South Africa’s jailed athlete Oscar Pistorius taken to hospital

first_imgOscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic gold medallist serving a six-year jail term for murdering his girlfriend, was taken to hospital on Thursday, a prison service spokesman said.The prison service provided no details of Pistorius’s illness, but a spokesman, Logan Maistry, said he would be kept in hospital overnight for observation. He said he could not comment on a report by the Citizen website that Pistorius suffered chest pains and prison staff suspected a heart attack.”I am not aware of (that report) or what he suffered from,” Maistry said. “What I am aware of is that he was this morning taken to an outside hospital for a medical examination … “Last August, Pistorius denied trying to kill himself after he was treated in hospital for wrist injuries.The athlete was sentenced to six years in prison in July last year after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013.He reached the pinnacle of his fame in 2012 when he became the first double amputee to run in the Olympics, making the 400 metres semi-finals in London before taking two golds in the Paralympics.Pistorius’ family spokeswoman was not immediately available to comment.last_img read more

Watch: Virat Kohli pets a Labrador as India gear up for Day 2 of Nagpur Test

first_imgIndian cricket men’s team captain Virat Kohli’s love for dogs is well documented on social media. The 29-year-old run-machine showed his human side when he came face-to-face with man’s best friend before the start of play on Day 2 of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.BCCI posted a video which shows Kohli playing with the sniffer dog near the boundary ropes. The well-trained Labrador looked eager to play with the ball the Indian captain was holding in his hand, to which Kohli obliged. The dog lover in Kohli couldn’t help but pat the security dog.Captain @imVkohli’s love-affair with dogs continues. BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2017Kohli is a well-known animal lover, something he credits his girl-friend and Bollywood heartthrob Anushka Sharma, for his change of heart.  He has often gone on record to raise awareness for our four-legged friends. He shares a very close and intimate friendship with his own pet, Bruno, a beagle. His first pet was a white Pomeranian and then he had a Golden Labrador Retriever named Rico.Back in January this year, Kohli was seen making friends with another sniffer dog, a golden retriever called Prince, on the eve of the first ODI against England, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune.When Skipper @imVkohli took some time off to meet Prince BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2017Again during the Indian Premier League, taking a break from all the cricket, he adopted 15 destitute dogs in Bengaluru. He had spent nearly an hour with the dogs and cats at CARE, a rescue and rehabilitation centre in Jakkur.Earlier this November India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni posted a video on his Instagram account where he was seen training his dog Zoya at his home in Ranchi. Dhoni has a custom built training area made for his dogs. He has two of them – a Dutch shepherd and a husky named Lily.last_img read more

‘Real Madrid target Werner not leaving Leipzig’

first_imgTransfers Timo Werner not leaving amid Real Madrid links, warn RB Leipzig Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 16:28 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) TimoWerner - Cropped Bongarts Transfers RB Leipzig Real Madrid Primera División Bundesliga The 21-year-old striker has attracted interest from Europe’s top clubs due to his displays in the German league, but his current club won’t let him go RB Leipzig forward and reported Real Madrid target Timo Werner will ‘definitely’ stay with the Bundesliga club through next season, sporting director Ralf Rangnick says.The Germany international, 21, has enjoyed another fine campaign, scoring 10 times in 20 league games to back up his 21-goal 2016-17 Bundesliga season.Werner, who has also netted seven goals in 10 internationals for his country, has previously been linked to Madrid and Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Rangnick said the forward, who is contracted until 2020, would remain at Leipzig.”Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season,” he told Kicker.”We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.”Leipzig sit second in the Bundesliga table, but an 18-point gap separates them and leaders Bayern Munich, who are on course to win a sixth consecutive league crown this season.And Rangnick admits that it could take significant investment from Leipzig to reach the same level as the Bavarian giants, but they will not be paying huge transfer fees any time soon.”We have a clear sum available, which can increase by €20 million with more Champions League participation,” Rangnick said. “But a €40 million transfer makes no sense because behind that is a player’s salary, which usually happens with such a transfer. Then we have to look at our wage structure, which we definitely will not blow up.”It’s possible that we could spend €25m for a player in the next few years, but spending something in the region of €30m or €40m in this period is not possible or meaningful.”last_img read more

