• TSX heads higher amid rising commodities worries about US budget showdown

    Miners and energy companies helped give the Toronto stock market a solid lift mid-morning Thursday as prices for oil and copper advanced.At the same time, traders are trying to gauge the likelihood of a U.S. federal government shutdown and the economic fallout from such an event.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 57.03 points to 12,893.74, while the Canadian dollar was up 0.05 of a cent to 97.01 cents US.U.S. indexes were sharply higher after worries about the U.S. economy and a looming budget battle in Washington sent the Dow industrials and the S&P 500 lower for the past five sessions.The Dow gained 92.5 points to 15,365.76, the Nasdaq was ahead 31.59 points to 3,792.68, and the S&P 500 index rose 9.17 points to 1,701.94 as two financial deadlines for the U.S. government loom.Congress needs to pass a funding bill to keep the federal government operating after Oct. 1, when its new fiscal year starts. And the U.S. borrowing limit needs to be raised before Oct. 17.Markets are nervous as investors remember the summer of 2011 when a similar situation roiled markets at a time when Europe’s debt crisis was flaring, and prompted Standard & Poor’s to strip the U.S. of its triple A credit rating.“While a limited shutdown of a week or two is unlikely to derail the expansion, a prolonged one certainly could,” observed BMO Capital Markets senior economist Sal Guatieri.“Moreover, if the government needs to slash spending further to meet its obligations beyond Oct. 17, the direct impact alone, not even considering the turbulence in financial markets and knock-on effects to confidence, would easily tip the economy into recession.”President Barack Obama has said he won’t negotiate on the debt limit. But positions appeared to harden mid-morning after House Speaker John Boehner said that “it doesn’t work that way” and that Americans don’t want either Obamacare or a government shutdown.There was good news on the U.S. housing front as a report showed that average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week to 4.32 per cent, their lowest point in two months. The decline follows the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to hold off slowing its monthly bond purchases.On the corporate front, Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX:RCI.B) and U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp. say they will offer Canadians a high-speed Internet access in their vehicles. The cost of the project, pricing for the services and dates for the rollout weren’t included in a joint statement issued by the companies, which have two of North America’s largest telecommunications networks. Rogers was up 15 cents to $45.06.BlackBerry shares were up 19 cents or 2.3 per cent to $8.45 on the TSX after Fairfax Financial chief executive Prem Watsa said that he has every intention of completing the acquisition of the smartphone maker, adding his firm is not in the business of making an offer and then walking away or redoing the deal.Fairfax (TSX:FFH) has proposed to take the company private with a consortium of unnamed financiers for US$9 per share. But its shares fell about six per cent Wednesday amid wavering confidence that a solid Fairfax deal will materialize.A Norwegian energy firm Statoil is estimating that an untapped oil field off Canada’s east coast contains between 300 and 600 million barrels of recoverable oil, making it one of the biggest discoveries in recent years. Calgary-based Husky Energy (TSX:HSE), another major producer in Newfoundland’s current offshore oilfields, is Statoil’s partner in the area, with a 35 per cent working interest in three discoveries. Husky shares were ahead 89 cents to $29.95.Commodity prices were generally higher and the base metals sector rose 1.6 per cent while December copper gained five cents to US$3.32 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) rose 81 cents to C$29.39.The energy sector was ahead almost one per cent as the November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved up 38 cents to US$103.04 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was 47 cents higher to C$32.89.The gold sector rose 0.3 per cent as bullion prices headed lower with the December contract in New York down $1 to US$1,335.20 an ounce.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) says the Supreme Court of Chile has upheld rulings that require the miner to complete a water management system for the Pascua-Lama mining project, to the satisfaction of the country’s environment ministry, before resuming construction. Barrick has submitted a plan that estimates completion of the water management system by the end of 2014. Its shares were a penny higher to C$19.30.European bourses were mixed with London’s FTSE 100 index up 0.35 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX added 0.13 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 lost 0.04 per cent. read more

