15 held for attack on Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’

first_imgWith politics in election-bound Rajasthan heating up after disruptions caused to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Gaurav Yatra’, the police have arrested 15 persons on charges of throwing stones at her bus, modified as a “chariot”, during her public meeting in Jodhpur district’s Pipar town on Saturday night.Jodhpur (Rural) Superintendent of Police Rajan Dushyant said a first information report had been registered against 29 persons after identifying them from photographs and video recording of the yatra. Since a couple of police constables performing the security duty were also injured, the accused have been charged with disturbing peace and assaulting public servants.Ten of the accused were arrested on Sunday and five on Monday, while raids were being conducted at suspected places in Jodhpur and Pali districts to apprehend others. Those arrested were produced before a Judicial Magistrate and remanded in judicial custody after rejection of their bail applications.Many of the arrested persons are active Congress workers. According to the police, they vandalised the meeting spot and tore off banners and hoarding of Ms. Raje and other BJP leaders. The protesters reportedly shouted slogans in support of Congress leader Ashok Gehlot during Ms. Raje’s address and allegedly disrupted the meeting by pelting stones on her bus.‘Political conspiracy’Jodhpur District Congress Committee (DCC) has taken exception to the arrest of its workers and accused the BJP government of hatching a “political conspiracy” to implicate them in the crime. A delegation led by DCC president Heera Ram Meghwal met senior police officers on Monday and claimed that no Congress worker had gone to Ms. Raje’s meeting. He said the disruption was caused because of rivalry among BJP workers.last_img read more

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2019-12-03

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Perlas Pilipinas loses by 51 to Japan in Fiba Asia Women’s Cup opener

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Antetokounmpo uses just 6 pairs of shoes in a season Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Cindy Resultay of Perlas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas got a rude welcome in Division A after a 106-55 beatdown at the hands of defending champion Japan in the Fiba Asia Women’sCup Sunday at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.Japan showed it was on a different class from the get-go, taking a 25-11 lead after the first 10 minutes of the gameADVERTISEMENT The mighty Japanese stretched their advantage to 50, 91-41, after a basket by Evelyn Mawuli with 8:13 left.Mawuli topscored with 21 points to lead five other Japanese players scored in double-digits with Miyuki Kawamura adding 14 and Sakura Akaho posting a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsGemma Miranda was the lone bright spot for PH. She finished with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.A determined Perlas, which faces another powerhouse in Australia on Monday, tried but just couldn’t get anything going. The Filipinos shot just 29% from the field while the allowing the Japanese to shoot 49%. View commentslast_img read more

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2019-11-28

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Anju George: Will not resign from Kerala sports council post till allegations are cleared

first_imgOlympian Anju Bobby George is at loggerheads with the Kerala Sports Minister EP Jayarajan over corruption allegations against her. Backed by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), the Indian long jumper wants sports to be above politics and says she will stick out till all allegations against her is cleared and will not allow anybody to taint her credibility that she had earned.The AFI released a statement on Sunday which said: “On behalf of the entire athletics fraternity of the country, we salute her selfless and indefatigable service to Indian athletics and extend absolute support to her at this juncture.”Earlier Minister Jayarajan had questioned George on the alleged favours she got from before the newly elected government in Kerala. He also accused the athlete of traveling to Kerala on government sponsored air tickets.Refuting the minister’s statements, Anju Bobby George on Saturday wrote an open letter demanding Jayarajan to order a comprehensive probe on her whole career which has spanned more than 10 years, and not just her tenure as the president of Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC).India Today spoke to the World Championship bronze medalist exclusively. Here are the excerpts.India Today: CPM party secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has said there was no intention to insult you and that you are the pride of Kerala. What do you have to say on this?Anju George: I am happy to know that the party leader, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan sir has stated that I am the pride of Kerala. It’s a certificate, a merit certificate for me.advertisementQ: So you said you will be returning the money – the Rs 40,000 that was spent on air travel?A: True. With clear government order, after six months, I got the amount of Rs 40,000. According to the rule, if the chairperson of Kerala State Sports Council wants to go on an official duty, they are eligible for air fare.In my case, they say, my journey from Bangalore to Trivandrum is not official duty. But I am holding posts as the camp coordinator in Bangalore, as the chairperson for the top committee in Delhi, and as a council president in Trivandrum. It’s true that I stay in Banglore, but nobody can state that I flew from Bangalore to Trivandrum not on official duty. I hold all these posts without any salary. It’s my commitment towards the sports society. I hold duties in all these three states. Q: Will you resign? A: My point is that, with this allegation, I won’t resign, and I won’t stay where I am not fit. Q: What do you have to say about the open letter? A: That was my expression, my views, my hunger to show the world what I am.Q: Why did you not write a formal complaint letter to the chief minister? A: Actually, the whole episode happened in a day. I met the sports minister at around 1:30 and after that I went to meet the CM, but he was in a meeting. He came back around 8, in the evening. At 10 was my flight back to Bangalore, so I didn’t get time to write a letter.With inputs from Revathi Rajeevan, ThiruvananthapuramAlso read: Olympian Anju George claims Kerala sports minister insulted herlast_img read more

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2019-11-26

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Bindra using electro-magnetic current for nervous system check

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Jul 18 (PTI) In his insane search for perfection and a medal in his swansong Olympics, ace shooter Abhinav Bindra has pushed the boundaries further by exposing himself to a scientific procedure called Electromagnetic System for enhancing the functioning of “nervous system”. Cut off from the rest of the world, the Olympic champion is currently in Munich, preparing for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. His father Apjit Bindra, who has played a role in his own way in his sons progress, says he rarely gets to speak to Indias lone Olympic individual gold medal winner.” “He is using Electromagnetic System,” Bindra senior told PTI and when asked to elaborate, added, “It is a system where current that is induced into the body, goes directly to the nervous system. It enhances the functioning of nervous system. It is a complex procedure.” As per definition, Electromagnetic Systems group deals with antennas, components and circuits from microwave to terahertz. The applications range from communication systems to imaging, measurement and sensing. As a simulation of sorts, Bindra climbed a 40-feet high pizza pole ahead of the 2008 Beijing Games, which saw him conquer his “fear” and go on to win a historic gold medal. Days before he would script history, Bindra tried to conquer fear that could “grip” him during an Olympic final, by attempting his hand at what the German special forces normally do. Known for his deadpan expression, besides shooting, the 33-year-old Bindra qualified for the Rio Games through quota place at the ISSF World Cup in Munich. He has only intensified his training ever since. “For the last one and a half month, we have been speaking only once a week. He doesnt like to be told about articles and features being done on him here. He is only focussed on the Games. Thats how he has been and he is one of Indias most experienced Olympians now having competed in five Games. Its almost 20 years,” Bindras father said on the sidelines of the official send-off of the Indian Olympic contingent. The world championship gold medallist, who will be the Indian contingents flag bearer at the opening ceremony on the August 5, is one of the four goodwill ambassadors named by the Indian Olympic Association. In 2008 Beijing Olympics, Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the sporting extravaganza. PTI AH KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

