first_imgTORONTO – The University of Toronto says one of its students has died while attending the school’s engineering survey camp in central Ontario.The dean of the engineering faculty released a note to staff and students informing them that an 18-year-old civil engineering student died at the facility on Gull Lake near Minden, Ont. on Tuesday afternoon.Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Mississauga, Ont., had drowned at the camp, which the university uses to train students in land surveying and project management.Neither the university nor police released the teen’s name.Engineering Dean Cristina Amon called the incident “heartbreaking” in her message and said counselling services would be available for all who need them.Activities at the camp have been cancelled for the rest of the week.“Today, our attention must be with those affected by this terrible tragedy,” Amon said in her message. “The thoughts of our entire community are with the family and friends of the student who died.”OPP Sgt. Peter Leon said police were called to the camp shortly before 5 p.m. after the teen became separated from a group of people who had all been in the water.“They commenced a search, located him, removed him from water and immediately commenced first aid and CPR,” Leon said, adding that the cause of the separation was not yet known.He said emergency responders were attending to the teen when police arrived on the scene, but the student was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to hospital.Alcohol or other substance use is not believed to be a factor in the death, Leon said.The University of Toronto Engineering Society issued a message of condolence to the community after learning of the student’s death.“Both those who knew the individual and those who did not may find themselves affected by this tragic situation,” the statement read. “We are fortunate to be part of a tight-knit community here at UofT Engineering, and today’s news comes as a shock to every one of us.”last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement The Quebecor Fund Board of Directors today announced the names of the Canadian production companies that will receive 33rd-round funding under the Fund’s Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) following October 3, 2016 submissions. In this round, Quebecor Fund will disburse a total of $1,959,051 to the following production companies: PVP Animation III inc., La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.), Production Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.), Cineflix Media Inc., TVA Productions II inc., Kondololé Films inc. and Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.). The seven selected productions will air on the Canadian broadcasters ICI Radio-Canada, BBC Kids (BBC Canada), Knowledge Network, TVA, CASA (TVA Group), Télé-Québec, TVO and TFO.Since its inception in 1999, Quebecor Fund’s MPAP program has supported 229 projects involving 70 production companies, 41 Canadian broadcasters and 32 foreign broadcasters. During this period, the Fund has distributed more than $64 million to support the multiplatform components of the funded projects (which amounts to 72% of the total sums invested in multimedia by the participating production companies) and more than $7 million to support the television components of the same projects, for a total of nearly $72 million.Of the funding granted to date by Quebecor Fund to support television and multiplatform production, 26% has gone to programs for children/youth, 24% to documentaries, 40% to variety/performing arts, and 10% to drama. Facebook Quebecor Fund, a major source of financing for Canadian television, event and film production and for digital media content, is an independent fund with a mission to support the development, production and marketing of high-quality content and its exploitation on various interactive platforms that use new information and communication technologies, such as video on demand (VoD), mobile devices and high-speed Internet. Its new Export Assistance Program (EXAP) supports export initiatives by funding the development of audiovisual content adapted for non-Québec and international markets as well as marketing efforts.Quebecor Fund was established through Videotron, which provides more than $7 million annually in broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU) contributions to the Canadian industry.RECIPIENTS:Belle et SébastienPVP Animation III inc.                                        – Canadian broadcasters: ICI Radio-Canada, Knowledge Network, BBC Kids (BBC Canada)– International broadcasters: CNC, M6, Canal +, Piwi +, ZDF (France) / RTS (Switzerland) / VRT (Belgium)Belle, a big, good-natured dog, and Sébastien, a plucky boy, are always ready for adventure. Together, they explore the mountain, solve problems for the villagers, outwit their adversaries and take all kinds of risks to help friend and foe alike. The digital component includes an online adventure/puzzle game that lets kids embark on interactive adventures in which Belle and Sébastien work hand-in-paw, as well as a mobile app where children can play an exciting action game in which Belle and Sébastien hurtle down the snowy mountainside.La Voix (season 5)La Voix Télévision Inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: TVALa Voix will be back on our screens in February 2017. As in years past, the four coaches will be seated in the iconic red armchairs with their backs to the contestants, who must try to win them over with their voices alone. In the final episode, the audience will be called upon to cast the deciding vote. The interactive site will offer an immersive experience featuring a wide selection of exclusive content. The website’s fully revamped homepage will use cinemagraphs to grab users from the moment they arrive on the page.Cheval-SerpentProduction Cheval-Serpent inc. (Aetios Productions inc.) – Canadian broadcaster: ICI Radio-CanadaThe new series written by Danielle Trottier is set in the Cheval-Serpent, a strip bar run by Dorice McQuaid and David Gauthier where male dancers entertain women. The well-known establishment is part of what makes Montréal a party town. But mayor Laurent Saint-Pierre doesn’t want strip joints in his city. The virtual reality experience Au cœur du Cheval-Serpent plunges users into the fascinating world of strip clubs through personal encounters with its denizens. Users can enter the 360-degree experience with a VR headset, a mobile device or on the Web.Buying and Selling (season 5)Cineflix Media Inc.   –      Canadian broadcaster: CASA (TVA Group)–      International broadcaster: HGTV (USA)Trading up to a new house is a major life event. Jonathan and Drew Scott team up to help homeowners renovate their property so they can get the best price for it and buy their dream home. In the Buying and Selling game for tablets and smartphones, players buy, renovate and decorate houses in an imaginary city in order to sell for maximum profit.Salut Bonjour (season 28)TVA Productions II inc.  – Canadian broadcaster: TVATwenty-eight years after it first went on the air, Salut Bonjour is an institution on Quebec morning television, the place Quebecers go for the information they need to start their day. Over the years, Salut Bonjour has built a close relationship with its audience by remaining true to its mission of informing and entertaining at the same time. The magazine-style website, organized by theme, contains videos, articles and exclusive content that often goes viral on social media.Ping et PongKondololé Films inc.   – Canadian broadcasters: Télé-Québec, TVO, TFO and Knowledge NetworkThe Ping et Pong series for preschoolers stimulates music and language learning. Ping and Pong are inseparable friends who love to play around with sounds, words and music. Every new adventure makes them sing! Ping et Pong offers children three musical activities designed for 3-6 year-olds: La musique est partout, Le grand ménage des sons and Jam avec Ping et Pong. Children discover music, sound and language through activities that are both educational and fun.Accès Illimité (season VII)Télévision Illimitée inc. (Productions Déferlantes inc.)  – Canadian broadcaster: TVAAs the title suggests, Accès illimité gives viewers behind-the-scenes access to the private lives of Québec celebrities who are in the news. The variety/documentary show is hosted by Anouk Meunier and Jean-Philippe Dion. Its digital component extends the open relationship established with the guest on the show to an exclusive, personal user experience.Quebecor FundQuebecor Fund, a non-profit organization, is a private fund incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. The Board of Directors is responsible for all decisions pertaining to the Fund, including its priorities, and is entirely and exclusively responsible for its funding decisions. The date of the next round of funding under the Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) is Monday, April 3, 2017. For more information, please visit the Quebecor Fund website at www.quebecorfund.ca. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Rabat – Last Saturday, riots broke out in Paris due to an unpopular tax on fuel proposed in France’s national budget. Tens of thousands of French citizens held street protests to voice dissatisfaction with France’s increased cost of living. Protesters vocalized a variety of demands, including cheaper energy costs, lower taxes, higher salaries, better retirement policies, and Macron’s resignation. Paris saw some of its most violent rioting in decades, leaving four dead, 250 injured, and millions of dollars in damage. The French police also reported that they took 412 people into custody during the weekend. The increasing violence prompted government officials to suspend the fuel tax proposal. French officials brace for “significant violence” in Paris this Saturday, as activists from the “yellow vest” movement are calling for “Act IV” – a fourth weekend of protest, on social media.Read Also: French PM Meets Yellow Vest Protesters, Officials After Weekend of ChaosPrime Minister Edouard Philippe announced that 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armored vehicles will be stationed in the capital to prevent a repeat of last week’s violent uprisings. “We are facing people who are not here to protest but to smash and we want to have the means to not give them a free rein,” Philippe told reporters.City authorities say they are increasing protection measures for famous landmarks after the Arc de Triomphe sustained damage in last week’s riots. According to Culture Minister Franck Riester, the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Orsay Museums, Grand Palais, and opera houses will close on Saturday. Riester stated in a radio interview, “We cannot take the risk when we know the threat.” read more

