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Kolkata not safe for women can worsen Actresses fear

first_imgKolkata: Amid a number of incidents of actresses and models getting harassed in Kolkata, celebrities feel the eastern metropolis is not “what one would call safe” and fear the situation might worsen over time. The latest incident of Bengali television actress Brishti Roy getting obscene calls asking about her “rate”, and escort service details after unscrupulous elements pasted posters all over Kolkata suburban trains and railway stations, with the actress’s name, mugshot and mobile number, has horrified citizens. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The traumatised actress told IANS: “Today this is happening to me, tomorrow it can happen to any other girl. It has become so easy to malign a girl these days. That’s why I will fight till the culprits are nabbed.” Over the past few months, a range of celebrities including former Miss India Universe Ushoshi Sengupta were attacked and harassed on the city streets. A group of bike-borne youths vandalised and beat up the driver of Sengupta’s cab after one of their two wheelers bumped with the car. The youths then followed her, pelted stones at the cab and tried to snatch her phone to delete the video she had taken of the incident. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Nearly a month later, a popular Bengali television actor Swastika Dutta had a harrowing experience. She alleged on Facebook that an app cab driver “pulled” her out of the vehicle, threatened and “abused” her when she was going for a shoot. A week back, a Bengali television actress Juhi Sengupta alleged that she along with her parents was harassed and heckled by employees of a petrol pump. Her father, a senior citizen, was even pushed by the employee during the altercation. The actress, known for her stint in TV serial “Bhojo Gobindo”, in her social media posts said “the city is no longer safe for anyone”. Popular film and television actress Anjana Basu agreed that celebrities and actresses were getting harassed in City of Joy. Underscoring the fear factor that haunts her, Basu conceded she doesn’t confront anyone nowadays even if someone crashes into her car consciously. “Yes, yes, I agree that celebrities and actresses do get harassed on the streets of Kolkata but I personally haven’t faced a situation as such. “I don’t like being on my toes all the time when I’m walking on the streets or am in my car but I have to. Even in incidents where someone crashes into my car consciously, neither I nor my driver confronts the individual due to safety reasons,” Basu, now on a trip to the US, told IANS. Basu, known for her acting skills which she has displayed in a wide variety of roles over the past one and a half decade, rued that “present day Kolkata is not exactly what one would call safe for celebrities and citizens in general”. “This is the current scenario of safety and security in the city of Kolkata and I fear that it will worsen over time,” added Basu, who has acted in Bengali films like “Bye Bye Bangkok”, “Byomkesh Fire Elo”, “Anghsumaner Chobi” and also in Hindi serial “Krishna kali” and film “Dum kata” – both directed by Amol Palekar. Another Bengali film actress Parno Mittra, best known for playing the title role in Anjan Dutt’s national award winning film “Ranjana Ami Ar Asbo Na”, said her concern was more for the ordinary people than the celebrities. “You see all this news is cropping up because we are celebrities. It is true that celebrities are being harassed. But if such things can happen to known faces, imagine what the common public is going through. “There are commoners who are probably facing these things, and being harassed. But we are not paying attention to it because they are not celebrities,” said Mittra, whose other notable films include “Bedroom”, “Ami Aar Amar Girlfriends”, “Maach Mishti More” and “Ekla Akash”. Mittra said she was “really scared” for her 24-year-old sister who commutes by public transport. “That is the main area of concern for citizens of West Bengal,” she told IANS. To a query whether the situation has now deteriorated in Kolkata, once considered one of the safest cities for women, she said: “Over the past ten years, it has not been that safe, sorry to say that.” Asked about the reasons for the present situation, she said: “You should ask the government why there is no security for women. In fact it’s just not about women, it is about males also. The other day, a male celebrity, some television actor, was harassed on the road.” Mittra said the remedy lay in government and administration taking strict measures to increase security for people. Mittra also recalled that the complaint of model-turned-actress Ushoshi Sengupta, wasn’t being taken by the police station initially. “My point is if people who are known faces are facing these issues, imagine what the commoners go through.” But Mittra said she did not foresee any problem for celebrities during next month’s Durga Puja festival. “During the puja, security is very tight on the streets of Kolkata, to be honest. Whenever we move out, we generally go for pandal judging and like that, then we have security with us,” she said.last_img read more

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Rare tiger cub dies at NB zoo after being born with health

