Mixed Success

first_img@Eden_RichardsAustralia have made the perfect start to their Mixed Open campaign, downing New Zealand 9-6 in an exciting contest at Sunshine Coast Stadium.The win puts the Aussies up 1-0 in their best of three Trans Tasman Series, but they did not have it all their own way as the Kiwis mounted a late second-half comeback.The match may have opened up in the second stanza, but it was a tight low-scoring affair in the first half as both teams put up huge defensive efforts.Adam Pryde opened the scoring for Australia in the 4th minute, giving his side the perfect start to the match after an even first few minutes.The Aussies doubled their lead just a minute later, with Elin Mortimer crossing after being left unmarked on the left wing to make it 2-0.New Zealand had the better field position for the next 10 minutes, but resolute defence from Australia turned back raid after raid from the Kiwis.It looked as if New Zealand wouldn’t be able to take advantage of their dominant field position heading into half-time, but that all changed when they crossed for a touchdown one minute from the break.Danyon Morgan-Puterangi took advantage of an overlap to dive over, giving New Zealand some reward for their time in Australia’s half.But Australia hit back on the half-time hooter, with Leah Opie-Lukins scoring courtesy of an excellent cut-out ball from Michael Singh.It left the score sitting at 3-1 at the break and the Aussies extended their lead two minutes into the second half when Opie-Lukins crossed for her second.But New Zealand soon replied, scoring a touchdown on the right through Rahera Rauwhero to make the score 4-2 with 15 minutes to play.New Zealand’s Tina Ashworth crossed in the 28th minute to cut the scoreline to 4-3 and make Australia nervous, but seconds later Australian Jayden Benbow scored to restore the two-touchdown lead.With 10 minutes to play James Blackwood crossed for his first, giving Australia a 6-3 lead and some breathing room.Benbow then added another touchdown to his name and it was becoming clear that it would be the Aussies’ night as they jumped to a 7-3 lead.But the Kiwis would not lie down without a fight, crossing in the 34th minute through Mackenzie Haugh to keep his side alive.Yet it seemed whatever New Zealand could do, the Australians could do better, with Zara Nicholas replying in the 35th minute to give her side an 8-4 lead.But the Kiwis soon got a reply of their own, with Morgan-Puterangi crossing for his second touchdown of the night as the game began to open up.New Zealand made it two touchdowns in a row late in the match when Nicole Drummond crossed, but the Kiwis left their run too late and their hopes of securing a come from behind win were all but gone when Justin Costello scored for Australia to make it 9-6 to the home side.That’s how it stayed as Australia secured a vital win over their biggest rivals.Australia 9 (Opie-Lukins 2, Benbow 2, Blackwood, Costello, Nicholas, Mortimer, Pryde touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Morgan-Puterangi 2, Rauwhero, Ashworth, Drummond, Haugh touchdowns)Related LinksMixed Successlast_img read more

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Italian cops land a Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4

first_img World-Class Runner Caryn Lubetsky Didn’t Run Her First Marathon Until She Was 40 1. 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Polizia 2. 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Polizia 3. Lamborghini’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann 4. Lamborghini’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann Editors’ Recommendations A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH center_img The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors Dubai isn’t the only country with a menacing police vehicle arsenal. Italy – the land of supercars – has some serious law enforcement machines of its own, thanks to Lamborghini.This week, Lamborghini’s President and CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, has donated a 2015 Huracán LP610-4 to the Italian State Police.“We have a strong and fitting relationship with the Italian State Police. The new Lamborghini Huracán stands for Italian supercar excellence and we are proud to provide it to the Italian State Police to carry out the specialist tasks these police cars undertake,” Winkelmann said in a prepared statement.The all-new mid-engined supercar, clad in its “blu Polizia” paint scheme, replaces the fleet of Gallardos utilized by the Rome police department since 2004 and by the Bologna police since 2005. In 2008, however, the second-gen Gallardo replaced both municipalities first-gen raging bull interceptors.As standard, the Huracán comes fitted with a 610-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 and all-wheel drive. The police-equipped version, however, has even more specialized kit. Most notably, the Huracán Polizia includes a system called “Proof Video Data System.” The system uses a camera mounted near the rearview mirror and GPS data to identify, track, and calculate speed of offending vehicles on the highway.“Using radio data transmission, the video system in the Huracán Polizia transfers its images in real time to the relevant police station. There, the videos are stored and used for automatic number plate retrieval. This information can be used for immediate identification of stolen vehicles,” Lamborghini explains in a press release.Ensuring the specialized aerodynamics of the standard Huracán – capable of a top speed of 202 mph – aren’t compromised by the blue police light on the roof, a very thin LED light bar was developed. This allows the Huracán Polizia to reach much higher speeds than regular service vehicles. Additional white and blue lighting has been integrated into the front and rear bumper, as well as four sirens.What’ the takeaway from all of this? Well, if you were planning a trip to Italy this summer, avoid speeding on the Italian highways in your rented FIAT Panda. That is, unless – to you – seeing this forbidding law enforcer in the flesh is worth a couple hundred Euro. 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now last_img read more

