Roundup of Nova Scotia campaign news

first_imgHALIFAX – (NSElxn)The leaders of Nova Scotia’s three main political parties were focused on the provincial capital Tuesday.Each leader spoke before Halifax council about plans for the municipality, where some of the tightest electoral battles are expected in the May 30 provincial election.Tory Leader Jamie Baillie said he’d like the city to be designated a “provincial capital district,” though he was vague on whether that would bring additional funds to beautify Halifax’s parks and main streets.Baillie declined comment on whether the Conservatives would offer the city more than the current $2 million a year for public transit.(The Canadian Press)—(NDP-Commuter-Rail)The NDP says it will partner with the city of Halifax to bring commuter rail to the municipality if elected May 30.Leader Gary Burrill says his party will work to secure access to federal infrastructure money and will provide up to $5 million a year to support annual operating costs.He says the suburban rim around Halifax is “bursting at the seams.”Burrill says having an accessible and modern transportation system will help connect the entire municipality.(The Canadian Press)—(Liberals-Halifax-Gallery)Premier Stephen McNeil is endorsing the idea of a new provincial gallery for downtown Halifax.McNeil says the existing Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is in a heritage building, but efforts have been launched in recent years to replace it due to a lack of space and problems controlling humidity, leaks and air temperature.But he stopped short of providing firm financial commitments — telling city council that he expects Ottawa’s infrastructure program may be able to contribute, along with private donors.McNeil says he believes a larger facility would become a major downtown tourism destination.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Health-Care)Health care continues to dominate the Nova Scotia campaign as it enters its final week.The Liberals say they will invest $100 million over the next four years to improve access to health care and cut waitlists.They say the Progressive Conservative plan for improving health care “doesn’t stack up” and is short on details.But Tory Leader Jamie Baillie is pledging to fix the province’s “broken system” and is holding a health care rally Wednesday to outline his plan.The NDP is promising to open a pilot mental health hub in Sydney, reverse cuts to community support groups and invest in a mental health and addictions strategy.last_img read more

Global Affairs acknowledges Quebecer may have been kidnapped report

first_imgRadio-Canada reports that the federal government is not ruling out the possibility that a Quebec woman and her Italian friend may have been abducted in west Africa.Sherbrooke native Edith Blais and her Italian friend Luca Tacchetto were travelling in Burkina Faso when all communication with their families “abruptly stopped” on Dec. 15, according to Blais’ sister.Melanie Bergeron Blais says the pair were last seen in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso, in the country’s southwest, and had planned to drive to the capital of Ouagadougou before crossing into neighbouring Togo.Global Affairs Canada says consular officials are reaching out to local authorities in Burkina Faso, but it won’t publish any information that could jeopardize ongoing efforts or endanger citizens’ safety.A report published by the CBC’s French-language service on Sunday says the department has not received confirmation of an abduction, but it no longer excludes that as a possibility.Meantime, Blais’ family has started a Facebook page related to the disappearance, and they say they are grateful for the help they’ve received so far.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Gas dispute leaves hundreds of thousands freezing in Ukraine

first_imgMOSCOW — Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians are without heating at a time when temperatures are plunging due a long-standing dispute between the national gas company and regional utility providers.Residents in Kryvy Rih, a city of 600,000 in Ukraine’s south-east, on Monday seized the building of the local gas company demanding that the heating be turned on. Temperatures are below zero at night in the area. In the town of Smila, in central Ukraine, residents on Tuesday blocked roads leading into town, demanding that authorities provide heating.Opposition lawmaker Oleh Lyashko said last week that at least six towns with a combined population over 1 million remain without heating.The troubles with central heating come after national gas company Naftagaz raised gas prices that some struggling municipalities said were impossibly high for them to pay. Naftagaz has said it will resume supply to utilities companies and powers stations only after they clear the debts or pay for supplies in advance.Ukraine is struggling with a flagging economy and a separatist conflict in the east which is weighing down on the nation’s finances. One of the conditions for the International Monetary Fund to continue providing Ukraine with loans was to increase gas prices by 23 per cent starting Nov. 1. Bills for hot water and heating are expected to increase by another 15 per cent on Dec. 1.The Ukrainian government stopped buying gas from Russia following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, citing unreasonably high prices. As a result Ukraine started to buy gas from European companies, some of which resell the gas they buy from Russia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

