a month agoINSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madrid

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane never in doubt at Real Madridby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveZinedine Zidane remains safe at Real Madrid.Despite a poor start to the season, the coach’s position is not under threat.That’s according to French pundit Frederic Hermel, who was speaking on After Foot. Indeed, Hermel says the idea of parting with Zizou has not crossed the mind of Real president Florentino Perez.And rumours of Perez sounding out potential replacements are simply a “fabrication”. last_img read more

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12 days agoWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderbolt

first_imgWATCH: Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum caps off brace with thunderboltby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGini Wijnaldum has scored a thunderbolt in the Netherlands 2-1 win over Belarus on Sunday.
The long-range strike was the Liverpool midfielder’ second goal of the game.The first came from a header from six yards out.Great goal. Georginio Wijnaldum blasts one into the top corner for Netherlands vs Belarus. His second of the game. pic.twitter.com/UAipkAHBI3— James Nalton (@JDNalton) October 13, 2019 About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Canadian banks raise fixed mortgage rates variable rates could soon follow

first_imgSeveral Canadian banks have increased their fixed-rate mortgage rates amid rising yields on the bond market and a strengthening economy, changes economists said could have repercussions for the housing market.As of Friday, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank and CIBC said they had raised rates between 10- and 15-basis-points. The banks tend to move in lockstep when it comes to raising rates.RBC’s posted five-year fixed mortgage rate moved to 5.14 per cent on Thursday, up from 4.99 per cent. The bank’s special offer rate for a five-year fixed mortgage with a 25-year amortization moved to 3.54 per cent from 3.39 per cent.RBC (TSX:RY) said the changes reflect the activity of competitors, costs for funds on the wholesale markets, as well as other costs and market considerations.TD (TSX:TD) raised its five-year fixed rate to 5.14 per cent, the first time it has been above five per cent since February 2014.CIBC raised fixed mortgage rates by between 10 and 15 basis points, effective Friday “in response to market conditions.” Its five-year fixed rate rose by 10 basis points to 4.99 per cent, while the one and two-year fixed rates moved 15 basis points to 3.29 per cent and 3.24 per cent, respectively.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) said it is reviewing its rates and will likely soon make changes. Bank of Montreal (TSX: BMO) did not immediately respond, while National Bank (TSX:NA) said it had not yet determined its plans.If enough banks raise their rates by the same amount it will raise the benchmark rate for stress tests, said Gregory Klump, chief economist of the Canadian Real Estate Association.“That would definitely have a marginal impact on how much mortgage people can qualify.”The changes appear to most immediately affect those whose mortgages are uninsured because they had a down payment of 20 per cent or higher.The stress test for homebuyers who don’t need mortgage insurance requires them to prove they can make payments at a qualifying rate of the greater of two percentage points higher than the contractual mortgage rate or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.Those with insured mortgages must qualify at the Bank of Canada benchmark five-year mortgage rate, which was posted at 4.99 per cent and was last updated Wednesday.Klump said the test and higher mortgage rates would have a dampening effect on markets with more expensive homes.“The impact at margin would be greater in higher priced and active cities like Toronto and Vancouver than it would say in Moncton,” he said in an interview.Yields on the bond market, where the big banks raise money, have been on the rise since late last year as the economic outlook has improved.Many economists are predicting that the Bank of Canada may raise its key interest rate target next week to 1.25 per cent from one per cent, a move that would likely prompt the big banks to raise their prime rates.Increases in the prime rates push up the cost of variable-rate mortgages and other loans such as home equity lines of credit that are tied to the benchmark rate.TD economist Dina Ignjatovic said Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz’s statement that rate decisions will be based on data suggests higher interest rates are coming.“In addition to the stellar jobs report released last Friday, this week’s housing starts data showed that builders broke ground on a solid 217,000 new homes in December,” she wrote in a report, adding that business sentiment was positive in the fourth quarter.“Healthy hiring and investment intentions indicate underlying strength in the economy and less need for emergency level interest rates.”However, Ignjatovic said that additional rate increases won’t necessarily come quickly in 2018 because of high household debt levels, uncertainty over new mortgage measures and risks associated with NAFTA renegotiations.“We expect a gradual pace of tightening over the next two years, of about 25 bps every six months.”Avery Shenfeld of CIBC also expects a 25 basis-point increase on Wednesday despite the U.S. president’s threats of ending NAFTA.“It’s not going to be scared off yet by some Donald Trump bluster,” he wrote Friday.Still, Shenfeld said a breakdown in NAFTA negotiations could prompt Poloz to go slow on further rate increases.last_img read more

