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11 more Bru families return home

first_imgEfforts to repatriate displaced Brus from camps in Tripura received a boost on Wednesday with 11 families returning home in Mizoram after 21 years.Officials in the two States said more families are expected to accept the rehabilitation package by September 30, the date fixed by the Ministry of Home Affairs.“Our efforts to convince the refugees bore fruit with 11 families, comprising 67 people, leaving the Khakchangpara relief camp at 1 p.m. The Mizoram government provided four buses and a truck to take them back to Mamit district,” said R. Darlong, the magistrate of Panisagar subdivision in North Tripura district.Khakchangpara is one of three camps in Panisagar after ethnic violence forced more than 40,000 Brus – also called Reangs – out of Mizoram. Half the refugees were accommodated in three more camps in North Tripura’s Kanchanpur subdivision.“We are expecting more families to come forward,” Ms. Darlong said.Now the total number of families that have returned to Mizoram is 42. But families supporting the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Coordination Committee have refused to go unless New Delhi improves the rehabilitation package. Their demands include five hectares of land to each refugee family, settlement in a cluster comprising 500 families, ₹4 lakh compensation to each family before repatriation, revision of electoral rolls and identification of 1,000 refugee families allegedly not counted by the State governments involved.last_img read more

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Harassment, rapes, crimes against women have become daily affair in UP: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday alleged that harassment, rapes and crimes against women have become a “daily affair” under the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, and asserted that while people suffer the “jungle raj”, the dispensation is unperturbed. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also alleged that Dalit and weaker communities are specifically targeted with “law and order going to the pits!”.Mr. Surjewala tagged a media report on a Dalit family being run over by a car for opposing a family member’s harassment in Bulandshahr, leaving two women dead and tweeted, “Harassment, rapes and crime against women have become a daily affair in BJP’s Ajay Singh Bisht government.” “People suffer the ‘Jungle Raj’, UP BJP government remains unperturbed!” he added.On Monday, two women in Bulandshahr district were crushed to death under the wheels of a car being allegedly driven by a man who they rebuked for passing lewd comments against a member of their family. Mr. Surjewala had, on Sunday, slammed the Adityanath government over alleged atrocities against women and girls, alleging that “jungle raj-like eclipse” has been cast over law and order in the State. He had also hit out at the U.P. government over the killing of a Dalit girl in Unnao and alleged that law and order has collapsed in the State. Mr. Surjewala’s attack comes days after party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, citing several reports of killings and rapes in Uttar Pradesh, had said innocents were being subjected to cruelty, but the government was not concerned.last_img read more

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Lionel Messi Wins 3rd Straight Golden Shoe as Top Scorer in European Leagues

first_imgBarcelona: Barcelona captain Leo Messi received his sixth Golden Shoe as the top scorer in the European leagues on Wednesday.Messi won the trophy for a third straight year after scoring 36 goals, three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain. Messi’s sons Thiago and Mateo, presented their father with the trophy supervised by his wife, Antonella Rocuzzo and watched by team-mates, including Luis Suarez and Jordi Alba.Messi dedicated the award “to my family, to my colleagues who are here. There are Luis and Jordi, who are two of the men to blame for this award.””Without my team, I could not even have won the award once.”Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Luis Suarez is one of nine players on two. The award was created in 1967 when it was won by Eusebio. cristiano ronaldofootballgolden shoeKylian Mbappe First Published: October 16, 2019, 11:25 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Seven things to get excited about for the 2016 All Stars