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2019-11-25

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On accurate tools and calibration

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Continue Reading Previous Mark your calendar for the Programmable Logic Meet-up at ESC Minneapolis 2016Next Book Review: The Innovators by Walter Isaacsoncenter_img I’m a sucker for tools that measure things, especially when they offer a great deal of precision. Or, better, accuracy, for accuracy is how closely a measurement conforms to reality, and precision is a measure of repeatability. Most of us, myself included, in casual conversation carelessly conflate these terms.Perhaps one of the more incredible measuring tools we all carry around is a smart phone GPS. In 1991 a friend and I sailed to England with an early Magellan unit. Big, costly and clunky it burned through AAs at an amazing rate so had to be left off except when we needed a position. The slow MCUs of the day required 20 minutes to obtain and reduce a position; I used to race it with the sextant. Today it’s amazing that a tiny bit of electronics can suck data from the spacecraft 20,000 km above the earth and almost instantly compute a position accurate to a few meters. What Captain Cook would have given for such technology! (I bet he would have liked decent charts even better.)One of my favorite measuring tools in the woodworking shop is this 6” scale:6” scale and calipers. Photo by author. These were available at Home Depot for $2 each. I bought two and now wish I had purchased more, for Home Depot, in the inevitable cheapening of things, replaced these with Chinese crap.One side is divided into 32nds, the other into 64ths. The calipers confirm as much accuracy as I can discern with aging eyes. But are the calipers accurate? According to a precision calibration block they’re within about 2 thousandths of an inch at the one inch setting. That’s more than good enough for my woodworking.But how accurate is the cal block? It was sold as being good to one ten-thousandth but that was years ago. And what about its tempco? Presumably at room temperatures the variation is low, but who knows? We all rely on some sort of faith as guiding our philosophical underpinnings; mine is in that cal block but it could be that it isn’t the One True Religion after all.One neat little item is this $30 Wixey tilt-box which measures angles.Wixey tilt box. Photo by author. MEMS accelerometers are so cheap today that a lot of these sorts of devices are available. A rare-earth magnet in the bottom of the unit sticks it to something to be measured; in this photo it’s measuring the angle of a table-saw blade. At $30 it has a claimed accuracy of +/- 0.2 degrees. I’ve checked it against my best square which is supposed to be within 0.0001” over 6”. But is the square really that good?I have to rely on faith. But these accuracies are good enough for woodworking.The tilt-box can’t measure absolute angles; they are all referenced to a value when one presses the “zero” button. So I put it on the saw’s table, zero it, and then mount it on the blade.The darn thing eats coin cells. After six months the CR2032 is dead, though I probably use it a total of ten minutes in that time. This puzzle got me interested in embedded systems that have to work for a long time from a battery which resulted in this study. The unit pulls 10 uA when “off” – the MCU is probably in some inefficient sleep mode. Interestingly, those $4 digital thermometers that live for years in a medicine cabinet yet spring to life when needed draw about a single nA when off. “Off” means different things to different engineers.How about tape measures? Here’s two:Two tape measures. Photo by author. One is a ¾” Dewalt, the other a ½” Stanley. At 7 feet they disagree by 1/16”. Which one is correct? An old saw states that a man with one clock knows what time it is; one with two has no idea, which seems to be the matter with these two tapes. We’re building a 30’ long barn so I imagine that the total difference over that run is a quarter inch. Horrors! But the truth is I screwed it up and there’s over an inch of skew in the building. Entirely my fault, though it would be nice to blame the tools.In the electronics lab we all have a plethora of equipment for measuring things. My work is mostly experimentation and really doesn’t need much in the way of high accuracy (or precision). Obviously, others will have different requirements. It is nice to know that the gear isn’t lying too much, but for me it makes no economic sense to send the stuff out to a cal lab every year.Take, for instance, a DMM. This HP 3468A is old but, with the exception of a display that’s a little hard to read, is quite a nice unit. Does “old” mean “out of calibration”?DMM being tested by the DMMCheck. Photo by author. The little board in front of the meter is a DMMCheck from VoltageStandard. For about $50 this thing provides a 5.000 volt output reference, accurate to 0.01% +/- 500 µV, a 1.000 mA reference, accurate to 0.1% +/- 1 µA, and three 0.1% resistors. Recalibration of the unit is free for the first two years and $10 after that. It’s really not important that my meter is super-accurate… but it sure feels good to know that it’s pretty darn close. (I know that a measurement at just one voltage doesn’t mean the meter is accurate at any voltage; the DMMCheck is just a reassuring sanity check.)Other gear is harder to evaluate. I check various instruments against each other from time to time. For instance, the HP 8640B signal generator’s indicated frequency is always within 1 KHz of what the Advantest R3132 spectrum analyzer reports – not bad at the signal generator’s max 500 MHz. My scopes are all digital and, connected to that signal generator, display the correct frequency to within the relatively low (few digits) resolution that most scopes provide as part of their automatic measurements.Voltage measurements are much more distressing since scopes generally are rated at -3 dB for frequencies at their max bandwidth. Even if in-calibration it bugs me to see the amplitude drop off as one cranks up the sig gen’s frequency. If you don’t know how a piece of test equipment is spec’d you may be deceived by what is displayed.My Agilent MSO-X 3054A scope does have an internal calibration feature, but I can’t find any information about how accurate this is. The manual does say that for NIST traceability one must follow a normal (and carefully-outlined) procedure using traceable test equipment.A recent EDN article discusses the merits of having an in-house calibration capability. For me, it doesn’t make much sense but for others the trade-offs are different.What are your favorite precision tools and instruments, and do you routinely calibrate them? Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . last_img read more

