A Travel Day to Miami – Episode 87

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Why I love yoga

first_imgPeople ask me often how I took up yoga as a practice and then as a career. Well, the story goes like this: when I was in school I was not at all oriented academically and never chased grades. However, physical education and sports played a major role for me in school. In fact, I became the sports captain and the only thing on my mind at the time was sports.After I graduated and it was time for me to choose a career I was not sure what I could do with my passion for sports. In any case, physical education was not a very sought after career choice then. Fitness experts were few and far between and it did not occur to me to think of it. So I ended up studying interior design, which was considered a safer option by far. I did quite a few projects, but you know what, deep down I was not happy. I felt a certain emptiness and that’s when I thought of going back to doing what I enjoyed the most and turn my gift into my profession. But I was not sure how to go about it, the road to travel was not entirely clear yet.Then in 2003 I randomly decided to take up yoga. I thought I would do it for six months as a trial and if I didn’t like it I would know I gave it my best shot. To my surprise, I was totally hooked from the start and there was no question of stopping. After this I went to New Zealand and taught yoga there for two months. I’ve never looked back since. I knew it was the start of a new beginning for me-towards becoming a physical trainer and living my dream! It felt like I was a child all over again, doing what I loved doing the most and helping others in my limited way.advertisementWhat yoga gave meThe mind and body I cherish. It has been over seven years now. Yoga has brought about a dramatic change in my attitude and, of course, physically too. I feel I am born with a completely flexible body and doing yoga helps me keep it that way. It not only works physically but helps me mentally by touching my soul. Today I feel complete wellness within myself.It helps in weight loss. Most people come to me seeking weight loss regimes and end up not only with the exercise but also spiritual cleansing that is so integral to yoga! Many people still think yoga doesn’t help you lose weight but that’s wrong. Many yoga postures achieve what most other forms of exercise can’t. I know this as I have seen yoga’s positive effects on my clients. The best thing about yoga is that it helps you tone your muscles and also makes sure you don’t gain excess weight even if you are sometimes irregular in your practice.It puts me in touch with myself. All my clients and others who have done my classes have come upon form of self realisation in the course of practising yoga. Yoga is a way of living healthy and you need to be patient to reap the benefits. It might take a few years of rigorous practice to achieve significant results. Once you do, you can tell the difference. Let me say this once again: yoga revives you not just externally but internally too! This month onwards we shall start this journey of revival in this column. Come join me in it!Payal Gidwani Tiwari is Bollywood’s most celebrated yoga expert. She is also the author of the bestselling book From XL to XS: A Fitness Guru’s Guide to Changing Your Body from Random House India. Visit her website: www.cosmicfusion.in or call 022 26488055last_img read more

London 2012: An essential guide to London Olympics

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Bianchi Dies From F1 Injuries

first_imgFormula One driver Jules Bianchi died early July 18 in a French hospital from head injuries sustained in a crash at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix.He was 25.The Bianchi family issued a statement which was posted on his official Twitter feed and later confirmed by the Manor F1 team.Bianchi had been in a coma since the Oct. 5 accident, in which he collided at high speed with a mobile crane which was being used to pick up another crashed car.The family statement said “Jules fought right to the very end, as he always did, but today his battle came to an end. The pain we feel is immense and indescribable.”Bianchi competed in 34 races over the 2013 and 2014 seasons, scoring the first ever championship points for Manor — then known as Marussia — by finishing ninth at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.The Manor team tweeted: “We are devastated to lose Jules after such a hard-fought battle. It was a privilege to have him race for our team.”Bianchi is the first driver to die of injuries sustained in an F1 race since three-time world champion Ayrton Senna was killed at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.Bianchi died at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire in his hometown of Nice, where he had been since his emergency treatment in Japan in the days after the accident.“We wish to thank the medical staff at Nice’s CHU who looked after him with love and dedication,” the family statement said.“We also thank the staff of the General Medical Center in the Mie Prefecture (Japan) who looked after Jules immediately after the accident, as well as all the other doctors who have been involved with his care over the past months.“Furthermore, we thank Jules’ colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over these past months, which gave us great strength and helped us deal with such difficult times.”Bianchi’s accident occurred at the end of the race at the Suzuka circuit. In rainy, gloomy conditions, Bianchi’s car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed out at the same spot one lap earlier.The section of the track where the accident occurred was subject to double yellow caution flags from race marshalls, due to Sutil’s crash, but they failed to prevent a second accident.A working group of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, investigated the accident and found that as Bianchi went off track into the run-off area, he “applied both throttle and brake together, using both feet” and thus over-riding the failsafe mechanism. His front wheels had also locked.It also said that Bianchi “did not slow sufficiently to avoid losing control.”The findings of the working group prompted F1 to alter its rules, allowing a ‘virtual safety car’ in which stewards can neutralize a race, forcing all cars to proceed slowly into the pit lane rather than continuing to lap the circuit.The start times of some races were also moved forward to prevent them continuing in dim light conditions.“Words cannot describe the enormous sadness within our team this morning, as we come to terms with losing Jules,” said John Booth, team principal of the Manor Marussia team.“He has left an indelible mark on all our lives, and will forever be part of everything we have achieved, and everything we will strive for going forward.”Current F1 drivers, many in the French motor racing world, and fans immediately began posting tributes and sympathy on social media.British driver Max Chilton, who was Bianchi’s teammate at Marussia, tweeted: “No words can describe what his family and the sport have lost. All I can say (is) it was a pleasure knowing and racing you.”Fellow French driver Romain Grosjean of the Lotus team said: “Yesterday we lost one of the best guys and best drivers I’ve ever met. I’ll miss you so much my friend.”Bianchi’s family had already lost a member in a crash. In 1969, Bianchi’s great-uncle, Lucien Bianchi, died in an accident during testing at the Le Mans race track when he crashed his Alfa Romeo into a post, a year after winning the prestigious endurance race.The family statement was issued by his parents Philippe and Christine, his brother Tom and sister Melanie.His death came only days after Philippe Bianchi had said his son would not have wanted to go on living if he was severely disabled.“If he had a severe handicap, we are convinced that is not what Jules would want,” Philippe Bianchi told France Info radio.“We talked about it. He discussed with us that if one day he had an accident like that of Michael Schumacher, that even if his only handicap was not being able to drive, he would have a lot of difficulty living. Because it was his life.”(CHRIS LINES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pujols Ηits Slam for 600th HR, Leads Angels Past Twins 7-2

