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Yoko Ono Ringo Starr Jeff Bridges Recreate Historic BedIn With John Lennon

first_imgThe John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing (OWC), the premier non-profit 501c3 state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages, has launched the fifth annual Come Together NYC residency.Mayor Bill de Blasio, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff BridgesIn keeping with this year’s theme of “activism,” this year’s event took place on the steps of New York City Hall with a “Bed-In” that featured Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, iconic rock photographer Henry Diltz, Mayor Bill de Blasio and local students.The City Hall event marks the start of a month-long Lennon Bus residency and featured remarks by student activists, a group sing-a-long of Give Peace a Chance and Imagine led by Rockaway Beach rock band Blac Rabbit, and fun creative activities for the many students in attendance from NYC schools the Lennon Bus has visited in recent years.“John would be very proud to know that this project encourages young people everywhere to embrace their creativity and share their ideas for peace. I am so happy to be celebrating its 21st year,” said Yoko Ono.The Lennon Bus streamed the Bed-In so fans around the world could come together with those at City Hall to inspire student activism in honor of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s legendary non-violent protests in support of world peace.About the event Ringo Starr added, “What a great way to have peace, love and music ‘Come Together’ and honor John’s life.”“Wake-up, dream big, and Come Together!” said Jeff Bridges. “Together with Sleep Club, I was so proud to be part of this event. I’m amazed to see what people can get done when they dream big and turn those dreams into reality. John and Yoko dreamed big and the Lennon Bus is a great example of making dreams come true.”Throughout the month, the Lennon Bus will be making stops at schools across the City, working with a new Lennon Bus curriculum titled, “Come Together,” developed in association with ed-tech start-up Nearpod, to engage students in conversation and creative activities around topics including peace, empathy, immigration and activism.“After years of partnering with Lennon Bus in its educational mission with schools across the U.S., OWC is proud to continue to support the expansion of the John Lennon message,” expressed Founder and CEO of OWC, Larry O’Connor.“John Lennon’s genius and commitment to peace is an inspiration to me and billions of people around the globe, and I am so proud to welcome the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Bed-In at City Hall this year,” said Speaker of NYC Council Corey Johnson. “Now more than ever, it is crucially important that we instill creativity and a desire for peace in our youth. It is my hope that people everywhere will give activism a chance, and in so doing keep this city, this country, and the world moving forward towards a peaceful future – a future I’d like to imagine.”The NYC initiative has been produced in association with the Lennon Bus’ Presenting Sponsor, OWC, with the support of Congressman Joe Crowley, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Speaker of the NYC Council Corey Johnson, City Council Members Daniel Dromm, Robert Holden, Francisco Moya, Karen Koslowitz, Paul Vallone, Rory Lancman, Mark Levine, Stephen Levin, Donovan Richards, Jimmy Van Bramer and Barry Grodenchik and State Assembly Members Mike DenDekker and Joe Lentol Partners include Sleep Club, Nearpod, Adobe, Yamaha, the Mayor’s Office, the NYC Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs, the NY State Assembly, Securematics, Sonic Wall and Ruckus Networks.last_img read more

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‘Nation can be saved only if Modi is removed from Delhi’