  • EU hails Sri Lankas stand against death penalty

    The statement noted that the Death Penalty represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and violates the right to life universally affirmed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirmed in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Its worldwide abolition is a priority. Sri Lanka currently has more than 400 prisoners under sentence of Death.  101 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.“Make your voice heard for Sri Lanka to be part of the solution – not part of the problem.  Tweet #NoDeathPenalty,” the joint statement added.The statement was signed by David Daly, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Jürgen Morhard, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Paolo Andrea Bartorelli, Ambassador of Italy to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Joanne Doornewaard, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Dr. Victor Chiujdea, Ambassador of Romania to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, James Dauris, British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Ambassador of Switzerland to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. (Colombo Gazette) The statement said that evidence from around the world shows there is no evidence that the Death Penalty deters crime. It also notes that the Death Penalty is irreversible, mistaken identity and wrongful convictions do happen, many death sentences are issued after confessions obtained by torture and innocent people die. The European Union (EU) today welcomed the announcement by the Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapaksha that Sri Lanka would vote in favour of the UN General Assembly resolution on a moratorium on the Death Penalty.A joint statement issue by the EU in Colombo said that the European Union, Norway and Switzerland oppose the Death Penalty in all circumstances. The statement also noted that suspects are more likely to be sentenced to death if they are poor or belong to an ethnic or religious minority.Last year, at least 22 countries around the world carried out executions and at least 2,466 people were sentenced to death – an increase of 28%. Many of those convicted spend years on Death Row, waiting to see if a reprieve will be granted. read more

  • US home construction soars to fastest pace in 5 years as builders

    by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 6:34 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on homes at the fastest pace in more than five years, evidence the housing recovery is accelerating despite higher mortgage rates.The Commerce Department says developers began construction on houses and apartments in November at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million. That’s the fastest pace since February 2008, just a few months after the recession began.Construction of single-family homes jumped 21 per cent to an annual pace of 727,000, also the highest in more than five years. Apartment construction soared 26 per cent to a 354,000 annual pace.Permits for future building slipped 3 per cent to just over 1 million, down from 1.04 million in October. The drop reflected a decline in apartments, which can be volatile. Permits for single-family homes rose. US home construction soars to fastest pace in 5 years as builders shrug off higher rates read more

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  • Clippers close opening homestand with loss

    Toledo Mud Hens pitcher Armando Galarraga silenced the bats of the Columbus Clippers in a 6-3 victory Thursday at Huntington Park.In the final game of the season-opening home stand, the Clippers fell to a division-leading 5-3 record.Galarraga came into the game with a 1.80 ERA. He pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Mud Hens on Thursday, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six hitters. Galarraga started off the season with the Mud Hens after spending the majority of the last two seasons pitching for the Detroit Tigers. He had a promising year for the Tigers in 2008 with a 13-7 record and a 3.73 ERA, but his production slipped in 2009 with a 6-10 record and a 5.64 ERA.The Clippers came into the game with a league-leading .326 batting average, and 53 runs in just seven games.However, the Clippers didn’t have a hit until the fifth inning against Galarraga. “He had command of the outside corner with his fastball, and his slider was pretty good. He made very few mistakes with it over the plate,” Clippers designated hitter Shelley Duncan said.Jeanmar Gomez, last year’s Most Valuable Pitcher in the Eastern League for Class AA Akron, was the starting pitcher for the Clippers. In Gomez’s first start of the season, he pitched five innings in a loss against the Indianapolis Indians allowing three runs on four hits, but didn’t record a loss. Gomez looked strong early, allowing one hit through the first three innings. Gomez had to work his way out of trouble in the fourth inning. Brent Dlugach hit an infield single, and Brennan Boesch reached base on an error by Clippers first baseman Wes Hodges to lead off the inning for the Mud Hens. An RBI single by Ryan Strieby scored the first run of the game for the Mud Hens. A single by Jeff Larish loaded up the bases with no outs. Gomez forced Jeff Frazier into a double play, and then struck out Casper Wells to limit the Mud Hens to one run in the inning. In the top of the fifth inning, Gomez let up four consecutive hits including a home run off the scoreboard in right field by Boesch, giving the Mud Hens a 5-0 lead. The Clippers weren’t ready to give up, as they have come from behind in four of their five victories this year. Jose Constanza started off the sixth inning with a double in the gap between left and center field. Shelley Duncan had an RBI single to score Constanza, and continued his 20-game on-base streak. The Clippers rallied in the seventh inning to score two more runs on a Chris Gimenez home run, cutting the Mud Hens lead to 5-3. Gimenez was the last batter that Galarraga faced. Josh Rainwater pitched the rest of the seventh inning and the eighth inning, allowing two hits but no runs. The Mud Hens scored another run in the ninth off Clippers pitcher Steven Wright to give them a 6-3 lead. Jay Sborz came in to close the game for the Mud Hens. The Clippers made it interesting, putting two runners on base in the ninth inning with the tying run at the plate, but a groundout by Jason Donald sealed the deal for the Mud Hens. “I think that the first couple games when we did come back, it gave us confidence and let the guys know that we can come back, even if we’re down we just keep chipping away,” Clippers manager Mike Sarbaugh said. “I had that feeling today even though we weren’t able to win the ball game. All you can ask of the guys is to play hard and play nine full innings, and in the end we’ll see what the outcome is.” Carlos Santana, Clippers catcher and International League Player of the Week, and Trevor Crowe, Clippers outfielder, were given a day of rest and did not play against the Mud Hens. read more