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols checked his phone between innings and saw a text from his wife in the stands. Deidre Pujols bluntly told him to stop pressing so hard for his 600th homer.Although the Los Angeles Angels slugger isn’t strictly supposed to be using his phone during games, that message was exactly what Pujols needed to hear in order to reach the next milestone in a remarkable career.Pujols hit a grand slam in the fourth inning Saturday night, becoming the ninth member of the 600-homer club during the Angels’ 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.After three straight homerless games since hitting No. 599, Pujols reached the mark in theatrical style, putting a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-3) high down the left-field line and into Angel Stadium’s short porch for his 14th grand slam. The Anaheim crowd roared while fireworks soared overhead for the 37-year-old’s ninth homer of the season and his 155th for the Angels.Pujols paused at the dugout steps to wave to the crowd — and to plant a kiss on Deidre, who had given him the same message Friday night.“I’m glad I listen to her one in a while,” Pujols said with a smile. “At a moment like this, I always start putting pressure on myself. Usually she’ll give me some encouragement. It was just a perfect time to check my phone, and I’m glad I did.”Pujols staked the Angels to a 7-1 lead with his ninth homer this season. He became the fourth youngest to reach the 600-homer club — and the first to join it with a slam.Santana had yielded just one earned run in 29 innings on the road this year before struggling at Angel Stadium, where he was Pujols’ teammate during the 2012 season after the slugger signed as a free agent and before Santana was traded to Kansas City.“I mean, I’m not the only one, you know?” Santana said. “I’m probably No. 599 of the 600 club. I’m happy for him. I’m glad he got it done.”Actually, Santana is one of 386 pitches to give up a homer to Pujols, who has homered against all 30 teams and in 37 ballparks.Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for the Angels.Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.BIG SHOEMatt Shoemaker (5-3) pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth victory in his last five starts. After Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Kepler’s RBI single, Shoemaker found his groove and largely limited the Minnesota lineup that scored 11 runs on Friday.The Angels went ahead in the third when Simmons delivered a two-run shot to left for his sixth homer and Calhoun added a shot to right for his eighth. Pujols came up next with a chance to give the Angels back-to-back-to-back homers — but he struck out on three pitches.An inning later, Pujols got it done.“Albert chasing history, I think that we can all appreciate that,” Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. “A little tough to applaud when it’s a grand slam that kind of puts you down by six, but give him credit.”NICE CATCHThe homer was caught on the fly by Scott Steffel, a 23-year-old graphic designer and die-hard Angels fan who had been coming to games with his father and brother all week since seeing Pujols’ 599th homer. Steffel presented the ball to Pujols on the field after the game.NOT SMOOTHSantana dropped to 1-3 in four career starts against the franchise that signed him in 2000 and employed him for 13 years. He still ranks fifth in Angels history with 223 games started and seventh with 96 victories.TROUT OUTMike Trout will get the cast off of his left hand Sunday, and he begins rehabilitation Monday on his injured left thumb. He’s still expected to be out for at least five more weeks, and he says he won’t stop sliding headfirst after injuring himself doing just that in Miami. “I just think I have to have more control when I dive headfirst,” Trout said. “They say (feet first) doesn’t slow you down, but it feels like it slows you down.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: OF Cameron Maybin hasn’t swung the bat since going on the disabled list with a bruised side muscle. Manager Mike Scioscia isn’t sure whether Maybin will be ready to return on Friday as previously hoped. … Reliever Cam Bedrosian (groin) had a solid rehab appearance and could be ready to return Tuesday.UP NEXTTwins: Right-handed 22-year-old Jose Berrios (3-1, 2.70 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season in the series finale.Angels: Ricky Nolasco (2-5, 5.07 ERA) faces the Twins for the first time since they traded him and Alex Meyer to Los Angeles at the 2016 trade deadline. Nolasco and Meyer are both in the Angels’ rotation.By GREG BEACHAMTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Jose Mourinho will soon get offers from top European clubs: Former assistant Clarke