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Where is Denny Poole the three year anniversary to his missing date

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – News first broke about the disappearance of Denny Poole on March 15th, 2016 saying the RCMP were seeking help in locating the 15-year-old First Nations youth.It is the three year anniversary marking the disappearance of Poole and during this time there have been no updates as to his where abouts.When Poole went missing he was described as about 5’7 tall and weighing between 120 to 130 lbs. He had short black hair, and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a grey DGK sweater with a red logo. Poole was carrying a black backpack, Osirus shoes, black jeans and a flat-brimmed ball cap. ‘RCMP have said that Denny, along with a friend, were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12. But the teenager never got to his intended destination, nor was he seen getting home.“The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for some 20 hours taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads but appeared they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway,” a press release from RCMP stated.Around 7:30 p.m. that night, Denny and the other teenager split up to head their own ways. At 7:52 p.m., the RCMP’s dispatch received a phone call from the other youth. He reported, what police have called, a ‘suspicious occurrence’ that could have been a hypothermic delusion.During this phone call, an unknown man travelling between the two cities stopped to check on Denny’s friend and spoke with an RCMP dispatcher on the phone. “The individual spoke with what sounded like a heavy South Asian accent,” the press release from March 22 read. “Police have not been able to identify this individual.”Staff Sgt. Marcel Guilbault with the Dawson Creek RCMP said, since Denny was on foot and appeared to have been wandering in the area for some time, they are asking everyone in the area where he was last seen to check their property and outbuildings in case Denny took refuge in one of these structures.Police have since attempted to establish a timeline about 24 hours prior to his disappearance and appealed to the public for help. They have asked anyone who was driving along the Alaska Highway, or the side roads, near the Kiskatinaw Bridge and saw someone fitting Denny’s description to contact them.’center_img March 15th, 2016 the RCMP reach out to media for key witnesses such as drivers who were travelling between Dawson Creek and Fort St. John who may have seen two youths on the highway or side roads and fit Poole’s description.According to RCMP, Poole was last seen on March 12 around the south side of the Kiskatinaw River Bridge, between Taylor and Dawson Creek. Since he was last seen, he had made no contact with his family, which was considered out of character for him.April 1st, 2016 it had been three weeks since Poole had been last seen on highway 97.The RCMP says the 15-year-old and a friend were attempting to walk from Dawson Creek to Fort St. John on March 12, but Denny never arrived at his intended destination, nor did he return home. He was last seen at 7:30 that night.The two teens wandered the highway and backroads for about 20 hours, taking what they thought to be short cuts of the back roads, but the police say it appears they kept getting turned around and did not make much headway.April 12th, 2016 it had been one month since Poole had been seen last.last_img read more

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BCCOS charges individual for feeding bears along Alaska Highway

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The person who posted a photo on social media of themselves feeding bears along the Alaska Highway, on August 22, has been charged.The B.C. Conservation Officer Service charged the individual for unlawfully feeding bears.The individual pled guilty in Provincial Court and was fined $2,000. On top of the fine, the Court ordered that they stay away from bears at a distance of 50 metres for a period of six months.Earlier this summer, a bear had to be euthanized at the Liard Hot Springs after making contact with humans.Conservation Officers are reminding the public not to encourage interactions with bears as this can be dangerous for both parties.More bear safety tips can be found at bearsmart.com.last_img read more

