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Four get 25 years’ jail for gang rape

first_imgFour youths involved in the gang-rape of a minor girl in 2016 were convicted and sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment by a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Odisha’s Berhampur on Tuesday. The convicts had raped a 17-year-old girl at the MKCG Medical College ground in Berhampur on March 17, 2016. The convicts are in their late 20s and are residents of the city. They had abducted the victim from a nearby area and committed the crime.The court also imposed a ₹50,000 fine on each convict. In case of default, they will have to undergo another year of imprisonment.last_img read more

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Ebola outbreak still accelerating

first_imgThe Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa is still picking up speed, according to new case and fatality numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO) today. More than 3069 cases have been reported, and at least 1552 had died as of 26 August—but the real numbers may be two to four times higher, the agency says. WHO now says that the outbreak will likely continue for at least 6 to 9 more months, and as many as 20,000 people could ultimately be infected. A “road map” for bringing the situation under control estimates the cost at $490 million. That includes, for example, nearly 8000 personnel in Liberia alone to staff isolation and treatment centers, trace contacts, safely bury the dead, and coordinate logistics. The budget estimate includes $6 million for safe burials of up to 13,500 victims.More than 40% of the total cases have been identified in the last 3 weeks, WHO says—a clear sign that the epidemic is gathering speed instead of declining. In Liberia, where Ebola is spreading in densely populated Monrovia, there are at least 694 cases, an increase of 296 since the last report from 20 August. There are also new cases in Nigeria, where a traveler from Liberia infected medical personnel and other contacts. The new cases are connected to a diplomat who eluded official surveillance and traveled to Port Harcourt, where he sought medical treatment. The diplomat recovered, but the doctor who treated him died, and 70 contacts of the patient and the doctor are now under surveillance. 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So far, WHO says, the overall fatality rate among identified cases is 52%, ranging from 42% in Sierra Leone to 66% in Guinea.*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.last_img read more

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni disappointed with ‘no-balls’ after India’s World T20 exit

first_imgIndia skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday attributed their shocking seven-wicket loss against West Indies to the dew factor saying that it made life difficult for spinners to grip the ball while defending which eventually made the difference between the two sides.Batting first, India posted a competitive total of 192/2 in 20 overs, thanks to Virat Kohli’s 89. (Also read: MS Dhoni ridicules Australian journalist over retirement question) In reply, a brave Windies side chased down the total posting 196/3 in 19.4 overs, thanks to Lendl Simmons’ 51-ball 83 and Johnson Charles’ 36-ball 52.West Indies will now face England, who earlier beat New Zealand in the first semis on Wednesday, in the final at the Eden Gardens on April 3. (Also read: Ajinkya Rahane, bowlers attract criticism after India lose in semi-final)”You know, 30 more would have been really nice. But you have to realise it was half an hour early start, a bad toss to lose, so when they started batting the first few overs were fine, but after that there was a considerable amount of dew which meant the spinner couldn’t bowl how they would have liked to,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference here at the Wankhede Stadium.”It was coming on nicely and the ball was getting wet, so that was the difference between the first innings and second innings, the surface had some assistance for the spinners, it was gripping but in the second innings there wasn’t much in it for them,” he added.”The only thing I’m disappointed about are the two no-balls. Other than that we tried our best and even if the conditions were not in favour of the spinners, whatever resources we had we tried our best in the game,” he said.advertisementIndia made two changes to their side for the match. Batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey came for Shikhar Dhawan who was dropped and Yuvraj Singh, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.Asked the reason behind dropping Dhawan, the skipper said that despite the left-handed batsman getting good starts he failed to convert it into big scores.”If you see, Shikhar has been batting quite well but he’s not been able to convert. The thing with Rahane is he is someone who is quite calm and composed and he knows his responsibility in the team,” he said.”This is the kind of innings that is expected of him. He isn’t someone who is going to bat like Rohit Sharma or Virat Kohli. If you see, someone who is orthodox can give us that platform from where we can launch and score those extra 10-15 runs in the last few overs,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