first_imgClubs will be lining up to speak to “serial winner” Jose Mourinho after his sacking at Manchester United, his former assistant Steve Clarke has said.United sacked Mourinho on Tuesday after suffering their worst start to a season for 28 years and replaced him with former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer until the end of the current Premier League campaign.”I’m sure he won’t be short of offers, that’s for sure,” Kilmarnock boss Clarke, who was Mourinho’s assistant during Chelsea’s league title wins in 2005 and 2006, told Sky Sports.”He’ll look at the market in the future and I’m pretty sure one of the top clubs in Europe will come calling soon and offer him another job. He’s a serial winner.”Clarke said it was hard to characterize Mourinho’s tenure at United as being a “failure”.”He won three trophies — the Community Shield, the Europa League, the League Cup — so it’s three trophies more than Liverpool in the same period, more than Tottenham,” Clarke added.”So was he a failure or was he not a failure? I’m not sure. He finished second last year.”Also Read | Lionel Messi bags fifth Golden Shoe award: I didn’t expect all thisAlso Read | Indian football team gets new kit ahead of AFC Asian Cup 2019last_img read more

OSU Defensive End Endures 3 Heart Surgeries, Now Cleared to Play

first_imgWalk-on freshman defensive end Cade Smith from Pleasanton, Texas, has endured three heart surgeries this offseason. And following his most recent surgery, he announced via twitter that he has been cleared to play, despite a doctor telling him otherwise just weeks ago. Here’s what he posted to his twitter account on Wednesday:After three heart surgeries and the wildest ride of my life…I’m finally cleared! It’s been a bumpy road to start my college football career, but God helped me on every bit of it! From a doctor saying I’ll never play again a couple weeks ago, to returning next week. Can’t wait to put the pads back on, and thank you so much for the prayers! Love the OSU family!Walking with God!?? #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/kuA2whNG7Q— Cade Smith (@5cade) August 10, 2016 Following a visit to Stillwater last year with his twin brother Zach (also an OSU football player),  Cade told PFB that, “I took an unofficial visit to Stillwater and just fell in love.” Adding later that “There was just something about Stillwater that no other place in the nation could compare to. I felt it was the best fit for myself and my brother. I’m very happy with my decision and don’t have any second thoughts.”Cade is listed as a 6-4, 230-lb. freshman on the okstate.com online roster and as he noted above, is returning next week. Pretty cool and unlikely story about a Cowboy getting another chance to saddle back up.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

21 days agoArsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instincts

first_imgArsenal title winner Smith: Martinelli has striker instinctsby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal title winner Alan Smith believes Gabriel Martinelli can play as a striker long-term.He wrote for the London Evening Standard: “Following on from his brace against Nottingham Forest, another two goals last night to soften up Standard Liege spoke of a teenager going places fast. We hear he is better suited long term to a role on the wing, the position where he made his name at Ituano in Brazil. “But his clever movement here suggested otherwise. The near-post dash across his marker to glance home a marvellous header. The skilful shimmy and shot to curl in the second. These aren’t the hallmarks of a winger filling in. They point to a front man with natural goalscoring instincts.”At 18, Martinelli obviously has much to learn. Pitted against better defenders, his hold-up play will need to gain nous. He’ll have to get stronger to protect the ball. But the basic ingredients are in place. He doesn’t need telling how to find space in the box — a wonderful asset for the challenge ahead.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Seeks Justice Improvements In Ottawa

first_imgJustice Minister Michael Baker will lobby his federal andprovincial counterparts for tougher laws to improve public safetyduring the annual justice ministers’ meeting in Ottawa next week. “I was pleased to meet with federal minister Irwin CotlerThursday,” said Mr. Baker. “He was open to hearing our concernsabout the Criminal Code and Youth Criminal Justice Act. I lookforward to continuing our discussions with my provincial andterritorial colleagues.” Mr. Baker added that other provinces seem to be wrestling withthe same challenges such as, vehicle theft and reckless driving,and how to deal with the small percentage of out of controlyouth, who can’t be held in custody between the time they arecharged and when they appear for trial. “Stronger deterrence measures will send a signal to society thatviolent offences will be dealt with more harshly. That’s why I’mproposing that motor vehicle theft no longer be considered aproperty offence,” said Mr. Baker. “Police will tell you thatstolen vehicles are 4,000-pound bullets, and that’s exactly whatthey are. People who recklessly endanger the lives of others needto know they will be dealt with seriously and will be heldaccountable. The penalty must be appropriate to the crime.” Other items on the agenda include: legal aid; wrongfulconvictions; protection of vulnerable persons; syringes asweapons in robberies; impaired driving and use of conditionalsentences. This year’s annual meeting of justice ministers will be held inOttawa from Sunday, Jan. 23 to Tuesday, Jan. 25.last_img read more

Minister Announces New Advisory Council

first_imgA new provincewide volunteer advisory council will help strengthen and increase the profile of volunteers. “Volunteers are an important part of what makes Nova Scotia such a great province,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Volunteerism said today, April 28. “Creating this committee allows us to work directly with people to ensure the continued success of the voluntary sector in the province.” The Nova Scotia Volunteer Advisory Council brings together representatives from the voluntary sector and government. The council will develop action plans to address key issues affecting volunteers, increase the number of volunteers and act as a communications link between the volunteer community and government. The 21-person council has representatives from a number of volunteer sectors including health, religion, environment, arts and culture, social development, sport and recreation, philanthropic and volunteerism promotion, and international development. The council also reflects the diversity of the province with members representing Acadian, African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal communities, as well as immigrants, persons with disabilities, seniors and youth. “This newly formed partnership between the provincial government and the volunteer sector will eventually become the model for all volunteer sectors in Canada,” said Steve Young of the Abilities Foundation of Nova Scotia. The advisory council will meet four times per year with the Minister of Volunteerism. The next meeting is in June.last_img read more