More than a million recently displaced in Eastern and Central Africa –

26 October 2009The total number of people forced from their homes in the past six months by persistent violent conflict in Central and Eastern Africa has topped 1 million, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today. The total number of people forced from their homes in the past six months by persistent violent conflict in Central and Eastern Africa has topped 1 million, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today.According to the data compiled by OCHA’s regional office, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the region has now passed the 10 million mark.Sudan heads the list of 10 out of the region’s 18 countries that contain large numbers of IDPs, with 4 million of its population displaced, followed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with at least 2 million and Somalia with 1.55 million.Statistics in OCHA’s latest Displaced Populations Report showed that there has also been an increase of over 5,000 refugees moving across borders since March, bringing the total number of refugees to more than 1,875,000 in 16 countries across the region. Chad, Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania continue to shelter the highest number of refugees in the region, with each country hosting at least 250,000 people.The report noted that the combined IDP and refugee population in the Eastern and Central African stands at 11,930,704 as of the end of September, pointing to the escalation of violence in Somalia as a major cause of the increase, particularly in refugees fleeing to Kenya.An estimated 250,000 people were displaced in May alone from Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, by fighting between forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and various militias.In addition, OCHA said that repeated attacks by the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) on civilians in eastern DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR) has contributed to refugees pouring into the Sudan, as well as massive internal displacement within Southern Sudan. Sudan has also experienced intermittent clashes in the south and in Darfur, ahead of the planned elections under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and referendum on the future status of the south. read more

Famously cold N Dakota winter menaces pipeline protest camp

by James MacPherson, The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2016 12:39 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2016 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Famously cold N. Dakota winter menaces pipeline protest camp In this May 17, 2016, satellite image taken by DigitalGlobe, grasslands near Cannon Ball, N.D., are seen before protesters against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline began to gather and set up a large encampment. (DigitalGlobe via AP) CANNON BALL, N.D. – So far, the hundreds of protesters fighting the Dakota Access pipeline have shrugged off the heavy snow, icy winds and frigid temperatures that have swirled around their large encampment on the North Dakota grasslands.But if they defy next week’s government deadline to abandon the camp, demonstrators know the real deep freeze lies ahead, when the full weight of the Great Plains winter descends on their community of nylon tents and teepees. Life-threatening wind chills and towering snow drifts could mean the greatest challenge is simple survival.“I’m scared. I’m a California girl, you know?” said Loretta Reddog of Placerville, California, a protester who said she arrived several months ago with her two dogs and has yet to adjust to the harsher climate.The government has ordered protesters to leave federal land by Monday, although it’s not clear what, if anything, authorities will do to enforce that mandate. Demonstrators insist they will stay for as long as it takes to divert the $3.8 billion pipeline, which the Standing Rock Sioux tribe believes threatens sacred sites and a river that provides drinking water for millions of people.The pipeline is largely complete except for a short segment that is planned to pass beneath a Missouri River reservoir. The company doing the building says it is unwilling to reroute the project.For several months, the government permitted the gathering, allowing its population to swell. The Seven Council Fires camp began growing in August as it took in the overflow crowd from smaller protest sites nearby. It now covers a half square mile, with living quarters that include old school buses, fancy motorhomes and domelike yurts. Hale bales are piled around some teepees to keep out the wind. There’s even a crude corral for horses.The number of inhabitants has ranged from several hundred to several thousand. It has been called the largest gathering of Native American tribes in a century.Increasingly, more permanent wooden structures are being erected, even though the Army Corps of Engineers considers them illegal on government property. The Standing Rock Sioux insist the land still belongs to their tribe under a nearly 150-year-old treaty.Nate Bison, a member of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Sioux, came to the camp after quitting his job in Las Vegas a week ago. He said he intends to stay indefinitely, a prospect that may cause him to lose his house in Nevada.“But since I’ve lived in these conditions before, to me it’s not all that bad,” he said.Camp morale is high, he added, despite the onset of winter.“Everybody I’ve talked to, you hear laughter and people just having a good time, enjoying the camaraderie and the support from each other,” Bison said. “And the love. People are taking the shirts off their own backs for other people. No one is left out that I’ve seen.”On Thursday, the camp near the confluence of the Missouri and Cannonball rivers was shrouded in snow, much of it compacted by foot and vehicle traffic. Temperatures hovered in the 20s. Next week’s forecast calls for single digits and subzero wind chills.Camp dwellers are getting ready for the hardships of a long stay. Mountains of donated food and water are being stockpiled, as is firewood, much of which has come from outside of North Dakota, the least-forested state in the nation. A collection of Army surplus tents with heating stoves serve as kitchen, dining hall, medical clinic and a camp-run school. Many of the smaller tents have become tattered by the wind.Thane Maxwell, a 32-year-old Minneapolis native who has been living at the camp since July, said North Dakota’s bitter cold will not deter protesters committed to fighting the pipeline, or “black snake” as they call it.Tribes from the Great Plains states are adept at surviving brutal winters, he said. Others from warmer climes are being taught how to endure the frostbite-inducing temperatures that are sure to come.“A lot of these people have been living in this climate for hundreds of years,” said Maxwell a member of Minnesota-based Honor the Earth Foundation. “It’s a skill set that can be learned. The danger is escalating from law enforcement, not the weather.”Reddog said she has confidence in the camp community. “Everybody’s really stepping up and taking care of each other,” she said.Maxwell put out a call on social media for more donations, seeking four-wheel drive trucks and foul-weather clothing. He also asked for gas masks and protective baseball and hockey gear to shield protesters from any future skirmishes with police.More than 525 people from across the country have been arrested since August. In a recent clash between police and protesters near the path of the pipeline, officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and large water hoses in sub-freezing temperatures. Organizers said at least 17 protesters were taken to the hospital, some for hypothermia and one for an arm injury. One officer was hurt.North Dakota has often conjured images of a wind-swept, treeless wasteland. The perception was so great that it led to a short-lived proposal to change the state’s name by dropping “North” and leaving just “Dakota,” to dispel the image of inhospitable winter weather.Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, who is heading the law enforcement effort around the pipeline, said he hopes the harsh conditions force people to leave the encampment, something the state and federal governments have so far been unable to do.In addition to the federal order, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple issued a “mandatory evacuation” for the camp “to safeguard against harsh winter conditions.” But he said Wednesday that the state has no intention of blocking food and supplies from coming into the camp.Doing so would be a “huge mistake from a humanitarian viewpoint,” the Republican said.The federal deadline probably will not have any immediate effect on the camp either. Soon after it was set, the Army Corps of Engineers explained that the agency had no plans to forcibly remove anyone, although violators could be charged with trespassing.Back at the camp, about 75 people lined up Thursday to draw propane for heating and cooking from a fuel truck. The driver, Rodney Grant, said it was his seventh trip in a week. The propane was free to campers. Grant said he did not know who was paying for it.Dani Jo McKing, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux, was among those in line. She and her husband have been sharing cold-weather tips with people who are not from North Dakota. She said people with out-of-state license plates, including California and Nevada, have been seen driving away from the camp. The cruel winter is bound to induce others to head home, she said.The cold weather has never bothered her.“This is where I live. I’ll stay until the end. This is God’s country,” she said.Summer Moore arrived last week from Paintsville, Kentucky, and quickly learned the power of the whipping North Dakota wind. When a snowstorm rolled in Monday, it ripped her tent to shreds.“It wasn’t that cold, but the wind was so bad it knocked me down three times,” Moore said.She hitched a ride to the casino on the Standing Rock reservation and rode out the storm in a hotel room.A carpenter named Joel Maurer came from California last month. He’s been building small shed-like bunkhouses that will sleep seven people each with room for a stove.“I know things are going to get real here real quick,” he said.___Associated Press photographer David Goldman contributed to this story.___360-degree photo: read more