Nation’s No. 1 Recruit Is Recruiting The No. 1 QB In 2020 Class

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonThe nation’s No. 1 high school football recruit announced his commitment on Tuesday afternoon.Five-star defensive end Bryan Bresee revealed his plans to play for the Clemson Tigers. Dabo Swinney and company must be thrilled with the commitment, adding to a stout defensive line.The Tigers have possessed one of the best defensive lines in college football over the past dew years, and are in great shape to field a dominant front once again.However, it might not end there.Hours after announcing his commitment, Bryan Bresee took to Twitter to recruit the nation’s No. 1 quarterback.DJ Uiagelelei is set to announce his commitment in just under two weeks. After he congratulated Bresee on his commitment to Clemson, the defensive end said the QB is next.“You’re next right?” Bresee tweeted.You’re next right?— Bryan Bresee (@bryan_bresee) April 23, 2019According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions, Clemson is the heavy favorite to land the No. 1 quarterback in the 2020 class. 86-percent of experts predict Uiagelelei will commit to play for Dabo Swinney and company.It would be the second No. 1 QB to commit to the Tigers in the past three years – freshman sensation quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the other.Can the Tigers keep the ball rolling and land yet another top recruit?Stay tuned.last_img read more

JEEP – Food For The Poor to Rebuild Houses

first_imgThe housing project, being undertaken by the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) and Food for the Poor, has been temporarily adjusted to focus on those, who have lost their homes due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Like Us Facebook for More News and Information This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday, during a statement in the House of Representatives. She was giving an update on the activities within the various sectors and the Government of Jamaica’s response to families and households, who have suffered loss and dislocation. She stated that before any unit is constructed, both government officials and Food for the Poor will have to be satisfied that the beneficiary has legal access to the plot of land on which building will take place. “Specific attention will be paid by the Ministry of Housing to ensure that proper building standards are observed and to ensure the suitability of the locations where these units will be placed,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.     She assured that t  he government’s commitment under JEEP, to provide approximately 20 Food for the Poor units to beneficiaries in each constituency, will be kept.  The Prime Minister also announced that vouchers valued at $60,000 will be provided to affected persons whose houses were severely damaged, while those with minor damage will receive $30,000. Based on preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, over 4,000 homes have been damaged by the passage of Sandy. Of this number, approximately 365 homes were totally devastated, some 2, 797 homes were severely damaged and a further 2271 had minor damage. The most severe damage was concentrated in the parishes of St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary.last_img read more

Global Trade at Port of Oakland in Decline

first_imgzoom Port of Oakland’s trade with the world totaled USD 21.29 billion through the first six months of 2015, a 11.52 percent decrease over its total trade during the same time period last year, according to the analysis published by Trade Numbers.The analysis of the latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows that exports at this Californian port decreased 12.55 percent while imports fell 10.78 percent.These numbers place the Port of Oakland 26th based on total trade among the 450 U.S. airports, seaports and border crossings through June of 2015. During the same period of 2014 it ranked No. 24. It finished No. 21 in the last full year.Port of Oakland’s top trade partners for the period were China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Germany. Through the same period of the previous year, the top five spots were held by China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia, respectively.Trade with its top trade partner – China – fell 14.05 percent to USD 6.82 billion. Exports fell 28.15 percent to USD 1.18 billion, while imports fell 10.38 percent to USD 5.64 billion.The port attributed weaker results to labor-management disputes which affected trade growth at most West Coast ports last winter, and a strong dollar which continues to inhibit exports by making U.S. goods more expensive overseas.last_img read more

