dans la revue Scientific reports.Pour “la première fois, il a été démontré qu’un lien entre la consommation de riz comportant de l’arsenic et des dommages génétiques” existe, déclare le Pr David Polya qui dirige l’équipe de l’université britannique de Manchester. La recherche a été menée avec l’institut indien CSIR-IICB auprès de 417 volontaires de la région indienne du Bengale-occidental. Tous consommaient entre 540 et 600 g de riz par jour. Une fréquence plus élevée de lésions génétiques Les travaux ont consisté à déterminer la concentration en arsenic dans l’urine et la concentration en “micro-noyaux”. Ces derniers sont considérés comme révélateurs de lésions chromosomiques elles-mêmes associées à l’apparition de cancers. Or, les résultats obtenus “justifient les préoccupations croissantes exprimées par l’Efsa et par d’autres sur le niveau adéquat de la réglementation sur l’arsenic dans le riz”, souligne le Pr Polya. En effet, une “corrélations forte” entre la concentration en arsenic du riz consommé et la teneur en arsenic des urines du consommateur a été constatée. De fait, les personnes consommant les riz les plus chargés en arsenic (plus de 200 microgrammes d’arsenic par kg) montraient aussi “une fréquence significativement plus élevées de micro-noyaux”, signes de “lésions génétiques”. Comme l’a ajouté Parvez Haris, de l’université britannique De Montfort à Leicester, “ces résultats ont une implication significative pour les gens qui consomment de grandes quantités de riz”. “Il ne faut pas arrêter de manger du riz” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais l’étude devra être confirmée en étudiant d’autres populations ayant des habitudes alimentaires différentes. Par ailleurs d’autres méthodes dévaluation devront être employées pour “évaluer les effets génotoxiques” de l’arsenic, souligne l’expert cité par l’AFP. D’ailleurs, celui-ci tient également à tempérer ces résultats en précisant qu’”il ne faut pas pour autant arrêter de manger du riz. Une étude que nous avons menée à l’université De Montfort a révélé que certaines variétés de riz parfumé du Bangladesh étaient très pauvres en arsenic”, souligne-t-il. Le problème aujourd’hui est qu’aucune réglementation n’oblige à indiquer sur les paquets de riz sa concentration en arsenic. Si la Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) n’a pas lancé d’alerte, elle recommande en attendant “d’avoir un régime alimentaire varié avec une grande variété de céréales”, selon l’AFP.Le 23 juillet 2013 à 19:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Changing what it means to be a foster parent