Reckless and belligerent behaviour by few Chief Justice of India

first_imgGuwahati: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday expressed concern over “belligerent and reckless behaviour” by some individuals and groups and hoped the country’s institutions will overcome such “wayward” elements.The CJI, who was speaking after laying the foundation stone of an auditorium of the Gauhati High Court here, however, did not elaborate on his remarks and refrained from naming any individuals or groups. “It is unfortunate that the present times are witnessing belligerent and reckless behaviour by a few individuals and some groups. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I am hopeful that such incidents turn out to be exceptions and the strong traditions and ethos of our institution shall always assist our stakeholders to display resilience to overcome the belligerence of such wayward constituents,” Gogoi said. He said that unlike offices or government establishments, courts are unique, with multiple stakeholders converging every day to facilitate and make the wheels of justice move forward, though they may not be bound by any single hierarchy of commands. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”It is therefore important, for each stakeholder functioning in a court complex, to learn and accept that the institutional traditions and practices are the greatest gifts that we inherit in our respective journeys even as we associate with the process of justice dispensation in various capacities,” Gogoi said.The CJI said that judges and judicial officers must remember that judgments and court orders have a bearing on public faith. “Today, I feel compelled to assert that judges and judicial officers must remember that public faith and confidence, on which our institution lives and survives, is largely built based on orders and judgements passed by us,” Gogoi said. The CJI also said that getting selected as a judicial functionary is an opportunity to serve the hallowed institution, whose value is always immeasurably more than what can be reasonably visualised. “The right to adjudicate the affairs of fellow human beings and citizens has an element of divinity to it and this privilege by itself must fill us with humility and a profound sense of duty towards the people, whom we serve,” he said. Gogoi emphasised that the connect, behaviour and ways of interaction of every judicial officer and staff member of a subordinate court with fellow citizens signify the way the judiciary would like to serve the aspirations of the people. “Every subordinate court is the interface that Indian judiciary has with the constituents of our republic, whom we serve,” he said. Assam is blessed with nature’s bounty and is the abode of people and communities, having rich but immensely diverse traditions, he said. “It is such diversities of race, religion, culture that present unique challenges before the high court as well as the subordinate courts serving these areas,” the CJI said.last_img read more

Traffic violators in Ggn asked to cough up Rs 12L in fines

first_imgGurugram: For salaried middle class if one goes by the recent amount that includes Rupees 37,000 Rs 24,000 and Rs 16,000 they may just relate it of being their monthly salaries. However, these are the fines that have been levied on those middle class citizens that have violated traffic rules under the new motor vehicle act.From the time the new motor vehicle act has come into implementation, more than 1500 vehicles have been fined that has resulted in accrual of more than Rs 12 lakh in just three days. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIf incidents of auto driver being levied a fine of Rs 32,500 and two scooty driver being Rs 23,000 and 24,000 was not enough. On Wednesday a trolley driver in Gurugram was fined Rs 59,000. The Gurugram tractor-trolley driver was caught near New Colony in Harayana’s Gurugram. He was charged with a litany of traffic offenses. These include driving without a driving license, driving without a registration certificate, plying a transport vehicle without a fitness certificate, driving a vehicle without third-party insurance, violating air pollution standards carrying dangerous goods, dangerous driving, disobeying police orders, disobeying traffic signals violation of light or yellow. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Gurugram traffic police seized the tractor-trolley soon after catching the driver flouting the traffic rules. The Gurugram case is the latest in a list of drivers in the city being heavily under the new Motor Vehicle Act norms. Earlier, an auto rickshaw driver was asked to pay Rs 32, 500 for violating several rules. Similarly, flouting traffic rules while riding a two-wheeler valued at around Rs 15,000. These new fines are a result of amendments made to the 1988 Motor Vehicles Act. The amendments were cleared by Parliament earlier this year and significantly increased fines imposed for flouting traffic rules. The Gurugram police have been on proactive in levying fines on the traffic offenders ever since the new motor vehicles has been set in from September 1. On day one, most of the fines that were levied were on the offenders who were not wearing the seat belts and helmets. One of the major challenges however being faced by the law enforcement officials is the lack of up-gradation of the software that is resulting in the delay in the process of levy of fines. As of now over 1500 vehicles have been levied fines “Our officials are on the ground to ensure that there are no violations that are committed.Gurugram is not the only place in the country where fines are being levied there are also other places in the country where those who are breaking the law are being punished,” said a senior official from Gurugram police.last_img read more

