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first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad has requested the jail authorities to shift him to paying ward of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, as the jailed leader is unable to sleep all night due to the constant barking of stray dogs in the campus.“Mr Prasad is not being able to sleep whole night as dogs bark outside in the hospital premises… the bathroom too stinks”, said RJD MLA Bhola Yadav, close aide of Prasad.“We’ve requested the hospital authorities to shift him to paying ward of the hospital and we’ll pay the charges required for it”, he added further.Prasad suffers from blood infection, diabetes and other diseases. The medical authorities have done several tests and all the reports are likely to come by Monday evening.Convicted in three fodder scam case, Prasad on August 30 had surrendered in special CBI court in Ranchi, which had sent him to RIMS for medical assistance. He was on provisional bail since May 11 on medical ground and had got treatment for various ailments at Mumbai, AIIMS in Delhi and RIMS as well.However, on August 24 the court dismissed his bail extension request and asked him to surrender by August 30.If all medical tests would be normal, Prasad could be shifted to Birsa Munda Central jail of Ranchi.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai’s crowded thoroughfares shed their vast multitudes as cricket fever gripped the city with passionate fans packing themselves into restobars, pubs and multiplexes to watch the titanic tussle for cricket’s most coveted trophy.As afternoon approached, the weekend crowds started vanishing from bustling streets and marketplaces, while city’s lifeline – suburban local trains -stopped gobbling up and disgorging faceless streams of commuters, as everybody – from a humble roadside hawker to corporate honcho headed to watch the captivating contest.Cricket lovers who were not lucky enough to secure a place at the Wankhede Stadium, made frenzied attempts to book the remaining seats in multiplexes and restaurants to watch the India-Sri Lanka grand finale, or chose to enjoy the game in the cozy confines of their homes over house parties.”We will chill out and cheer team India. If they win, we will raise a toast, and if they lose, we will drown our disappointment in the bubbly,” said Ratish, raising his mug of beer at a suburban restobar. According to sources in the hospitality sector, Mumbaikars guzzled over 70,000 litres of aclohol during the Wednesday’s semi-final clash between India and Pakistan.Sources said most of the 7000 restaurants and bars in the city have been reserved already and owners made a last minute rush to replenish their stocks.A number of crazy fans were seen blowing vuvuzelas, popularised during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while getting painted the Indian tricolour on their faces and bodies near Churchgate station. The Team India jerseys were much sought after stuff.advertisement– With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgzoom German container shipping company Hapag-Lloyd has achieved its earnings targets for 2015 and significantly improved its operating result (EBIT) in the fourth quarter of 2015 versus prior year, the company said.Based on the preliminary unaudited figures, Hapag-Lloyd increased operating EBITDA to EUR 831 million against EUR 98.9 million in 2014 and the operating result (EBIT) to EUR 366.4 million against a EUR -382.8 million in 2014.Revenue increased in 2015 to EUR 8.8 billion, two billion more than in the previous year.  The significant increase was primarily attributable to the merger with CSAV’s container business in December 2014. The transport volume rose up to around 7.4 million TEU for 2015 from 5.9 million TEU in 2014.As at the 31 December 2015 balance sheet date, Hapag-Lloyd had EUR 5 billion, compared to EUR 4.2 billion in 2014 in equity and a liquidity reserve  of EUR 962.4 million. The company’s net debt amounted to EUR 3,334 million.last_img read more

first_imgNova Scotians will get the chance to learn about the treacherous search in the Canadian Arctic for the Northwest Passage that began 400 years ago. Echoes in the Ice: History, Mystery and Frozen Corpses, produced by Gone West Productions Ltd., in partnership with the Canada Science and Technology Museum, will be on display at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax from Saturday, June 8, until September. There will be a preview open to the public today, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. “The Museum of Natural History helps Nova Scotians appreciate the cultural diversity that defines this province,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leonard Preyra. “Arctic exploration was, and still is, an important aspect of the Canadian identity. This exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to experience the wonders