  • Sniffer dog Scamp has £25k bounty placed on his head by criminals

    A sniffer dog has had a £25,000 bounty placed on its head by criminals because it is so good at its job, its owner has claimed.Springer spaniel Scamp managed to detect £6m worth of illegal tobacco in a year, causing headaches for smugglers and black market dealers.His powerful sense of smell led to a string of court cases in Birmingham, Sussex, Newcastle, Northampton and Great Yarmouth, causing criminals to target the animal.Owner Stuart Phillips, 40, said: “We had to stop working in one part of the country last year, because there was a £25,000 bounty put on his head.”It was believed to be linked to an organised crime group and the relevant authorities were informed.”Mr Phillips has become unpopular among black market criminals, he said, and has faced retribution because of his dog’s work.He explained: “I’ve also had death threats, my windscreen has been smashed and my tyres slashed.”It’s understandable really, when you’re upsetting some really nasty people.”The dog trainer, who runs B.W.Y Canine Ltd, trains dogs to find tobacco, firearms, drugs, explosives, meat and even human remains.He works with over 100 local authorities but lives in Llandissilio, Pembrokeshire.Mr Phillips said tobacco smuggling, which Scamp helps to stop, causes problems for authorities in Wales. He explained: “It is a massive problem in terms of the volume available and the fact that it’s so readily available in shops.”It’s available on social media, through Facebook, and in Wales we have what are generally called fag houses, people selling from their houses.”He added that the cigarettes are sold at “pocket money prices” making them available to children. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth put three crew members at risk of drowning after

    No decision has yet been made as to whether the additional purchase will be of the ‘B’ model variant, 17 of which are currently in service, or the ‘A’ model, which requires a normal runway for take off and landing, but which has a commensurate larger payload and range.British industry giant BAE Systems is the only principal partner outside the US in the F-35 programme. The company produces 15 per cent of every F-35 and employs 2,250 people on the project, mainly in its Warton and Salmesbury plants in Lancashire.With a global order book of over 3,000 aircraft the final cost per airframe is expected to drop from around $100 million each currently, to about $80 million.An MoD spokesman said an investigation into the cause of the leak is underway and that at no point had the lives of any crew members been at risk. The 280m long, £3 billion aircraft carrier has been on sea trials off the South West coast of the UK testing  her newly fitted Phalanx Close In Weapon System rapid-fire guns and the Army’s Apache helicopter. July 9, 2019. Credit:Malcolm Wells/pictureexclusive.com Although a body of water on this scale is not, of itself, enough to endanger the ship, depending on where the water was it could cause problems with the trim of the vessel. Were it to be far from the centre of gravity it could cause the ship to pitch up or down or even list to one side, which could cause wider problems. One indicator of quite how serious the problem is will be if the warship does not participate in the HMS Queen Elizabeth families day, planned for later this month. Commissioned by The Queen into the Royal Navy fleet in December 2017, Britain’s newest aircraft carrier is due to be joined by her sister ship HMS Prince of Wales next year.With a four-acre flight deck, the ship is designed to carry up to 40 aircraft, principally the F35B stealth fighter which can launch and land vertically or use a short run up to the ‘ski jump’ ramp. The design of the vessel, owned by manufacturer BAE Systems and Thales, has been offered to India in a deal which would see a commercial levy paid to the MoD.  With sea trials planned for this summer, the aircraft carrier programme is still on schedule to see HMS Queen Elizabeth deployed on global operations from 2021. The MoD has committed £9.1 billion to buy 48 F-35B stealth jets and has promised the money for a further 90. Initially the Ministry of Defence said she was returning earlier as a “precautionary measure”, with some reports suggesting the leak had been known about for some days and that it became significantly worse earlier this week.A spokesperson said there was a “minor issue with an internal system on HMS Queen Elizabeth [and] the ship’s company were required to remove a small volume of water from the ship”. Britain’s new aircraft carrier has suffered a leak that has forced the ship to return to port early. A high-pressure seawater pipe burst in the forward area of HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s new 65,000 ton warship.  Around 250 tons of water (66,000 gallons) are understood to have flooded two compartments and a stairwell.The incident, the third leak on board HMS Queen Elizabeth since she was launched, is understood to have buckled a stairwell, bent some bulkheads and split some deck-plates on the carrier.Some reports on social media suggested three crew members had been at risk of drowning, but The Telegraph understands there have been no injuries and the hull is secure. All water from the leak was pumped out of the 900-foot long ship.   The £3.1 billion aircraft carrier left Portsmouth Naval Base last month to embark on five weeks of sea trials and was due to return for planned maintenance later this week.  The 280m long, £3 billion aircraft carrier has been on sea trials off the South West coast of the UK testing  her newly fitted Phalanx Close In Weapon System rapid-fire guns and the Army's Apache helicopter. July 9, 2019.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

