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From village sabhas to cricket match, Jyotiraditya Scindia pitches for Guna again

first_imgIf he wins by a margin of 3 lakh votes, then the people of Guna would have hit a six, says former cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, talking about the incumbent MP, Jyotiraditya Scindia, on Thursday evening.The two Congress leaders had just wrapped up a for-show cricket match in Guna Lok Sabha constituency’s Shivpuri as a part of Mr. Scindia’s campaign, when they returned to the field of the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Stadium for the political part of the evening.Seeking re-election to a seat that was held by his father, Madhavrao Scindia, and before that his grandmother, Vijaya Raje Scindia, and that he has represented since his father’s death in 2002, Mr. Scindia spent the day holding sabhas in villages, ending with the cricket match in Shivpuri.As the scion of the erstwhile Scindia royal family scored a boundary, the crowd celebrated with “Maharaj zindabad”, while a fan of Mr. Sidhu shouted “Come on, Sidhu paaji”.After wrapping up the ‘match’, Mr. Sidhu told the crowd: “Take it from me in writing, after Rahul Gandhi, the Minister at the second spot will be Mr. Scindia.”He said Mr. Scindia had won by 1.20 lakh votes in 2014 and if he won by the same margin, it would be like scoring two runs.”Two lakhs would be hitting a four and if he wins by 3 lakh, then you would have scored a six,” he said.The possible margin comes up often in conversations with Congress workers as well as residents. Having won the 2002 bypoll by over 4 lakh votes, Mr. Scindia’s victory margin went down to 1.2 lakh in 2014.Ankit Singh, a businessman from Shivpuri and self-professed BJP supporter who attended the cricket event, said: “This seat is reserved, for the Scindias. But I voted for the Congress in the Assembly elections, because that was about the Chief Minister. This election is about the Prime Minister and there is no one else but [Narendra] Modi.”Earlier in the day, at one of his sabhas, the candidate spoke to residents of Naguli village about the work he had done for the area in the past 17 years, from the construction of roads to the setting up of a footwear design institute.Aide-turned-opponent This time, Mr. Scindia is facing his own former aide, K.P. Yadav, who joined the BJP ahead of the Assembly polls, a contest that locals say is not a real one.“He is a dummy candidate,” said a Congress worker in Shivpuri.last_img read more

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Whales amplify sound with their skull bones

first_imgThe loud, moaning calls of large, baleen whales—such as fin, right, gray, and blue whales—can travel hundreds of kilometers through the sea as the cetaceans reach out to contact others of their kind. Many of the whales’ calls are in the same low-frequency range as those produced by human activities, including military exercises, commercial shipping, and energy exploration. That overlap has led marine biologists to worry that the human cacophony may be harming the whales. (All baleen whale species are endangered, except the gray whale.) Yet it’s been difficult to devise regulations governing this noise, because scientists have not fully understood how sounds reach the baleen whales’ ear bones. Now, researchers report today in PLOS ONE that they’ve solved the mystery by means of a 3D computer model of a fin whale’s (Balaenoptera physalus) skull. They based their model on the skull of a young fin whale (seen in the photo above) that died in 2003 on a southern California beach. By simulating sound waves traveling through the computerized skull, the scientists discovered that the whales use an unusual mechanism for hearing: bone conduction. The fin whale’s skull bones (and likely those of other baleen whales) vibrate and amplify the low-frequency sounds, directing them to the ear bones. The discovery may help lawmakers set limits on the amount of noise humans can make in the deep sea.last_img read more

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SEE PICS: Shahid with Misha behind, Mira leads father-daughter like a supermom

first_imgEarlier this year at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, Shahid Kapoor had said that he has become a hands-on dad and that he wakes up every 3 hours to change baby Misha’s diapers.ALSO READ: Shahid can’t stop praising Padmavati co-star DeepikaSEE PICS: Protective dad Shahid carries baby Misha as he steps out with wife Mira ALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor’s shirtless photos will give every dad a complexALSO READ: Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput spotted on a cosy dinner date Well, that surely cannot be further from the truth, as was proven by his latest pictures that were clicked at the Mumbai international airport. Papa Shahid Kapoor was clicked carrying baby Misha in his arms while mom Mira Rajput, sporting shades lead the way.Seems like Shahid Kapoor is enjoying his new stint as a dad. The Udta Punjab actor was quoted as saying, “Misha gives me a lot of strength. Life is all about her now. I feel like I am ready to protect and even fight for her. I want to be my best for Misha. I never want to leave home once I return to my wife and baby.”Shahid and Mira gave birth to their first child, a baby daughter on August 26 this year. The 35-year-old actor later shared the child’s name Misha on Twitter. Misha is formed from the combination of the first letters mother Mira’s first name and those of papa Shahid’s first name.On the work front, the 35-year-old actor will  be soon seen in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon alongside Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut in 2017. After this, Shahid will be seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati which also stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh.advertisement(All photos by Yogen Shah)last_img read more

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U.S. Women Can’t Shake Heartbreak