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The eight members of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) were released in El Fasher in North Darfur, into the custody of UNAMID Force Commander General Martin Luther Agwai in his capacity as Chairman of the Ceasefire Commission (CFC).“This is evidence of a change of heart by the Government, and I hope that it is the beginning of a new way of doing things in Darfur,” said General Mohammed Bashir of JEM, calling today’s release “a new way to settle differences and a new beginning for all parties, who should now understand that there is no military solution to the conflict in Darfur.”The release of the detainees was witnessed by Rodolphe Adada, who serves as the head of the mission and also as UN/AU Joint Special Representative.Both General Agwai and Mr. Adada worked closely with the Government to secure the release of the JEM members into UNAMID custody.According to Sudanese officials, the eight were arrested for passing on information regarding Government troop movements to JEM. Six of them were JEM representatives to the CFC and were arrested on 29 December in El Fasher. One person was arrested earlier in Kulbus, and another belonged to the JEM Collective Leadership Faction and was detained several days ago in El Fasher.During the handover, General Agwai and Sudanese Major-General Imad Ad Diin Mustafa Adawi noted the good relationship that exists between UNAMID and the Government, but emphasized the importance of bolstering their cooperation.Major-General Adawi stressed that the Government’s release of the JEM members should be viewed as a gesture of goodwill, urging that Government soldiers captured in West Darfur should be let go in return.For his part, Mr. Adada pledged to help in any way possible to assist in the release of these Sudanese forces.In a related development, negotiations for the so-called Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) for UNAMID continued in Khartoum today between senior UN and Government officials.According to the mission, the talks on the Agreement have been proceeding smoothly and constructively since they began earlier this week.Also today, the UN and AU Special Envoys for Darfur, Jan Eliasson and Salim Ahmed Salim, completed a three-day visit to Darfur with a meeting with representatives of Abdul Wahid’s faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). They travel onward to Juba tomorrow. 17 January 2008The Sudanese Government today released eight rebel detainees to the newly-deployed United Nations-African Union (AU) hybrid peacekeeping force, known as UNAMID, which is seeking to bring peace to the war-ravaged Darfur region. read more