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Tearing down a semi-autonomous motorcar for disabled drivers

first_img Log in to Reply How to Build A Car for Someone Who Can’t Drive January 8, 2019 at 12:10 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Kontron: data logger in-vehicle platform logs, manages and stores large video/data filesNext SEGGER: new microcontroller-based dual USB platform Let’s Modify A Car The Eyes Have It CameronRobertson says: 2 thoughts on “Tearing down a semi-autonomous motorcar for disabled drivers” January 3, 2019 at 11:33 am center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT “If there was a reason where autonomous driving vehicles were a benefit, helping the handicap find a way to be more mobile would be it. Now if only they could figure out how to manage the safety of each unit to provide these people with the capabilities th Log in to Reply This story is part of an AspenCore Special Project on the Semi-Autonomous Motorcar technology. Check out the other articles in this Special Project: SAM Technology Special Project Intro nathandavidson says: “It is a positive add-on aspect in the transportation sector which has been including the disabled community. This makes their daily commute so convenient even for those members who do not have the physical support of others. Those who need to visit treatm Visit the Special Projects homepage for more from this project and other topics covered by the AspenCore Network . How do you build a system that enables someone with severely limited mobility to drive a car? Arrow Electronics answered that with its Semi-Autonomous Motorcar (SAM) project. Relying predominantly on off-the-shelf (OTS) products, and building the few things they needed that weren’t commercially available, engineers on the SAM team integrated a system that would take sensor inputs and feed them into a drive-by-wire system.Ordinarily the purpose of a teardown is to crack open a system to discover what the manufacturer had sealed away for any number of reasons (e.g., product safety, product integrity, to protect intellectual property – or IP), but Arrow was always willing to say what went into the SAM car, so this won’t be a typical teardown. What we have is a fairly complete list of all the elements of the system, including the bill of materials (BOM) for the human-machine interface (HMI) controller that Arrow designed.Briefly, a SAM car is driven using two key sensor systems. A set of four motion-tracking cameras captures the driver’s head movements for steering. There is also a sip/puff sensor that measures pressure; the driver inhales (sips) through a tube to brake, and exhales (puffs) to accelerate. There is also a GPS-based navigation system that can be engaged to help keep the car from radically veering off course. Sensor data is processed and fed into a drive-by-wire system provided by a subcontractor. Additional details are in the accompanying story on EETimes: How to build a car for someone who can’t drive . Much of the critical work was done in software. That included fine-tuning the navigation systems, and how sensor data was used to ultimately control the vehicle. Most of the physical subsystems not used directly for driving (which would include the input sensors, the drive-by-wire actuators, and the co-driver failsafe apparatus) are installed behind the driver; in the case of the Chevy Corvette that was used as the first SAM car, that was in the trunk. Those subsystems are listed in the following photograph. The project team for Arrow Electronics’ SAM project used the trunk of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray to store most of the subsystems necessary to help a quadriplegic driver operate the vehicle. Source: Arrow Electronics. Sip/puff controller The sip/puff controller not only measures pressure to control acceleration and braking, it also can be used to deliver feedback (visual, audio, and/or haptic) on those levels to the driver. The key components on this board are:a K64 microcontroller from NXP (originally Freescale). It combines a 120 MHz Cortex MCU with 1MB of Flash and 256KB of SRAM.MPXV7025GP pressure sensor (NXP)SGTL5000 stereo audio codec (NXP)PCA9626B 24 LED driver (NXP)Power over Ethernet (PoE) support devices – various (Analog Devices)Ethernet PHY (Microchip)The BOM for the board also includes some EEPROM; a variety of resistors, capacitors, and switches from multiple sources; and other components.The MPXV7025GP pressure sensor from NXP Source: Arrow Electronics Guidance computer SAM engineer Josh Willis said the guidance computer “aggregates steering and gas/brake values, then acts as a set of hand controls to interface with the drive-by-wire system over the CAN bus.” It is called out in the photo above as the Nitrogen 6X Guidance PC, a blue box toward the lower-right corner in the car trunk. The Nitrogen 6X single board computer (SBC) is an off-the-shelf product. Based on NXP’s i.MX 6 ARM-Cortex A9 processor, the board also comes standard with 1GB of DDR3, and gigabit Ethernet. Arrow asked Boundary Devices for a single modification – the ability to support PoE. The SAM car team relied mostly on off-the-shelf subsystems. When a modification was required, it was often to add support for PoE. Source: Arrow Electronics last_img read more