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SOCHI, Russia — A two-goal lead blown in the final four minutes. A long shot that clanged off the post of an empty net. Two perplexing penalties in overtime, setting up a golden goal for Canada.The U.S. women’s hockey team has lost late in the last four Olympics, but never in such preposterously heartbreaking fashion as this 3-2 defeat on Feb. 20.While the Canadians received their fourth straight gold medals, the Americans were left blank-faced or crying at Bolshoy Ice Dome. Sixteen years after the first generation of U.S. players won the inaugural Olympic tournament, these Americans thought Canada’s Olympic mastery over them had finally waned.Instead, they’ve got four more years to think about how the Canadians manage to seize their sport’s biggest moment while the U.S. gets left holding silver.“To let them come back in the gold-medal game at the Olympics is the worst feeling in the world,” said Kelli Stack, who nearly became an improbable hero with a long clearing attempt that hit the right post of an empty net late in regulation.Stack actually knew she hadn’t scored when she flipped the puck down the ice in the waning seconds. From her vantage point, she could tell it was going to hit the post even before that clunk of rubber against metal.“If it would have been an inch to the right, it would have went in, and we would have won the gold medal,” said Stack, shaking her head. “When pucks don’t bounce your way, you’ve just got to know that it wasn’t meant to be.”Everything seemed dramatically different in the first 56 minutes. With a 2-0 lead, U.S. goalie Jessie Vetter appeared to be eminently capable of shutting out Canada for the first time in Olympic history, and the small contingent of U.S. fans was bouncing in its seats.“I just kept thinking ‘We’re going to win,’” U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said. “I looked over at one of our goaltenders, I said, ‘There’s no way they’re going to score two goals on Vetts. She’s hot right now.’”What happened next is what Dughan calls “crazy mode” — those frantic final minutes of a hockey game when the goalie skates to the bench and her teammates try anything to will the puck into the net.The Bolshoy got crazy, all right. Brianne Jenner scored with 3:26 to play, banking a wide-flying shot off Kacey Bellamy’s knee. “Bad puck luck,” Bellamy said.Marie-Philip Poulin’s tying goal was another bad break: Vetter attempted a poke-check after the puck came out from behind the net, but it somehow went straight to Canada’s soft-spoken Quebecois hero.Even during the break before overtime, the Americans remained confident. Stack recalled only encouragement in the dressing room at a time when the Americans had expected to be celebrating.And then in overtime, the whistles started.Neither team could understand the referees’ eagerness to call penalties in an Olympic overtime, which is already 4-on-4 hockey. Just six seconds after Canada’s Catherine Ward was sent off for a big hit near the net, American Jocelyne Lamoureux was penalized for slashing on a single whack at Shannon Szabados’ pads with the puck underneath them.“It stinks to go into an overtime in an up-and-down game and have so many penalties called,” Stack said. “It would have been great if we could have played 4-on-4 for 20 minutes or whatever.”Moments later during 3-on-3 play, a bad U.S. line change gave a breakaway to Canada’s Hayley Wickenheiser. Hilary Knight swooped in from behind, and Wickenheiser tumbled to the ice.The officials curiously called Knight for cross-checking instead of either awarding a penalty shot or allowing play to continue. Replays showed no significant contact between the two, except perhaps Knight’s right skate clipping Wickenheiser’s right skate from behind — which isn’t cross-checking.“I didn’t touch her,” Knight said. “She fell. That was a bogus call. But it’s not about any one call.” Poulin ended it 39 seconds later.The pain was palpable on the faces of the Americans, Canada’s only rival in this young sport. The U.S. women really had seemed destined to triumph in Sochi, repeatedly playing better than the Canadians in exhibitions and tournaments. What’s more, Canada coach Dan Church abruptly quit in mid-December.Everything was in place for a U.S. breakthrough until Canada broke away again.“You can’t take the sting away,” coach Katey Stone said. “You just have to tell them how proud you are of them and how much they mean to you and what a tremendous privilege and honor it was to be a part of it.”(Greg Beacham, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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FA make enquiries into Bong allegation

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion FA to make enquiries into Bong’s Rodriguez allegation Dom Farrell 22:37 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) gaetanbong - cropped Getty Images West Bromwich Albion v Brighton & Hove Albion Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion West Bromwich Albion The Football Association will be looking into an allegation made by the Brighton defender against West Brom’s striker during a Premier League fixture The Football Association will look into an allegation passed on to referee Martin Atkinson during West Brom’s 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.Brighton defender Gaetan Bong reported Baggies forward Jay Rodriguez after they clashed during Saturday’s encounter at The Hawthorns.The pair exchanged words during the second half, with Rodriguez appearing to squeeze his nose and waft a hand at the Cameroon international. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Both men were spoken to by Atkinson, who then consulted his fourth official, and the incident was part of the referee’s post-match report.A statement from the governing body read: “The FA can confirm that referee Martin Atkinson was made aware of an allegation during the West Bromwich Albion versus Brighton & Hove Albion game at The Hawthorns yesterday and has subsequently reported this to The FA, which will now begin making enquiries into the matter.”At their post-match news conferences, both managers – Chris Hughton and Alan Pardew – confirmed they were aware of the allegation but the precise nature of it remains unclear.”Bong has reported Jay Rodriguez for something that was said to him. It’s being handled correctly by the referee,” Hughton said.”He’s aware of the allegation and that will go through to the FA. It was dealt with in the correct manner.”These are allegations made against Jay Rodriguez. The nature of those will be made clear by the FA.”It was something said to him and it is being dealt with in the correct manner.”Pardew corroborated Hughton’s comments, while also explaining Rodriguez had denied any wrongdoing.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Kroos: Germany focused amid Ozil & Gundogan row