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After a tour of houses and religious buildings damaged or destroyed during the rioting, Harri Holkeri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) would help the estimated 3,200 displaced people – mostly ethnic Serbs – to return.”You have the right to return,” Mr. Holkeri told people in the town of Lipljan, where several houses were burnt during last week’s riots. “Every citizen has a human right to have a home and to live there protected in peace with prosperity.” UNMIK police have reported that the situation in Kosovo is comparatively calm after last week’s violence, which left about 30 people dead.Mr. Holkeri said police are investigating the riots and acts of violence, adding the perpetrators must be brought to justice.Asked by reporters whether the purpose of last week’s violence was ethnic cleansing, Mr. Holkeri said labels were not the most important issue at this time. “Every lost life is one too many. Every destroyed home is one too many. Every destroyed holy site is one too many.”During a tour of damaged apartments in the capital, Pristina, with Mr. Holkeri, Kosovo’s Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi promised to provide funds to repair the damage caused by last week’s violence. read more

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Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 4-11. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 14.6 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 14.5 million.3. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 13.4 million.4. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.4 million.5. “Dancing With the Stars-Results Show,” ABC, 10.3 million.6. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.9 million.7. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 9.6 million.8. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 9.4 million.9. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.2 million.10. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 9.0 million.11. “60 Minutes” (Special), CBS, 8.8 million.12. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.580 million.13. “Modern Family,” ABC, 8.572 million.14. “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS, 8.570 million.15. “Hawaii Five-O” (Special), CBS, 8.27 million.16. “Castle,” ABC, 8.26 million.17. “The Odd Couple,” CBS, 8.188 million.18. “Person of Interest,” CBS, 8.177 million.19. “Letterman: A Life on TV,” CBS, 8.1 million.20. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.7 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. by The Associated Press Posted May 12, 2015 1:56 pm MDT Last Updated May 12, 2015 at 4:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for May 4-11 read more

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first_imgA woman who plotted to let a paedophile rape her seven-year-old daughter has been jailed for nine years.The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, planned a sex attack on the girl with Stuart Bailey in a series of “depraved” text messages, Cardiff Crown Court heard.She also sent the 54-year-old a naked picture of the youngster and bought sleeping pills to drug her.The court heard that the pair exchanged dozens of messages and the offences only came to light when the woman’s partner found the messages on her phone and reported her.Bailey, who was jailed for a total of 13 years, and the woman were found guilty of conspiracy to rape a girl aged under 13 after a trial in December. Cardiff Crown Court Bailey, of Rhydyfelin, Pontypridd, South Wales, was also convicted of encouraging the distribution of indecent photographs of a child and encouraging the sexual assault of a child by another woman.At an earlier hearing the woman admitted distributing five indecent images of a child and Bailey admitted possessing those images.The judge, Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees QC, said Bailey was “prolific” in contacting a number of women on the dating website Plenty Of Fish.She said a “pattern emerged” whereby Bailey quickly turned to talking about “perverted and unlawful” sexual activity, seeing how far he could push the women.”The discussion, unless cut short by the women, would then escalate to you encouraging them to (engage in) sexual activity with children, she said. The mother, who was described as “vulnerable and gullible” by Judge Rees, asked Bailey at one point what she would get out of the plan to rape her daughter and Bailey responded by mentioning sums of £200 to £300.The pair planned to rape the girl during the Whitsun school holiday and talked about drugging her.Judge Rees said that despite speaking to her GP, who advised against giving a child melatonin, the mother went ahead and bought some online.”By your own admission you tried it out a week before the rape was due to take place,” she added.Lucy Crowther, for Bailey, said her client was “totally ashamed of his behaviour and his actions, which he acknowledges will affect his grown-up children and his partner, who is currently standing by him”.Alex Greenwood, defending the mother, said social services had identified her as a person at risk of being manipulated by men prior to the offences and that was what had happened.He added that she had been “bullied, cajoled and blackmailed” by Bailey.Both defendants were made the subject of sexual harm prevention orders and given one year of additional licence to serve. [Stuart Bailey is] totally ashamed of his behaviour and his actions, which he acknowledges will affect his grown-up children and his partnerLucy Crowther, defending Bailey Officers began investigating in June last year after the mother’s then partner found “to his disgust” the messages and she was arrested, Judge Rees added.The investigation led to Bailey, who, it was discovered, was having similar discussions with other women.Judge Rees said of the pair: “You met once face to face for sex. During that encounter you, Bailey, saw a photograph of (the woman’s daughter).”The mother later posed her daughter naked in the bath, exposing her genitals, to take pictures to send to Bailey.Another image showed the girl in school uniform with her underwear exposed, the court heard.Judge Rees added that the pair claimed they never had any intent to carry out the content of their “depraved discussions of a perverted sexual nature”. You met once face to face for sex. During that encounter you, Bailey, saw a photograph of (the woman’s daughter)Recorder Eleri Rees QC Cardiff Crown CourtCredit:PA 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

