Lindelof looking forward to welcoming fresh faces

first_imgVictor Lindelof is looking forward to welcoming both a fresh start and fresh faces to Manchester United during an important summer for the club.Having seen a 2018-19 campaign which promised much deliver very little, the Red Devils find themselves rebuilding once more.Daniel James has become the first signing of what is expected to be a busy transfer window, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka potentially the next new arrival in a £55 million ($70m) switch from Crystal Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? United are moving quickly to get additions on board, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to have as long as possible to work with big-money signings before the 2019-20 campaign gets underway.Lindelof says those already at Old Trafford will endeavour to make that process as painless as possible, with any injection of talent set to be embraced.The Swedish defender, who linked up with the Red Devils in 2017, told the club’s official website: “Pre-season is very important for the team.“New players come in and meet the group and I think it’s vital, especially this season, that we’re all together in the beginning and work through things we want to do and the things we want to improve, so yeah I would say pre-season is very important.“When I had just signed for the club, it was important for me to meet and bond with all the players and staff, see what what kind of personalities there are and see how the club worked. I really enjoyed it.”Pontus Jansson LeedsUnited are set to open their pre-season schedule with a game against Perth Glory on July 13, before then facing old adversaries Leeds four days later.Lindelof is excited by a meeting with the Whites that will see him going head-to-head with fellow countryman Pontus Jansson.He added: “I’ve never played against them but I’ve heard about the rivalry with Leeds of course.“Even if it is a pre-season game, I think it’s going to be a tough one.“I have a Swedish friend playing there so it’s also going to be fun. I’m looking forward to that game.”For now, though, Lindelof is focused on getting himself into the best possible shape for the challenges to come – both friendly and competitive.He said: “We are professionals so even when we’re on holiday we still have to train and keep the fitness levels up.“The most important thing in pre-season is to get minutes on the pitch, feel the rhythm of the game and work through the tactics, so that everyone knows exactly what we want to do.”United will kick off their Premier League season with a home date against Chelsea on August 11. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Colored Toilet Paper: The Latest Bathroom Trend We Can Get Behind

first_imgTouch of Modern, the members-only e-commerce site focused on selling lifestyle products for men, may have caught on to a trend nobody else was expecting.Colored toilet paper.That’s right, guys. It’s 2017 and amid the Unicorn Frappuccinos and hoverboards we’ve also got colored TP.Touch of Modern’s Renova Colored Toilet Paper ($19.99) is a vibrant punch to your bathroom décor… without breaking the bank on a framed picture or 100-threadcount towels. And let’s be honest, we’re all about great interior design staples that are easy to install.Offered in lime green, black, pumpkin orange, teal, and red, grab a roll that matches any color combo (our death metal senses are taking a strong hold and driving us toward the black). Come on, how badass is black toiler paper!Before you laugh off this design trend as a spoof, it’s worth taking note that Touch of Modern has already sold out most of its colors, including the Black + Blue mix and Red + Black mix.Yep, guys are actually using this stuff… and it might be because the triple-layer colorfast bath tissue feels damn lavish for your rear. (And no… the colors won’t run off on your body.)The Founder of Touch of Modern, Jerry Hum, built his $100 million company on far-out design instincts much like the idea of colored toilet paper.Hum tells The Manual that one of his top masculine trends for this spring and summer is unexpected pops of color in the bathroom.“The bathroom is usually the smallest room in someone’s home (especially for those in more urban spaces) so if you’re going to take a risk with color or have a little fun, it’s a pretty low-commitment location. For some, this means painting an accent wall or getting creative with linens. But there are other choices that are not quite as overt. Renova TP? It’s hard to find a more instantaneous conversation-starter (after zipping up, of course) and they come in pretty much every color you can dream up.”Touch of Modern also sells the bathroom accessory Illimibowl, which in essence turns your actual toilet seat into a discotheque via neon, motion-activated lights. If that’s your vibe; more power to you. We’ll stick with the Iron Maiden-inspired TP.Hum laughs and adds, “Don’t take everything so seriously – it’s just the bathroom.”And maybe that’s the lesson to be learned; that taking bold interior design chances should be fun and celebrate your living space, making it more inhabitable.Who knows, white toilet paper may be considered “old fashion” or “out of style” in a year, and you’ll be ahead of the curve. A Soaring Roof Defines This Paradise of an Arizona Desert Dwelling What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Editors’ Recommendations Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire This Little House in Washington Has Big Personalitylast_img read more

