SEA Games: Lone female wushu player carries flag for Malaysia

first_imgDuterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ MOST READ Yew Fai and former Asian Games gold medallist Mao Yaqi of China are the coaches for the SEA Games.Despite the extra coaching force, Malaysia can obviously not repeat the golden outing.They will, in fact, do well to keep in mind what happened in 2005 when the Philippines last hosted the SEA Games. Malaysia did not win a single gold medal and came home with two silvers and three bronzes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malaysia had no choice but to send such a small representation as the hosts have scrapped seven out of the nine events contested in the women’s competition at the last Games in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.Only two events for women – taijijuan and taijijian (taiji sword) – will be contested in Manila. Sydney, the 2016 World Taijiquan Championships double gold medallist, will fly the flag for Malaysia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMalaysia cannot count on the services of Tan Cheong Min and Phoon Eyin, who have won world titles in nanquan (long fists) and jiangshu (sword) respectively.The other four male exponents going are Wong Weng Son, Yeap Wai Kin, Chuah Shangyang and Loh Choon How. “I am a bit scared but excited at the same time… being the only woman exponent and going for my first SEA Games.“But my teammates who have much more experience than me with the national team have given me good advice. They have asked me not to worry and I can reach out to them at the same time. A lot of factors will be outside our control and they just told me to focus on my performance and not to pressure myself.“I will try my best to get a medal. I feel the chance is there although it’s going to be very tough as the standards of wushu in South-East Asia are high.“The Philippines also have a good taiji exponent (in 2018 Asian Games bronze medalist Agatha Wong) and she will be the favorite as they have the home-ground advantage, ” said Sydney, who previously trained in changquan before switching to the taiji discipline six years ago.At the KL SEA Games, Malaysia returned with their best-ever outing of six golds, five silvers and three bronzes under coach Lim Yew Fai.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pacquiao, MPBL files game-fixing raps vs SOCCKSARGEN players, team execs Rice industry paralysis What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Determination: Sydney Chin, the only woman in the Malaysian wushu team to the Philippines SEA Games has set her eyes on a golden debut. Azman Ghani / The StarMANILA, Philippines–She is the only rose among the thorns but Malaysia’s Sydney Chin can count on calming advice from her more illustrious seniors back home as she goes hunting for medal at the Philippines SEA Games.The 20-year-old from Malacca is the only woman in the small five-person Malaysian wushu team for the Games.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Jersey movie reviews: Jr NTR and Allu Arjun lead glowing ratings from Tollywood for Nani’s film

first_imgNani and the entire team of Jersey are overwhelmed with the love they’re receiving from the audience and critics. The film, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, traces the life of an aged cricketer who tries to prove his worth. The sports-drama stars Nani, Shraddha Srinath and Sathyaraj in the lead roles.Jersey hit the theatres worldwide on April 19 and has been met with overtly positive reviews from everyone. Gowtam’s moving screenplay and emotional sequences are some of the highlights of this sports-drama.In Tollwyood, Jr NTR and Allu Arjun have been blown away by Nani’s film Jersey and it is evident from the love they’re showering upon the team. Both stars took to Twitter to appreciate the team of Jersey for giving the audience a memorable film.Here are some of the tweets from Tollywood celebrities:Bro @NameisNani , you have hit the ball out of the park with a stellar performance! Brilliant, Brilliant, BRILLIANT ! I will cherish your performance for a long time to come and I am super proud of you #JerseyJr NTR (@tarak9999) April 19, 2019Just watched JERSEY. Brilliant heart touching film. I loved every aspect of it. Congratulations to the entire team. @NameisNani you rocked the show , your best film & best best performance by far. All artists & technicians did a splendid job. @ShraddhaSrinath @anirudhofficialAllu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019nailed it . Last and most imp. the captain Gowtham Tinnanuri . Splendid work . Steady & Bold . Such a sweet film. Movie lovers …its a Must watch.Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019#JERSEY is a wonderful sports drama, @NameisNani gari honest performance really touching & takes the film to next level. Dir @gowtam19 is genuine in every frame of the film @anirudhofficial BGM is brilliant ,Congratulations to my friends @vamsi84 @SitharaEnts for the success director (@DirectorMaruthi) April 19, 2019#JERSEY will be celebrated and it will be remembered. The film stays with me. In love with@Nameisnani’s performance. Brilliantly done @gowtam19 & @ShraddhaSrinath is a class act. Congratulations allSudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) April 19, 2019Heartful congratulations to @NameisNani and @gowtam19 for a beautiful emotion driven film! Cheers to the entire team of #Jersey A must watch indeed…* (@HeroManoj1) April 19, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K rated the film 3.5 stars out of 5 and wrote, “Gowtam Tinnanuri is gutsy enough to have a non-run-of-the-mill ‘ending’ for a sports drama like Jersey. It moves you and makes you appreciate life. Jersey’s success lies in its well-packed screenplay, which will move you to tears in a few places. In a scene, where Sarah and Arjun patch up after a nasty fight, one would just tear up seeing the beautiful relationship they share on screen.”Several critics call Jersey the best Telugu film that has released so far in 2019. The box office collection of the film will be a testament to the statement.MOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor Nanilast_img read more