  • Bar soap dispenser will double as cheese grater in a pinch

    first_imgLiquid soap might be de rigeur, but bar soap — that slippery, slidy stuff that sits on the soap tray in your mother’s bathroom, ultimately browning and curling into a disused, decade-old sliver of floral-scented fat — is actually a lot better for the environment, for reasons that might not entirely be obvious at first blush.Essentially, it all has to do with soap density. Since bar soap takes out the water from the soap, it concentrates it to its essence, making the carbon footprint of actually transporting soap around the world in trucks, or boats, or airplanes significantly less than bar soap.AdChoices广告Even so, bar soap can be unpleasant to use. It’s slippery and tends to shoot out of your hand when you least expect it, shooting out of the barrel of your clenched fist and into your eye like a bullet.Nathalie Stämpfli’s “Soap Flakes” dispenser is an attempt to fix this problem. Basically, it works just like a liquid soap dispenser, except that Stampfli’s dispensers actually shave little bits of soap off of a bar and into the palms of your hands. There’s two kinds: one is fixed to a wall, as in your favorite local rest room, while the other operates more like a pepper grinder.We admit, we like, even though it’s a concept instead of a real product. Our favorite thing? Both soap dispensers look like they’d be able to double as a parmesan grater in a pinch.Read more at Nathalie Stampflilast_img read more

  • Nanoscale textures used for optimal hydrophobic surfaces

    first_imgWhile it is exciting that we now live in a world where you can apply a superhydrophobic coating to most surfaces using a spray can, there are still those among us looking for the most efficient way to send liquids cascading away. The Department of Energy is one of those groups of people, and recently they have produced some really interesting research on the subject.For most people, keeping water off of something means using a particular kind of material. Currently, the research into making a surface highly water repellent has gone a little deeper than just the material used. The idea of coating a surface to make it hydrophobic is interesting, but if you could affect the texture of the surface itself during construction, then maybe you wouldn’t need a separate coating at all.Using some basic principles found in nature, the Department of Energy has created a superhydrophobic surface by adjusting the texture of that surface on a nano scale. Under an electron microscope you can see that the surface being tested in the video is a series of nanocones. These impossibly tiny spikes create the same effect that waterproofing sprays have had recently. In this demonstration, the texture stands 20nm tall, but it is possible that this same concept could be applied to greater effect at 10nm.Regarding this research, Brookhaven physicist Antonio Checco explained in the paper that this design mimics the self cleaning mechanism in lotus plants and insect exoskeletons by trapping air between the cones. This layer of air is what effectively pushes the water away, carrying dirt and dust from the surface away with it. It’s possible that this research could find its way into commercial applications like windshields and perhaps even camping materials someday, depending on how the surface behaves under various stressful environments like speed and barometric pressure.last_img read more