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Acadian Board to Develop French Curriculum

first_imgNova Scotia’s students who study in French will have moreoptional courses to choose from by the end of a four-year pilotproject beginning this September. During the pilot project, the province’s Acadian school boardwill lead curriculum development for its students. The Departmentof Education will continue to approve new courses before they areimplemented. “Our goal is to provide more quality courses for students inAcadian schools in a shorter time frame,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “By concentrating curriculum expertise at the boardlevel, we’ll be able to provide Acadian students with as manyoptional courses as students who study in English.” For the first year of the pilot project, the Conseil scolaireacadien provincial (the Acadian board) will create a new processfor developing curriculum. A consulting firm will help the boardto create this process. The board will spend the next three years developing andimplementing new courses for students who study in French astheir first language. The Department will monitor curriculumdevelopment and approve courses to ensure students get a qualityeducation. “With this new approach, we’ll be more efficient as we will have the same people developing the curriculum and training ourteachers on how to implement the programs,” said Ken Gaudet,chair of the school board. “This makes sense for our boardbecause we have a small number of students and teachers.” The Acadian school board will have about 4,200 of the 147,400students expected to be enrolled in Nova Scotia schools in theupcoming school year. The province’s English school boards, whichare considerably larger, will continue to implement curriculumdeveloped by the Department. Acadian parents were consulted about the change through theFédération des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. “Our children are getting a quality education in French in allthe necessary subjects for graduation,” said Richard Laurin,acting president of the federation. “This pilot project takes thenext step to provide them with all the optional courses designedto meet our children’s specific needs.” Nova Scotia’s Minister of Acadian affairs, Chris d’Entremont,said the move will help strengthen Acadian culture in theprovince. “A cornerstone of any culture is the education of its youngpeople,” said Mr. d’Entremont. “Being able to offer more coursesin their own language can only be encouraging and helpful to ourstudents.” Teachers from two school boards are currently seconded to theDepartment to develop French curriculum. They will have inputinto the new process of course development during the first yearof the pilot project. They will then have the option of joiningthe Acadian school board to work on curriculum or returning totheir former positions with their school board. The new structure and process will be evaluated annually duringthe pilot project. After four years, a decision will be madewhether the board will continue to develop curriculum. French language education in Nova Scotia is financially supportedthrough federal-provincial Official Languages Education (OLE)agreements between the Department of Canadian Heritage and theDepartment of Education. Pending the renewal of a new Protocol onOfficial Languages in Education, the first year of this pilotproject will be cost-shared under the Canada-Nova ScotiaProvisional Arrangements for 2003-04. The Department will continue to develop curriculum for studentswho study French as a second language. The Department has been operating a provincial resource centrefor French teachers located at Université Sainte-Anne-Collège del’Acadie. The university had formerly operated the centre andwill now resume its operation.last_img read more

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KMC on war footing to eradicate dengue

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) may use drones to locate mosquito breeding grounds at the vacant land owned by the Railways near the Bailey Bridge in ward 81.A team of KMC led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh went to ward 81 on Thursday to conduct the anti-dengue drive. The team found that the land belonging to the Railways has not been maintained properly and it is covered in shrubs and bushes. The team then visited Sahapur colony, where 14 people had been afflicted with dengue in 2018. The team examined the surroundings and told the residents about the dos and the don’ts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKMC has been carrying out anti-dengue drives throughout the city, with a view to eradicate the disease. Most of the drives are led by Ghosh. The civic authorities had launched a massive anti-dengue campaign on February 2, when 144 rallies were taken out in the city to create awareness against the disease. The main rally was taken out from the KMC headquarters on SN Banerjee Road, which was led by Mayor Firhad Hakim. It has been decided that the civic authorities will carry out drives against dengue in three phases. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe first phase, which started in February, will continue till June. The second phase will start from July and continue till October, while the third phase will be the follow-up phase that will be carried out in November and December. The civic authorities have also opened 16 dengue detection laboratories. The KMC teams are visiting individual houses, housing complexes and institutional buildings and are examining the underground reservoirs and overhead tanks. They are also checking whether garbage has been cleaned properly or not.last_img read more

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Perus former President kills himself ahead of arrest

Former Peruvian President Alan García has died after shooting himself as police arrived at his home to arrest him over bribery allegations.García was rushed to hospital in the capital, Lima. His death was confirmed by current President Martín Vizcarra. García was accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims he denied. García served as president from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011.Interior Minister Carlos Morán told reporters that when police arrived, García asked to make a phone call and went into a room and closed the door. Minutes later, a shot rang out, Morán said. Police forced the door open and found García sitting on a chair with a bullet wound to his head. (Courtesy BBC) A crowd of supporters gathered outside the hospital and were held back by a line of police. read more

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UN conference agrees on future steps to tackle climate change

Efforts were focused on the future of the Convention’s legally binding Kyoto Protocol, which does not cover the period beyond 2012. The Conference created a new working group that will start talks next May on future commitments for developed countries. Calling the Montreal gathering “one of the most productive UN Climate Change Conferences ever,” Richard Kinley, acting head of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, said: “Our success in implementing the Kyoto Protocol, improving the Convention and Kyoto, and innovating for tomorrow led to an agreement on a variety of issues. This plan sets the course for future action on climate change.” Conference President Canadian Environment Minister Stéphane Dion said parties to the Convention “have moved forward work on adaptation and advanced the implementation of the regular work programme of the Convention and of the Protocol.”During the first week of the Conference, the rulebook of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol was adopted. Richard Kinley called this “an historic step” which had set the framework for implementation of the Protocol.“There is now certainty for a sustained and effective global carbon market. One of the main successes was the strengthening of the clean development mechanism. Under this unique mechanism, developed countries can invest in sustainable development projects in developing countries, helping the developing nations to improve the quality of life for their citizens while also allowing developed nations to earn emission allowances,” he said. In Montreal, developed countries committed themselves to fund the operation of the clean development mechanism with over $13 million in 2006-2007. The process for methodologies under the clean development mechanism was simplified and its governing body strengthened. In addition to this, a second Kyoto mechanism – called Joint Implementation – was launched. Its governing body was set up. Joint Implementation allows developed countries to invest in other developed countries, in particular central and eastern European transition economies, and thereby earn carbon allowances which they can use to meet their emission reduction commitments. A major breakthrough was the agreement on the compliance regime for the Kyoto Protocol. The compliance committee with its enforcement and facilitative branches was elected. This decision is key to ensure that the Parties to the Protocol have a clear accountability regime in meeting their emission reductions targets. Participants also adopted a five-year work programme paving the way for concrete steps to identify impacts and measures to adapt to climate change. In addition, agreement was reached on promoting the development and transfer of technologies. read more

