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Forget Smart Watches, ‘Smart Skin’ May Be the Next Big Thing in Wearable Computers

first_imgParkinson’s patients could one day ditch their pills for a stretchy skin patch with a mind of its own. Using specialized sensors, the patch would monitor the wearer’s vital signs, beam the information to a doctor, and administer medication as needed. While such devices still face substantial obstacles before wide-scale implementation, two teams of researchers have announced innovations combining standard electronics with flexible materials that may bring the futuristic concept closer to reality.Conventional electronics, such as those found in computers and smartphones, are built on stiff slabs of silicon. While durable, the design makes for bulky and uncomfortable wearable devices. Flexible electronics instead print circuits onto limber strips of silicone or plastic. The bendable base layers make devices twist and stretch when attached to the skin, but they are limited by a lack of key components such as batteries and processors that currently do not exist in flexible form.Researchers from Seoul National University led by bioengineer Dae-Hyeong Kim have now developed a patch that automatically delivers medication to Parkinson’s patients. Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that causes movement impairments such as hand tremors that require regular medication to suppress. Typically, patients take pills every few hours, leading to a spike in medication levels followed by a gradual decline that causes the tremors to return. The team’s skin patch instead supplies a series of smaller measured doses as needed by using a tremor-detecting sensor. Because the device needs to track the tremors over time, they utilized a newly invented memory format called resistive random-access memory to create the first flexible data storage for wearable devices. 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The patch’s bottom layer is coated with porous silica nanoparticles loaded with drugs. Unlike a nicotine patch, the team’s device releases medication only when needed. A small heater in the patch automatically warms the nanoparticles, causing them to release their drug payloads into the skin, the team reported on Sunday in Nature Nanotechnology. A temperature sensor prevents the device from overheating and causing burns. Because flexible batteries and processors don’t yet exist for skin-based electronics, the device utilizes an external power source and processor. The patch covers an area comparable to a medium-sized adhesive bandage, and the researchers say the entire patch is thinner than a dime. “This could be a big deal for Parkinson’s disease patients,” Kim says. “The patient can attach the patch and forget about it without worrying about side effects or remembering to take pills.”Despite their benefits for wearable devices, flexible electronics including Kim’s remain cumbersome to manufacture and are currently built by hand one by one in university labs. A team of researchers led by John Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has developed a way to incorporate widely available rigid electronic components into a structure that would still be flexible like Kim’s device. Rogers likens the prototype patch to a jelly doughnut: A transparent outer shell of flexible silicone rubber holds a small amount of silicone fluid similar in consistency to pancake syrup. Rigid components, purchased from suppliers and shaved down to a smaller size, float in the fluid, anchored at points to the outer shell. When the patch stretches with the skin, snakelike wires connecting the components unfurl like origami, allowing the rigid components to glide freely. As the patch contracts, the connectors return to their original positions, the team reports online today in Science. While the team’s research simplifies the manufacturing and lowers the cost of wearable electronics, the design is bulkier and less durable than those that use entirely flexible components such as Kim’s Parkinson’s patch.“This is certainly a bridge to a time when we can get all flexible parts,” Rogers says. “We can use components that are already commercially available to implement these ideas today. This lowers the cost of getting these devices into the world.”Although these recent innovations solve some of the problems facing wearable electronics, both Kim and Rogers admit that many major challenges remain before wide-scale adoption. Zhenan Bao, a chemical engineer developing similar wearable health sensors at Stanford University in California, says that some key components such as batteries and processors do not yet have a flexible form suitable for skin patches. “These two research projects show the field is steadily moving forward with new components made into stretchable form,” she says. “But more components are needed for these devices to be fully wearable and run on their own.”Kim proposes that smartphones and smart watches could provide remote power and processing to the wearable patches. He is now working on a method of using the wireless antennas in smartphones to transmit power over short distances with the potential to recharge or even replace batteries in wearable electronics. Outsourcing data crunching and transmission to an external device could also reduce the patches’ power consumption and reduce production costs.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s special gesture for Pink Test wins Glenn McGrath’s heart