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Staff at a New Brunswick zoo are mourning the loss of a rare tiger cub who died more than a week after she was born with three siblings.The Magnetic Hill Zoo announced in a Facebook post that the young female tiger passed away Sunday despite efforts by her mother, Anya, and a veterinarian to help her survive.Officials at the Moncton zoo said it became clear on Saturday that she was failing and would likely not improve.“She was the smallest animal and was not putting on the same weight gain as the other animals,” Jill Marvin, director of the municipally owned zoo, said Tuesday.“On the weekend it was her temperature — when they’re not maintaining temperature, that’s when we feel they’re in a much more critical situation.”The cub was born as part of a litter of four to the zoo’s Amur tiger on May 11. This was the second litter for the mother, who arrived there in 2013 and had three cubs in 2016.It’s estimated there are only about 400 Amur tigers left in the world, with most found in northern Russia.Marvin said a necropsy would be done to try to determine the cause of death, but that it could have been anything from a birth defect to an inability to absorb nutrients.The Facebook post had received 800 responses Tuesday morning and was shared more than 150 times, with most expressing their sadness at the loss.“RIP little one,” one woman wrote. “My thoughts are with the wonderful staff and all involved in caring for her during this difficult time.”In the post, the zoo said the mother and three remaining cubs showed no signs of complications and are thriving. The survival rate in the wild and under human care for the tigers is about one in three.It said the mom and cubs will not be on exhibit for several weeks, “as they bond together and get through the difficult stages of early development.” Marvin said it’s not yet clear what will happen to the cubs, but that the zoo would likely talk to other similar facilities that might be interested in acquiring them.“They’ll stay with the mom until we feel they’re suitably developed and growing and then we’ll consider our options based on other institutions that may be interested in our animals,” she said.A photo posted on its page last week showed the two brown and black-striped females and two males lined up side by side on a white sheet, with one appearing smaller than the others.“While she was not with us for long, she made a huge impact on staff,” the zoo’s Facebook post said.last_img read more

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Residential school survivor shares experience in book

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe legacy of residential schools is alive and well.School survivors tell their stories of the horrors they went through.One survivor has written a book about her experience.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

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Japan new defence plan bolsters fighter capability budget

first_imgTOKYO — Japan has adopted new defence guidelines that include plans for its first aircraft carrier and increases in defence spending and arms capability in coming years, citing the need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China.The defence plan was approved Tuesday by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cabinet along with a record 27 trillion yen ($240 billion) five-year defence spending from April 2019.The plans call for refitting an existing helicopter carrier into a ship that can deploy F-35B stealth fighters.Defence officials say Japan needs higher deterrence and increased missile defence and fighter capability to cope with potential threats amid regional tensions.Critics say possession of an aircraft carrier would give Japan a strike capability in violation to the country’s pacifist constitution.Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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REVOLUTION OF THE SPIRIT

first_imgWhen early in 1947 Freda Bedi applied in Lahore for a British passport, she described herself as a journalist. She had spent years teaching English at a girls’ college, and was to resume that line of work in Kashmir, but in the mid-1940s, writing and reporting was her main occupation. The family circumstances changed for the better. Bedi’s writing and publishing, ranging from textbooks to ghost writing, started delivering an income and that, Freda said, ‘enabled me to take a rest from the rather hard routine of lecturing in the college and travelling backwards and forwards so many miles a day. So the years ’42 to ’46 were years when I was more at home and writing.’ She relished the chance to have a calmer, more settled domestic life. Indeed she commented of the political activity in Lahore which now became a less prominent part of her life: ‘I didn’t particularly enjoy doing all this. I would have preferred, frankly, to sit at home and have a more peaceful family life. But it was the way life was, and there was no choice.’ Whether this was a downplaying of the political expressed later in life when the spiritual aspect was foremost, or reflected a disdain for the rough-and-tumble of a political existence which was born more of duty than conviction, it’s difficult to say – probably a bit of both. She also faced another political difficulty – as the Communist Party, and so her husband, fell out of step with the rest of the nationalist movement, husband and wife were also increasingly at odds about how best to achieve an independent India committed to social justice. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalAs a writer, Freda achieved a prominence to match her political reputation –and it was the work she most relished. In her student days, when her friends were talking excitedly of their personal ambitions, Freda’s goal was to write. She published two books, largely collections of her writing for newspapers and magazines. As a columnist, she addressed women’s issues with a directness which was startling. Throughout 1943, she had a weekly column in the Tribune entitled ‘From a Woman’s Window’ which tackled issues – such as childbirth and breast-feeding – which rarely surfaced in the mainstream media at that time. But her focus on gender, and the unfair and unequal burden on India’s women, was evident much earlier. Throughout her adult life, she sought to extend the bounds for women in public life. It would be difficult to describe Freda as a feminist. In her marriage, she willingly embraced a subservience to her husband and his personal and political ambitions. When she argued for women’s interests, it was not on the basis of a principled demand for equality but of a measure more equity and respect. As a Tibetan Buddhist, she eventually found a comfortable niche with a distinctly patriarchal spiritual tradition which – as with most major religions – limited and confined women’s role. Yet her championing of women, and her campaigning for the redress of women’s grievances, was a consistent aspect of her life, and first became evident as an activist and writer in pre-independence Lahore. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceIn the spring of 1936, eighteen months after arriving in India and just a few weeks before Tilak’s death, Freda was prominent in a public debate on the desirability of birth control clinics. The event was organised by the medical college students’ union, and addressed a pressing issue in an era of large families and high infant and maternal mortality. ‘Mrs Freda Bedi said that birth control did not mean no babies, it meant better babies; it did not mean no motherhood, but sensible motherhood. Birth control clinics should really be called “sensible motherhood clinics”. Motherhood should be a glorious fulfilment of all that is best in woman and a source of vitality and joy and woman should not be condemned through relentless and machine-like production of children. The way to ensure this was to have efficient birth control clinics established in the Punjab where the service should be absolutely free.’ There was lively opposition to her argument, with speakers expressing concern about birth control being sinful, leading to sterility and frustrating India’s need for a large army, but the chair of the meeting declared that the general sentiment was in support of the clinics. A couple of months later, Freda wrote for the Tribune’s magazine section as part of a debate about the segregation of the sexes. ‘All healthy minded people must agree,’ she declared, ‘that it is best if girls and boys can mix freely socially, while keeping a good attitude towards one another. … To my mind, co-education from childhood upwards is the only solution.’ But swayed by her experience as a college teacher, she was also concerned that women students were ignoring skills such as cooking and sewing. ‘The trouble with the present system is that a young man is usually faced with the alternative of a young modern educated wife, who has no idea of running a home intelligently or of bringing up children well, or on the other hand of a pretty girl, very uneducated, who can cook, sew and manage and bring up children but will live a life very apart from him, and be quite unable either to act as a hostess to his friends or to educate his children in the way he would like. I believe that in modern India, a wife, if she is to be useful must be educated, but I am shocked at the way girls in college here neglect learning household affairs. After all, the majority of girls are going to be married and it is only kindness to their husbands to be and their children that they should know something of the more practical things of life.’ In comments that must have upset some of her students, Freda went on to say that the ‘trouble is that, because higher education is something of a rarity here still, girls become swelled-headed and think that they are sure to marry rich husbands and that it is below their dignity to work in the house.’ This combination of progressive and traditional outlooks was a hallmark of Freda’s take on life, and evident in it is how she saw her own role in the household, as her husband’s companion and collaborator, but also as the homemaker. (Photos extracted and text excerpted with permission from The Lives of Freda; written by Andrew Whitehead; published by Penguin. The excerpt here is a part of the chapter titled ‘From a Woman’s Window’.)last_img read more