Police Seize More Than 13 Tons of Hashish in Moroccos TangierMed

Rabat – On Saturday, police in Tangier Med Port thwarted a drug trafficking operation, seizing 13 tonnes and 750 kilograms of hashish, according to a statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN).The statement added that police seized the drugs on board of an international transport truck registered in Morocco.The police department in Tangier opened an investigation under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office to arrest the driver as well as possible accomplices involved in drug trafficking. Morocco’s security services are cracking down drug trafficking attempts in several cities across the country. On December 19, 2018, Morocco’s  Central Bureau of Judicial Intelligence (BCIJ) seized a boat loaded with cocaine in El Jadida, near Casablanca.On the same month, the BCIJ found a farm in Boujdour in the Laayoune Sakia El Hamra region used by a drug network for cocaine trafficking and storage.Authorities revealed that Morocco’s security services  seized 1.65 tons of cocaine, over 1.3 million psychotropic and ecstasy pills (up 43 percent over 2017), 52 tons of cannabis resin, and 693 kilograms of cannabis in 2018.Morocco’s proximity to Europe has attracted several international drug trafficking networks, including those from South America.Recently, El Pais reported that  Latin cartels have been using Africa, and Morocco in particular, as a transit point for trafficking drugs to Europe.Back in December 2018,the BCIJ arrested members of an international drug trafficking ring specialized in smuggling cocaine between Morocco, the US, Latin America, and Europe.Authorities also seized a tonne of cocaine during the operation. read more

UN official to highlight Sri Lankas humanitarian needs during upcoming visit

The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Assistant Secretary-General Catherine Bragg, will be in Sri Lanka from 19 to 21 January, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a press release on Tuesday. Her visit is expected to provide an opportunity to emphasize the commitment of the United Nations to the people of Sri Lanka in the midst of devastatingly heavy rainfall and to rally donors to support and expand ongoing national efforts to respond to the growing humanitarian needs.In the last week, torrential rain has affected more than one million people in Sri Lanka’s eastern and central districts, forcing up to 370,000 people to flee their homes, and has claimed 43 lives to date.This is in addition to the ongoing humanitarian concerns in the country’s north, where 20,000 internally displaced people remain in government-run camps since the end of the conflict in 2009, and those who have returned to their areas of origin are struggling to rebuild their lives.“Humanitarian work is about reaching all people in need and in particular the most vulnerable, providing them with emergency assistance and supporting them through their most difficult time. This includes helping them recover and rebuild their lives,” said Ms. Bragg. The United Nations and humanitarian partners are supporting the Government of Sri Lanka to provide critically needed emergency supplies such as safe drinking water, food, sanitation and emergency shelter, and will launch an appeal for emergency funds on 20 January.Sri Lanka’s floods, which may have destroyed at least half of the season’s harvest in the eastern province, will also have a severe impact on agricultural livelihoods in a region still suffering the effects of the 2004 tsunami and recovering from the decades-long conflict. During her mission, Ms. Bragg will visit the north of the country where thousands have returned following the end of the conflict, as well as visit the worst-flood affected areas in the east. She will also meet representatives from the Government, donors, and aid agencies. 18 January 2011One of the UN’s top humanitarian officials will visit Sri Lanka later this week to highlight the country’s humanitarian needs and to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable. read more

Councillor concerned by gang culture after Portmarnock unrest

first_imgFINGAL’S POLICING COMMITTEE met this morning to discuss the disturbances around Portmarnock beach in Dublin yesterday evening which saw groups of youths shouting abuse and hurling bottles at each other.At least three people have been arrested in connection with the public disorder and Fingal county councillor Kieran Dennison told TheJournal.ie that it was the “big item on the agenda” for the committee today.“Obviously, this has happened before and gardaí were in place fairly quickly but with Facebook and social media the crowds swelled from 200 to over 1500 in the space of two hours,” he said. “Gardaí were stopping them in some places, taking drink off them getting off buses and trains and there was a lot of drinking and throwing bottles.”GangsDennison said that, having watched videos of the disorder on YouTube, he was “concerned” about images of “gangs of black youths fighting white youths”.While the councillor conceded that there were also  images of white youths in conflict with each other, he said that it was “a bit more disturbing” to see groups of different cultures pitted against one another.“It’s that element of it, I’d much prefer if guys were mixing it up but there seemed to be a number of separate squirmishes,” he said.He said that the racial aspect of the disorder was not the “main subject of the meeting” this morning but it was “acknowledged” and he said that it is something the committee and the council will be looking into.“From time to time I get reports about young lads forming into gangs and unfortunately, in come cases, they seem to be one particular nationality so I would have a concern about that,” he said. “I don’t think it’s useful to ignore it, we have to look to see what can be done about this.”“I know how much there is in the UK and US and I’d be concerned about gang culture starting here as well,” he added.CEO of the Integration Centre, Killian Forde, told TheJournal.ie that he did not think there was a racial element to what happened in Portmarnock.“I live nearby and I’ve talked to people who were in the area,” he said. “It’s an annual event that happens on the beaches on the northside – it’s not new and it’s not racial.”However Forde said that the lack of integration of young immigrants is a major problem in some parts of the country.We do have a problem in Fingal of gangs of youths but that’s a reflection of a number of different things, the lack of integration being one of them. A lot of the incidents we hear about involve areas where there are young populations of all nationalities and there’s a tension and competition that exists between these gangs. When racism becomes accentuated very quickly, people seek comfort and solidarity within their own ethnicity.“I do think people and politicians need to be more careful not to talk up racism if it hasn’t happened but we’d welcome Kieren Dennison’s concern,” he added.CostDennison said the council is meeting today to discuss what to do about the incident. Gardaí took videos at the scene and he said there will be “follow-ups” now.The installation of CCTV along the beach is being considered but the councillor said that this could cost up to half a million euro as a surveillance set-up in Dunsink Lane to deter dumping cost some €100,000.In the immediate afternmath, he said that the cleanup costs will be “huge” due to the amount of broken glass and bottles along the beach and surrounding area.Related: Three arrested after good weather brings trouble to Portmarnock beach>last_img read more

