This mystery insect appears everytime around the FIFA World Cup in Meghalaya

first_imgMillions of football lovers are eagerly waiting for the final match of FIFA World Cup 2018 today. The world waits with bated breath as France and Croatia come face to face in Moscow today.Interestingly, a tiny insect in a remote corner in Meghalaya also joins the football frenzy.A strange insect appears in the villages of Meghalaya’s Ri Bhoi district. This insect appears for one month every four years and then disappears for the next four years, until the next world cup.The insect is a sub-species of the Cicada family and is called Chremistica. It emerges from the ground in several villages of Ri Bhoi district every four years, typically one month around the FIFA World Cup.The villagers have named the winged insect Niangtaser (Niang is an insect in Khasi language) and have nicknamed the insect as World Cup Insect.It is a mystery why the insect appears exactly before the FIFA World Cup every four years.This year as well, not too long before the FIFA World Cup, the villagers heard the whistling sounds of the insects. The football crazy villagers have renamed the insect as Niang World Cup.The villagers also organise a festival every four years as the insect appears. The Niangtaser festival was organised in 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.(With inputs from Hemanta Kumar Nath in Guwahati)last_img read more

Liverpool vs Sevilla: Team news & TV

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool vs Sevilla: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt 05:47 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Liverpool v Sevilla UEFA Champions League Sevilla The Reds meet the team that defeated them in the Europa League final in 2016 as they kick off the Champions League group stage Liverpool will make their return to the Champions League group stage when they take on Sevilla at Anfield on Wednesday night.These two clubs met in the Europa League final in 2016, with Sevilla running out 3-1 winners on that occasion.They have both now made the step up to Europe’s top competition and will be considered the two favourites to progress from Group E. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Game Liverpool vs Sevilla Date Wednesday, September 13 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain LiverpoolIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and by stream via the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on a number of regional networks listed below and nationally by stream via Fox Sports Go and ESPN3. US TV channel Online stream FS West, FS Arizona, FS Midwest, FS Carolinas, FS Ohio, FS Tennessee, FS Southwest, FS South, MASN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh Fox Sports Go / ESPN3 SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Flanagan, Masterson, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Milner, Coutinho, Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Brannagan, Ejaria, Ojo Forwards Firmino, Salah, Sturridge, Mane, Solanke, Kent, Woodburn, Wilson Adam Lallana is expected to be sidelined for another two months due to a thigh injury but Philippe Coutinho could return for Liverpool.Having been left out of their squad for the Champions League group stage, Nathaniel Clyne could face an even longer spell out with a hamstring problem.Potential starting XI: Karius; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Position Sevilla players Goalkeepers Rico, Soria, Soriano Defenders Mercado, Corchia, Carrico, Pareja, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero Midfielders Pizarro, Nzonzi, Banega, Vazquez, Ganso, Krohn-Dehli, Sarabia, Navas, Montoya Forwards Muriel, Ben Yedder, Correa Nolito has not travelled due to a thigh problem, while Johannes Geis has also been left out of Eduardo Berizzo’s squad.The likes of Ever Banega and Luis Muriel were rested for the weekend win over Eibar but are available again for this match.Potential starting XI: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Lenglet, Escudero; Pizarro; Navas, Banega, Nzonzi, Correa; Ben Yedder.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Wissam Ben Yedder SevillaLiverpool are 7/10 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Sevilla priced at 7/2 and the draw also available at 3/1.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets. GAME PREVIEW Jurgen Klopp LiverpoolLiverpool know as well as anyone that one result does not define a season.It was Jurgen Klopp’s team, after all, that outplayed and beat eventual champions Chelsea last September. That result, combined with a loss at Arsenal the following game, was all the evidence Antonio Conte needed to decide a formation change was necessary and the Blues never looked back.They won 13 league games in a row after that and Liverpool may look to them as inspiration after being flattened 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday.The Reds will find a run like that harder to string together. They have the Champions League breaking up their schedule, which Chelsea did not, and open the group stage with a challenging home game against Sevilla.They would also seem to have more fundamental problems – namely, of course, in defence, where Klopp’s options are a mix of the unproven and error-prone.But while Liverpool may not quite be ready to claim a major honour, they are not as bad as the mauling at the Etihad Stadium would suggest.With the transfer window closed and having seen all of his team’s flaws exposed by City, Klopp must now set about masking them as effectively as Conte did a year ago. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Jack Nicklaus To Be Honored With Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