Liverpool January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Liverpool January transfer news LIVE: Keita not moving in January Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:45 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Liverpool Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Reds as the January transfer window heats up Keita not joining Liverpool in JanuaryLiverpool will not be completing the £57 million signing of Naby Keita until the summer, RB Leipzig have announced, with a January switch ruled out.Having spent much of the last transfer window pursuing a deal for the Guinea international, an agreement was eventually reached for the midfielder to move ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Reds had hoped to use some of the money recouped from the sale of Coutinho to bring Keita’s arrival at Anfield forward, but the player’s current club will not sanction an early switch. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story here.Liverpool prepare €30m Martins bidGelson Martins Sporting CPLiverpool are willing to pay €30 million to sign Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, reports Correio da Manha.Martins’s release clause stands at €60m, but Liverpool are only prepared to offer about half that sum as the Premier League club search for a replacement for Philippe Coutinho.The 22-year-old has repeatedly been linked with a move to Anfield and Martins can expect to earn five times more than his current salary, if a deal is done.Liverpool & Man Utd set for De Vrij frustrationStefan de Vrij LazioManchester United, Liverpool, Inter and Juventus have been warned by Lazio that they face frustration in the ongoing pursuit of Stefan de Vrij.The Dutch defender is out of contract at the end of the season, but Lazio director of sport Igli Tare remains confident that De Vrij will ultimately commit his future to his current club.Read the full story on Goal! Liverpool enter chase for AlexisAlexis Sanchez, ArsenalLiverpool are ready to battle Manchester United and City for the signature of Alexis Sanchez, reports the Mirror.The Chilean’s future has become increasingly unclear in January, with United muscling in on a player who seemed destined for the Etihad Stadium. And now the Reds are prepared to spend a portion of the massive fee earned on Philippe Coutinho’s sale to clinch the Arsenal forward.Oblak admits to no deal talksJan Oblak Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak admits he has not held talks with the club regarding a new contract.Regarded as one of the best keepers in the world, Slovenia international Oblak has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.Read the full story on Goal.No Alexis in Arsenal squad as January exit loomsAlexis Sanchez, ArsenalAlexis Sanchez didn’t travel with the Arsenal squad to Bournemouth and won’t feature in Sunday’s Premier League match, Goal has learned.The 29-year-old is subject of a transfer tussle between Manchester United and Manchester City this month, while Liverpool have also been credited with an interest in the Chilean.Read the full story on Goal! De Boer: Liverpool would suit ZahaWilfried Zaha Crystal PalaceFrank de Boer feels Liverpool would be a great option for Wilfried Zaha, who could “play for a much bigger club than Crystal Palace”, according to the Dutchman. “Liverpool would be a great club for him, but I’m going to see what he does in the future,” he said. “I’m very interested in him because I think he has a great potential.”Read the full story on Goal!Suso back to Anfield?Suso, AC MilanLiverpool are considering a move to bring Suso back to Anfield from AC Milan, reports Tuttosport .The Spanish forward left England in 2015 after struggling to make an impact, but he has impressed in Italy and caught the Reds’ eye once again.Madrid to swap Bale for SalahMohamed Salah LiverpoolReal Madrid could use Gareth Bale as bait in order to land Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, claims  Don Balon . Salah’s sensational form this season has caught the eye of the Merengue, who have struggled to score goals. And they would be prepared to sacrifice their record signing to convince Liverpool into selling the Egypt star.Liverpool still hopeful over GoretzkaLeon GoretzkaLiverpool are still hopeful of snatching Leon Goretzka out of Bayern Munich’s grasp, according to the  Mirror . The Schalke prospect is in high demand, as his contract is up at the end of the season. But while Bayern are hot favourites to sign the midfielder, Liverpool will not give up the pursuit and contact has been made with Goretzka’s agents.No early Liverpool move for Keita?Naby KeitaRB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick has denied Liverpool have made an offer to sign Naby Keita in January.”Neither the player has told us that he wants to change, nor is there an offer from Liverpool,” he said on Saturday.Read the full story on Goal Rush fears £200m bid for SalahMohamed Salah LiverpoolLivrepool legend Ian Rush fears that Real Madrid and Barcelona could come after Mohamed Salah with a massive bid of bid £200 million.“On current form I would place Mo Salah ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He’s better than them at the moment,” Rush is quoted as saying by the Mirror . “Mo is also the African Player of the Year, which – considering the standard of their players throughout Europe – is a great honour.“There’s already been talk of Real ­Madrid looking at him – and who can blame them? In today’s inflated market, it wouldn’t surprise me if Liverpool one day received a £200m bid for him.“Hopefully, he is happy where he is – after all, he only arrived last summer.“There’s a time and a place to sell a player if the right money comes in, but, for Liverpool, it’s certainly not now.”last_img read more