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Morneau promises fiscal update next week detailing state of Canadas finances

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he will deliver a fall economic update Tuesday to document the recent strong growth in the Canadian economy, but did not say whether it will include a plan to eliminate the federal deficit.Morneau says the update will “affirm” plans to reverse course and cut the small business tax rate to nine per cent by 2019.He says the update will also end tax advantages for “the wealthy few” — a plan that has landed the finance minister in a world of controversy.He made the announcement in the House of Commons despite being under siege in recent weeks from opposition critics over the proposed changes, as well as allegations of conflict of interest involving his considerable financial assets.Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have subsequently tweaked the tax measures this week amid outrage from small business owners, doctors, farmers, fishers and even some Liberal backbench MPs.The fiscal update comes as the Canadian economy is on a roll.The Finance Department notes that real GDP growth reached a 4.5-per-cent pace in the second quarter, with a budget deficit for 2016-17 that was $11.6 billion lower than projected in the 2016 budget.The government says real GDP has grown at an average rate of 3.7 per cent–the strongest four-quarter period of expansion since 2006 — and 400,000 new jobs have been created in the last two years.In recent months, Morneau has tied Canada’s strong economic performance to his government’s strategy to run deficits, which helped it finance measures such as lower income-tax rates for middle earners and enhanced child benefits.He also says Ottawa is sticking to a plan to invest more than $180 billion in infrastructure over the next 11 years, adding to annual, multibillion-dollar shortfalls across Ottawa’s five-year budgetary outlook — and perhaps beyond.Opposition Conservatives have long been critical about the government’s plan to add to the federal debt to fund new measures, while some economists have urged Ottawa to limit fiscal uncertainty by mapping out a plan to return to balance. read more

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UNHRC 40th session opens with Sri Lanka on the agenda

Bachelet drew on the lessons she learned during her two terms as President of Chile, prior to taking up the post of UN Human Rights Chief.“In my service as a Head of State and Head of Government I learned many things, but there are two lessons that I would like to share with you this morning,” said Bachelet. In her statement on the opening day today, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called for “courage and vision” from State leaders to advance both the interests of humanity and the national interest of their own countries, stressing that human rights-based policies deliver better outcomes across the social and economic spectrum – and beyond borders. “One was very simple: there was rarely a serious gap between the interest of humanity, and the national interest of my country. If a policy seems in the short term to advance a narrow interest, but hurts the future of humanity, that policy is surely counter-productive. Today, we sometimes hear human rights being dismissed as supposedly “globalist” – as opposed to the patriotic interest of a sovereign government. But how can any State’s interests be advanced by policies that damage the well-being of all humans?”“The second lesson…in my capacity as a Head of State; as a government Minister, a member of non-governmental organisations; and a refugee myself, I saw many human rights measures being debated, enacted, updated and upheld. And I watched these measures work. It can be done. I have seen it done.”Bachelet stressed that human rights-based policies prevent grievances, conflicts, inequalities, and suffering and discrimination of all kinds. The 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council opened in Geneva today with Sri Lanka on the agenda.UN Secretary General António Guterres and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet made statements on the opening day of the session. The session, which began today concludes on 22 March and a report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is set to be discussed on March 20. “Policies that build social justice also help to develop stronger economies. They drive more inclusive political systems, better frameworks for education, health-care, and other basic services. They build confidence and social harmony. They deepen trust. They build hope,” she said. The High Commissioner emphasised that there “cannot be optimal, sustainable or inclusive development when the voices of civil society are absent”, calling on authorities to engage in respectful dialogue with civil society.Bachelet acknowledged that in the current political landscape, the will is not always there, and that in some countries, important human rights advances are being dismantled, while in other countries, States drag their feet on crucial issues like climate change. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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After deadly wrecks Atlanta bans electric scooters at night

