14th Australian Masters Games

first_imgApproximately 8,000 people will travel to Geelong over the next week to take part in the 14th Australian Masters Games. Touch Football is one of 40 sports on offer at the event, with the Touch Football component of the event being held from Sunday, 6 October through to Wednesday, 9 October. The Touch Football competition will see two divisions compete – Men’s and Mixed – at King Lloyd Reserve in Geelong. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Australian Masters Games, please click on the link below:www.australianmastersgames.com.au.  Related LinksAus Masters Gameslast_img read more

Goa exdeputy Speaker Victoria Fernandes dead

first_imgPanaji: Victoria Fernandes, a former deputy Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, died here in the wee hours on Saturday.She was 85.”Victoria Fernandes died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Panaji in the wee hours of Saturday,” former St Cruz MLA and Fernandes’ family friend, Victor Gonsalves, told PTI.She had served as deputy speaker during 2005-2007.Fernandes had represented St Cruz Assembly segment in North Goa for four terms from 1994 till 2012 on tickets of regional parties and also as a Congress nominee. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’She quit the Congress ahead of the 2012 Assembly elections after denied ticket.She had also served as a minister in the Congress-led governments in the state and held various portfolios like Agriculture and Fisheries, Tourism, Animal Husbandry, Women and Child Development.Fernandes was a leader of anti-merger movement supporting the cause of Goa remaining as an independent state during the historic 1967 Opinion Poll.She had also worked for the cause of traditional fishermen and toddy tappers.last_img read more

Concerns raised over high fees charged to temporary foreign workers

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada needs to do more to protect temporary foreign workers from being charged predatory recruiting fees and falling victim to human trafficking, says a national non-profit organization that fights for the rights of refugees and vulnerable migrants.The Canadian Council of Refugees says some temporary workers brought in to fill low-wage jobs are being recruited overseas by agents who charge upwards of $40,000 to place them in a job.This has led to situations where migrant workers are left indebted to the recruiters and are then vulnerable to abuses, including human trafficking.Charging employees recruitment or placement fees is illegal, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening, says Janet Dench, executive director of the council.Often, the culprits are overseas headhunting companies or agents hired by Canadian companies to find workers, she added.“It’s widespread and it comes up again and again, people saying, ‘When I got here I had already paid this amount of money in order to get this job,’ and so people are in a very bad situation.”With fees that can range from a few thousand to, reportedly, up to $40,000, temporary foreign workers sometimes end up in debt to the recruiters. This is how they then become victims of human trafficking. Some workers also find out after coming to Canada they are not earning nearly enough money to pay off their debts to recruiters or that their work permits are shorter than they were told, Dench saysShe does admit it is hard to measure how widespread this problem is, because of what she says is a lack of enforcement and monitoring on the part of provincial and federal governments, except in Saskatchewan. There, employers can only use agents who have officially registered with government to headhunt for migrant workers, which allows government to monitor the recruitment firms and also offers workers an avenue to file a complaint.“From the federal government’s perspective, we have yet to see any meaningful action to address this problem,” Dench said.The refugee council has issued a series of report cards rating the performance of provinces and the federal government when it comes to protecting rights of migrant workers.While it noted some improvements following an investigation of the temporary foreign worker program by the auditor general last year, Ottawa did not achieve a very high grade.For its part, the federal department that oversees the temporary worker program says the issue of legal recruitment falls under provincial jurisdiction and that many provinces are taking steps to reduce exploitation and abuse of migrant workers.The federal government is spending $15 million over three years to start making unannounced, on-site inspections of workplaces that use temporary foreign employees.To help combat human trafficking, Public Safety will spend an additional $14.5 million over five years, beginning in 2018-19, and $2.89 million a year ongoing to establish a national human trafficking hotline. This will allow people to report abuse to law enforcement, refer victims and survivors to the appropriate services and collect data to better understand the scope of the problem.Dench says her council is against the idea of relying on temporary foreign workers to fill low-wage jobs at all. But if they are used, government should do more to ensure they are protected.“We recognize (government) has been doing a bit more in terms of enforcement, that’s of course welcome, but we need to see a whole lot more.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitterlast_img read more

Small New Brunswick city celebrates Canadian major junior hockey championship

first_imgBATHURST, N.B. – One of the smallest hockey markets in Canada has big reason to celebrate, and fans in Bathurst, N.B., are doing just that.The Acadie-Bathurst Titan beat the host Regina Pats 3-0 Sunday night to claim the Memorial Cup — the first Canadian Hockey League championship in the team’s 20-year history.“It’s a statement for a small market: We won the cup,” said Bathurst Mayor Paolo Fongemie.“It feels awesome. I’m so proud of the boys, the owners and our region,” he said.With a population of just under 12,000 people, Bathurst is the smallest market to win the Memorial Cup since Flin Flon, Manitoba, won it in 1957.Close to 800 people watched the game on a big screen at an arena in Bathurst, and fan Fred Best says the celebration lasted well into the night.“I’m just trying to recover,” Best said Monday afternoon. “There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of cheering. We had a great time.”Best, with his usual helmet and horns, was cheering again Monday as a large crowd of residents welcomed the players home as they stepped off a plane at the regional airport in Bathurst.A parade through the downtown is planned for Tuesday evening.The team first arrived in the city in 1998 and played for the Memorial Cup in 1999 in Ottawa but didn’t win.“Twenty years later, here we are. It’s just overwhelming,” Best said.He said the team does a lot to unify the people of Bathurst and surrounding communities, and get them through long, harsh winters.“If it wasn’t for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan here, there wouldn’t be much else going on. We have a beautiful rink that seats 3,450 fans. Without them here we wouldn’t have too much,” he said.The team has seen some ups and downs over the last 20 years and could have been on the verge of moving on a couple of occasions. A group of about 30 shareholders bought the team five years ago and launched a rebuilding process.Premier Brian Gallant said the investors have done a lot for the team and the community.“Hats off to everybody in the organization, to the players and of course to the fans who have been patient and so supportive of the team,” Gallant said.Over the last 20 years, the team has produced some great players who have gone onto success in the NHL, including Patrice Bergeron and Roberto Luongo.The Titan are the first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team to capture the Canadian major junior championship since 2013.Fongemie said the league draft is this weekend, and the win will help entice young players to want to play for Bathurst.Bathurst will be celebrating the win for some time, Fongemie said, and he hopes it sends a message across the country.“It’s great for all the other small markets that they can still dream and work hard and get it done,” he said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