first_imgTime Inc.’s Sports Illustrated announced that Jack Nicklaus has been chosen to receive the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.The award was created in 2008 to honor athletes and sports figures that have embodied the ideals of sportsmanship, leadership and philanthropy as vehicles for changing the world over their lifetime. Earlier this year the award was renamed the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in tribute to the iconic boxer and humanitarian.“It gives me great pleasure to know the first Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award will be given to one of sports’ biggest living legends, Jack Nicklaus,” said Muhammad Ali. “Jack’s passion for excellence on the golf course is only surpassed by his love and passion for children and their well being. For decades, he has used his celebrity to bring awareness and support for children’s health. I can not think of a more deserving person for this special inaugural award than the Golden Bear, himself.”Nicklaus, who this year became just the seventh athlete in history to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, is being honored for a lifetime of success and influence as one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is a record-setting champion of the sport who has also made philanthropy a central part of his legacy. He joins Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and driving force behind the Special Olympics, and Earvin Magic Johnson, renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist and social and political activist, as Legacy Award honorees.“There are very few in the sporting world who are more synonymous with the word ‘legacy’ than Muhammad Ali, so to have his name attached to the prestigious Legacy Award is so fitting,” said Jack Nicklaus. “He is not only known universally as the ‘Champ,’ but he has been a wonderful global ambassador for sports and our country. This is a marvelous way to honor his contributions past and present, and to ensure that generations going forward will have the opportunity to learn, respect and admire all Muhammad Ali has done for the sporting world. That is why to be the first recipient of the Ali Legacy Award is both humbling and an honor.”The award presentation will take place during SI’s annual Sportsman of the Year celebration on Tuesday, December 15, in New York City. During this evening SI will also recognize the 2015 Sportsman of the Year and SI Kids’ SportsKid of the Year along with other transcendent individuals from the 2015 year in sports.Jack Nicklaus is a true champion in the world of golf and is one of the most iconic sports figures of our time. He has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 22 times – more than any golfer – and was named SI’s Sportsman of the Year in 1978. In 1999 he was selected as SI’s Individual Male Athlete of the 20th Century.“Jack is the ultimate ambassador for golf and the sporting world,” said Sports Illustrated Group Editor Paul Fichtenbaum. “From his play, which set the standard in golf for decades and is still held up as the benchmark today, to his successful business pursuits and tireless efforts to support a range of charitable causes, Jack is one of a kind. Having spent a lifetime using his celebrity and influence for philanthropic endeavors and goodwill missions while serving as an inspiration for so many people around the world, Jack represents the ideals of the Legacy Award and stands up perfectly next to the award’s namesake, Muhammad Ali.”Nicklaus’s competitive golf career spanned five decades and includes 120 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens), as well as being a five-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year Award. He has won recognition and praise for his dedication to excellence and his stewardship of the game, from personally designing close to 300 courses worldwide to his leadership in restoring golf to the 2016 Olympic Games.Nicklaus, known as the “Golden Bear,” has used his platform over the decades to support myriad charities, most of which have focused on pediatric health care. He and his wife, Barbara, created the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, which provides pediatric services in various communities nationwide. It has raised tens of millions of dollars over the last decade, and reached a significant milestone this year when Miami Children’s Health System renamed its flagship hospital, as well as eight outpatient centers, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. He also supports a number of other pediatric care organizations, including Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As co-chairman of the Nicklaus Companies, he has integrated give-back components benefitting these and other children’s charities in a number of products — from golf balls to wine to ice cream.In addition to being recognized by almost every major publication in the world as the greatest golfer of the last century, other accolades and awards for Nicklaus over his lifetime include being only the 17th person in history to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal (the highest honors given to any U.S. civilian); the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award; the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship; and being inducted, along with his wife, into the Ambassador David M. Walter International Pediatric Hall of Fame.Nicklaus, Shriver and Johnson are the only people to be selected by SI to receive the Legacy Award. Shriver was the inaugural honoree in 2008, with her son Bobby accepting the award in her honor. In 2014, Johnson accepted the honor and was praised by President Bill Clinton and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. On October 1 the award was dedicated to Muhammad Ali during a ceremony that took place at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky., which was attended by Ali, his wife, Lonnie, and other notable figures in the community and sports world including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Shaquille O’Neal and Louisville mayor Greg Fischer.last_img read more

Energy and metals weigh on TSX as Wall St pulls back loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index fell moderately Thursday, as Wall Street pulled back from the record highs it set the day before.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 42.23 points to 16,284.47, as the base metals, gold and energy sectors lost ground.Shares of Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE) were down $1.29, or 6.77 per cent, to $17.77, following Wednesday’s announcement that operations aboard its SeaRose FPSO vessel off the Newfoundland and Labrador coast was ordered suspended by the federal-provincial regulator because of a close call with an iceberg last March.Meanwhile, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) was up two cents, or 0.03 per cent, to $59.84 after the Calgary-based company said Thursday that it has confirmed enough commercial support for its controversial Keystone XL pipeline thanks in part to a commitment from the Alberta government.South of the border, U.S. stocks were also slightly lower, with Boeing Co. (NYSE:BA) losing 3.1 per cent and Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE:KMI) falling 2.9 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 97.84 points to 26,017.81. The S&P 500 index inched down 4.53 points to 2,798.03 and the Nasdaq composite index edged back 2.23 points to 7,296.05.“Yesterday was a big day, you can’t go up every day,” Norman Levine, managing Director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto, said of the modest North American stock movements.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar continued its slide Thursday after losing ground on Wednesday following the Bank of Canada’s dovish interest rate hike announcement that it would raise its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 per cent.That saw investors grapple with uncertainty after the central bank said it would be cautious about future rate hikes due to unknowns surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The currency closed at an average trading value of 80.35 cents US, down 0.13 of a U.S. cent, on Thursday.“The loonie to me looks expensive here because based on our belief of the Canadian economy, the optimistic views about how many rate increases are going to be coming in Canada ain’t going to be happening. You might get one more this year, or you might be done,” said Levine.A stronger-than-expected jobs report released by Statistics Canada earlier this month had in part played into economists widely-held expectations that a rate hike would be announced Wednesday — but Levine said he thinks the jobs numbers “were overstated and will get revised, and things are not going to look as wonderful as it seemed.”In commodities, the March crude contract gave back three cents to US$63.89 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down four cents to US$3.19 per mmBTU.The February gold contract fell US$12.00 to US$1,327.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up one cent to US$3.20 a pound.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