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Global stocks slide led by Tokyo on rising yen focus on US

by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Jun 13, 2013 5:17 am MDT TOKYO – Global stock markets endured sharp losses Thursday as gyrations on the Tokyo market, the Asian region’s biggest, continued — fueled by worries about a surging yen and monetary policies in the U.S.Investor skepticism about the economic strategies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for extricating Japan from two decades of stagnation also figured high in the Nikkei 225’s big drop.“The markets have been nervous for some time, and there was disappointment among some investors,” said Katsuyuki Hasegawa, chief market economist at Mizuho Research Institute in Tokyo.Japanese media reports said overseas hedge funds may be dumping Japan’s equities following disappointment over the Bank of Japan’s decision earlier in the week to refrain from additional monetary easing measures.The Nikkei 225 index plunged 6.4 per cent to close at 12,445.38. Adding to the woes was the dollar’s recent fall, trading at about 94 yen late Thursday, slipping momentarily to 93-yen levels. A cheap yen is a boon for Japan because it helps the nation’s giant exporters by raising their overseas revenue when translated into yen.In early European trading, Britain’s FSTE 100 fell 1.2 per cent to 6,223.75. Germany’s DAX fell 1.9 per cent to 7,987.19 while France’s CAC-40 shed 1.2 per cent to 3,749.03. Ahead of the opening bell, Wall Street appeared headed for losses. Dow Jones futures fell 0.5 per cent to 14,908 while S&P 500 futures lost 0.5 per cent to 1,601.70.Elsewhere, the Hang Seng index fell 2.2 per cent to 20,887.04, while the Kospi in South Korea lost 1.4 per cent to 1,882.73. Thailand’s SET fell 3.8 per cent. The Philippines PSE Composite index lost 6.8 per cent.Mainland Chinese were pummeled as accumulating signs of a slowdown in growth in the world’s No. 2 economy caused investors to retreat. The Shanghai Composite Index slid 2.8 per cent to 2,148.36, its lowest close in six months.“Investors are gloomy over the future economic outlook. It would be hard for the market to go up in the long term,” said Cai Jing, an analyst at Yintai Securities, based in Shanghai.Juichi Wako, equity market strategist at Nomura Securities Co. in Tokyo, said the drop in Asia was due to a reversal of the money flow that had flooded Japan in recent months, partly on inflated hopes for “Abenomics,” as Abe’s fiscal and monetary policies have been dubbed.Much of the overwrought excitement was calming and the money was reverting to the U.S., where monetary easing might be winding down, he said.“The market is starting to get bored with all the talk about turning around Japan. People want to see action on Abenomics, not just talk,” said Wako.In April, the Bank of Japan announced a massive stimulus in an attempt to get inflation up to 2 per cent. The euphoria that drove the Nikkei up to five-year highs has since dissipated and the index is now around 20 per cent down from its recent peak.A major driver in markets has been the uncertainty over the future course of U.S. monetary policy following a solid, if unspectacular, improvement in economic data.The markets now expect some reduction in the Federal Reserve’s monthly asset purchases sometime this year. The stimulus has been one of the main reasons why many assets, such as global stock markets and emerging markets, have bounced back.Analysts said markets will likely remain on edge until next week’s Fed policy meeting for greater clarity on the timing and extend of any tapering.“Risk appetite continues to shrink as the ongoing nervousness over Fed tapering continues to provoke significant position adjustments across markets,” Mitul Kotecha of Credit Agricole CIB in Hong Kong said in a market commentary.Among individual stocks, Apollo Tyres Ltd., an Indian company, plunged nearly 25 per cent after announcing plans to buy American tire maker Cooper Tire & Rubber for $2.5 billion.Japan’s chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga tried to allay the growing fears.“We need to stay calm,” he told reporters. “The real economy and leading indicators are showing recovery so we are confident about our measures.”The euro rose to $1.3340 from $1.3331 late Wednesday in New York. The dollar fell to 94.34 yen from 95.71 yen.Benchmark crude oil was down 69 cents at $95.19 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 50 cents to close at $95.88 on the Nymex on Wednesday.___AP Business Writers Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Elaine Kurtenbach in Tokyo contributed to this report. Research Fu Ting contributed from Shanghai.Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at www.twitter.com/yurikageyamaFollow Kurtenbach on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ekurtenbach Global stocks slide led by Tokyo on rising yen; focus on US, Japan monetary policies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Sullinger To be spit on is just nasty