Atlanta is banning electric scooters in the nighttime hours during what’s been a deadly summer for riders.The ban comes as cities across the nation struggle to regulate the companies renting the devices and keep riders safe.In Atlanta, three riders have died since May in crashes that involved a public bus, an SUV and a car. Police in the Atlanta suburb of East Point say a fourth rider was killed there Tuesday in a collision involving his scooter and a truck.City officials on Thursday announced a ban on electric scooters and electric bikes from 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily. The ban takes effect Friday.Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says city officials have asked e-scooter vendors to disable the devices during the hours they’re banned.___This story has been corrected to say police in East Point reported the latest death; not Atlanta police.The Associated Press read more

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Loonie up March trade surplus declines February data sharply revised upward

Canadian dollars coins are shown with U.S dollars bills April 6, 2010 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was higher Tuesday while the latest trade data showed a much smaller than expected surplus for March. But there was a sharp revision upwards for the trade surplus racked up in the previous month.The loonie was up 0.48 of a cent to 91.79 cents US as Statistics Canada said the surplus came in at $79 million, much smaller than the $450 million that economists had expected and down sharply from the revised surplus of $847 million from February. The February trade surplus was originally reckoned to have come in at $290 million.Exports declined 1.4 per cent to $42.7 billion, with prices down two per cent. Energy products were the main contributor to the overall decline in exports.The other major Canadian economic report for the week comes out Friday when Statistics Canada posts the latest reading on employment.Economists believe the Canadian economy created about 16,000 jobs in April, down from 43,000 in March. But job creation has been volatile and has regularly missed expectations.The dollar gained ground amid a forecast that sees slower global economic growth.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said the global economy will grow by 3.4 per cent this year, down from its forecast of 3.6 per cent growth last November.The OECD, a think-tank for the world’s most developed countries, cut China’s growth forecast this year to 7.4 per cent from 8.2 per cent in November. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy is forecast to grow 2.6 per cent this year against last November’s 2.9 per cent estimate.The news is better for Canada: economic growth is projected to accelerate to 2.75 per cent by 2015.The OECD warned that “financial tensions in emerging markets are one risk that could blow the global recovery off course,” while falling inflation in the euro area was another cause for concern.In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed in March as exports rebounded to the second highest level on record, led by strong gains in sales of aircraft, autos and farm goods. The deficit declined to $40.4 billion, down 3.6 per cent from a revised February imbalance of $41.9 billion, which had been the biggest trade gap in five months.Other data showed that U.S. house prices rose at a slightly slower pace in the 12 months that ended in March, a sign that weak sales have begun to restrain the housing market’s sharp price gains.Data provider CoreLogic says prices rose 11.1 per cent in March compared with March 2013, down a bit from February’s 12.2 per cent year-over-year increase.On a month-to-month basis, prices in March rose 1.4 per cent from February.On the commodity markets, June crude in New York gained 24 cents to US$99.72 a barrel.July copper was unchanged at US$3.06 a pound while June bullion faded 90 cents to US$1,308.40. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie up: March trade surplus declines, February data sharply revised upward by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 6, 2014 9:38 am MDT read more

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Buford Buckeyes breeze past UTSA George Mason awaits