Soccer Stadium Planned for Haitis Notorious Cite Soleil Shantytown

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) A local sports hero, a New York real estate developer and a well-known architect are teaming up to build a soccer stadium in Haiti’s notorious Cite Soleil, hoping to revive the seaside shantytown known throughout the hemisphere for its extreme poverty and gang battles.Foreign investors in Haiti have largely directed their efforts at rebuilding from a devastating 2010 earthquake, focusing their funds on Port-au-Prince and the overlapping cities that make up the capital and the country’s sleepy coastlines.But ex-Haiti soccer star Robert ”Boby” Duval has masterminded the $5 million stadium project, which he says will address problems that predate the 2010 disaster. Developer Delos LLC and architect Carlos Zapata are working with him on the project in a slum on the outskirts of the capital, full of tin shacks and open sewage canals formerly shunned by investors, avoided by diplomats and at one point considered so dangerous that U.N. peacekeepers would only enter it in armored vehicles.”Cite Soleil was destroyed way before the earthquake,” said Duval. ”This stadium is going to clean up Cite Soleil…. and I’m betting on it.”The 12,000-seat stadium will be called the ”Phoenix Stadium,” referring to hopes that the shantytown will rise up.The organizers also hope the stadium, scheduled to break ground within six months and due to be built by the end of 2013, will bring an initial 500 jobs and inject commerce into Cite Soleil, where politicians have long gone so far as to pay gang leaders to stir up trouble.The arena will also host concerts and serve as a cultural center to foster a sense of community.Duval said it will also serve as the home to a new soccer league for some 350 players, independent of the Haitian Federation of Soccer.For the past 18 years, Duval has run the L’Athletique D’Haiti sports program from a field at the northeastern edge of Cite Soleil, giving some of Haiti’s poorest children life skills through sports. Some 2,000 youths participate in the program, which has been featured along with Duval in Sports Illustrated and ESPN.Duval said the introduction of a second soccer division will raise the quality of Haiti’s national league while providing a future for his budding professionals.”Let me do my own thing so my kids can make some money,” Duval said at his nonprofit sports academy.Federation officials didn’t return calls seeking comment.The current league and smaller clubs play their home games at the only official stadium in Haiti’s capital, the Stade Sylvio Castor in downtown Port-au-Prince. Until last summer, Its parking lot was used as a makeshift settlement for several hundred people displaced by the earthquake until city authorities paid some of them to leave even if they had no place to go. League organizers wanted to reclaim the stadium to resume matches.The bulk of the new stadium’s financing will be provided by Delos, corporations and individual donors. The land, 12 acres in all, was donated by a banker, Duval said.On a recent Thursday morning, dozens of youths sprinted across several adjacent fields in pursuit of a soccer ball at L’Athletique D’Haiti. Just outside the cinderblock wall, a police officer waved cars past a checkpoint, his face masked so that gang leaders wouldn’t recognize him.”I can’t wait for the day that the (stadium) arrives,” 17-year-old student Jean-Gilles Fritznel said as he leaned against a goal post. ”I will have a hard time sleeping the night before, waiting for the sunlight to see it.”The director of a neighborhood youth program welcomed Duval’s project and hopes it will change the culture of violence in the shanty.”Soccer players will be role models,” said 38-year-old Olerch Alexis. ”The youths will want to play soccer instead of pick up guns.”To read the entire story by Trenton Daniel, go to Yahoo read more