After the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s 71-67 loss in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, freshman forward Jared Sullinger accused Wisconsin fans of spitting on him. Via his Twitter account, @Jared_Sully0, Jared wrote that Badgers fans spat on him before and after the game. “To be spit on is just nasty. On top of that in my Face,” he wrote. “I just kept walking. More fuel to the fire.” Jared did not reference the incidents during postgame interviews, but he did tweet that one of the incidents occurred after Badgers fans rushed the court to celebrate the victory. Justin Doherty, University of Wisconsin assistant athletic director for external relations, told Madison.com that the incidents are under investigation. “We were made aware of it (Saturday) night,” he said, according to the site. “That’s about where it is right now.” Jared’s brother J.J. told The Lantern that the spitting incident was “uncalled for.” “That’s the biggest sign of disrespect you can have,” he said. “To spit on someone just because they’re wearing a different jersey than you, I don’t understand how that could be something that you would even do.” J.J., who played basketball for the Buckeyes from 2003–06, said no fan has ever spit on him. “There’s always going to be that knucklehead that takes it too far,” he said. “I’m sorry it happened to my brother and I’m glad I wasn’t there.” Wisconsin fans also chanted vulgarities, directed at senior guard Jon Diebler, when he was at the free-throw line. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg declined to comment on the alleged spitting incident. “We are preparing for the (Michigan State) game Tuesday,” he said. Jared could not be reached for comment. Wisconsin officials declined The Lantern‘s request for comment. read more

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Veteran spends 54 years in NHS hospital after going in with broken

first_imgJames Morris at the age of 18 Karl heaped praise on staff at West Moffat.He said: “Everyone at the hospital was outstanding, to care for a man throughout his entire life is quite something and we couldn’t be more grateful to the NHS.”It was a place for young disabled people and over the years I’ve seen countless patients and staff come and go.”We made sure he got out over the years to live as fulfilling a life as possible and even right up to the week before he died we brought him home to visit.”When my mum died we carried on doing what she did and visited him at the hospital regularly.”He was mentally all there but just didn’t have any control over his body so we took him on holidays and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they’d often take him. James Morris had been serving in the armyCredit:Mark F Gisbon /Caters With his parents Charles and Mary both dying at early ages and his sisters Bridie and Rose now gone, Karl has praised Rose’s daughter for visiting James as often as she did.Karl is now determined to find out the truth about his late brother’s accident in Germany by digging into Cameronian archived material.He said: “My dad died at 41 so my mum raised us on her own and would always visit James and when she died my sisters and I took over.”I’m in the process of finding out the true story, what we do know is that he had no sleep for 24 hours.”James was driving and we don’t know if he fell asleep or not but his jeep was up against a tree on its side and he had was found with a broken nose and femur.”I don’t know how or why but when he went to have his femur operated on, he had a cardiac arrest and lived the rest of his life in hospital.”Due largely to his age he recently developed problems with his throat which meant he couldn’t eat or drink and over the last ten months he deteriorated.”I can’t imagine anyone has ever lived so long in an NHS hospital which I think is a remarkable reflection on Wester Moffat and NHS Lanarkshire.” James Morris when first admitted into hospital in the UK 1962 Credit:Mark F Gibson/Caters A war veteran has died after spending 54 years in hospital, in what is believed to have been the longest stay of any patient in the UK.James Morris was admitted into hospital with a broken leg in 1962 but never went home after suffering a cardiac arrest on the operating table and being left in a vegetative state.Mr Morris, who was disabled and could only say three words, died last month aged 75 .His brother Karl Morris, 62, was shocked when a member of staff at the hospital suggested no one in the UK had been in NHS care longer than James who came through the doors as a 21-year-old. Mr Morris was moved to Wester Moffat Hospital run by NHS Lanarkshire where he remained for 54 years only to pass away this year on Easter Sunday. James Morris had been serving in the army James Morris at the age of 18Credit:Mark F Gibson /Caterscenter_img Karl Morris holding a picture of himself and his brotherCredit:Mark F Gibson /Caters Karl, from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, said: “Over the years we found a way to communicate with him. He was all there mentally but couldn’t communicate with us at all. He only ever learned how to say three words again – his three loves – ‘home’, ‘pub’ and ‘horses’.”We often took him on holidays in Britain and the hospital knew how much he loved the pub so they would even take him there now and again.”Mr Morris was serving in the Scottish Rifle regiment, the Cameronians in Germany operating 24 hour manoeuvres when he was injured in a car crash.He only broke his nose and a thigh bone in the initial crash, but when he returned to Scotland and had an operation to repair his thigh bone, he suffered irreparable damage and part of his brain shut down. “The staff were unbelievable and because James was a mad lover of Elvis they even organised special nights which he enjoyed.” James Morris when first admitted into hospital in the UK 1962  Karl Morris holding a picture of himself and his brother Helen Ryan, senior charge nurse at Wester Moffat, said: “Our condolences are with Jimmy’s family at this time.”Having spent such an extraordinary long time at the hospital, Jimmy touched the lives of many; he was a good confidant and a great character and he will be sorely missed by everyone at the Heather Ward.”Wester Moffat Hospital confirmed that James spent 54 years in their care after spending two years in other hospitals.An NHS spokesperson said they were not aware of anyone having spent longer than 54 years in an NHS hospital.The former soldier joined the army in 1959 and served in Germany until he was found behind the wheel of a Jeep turned on its side having crashed into a tree in three years later. 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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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle urge schoolgirls to break gender stereotypes on International