Accouchement comment le nouveauné respiretil pour la première fois

first_imgAccouchement : comment le nouveau-né respire-t-il pour la première fois ?France – Comment les mammifères peuvent-ils modifier radicalement leur respiration au moment de leur naissance, passant brutalement du milieu aquatique à la vie aérienne ? Des chercheurs du CNRS ont identifié, chez la souris, un gène indispensable à la respiration et, par conséquent, à la survie à la naissance. Chez les mammifères, le fœtus se développe dans un milieu liquide où le cordon ombilical est la source d’oxygène, alors que les fonctions pulmonaires sont pratiquement absentes. A sa naissance, le nouveau-né passe d’une vie aquatique intra-utérine à l’autonomie aérienne. Comment le corps se prépare-t-il à une transition aussi brutale ? On savait déjà que plusieurs circuits de neurones interviennent dans la respiration néonatale chez les mammifères. Ces neurones sont à l’origine d’une activité pacemaker, c’est-à-dire un rythme au niveau du tronc cérébral à l’origine de mouvements respiratoires automatiques et qui prépare les nouveau-nés à la naissance. Les travaux réalisés par des chercheurs parisiens et marseillais révèlent qu’une protéine appelée TSHZ3 joue un rôle majeur dans l’activité des neurones impliqués dans le processus respiratoire. Les nouveau-nés de souris chez qui le gène TSHZ3 ne fonctionne pas ne respirent pas à la naissance et meurent au bout de quelques minutes. Ainsi le gène Tshz3 est-il capable de contrôler, à lui seul au niveau des neurones, le développement de plusieurs éléments et des évènements cellulaires indispensables à l’acquisition de la respiration à la naissance. Dans le futur, des collaborations avec des équipes de recherche médicale pourraient permettre de mieux comprendre l’implication de Tshz3 dans les troubles de la respiration chez l’homme, depuis les apnées du sommeil jusqu’au syndrome de mort subite du nourrisson, principale cause de mortalité des nouveau-nés dans les pays occidentaux.Le 20 juillet 2010 à 13:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

BahamasTCI Cultural Exchange in Grand Turk a hit

first_img Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Related Items:bahamas, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, choir, cultural, grand turk, Tci Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jul 2015 – A great culture exchange when the Bahamas National Children’s Choir which this year celebrates 25 years of existence, put on a show in two locations in the capital yesterday. In Grand Turk the small group performed at the Cruise Center after arriving early yesterday morning on the Carnival Conquest. “This year, we are celebrating 25 years as a choir and so this is a part of the celebration, the trip and then we go to Florida later on this month and we do some more celebrations. We culminate at the end of the Year with the Adesa Weekend; it’s a weekend event where they do some community service, they have a grand ball, a children’s ball and then we have a ‘Chivival’ or a children’s revival service and that will end in November.”Led by Patricia Bazard, the group and chaperones next stops in the Dominican Republic… from there it’s Aruba and Curacao; Bazard believes it is important for the award winning group to see the islands of the region. The Bahamas National Children’s Choir was welcomed and hosted by the TCI Tourist Board and the Grand Turk Cruise Center; we spoke to Blythe Clare who gave the welcome and send off gifts to the delegation of 33 from nearby Bahamas, Who also put on a show at the Salem Baptist Church in Cockburn Town, GT.“When I saw them perform at the Cruise Center, with their beautifully adorned headpieces which reflects Bahamian Junkanoo, Bahamian culture and it brought joy to my heart not only because I was familiar with the songs that they sang and as I said, ‘All a We is one.’ The same folk songs they use in The Bahamas, we use it here, I felt so proud and then to see so many young people here this morning and knowing that the Bahamas just celebrated their 42nd independence under the theme, ‘Our Children, Our Future’ and our children are indeed our future because we are not going to be here forever.”Clare said not only is this a great idea for the Children’s Choir in Provo but just as the Bahamas’ children showed off their national flag colors and culture, the TCI could do the same.“I know if Provo they have a Children’s’ Choir and I know they have vibrant dance groups and I think what we can do is liaise with the schools, get together and for cruises you have to pay well in advance; but whether it’s a cruise or go to the Bahamas and perform on Bay Street, it can happen.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

Pakistan Completes 90 Percent Work on Kartarpur Corridor

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has completed 90 per cent work on the Kartarpur Corridor from the zero line to Gurdwara Sahib and plans to inaugurate it on the 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak in November this year, according to a media report. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The first batch of pilgrims from India will arrive in Pakistan on November 9, however, the number has not yet been specified, the Express Tribune reported. According to the report, 90 per cent work on the Kartarpur Corridor, including the construction of the main road, bridge and buildings from zero line to Gurdwara Sahib has been completed by Pakistan. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “From the Pakistani side of the border, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa are likely to inaugurate the corridor on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak’s anniversary in November,” the report said. Both sides have agreed to maintain a channel of communication and work towards finalisation of the agreement. The technical teams will meet again to ensure seamless connectivity for the corridor is operational in time so that the pilgrimage can begin on the 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak this year, the report added. Advertise With Us In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Guru Nanak – to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and every day a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site. The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib a small town in Narowal, four kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life. This will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two nuclear-armed neighbours since their independence in 1947. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border will be constructed by India.last_img read more