UN humanitarian wing assisting Tajik flood victims

26 May 2009The United Nations is assisting the Government of Tajikistan in meeting humanitarian needs following recent severe floods, which have killed at least 28 people and displaced some 10,000, including by providing over $100,000 to purchase crucial supplies. The worst affected area is the south-western province of Khatlon, which is also Tajikistan’s most populous province, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.Around 300 displaced families are currently sheltered in two tented camps near the town of Uyali, while the rest are staying with friends and relatives.According to Government estimates, more than 2,000 buildings have been destroyed or severely damaged and 3,000 head of cattle killed. The Government also estimates the damage at $100 million with major losses in agricultural, infrastructure and residential sectors. OCHA has sent $118,250 to buy tents, fuel, and clean water for victims of the floods, which were caused by prolonged and heavy rainfall over the past month. This support has almost completely covered the most urgent humanitarian needs for now, OCHA stated. At the same time, it has alerted the international community about the situation in Tajikistan and stands ready to provide additional support through its regional office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. read more

Major layoffs in Canadian retail sector result of retail wars Analyst

by News Staff Posted Jan 30, 2014 4:33 pm MDT Major layoffs in Canadian retail sector result of retail wars: Analyst AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canada may be in the middle of a major transition of its retail sector after recent announcements of layoffs, store closures and restructuring were announced by Best Buy Canada, Sears Canada and other major retailers.Best Buy Canada announced Thursday about 950 full-time employees would lose their jobs as it tries to rework its operations.According to a Toronto market analyst, these companies may have different reasons for their shifts but the bigger picture shows the Canadian landscape is changing.Alex Arifuzzaman, partner with InterStratics Consultants Inc., said what is happening is a lot like musical chairs.“The amount of retail that is coming into Canada, is larger than the amount of growth that’s happening in the market,” said Arifuzzaman.He said either every company will have to share a weaker customer base or the strong ones will push out the weaker retailers.Arifuzzaman said that means retailors are having to focusing on efficiency to stay competitive.“You have the competition with online and you have a lot of shopping centres focussing on driving shoppers there.”According to Arifuzzaman, despite layoffs and store closures, overall retail in Canada is doing well. read more

Mens soccer battles to goalless draw with No 17 Louisville

Junior midfielder Ryan Ivancic (23) signs autographs for fans after a game against Louisville Oct. 2. OSU and Louisville tied, 0-0.Credit: Ryan Robey / For the LanternAlthough their goalless skid continued against No. 17 Louisville, the Ohio State men’s soccer team managed to hold off the Cardinals on the way to a scoreless draw Wednesday.OSU’s best opportunity came late in double overtime when a through ball was played to freshman forward Danny Jensen. The ball was collected and scored by Jensen but called back after he was flagged for offsides.“I think we had more of the better chances in the game,” junior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov said, who ended the game with four saves.The shutout was Ivanov’s fourth of 2013.The Buckeyes were able to play compact, keeping minimal space between the midfield and defense. This allowed OSU to pressure Louisville and move the ball up the pitch.Ivanov said he has faith in the attack and hopes for an end of the Buckeyes goalless streak.“I think it’s a good confidence booster but we still haven’t gotten that monkey off our back getting that goal,” Ivanov said. “Hopefully we can get that goal against Michigan.”OSU was out shot 23-12, but coach John Bluem said that statistics can be misleading.“We allowed a lot of shots but that can be deceiving,” Bluem said. “They take a lot of shots from distance. I don’t think Ivanov was that threatened.”Going forward, Jensen said the match will be a boost for OSU’s confidence moving forward.“I think that was one of the best games we played this year,” Jensen said. “We definitely showed that we have it in us to win.”OSU tallied 24 fouls to Louisville’s 13, including a yellow card to Louisville redshirt-junior and former Buckeye Santiago Vélez also picked up a yellow in the 43rd minute.Bluem likes the result by the Buckeyes but was hopeful for a win.“Super proud of our guys tonight. They played hard and battled 110 minutes,” Bluem said. “I think they deserve better.”OSU is set to resume conference play against Michigan Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Pensioners to march on BBC offices across Britain in protest against plan