Deadline looms for hundreds of asylum seekers in Toronto student residences

first_imgTORONTO – On a summer afternoon, the sounds of children babbling behind closed doors spills into the otherwise deserted halls of an east Toronto student residence.Fifty four-bedroom dormitories at Centennial College now serve as temporary homes for 344 asylum seekers, including 96 families. Hundreds more are currently being housed in another student residence.But with less than a month before students return ahead of the school year, time is running out for refugee claimants who have yet to find a more permanent home.The Aug. 9 deadline has been the focus of political discussions in recent weeks, with the Ontario government saying the province will face a “crisis” without federal support.For some of the asylum seekers staying at the Centennial building, that date ushers in a new wave of uncertainty. But they say anything is better than what they left behind.A Nigerian couple, who asked not to be named for fear of retribution, said they fled their home in March after receiving threats from the militant group Boko Haram.They sold their belongings and took their two-year-old daughter to Orlando, Fla., they said. But anti-immigrant rhetoric there made them feel unwelcome and pushed them to head north into Canada, they said.“We realized that (U.S. President Donald) Trump does not want immigrants,” the woman said.“We saw on the internet that Canada accepts asylum seekers,” her husband added.From Florida, the couple went to New York state where they got on a bus to Montreal.It’s a common journey for many of the asylum seekers who arrived in Toronto this year, many of whom end up in the city’s shelter system.There were 3,304 refugee claimants in the shelter system as of late June, accounting for 47 per cent of its users, according to city data. More than half of them are part of a program for refugees in hotels and college residences.Toronto Mayor John Tory has said the city cannot accommodate more refugees and asylum seekers without added financial help from the federal and provincial governments.The Ontario government said Friday it has requested further funding to deal with the August deadline.The federal government has offered $11 million to Ontario to offset immediate housing costs, but the provincial government said that will cover a fraction of the costs incurred in Toronto alone.The province said earlier in the week that Ottawa should cover the entire cost of resettling asylum seekers because its policies were encouraging people to cross into Canada illegally.More than half of asylum seekers who entered Canada by the end of May filed a claim for refugee status from inside the country, meaning they crossed the border irregularly rather than at an airport or other official crossing, according to the latest data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.Under current rules, asylum seekers have 15 days to file a refugee claim once they arrive in Canada. If the claim is accepted, Canada has an obligation to protect those people and provide them with services such as housing until their claim is heard, says Mathieu Genest, spokesman for the federal immigration minister.“We are very mindful of the August 9 deadline and so we are working on a number of options,” he said, though he gave no further details.More than 85 per cent of the thousands of asylum seekers in Toronto come from Nigeria, according to city statistics.The Nigerian asylum seekers in the Centennial residence have formed a tight-knit community, travelling in groups to view potential homes or meet with organizations such as the Red Cross, some of them said.Many have received a social insurance number and a work permit, but said jobs and homes have been hard to find, as they can’t provide landlords with pay stubs or credit checks. A competitive rental housing market makes finding a suitable home even more challenging, they said.Agibola, a 37-year-old man who gave only his first name, said he has been viewing multiple apartments every day, some as far as London, Ont. He said he keeps getting rejected because he can’t give landlords the documents they’re asking for.“How can I look for an apartment when I don’t have a job? And if I have a job how can I look for an apartment?” he said.It also takes an emotional toll, he said, noting his two young kids think every apartment they tour will be their new home.Despite the looming deadline, Agibola said everyone is trying to remain positive and they’re thankful for the support they have received.“I know the government is trying their best. I know they’re trying to make us comfortable and I appreciate that,” he said. “We don’t expect the government to do everything for us.”last_img read more

Mamata set to visit Balurghat on April 12

first_imgBALURGHAT: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to visit Balurghat on April 12 for poll campaigning, said the party’s Balurghat candidate Arpita Ghosh while talking to Millennium Post. Poll for the Balurghat Lok Sabha seat is scheduled on April 23, in the third of the seven phase polls in Bengal.Ghosh had earlier been elected from the Balurghat seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. She had won with a margin of over one lakh defeating the LF candidate, while BJP had placed third. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It has been decided that Didi will take part in two public rallies on Friday-Balurghat and North Dinajpur’s Itahar. She will reach Itahar in helicopter at 11 am and address a rally there. She will directly go from there to Balurghat and take part in another public meeting. We are expecting around one lakh people in Balurghat,” Ghosh said. According to a party source, Banerjee’s meeting has been scheduled at Balurghat town club ground, located in the middle of the town. Thousands of party workers covering all eight blocks are expected to attend the programme. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayBanerjee has targeted to win all 42 LS seats in Bengal. She has been visiting North Bengal, addressing various public rallies in favour of the party candidates. In South Dinajpur, the Trinamool supremo has directed state ministers Purnendu Bose, Goutam Deb, Rajib Banerjee and Bachchu Hansda to give maximum stress on rural areas, highlighting the development projects that have been taken up by the state government. “The leaders are now concentrating on small party meetings and door-to-door campaigning,” said a Political Observer. According to a party source, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee will also address a public rally on April 11 at Kushmandi.last_img read more