first_img4th Test, Day 3 Scores(Full scorecard)Brief scores:India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178)Australia 236 for 6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28 not out, Cummins 25 not out, Kuldeep 3 for 71)Australia trail India by 386 runsVirat Kohli was seen sporting pink gloves along with pink bat grip and stickers when he walked out to bat on the first day of the fourth amd last Test in Sydney on Thursday.Kohli won praise on social media for his effort in support of the McGrath Foundation, who raise funds for the McGrath Breast Care Nurses and help increase ‘breast health understanding’.Every year, Australia’s New Year Test is the Pink Test with the third day of the match named Jane McGrath day in honour of Glenn McGrath’s late wife.Virat Kohli @imVkohli showing his passionate support for the McGrath Foundation with his pink bat and glovesWhat. A. Legend!#pinktest #IndianCricketTeam #AUSvsIND #itsyourpinktest pic.twitter.com/Vpqeui7MGwMcGrath Foundation (@McGrathFdn) January 3, 2019The former Australia pacer in an interview to the host broadcasters said how Team India captain Virat Kohli’s action won him over.”One night Virat Kohli came up to me and he said that he had something special for Sydney. I have got my pink ready, it is all pinked up for Sydney,” McGrath said.”And then when he walked out to bat and to see the pink on his glove and his pads and his pink bat with the grip, logo all in pink… It was a very special moment,” McGrath added.advertisementThe Sydney Cricket Ground hosted its first Pink Test back in 2009 when Australia played South Africa. For the last 10 years, Australia have continued the tradition with the ongoing match being the 11th Test.”Well Pink is a colour that I never had around during cricket here when I was younger. But now half my wardrobe is pink. When you see big, strong boys wearing pink… you know it is special,” McGrath said.Before the start of day’s play, the Indian and the Australian cricket team presented McGrath with their pink caps, which will be auctioned off to raise for the cause.It is #PinkDay here at the SCG and #TeamIndia did their bit before the start of play in support of the McGrath Foundation #PinkTest pic.twitter.com/2K9uY8lDGtBCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2019Always a special moment as the two teams present @glennmcgrath11 with their pink caps.The caps will be up for auction to support @McGrathFdn at https://t.co/d2Nv7v9WQ9 #AUSvIND #PinkTest pic.twitter.com/IopyD57dxJcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 5, 2019The Australian team had earlier clicked their team photo in their Baggy Pink’s to preview the Test.Also Read | Still a bit sore, hopefully I can sleep well after this Test match: Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | KL Rahul receives praise from umpire for sportsman spiritAlso Watch | How Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami set up Marnus Labuschagne’s dismissallast_img read more

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Minerva Punjab likely to face action after no-show in Srinagar for Real Kashmir tie

first_imgI-League defending champions Minerva Punjab FC are likely to face action after they failed show up in Srinagar for their match against Real Kashmir FC on Monday. On February 14, a terrorist drove rammed an SUV into a bus which was part of a convoy carrying nearly 2500 CRPF personnel – 40 soldiers were killed in the blast.Four days later, Minerva were scheduled to take on Real Kashmir FC in Srinagar. Minevra owner Ranjit Bajaj, however, said Srinagar was not the right place to football now even as Real Kashmir claimed the situation in the city was normal.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken a dim view of Minerva’s no-show and said the champions could expect further action.”With Hero I-League defending champions Minerva Punjab FC failing to turn up for their scheduled match against Real Kashmir FC on February 18, 2019 at TRC ground in Srinagar, the Match Commissioner’s report along with other relevant documents are being referred to the All India Football Federation’s League Committee for further action as per the I-League Regulations,” AIFF said in a press release.”The match commissioner along with the referees who have been posted in Srinagar since Friday [February 15, 2019], were at the venue for the match for a slated 2 pm kick-off, along with host club Real Kashmir FC as per the regulations.”Despite the tragic events which have unfolded in Kashmir over the past few days, football for the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been maintained on schedule, with assistance from the security provided by the authorities, with the qualifying matches of the Santosh Trophy being completed on February 16, approximately 36 kilometres from Jammu in Katra, which was, and is still under curfew.”advertisementTwo terrorists, mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack, were gunned down in an encounter with security forces on Monday morning.In a statement, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar said, “The local security authorities in Srinagar had given a go ahead to hold the match. The AlFF had assured of all the necessary arrangements for players and officials by the local authority.”Whole security arrangement of the players from the airport to the team hotel and from travelling from the hotel to the ground and return, everything was taken care of.”Bajaj said he could not force his players to play in Srinagar at a time like this.”Anytime / Any venue [other than Srinagar] we @minervapunjabfc are willing to play @realkashmirfc can’t force my players to go to a place which is like a war zone right now – encounter lasted 12 hours where the #PulwamaTerrorAttack happened and ended a few hours ago – AIFF ??” Bajaj said in a series of tweets.last_img read more