CLEVELAND — One game down, five to go. By pummeling Texas-San Antonio (20-14), 75-46, in its first game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, the Ohio State men’s basketball team is one step closer to accomplishing part three of its self-proclaimed three-part mission. The Buckeyes (33-2) already have crossed a Big Ten regular-season and conference tournament crown off their list. Cutting down the nets in Houston as national champions is all that’s left. OSU used a balanced effort to take a step in that direction against the Roadrunners. Four players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes, with junior guard William Buford leading the way with 18. Buford notched 15 of his points in the first half. “My teammates, they were giving me the ball, and shots were open,” Buford said. “So I was just taking good shots and I was able to knock them down.” UTSA, the Southland Conference Tournament champion, kept the game close early by scoring on its first four possessions. The game was tied, 9-9, with just more than 13 minutes remaining in the first half, before the Buckeyes began to put the Roadrunners away. OSU closed the half on a 28-12 scoring run to take a 16-point lead into the locker room. They attributed the slow start to poor execution. “Like I said, once we got through the first timeout, we were down,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “I thought our guys did a good job of responding and really keeping the focus.” The Roadrunners attempted to slow down the Buckeyes, often waiting until the shot clock was below 15 seconds to initiate their offense. That was not the style of play the Buckeyes expected. “We were pretty surprised. I think with the film that we watched in the short period of time that we had, we didn’t really see that much,” senior guard Jon Diebler said. “But, again, we have to be ready for whatever … way teams will play against us. I think for the first four or five minutes we weren’t, but after that we kind of picked it up.” The Buckeyes connected on 6-of-10 3-pointers in the first half and continued the hot shooting after intermission. The team finished 12-for-24 from distance. The Buckeyes had too many weapons for the Roadrunners to deal with. Senior guard Jon Diebler contributed 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting from behind the arc, while freshman forward Jared Sullinger added 11 points. In total, eight OSU players scored. Only one UTSA player, senior guard Devin Gibson, scored in double figures. Gibson tallied more than half his team’s points with a game-high 24. “I think we just need to do a better job on the team defense on Gibson,” Diebler said. “I think we left Aaron (Craft) and Will out to dry a little bit.” OSU was able to feed off a crowd consisting mostly of Buckeye fans. “It was awesome,” freshman point guard Aaron Craft said. “If you closed your eyes and listened to the cheers it sounded like we were playing in Columbus.” As OSU continued to add to its lead in the second half, Matta was able to empty his bench slowly. Sullinger was the first to make his exit, leaving the game for the first time with 12:12 on the clock, and not returning. Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, Buford and Diebler were soon to follow, as forward Deshaun Thomas and guards Jordan Sibert and Lenzelle Smith Jr., all freshmen, closed out the game. Sibert indicated his excitement at playing and scoring in his first tournament game. “It was great. That environment was crazy,” he said. “It was really good. My teammates, they are all supportive whenever we get out there.” Senior walk-on guard Eddie Days entered the game with 1:27 remaining, the 10th Buckeye to log minutes on the evening. The Buckeyes forced the Roadrunners into 13 turnovers and held UTSA to just 34 percent shooting on the evening. OSU also assisted on 26 of its 29 field goals and shot 55.8 percent from the floor. OSU held its opponent under 50 points for the eighth time this season and first time since a Jan. 19 contest with Iowa. OSU next will play George Mason on Sunday in Cleveland. The Patriots beat Villanova, 61-57, on Friday to advance to the tournament’s round of 32. read more

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Momir Ilic to Berlin for the Title

← Previous Story Tominec new Gorenje coach Next Story → Gyula Zsiga believes in work with talented Budapest’s young players Momir Ilic, the Serbian international playing for THW Kiel, in an exclusive interview for Balkan-Handball.com speaks about the upcoming game against Fuchse Berlin on Sunday. He considers the game as one of the most important this season, and should THW Kiel win this game, it might mean a title for them, because “many teams were losing points there”.About the upcoming European Championship 2012 in Serbia, he is optimist, but warns that this European Championship is “to be or not to be for Serbian handball”. He expects full support from the stands, and that this Championship is “one when Serbian team has never had the possibility to get one of the medals at some Championship, and everything else but a medal will be considered a failure”. Ilic adds that the opening game against Poland “will mean a lot, and a victory would be perfect, for cool atmpshere in the next but hard games against Denmark and Slovakia”. read more

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Apple also trying to block sales of Motorola Xoom through German court

first_imgYesterday we reported that Apple had succeeded in gaining an injunction against Samsung and the distribution of the Galaxy Tab across most of Europe. That means no sales of the Galaxy Tab are allowed going forward and until the case is resolved. Even then, it could mean Samsung can’t sell the Tab across Europe again if it loses in court.Now it has been revealed that Apple also filed a similar injunction request against Motorola targeting the Xoom tablet. The same German court has been used, but it doesn’t look as though a decision has been made yet regarding that case. If it’s the same as the Samsung complaint then it relates to industrial design intellectual property rather than specific hardware and software patents.It has also come to light that Apple has been successful in stopping a further tablet being released by German company JAY-tech, but it hasn’t been revealed what that tablet was specifically. The safe bet is on it being another Android tablet, but we may never know now if it had any potential next to the growing list of tablets running Google’s OS.The fate of Motorola’s tablet hangs in the air, and if there are any similarities with the case against Samsung then it’s probably going to result in the Xoom being taken off sale too. However, Motorola is already fighting Apple in the courts over 40+ patents, so they may be in a better position to negotiate with Apple.As it currently stands, Apple is fairing better against its keytablet and smartphone competitors in the courts. Samsung has been forced to stop selling the Galaxy Tab, HTC is awaiting a decision in November regarding Android, and Motorola is having to defend both its patents and devices against the company.Read more at FOSS Patentslast_img read more