first_imgWorld Cup Kroos: Germany focused despite Ozil and Gundogan row Stephen Creek 21:38 6/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) mesutozililkaygundogan-cropped Bongarts World Cup Germany İ. Gündoğan Mesut Özil Germany v Mexico Friendlies Mexico Criticism of the midfield duo’s appearance with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not dampened spirits within the World Cup holders’ camp Germany’s World Cup preparations have not been hampered by the criticism and media scrutiny over Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan’s meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Toni Kroos.The Real Madrid midfielder said the mood in the Germany camp is positive ahead of their World Cup opener against Mexico on Sunday, despite Ozil and Gundogan being booed by sections of their own supporters during friendly matches against Austria and Saudi Arabia.Erdogan was pictured shaking hands with Ozil at a meeting with the Premier League’s contingent of players of Turkish descent, where Gundogan referred to him as “my president”, sparking negative reaction from critics of Erdogan’s human rights record. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move The story has dominated the headlines around Joachim Low’s team in the build-up to the World Cup, but Kroos told reporters: “The mood is basically really good.”Of course, the topic will have occupied the two. But I have a good impression of both of them and the feeling in the team is that it’s no longer an issue.”What is talked about in talk shows may not interest us here. We are here to play football.”Kroos himself was critical of Germany’s performance following a 1-0 friendly defeat to Brazil in March and also identified flaws in their play during their final World Cup warm-up game, which ended in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia.Despite claiming Germany’s recent form has been mixed, Kroos has been pleased with the attitude of the squad.”That was not a fundamental criticism, but related to the game,” he said of his comments on the Brazil defeat.”Although we did not do some good things against Saudi Arabia, I had the feeling that everyone wanted it. You cannot criticise the attitude – and that will be the same at the World Cup.”We are aware that we still have to go a step further. But there is a lot of anticipation.”We have often proved that we are there when it starts.”last_img read more

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Happy Birthday, Kiran Bedi: Story of a wonder woman