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CK Khanna hails decision to donate IPL opening ceremony money to Pulwama martyrs’ families

first_imgBCCI acting president CK Khanna on Friday welcomed the Committee of Administrators’ (COA) decision to allot the money budgeted for Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony to the families of martyrs of Pulwama terror attack.”I welcome the decision taken by the COA that the IPL opening ceremony has been cancelled and all the alloted money will be given to the families of the martyrs,” Khanna told ANI.”We cannot end their pain but I am proud that BCCI is contributing. We are with the country, its soldiers and people,” he added.The COA took no decision on whether India should play Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup and made it clear that the matter will be decided in consultation with the government.The committee, in its letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) urged to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”, in a clear reference to Pakistan.It referred to the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and said, “Most countries from which the members of the ICC hail (including the UK) have strongly condemned this terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with India.”The letter was sent by the COA on behalf of the BCCI.Regarding the upcoming World Cup, the BCCI said that in the view of Pulwama terror attack, the Indian board “fears for the safety and security of players and match officials” participating in the global sporting event.”The BCCI also wishes to express its concerns over the safety and security of fans of Indian cricket at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The BCCI trusts that the ICC and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) will ensure that the most robust security is provided to players, match officials and fans of Indian cricket for the upcoming World Cup,” the letter said.advertisementAs many as 40 CRPF personnel were killed in the February 14 Pulwama terrorist attack.Also Read | India-Pakistan World Cup match should be played as per schedule: Sarfraz AhmedAlso Read | Unfortunate that politics and cricket are mixing: PCB chief Ehsan ManiAlso Read | India will play against Pakistan in the World Cup if BCCI says so: Yuzvendra Chahallast_img read more

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Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer

first_imgWorld Cup Portugal star Ronaldo becomes second leading international scorer with Morocco goal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:08 6/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal 2018 Getty Images World Cup Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal v Morocco Morocco Portugal The Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei in the rankings after finding the back of the net once again Cristiano Ronaldo has become the second leading international goalscorer of all time after finding the back of the net against Morocco.The Portugal superstar, 33, netted inside the opening five minutes of his side’s World Cup clash at the Luzhniki Stadium on Wednesday.Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in history following his 85th effort on the international stage. 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 And the Real Madrid man is now only behind Iran legend Ali Daei (109 goals) in the all-time rankings.Ronaldo followed up his stunning hat-trick against Spain on matchday one by breaking the European record in what is the latest achievement of his remarkable career.The former Sporting CP and Manchester United ace moved ahead of Hungary icon Ferenc Puskas (84 goals) after quickly heading past Morocco in Moscow.He has also become the first Portugal player since Jose Torres in 1966 to score a goal with his right foot, left foot and head in a single World Cup tournament.Ronaldo had previously struggled at the World Cup but the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has flown out of the blocks in the 2018 edition so far.85 – Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more international goals than any other European player in the history of football (85 goals for Portugal). Historic. #POR #MAR #PORMAR #Ronaldo #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/I3wsEJTGlQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 20, 2018 He currently leads the way in the race for the 2018 World Cup Golden Boot, with four strikes to his name.Ronaldo scored his first international goal for Portugal all the way back in 2004 in a 2-1 defeat against Greece at the European Championship.last_img read more

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21 days agoLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic plays down Euro heroics

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic plays down Euro heroicsby Carlos Volcano21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic played down his heroics for their 2-1 Europa League win over Rennes.Milinkovic-Savic came off the bench, scored the equaliser and provided the assist for Ciro Immobile’s winner at the Olimpico.“I didn’t change the game, it was the whole team that raised the tempo. The first half was not the performance we wanted, but we won and can now prepare for Celtic,” the Serb told Sky Sport Italia.“The lads wanted to give their all, we weren’t able to in the first half, but the game lasts 90 minutes and it was important to get the points.“It’s especially important to win when you don’t necessarily play well. We now have two wins in a row under our belts and hope to get a third with Bologna this weekend.” last_img read more

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Edmonton committee approves banning of conversion therapy pending fullcouncil vote

first_imgEDMONTON – An Edmonton city council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to move forward with an official ban on conversion therapy.Conversion therapy is a practice that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity through counselling or electroshock therapy.It is important to note this is still pending a full council vote next week, but this passed unanimously today. Assuming that passes, administration will get to work drafting the bylaw. #yeg #yegcc— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) August 21, 2019“I think there is a fundamental right for Edmontonians and Canadians to not be subjected to any form of psychological abuse. Whatever you call this practice, it amounts, in my mind, to a form of psychological abuse,” said Mayor Don Iveson.“It precedes from the premise that there’s something wrong with someone because they don’t fit into someone else’s categorization, often a simplified–black and white, male and female, gay and straight–categorization.”Pending a full-council vote next week, administration will move ahead drafting a bylaw prohibiting the licensing, practice, and promotion of conversion therapy in Edmonton.Those caught breaking the bylaw, which is expected to be in place by the end of the year, could be fined up to $10,000.”Whatever you call this practice, it amounts to in my mind a form of psychological abuse.” Here’s the entirety of mayor Don Iveson take on a conversion therapy ban, which inched closer to reality in Edmonton today. #yeg #Yegcc pic.twitter.com/z6jsskCja3— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) August 21, 2019“There are 932,546 different expressions of what it is to be an Edmontonian. And trying to simplify that–and in any way force any of our fellow citizens into a box that we think is right, or saying the box they live in is wrong–is an abuse. It’s violence,” said Iveson.“I think we are in a position as a community to send a signal that that is wrong.”The vote is largely symbolic as the practice is already banned in Alberta, however, it is not a criminal offense.St. Albert and Spruce Grove banned conversion therapy earlier this year.WATCH: Conversion therapy ban in Spruce Grove Meantime, the Alberta government has confirmed it sent a letter to the federal government saying it opposes conversion therapy and has rules in place that constitute a complete legal ban.“The Government of Alberta has been clear that we oppose and condemn conversion therapy,”  reads the letter, signed by Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer.“We support other provinces who have joined us in speaking out against conversion therapy, which is a prohibited practice and cannot be provided by any regulated health professional in Alberta.”NEW: The Alberta government confirming it sent this letter to the federal government, saying a) opposes conversion therapy b) has rules in place that constitute a complete legal ban c) would consider any fed proposals to criminalize conversion therapy. #ableg #yeg #yegcc #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/5APyD6eqIT— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) August 21, 2019The letter also states the province would be open to any federal proposals to criminalize the therapy.-with files from Courtney Theriault, The Candian Presslast_img read more