Gurgaon SHO held for raping woman

first_imgGurgaon: A station house officer of a Gurgaon police station has been arrested for allegedly raping and then blackmailing a woman by making her obscene video, police said on Sunday. The accused SHO of Sadar police station Dalbir Singh, who was set to retire next year, was arrested on Saturday after a complaint was lodged on Friday. He was arrested after an internal inquiry found him guilty, a police officer said. Singh is charged for raping a woman on various occasions and threatening her to circulate a MMS of his crime that he made when she got unconscious. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The traumatized victim, a resident of district Jind, had loged a complaint against Singh on Friday following which a internal inquiry was set up to probe the case. According to the complaint, the victim felt helpless and even tried to commit suicide in a lake located in Jind but a cop saw him and persuaded her to file the complaint against the accused. “The woman stated in her complaint that she had got married to a man from Uddana in Jind in November 2017. After few months of the marriage, differences cropped up between the couple,” she said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings She approached police against her husband and the case was transferred to all woman police station in Gurgaon where she met Singh at a police station”, a senior police officer said. “As Singh also belongs to the same district, I trusted on him and shared my contact number,” the victim said in the complaint. Singh used to regularly called her over phone and even got her placement in a restaurant, it said. “She said on July 10, while she was waiting for a bus to go Gurgaon from Jind, Singh came in car and offered to drop her,” the police officer said “After crossing the Pindara bypass, Singh drove his car at a deserted place where he sexually assaulted her in car. He later dropped her to Gurgaon”, the officer added. “Singh next day asked me to meet him in his quarters. When I came to confront him. He tried to pacify me and gave me drink laced with sedatives. After I fell unconscious, he raped me and recorded the crime in his mobile phone”, the victim said in her complaint. “Singh regularly threatened the victim to circulate the clip if she didn’t comply with his demands. The victim under depression decided to commit suicide,” the officer added.last_img read more