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Mayor Ackerman shares her role at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)

first_imgOn the panel will be Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, Mayor Josie Osborne of Tofino, Caitlyn Vernon with the Sierra Club and Blair King, achemistinlangley.net as well as Ackerman.Ackerman expresses she sees the topic of climate change as an ‘often-polarizing issue’ and that she feels it is imperative to respond appropriately to this ‘multidimensional problem’ as the topic is at the forefront of the collective global conversation.In her post, Ackerman goes on to share her perspective of the divide that has been taking place with lawsuits being filed by local governments, suing energy companies to pay for the costs of climate change.“These lawsuits are the embodiment of a divisive approach that pits energy companies against municipalities and hardens age-old divides: rural versus urban, province versus province, right versus left,” a direct quote from FB post.Ackerman expresses ‘collaboration must be at the centre of climate change strategy change’, to bridge the divide.“Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria has taken critical steps to do just that earlier this year when she revoked her support for litigation and began to explore alternative options to prepare her community to deal with the costs of climate change. Mayor Helps and I often represent the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to the divides I mentioned earlier – yet we both agree on the fundamentals,” posted Ackerman. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the upcoming annual Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention, Mayor Lori Ackerman shares on her FB page her participation during the Convention.The UBCM gives local municipal government leaders from across BC the opportunity to speak on issues that affect British Columbians.Mayor Ackerman shares, that during her attendance to the convention she will be sitting on a panel talking about climate change, and how communities will deal with its associated impacts. The panel discussion, we will delve into respective communities’ varying perspectives, shares Ackerman, to chart a consensus-oriented strategy to municipal action on climate resilience.The Mayor goes further to share, the oil and gas industry is a major job creator for Fort St. John, and it also provides modern energy to the greater Province. The Canadian energy sector is one of the cleanest in the world, and it is constantly developing new technology to improve operational efficiency and leave a lighter footprint. This innovative culture should be encouraged and is critical in finding solutions to climate change.“Vilifying an industry will not drive progress, and such a lawsuit would be neither time nor cost-effective. Government and industry must partner and work together to identify ways to address climate change. To achieve the best adaptation outcomes, we should engage in seeking solutions and the energy industry should be involved,” posted Ackerman.To read the entire post; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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11 dead as SUV falls into gorge in J-K’s Ramban

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Eleven people, including four women and five children, were killed and four others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said. He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital, the official said, adding that three more critically injured persons, including driver of the vehicle, are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar national highway through a link road which is reportedly damaged at various places. The allowed capacity for SUV operating in the hilly roads is only seven passengers and the driver of the vehicle has violated the directive, the official said. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat He identified some of the deceased as Romal Din (61), Mohammad Mubeen (23), Rubeena Begum (30), Urmilla Devi (32), Babli Devi (37), 13-year-old Imano Bano, nine-year-old Arjun, two-year-old Pari, and a three-month-old baby. Another child who was being airlifted to Government Medical College hospital Jammu succumbed at the helipad, the official said, adding the identity of the child and a woman is being ascertained. In separate cases, a cyclist was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Poonch district, while nine passengers were injured in a collision between two buses along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district on Saturday. The cyclist, Prakash (48), a daily wager in Municipal Committee Poonch, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jhalas when he was on way to work Saturday morning, resulting in his on-the-spot death, officials said. They said a bus and a mini-bus collided near Thandi Khui in Vijaypur along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district around 9.30 am, resulting in injuries to nine passengers. Three of the critically injured were rushed to Government Medical College hospital Jammu for specialised treatment, the officials said.last_img read more

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Womens lacrosse falls to Penn State in seasonending loss