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Outgoing UN rights chief hails progress in new system of scrutinizing States

2 June 2008The top United Nations human rights official has praised the progress made so far in the new system of examining the performance of the world body’s 192 Member States, as she delivered her final address in the post to the Human Rights Council today. Louise Arbour, who is set to conclude her four-year term as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 30 June, said the new reporting system, known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), “could provide a vehicle for scrutiny of the implementation of rights and norms beyond anything ever attempted by the Commission on Human Rights.” The UPR is one of the reforms which differentiate the Geneva-based Council – which opened its eighth session today – from the Commission on Human Rights, which it succeeded in 2006. Under the Review’s work plans, 48 countries will be reviewed each year, so that all 192 UN Member States will be reviewed once every four years. The Council examined the first batch of countries in April.“The constructive participation of all States under review has already made absolutely clear that consideration of human rights at the national level is no longer regarded as a taboo,” Ms. Arbour said. At the same time, she added that it will take “two whole cycles of reviews… before we can fully measure the added value and real impact of the UPR.” In a wide-ranging speech to the 47-member body, Ms. Arbour also urged States to stop the “pursuit of narrow parochial political agendas,” which she said is the “greatest impediment” to the realization of human rights. The High Commissioner also noted improvements in the system of “special procedures” – independent rights experts known as Special Rapporteurs, with mandates ranging from torture to housing – and urged the Council to continue its support “to further strengthen this system as a crucial tool in the promotion and protection of all human rights.” The reform of the human rights machinery, she said, “represents the most tangible achievement in the institutional renewal process of the United Nations system. By comparison, other innovative proposals, such as the creation of a more representative Security Council, still languish in the ‘to do’ folder of reform-minded advocates.”While lauding the advances, she also highlighted the continuing need to address a number of issues, including intolerance and discrimination against women, migrants and minorities. In addition, she called for new mechanisms to strengthen the system designed to prevent and punish genocide, “the worst crime generated by discrimination and intolerance.”Ms. Arbour’s successor, who will be chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after consultation with Member States, has not yet been named. read more

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Vanuatu customs detains ship with Sri Lankan crew

They said they were to deliver the ship to its new owner and are ready to fly out. He said the man who was supposed to have bought the ship is Paul Okten, who is the owner of a company called JPO Kava Export. (Colombo Gazette) Tari said no one has tried to claim the ship which is estimated to be 20 years old. Vanuatu’s customs officials have detained a ship with an all Sri Lankan crew after failing to identify the ship’s origin, Radio New Zealand reported.The Acting Manager for Border Control Baddley Tari said the five crew and captain, who all speak English, said they have sailed from Japan to Port Vila.

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Waterford High School presents spring musical

This marks the sixteenth year of musical theatre at Waterford District High School.This year, WDHS has chosen “Nice Work If You Can Get It” as its spring show.There are 34 students involved in several elements of the show including lighting, sound, set construction, stage crew, and cast members. Participation is all extracurricular. There are also three teachers and seven adults from the community helping bring the performance together.Auditions for the show were held in November 2018. The cast members received their scripts to read over the winter break, and the core cast of main characters began rehearsals in January. The cast has been holding rehearsals two nights a week in preparation for the opening night.The three weeks approaching the show have been full tech, full costume, and full cast rehearsals.The cast performed a matinee show for elementary school students on April 24 in preparation for the first official show.“It’s a two and a half hour show, it’s going to seem professional to you,” said Janet Dickson, the director of the show and head of Arts at WDHS.“I would say we have amateur but entertaining dancing.”The show features songs from the 1920s written by George and Ira Gershwin. Similar to the style of Mama Mia, the songs existed prior to the show, and the script was written around them.In the lead roles are Gavin Geerts as Jimmy Winter and McKenna Campbell as Billie Bendix.Dickson says the audience will be in for a twist when they see the show.“I think they’re going to hear some songs that are familiar to them, but the plot is a surprise, and there’s a plot twist at the end,” said Dickson.The original show was on Broadway in 2012 and was nominated for a few Tony awards.“It’s great to be able to make people laugh. The music and dancing are uplifting and very energetic,” said Dickson. “Everyone has been working hard to prepare for their roles.”Show dates are April 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee at 1:30 p.m. on April 27. Tickets are available at the door. read more