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Wolves-bound Cutrone confirms AC Milan exit

first_imgPatrick Cutrone says he is disappointed to be leaving AC Milan but is excited to be joining Premier League side Wolves.Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are reportedly close to sealing a £20 million ($24m) move for the Italy striker, who confirmed on Monday he is swapping San Siro for Molineux.Cutrone, 21, looked at home when he broke into Gennaro Gattuso’s side two seasons ago, scoring 18 goals in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fewer starting chances resulted in a less prolific second campaign in 2018-19 and a switch to England now beckons.”Reading all the messages from the fans made me emotional,” Cutrone told reporters. “It means that I’ve done a good thing.”Am I disappointed? Well, you have seen yourselves. I have nothing to say. I am always ready and charged.”I wish the best for Milan fans and my team-mates. My departure from Milan affects me as well but that’s life and some decisions are taken.”I will look to do my best. Now I only think about integrating well and doing well there. I’m ready and excited to join Wolves. It’s a big challenge for me.”Cutrone joined Milan’s academy in 2007 and won his first – and so far only – Italy cap last March against Argentina, when the latter ran out 2-0 winners at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.Cutrone joins one of the Premier League’s most exciting outfits, having finished seventh in their return to the league last season, just 12 months after promotion from the Championship.The Midlands club secured qualification for the Europa League and in the first leg of their second qualifying round they beat Crusaders FC 2-0 at home. The return leg is this Thursday in Belfast.Wolves have signed three players already this summer transfer window, including the acquisition of Raul Jimenez from Benfica for a club-record fee of £30 million ($37m). Jimenez scored 13 goals and assisted eight in 38 Premier League appearance for Wolves last season, and the club were desperate to tie him to a permanent contract.  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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Former Ohio State WR Ruled Immediately Eligible At New Program

first_imgA closeup of an ohio state football helmet.COLLEGE PARK, MD – NOVEMBER 17: A detail of an Ohio State Buckeyes helmet during the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Capital One Field on November 17, 2018 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)In March, former four-star recruit L’Christian Smith revealed to the Ohio State football program that he would be transferring.Two months later, the wide receiver, who goes by “Blue,” announced his transfer destination. Smith decided he didn’t want to leave the state of Ohio – transferring to Cincinnati.“Sometimes your path takes a detour, but the mission stays the same. Second chances don’t happen often but when they do you must be ready,” Smith wrote about the move on Instagram.Following his move to Cincinnati, Smith applied for a waiver to play for his new team in 2019. On Wednesday afternoon, the Bearcats received good news.Smith has been ruled immediately eligible and will see the field for Cincinnati this season.The NCAA has granted Ohio State transfer WR Blue Smith immediate eligiblity for UC this season.— Fletcher Page (@FletcherPage) August 7, 2019Cincinnati, and former Ohio State assistant/interim head coach Luke Fickell, proved to be a legitimate football program in the American Athletic Conference.The Bearcats are coming off an 11-2 record this past season, which ended with a victory over Virginia Tech in the Military Bowl.Smith leaves the Buckeyes without recording a reception during his time at Ohio State. He failed to crack a stacked roster that included now-NFL wide receivers Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon and Terry McLaurin.Stay tuned for the latest college football news.last_img read more

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More ZOSOs to be Established

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says additional zones of special operations (ZOSOs) are to be established.He said that the country is likely to see another ZOSO before the end of March, and others will be rolled out in the 2019/20 fiscal year.“We intend to and have budgeted for a few more communities in the coming fiscal year,” he said.“We believe that these interventions… will contribute to the reduction of the murder rate, to the reduction of crimes generally… but more importantly, establish peace in our country,” he added.Prime Minister Holness was speaking in the House of Representatives on February 5, where resolutions extending the zones in Mount Salem, St. James and Denham Town, for a period of 60 days, were approved.The Prime Minister said it has been proven that the implementation of the ZOSOs has been working.“Now it is the goal of the Government to scale this up as rapidly as possible to ensure that our communities that are at risk, that we reach out to them and reclaim them and make Jamaica the safe place we know,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness informed that the Government will be declaring states of public emergency (SOEs) as soon as the next Budget has been approved, which will be done by the end of March.last_img read more

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Jinhui Offloads Last Handysize Bulker