Ageold murals of 17th century Leh Palace being restored by ASI

first_imgLeh: Skillfull hands are carefully chipping away extraneous elements and adroitly removing graffiti to reveal the original beauty of age-old murals in 17th century-era Leh Palace as part of a painstaking restoration work currently underway at the monument.The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which maintains the famed palace nestled in the mountains of Ladakh, recently began the restoration of the age-old wall art located on its sixth floor, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The murals are made of natural colours, and that is one of the reasons it has survived the ravages of time and inharmonious interventions over the decades. It is perhaps the first time such an extensive restoration on murals have been taken up in the last 30 years or so at Leh,” a senior ASI official told PTI. The official, part of the core team of eight members working on the preservation, said, the murals had been defaced by visitors with graffiti, some of which date back to late 1960s. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”About two weeks ago, the project began at the palace. Experts in chemical techniques have come from Chennai, Indore and Agra, assisted by other local staff members and labourers. The layering of extraneous elements, like plaster work had to be carefully removed,” he said. An architectural masterpiece and an engineering feat of the Namgyal dynasty, the second dynasty of Ladakhi rulers, it was built in Tibetan style with materials such as stones, sun-dried mud bricks, woods of poplar, juniper and willow procured from different areas of Leh, according to the ASI. “The construction of the palace was completed in a short span of only three years during the reign of Senge Namgyal (c. 1590-1635), the most illustrious king of Ladakh. The palace, overlooking the Leh city, has nine levels and an exquisite entrance gateway,” it said. Asked about the design and span of the murals, the ASI official said, the paintings are spread across the walls measuring an area of about 32 sqm. “As per the design, these murals done in a series of sorts, depict Buddhist symbols, like the spinning wheel, flowers and other religious motifs. It is beautiful, and people of Leh, who are rejoicing creation of a UT, are also delighted to see the old glory of the palace murals being brought back,” he said. Sources said the restoration work is likely to be completed by mid-September. Ladakh will assume a new identity of a Union Territory on October 31. The palace is being maintained by ASI’s Leh Mini Circle, constituted some years ago. Earlier it fell under Srinagar Circle of the ASI. On the sixth level, the team can be seen carefully chipping away plaster work laid on the murals over the decades or putting daubs of paint on faded artwork with needle brushes. Asked if there is any documented work on these arts, the ASI official said, “No documentation as such is there but we are taking reference of ancient Tibetan Thangkas, which are also painted with natural colours”. He said an ASI team had worked on a restoration project some years ago at Thiksey Monastery in Thiksey area of Leh district, one of the most iconic buildings in Ladakh. The Leh Palace comprises nine levels with over 100 rooms, however, purpose of only few of considerable importance are known. The rooms in the lower level served for use by staff, servants, and as storage silos. “The palace is entered through an elaborately embellished wooden portico gate, known as Singe-sgo (the lion gate) at level two. At level four is a large open courtyard known as Khatok Chenmo, a platform for social and cultural activities of the royal family, as well as a royal shrine. The minister and other members were addressed by the king in the hall of audience on level five and the living quarters for royal family were reserved on level six,” reads the ASI plaque near the entrance. The palace was in a ruined state when the ASI declared it as a Monument of National Importance in 1982. Since then, the ASI has carried out restoration and conservation work in a phased manner to revive the glory of the palace, visited by a large number of tourists daily.last_img read more