first_imgCanning, Sonarpur (South 24-parganas): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday that the country could only be saved if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is removed from Delhi.She called Modi “a riot manager” while talking about the Gujarat riots that took place in 2002 and expressed her disappointment in him as a Prime Minister. Banerjee addressed four rallies in Canning, Basanti, Baruipur and Sonarpur on Sunday afternoon. “Modi is a riot manager. After the Gujarat riot that took place in 2002 Atalji had asked him to follow Raj Dharma. He is vindictive and arrogant. It is a tragedy that we have a Prime Minister like him,” she said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkBanerjee said in the past five years, Modi did nothing for the development of the country and created tension among various religious communities. Banerjee further said that the BJP had been using the Central Force to campaign for the party. “I have respect for the Central Force but the jawans are asking people to vote for Modi. What is going on? One of our supporters was injured by Central Force firing,” she said. The Chief Minister said Modi is spreading canard against Bengal every day. “He says in every election rally that I don’t allow Durga Pujas in Bengal. More than one lakh Durga Pujas are organised in Bengal and the number of Saraswati Pujas should be more than one crore. He is repeating the same old lies. He does no homework,” she said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenBanerjee said the BJP has developed hatred for Bengal because this was the first state voices have been raised against Modi government. “During a meeting on July 21, 2018, I had said in 2019 the BJP will be finished and from the dais of the meeting I had said that a meeting would be held on January 19, 2019, which would be attended by leaders of 23 parties. The BJP is scared of Bengal and that is why they are criticising us,” she said. Banerjee said from time immemorial people of different religions are living peacefully in Bengal. “The Hindus take part in Iftar and many Muslims organise Durga puja in Bengal. The Sikhs, Christians, Budhists, and Jains follow their religions without problems. This is our culture and tradition. But, the BJP is trying to destabilise our society by trying to control every one. They can’t decide which God we should worship and what food we should eat. In the name of religion they incite one community against the other,” she said. Banerjee said Modi did not deposit Rs 15 lakh in the bank accounts of people that he had promised at the time of 2014 Lok Sabha election. Ten crore people are jobless and three crore people have lost jobs due to note ban. About 12,000 farmers committed suicide in the past five years. “He does not say a word about the poor development scenario in the country in the past five years and come to Bengal to find faults in the government here. Modi Babu you cannot dream of the projects that have been implemented in the past seven years in Bengal.” Banerjee urged people to vote for party nominees — Pratima Mondol in Joynagar and Mimi Chakraborty in Jadavpur — where elections will be held on May 19.last_img read more

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Brazilian President calls on UN to take role in responding to financial

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told dozens of world leaders gathered for the Assembly’s annual high-level debate, held at UN Headquarters in New York, that they were meeting at a time when long-predicted economic crises have become “today’s harsh reality.”His remarks echoed the comments of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who earlier today at the Assembly urged world leaders to rise to the “challenge of global leadership” to defeat the most pressing problems, including the current financial crisis.“Only decisive action by governments, especially in countries at the heart of the crisis, will be able to control the disorder that has spread through the world’s financial sector, with perverse impacts on the daily lives of millions of people,” Mr. da Silva said.He warned that “a crisis of such magnitude will not be overcome with palliative measures. Mechanisms for both prevention and control are needed to provide total transparency to international finance.“International economic institutions today have neither the authority nor the workable instruments they need to inhibit the anarchy of speculation. We must rebuild them on entirely new foundations.”The Brazilian President cautioned that the crisis was too serious “to be left in the hands of speculators,” adding that all too often their profits were privatized while their losses were socialized.“The global nature of this crisis means that the solutions we adopt must also be global, and decided upon within legitimate, trusted multilateral fora, with no impositions. The United Nations, as the world’s largest multilateral arena, must issue a call for a vigorous response to the weighty threats we all face.”He stressed that the world was facing many other “equally serious matters,” including the food crisis, the spike in energy prices, the deadlock on talks to reform international trade, and the continuing degradation of the environment.The President said Brazil’s own experience illustrated that sugar cane ethanol and biodiesel production can reduce global dependency on fossil fuels and at the same time create jobs, regenerate degraded land and expand food production.“Attempts to tie high food prices to the dissemination of biofuels do not stand up to an objective analysis of reality,” he added, calling for a multilateral approach to solve the food and energy crises. 23 September 2008Governments must demonstrate decisive leadership if they are to overcome the crisis in global financial markets, the President of Brazil told the General Assembly today, calling for the United Nations to take the lead in responding to the threats raised by the current economic strife. read more

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Lanka urged US to drop charges against LTTE supporter