and challenges of life in the Arctic.” The exhibit uses a variety of images, audio-visual presentations and artifacts to showcase Arctic exploration as it was then and now. It focuses on the history of those involved in searching for the Northwest Passage and explores the mystery surrounding the disastrous 1845 Franklin Expedition, when more than a 100 men lost their lives. “Throw in a CSI forensic investigation, evidence of cannibalism and we have one of the most sensational stories in Canada’s history,” said Echoes in the Ice Organizer Lois Steinhardt. “Echoes in the Ice: History, Mystery and Frozen Corpses is a thrilling look at the science and dramatic history of the Arctic. The exhibit melds art, artifacts and audio visual displays that will engage viewers of all ages.” This is one of four Arctic-themed exhibits at the Museum of Natural History and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic this summer. For more information, go to Follow the Museum of Natural History on Twitter @MNH_Naturalists.last_img read more

first_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, from Trunk 10 to Ramey Road, will have alternating lane closures for drainage improvement and paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102, northbound from Exit 4C (Bedford) to Exit 5 (Fall River), is reduced to one lane for repaving and widening until Monday, Dec. 31. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: Lower Branch Road Lower Branch Road, from Tompkin Road to Trunk 10, will have alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31, 2019. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge on Port Royal Road on Isle Madame is closed until further notice. Traffic can detour on MacEachern Road. -30- LUNENBURG COUNTY: Route 210 Route 210, from Route 325 (Newcombville) to Waterloo Road, has alternating lane closures until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.center_img LUNENBURG COUNTY: Conquerall Mills Road Conquerall Mills Road, Conquerall Mills, has alternating lane closures until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge, Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. QUEENS COUNTY: Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore Road, from Trunk 3 easterly for about four kilometres, has alternating lane closures for paving until Monday, Dec. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting is taking place twice a day, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Highway 103 between exits 5 and 5A. Traffic will be stopped in both directions while blasting is occurring. Traffic may be stopped for periods of 20 minutes. Expect delays and proceed with caution. Blasting will be ongoing until mid-January. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. Replacement to take place in 2019. Detour via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road.last_img read more

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ADDITIONAL DATA HIGHLIGHTSLongstanding hit NCIS continues to deliver strong audiences with 1.9 million viewers (2+), cementing a place in the Top 10 (2+) and Top 20 across all key demos**Season 3 of cult favourite The Good Place grew its audience by 16% versus last fall’s premiere, securing a spot in the Top 20 for A18-34, A18-49, A25-54, F18-49, and F25-54**Season 2 premiere of action series S.W.A.T. increased its audience by 10% versus its series average last year and remains a Top 20 hit for A18-49, A25-54, F18-49, and F25-54**Friday night drama MacGyver landed in the Top 20 for 2+ and A25-54**Global’s social media accounts were also buzzing premiere week with @GlobalTV reaching 16 million people – 6 million above last year’s reach***. With over 5 million engagements and over 554,000 mentions of Global’s series, social standouts include Saturday Night Live as the #1 most mentioned comedy, followed by The Good Place coming in a close second, and new dramas New Amsterdam as the second most talked about new drama, with FBI claiming the #3 spot****.New episodes of Global’s powerhouse fall schedule continue into the fall. Viewers can catch up on full episodes of Global’s new and returning series following their broadcasts the next day on, Global GO (available on Apple TV and Google Chromecast), and Global on demand. Additionally, viewers can live stream episodes on and Global GO by signing in with their TV service provider credentials.Sources: *Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Premiere week 2018 (Sept24-30/2018) vs. Premiere week 2017 (Sept25-Oct1/2017) – confirmed data. Based on national core primetime program schedule Mo-Su 8-11p, AMA(000), A25-54 unless otherwise noted**Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Premiere week 2018 (Sept24-30/2018) – confirmed data, Ranker based on Cdn Conv Com Eng stns, total viewers = 2+, key demos = A25-54, W25-54, A18-49, W18-49***Source:  Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat internal data. Collected from the date ranges of September 21 – September 30, 2018 based off of campaign and organic analytics data****Source: Brandwatch queries based off of mentions volume of Show hashtags, names and handles. Date ranges of September 21 – September 30, 2018SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@GlobalTV @GlobalTV_PR@CorusPRFacebook: Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2018 – With the 2018 Fall TV season underway, Global celebrates a triumphant premiere week (September 24-30) winning four of the seven nights with a high-calibre schedule featuring breakout hits FBI and NewAmsterdam, and perennial favourites Survivor and NCIS. Final data confirms Global as the most-watched Canadian network on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday nights, increasing its core primetime audience for the week across all key demos including: 15% (2+), 5% (A18-34), 24% (A18-49), and 25% (A25-54).* With 11 of the Top 20 series for both total viewers and A25-54, Global owns more series in the Top 20 than any other network.**As the first two new high profile fall dramas to receive full-season orders, Global’s FBI and New Amsterdam claimed top rank as the hottest new series this fall. Garnering 2.3 million viewers (2+), Canada’s Missy Peregrym is no longer a rookie as her new drama FBI became the most-watched new series for total viewers. In addition, emotional medical drama New Amsterdam won the hearts of over 2.2 million viewers (2+), becoming the #1 new series in all key demos.**Global’s returning hits also solidified their blockbuster status during premiere week. Season 2 of last year’s breakout hit 9-1-1 was on fire as Global’s most-watched returning drama, bringing in nearly 2.2 million viewers (2+) and becoming a Top 10 program in all key demos. Meanwhile, reality champ Survivor continues to reign as the #1 reality series with over 2 million viewers (2+) tuning in to the 37th season, and Saturday Night Live took the top spot as the #1 late night program growing its audience by 31% versus its premiere last fall.**last_img read more

first_imgKenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen the RCMP called the chief of Thunder Bay police to let him know he had a leak in his department involving an investigation into the city’s mayor for alleged extortion they weren’t prepared for what they were about to hear, a court heard Monday.Just a few days had passed since the RCMP first went to Thunder Bay police on Dec. 14, 2016 with details of their extortion investigation into Mayor Keith Hobbs and Hobbs already knew.Three Mounties called Chief Jean-Paul Levesque Dec. 22 to let him know he had a leak and were expecting he would find out who it was.They learned in that call with Levesque it was he who told Hobbs.“I was stunned. I didn’t know what to say. There was nothing to say,” testified RCMP Cpl. Ron Miller in the opening day of Levesque’s breach of trust and obstruction of justice trial at the Thunder Bay courthouse.The call ended quickly and the three Mounties sat in silence for about 20 seconds just looking at each other.“Is that what we heard, that the chief told the mayor of the investigation?” said Miller describing to the court what he thought of Levesque’s admission.The RCMP was in the process of handing the file over to Thunder Bay police who were then going to ask the Ontario Provincial Police to investigate.Hobbs had spent 34 years as an officer on the Thunder Bay police before becoming mayor.The OPP had to wait for the RCMP to hand over all of its investigation, which was basically a lengthy recorded interview with the complainant in the case against Hobbs which needed to be transcribed.Miller sent the first 20 pages of the transcription Dec. 21 to now acting Deputy Chief Don Lewis, but after the call with Levesque he testified they stopped all communication with Thunder Bay police and in January directly forwarded the file to the OPP that would later charge Levesque in May.Thunder Bay Mayor Keith Hobbs.Levesque told the Mounties during the call on Dec. 22 he hadn’t told Hobbs who the complainant was but based on testimony in court Hobbs had a pretty good idea.The complainant was 36-year-old Craig Loverin, an Afghanistan war veteran, who was friends with local lawyer Sandy Zaitzeff.Loverin testified in the morning that Hobbs set up a meeting in the parking lot of a Metro grocery store and Tim Horton’s on the evening of Nov. 17.He said Hobbs got into his vehicle and gave him a white USB memory stick that contained several videos of Zaitzeff being recorded at his home.Loverin said he was directed to give Zaitzeff the memory stick that Hobbs claimed to have gotten from a Thunder Bay police detective.The court would hear later in the day from RCMP Const. Darryl Waruk, that Loverin said that Hobbs claimed to have two current Thunder Bay police detectives who “owed him” after he destroyed cellblock video when the