Cargotec Bags Orders for 60 MacGregor Cranes

first_imgzoom MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won a run of orders for bulk versions of its cargo handling cranes from five Chinese shipyards.The cranes are destined for 15 bulk carriers for various owners. The orders were booked in the first quarter 2014 order intake and include:Two 37,500 dwt bulkers on order at Yangzhou Gouyo shipyard. The vessels will be used to carry logs as well as dry bulk cargoes and will each be equipped with four GLBE3026.2-2/2426.2gr variable frequency drive (VFD)-type marine cranes. The cranes are scheduled for delivery by the end of 2014.A repeat contract for two 63,000 dwt bulk carriers on order at the Dayang shipyard for Greek owner whose two new vessels will each be equipped with four GLB3629-2/28.829 electro-hydraulic type marine cranes. Deliveries are scheduled for the end of 2014.A Greek customer has ordered two 61,000 dwt bulkers from NACKS shipyard. The contract will see MacGregor deliver four electro-hydraulic-type GLB3528-2/2828gr marine cranes for each vessel by mid-2015.Five 61,000 dwt bulk ships under construction at the Natong Huatai shipyard for Hong Kong-based company. All vessels will be fitted with four electro-hydraulic-type GLB3026-2/2426gr marine cranes, which are scheduled for delivery from the end of 2014 until the beginning of 2016.Four 67,000 dwt bulk and log handling vessels being built at the Zheijiang Zhenge shipyard for Chinese owners. Each ship will be equipped with four GLBE3629-2/2829gr VFD marine cranes, planned for delivery starting end 2014.“Our cranes easily meet all the demands of the bulk handling sector, which is one of the most demanding marine environments,” Mikael Hägglund, Sales Manager, Cranes, says. “With all machinery well protected inside the housing, the cranes are well-prepared for this duty.”He adds: “Depending on an operator’s specific needs and capacity, we can supply a range of options from our well-proven electro-hydraulic version, to our highly-efficient low-energy new-generation VFD electric cranes. For tougher operations [hours per year] we can offer our four-wire K4 heavy-duty grab cranes.”Cargotec, April 8, 2014last_img read more

SLNG Performs 1st Small Scale LNG Reload

first_imgSingapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first small scale liquefied natural gas (LNG) gas-up/cool-down and reload at its terminal on Jurong Island. The operation was carried out from 18-20 June 2017 for the newly built, 6,500 cbm, Cardissa, an LNG bunker vessel owned by Shell and co-financed by the European Union’s Connecting Europe Facility that will serve customers in Northwest Europe.The operation was conducted at the SLNG terminal’s secondary jetty, which is originally designed to accommodate LNG vessels from 60,000 cbm to 265,000 cbm capacity.SLNG said that detailed compatibility studies were carried out in advance to ensure that the vessel could safely call at the jetty. Among other things, the compatibility studies involved checking whether the vessel’s equipment would be able to connect with the equipment at the jetty, and the marine conditions needed to ensure that the operations could be conducted smoothly. Prior to this, the smallest LNG carrier that had called at the SLNG terminal for unloading or reloading was about 65,000 cbm. “The successful completion of our first small scale LNG reload operation is significant as it demonstrates the SLNG terminal’s ability to play the role of LNG supply hub for the region,” John Ng, CEO of SLNG, said.“The terminal is able to break LNG cargoes into smaller parcels and facilitate deliveries of small volumes of LNG to other terminals in the region, or as bunker fuel to ships in our port. We are already looking ahead to further enhance our capabilities in this area, by exploring possible modifications to our secondary jetty to accommodate LNG vessels as small as 2,000 cbm. This is expected to come onstream in 2019.”SLNG and the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore launched the nation’s first LNG truck loading facility during a ceremony held on 12 April 2017, at the SLNG terminal. The single-bay facility is a step towards developing truck-to-ship LNG bunkering.last_img read more

HHI Aims to Reach USD 75 Bn of Sales in 2018

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has set its sights on reaching USD 7.52 billion in sales during 2018.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the yearly target stands at KRW 7.99 trillion, significantly less than the 2017 goal of KRW 10 trillion in sales.HHI’s 2018 sales target represents a 60 percent decline from the one a decade ago. The lower aim was set on the back of a decline in order backlogs, which is expected to continue this year as well.In his speech for 2018, Hyundai Heavy President and CEO, Kang Hwan-goo, suggested that the shipbuilding sector could face difficulties never witnessed before, Yonhap News Agency informed.The crisis is expected to come amid dwindling order backlogs as building work for offshore plants could completely run out in a few months.In an effort to improve its financial structure, in late December the South Korean major unveiled its plans to raise KRW 1.3 trillion via a share issue.At the time, the company said it intends to sell a total of 12.5 million shares by March 2018. Some KRW 869 billion from the share sale would be used for operating funds.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Steven Fletcher criticizes his own governments bill in Manitoba