  • In praise of Derek He was like a father figure in that

    first_img 16,014 Views In praise of Derek – ‘He was like a father figure in that regard, trying to steer you on the right path’ Waterford forward Brian O’Halloran salutes their departing manager Derek McGrath. Image: inpho http://the42.ie/4079638 7 senior players in Cork side while Waterford field All-Ireland winners for Munster U21 semi-final‘More than a manager’ – Tributes pour in for departing Déise boss Derek McGrath 5 Comments Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 8:02 PM Share32 Tweet Email Updated Jun 19th 2018, 8:02 PM EVEN IN THE immediate aftermath of his tenure drawing to a halt, Derek McGrath continued to act in a manner the Waterford hurlers had grown accustomed to.When it came to the farewell bash to draw a line under his five seasons as their manager, McGrath opened the doors of his house last night in Waterford and welcomed all associated with their squad in.A barbeque, a few drinks, the World Cup coverage on in the background and a chance for them to reflect on the journey they had made together since starting out in 2014.“It summed up Derek I suppose,” says forward Brian O’Halloran.“The easiest thing last night would have been to meet in a pub but getting lads together would be a problem and then lads would scatter off in different directions and it wouldn’t have the closeness to it.“Derek was always thinking ahead and getting lads around to his house, was just on the ball. It was a perfect night. There was no big hullabaloo, there was no big speeches or farewells.“It was just nice to be able to chillax with the lads and with Derek, have a few chats and a few beers and stuff.”24 hours earlier McGrath had relayed the news that he was calling it a day. In the Horse & Jockey hotel, in the wake of a defeat to Cork that rounded off a challenging month for their squad, the announcement sank in amongst the Waterford players.It had been an afternoon where Deise stalwart Michael Walsh had reached an appearance landmark as their Munster involvement concluded.“Brick hates the spotlight as well. But Derek wanted I’d say not to take from Brick’s day and maybe he wanted a day to just enjoy himself with us, before he had to do his media duties and stuff,” says O’Halloran. Michael Walsh shakes hands with a fan after Sunday’s game. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO“He asked us not to say it to anyone. We didn’t even tell our families to be honest, we owed him that. He just wanted to do it on his own terms and he was entitled to do that in fairness.”There had been a sense hanging in the background throughout 2018 that there would be a finality to this campaign for McGrath.But there had been a cause to wonder would he remain after a Munster championship that saw Waterford hampered by sheer misfortune through severe injuries, suspension setbacks, a glaring umpire error and the lack of home comforts to play games.“He’d hinted it might be his last year but he’d never said anything for sure,” outlines O’Halloran.“You don’t want to think about it really, you want to concentrate on the year you’re in and worry about what’s to come after that. I thought the way the year panned out with the bad luck, that he might reconsider.“That’s the most frustrating thing. He deserved more than he got this year as regards luck. A lot of the injuries were just sheer bad luck, the umpire mistake was bad luck, having no home venue for Munster is what it is. He didn’t get a fair crack at it this year, which he deserved. But that’s life.”And his life outside hurling helped sway McGrath’s mind to move on.“You’d have to expect that after five years, it was time for him to give time back to his family,” admits O’Halloran.“It’s gone more and more time demanding. I know the way Derek approaches it, he’s obsessed by it and that he doesn’t do any half measures whatsoever.“I wouldn’t like to know what hours he was putting into the week but it was more than any full-time job. It’s only sustainable for a certain amount of time. With two young boys, it’s perfectly understandable from a family point of view, why he needs the break.” Derek McGrath departs Semple Stadium after last Sunday’s clash. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOMcGrath leaves occupying an elevated status amongst his players after forging such a strong connection.“Derek would always say to us, we’re making memories,” says O’Halloran.“Over the five years there’s some unbelievable moments. I think even the way he fought for the holiday last year summed him up. All he wanted for us for the holiday was to have what the other teams that reached All-Ireland finals had got.“He didn’t want anything more but he certainly wasn’t going to take anything less. He wanted us and our partners to have the holiday of our lives, and that kind of summed him up.“Like Noel (Connors) said last night, he’s more than a manager, and he is. I know he did a lot for lads in professions and he was always encouraging at us to look at our lives and what we wanted to do.You couldn’t speak highly enough of him.“I’d be training underage teams and you’d be trying to figure out how Derek does it. He just has such class, he has such emotional intelligence. He couldn’t enough for us and when you see a fella that cares that much about your life and stuff, you will die for him.“That’s the way it ended up being and we were a close-knit bunch. He treated us so well that it’d be impossible not to treat him the same way.” O’Halloran was pushed into the spotlight as a teenager in the 2010 All-Ireland semi-final but his senior championship debut didn’t have a happy ending as he was withdrawn 22 minutes in against Tipperary.His comeback story encountered plenty roadblocks with injury a chief factor behind his record of two championship appearances over the next five seasons.Yet McGrath always encouraged him to stick at it and the reward would come. Last summer he prospered and made telling impacts off the bench in the wins over Kilkenny, Wexford and Cork, while also getting on the scoresheet on All-Ireland final day against Galway.“He’d be the first one to say, he felt he wasted his own talent as a hurler. He also wished he could go back and try it again. He was always encouraging us not to make the same mistakes.“He was like a father figure in that regard, trying to steer you on the right path. I learned so much from him and having no regrets in that regard was one of them.” Brian O’Halloran celebrates a late point in last July’s game against Wexford. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOFor a team which lost an All-Ireland final, contested two more All-Ireland semi-finals and claimed a league title since the start of 2015, the outlook for Waterford hurling seems promising as they move into a post-McGrath era.They face into a hiatus from hurling now but when they do return for the 2019 campaign, O’Halloran is mindful of the need to kick on.“I think Derek used to say the words ‘potential’ and ‘talent’ are the two most overused words in Waterford. We are in a good place the last two years but until we go off and win something, it’s not the place you want to be.“We haven’t won a Munster or an All-Ireland which is what Derek wanted us to win and why he did so much for us. We’re sick of kind of hearing about we’re in a good place and we’ve lads coming through. It’s time to start doing something now and I’d be hoping we push on to win something.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Short URL By Fintan O’Toole Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brian O’Halloran: ‘Derek would always say to us, we’re making memories’ Image: inpho Brian O’Halloran: ‘Derek would always say to us, we’re making memories’ Jun 19th 2018, 5:57 PM last_img read more