first_imgLaura Ingham poses with portraits of her kids. (Hillman/KSKA)Slade Martin was in foster care for 14 years. He said it wasn’t easy because people make a lot of negative assumptions about foster kids.“They’re gonna steal, they’re gonna be a bad influence on the younger kids, they’re gonna get pregnant or get someone pregnant. They’re gonna be on drugs. They’re not gonna go to school.”Sometimes he and other kids misbehaved because they felt like they didn’t belong with their foster families or anywhere else, he explained. They couldn’t express themselves through their own clothes, music, or culture.But now, foster parents are trying to change that, so the kids are more successful.Download Audio“And after your done typing it get the colored pencils from Latavia,” Laura Ingham yells up to her daughter. “So you color it.”Ingham gives the homework instructions as she heads to the basement to show off multiple years’ worth of family portraits.“This is my oldest son, D’Angelo,” she says, pointing to a photo of a young man. “And these, these are my boys.”Right now she has six kids, though two have moved into their own apartments.“The best times is when they’re all here cause this house is popping, and I just sit and watch the ‘lalalala’ and the oldest two are so animated.”Ingham knows what it’s like to be in foster homes. She and her older brother spent most of their childhood in them.“I got put with a lot of white families that didn’t know how to take care of black kids,” she reflects. “And so that made it difficult.”She says they bounced from placement to placement because 20 years ago, what was then known as the Division of Family and Youth Services, didn’t value permanency. She shut down. Learned not to attach and not to love.“I was in foster care….. you didn’t really feel much.”Then, 12 years ago, she took in her younger siblings and everything had to change. She had to learn to open up. When her sister left the house, Ingham started taking in teenagers and has up to five kids living with her at a time.Ingham says she and other foster parents are approaching foster care differently than when she was in the system.“They weren’t really trying to incorporate you into what they really had going on. It was actually a temporary thing. And now they’re advocating more for permanency in actual homes. That wasn’t happening back then.”Ingham cares for teenagers who most likely cannot be reunited with their biological families, which is different from younger kids who will likely go back. According to Office of Children’s Services data, the median length of time spent in foster care in Alaska in 2015 was only one and half years.But some ideas for making kids feel less stigmatized apply in all situations. Now foster families are trained to learn about the kids’ cultural backgrounds and cook foods from their homes. They learn about the impacts of trauma, how it can affect a child’s behavior, and how to react to it.Aileen Mcinnis, the director of Alaska Center for Resource Families, which trains foster parents, says foster families may only be together for a short time, but the parents’ attitude can make any interactions impactful.Parents needs to show the children in foster care “that there’s hope in this world, there’s people that love, there’s people that care for each other, and that being in a family doesn’t have to hurt.”Ingham says she builds her family by getting the kids to try new things together, at least once. She remembers dragging her youngest son, Evan, to climb Flattop Mountain in Anchorage.“But he was like, ‘Oh I don’t want to go. I just wanna play basketball.’ It was the summer. But he was the first one up Flattop. He was up there waiting for us and ready to take pictures and selfies and all this crazy stuff.”She glances back at the row of portraits and points to a picture of Evan from when he first arrived at her house and then a new picture from three years later.“You can just look at his face. How his face is changing from when I first got him. There’s a smile, when there was nothing when I first got him.”Ingham says making kids feel like they are part of a family doesn’t always work. Some kids have left her home because they were violent. She’s had fights and holes punched in her walls. She says it’s not easy, and foster parents need patience.But her trick for helping kids heal from trauma and abuse?Love.Fostering our Future is a five-part series. Listen to the rest here:Part One – Number of foster kids at record high, case workers overloadedPart Three – Reuniting families with community supportPart Four – Preventing child abuse through social networksPart Five – Protecting a villagelast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Feb 9 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWalker picks Mat-Su Assembly member Kowalke for state SenateAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauMatanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly member Randall Kowalke has been appointed today by Governor Bill Walker to the state Senate.More layoffs announced at Prudhoe BayElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageOver 260 Alaska workers in Prudhoe Bay will be laid off March 31 as a result of a contract change with oil company BP.Ben Anderson-Agimuk resigns from legislative positionTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelOn Thursday, Ben Anderson-Agimuk resigned from his position as a House District 38 legislative aide in order to dedicate more time to filling former Representative Zach Fansler’s seat.Alaska sends a record-breaking number of athletes to the OlympicsEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe 2018 Winter Olympics begin in PyeongChang, South Korea on Friday and a record number of Alaskan athletes competing for medals over the next few weeks.International “range states” meet to discuss polar bear conservationRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Fairbanks“The number one challenge is loss of polar bear habitat, meaning sea ice,” says James Wilder, the polar bear program leader for the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Iditarod mushers demand board president resignation, don’t get itCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe Iditarod Official Finisher’s Club called for the immediate resignation of Iditarod Board President Andy Baker. The club’s letter to the board said Baker has “jeopardized the integrity of our whole livelihood through his poor leadership.”As Yukon Quest enters second half, two more racers drop outDan Bross and Zoe Rom, KUAC – FairbanksYukon Quest leader Allen Moore departed Dawson City this morning for the second half of the thousand mile race.AK: UAA’s Earthquake ’64 brings historic disaster to the stageWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageUAA’s Earthquake ’64 shows how the 1964 Alaska Earthquake affected ordinary citizens in Anchorage. It’s not a traditional natural disaster play.49 Voices: Hannah Dorough of AnchorageVictoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Hannah Dorough in Anchorage. Dorough is an English graduate from UAA who is a ski coach for Junior Nordic.last_img read more