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Flamefest Man dies and woman found unconscious after kinky sex festival in Tunbridge Wells

first_imgZulhash Uddin, another councillor, called for a full review of safety measures at any future events in the borough.“It is so sad to hear that somebody has lost their life. Safety is a number one issue at events like these and this will trigger a review when we do get the council issuing permits and licensing. One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was woken by the sound of the air ambulance landing. He said he had heard that the pair may have been overcome by carbon monoxide. A post mortem on the cause of the man’s death will be held in the next few days.”We don’t know for sure. It’s so sad,” he said. “Maybe they were cold and put a stove in their tent or something?”A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police is making enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding an unexplained death in Tunbridge Wells.”A Tunbridge Wells Borough Council spokesman said the festival was authorised under a temporary licence and the authority had “no discretion to select the type of events held providing they meet the requirements of the relevant legislation”. A man was found dead in a tent and a woman airlifted to hospital yesterday after attending an outdoor sex festival.The man, who was in his 50’s, and the woman were understood to have been at the two-day Flamefest, a so-called “kinky rave”,  in woodland near Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent.Detectives and paramedics were called to a campsite shortly after 6am when the two people were discovered unconscious.Attempts to revive the man were unsuccessful, and his death was last night being treated as “unexplained” while investigations continue. The unconscious woman was taken to hospital by air ambulance where she was being treated.It remained unclear what caused the pair to lose consciousness. One man, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said barbeque apparatus had been removed from a tent, raising the possibility they were overcome by fumes. Others claimed the man’s death may have been drug-related. Kent Police vehicles at the site of Flamfest near Tunbridge WellsCredit:FLYJM The festival, in its second year, attracted controversy after boasting of being an event for “kinky, quirky, creative hedonists” who could “explore their wild side”. According to its website, visitors can “explore kinks” and “play within the boundaries of our common-sense rules”. There were also DJs and circus-style performers including fire-breathing acrobats and sword swallowers. Last week, Dianne Hill, councillor for the ward where the festival was held, told a local radio station: “I’m no prude but this is the wrong place for this sort of thing. It’s a residential area. A big worry is they say there will be coaches coming down – where are they going to park?”Helen Smedley, festival organiser, said it was a private event and insisted no sex would be on show to the public. She was yesterday unavailable for comment.However, local councillor Nasir Jamil, from Southborough Town Council, said yesterday that he was “appalled and disgusted” after seeing two couples having sex in a beauty spot where he normally walks with his children.“The organiser has fooled the council by saying it was a music festival but it wasn’t a music festival at all,” he said.“The whole community here is very shocked. Then we heard there was a death here and I was really, really shocked. I think there was illegal drug taking going on.” Flamefest Facebook advert The location of the festival, which has a “discreet adult play area” with “fetish equipment” and an outdoor “dungeon” with dominatrixes, was a closely guarded secret. But when it emerged it would be held on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells the local media was inundated with complaints.  Still from promotion video for Flamefest 2017, the kinky sex festival center_img Organisers of the event drafted in extra security to stop gatecrashersCredit:Grant Falvey/LNP Flamfest Flamefest Flamefest, which is in its second year, has a ‘discreet’ adult play area and an outdoor dungeonCredit:Facebook Still from a promotional video for Flamefest 2017,Credit:Youtube/Flamefest “Obviously local people did raise concerns about the festival. I am sure this will be looked at by the appropriate agencies.”Police were yesterday seen focusing their investigation on a cordoned off large white tent. 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 read more