UN launches first interactive information superhighway to help bridge digital divide

“In Asia and the Pacific, what we call the ‘digital divide’ is in fact an income divide, a gender divide, an education divide and a knowledge divide,” said Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), which released the maps jointly with the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).The ITU Interactive Terrestrial Transmission/ESCAP Asia Pacific Information Superhighway Maps aims to play an important role in efforts to bring affordable information and communication technology (ICT) and broadband connectivity to all.“Rising inequality – both income and non-income – poses one of the greatest challenges in Asia-Pacific and technological progress has often widened these gaps, separating those with education and knowledge from those without,” Ms. Heyzer added at the launch, which coincided with the start of the Connect Asia-Pacific Summit and the back-to-back ITU Telecom World 2013 being held this week in Bangkok, Thailand. In his video message for the Summit, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the stark contrast in prosperity and development between high-income countries and the least developed, particularly the landlocked developing nations and small island developing States.“Increased connectivity can help bridge this gap,” Mr. Ban said. “It is important that we make the best use of technology to empower people with the information, knowledge and means to improve their lives.” Also speaking to the Summit participants, ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré said the maps will empower network planners, policy-makers and regulators from developing countries, and provide a “powerful tool” to assess marker opportunities.“We have seen significant progress in the area of broadband connectivity with the landing of submarine cables in many countries, along with the expansion of national and cross-border fibre backbone networks, as well as mobile and wireless services,” Mr. Touré said.The region has both the world’s highest and lowest penetration rates for fixed broadband, with the Republic of Korea at 37.56 per cent and Myanmar at 0.01 per cent, according to UN figures.During the launch, participants also discussed the region’s main transport networks – the Asian Highway and the Trans-Asian Railways, and stressed the importance of laying fibre-optic cables in coordination with the work on the railways and roads to ensure appropriate cost savings.Also today, ESCAP reported that while the Asia-Pacific region continues to outperform the rest of the world in economic progress, the strong trade and investment growth has been accompanied by rising inequalities. According to the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2013, ‘Turning the Tide: Towards Inclusive Trade and Investment, Asia and the Pacific registered the highest growth rates for exports and imports in the world, at 5.2 per cent and 5.9 per cent, respectively. While continued growth of trade and investment remain top priorities in the region, the quality and patterns of growth must be enhanced to produce more inclusive societies, the report noted.Additionally, the report found that unacceptably high trade costs undermine benefits for least developed and landlocked developing countries. In most cases, as shown in the ESCAP-World Bank Trade Cost database, it still costs more for Asian subregions to trade with each other than to trade with developed economies outside the region.Its release is part of the events being held in Bangkok for the Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Week, which is due to be attended by more than 100 government officials from over 30 countries in the region, according to its website.In addition, ESCAP and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) today held a conference on regional cooperation in advancing responsible business practices.Key conference findings suggest that Asia-Pacific governments should take a stronger lead in guiding and promoting responsible business practices and that this can be done by promoting a business climate that rewards good behaviour.A Memorandum of Understanding to solidify cooperation and collaboration between the two organizations was signed at the conference. read more

Brock posts a big jump in research funding

The Cairns Family research complex is due to open in Spring 2012.New Canadian R&D data shows that Brock University’s research income jumped by more than 21 per cent last year, the highest growth rate in research funding among all Ontario universities in 2010, and among the top 5 growth rates in the country.In its annual report on Canada’s top research universities, Research Infosource Inc. found that Brock researchers received $15.65 million from all sources in 2010, compared to $12.9 million a year earlier.In terms of total research funding, Brock placed in the top 3 of all Canadian universities that do not have medical schools or engineering programs — capital-intensive areas that receive high levels of research funding from government and private sources.Gary Libben, Vice-President of Research at Brock, said the numbers reflect the fact that Brock is emerging on the national map as a centre of research opportunity and innovation.“Research at Brock is a team effort,” said Libben. “We are in partnership with our surrounding community, and we engage both graduate and undergraduate students.”He noted the new data comes out as Brock is still six months away from opening the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, a $112-million facility that will transform the University’s research infrastructure.“We know the Cairns Complex will revolutionize the role and scope of research at Brock, benefitting faculty, students and the surrounding Niagara community. But these new data suggest that Brock’s researchers are already punching above their weight.“It is good to be entering next year with this strong momentum.” read more