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The man who allegedly drove recklessly causing the death of Marvin Dodson, the 22-year-old Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Lance Corporal of Cross Street, Alexander Village, Georgetown, was on Thursday granted $500,000 bail when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.Dead: Lance Corporal Marvin DodsonNavin Rampersaud, 31, of Schoonord, West Bank Demerara (WBD), appeared before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool and denied the charges brought against him.The first charge alleged that on December 10, 2017, at Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara (WBD) he drove recklessly thereby causing the death of Dodson.He also denied that on the same day at the same location, he drove under the influence of alcohol, thereby causing the death of Dodson.Additionally, he further denied that on the same day at the same location he failed to render assistance after an accident occurred.The accident occurred around 03:10hrs on the day in question while Dodson was among a group of partygoers who were just outside of a bar.Reports are that minibus BTT 8922, was at the time proceeding south along the eastern carriageway allegedly at a fast pace and slammed into the Lance Corporal.Following the accident, the drunken driver reportedly attempted to flee the scene, dragging the victim’s body along the road as he proceeded.Dodson was subsequently picked up and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was treated before being transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital in light of the severity of his injuries.While in surgery at the Georgetown medical institution, the GDF rank took his last breath.Meanwhile, the driver of the speeding minibus had stopped a short distance away from the point of impact. As a result of what had transpired, he was allegedly assaulted by a group of angry persons who were present at the time of the accident.Shortly after, he was whisked away by officers and transported to the WDRH for medical attention as well. He was later arrested and charged for the offence.Rampersaud will return to Court on January 8, 2018. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF rank dies in accident outside nightclubDecember 10, 2017In “Crime”Army rank gets $1M bail for allegedly causing death by dangerous drivingAugust 24, 2017In “Court”Meten-Meer-Zorg hit and run: Causing death accused granted $300,000 bailSeptember 26, 2017In “Court” read more

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first_imgCoby Kyros Motorola Xoom Archos 7 Tablet Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Creative Ziio Azpen  X1 Lenovo LePad (Sans Screen) Samsung PC7 Toshiba Tablet Creative Ziio And More….center_img Coby Kyros Motorola Xoom Toshiba Tablet MSI WindPad RIM BlackBerry Playbook Cosmos OSC 1 Gaming Tablet Rullingnet Vinci MSI WindPad As predicted, 2011 was there year of the tablet at ces. So, so many tablets. Just a staggeringly huge, ungodly number of tablets. Just before the show officially started on Thursday, the Consumer Electronics Association, the organization behind the show, issued a release stating that some 80 tablets were set to be launched at the show. Having walked the floor of the entire thing over the past few days, I think it’s safe to say that the association was low balling that number.After 2010 proved a giant year for Apple’s iPad (becoming, really, the first hugely commercially successful consumer tablet), a number of high profile companies rushed to provide an competitor. Here at Gearlog, we’ve already shown you new tablets from Samsung, RIM (BlackBerry), Motorola, ASUS, Lenovo, MSI, Creative, Coby, Toshiba, E Fun, AHX, a gaming tablet from Cosmos, a baby tablet by Rullingnet, Motion Computing, and a dual-boot device from a company called Azpen.But believe it or not, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I saw so many more tablets in Vegas last week, that it’s frankly a bit impossible to keep track of them all. In fact, there are too many to fit into a single post. After the jump, you’ll find a huge cross section of the tablets I saw–not all of the, however. After all, many of them really looked identical to the iPad–particularly in the International Hall. I suppose there’s only so much companies can do with a slate form factor.That said, there are still plenty of interesting entries after the jump.Samsung PC7last_img read more