Among them was Suresh, also known as Waterloo Suresh, an engineer and former head of the University of Waterloo Tamil Students Association. U.S. prosecutors alleged he helped launder $13,000 in rebel funds through U.S. bank accounts.He was also accused of working with a Canadian co-conspirator, Ramanan Mylvaganam, to buy night-vision goggles, electronic equipment and submarine design software for the rebels. Mylvaganam pleaded guilty last year.The Sri Lankan civil war ended in 2009 with the defeat of the rebels. Since then, Sri Lanka has been under mounting pressure over the conduct of its forces, who have been accused of killing tens of thousands of civilians during the final stage of the conflict. In 2006, three Canadians of Sri Lankan descent were arrested in New York after trying to buy rifles and missiles from an undercover police informant. They have all since pleaded guilty. Three more suspects were arrested in the Toronto area. The letter, which surfaced at Mr. Suresh’s bail hearing last month, urged the U.S. to drop the charges against Mr. Suresh “in light of his publicly recognized efforts to secure a lasting, peaceful reconciliation for the Tamil people,” wrote Judge Raymond Dearie of the U.S. District Court. However the National Post reported that U.S. prosecutors are proceeding with the case, and the judge ruled the letter was not relevant to the bail proceedings, ordering Suresh to be held in custody for the duration of the trial.The judge also denied bail to a second Canadian, Piratheepan Nadarajah, 36, who faces terrorism charges for his alleged role in a plot to buy $1-million worth of AK-47 assault rifles and surface-to-air missiles for the LTTE. Both men were arrested in Toronto following a joint RCMP-FBI investigation called Project O-Needle. They were extradited to the U.S. in late 2012 after the Supreme Court of Canada rejected their appeals.The U.S. court documents do not explain why Sri Lanka intervened in Suresh’s trial, but several sources said the government had been attempting to use those arrested in the O-Needle investigation to turn Tamil-Canadians against the Tigers.An island off the southern tip of India, Sri Lanka fought a 26-year civil war against the LTTE, who financed their fight for ethnic Tamil independence with millions raised by front organizations in Canada. “Given the history of Sri Lanka’s prolonged and bitter conflict, the request is indeed an extraordinary initiative that evidences Suresh’s legitimate and admirable work to secure a lasting and just resolution of the tragic conflict.” The Sri Lankan government has asked the United States to abandon the prosecution of a Canadian charged with buying equipment and laundering money for the LTTE, Canada’s National Post newspaper reported.The extraordinary request, in a letter sent to the U.S. State Department, concerns Suresh Sriskandarajah, 32, who was extradited to New York in December to stand trial on terrorism charges. read more

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Tobacco tax raises cost of cigarettes in Ontario

The price of cigarettes in Ontario is up a few bucks starting today. The cost is up $4 to just over $100 a carton. The increase that works out to about two cents a cigarettes. This increase was announced last year in the 2018 budget and is part of the province’s three-year plan to curb smoking rates. There will be another $4 increase next year. Tobacco taxes account for roughly 70 per cent of the price of cigarettes.

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Firefighters rescue guests trapped on SeaWorld ride

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Norfolk named Bicycle Friendly Community

Norfolk County has been named a Bicycle Friendly Community by the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.The county was awarded a bronze level community award at the Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto on Monday.Communities that apply for this award are judged in five categories and must show achievements in each one. The categories are engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation and planning.“Each one of our new 2019 Bicycle Friendly Communities has applied to the program in the past and received an honourable mention,” Jamie Stuckless, executive director of Share the Road, said in a media release. “Those communities took the feedback provided by our expert panel of judges, took action on key areas and have now joined the ranks of BFCs in Ontario. Their success is illustrative of the value of the program.”Norfolk has shown achievements through improved area trails, encouraging new businesses to install bike racks for patrons and staff, welcoming bikes on board Ride Norfolk buses, and including “share the road” signage in all planned capital projects.The popular Tour de Norfolk event in the Delhi area draws cyclists from far and wide to the county each year.For more information – including a look at the county’s trail system – visit norfolktourism.ca/cycling. read more

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Burundi Thousands of Rwandan refugees living in precarious conditions – UN

The situation resulted from a decision last week by the Rwandan and Burundian authorities to group all the asylum-seekers at the one site, Songore transit centre, saying the move would make it easier to safeguard them and conduct information campaigns to try to persuade them to return home, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.To that end, the Burundian authorities ordered the destruction of border sites and the closure of another transit centre, leaving the refugees to walk as many as 50 kilometres to Songore.According to UNHCR, eight sheds, providing crowded shelter for 1,000 people, have already been built, but it will need at least another two weeks to build enough shelters and latrines to accommodate all the asylum-seekers. Meanwhile, 2,800 plastic sheets have been distributed to cover the temporary shelters of leaves and branches the refugees have built.About 8,000 Rwandans have so far fled to Burundi, citing fear of the “gacaca” local tribunals looking into the 1994 genocide, but also escaping from intimidation and threats of revenge, UNHCR said. read more