Pensioners are to march on local BBC offices to protest against the corporation’s plans to axe free TV licences for over-75s. The nationwide demonstration, organised by the National Pensioners Convention (NPC), is thought to be one of the biggest protests against the move so far.It will take place at midday on Friday June 21 at a number of sites across the country and follows a protest at the corporation’s Media City offices at Salford Quays on Thursday.The NPC, which claims to have one million members through affiliated groups, said it is organising several marches, including demonstrations at Broadcasting House in London and BBC offices in Salford, Sheffield, and Dunstable, Bedfordshire. The BBC has said free licences will be means-tested under a new scheme which aims to protect programming while dealing with the extra funding burden.Free licences will be restricted to over-75s who claim Pension Credit from June 1 2020. 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. But NPC general secretary Jan Shortt described the move as “callous and cruel”.She said: “The amount of anger we are seeing at the BBC’s decision, not just from pensioners but younger people as well, is absolutely amazing.”This really is uniting the generations, because we all know that if the Government and the BBC collude to take the free TV licence away from today’s older people, it won’t be there for the pensioners of tomorrow.”We have growing rates of poverty and loneliness among our older generation – and this decision is callous and cruel.”What’s clear is that the BBC knew that if they means-tested the TV licence, only 11% of the poorest 10th of households currently receiving it would actually get to keep it.”The truth is, it shouldn’t be the job of the broadcaster to administer or fund part of our wider welfare policy and the Government must take back responsibility for it.”Strictly Come Dancing’s former head judge Len Goodman and Ben Fogle yesterday became the latest figures to criticise the move. Goodman branded the decision “rotten”, saying it will “impact on the most vulnerable”.Fogle said the Government should be held accountable for its “poor decision” and made to reverse it.In a joint statement released on Monday, the BBC’s chairman, Sir David Clementi, and director-general Tony Hall said continuing the Government’s scheme would have had a “severe impact” on services and that the new model “represents the fairest possible outcome”.Only around 1.5 million households will be eligible for a free TV licence under the new scheme. It is thought that around 3.7 million pensioners will lose out. read more