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first_imgThese devices are viable but crude and unstable.  They are designed to burn easily and very quickly and at a very high temperature in order to do as much damage as possible despite detection by a smoke alarm or other fire alarms and countermeasures. They are typically placed among combustible materials in shops and other premises for maximum effect.This is precisely the same type of incendiary device or fire-bomb as used by the self-styled ‘New IRA’ in recent years. Between 2004 and 2006, dissident republicans placed 10 of these firebombs in premises around Newry and in the border area.  Four large commercial premises were completely destroyed – gutted by fire. In February 2014, the New IRA sent a large number of these incendiary devices, by mail, to British Army recruitment offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and Slough. The New IRA, as a consequence, are of interest in relation to Tuesday’s incidents.There are a number of features of the incident that are puzzling and which suggest that perhaps an individual or ‘lone wolf’ may have been involved. The pictures, which purport to show the suspicious package, show two Irish ‘Love Ireland’ postage stamps.  If posted in Ireland, this would have been insufficient postage for the London destination. If posted in Britain, the Irish stamps would not have been valid for postage.  In both instances, the placing of insufficient or invalid postage stamps on the package would have alerted extra attention – anathema to an experienced terror cell. Whoever placed these devices in the postal system – whether a ‘Lone Wolf’ or dissident republican group, placed a large number of innocent people in severe danger. According to An Post, over two million items of mail are handled through Irish sorting centres each day.  “Huge volumes of mail” travel between Ireland and the UK using “a variety of means, roads, via ferry or air”. An Post added that: “Since images of the packages in question have become available, our sorting staff have been briefed on what to look out for and to be extra vigilant”.If posted in Ireland therefore, these packages would have been placed among mails and packages on board Irish passenger aircraft bound for London. To cause a viable, but crude and unstable incendiary bomb, to be placed on board a flight from Dublin to London is a reckless and evil act – irrespective of who, precisely is responsible. If such a device had been disturbed or compressed or otherwise struck whilst among other freight and baggage on a passenger aircraft – it could have triggered a catastrophic fire. If this had happened after takeoff or in a pressurised aircraft at 37000 feet over the Irish Sea, the consequences would be unthinkable.If transported by surface mail, a similar catastrophic fire could have been triggered among combustible freight on board a ferry bound from Dublin Port to Holyhead. In either case, the perpetrators recklessly and callously endangered dozens of innocent Irish citizens and staff of an Post to a lethal hazard.  By Tom Clonan THE IMPROVISED INCENDIARY devices discovered in London this week raise grave security questions – both in the UK and Ireland. Three suspicious mail packages were discovered on Tuesday of this week. The first A4 sized package, bearing Irish ‘Love Ireland’ stamps, ignited on opening at 9:55 am at Compass House, near Heathrow Airport.This postal package, of which pictures have been circulated widely, appears to show evidence of ignition and some burning and charring. It has also been reported that the package contained ‘jiffy bags’ containing a ‘gel-like’ substance, which failed to fully ignite. Following the alert that this incident generated, a further two suspicious packages were identified.  At 11:40, the staff at Waterloo Station isolated a similar, suspicious package.  No attempt was made to open it. Then at 12:10, another similar package was intercepted at City Aviation House in London City Airport.It is reported that counter-terrorism officers of the London Metropolitan Police have been in contact with an Garda Siochana to discuss the contents and configuration of the ‘viable’ incendiary devices, in order to establish who might have perpetrated the attack.  Mar 6th 2019, 6:31 PM If posted in the UK, the packages posed a deliberately lethal threat to dozens of innocent Royal Mail postal workers and other innocent civilians going about their business in the targeted areas in London City Airport, Heathrow and Waterloo Station.Tuesday’s incident, whoever is responsible, is a most unwelcome reminder of the pervasive threat posed by incendiary devices during the troubles.In addition to the millions of pounds worth of damage inflicted in such attacks, dozens of innocent men, women and children also lost their lives in fire-bomb attacks. Those who would carry out such attacks today – as individuals or groups, invoking whatever twisted logic, should desist immediately. The consequences of such reckless actions, whether intended or otherwise, are potentially catastrophic. The threat should not be downplayed and should be categorically and unequivocally condemned by all Irish citizens.Dr Tom Clonan is a former Captain in the Irish armed forces. He is a security analyst and academic, lecturing in the School of Media in DIT. You can follow him on Twitter here.      25 Comments Questions have been raised as to whether or not the devices were sent by Islamist terrorists – such as so-called Islamic State, or by a dissident Republican grouping such as the New IRA. There is also some speculation that this might be the work of an individual, or a ‘lone wolf’ attack. With regard to the question of Islamist extremists, the pattern of yesterday’s incident does not fit with their modus operandi to date. Islamic State terrorists in Europe and the UK have tended to use improvised explosive devices known as TATP IEDs – based on Tri-Acetone, Tri-Peroxide bomb-making materials. These devices are highly explosive and generate a large, powerful detonation – such as that seen in the Manchester Arena attack in which 22 people, mostly children, were killed in May 2017.I spoke to a former Defence Forces colleague today – a highly experienced Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) or Bomb Disposal officer – with decades of experience of dealing with improvised explosive devices, both in Ireland during the Troubles and throughout the Middle East. Based on descriptions of the manner in which the Heathrow device was ignited – by friction on opening the package – and based on the evidence of the manner in which it burned, he expressed the view that the device most likely consisted of a gel containing potassium or sodium chlorate and some other readily available household ingredients. This type of incendiary device is typical of that used by the Provisional IRA during the Troubles, where millions of pounds worth of damage was done to shops and business premises throughout Northern Ireland.  22,636 Views Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie Tom Clonan: Who is responsible for the incendiary devices posted from Dublin to London this week? This is precisely the same type of incendiary device used by a dissident republican group in recent years but it could also be a lone wolf, writes Tom Clonan. Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:30 PM Share13 Tweet Email1 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4527216 Tom Clonan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_imgStay on target U.S. health officials on Wednesday approved a breakthrough treatment for children and young adults with leukemia.Cell-based gene therapy Kymriah—first of its kind in the United States—will be used to reprogram patients’ own cells to attack a deadly disease.“We’re entering a new frontier in medical innovation,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.The FDA’s “historic action” targets acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), considered the most common childhood cancer in the US; some 3,100 patients under the age of 20 are diagnosed with the bone marrow and blood disease each year.A new, highly involved remedy, however, could reverse those numbers.Each dose of Kymriah is a customized treatment created using the patient’s own T-cells.The process, as described by the FDA, sounds quite simple: T-cells are collected and shipped to a manufacturing center, where they are beefed up with a new gene designed to lead an army of cells into battle against infection.Once modified, the T-cells are infused back into the patient, and sent on their merry way to exterminate cancer. Easy-peasy.“Kymriah is a first-of-its-kind treatment approach that fills an important unmet need for children and young adults with this serious disease,” Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), said.“Not only does Kymriah provide these patients with a new treatment option were very limited options exist, but a treatment option that has shown promising remission and survival rates in clinical trials,” he added.Of more than 60 ALL-suffering subjects in a clinical trial for Kymriah, 83 percent were cancer-free within three months.But the new therapy doesn’t come cheap: Developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals and the University of Pennsylvania, the one-time infusion is priced at a reported $475,000. The cost will be waived for patients who don’t show a response within one month, according to the Associated Press.As with any drug, there are potential side effects, including cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and “neurological events,” both severe and possibly life-threatening.Other (slightly less alarming) issues may include serious infections, low blood pressure (hypotension), acute kidney injury, fever, and decreased oxygen (hypoxia); most symptoms will appear within 22 days of Kymriah infusion.“New technologies such as gene and cell therapies hold out the potential to transform medicine and create an inflection point in our ability to treat and even cure many intractable illnesses,” Gottlieb said.“At the FDA,” he continued, “we’re committed to helping expedite the development and review of groundbreaking treatments that have the potential to be life-saving.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Color-Changing Urine Test Could Help Detect CancerGoogle Algorithm Detects Lung Cancer Better Than Human Doctors last_img read more