The Buckeyes played host to the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium this week, as they lost to Penn State 14-12 in the quarterfinal round.The Nittany Lions (10-7) wasted no time, putting their first goal in the net within the first 40 seconds. The two teams then exchanged goals before PSU went on to score seven of the next nine goals, forcing the Buckeyes to call a time-out to regroup.“We dug ourselves a hole. We waited too long to come back,” said Kelly Haggerty, a three-year letter winner who ended the game with two goals and three assists. “We knew how much we wanted it and we remind ourselves how much we wanted to win this game. We just try to pump ourselves up because we know we can do it, we know we have it in us.”OSU put in two goals before the half, heading into the locker room down 10-6.Both committed several turnovers in the first half, with OSU recording six and PSU recording five.The Buckeyes fired back at the start of the second period, bringing the score back 8-10. PSU followed up with four straight goals to give the Nittany Lions a solid six-goal cushion late in the second.OSU, who came back from behind just once this season, was unable to catch up with PSU despite a four-goal scoring run to end the game.“I always ask the girls to play their heart out and I’ve questioned that in a couple close games, but this one today they played as hard as they could until the bitter end,” coach Sue Stimmel said. “It’s just unfortunate when you don’t win in those situations.”Sophomore Alayna Markwordt led the Buckeyes with three goals and junior Jayme Beard recorded a game-high four assists in the loss.Members of the team and coaching staff wore orange armbands with the initials “Y.L.” on them in honor of Yeardley Love, the Virginia women’s lacrosse player who was killed on Monday.A moment of silence was held prior to the awards ceremony Saturday on her behalf.This marks the end of the season for the lacrosse girls, who got to play their last game on home turf.“It was awesome. I’m sad it’s over, but there’s no other place to play like this,” Haggerty said. “A lot of people don’t get to experience what we experience. It’s just really heartfelt, and there’s nothing like team camaraderie.” read more

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Ohio States Eli Apple making a turnaround as a redshirtfreshman

Redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple (13) waits for the ball to be snapped during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorAfter sending a first-round draft pick in Bradley Roby to the NFL, the Ohio State Buckeyes had a void to fill at cornerback.Enter Eli Apple.The redshirt-freshman cornerback has stepped into a starting role for the Buckeyes and has helped the OSU defense to the 18th best pass defense in the country.OSU coach Urban Meyer said he was pleased to see Apple’s success after a less-than-successful 2013 redshirt year for the New Jersey native.“Eli Apple is a guy that I’d like to think is a product of the way we do our business,” Meyer said Monday. “In the weight room, in the classroom … he was not what we wanted when we signed him.”Apple agreed with his coach, adding that he was challenged more than just physically in his first year as a Buckeye.“Mentally and physically, I wasn’t ready at all as far as tackling,” Apple said Monday. “As far as getting in the weight room, I wasn’t really strong enough to really play out there, I was getting tossed around a little bit.”Meyer said the physical struggles weren’t the only thing holding Apple back.“He was lazy in the classroom, lazy about his business (but he has) got a great family, they really supported us in our disciplining of him, and he’s doing great in school and great on the field,” Meyer said. “And I grabbed him yesterday and I said, ‘This is what we recruited.’ He’s playing pretty well.”Apple said he’s worked on getting his grades up, and added that he believes it is showing on the field.“I feel like it all goes hand-in-hand,” he said. “When you are doing good in school, you are doing good in football. It all correlates.”Apple has started all but one game this season, but it was in the game he didn’t start that he made arguably his biggest impact.After fellow redshirt-freshman cornerback Gareon Conley gave up a 44-yard completion and a subsequent touchdown on Michigan State’s opening drive Nov. 8, Apple was called upon to come into the game and perform, which co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash said Apple did admirably.“He did not practice at all (that) week. Did not take one rep at practice. And leading up to the game, even on Saturday morning, we weren’t sure if Eli was going to be able to play or not,” Ash said on Nov. 10. “But throughout the course of the game, from when he went in to that point, he made some plays, both in the run game and in the pass game. I mean he showed some grit, some determination, some guts, some toughness that honestly we didn’t know Eli had.”Apple tied for the team lead for pass breakups against the Spartans with two, and added a tackle for loss from the corner spot.Apple said his improvements this season are because he’s learned from the veterans in front of him.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like Roby, watching guys like (senior cornerback) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Grant, who Meyer said Monday he would nominate for an all-Big Ten honor, said before the Michigan State game that Apple was already showing signs of improvement.“(He is) getting better and growing every day,” Grant said Oct. 22. “You just see him growing and taking coaching and just getting better as a player everyday and that’s good.”Apple said playing opposite of Grant has been one of the most important keys to his personal progress.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”Apple and the Buckeyes are now preparing for the Indiana Hoosiers as the two teams are scheduled to kick off at noon on Saturday from Ohio Stadium. read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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Loyalty Shown the Door