Status Orange snowice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to

first_img Monday 26 Feb 2018, 11:45 AM Source: Derek Brockway – weatherman/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3872295 Source: Anthony Flynn/Twitter @marksandspencer have kindly donated #ThermalWear to ensure that anyone person who is experiencing homelessness is kept warm. Thermal Clothing is available at our 72 Amiens Street Office from 10am tomorrow. If you see a rough sleeper point them in our direction.— Anthony Flynn (@AnthonyICHH) February 25, 2018 Inner City Helping Homeless will be issuing thermal clothing from its office on Amien Street today, after receiving the donation of clothing from Marks and Spencer.Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said the charity has been working with the DRHE and local authorities “to coordinate our response” and “will be putting in place a series of exceptional measures this week in order to get as many people out of the extreme cold weather which represents a clear threat to life for people who sleep rough”.Older peopleAlone, the charity that supports older people to age at home, has encouraged members of the public to look out for older people in the community who may live alone.Seán Moynihan, CEO of Alone, said: “Cold temperatures can have a serious effect on many older people, in particular those living alone, those with health issues, and those with limited mobility.”Moynihan encouraged older people to prioritise their spending on heating during the cold weather, noting that half of so-called ‘excess winter deaths’ experienced in Ireland can be linked to heating issues.He said that, based on 2013 figures, one in 10 people aged over 65 who lived alone were unable to keep their homes adequately warm. Feb 26th 2018, 6:55 AM By Sean Murray Source: @emergencyIE/TwitterUpdated at 11.50amA STATUS ORANGE snow-ice warning has been issued for seven counties in the east of Ireland, as the country gears up for an “exceptionally cold” week.The wintry chill from Siberia has already began sweeping across Europe, with Ireland set to get hit with snow showers on what is to be a very cold Monday, according to Met Éireann.The snow-ice warning has been issued for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Laois, Louth, Wicklow and Meath.The warning will be valid from 3pm tomorrow until 11am on Wednesday.Met Éireann has warned that scattered snow showers later tomorrow evening will lead to accumulations of between 4cm to 6cm by Wednesday morning.The government’s National Emergency Coordination Group for Severe Weather is meeting today to make preparations for the coming days.A weather advisory warning issued yesterday said that air and ground temperatures will be five to 10 degrees below normal, with “significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts”.Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Met Éireann’s Evelyn Cusack said it’ll be close to “blizzard conditions” at stages throughout the week.She added that it is possible that a red nationwide warning could be issued this week, which would be the first time since last year’s Storm Ophelia.The forecast for today predicts “very cold” temperatures and “generally dry, but some snow flurries are likely later today in eastern coastal counties”. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 157,257 Views center_img Baby it’s cold outside but you ain’t seen nothing yet!The ‘Beast from the East’ will arrive tomorrow moving across the #UK & #IrelandLikely to be a historic & memorable cold spell!Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable friends & neighboursCheck your car antifreeze ❄⚠ pic.twitter.com/fpG8JFT03P— ᴅᴇʀᴇᴋ ʙʀᴏᴄᴋᴡᴀʏ ᴡᴇᴀᴛʜᴇʀᴍᴀɴ (@DerekTheWeather) February 25, 2018 94 Comments Status Orange snow-ice warning issued for seven counties as temperatures set to plunge to -7 The eastern part of the country is set to be the worst hit by the wintry weather. Temperatures will plunge overnight, ranging from -2 to -5 degrees.Snow showers are set to become fairly frequent across Leinster, east Ulster and southeast Munster tomorrow night. Short URL Wednesday looks set to be the day the “Beast from the East” bites hardest, with daytime temperatures only ranging from -1 to 2 degrees.Again the snow will be heaviest in the east of the country with frost and ice nationwide, before plunging to -7 degrees overnight into Thursday.To prepare for the freezing conditions, the government’s severe weather task force will meet at 10.30am this morning.Homelessness The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government advises that this “weather event is likely to have a significant and disruptive impact”.It advises the public to be aware of Met Éireann’s yellow, orange and red warnings, and to take appropriate action.Irish Water has mobilised its crisis management arrangements to deal with the expected weather, as severe weather can result in big demand increases on its network with additional pipe bursts and additional water use. File photo Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieMinister Eoghan Murphy, meanwhile, has said that extra beds will be made available to rough sleepers in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford during this week. He said that rough sleepers require additional supports and the government is “working hard to implement solutions”.Also speaking on Morning Ireland, the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) director Eileen Gleeson urged anyone who sees a rough sleeper in the capital to report it using its online facility so that they can respond.Gleeson said that it is possible that people sleeping on the streets may not be aware of the weather that is being forecast.She said: “That is our biggest challenge. They may not be aware of what’s coming. It’s also vital that anyone who sees someone homeless out there report it so we can respond.” We are calling on all members of the public to remember their older neighbours living alone, and to consider their needs.“We’re advising older people to stay warm in the cold weather by ensuring they have adequate home heating, wearing layers of light but warm clothing, eating at least one hot meal a day and staying indoors where possible,” Moynihan said.WorkersEmployers are being advised to remain vigilant this week in relation to the weather conditions over the next few days.The Irish SME Association has noted that unlike Storm Ophelia, employers now have the opportunity to prepare for this weather event.The association is advising employers to take time to put measures in place to reduce the potential business impact the weather could have.It said employers should have up-to-date contact information for all employees within the organisation in case a last-minute decision needs to be communicated to staff members. It also said a plan should be put in place regarding how to communicate to customers and clients about the potential impact closing the business could have.“Flexibility should be allowed for employees, especially those who have some distance to travel. Where employees are present in the workplace, care should be taken to remain vigilant for any worsening conditions and cancelled/amended travel services throughout the day,” a statement from the association said.With reporting by Órla Ryan and Hayley HalpinRead: Additional emergency beds opened up to accommodate homeless during cold snapRead: Met Éireann extends warning about ‘exceptionally cold weather’ next week Share544 Tweet Email8 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Columbia Springs to host nature festival

first_imgColumbia Springs is hosting a Family Nature Festival, an event it describes as a celebration of Clark County’s natural treasures.The event will feature crafts, activities, games, guided walks and hands-on presentations of creatures living in our backyards. There will also be live music, a forest pumpkin hunt and educational displays.The free event is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Columbia Springs, 12208 S.E. Evergreen Highway, Vancouver. A $5 donation per child is suggested.Organizations, including Mount St. Helen’s Institutes, New Seasons Market, Clark County Historical Society, Clark Public Utilities Stream Team, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife among others, will be present.Food and raffle prizes will be available.last_img read more

First Day of Summer Update on Tropics

First Day of Summer Update on Tropics

first_img Related Items:#firstdayofsummer, #magneticmedianews, #updateontropics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 21, 2017 – Providenciales – In the Tropics, Tropical Storm Bret is downgraded to remnants, Tropical Storm Cindy is threatening heavy rain, flash flooding and storm surge along some Western US cities and locally, there is a small craft caution and rip current warning in effect.Today is also the first official day of SUMMER.#MagneticMediaNews#firstdayofsummer#updateontropics Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Fire in North County strip mall one firefighter injured