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2019-11-18

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World Cup 2018: Activists find unique way to display Pride flag despite ban

first_imgThe attention of the entire world is fixed on the FIFA World Cup 2018. Football is the most followed sport in the world and the World Cup is the biggest sporting event in the universe.And it is at this stage that a group of activists made their views known.Ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, there were plenty of concerns for the LGBTQ community.The LGBTQ community in Russia does not enjoy certain rights and various organisations had asked gay people to be careful if they did go to watch the World Cup.Besides, Russia bans the display the Pride flag — the rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world. The rainbow coloured flag used to represent support towards the LGBTQ community around the world is banned in Russia (thehiddenflag.com)On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India heard pleas against Section 377 that criminalises gay sex in India. Pleas were filed against the law after the Supreme Court passed ‘Right to Privacy’ as a fundamental right last year and even though the final judgement is yet to come, the highest court is hearing the case.Just a few days before this hearing in New Delhi, far away in Russia, six activists walked around the streets created a hidden Pride flag through football jerseys.Activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) came together in Russia and formed a hidden flag as a protest against the Russian law.advertisement Photos of these activists going around Russia was uploaded on their website (thehiddenflag.com)The photos of these activists going around Russia, standing, sitting and walking in the line of colours that form the rainbow flag was uploaded on their website.With the photos making it to social media, people marvelled at the courage and statement that the activists made and showed their support for the same.An LGBT activist Eric Rosswood shared the news and expressed his excitement about the unique show of support for the LGBTQ community in Russia.OMG! I love this so much! People went to Russia during the World Cup and dressed in different colored jerseys to form the rainbow flag when they stood next to each other! FABULOUS! #HiddenFlag https://t.co/7LbIiHPlJXEric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) July 10, 2018A Twitter user ValStew called it a “great idea” and expressed her support towards freedom to love.What a great idea. Way to go ! Everyone has the right to love whom ever they choose. #LoveIsLove #HiddenFlag https://t.co/co7lzdB7LYValStew (@vstew0360) July 9, 2018World Cup is a huge platform to show a range of ideals, emotions and beliefs to the world and these six activists have done exactly that.With Russia attempting to improve their image through the World Cup, this was a unique way to convey some of their loopholes and portray the voices behind the LGBTQ community. LGBT activits Marta Marquez (Spain), Eric Houter (Netherlands), Eloi Pierozan Junior (Brazil), Guillermo Leon (Mexico), Vanesa Paola Ferrario (Argentina) and Mateo Fernandez Gomez (Colombia) (thehiddenflag.com)Meanwhile, the footballing action in the World Cup is about to begin again on Tuesday with France and Belgium taking on each other in the first semi-final.England will take on Croatia in the second semi-final on Wednesday.While the third-place match will take place on Saturday, Sunday will the big day when two countries will battle for the coveted Trophy.last_img read more

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2019-11-17

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Have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get Ben Stokes out: Tim Paine

first_img Next Have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get Ben Stokes out: Tim PaineAshes 2019, England vs Australia: When asked whether he fears Ben Stokes’ feat may hang over his captaincy in the way that all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Aussie skippers, Paine said his concern was more basic.advertisement Reuters ManchesterSeptember 3, 2019UPDATED: September 3, 2019 22:29 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSTim Paine said he isn’t losing sleep thinking about his future as Australia captainQuestions have been asked of Paine’s decisions in the decisive final hours of the 3rd TestAustralia need to win one more game from the remaining two Tests to retain The AshesIt is nine days since Ben Stokes hit a remarkable 135 not out to win the third Test of the Ashes series at Headingley, and as he prepares for the next instalment, Australia captain Tim Paine said thoughts of how to outwit the England batsman keep him awake at night.England were nine wickets down with 73 runs required before Stokes’ swashbuckling innings almost single-handedly kept England in the series and denied Australia a win that would have ensured the tourists retained the Ashes.Questions have been asked of Paine’s decisions in the decisive final hours of that Test. But asked whether he fears Stokes’ feat may hang over his captaincy in the way that all-rounders Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff impacted previous Aussie skippers, Paine said his concern was more basic.”Nah, I haven’t lost a hell of a lot of sleep thinking about my captaincy. But I have lost a bit of sleep thinking how we’re going to get him out, that’s for sure,” he said.”He’s a class player, and he’s really confident at the moment. He’s going well. Like I said, we’ve got some plans for him – but we’ve just got to execute them a bit better,” he said.Paine believed spinner Nathan Lyon has troubled Stokes at various times, but he has urged his fielders to provide better support than they did at Headingley.”I think Nathan has actually bowled really well to him. He’s created a number of chances each time he’s bowled to him.advertisement”But the other side of it is we hold our chances when Nathan is bowling to him. If we can do that, I think he can open the game up for us through that middle order. The last two Tests in particular, we’ve let Nathan down a bit with our fielding,” he said.Paine did however engage in some self-criticism about the way the last Test got away from his side.”We made some mistakes, it happens. We have addressed it as a team and spoken about it honestly. I was certainly one of those people who made mistakes. I would have done some things differently with my field placings,” he said.”There were times, looking back at it, where it was obvious I should have had the field up and allowed Ben to hit a couple of boundaries so we had more balls at the tailender (Jack Leach).”That’s the main thing I would have done differently. It happens in cricket and we have moved on, learnt from it, and we are ready for another great Test match.”Also Read | Ben Stokes has worst music taste of anyone I know: Mark WoodAlso Read | Ashes 4th Test: England switch seam attack with Craig Overton in for Chris WoakesAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Traffic sign in Manchester mocks Australia over sandpaper-gateFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Ben StokesFollow Tim PaineFollow England VS AustraliaFollow The Asheslast_img read more