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Calgary Zoo will close South America building

Calgary Zoo will close South America building by News Staff Posted Jul 9, 2013 3:32 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Calgary Zoo has announced the South America building will close because of flood damage.The aging building couldn’t withstand the blow the flood delivered and the 34 animals housed in the exhibit will be moved to other Canadian zoos.This brings the total of animals to be moved to 45 individuals representing 15 species.CEO Clement Lanthier expects it will be bulldozed along with the old Australia building, which has been empty for a couple of years.He said while it will be difficult for the educators and keepers who have bonded with the animals, it will actually be somewhat of a relief because of the building’s challenges.“The ventilation, electrical and mechanical that was always a challenge for my team,” he said. “So it is time to move ahead and to make the difficult decision to demolish this Pavilion and try to build something else in the coming years.”Lanthier said he still expects to partially reopen by July 31st and fully open by December 1st, while the previously stated $60 million in estimated losses remains the same.Lanthier said the 34 animals represented 11 species.“Most of them are parrots, small primates such as spider monkeys, Debrazza monkeys, white-handed gibbons, tamarins and Goeldi’s monkeys,” he said.Other animals include sloths, anteaters, condors, porcupines and macaws.There are several ideas being floated around including a wildlife interpretive centre, but nothing is set in stone. read more

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Two teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after becoming lost for three days

first_img Wednesday 14 Jun 2017, 11:01 PM 28,797 Views Two teenagers rescued from Paris catacombs after becoming lost for three days The Parisian catacombs comprise more than 150 miles of tunnels beneath the French capital. Jun 14th 2017, 11:01 PM Source: Kristine RiskaerTWO TEENAGERS HAVE been rescued from the catacombs beneath Paris after getting lost in the pitch-black tunnels of the underground burial ground for three days.The two, aged 16 and 17, were taken to hospital and were being treated for mild hypothermia after being found by search teams and rescue dogs in the early hours of the morning.“It was thanks to the dogs that we found them,” a spokesman for the Paris fire service told AFP at the end of the four-hour operation.A network of around 250 kilometres (150 miles) of underground tunnels forms a maze beneath Paris, with only a small section open to the public at an official visitors’ site in southern Paris.Entering the other galleries has been against the law since 1955, but daredevil school children, explorers and alternative partygoers are known to access them through secret entrance points.The transfer of human remains from Parisian cemeteries to the tunnels began towards the end of the 18th century for public health reasons, with the bones of approximately six million people found there.The ambient temperature in the dank narrow passageways is about 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit).It was not clear who had raised the alarm about the missing teenagers or why they got lost.The operator of the Catacombs museum, a popular attraction where the queues are sometimes several hours long, stressed that no-one had ever got lost in the two-kilometre (over one mile) of tunnels open to the public.© – AFP, 2017Read: Eleven people killed as gunmen hold hostages at Somali city restaurantRead: ‘Babies dropped from 10th floor windows’ – eyewitnesses describe a night of horror in London Share49 Tweet Email7 29 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3444802 last_img read more

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The Jews of Thessaloniki

first_imgVictoria’s Thessaloniki Association The White Tower, alongside the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, will host a special cocktail reception The Jews of Thessaloniki at the Parliament of Victoria. Speeches will be given in English, by Ms Eyvah T. Dafaranos and Dr Helen Light, herself of Jewish background. Attendance with invitation only. When: Tuesday 16 September at 6pm Where: Queens Hall, Victorian Parliament Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Doctors Paul Koshgerian and Jonathan Shelton on The Smile Again Program

first_imgDoctors Paul Koshgerian and Jonathan Shelton on, The Smile Again Program October 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new program will provide a San Diego resident with an opportunity of a lifetime- to get the smile they’ve always wanted.The Smile Again Program, by Doctor Paul Koshgerian and Doctor Jonathan Shelton, joined us in studio Saturday morning.Apply on the practice’s website (https://www.sandiegooralsurgery.com/smileagain) to receive a free full-arch restoration treatment, now until October 24 (for San Diego-area individuals only).One recipient will be announced at the Recipient Announcement Event, which will take place on November 14 at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego practice. This is a private event.Please visit www.sandiegooralsurgery.com or its Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoOralSurgery/ Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: October 20, 2018last_img read more