Fire in North County strip mall one firefighter injured

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 28, 2019 August 28, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Fire in North County strip mall, one firefighter injured KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Firefighters are responding to a fire at a North County strip mall.Crews responded to the strip mall at 945 W. Valley Parkway just before 3:20 p.m., according to the Escondido Fire Department.One firefighter was injured when the roof fell and was hospitalized. The extent of his/her injuries is unknown.When crews first arrived a dry cleaning business at the end of the strip mall was on fire and the flames had spread to a neighboring business.It’s not clear how the fire started. Firefighters said there is a gun and ammo store located at the mall, but weren’t sure if it was the source of the blaze.last_img read more

Fred Meyer Joins Other Big Retailers On Tighter Gun Restrictions

Fred Meyer Joins Other Big Retailers On Tighter Gun Restrictions

first_imgLike Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods a day earlier, Fred Meyer says it will immediately limit gun and ammunition sales to people 21 and older. Special orders for those guns are now unavailable in Alaska. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Fred Meyer is the next company to announce that it is raising the minimum age to buy guns, making it the third major retailer to place restrictions on gun sales that exceed federal law.center_img Fred Meyer sells guns at 44 stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska. Assault-style guns sales were ended everywhere but Alaska several years ago.last_img read more

PCHS To Hold Monthly Opioid And Narcan Meeting

PCHS To Hold Monthly Opioid And Narcan Meeting

first_imgThe once a month meetings will focus on the science of opioids and opioid addiction as well as information about the lifesaving medication, Narcan, to help prevent further overdoses. Everyone in attendance will receive a free Narcan kit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Peninsula Community Health services will be holding an opioid and Narcan awareness and informational meeting once a month at their building in Soldotna. The first meeting took place on January 31, and according to PCHS staff roughly 11 people attended. The meetings will be held on the last Thursday of the month at the PCHS facility on Marydale, in Soldotna. The next one is schedule for February 28. The number of deadly opioid overdoses in Alaska has increased again, according to a report released from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.last_img read more

WATCH Cow vigilantes thrash Muslims for carrying beef force them to chant

first_imgThe cow vigilantes had reportedly got a tip-off that 2 Muslim youths and a woman, who were travelling in an auto, were carrying beef.TwitterThree persons including a Muslim man and a Muslim woman were thrashed by vigilantes over suspicion of carrying beef in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. A video of the assault that went viral showed self-proclaimed gau rakshaks forced the victims to chant slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’. The accused held the youths to a tree one by one and beat them up mercilessly as the onlookers stood by.The incident reportedly happened on May 22 but the police came to know of it on May 24 when the clip went viral. Madhya Pradesh police said that they have arrested all the five accused who mercilessly had beaten up the victims with sticks.Warning: The following videos are disturbing.Gau Rakshaks on the prowl part two pic.twitter.com/xLdXsRFJky— Hemender Sharma (@delayedjab) May 24, 2019A day after on all the talk on inclusiveness by @PMOIndia this is what happens in Seoni, MP. Muslim man being beaten on suspect of carrying beef and then asked 2 thrash his wife & say Jai Shree Ram. Hoping @DGP_MP will take some action. Truly sad. pic.twitter.com/NGZakOl7r3— Rachna Dhingra (@RachnaDhingra) May 24, 2019The police have named Ram Sena Leader Shubham Baghel as one of the accused. “We came to know that Shubham Baghel had stopped one woman and two men yesterday. Baghel along with his four to five friends had beaten up the men. The video of the incident had gone viral on social media. We have registered a case against all the accused and five people have been arrested. They all will be sent to judicial remand soon,” GS Uikey, the local police official said, as quoted by news agency ANI. The official also said that Baghel had earlier been booked for his involvement in other similar cases.The cow vigilantes had reportedly gotten a tip-off that two Muslim youths and a woman, who were travelling in an auto, were carrying beef.Further investigation into the matter is underway.AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi reacted to the incident saying, “This is how Muslims are treated by Vigilantes created by Modi voters.”last_img read more

Sandia researchers offer explanation for hissing and popping noises heard from meteors

Sandia researchers offer explanation for hissing and popping noises heard from meteors