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based Jinhui Shipping and Transportation Limited has sold its last Handysize dry bulk carrier, Jin Yu, to Tokyo-listed Inui Global Logistics for USD 15 million.The vessel will be delivered to Inui between 15 May 2017 and 15 June 2017.The 38,462 dwt dry bulker was built in 2012 at Naikai Zosen and is registered in Hong Kong.Jinhui intends to use approximately 75% of the net sale proceeds received pursuant to the agreement for the repayment of vessel mortgage loan and the remaining portion of the net sale proceeds will be kept as general working capital of the group.Back in February, Jinhui sold four Supramax bulk carriers to Minyi (Tianjin) Ship Leasing, which are expected to be delivered throughout April.The dry bulk owner and operator decided to sell the vessels to enhance its working capital and strengthen its liquidity ahead of expected volatility in the market due to continued uncertainty with respect to the global economic outlook, particularly the freight market.Excluding the vessels sold and scheduled to be delivered to the new owners, Jinhui operates a fleet of two Post-Panamaxes and twenty-one Supramaxes.last_img read more

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MICK JAGGER MAKES A JAB AT DOUG FORD GIVES RAPTORS A SHOUTOUT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Standing before a crowd of roughly 70,000 concertgoers, it didn’t take long before Jagger wished a simple “Happy Canada Day” to the receptive crowd, who didn’t seem to mind it was technically two days early.The concert at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie, was the only Canadian date on their North American tour. And for many people in attendance, it seemed a miracle that Jagger was even on stage, given his recent heart surgery.None of that was referenced in the 75-year-old singer’s tireless performance, which included swapping out one glittery jacket for another before eventually donning a hat and T-shirt emblazoned with the band’s famous tongue logo.Armed with his flamboyant swagger, Jagger zig-zagged across the massive stage — and strutted down the catwalk — for two hours, playing 20 of the band’s greatest hits.Popular classics “Paint It Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” were balanced with a selection of fan favourites, including “Before They Make Me Run,” a song Keith Richards wrote in response to his 1977 arrest for heroin possession in Toronto.And beneath four towering digital screens, Jagger played right into the audience’s hand at nearly every turn.“What about those Raptors?” he shouted, as the “We the North” logo flashed overhead. He poked a bit of fun at Toronto Mayor John Tory’s famous black-and-gold Raptors jacket, which he’s enthusiastically worn around town for weeks.“What about those Raptors,” shouts Mick Jagger as “We The North” flashes on the giant screen. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/lgEhKmjpdc— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019“He’s still wearing his dirty blazer,” the singer said to Tory, who was in the audience.Jagger later introduced the band’s drummer Charlie Watts as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot, seemingly for no particular reason.He also took a jab at Ford’s “buck a beer” election platform, telling the crowd at one point that “for the next 15 minutes it’s a buck-a-beer — courtesy of Doug Ford.”The comment elicited some boos in parts of the crowd, and no apparent discounts at the beer tents.But the Stones’ fans didn’t seem to mind, so busy caught in a moment that would be a little piece of history, and perhaps even a farewell.Earlier this year, Jagger underwent emergency heart surgery, putting the single Canadian date on hold, and raising questions about whether the British rockers would ever tour again. When the singer got the all clear, the date was back on.“The heath scare was kind of an indication this might actually be the last one,” said Marc Fielding, who joined about 30 of his friends on a road trip from Toronto.“They’re such an iconic band, so you don’t want to risk them maybe not coming back.”For others in attendance, seeing the Stones live came with an extra significance.Jackie Morin’s father, a longtime fan, died shortly after the Stones most recently played Toronto. So this night was an especially poignant moment.“This is a big deal,” she said. “Never will you ever see a concert like this — it’s history.”Dino Bruno landed tickets when his sister-in-law surprised him. He last saw the Stones in the mid-1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens where he said the local news captured him playing Frisbee with police in the street.“The Stones were the bad boys of rock,” he said. “I wanted to be here because I want to die happy.”Jayne Sidey first caught the Stones at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind benefit concert over 40 years ago in Oshawa, Ont. It was part of a court-ordered performance for Richards ‘after he was arrested for heroin possession.She said she was forever changed by Jagger and his buddies and has gone to at least 20 Stones concerts since.“I saw them three times in the U.K. last year, and we’re booked for two shows on this tour,” she said. “The 2013 show in Toronto was so good we all jumped in a car to Montreal and saw them there.”Several homegrown acts performed before the Stones took the stage, including Saskatoon-formed One Bad Son, the Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., Toronto four-piece the Beaches, and longtime favourites Sloan.Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky played a late-night show of other rock and pop classics, ranging from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”The day-long festival marked the third concert on the Rolling Stones tour, which kicked off with two dates in Chicago a week ago.After the Stones finished their set, they offered a hint of the resilience that’s kept them going for more than half a century.“See you soon,” the digital screens read, alongside the band’s trademark tongue logo.We spent the night together! Thx for an epic night @RollingStone #NoFilterTour #RollingStones #CanadaRocks #MickJagger pic.twitter.com/whbRYUJS6i— Karen (@momastubbs) June 30, 2019 The Rolling Stones perform during the “No Filter” tour in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill ORO MEDONTE, Ont. — For a bunch of British chaps, the Rolling Stones sure know a lot about Canada, and Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate to flaunt his wisdom at their Canada Day weekend concert in Ontario.The frontman for the iconic rock band doled out handfuls of Canadiana on Saturday, pausing to reference everything from the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win to the “buck a beer” policy of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.“For the next 15 minutes it’s a buck a beer, courtesy of Doug Ford,” Mick Jagger jokes to a chorus of boos from the audience. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/YD4RtDtEOP— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019last_img read more