first_imgThe 2016 Harvey Norman All Stars is coming up on Saturday, so we thought we’d share some of the things we are most looking forward to about the event. 1.     Year Two – New FormatLast year we were lucky enough to debut at the event and we are super excited to return in 2016, with a new format of games, a ‘best of three’ series. The penultimate game will be played just minutes before the NRL All Stars sides take to the field. 2.     Suncorp StadiumThere is a big buzz within the teams about getting to play on one of the most famous sporting stadiums in Australia, Suncorp Stadium. Home to many great sporting clashes over the years, it’s time for Touch Football to make its mark in front on plenty of fans and it’s sure to be a spectacle. 3.     Super ClinicThe teams had so much fun last year when we conducted school visits on the Gold Coast, and this year’s clinic at BMTA will be bigger and better! Haven’t registered for the free Touch Football Super Clinic on Thursday yet? You can do so here, be quick so you don’t miss out!4.     AmbassadorsJoe Williams and Scott Prince will be our 2016 All Stars ambassadors and we can’t wait to have them involved! Proud members of the indigenous community, we look forward to Joe and Scott drawing on their previous sporting and cultural experiences, as mentors to the sides whilst on tour. 5.     Competition and TalentOnly one touchdown separated the two sides in last year’s game, and we expect the 2016 event to be similar. Both sides are full of talent and we can’t wait to see what happens on the field on February 13!Hennessey v Touma, Norman v Pierce, Dyball v Watego, Hopkin v Upton – it’s not often you get to see these players playing against each other in this format. The All Stars concept is unique and we can’t wait to see the skills on display!6.     Young Talent TimeDon’t let their ages fool you, TFA All Stars teenagers Emma Sykes (17), Hannah Dyball (18) and Kai Simbolon (19) as well as Indigenous All Stars’ Kobe Nona (16), Talulah Tillett (17), Jemma Mi Mi (19) and Tamika Upton (19) are all players to watch now and well into the future! Nona, Upton, Mi Mi and Dyball were stand outs in last year’s game on debut and we look forward to seeing them take to the field in 2016. 7.     Cultural EngagementOur teams will have the chance to be involved in plenty of exciting opportunities during All Stars week, including participation in the Arthur Beatson Foundation Interstate Challenge Event, visits from NRL Community Ambassador guest speakers, and importantly the opportunity to meet and interact with new people, sharing stories and experiences. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from 2016 All Stars week in the following ways:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related Links2016 All Starslast_img read more

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Hearing set in Trump fight over bank subpoenas

NEW YORK — Congress has agreed to postpone a deadline for two banks to respond to subpoenas seeking President Donald Trump’s financial records.Trump filed a lawsuit Monday in New York seeking to block Deutsche (DOY’-chuh) Bank and Capital One from responding to subpoenas from House committees demanding records as part of investigations into the Republican’s private business dealings.U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos signed an order Monday setting a hearing for May 22.In the meantime, lawyers for Congressional Democrats agreed to allow the banks to delay their response to the subpoena until after the judge rules.The lawsuit by Trump, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter Ivanka asks the judge to declare the subpoenas unlawful and unenforceable.Deutsche Bank has said it will co-operate with any “authorized investigations.”The Associated Press read more

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Indias development assistance to Sri Lanka around US 3 billion

The project involves refurbishment of the Auditorium and construction of a modern Building Complex with Audio & Video Recording Cum Editing Facilities and supply vehicles to Swami Vipulananda Institute in Eastern University Batticaloa through a grant of SLR 275 million from the Government of India. India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 560 million is pure grant assistance, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.India and Sri Lanka today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide modern infrastructural facilities to Swami Vipulananda Institute of Aesthetic Studies, Eastern University in Batticaloa District of Sri Lanka. The MoU was signed by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka and M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, Secretary, Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, in the presence of Abdul Rauff Hibbathul Hakeem, Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education and senior officials of Government of Sri Lanka. The Indian High Commission said the project is part of the Government of India’s continued efforts to assist and cooperate with Government of Sri Lanka in people-oriented development projects. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Annan welcomes Sri Lanka ceasefire agreement

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today welcomed a ceasefire agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Describing it as an “important step,” a UN spokesman said the Secretary-General was hopeful that this accord would soon be followed by peace negotiations leading to a political settlement of the protracted internal conflict. Mr. Annan also expressed full support for Norway’s ongoing facilitation efforts in reaching that goal.