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico has found an explanation for the variety of sounds people hear when witnessing a falling meteor—sounds that should not be heard until minutes later due to the long distances involved. In their paper published in Scientific Reports, the team describes experiments they conducted with transducer materials and what they learned by doing so. Citation: Sandia researchers offer explanation for hissing and popping noises heard from meteors (2017, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-sandia-explanation-hissing-noises-heard.html Journal information: Scientific Reports Explore further © 2017 Phys.org 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.center_img Meteor seen from the site of the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). Credit: ESO/C. Malin Over the years, witnesses of falling meteors have reported hearing a wide variety of noises that appear to come from the rapidly descending fireball. While it is not surprising that meteors would emit noise as they streak through the Earth’s atmosphere, it is surprising that they would be heard during the meteor’s descent because of the distance. Meteors are generally first noticed as they begin burning many miles high in the atmosphere—and most land equally far away from witnesses. So, how could people hear emitted sounds as they are being made? That was what the team at Sandia Labs sought to answer.The team began with a theory that the noise was not actually generated by the meteor itself, but by nearby objects. They believed the bright light generated by the fireball comes in pulses and that those pulses cause a rapid rise in the temperature of the air through which they travel. The nearly instant air pressure change would result in pressure waves, which would be converted into acoustic waves when they crashed into what the team described as dielectric transducers—heat absorbing objects such as leaves, hair or even a shirt someone was wearing.To test their theory, the researchers studied photographs and video of meteors and plotted the intensity of the light generated. Then they calculated the likely acoustic waves that would result if they struck various objects. Next, they fired similar light pulses at materials to see if noises similar to those reported by meteor witnesses could be heard. They report that such sounds were, indeed, generated, suggesting that their theory was correct—the first to attempt to explain meteor noise due to light. They have called it a “photoacoustic hypothesis.” Geminids meteor shower peaks Tuesday amid full moon More information: Richard Spalding et al. Photoacoustic Sounds from Meteors, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/srep41251AbstractConcurrent sound associated with very bright meteors manifests as popping, hissing, and faint rustling sounds occurring simultaneously with the arrival of light from meteors. Numerous instances have been documented with −11 to −13 brightness. These sounds cannot be attributed to direct acoustic propagation from the upper atmosphere for which travel time would be several minutes. Concurrent sounds must be associated with some form of electromagnetic energy generated by the meteor, propagated to the vicinity of the observer, and transduced into acoustic waves. Previously, energy propagated from meteors was assumed to be RF emissions. This has not been well validated experimentally. Herein we describe experimental results and numerical models in support of photoacoustic coupling as the mechanism. Recent photometric measurements of fireballs reveal strong millisecond flares and significant brightness oscillations at frequencies ≥40 Hz. Strongly modulated light at these frequencies with sufficient intensity can create concurrent sounds through radiative heating of common dielectric materials like hair, clothing, and leaves. This heating produces small pressure oscillations in the air contacting the absorbers. Calculations show that −12 brightness meteors can generate audible sound at ~25 dB SPL. The photoacoustic hypothesis provides an alternative explanation for this longstanding mystery about generation of concurrent sounds by fireballs.last_img read more

Celebrated poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passes away at 94

Celebrated poet Nirendranath Chakraborty passes away at 94

first_imgKolkata: Poet Nirendranath Chakraborty died at a private nursing home in South Kolkata on Tuesday morning. He was 94-years-old and is survived by his son and two daughters. Chakraborty was admitted to the nursing home with age related ailments in early December.Condoling his death, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing of poet Nirendranath Chakraborty. It’s a great loss to us all. His contribution to Bengali literature was immense and he will always be remembered through his works. We had felicitated him with ‘Banga Bibhushan’ award in 2017. Condolences to his family.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe mortal remains of Chakraborty were kept at Rabindra Sadan, where people from all walks of life assembled to pay their last respects to the departed soul. Banerjee went to Rabindra Sadan and placed floral wreath on the mortal remains of the poet. He was cremated at Nimtala crematorium with state honours. Mayor Firhad Hakim, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee and minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs Indranil Sen went to the private hospital once the news of his death spread. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChakraborty got Sahitya Akademy Award in 1974 for the book Ulanga Raja. In 2007, Calcutta University conferred on him the Doctorate of Science degree. Some of his poetry anthologies include Nil Nirjan, Prothom Nayak and Ghumiye Porar Age. Some of his famous poems are Amalkanti Roddur Hote Cheyechilo, Kolkatar Jishu and Ulanga Raja. He has also translated Tintin comics in Bengali. His notable works for adolescents are Saada Bagh, Baro Masher Chora, Pitri Purush, etc.last_img read more