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SecretaryGeneral calls for stronger partnership for African development

8 February 2010The global food and energy crises and climate change, and coupled with the financial and economic crises, have eroded economic and social gains made in Africa over the past decade, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in a new report, calling for a stronger partnership for Africa’s development. In his report entitled Social Dimensions of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), the Secretary-General wrote that the adverse social consequences of these crises are likely to remain for much longer in Africa, even after the recovery gathers pace in advanced countries.“African economies will likely experience decelerated growth, high unemployment and poverty rates and diminished prospects for achieving NEPAD goals and other internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals,” the Secretary-General wrote.To mitigate these effects, the Secretary-General recommended that African countries bear the majority of responsibility for their own development by continuing to integrate and mainstream NEPAD priorities – such as infrastructure, agriculture and food security, science and technology, trade, and environment – into their national development plans. Governments concerned should also take advantage of North-South and South-South experiences and best practices.The report also called on Africa’s development partners to continue to integrate NEPAD priorities, values and principles into their development assistance programmes. In particular, the international community should assist African countries in addressing the challenge of climate change by raising the resources needed to support adaptation and mitigation actions. “For Africa to leapfrog dirty energy solutions, strengthen its adaptive capacity and pursue sustainable low-carbon growth strategies, it will need financial assistance and technology transfers. The region will need not only additional funding but also timely and predictable delivery on existing ODA commitments,” the Secretary-General wrote.The report noted that although African countries contribute the least to climate change and sea-level rise. Extreme weather phenomena results in a “growing numbers of climate refugees, social disintegration as a result of social and political instability and conflicts over land-based resources, and new health threats that emerge as a result of the changing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods and droughts.” Adopted by African leaders in 2001, NEPAD lays out an agreed vision of social and economic development on the continent.The NEPAD report is on the agenda of the 48th session of the Commission for Social Development, which began last week in New York and continues until Friday. read more

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HydroQuebec mulls foreign targets as it posts 2015 net income of 31

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2016 12:17 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 1:06 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec says it is in talks with the Caisse de depot et placement and other partners about possible acquisitions abroad.The utility’s president, Eric Martel, indicated a few weeks ago Hydro-Quebec had set up a division to look into acquisitions and had a team dedicated to targeting the purchase of foreign-based energy companies.Martel said today he has held discussions with the Caisse de depot and other financial partners. He did not want to elaborate.He was speaking as Hydro-Quebec released its financial results for 2015, a year in which it posted net income of $3.1 billion.It was the second straight year the utility had topped the $3-billion mark.Martel sought to temper expectations for the future, saying the last few years were exceptional and cannot be repeated eternally. Hydro-Quebec mulls foreign targets as it posts 2015 net income of $3.1 billion read more

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Metalurg signs Vardars left back Kukoski

← Previous Story THW Kiel – photo-shooting with new jerseys and new faces… Next Story → Beach Handball WCh 2014: Brazil and Denmark to semis metalurgmilorad kukoskirakometVardar Metalurg is preparing for the next season, and one of the signings for this season is Milorad Kukoski. The left back comes from Vardar, their arch-enemy, and has been playing on loan to Zomimak in the past season. Kukoski and Metalurg agreed to a two-year deal, with Kukoski being delighted to play for a team led by Lino Cervar, believing he can learn a lot at Metalurg. read more