first_imgWINNIPEG – Former federal cabinet minister Steven Fletcher, now a Progressive Conservative backbencher in Manitoba, may be in hot water after criticizing his own government’s bill.Fletcher has been speaking out against a proposed law that would create a new Crown agency to promote energy efficiency, and has tied up two legislature committee meetings in recent weeks by asking questions for hours, late into the night.Premier Brian Pallister said Wednesday he has had a talk with Fletcher, but would not discuss any details.“I tend to have a lot of time for Steven, as you all know, so we’ll just leave it at that,” Pallister said.When asked whether that means Fletcher has not faced any discipline, Pallister responded: “I wouldn’t say that, but I’d say that we’ll deal with these things internally and that’s how caucus discipline is best arrived at.”Might Fletcher be removed from caucus, Pallister was asked.“I don’t have any plans of that nature, but we’ll see where the conduct goes from here. It’s true of all caucus members, not just Steven.”Fletcher was even more tight-lipped and refused to reveal any discussions he had with Pallister.He said he was doing his job as a politician by raising concerns about the cost of carving out a new agency from Crown-owned Manitoba Hydro to promote energy efficiency.“I am fulfilling my responsibilities as a (legislature member), as a critical thinker. There’s a lot of questions which exist,” Fletcher said.His actions are the first signs of a crack in the unity of the 40-member Tory caucus elected last year. Pallister led his party to the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century and has stressed the need for his members to work as a team.He repeated that goal Wednesday, and said Fletcher and other Tories ran, in part, on a campaign promise to create the new energy agency.“Normally … you would think that people would be standing up for the things they ran on. That would be a fair observation, I think.”Fletcher, 44, was a Conservative member of Parliament between 2004 and 2015 and was Canada’s first quadriplegic MP. He served for a few years as minister of state for democratic reform and minister of state for transport. He lost his seat to Liberal Doug Eyolfson in the 2015 election.Last year, Fletcher won a provincial seat in the west suburbs of Winnipeg.Fletcher’s tactics at the legislature committee only managed to delay the bill temporarily. The committee passed the bill — Fletcher is not a voting member — and it is expected to come to a final vote in the legislature in the coming weeks.Fletcher wouldn’t say whether he might vote against the bill when he gets the chance.“We’ll see when the bill comes up if I’m in a meeting or not. It depends on the timing.“I also might need to go to the bathroom. I’m not sure. We’ll see.”last_img read more

Thai police Saudi asylum seeker is flying to Canada

first_imgBANGKOK — A Saudi asylum seeker who fled alleged abuse by her family is leaving Bangkok on Friday and will fly to Canada, Thailand’s immigration police chief said.Police Chief Surachate Hakparn said the 18-year-old woman, Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, would leave late Friday evening. He gave no other details.He earlier said several countries including Canada and Australia were in talks with the U.N. refugee agency on accepting Alqunun.A spokesman for Canada’s foreign minister said he could not confirm she was coming to Canada.Alqunun’s case has highlighted the cause of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. Several female Saudis fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home. Human rights activists say many similar cases have gone unreported.Alqunun was stopped last Saturday at a Bangkok airport by immigration police who denied her entry and seized her passport.She barricaded herself in an airport hotel room and launched a social media campaign that drew global attention to her case. It garnered enough public and diplomatic support to convince Thai officials to admit her temporarily under the protection of U.N. officials, who granted her refugee status on Wednesday.If Canada is taking Alqunun, it could further upset Saudi-Canada relations. In August, Saudi Arabia expelled Canada’s ambassador to the kingdom and withdrew its own ambassador after Canada’s foreign ministry tweeted support for the arrests of women’s right activists. The Saudis also sold Canadian investments and ordered their citizens studying in Canada to leave.Alqunun had previously said on Twitter that she wished to seek refuge in Australia.Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne met with senior Thai officials in Bangkok on Thursday. She later told reporters that Australia was assessing Alqunun’s request for resettlement.Payne said she also raised Australia’s concerns with Thai officials about Hakeem al-Araibi, a 25-year-old former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who was granted refugee status in Australia in 2017 after fleeing his homeland, where he said he was persecuted and tortured.He was arrested while on holiday in Thailand last November due to an Interpol notice in which Bahrain sought his custody after he was sentenced in absentia in 2014 to 10 years in prison for allegedly vandalizing a police station — a charge he denies. Bahrain is seeking his extradition.Al-Araibi’s case is being considered by Thailand’s justice system, she said.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Hard Rock Releases U2 TShirt For Charity