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 9, 2016UPDATED: June 9, 2019 18:27 IST Kiran BediKiran Bedi, the ‘Iron Lady’ who has single-handedly changed the face of the Indian police force, celebrates her birthday on June 9.Books can be written on Bedi and still one will fall short of mentioning all that she has done for women and the law and order in the country.On this occasion, we bring to you some inspirational facts about Kiran Bedi:Bedi before the brown uniform:Bedi was born in a well-to-do Punjabi family in AmritsarShe started her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and later joined the Cambridge College, a private institute that offered science as a subject and prepared her for matriculation examinationDuring this time, she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC)Bedi studied English in college. She is an alumnus of the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She also obtained her Master’s degree in political science from Panjab University in ChandigarhBefore her service in police force, Bedi was best known for her services in the tennis court. She started playing tennis at nine. Along with her sisters, Bedi had won several titles between 1965 and 1978 including Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India inter-varsity tennis title (thrice in a row), Northern India Lawn Tennis Championship, Asian Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship, All India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship, and National Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship. She also won the Gold medal at the National Sports Festival for Women in 1976Bedi playing tennisBedi was also a member of the national tennis team that beat Sri Lanka in the Lionel Fonseka Memorial Trophy in Colombo. Bedi beat Mala Fernando 6-2, 6-4From 1970 to 1972, Bedi served as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar.Journey of a cop:Bedi started her police training at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on 16 July, 1972In her batch, she was the only woman among 80 menBedi became the first woman officer in the Indian Police ServiceAfter a foundation course of six months, Bedi spent nine months at Mount Abu in Rajasthan for another rigorous police training course. She did not stop there and went on to train with the Punjab Police in 1974Bedi was allocated to the Union Territory cadre, which is now called the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre or AGMUTadvertisementBedi was first posted to the Chanakyapuri subdivision of Delhi in 1975She became the first woman officer to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade in the same yearHer first major action took place on November 15, 1978. A clash broke out between the Nirankari and Akali Sikh communities in Delhi. Bedi, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Police then, dispersed the agitators and reestablished law and order. She was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1980Bedi realised that there were not enough police officials to tackle the goons of West Delhi, who outnumbered policemenBedi started recruiting civilian volunteers. She was one of the very few police officers who promoted civil policing. She built teams of six civilians and one armed policeman to patrol each village in West Delhi at nightShe also arranged crackdowns on bootleggers and illegal liquor shopsShe was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) during the preparations for the 1982 Asian Games in DelhiShe was offered the Asian Jyoti Award for her excellent management during the games. Bedi refused to accept it and suggested that the award should be given to the entire traffic unitDespite her groundbreaking efforts in Delhi, she was transferred to Goa in March 1983 on a three-year assignmentShe unofficially inaugurated the Zuari Bridge, which was to be inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to divert traffic from a congested ferry area. This irked a lot of politiciansShe came back to Delhi on a short notice as her daughter was suffering from Nephritic syndrome, a fatal disease that affects the kidney. Bedi’s ‘unwarranted leave’ earned her a six-month idle period with no assignmentShe was appointed as the Assistant Inspector General of Police at the Railway Protection Force in New DelhiLater, she became the Directorate General of Industrial Contingency (DGIC). She acted as a mediator between agitated labourers on strike and the managementIn 1985, Bedi was reinstated in the Delhi police force on the request of the then Delhi Police Commissioner Ved MarwahBedi set up several detox and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in Delhi. The centres were later institutionalised and renamed as Navjyoti Police Foundation for Correction, De-addiction and RehabilitationDue to a scuffle among the lawyers and the police, Bedi was again transferred, this time to MizoramIn Mizoram, Bedi faced a unique and stiff challenge. Many of her colleagues were addicted to Zu, the local liquor of Mizoram. Bedi did not stop them from having Zu as it is an integral part of the Mizo community and she did not want to be labelled as an outsider. Instead, she set up detox centres and they were a hit. She used Christian prayers to reduce drug abuseAll the while, Bedi was working on her thesis on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. In Mizoram, she completed a major part of her doctoral research.advertisementTihar Tales:In May 1993, Bedi was appointed as the Inspector-General (IG) of Delhi Prisons including the much dreaded Tihar Jail. The post was lying vacant for nine months and Bedi found herself amidst 9,000 hardened criminalsIn Tihar, Bedi found out that most inmates were under-trials charged under non-bailable terms, which was the reason behind such over-population in the jailBedi turned Tihar into a model prison. She set up separate barracks for criminals who had been recruiting gang members, selling contraband and extorting money from fellow inmatesBedi would go on daily tours of the prison, listen to the complaints of the prisoners, and check food quality and maintenanceShe also arranged vocational training with certificates for the prisoners so that they could find a job once they were freeDuring Bedi’s tenure in Tihar, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Open School built centres in the prisonShe introduced yoga to the prisoners and held Vipassana meditation classes for them. Despite her worldwide acclaimed reforms in Tihar, she was removed from the post on May 3, 1995.Life after Tihar:Bedi was appointed to many posts after her tenure in Tihar. She was posted as the Additional Commissioner (policy and planning) and head of training at the Police Academy on May 4, 1995She also served as the Joint Commissioner of Delhi PoliceShe was also appointed as the Special Commissioner (Intelligence) of Delhi PoliceIn April 1999, she was appointed as the Inspector-General of Police in ChandigarhIn 2003, Bedi became the first woman to honour the position of the United Nations civilian police adviserAt the United Nations ceremonyEven after all this, the lawyers did not want her to have any influence in administration in Delhi. As a result, Bedi was denied the post of Delhi Police Commissioner in 2007 as she was “too outspoken and radical”She resigned from the police service in November 2007Kiran Bedi has been voted as India’s most admired (The Week, 2002) and most trusted woman in India (Readers Digest, March 2010)She has also authored many books including ‘Demand for Swaraj’, ‘It’s Always Possible: One Woman’s Transformation of Tihar Prison’, ‘Galti Kiski’, ‘Indian Police. . . As I See’, ‘Empowering Women . . . As I See’, ‘Leadership and Governance. . . As I See’, ‘Be the Change: Fighting Corruption’ and so on.advertisementWATCH: Kiran Bedi’s share her experience of Tihar Jail at TED talks Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kim KardashianFollow Congress leader SiddaramaiahFollow Pakistanis in IndiaFollow PuducherryFollow Prabhat KhabarFollow English languageFollow United Nations Happy Birthday, Kiran Bedi: Story of a wonder womanKnow why Kiran Bedi is the modern day miracle worker as she turns 70.advertisementlast_img read more

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Heetch App Begins Driving Customers in Rabat