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Pinecrest boxing gym offering furloughed workers free 1month membership

first_imgPINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – A gym in Pinecrest is lacing up its boxing gloves to help families impacted by the partial government shutdown in their community.Sucker Punch Fitness has partnered with a neighboring gym to offer federal employees free gym memberships. Those affected will receive a full month free until the shutdown ends.Sucker Punch owner Charles Aslan said the good thing about boxing is that it’s a great way to relieve stress, adding he and his staff just want to do their part to make people feel as good as possible.“It’s really important to me. I think giving back is huge,” he said. “These people work hard for us. We want to give back to them, you know? We’re gonna work hard for them as well.”For more information, go to Sucker Punch Fitness’ Instagram page.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Call to make Chittoor city plastic free MLA A Srinivasulu

first_imgChittoor: Addressing a symposium against the usage of plastic in city, Chittoor MLA A Srinivasulu gave a call for professionals, voluntary organisations, nature lovers and students to make Chittoor plastic free. He stated that Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had instructed the Ministers, MLAs and officials concerned to take measures for prohibiting the usage of plastic in the State. The MLA appreciated the efforts of the Chittoor Municipal Corporation for striving to keep city plastic free for the last seven months. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Srinivasulu stressed on the need to create awareness against the usage of plastic among people. He advised residents to carry cloth bags along with them while purchasing vegetables and other shopping needs. Civic body chief C Obulesu has explained the steps being taken in the city for restricting the usage of plastic. Prominent advocate Chandrasekhar, Ladies Club President Dr Manasa and others were present.last_img read more