India rejects critical US religious freedom report

first_imgNew Delhi: Rejecting the latest US State Department report on international religious freedom that outlined alleged incidents of religious tension in India, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Sunday said India is proud of its secular credentials and is committed to tolerance and inclusion. Responding to queries on the report, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a longstanding commitment to tolerance and inclusion.” Also Read – INX Media scam: HC to hear ED plea of Karti’s CA in Dec Advertise With Us Questioning the locus standi of a foreign agency to comment on Indian citizens’ rights, he said, “The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities. We see no locus standi for a foreign entity to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights.” The report has set off a new spat before a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as it says Hindu groups had used “violence, intimidation, and harassment” against Muslims and low-caste Dalits to force a religion-based national identity. Also Read – Stop sale of ‘deadly’ stuff on Amazon, US lawmakers to Bezos Advertise With Us Pompeo is set to arrive in New Delhi on Tuesday for a trip intended to strengthen ties, but already complicated by spats over trade tariffs, data protection rules, US visas for Indians and buying arms from Russia. The US religious freedom report said groups claiming to protect cows – considered sacred by Hindus – have attacked Muslims and Dalits. Christians have also been targeted for proselytising since Modi came to power in 2014. Advertise With Us “Despite Indian government statistics indicating that communal violence has increased sharply over the past two years, the Modi administration has not addressed the problem,” the report said. The report consists of chapters by country, grouped into tiers, in which India is categorised in tier 2. It highlights a 12 per cent decline in communal violence compared with the previous year. The controversial revision of the National Register of Citizenship in northeastern state Assam, which could land millions of minorities stateless, also got noticed in the report. The Indian foreign ministry rejected the report, saying there was no right “for a foreign entity/government to pronounce on the state of our citizens’ constitutionally protected rights”. “India is proud of its secular credentials, its status as the largest democracy and a pluralistic society with a long-standing commitment to tolerance and inclusion,” spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a statement. “The Indian Constitution guarantees fundamental rights to all its citizens, including its minority communities.” The United States has sought to boost ties with India as a counterweight to China, and both US President Donald Trump and Modi have highlighted their good relationship. However, India last week imposed higher import tariffs on 28 US items in retaliation to Washington’s recent withdrawal of trade privileges for New Delhi. Pompeo wants to use his New Delhi trip to lay the ground for a Trump-Modi meeting at the G20 Summit in Osaka this month. It will be their first since Modi’s new landslide election win last month. Pompeo is also to give a speech on the future of the relationship between the two countries.last_img read more