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This gorgeous video shows what Earth looked like throughout 2012

first_imgThough 2013 is well underway, NASA has recently released a rather gorgeous video documenting what our planet looked like throughout 2012. The video wasn’t made with just, for example, a camera mounted on a single satellite that was set to spy on Earth for a year, but takes imagery from a bevy of different instruments NASA has at its disposal.The video is a result of Earth Month 2013, which in turn we assume is the result of Earth Day (landing on April 22 of this year) letting fame get to its head and reigning over the entire month. The imagery covers a wealth of information, from the planet’s density of light shown at night, to storm and snow coverage, to global salinity. Unfortunately, the video isn’t narrated, but is instead accompanied by some mesmerizing beats, so you won’t really know what pretty imagery you’re looking at. Thankfully, though, you can mosey on over to NASA’s Earth Month site and match up the different pages with sections of the above video and all will be revealed. Or, if you’re not too fond of treasure hunts, you can pop on over to this page, where NASA has mercifully listed all of the imagery used in the video, in order.A wide array of satellites captured the footage, including NASA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting satellite. While much of the imagery displayed in the video is shown in true color, some of it includes data visualizations and computer models. This not only looks pretty trippy when animated, but shows what NASA scientists actually study.last_img read more

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Crime stoppers thanks Greek community

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Crime Stoppers Victoria has recognised the role Neos Kosmos plays, as well as other ethnic media, in creating safer through the Crime Stoppers’ multilingual program.More than 100 community members attended a function hosted by Crime Stoppers where they thanked key stakeholders, sponsors, media partners and the Victoria Police in their bid to keep Victoria safe. Crime Stoppers Victoria Chair Samantha Hunter said the event was an opportunity to thank everyone for their ongoing contribution in telling the Crime Stoppers story. ”The success of Crime Stoppers is built on having developed good partnerships and relationships over long periods of time,” she said.last_img read more

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Teen killed 2 injured after car crashes into trees on Florida Turnpike

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A 14-year-old was killed and two other teens were taken to the hospital after, authorities said, the car they were riding in slammed into palm trees off the Florida Turnpike, early Saturday morning.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 17-year-old driver was traveling on the Turnpike Extension southbound at around 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of the car on the exit ramp to Allapattah Road, overcorrected and slid onto wet grass along the shoulder. Officials said the rear side of the vehicle struck a palm tree, causing it to rotate and strike another tree. It then came to a stop against the second tree.Rescuers surrounded the vehicle and extricated the victims from the vehicle.Officials said the front seat passenger did not survive. The driver and another 14-year-old passenger who was in the back seat sustained injuries.Paramedics rushed the driver and surviving passenger to Jackson Memorial Hospital. As of Saturday night, their conditions remain unknown.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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National Poetry Month Saffron By Amir Safi

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share This poem first appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review and is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Seven Steps (excerpt) by Brooklyn Rider from Seven Steps, Follow the Scout (excerpt) by Mark O’Connor from Midnight on the Water and Escape Artist (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the TreesTo learn more about this series, go here. Listen In this sound portrait, we meet poet Amir Safi. He tells us about falling in love with poetry and competing in poetry slams, as well as the story behind his viral Ode to Whataburger. He reads his poem, “Saffron.”Amir Safi grew up in College Station, Texas and is based in Houston. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the founder of Write About Now. His poems have been featured by A plus, Upworthy, HuffPost, Whataburger, Texas Monthly and others. He recently received the 2018 Poetry International Prize.center_img X Christopher DiazAmir Safi SaffronMy mother picks up the pestle and mortar and does to saffron what the clerics have done to her country/ pours in steaming water till the liquid in the bowl becomes the Caspian swallowing the sun/ it smells like a home I have not returned to in 10 years/ saffron/ pound for pound/ the most expensive spice in the world/ worth more in its weight than gold/ if customs found it, they would surely throw it away/ but my grandmother is a high stakes smuggler/ her currency is my mother’s joy/ every time she visits, she brings some in her luggage/ and my grandmother always comes through/ and my mother always becomes a festival of lights/ looks at my father/ reminds him that it is her saffron/ approaches me with the same enthusiasm I had as a boy catching a fish/ holds the small packet between her thumb and her index finger and says/ you cannot find saffron this good in America, Amir/ you cannot find saffron like this anywhere, but Iran/ and this is where I learn the limitations of the American dream/ that you cannot find here what you already have/ and I laugh because if customs found it they would surely throw it away/ and I laugh at how borders can make the most valued feel worthless/ but, thankfully, they were not victorious this time/ nor are they ever/ because my grandmother is a high stakes smuggler/ her currency is my mother’s joy/ and my grandmother always comes through/ and my mother loves to feed her boys/ so my mother does what Iranian mothers do best/ and we eat until the diaspora dissolves/ until it’s time for my brother and I to fight over who does the dishes/ my mother exclaiming to my grandmother/ these boys are American/ they never learned taarof/ I tried to teach them, but they learned all of their manners from their father. 00:00 /08:17last_img read more