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Women with cardiac problems find support and education in WomenHeart

first_imgNot every person suffering a heart attack experiences crushing chest pain. WomenHeart urges women to seek medical care if they experience these other heart attack warning signs:o Discomfort, tightness, uncomfortable pressure, fullness or squeezing in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that comes and goes.o Pressure or pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck, upper back, jaw, or arms.o Dizziness or nausea.o Clammy sweats, heart flutters or paleness.o Unexplained feelings of anxiety, fatigue or weakness — especially with exertion.o Stomach or abdominal pain.o Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing.Even health care providers may dismiss these symptoms, so WomenHeart urges women to insist on an EKG or enzyme blood test to find out if they are having a heart attack.o What: WomenHeart support group.o When: 7 p.m. Thursday (and the third Thursday of every month).o Where: Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, 2211 N.E. 139th St., Third Floor, Conference Room B.o Information: Online at www.WomenHeart.org; or contact B.J. Babcock at 360-887-4694 or bbabcock52@gmail.com.When B.J. Babcock underwent surgery to replace a faulty heart valve, she asked her doctors if there was another woman with a similar problem she could contact.“Both the surgeon and cardiologist said ‘no,’” recalled Babcock, a 58-year-old Ridgefield resident. “I needed companionship from someone who had been through the healing process.”last_img read more

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Boris Johnson We export Nigel Farage to America

first_img Boris Johnson: We export Nigel Farage to America IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:36Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:35?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson spoke at The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The BCC has said that Brexit should be delayed if a trade deal cannot be struck by the end of the two-year negotiation process. It has also called for firms to be allowed freedom to continue recruiting skilled and low-skilled workers from the European Union, even after the UK has broken away from Brussels.center_img Closelast_img read more

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Why death from lightning strike increases

first_img.The news of casualties from lightning in the country in the last week of April panicked many people prompting them to think why this has increased.More than 50 people died from lightning strikes across Bangladesh only in four days till 2 May. In the previous two months, at least 70 others were killed in lightning strikes.However, a researcher claims lightning has not increased in the country although casualties from lightning might have increased since there is more media penetration now.“There is no doubt that casualties from lightning have increased but it is difficult to ascertain, statistically if lightning strikes have been more frequent in the now than before,” said Ashraf Dewan,  a researcher and a senior lecturer at Spatial Sciences department of  Curtin University, Australia.He explained that farmers working in their crop field are more vulnerable to lightning because there is no taller position than the men there. “As there are now few trees, lightning strikes the human first,” he said.“When lightning strikes on two persons, the taller, not the short one, would mostly likely be hit first,” the expert  told Prothom Alo in a telephone interview.It is deforestation which is the major culprit for the high casualties from lightning strikes in the country, according to AMM Amanat Ullah Khan, a retired professor of Dhaka University’s Geography and Environment department.He also attributed the frequent lightning as reported now, to increased amount of warm moisture available in the air in recent times.Towhida Rashid, Dhaka University’s meteorology department chairman, told the BBC Bangla that climate change has some links with increasing lightning strikes in the country.She pointed out that Bangladesh witnessed 0.74 per cent rise in temperature which has some impacts on the increase in lightning.However, Ashraf Dewan rejected such assumption of linking climate change with rise in lightening strikes.Read more : ‘Lightning kills 70 in 2 months’At least 1,800 people were killed in lightning strikes between 2010 and 2017, shows a study by a Bangladesh Agricultural University professor.A 2014 University of Berkeley study predicted that lightning strikes are expected to increase by 12 per cent for every degree Celsius of warming, with a 50 per cent rise in lightning expected by the end of the century.Two ways to prevent death from lightning strikesBoth Amanat Ullah and Ashraf Dewan put emphasis on building awareness in order to prevent deaths from lightning.“We should start a campaign to make people aware about what they should do if there is thunderstorm. One message should be sent to everyone that people must take shelter if there is any lightning,” said Amanat Ullah.He said that sometimes women go outside of their house to collect their livestock or for other tasks, when there is a storm, and become victim of lightning.Amanat thinks that government’s response to make people aware is not adequate and the media too have a role to play for building mass awareness.Dwelling on lack of awareness, Ashraf Dewan observed that most casualties from lightening are in the rural areas.He appreciated the government’s decision to plant palm trees, but said there must be some short-term solutions.“It is possible to reduce casualties from lightning by conducting massive campaign,” he added.Read more : Lightning kills at least 17 in 10 districtslast_img read more