first_imgShe said: “I met the couple in Nottingham and just wanted to see them again and take some photographs. I think Harry’s really coming into himself now with his charity work – he’s stepped it up in the last few years.”The main thing is if he’s happy with Meghan, that’s all you want for him.”Prince Harry: ‘We want to get away from idea it’s all men in overalls and oily rags’On Wednesday, Prince Harry met young people from the Williams F1 Engineering Academy during a visit to Silverstone.Talking to female students Tara Vooght and Lauren Bull, both 15, who are studying there with the hope of going on to be engineers, he told them: “It’s a great choice, we want to get away from [the idea] that it’s all men in overalls and oily rags.  “How many photos do you have of princesses doing technical things?” she said. “You barely see pictures of women doing technical things, let alone princesses. “You can’t be what you can’t see.“To see her do it and see that she’s enjoying it, it sends a message. In the same way that when she wears a dress we all buy it, here she’s picked up a Makey Makey [an inventing kit] so let’s try it. “We could follow a different kind of fashion for once.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a Stemettes event in Birmingham Lauren-Mae Sparrow, 13, caught the interest of Prince Harry after telling an audience she aimed to be an army officer engineer, winning a round of applause as she said: “Should our gender define who we are and what jobs we are allowed to do? I think not.” Harry and Meghan in BirminghamCredit:WPA pool Meghan Markle tries VRCredit: Ian Vogler Meghan Markle tries VR Keen to assist, she picked up instructions to lend a hand, praising her three new companions for saying they aimed to be a “surgeon, doctor, doctor”.“It’s cool that you’re so interested in tech,” she told a second group. “That’s really impressive.”Shown a programme called Hack The Web, which allowed girls to use coding to temporarily change web messages, she said: “You can hack it and change things that are untrue into something positive? That’s so cool. 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. Tasneem Chihani, 14, picked Stemettes founder Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon as her inspiring woman. Ms Markle nodded and smiled as she said: “A woman in the face of society is seen as one who has to be pretty, thin and quiet. Mrs Gould said: “We were just so pleased to meet them, and how beautiful Meghan is. We thanked Harry for coming to see us and wished them all the best for their marriage.”Retired teacher Josie Weeks, 62, from Leeds, got up at 5am to travel to Birmingham for the royal visit and carried a posy of white blooms for Ms Markle. Meghan Markle chats to youngstersCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Meghan Markle meets Birmingham schoolgirlsCredit:WPA pool Ms Markle said: “I love being here to see this on International Women’s Day. You’re using your brain in a really challenging way.”Prince Harry told pupils: “You must have brains the size of a planet. And you can’t just come in today, do this and leave. You’ve got to carry it on.”Watching girls placing wires from a laptop computer to a bananas, to connect it to make it work as digital bongos, he told his fiancée: “I was going to try and help but…” before laughing and showing her the instructions. Meghan Markle kneels as he chats to flag-waving children Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Guests are expected to include Annie Lennox, Mary Portas, Kate Mosse OBE, Fatima Manji, Josette Bushell-Mingo, Kathy Lette, Reni Eddo-Lodge, Baroness Valerie Amos, Jo Swinson MP and Jess Phillips MP. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at a Stemettes event in BirminghamCredit:an Vogler Meghan Markle talks to children as she arrives in BirminghamCredit:Chris Jackson /Getty Meghan Markle hugs a schoolgirl in BirminghamCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  “Do you think think that girls want to be [in engineering] and there aren’t opportunities or it is not really considered by them?”“There are a lot of stereotypes,” said Tara. “What men covered in grease?” asked Harry. “Yes, but it’s not like that. There was a bit of adjustment at first from being at school but we are loving it.”Duchess of Cornwall also marking International Women’s DayThe couple are not the only members of the Royal Family to mark International Women’s Day.The Duchess of Cornwall will host a reception at Clarence House to celebrate the day, in her role as president of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival. “The one who dares to fly in the face of all these stereotypes is the best kind of role model a young female can have.”Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon said seeing the couple embrace STEM subjects would make a significant difference to how science, technology, engineering and maths are perceived.center_img Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Irene Gould and June DickinsonCredit:PA “It’s amazing to see so much young talent, so much confidence. It’s such a strong programme.”As Prince Harry and Ms Markle travelled between tables of students separately, she asked copious questions about what students were doing and how they planned to developed their skills into a career.They then took front row seats for a series of speeches, cheering on three star students who delivered messages about their favourite inspirational women. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have urged teenage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths as they tried virtual reality headsets and watched bananas being turned into bongos to celebrate International Women’s Day.Prince Harry told schoolgirls they must have “brains the size of a planet” as they took on projects to create apps, “hack the web” and use an enigma machine made from a Pringles tube.Ms Markle, who spent time puzzling over instructions to help the girls with their work, said she was impressed with a programme which allowed them to temporarily edit web pages, saying the ability to change untrue information into “something positive” was “so cool”.The couple, who are both feminists according to Ms Markle, told the students they must persevere with science, technology, engineering and maths when they left the morning session, run by Stemettes. “We hope to be going to Windsor for the wedding, on the streets or in the castle precinct.”Two elderly sisters, Irene Gould, 82, and her younger sibling June Dickinson, 78, were also ecstatic after meeting Harry and his fiancee. Harry and Meghan in Birmingham Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet Irene Gould and June Dickinson Meghan Markle talks to children as she arrives to Birmingham Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in BirminghamCredit:WireImage Prince Harry beams as he chats to children in BirminghamCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph  Meghan Markle hugs a schoolgirl in Birmingham Meghan Markle kneels as he chats to flag-waving children  Meghan Markle chats to youngsters Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Birmingham Royal well-wishers brave cold to greet coupleWell-wishers began gathering hours before the prince and his bride-to-be were due to appear at Millennium Point.Despite the cold and wet conditions some in the crowds were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the couple who have been touring the nation since their engagement announcement last year.Stephen McNally, 61, from Stourbridge, said he travelled with a group of friends with many of them carrying bouquets for Ms Markle. “Oh wow,” said Meghan. Meghan Markle meets Birmingham schoolgirls Commenting on Harry’s engagement to the American actress he said: “It will be different for her but I think they’ve learnt a lot from the past and that is why Meghan is doing these walkabouts and going round the country before she’s getting married, I think it’s really nice, rather than keeping things a secret like they used to do. Prince Harry beams as he chats to children in Birmingham One, 13-year-old Patience Sabiti, chose Varsha Jain, the “coolest kind of doctor into the world” who researched subjects including “what happens when you have your period in zero-gravity” to allow more female astronauts to maintain their health in space.Ms Markle has previously spoken about period poverty, and the difficulties faced by menstruating women in the developing world.last_img read more