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2019-10-25

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Shopping in the Dark: Night Markets

first_imgNight Markets have been popular shopping and socializing destinations in East Asia for decades, if not centuries.Similar to flea markets, but with higher-end goods and foods, Night Markets are after-hours affairs taking place long after most conventional brick and mortar stores and restaurants are closed, allowing daytime workers, bar-goers, and insomniacs the chance to grab a bowl of noodles and do a little browsing. From Bangkok to Beijing, these events are filled with local street food (often grilled right in front of you), unique and (mostly) inexpensive goods, and more drinks than you can handle in one evening. For many, the night market is rightly thought of as the beating heart of their city.And lately, American towns and cities are taking note of night markets’ popularity and developing their own Westernized versions that often pop up around the holidays, providing gift-buyers the opportunity to shop both late and local.Southern California currently has the highest number of night markets, due in large part to the region’s sizable East-Asian immigrant population. One of the largest, 626 Night Market (held in the LA region’s Santa Anita Park) boasts “…the largest Asian-themed night market in the United States…with hundreds of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities for the whole family.” But night markets aren’t just popping up on the West Coast and not all of them are Asian-themed or influenced. Philadelphia, Queens, and Chicago are getting in on the action with The Food Trust Night Market, Queens Night Market, and Sauced Night Market, respectively and smaller cities such as Cleveland and Charleston have also gotten in on the act.And, there are even whispers that renowned celebrity Chef and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain’s in-the-works Bourdain Market in New York City will be open late, evoking a more upscale night market that is sure to be a hit in the city that never sleeps.Last month, The Manual attended Portland’s Night Market–a new-ish, but very popular event, housed in a re-purposed century-old warehouse in the city’s formerly industrial Central Eastside district. Hosting everything from distilleries, to chocolatiers, to fashion boutiques, wineries, and a dozens of food carts, Portland’s Night Market (for a brief few hours) became the city’s one-stop shop for locally produced, crafted, and brewed goods and foods.Portland’s Night Market was founded by Emma Pelett who, thanks to her family business (Portland’s famous City Liquidators), has had many experiences with night markets in Southeast Asia (buying and selling vast quantities of furniture and housewares). Pelett wanted to bring the night market atmosphere of fun and practicality to Portland. Judging by the crowds and the length of the line for the ID check queue (for those wishing to purchase alcohol), Pelett’s hard work paid off.And we certainly are grateful for that hard work, because it resulted in us having one of the best weeknight shopping experiences we could ask for.We arrived at Night Market around 6:30pm and immediately went to wet our whistle at Night Market’s secret speak-easy, put on by local watering hole Bible Club. The bartender mixed up for us a Remember the Maine, a heritage drink composed of James E. Pepper 1776 Rye, Carpano Antica, Cherry Heering and a spritz of Lucid Absinth. It was delicious and highly acoholic and the perfect way to start off a few hours of semi-drunken shopping and sampling.Sufficiently warmed by our drinks, we spent the next several hours strolling up and down the aisles, trying on flannel shirts, wool gloves, hats, and hand-made colognes. We gorged ourselves on free samples of organic chocolates, mulled wines, whiskies, brandies, beers, and vodkas, as our hands slowly became heavier and heavier with all the loot we gathered during our slightly-intoxicated shopping spree. For a complete list of vendors, click here.Overall, our night market experience was a joy–not only did we manage to get a significant portion of our holiday shopping done, but we did it almost without even realizing we were holiday shopping. For those of you who hate buying gifts (for whatever reason), try a night market–just stop by the wine and liquor tastings first–your giftees will thank you.Photo Credit: Aubrie LeGault All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Editors’ Recommendations The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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TASNEEF to Class World’s 1st LNG-Powered Harbor Tug

first_imgzoom TASNEEF, the first national classification society in UAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Drydocks World and Dubai Maritime City (DMC), aimed at providing classification services to the world’s first LNG-powered harbor tug carrying the trade mark “Elemarateyah”.The tug will have a dual engine capable of operating with both traditional MDO & LNG and will represent a major breakthrough that would decide the future of green technology. “The initiative is part of the Dubai Maritime Green Initiative, a strategic movement to encourage all-round environmental excellence in maritime and allied sectors including oil, gas and energy”His Excellency Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World & Maritime World said that this collaboration represents a clear evidence of the effort exerted by Drydocks World to further upgrade the UAE standards and specifications in the naval and maritime sectors.“Drydocks World is adopting a quality-based strategy; since quality is considered one of the most critical pillars in global competition, it is the reason behind our reputation in complying with strict quality control standards and regulations; thereby making quality the guarantee for unremitting international success to the extent that our name has become synonymous for superior quality and excellence,” added Buamim.According to Eng. Rashid Al-Hebsi, CEO of TASNEEF, “TASNEEF’s priorities are the preservation of life and marine property, the protection of the marine environment through the issuance of norms and standards and applying them, and the issuance of confirming certificates. It also aims to obtain necessary local and regional recognition, and seeks to consolidate its position as one of the recognized authorities in the field of classification and certification.”“We cannot achieve progress and accomplishments without our qualified UAE caliber who have expertise in classification, inspection and surveying of all types of vessels. At TASNEEF, we are determined to attract, educate, train and qualify the young Emiratis in the fields of mechanical, electrical and electronic and maritime architecture engineering, to enhance the domestic market and marine industries with such national experiences.” Saif Al-Rashidi, Fleet Support Manager at TASNEEF, said: “The environmental and economic advantages of using LNG as a marine propulsion fuel are immeasurable. Use of LNG will reduce emissions of NOx and CO2 by approximately 85% and 25% respectively. Our combined initiative with leaders in their respective fields aims to implement LNG technology at our yard and develop appropriate facilities thereby encouraging the commercial use of the technology.” Al-Rashidi then explained that the initial working stages for the harbor tug will start by approving the design, steel cut, installation, and then the fitting supervision before the delivery.“All these stages will be carried out as per TASNEEF technical rules and in according to the international standards required by IMO also to the National requirement of UAE Flag administration. Also after delivery, TASNEEF will conduct periodical surveys to ensure that vessel, its components and machinery are in compliance of classification rules, International regulations and UAE flag statutory requirements,” he added.Drydocks World has also entered into Memoranda of Understanding with Wartsila for building the world’s first LNG powered harbor tug. Press Release, September 08, 2014last_img read more

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2019-10-24

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APL Further Cuts Fleet CO2 Emissions in 2017