Heres how money sneaks into Canadian elections …

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, Ontario Proud wasn’t the first group to do it. The right-wing, self-proclaimed “grassroots organization” was actually a response to similar groups on the left. But the extent to which the organization was able to attract high-dollar donors and build an online audience dedicated to wiping out Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne should serve as a wakeup call to anyone who thought that the influence of cash into third-party advertising was only a problem in the United States.Ontario Proud is now dedicated to bringing down Justin Trudeau. It’s the most successful example, but it’s far from alone. And what they do is not illegal — it’s just the inevitable result of campaign finance laws that haven’t adapted to a new reality, and that allow groups on both sides of the spectrum to hover up money and spread messages that are very close to those espoused by their party of choice, as long as they follow the rules. Here’s how that works.GUEST: Greg McArthur, The Globe and MailYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Is Cineplexs pricey 25 immersive 4DX ticket worth it

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Facebook The movie exhibitor opened Canada’s first 4DX theatre Friday at its Yonge and Dundas movie complex, in a tourist hub of downtown Toronto. Executives say if audiences love the South Korean creation they’ll consider rolling out more 4DX theatres in other cities.The experience will be familiar to anyone who’s spent a day roaming Disney World or Universal Studios. Four-dimensional gimmicks were the cornerstone of Disney’s now-defunct theme park ride “Honey, I Shrunk the Audience!” and Universal’s “Shrek 4-D,” where audiences were tossed around in motion chairs and splashed with water.Watching 4DX is essentially the same experience but stretched across the length of an entire Hollywood film rather than a 10-minute ride.That sort of emotional roller coaster could get exhausting after two hours, but most of the effects are saved for the big action scenes.Cineplex is using Marvel’s latest superhero flick “Doctor Strange” to showcase what 4DX has to offer.Before the film starts, a lengthy warning on the potential dangers of the format appears. Pregnant women shouldn’t participate, people with high blood pressure should consult a doctor first, and anyone carrying a hot beverage should think twice — or at least sip carefully.Cue chuckles from the audience.As “Doctor Strange” begins, the theatre seats come to life, swivelling around as a warmup for what’s to follow. Some of the best moments in the 4DX experience come from the motion seats, which aren’t much different from Cineplex’s existing D-Box chairs. Those are a couple of dollars cheaper for a ticket and are installed at theatres across much of the country.Once Benedict Cumberbatch appears onscreen as the title character, some of the more unique 4DX effects begin to kick in.Here are a number of moments where 4DX either shines or falters in “Doctor Strange”:MUSICAL CUESPulses from inside the motion seats emphasize percussion in the film’s opening score. The same trick returns a few minutes later while Strange is blaring Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” as he gussies himself up at his fancy apartment.CAR CRASHESWhen Strange’s sports car veers off the road during a rain storm, the 4DX effects are at their best. The motion seats jerk around to replicate the action onscreen while water lightly splashes the audience when the car plunges into a ravine. The motion effects might be a little too realistic for some, but it’s a truly shocking moment of trauma.HAND-TO-HAND COMBATNearly every pivotal scene in the superhero film is loaded with punches and kicks. All of them ripple into the audience through the motion seats, which jolt with each impact. Tiny “air shots” fire out of the seat’s headrest to represent missed impacts. At first it’s exhilarating, but by the umpteenth time Strange has been tossed around, you might feel a bit of whiplash.ARCTIC WEATHERA sprinkling of snow begins to flutter down in front of the screen after Tilda Swinton’s The Ancient One character jettisons Strange to a mountaintop. Overhead ceiling fans also jump into high gear to create a wind effect, but it practically drowns out the scene’s dialogue. It’s a lot of noise for little impact.MASS DESTRUCTIONPuffs of light smoke drift up from both lower corners of the screen to accompany a scene on a Hong King street. But the fogginess disperses almost as quickly as it forms.Other 4DX effects were absent from “Doctor Strange” but turn up in other films.Artificial flower scents appear in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” when the characters stroll through a garden, while bubbles might complement underwater sequences or family films.While 4DX creators say the effects pull audiences into the movie, they can have quite the opposite impact.Any time scents or air sprays are activated the tiny nozzles installed in the seats let off an obnoxious hiss that sounds like someone is slowly opening a pop bottle.When it comes down to it, 4DX is simply another gimmick. It doesn’t have the wow-factor of Imax or the relative affordability of 3D. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Within a few minutes of stepping inside Cineplex’s new 4DX auditorium you’ll probably know where you stand on the concept.Having wind, artificial rain and snow flying around at the movies certainly won’t appeal to everyone. Especially at a hefty $24.99 per adult ticket for a 3D movie.Teenagers probably can’t afford it and parents might not want to sit through it. But Cineplex hopes to strike gold with the “immersive” technology. Twitterlast_img read more