Ejector seatmaker to be prosecuted over death of Red Arrows pilot

first_imgHSE investigated the incident following a Ministry of Defence inquiry, investigations by the civilian and military police, and technical investigations involving the Military Aviation Authority and the Military Air Accident Investigation Branch.Flt Lt Cunningham died after his ejector seat initiated during the pre-flight checks of his Hawk XX177 jet while on the ground and stationary at the airbase.Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, of Lower Road, Higher Denham, near Uxbridge will appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, at a date to be confirmed, to face a section three charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.The alleged breach is Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.” Royal Air Force Red ArrowsCredit:Charlotte Graham/Guzelian An ejector seat manufacturer is to prosecuted over the death of a Red Arrows pilot at RAF Scampton in 2011.The Health and Safety Executive said it will be prosecuting Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd for an alleged breach of health and safety law.The charges relate to the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham at the base in Lincolnshire.HSE’s Inspector David Butter said: “We have conducted a thorough investigation and consider there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution.” Royal Air Force Red Arrows 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

Rigaku publishes method for EDXRF analysis of lead and zinc ore

first_imgApplied Rigaku Technologies has published a new application report describing the analysis of lead-zinc ore using the empirical calibration technique with the the Rigaku NEX CG benchtop EDXRF analyser. The method is detailed in EDXRF application note #1495 and demonstrates the use of the Rigaku NEX CG benchtop EDXRF analyser in the trace elemental analysis of ores. Information regarding sample preparation, calibration and repeatability is presented in the application note.From screening at the mine site, throughout the processing areas to final evaluation, elemental analysis is a critical part of the examination of ores, helping ensure proper extraction and process control. Trace elemental analysis, especially of precious metals, also helps optimise the value of the processing. In lead-zinc ores, the most profitable elements are lead, zinc and, in some ores, silver. Along the entire processing line, a fast and simple technique is required to monitor these and other elements.For the application described in the report, 12 assayed ore samples were used as standards for empirical calibration and a single calibration method was created. Two standards were selected from the calibration and were analysed against the calibration curves to demonstrate recovery and repeatability.Spectral analyses of each of the samples show clear isolation of the respective peaks. The results indicate that, given homogeneous samples and proper calibration, Rigaku says, the “NEX CG analyser is an ideal EDXRF tool for screening and characterisation of lead/zinc ore at the mine site or processing facilities for optimum product QA/QC.last_img read more

18 Polish girls for Womens EHF EURO 2018

← Previous Story VIDEO: Olafur Stefansson moment of Nordic mythology Next Story → Dinamo Bucuresti and Sporting CP important wins for EHF CL TOP 16 The Polish female national team coach Leszek Krowicki announced squad of 18 players for the upcoming Women’s EHF EURO 2018 in France which starts on November 29.The fourth team from World Championship 2013 and World Championship 2015 in Serbia and Denmark, will compete in Group A alongside these two nations and team of Sweden. The biggest Polish EHF EURO success is the 5th place but 20 years ago – in 1998.Here is the Polish squad.1. Achruk Kinga – SPR Lublin SSA2. Gawlik Weronika – SPR Lublin SSA3. Łabuda Aneta – SPR Lublin SSA4. Szarawaga Joanna – SPR Lublin SSA5. Matuszczyk Sylwia – SPR Lublin SSA6. Rosiak Aleksandra – SPR Lublin SSA7. Urtnowska Ewa – SPR Lublin SSA8. Drabik Joanna – Siofok KC (Węgry)9. Grzyb Kinga – MKS Zagłębie Lubin S.A10. Janiszewska Katarzyna – Union Halle Neustadt (Niemcy)11. Kobylińska Monika – TuS Metzingen (Niemcy)12. Kudłacz-Gloc Karolina – SG BBM Bietigheim (Niemcy)13. Lisewska Sylwia – CS Minaur Baia Mare (Rumunia)14. Płaczek Adrianna – Fleury Loiret Handball (Francja)15. Roszak Romana – Piłka Ręczna Koszalin S.A.16. Sobiech Bogna – HSG Bensheim/Auerbach Flames (Niemcy)17. Wołoszyk Joanna – SPR Pogoń Szczecin18. Zych Aleksandra – Metz Handball (Francja) Women’s EHF EURO 2018 read more