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: APL Singapore-based shipping company APL managed to cut its carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer by 50.7% in 2017, compared to its base level in 2009. The company said that the achievement marks APL’s eighth consecutive year of improved environmental performance.“We are proud to raise the bar in reducing the carbon footprint of our fleet operations once again. APL’s concerted efforts to improve our environmental efficiency year after year underscore our commitment to a greener and more sustainable maritime industry,” Dennis Yee, APL Global Head for Safety Security and Environment, said.While APL saw almost a 3% improvement from the 48% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions per transported container per kilometer in 2016, APL-operated vessels also recorded fuel savings of almost 5% in 2017, compared to a year ago.The achievements are attributable to APL’s holistic approach in driving operational efficiencies, fleet and voyage optimisation, as well as the deployment of a fuel-efficient fleet of vessels.Coupled with route optimisation systems that have been installed onboard its vessel fleet, APL saw ship bow modifications and retrofitting of propellers to vessels that aided in minimising wave resistance and improving propulsion efficiency respectively.Navigating forward, the ocean carrier said it has resolved to reduce carbon dioxide emissions per TEU transported by 30% between 2015 and 2025, a target set by its parent group, the French shipping major CMA CGM.last_img read more

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2019-10-23

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Weinsteins former assistant challenging parts of Toronto lawsuit

first_imgTORONTO – A lawyer for a former assistant to Harvey Weinstein is challenging parts of a lawsuit brought by a Toronto woman against his client and the disgraced Hollywood producer, arguing Monday that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Barbara Schneeweiss worked for Weinstein for approximately 20 years and is named as a defendant in the suit from a Toronto actress who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein nearly two decades ago.The actress, who cannot be named, alleges Schneeweiss set up a meeting between her and Weinstein in 2000 despite having some degree of knowledge that it might lead to a sexual assault. The actress’s statement of claim alleges Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her without consent at that meeting.Later, when the actress went with her agent and a friend to meet with Weinstein, expecting an apology, Schneeweiss allegedly conspired to get the actress in a room with Weinstein alone, at which point he attempted to stick his tongue down her throat, according to the woman’s statement of claim.None of the allegations in the lawsuit have been proven in court.Schneeweiss’ lawyer Jonathan Rosenstein argued at a hearing that his client’s alleged acts are subject to a statute of limitations that has expired.Under Ontario law, a plaintiff generally has two years from the time of an alleged incident to sue someone, but legislation passed in 2016 abolished any time limitation for filing a lawsuit for a matter relating to sexual violence or harassment.Rosenstein argued, however, that Schneeweiss’ alleged actions were not necessarily perpetrated “in relation” to any alleged sexual assault.If Schneeweiss did not know that a sexual assault had taken place, but rather, had only heard rumours and hearsay about Weinstein’s alleged actions with women, she should be held liable only for allegedly failing to warn someone of potential harm, not for causing that harm to occur, Rosenstein said.Rosenstein also argued that the actress did not specify in her claim how much Schneeweiss allegedly knew about Weinstein’s alleged sexual activities.Marie Henein, the actress’ lawyer, countered that failing to warn someone of the danger of a sexual assault appears to fit the legislation’s definition of an act “relating to” sexual assault.“All of the claims … are directly in relation to sexual assault in this case,” she said.And the statement of claim is clear in alleging that Schneeweiss, at best, was aware of Weinstein’s activities and intentions in private meetings with actresses and, at worst, was actively procuring women for him, she added.“She is a facilitator, she is an accomplice, she is part and parcel of a scheme,” Henein said.Justice Patrick Monahan is expected to make a decision in the coming days with regards to Schneeweiss’ challenge.The actress’s lawsuit against Weinstein, as well as other defendants Miramax and Disney, will continue regardless of the outcome of Rosenstein’s challenge.Weinstein, an Oscar-winning film producer, faces sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations from several women.On Oct. 8, he was fired from the Weinstein Company — the film studio he co-founded with his brother in 2005 – days after the New York Times published a story detailing some of the allegations against him. Weinstein’s representative Sallie Hofmeister has said Weinstein denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.last_img read more

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2019-10-17

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TransCanada says spill clean up underway in South Dakota as pipeline vote

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. said Friday that work is well underway to clean up a sizable oil leak at its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota that occurred days before a vote on the fate of the company’s flagship pipeline proposal.The company said about 75 crew members, as well as government officials, are on site near Amherst, S.D., with a full complement of clean-up equipment to contain the 795,000-litre spill in a farmer’s field.“TransCanada has taken this incident very seriously and is working with federal and state regulatory agencies,” the company said in an update.The company said it has observed no further environmental impacts and no threat to public safety, though the nearby Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation has expressed concern the spill might contaminate water supplies.Thursday’s spill comes four days before Nebraska is set to vote on whether TransCanada can go ahead with Keystone XL pipeline, which would take a more direct route than the existing Keystone pipeline by going through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Environmentalists were quick to point to the spill as reason to reject the Keystone XL project, but state officials said Friday the spill won’t affect their decision.A spokeswoman for the Nebraska Public Service Commission said commissioners will base their decision solely on evidence presented during public hearings and from official public comments.A Nebraska law approved in 2011 prevents the commissioners from factoring pipeline safety or the possibility of leaks into their decisions. Lawmakers argued at the time that pipeline safety was a federal responsibility that pre-empts state law. Opponents say oil interests lobbied for the restriction.The news might not sway the vote, but will bring greater focus to the issue, said James Coleman, an energy law expert at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.“It’s the worst possible timing, and it’s a reasonably big spill….I think most people expect the commissioners to approve it regardless, but nonetheless, it’s not helpful.”Among other concerns, opponents of Keystone XL say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region in Nebraska of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.“There’s some states where the big issue is climate change, but Nebraska, the issue has been those local land-use impacts, and so I’m sure the commissioners will have that in mind,” said Coleman.The spill near the border of Minnesota and the source of the Minnesota River has certainly raised concerns about Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) Line 3 pipeline replacement project in the state, said Coleman.He said he wasn’t sure, however, whether this Keystone spill will have an impact on current review of the pipeline in the state that’s already approved elsewhere, but it certainly will add fodder to those campaigning against oil pipelines.“I think that this will continue to be a bigger and bigger political issue because, as climate campaigners haven’t had success in other areas, they feel like this is one area where they’ve been reasonably successful.”Protesters have already started setting up camps and planning direct action to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 construction, which is already underway in Canada.Pipeline opponents have also vowed to stop the Keystone XL pipeline if it is approved, having once declared victory on the project when Barack Obama rejected it in 2015, only for President Donald Trump to give the go-ahead earlier this year.Shares of TransCanada (TSX:TRP) were down 1.2 per cent in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, as the energy sector rose half a percentage point.-With files from APlast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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IndoLanka fishermen sink differences in Katchatheevu