UN chief urges bold action to transform global AIDS response

The report, “Uniting for universal access: towards zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” comes 30 years into the AIDS epidemic and just months ahead of a high-level meeting of the General Assembly in June on the issue.“Ten years ago, the international community came together at the General Assembly special session on HIV/AIDS and set targets for the year 2010. Now it is time to take a hard look at where we failed … where we succeeded … and why,” Mr. Ban said at the launch of the report in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The report, based on data from 182 countries, highlights that the global rate of new HIV infections is declining, treatment access is expanding and the world has made significant strides in reducing HIV transmission from mother to child. For example, between 2001 and 2009, the rate of new HIV infections in 33 countries – including 22 in sub-Saharan Africa – fell by at least 25 per cent. By the end of 2010, more than 6 million people were on antiretroviral treatment in low- and middle-income countries. And for the first time, in 2009, global coverage of services to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV exceeded 50 per cent. Despite these achievements, the report underscores that the gains are fragile. For every person who starts antiretroviral treatment, two people become newly infected with HIV, and every day 7,000 people are newly infected, including 1,000 children.“Thirty years into the epidemic, it is imperative for us to re-energise the response today for success in the years ahead,” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), who joined Mr. Ban for the launch of the report. “Gains in HIV prevention and antiretroviral treatment are significant, but we need to do more to stop people from becoming infected – an HIV prevention revolution is needed now more than ever,” he added.The Secretary-General recommends five actions in the report to strengthen the AIDS response, including harnessing the energy of young people for an HIV prevention revolution and revitalizing the push towards achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2015.He also recommends working with countries to make HIV programmes more cost effective, efficient and sustainable; promoting the health, human rights and dignity of women and girls; and ensuring mutual accountability in the AIDS response to translate commitments into action.“World leaders have a unique opportunity at this critical moment to evaluate achievements and gaps in the global AIDS response,” said Mr. Ban. “We must take bold decisions that will dramatically transform the AIDS response and help us move towards an HIV-free generation.” He calls on all stakeholders to support the recommendations in the report and use them to work towards realizing six global targets. The first is to reduce by 50 per cent the sexual transmission of HIV – including among key populations, such as young people, men who have sex with men, in the context of sex work; and prevent all new HIV infections as a result of injecting drug use.The other goals are to eliminate HIV transmission from mother to child; reduce by 50 per cent tuberculosis deaths in people living with HIV; ensure HIV treatment for 13 million people; reduce by 50 per cent the number of countries with HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence; and ensure equal access to education for children orphaned and made vulnerable by AIDS.The report also encourages countries to prioritize funding for HIV programmes, especially in light of the fact that international funding for HIV assistance declined for the first time in 2009.“The HIV response faces a moment of truth,” Mr. Ban writes in his report. “This year, we have a unique opportunity to take stock of progress and to critically and honestly assess the barriers that keep us shackled to a reality in which the epidemic continues to outpace the response.” 31 March 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged world leaders to take bold decisions to tackle the AIDS epidemic, as he launched a new United Nations report that warns that recent gains, while laudable, are fragile. read more

As global population nears 7 billion UN capitalizes on new opportunities

14 September 2011With the world’s population projected to top 7 billion next month, the United Nations today launched a global initiative – 7 Billion Actions – bringing together governments, businesses, the media and individuals to confront the challenges and seize the opportunities offered by the milestone. With the world’s population projected to top 7 billion next month, the United Nations today launched a global initiative – 7 Billion Actions – bringing together governments, businesses, the media and individuals to confront the challenges and seize the opportunities offered by the milestone.“We are not here simply to acknowledge that milestone. We are here to address all of its vast implications,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a panel discussion at the launch ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.“The seven billionth citizen will be born into a world of contradictions. We have plenty of food yet millions are still starving. We see luxurious lifestyles yet millions are impoverished. We have great opportunities for progress but also great obstacles,” he said, terming the campaign “a clarion call to people, communities, countries and our partners: non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses, academics and faith leaders.”Among challenges beyond grinding poverty and inequality, he cited discrimination, human rights abuses, lack of democracy, violence against women, maternal mortality, climate change and the degradation of the environment.“These are all the challenges that we can and must overcome,” he said. “If we invest in people, we will reap the best dividends.”The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the agency responsible for 7 Billion Actions, noted the implications of the new milestone for sustainability, urbanization and migration in a world where conflicts and weather disasters are driving people from their homes and climate change is exacerbating food and water shortages.At the same time, new media technology is enabling direct communications between people around the world, creating an unprecedented opportunity to build greater communities and share ideas across borders.Asked what would happen in the worst-case scenario, if action was not taken now, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin said that the human spirit seeks to survive and he believes we will do our best to survive.“But if indeed the worst-case scenario is what gets played out, and we have a population that suffers the great inequities that the Secretary-General talks about and continues to have those inequities, then we have this crisis around the world, the population, the food crisis, the water crisis, issues around migration, issues that deal with land, issues that deal with conflict,” he said.“That I think we can avoid in many ways if we work with Member States, if we work at the international level to address all of these issues,” he added, summarizing the hopes of the 7 Billion Actions campaign. Outlining the major actors in the initiative, UNFPA called on governments to show sound leadership in fostering research and technology to improve society, while businesses should use their influence to create economic returns in ways that also create value for society.The media play a critical role in holding institutions accountable and providing solid information and analysis to build collective wisdom, while individuals must embrace their individual and collective capacity to change and improve the world. According to the latest UN figures, the world’s population is projected to reach 7 billion on 31 October, surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century if current fertility rates continue at expected levels. read more