officers had bodily fluid thrown at them back when Hobbs was still on the force.No more details were provided to the court.RCMP Cpl. David Leonard testified Loverin came to him and several other Mounties Dec. 8 and gave a full statement the following day.Leonard said Loverin told said Hobbs told him to give the videos to Zaitzeff so he “knows how much trouble he is in.”The court heard that Hobbs wanted Zaitzeff to buy his ex-girlfriend, Mary Voss, a home for $420,000, when he had only planned to purchase one for $250,000. If he didn’t Zaitzeff would be on the front page of a national magazine.By the time Loverin went to the RCMP last December Zaitzeff had already been charged in late November with several counts of sexually assault.Hobbs and his wife Marisa Hobbs were both charged with extortion and obstruction of justice in July.Voss was charged with extortion.Hobbs had been on leave as mayor but recently returned to the council chambers.The trial continues Tuesday.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Rabat – Baibanou announced her determination to climb the mountain, which is the last summit of the “Seven Summit” challenge at a press conference.It will take the Moroccan mountaineer ten days to reach her destination, as the massive mountain is  21 kilometer long and 13 kilometer wide. The mountain lies within the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains.During the press conference, Baibanou stated  that her message is “to prove that dreams can come true [if you] just believe in it and have the will.” She added: “With a lot of perseverance [and] determination, I am pursuing my dream to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak in Antarctica, and to be the first in Morocco to realize the ‘Seven Summits’ challenge.”Read Also: Moroccan Mountaineer Bouchra Baibanou Climbs World’s Highest MountainBaibanou also succeed to reach the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest, in 2017. Like Baibanou, several other Moroccan women are passionate about hiking mountains. Last year in May,  Ghizlane Aakar waved the Moroccan flag from Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.In an interview with Outdoor Women Alliance, the 47-year-old mountaineer said after her Everest achievement, “people [in Morocco] accept women doing adventure sports. It wasn’t like before. Women can do everything now. I feel lucky to be a Moroccan woman.” read more

21 June 2011The imminent independence of Southern Sudan is spotlighting the challenge of improving “among the world’s worst” education systems, the UN said today. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) called upon the international community “to act with a greater sense of urgency and resolve in supporting the development of a national education system,” according to an agency press statement.Southern Sudan is scheduled to formally separate from the rest of Sudan on 9 July.“It is hard to overstate the scale of the challenge,” said UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, “but independence brings with it an unprecedented opportunity to build a good quality education system.”“The people of South Sudan cannot afford to see that opportunity squandered – and neither can the international community,” Ms. Bokova said. A policy paper launched today in the capital, Juba, said “Southern Sudan has some of the world’s worst indicators for education.”More than a million primary school-age children are out of school – about half of the total. The new country has the world’s lowest recorded enrolment rate in secondary education. Fewer than 400 girls make it to the last grade of secondary school, and only 8 per cent of women are literate.The paper was produced by UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report team, an independent group hosted by UNESCO.The paper said that since the peace settlement in 2005 the number of children in school has tripled, hundreds of new classrooms have been built, and more teachers are being recruited and trained. Yet the reconstruction effort in Southern Sudan falls far short of the standards set in other post-conflict countries, including Rwanda and Sierra Leone.The paper also calls on the Government of Southern Sudan to step up its own efforts, including more robust financial management systems, a strengthened commitment to overcoming inequalities between different regions and groups, and action to tackle gender disparities.“The overall aid effort suffers from under-financing, fragmentation, weak coordination and a failure to put in place long-term financing commitments,” said Kevin Watkins, Director of the EFA Global Monitoring Report. However, the report says: “Decisive leadership by the Government of Southern Sudan backed by a concerted international aid effort could transform South Sudan into a development success story.“There is a real opportunity to exploit the window of opportunity created by the peace agreement to set the country on a trajectory that offers hope, development, shared prosperity and common security for all of the people of Southern Sudan.“Putting in place an education system that equips Southern Sudan’s children with the skills, competencies and attitudes they will need to build a better future for their country is the starting point for a break with the past.” read more