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Alberta academic takes UNB chair to try and bring some fresh ideas

Dr. Herb Emery, the new Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics at the University of New Brunswick, poses for a portrait on campus at the UNB in a July 5, 2016, handout photo.The new chair says the province needs to decide if it will continue to be the labour supplier for the west, or if there are opportunities to keep New Brunswickers working at home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of New Brunswick, James West, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 8:12 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta academic takes UNB chair ‘to try and bring some fresh ideas’ for economy FREDERICTON – The new chair in regional economics at the University of New Brunswick says the province needs to decide if it will continue to be the labour supplier for the west, or if there are opportunities to keep New Brunswickers working at home.Herb Emery, an economist and public policy scholar who has worked in central and western Canada, left the University of Calgary for New Brunswick.“The mandate is to really try and bring some fresh ideas and insight in perspective to help the government, stakeholders, industry and community figure out better ways to make the province’s goals be achieved,” Emery said Friday after his appointment was announced.He said it has been a real eye-opener coming from a region of full employment based on the resource sector, to an area that has been relied on to provide labour for the west.Emery said the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics will give him the chance to understand long-term regional economic development and provide options for promoting growth and prosperity.Emery said it will take a lot of little things to improve the New Brunswick economy and stem the outflow of young people, and there’s no “big bang” to fix it.“If we’re in an efficient world where everyone’s aware of employment opportunities across Canada then the more people you train here you might be just doing education for export, or if you bring in more immigrants you’re just a gateway if you can’t come up with the labour demand to absorb them.”New Brunswick has been looking to increased immigration as a way to address an aging population, but Emery said that may not be the best option.“The main way that other economies around the globe have dealt with population aging — which is far more advanced than Canada’s — has really been through productivity gains in the labour market. So each worker who remains working, produces more per hour than the previous generation and that creates the surplus that you can redistribute to cover the retiring population,” he said.Emery said there can be too much public dependence on governments to direct the economy, while businesses and the general public can have the key role.“A lot of the discussion is stuck on what governments can actually control and what the public believes they can control, but when you’re a small open economy and increasingly exposed to global forces, you have to think about how do you set market conditions to take advantage of opportunities that arise as opposed to governments can come in and direct economic activity,” he said.The Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics has been in place at UNB since the late 1980s with an endowment from the A. Murray Vaughan family. Born in Saint John, Vaughan was a philanthropist in the arts across Canada.According to a statement from the university, the Vaughans supported recruiting someone who could enhance understanding of key economic issues in New Brunswick and the Maritimes, and develop policies to increase the overall prosperity of the region. read more

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Brock expert says womens pro hockey league failure sets the stage for

A day after the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) announced it would cease operations, a Brock University professor of Sport Management says she hopes the best is yet to come for professional women’s hockey in North America.The CWHL launched in 2007 and had been operating with six teams spread across the country. In a media release Sunday, the league said it had to fold because the “business model that has been the foundation of the League is not sustainable financially.”Associate Professor of Sport Management Julie Stevens, a recognized expert in the governance and organization of women’s hockey, says she believes the dynamics that have unfolded will change the landscape.“The CWHL’s not-for-profit model was unique as it emphasized developing hockey and serving the broader good of the female game,” she says. “The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) model was based upon private ownership and a return on investment. The way revenue is used in each model differs, but there is one similarity — each model must have money to survive.”Stevens says the closure of the CWHL is a catalyst for other key actors to enter the scene — which has happened many times in the past for men’s professional hockey, where leagues have come and gone over time.“You have to hope there is some kind of strategy behind all these changes,” she says.Stevens says leadership for the two leagues had been discussing working together since the fall, while the National Hockey League and NHL Players Association announced the formation of a Female Hockey Advisory Committee last month.“I believe there is more to come on this issue,” she says. “The closure of the CWHL has created a vacuum and something must fill the space. There are simply too many elite female hockey athletes in need of a place to play. This is an opportunity for women’s hockey to move forward.” read more

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Drugfilled dead rats tossed into prison grounds to capitalise on lucrative Spice