first_imgHard Rock is proud to launch its U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt in support of human rights around the globe.Through a partnership between EDUN LIVE and Hard Rock, the limited-edition shirt will be available in stores and online, with 15% of the retail price benefitting Amnesty International in support of the organization’s human rights campaigning efforts worldwide.The world’s top artists and bands have collaborated with Hard Rock International for more than two decades as part of the brand’s acclaimed Signature Series program, helping to raise millions for a variety of worthy endeavors globally.“I hope this T-shirt generates loads of cash for Amnesty International and their tireless work towards the release of prisoners of conscience all around the world,” said The Edge of U2. “Plus there’s a guitar on it – so it’s a win-win as far as I’m concerned.”Hard Rock’s U2 Signature Series: Edition 30 T-shirt ($26) features an image of an electric guitar with angel wings, emblazoned with the words “JUSTICE,” “HUMANITY” and “EQUALITY.” A barbed wire is seen wrapped around the neck of the guitar. The back of the T-shirt bears the signatures of each member of U2, including singer Bono, guitarist The Edge, bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.“We are thrilled that U2, Hard Rock and EDUN have generously offered to support Amnesty International in this high-profile way,” said Thomas Schultz-Jagow, Campaigns & Communications Director, Amnesty International. “We have a history of working with all three, and the combined power of us all coming together on this project will make a huge difference by raising awareness of our human rights work around the world.”“We are proud to support Amnesty International and aid in the fight for human rights worldwide through the Signature Series program,” said Annie Balliro, Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock is honored to have U2, legendary musicians and dedicated activists, join with us to raise funds and awareness for such an important organization.”The new T-shirt will be available online and at Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafe locations in New York, London and Dublin on December 10, 2012 to coincide with International Human Rights Day. It will be available in Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos worldwide beginning in February 2013. The U2 Signature Series T-shirt is printed on a navy blue EDUN LIVE T-shirt made from 100% African cotton and is available in men’s sizes.Hard Rock’s Signature Series Lineup
Hard Rock developed the concept of partnering with world-renowned musicians and bands to create and donate imaginative designs more than 20 years ago. These unique designs are reproduced onto T-shirts and sold at Hard Rock properties worldwide, with a portion of the retail price benefitting the artist’s preferred charity. U2 joins a legendary roster of rock icons – from The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Eric Clapton, to Jon Bon Jovi, Shakira, Ringo Starr and John Lennon – who have become part of Hard Rock’s Signature Series program, which has helped to raise millions of dollars for charitable causes worldwide.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_img“I have spent a near half century devoted to making music and discovering talent all over the world so now it becomes a very daunting, emotional, and cathartic experience giving in to the process of having a film made about your life,” said David Foster. “I am both excited and nervous but most of all I hope that this film may serve as a guide to inspire young artists, songwriters, musicians and producers to relentlessly pursue their dreams and creative talents.”“We are honoured to partner with Melbar Entertainment on DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “David is a true visionary in popular music, and we know that his story will resonate with audiences on CTV and Crave.”“David Foster personifies everything I love about show business,” said Barry Avrich, Director. “And when else will I have a producer/director/star all in one try and tell me how to make a film!”Born in Victoria, BC, Foster began studying piano at age four. As the story goes, his mother was dusting the family piano, hit one of the keys, and was shocked when he correctly called out, “That’s an E!”, thus discovering he had perfect pitch. Starting as a studio musician, arranger, and recording artist with the band Skylark, Foster worked his way up the ranks to become one of the most successful songwriters and record producers in history. He’s behind 50 Top 20 hits; has 16 Grammy Awards; and another 47 nominations to his name, including three Academy Award nominations. He has also earned a reputation as a talent scout, playing a key role in the discovery and launch of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Bublé. In 2002, David was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and has also been inducted into The Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in the U.S. In 2013, he received his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. He also established the David Foster Foundation in 1985 with a mission to provide financial support to Canadian families with children in need of live-saving organ transplants, along with promoting organ donor awareness.DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD is produced by Melbar Entertainment in partnership with CTV. Bell Media President, Randy Lennox, music industry veterans Jeffrey Latimer and Marc Johnston, and Barry Avrich are Executive Producers. Avrich also serves as Director. Caitlin Cheddie is producer. Justin Stockman is Vice-President, SVOD and OTT, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is President, Distribution and Pay, Bell Media. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@CTV @TheLede_caAbout Melbar Entertainment GroupEstablished is 1998, Melbar Entertainment Group is one of the largest producers of non scripted content in North America. Melbar has produced over 50 documentaries including the internationally acclaimed The Last Mogul, Prosecuting Evil, Blurred Lines and The Reckoning and has produced over 15 award winning stage to a screen adaptations of Shakespeare including The Tempest with Christopher Plummer and King Lear with Colm Feore. Melbar is currently in production on three new documentaries including Made You Look about the infamous Knoedler Gallery forgery and Reversal of Fortune about the political crisis in Turkey. Melbar also produces live entertainment specials including past productions of The Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canadian Screen Awards and The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame Awards.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 18 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CraveDelivering more Emmy® Award-winning programming than any other service, Crave is Canada’s prestige entertainment offering, with HBO, SHOWTIME®, Starz, Hollywood-hit movies, a superior collection of kid’s movies and programs, and thousands of hours of acclaimed television series, specials, factual programming, and originals that can’t be found anywhere else. Crave is the exclusive home of HBO in Canada, delivering HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, documentaries, films, and live specials, as well as titles from HBO’s extensive off-air library. Crave is also home to current SHOWTIME series and specials, and past SHOWTIME hits. Crave Original hit series include LETTERKENNY; candid interview series MUCH STUDIOS PRESENTS: MIKE ON MUCH IN CONVERSATION WITH…; upcoming darkly funny “true crime” comedy NEW EDEN; apocalyptic new original comedic documentary series WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE; Crave Original stand-up series, and animated series LITTLEKENNY. Crave is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet at, via iOS and Android, and other platforms. It’s also available through participating television providers across six 24-hour High Definition linear and on demand channels. Crave is from Bell Media, Canada’s leading content company, providing Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming on network, specialty, pay and digital platforms. Visit our website at LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook TORONTO, July 16, 2019 – Bell Media Studios and Melbar Entertainment Group have joined forces on a new feature documentary, DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD, it was announced today. The film about the 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer and composer is directed by Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul, Prosecuting Evil) and executive produced by Randy Lennox, Barry Avrich, Jeffery Latimer, and Marc Johnston. The project, currently in post-production, will enjoy a theatrical run before premiering on CTV and Crave. Broadcast details for CTV and Crave will be announced at a later date, as well as US and international release dates.Blending rare archival footage, interviews, and unprecedented access to Foster himself, DAVID FOSTER: OFF THE RECORD is an up close and personal look at the extraordinary career of a producer, composer, and entertainer who has helped sell more than a half billion records working with some of the most successful artists of all time. Powerful and sometimes humorous, the film follows Foster’s relentless ambition, hunger, and rise to the top, as he becomes an iconic producer and songwriter, working with the likes of Chicago and Celine Dion at the beginning of his career, and later with Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and Andrea Bocelli, just to name a few. Viewers also receive an inside look at the next chapter in his career – a first for Foster – Broadway, and a look into his personal life, which has occasionally become front-page news.The film features interviews with friends, family, and fellow musicians, including: Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones, Clive Davis, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Cetera, Chicago, daughters Erin and Sara Foster, Diane Warren, Carole Bayer Sager, and more. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