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Columbus and Nordgold to proceed with the Montagne dOr gold mine in

first_imgColumbus Gold Corp has announced that at a meeting of the Montagne d’Or joint-venture (Columbus Gold 44.99%/Nordgold 55.01%) held on December 15th, 2017 the joint-venture board unanimously decided to proceed with construction of the Montagne d’Or gold mine in French Guiana.Commencement of construction is subject to a number of additional requirements, including a public consultation and receipt of required permits and authorizations. The submittal of the mine permit applications is presently scheduled for the third quarter of 2018 and could take more than 12 months to process.Permitting and stakeholder engagement is currently underway at Montagne d’Or following the completion of a feasible study in March 2017 (refer to news release dated March 20, 2017). The project’s Environmental and Social Impact Study will be delivered in Q1 2018, following the completion of a supplementary in-fill geotechnical drilling program currently underway.The preliminary steps of the permitting process take into account a public consultation under the mandate of the French National Public Debate Commission. The Commission is involved in the planning of all major structural projects on French Territory that are deemed to be socio-economically important. The Commission’s mandate is to ensure that the public is able to participate in the planning of these projects with the objective to socialize and endorse decision-making. Its role is to:-Inform the public about the project submitted for public debate;-Allow the public to express itself; and-Brief the project management team.On October 4, 2017 the Commission appointed a five-member Special Commission that will manage the public consultations for Montagne d’Or, three of them are representatives selected from French Guiana. The public consultation process will extend over a four-month period commencing in approximately March 2018 followed by the delivery of the Commission’s assessment report, which will give Columbus and Nordgold the opportunity to make appropriate project adjustments prior to the submittal of mining, environmental and construction permit applications to the French Administration.last_img read more

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Young Greek parliamentarian in our midst

first_imgYear 11 student Maria Anamourlis has been elected as a Youth Parliamentarian in the Greek Parliament. The St John’s Greek Orthodox College student was chosen by the Greek Education Deparment and will travel to Greece this year, to address the Greek Parliament for Youth Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Create a Japanese Smart Kitchen With These Appliances