PewDiePie vs TSeries YouTube Channels Keep Battling for No 1 Spot

first_img Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The edgy pranks PewDiePie is fond of staging went over the line in 2017: Through crowdsourcing platform Fiverr, he paid two guys in Sri Lanka to hold up a sign reading “Death to All Jews” as well as a man dressed as Jesus to say “Hitler did absolutely nothing wrong.” Disney’s Maker Studios and YouTube subsequently cut business ties with him. Kjellberg, who said he was trying to show the insane things people are willing to do for money, deleted the offending videos and apologized.PewDiePie also has found himself in hot water over using racist language and has been accused of courting an alt-right audience. In December, he gave a shoutout to a YouTube channel littered with white-supremacist rhetoric; Kjellberg later deleted the citation and claimed he didn’t realize the channel included pro-Nazi references.PewDiePie, of course, has turned his fight with T-Series into a content-creation and fan-engagement opportunity, which has included “Bitch Lasagna.” a music video dissing T-Series. As part of his competition with T-Series, Kjellberg in December launched a fundraising campaign for CRY, an Indian children’s rights organization, which raised nearly $230,000.His supporters have staged even most outlandish stunts: YouTuber Justin Roberts said he bought a $1 million Times Square billboard promoting PewDiePie, and creator Jimmy Donaldson (better known online as “MrBeast”) created a nearly 12-hour video in which he said “PewDiePie” 100,000 times. Fans also have defaced the Wall Street Journal’s website, hijacked Chromecasts and smart TVs to play pro-PewDiePie videos videos, and hacked thousands of internet-connected printers to spit out posters urging subscribe to PewDiePie. One fan created a Twitter account that has posted alerts whenever the subscriber gap between PewDiePie and T-Series drops below 10,000.The crusade to keep PewDiePie No. 1 is a microcosm of the unhappiness among many YouTube fans about what is perceived to be a growing colonization of the platform by corporations and mainstream celebrities — and YouTube’s promotion of them. Example: YouTube Rewind 2018 became the most-disliked video ever less than a week after it was posted, reflecting a distaste for the annual mashup’s prominent placement of celebs like Will Smith over native creators including PewDiePie, who was acknowledged only in a few sly animated references. T-Series’ YouTube channel features a mix of music videos and film trailers. The most-viewed T-Series video to date is the official video for Guru Randhawa’s “Lahore,” which has racked up nearly 700 million views in a little over a year.“Music for us has never been about Excel sheets; it’s not a number on a paper,” T-Series president Neeraj Kalyan said in an announcement when the channel hit 50 million followers last summer. “It’s a passion, driven by belief in our content, backing our belief with aggression and passion and this has remained our mantra for years which has led us here.”Kjellberg, 29, rose to popularity with his comedic and profanity-laced takes on gameplay videos and internet culture. In August 2013, PewDiePie’s subscriber count topped then-leader Smosh, the comedy brand that was operated by the now-defunct Defy Media (and now owned by Rhett & Link’s Mythical Entertainment). In 2015, Variety featured PewPiePie on the cover of the “#Famechangers” issue, citing him as the industry’s most influential digital star.T-Series, in addition to its primary YouTube channel, operates more than two dozen others. The Mumbai-based entertainment conglomerate produces movies including “Hindi Medium,” “Tumhari Sulu,” “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety,” “Raid” and “Blackmail.” T-Series also sells a line of consumer electronics.The Bollywood-fueled rise of T-Series on YouTube comes amid rapid recent growth of India’s internet user base. There were 447 million broadband subscribers in India as of the end of June 2018, up 49% year over year, according to the country’s telecom regulatory authority.The top 10 most-subscribed YouTube channels after T-Series and PewDiePie (excluding YouTube-operated channels) are 5-Minute Crafts, Canal KondZilla, Justin Bieber, SET India, WWE, Dude Perfect, kids’ channel Cocomelon and HolaSoyGerman.center_img On Thursday around 3:30 a.m. PT, T-Series climbed back on top for several hours — but after PewDiePie tweeted “This is not the end” (along with a BTS meme) his channel resumed the No. 1 spot. PewDiePie stood at 90.682 million subs as of 5 p.m. PT Thursday, with T-Series trailing at 90.654 million.The competition for first place between T-Series and the controversial Swedish-born YouTuber — whose name is Felix Kjellberg — has been closely followed by the YouTube community. It’s been viewed by some as tantamount to a culture war for YouTube, with PewDiePie as the native creator standard-bearer up against a corporate entertainment interest.The latest seesaws come after a bizarrely horrific turn of events last week in the “PewDiePie vs. T-Series” footrace — which may have deflated the pro-PewDiePie movement. The alleged attacker in the New Zealand mass shootings, in a Facebook live-stream of the massacre, reportedly urged people to “subscribe to PewDiePie.” The YouTube star has been criticized for making anti-Semitic jokes and using racist language in the past. In response to shootings, Kjellberg tweeted at 1 a.m. ET on March 15, “I feel absolutely sickened having my name uttered by this person. My heart and thoughts go out to the victims, families and everyone affected by this tragedy.”Subscriber counts for PewDiePie and T-Series have been running neck-and-neck over the past week, and T-Series actually has been briefly on top for a few minutes in recent days before it built a bigger lead Wednesday.In any case, the rivalry has made PewDiePie and T-Series the two most-subscribed channels on YouTube, well ahead of the next closest channel, 5-Minute Crafts, which has 52.1 million subs for its DIY videos.All that said, YouTube subscriber counts aren’t meaningful except as a signal of relative popularity. They don’t reflect relative earning power or even average video views. The “PewDiePie vs. T-Series” storyline has become a kind of meme game, and many of the millions of new subscribers on each side could be low-activity accounts. The two channels trade in different formats: Note that T-Series has more than 65 billion views overall to date for its music videos, three times PewDiePie’s count of less than 21 billion lifetime views for his “let’s play” videos, vlogs and comedy sketches. UPDATED, 3/21: The back-and-forth competition for YouTube’s No. 1 spot continues.T-Series on Thursday again pulled ahead of YouTube’s PewDiePie as the No. 1 most-subscribed channel on the platform — but again the vlogger-gamer-comedian fans’ rallied behind him to retake the position.In a months-long symbolic running battle for the title, PewDiePie and his fans have waged a concerted campaign to fend off the steady encroachment by T-Series, India’s top music and pop-culture brand, calling on supporters to “subscribe to PewDiePie” and preserve his status as the most-subscribed YouTube channel.As of Wednesday at noon PT, T-Series’ main YouTube channel had 90.394 million subscribers, topping 90.387 million for PewDiePie. By 12:30 p.m. PT, however, PewDiePie had edged up to 90.400 million vs. T-Series’ 90.396 million, and PewDiePie held the lead going into the evening.last_img read more