UN rights officials call on countries to back declaration on indigenous peoples

Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang and the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people. S. James Anaya, both lauded the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples last year by the General Assembly, but said that it “will not in itself change the everyday lives of the men, women and children whose rights it champions.”“For this we need the political commitment of States, international cooperation, and the support and good will of the public at large, to create and implement a range of intensely practical programmes, designed and undertaken in consultation with indigenous peoples themselves,” they said.The Declaration lays down minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the world’s estimated 5,000 indigenous groups, comprising as many as 370 million people.In a separate statement, Mr. Anaya expressed his concern at reports of arbitrary displacement and other abuses suffered by members of the Charco la Pava community, which is part of the Ngöbe indigenous community in Bocas del Toro Province in Panama, where the construction of a hydroelectric project, called CHAN 75, is taking place.“I observe with concern the human rights violations suffered by members of the Charco la Pava community, such as arbitrary displacement from their lands, loss of housing and destruction of agricultural crops, and other abuses such as the excessive use of force and detaining of members of the community that have opposed the construction of the hydroelectric project, including women and children.”Mr. Anaya said he was concerned that the situation was deteriorating, and that, given the presence of an armed police force in the area, the situation could worsen. He said he had information that the AES Changuinola Company was moving ahead without the control or the supervision of the government authorities.He added that the project could result in the complete flooding of the Charco la Pava community, without obtaining their informed consent.In another development today, the UN refugee agency said that forced displacement was devastating the lives of indigenous people in Colombia.“There are around a million indigenous people in Colombia, belonging to more than 80 different Indian-American groups with over 60 separate languages. Nearly all of these groups have been victims of forced displacement or are threatened by it as a result of the internal armed conflict,” Ron Redmond, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said today.Mr. Redmond added that every year between 10,000 and 20,000 indigenous people are registered by national authorities after being forced to flee from their lands, stressing that the economic, social and cultural survival of indigenous communities depends on their very strong links with their ancestral land.“In many cases, losing their territory and moving into the entirely foreign environment of the cities threatens the very survival of the group and its individual members,” he said.Also on the eve of the International Day, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that indigenous peoples were especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change.“Indigenous peoples are among the first to suffer from increasingly harsh and erratic weather conditions, and a generalized lack of empowerment to claim goods and services to which other population groups have greater access,” Regina Laub, FAO focal point for indigenous peoples, said today.FAO stressed that indigenous peoples also had a critical role to play in supporting global adaptation to climate change.“Indigenous communities are often the custodians of unique knowledge and skills, and the genetic and biological diversity in plant and animal production that may be vital in adapting to climate change. Approximately 80 per cent of the world’s remaining biodiversity is found within indigenous peoples’ territories,” the agency said.Also today, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said that indigenous people all over the world are stewards of an immense wealth of diversity and that their existence is crucial to sustaining development in the countries where they live.Speaking at an event in New York to commemorate the International Day, she said the UN was firmly committed to promoting and protecting the rights of every human being – regardless of background, creed or culture. 8 August 2008Two senior United Nations human rights officials called today for political commitment from States and the support of the public at large to fulfil the rights of indigenous peoples around the globe, in a joint statement released on the eve of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 2.96 points to 15,819.86, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 140.11 points to 23,137.55. The S&P 500 index was up 2.33 points to 2,561.69 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 2.33 points to 6,625.99.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.13 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 79.69 cents US.The December crude contract was up 13 cents to US$52.24 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 10 cents at US$2.86 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $3.30 to US$1,282.90 an ounce and the December copper contract was down one cent to US$3.19 a pound.

Petra acquires majority of Williamson diamond mine

first_imgPetra Diamonds has entered into an agreement to acquire a 75% interest in Tanzania’s renowned Williamson diamond mine for a cash consideration of $10 million. At 146 ha, Williamson is the largest kimberlite pipe ever to be mined, and has been operated continuously as an open pit for almost 70 years.  During this time it has produced over 20 Mct, and there remains a substantial resource of some 40 Mct, reportedly. The mine regularly produces large, high quality stones and is a source of rare and extremely valuable fancy pink diamonds. Petra will acquire the entire issued share capital of Willcroft Co from Cheviot Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of De Beers S.A. Willcroft owns 75% of Williamson Diamonds Ltd (WDL), the sole owner and operator of the Williamson mine, while the Government of Tanzania owns the remaining 25%. Petra says the total cash consideration of $10 million will be funded entirely from internal cash resources. The acquisition is scheduled for completion in mid October 2008.The acquisition marks Petra’s entry into Tanzania, further diversifying the group’s geographical spread. The acquisition is in line with the group’s aim of creating a diamond production portfolio of global significance, complemented by a substantial and valuable resource base.Johan Dippenaar, Petra’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Petra already owns three major diamond mines, Cullinan, Koffiefontein and on completion, Kimberley Underground. Williamson will add a further major mine to our portfolio, with the potential to deliver considerable value to our shareholders. This acquisition also marks Petra’s entry into Tanzania, further diversifying the Group’s geographical spread across Africa. We thank the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for their support in completing this transaction and we look forward to working with the Government as our partner in taking the mine forward.”last_img read more