He was deported from Dubai and arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday. He was taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters in Colombo to be questioned.Madush was among several Sri Lankans arrested at a hotel in Dubai in February at a party. Madush was arrested when he arrived in the country after being deported. Notorious underworld leader Makandure Madush is being questioned on crimes organised by him and committed in Sri Lanka while he was overseas, the Police said.Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Criminal Investigations Department is questioning Madush. Most of them arrested were drug dealers and other criminals.All except Madush were deported to Sri Lanka. Madush had appealed against being deported. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“Crossing a border without the required documentation or overstaying a visa is not per se a crime, but rather at most, an administrative offence,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, François Crépeau, and the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (CMW), Abdelhamid El Jamri, in a joint statement with other human rights experts.Adding their voices to the statement were the Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, Felipe Gonzalez, and the Special Rapporteur on Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the African Union, Maya Sahli Fadel.According to UN figures, the total number of international migrants has increased over the last 10 years from an estimated 150 million in 2000 to 214 million persons today – the numbers are such that migrants would constitute the fifth most populous country in the world. Taking into account the large and increasing number of migrants, in 2000 the UN General Assembly proclaimed 18 December as International Migrants Day. The choice of date marks the day on which the Assembly adopted, in 1990, the treaty known as the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.In their joint statement, the human rights experts said that even though migrants have contributed greatly to societies around the world, millions of them are victims of discrimination, xenophobia and a myriad of violations against their human rights – simply for being migrants.“It is because of this that today, on International Migrants Day, we reaffirm that human rights are rights for all persons,” they said. “In this sense, a real commitment by States regarding the human rights of migrants requires the full recognition of migrants as rights holders. Human rights are derived from human dignity and not from national origin or migratory status.”According to the experts, measures that criminalize irregular migration include the enactment of laws that penalize migrants in an irregular situation and persons that assist migrants; the use of excessive and disproportionate force during migration control operations; the detention of migrants in an irregular situation; deportations without procedural guarantees; and also xenophobic statements in which authorities and the media encourage the stigmatization of migrants.“In addition to being contrary to human rights and increasing the vulnerability of migrants, these measures have not been proven effective in deterring irregular migration,” the experts said.In relation to their concern over the increasing use by some countries of detention against migrants, the four experts noted that “this situation is of even greater concern” because detention is often applied to children.“Respect for the right to liberty and security of person implies that liberty is the rule and detention, the exception. States have the obligation to establish a presumption in favour of liberty in domestic law,” they said, adding the automatic, mandatory or punitive use of migrant detention violates migrants’ right to liberty, as well as the human rights of others.“The exceptionality of administrative detention of migrants also applies to asylum seekers, refugees, stateless persons and other persons in need of international protection,” they said in their joint statement. “We call on States to gradually abolish the administrative detention of migrants and establish alternative measures to detention, applying a human rights-based approach.”In addition, the four experts called on States to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, as well as other international and regional human rights treaties. “In parallel to ratifying these instruments, States should guarantee that their policies, laws and practices on migration conform to their international human rights obligations,” they added.UN independent experts, or special rapporteurs like Mr. Crépeau, are appointed by the Geneva-based Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.Headed by Mr. El Jamri, the CMW is a body of 14 independent experts that monitors the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families, as laid out in the International Convention. It meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year. read more