Liberals to enhance childpoverty spending in fall economic update

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is expected to announce more money for children and the working poor, along with shrinking federal deficits, in a crowd-pleasing economic update Tuesday that the Liberals are counting on to draw attention away from their embattled finance minister.But despite the economy’s surprisingly strong performance in early 2017, Finance Minister Bill Morneau still isn’t expected to provide a timeline to bring the federal books back to balance.Some experts have predicted the growth surge will provide the government with an additional $10 billion on its bottom line in each of the next couple of years, compared to the federal forecasts in the March budget. In the spring, Ottawa projected deficits of $25.5-billion for 2017-18 and $24.4 billion for 2018-19.A senior government official said the fall economic statement will show an improving fiscal outlook in the coming years, even though Ottawa also plans to announce new spending measures Tuesday alongside the updated predictions.The new policy measures will be aimed at ensuring the so-called middle class — “and those working hard to join it,” as the Liberal mantra goes — benefit from Canada’s economic growth and will provide tools for them to continue contributing to the economy, said the official, who declined to elaborate before Tuesday’s announcement.Sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, said the government will introduce anti-poverty measures in the update.Morneau is expected to enhance the Canada Child Benefit, which the government boasts has already lifted 300,000 children out of poverty.The child-benefit change will come through indexation, said one source.The benefit is not indexed to inflation, which means it does not increase with the cost of living. Indexation is currently set to happen after 2019, the year the next federal election is scheduled to take place.Research by the parliamentary budget officer has found that indexation would have a net cost to the federal treasury of $300 million in the first year of implementation, rising to nearly $5.8 billion in the seventh year.Sources said Morneau will also bolster the Working Income Tax Benefit, a refundable tax credit aimed at providing tax relief for low-income Canadians who have jobs and encouraging those who don’t to join the workforce.The government has invited anti-poverty group Campaign 2000, which has called for the early indexation of the child benefit, to attend a closed-door briefing with officials before the announcement. The group’s national co-ordinator Anita Khanna said she was intrigued by the invitation and hopeful the government will take action Tuesday to help families and children.The Liberals are likely hoping the document contains enough good economic headlines to distract the public from the conflict-of-interest controversy that continues to stalk Morneau.The issue has forced Morneau to promise he’ll sell at least $21 million worth of stock and place his other assets in a blind trust in hopes of quieting allegations about how he handled his personal fortune when he entered public office in 2015.Opposition MPs have called on the ex-Bay Street executive to disclose whether he recused himself from making decisions on pension legislation that they allege will likely benefit his former human resources company, Morneau Shepell.“While the opposition obsesses about my personal finances, I’m going to continue to focus on what’s going on for Canadians — that’s what we really care about,” Morneau said Monday as he faced another barrage of ethics-related questions in the House of Commons.“What we’re going to be able to report on tomorrow is excellent news for Canadians.”Morneau “desperately wants to change the channel,” something he hopes to do with Tuesday’s economic update, New Democrat MP Alexandre Boulerice said Monday during question period.“But he has broken any trust that Canadians could have had in him. It’s crystal clear: he tabled legislation that could benefit his company and himself directly.”Conservatives, including MP Mark Strahl, repeatedly asked Morneau if he received written approval from the ethics commissioner permitting him to introduce legislation that could benefit the publicly traded company the minister built with his family.“It is very telling that not a single Liberal member thought that the finance minister introducing the very legislation he had lobbied for as chairman of Morneau Shepell could present a bit of an ethics problem,” Strahl said.This isn’t the only controversy Morneau has been grappling with in recent weeks.He’s also been busy promoting the government’s efforts to address complaints about his package of proposed small-business tax reforms. Morneau was forced to tweak and even back off some of the proposals after an angry backlash from doctors, farmers, tax experts and even Liberal backbench MPs.His office said the tax proposals will not be fully costed in Tuesday’s update because more work is needed to finalize the measures, particularly one that calls for new limits on the use of passive investment income by wealthy incorporated individuals. The passive investment change, once implemented, is expected to bring in a significant amount of revenue for Ottawa.On Sunday, the Conservatives opened a new front in the ongoing offensive on government tax policy.The Tories, alongside health groups, have accused the Liberal government of trying to raise tax revenue on the backs of vulnerable diabetics. Diabetes Canada was among groups that have publicly denounced what they call a clawback of a long-standing disability tax credit to help them manage a disease that can cost the average sufferer $15,000 annually.A spokesman for National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier has released a statement that called the concerns raised by some of the groups “worrisome.” It said Lebouthillier had initiated a “five-point plan” that included numerous consultations to better understand how the benefit is administered.In Tuesday’s update, Morneau is also expected to ensure the Liberal economic plan gets all the credit for Canada’s economic performance.The government has insisted the better economy is a result of Liberal measures such as a tax cut for middle-income earners and enhanced child benefits.Morneau has already signalled that, despite the recent economic strength, he’s unlikely to lay out a timetable for balancing the books.The finance minister has credited Ottawa’s deficit-spending approach for the economic improvements to date. He intends to continue with the plan in a “fiscally responsible way.”To guide the government’s budgetary decisions, he’s insisted he would keep his focus on lowering the country’s debt-to-GDP ratio, which is a measure of the public debt burden, rather than eliminating the deficit.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

Hope Health Healing Photo Gallery

Members of the community gathered at the Price City Peace Gardens on Saturday evening in support of the Hope-Health-Healing Overdose Awareness event. The event aimed to promote hope, health and healing while providing information on local resources and a variety of support for attendees.The event provided fun activities for those in attendance, such as yoga in the park, as well stories of inspiration and a candlelight vigil. This event was sponsored by One Voice Recovery, USARA, YPR-UT, Positive Pathways, UHRC, Four Corners Community Behavioral Health, Utah Naloxone, Addicted We Stand and USU Extension.Carbon County Royalty also graced the event with Miss Carbon County Lily Vigil speaking on her social impact initiative “The Second Chance Movement: Opioid Epidemic Awareness.” The awareness event was just the start of her goal to raise awareness of the local opioid epidemic and spread information throughout the community. Photos by Jeff Barrett read more

Urban Meyer 1st half defensive effort against Iowa very alarming

Sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier (2) watch Iowa senior linebacker C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) catch a touchdown during a game Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorThe No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0, 4-0) might sit atop the Big Ten eight weeks into the season, but the team enters its primetime matchup with Penn State (4-2, 1-1) with a wide array of questions — particularly on the defensive side of the ball.As OSU prepares to go for its 20th consecutive win, coach Urban Meyer was less than pleased with how the Buckeye defense handled adversity in Saturday’s win over Iowa, even though it did so without one of its best players on the field.“The adjustments need to be made quicker when they give us something we have not seen (on defense),” Meyer said in a Monday press conference. “The first three drives (of the game) were very alarming. I don’t think our defensive line played very well.”Iowa scored each of its first three drives and dominated time of possession in the first half, holding the ball for more than 18 minutes. The Hawkeyes drove 80, 67, and 69 yards, respectively, coupling a power rushing attack with play-action passes to a multitude of tight ends on their way to a 17-10 halftime lead.“Call it what it was. (Iowa) beat the shit out of us,” defensive line coach Mike Vrabel said. “We didn’t do a good job of playing physical with our hands, getting off blocks, shedding off blocks, walking away from blocks. When you do this against a good offensive line, they’re going to continue to push you and move the pile.”Meyer said he was very disappointed in the lack of production from the unit during those drives, mainly because he felt like no one stepped up as a leader when OSU struggled to stop the Hawkeyes.“What happened was you have some good emotion in that stadium and you (give up a) 13-play drive and you let the air out of the stadium and the emotion, and that’s where (injured senior safety) Christian Bryant, our great leadership, overcomes a little adversity and we didn’t have that,” Meyer said. “That’s got to come from our coaches and players … Can it be fixed? Absolutely.”Bryant broke his ankle in OSU’s 31-24 win over Wisconsin Sept. 28.OSU gave up 375 yards of total offense in the Iowa game, but only seven points in the second half, on its way to the 34-24 victory. Junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said the difference in the latter half of the game wasn’t about adjustments, but effort.“We came out in the second half with a chip on our shoulder like we need (to), but we can’t start a game like that again,” Bennett said. “I don’t know what the deal was, but especially on the D-line … we were doing something different than we usually do.”The defensive performance during the first three drives of Saturday’s game was something Bennett said he’s never seen out of them before.“I don’t think we’ve ever been manhandled like that … allowed ourselves to be manhandled like that,” Bennett said. “That’s disappointing to me personally because I feel like I let that happen in the first half with the whole D-line.”Beyond the defensive line, the Buckeye secondary was also depleted after redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby was ejected from the game for targeting late in the first quarter. It was the first time an OSU player has been disqualified for targeting, a rule that was added to the rulebook prior the 2013 season.“I think the NCAA and everybody is going to want to re-look at that rule,” Meyer said. “Ohio State is very concerned about player safety. We have gone to the Nth degree with adjusting practice … However, (Roby’s ejection) was a game changer. To take one of our better players out of the game, that impacted that game.”Junior cornerback Doran Grant said the rule change is something that all players have to get used to.“We just gotta be aware of the new rule. It was frustrating, Roby getting ejected from the game,” Grant said. “It’s just different for the defense now, you gotta be smarter in the way you hit.”Vrabel offered a simpler answer when he asked about the call.“Obviously, you better stay away from the head,” Vrabel said. “Anything that looks close, that’s what they’re told to call.”Roby and the rest of the defense figure to have their hands full with freshman Nittany Lion quarterback Christian Hackenberg Saturday, who is ranked 17th in the country with 278.7 passing yards per game. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Controversial raven cull suspended for not being scientifically robust