  • Church condemns monks theft of womans remains

    first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos this week condemned as sacrilege, the theft of a woman’s remains in Greece by three Cypriots, including a monk, who claimed they did it because she was a saint.The prelate said he suspected this was an act of quackery with financial motives.The trio were arrested at the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens while preparing to board a flight to Cyprus on Sunday evening after police officers found the remains in their luggage. Chrysostomos condemned the act, describing it as sacrilege. “In my opinion this cleric should be punished; the situation is unacceptable, it is sacrilege,” the Church leader said.“They are probably acts of quackery by some aiming to make financial gains. That is my suspicion.”The 42-year-old monk, who lives at the Kykko Monastery has been suspended for three months.Greek prosecutors have charged him, another man, 54, and a 60-year-old woman – both from Larnaca – with theft and desecrating the remains of a deceased person.The three suspects denied the charges and were released to appear in court later this month.Police spokesman Michalis Katsounotos said the three returned to Cyprus late on Monday.The trio stole the remains of Eleni Vathiadou after a memorial service held by the woman’s family at a Nikea cemetery on Sunday to mark four years since her death. She had once been a nun at a Cypriot monastery but had lately been living in Greece. Vathiadou was never officially declared a saint by the Cypriot or Greek Orthodox Churches.“Our compatriots claimed that they dug up the remains because they considered the deceased a saint,” Katsounotos said. He added that before her death, Vathiadou, from Livadhia in the Larnaca district, had had frequent contacts with the suspects during visits to the island.The police spokesman said Kykko Bishop Nikiforos confirmed that the monk belonged to the monastery and he “authorised me to announce that he has suspended him for three months because he left the monastery without permission.” Katsounotos said the force has asked their counterparts in Greece for an official briefing in order to inform the Kykko Bishopric “so that it carries out the necessary actions”.Source: Cyprus Mail, ANA, Reuterslast_img read more

  • VIDEO Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Strings Festival

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools held its Annual Spring Strings Festival on Thursday, May 9, 2019 in the WHS Gymnasium.Watch performances from the High School Orchestra, the 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra, the 5th & 6th Grade Orchestra, and the Beginning Orchestra.Watch the concert, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/99e26b52-0585-4f70-b5e7-2c2bf37de850/video.original.mp400:0000:0001:13:04Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch 2017 Wilmington Spring Strings FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2019 Wilmington Spring Band FestivalIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch 2018 Wilmington Spring Strings FestivalIn “Videos”last_img read more

  • Juneau Assembly passes longawaited equal rights ordinance

    first_imgMore than 70 people crowded into the Juneau assembly chambers Monday in support of an equal rights ordinance.An Alaska Pride flag. The image is based on a double-faced eagle design from Alaska before Russian contact. (Creative Commons photo by Mel Green)With an 8-1 vote, the Juneau Assembly adopted the ordinance.Listen nowThe ordinance takes effect in 30 days and protects against discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.Freda Westman spoke in support of the ordinance on behalf of the Alaska Native Sisterhood.“It takes all of us working together (to) do what is right, to have equal protection. If not all of us are protected, then none of us are protected, and it’s important that it’s passed.”The Rev. Phil Campbell from the Northern Light United Church also expressed his support.“It was Theodore Parker and later Martin Luther King Jr. who said that the arc of the universe is long but that it bends toward justice. I humbly submit that by the passage of the equal rights ordinance that you will facilitate more bending toward justice and equality for all people.”Community members wearing large buttons with the word “Yes” over the pride flag filled the room, but the ordinance wasn’t without its critics.Assemblyman Jerry Nankervis voted against the 15-page ordinance. He said he didn’t disagree with the intent, but said there are problems with its execution. He said some aspects dealing with accessibility could increase a landlord’s costs. Some facilities may be forced to rent to, he suggested, Satanic groups. He also said offhand remarks could make people liable for aiding or abetting discrimination.“My concern with supporting this and the way it’s written, and as lengthy as it is–would be that I would fall into the sand trap that I always talk about, which is the ends justifying the means, and I just can’t do it (with) the way it’s structured right now.”Tom Williams was one of two community members who spoke in opposition to the ordinance.“The premise of this ordinance is that only those in the protected classes need to be insulated from unlawful behavior when in fact, abuses can occur on both sides of the transaction.”The ordinance doesn’t create a city agency or group that will monitor discrimination. Instead, it allows community members to take legal action if they feel they’ve experienced discrimination.Anchorage is the only other Alaska city that has these protections for private citizens.last_img read more