UN lauds first ever rescue of abducted children in southern Sudan

“We call upon the relevant authorities to ensure that all children still in captivity be released as soon as possible, and that the practice of child abduction is brought to a stop wherever they may be in southern Sudan,” said Lise Grande, the UN Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. The 28 children – aged between 2 and 14 years – were released on 22 October, following a new initiative by the Commissioner of Pibor county, who has vowed to stamp out the scourge of child abduction in Jonglei state. In May, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that thousands of children are estimated to have been displaced from their homes since the start of 2009 due to attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Central and Western Equatoria, while repeated clashes between tribal groups in Jonglei, Lakes and Warrap states were believed to have resulted in the death and abduction of children. More than 140 children had been reportedly abducted in Pibor county, while children were feared to be among the 450 people believed killed in Pibor and the 170 people killed in Akobo county. The group just released, which includes nine Ethiopians from the Gambella region and eight Southern Sudanese from Eastern and Central Equatoria states, is being accommodated temporarily at a centre in Juba, the capital of southern Sudan, according to a statement issued by the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).Ms. Grande voiced her hope that those currently in Juba will be reunited with their families as soon as possible, and that other abducted children will also be freed at the earliest. UNICEF has been working on child registration to facilitate the tracing of families and reunification, as well as follow-up monitoring. 5 November 2009The United Nations today hailed the rescue of 28 children who had been abducted in southern Sudan’s Jonglei state, and urged that all those still being held be released immediately. read more

UN chief urges Maldives to uphold rule of law amid rapidly unfolding

The UN chief expressed serious concern about the unfolding situation in the Maldives and, in statement issued by his Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, urge the Government to uphold the constitution and rule of law, lift the state of emergency as soon as possible, and take all measures to ensure the safety and security of the people in the country, including members of the judiciary.”According to media reports, the security forces arrested the top judge after the declaration of the state of emergency – a development following the Supreme Court decision that ordered the release of convicted opposition leaders and the reinstatement of 12 parliamentarians.Over the weekend, senior UN officials called on the authorities in the Maldives to fully respect the top court ruling, with Mr. Guterres expressing the continued readiness of the UN to facilitate all-party talks in finding a solution to the Indian Ocean nation’s political stalemate. read more

Teenage woman and man 22 arrested on suspicion of twoyearold girls murder

first_imgTwo people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a two-year-old girl.The toddler, who has not been named by police, was found dead after the emergency services were called to a terraced house in Stoke-on-Trent shortly before 10am on Monday.A 19-year-old woman and a man aged 22 have been detained by officers investigating the death, who have also sealed off an alleyway behind the property in Packett Street, Fenton. Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA  A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Wednesday to establish cause of death.Detective Inspector Dan Ison, the senior officer in the inquiry, said: “Our thoughts are with the little girl’s family at this time.”This is a very distressing incident and we are doing all we can to support those affected.”A detailed investigation is under way to understand the circumstances of what has happened and police activity will continue in the area.” Police at the scene Neighbours said they believed police had forced entry to the house by smashing a window in the front door.A resident in Packett Street, who asked not to be named, told reporters: “I don’t know who lived there but I don’t think they’ve been there very long.”We’ve not been told why the alleyway was closed. It’s just a shock that they’re investigating a death.”center_img West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two doctors were sent to the scene at about 9.55am.An ambulance service spokesman said: “On arrival at the incident, crews discovered a child who was sadly confirmed deceased.”They also treated a woman at the scene before she was transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital.” This is a very distressing incident and we are doing all we can to support those affectedDetective Inspector Dan Ison 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.last_img read more