A controversial licence to cull of hundreds of protected ravens to protect threatened wading birds has been suspended after officials found it was not scientifically “robust”.Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) granted the five-year research licence to the Strathbraan Community Collaboration for Waders (SCCW), in Perthshire, after curlew and lapwing numbers dropped by more than half in only two decades.The initial licence allowed land managers to kill 69 ravens this year, with the total reviewed annually thereafter. SNH said it represented less than 0.5 per cent of raven numbers in Scotland.But the natural conservation agency commissioned its scientific advisory committee to review the study following criticism from wildlife groups that it had no “scientific justification.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––A petition with more than than 175,000 signatures was raised and a crowdfunded legal challenge lodged earlier this month at the Court of Session.RSPB Scotland welcomed the suspension but the SCCW said the scheme had already led to the survival of more curlew chicks and small “adjustments” only were required. The curlew is Europe’s largest wading bird but the species has declined in Scotland by 62 per cent over the past two decades, making it one of the top conservation priorities. Ravens, which benefit from full legal protection, have doubled since 1994. A scientific advisory group will be created to assist the project and will include members from the SNH committee, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.The group will advise on further methods and analytical work required, including monitoring the full range of factors which could be impacting wader bird numbers. A Curlew chick struts its stuff in Glen Quaich It made a series of recommendations on how the scheme’s scientific rigour could be improved. The SCCW voluntarily suspended the cull until revised monitoring arrangements are in place.Professor Des Thompson, SNH’s Principal Scientific Adviser on science and biodiversity, said populations of curlew and lapwing in Scotland have more than halved over the past 20 years and “we are rapidly reaching crisis point.”He said: “Our scientific advisory committee has provided us with a detailed assessment and very helpful pointers to further work at Strathbraan and more widely. “In particular, the committee notes that more needs to be done to understand the effects of predation by ravens and other factors in driving down wader numbers.”We need to learn from this trial, and the experience and knowledge gained, and move on to develop advice and support for action on the ground to benefit waders.”  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Please find our update on the Strathbraan licence here: https://t.co/1r5AMyDbwe— Scottish Natural Heritage (@nature_scot) July 30, 2018 The advisory committee’s report concluded the scheme was “inadequate to provide robust scientific conclusions” about the impact of the cull on nesting waders. But a a SCCW spokesman said: “Thanks to the licence, and hens being in good breeding condition, we are delighted to say it has been an excellent breeding year in Strathbraan. “Folk at the sharp end have even seen nests of four fledged Curlew chicks for the first time, greatly helped by being better able to protect the chicks and eggs from the raven flocks that have been so damaging in recent years.“The license has been temporarily suspended so those on the science side can make adjustments. However, the community remains committed to wading bird conservation, spurred on by what has been achieved so far.”A spokesman for RSPB Scotland welcomed that the new project will involve a wider stakeholder group in developing next steps” and called for protection schemes that are based on “sound science”.He said previous SNH research had shown “no strong correlations” between raven and wader numbers. A Curlew chick struts its stuff in Glen QuaichCredit:Strathbraan Community Collaboration for Waders read more

Drilling as an art form complex surface ventilation raise

first_imgAny driller with a talent and a passion for the craft will tell you that drilling is an art form. They drill by speaking the language of their equipment and responding with subtle adjustments on the controls unseen to the average person. One such driller put on quite a performance in Canada.Near the coastlines of northeast Newfoundland sits the Ming mine, operated by Rambler Metals and Mining. Rambler was in need of an important ventilation raise to install 400,000 cfm ventilation exhaust fans for their ventilation system up to the surface. Rambler first started out on the project using two different surface drills but was unsuccessful. Then the company contemplated using an Alimak raise climber or mining a conventional raise using stoper drills. However, both of these alternatives were unattractive due to their time and costs.Rambler then discussed the situation with Brian Winsor, Boart Longyear long hole driller, who proposed using a Boart Longyear Stopemaster to complete the complicated drop raise.Brian drilled his first hole but did not break through. Undeterred, Brian approximated the location of that hole using the deviation distance and offset his second drill hole which ultimately did break through. Brian drilled the remaining holes using a pattern based on the initial breakthrough hole. The drilling went smoothly and as per the plan Brian created, based on the initial breakthrough hole.Brian blasted the raise, squaring up the face and bringing up the cut to breakthrough to the surface. He blasted the remaining drill holes to the full design of the ventilation raise.No damage was sustained to any of the high-voltage power lines and surface installations which were in close proximity to the surface collar location and the blasting was completed without delays to the underground mining.Brian was able to complete this project to Rambler’s satisfaction using drilling intuition, critical thought, and hard work. He was able to, as Dan Kirkey, Division Manager, Drilling Services and Production Drilling Services, commented “Drill the raise by “feel” rather than by engineered drawings making this especially impactful showing his skill as a driller.” Brian has recieved a Bravo! award and client recognition for his success.last_img read more