  • Super Dancer Chapter 3s Baby Birju Maharaj Dhairya Tandon to be seen

    first_imgBaby Birju Maharaj Dhairya TandonPR HandoutSET’s mythological saga Vighnaharta Ganesh has been instrumental in bringing to the audience’s stories from the rich Indian mythology since its inception. The stories are weaved around Lord Ganesha who is worshipped before all other Hindu Gods.The upcoming track of the story would show how Ganesha would create life the of Bhandasura from the ashes of Kamdev who Shiva had reduced into vestiges. To bring out the character and sequence, Super Dancer Chapter fame, Dhairya Tandon; findly known as the, ‘Little Birju Maharaj’ on the show would be seen essaying the role of child Bhandasur.Ludhiana boy Dhairya Tandon rose to popularity through his Kathak Dance grooves in the show – Super dancer Chapter 3 where he became famous as Baby Birju Maharaj for his classical dance talent.The young dancer would be seen playing a character is someone who has negative inclinations and takes whatever teachings Ganesha imbibes in the negative streak in return, harming others. In the process, Lord Ganesha tells him to pray to Shiva and taking his advice, he prays to Lord Shiva who grants him his wish of conquering the world. This leads to the revelation of his evil virtues.When reached out to Dhairya Tandon, he said, “When I got the offer for the role of Bhasmasur, my entire family was excited about it. After, showing my dance moves on Super dancer Chapter 3, acting would be the new exciting move and would help me learn and grow.”Dhairya Tandon added, “I look forward to working with actors like Malkhan Singh Ji and Akanksha Puri Ji who are popular faces on television and will surely give my best to do justice to the role of Bhandasur. I never would disappoint the ones who thought that I was apt for the role and will adhere to theirs as well as the audience’s expectations.”last_img read more

  • Man killed in gunfight

    first_imgGunfight illustration by Prothom AloA suspected drug trader was killed in what the law enforcers called a gunfight with the members of detective branch of police in Jahajghat, Rajshahi early Saturday.The deceased is Alamgir Hossain Alo, 45, son of late Muktar Ali of ward No. 29, reports UNB.Iftekhar Alam, assistant police commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) said, on information, a team of detectives conducted a drive around 3:00am in the area.According to the law enforcers’ accounts, when the team reached the spot, the gang opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back triggering the gunfight that left Alo bullet-hit.The injured was then taken to Rahshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) where physicians declared him dead.Six policemen were also injured in the incident, added the police official.Prothom Alo, however, could not verify the law enforcement’s version of the incident independently as no version of it was available immediately either from any witness or from any member of the victim’s family.Malaysia-based newspaper New Straits Times, quoting rights organisation Ain o Salish Kendra, reported that around 200 people were killed till July since the anti-drug crackdown in May.last_img read more

  • Physical activity levels may start tailing off at age seven

    first_imgPhysical activity may start tailing off as early as age seven and not during adolescence as is widely believed, according to a new study.The study conducted at the University of Strathclyde in the UK also found that there is no evidence to indicate that the decline is greater among girls than boys.The long-term study states that the prevailing view among policy makers and health professionals is that physical activity levels during childhood are adequate, but fall sharply during adolescence with the decline significantly greater among girls. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccording to the research, there is actually very little evidence to back this up and what research has been carried out in this area has mostly been done before the impact of new technologies would have been felt.”Our study has found that all the boys and girls we assessed were taking paths, which were inconsistent with the orthodox view: physical activity begins to decline at adolescence; declines much more rapidly at adolescence or declines much more rapidly in adolescent girls than boys,” said Professor John Reilly of Strathclyde’s School of Psychological Sciences and Health, who led the study. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive “We did not set out to examine the reasons behind the changes, but finding out why around one in five of the boys managed to maintain levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity throughout the study period might help to inform future policy and practice,” Reilly said.The study also questions the concept of the adolescent girl as a priority for research and policy efforts in physical activity.”Future research and public health policy should focus on preventing the decline in physical activity, which begins in childhood, not adolescence, and providing an improved understanding of the determinants of the different physical activity trajectories, including an understanding of the relative importance of biological and environmental influences,” Reilly said. To quantify the timing of any changes, the researchers tracked the physical activity levels of a representative sample of around 400 children. These children took part in the Gateshead Millennium Cohort Study in North East England between 2006 and 2015. Physical activity levels were measured when the children were aged seven, nine, twelve and fifteen, using a small lightweight portable monitor, the actigraph, worn for seven days at a time.Overall, the total volume of physical activity fell from the age of seven onwards in both boys and girls during this time, with declines no steeper during adolescence than in earlier childhood.Published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the study is observational and firm conclusions cannot be drawn from it about cause and effectlast_img read more