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Nineyearold boy was mauled to death by family friends dog while alone

“We believe that Frankie was alone in a caravan with the dog as he was attacked, whilst the adults that he was on holiday with were in an adjacent unit.”There was sound of a disturbance and sounds of distress coming from the caravan.”Immediately on hearing that, members of the public ran towards it and attempted to render first aid to Frankie.”Det Supt West confirmed the 28-year-old woman who was arrested nearly 20 miles away from the incident had been released under investigation.When asked whether it is believed that the woman ran away from the scene, he added: “Those circumstances have yet to become clear, but that’s certainly a line of our ongoing enquiry.”It is not yet known whether the dog will be put down following the attack.”Whether or not the dog will be put down is not a decision for the police at this time,” said Det Supt West.Family and friends have paid tribute to the young boy. Police at the scene at Tencreek Holiday Park in Cornwall He said: “Our understanding at this time is that the dog owner was an associate of Frankie’s mother, who was also at the site during our relevant times – a family friend, not a family member. A nine-year-old boy was mauled to death after being left alone in a caravan with a family friend’s dog, police have said.Authorities are now investigating to find out if the animal, believed to be a bulldog type, is an illegal breed.Frankie Macritchie, from Plymouth, was killed in the early hours of Saturday morning as his mother remained in the caravan next door with a group  of adults well-known to the family.He was on holiday with his mother, Tawnee Willis, who posted a photograph of the two together on Facebook on Saturday. She wrote: “caravan life with my babes”.Police were called to a caravan at Tencreek Holiday Park in Looe just before 5am on Saturday to find him in an unresponsive state.Three hours after the attack, police arrested a 28-year-old woman in Plymouth on suspicion of having a dog dangerously out of control and manslaughter, and have since released her under investigation pending further inquiries.The dog has been taken into kennels and specialists were now looking into its breed to determine whether it was legal or not.He said:”We have got specialists that are looking at the breed of the dog and that’s part of our inquiries. Police investigating if it’s an illegal breed.” Danielle Macritchie, his aunt, posted on Facebook writing: “Awwwww my baby boy, I just want u back now. I want this to stop now.”Our lives are ruined forever. How do we ever stop this pain?” Police at the scene at Tencreek Holiday Park in Cornwall Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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MPs preparing vote for recognition of Palestine

first_imgSYRIZA MPs are preparing to propose a vote, possibly during the summer, for Parliament to recognise Palestine as a state based on its 1967 borders, Kathimerini understands.The government is aware of the parliamentary group’s intentions but does not want the vote to take place before its negotiations with lenders have resulted in an agreement. Also, the government wants it to be clear that this will be a move by Parliament and not the Greek state as Athens does not want to damage improving relations with Israel.In October last year, Sweden became the most recent European Union member to recognize Palestine following identical moves by another seven EU countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Slovakia, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Romania. Non-EU member Iceland is the only other western European nation to have done so.Diplomatic sources said that relations between Athens and Tel Aviv have been good since the SYRIZA-led coalition came to power in January. A trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel was due to take place this month but due to the pressure on the government to conclude talks with the institutions, it will now happen in a few months’ time.MPs from the leftist party will try to get the backing of opposition parties for the vote as they believe that the initiative should have broad public support. Sources said it is possible that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be invited to Athens for the ballot. Abbas has already made it known that he would like to visit Greece soon.SYRIZA has long supported the recognition of Palestine as a state and Tsipras knows that the vote will be a popular move among his MPs and the Greek public.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Biodiversité ouverture de la conférence internationale de Nagoya