Tusla denies trying to close down Scouting Ireland in one fell swoop

first_img By Órla Ryan Tusla denies trying to close down Scouting Ireland ‘in one fell swoop’ The organisation said a letter sent to the CEO of Scouting Ireland was not meant to enter the public domain. Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 11:58 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20 Comments CFIAO [Children First Information Advice Officer] suggest that it is imperative that the proposed meeting with SI BOM is progressed without delayThe actions of key personnel holding a role in safeguarding may have been compromised and further consideration may have to be given to thisCFIAO suggest that consideration should be given to nominate the CEO of SI to be the principal liaison person in relation to this workA sub-committee should be put in place to review SI child safeguarding statement and procedures and support implementation of same throughout the organisationAn urgent review of the manner in which SI managed the current child protection concerns and disclosures from children should commenceConsideration should be given to ensuring that personnel manning the helpline are independent of SI, and have appropriate qualifications and experience to manage the informationThe Action Plan for Scouting Ireland – agreed with Tusla at a meeting last week – includes the following recommendations:Tusla will meet with Scouting Ireland Board of Directors to make a presentation on Children First Legislation and Safeguarding at the Board’s next scheduled meetingScouting Ireland is recruiting a Safeguarding Manager, directly managed by the CEO; the manager will be recruited by tomorrow and will be the liaison person with TuslaScouting Ireland will share their updated implementation strategy with Tusla; this strategy will include mechanisms to review the implementation of Scouting Ireland’s Child Safeguarding Statement, update policies and procedures and support implementation of same throughout the organisation; it will also include mechanisms for monitoring and quality assuring safeguarding policies and procedures in place and the implementation of sameScouting Ireland will meet with Tusla and An Garda Síochana to discuss the management of allegations regarding the case samples outlinedScouting Ireland will review their Safeguarding Risk Assessment and relevant procedures, particularly their code of behaviour regarding overnight trips and jamborees in collaboration with TuslaScouting Ireland has agreed to an independent evaluation of their helpline and will draw learning from this, and apply same to current and future policies, procedures and practice relevant to the helplineSpeaking about the helplines set up to field people’s concerns about the abuse allegations, Tusla’s Service Director Linda Creamer said the initial helpline set up by Scouting Ireland received 43 calls before being disbanded before Christmas due to lack of use. Tusla’s Service Director Linda Creamer Source: Oireachtas.ieA new helpline set up by Tusla has received 23 calls in recent weeks.Creamer said a review will be carried out into whether it’s “independence enough” for people involved with Scouting Ireland to field such calls. She said there has been “full cooperation” between Tusla and Scouting Ireland in this regard.Representatives from Scouting Ireland are set to appear before the committee later today. Tusla’s CEO Pat Smyth Short URL Tusla’s CEO Pat Smyth Image: Oireachtas.ie Mar 13th 2019, 11:58 AM https://jrnl.ie/4538983 Image: Oireachtas.ie TUSLA HAS DENIED trying to close down Scouting Ireland “in one fell swoop” with a letter sent to the organisation last month.The letter in question was sent to Scouting Ireland CEO John Lawlor on 18 February and later made public by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone.It said parents should seek assurances that no overnight scouting trips take place without adequate numbers of trained supervisors.In the letter, the Child and Family Agency also called for an “urgent review” into the manner in which Scouting Ireland manages child protection concerns and disclosures, and questioned the current viability of overnight trips.The letter was sent on foot of an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of hundreds of children who were members of Scouting Ireland. Most cases date between the 1960s and 1980s, although there may be one from an earlier period. The Irish Times, which first reported the allegations, has said there are over 300 alleged victims and over 200 alleged abusers.In a statement issued about the letter last month, Scouting Ireland said: “It would be helpful to understand what evidence Tusla has for suggesting that ‘Scouting Ireland should consider the viability of continuing with overnight trips.“Overnight trips and the experience of camping outside at night is an experience every scout should have the opportunity to enjoy and we have a strong policy framework in place to support this activity in Scouting Ireland.”Representatives from Tusla were questioned about the letter’s impact when appearing before the Oireachtas Children’s Committee today.‘Devastating’ Labour TD Seán Sherlock said the line in the letter regarding overnight trips was “explosive”, asking: “Did Tusla have any sense of the hurt, the shock, that would cause when it went into the public domain?”Sherlock said parents and other volunteers who have gone through garda vetting and undertaken training about safeguarding children were deeply hurt by the tone of the letter. He said the correspondence could have possibly led to the “closing down an organisation in one fell swoop”. Labour TD Seán Sherlock Source: Oireachtas.ie“It was devastating to the thousands of innocent and decent people who give hours and hours of their time, who dedicate themselves to this lifestyle,” he added.Tusla’s CEO Pat Smyth said the State body never intended for the letter to end up in the public domain. He said the letter ultimately dealt with “identifying practice issues and the need to improve those practice issues”.‘Knee-jerk reaction’ Tusla’s COO Jim Gibson added that the organisation never set out to attack Scouting Ireland. He said the letter was not a “knee-jerk reaction,” adding that such a reaction “happened elsewhere”.He noted that one of the eight recommendations made by Tusla last month references the need for “an immediate review of the supervision of children” involved in Scouting Ireland.Another recommendation notes that Scouting Ireland “should consider the viability of continuing with overnight trips given the concerns outlined”. Gibson said this review will “look at overnight camping trips and what measures are in place” to protect children as well as any changes that may need to be made. He agreed that there were no issues with the vast majority of volunteers, many of whom are parents. Tusla’s COO Jim Gibson Source: Oireachtas.ieGibson said last week’s meeting was an “open discussion”, adding: “We don’t get business done by having a dog fight, we want to work with [Scouting Ireland] and assist them in becoming compliant.”The other recommendations made by Tusla in February were as follows: 20,541 Views Share76 Tweet Email3 last_img read more