Game Saturday Incursion 2 The Artifact

first_imgGame Saturday: Incursion 2 The Artifact by Martin Brinkmann on March 24, 2018 in Games – 1 commentIncursion 2 The Artifact is a free tower defense game in which you try to fend off invading forces with heroes and recruited troops.The game uses a slightly different design than most tower defense games. While you play a series of maps that are linked together by a story line, you don’t build towers as you would in many other tower defense games.The towers, or huts act as recruiting points for foot soldiers, archers and wizards that you may recruit. Each hut supports a maximum capacity of three units. You can mix and match or recruit a single unit type only but need to know that units move and attack as groups.If you stick a soldier into a group with two archers, you’d end up risking the life of the archers as they may come closer to the enemy units than they should.You begin the game with the main hero and a little bit of gold, and the first map acts as an introduction to core concepts. Recruit a couple of basic troops and try to fend of the enemies.Heroes may roam the battlefield freely while the movement of regular units is restricted to a radius around the tower they have been recruited from.Tip: you can move ranged units away from the roads so that melee attackers can’t reach them. This won’t protect them from ranged enemies but it offers some form of protection that the ranged units need desperately to stay alive.Warriors spawn in the huts and will come back if they are defeated in battle.You will encounter many different monsters and enemy units over the course of the game: from traditional cannon fodder melee units and archers to necromancers that raise zombies or juggernauts that are hard to defeat because of their armor.Different enemy types require different strategies. Juggernauts take only a quarter of damage from arrows while skeleton archers may require the use of spells to defeat them quickly before they take out your melee units. Flying units, on the other hand, can only be attacked by archers and mages.The main hero gains experience points in battles and skill points when the level increases. Skill points can be invested in four schools of magic to throw meteors at enemies, slow them down, or hurl them.A total of 16 spells are available that the main hero may learn. The game includes a reset option which is great for testing various spells without making a commitment the moment you select one of the spells.You control additional heroes over the course of the game; these come with their own set of skills that you may use directly.You earn general skill points during battles as well and may spend them to improve the three unit types or invest them in general upgrades.Skills may increase the damage output of units, reduce their price, or increase their attack range. The general purpose skills make units move faster, give you more gold in the beginning, or speed up the reincarnation of fallen warriors.Unit upgrades are unlocked with each map that you complete. You can’t upgrade any unit on the first map but may do so from the second map on. Upgrades improve unit stats such as attack or defense but may switch the unit type to a different type altogether as well. If you upgrade archers multiple times, you will end up with dwarven mortar units that do area damage.Upgrades cost gold and you may only start to upgrade units once you have recruited all three.Closing WordsIncursion 2 The Artifact is a well designed tower defense game. While it is not the first tower defense game that puts the focus on unit recruitment and heroes, and not on the building of towers, it is well designed and plays great.The game comes with three difficulty levels. Absolute beginners may want to start with easy but veteran tower defense players may want to skip the normal difficulty as it is a bit too easy in my opinion to be really challenging.Incursion 2 The Artifact requires a bit of micro managing units, directing archers and mages to attack flying units, or charging enemy archers with melee units to avoid having them attacked without any form of counterattack.You may also likeCursed Treasure 2 Tower Defense review [Game Saturday]Game Saturday: Protector IV (strategy, online)Giants and Dwarves TD is a Tower Defense game with a twistHands of War Tower Defense [Game Saturday]Radiant Defense [Game Saturday]Summary12345 Author Ratingno rating based on 0 votes Software Name Incursion 2 The ArtifactSoftware Category GamesLanding Page https://armorgames.com/play/14978/incursion-2-the-artifact?fp=b-strategy Advertisementlast_img read more