The inaugural ceremony was originally scheduled for December 7, but it got postponed following the demise of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.Rameswaram fishermen, who claimed traditional rights over St. Antony’s Church, protested after the Jaffna Diocese announced the inaugural function without extending an invitation to them.After they threatened to force their participation if the government did not facilitate their pilgrimage, the External Affairs Ministry allowed a 20-member delegation but the fishermen insisted that the Centre should allow at least 100. After Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam took up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Ministry conceded the fishermen’s demand. In all, 82 Indian pilgrims — 75 fishermen, four priests and three sisters — set sail to the islet at 6. 50 a.m. from the fishing jetty here in three mechanised boats and returned at 3. 45 p.m. Collector S. Natarajan and Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan supervised the arrangements for the pilgrimage. “They received us very well and we were extremely happy,” said Rev. Fr. Sagayaraj. He delivered the thanksgiving address after the holy mass. The Rameswaram fishermen were happy after Bishop Justin Gnanapragasam declared that “this is a ‘church of reconciliation’ and said that the Indian fishermen were free to make their contributions for the development of the church.” The Jaffna Diocese proposed to make the annual festival a three-day event and wanted Indian pilgrims to spend more time in the islet, he said, quoting the Bishop. Striking a chord of camaraderie with their Sri Lankan counterparts, Rameswaram fishermen, led by Verkodu parish priest Rev. Fr. L. Sagayaraj, participated in the inaugural ceremony of newly built St. Antony’s Church at Katchatheevu, organised by the Jaffna Diocese with its parish in Delft island on Friday, The Hindu reported.After Commander of Sri Lankan Navy Vice-Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne handed over the church, Bishop of Jaffna Diocese Rev. Justin Bernard Gnanapragasam declared it open by unveiling a plaque followed by a mass. The pilgrims were escorted up to the International Maritime Border Line and back by the Indian Coast Guard and the Marine Police of the Coastal Security Group, led by its Superintendent of Police R. Sakthivel.“All those who turned up for the trip were cleared and the exercise was smooth,” Mr. Manivannan told The Hindu . Though 100 persons were registered for the trip, 16 fishermen and two sisters did not turn up, he said. After the Bishop expressed interest in building a new church in the place of an old structure, the naval chief took personal interest and built it with the help of dedicated naval staff. read more

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2019-10-08

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Sudan should focus on peace accord and human rights UN expert says

Sudanese officials should also work closely with the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) to deploy police in vulnerable areas in Darfur to protect civilians – particularly in camps for internally displaced person (IDP) – from harassment and murder, and to prevent rape and violence against women, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Sudan, Sima Samar, told the Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (Third) Committee on Thursday.The Rapporteur, who is an unpaid expert serving in an independent personal capacity, just returned from a weeklong visit to Sudan, which she said has embarked on a difficult path of peace building, reconciliation, and reconstruction. She noted that the Government’s process was marked by delays in implementing the peace agreement in Darfur, and it is experiencing challenges in harmonizing the national legislation with the Interim National Constitution, particularly along the lines of protecting international human rights.A culture of impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations still exists, and while authorities have acknowledged the violence, they have contested accounts of its magnitude, she said.The Rapporteur, who receives her mandate from the UN Commission on Human Rights and reports back to it, said that an end to impunity for human rights violators was vital to achieving sustainable peace. She urged the Khartoum Government to coordinate with law enforcement and the judiciary to bring violators to justice, as well as to ensure that detainees were not subject to ill-treatment and torture during pre-trial detention. read more

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2019-10-06

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Yemen UN Security Council condemns Houthi missile attacks targeting Saudi cities

The denouncement against such launches, including the use of ballistic missiles, came in a Press Statement issued late Wednesday by the Council, which said that the 25 March attacks ‘threatened civilian areas and resulted in at least one fatality.”The Statement said the 15-member body “underlined that such attacks pose a serious national security threat to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as a wider threat to regional security.”Since the uprisings in Yemen broke out in early 2011, the UN has been engaged in helping Yemenis to find a peaceful solution.  However, on 26 March 2015, a coalition of countries led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to secure the return of the Government to Sana’a, which had been seized by Houthi militias and allied units of the armed forces.Three years on, the fighting is raging and the ensuing humanitarian crisis has only deepened in a country that was already one of the region’s poorest.In the Statement, the Council “reiterated the need for all parties to return to dialogue as the only means of delivering a negotiated political settlement and engage constructively with the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, with a view towards swiftly reaching a final and comprehensive agreement to end the conflict and address the ongoing humanitarian crisis.” read more

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2019-10-02

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Northern Territory in imminent danger of losing real opportunity – NT Executive