Criminals are using dead rats to smuggle the zombie drug Spice and phones into jail because the prison black market for them is so lucrative.Three dead rats stuffed with drugs, mobile phones, chargers and sim cards were found by officers at HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset after being thrown over the prison walls.The Ministry of Justice believe the extraordinary operation – disclosed today – was orchestrated by criminal kingpins through their organised crime networks.Drugs in jails can fetch ten times the street price and generate further profits through repayment of debts for loans to buy them. One prison board member claimed even a single cigarette could cost as much as £100 on the black market.Criminals have previously used tennis balls and pigeons to smuggle contraband into jails but it is thought to be the first time rats have been used.They were disembowelled and their innards replaced by five mobile phones and chargers, three sim cards, cigarette papers and a large quantity of drugs including Spice, cannabis and tobacco. They were then neatly stitched up before being thrown over the prison walls. Rats were used to attempt smuggling in the contraband to HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset One in five (20.4%) of random mandatory drug tests are now positive, half of which were accounted for by Spice, according to the latest MoJ figures. This is the highest level since 2006. Assaults and violence in prisons are also at record highs. Assaults on staff were up by nearly a third (29%) to more than 10,000 last year, while prisoner on prisoner attacks rose by 18% to more than 24,000.At some prisons, like Durham, two thirds of inmates say drugs are easily accessible. “In order to tackle drugs we need technology,” said Chris Hutchinson, a board member at Durham prison. “There’s still a high level of people secreting packages in their bodies.” Animal Rats Drugs Smuggling Case “Drugs and mobile phones behind bars put prisoners, prison officers and the public at risk. By toughening security and searching, we can ensure prisons are places of rehabilitation that will prevent further reoffending and keep the public safe.”Prison officials say scanners are key to  combating smuggling either through X-ray technology that can spot drugs or phones inside visitors’ bodies or Rapiscan machines which can detect drugs soaked into letters or paper brought into jails.A prison board chief revealed one prisoner had tried to smuggle in drugs to Durham prison by soaking their hair in Spice so it could be cut and smoked. The Ministry of Justice aims to introduce X-ray and drug scanners throughout prisons in England and Wales after successful trials of the technology.Some £7 million has been earmarked for new security measures including scanners, improved searching techniques, phone-blocking technology and a financial crime unit to target the criminal kingpins operating in prisons. Rats were used to attempt smuggling in the contraband to HMP Guys Marsh in Dorset The rats were disembowelled and sewn up with drugs inside themCredit:Ministry of Justice/ PA The surge in Spice in prisons is blamed for spiralling violence. Rory Stewart, the prisons’ minister, said: “This find shows the extraordinary lengths to which criminals will go to smuggle drugs into prison, and underlines why our work to improve security is so important. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Drivers license of dead bandit found in alleged hijacked car

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman who allegedly paid $7M to kill husband in 2009 arrested at CJIAApril 5, 2019In “Crime”Key witness in faeces-throwing case killed in accident …driver arrestedSeptember 3, 2016In “Crime”Body of US-based chef found in Kitty apartmentSeptember 15, 2019In “Crime” detectives conducting a search on the vehicle…car found at Industrial SiteThe driver’s license of Ian Forde, who was shot and killed during a shootout with Police at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown on Tuesday was found in a car that was allegedly stolen several days ago.The car bearing registration number PNN 8866 was found parked in a street aback, Industrial Site, Ruimveldt at about 06:00h on Friday morning. However, based on reports received, the car was seen parked at the location since Tuesday morning.The security guards of a nearby business thought t something was amiss since no one collected the car over the past few days and as such contacted the Police on Friday morning.Upon arriving, the police noticed the dead man’s license was hanging at the rear viewing mirror. As such, ranks from the major crime unit were contacted and based on reports received, the car was unlocked and a search was conducted.Inews understands that several live rounds of ammunition of various cabalre of weapons were found in the Silver Grey Toyota Premio Motorcar along with several other items that were taken by the police as evidence. The car is expected to be impounded as investigations continue. read more

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High power drives find myriad uses in Australias mining industry