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first_imgMindtree on Monday reported consolidated net profit of Rs. 123.5 crore in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016-17, down 3.7 percent from the year-ago period.The revenues came at Rs.1327.6 crore, up 35.8 percent from the year-ago period and a marginal rise of 0.6 percent sequentially. Retail, banking and technology services were the three segments that contributed to the positive growth in revenues this quarter. In dollar terms, the June 2016 quarter saw a 29 percent year-over-year (YoY) growth in revenues at $199 million, while the net profit rose 8.7 percent YoY to $18.5 million. However, the net profit dropped by 5.8 percent month-on-month.Shares of Mindtree plunged 3.76 percent in trade on Monday to close at Rs. 613.80. The IT major declared its earnings after the market hours.The company declared earnings per share at Rs. 7.36 apiece for the quarter.Mindtree CEO Rostow Ravanan, while referring to the challenges the company may face in the near future because of uncertainties in the global markets, said: “While the global environment poses some short term challenges, we remain confident that our investments are on the right track to accelerate growth for our clients and Mindtree.”The company said its client addition and number of staff have slumped from the previous quarter while attrition has risen. In the place of 348 active clients last quarter, the current quarter has as many as 343 active clients.The number of staff stood at 16,110, down 3 percent from 16,623 in the March 2016 quarter. The attrition rate has risen to 16.5 percent from 15.7 in the previous quarter.last_img read more

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A Beautiful Struggle Coach Mack Son Give Back to Balto Inner City

first_imgCoach Mack & Son Kendall MackGrowing up in West Baltimore, Kendall Allison trained with his father nearly every day. From pushups and punches to sprints and shadow boxing, each day was a constant grind—but for Allison, it was also a privilege.His father is Coach Mack Allison III, known affectionately as Coach Mack, and was a longtime trainer for Upton Boxing Center, part of Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and Parks.Last summer, after 16 years at Upton, Mack Allison finally fulfilled his dream of opening a gym he could call his own. With the help of his pastor, David Biggers, he opened Time 2 Grind Boxing Gym, located at Transforming Life Church of God on Sipple Avenue in northeast Baltimore.“At Time 2 Grind, they can expect discipline, high self-esteem and character,” said Mack Allison. “They can come in and feel like they’re just as good as the person before them or the next person coming behind them.”Mack grew up boxing and competing in martial arts, and has been a coach for most of his life. Even as a teenager, he would train eight-year-olds. When Mack Allison had four kids of his own—Kendall, Maya, Mack IV and Antoina—his service to Baltimore’s youth didn’t stop; he made sure everyone received the same attention.Coach Mack & Boxers“I told my kids when they were younger that they would have to share me with other kids. They weren’t selfish, so that’s a great thing right there,” he said.Coach Mack’s oldest son, Kendall, chose basketball over boxing at age 10, partly because he didn’t want to “mess up [his] face.” Two years ago, when Kendall decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps and become a coach, Mack was taken by surprise.“I actually put the ball in his hands,” he said. “When he told me he was coaching basketball, I kind of smiled. It’s special that it rubbed off from me to him.”Kendall received a Facebook message from William Russell, the head basketball coach at Benjamin Franklin High School, asking him to join its coaching staff.“I had never thought about the idea, but I wasn’t going to shy away from it,” said Kendall, who still plays for the Bay Area Shuckers in the American Professional Basketball League.Assistent Coach Kendall Mack & Ben Franklin HS Basketball TeamThe Ohio Valley University graduate embraces his new role as assistant coach for the Benjamin Franklin Bayhawks, who won the Baltimore City Division II championship in his first year.Despite being raised by one of Baltimore’s most recognizable trainers, Kendall said he has a completely different coaching style than his father.“To be honest, I don’t even try to mimic his style, as far as being aggressive,” he said. “The game is basketball is simple; the only thing is getting the guys to believe in themselves. We’re trying to build not just a basketball team, but we’re trying to build a brand of young men.”Although their coaching styles may differ, the father and son share the same unwavering love for the Charm City and the youth who will determine its future.“People know that I’m from right here in the city,” said Mack. “Hopefully I can bring some more kids up to let them know that just because you grew up in the projects, or in the inner city, doesn’t mean that you just have to be a statistic.”According to Kendall, Baltimore is a “beautiful struggle.”“The thing about Baltimore is you never back down from a challenge,” he said. “So when you challenge their minds, a lot of guys will rise up to the occasion.”last_img read more