first_imgThis week’s positive Ministerial Statement to Australian Parliament, by Resources Minister Kon Vatskalis, begs the question of how the vast mineral resources in the Northern Territory (NT) are going to be exported. This is the opinion of the Northern Territory Executive Director, Scott Perkins. He says: “While the potential is there, the ability to get it out is lacking. It is widely recognised that the NT is the easiest jurisdiction in Australia to do business, but all this effort is wasted if there is inadequate transport and export infrastructure.” Perkins continues: “The Minister is right; we have huge potential in the NT and everyone is working hard to ensure it is developed. We have a well respected set of strategies and a realistic and enthusiastic program of development.” But, he says, “There is obvious trouble with the port and it probably needs to have twice the current capacity if it is to handle anywhere near the expected volumes that can come from the next up-cycle in commodities. The whole transport chain is in need of upgrade pointing to lack of appropriate rail links and deteriorating road structures. After the Darwin – Adelaide railway was opened we saw several sustainable mines become viable and subsequently open. This means jobs and export opportunity for the NT. “Now is the time to invest in improving the transport chain. There are huge minerals deposits that would be developed but for the proximity of robust transport infrastructure. This was identified in a recent study by the Minerals Council of Australia in a report released earlier this year. MCA’s Vision 2020 report makes it clear that there are huge infrastructure gaps that are hampering efforts to enhance minerals export potential.“We cannot afford to wait then try to build while the port is clogged and there are ships waiting off shore. While we welcome the funding for studies into the Darwin Port announced some months ago by Infrastructure Australia and the NT Government, the reality is that it represents less than half the money needed to get the port up to scratch.“It doesn’t take another study to work out that Darwin is the natural outlet into Asia.   There is no reason why there can’t be a comprehensive reconstruction of the port commencing now. Unless something is done quickly, we are in imminent danger of losing real opportunity and real jobs in the Territory.”last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Opinion I was hurting inside but was worried Id be seen as

first_imgAT 13 YEARS OLD I was surrounded by darkness, lost in my own world of negativity, doubting myself, harming myself and contemplating suicide. At the age of 13 I hid my feelings, thoughts and emotions. I allowed society to determine my actions, I allowed myself to believe it was wrong to talk, that it was wrong to feel the way I did and so I kept feeling that way, I kept harming myself and I kept considering suicide. I was ashamed, worried about how the world would see me if they knew, if they knew how much I was hurting inside and I was worried I would be seen as an outcast, a weirdo, a freak, and so up until the age of 15 I kept everything bottled up.At the age of 15, still worried about how society would view me if I came clean – if I told them what was really going on – I reached breaking point, I knew I couldn’t go on like that for much longer and so I did it, I followed my plan and I attempted to take my own life.Sadly, this only proved to confirm my thoughts about how people would view me. My peers retreated, they no longer wanted to be associated with me, I lost friends and I was struggling to find people who really cared about me and, after having little luck, I went back to my old ways, I let my depression control me and I let my depression determine whether or not to let people in and so I bottled everything up, I began self harming and I hid everything.The path of destructionFor another two years I continued to hide everything. I continued down my path of destruction. I did this because I wasn’t ready to ask for help, I wasn’t ready to admit that I had been suffering from depression and I wasn’t ready to turn my life around. But one day things changed, things began to look a bit brighter because I found that one good adult, I found that one person who I knew wouldn’t judge me and I found the one person I could talk to. So after years of pretending to talk to the doctors and the counsellors and everybody else who I was put into a room with I had found the one person I knew I could trust, Mrs L.She supported me, she looked after me, she helped me and – most importantly – she listened to me. So when I had again reached rock bottom and I was planning to take my life for the second time in 5th year I spoke up, I found some strength within me and I said “I don’t want to live like this any more”.Something clicked within me and I knew that no matter how people would react to me knowing I was suffering from a mental illness, I told myself that I deserved to be happy and I deserved to control my life again.Things happened pretty quickly after hitting rock bottom for the second time and after speaking to Mrs L the next day I was admitted into a psychiatric adolescent unit where I spent the next four months. It was far from easy, it was hell. I was 17, away from my friends, stuck in a hospital and my only way of coping was taken away from me, I was no longer in a position to relieve my thoughts and emotions through self-harm and while I did engage in self-harm while I was given leave and allowed home, and while I did take more attempts on my life, I knew that it wasn’t what I wanted: what I wanted was to get better. It wasn’t until I accepted that I had depression and that I accepted that my way of coping was a negative way I began my long road to recovery, a road which I am still on but with each day I get a bit stronger and a bit further.I am open and honest about my pastMy mental illness broke me down bit by bit but my family and friends built me back up and made me stronger than ever. I’m now 19 and I am open and honest about my past, about my self-harm and about my experience with a mental illness because I hope that someday my story will encourage just one person to speak up before it’s too late, before they are too ill to get treatment as an outpatient and before they are too ill to recognise that they do have a mental health issue.I am now 19 and I have suffered with depression since I was 13 as a result of life experiences; as a result of my depression I have become a stronger person. Looking back over my time in hospital, my experience with stigma, my self-harm and my dark days, I see how that has made me who I am today. My actions over the years, although negative, have allowed doctors to correctly diagnose me with borderline personality disorder and treat my condition appropriately.Do I view my talking as a weakness? No, because it took strength and guts to tell people how I really feel, it took courage and bravery for me to open up and risk being judged, and most importantly it took time for me to open up. A mental illness isn’t something we should be ashamed of, it is something we should use to teach us how life knocks us down but how it also helps us back up, we should use it as an opportunity to become stronger, and more resilient.I have nothing to be ashamed ofI’m 19 and I have struggled with a mental illness, I have been addicted to self-harm, I have spend months in hospital and most of all I have become a stronger person. I made it out the other end of my mental health issues, I still have my bad days like everybody else, but I have learned to look after my mental health and I have learned ways of being kind to myself when I am having a bad day.Sometimes it takes experiencing something negative to make you aware of things. I hope by sharing my story I will make some people more aware of looking after their mental health without themselves going through a mental illness. I am here today as a result of my friends and family, the doctors and nurses who looked after me in hospital – and also because others who have shared their stories with a mental illness made me realise I have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide and I have as much a right to speak about my illness/disorder as anyone with a physical illness/disorder.This May I will continue to share my story in the hopes I can get people talking about mental health in a positive way. I’m ready to start a conversation, are you?Siobhán Brady is a 19-year-old Community and Youth Work student in NUI Maynooth. After battling a mental health issue for many years, she feels it is her duty to promote positive mental health and reduce the stigma of mental health. She has become a See Change ambassador and has also started her own charitable initiative, , Label Jars Not People, along with her very supportive friends. Siobhán documents her bad days and good days on her blog, There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, in the hopes that she can encourage at least one person to open up and seek help if needed.The month of May is all about the Green Ribbon Campaign, run by See Change in Ireland. Read:  Want to end mental health stigma? Get talkinglast_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Tuchel disappointed after PSGs draw with Strasbourg