first_imgI’m a geek who grew up in the 90s and watched anime on VHS. That means two things. One, that I’ve ordered swords from the Internet, and two, that I’m enamored with Japan’s culture and technology. That first part doesn’t matter (but if you ever went to the video store and saw Urutsokidoji on the same shelf as Ghost in the Shell, you know exactly what I’m saying), but the second part has helped shape my kitchen. Yes, my kitchen.Saying this makes me sound like a huge weeb, but it’s true: Japanese appliances are amazing. They’re expensive to buy (but you can find them easily on Amazon, or if you have a local Asian market), but they’re better built and have more features than the inexpensive, domestic appliances you buy at Target. Proctor Silex gets the job done, but Zojirushi gets the job done to precisely your specifications, and writes you a haiku in the process.These appliances have made my kitchen so much more convenient that I’d swear by them even if I didn’t have JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure figures on my desk and a NESiCA card in my wallet.Fuzzy Logic Rice CookerWhen you picture a rice cooker, you probably think of a Crock-Pot-looking appliance, if not simply a pot or a big glass bowl with a lid. And yes, you can cook rice with all of those things. That’s like starting a fire with two sticks and twine compared to the sleek plasma lighter that is making rice with a Japanese MiCom/fuzzy logic rice cooker.MiCom (microcomputer, because the Japanese love portmanteaus) rice cookers use programming to figure out how to best make the rice you want to make. They adjust the time and temperature depending on whether you want white rice, brown rice, sushi rice, rice with various grains added, and other dishes. They can make porridge (commonly congee, but they can make oatmeal and cream of wheat in a snap), and you can even use them to bake small cakes.I’ve been using a Zojirushi NS-VGC05 3-cup rice cooker in my home for a while now. It’s not only made cooking rice easier, but the rice I cook in it comes out better than any rice I’ve tried to make on the stove. Fuzzy logic rice cooking controls exactly how the rice cooks, meaning it comes out perfectly. My rice cooker is just a bit over $100, but if you want to cook more than 3 cups of (uncooked) rice you can get a 5.5-cup NS-TSC10 for under $150. If you want to go completely off-the-wall, you can get a rice cooker that uses induction heating and pressure cooking. You get even more options with rice cookers like the NP-NVC10, like controlling just how soft or firm you want your rice, and extending soaking times to improve flavor. They’re much more expensive than regular MiCom rice cookers, though, and will run you several hundred dollars.On the flip side, be careful you don’t get a non-MiCom rice cooker. Zojirushi makes a few, and while they’re about half the price as the fuzzy logic rice cookers, they don’t have any of the intelligent cooking modes. Another tip: Get a rice washing bowl. It’s a big plastic colander designed to let you easily rinse and drain rice before you put it in the rice cooker. A minute of rinsing will make your rice fluffier and taste even better.Zojirushi is one of the biggest names in rice cookers, but you don’t have to rely only on them. Tiger is another prominent fuzzy logic rice cooker manufacturer, and Panasonic also makes them.Yakitori GrillIt’s winter, or you live in an apartment, or the weather is bad, or you just don’t want to go outside. You still want to grill. Take out your George Foreman grill and throw it in the trash. That isn’t a grill, it’s a panini press for meat. It’s great for sandwiches, but if you want a good sear and maybe even a bit of char on your burgers and steaks without going outside you need a yakitori grill.Yakitori is skewered, grilled meat, like Japanese shish kabob or shawarma. Electric yakitori grills let you cook it without burning charcoal or wood in a conventional grill. They’re basically electric space heaters turned on their side, with a big heating element in the middle, a grill on the top, and a pan of water on the bottom. The heating element cooks the meat on the grill with the heat it generates, instead of through heated metal like Foreman grills, letting your food sear and crisp without sandwiching it between two big plates. Meanwhile, any grease drips from your food past the heating element and into the water pan.You can cook food just like with a regular grill, turning and flipping the meat to evenly cook it over the heat. It means you can cook more delicate foods because you have greater control, and the texture is better because the food isn’t getting pressed. And yes, you can cook more than yakitori with it.I use a Livart LV-982 Yakitori grill, which you can pick up for less than $60. It’s fantastic for when I want to cook skewers, steaks, burgers, shrimp, and dense fish (I cook more delicate fish sous vide). They always come out great, with results similar to cooking on a propane grill. Just be careful and always make sure the water pan is full; without water under the grill, you’re just begging for a grease fire. Which has only happened once, which made me understand the need for the water pan, and hasn’t happened ever since I actually followed the directions. It also spurred me to buy a kitchen fire extinguisher, which is just a good idea.Water BoilerBoiling water is easy and not particularly technical. Why not make it even easier by making it way more technical? A kettle can boil water, whether it’s on the stove or an electric model. They can’t heat water to precise temperatures, though, or be programmed to automatically turn on and off at certain times. For that, you need a Japanese water boiler.Zojirushi is more than one of the kings of rice cookers. It’s also one of the biggest names when it comes to handling hot water. The Zojirushi ZD-WBC40TS is a 4-liter water boiler with a microcontroller just like the fuzzy logic rice cookers. It can boil water, sure, but it can also keep your water at 140, 175, 195, or 208 degrees Fahrenheit (great for making teas or soups that are best prepared delicately at sub-boiling temperatures). It can display the current temperature of the water, and has a timer function so you can get your water boiling hours later.These water boilers work more like countertop water dispensers than kettles. There’s a spout under a lip near the top of the dispenser, and it pours water at the touch of a button. The ZD-WBC40TS even has a cafe drip mode that reduces the flow of water so you can make drip coffee directly from the boiler. The drawback to all of these water-boiling tricks is the price; a MiCom water boiler will cost you over $100.Bento BoxesYou can totally be a grown-up with a lunch box if you want to. In fact, it’s a pretty big Japanese lunch tradition that lets you carry around a lot more than a sandwich and chips. Bento boxes are multi-compartment boxes designed to let you carry around a full lunch. In Japan that lunch is usually rice, some sort of protein, and pickled vegetables, but you can load it with anything. It’s great for leftover pasta.Bento boxes vary wildly in size, complexity, and style. The most common types are flat boxes with multiple compartments like this Skater bento box and stacked boxes with few or no compartments like this GRUB2GO bento box. Stacked boxes are usually held together with an elastic fabric band or kept in a drawstring bag (the more traditional design, like this rabbit patterned bento box).These bento boxes also have a slot to store chopsticks, and often even come with chopsticks (though the slots might be too small for forks and spooks, depending on the box).last_img read more

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Pockets Of Freezing Rain Expected Wednesday Evening

first_imgBe prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit 511.alaska.gov. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service issued a special weather statment for the Western Kenai Peninsula and the Anchorage Bowl, Including the cities of  Eagle River, Indian, Eklutna, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing. Widely scattered showers moving over the Anchorage Bowl and Kenai Peninsula this evening may produce very light freezing rain at times through the afternoon commute and into the evening hours.  Slick conditions are possible in areas where freezing rain reaches the ground.last_img

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Buddhism one of many reasons for Rohingya crisis