Jools Holland wins battle over late night music from wedding venue neighbour

first_imgLive music is still allowed until 11pm but up to 1am in December from Wednesday to Saturday.Bosses at the 14th century barn, which employs 80 staff and has held weddings for nearly 20 years, insists little has changed.Rebecca Collins, the general manager, said the new restrictions were not a victory for Mr Holland, whom she accused of being “so sensitive that any noise is too much noise”.”Common sense has prevailed and we are extremely happy with the outcome of the hearing,” she said, adding that hundreds of people depend on them for their livelihoods. “Essentially, all that has changed is that Cooling Castle Barn has agreed to a noise management plan with Medway Council and the garden area needs to be closed 60 minutes earlier on week days and 30 minutes earlier on Fridays and Saturdays.”Employees, neighbours, wedding businesses and toastmasters wrote to the council to support the venue. One neighbour wrote a letter claiming Mr Holland had “no interest in the village” and was not “approachable”, another claimed he had “vendetta”.James Johnson, who has worked at the venue for 18 years, said it was “ironic” Mr Holland “champions live music” but was calling for a ban. Jools Holland As one of Britain’s best loved pianists, he has excelled at loud punk, rock, blues and jazz. And, every New Year he revels in keeping music fans awake well past midnight with a host of famous musicians blaring out their hits on his Hootenanny show.But, as a champion of live music Jools Holland has found it difficult to be entertained at his own Kent home. For a decade he has been locked in a dispute with Cooling Castle Barn, a wedding venue next to his manor house near Rochester.In a diary he has listed the “noisy hububs” from wedding bands, string quartets and karaoke sessions that have kept him and his wife awake. He has even catalogued how he has found a solitary high-heeled shoe hurled over his garden wall, adding that it remains “unclaimed”.Now he is celebrating after Medway Council imposed stricter regulations over late night live music at the barn. The irony is that Mr Holland, who also leads his own big-band, moved into the area in 2002 and chose the venue to marry his wife Christabel in 2005.The 60-year-old musician had complained to Medway Council which asked him to keep a diary of the noise for three months last year. He was embroiled in talks with the owners ever since the business began to expand in 2007. The musician called for a ban on percussion and brass instruments being used for live unamplified music and restrictions on deliveries. He added that conditions imposed as part of the venue’s licence were “ineffective” and asked for it to be closed four days every week.At a council licensing meeting last week councillors ruled that barn bosses must introduce a noise management policy and set up a screened smoking area which is closed an hour before closing time and where drinks are prohibited.Access to the garden must be closed by 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday nights, instead of its current 11pm, and 10pm for the rest of the week. His diary reveals that he was particularly horrified by karaoke versions of songs including Tom Jones’s Delilah, Marvin Gayes’ How Sweet it is to be Loved by You, and Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, during which Mr Holland noted that “patron noise levels increased”.center_img Cooling Castle hosts weddings at its barn Credit:Gareth Fuller /PA Credit: Jane Barlow/PA Cooling Castle  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

ASOBAL Round 7 Fast recovery for Barca

13J.D. Arrate*3 16Lábaro Toledo BM*0 14BM. Torrevieja*2 3Reale Ademar *12 4Cuatro Rayas Valladolid*10 ASOBALBarcelona handballCuenca 2016 6Naturhouse La Rioja*6 In the openning match of Round 7 in ASOBAL, F.C Barcelona had easy job against Cuenca 35:22 (18:17). Obviosly, Catalan team had fast recovery after European weekend in which they were negative surprise of Champions League, when they lost in France against Chambery and put themselves in difficult position (just three points from four games). Now, Barcelona didn’t let any chance to their rival and celebrated secure win.35. FC Barcelona Borges (18+17): Saric (Sjöstrand, p.s.); Noddesbo (1), Juanín (7, 2p), Entrerríos, Sorhaindo (2), Sarmiento (2), Ugalde (2), Romero (2), Nagy (4), Jernemyr, Rutenka (4), Rocas (7) e Igropulo (4). 22. Cuenca 2016 (13+9): Kappelin (De Hita, p.s.); Corzo (4, 1p), Sabonis (4), Rafael López (1), Mendoza (1), Dacosta (6), Pavan (1), Gamuz (1), Ivankovic (2), Markovic (2p), Grosas, Hugo López y Pedro Rodríguez.Barcelona is now first with seven of seven scores. Only more time, who is unbeatable is Ciudad Real.Standings: 11CAI BM. Aragón *4 2Renovalia Ciudad Real*12 10BM Alcobendas*4 7Amaya Sport San Antonio*6 15e-gym BM. Antequera*2 ← Previous Story Karol Bielecki again for Poland? Next Story → Your opinion: Hungary a master of EURO 2010 8Quabit BM Guadalajara*5 5Fraikin Granollers*10 12Alser-BM Puerto Sagunto*3 1FC Barcelona Borges14 9Cuenca 20165 read more