Wheres the beef ya vegan Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in

first_img May 1st 2019, 11:28 AM Share68 Tweet Email1 Source: Irish Farmers Association/TwitterTAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR and other ministers were met with protests from farmers and others before holding a Cabinet meeting in Cork city this morning.A prize Aengus bull and farming machinery was brought outside Cork City Hall, where the Cabinet was due to meet.In this video captured by RTÉ reporter Paul Cunningham, a protester can be heard asking the Taoiseach: “Where’s the beef ya vegan ya?”Cabinet meetings are usually held in Dublin, but in recent years decisions have been made to hold them elsewhere around the country to tackle accusations that the government is too focused on the capital. The Taoiseach is currently on the campaign trail for the plebiscites in Cork, Waterford and Limerick. 37,147 Views I specifically sourced a bull that I knew personally, I knew the owner better. I knew that it would be the ideal animal to actually show the type of industry we have and would be used to crowds.In a statement, Joe Healy said that politicians have been “promising big” on Brexit losses, but it was now time to deliver.Farmers are angry with the inaction from the government and the EU Commission. Farmers have already taken a huge hit from Brexit related losses. They need help now. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar sitting with Government Ministers at a Cabinet meeting taking place in City Hall in Cork City today.— (@merrionstreet) May 1, 2019 Source: 98 Comments Wednesday 1 May 2019, 11:28 AM Ahead of the meeting today, farmers gathered bearing signs demanding the support for beef producers that was promised by the government.Due to the political and trade uncertainty over Brexit, the value of sterling has fluctuated massively, leading beef farmers in Ireland to suffer financial losses in recent months.Of the 90% of Irish beef that’s exported each year, 50% of that goes to the UK.At the Irish Farmers’ Association AGM in January, its president Joe Healy said that “beef farmers are ‘losing their shirts’. Farmers need €20 per head for every 5c kilo in reduction”.He also said that a bad Brexit would be “armageddon, particularly for the beef sector”. Signs carried by protesters carried slogans like “€100 million Brexit losses breaking beef farmers”, and “Minister Creed’s ‘Wait and See’ NOT an Option”. Source: C103The IFA’s Harold Kingston told Patricia Messinger on C103′s Cork Today Show that they were losing an average of €200 per animal. When Kingston was asked about the welfare of the bull brought to the protest, he said “we wanted to show the general public what this was about”. ‘Where’s the beef ya vegan?’ Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in Cork city A prize bull and farming machinery were brought to the protest outside Cork City Hall. By Gráinne Ní Aodha last_img read more

Police seek information on car thefts offer 1K reward

first_img Crime Stoppers of Oregon and the Vancouver Police Department are asking for the public’s help in arresting a car thief who used a white Ford Fusion to steal other cars.Police found the vehicle on Oct. 23 at an apartment complex. When two subjects got into the car, police pinned it with undercover cars, identified themselves as police, and asked the two occupants to get out of the car. The driver put the car in reverse and slammed into an undercover car and almost hit two officers in the process of escaping, according to a news release.The Fusion was found abandoned on Oct. 28 in Camas.People associated with the car are suspected to be connected to multiple vehicle prowls, the theft of a firearm, fraud, hit and run, first-degree assault and fleeing from a marked police vehicle, Crime Stoppers said.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.Tips can be left online or at 503-823-4357. Tipsters can remain anonymous. Police say this white car is connected to multiple auto thefts in Vancouver.last_img read more