first_imgThat e-mail, or apparently not showing remorse for writing it, landed him a pink slip. In a memo to staffers Tuesday, posted by Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC, Mills wrote that Nutting had left the company “effective today.”That same day, Nutting told Politico’s Michael Calderone, who has covered the acquisition and subsequent merger extensively, that he was fired for “insubordination.” “I guess I was given one last chance to say I was sorry, that I’d done something impulsive, and I apologize,” he told Calderone, indicating that he refused to apologize. “I didn’t feel like I could turn my back on the people I worked with,” he said.It’s a tough time in magazine publishing right now, and I’m sure there are A LOT of people in the industry who aren’t, and won’t, speak up about management missteps for fear of losing their jobs. Don’t get me wrong, though—I’m not saying that the CQ-Roll Call Group layoffs were necessarily the result of mismanagement.What I am saying is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a passionate editor stand up for what he/she believes—even with their job on the line. And I hope it isn’t the last. Brian Nutting showed his loyalty to the wrong group of people—or at least that’s what his bosses thought.Following the round of 44 layoffs at the CQ-Roll Call Group—associated with parent company the Economist Group’s merger of recently-acquired Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call—the 27-year CQ editor sent an e-mail to CQ-Roll Call Group executive vice president and managing director Laurie Battaglia, editorial director Mike Mills and the entire newsroom, demanding an explanation from top brass in regard to the cuts. “We were told that the people in the company were highly valued,” Nutting wrote. “And now this.” last_img read more

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How to see the Eta Aquarid meteor shower sizzle in the sky

first_img 0 Share your voice Sky Space Post a comment Tags Sci-Tech An Eta Aquarid meteor seen over Georgia in 2012. NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke Conditions are great this week for one of the best meteor showers in the first half of the year. The Eta Aquarids are officially at their most active around May 7, but this shower doesn’t have a particularly sharp peak, meaning the next few nights are all good opportunities to catch the show.  A patient backyard spotter with cloudless skies and minimal light pollution might spy 25 to 30 shooting stars, with the chances getting better as you move south.  According to the American Meteor Society, the further south your observing location on the globe, the longer your viewing window, but the meteors will also appear lower in the sky.  All this means Australians will have some of the best viewing conditions. These “shooting stars” are actually particles of Halley’s Comet, which was last seen in 1986, but the bits of space dust burning up this week come from an earlier, closer pass of the comet centuries ago. They’re known for moving particularly fast, at 42 miles per second (66.9km/sec), which makes for long trains but few bright fireballs.  Halley’s Comet also produced the debris cloud that gives us the Orionid meteor shower each October. Regardless of where you are, the Eta Aquarids can be a bit more inconvenient to see than other showers unless you’re a very early riser. The show really starts getting going after 2 to 3 a.m. local time and will last about an hour and a half for people around 50 degrees north latitude, which includes places where lots of Canadians, British and French people live. As you move south, the viewing window gets longer, with Australians being treated to a four-hour show.  eta-aquariidsThe meteors will appear to originate from near the constellation Aquarius. American Meteor Society You can just lay back and relax in the early morning hours with a wide view of the sky and have a good chance of seeing some of the meteors, or to maximize your odds of spotting them you can orient yourself to look towards the east and the “water jar” in the constellation Aquarius. This is a good year for the eta Aquarids because the moon will not be out to muck up your viewing. But you’ll still want to get as far away from city lights and other light pollution to have the best viewing experience. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates and you’re a (very early) morning person. Happy skywatching! last_img read more