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    first_img Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Viztek, a leading provider of complete digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, has announced today record sales and continued demand for its ViZion + Wireless DR panel. Viztek has sold more than 300 ViZion + Wireless DR panels since the product became commercially available in early November, less than four months ago.The rapid pace of sales and continued strong demand, said Viztek President, Joe Cermin, means the company is uniquely meeting the market need for quality, ease-of-use, and affordability for DR imaging systems.”The demand for the Viztek ViZion + Wireless DR panel affirms the company position as a leader in DR imaging, bringing solutions to market that address the needs of healthcare facilities to best care for their patients,” Cermin said. “The pace of sales has exceeded our own forecasts, and based on feedback we expect to see this continued demand for the foreseeable future.”Customers who have purchased the 14 x 7 wireless flat panel detector DR device say the image quality and user friendly software, coupled with the ease and speed of installation, make the ViZion + detector system the perfect choice for their practice.”Simply put, and the Viztek ViZion + Wireless DR panel meets all our needs. It not only gives us top quality images but the flexibility of the system enables us to readily image challenging or less mobile patients,” said Tom Yang, M.D., partner and co-owner, Fastercare, based in Richardson, Texas. “The durability of the device also gives us added peace of mind in our investment.”The ViZion + Wireless DR panel complements and further expands Viztek’s extensive line-up of imaging systems. It can be used in new imaging environments as well as retrofitted to existing rooms allowing customers an immediate improvement to workflow and productivity. Unlike most wireless panels, the Viztek ViZion + Wireless DR panel is equipped with a built-in router to enable wireless connectivity, eliminating the need for outside routers to allow Wi-Fi accessibility.For more information: www.viztek.net FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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  • Costa Rica police seize nearly 2 tons of cocaine this weekend

    first_img“Llevamos casi 2 toneladas decomisadas en una semana” menciona @CelsoGamboaCR pic.twitter.com/D7e4D8WuC1— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014 The new administration’s public security minister, Celso Gamboa, said in a press conference attended by President Luis Guillermo Solís that, “Our mission is to safeguard our coasts from drug trafficking.” Presidente @luisguillermosr presente en el MSP respaldando a @seguridadcr @fuerzapublicacr pic.twitter.com/a5NKeTNA4F— Celso Gamboa Sánchez (@CelsoGamboaCR) May 17, 2014 Costa Rica’s battle with international drug traffickers continued this weekend with the Saturday seizure of 1.7 tons of cocaine during two early-morning raids near both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts.Two Colombian men were arrested in one of the operations, a Public Security Ministry press release said. Related posts:Costa Rican police dismantle international drug trafficking gang Solís put on the defensive as joint US-Costa Rican patrols come up for renewal Talk of ‘Yankee imperialism’ rankles US Embassy in San José Narco-plane crashes in northern Costa Rica; cops find 500 kilos of cocaine nearby In the first raid, police discovered 965 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the sand and among palm trees at Playa Linda, in the Pacific coast canton of Aguirre.In the second raid, cops seized 731 kilos of cocaine wrapped in plastic bags and stashed in two chicken coops at a home in the Caribbean town of Guácimo.Police received an anonymous tip about the drug stash. Two Colombian men, one aged 77, were arrested. #PCD decomisa 731 kilos de cocaína en Guácimo de Limón @CelsoGamboaCR pic.twitter.com/jNtFR92Peh— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014 Facebook Comments Droga fue trasladada en avionetas del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea. Ya está custodiada. @CelsoGamboaCR pic.twitter.com/ZHWK5tBmyR— Seguridad Pública (@seguridadcr) May 17, 2014last_img read more

  • Veteran outside linebacker James Harrison was in t

    first_imgVeteran outside linebacker James Harrison was in the Valley this week, where he met with Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim.Despite mutual interest, the two sides could not consummate a deal as of Friday night.Saturday, the two-time Super Bowl champion made it official that he won’t be joining the Cardinals or any other team in 2014.Posted to his official Facebook account, Harrison announced his retirement from the NFL: Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories I have made the difficult decision to retire as of today. My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game. I have missed too many experiences with them because I devoted SO much time to my career. My love for the game isn’t strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school. I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings. I am sincerely thankful to the people who have supported me over the years, first and foremost my family, the Rooney family and my Steeler family, also Mr. Brown, the Bengals organization and fans, and last but FAR from least, Steeler Nation. Thank you.The former Kent State standout played parts of 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2004-12) and Cincinnati Bengals (2013), recording 66 sacks and 472 tackles.An undrafted free agent back in 2002, Harrison was a five-time Pro Bowler during his career.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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