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Project Scorpio is an Impressive MidGen Console Upgrade

first_img Michael Pachter Says Don’t Believe Reports About Xbox One X Pre-Or…Microsoft Says Xbox One X is the Fastest-Selling Xbox System Ever Stay on target Revealed during last year’s Xbox E3 event, Microsoft’s Project Scorpio has been on the mind of many gamers for months now. Considering how it was billed as “the most powerful console ever,” it’s understandable why folks were excited. We expected to learn about the system’s specs during this year’s E3. However, thanks to Digital Foundry, we are treated to an early look at Project Scorpio. From what was revealed today, it appears that Microsoft will indeed deliver the most technically superior system yet seen.Digital Foundry’s Rich Leadbetter was invited to Microsoft’s Redmond campus last week to get a first-hand look at the tech behind Project Scorpio. As Leadbetter pointed out, this type of spec reveal is unheard of. This displays the confidence Microsoft has in its upcoming system. It also means that Project Scorpio could be running ahead of schedule.Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. As posted on EuroGamer, Scorpio’s CPU has eight custom x86 cores that are clocked at 2.3GHz. The GPU has 40 customized compute units that are clocked at 1172MHz. This enables the console to hit the six teraflops Microsoft promised last year. There is 12GB of GDDR5 RAM and a memory bandwidth of 326GB/s. It has a 1TB 2.5-inch HDD and an UHD Blu-ray drive. All in all, this makes for a system that is decidedly more powerful than the original Xbox One and even Sony’s current PlayStation 4 Pro.AdChoices广告Breaking it down further, the Scorpio’s CPU is 30 percent faster than that of the Xbox One, with the GPU being 4.6 times more powerful. Games will be able to utilize 8GB of memory, which is higher than the Xbox One’s 5GB of available memory. This added power will help the system run games at 4K resolution.During his time in Redmond, Rich Leadbetter got to see Forza Motorsport 6 running on Scorpio. Originally, Forza 6 ran at 1080p/60fps on the original Xbox One. On Scorpio, it can run at the same frame rate, albeit at 4K resolution. What’s impressive is that only 60-70 percent of the system’s power is being used to achieve these results. Moreover, this was just a straight port of the game. Even without being optimized for the system, it is clear that original Xbox One games will run considerably better on Scorpio.Folks with 4K televisions will get the most out of Project Scorpio, but even users with 1080p TVs will benefit from the system’s horsepower as well. People will be able to choose between performance mode, which will make games run better, or resolution mode, which will “supersample” the 4K image down to 1080p. Supersampling will remove sharp edges from objects and produce better-looking textures. It should also be noted that Xbox 360 backward-compatible games will also benefit from the Scorpio’s extra power. Though to what extent hasn’t been made clear.Unfortunately, we do not yet know Project Scorpio’s retail price, what its official name will be, or its exact release date. It is reasonable to assume that all of this will be revealed during Microsoft’s Xbox E3 event in June. Despite these lingering questions, it is nice to finally get some solid specs for the system. This may not put an end to the rumors, but at least we now know what the console is capable of. It really does seem as if Microsoft will deliver something that Xbox fans can truly be proud of.For more on Project Scorpio, make sure to read Digital Foundry/EuroGamer’s full breakdown.last_img read more