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Antigroping hand stamp sells out within first hour of release in Japan

first_img More on harassment Share your voice Comments Shachihata A Japanese company is out with a portable UV stamp that lets victims of harassment leave an identifying mark on anyone who tries to assail them. “This is a stamp intended to deter nuisance,” reads a translated product page from Shachihata, a maker of pre-inked rubber stamps and stamp pads.Though the company doesn’t mention groping specifically, uninvited touches from chikan (gropers) are a widely known problem for women on packed rush-hour trains in Japan. Two decades ago, the country introduced female-only cars, and some lines have installed cameras as a deterrent. More recently, an app called DigiPolice came out, allowing victims to broadcast a loud “Stop it!” or pull up a full-screen SOS message they can show to fellow passengers. Shachihata’s new “anti-nuisance stamp” imprints a 9-millimeter image of an open hand in special ink that’s only visible under fluorescent light. The stamp comes in a little yellow case (signaling warning, the maker says) and has a reel cord so it can be attached to a bag or pocket. The product costs ¥2,700 (about $25, £21, AU $38), but a limited run sold out within the first hour. Tags 3 A Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department report from 2017 recorded 1,750 cases of groping or molestation, 30 percent of which occurred during the peak rush hour times of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. But as prevalent as groping is in Japan, the potential for misuse of a gadget like this is clear. What’s to stop someone from stamping someone to get revenge after being jilted? Or tagging someone who’s simply being annoying by talking on the phone too loudly? The ink can be washed off and the product is mainly meant as a deterrent, company spokesman Hirofumi Mukai told the Japan Times. The era of #MeToo has brought other products aimed at discouraging groping and calling attention to the general issue of harassment. The sensor-laden Dress For Respect, for example, measures how many times the wearer was groped and transfers that information via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time.Originally published Aug. 28, 1:44 p.m PT.  Dress measures how much wearer was groped Shocker! VR has a harassment problem too Culturelast_img read more

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Action to be taken for violation of electoral code of conduct

first_imgMonirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) wing of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). File photoAction will be taken against those involved in violating the electoral code of conduct and criminal offences, said Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) wing of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), reports UNB.The CTTC unit chief came up with the remark while talking at a programme organized by ‘debate for democracy’ held at CIRDAP auditorium as the chief guest.”We promise that we will take action if criminal offence is committed,” said Monirul.Mentioning that there is no specific militant threat to foil the election and militant attack ahead of the election, he urged all to remain cautious.‘Debate for democracy’ chairman Hassan Ahmed Chowdhury presented keynote paper at programme.last_img read more

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Researchers observe inwardly rotating spirals in a nonoscillatory medium