Rabat – Heetch, the famous French mobile app that provides drivers for transportation, is now available in Rabat. After successfully launching in Casablanca in November 2017, Heetch extended its services to the capital on September 17. For its first run in Rabat, Heetch began with a fleet of 200 taxi drivers.In Casablanca, the application has become established in less than a year, with a large network of partners and a fleet of 4,000 taxi drivers. “This choice has been carefully considered, since Rabat is the capital of the country and the second largest city in the Kingdom,” said Teddy Pellerin, co-founder of Heetch, in a statement issued to MAP. Rabat and the city of Sale together make the country’s second largest metropolitan area.Heetch has ambitions to extend its services all around the North African country. “We are happy to accompany the spread of Heetch to other cities in Morocco,” said Sadik Boujaera, deputy secretary general of the National Union of Taxis (UNMT).In addition, Heetch developed the “Fiddek” label thanks to a partnership with UNMT, in which Heetch is under the supervision of UMT. The “Fiddek” label guarantees criteria related to the cleanliness and the quality of service. The Heetch application, which is downloadable on iPhone and Android, will allow users to be both geolocated and informed in real time of the progress of their drivers. Heetch hopes to provide legal, safe, reliable, and user-friendly mobility.Heetch was a French start-up founded in April 2013 by Teddy Pellerin and Mathieu Jacob. It is inspired by several websites, like Airbnb and Drivy.Heetch wants to make night transportation more accessible aims at young people returning from an evening out. Eighty percent of its users are under 25. read more

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Death toll from disasters surged in 2008 UN reports

The number of people killed in natural disasters spiked in 2008, with most of the lives claimed by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China, according to figures released today by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).The 2008 death toll of 235,816 was more than three times the annual average of the previous eight years. Cyclone Nargis and the Sichuan tremors, which both took place last May, killed nearly 140,000 people and almost 90,000 people, respectively.“The dramatic increase in human and economic losses from disasters in 2008 is alarming,” said ISDR Director Sálvano Briceño. “Sadly, these losses could have been substantially reduced if buildings in China, particularly schools and hospitals, had been built to be more earthquake-resilient,” he added. “An effectively early warning system with good community preparedness could have also saved many lives in Myanmar if it had been implemented before Cyclone Nargis.”Asia remained the continent most affected by disasters, with nine of the ten countries with the highest number of deaths in Asia. Despite the dramatic rise in deaths from disasters in 2008, last year also saw fewer disasters, with 321 compared to the 2000-2007 average of nearly 400. 22 January 2009The number of people killed in natural disasters spiked in 2008, with most of the lives claimed by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China, according to figures released today by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

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Flooding leads to camping closure

Flooding issues continue to plague Long Point Provincial ParkDue to recent rainfall and localized flooding, all campground areas of the 375-acre park are currently closed to the public.Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes campgrounds, which have been closed since May 12, are all now closed until July 29. Cottonwood Campground which was previously open, is now also closed until July 29.“Park staff are monitoring conditions daily,” Jeffrey Pickersgill, park superintendent, said in a phone interview with the Reformer. “Our decision to reopen or extend the closure will be made based on the forecasts available to us.”The park remains open for day use.The Ontario Parks Reservation Service will contact all affected reservation holders to offer a change in reservation, where available, or cancellation with no penalty. Locally, campers could relocate to Port Burwell, Turkey Point, Selkirk, or any other provincial park. They can also opt out for a full refund without penalty.Long Point Provincial Park features 1.5 kilometres of beachfront. It has 256 campsites, 78 of which have electricity. With more than 380 species, the park is a favourite with bird watchers. read more

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Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincolns new pitchman

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2014 6:29 am MDT DETROIT – Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is the new spokesman for Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand.Lincoln says McConaughey will appear in a series of TV and digital ads featuring Lincoln’s new small SUV, the MKC.McConaughey has a multiyear contract with the brand.The actor says in a statement that he is a longtime admirer of Lincoln. In his 2011 movie “The Lincoln Lawyer,” McConaughey stars as an attorney who works out of the back of a 1988 Lincoln Town Car. Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln’s new pitchman

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Stapleton scores 27 FAU tops Florida Gulf Coast 8568

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Xavian Stapleton scored 27 points, with six 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds and Florida Atlantic pulled ahead early to beat Florida Gulf Coast 85-68 on Sunday for the Eagles’ fourth straight loss.Jailyn Ingram had 11 points, 10 boards and six assists and Jaylen Sebree added 12 points for the Owls (6-1), who made 11 3-pointers and shot 49 per cent overall.Karlis Silins’ layup put the Owls up for good at 9-8 and Florida Atlantic pulled away on a 14-2 run and led 48-29 at halftime — the most first-half points FAU has scored this season.The Eagles closed on a 12-4 run and trailed 63-53 on Christian Carlyle’s 3 midway through the second half, but FAU answered with a 10-4 run and led by 20 points on Madiaw Niang’s jumper with 2:02 to play.Haanif Cheatham scored 20 points and Schadrac Casimir and Dinero Mercurius had 15 apiece for the Eagles (2-6).The Associated Press read more