HPs Memorial Day Event Up To 1424 Flat Off Intel and AMD

HPs Memorial Day Event Up To 1424 Flat Off Intel and AMD

first_imgWe also thought to drop this here in case you are on the market for a printer. Its a pretty good deal and you get a fully fledged color printer for $59! Note: All deals are valid only while stock lasts. This is a paid-for, sponsored post. We do not collect any commission on sales.HP launched their Memorial Day Sale campaign and it has some great deals. You can buy a 15inch 8th Generation Core i5 laptop for as little as $479, which is almost 1/2 the list price of $939. We took the time to go through the deals section and hand pick some truly amazing deals. Some require coupon codes (which are given) while others just require you click on the links below.HP’s Memorial Day Sale is now live – browse the full list of discounts and deals over hereYou can check out the full list of discounts by clicking the link above and then navigating using the panels which most suits your needs. This includes “Laptops” and “Desktops”. You can then sort the deals by % discount or $ discount and there are some truly presidential discounts lurking. Not a fan of AMD and want Intel instead? Well, HP has got you covered in that case as well. The HP Pavillion 15t rocks the phenomenal Intel Core i7 8550U which boasts a ton of battery life (think 10 hours+) and the UHD 620 graphics are more than capable of handling casual gaming needs and MOBAs. Featuring 8GB memory and a 128 GB NVME SSD means you are set for basic computing and gaming needs. You can see the full specs over here.Omen Obelisk Desktop Gaming PC with Intel 9700K and RTX 2060 for $1299 ($200 off) Navigate to the deals page using the link above and then click any of the sections. HP is offering discounts of up to 60% on the list price.HP Pavilion 15z With AMD Ryzen 5 CPU and Vega 8 graphics For $519 ($300 off) And here it is, the star of the show, the HP ZBook Studio x360 with one of the craziest discounts we have ever seen, a flat $1424 straight off the list price. The HP ZBook Features an Intel Core i7 CPU coupled with NVIDIA’s Quadro P1000 workstation GPU ( which is the real chunk of the price tag you are seeing ).  The Quadro GPU allows this machine to handle professional workloads (or at the very least work on them) while on the go. You can read about the full specs and deal over here.NVIDIA GSync Omen X 35-inch curved display for $949 ($300 off) This is a great choice for AMD fans as HP is offering its 15z laptop for just $519. This is the variant which is rocking a quad core AMD Ryzen 5 processor along with Vega 8 graphics and is perfectly capable of casual gaming. 16GB worth of RAM and 256 GB NVME SSD means this is going to be one snappy machine and boot times are going to be a thing of beauty. You can see the full specs here.HP Pavilion 15t with Intel Core i7 and UHD 620 graphics for $479 ($300 off)center_img Share Tweet Submit Or maybe you prefer the desktop gaming experience? Well, HP has got you covered for that as well. An obelisk desktop build rocking the high end Intel Core i7-9700k fully overclockable processor and the NVIDIA turing-based RTX 2060 graphics card can be had for just $1299. The tower features 8GB of memory and 1 TB of drive space. You can read about the rest of the specs and the full deal over here.Omen Obelisk Desktop Gaming PC with RTX 2080 for $1799 ($200 off)Looking for something a little more higher end? Well – you can upgrade to an RTX 2080 based build and get excellent ray tracing performance for $1799. The RTX 2080 is coupled with an Intel Core i7 8700k and features 16GB of memory, 256  GB of NVME storage and 2 TB of HDD so you can have an entire library of games. You can read about the full specs and deal over here. HP ZBook Studio x360 G5 Mobile Workstation for $2764 ($1424 off) The Omen X 35 is a great gaming display for gamers that want the widescreen experience. Equipped with a resolution of 3440×1440 at 100 Hz, this is a beast of a monitor and will provide a very immersive gaming experience. NVIDIA GSync and the 100 Hz refresh rate will ensure that you get the smoothest possible output regardless of what tier of GPU you are running. You can grab the deal over here.HP 24UH 1080p monitor for $119 ($120 off) This monitor is the bread and butter of casual gaming. With 1080p resolution and almost 50% off the price tag, it honestly does not get better than this! Grab this deal before it ends over here.HP ENVY 5055 All in One Printer for $59 ($50 off)last_img read more

TypeScript 36 beta is now available

first_imgLast week, the team behind TypeScript announced the availability of TypeScript 3.6 Beta. The full release of TypeScript 3.6 is scheduled for the end of the next month with a Release Candidate coming a few weeks prior. What’s new in TypeScript 3.6? Stricter checking TypeScript 3.6 comes with stricter checking for iterators and generator functions. The earlier versions didn’t let users of generators differentiate whether a value was yielded or returned from a generator. With TypeScript 3.6, users can narrow down values from iterators while dealing with them. Simpler emit The emit for constructs like for/of loops and array spreads can be a bit heavy so TypeScript opts for a simpler emit by default that supports array types, and helps in iterating on other types using the –downlevelIteration flag. With this flag, the emitted code is more accurate, but is larger. Semicolon-aware code edits Older versions of TypeScript added semicolons to the end of every statement which was not appreciated by many users as it didn’t go along with their style guidelines. TypeScript 3.6 can easily detect if a file uses semicolons while applying edits and if a file lack semicolons, TypeScript doesn’t add one. DOM updates Following are a few of the declarations that have been removed or changed within lib.dom.d.ts: Instead of GlobalFetch, WindowOrWorkerGlobalScope is used. Non-standard properties on Navigator no more exist. webgl or webgl2 is used instead of experimental-webgl context. To know more about this news, check out the official post. Read Next Next.js 9 releases with built in zero-config TypeScript support, automatic static optimization, API routes and more TypeScript 3.5 releases with ‘omit’ helper, improved speed, excess property checks and more Material-UI v4 releases with CSS specificity, Classes boilerplate, migration to Typescript and morelast_img read more

Collision kills cow on R103

Collision kills cow on R103

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A collision on the R103 near Roosboom this afternoon (Tuesday) saw a cow being hit and killed.When Public Safety arrived at the scene, the cow’s carcass was in the middle of the road and the vehicle that hit the animal was nowhere to be seen.Public Safety officers controlled traffic while the road was cleared.last_img