first_img Credit: H. N. Yoshikawa “At a sufficiently high flow-rate, liquid curtains appear, move like waves and, end up coiling around some center point and forming rotating spiral arms,” Mathis explained. “We measured the frequency of rotation of each arm and of the whole pattern and the length of arms. The key observation is the spontaneous formation of spirals through breaking the rotational symmetry of the system.” © 2019 Science X Network Sac with spiral surface patterns facilitate substance delivery Citation: Researchers observe inwardly rotating spirals in a nonoscillatory medium (2019, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-inwardly-rotating-spirals-nonoscillatory-medium.html Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters A team of researchers at Université Côte d’Azur and Hokkaido University have recently carried out a study exploring the spontaneous formation of spiral patterns observed on the downward-facing free surface of a horizontal liquid film. The surface examined by them entails Rayleigh-Taylor instability, which destabilizes the interface between two fluids of different densities when the heavier fluid is pushing down the lighter one. More information: Harunori N. Yoshikawa et al. Inwardly Rotating Spirals in a Nonoscillatory Medium, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.014502 The researchers observed that the liquid discharge resulting from this instability can occur in the form of propagating liquid curtains, which are generated at the film’s circular periphery and appear as inwardly rotating spiral arms. Using a phenomenologically constructed cellular automaton, they demonstrated that these patterns arise from the phase locking, which leads to an intermittent discharge of liquid at a constant flow rate over the entire film surface. “About 15 years ago, Dr. Laurent Limat and his colleagues studied spatio-temporal dynamics of liquid columns moving freely along the edge of a circular dish,” Christian Mathis, one of the researchers who carried out the present study, told Phys.org. “Inspired by their work, we began the study of a bi-dimensional assembly of liquid columns, hoping to describe all the secondary instabilities related to losses of symmetry. We just found one such instability, but we discovered that we were in front of a rather simple system showing extremely rich behavior.”In their study, Mathis and his colleagues observed that increasing the flow rate gave rise to a series of complex patterns, including a regular hexagonal lattice of drops, a regular hexagonal lattice of columns, spatio-temporally intermittent behavior of columns and, finally, liquid curtains forming spiral waves. The apparatus they used is fairly simple, consisting primarily of a semi-closed cylindrical vessel, with silicone oil continuously pouring into it through an inlet at the top and a fine mesh grid at the bottom. The vessel contains a constant amount of oil, determined by the equilibrium of a negative pressure in the vessel and the weight of the oil. Excessive liquid in the vessel leaks through the grid and forms a liquid film underneath it. This film destabilizes in different ways, depending on the oil flow-rate and viscosity. Inside this apparatus, everything is made of transparent PMMA, as this enables easy observation and precise video measurements with adapted lightning. Spiral patterns can be found in many systems, both in lab experiments and in nature. Most of these spirals patterns rotate, with the spiral arms trailing the direction of this rotation. Patterns that rotate in the opposite direction are quite rare and are referred to as antispirals. “We have shown that antispiral patterns can be produced in a simple liquid system, for which we know all the governing equations,” Harunori Yoshikawa, another researcher who carried out the study, told Phys.org. “Deep investigation of this ‘well-known’ system would provide insights into rare occurrences of antispiral patterns.”The experiment carried out by Yoshikawa, Mathis and their colleagues could pave the way for further studies exploring the manifestation of antispiral patterns. In addition, their study could provide a benchmark for theories of pattern formation. “We are now focusing on theoretical modeling, seeking an appropriate model equation and the ranges of involved parameters,” Yoshikawa said. “We hope that we will theoretically reveal the essential features of these pattern formation processes.”The researchers are also currently exploring other patterns observed in their system, as the inwardly rotating spirals were merely one of their observations. For instance, the dripping regime and some of the peculiar behavior of the liquid columns are yet to be extensively investigated. In the study carried out by Mathis, Yoshikawa and their colleagues, the dynamic of the spirals appeared to be related to the characteristics of the liquid film itself, a finding that they are also looking to explore further. Credit: H. N. Yoshikawa This document is subject to copyright. 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Infant killed by her father at South Port

first_imgKolkata: A three and a half month old girl was allegedly killed by her own father at Coal Berth Road in South Port area. The accused, identified as Md Raju, has been arrested.According to sources, Raju was married to a woman six years ago. After a few years his wife gave birth to a girl child and died due to some illness three years later. Following his wife’s death, Raju married another woman identified as Afsari Begum. After marrying her, he reportedly said that he wants her to give birth to a boy, as he did not want another girl child. The issue led to altercations on several occasions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApproximately three and a half months ago, Begum gave birth to a girl child, after which Raju got angry and started torturing her. Raju even told her that he hated their newborn girl. Sensing danger, Begum used to keep the baby girl with her always. On Wednesday morning, Raju started beating Begum over the same issue and all of a sudden, he picked up the baby from her bed and threw her on the same place where she was sleeping. Despite Begum trying to protect her baby, Raju pushed her aside and kept on throwing the three and a half month old baby. He even broke all her limbs and left the baby on the bed. Hearing her scream, Raju’s mother Anwara Begum ran to her and saw the baby. Immediately, both Anwara and Afsari rushed the baby to SSKM Hospital, where the girl was declared brought dead. In the evening, Afsari lodged a complaint at South Port police station against Raju. Later, police went to his house and arrested him.last_img read more