Britains flagship aircraft carrier needs protection from frightening Russian threat its captain

Cdre Betton said: “We need to protect the ship from any threats… Speaking ahead of the deployment to New York and the east coast of America, Commodore Andrew Betton, commander of the UK Carrier Strike Group, said that the carrier would have protection from other Royal Navy warships in the task group. And he said that the beleaguered Type 45 air defence destroyers, beset with propulsion issues which require an engine refit, will be repaired and ready to support the Queen Elizabeth by the time it embarks on its first operational deployment in 2021. 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. Britain’s new aircraft carrier needs protection from the ‘frightening Russian threat’ as it crosses the Atlantic for sea trials, the captain has said. read more

Inventions wanted Digital Irish dancing shoes keepy uppy counter

first_imgA ROOMFUL OF some of the finest minds in science, tech, design and art is hoping to come up with quick solutions to some unusual requests this coming weekend.Science Hack Dublin will see the experts in different fields collaborating for an intense 36 hours with the common goal of using science to make life better. Members of the public are being asked to submit their project ideas for consideration here with the hope that a team will work on a solution for it. The Science Hack people explain, “A ‘hack’ is a quick solution to a problem – maybe not the most elegant solution, but often the cleverest.”Some of the projects already mooted include an easy tool for 3D printing, a sensor that measures the power expended by an athlete while weightlifting (and can tell when they are getting tired), a counter which keeps track electronically of  the number of ‘keepy uppys’ you can do in one go, Irish dancing shoes that send performance data back from their soles to an interface and more.Tickets (free) can be booked in advance here. The event, to be held this coming Saturday and Sunday at The Hub  in Dublin City University,is one of several ‘hack days’ running internationally this year. San Francisco, Nairobi, Boston, Brighton, Nicosia and Eindhoven are also hosting similar events in 2013.This was the scene at the Science Hack Dublin day last year: And when the going got tough, the sleeping bags came into play…last_img read more

BNP organisers being arrested selectively Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir addresses a press conference at the BNP`s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday. Photo: Prothom AloBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that the law enforcers are selectively arresting BNP’s organisers.”Those who are organisers and leading the party are being arrested selectively,” Fakhrul told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Thursday.The BNP secretary general said, “We have never seen such arrests in an independent country. We can compare it with Hitler’s Gestapo, the German police force under Nazi. Or we can compare it with the dictators who carried out repression on the democratic activists.”BNP will stage demonstration at all thanas in the capital on Saturday protesting at law enforcers’ attack on its sit-in programme in front of the National Press Club on Thursday, reports UNB.Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme at the press conference.“We are announcing a protest programme at all thanas of the capital on Saturday protesting at police attack on our peaceful sit-in programme,” said the BNP leader.Fakhrul said they were observing their sit-in programme today, Thursday, in front of the National Press Club but law enforcers foiled it without any provocation.last_img