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Northern Food Grade Soybean Association Donates Soybeans to the World Soy Foundation

first_imgOne of the soon to be beneficiaries of the soybean donation to Guatemala enjoying a glass of soymilk.The Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA), a non-profit organization of nine regional soybean processing companies, donated two 20 metric ton containers of food-grade soybeans last week to the World Soy Foundation (WSF).The soybeans will be shipped to Guatemala and Honduras to be used by SoyCows to feed thousands of children. A SoyCow is a processing system that can grind and cook whole soybeans into soymilk to make beverages, soya “cheese” (tofu), yogurt and other soyfoods. The SoyCow can process about four pounds of raw soybeans into four gallons of nutritious soymilk in about 20 minutes. The insoluble parts of the bean can be used to enhance the nutrition of local foods, such as breads, patties, stews and other blends.One in four children in Honduras is chronically malnourished; that rate rises to one in two children in Guatemala. These soybeans will be processed into soy beverages and foods in both countries and served in orphanages, child care centers, clinics and elsewhere to help provide valuable protein to children in need.NFGSA member companies participating in this donation include Brushvale Seed, Richland IFC, SB &B Foods, SK Food International and SunOpta.last_img read more

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The Sterling Highway Is OPEN At MP 106

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Good news for those heading to Homer this week, the Sterling Highway is open at MP 106, according to the Department of Transportation. DOT is working to widen the highway shoulders and install four large diameter culverts. Construction for the 2019 season will primarily occur at Slikok Tributary, Crooked Creek, and Clam Gulch. The Coal Creek culvert will be replaced as a part of improvements, and the adjacent areas revegetated and restored. Construction crews are working between MP 101 and 118.Crews will be installing culverts at Slikok Tributary, Clam Gulch, Coal Creek and Crooked Creek.Crews will be working day and night shifts. Drivers should be aware of possible TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS and DELAYS. This project is scheduled to be completed by October 2019. DOT advises drivers to still use caution while driving on the gravel surface in the area, and follow all traffic signs. Construction work includes pavement removal, unclassified excavation, embankment, grading, paving, stream diversions, stream channel construction, stream bank construction, culvert installation, signing, and striping. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWlast_img read more

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo

first_imgDear Editor,Robert Hayes, reporter and creator of the Wilmington Apple, pretty much summed it up at candidates night when he stated:  “The perception out there is that selectman candidate Jonathan Eaton is the establishment’s candidate and the perception is that Robert Fasulo is the candidate of change.”  Robert Hayes hit the nail on the head.  This is absolutely true.  I’ve personally talked with several hundred residents over the past few months and I know first hand that this is what people are feeling, this is what people are saying.  As many of you know, I don’t follow the trend of endorsing a candidate every year and as a matter of fact, it’s been fifteen years since I supported a candidate for the office of Wilmington Board of Selectmen.  But this year, there’s a candidate who truly stands out; Rob Fasulo is that candidate.One of the main reasons I’m supporting Rob Fasulo is that he will not be part of the status quo.  While there is no doubt we will disagree on some things, fundamentally we’re on the same page.  He’s an independent thinker, strong-willed and ethically minded when it comes to family and community.   One of Rob’s best qualities is that he is a great communicator and the most important part of communication is actually listening to what the other person is saying.  If elected to the board of selectmen, be rest assured that Rob will listen to each and every one of you so that we may provide a great quality of life to our children, our seniors and to every resident in Wilmington.Rob truly cares about the direction in which Wilmington is heading in regards to development and how it’s becoming out of control.  Like most of us, he wants to keep our town from turning into an overdeveloped city–case and point–look at some of our surrounding towns.  They were small towns not too long ago.  In recent months I’ve observed on social media that people say they’ve moved from big cities to Wilmington so they can raise their kids in a small, safe community.  People like myself who are lifelong residents are very concerned on how Wilmington has the potential to be overdeveloped. Rob would also like to maintain a small town feel.  He cares about our future and he cares about how our tax dollars are spent.Rob Fasulo is a lifelong resident of Wilmington.  He is a graduate of the Wilmington Public Schools and he went on to earn a degree in criminal justice and has made a career of serving the commonwealth in a law enforcement capacity.  In addition to caring for the people in our town and state, he also cares deeply about the environment and shows his commitment by running a small local agricultural business that produces honey and maple syrup and is very involved in the Farmer’s Market on the town common selling the most fantastic honey and maple syrup products my family has ever had.  Quite obviously food is one of my passions!Please join with me on Saturday, April 28, 2018 and cast a vote for Robert Fasulo for Wilmington Selectman in our upcoming town election.  Remember every single vote is important and it makes a difference.  It’s time to take back our town.  Wilmington families first, Wilmington neighborhoods forever!Sincerely,Michael V. McCoyWilmington SelectmanNOTE TO CANDIDATES & CAMPAIGNS: Got announcements, press releases, letters to the editor, etc.?  Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Endorses Rob Fasulo For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN RACE PREVIEW: Everything You Need To Know Before You VoteIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