MC repairs large DC motor on site at Konkola copper mine

first_imgMarthinusen & Coutts recently performed a comprehensive on-site repair of a large DC winder motor at Konkola copper mine in Zambia. The 8,250 kW motor, which is one of the largest slow-speed DC motors in operation worldwide, was acquired by Konkola from a South African gold mine several years ago and was installed on the multi-rope winder at Konkola’s No.4 Shaft. “After successfully completing a four year shaft sinking program at Konkola, the motor indicated some overheating while the mine was in the process of converting the winder from shaft sinking to permanent duty operation,” Ian Solomon, M&C’s field services manager, says. “The repair job assigned to us had to be done on a breakdown basis to ensure that any disruption of the mine’s construction schedule was kept to a minimum.”M&C immediately sent a team to the mine to assess the condition of the motor under the supervision of sister company ACTOM Industry, the suppliers of the electrical winding system. They were closely followed by a team equipped to do all the repair work on site. The motor had to be fully dismantled. Careful preparation beforehand for mobilising of the materials and resources was an essential procedure, as most of these were unavailable locally. The repair work, performed 24 hours a day in about six days, involved cleaning, re-soldering and re-insulating all the compensating bars and compole connections on the field frame. “It also required continual testing of the components to ensure integrity of each progressive task. All work was carried out under the supervision of ACTOM Industry,” Solomon says. In addition, the commutator had to be skimmed and polished with special custom-made brush boxes fitted onto a portable lathe that was installed on the existing brush gear.Solomon says Adam Hughes, M&C’s resident engineer in Zambia, made an important contribution to the success of the project with his invaluable input of engineering expertise and provision of local resources. “The success of this project has further enhanced the good reputation M&C enjoys in Africa for repairing rotating electrical equipment in fast turnaround times,” he adds.“While planning is important, flexibility above all is a key requirement. You have to have the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and produce uncompromising quality in the face of often daunting time constraints and logistical problems, as applied in this case,” Solomon concludes.last_img read more

Plant virus makes lithium ion batteries last 10x longer

first_imgHow would you like the battery in your smartphone to last ten times longer? It would be great wouldn’t it? No charging for a whole week, talking for hours safe in the knowledge you still have a few days charge left and still juice left to play Angry Birds every lunch time.It’s the kind of battery life we all dream of, but also think is going to take a major technology breakthrough to achieve. Well, it looks like it has already happened and doesn’t require radical new battery tech after all.Researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, have discovered a common plant virus allows for large increases in battery life using existing lithium ion batteries. The virus in question is the Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV), which attacks both tobacco and a large range of vegetables.Because TMV is a virus it is very good at self-renewal, and the researchers have used that fact to incorporate it into lithium ion batteries. The small rod shape of the TMV is coated in conductive thin film which then becomes the battery’s active material. Because the structure of TMV is so intricate it’s possible to store a lot more energy in the same space which accounts for the 10-fold increase claims.The news gets better as in order to create such batteries you need infected vegetation which would otherwise be a waste product. The manufacturing process is also cheap to do and not wasteful, with one pound of infected plant leaves producing one pound of TMV. The batteries can also be easily scaled up meaning we could one day see them used in industry and potentially electric cars.Read more at PhysorgMatthew’s OpinionI’ve often wished for a laptop with a 40-hour battery in it, and now I may actually get to use one in a few years when this makes it to market.It sounds too good to be true, especially when you consider it is allowing for the use of an otherwise unwanted waste vegetation product. But this could be the next evolution of the lithium-ion battery we all come to rely on.last_img read more