IS attacks on Taliban Afghan ceasefire day

first_imgMen carry an injured man in a hospital after a car bomb, Jalalabad city, Afghanistan on 16 June 2018. Photo: ReutersA car bomb killed at least 26 people at a gathering of Taliban and Afghan armed forces in the eastern city of Nangarhar on Saturday, an official said, as soldiers and militants elsewhere in the country celebrated an unprecedented ceasefire.Dozens of unarmed Taliban militants had earlier entered the Afghan capital and other cities to celebrate, coinciding with the end of the Ramadan fasting season. Soldiers and militants exchanged hugs and took selfies on their smartphones.But in some provinces the insurgents were carrying rocket launchers, grenades and other ammunition.Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor of Nangarhar, confirmed a car bomb was responsible for the attack in the town of Ghazi Aminullah Khan, on the main Torkham-Jalalabad road. He had earlier said a rocket-propelled grenade was to blame.The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack. Afghanistan also faces insurgencies from Islamic State and the Taliban-linked Haqqani network.”The incident has nothing to do with the Taliban,” spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters. “The area where the blast happened is close to our front line. Some of our members went there to celebrate Eid. Our members suffered casualties.”The Taliban announced a surprise three-day ceasefire over the Eid holiday, which began on Friday, except against foreign forces. It overlaps with an Afghan government ceasefire which lasts until Wednesday.President Ashraf Ghani said in an address to the nation that he would extend the ceasefire with the Taliban but did not give a time-frame. He also asked the Taliban to extend their three-day ceasefire, which is due to end on Sunday.It was not clear if Ghani knew about the bomb in the east when he made his address.Taliban wearing traditional headgear entered Kabul through gates in the south and southeast. Traffic jams formed where people stopped to take pictures of the fighters with their flags. The Taliban urged people to come forward and take selfies.”They are unarmed, as they handed over their weapons at the entrances,” Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told Reuters. Their weapons would be returned when they leave, he said.Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak met Taliban fighters in Kabul, Tolo news said, an almost unthinkable prospect just two weeks ago.Video and pictures on news websites showed cheerful soldiers and Taliban hugging one another and exchanging Eid greetings in Logar province, south of Kabul, and Zabul in the south and central Maidan Wardak. Some people were dancing and clapping as onlookers took photos.”MOST PEACEFUL EID”Members of rights groups organised a brief meeting between Afghan forces and Taliban insurgents in Helmand’s capital city, Lashkar Gah, where the Taliban have delivered a series of blows to government forces this year.Men and women gathered around the soldiers and Taliban fighters and urged them to keep their weapons holstered before they hugged each other.”It was the most peaceful Eid. For the first time we felt safe. It is hard to describe the joy,” said Qais Liwal, a student in Zabul.The main square of Kunduz city, capital of the province of the same name, which has witnessed a series of bloody clashes, became a friendly meeting ground.Resident Mohammad Amir said his younger brother had told him the Taliban were casually entering the city.”I could not believe my eyes,” he told Reuters. “I saw Taliban and police standing side by side and taking selfies.”Photos on news websites showed armed police standing in line at the corner of the street hugging Taliban fighters one by one.A video showed a huge crowd of people screaming and whistling as they welcomed the Taliban. In some districts of the eastern city of Jalalabad, civilians were offering dry fruit, traditional sweets and ice cream to Taliban militants.A Reuters reporter in Jalalabad saw more than a dozen Taliban insurgents enjoying their food and playing with children.The ceasefires, which follow months of deteriorating security, especially in the capital, Kabul, have coincided with the start of the soccer World Cup and the Afghan cricket team’s test match debut against India. But with delayed elections scheduled for October still in doubt, Afghans still yearn for peace that lasts longer than a few days.The Taliban are fighting US-led NATO forces, combined under the Resolute Support mission, and the US-backed government to restore sharia, or Islamic law, after their ouster by US-led forces in 2001.Resolute Support said it was hopeful that the Taliban stick to their ceasefire “and we hope that pause leads to dialogue and progress on reconciliation”.last_img read more