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Provide free quality education to all children VIT Chancellor

first_imgVIT Chancellor Dr G Viswanathan on April 6 urged Government to provide free quality education to all children in the country.Delivering the presidential address at the University Day and Annual Sports Day function held at VIT, Vellore on April 6, Viswanathan said that 40 countries in the world offer free higher education to students, of which countries like Norway, Sweden, Germany, France,etc, provide free education to foreign students too. “It may not be possible to provide free education to foreign students, but we must be able to give free education to our own children. We have suggested that if it is not possible immediately let us begin with free education to girls now, later on we can expand with others also,” he said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Chancellor also said that Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), in which he is the President, has made a request to the Government that the age limit of 14 years for free and compulsory education should be increased to 18 years so that it would cover upto class 12 and also those who send their children to private school should be given financial help. Pointing out that any welfare state should spend enough money on social infrastructure, mainly on education and health as education improves not only family but also society and the country, the Chancellor said that Central Government should spend atleast 6 percent of the GDP on education, but only four percent of GDP is now spent for education. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveComparing India and the United States of America on the expenditure spent per student in the education sector, he said that per student expenditure on schools in US was $ 12,000 whereas it was $1,100 in India. Speaking about VIT, Dr Viswanathan also said that VIT has provided scholarships of Rs 16.07 crore to students through various scholarships this year. “We are the first university to contribute Rs one crore to Kerala cyclone relief fund with the contribution of one day salary of teaching and non-teaching staff. With the help of contribution from teaching and non-teaching staff and the management we have contributed Rs 1.25 crore to the Tamilnadu government cyclone relief fund,” he said. Noting that Six IITs in the country had been the model for the government sector in higher education, he said that he wants VIT to be a model to private sector of this country, in which more than 75 percent of children study higher education. Chief Guest of the function, Justice T Raja, Judge, Madras High Court, Chennai, in his address appreciated VIT management for providing conducive atmosphere with excellent infrastructure for students to get good quality education. “After visiting this university and looking at its infrastructure it gives immense pleasure that I visited one of the top leading University in the world.” He urged students to come up with new technology and newer steps to help society and younger generation. Guest of Honour, Dr E Natarajan, Professor and Director, Institute of Energy Studies, Anna University, Chennai, also an alumnus of VIT, said that education empowers an human being and VIT had been empowering lot of students through its high quality education. Dr Sekar Viswanathan, Vice- President, VIT in his felicitation said that students learn a lot outside the classroom at VIT and it has been an active campus for students in the country. As many as 2,142 students received scholarships worth Rs 90 lakhs during the function. Dr Sandhya Pentareddy, Executive Director, Dr Anand A Samuel, Vice Chancellor, Dr S Narayanan, Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr K Sathiyanarayanan, Registrar, VIT also took part in the function. Sanjay V received the Chancellor’s gold medal and best outgoing student award, Amala Kaviya V S bagged the Chancellor’s special award during the function.last_img read more

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Santas sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday video

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — No one is immune to travel delays, not even Santa.In Hertz’s new holiday video, Santa finds himself in a bit of a jam when his “red-nose” flight from Greenland is delayed due to snow. Finally arriving late at night at the airport, he approaches the Hertz rental car desk to request an upgrade because the Compact car he had previously booked would, in no way, fit all his bags of toys.Leaning over the counter, tired and jet-lagged, Santa looks dejected and not at all hopeful. But Sabrina, the customer service agent, essentially saves Christmas, giving Santa an “upgrade” so that he can deliver toys on time.The upgrade turns out to be a tricked-out sleigh complete with heated seats and “1500 reindeer under the hood”.Let’s hope Santa returns the rental in pristine condition because we’d love to take it out for a spin ourselves! Share Santa’s sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday videocenter_img Posted by Tags: Hertz, LOL, Video Friday, December 22, 2017 last_img read more

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August 3 2016Congratulations to the June 26 2016

first_imgAugust 3, 2016Congratulations to the June 26. 2016 workshop participants upon their graduation:from left:Akiko Iwata from Japan,Duncan Routh,Victor dos Santos from Brazil stays on for a planning internship,Raymond Schwartz stays on for a AIS (Arcosanti Information Systems) / website internship,Gregory Cooke stays on as a volunteer in construction.[photo & text by Sue Kircsh]last_img

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Disabled peoples organisations DPOs are to cons

first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

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