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Having more kids may make womens cells age faster

first_imgWomen with many children, especially more than four or five, may look older as multiple pregnancies may accelerate the ageing of cells, claimed a new study.According to the researchers, there is a good evidence to show that having more children can increase the risk of certain diseases and shorten lifespan. Cellular ageing was accelerated by six months to two years for each additional pregnancy.”Our study points to cellular changes during pregnancy, possibly related to adaptive changes in the mother’s immune system as a possible explanation,” said Christopher Kuzawa from the Northwestern University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team collected data from around 3,200 women aged between 20 to 22 years, looking at two separate markers of cellular aging, that is, telomere length – protective caps at the end of DNA strands and epigenetic age.”Telomere length and epigenetic age are cellular markers that independently predict mortality, and both appeared ‘older’ in women who had more pregnancies in their reproductive histories,” added Calen Ryan from the varsity.”Even after accounting for other factors that affect cellular aging, the number of pregnancies still came out on top,” Ryan added.Interestingly, the team also found that women who were currently pregnant had cells that looked younger thanpredicted.last_img read more

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first_imgLong Term Domestic Strategy RecognisedPositively Wellington Tourism’s (PWT) Domestic Marketing Strategy – which has seen commercial guest nights spent in Wellington by New Zealanders surge over 13% in the space of five years – is among the finalists of this year’s CAANZ Media Awards.The tourism campaign joins the Ministry of Health’s fight against depression, the national cervical screening programme and promotions by Johnson & Johnson and Telecom as a finalist in the ‘Best Long Term Strategic Campaign’ section, which recognises consistency in strategic marketing.PWT Chief Executive David Perks says while the creativity of the organisation’s campaigns have received extensive awards recognition over the years, the strategy is what really counts.“We can have the most seen, the most memorable and the most beautiful campaigns there are, but what really matters to us and our partners are the delivery on the experience, and the numbers – bums on seats and bodies in beds. Regardless of whether we win the award or not, having our team’s dedication to delivering tangible results recognised at this level is simply fantastic.”Domestic commercial accommodation guest nights in Wellington increased 13.8% in the five years to December 2010 – far exceeding a national market increase of 3.7% over the same period.“Wellington’s journey from what some might say was a ‘windy grey dump’ to the ‘coolest little capital in the world’ is well documented and well known,” Mr Perks says. “What is perhaps less known is that a heck of a lot of work and energy goes into ensuring that position stands and that New Zealanders are constantly presented with reasons to visit and inspired to return again and again.”Matt McNeil, General Manager OMD, says the media placement of the campaign has moved from a traditional TV-led strategy, to a multi-channel, multi-layered approach with digital channels increasingly coming to the fore.“This is reflective of the changing media habits of tourism audiences over the last few years. Having a strong long term strategic framework and a brave client has been critical to the campaign’s ongoing success.”The CAANZ Media Awards winners will be announced on Thursday June 2. Source = Positively Wellington Tourismlast_img read more

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10 Markets Where Investors Should be Home Shopping

first_img10 Markets Where Investors Should be Home Shopping January 13, 2016 667 Views Investors looking to purchase properties in thriving housing markets would be wise to be wary of the state of the economy in the markets where they shop.A report from HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor found that good single-family rental markets for investors are places where home prices are likely to rise at a rapid rate in the next few years, the population is growing at an accelerated pace of 4 percent or better, job growth of 2 percent or more, and low unemployment.Housing markets that are not considered prosperous for investors like have a small population due to unstable economies, according to the report.“Due to a shortage of home construction since the recession, local housing markets with a strong economy will experience more demand than supply in the next few years,” said Ingo Winzer, President and Founder of Local Market Monitor. “This will create higher priced homes and rising rents.”HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor also compiled a Best Markets Top Ten List for Real Estate Investing in the last quarter of 2015, based on cities with growing job opportunities over the last year. Overall, the national average increase was 1.9 percent.At the top of the companies’ list is Grand Rapids, Michigan, with Orlando, Florida coming in second. Texas cities also had a strong presence on the list, with San Antonio third, Dallas fourth, and Austin fifth.“In 2015, prices in all of the top ten housing markets have increased by at least six percent,” said David Hicks, HomeVestors Co-President. “Prices will continue to rise, which is one of the reasons HomeVestors, the We Buy Ugly Houses people, continues to become an excellent option for independent investors.”HomeVestors and Local Market Monitor’s fourth quarter 2015 Best Markets Top 10 List for Real Estate Investing:Grand Rapids, MichiganOrlando, FloridaSan Antonio, TexasDallas, TexasAustin, TexasPortland, OregonSeattle, WashingtonCharlotte, North CarolinaSalt Lake City, UtahFort Lauderdale, Florida HomeVestors Housing Markets Investors Local Market Monitor 2016-01-13 Staff Writercenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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