first_imgSome of the most powerful drives ever engineered in Australasia by Bonfiglioli are featured in the company’s range of HD Hi-Torque drives in capacities up to 1,155 kW and 1,195,000 Nm of torque. With ratios from 23:1 up to 5000:1, the drives combine new generation HD helical drives now being assembled in Australia with Bonfiglioli’s compact and widely used Trasmital planetary drives.The Managing Director of Bonfiglioli Transmission (Australia), Malcolm Lewis, says that the integration of the two high efficiency drives produces an outstanding combination drive for uses such as:Materials handling, including conveyor drives, belt feeders, apron feeders and screw feedersCranes, hoists winches and mobile machines including stacker/reclaimers and travel and slew drivesWater treatment, including agitators, stirrers and mixersMinerals processing, including thickeners and clarifiersPumps and fans.“By combining two drives, it is possible to achieve the optimal ratio for individual customer applications,” says Lewis. “This flexibility – combined with comprehensive in-house engineering, assembly and quality testing – means we can deliver exactly what the customer needs and at the time they need it.”Hi-Torque combination drives produce very high power transmission efficiencies, Bonfiglioli reports. “The fully hardened and ground alloy helical gears, in conjunction with high-strength planetary spur gears, result in reducers that provide up to 91% efficiency in four-stage form.”“When you couple a helical bevel with a planetary unit, the combination gearbox can transmit very high torques with large motor powers at output speeds normally associated with materials handling. The unique planetary design also allows for even torque transmission, with force distributed evenly though the gear cases,” said Lewis.The design also offers reduced noise emissions, increased thermal capacities and numerous mounting and shaft options.last_img read more

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Maisons de naissance le Sénat dit non

first_imgMaisons de naissance : le Sénat dit nonAlors que le projet soutenu par Roselyne Bachelot semblait sur le point de voir le jour, le Sénat a refusé la mise en place des Maisons de naissance.L’expérimentation des Maisons de naissance consistait à offrir aux femmes dont la grossesse est estimée sans risque et sans complication, de pouvoir donner la vie à leur enfant, et cela dans un environnement un peu moins médicalisé que dans un hôpital ou une clinique. Le projet était largement soutenu par Roselyne Bachelot et était sur le point d’être mis en place si on en croit les dires de la ministre de la Santé il y a encore quelques jours (voir article : Roselyne Bachelot annonce l’expérimentation des “maisons de naissance”).Mais samedi 13 novembre, le Sénat en a décidé autrement, et à l’issue d’un long débat l’expérimentation a finalement été refusée. Une décision soutenue par plusieurs groupes politiques tel que l’UMP qui a déclaré à travers la voix de Alain Milon : “Les résultats médiocres de la France en terme de mortalité maternelle et fœtale doivent nous interdire de baisser notre niveau d’exigence en matière de sécurité des soins” tandis que Raymonde Le Texier, du PS expliquait à l’Agence France Presse : “Cette expérimentation est ni opportune, ni urgente. La mortalité infantile a été divisée par 3, nous n’entendons pas revenir en arrière”. Le programme “Maisons de naissance” entrait dans le cadre du projet de loi de financement de la sécurité sociale qui a eu lieu ce week-end. De son côté, Roselyne Bachelot expliquait que ce projet répondait à l’attente de certaines femmes, une attente qui ne doit pas être négligée alors que 1% des naissances s’effectuent au domicile de la mère de nos jours.Le 15 novembre 2010 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Green Neighbors welcomes author Robert Michael Pyle

first_imgThe scientist who’ll help celebrate four years of Clark County’s Green Neighbors program on Sunday afternoon is a really colorful guy. About as colorful as the butterflies he’s spent most of his life studying and writing about.Robert Michael Pyle is an author, biologist and lepidopterist (a butterfly scientist). He’s written hundreds of research papers and 20 books. They include everything from “Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land,” a prizewinning meditation on logging and loss of habitat in the Northwest, to practical guidebooks like “The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies” and “The Butterflies of Cascadia.” He’s the founder of the Xerces Society, a nonprofit agency that strives to protect threatened invertebrates like butterflies and bees. (When thousands of dead bees were discovered in Wilsonville, Ore., a few years ago, Xerces was called in and determined that it happened due to misuse of a common pesticide.)But Pyle is also a poet, novelist and all-around nature celebrator. He’s lived in Grays River, in the Willipa Hills, for nearly four decades, and every once in a while lately he sneaks into the nearby Skamokawa Grange with a special musician friend of his to combine verse about the natural world with some acoustic-guitar picking. That special friend is Krist Novoselic, formerly of the Seattle band Nirvana.Just out now is a new retrospective called “Through a Green Lens: Fifty Years of Writing for Nature.” Pyle will read from the book and sign copies during the Green Neighbors event on Sunday.“Dr. Pyle is something of a living legend here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Sally Fisher, coordinator of the Green Neighbors program. “He is deeply devoted to our landscape … and will be talking about his long and passionate life studying nature in the Northwest and beyond.”last_img read more