first_imgJulie Hartridge, the coroner’s officer, told the hearing that Mr Pearson was a “healthy man” and an experienced swimmer. Simon Pearson died as he battled to save his 10-year-old daughter Lily Simon Pearson died as he battled to save his 10-year-old daughter LilyCredit:Caters News Agency A businessman who drowned trying to rescue his daughter repeatedly urged her to “hold my hand” moments before he died.Simon Pearson, 47, lost his strength as he battled to hold his 10-year-old Lily up above the waves.He had been swimming with his daughter and his father-in-law, Anthony McGregor, at Lido Bosco Verde in Ostuni, southern Italy, where the family was on holiday in July.The trio got caught in a strong current, but while Mr McGregor managed to cling to a buoy, Mr Pearson fought desperately to hold Lily out of the water.A rescuer who reached the pair was faced with a choice over who to save and managed to get the little girl to safety.Italian beach worker Martino Maggi, 49, also died trying to save the family.Mr Pearson’s final words were revealed by his wife, Emma , 43, at an inquest in Shropshire.In a statement, Mrs Pearson wrote: “Lily told me that the whole time the only word Simon uttered was ‘hold my hand’. She said ‘he was working so hard to try and save me’ but then her dad lost his strength.”Simon was a dearly loved husband, son and father and we will never forget how hard Simon worked to save his daughter.”center_img 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. The inquest heard that the Pearsons, their two children Lily and Monty, six, and Mrs Pearson’s parents Yolanda and Anthony McGregor settled at the beach at 9.30am, just minutes before the tragedy.They had been visiting the resort for 15 years and were familiar with the area.Mr Pearson, a former public schoolboy from Old Church Stoke, Powys, was the managing director of building firm Jesmonite.His family did not attend the hearing at Shirehall but the statement from his wife was read out in the court.The inquest was told doctors in Italy found Mr Pearson’s lungs full of water.Shropshire Coroner Mr John Ellery concluded that his death was caused by drowning.Mr Ellery said: “It was clearly an accident. This was a double tragedy and our condolences to both the Pearson family and Martino’s family in Italy.”Giuseppe Chiarelli of Brindisi Port Authority said that particular stretch of coastline “unfortunately isn’t new to this kind of tragedy”.As recently as July 14 four lifeguards rescued three Russian tourists and an Italian who were unable to return to the shore of a nearby beach.last_img read more

first_imgJust over a year since launching its SAGwise™ total process control solution for semi-autogenous (SAG) mills, FLSmidth is putting some savings statistics behind the sensory and process optimisation system.SAGwise is designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners.Winston Mokoena, Key Account Manager at FLSmidth, said the solution reduces critical impacts inside the mill by up to 45%. This adds life to wear liners and grinding balls, helping to prolong liner life between maintenance and giving mills more uptime, he added.“SAGwise can improve mill production by 6% and substantially reduce process variability,” Mokoena said. “This ensures that the mill provides a constant and optimal feed to the next stage of the process, effectively facilitating better performance of downstream operations.”Among the challenges mill optimisation tries to address is too little material in the mill, or too much. Too little leads to critical impacts between the grinding media and the mill liners, damaging both elements without producing value. If the mill is overfilled with mined material, on the other hand, this results in grinding inefficiencies.“The SAGwise system uses four or eight unidirectional or bidirectional audio sensors located in close proximity to the mill, which detect the analogue sounds and convert them into digital signals for analysis by a processing unit,” FLSmidth said. “This unit uses the sound patterns and other process variables to determine the necessary adjustment to the mill’s feed, speed and pulp density.”So direct are the improvements that can be achieved by this solution that customers can pay back their investment in less than six months, depending on the commodity value and the specific mill environment, according to FLSmidth.“The parameters that are monitored by SAGwise include the mill’s power consumption, load impacts, mill load and pulp density,” Mokoena said. “The system then responds to these parameters by controlling the mill speed, the feed rate and the water to achieve the ‘sweet spot’ where the mill runs at optimum efficiency.”last_img read more