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Malaysias Najib wife banned from leaving the country

first_imgMalaysia’s then-prime minister Najib Razak (L) and his wife Rosmah Mansor wave as they arrive at the nomination centre to hand over election documents in Pekan on April 28. Photo: AFPMalaysia’s scandal-hit former prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were Saturday banned from leaving the country, the immigration chief said, after the shock election loss of Najib’s coalition.“The immigration department has just now blacklisted Najib and Rosmah from leaving the country,” Mustafar Ali, director-general of the immigration department, told AFP.Najib said in a tweet: “I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are not allowed to go abroad. I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family.”The travel ban came as speculation mounted that Najib and Rosmah, a hugely unpopular figure due to her reported love of luxury shopping trips, were about to board a flight to fly to Indonesia.Najib had earlier tweeted he was going to take a “short break”. An angry crowd had descended on an airport near Kuala Lumpur where the couple had been expected to leave from, in a bid to stop them from departing.After his defeat, speculation mounted the pair might flee the country as former strongman premier Mahathir Mohamad, who beat him in the elections, has pledged to probe a massive scandal in which Najib is implicated concerning the theft of billions of dollars of state funds.last_img read more

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New Snakelike Bot to Probe Innards of Fukushima Reactor

first_img How AMC’s ‘The Terror’ Uses American History to Delive…33 Killed in Suspected Arson Attack on Kyoto Animation Studio in Japan It’s been more than six years since earthquakes and tsunamis ravaged the Fukushima reactors in Japan, but they are still causing problems, and containment is limping along. Part of the problem is that so much of the site is critically deadly to human beings. So scientists and roboticists are looking to alternatives.That’s where Toshiba’s new snake-bot comes in. It’s a 42 footer that’s built specifically to navigate the treacherous ruins of the reactor site. The bot is destined for the plant’s Unit 2 containment vessel where, according to the associated press, the extent of the damage is still unknown. Extreme radioactivity makes the area all but impassable, and even many bots and electronics can struggle with the extreme environment.Still, understanding just how bad the damage is will the next step in determining how to approach cleanup. Learning where the melted fuel is, how much of it is still there, and whether the situation is likely to get worse are all top priorities.Even so, the decommissioning process will take decades. Radiation like this is no joke. Fukushima could very well be a problem into the 2050s, and even that work can’t start until the extent of the damage is assessed.A different bot was sent to investigate the plant earlier this year, but it went kaput in short order. The radiation levels there are so extreme that a human being would die in a couple of seconds of exposure. To be clear, the radiation and melted fuel is totally contained and isn’t getting worse, but there’s been a lot of trouble in getting even the bots close enough to the melted fuel to do much of anything. Several parts of the reactor need to be cleaned and repaired so that the bots can examine the space beneath the original holding tank for the fuel — that’s where the super-heated metals that were once in the core likely fell.It’ll be slow-going, though. Even with the new snake-bot, the levels of radiation seen at Fukushima are unreal. Metal can melt, instruments fried, and the sensitive electronics of a camera, for instance, can’t take the punishment. Here’s hoping this second run works.It’s not currently known what strategy the company in charge of clean-up, TEPCO, would do if another round of robots fails. No human, even with the most robust radiation shielding science can bring to bear would be able to survive inside the reactor core. And if bots and electronics don’t work, that doesn’t leave a lot of other options on the table.The fact that the previous mission barely made it a fifth of the way to its target is also a fresh, grim memory. And, what’s worse, is that reactor 2, the one that everyone’s trying to study right now seems to be the most reasonable. Exploring the other two reactors, which also melted down, is going much, much slower. And that’s not even counting TEPCO’s ice wall failure — an extremely expensive plan to try to contain contaminated ground water to the reactor site — or the fact that at the end of this exploratory phase, TEPCO will still need to move and manage hundreds of tons of stupendously radioactive fuel. That’s just… an incredible ask. And progress is slow-going at best.Here’s hoping little Snakey makes it. That’s its name now. I decided. Fite me. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Sunwing expands Victoria service with 3 new Pacific Mexico destinations