Concussions a Greater Problem for Black Youth

first_imgDr. Gary Harris hopes to improve the way the Howard University Bison football team combats concussion, using this “Lilypad” Arduino chip to measure impact during games.WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to the federal government statistics. In 2009 alone, nearly 250,000 youth age 19 or younger were treated in emergency rooms for sports and recreation-related injuries that included concussions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2001 and 2009, the rate of such visits rose 57 percent.Concussions occur when the brain is shaken violently against the skull. Although concussions are the most common brain injury, widespread awareness and concern about this issue in the world of student athletics is fairly recent.But it is especially relevant for Black communities, particularly young men most likely to die from traumatic brain injuries, according to the CDC. And according to data from research nonprofit, Child Trends, 50 to 60 percent of Black American high school students were on a sports team in 2011.In severe or untreated cases, concussions can cause brain damage, seizures, emotional distress, and death – in fact the CDC estimates that 5.3 million U.S. citizens are living with disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury (or TBI, an umbrella term that includes concussions).“From an athletic trainer perspective concussions have always been a big concern. Coaches seem to think that injuries increased because [athletic trainers] were there, but really it’s that awareness is increased,” says Jennifer Rheeling, a veteran athletic trainer in D.C. Public Schools and chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the D.C. State Athletic Association. “In the last five years particularly with the NFL starting to talk about it, and the lawsuits, [increased attention] has helped immensely now that people get it on a mainstream level. What they thought was just getting their bell rung was really a concussion.”On the most diligent and well-resourced student teams, players take baseline tests – a battery of motor skill drills and survey questions to record their individual peak cognitive health – and have athletic trainers who check for signs of decline. If a concussion is suspected, a player does another test to compare those results to his or her baseline. The ImPACT Concussion Management program is currently the program of record for these tests among school athletic programs.But according to Dr. Vernon Williams, neurologist and medical director of the Sports Concussion Institute, a lack of access to care compounds the (now fading) problem of awareness. ImPACT, for example, costs a minimum of $400 per year for 100 baseline tests and 15 post-injury tests for one school. Meanwhile, many schools and school districts, largely populated by Black and brown children, routinely have to make cuts to balance their budget.“We have coaches who understand the need, but they have different resources. For example, we know baseline testing for people in contact collision sports can help evaluate when people get injured,” Dr. Williams explains. “But it’s uncommon for people to have access to state-of-the-art baseline testing. Players, school systems, and parents don’t have access to those funds. But we can still implement treatment using creative measures.”Currently, Dr. Gary Harris, who specializes in computer engineering and serves as associate provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Howard University, is working with engineering students and the Bison football team to devise an inexpensive concussion monitoring system, using an open source platform. (“Open source” is a tech industry term that means the equipment and information to create this system is public as opposed to proprietary, so as to encourage others to innovate and improve on the idea).The project uses a computer chip attached inside the helmet that measures impact up to 100 gs of force. For reference: a sneeze is about 2 or 3 gs of force on the human body; an F-16 fighter jet barrel roll exerts 7 to 9 gs; a car crash at 45 mph is about 60 gs. Concussions usually happen with collisions between 80 and 120 gs.The chip records the force of impact for every collision – it can be programed to transmit this information wirelessly, say, to a cell phone app. Or, it can be downloaded from the helmet using a USB cable. It can also be programed to send an alert when a hit exceeds a certain threshold. “You can have an entire team’s list where you know all their shock, trauma, and incidents on file,” says Dr. Harris. “We still don’t know the threshold of force for brain damage, we don’t know how many hits it takes, but the first thing we have to do is collect the data.”Each of these chips costs approximately $30.Technology is also being used to improve care and outcomes in the aftermath of serious concussion cases. Interactive Metronome, a health tech company that creates neurological research-based brain training programs and activities, is one example. The activities are designed around “brain timing” – the ability to clap to a beat, for example. As users play games and do activities that test their reaction time, those brain cell connections are repaired and strengthened. Originally (and primarily) used to improve motor skills and cognitive function in children with ADD/ADHD, the program is beginning to see success with TBI rehabilitation.“We fit into concussions in a new way, which is helping out when those [post-concussion] symptoms don’t dissipate,” says Nick Etten, vice president of Strategy and Business Development at Interactive Metronome. “There’s a lot of emphasis on technology these days – it’s really important in the world of concussions and cognitive rehab. We’re starting to understand that there was a big void in information.”Technology has helped improve identifying and treating concussions; on the prevention front, sports health care professionals now have the backing of the law. In all 50 states, a student athlete must be immediately removed from play if a concussion is suspected, and cannot return to practice or play without medical clearance. Some states also mandate that a student must remain free of symptoms or remain on the injured list for a set period of time, even if they gain medical clearance immediately.But there are still holes in preventing these injuries.“There’s clearly benefits to legislation in terms of drawing attention to the issue of concussions and having some foundation across the board with how they should be managed,” says Dr. Williams. “I think there are some variables . . . related to who should be allowed to clear players.”He and Rheeling have both seen athletes on under-resourced teams get clearance from an emergency room resident, for example, in contrast with athletes who take a concussion test against their baseline with their team’s athletic trainer. They’ve also seen instances of students underreporting their symptoms, coaches resisting care recommendations, and parents being lax in monitoring their child’s rest after a concussion.Emerging laws are attempting to add another layer of protection by regulating the number of weekly practices involving rough contact drills, thus reducing exposure to collisions and risk of concussion. Trainers, coaches, parents, and athletes can also receive guidance through resources such as the American Academy of Neurology online Sports Concussion Toolkit, and organizations such as the Sports Legacy Network.“We’re at the end of the beginning as [it] relates to concussion management. We’re learning more every day and the process will continue to evolve,” says Dr. Williams. “We’re out of the phase of explaining what a concussion is, identifying symptoms. … It’s no longer an unrecognized epidemic, we’re aware of the issues and that [a concussion] has to be managed effectively.”last_img read more

Acer stuffed 10 processing cores and 4 speakers into a gaming smartphone

first_imgAcer has released some pretty beastly PCs under the Predator label, but now they’re taking it mobile. Their first smartphone to bear the name is powered by a chip with 10 processing cores.Unsurprisingly, Acer refers to the Predator 6 as a gaming smartphone. At its heart beats a deca-core MediaTek chip, though they didn’t specify which one. It’s likely the Helio X20, which isn’t like any chip based on ARM’s big.LITTLE setup you’ve seen before.For its top end, the X20 has two Cortex A72 cores clocked at 2.5GHz. Then there’s a supporting array of four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2GHz. MediaTek didn’t stop there, obviously. There are four more Cortex A53 cores (bringing the X20 to 10 cores in total), and they’ve cranked the clocks back to 1.4GHz to prolong battery life.Presumably then, you’ll really only be hammering the two A72 cores when you’re gaming. That makes sense, since most mobile games don’t utilize all the muscle a multi-core chip provides.Acer has packed a crazy number of speakers into the Predator 6, too. It’s got four to provide an immersive audio experience, and they also packed in a second vibration motor for punchier force feedback. The phone also features 4GB of RAM and a 21 megapixel rear-facing camera.One thing Acer didn’t talk about was the Predator 6’s battery. It’s pretty cool that they’ve shoved all this hardware into a phone, but it’ll seem like a waste if you have to keep it plugged in to do any extended mobile gaming. Cords tend to make the mobile part rather difficult.last_img read more

Happy Fathers Day

first_imgMarcos Vega picks up his daughter Tamara at the Buenaventura Corrales Public School in downtown San José. They will celebrate Father’s Day by going out for lunch on Sunday as they usually do every year. “Raising the kids is something the couple should do together, without leaving more responsibility to only one of the parents,” said Vega. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img