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UEFA Nations League a healthy competition Neville

first_imgFormer England defender Gary Neville has hailed the introduction of the UEFA Nations League by Europe’s football governing body UEFA.The former player who also worked as an assistant coach during Roy Hodgson‘s tenure as head coach of England believes the competition is a welcome improvement to the friendly matches played by European countries by this time of the year.“I think with the Nations League what we have to be is patient and accept the principle of taking the friendly element out of the game is something positive.” Neville told Sky Sports.“There’s always been the excuse with friendlies and we should welcome every game actually mattering. We’re seeing it at an embryonic stage but when you think about where the Champions League is compared to when it started, it has made a huge difference.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“When I was part of the set up under Roy Hodgson the players always wanted to turn up. We had very few pullouts and this is a very good group of lads, they always were. It’s disappointing to see a couple of pullouts but players do need a rest.”“People can try and disregard it and question what the point is, but introducing a competitive element is so important. There were too many games that we disregarded.”“What really is important is how your rankings help you towards a more comfortable draw when it comes around, so the players should absolutely be focused on winning.”last_img read more

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Ameriflight plane engine catches fire at MIA

first_imgMIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A small plane had engine trouble as it took off from Miami International Airport.The engine on an Ameriflight plane caught fire, Tuesday.Two people were on board but were not injured.The cause of the engine fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Senator Micciche Talks Impacts Of Wildwood Closure

first_imgMicciche: “130 people showed up for that meeting, and now we have community members coming to Juneau to help the administration understand that closing down Wildwood does not save money it actually costs the state money.” Micciche: “It’s a great statement from the community. I have never had this number of people come down on their own dime, these are not people with a lot of money,these are folks that realize that the community partnership with Wildwood is working. The partnership is stopping recidivism, turning lives around, and it is remarkably successful.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s plan to close a major portion of Wildwood Correctional Complex could have a major economic impact on the Kenai Peninsula. Roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from a plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The Department of Corrections made the announcement to employees at Wildwood via email shortly after Governor Dunleavy unveiled his upcoming budget plan. Correctional officers, former inmates, and staff at Wildwood Correctional Facility flooded the Borough Chambers to testify against the proposed closures at Wildwood prior to a town hall meeting in February. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), has continually challenged the plan to close parts of Wildwood. Over the last week a number of Kenai Peninsula residents have flown to Juneau to advocate for Wildwood as well. According to budget documents, the move would eliminate 46 jobs and save the state roughly $6 million. Sarah Gallagher, Public Information Officer with DOC: “46 jobs will be impacted, but it is our goal to work with those individuals who wish to stay working within the Department of Corrections.”last_img read more

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Ravens Star Jimmy Smith Suspended Four Games for Domestic Abuse

first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comRavens star player Jimmy Smith will miss the first four games of the 2018 NFL regular season after violating the league’s personal conduct policy.According to ESPN, Smith’s suspension stems from a petition filed by his former girlfriend and mother of his child, accusing the eight-year-veteran cornerback of domestic violence and abuse. Upon investigation, the league discovered evidence of Smith’s “threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors” towards, prompting the suspension.Baltimore Ravens defensive back Jimmy Smith has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. The suspension stems from Smith’s behavior toward his ex-girlfriend. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension,” Smith said in a statement released by the Ravens. “I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field.”Smith was initially dealt a six-game suspension from the league, but it was reduced by the two games after an appeal, according to ESPN. Smith said he takes full accountability for his actions.“I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again,” Smith said in his released statement. “I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.”The Ravens organization released a statement, saying it was aware of the NFL’s investigation into Smith’s conduct and plans to retain him throughout the suspension.“As a result of this entire process, we will allow Jimmy to return to our team after his suspension,” the Ravens’ media statement read. “Jimmy has acknowledged his behaviors were wrong and accepts full responsibility for them. He has completed a clinical evaluation and has agreed to undertake any follow-up care or treatment that may be recommended.”The Ravens’ decision not to release Smith was perhaps surprising, considering how the team cut former Ravens star running back Ray Rice after he was suspended five years ago for domestic violence. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti said back then that the Ravens would never draft any players with a history of domestic violence, per ESPN.“Through our conversations with Jimmy, we believe he is taking the proper steps to improve and that he can change,” the team stated. “Jimmy has assured us that he is fully dedicated to making this change. He also understands the consequences if he does not.”last_img read more