Keyboard Robot is Both Adorable and Frightening video

first_imgRobots are the future. They will drive our cars, clean our bagel crumbs, and remove our prostates. And now, behold as they replace our beloved organic-based musicians.Drexel University grad student Alysa Batula recently programmed a Robonova to play one of the music world’s most important compositions: “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”In the above video you can see that this SkyNet Liberace hits a few sour notes along the way. But for only having two clunky limbs to play on, it’s not a bad bit of coordinated engineering. via SingularityHublast_img

The Whatsapp is whopping away Ruth Neggas Limerick family on Oscar nomination

first_img Jan 24th 2017, 4:24 PM Image: AP/Press Association Images Share12 Tweet Email 23,112 Views “They’re all WhatsApping, so the group is bursting here with pride at her nomination.”Malone said all the family in Limerick will be watching with “total anticipation” on Oscar night – 26 February.“The majority of her family are in Limerick. Aunts, uncles, and cousins. Her mum is in the UK and she visits Limerick frequently. Her dad passed away a long time ago.“(Ruth) loves holidaying in Kerry; she loves to go to Castlegregory for holidays and breaks. She enjoys west Kerry, and she loves coming home to Limerick to see her family.”Irish-made feature The Lobster is also up for Best Screenplay. Ed Guiney from Element Pictures, which produced the film, spoke of his delight at the nod. Element Pictures are no stranger to the Academy Awards as ‘Room’ was also nominated for an Oscar last year.Guiney told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One: “One of the things that stands out about the movie is the script. To get an Oscar nomination one year is outstanding, to get it two times in a row is mind-boggling.”Irish costume designer Consolata Boyle, who has been nominated before for The Queen, is up for another award this year for her work on 1940s film Florence Foster Jenkins.Read: Ruth Negga leads Irish interest in this year’s Oscar nominations, while La La Land scores 14 nods Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 4:24 PM Short URLcenter_img ‘The Whatsapp is whopping away’ – Ruth Negga’s Limerick family on Oscar nomination Negga, who grew up in Limerick, was nominated for Best Actress at this year’s awards for her role in Loving. By David Raleigh 20 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images Updated: 21.45RUTH NEGGA’S FAMILY in Limerick say they are “absolutely proud” of her following her Oscar nomination today.Negga, who grew up in Limerick, was nominated for Best Actress at this year’s awards for her role in Loving. Her uncle Ger Malone today said that the family is “delighted” for the former Love/Hate actress.“We’re all delighted for her. There is pride in all the family here in Dooradoyle, and we’ll probably have a glass of something to celebrate.“I didn’t jump up and down; I’m too old for that,” he joked, adding, “I’m absolutely thrilled for her.”Malone added that the family WhatsApp group is buzzing since the announcement.We’re all absolutely so proud of her. WhatsApp is whopping away now in the family group, from as far away as Australia; she’s a cousin in Australia, she’s cousins in Canada, and she’s obviously cousins here at home. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek American scientist discovers new organ system related to cancer

first_imgGreek American Dr Petros Constantinos Benias has identified a new “organ system” officially termed “interstitium”, which is believed to play a role in a number of common diseases, including cancer.A scientist at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Dr Benias made the discovery by chance while investigating a patient’s bile duct for signs of cancer.Layers, until now believed to be dense, connective tissue, have since been revealed to be a series of fluid-filled compartments found beneath the skin, between muscles, running right through the digestive and urinary tracts, lungs, and surrounding arteries and veins.The compartments join to form a network supported by a mesh of strong, flexible proteins, which all up is estimated to contain one-fifth of the body’s total volume of fluids.Scientist Petros Benias. Photo: PatchA new report on the discovery was published earlier this week by Dr Benias and a team of collaborators in the journal Scientific Reports examining “the structure and distribution” of the tissue.They found that it acts as a “shock absorber” that protects organ tissue, muscles and vessels from rupturing during the body’s daily function.But with the fluid having the ability to move through the various channels of the body, there are also negatives; it appears to be used by cancer cells to spread to different parts of the body.New York University pathologist and co-lead investigator with Dr Benias, Dr Neil Theise said the research could help scientists to better understand the spread of cancer in the body, and as a result open up new pathways for treatment.“The discovery can bring dramatic advances to medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool,” he said.In the study, the scientists called on their colleagues in the field to embrace their new findings: “We propose here a revision of the anatomical concepts,” the team wrote in the journal.With a number of physiological processes fraught with unknowns, including inflammation that leads to chronic diseases and scarring of connective tissue, Dr Benias said the discovery is “extremely exciting”.“This discovery will open up new research pathways,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Découvrez en images le studio de radio le plus écologique du monde