Pochettino Trophies only build ego

first_imgMauricio Pochettino does not believe winning trophies will automatically take Tottenham to the next level.Spurs woes were compounded with a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round after losing to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final inside four days.However, the Argentine boss is not losing focus on Spurs as he is adamant trophies will not weave the magic overnight.“Again we’re going to have the debate on whether a trophy will take the club to the next level. I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”He added via Sky: “It’s true, this season has been tough. I told you it would be a massive challenge for us, but we believe it’ll be a tough season but no tougher than it’s been.🗣️ The post-match thoughts of Mauricio at Selhurst Park: pic.twitter.com/CLgE35keXT— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 27, 2019“Of course, disappointed because, after Thursday and today again, out of two competitions. You feel disappointed. You can’t feel anything different.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“But now we have to be positive. We are still in two competitions, in a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club. We have to be strong.“People wish we could win some trophies. But being realistic, we are doing so well. To win a title here in England like the FA Cup or Carabao Cup is about being lucky, not only about quality in your squad.“To arrive here in different condition, so you can fight or be stronger… Of course, it’s tougher to compete and win when things happened as they did.“Sometimes when you assess football, you only look at which team won and which team lost, but you have to consider all the circumstances.“Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, try and be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and reduce the gap.“To be a contender is always difficult for us. [Top four] is realistic. Another is to try and beat [Borussia] Dortmund and be in the next round. That is tough.”FULL-TIME: We’re unable to find a way back into the game and our @EmiratesFACup run comes to an end at Selhurst Park. pic.twitter.com/Ha8MxAUvFu— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 27, 2019last_img read more

WalMart no wallflower

first_img • Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates three Walmart-brand stores in Vancouver.• Battle Ground: Construction is expected this year on a 154,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter on the northwest corner of Scotton Way and state Highway 503 (Southwest 10th Avenue).• Vancouver: No construction dates set for a Supercenter store at Eastgate Plaza, south of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard between 137th and 147th avenues. However, Wal-Mart has accepted construction bids for preparing the site of its proposed Salmon Creek-area Supercenter near Washington State University Vancouver.• Vancouver: Wal-Mart announced in 2012 plans for its first Neighborhood Market to open this summer in Vancouver. The grocery store and pharmacy will occupy a 43,000-square-foot portion of a former 90,000-square-foot WinCo Foods store in the Vancouver Plaza shopping center between Fourth Plain Boulevard and state Highway 500.o Vancouver: Plans to redevelop the vacant Fred Meyer site at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards could also be for a Neighborhood Market, although no company name is listed on a proposal submitted to the city to build a new 42,000-square-foot grocery store. Two clues point to Wal-Mart: The listed applicant is PacLand, which commonly develops Walmart stores, and the proposed store’s size also matches the 42,000- to 43,000-square-foot market-store concept.• Portland: The site has been cleared for one of the smallest local Walmart Supercenters, an 85,900-square-foot store at the Hayden Meadows shopping complex east of Interstate 5. Click to enlargelast_img read more

Facebooks Tamara Hrivnak Talks Companys Music Moves We Want to Build the

first_imgSince she joined Facebook in 2017, Tamara Hrivnak has been on a licensing binge to clear the way for the company’s big music initiatives. Over the course of just a few weeks, she struck deals with Universal and Warner Music Groups, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Merlin, Kobalt, Global Music Rights and a number of European performing rights organizations. Hrivnak is well suited for her job as the company’s head of Music Business Development and Partnerships, bringing vast experience at connecting the digital/social media platforms after eight years at Warner Music Group and several years as the Director of Music Partnerships at YouTube and GooglePlay.The fruit of her labors began to be announced shortly after she struck those deals, first with a function whereby users can include music in their personal videos, and also a new feature called “Lip Sync Live,” which is testing now in several markets, and (obviously enough) allows users to lip sync songs live, accompanied by camera effects and backgrounds. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 At the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) trade association’s Indie Week conference on Tuesday, Hrivnak spoke about the company’s goals for “using music to bring people together” and the relationships it’s building in the industry. She led with a presentation that described the initiatives above, and then sat down for a Q&A with Ingrooves EVP Amy Dietz.The first question was an obvious one, about the company’s seemingly sudden and forceful move into the music space.“You’re right, this is a question I get asked all the time,” Hrivnak laughed. “There was a distinct pivot when Facebook became interested in music, and it’s not a coincidence. Mark [Zuckerberg, CEO] has been very open that he sees video as an important part of the future of Facebook, and building the products that are great at connecting people through video is important. Music, film, TV, sports all become more important in world centered around video.“It’s also worth thinking about, because we live in divisive times,” she continued, “there’s no better moment to bring people together with a bonding force like music than now. We’re excited to be in the music business and be in this conversation.” She emphasized that “Facebook is not just a single music service — we’re a platform and we welcome all comers. Your business is important to us, we build experiences organically and work to make it easy for companies like Apple and Spotify to do their thing.”She also spoke of the need for a bridge between the tech and music worlds. “I got into this business in the first place because I thought it was unfortunate that tech and music didn’t speak same language,” she said. “At that time, about [15 years ago], Apple was at its very beginning with music. The reality is we needed translators and bridge builders and that’s why I do what I do.“One thing we need to work on together on is trust — and I don’t say that flippantly,” she continued. “There are good reasons why there is a lack of trust. But it’s really a bi-directional opportunity and challenge to build a more trusting environment to create more together, and we can all work on that.” She then addressed common ground the two worlds can reach, and dropped the magic word that one hears at all conferences like this one: metadata. “In this unique time where digital has outpaced physical’s decline, many of our processes and systems together still reflect physical world, or at least the legacy of physical world. We need to be building systems and processes, particularly metadata.“I know that’s the most boring topic,” she laughed, “but it also happens to be most important: If we can identify people’s music well, we can pay artists and writers well. I think we have a lot of work to do together to be great at that. It’s kind of an ‘I’m not it’ topic, but the reality is we all have to work together to improve the metadata around music. All of that flows back to artists and writers in the end.”She concluded the business portion of the talk — she spoke later about her involvement with MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charitable wing — with what was essentially an invitation to the industry.“Facebook has a listening ear to what people want,” she said. “It’s one thing to say you’re a listener, and another to say it and mean it — Facebook means it.“We’ve essentially said music is new to us — not artist interaction, which has been happening for many years — but bringing music to people on Facebook is new, and we want your help to do it well. We don’t have all the answers — and we want to build the future together with you.“If you think about what Facebook sees as a future that is video-centric, surely we want you to participate in creating a world like that, where music fits in perfectly. So we’re very excited invite the industry to give us feedback, input and their ideas about how they want to reach people on the platform.”last_img read more