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Robotics team finds artificial fingerprints improve tactile abilities

first_img Explore further HIRO III lets you feel what you see on screen (w/ Video) Citation: Robotics team finds artificial fingerprints improve tactile abilities (2011, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-robotics-team-artificial-fingerprints-tactile.html Schematic of the indentation process. (a) Flat surface being applied to the ridged skin cover. (b) Curved surface being applied to the ridged skin cover. Image credit: DOI:10.3390/s110908626 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Artificial Skin Ridges Enhance Local Tactile Shape Discrimination, Saba Salehi, John-John Cabibihan, Shuzhi Sam Ge, arXiv:1109.3688v1 [physics.med-ph] DOI:10.3390/s110908626AbstractOne of the fundamental requirements for an artificial hand to successfully grasp and manipulate an object is to be able to distinguish different objects’ shapes and, more specifically, the objects’ surface curvatures. In this study, we investigate the possibility of enhancing the curvature detection of embedded tactile sensors by proposing a ridged fingertip structure, simulating human fingerprints. In addition, a curvature detection approach based on machine learning methods is proposed to provide the embedded sensors with the ability to discriminate the surface curvature of different objects. For this purpose, a set of experiments were carried out to collect tactile signals from a 2 times 2 tactile sensor array, then the signals were processed and used for learning algorithms. To achieve the best possible performance for our machine learning approach, three different learning algorithms of Na”ive Bayes (NB), Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), and Support Vector Machines (SVM) were implemented and compared for various parameters. Finally, the most accurate method was selected to evaluate the proposed skin structure in recognition of three different curvatures. The results showed an accuracy rate of 97.5% in surface curvature discrimination.via ArXiv Blog As with many areas of science, even the seemingly simple stuff turns out to be quite complicated on closer view. The human fingertip for example, covered with skin unlike that of any other body part, has raised ridges that allow people to feel the difference in texture between wood and metal or silk and linen. It can also detect temperature, and as it turns out, is also involved in figuring out the curvature of objects that are touched. Consider for example, the keys on a cell phone, or a television remote control. It’s these kinds of abilities that Saba Salehi, John-John Cabibihan and Shuzhi Sam Ge are trying to emulate in their lab in Singapore. To begin, they’ve started with the easiest of the bunch, trying to figure out if artificial fingerprints fitted on a robot hand can tell how roundish an object is.To find out they built a touch sensor comprised of a base plate, embedded sensors and a raised ridged surface; all on a 4mm square. They then set about testing the simple sensor in a variety ways to see if they were able to sense things with it in different ways, specifically as it was applied to flat, edged and curved objects. They also built an identical sensor except that the raised portion was flat instead of ridged, to serve as a control.They found that the raised sensor did indeed provide more feedback (resonance) information than the one with the flat surface, so much so that they were able to tell the difference in the three types of objects with 95.7% accuracy.Undoubtedly, more research will be done in this area by this group and others, and perhaps very soon, robot fingertips will become just as sensitive, if not more, than our own, leading to a whole new generation of gentler robots, able to perform tasks with both dexterity and a deft touch. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Over the past couple of decades, many people in and out of the science community have watched the steady progress being made in robotics. It’s an exceptionally interesting field due to the anthropomorphic nature of the results. Each new step brings such machines closer to emulating us even as we look forward to the next step. One interesting thing about robotics is that certain areas seem to be advancing faster than others. Robot arms for example are old news, new research is focused more on hand movements. And has advances in hand movements have been made, more research has come to focus on finger movements and finally tactile sensations. Now new work by a trio of researches from the National University of Singapore describe in their paper published on the preprint server arXiv, how affixing artificial fingerprints to robot fingers can increase tactile “sensation” allowing such a robot to discern the differences in curvature of objects.last_img read more

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