Biodiversité : ouverture de la conférence internationale de NagoyaJapon – Lundi 18 octobre s’est ouverte la conférence internationale sur la biodiversité, qui se tiendra durant deux semaines à Nagoya. Préservation des écosystèmes et meilleur partage de leurs richesses sont au programme.”Nous sommes en train de détruire la vie sur Terre”. C’est par ces mots qu’Achim Steiner, directeur du Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement (PNUE), a ouvert la conférence sur la biodiversité qui se déroulera du 18 au 29 octobre à Nagoya (Japon). Sous l’égide de l’ONU, elle rassemblera les 193 pays qui ont ratifié la convention sur la diversité biologique de Rio, en 1992. À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 maiConstatant l’échec de l’engagement pris en 2002 d’enrayer la perte de biodiversité à l’horizon 2010, les pays devront cette fois être plus concrets : “Nous allons établir pourquoi nous avons échoué, et surtout fixer de nouveaux objectifs pour 2020 de manière plus stratégique”, a dit Raphaël Billé, de l’Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales de Sciences-Po (Iddri).Si l’ONU constate qu’en 2008, les atteintes aux écosystèmes ont représenté 6.600 milliards de dollars, la biodiversité est aussi source de richesses et de revenus. Le second thème essentiel de la conférence sera ainsi de proposer une meilleure collaboration et un meilleur partage entre les entreprises pharmaceutiques ou agroalimentaires occidentales et les pays du sud, détenteurs d’une grande partie de ces précieuses mais fragiles ressources.Le 18 octobre 2010 à 12:07 • Emmanuel Perrin read more

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Young Man Shot Killed in Chollas Creek Neighborhood

first_imgYoung Man Shot, Killed in Chollas Creek Neighborhood Posted: August 29, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Homicide detectives Thursday were investigating the death of a young man who was fatally shot in the Chollas Creek neighborhood.Dispatchers received a call shortly after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday from someone who reported that a person was down near the intersection of Ogden and Shiloh streets, San Diego police Lt. Martha Sainz said.Officers responded to the area, but were notified that a witness had found the victim in an alley off Ogden Street — suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his body — and paramedics had already taken the man to a hospital, Sainz said.The unidentified victim, a man believed to be in his late teens to early 20s, was later pronounced dead at the hospital, the lieutenant said.Witnesses told police they saw a light-colored sedan leaving the area shortly after the shooting, Sainz said.No description of the shooter was immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the San Diego Police Department’s homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Open Office in Ghana to Support Region Activities

first_imgThe American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program opened a field office in Accra, Ghana to support WISHH’s activities in sub-Saharan Africa on Nov. 14, 2014. The office will serve as a regional hub for current and future programming.WISHH’s Regional Manager for Africa Josh Neiderman relocated to Accra during the first week of November. The office hosted representatives from USAPEEC’s International Poultry Development Program (UIPDP) and USDA’s Regional Agricultural Counselor Kurt Seifarth for meetings concerning the development of the poultry and feed sectors in Ghana shortly after opening.Support for the regional office comes from various stakeholders, including USDA and several Qualified State Soybean Boards.last_img

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Under Alaska Management Mosquito Fork is Open for Business

first_imgThe federal government has backed down in a long running legal dispute with the State of Alaska over ownership of an eastern interior river. State ownership the Mosquito Fork of the Forty Mile River will open it up to new activity, including mining.Download AudioThe Mosquito Fork runs for about 80 miles before joining the main stem of Forty Mile near the Taylor Highway and historic gold mining community of Chicken. It’s within a National Wild and Scenic River Corridor, but this week the Bureau of Land Management dropped claims to the waterway.  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Chief of Operation for the Division of Mining Land and Water, Wyn Menefee says the move ends a drawn out legal battle.“We were on our way to doing the full arguments in court, and BLM, at the last minute, after a lot of preparation time for the court case gave a recordable disclaimer of interest, which is something they could’ve done at the very beginning, before we ever went to litigation.As a condition of statehood, Alaska was granted navigable waters, a determination the BLM has challenged on numerous waterways including the Mosquito Fork, despite what Menefee describes as solid evidence.“We floated the river, we showed it’s navigable — clearly, now — we had evidence of commerce and trade on the river.”BLM Alaska spokeswoman Leslie Elis Waters would not comment on why the BLM gave up fighting for the Mosquito Fork, saying the decision came down from the U.S. Justice Department, adding that that the BLM intends to cooperate with the state.The Mosquito Fork is in a popular hunting, recreation, and placer gold mining area, where the BLM has contested some state issued mining claims. Menefee says confirmation of state ownership will open up the river to new activity, including small scale mining.Menafee hopes that the BLM’s decision drop the fight over the Mosquito Fork signals a sea change in the larger battle over ownership of numerous other Alaska rivers.last_img read more

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Ecosystem study unlocks the mystery of black cod survival