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has blasted his team following their 1-1 draw with Strasbourg in the French league on Wednesday night.Edinson Cavani earned a point for the champions with a second-half penalty after Kenny Lala’s penalty kick before the end of first half gave Strasbourg a surprise lead.Thomas Tuchel’s men extended their unbeaten league start to 16 games this season, but have failed to win back-to-back Ligue 1 games since their important victory over Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League last Wednesday.“I cannot expect from my players the same state of mind as against Liverpool,” Tuchel said, according to Sports Mole.“We showed a good spirit in Bordeaux (on Sunday) and today we attacked and defended together.”Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…PSG’s failure to convert any of their many chances in the first half came back to haunt them as Strasbourg took the lead through Lala’s 40th-minute penalty.German defender Thilo Kehrer was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area and after the incident was referred to the use of VAR, Lala converted the spot-kickLe Parisiens went in search of the equaliser as soon as the second half kicked off, but met with stubborn resistance by Strasbourg before Cavani’s goal ensured they took a share of the spoils.last_img read more

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2019-09-17

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Protest In Soldotna Due To Satanic Invocation

first_imgWilliam Siebenmorgen, who flew from Pennsylvania to protest the prayer vigil: “These are just a few of the instances where God has defeated Satan. Whatever the results of the June 18 Rally of Reparation, God will be pleased with our public prayers of reparation. We want God’s blessings on America, not Satan’s curses. Lucifer is the eternal loser. Let’s keep him out.” Roughly 40 people held signs reading “reject Satan and his works” and “know Jesus and his love,”  outside the borough building. The borough then passed a resolution to amend their policy at their meeting on November 20 to broaden the scope of eligible invocation providers to better reflect the diversity of beliefs in the borough. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 21st, 2019 at 02:55 pmMany were shocked when they heard that a Satanic invocation would officially open the meeting at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday. Onlookers protested outside the borough building prior to the invocation at the assembly meeting. A member of the Satanic Temple, Iris Fontana, offered the invocation prompting walkouts by nearly a dozen people.center_img Fontana: “Let’s us cast aside our differences to use reason, logic, science and compassion to create solutions for the greater good for our community. It is done, hail Satan.” In October, the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the borough’s previous prayer policy violated the State Constitution. The lawsuit was brought on by the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska. The previous policy only allowed certain groups to deliver the invocation. Catholics from seven states flew to the Kenai Peninsula to pray a Rosary of reparation and protest against this public Satanic prayer.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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It Chapter 2 trailer a bloody scary way to start ComicCon

first_img 0 It Chapter 2 is the second part of 2017’s blockbuster movie It based on Stephen King’s 1986 best-seller. “[The film is] still about that friendship those kids in chapter one developed and how they really became each other’s best friends to fight this evil,” Mustafa told CNET. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s horrifying, but it’s still touching.” postercropped Warner Bros. A new poster also hit Wednesday, showing a pair of ominous yellow clown eyes staring out from a face covered in white makeup. Those crimson-red slashes definitely can’t mean anything good. Chastain has said the film features one of the bloodiest scenes of any horror film, ever.  62 Photos Rick and Morty Comic-Con exclusive toy unboxing It Chapter 2 opens on Sept. 5 in Australia and on Sept. 6 in the US and UK.   6:21 Share your voice Originally published July 18, 1:42 a.m. PT. Update, 9:22 a.m. PT: Adds link to new trailer that just appeared online.  The new trailer for It Chapter 2 debuted to audiences at Comic-Con a day before it posted online. New Line Cinema Pennywise the evil clown is back, and creepy as ever. A trailer for It Chapter 2 debuted Wednesday night at San Diego Comic-Con ahead of its debut online Thursday, and if murderous clowns make you nervous, this footage won’t do anything to ease your terror. The It Chapter 2 trailer quickly reveals that 27 years after the first movie, most of the members of the Losers’ Club have somehow forgotten their horrific experiences after moving out of Derry, Maine, as adults.”Something happens to you when you leave this town,” Mike (Isaiah Mustafa) says. But since he didn’t leave, he remembers everything. The final clip appears to take place later in the film, and as such I won’t be revealing much about it. The Losers return to the old house seen at the end of the 2017 It film. Muschietti told the audience before airing the clip that the house is only visible to children, and apparently the Losers’ Club. This sequence leads to a horrifying reveal. Now playing: Watch this: Stephen King gave Isaiah Mustafa a new take on life … and death Everything you need to know about horror film It Chapter 2 It Chapter 2 Comic-Con trailer reveals what the Losers… No clowning around here. @jes_chastain was in a “kiddie pool filled with blood” on the set of #ITChapter2. #SDCC pic.twitter.com/sZ8eaFdfiV— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) July 18, 2019 The Losers know how to make an entrance. #ItChapter2 is taking over #SDCC. 🤡 pic.twitter.com/OgxLK8UE6j— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) July 18, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Comic-Con Mike tells his friends — including Bill (James McAvoy), Beverly (Jessica Chastain), Richie (Bill Hader), Ben (Jay Ryan) and Eddie (James Ransone) — that Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgård) wasn’t stopped back when the friends with Stanley (Andy Bean) last battled it.In the trailer, McAvoy runs through a funhouse to rescue a child who’s encountered the bloodthirsty clown. We also see sewers and lots of red balloons, which Pennywise clutches while flying through the air. We also see the reappearance of Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott) who is seen telling Beverly, “I died.”In addition to dealing with creepy kids, Beverly will also be covered in fake blood for at least a part of the film. So much blood Chastain said that she was thrilled to learn about the sequence from director Andy Muschietti. “Let’s make Carrie on steroids,” was her reaction, she told the audience at the Warner Bros. ScareDiego event where the trailer and three clips were shown. Tags The very best cosplay we saw at Comic-Con 2019 Audiences were shown three clips from It Chapter 2, which I’ll only lightly describe to avoid getting too into spoilers. The first two expand on sequences seen in the trailer.The first of the clips showed the reunion of the Losers’ Club as adults. It’s clear many of the friends haven’t stayed in close touch, zinging each other over who may or may not have gotten married. As the sequence continues, each character begins to remember their childhood, including the horrors of Pennywise.The second clip shows Bill running through a carnival in search of an unnamed child who is apparently being hunted by It.  Post a comment TV and Movies 2:28 More It Chapter 2last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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