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UK weather Newlyweds spend wedding night in school as mini beast from

first_imgThe Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for all of England and Wales, lasting until 9am on Tuesday. Conditions are expected to brighten later in the week, with temperatures soaring to double figures by Thursday. Richard White, volunteer rest centre manager, said spirits were high among those sheltering in the school, despite their dramatic evening.He said: “We first of all provide them with something hot to drink and we’ve got blankets, duvets.”We make sure people get a good night’s sleep, we feed them in the morning and weather-permitting, we prepare them to get back in their cars and on their way.”Police want everybody off the roads to give them the opportunity to clear the roads with the snow ploughs and the gritters in time for the morning.” The A30 was hit by “significant snow” overnight into Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police said, with conditions “changing rapidly from passable to impossible”.Some 64 miles of road between the M5 at Exeter and the A38 at Bodmin were shut as a result while officers and Highways England cleared the route.Although it was believed the cold snap would be over by the beginning of the week, wintry weather is continuing into Tuesday. Dozens of flights cancelled after frosty weekendOn Sunday, ice led to delays and cancellations at Gatwick Airport – with 37 flights axed. Hundreds of schools across the country shut due to the treacherous conditions, while train services were also disrupted, with some disruptions expected to continue on throughout Tuesday.Drivers urged to avoid travelling on A30 in DevonHighways England advised motorists wanting to travel on the A30 to instead use the A38 between Exeter and Bodmin.Meanwhile, Devon County Council confirmed the closure of dozens of schools on Monday, while train services were also said to be affected. Our newly weds, John & Sara who spent their wedding night at Okehampton Rest Centre.. Pretty unique way of spending your first night.. pic.twitter.com/UKNCdG5Ksf— Richard White (@Sectorleadrich) March 19, 2018 Weather map for today and the week ahead A car is driven along a snow covered road near Okehampton in Devon “In the South West, we’ve seen a constant flow of snow coming in from the English Channel with snow depths going up and up.”In Exeter, we have at least 10cm (4in) of snow lying at the moment.”Many routes towards Dartmoor and Exmoor have the potential to see a lot of disruption because of ice this morning.” #A30 #DevonandCornwall closed, significant snow that highways are working to clear, if you`re already on it drive with caution as conditions are variable changing rapidly from passable to impossible , if not on it DELAY YOUR JOURNEY until midmorning at the earliest— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) March 19, 2018 Hundreds of schools shut due to snow and iceHundreds of schools across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall were closed on Monday due to snow and ice.Devon County Council’s website said that all but four of 307 schools were closed. The four were listed as “partially closed”.Cornwall Council said 97 schools were closed, with 51 opening late due to the weather.Somerset County Council had 163 schools listed as closed, just three as open and 28 as partially open.’Constant flow of snow coming in from Channel’Met Office meteorologist John West said: “It’s been a very, very cold night overnight with widespread frost.”A lot of the lying snow seen across the country over the weekend has created some icy stretches this morning. A car is driven along a snow-covered road near Okehampton in Devon on Monday morningCredit:Martin Keene /PA Speaking of the mood inside the centre, Mr White added: “It is people coming together, it’s the community working not for the benefit of each other, but for the whole community. It’s a lovely atmosphere we’ve got, it’s a fantastic atmosphere here and we make the most of it.” A newly married couple were forced to spend their wedding night in a school after heavy snow shut a 64-mile stretch of a major road in south west England.They spent the night with more than 80 other commuters as they took emergency shelter on Monday evening as a wintry snap dubbed the “mini beast from the east” wreaked havoc. John and Sara Lund spent their honeymoon night in a rest centre at Okehampton College on the north side of Dartmoor.The couple, who were married in Bristol on Saturday, told the BBC they had been headed to Watergate Bay Hotel on the north Cornwall coast.”We were heading down to Watergate Bay in Newquay for what would have been a very luxurious honeymoon in a beautiful bridal suite with bouquets of flowers but we, like a number of other people, got caught in the A30 just outside Okehampton,” Mr Lund told BBC Breakfast.”The lovely people of Devon County Council have looked after us very well.”I didn’t imagine there would be snow in March to be perfectly honest with you, but certainly didn’t expect to spend our first night in a school college.”The couple said they hoped to make their way to the hotel, where they are booked in for three nights, on Monday. Met Office: Drier and brighter weather on horizonForecasters painted a better picture for the rest of the day, with drier and brighter weather on the horizon for much of the country, but warned it will still feel particularly cold due to the wind chill.Mr West said: “Through the course of the day today, much of the country will experience a fine and dry day.”We’re sort of closing the door to the the cold easterly flow and temperatures will be less cold than we’ve seen over the weekend.”We could see highs of 5C (41F) or 6C (43F) but add some wind chill on there and it won’t feel very pleasant at all.”However there will be some decent, fine weather, plenty of sunshine around today, particularly in northern parts, and a bit of an improvement from what we’ve seen over the weekend.” Hi, a snowy morning for many, but hopefully the start of the thaw. Keep up-to-date with #snow and #ice warnings via our website: https://t.co/gesWAaUr3w, mobile weather: https://t.co/tt58GdAMfb or Weather app: https://t.co/7ABAM2XZT1 Watch out for icy roads and pavements!^Fleur pic.twitter.com/lrNo2v760w— Met Office (@metoffice) March 19, 2018 The airport apologised to affected passengers and advised them to contact their airlines to be kept up to date.”We apologise to all passengers who have been delayed or had flights cancelled tonight, this is due to the prolonged cold snap and the essential de-icing requirements which have mounted during the afternoon and evening,” the airport said. 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.last_img
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Health insurance levy will cost customers up to 15 per cent