first_imgA juvenile black cod is tagged and released back into the ocean. (NOAA photo)Over the past couple of decades black cod — or sablefish — has become one of Southeast Alaska’s most commercially-important species. Longliners target them in deep waters off the continental shelf, during the same season as halibut.Listen nowAlthough stocks are strong, biologists don’t fully grasp black cod population ecology. A research partnership in Sitka hopes to change that.Just about all commercially-utilized species in Alaska are studied intensively, and black cod are no different. There are fisheries surveys that go out and count and measure fish, and determine their age. And there are landings — tons of black cod sampled by state biologists at the dock.But in one very important way, black cod are different from, say, salmon. Jamal Moss is a research fisheries biologist with NOAA’s Auke Bay Laboratories.“Black cod abundance doesn’t seem to be related to the number of spawning adults out there,” Moss said.So what makes it a good year for black cod — or, in Moss’s words “how do the stars align” to increase the chances that young black cod will grow to maturity?“All signs point to that happening during their first year of life in the ocean,” Moss said.Moss is back in Sitka where he’s teamed up with the Sitka Sound Science Center to survey the ecosystem that produces black cod. It’s called the “Gulf of Alaska Assessment.”“Basically we go out there and measure the physical properties of the ocean. Temperature. We also look at phytoplankton — the small plants that live in the ocean — as well as zooplankton, larval marine fish, juvenile marine fish that are not larvae anymore, but are free swimming, and everything else we catch,” Moss said. “And that could range from jellyfish all the way up the line to salmon sharks and most recently, Pacific sunfish.”Sunfish? More on that in a moment. Moss believes that the missing piece to understanding black cod survival is somewhere in the ocean environment — especially the kind of food, and the quality, that the juvenile fish need to survive.As school children — school children in Alaska anyway — we’re taught all about the life cycle of salmon. And black cod, which are bottom dwellers, seem remote and mysterious by comparison. But it turns out that black cod have a fascinating beginning.“After they hatch the larvae rise to the surface and they actually spend most of their first year in shallow waters — out in the ocean, but at shallow depths, let’s say the top three or four fathoms — and feed on plankton and other marine fish and critters,” Moss said. “And then they move closer to shore and typically rear in near-shore habitats before moving out into deeper water.”In Sitka, one of these black cod nurseries is St. John the Baptist Bay, near Salisbury Sound.The objective of the assessment — and its companion tagging study — is better management of an important commercial species, but Moss said the “bonus” is a deeper knowledge of the changing ocean environment, and how it affects all species.And the ocean is changing. Beginning in 2014 oceanographers detected a massive area of the Pacific Ocean that remained at higher-than-normal temperatures, and is just now dissipating. Nicknamed “The Blob,” the phenomenon was created by a rare combination of ocean conditions, rather than by climate change. Nevertheless, Moss’s surveys during The Blob produced an atypical data set.“We had pomfret, which are a pelagic fish that are typically offshore. We saw those fish come inshore,” Moss said. “They were eating a lot of the juvenile rockfish — Pacific Ocean perch in particular, in ‘14 and ‘15. We also saw Pacific sunfish — 800-pound fish that we were bringing on deck at times in our trawls. They don’t eat very high in the food chain — they mostly eat jellies and other things — but that was very interesting. And we saw more blue sharks come up into the waters.”All of which can affect the growth and survival of black cod. Moss said we need to understand what tradeoffs are happening in the ecosystem, and if they favor traditional commercial species, or other fish “that are important ecologically, but maybe not commercially.”last_img read more

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Mother son electrocuted in Chuadanga

first_imgAn elderly woman and her son died from electrocution at Uttar Para in Jibonnagar upazila early Friday, reports UNB.The deceased are Ashura Khatun, 60 and her son Omar Ali, 28 of the village.Local people said Rubina, wife of Omar, came in contact with a live electric wire first at her house early in this morning.Samir Ali, husband of Ashura and Omar came to save Rubina and got electrocuted.Later, four of them were taken to Jibannagar Upazila Hospital where the duty doctor Mahamuddin Hedayet Setu declared Ashura and Omar dead.last_img

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Brady Tax Reform Including Border Adjustment Tax Will Pass This Year

first_img 00:00 /01:06 X Listen flickr To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands) says he still aims to pass tax reform this year, even as Congress remains bogged down in the health care fight. The House Ways and Means chairman says the reform will include a controversial border adjustment tax.Border adjustment is a form of consumption tax that lowers the cost of exports and raises the cost of imports. Speaking to Craig Cohen for Houston Matters, Brady said most of America’s trading partners already use such a tax. And the fact that the U.S. doesn’t is hurting its competitiveness.“Our current tax code favors foreign products over made-in-America products here and around the world,” Brady said. “So what I’m proposing is that we have equal treatment, that every product coming into America or produced in America be taxed equally at the same low business rate of 20 percent.”Brady said the change would discourage American companies from moving manufacturing jobs abroad. The Tax Foundation, a conservative think tank, estimates it would produce more than a trillion dollars in revenue over the next decade, helping to pay for cuts to corporate taxes.But the proposal has run into stiff opposition both from Democrats and many Republicans. Critics argue it would hurt American consumers and retailers more than it would help manufacturers. Sharelast_img read more

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Comcasts X1 SetTop Boxes Get ESPN3 ACC Network Extra SEC Network Services

first_imgComcast continues to add streaming video services to its Xfinity X1 set-top boxes: The communications giant launched three new ESPN services on eligible devices Wednesday, giving users access to live-and on-demand content not available on ESPN’s cable channels.ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and SEC Network + will carry college football, international soccer, Grand Slam tennis matches, college basketball and additional collegial athletics, among other events. Altogether, the three services will offer access to over 5000 live events, including 150 college football games.“From football and soccer to volleyball and field hockey, this launch gives college sports fans incredible access to live events,” said Comcast Cable executive director Vito Forlenza in a statement. “ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and SEC Network + add a new dynamic to the already deep catalog of sports programming that’s currently available on X1.” Popular on Variety Each of the three new sports content sources will be searchable with Comcast’s voice remote, which has seen a lot of usage particularly during sports events in the past.Comcast is also showing off individual events within the sports section of the X1 user interface, which offers additional information about each team’s matches and standing. In addition, Comcast is making stats and similar content available via its sports companion app in real-time as matches unfold.The three services are available for free to Comcast TV and internet subscribers who own an eligible X1 set-top box. The services are integrated directly into the X1’s user interface, where they are presented as networks rather than standalone apps. There’s no word yet on whether Comcast will also bring ESPN’s recently-launched paid service ESPN+ to its X1 set-top boxes.Update: This post was updated at 8:00am PT with more details on the integration of the three services.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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