first_imgDécouvrez en images le studio de radio le plus écologique du mondeLe designer britannique ARUP a proposé un bâtiment aux lignes certes industrielles mais qui promet d’utiliser de nombreuses innovations techniques afin de réduire sa consommation d’énergie.La firme spécialisée dans le design ARUP a récemment terminé la conception du siège de la radio BSkyB. Il a été vanté comme le plus écologique des studios radio du monde. Les nouveaux quartiers de la radio s’installent à la sortie de Londres et ils prennent la forme d’un bâtiment développé pour prendre à son avantage toutes les ressources disponibles sur place afin de réduire sa consommation d’énergie. La proposition architecturale est aussi l’une des premières au monde à utiliser un système traditionnel et naturel de ventilation – tous les ordinateurs du complexe ne facilitant pas la tâche à cause de la chaleur qu’ils dégagent.Le bâtiment a des allures industrielles en raison des larges évents présents sur la façade. Il est certes peu esthétique mais fonctionnel. Il profite un maximum de l’éclairage naturel et son centre devrait contenir trois sections distinctes  : les studios de radio au rez-de-chaussée, les serveurs informatiques au second et les plateformes de transmissions au dernier étage. Ensemble, elles forment ce qui devrait devenir un centre créatif important à l’avenir. Découvrez le studio destiné à la station anglaise BSkyB en images : 8 novembre 2010 à 17:35 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Toy Tuesday The Best Funko Pops

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long If there’s a single brand that has exploded in the 21st century toy industry, it’s Funko. Founded in 1998 as a producer of bobbleheads, they debuted the Pop! line in 2011 and have released over six thousand different models since. That’s an awful lot, but it hasn’t stopped dedicated collectors from snatching them up and arranging them in massive walls of characters. If you want to start smaller, here are our picks for the 11 essential Funko Pops to anchor a collection.Spider-Man Homecoming With Headphones Funko PopIt’s pretty dope that Spider-Man is enjoying such a renaissance — the character is an all-time great, and winning an Oscar isn’t something we thought would happen anytime soon. The live-action Homecoming and its upcoming sequel are pretty solid themselves, with Tom Holland really capturing the character of Peter Parker while also making him relevant for modern audiences. This is a sweet Funko Pop combining the Spidey suit with Peter’s school uniform and headphones.Get it at Amazon.comSuper Sized Voltron Funko PopOf all the 80s pop culture properties that we’re happy to see back, Voltron is near the top of the list. The translated anime about five bold pilots of robotic lions battling against an intergalactic threat was one of America’s first exposures to Japanese action cartoons, and it just oozed with visual style. This model is a bit bigger than the usual Funko Pop, standing six inches high, and the mighty space warrior is rife with detail.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Master Chief With CortanaThere are a few Pops of the protagonist and supporting cast from the Halo series, which isn’t surprising. But for our money the coolest and the most game-accurate is this take on Master Chief. Wearing his traditional olive drab armor from Halo 3, the real kicker here is the tiny projection of virtual assistant Cortana emanating from his right hand. It’s a really clever and interesting sculpt that captures what we loved about the series back when Bungie was in charge.Get it at Amazon.comOne Punch Man Funko PopStarting as a webcomic before making the jump to published manga, anime and more, Saitama — the protagonist of One Punch Man is the most unlikely of heroes. Possessed of impossible strength, speed and agility, he credits it to his workout regimen of 100 push-ups, 100 squats, 100 sit-ups and a 10K run every day. Needless to say, just doing those reps won’t give you the power to smash any menace in a single blow. Funko’s take on the bald-headed hero is one of their most popular offerings.Get it at Amazon.comDaenerys & Dragon Funko Pop RidesIf the stubby little bodies of the standard Funko Pops aren’t doing it for you, take a detour into the odd and engaging Rides line, which feature a wide variety of pop culture icons paired with trademark vehicles — or, in the case of the Mother of Dragons from Game of Thrones, a flying lizard steed. There’s just something so gleefully absurd about the dragon’s tiny little body and Daenerys’ massive Funko head that cracks me up every time I look at this thing.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Pickle Rick With LaserObviously the overlap between Funko Pop collectors and Rick & Morty fans is pretty significant, so there are plenty of figures of the show’s characters. Hell, there are multiple releases of Pickle Rick, for God’s sake. We had to choose just one, though, so we opted for the Pickle Rick who comes armed with a laser cannon just in case he has to defend himself from the other denizens of your toy shelf. This one’s accurate down to the blood-stained rat legs he uses to get around.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop PikachuObviously Pokemon is a logical pairing for Funko Pops — there are hundreds of the little battling monsters, and while we haven’t got plastic bobbleheads of all of them, we do have a couple. For us, there’s only one choice — the little yellow electric mouse that became Ash’s best friend. Pikachu translates brilliantly to Funko Pop form, with his already big head getting even bigger. He sort of looks like his less-evolved form Pichu, but we’re not going to be pedantic about it.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Road HogThe cast of Overwatch were practically designed for toy tie-ins — they all have such obvious personalities and striking color schemes. While most of the playable characters in the game have Funko Pops, we have to give props to our chubby little buddy Road Hog, who makes the roster a lot more fun with his grappling hook and shotgun. The Funko sculpt is full of life, with a proportionally tinier head than normal to really push the size of his body.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Batman: The Animated SeriesYou gotta have a Batman! It’s not a collection if you don’t have a Batman! There are obviously dozens of different takes on the Caped Crusader in the Funko Pop archives, but for our money the slickest design is the model from the 1992 animated series, which heavily pushed the neo-noir with character designs composed of bold angles and fluid lines. Obviously you can’t get too slick in a Funko Pop, but the sculpt is solid and lacks the needless fiddly detailing that a lot of the other Batmen have.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Giant GodzillaTowering a staggering… well, two inches over the normal Funko Pops, this rendition of Japan’s King of the Monsters is a truly awesome sight to behold. The sculpt is based on the original design, not the modern remakes, and although the noggin doesn’t bobble that’s probably better for the big guy’s dignity. Build yourself a little LEGO Tokyo and let this beast go on the rampage – that is, if you dare to take hum out of the box. It’s your call.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop D.I.Y.One of the factors that go into a Funko Pop’s resale value is rarity, so why not shoot the moon and have one in your collection that’s literally one of a kind? The D.I.Y. Pop is a completely blank canvas for you to paint and decorate with whatever art materials you have on hand, bringing to life whatever character you wish was included in the 6,000+ Funko Pop universe. We’ve seen some pretty cool stuff made with these guys, so let your inner creative geek shine.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Most Incredible ‘Tranformers’ Toys11 Best Pokemon Toys11 Most Powerful ‘Dragon Ball’ Toys Stay on targetlast_img read more