first_imgMATTHEW MACKLIN’S FIGHT with Jorge Sebastien Heilan – a title eliminator scheduled for Saturday, 30 August — has been postponed in the wake of his trainer’s shooting this week.Jamie Moore was shot twice in the legs in Marbella, where the English fighter was working with the middleweight Macklin.“I am disappointed to have to postpone my fight but in the light of the circumstances and the disruption to my preparation it is the right thing to do,” said Macklin. “Every fight at this stage in my career is of huge importance and being 100 per cent for the night is vital. We will make an announcement shortly on a new date and I look forward to fighting in Dublin in 2014.”Organisers say any tickets purchased for the National Stadium show will be automatically refunded to the card holderSpringsteen in town as the 2014 Dublin Horse Show gets under wayFenlon confirmed as new Shamrock Rovers bosslast_img read more

first_imgThough it might look silly, the Finger-Nose, designed by Dominic Wilcox, can actually come in pretty handy. As someone who has used her nose during the cold New York winter to press a button on my touchscreen phone, having the Finger-Nose seems like it could be of good use in some situations. In Wilcox’s case, he wanted a way to use his touchscreen phone in the tub, which is how the idea of the Finger-Nose was born.Though Wilcox admits on his blog that using your phone in the tub is “stupid,” he still does it. He said that when one hand gets wet, even when you’re trying not to let either hand get wet, it becomes too tricky to scroll using just one hand in fear of the phone plunging into the sudsy water. So, he began using his nose to tap a few buttons, and do some scrolling. The problem is that you can’t see anything while you’re doing this, and you don’t know exactly what your nose is touching. You certainly couldn’t type a text message using your nose.Wilcox created the Finger-Nose using plaster, a touchscreen stylus, and what appears to be elastic to keep the nose attached to his head. We have to admit, it looks like a pretty demented Pinocchio nose, or a Venetian nasone mask. It even appears to have a fuzzy texture, which is apparently from the plaster Wilcox used. It comes mixed with fibers, resulting in a hair-like appearance.The first time Wilcox took the Finger-Nose for a test run in the tub, he sent a tweet. Unfortunately, the autocorrect went and screwed it all up by making his tweet say “Hello I am meeting with my nose.” He apparently lost two followers, but after all the press of the Finger-Nose, it’s pretty likely that he gained those back in much greater numbers.Read more at Wilcox’s blog, Variations on Normal, via Wiredlast_img read more

first_imgInfecting roughly one user each second, a new scam playing on the death of singer Amy Winehouse has erupted on Facebook, teasing people with a false link to a video of the singer shortly before she died. The scam appeared less than four hours after the singer’s reported death, and lead hapless clickers down a path of “surveys” designed to gather personal information.Sophos’ Naked Security blog has a running list of what some of the scams look like. Most of them say the same thing, offering to show you video footage of Winehouse shortly before her death – video that simply doesn’t exist.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, the scam proliferates by forcing you to share the link with your Facebook friends before you can get any further, so even those people who eventually realize they’ve been had will be too late to stop someone else from clicking on the link they’ve just shared with their friends.Thankfully, the scam posts don’t download malware or anything like that, but if you do get caught by it, the first thing to do is to remove the offending posts from your news feed, and to check your “Likes and Interests” to make sure nothing unwanted has been added that has access to your account. While no one has reported that a third party has gotten access to Facebook accounts through this scam, there’s little stopping a new offender from starting their own scam that does.This particular scam is just the latest in a long-running phishing campaign by spammers and scammers to trick people into providing their personal information, credentials, or other sensitive information by playing on current or tragic events and news headlines. To date, the scam is still spreading around Facebook, so if you see one of the offending links, don’t click it.Read more at Naked Securitylast_img read more