first_imgPRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE customers could end up paying an extra 15 per cent on their premiums, an analyst has warned.Dermot Goode of Cornmarket told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that yesterday’s decision by Health Minister James Reilly to increase the levy on health insurance would accumulate with lowered tax relief to hit 90 per cent of policy holders.Goode said that families and individuals could end up paying between three and 20 per cent more on their premiums.Laya healthcare and Glohealth have both warned that the move will force people out of the private healthcare market and increase the burden on the health system.Goode agrees with that sentiment, saying that young people are most likely to be forced from the market, with 250,000 people already having cancelled policies in the last four years.“Those young people are the lifeblood of a community rating model because they effectively subsidise the older members.“We are forcing those younger, healthy people out of the system and that, in turn, pushes up claims costs.”Read: Department of Health to increase cost of health insurance policiesRead: Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of thatlast_img read more

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La Nasa sélectionne la mission GEMS équipée dun instrument français

first_imgLa Nasa sélectionne la mission “GEMS” équipée d’un instrument françaisLa Nasa a retenu trois projets spatiaux parmi les 28 en lice dans le cadre du programme Discovery. La station de surveillance géophysique GEMS fait partie des finalistes et est équipée d’un instrument français, financé par l’Agence spatiale française et conçu par une équipe technique du CNRS et de l’université Paris Diderot-IPGP.La Nasa a lancé en juin 2010, dans le cadre de son programme Discovery, un appel d’offres qui a généré 28 propositions de projets. Trois d’entre eux ont été retenus et, bien que très différents, ont néanmoins un point commun : ils doivent se poser sur un objet céleste, qu’il s’agisse d’une planète, d’un satellite ou d’un petit corps du système solaire. Ainsi, GEMS devrait déployer pour la première fois un observatoire géophysique destiné à étudier la structure interne de la planète Mars, TIME devrait étudier la composition du lac d’hydrocarbure d’une des lunes de Saturne, Titan, tandis que Comet Hopper se propose de se poser à la surface du noyau d’une comète. Chacune de ces trois équipes dispose d’un budget de trois millions de dollars pour consolider son projet, indique le CNRS dans un communiqué. Un seul sera retenu à l’été 2012, pour une mission qui débutera en 2016. GEMS prévoit un budget de 300 millions d’euros, sans tenir compte du financement du lanceur et des charges utiles françaises et européennes.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACette mission prévoit d’étudier la structure et la composition de l’intérieur de Mars en vue d’améliorer notre compréhension de la formation et de l’évolution des planètes telluriques. Le Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) de la Nasa, situé en Californie, gère le projet auquel est associé l’IPGP qui doit fournir le sismomètre large bande de la mission. C’est l’Agence spatiale française (le CNES) qui a financé cet instrument mis au point par une équipe technique CNRS-Université Paris-Diderot-IPGP.La responsable des programmes Etude et Exploration de l’Univers au CNES, Fabienne Casoli explique que “la présélection de GEMS valorise les efforts de plus de dix ans de recherche technologique dans le développement d’un sismomètre large bande aux performances inégalées. GEMS s’inscrit dans l’héritage des projets de réseaux martiens (MarsNet, NetLander) étudiés dans le passé et qui visent à mieux connaître la structure interne de Mars. Un tel réseau sera la suite logique de la mission GEMS”, rapporte le communiqué du CNRS.Le projet GEMS prévoit également d’intégrer d’autres systèmes mis au point notamment en Allemagne, au Max Planck Institute de Lindau (MPS), à l’Ecole Polytechnique de Zurich (ETH), à l’Institut de Planétologie de Berlin (DLR/IfP) ainsi qu’à l’Imperial College de Londres. La durée de vie de l’observatoire géophysique devrait être d’une année martienne, l’équivalent de deux années terrestres. Il devrait permettre de mesurer l’activité sismique de la planète rouge, le flux de chaleur interne et les fines variations de rotations de la planète. Grâce à ces données, il sera possible de déterminer la structure interne de Mars, de connaître la taille exacte de l’épaisseur de la croûte située sous la station ainsi que la profondeur de la zone située entre le manteau et le noyau.Le 21 mai 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean et Tegra 3 confirmés