Save the Date a Holocaust legend coming to Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, #Turks and Caicos Islands – February 27, 2018 – Organisers are admonishing residents, especially fans of the legendary novel ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to remember to save the date, Wednesday March 14, 2018 – that is when Eva Schloss will make an historic appearance and presentation.Schloss is one of the pivotal, real life characters from the acclaimed novel  which has been published in some 60 languages and she arrives in the Turks and Caicos in March for a series of events to share her captivating story.  The general public is invited to attend the free event at the Shore Club on March 14, 2018.  Doors Open at 6:30pm, the progam begins at 7pm.An Evening with Eva Schloss is courtesy of the Provo Jewish Community, with free admission.Schloss, who is a Holocaust survivor was the childhood friend and step-sister of Anne Frank and will share her own intriguing story of resilience. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#diaryofannefrank, #evaschloss, #provojewishcommunitylast_img read more

Disneys classic 90s Aladdin and Lion King games are out Oct 29

first_img Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details Video Games TV and Movies $289 26 Photos $299 2 Best Buy News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Amazon See It See It See It Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 With the Aladdin and The Lion King remakes each raking in more than $1 billion at the box office this year, it’s apparently time to remaster the ’90s video game adaptations of the originals. The two games, which will be packaged together as one release called Disney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion King, will come to the Nintendo Switch, Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One and PC on Oct. 29 for $30.Be prepare to face off against the hyenas in The Lion King. Disney The collection — developed by Nighthawk Interactive and Digital Eclipse — will also include the Sega Genesis and Nintendo Game Boy versions of Aladdin, along with something called the “final cut” and a trade show demo that hasn’t been available since 1993. Lion King will get Genesis, Nintendo SNES and Game Boy versions.center_img Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Share your voice Nintendo Switch $299 Walmart See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Nintendo Switch Lite: All colors, all angles, and vs. Switch $299 Comments Tags There’s no mention of an SNES version of Aladdin, which was significantly different from the Genesis one and was developed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. (We’ve embedded a comparison video of the SNES and Genesis versions.)The package will also include a world class menagerie of new features, like the ability to swap between upscaled and original graphics, visual filters, customizable controls, a rewind feature and Blu-ray-style extras.dcg-screenshot-6Stay one jump ahead of the lawmen in Aladdin. Disney The remaster was leaked Tuesday by Twitter user @wolverinefactor.First published Aug. 28 at 4:52 a.m. PT.Update, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. PT: Adds release date and price. Disney Genesis Microsoft Sony Nintendolast_img read more