Online eexpo features more than 100 university robotics labs

first_img EXPO21XX, which has been providing electronic exhibitions (or e-expos) since 2001 for a variety of industries, launched the virtual University Robotics Platform in 2008. The e-expos offer a convenient and free alternative to the conventional expo by taking advantage of the internet and the latest multimedia technology. Similar to a real-life expo, EXPO21XX’s e-expos are organized into halls, corridors, and individual stands. The University Robotics Platform, for example, is located in e-Hall05 of the Automation e-expo (where there are currently 37 e-Halls). On the Universities Robotics Platform, you can learn about many different robotics projects that don’t always make it to the news headlines (and some that do). For example, visitors can watch videos of the following robots:*A robotic jaw that simulates human chewing behavior, which was designed by researchers at the Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group at Massey University in New Zealand.*A robot that uses Facebook, which was designed by researchers the Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory at the United Arab Emirates University. *A robot that performs stereotactic microsurgery, which implants an electrode in the brain for a therapy called deep brain stimulation that could help treat Parkinson’s disease. The robot was designed by researchers at the Institute for Robotics and Cognitive Systems at the University of Luebeck in Germany. *A giant six-legged ant-like robot that skitters across the ground and flips itself over to walk “upside down.” The robot was developed by researchers at the Active Structures Laboratory at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, for gait studies. *A brain-actuated robotic wheelchair constructed by researchers at the Neurotechnology Lab at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. The wheelchair is being designed to provide people with severe neuromuscular disabilities with a certain degree of mobility. Prominent among the presenters is Prof. Peter Bock of George Washington University (Computer Science) who was invited to publish a complete presentation of the functionality of ALISA (Adaptive Learning Image and Signal Analysis) and the results from his recent funded projects with Bosch and then DTRA (Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the DOD). The Universities Robotics Platform continues to grow, with a few stands currently being reserved for additional universities. If you want to get a glimpse of the future, this is definitely worth checking out.Visit the site at www.expo21xx.com/automation21xx/university.htm (PhysOrg.com) — In an effort to bring together the top academic robotics labs under one roof, a project called EXPO21XX has created an online exhibition to showcase the diversity in today’s robotics research. At one website, robotics researchers and enthusiasts can view the projects underway in more than 100 university robotics labs from around the world. One of the robots at EXPO21xx: ECCCEROBOT (Embodied Cognition in a Compliantly Engineered Robot), which was designed by researchers at the AI Lab at the University of Zurich. Credit: University of Zurich. Robots from 33 Countries Clash at RoboCup 2007 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: Online e-expo features more than 100 university robotics labs (2010, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-online-e-expo-features-university-robotics.html Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Lightning kills 9 across Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Nine persons were killed and others injured in lightning strikes and thunderstorm across the state.Three persons were killed and some others injured after they were struck by lightning in separate incidents in Murshidabad, while one person died in the same district after a wall fell on him during a thunderstorm on Wednesday morning.Three more were killed in Nadia. Two were killed in North 24-Parganas, while one was killed in North Dinajpore. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA thunderstorm, coupled with rain, lashed the district on Wednesday morning. According to an administrative official from the district, there was heavy shower in various parts of Murshidabad for more than three hours, when the accidents took place. The regional meteorological centre at Alipore has predicted thunderstorm in the city and its adjoining districts on late Wednesday night.According to the police, two among the deceased were from Indrani village under Kandi sub-division, while the other was a resident of Bharatpur. Whereas in the third incident, a 35-year-old man, supposedly a manager of a brick kiln, died when a wall of the brick kiln fell on him at Sagardighi area of the same district. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOliul Seikh (45) and Basidur Seikh (15), both residents of Indrani village, were returning home after ploughing a field when lightning struck them. The victims died at the spot. After being informed, police recovered their bodies and sent them to Kandi Sub-Divisional Hospital for an autopsy. In the other incident, a class V student, Sajib Seikh, was playing in the rain with some of his companions at Bharatpur when lightning struck them. Two of his associates Roni Seikh (19) and Sohail Seikh (16) received critical injuries in the incident. They are undergoing treatment at Kandi Sub-Divisional Hospital. It may be mentioned here that at least 13 people were killed and 20 others had been injured after lightning struck various parts of the state on Monday morning. Selim Seikh (35) died when a wall inside a brick kiln fell on him at Sagardighi during the storm. The victim was the manager of the brick kiln. Three other workers of the brick kiln were injured in the incident. They were rushed to Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital by the local residents. One person was killed when portion of a wall collapsed and fell on him at Sagardighi area of the district, the police said. It may be mentioned here that after Monday’s incident in which 13 people were killed, various district authorities had issued an alert to all the blocks, urging people not to be in the open or working in the field to avert such incidents.last_img read more

18th edition of Stylefile held in city

first_imgKolkata: Stylefile, Kolkata’s eagerly-awaited lifestyle exhibition, was held on Saturday at The Old Bungalow on Burdwan Road in Alipore. The eighteenth edition of Stylefile was attended by a galaxy of leading designers, sculptors, painters and jewellers, who showcased their creations. Some promising new names also took part in the event.Urban Architecture was the chosen canvas of Stylefile that showcased the latest in lifestyle, fashion and art. Juxtaposing geometric patterns of the cityscape with contemporary pieces from a selection of artists, Stylefile: Urban Geometry aimed at the convergence of fashion, art and architecture. The Night Bazaar remained open on Saturday from 3 pm to 11 pm. Preeti Goenka, co-founder and organiser of the event, said: “This year, we have celebrated fashion, art and design and instilled innovation and imagination to make our everyday life inspiring.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Sumedha Saraogi, who co-founded Stylefile 16 years ago on October 5, 2002, “We put in a lot of effort to curate this year’s Stylefile, with a never before seen collection of fashion, accessories and art. Among the participants, there were stalwarts who are always there with us in Stylefile. We also had some new designers, as well as a few who came back after a gap.” Apart from designers and artists from UK, Israel and Pakistan, there was participation from cities all across the country, like Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam etc.last_img read more