Man guilty of 45 counts of child sexual assault remanded back into

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I don’t have any friends. He took away my childhood. The female in the case told the court in her victim impact statement that as a result of the defendant’s behaviour she never thought anything of herself.Defence Counsel, Des Dockery then told the court that he was adjourning mitigation pleas because he did not have a “final and complete” probation report nor did he have a psychiatric report on his client.Before adjourning matters, Judge Johnson said that the case before him was “disturbing and distasteful”.The Judge subsequently adjourned proceedings until 1 June next.Comments are off as legal proceedings are ongoing. Read: Gabriel Byrne says #MeToo movement ‘hasn’t gone far enough’More: ‘Terrorists don’t care who they kill’: Theresa May says Europe must protect citizens Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 11:50 AM 14,550 Views Man guilty of 45 counts of child sexual assault remanded back into custody He pleaded guilty to the production, possession and distribution of child pornography, along with sexually exploiting minors. Image: Zolnierek via Shutterstock No Comments Share7 Tweet Email By Aisling Kiernan A 63-YEAR-OLD married father of one, who pleaded guilty at Longford Circuit Court in November to 45 sample counts of sexually assaulting children was remanded back into custody yesterday following a further hearing this afternoon before Judge Keenan Johnson.Some of his guilty pleads of sexual assault included production, possession and distribution of child pornography and the sexual exploitation of minors on various dates between 2000 and 2013.During yesterday’s proceedings at Longford Circuit Court, graphic evidence in relation to the abuse of four children by the man at a midlands GAA grounds was provided.Shane Geraghty, counsel for the prosecution, told the court this afternoon that one of the victims – aged just seven-years-old when the abuse first began – came in contact with the defendant after he began mitching school and hanging around the grounds where the man was a caretaker.The court was told that the defendant would give the youngster little jobs to do around the grounds like putting out flags, opening toilet doors and placing the scores on the scoreboard.The boy was also allowed to drive a tractor occasionally while mowing and maintaining the grounds.After the pair got to know each other better, the court heard the defendant asked the child “to show him his pubes”.Thereafter, numerous incidents took place, some in the office of the grounds and others in the shower of the referee’s dressing room or in the VIP area.Many forms of abuseCounsel for the State told Judge Johnson that the abuse took many forms and included the defendant self-masturbating; the masturbating of the defendant by the youngster, the defendant touching the child’s anus with his penis but no penetration and the defendant fondling the youngster’s genitalia while in the shower or when the child was driving the tractor.The defendant, the court was told, also video recorded the abuse taking place and would later masturbate while watching the videos with the child.The court heard that the abuse continued until 2008 and in December of that year, the caretaker left his position at the GAA grounds.The court was told that the abuse never happened again after that.The statement from a female victim was also read into evidence during proceedings.The court heard the defendant touched her chest and would rub her legs when she was on the tractor.The court also heard too from another male in the case.He said the defendant would put his hands on his crotch and rub his hands up and down the child’s penis.The child too, the court was told was sexually abused by the defendant in the shower of the referee’s dressing room.The third male, the court heard, presented himself to gardaí but was unable to make a statement because he became frightened and was shaking over having to confront the matter.The court was told that gardaí became very concerned about his state of mind and made numerous enquiries about his welfare afterwards.Garda investigationDetective Garda Damien McGovern then told Judge Johnson that gardaí searched the defendant’s home in November 2013 and seized a number of hard drives which they later discovered contained 91 “accessible movies”.There were a number of digital movies of child pornography including recordings of two preteen children, naked on a couch, in sexually explicit poses, Garda McGovern continued.He added: “The defendant was sharing and sending images with another person in the US.”The defendant, the court was told, was arrested in connection with matters and during an interview, he made “full and complete” admissions in relation to the claims against him.The court heard the defendant said during an interview: “I want to say something here – I am the adult here and what was said, I am not going to argue with.”Detective Garda McGovern also told the court that a paedophile ring was not in operation at the GAA grounds.“This was not a paedophile ring,” he added.“This was two individuals who knew what each other was doing but didn’t talk about it.”The court was also heard that one of the individuals is currently the subject of a European Arrest Warrant, while the other individual is the defendant.Victim impact statementsVictim impact statements from two of the victims were then read into evidence.One of the males said he had gone to therapy in an effort to deal with his depression, a mental health difficulty that he attributes directly to the abuse that he suffered at the hands of the defendant.“I feel angry and frustrated every day and I think other people are going to judge me,” he added. 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Vamvakinou raises Cyprus issue in Australian Parliament