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing passengers flying out of Victoria, B.C. will have more options to the sun this winter with new flights to Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Huatulco.Weekly Saturday departures begin Dec. 22, 2018 and run until March 30, 2019 to Puerto Vallarta. Monday flights to Los Cabos start Nov. 5, 2018 and continue through April 22, 2019. And weekly service on Tuesdays to Huatulco runs Nov. 6, 2018 through April 16, 2019.“Enabling our customers to save time and money by departing from their local airport is very important to us and we are delighted to be returning to Victoria again this winter and to be able to increase our vacation options to include three of our most popular destinations for the first time,” said Sunwing’s President of Tour Operations, Andrew Dawson.Resorts include Riu Palace Pacifico  in Puerto Vallarta, with rooms to sleep five or more and numerous included activities such as catamaran sailing and boogie boarding. The top-rated family resort also benefits from a unique location that provides guests seasonal opportunities for whale watching.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemMeanwhile the recently renovated Riu Santa Fe in Los Cabos now features a Splash Water World water park, and boasts views of Los Cabos’ famed Cabo San Lucas Arch from its panoramic infinity pool and oceanview suites. The resort also offers a daily kids’ club, reservation-free dining across a host of specialty restaurants, themed pool parties and evening entertainment and more.In Huatulco, vacationers can opt for the family-friendly Las Brisas Huatulco with private beach areas, four spools and included activities like volleyball and soccer. The resort is also a top choice for snorkellers with its crystal-clear, aquarium-like waters that can be accessed directly from the beach. Share Sunwing expands Victoria service with 3 new Pacific Mexico destinations Posted by Travelweek Group center_img Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing Tuesday, July 17, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Doctors and minister bury the hatchet over miniNHS row

first_imgBy Elias HazouPRIVATE and state doctors on Thursday agreed with Health Minister Giorgos Pamboridis to bury the hatchet and engage in talks aimed at introducing a National Health Scheme (NHS).“We are not opposed to any NHS,” Petros Agathangelou, head of the Medical Association (CyMA) told reporters after meeting with Pamboridis.The association was willing to enter into discussions on the mooted NHS, he added, provided that their ‘red lines’, which they laid out to the minister, are taken into account.Whereas no decision was taken at the meeting for the drafting of final legislation, Agathangelou said, there was common ground that there can be no NHS unless public hospitals become autonomous, providing quality healthcare services.“What we need is the political will and resources, and not cutbacks in the healthcare sector,” he said.The private healthcare sector had a part to play, as it was in the patients’ interest to be able to choose their doctor, health care centre and “whatever else this entails.”Their proposal, said Agathangelou, received a positive response from the health minister.Asked about the recent tussle with the health minister, Agathangelou chose to play this down, noting it was now water under the bridge and that “a channel of communication has been opened.”Pamboridis drew the ire of health professionals when, in an interview with Kathimerini on Sunday, he said there are private doctors who do not want to see the NHS implemented because they benefit hugely from the way the health system operates now.Doctors operate in an uncontrolled environment with minimum competition and make a lot of money, which in many cases goes undeclared. All this would change when the NHS is introduced, the minister said.According to the state broadcaster, during the meeting between CyMA and Pamboridis the issue of doctors not regularly clocking in – another bone of contention – was not discussed.Reports, meanwhile, suggested that a new meeting of all healthcare stakeholders, chaired by President Nicos Anastasiades – who has personally stepped into the NHS controversy – is being planned for next week.Regarding the state doctors’ move to limit the number of patients they examine to 20 a day, a fact-finding report is to be submitted to the PublicHealth Services on Friday, detailing how many patients are being examined and cases of patient congestion.Under the ‘mini-NHS’ recently proposed by Pamboridis, as a springboard to a full-fledged system, initially each state hospital should become financially and administratively autonomous by January 1, 2017.During the second half of 2017, the mini-NHS would be gradually implemented. To fund it, workers would contribute 1 per cent of their salaries through the Social Security Fund; employers and the state would chip in for the rest.The proposal has been opposed by most political parties and all associations of healthcare professionals, who banded together in a joint news conference last week to bash the plan.You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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