Gov Scott warns South Florida of Zika risk

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) — Florida Governor Rick Scott teamed up with Miami-Dade officials to fight Florida’s Zika virus battle.On Wednesday, the governor discussed ways for South Florida to combat the disease.Local Zika cases are on the rise despite an increase in pest control spraying across South Florida. Gov. Scott said, “Look at your own property, make sure you have no standing water and make sure, when you’re outside, to cover your sleeves and wear repellant. The best way to prevent this is to do those things.”In February, Scott called for a declaration of public health emergency for the four counties in Florida with infected residents.Now, there are 20 counties in Florida with Zika cases.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Are DC College Students Using Synthetic Drugs

first_imgSynthetic drugs have forced their way into the D.C. metropolitan area. According to an October 2015 University of Maryland study more than half of synthetic drug users are teenagers. However, those in their upper 20s and lower 30s have also suffered repercussions from the drugs. In August, synthetic drug were cited as a contributing factor in the death of Christopher Barry, son of D.C’s former Mayor Marion Barry.“Among 456 synthetic cannabinoid intoxication cases, 322 (70.6 percent) occurred in persons aged 19 – 65 years and 125 (27.4 percent) occurred in persons aged 13–18 years,” Lakia Bryant, Health Communication specialist for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention told the AFRO.Synthetic drugs are a chemically induced cannabinoid versions of marijuana. According to D.C. officials, consumption has increased in the city, citing one to two reported overdoses per day.According to, out of 11,406 emergency room cases related to the abuse of the synthetic drug K2, 75 percent of patients were between the ages 12 – 29 and 77.5 percent of those cases were male. Other types of synthetic drugs are labeled Spice, Mojo, Scooby Snax, Black Mamba, and Annihilation.The chemicals used in synthetic drugs can produce side effects such as psychotic reactions, kidney failure, hallucinations, seizures, amnesia, suicide, death, and more. The herbs are also sometimes sprayed with phenazapam, a prescription drug. All of the drugs run high risks of addiction and dependency.The current market price for synthetic drugs is $20 – $30, according to a 2013 CNN report.However, the drug doesn’t seem to resonate at local institutions of higher education. “There are no dealers on this campus who sell K2,” a junior business management major at Howard University said. “That’s not the sort of thing you would find here. It’s easier to find cocaine or something of that nature before you’d see someone selling a synthetic.”Even so, local schools and universities are making strides toward combatting the use of these life-altering and sometimes deadly drugs on campus. Howard University’s plan of action is rooted in education, according to Kenneth Holmes, vice president of Student Affairs.“We are putting together a drug and alcohol task force that will address the effects of K2 and other altering substances,” Holmes told the AFRO. “Our first initiative will be going into the halls in September (2017) and doing a series of interactive educational workshops.”George Washington University plans a similar route to educate its students as a main part of the drug prevention tactics. George Washington’s media relations specialist, Kurie Fitzgerald, told AFRO they educate students on a wide variety of substances to impact their initial decision making.George Washington University offers online resources, programs, and in-person discussions where students learn about alcohol, drugs, sexual health, tobacco, nutrition, and stress, among other topics. The university’s Colonial Health Center works with campus and community partners to recommend individualized treatments as appropriate, according to Fitzgerald.The chief of staff at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) did not respond to AFRO on awareness and prevention efforts by press time. However, the UDC Employee Assistance Program provides confidential counseling and referral services to employees and students with problems related to drug use and alcohol abuse.ROTC cadets suffering from drug usage on college campuses, whether it is narcotics or synthetic, are able to receive help through their program. “ROTC students on scholarships are tested for synthetic drug use, and they are generally removed from ROTC if they test positive,” Department of Defense spokesman Eric Pahon told AFRO. “Sometimes there might be a punishment in rehabilitation. It is not always one positive and they are done. This is usually decided by a local unit commander and rehabilitation happens with their permission.”last_img read more