first_img The Force might not be with you this winter, but Columbia Sportswear just created a cozy Star Wars jacket to keep fans warm all season long.On Monday, Columbia Sportswear announced in a press release that it will introduce the Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka, a limited edition coat inspired by the attire of the original cast and crew of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, on Dec. 7. The coat, which will retail at $500 at Columbia Sportswear’s website and stores, makes a great holiday gift for Star Wars junkies who admire the film franchise and fashion.Almost 40 years ago, the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, filmed the memorable ice planet Hoth scenes in Norway. Because the climate was super cold, producers arranged for each team member to wear colorful and insulated parkas during the multi-week shoot.The jackets worn on the set of ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’ (Photo Credit: Brooks Erickson/Columbia Sportswear)Today, these original jackets are some of the most valuable Star Wars collector items, yet only a handful of these jackets still exist. However, Star Wars junkies can now sport a similar jacket that’s warm and more affordable than the vintage styles.Columbia Sportswear’s Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka culls inspiration from the original design of these jackets and contains weather-defying technologies to protect wearers against extreme climate conditions.Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka (Photo Credit: Columbia Sportswear)Co-designed by Lucasfilm Ltd., the jacket features a bold blue design, a Darth Vader chest patch, Star Wars logos, a customizable name plate on the chest pocket, and shoulder strips for increased visibility. Plus, there are coordinates of the Norway-based Hardangerjøkulen Glacier on the jacket that honor the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. On a technical level, the jacket features Columbia Sportswear’s weather-defying technology, which includes a breathable and waterproof outer layer, Omni-Heat thermal-reflective lining and insulation that Columbia Sportswear says, “will keep you as warm as a Wookiee,” and a removable hood with faux-fur trim to keep your head extra toasty.For fans that want to take their Star Wars wardrobe to the next level, Columbia Sportswear is also offering 30 coats signed by Mark Hamill, the actor who played Luke Skywalker in the film. Each coat, which retails at $1,980, will also help a good cause. Columbia Sportswear and Hamill are teaming up to raise money for educational efforts, including funding college access programs and scholarships.You can purchase the Star Wars: Empire Crew Parka here.A jacket signed by Mark Hamill (Photo Credit: Brooks Erickson/Columbia Sportswear)More on Unveils New ‘Star Wars’ Animated YouTube ShortsCosplayer Creates Awesome Star Wars AT-AT Costume for HorseCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie Stay on target PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site last_img read more

first_imgThe state Department of Corrections announced Thursday that Larch Corrections Center will close by Feb. 1, 2011, as part of $53 million in corrections budget cuts ordered by Gov. Chris Gregoire to help balance the 2010-11 state budget. “The executive staff and I struggled with some of our most difficult decisions yet,” Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail said in a letter to all corrections employees. “After nearly three years of budget cuts, we have fewer options to consider. And because we cannot reduce the number of offenders we incarcerate and supervise, the workload remains the same even as we have a smaller budget with which to work.”Larch is about eight miles east of Hockinson in east Clark County in the Yacolt Burn State Forest.Larch staff members were informed about the pending closure at a meeting Thursday at the prison. Teamsters Local 117, which bargains for Larch employees, said on its website that it “is preparing to take legal action to protect the safety of our members and their jobs.”“As soon as cuts are officially announced, we will aggressively challenge the state’s irresponsible action,” the union statement said. Union officials said they plan to hold a number of events to demand “dignity and respect for correctional workers,” including a day of action at the Capitol in Olympia and political roundtables with legislators.Larch employees have invited state lawmakers and legislative candidates to take part in a community town hall today from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the YWCA Community Room, 3609 Main St. in Vancouver, to discuss the closure.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was struck and killed while crossing the street in Miami Gardens.The 66-year-old man was hit along Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest 183rd Street.The driver remained at the scene.Police have closed the area off while they investigate.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img