first_imgGoogle Nexus 7 : Jelly Bean et Tegra 3 confirmés ?De nouvelles fuites ont permis d’en savoir encore un peu plus sur la future tablette tactile de Google. Celle-ci serait bien pourvue d’un processeur Nvidia Tegra 3.Le site web Android Police a découvert et donc donné davantage de poids aux rumeurs selon laquelle la tablette Google Nexus 7 serait pourvue d’un processeur Nvidia Tegra 3. De même, la tablette tactile fabriquée par Asus serait livrée avec l’OS Android 5 Jelly Bean.C’est plus précisément le nom de code correspondant à ce produit qui a été identifié dans la base de benchmark Rightware Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji. Dans ces résultats, le terminal de Google apparaît sous le nom “Grouper” (“mérou” en français !). Ce produit est associé dans cette liste aux codes “Nexus 7” et “Asus” ainsi qu’aux éléments techniques pré-cités.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il semblerait aussi selon CNet que cette tablette puisse afficher en définition 1280 x 768 pixels. Alors que nous évoquions la possibilité que le terminal de Google soit équipé d’un processeur Tegra 3 cadencé à 1,3 GHz, cette piste semble donc toujours d’actualité. La tablette Nexus ou Nexus 7 pourrait être officiellement présentée lors du Salon Computex au début de ce mois-ci ou bien au plus tard à la fin du mois de juin pour la conférence i/O.Le 1 juin 2012 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wager award nominations open for park heroes

first_imgThe Parks Foundation of Clark County is accepting nominations for the Florence B. Wager award.Established in 2011, it has three categories. Awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation’s meeting and luncheon April 30 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.The categories are:• Leading Eagle, recognizing a community leader who has led initiatives that have significantly impacted parks and recreation programs.• V-Formation Flyer, recognizing a parks volunteer who goes above and beyond.• Tributary, recognizing a parks professional for innovations.Nomination packets are available at www.parksfoundation.us/2015-flossies or by calling 360-487-8370. The deadline is Feb. 28.The awards honor Wager, who died in 2012 after years of community service in Clark County.last_img

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Down East Magazine Will Book Your Next Maine Adventure

first_img Pricing edges up into premium levels because of the curatorial attention the trips receive. Editors are the ones creating the trips, picking the destinations and the experts and guides. From there, partnerships are the next most important component. The brand is exploring sponsorship opportunities, but the trips are crafted based on elements that provide the best experience rather than the magazine’s business relationships. “You aren’t picking the trips because they’re your biggest advertisers, you’re picking based on the experience,” says Fleury. “No one was hitting Maine at all and we saw it as an opportunity to use our unique knowledge of the state to create great custom trips,” says editor-in-chief Kathleen Fleury. The editors also participate in the excursions. On the cruise, for example, Down East visuals editor and photographer Mark Fleming teaches a course while under sail on how to take better vacation photos. The trips are priced per person and range from $99 for the brew tour to $3950 for the North Woods experience. Down East, a regional publication serving Maine, has launched an editorially curated travel and local adventure service called Down East Adventures. The project leverages the brand’s coverage of the state’s best attractions, experts and interesting get-aways to attract tourists, locals and, eventually, corporate and group customers. These aren’t necessarily new ideas, and Down East Enterprises itself has been running “reader-writer” excursions through its Shooting Sportsman brand for years. But in Down East’s case, there was an obvious space in the market for Maine-specific travel and one-of-a-kind sight-seeing adventures.center_img “We mark it up because we give people an experience they can’t get on their own,” says Fleury. “It’s not like we’re just recreating a Trip Advisor trip. These are places you read about, but might not necessarily go to. You don’t want to create an experience that someone can just do themselves. You want to unlock something special.” The title tested the waters last year with a schooner tour, which sold out. That same trip sold out quickly again for 2015 and helped green-light an expansion of the tour strategy. Down East Adventures now offers four trips: A North Woods fishing trip, a week-long photography course in Acadia, a local brewery bus tour and a Penobscot Bay food cruise. But for a project like this to work, editorial buy-in is key. After all, trips are selected based on the editors’ knowledge of not only the state’s interesting attractions and personalities, but of what readers are passionate about. “It makes for a really special experience,” says Fleury. “People feel like they have an intimate connection to us and the authorities on Maine.” Magazines have increasingly been tapping the travel market as a new revenue stream. Afar notably launched its own experiential travel group. Outside partnered with a travel agency to launch Outside Go and Smithsonian recently launched a print magazine that heavily promotes its own travel service, Smithsonian Journeys. Expansion plans include selling corporate groups, and the magazine plans to hire someone with that specific sales talent. Custom itineraries are another opportunity, adds Fleury.last_img read more

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Wilmington DPW Announces Spring Yardwaste Curbside Collection Center DropOff Dates

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.SPRING 2019 LEAVES/BRUSH DROP OFF PROGRAM:Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 6, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 20, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 27, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, May 4, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, May 11, 2019 (9am to 4pm)LEAVES/GRASS CLIPPINGS CURBSIDE COLLECTION:Leaves/grass clippings, placed in bio-degradable paper bags or uncovered barrels, will be collected curbside on your trash day as follows:Week of April 8Week of April 22Week of May 6(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington DPW website.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yardwaste Center Will Be Open Twice This SeptemberIn “Community”Wilmington Yardwaste Center Open This Week — August 7 & 10In “Government”Wilmington DPW Announces Summer Yardwaste Dropoff ProgramIn “Government”last_img read more

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