Unearthed Documents Reveal the DaytoDay Life of Mary Queen of Scots

first_imgA recently uncovered stack of 16th century documents sheds fresh light on the six-year rule of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary is mostly remembered for her tragic romances and her imprisonment by her jealous English cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. She first married her first cousin Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, who was later found dead in suspicious circumstances — with the finger of blame being pointed at both her and her second husband, James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, who may have married the queen against her will. Mary, Queen of ScotsThe new Scottish power couple didn’t last long. Catholics didn’t recognize the Protestant wedding ceremony or Bothwell’s divorce from his first wife, and as a Catholic queen unpopular with Scotland’s Protestant lords, Mary desperately needed their support. The pair were forced from the throne and Mary fled south to seek sanctuary with Elizabeth I.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsAs the English queen had not married and had given birth to no heirs, Mary was, in fact, the next in line (she was descended from Elizabeth I’s grandfather, Henry VII, via Henry VIII’s sister Margaret Tudor). Tensions between the two rival queens, as well as the threat of Mary’s involvement in a Catholic plot to overthrow the staunchly Protestant Elizabeth I, resulted in Mary finally being beheaded on February 8, 1587. In the end, she spent 19 years imprisoned in various English castles at the mercy of the Queen of England — over three times as long as Mary’s actual reign as Queen of Scots.Queen Elizabeth at Wanstead HallThis tragic tale, packed with romance and revenge, has been told numerous times across film and television, most recently in the 2019 film Mary Queen of Scots in which the title character was played by Saoirse Ronan. Ronan joined a prestigious club of cinema’s finest, following in the footsteps of two Oscar winners: Katherine Hepburn (in 1936’s Mary of Scotland) and Vanessa Redgrave (in 1971’s Mary, Queen of Scots).This recently uncovered stash of 15 signed and dated handwritten state papers reveals the mundane reality of the queen’s role beyond the dynastic dramas that ultimately led to her demise.They detail new fortifications in Leith which guarded the approach to Edinburgh by the river, the rights of church deacons and tradesmen in the city of Edinburgh, licenses for the selling of meat at the Tolbooth — a crumbling Medieval structure that served varied civil roles — and the making of salt in Newhaven, which was once a village and port just outside of the city.Museum of Edinburgh. Photo by kim traynor CC BY-SA 2.0Two of the papers show watermarks when held up to the light — a flower and a goat. Both of these are common devices in Scottish heraldry, with the goat in particular found on the coats of arms belonging to prominent courtiers.Interestingly, some of the papers date from the time Mary was still resident in France, suggesting that her role in vital matters of state began as soon as she was old enough to play a part. Her father, King James IV, passed away in 1542 and at only six months old, she was Queen of Scots.Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots by François Clouet, c. 1558–1560With Scotland ruled by various regents, Mary spent most of her early life in the French court as part of an alliance between the two countries that was sealed by marriage to the French heir to the throne. Eventually, her husband became King Francis II, making her queen consort, and their reign lasted just over a year until he died from an abscess on his brain. Following his death, the 18-year old Mary returned to Scotland — a country she had not seen since she was five.Related Video: 12 Ye Olde Insults we could use todayThe papers were found in the storeroom of the Museum of Edinburgh, just a few hundred yards from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, which was Mary’s residence. Although they entered the council archives in the 1920s, they were forgotten until they were stumbled upon during conservation work nearly a century on. Curator Vicky Garrington told The Scotsman newspaper: “Together, the documents shed light on a key part of Scotland’s past. We all know the tragic story of Mary Queen of Scots, her eventful life and eventual execution in 1587, but in these documents we see a different side to Mary.Copy of Mary’s effigy. The original, by Cornelius Cure, is in Westminster Abbey. Photo by Kim Traynor CC BY-SA 3.0“Here, she can be seen carefully managing the everyday affairs of Edinburgh, both from France and Scotland. It’s fascinating to think of her reading through these official papers before carefully applying her signature.”Read another story from us: Betrayal upon Betrayal – The Sordid Plot to Overthrow Mary Queen of ScotsThe papers will remain in storage at the Museum of Edinburgh until they can be examined by conservation experts and researched by historians of the early modern period.last_img read more

Book now for Canadian Resident deals at Walt Disney World Disneyland

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Starting today Disney is offering a new Canadian Resident ticket offer at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland in California.A 4-Day Canadian Resident Base Theme Park Ticket is priced at US$79 per day, plus tax with the deal, for a total 4-day rate of US$316 plus tax.At WDW the discounted rate is available for pre-purchased tickets now through March 15, 2019 for use now through Dec. 23, 2018 and again Jan. 2 – Sept. 27, 2019.At Disneyland, the Canadian Resident rate is US$69 per day, for pre-arrival purchase of a 3-day, 1-Park per day ticket, for a total purchase price of US$207. The purchase window is Aug. 29, 2018 through April 11, 2019, for use through May 23, 2019.Both deals are for Canadian residents only, and valid proof of Canadian residency, including government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Tags: Deals, Disney, Florida Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Book now for Canadian Resident deals at Walt Disney World, Disneylandlast_img read more