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Ask a Climatologist Snowflake sweet spot

first_imgSnow piles up Jan. 23 at Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. (Photo: Annie Feidt/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The ingredients for picture perfect snowflakes came together in Southcentral Alaska this past weekend. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider said the snowflakes that fell in were especially large and piled up quickly.Listen now“There’s a couple ways you can get big snowflakes,” Brettschneider said. “You can have really wet snow where the flakes clump together, and when that falls, it really compresses. But we had a situation where the whole thermal profile of the lowest, say, 10,000 feet of the atmosphere was right in a sweet spot to promote large snowflake growth. That’s called the dendritic growth zone and it lets the arms, if you will, of the snowflakes get really, really big and it traps lots of air in it. So its light, low density, snow that really piles up quickly.”Brettschneider didn’t look at the flakes under a microscope. He didn’t need to: the flakes were that big. And the snow was really dry.“And when you melt it all out, normally in a typical snowfall about 12 inches of snow would equal one inch of melted water,” Brettschneider said. “In this case, at the Anchorage National Weather Service office, 25 or 30 inches of snow equaled an inch of water — so very, very dry, light snow that piles up quickly.”If conditions are right, fluffy snow like this can occur in any part of the state. Anchorage, at least this week, was the sweet spot in the state.“The farther north you go where its really, really cold, Fairbanks and northward, typically the atmospheric profile is too cold to promote that large growth, so usually you don’t get those big dry snowflake ratios,” Brettschneider said.In the Southeast where it’s typically warmer, the wet snow clumps together and doesn’t pile up in the same way.“I think most people, especially if you have to shovel a driveway, appreciate the lighter, fluffier snow that’s easier to move around and doesn’t cause as many aches and pains,” Brettschneider said.last_img read more

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KMC gives plot of land to Netaji Eye Hospital group for another

first_imgKolkata: Ramchandrapur, a village in Purulia has become a well known name in Bengal because of Netaji Eye Hospital, a non-profit super specialty hospital set up by one of the close associates of Subhas Chandra Bose has served thousands of poor and tribal people.The hospital is being run by Sri Sri Bijoykrishna Ashram Relief Society, a charitable organization. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has given a plot of land to them to set up an eye hospital for people coming from economically challenged background at Sarsuna Satellite township. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA five-storeyed (G+4) building is coming up at the site to house a 100 bed super specialty eye hospital. The Society is already running a 25 bed mini eye hospital next to the proposed super specialty hospital.The high quality of treatment has attracted patients from the neighbouring states of Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand. At a time when the cost of eye treatment is going up and is beyond the reach of a common man, the Netaji Eye Hospital stands out like an oasis for those coming from economically challenged background. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSwami Asimananda Saraswati , one of the close associates of Netaji founded the hospital in Purulia in 1953 and named it after his mentor Netaji. In one of the trips to Purulia in the early 1940s, Subhas Chandra had told Swami Asimananda to do something for the blind as blindness was a major disease in Purulia because of poverty.The 250 bed rural based hospital has attracted patients from all over Bengal and some neighbouring states because of the dedication and state of the art method of treatment. Daily 400/500 patients, on an average, are visiting the out patient department (OPD) which is absolutely free. However, during the peak season , the number of patients crosses 700 per day. In the in-patient department of the hospital, 75% of the beds are meant for free patients. The hospital has an Eye bank cum Cornea Keratoplasty unit. There are seven operation theatres and dedicated speciality clinics, Cornea and vitro retinal services along with low vision aids, contact lens and other support services.There are outreach camps and screening camps held throughout the year. In the past 5 years, a total of 4,56, 269 patients were treated in the OPD while total surgeries performed 40,961 during this period. The hospital has its branches in Durgapur, Bankura and a project is coming up at Asansol. All these centres are meant for poor people who cannot afford costly treatment.last_img read more

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Watch out for these roadworks across South Cheshire this week