first_imgEminent Iranian scholar S Javad Mazloumi. Photo: UNBThough everybody knows Buddhists as peace-loving people, Iranian scholar S Javad Mazloumi has said a new definition of Buddhism, seen in Myanmar, is one of many reasons why Rohingyas are suffering there and that definition needs to be corrected.”Everybody knows them as peaceful and peace-loving people. What we see in Myanmar is a new definition of Buddhism,” he told UNB in an interview expressing displeasure over the words used by some of their leaders in Myanmar referring to Muslims.Mazloumi, deputy for cultural affairs, said he had many meetings with Buddhists, Buddhist monks and great scholars in different countries. “Most of them believe they should correct this problem.”Sharing his understanding with fellow scholars on extremist view in Myanmar, the Iranian scholar said one group is trying to translate the Buddhism in a different way, which it is not the common in other countries.”If you ask them (Rohingyas) why don’t they have the identity of Myanmar, they will answer, they had it but was taken away,” he said as he completed his fourth visit to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar district.Myanmar’s religious affairs and culture minister Thura Aung Ko recently said Rohingyas living in Bangladesh are being “brainwashed” and Bangladesh is not allowing them to return, according to international media.Earlier on 27 November, the Myanmar minister talked about the birth rates among the people of an unnamed religion apparently referring to Muslims.He said while Buddhists practise monogamy and they have only one or two children but an “extreme religion” encourages having three or four wives and giving birth to 15 to 20 children, international media quoted him as saying in a video published by Radio Free Asia.Myanmar refers to the Rohingyas as “Bengalis” apparently to suggest that they are from Bangladesh but Rohingyas say they are from Rakhine state of Myanmar.Asked whether the Muslim world is doing enough for Rohingyas, the Iranian scholar said, “Surely not.”He said there should be some practical programmes to help these oppressed Rohingya people saying “making statement is not enough”. “We’re just talking.”Mazloumi appreciated Bangladesh’s role in supporting over 1 million Rohingyas in Bangladesh and its continued efforts on how these vast people are managed in a better way.Talking about the repatriation of Rohingyas, the scholar, also member of the Iranian Supreme Hajj Committee said Rohingya people should be consulted well as they think the conditions for their safe life unfortunately is not in place.”Myanmar should guarantee that Rohingyas, once they return to Myanmar, will have peace, security and their basic rights,” he said adding that why should they return to Myanmar when they have a feeling of fear that they might be killed again upon return.Mazloumi added: “They think conditions are not safe yet.”About lack of unity, the scholar said the Muslims are divided under different names and titles that actually contributed to increased sufferings of Muslims around the world.”We’re divided into different groups, different titles, and we cannot help each other. More importantly, when we’re in a challenging situation, we don’t discuss real enemies. We’re losing all,” he said.Responding to another question, Mazloumi said there is no space of division in Islam though differences might be there. “These differences cannot make us divided. Division is a wrong.”He said their enemies want the Muslim world to be weak, they try their best, and unfortunately the Muslim world is asleep. “We neglect their (enemies) activities and actions and after a while we wake up, but by this time damage is done.”Mazloumi said they are going in a wrong direction as some people gave them the wrong address. “Some people gave us wrong address. We’re going to that wrong direction and losing our power. But unity is the solution for all.”Comparing the situation in the camps, he said it was very small community when he had first visited Rohingya camps before the latest influx in August 2017.”The presence of huge Rohingyas in the camps is clearly visible. With many new camps and these huge numbers of Rohingya people can make some problems as they need many things for their life.”He said Bangladesh is successful in managing these people so far as it is not so easy to distribute aids to these huge people.The Iranian scholar said the problems faced by Rohingyas have not been solved yet with this little amount of aid though the situation is far better than previous time.last_img read more

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Govt may revoke proposed tax on savings instruments

first_imgThe government might retract its decision to double tax on savings certificates as the move is likely to draw massive criticism from the people.Four types of savings certificates are currently sold and the rates of yield are up to 11.76 per cent. Currently, around 20 million investors are involved in this sector.Currently, the tax is five per cent.Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal recommended increasing the tax to 10 per cent in his proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal.According to the finance ministry and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) sources, the government is currently considering two options.One is to cut the proposed tax on all types of savings certificates. The other is to cut proposed tax on family savings certificates and pensioner savings certificates.Only women can purchase family savings certificates while the pensioner savings certificates are for retired persons.The final decision will come from the prime minister, the sources said.The proposal to hike tax drew criticism from various quarters and many pointed out that it will directly affect the middle class, pensioners and small savers.”I don’t understand why he [finance minister] increased the tax at source on family savings certificates from 5 per cent to 10 per cent,” former agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury said, taking part in the budget discussion in parliament.The ruling party MP noted that many women in rural areas depend on the earnings from savings certificates and urged the government to reconsider its decision.She mentioned that the proposal came at a time when the government is providing various facilities to businessmen, increasing salaries and benefits of its employees and teachers and also giving various facilities to different sectors.Matia demanded that Mustafa Kamal withdraw his proposal and sought the prime minister’s special attention towards this matter.Meanwhile, the government continues to taking big loans from savings certificates.In 2014-15 fiscal, the target was to take Tk 90 billion (Tk 9,000 crore) from the sector, but in the end the government took Tk 287.05 billion (Tk 28,705 crore). The trend continued in other fiscals.In the first ten months of the current fiscal (July 2018-April 2019), the government took Tk 434.74 billion (Tk 43,474 crore) from savings certificates. The target of the government’s net borrowing from savings instruments is Tk 261.97 billion (Tk 26,197 crore) for the fiscal year.last_img read more

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