North South Korea begin family reunion talks

first_imgThe discussions at the border truce village of Panmunjom are the product of an agreement the two Koreas reached two weeks ago to end a dangerous military standoff and reduce cross-border tensions.But given North Korea’s past record of manipulating the reunion issue for leverage over the South, there is no guarantee the planned event –only the second in five years – will go ahead.Monday’s talks were expected to focus on confirming a date and venue for the event, with the most likely outcome a reunion at the North’s Mount Kumgang resort sometime in early October. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortMillions of people were separated during the 1950-53 conflict that sealed the division between the two Koreas. Most died without having a chance to see or hear from their families on the other side of the border, across which all civilian communication is banned.About 66,000 South Koreans — many of them in their 80s or 90s — are on the waiting list for an eventual reunion, but only several hundred can be chosen each time. The reunion programme began in earnest after a historic North-South summit in 2000, and was initially an annual event. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanBut strained cross-border relations have allowed only one reunion in the past five years, with several being cancelled at the last moment by North Korea. For the last reunion in February 2014, a computer was used to randomly select 500 candidates, after taking age and family background into account.That number was reduced to 200 after interviews and medical exams, and the two Koreas drew up a final list of 100 each after checking if relatives were still alive on the other side.For the lucky ones who do take part, the reunions are hugely emotional –almost traumatic – affairs, with many of the elderly participants breaking down and sobbing as they cling to each other.last_img read more

VIDEO Cyclists narrowly avoid getting run over by oncoming train while attempting

first_imgTwo Brazilian cyclists found themselves in a near death Stand By Me-like encounter with a train while attempting to pass through a tunnel shortcut on a recent ride.Everything was going great until they heard the whistles of the oncoming ironhorse and had to reverse course and run for their lives to avoid getting killed. They barely made it out before meeting their maker. This is never a good idea.last_img

Light Beer Market 2019 Overview Rising Demand and Forecast Till 2025

first_imgThe Light Beer  Market report offers majority of the latest and newest industry data that covers the overall market situation along with future Assessment.Global Light Beer Market to reach USD XX billion by 2025.Global Light Beer Market valued approximately USD XX billion in 2017 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than XX% over the forecast period 2018-2025. The Light Beer Market is rapidly growing in the global scenario at significant pace. Light beers are the beers which contains low alcohol or calories as compare to regular beers. allow consumers to drink more beers in a shorter period without becoming intoxicated. Low alcohol content can also mean a less expensive beer, especially where excise is determined by alcohol content. In Australia, regular beers have approximately 5% alcohol by volume; light beers may have 2.2%–3.2% alcohol. In Scotland, the term derives from shilling categories, where \’light\’ customarily means a beer with less than 3.5% alcohol by volume.Download for a sample copy of this report @ health consciousness among drinkers, light beer is more popular as compare to refreshment drink and increasing individuals income are the substantial drivers of the market across the globe. Moreover, introduction of innovative light beers which is likely to creating numerous opportunity in the near future. However, less demand of light beer in developing Countries is one of the major restraining factors in the market across the world.The regional analysis of Global Light Beer Market is considered for the key regions such as Asia Pacific, North America, Europe, Latin America and Rest of the World. Asia-Pacific is the leading/significant region across the world in terms of market share owing to growing young population and increasing number of middle class families in the region. Europe is estimated second largest region in the global Light Beer market during the forecast period. North America is also anticipated to exhibit higher growth rate / CAGR over the forecast period 2018-2025.The major market player included in this report are:HeinekenCarlsbergBehnoush IranAsahi BreweriesSuntory BeerArpanooshErdinger WeibbrauKrombacherBrauereiWeihenstephanAujan IndustriesKirinRequest for a Discount Sample @ objective of the study is to define market sizes of different segments & countries in recent years and to forecast the values to the coming eight years. The report is designed to incorporate both qualitative and quantitative aspects of the industry within each of the regions and countries involved in the study. Furthermore, the report also caters the detailed information about the crucial aspects such as driving factors & challenges which will define the future growth of the market. Additionally, the report shall also incorporate available opportunities in micro markets for stakeholders to invest along with the detailed analysis of competitive landscape and product offerings of key players. The detailed segments and sub-segment of the market are explained below:By Product:Limit FermentationDealcoholizationBy End-User:ManWomanBy Region such as  North America, U.S., Canada, Mexico,  Europe, Russia, Norway, Iceland, Rest of Europe, Asia-Pacific, China, Philippine, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific,LAMEA, Latin America , Middle East, AfricaAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more