first_imgStaffordshire Moorlands Stafford Borough, Rugeley, Uttoxeter M6, A500 and A50 Bridge to close for seven months Stoke-on-Trent South Cheshirecenter_img Newcastle Borough Full list of roadworks South Cheshire: A – B A500: Lane closure at Mermeoor Roundabout/Shavington bypass from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Crewe Green Link Roundabout from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Shavington Bypass Roundabout in Shavingtom Cum Gresty from October 25 until October 26 A500: Lane closure at Cheerbrook roundabout from October 25 until October 26 Alsager: Multi-way signals on B5078 Chells Hill in Betchon at the junction of Sandbach Road from October 22 until November 9 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 10 until October 29 Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Hellyar Brook Road at the junction with Dunnocksfold Road from October 17 until October 23 Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Linley Road on October 22 Alsager: Stop/go boards on Pikemere Road on October 22 Betchton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road over Lynnhouse Bridge Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Read MoreGunman threatens Subway staff in armed robbery Congleton: Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Longdown Road from October 17 until October 23 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Fol Hollow from A34 Newcastle Road until Bankyfields Crescent from October 16 until October 24 Congleton: Two way traffic signals on A527 Park Lane from October 19 until October 25 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Walfield Avenue from October 15 until October 30 Crewe: Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Bleasdale Road and Rydal Mount from October 18 until November 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until November 2 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 18 until October 22 (outside number 332) Crewe: Two way traffic signals on Dunwoody Way from Dunwoody Way Roundabout from October 22 until November 16 Crewe: Road closures and roadworks on Franklyn Avenue from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Hungerford Road near number 339A from October 25 until October 26 Crewe: Carriageway incursions and road closures on Mablins Lane near Sunnyside Place until November 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Middlewich Street from October 19 until October 22 Crewe: Stop/go boards on A5019 Mill Street from October 26 until October 29 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Moreton Road from October 17 until October 23 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Nelson Street from October 22 until October 24 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Parkers Road near the Eight Farmers from October 15 until October 29 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Ruskin Road on October 22. Crewe: Roadworks and traffic signals at junction of Somerville Street/Lunt Avenue and Claremont Road until October 29 Crewe: Sydney Road closed from midnight on Saturday October 26 until 7am on Sunday October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on A532 West Street on October 22 Crewe: Two way signals on West Street outside number 268 from October 24 until October 30 Crewe: Carriagewway on West Street near junction of Frank Webb Avenue on October 27 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 22 until October 23 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure around the railway bridge on Wistaston Road from September 20 until November 11 Read MoreAir ambulance called as A529 closed due to serious accident H – R Hough: Two way traffic signals on Cobbs Lane from October 26 until October 30 Hough: Two way traffic signals on Newcastle Road from October 23 until October 26 Minshull Vernon : Two way traffic signals on Eardswick Lane near High Farm from October 24 until October 26 Moreton: Two way traffic signals near junction with Newcastle Road from October 22 until October 24 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of Arnhold Street and Cowfields from October 23 until October 25. Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Blankney Avenue on October 22 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until November 2 Nantwich: Roadworks overnight at level crossing on B5074 London Road from October 25 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursions on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 26 Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on Pillory Street on October 28 Nantwich: Two way signals on Wybunbury Lane at the side of the Cedars from October 24 until October 26 Odd Rode: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Grays Close and The Bank from October 15 until October 26 Rode Heath: Stop/go boards on Heath Avenue on October 22 Read MorePolice investigate as pupil excluded after shocking video of school fight emerges on social media S Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on Bradwall Road near junction with Chapel Street from October 24 until October 26 Sandbach: Plant Lane closed at Canal Bridge on October 24 and October 26 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road on October 28 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on High Street near numbers 40-42 from October 21 until October 23. Sandbach: Two way signals on A533 Middlewich Road near Turnpike Court and Co-op from October 25 until October 26 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on B5079 Station Road near Moss Lane from October 22 until November 5 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closures at the canal birdge on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Road closure on Nursery Lane on October 27 Smallwood: Road closure on Church Lane on October 26 Somerford : Carriageway incursion on A54 Holmes Chapel Road at Braken Barns from October 22 until October 26 Stapeley: Stop/go boards on A529 Broad Lane near Primary School on October 24 Stapeley: Two way traffic signals on First Dig Lane from October 19 until October 25 Read MoreBritain’s strongest man Eddie Hall has now taken up boxing – and he’s vowed to KNOCK OUT this rival W Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Cheerbrook Road from October 22 until October 24 Willaston: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Wybunbury Road and Cheerbrook Road from October 26 until October 30 Willaston: Roadworks and lane closure at Peacock Roundabout (Crewe Road/Nantwich Bypass) until October 7 Willaston: Roadworks and road closure at level crossing on Wistaston Road on October 28 Willaston: Carriageway incursion on Wistaston Road near junction with Moorfields and Gladstone Street from October 24 until October 26 Wybunbury/Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane from October 27 until October 29 Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the area on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the area between Monday October 22 and Sunday October 28. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in South Cheshire in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 22 until October 28last_img read more

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Newegg Is Offering More Than 50 Off on Select Video Games for

first_imgFor a period of 48 hours only, Newegg is offering more than 50 percent discount on the latest gaming titles for various gaming platforms. Not only this, but there are several offers on gaming peripherals that are dedicated for your gaming consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.One of our favorite games, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is being sold for the price of $39 for the PlayStation 4, marking a discount of 33 percent. There are several games like this put on offer but the question is, how can you avail them right away? The answer is extremely simple; by using the code EMCPWPW86, you will be able to avail the discounts on the latest video games, making your grand total heavily reduced to what it would originally cost you. Share Tweet Submit Another personal favorite of ours added to the list is Resident Evil 7, which bows away from the arcade-shooter that it turned out with the inception of Resident Evil 6 and finally went back to the roots of what the survival horror genre was truly all about. As a reminder, the offer is going to be valid for a period of 48 hours and if you want to check the latest terms and conditions, do read the fine print stated in the image.To start shopping for the latest video games at a massive discount, click here to start your discounted run right away.last_img read more

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