9 killed in Turkey train crash

first_imgRescue workers search at the wreckage after a high speed train crash in Ankara, Turkey on 13 December 2018. Photo: ReutersNine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said.Transport Minister Cahit Turhan told reporters in televised remarks that three of those killed were operators of the train.One of the victims died in hospital, he added.Turhan added that 47 people were injured and were in hospital for treatment.The fast train had been on its way from Ankara’s main station to the central province of Konya and according to Hurriyet daily, there were 206 passengers on board.Earlier, the Ankara governor’s office said three out of a total of 46 people had been seriously injured.The death toll was rising fast. Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said earlier on Thursday morning that four people had been killed.- Debris scattered on the tracks -“This morning there was an accident after the 6.30 high-speed train to Konya hit a locomotive tasked with checking rails on the same route,” Sahin told reporters in televised remarks.Turhan said the accident took place six minutes after the train left Ankara as it entered the Marsandiz station.The governor said search and rescue efforts continued as “technical investigations” were underway to find out exactly what caused the crash in Yenimahalle district.He said information about the cause of the crash would be shared with the public when it is known.Images published by Turkish media showed some wagons had derailed and debris from the train scattered on the rail track, which was covered in snow.The windows of one wagon were completely broken while another wagon had been smashed after hitting the footbridge, which also collapsed, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.The Ankara public prosecutor launched an investigation into the crash, state news agency Anadolu reported.The Ankara to Konya high-speed route was launched in 2011 and was followed in 2014 with a high-speed link between Ankara and Istanbul.The accident comes after another rail disaster in July this year when 24 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a train derailed in Tekirdag province, northwest Turkey, due to ground erosion following heavy rains.Turkey’s rail network has been hit by several fatal accidents in recent years.In March 2014, a commuter train smashed into a minibus on a railway track in the southern Turkish province of Mersin, which left 10 dead.In January 2008, nine people were killed when a train derailed in the Kutahya region south of Istanbul because of faulty tracks.Turkey’s worst rail disaster in recent history was in July 2004 when 41 people were killed and 80 injured after a high-speed train derailed in the northwestern province of Sakarya.last_img read more

Capturing spirituality

first_imgAs we evolve the human race attains refinement and greater spiritual heights, so believes the artist Mahendra Kumar Aggarwal who is showcasing his premier solo art exhibition in the Capital from 20 July. With spirituality as its essence, he brings forth artworks that are of universal nature. Mahendra gave up on his IT job in early 2000 to become a serious collector of Indian art. Then on started his journey into the world of modern and contemporary  art. His works stem from the subconscious which he believes is the real mode of perceiving reality than depending upon rational thoughts and senses. His work is centered on the human figure with face as the focal point depicting it as the mirror of the soul.last_img

Calls In Space

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 11, 2006 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Entrepreneur magazine, April 1999Late last year, Vice President Al Gore placed the world’s first call on a satellite phone handset. From the White House, Gore dialed up Dr. Robert Ballard, the research scientist and deep-sea explorer who discovered the sunken Titanic in 1983. After nearly a decade of hype, and plenty of failed experiments, satellite telephones have finally arrived.Just what are satellite phones? In look, feel and operability, they’re nearly identical to conventional cellular phones. But as any heavy cell phone user can attest, conventional cellular phones and even sophisticated digital wireless phones have limited capabilities. You can use them only in prescribed areas, and if your cellular phone carrier doesn’t offer service in that area, you’re out of luck.Satellite phones provide service anywhere, any time to any user. They send their telephone signals to satellites orbiting the earth, which then transmit them to other satellites that beam them down to their final destination. They allow you to make a call from a mountaintop, your car, or even from the Oval Office, if you have that kind of access.Costs are about 10 percent more than conventional cellular service–but for entrepreneurs who always have to be in touch, the expense may be worth it. Currently, American Mobile Satellite Corp. and Motorola are among the companies that offer satellite services.Gene Koprowski has covered the tech industry for 10 years and writes a monthly computing column for “The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.” Contact him at 2 min read Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Russian Internet Company Sells Facebook Shares for 525 Million

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Facebook shareholders who held onto their stock during more than a year of disappointing performance following the company’s May 2012 IPO were finally rewarded last month. In August, the company’s stock price first reached, and then exceeded, its IPO valuation of $38 a share.At least one investor has made a tidy profit from the recent gains., a Russian internet services company, announced Thursday that it had cashed out its remaining Facebook shares, reportedly netting about $525 invested about $200 million in Facebook in 2009. The company sold some of its shares in the IPO, as did Peter Thiel, Facebook’s earliest investor. It sold the remaining 14.2 million shares, about 0.6 percent of Facebook’s outstanding shares, in July and August, the company said.Facebook’s IPO was plagued by technical glitches, and its stock lost half of its value over the next few months. But it has rebounded impressively in the last year as investors became more confident in the social network’s commitment to mobile. Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, part-owner of, still retains a personal stake in Facebook of an undisclosed number of shares, according to The New York Times.At time of writing, Facebook’s stock stood at $44.37, up more than three percent in Friday trading.Related: Facebook’s Hashtags Might Not Be as Social as You Think Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 6, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more