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Daily Mile could boost childrens health

first_imgMotivating school children to take a 15-minute break from class to do physical activity may boost their health and fitness levels, a new study suggests. The study examined the effectiveness of the popular Daily Mile initiative – which involves children taking a 15-minute break from class to do physical activity. The findings, published in the journal BMC Medicine, indicate that The Daily Mile can help combat global problems such as low physical activity, high sedentary behaviour, declining fitness levels and high levels of obesity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our research observed positive changes in children who participated in The Daily Mile intervention, compared to our control school where the scheme was not introduced,” said one of the study authors Colin Moran from the University of Stirling in Britain.Children are encouraged to run, jog or walk around their school grounds during a 15-minute break from class, which is in addition to normal intervals and physical education lessons.The study involved 391 pupils, aged between four and 12. Each child underwent an initial assessment and then a follow-up later in the academic year. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBetween times, one school implemented The Daily Mile, while pupils at the other – known as the control school – followed their usual curriculum.Children wore accelerometers to record their average daily minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity (MVPA) and average daily sedentary behaviour. They also had skinfold measurements taken to check body fat, and were assessed on their performance at a multistage fitness test (known as a bleep test or shuttle run), where they ran between cones 20 metres apart between bleeps.The team witnessed significant improvements in the intervention school, relative to the control school, the researcher said.”We observed a relative increase of 9.1 minutes per day in terms of MPVA and a relative decrease of 18.2 minutes per day in sedentary time,” said study co-author Naomi Brooks from the University of Stirling.last_img read more

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Human rights court orders Costa Rica to legalize in vitro fertilization

first_imgThe San José-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a ruling Thursday night against the government of Costa Rica condemning its ban on in vitro fertilization. The court ordered the country to legalize the practice, which was outlawed in March 2000 by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV.The ruling is obligatory for the country, Communications Minister Francisco Chacón said.In 2001, a group of 18 affected families filed an appeal before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and in September 2010, the commission recommended Costa Rica reverse the Sala IV’s ruling.Costa Rica failed to implement the recommendation, and in October 2011, victims’ families filed a suit in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.The ruling also demands the state indemnify, within one year, all of the18 couples who filed the lawsuit with amounts ranging from $5,000-$20,000.The court found that there was a violation of victims’ rights, as well as psychological damage. The court ordered the state to provide up to four years of free and immediate psychological treatment for victims.“The ruling will be complied with in its entirety, as our country is respectful of international law. We will report on the government’s actions in coming weeks,” Chacón said.Ileana Balmaceda, executive president of Costa Rica’s Social Security System, said in a press release that “the agency is not prepared at this time to assume a situation like this, and therefore, we need time to acquire the appropriate equipment and to train our staff.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban Costa Rica high court admits challenge to IVF decree Costa Rica responds to human rights court on IVF suspension Following legalization, just 1 clinic signed up to offer IVFlast_img read more

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Household Debt Rises but New Mortgages Drag

first_img Americans increased their borrowing in the first quarter, but little of that stemmed from new mortgage lending, according to data released Tuesday by the New York Federal Reserve.The New York Fed recorded an increase of $129 billion in national outstanding household debt in the first three months of the year, bringing the total debt level up to $11.65 trillion. It was the third straight quarterly gain.Leading the increase was a rise in mortgage debt, which was up by $116 billion from the end of 2013, according to the bank. However, with originations dropping to $332 billion—the lowest level since the housing recovery started—there was little to celebrate on that front.Among other issues—including an apparent lack of loan demand and tight credit restrictions—ongoing weakness in new lending can in part be attributed to younger consumers, who are already overburdened with debt and reluctant to take on more. As economists for the New York Fed explain in a blog post for the bank: “One possible reason for the failure of student borrowers’ housing and auto consumption to return to pre-recession levels is the growing burden of student debt. … Despite an 11 percent house price recovery over the course of 2013 and an increase in overall mortgage debt, thirty-year-olds with and without student loans continued to retreat from the housing market.”Incidentally, student loan debt was up $31 billion over the quarter and remains second only to mortgage debt at a total of $1.11 trillion.More encouragingly, delinquency rates improved across most categories compared to the fourth quarter. Among all mortgage debts, the New York Fed recorded a 90+ day delinquency rate of 3.7 percent, down from 3.9 percent a few months earlier. Mortgage Debt New York Fed 2014-05-14 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination May 14, 2014 485 Views center_img Household Debt Rises, but New Mortgages Drag Sharelast_img read more

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