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It might be coincidental, but it is hard to overlook the relevance between the outcome of the elections in Turkey, and a motion on the Cypriot issue presented in federal Parliament by Greek Australian Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou. The motion was discussed at the same time that Recep Tayip Erdogan was celebrating his victory, which has raised concerns within the international community, about the future of democracy in Turkey.During the motion, presented by the Calwell member and seconded by the Shadow Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Anthony Albanese on Monday, both Ms Vamvakinou and her fellow Greek Australian Labor MP Steve Georganas repeated the United Nation’s position to unify the island and find a peaceful and viable solution for the benefit of all Cypriots.“For all of us who, over the years and decades, have been associated with the plight of Cyprus and who advocate for a free, reunified, sovereign, democratic and independent Cyprus, we stand firm in our continued commitment to support and aid, with whatever resources we have at our disposal, those who are genuinely committed to reaching a peaceful, humane, fair, just and viable solution for the Cyprus problem,” she said.“But formal negotiations in officialdom by themselves are not sufficient to bring about change and counter the politics of fear, hate and uncertainty. They often require backing and encouragement from civil society and even from the most unlikely of quarters.” One such example was the symbolic initiative of two Australians, Stavros Protz (Tzortzis) and Yalcin Adal, respectively coming from Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot backgrounds, who made a 350-km 16-day walk across Cyprus three months ago.Inspired by British writer Colin Thubron’s 1975 travelogue Journey Into Cyprus, Yalcin and Stavros followed the same itinerary Thurbon did before the 1974 division of the island, sending a message that despite the events that occurred during these past four decades, “for these two mates who have become brothers Cyprus has no boundaries, no barriers, no minefields, no checkpoints, no green lines, no ghost towns and no lost homelands.”The parliamentary discussion on Ms Vamvakinou’s motion was attended by the High Commissioner of Cyprus to Australia Martha Mavrommati, the deputy head of the Cypriot mission Vakis Zissimos, and Yalcin, accompanied by his father Halil and his younger brother Yener.Unfortunately Stavros was unable to attend, as he is mourning the recent loss of his mother.Speaking to the house, Ms Vamvakinou mentioned that the two Australians’ initiative was embraced by many Cypriots from both communities and finished her statement saying: “Australia has been proactive in the involvement in Cyprus. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have had the longest continuous presence in Cyprus, from 1964 until their departure in 2017 after 53 years.“Australia supports the establishment of the bi-communal NGO Cyprus Academic Dialogue, and the citizens’ diplomacy program, instituted in 2010 during the Rudd-Gillard Labor Government and a project that our Australian High Commission in Cyprus continues to support today under the present government.“This is what we Australians do and [what] we do best. Our distinctive, down-to-earth political acumen is to try to find practical solutions to what appear to be insurmountable problems. Inspired by Yalcin and Stavros’ ‘Journey into Cyprus: East2West’, this motion proposes a simple, practical measure to the Australian Government: to action its continued bipartisan support for the peacemaking efforts in Cyprus by reappointing a special envoy on Cyprus to actively promote dialogue, peace and reconciliation.”Seconding the motion, Mr Georganas gave an account of the Cypriot tragedy: “As we know, in 1974, the island was occupied and nearly 40 per cent of the island still remains occupied,” he said. “Since then, a so-called state has been declared, but it has only been recognised by one nation – the nation that invaded – in the entire world. Only they recognise that part of the island. It just happens that, ironically, as I said, only the northern part is recognised, and that is by the nation that invaded. There are still 1,600 people missing. These people still haven’t been found. In that 40 per cent of the island, we have homes which owners have not been allowed to return to, and they are still not allowed to return.”The member for Hindmarsh said that the two Australians’ walk was “a symbol of peace, a symbol that people can work together and a symbol that there can be a just solution.”Praising the “wonderful contribution” of the AFP that has been deployed to Cyprus as part of the UN peacekeeping forces in Cyprus, he said that it is “a pity that in 2017, the government saw fit to withdraw them.”Mr Albanese also commemorated the Cypriot tragedy saying that “in the coming month, we will mark 44 years since the invasion of Cyprus by Turkey, 44 years without a resolution – a nation divided, with 37 per cent of the island still occupied in contravention of a number of United Nations resolutions and with over 200,000 people displaced.”Stressing that he had already raised this issue in the parliament as federal MP 10 times prior to this occasion, the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure referred to the ties between Cyprus and Australia “another island nation, which more than 80,000 Cypriots of both Greek and Turkish background call home,” saying that “the hope of justice and reunification” of Cyprus “very much lives on.”After the motion was presented, the Australia-Cyprus parliamentary friendship group met with the Cypriot High Commissioner and the Halil family.last_img read more

WWE announces new television deal to air RAW and Smackdown in Greece

first_img Google+ WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX Facebook Twitter Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE and SKAI Group announced Monday a new agreement to broadcast RAW and Smackdown in Greece every week beginning Saturday March 2 on SKAI TV.The press release states that SKAI TV will air a two-hour version of RAW at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern European Time) on Saturdays and Smackdown at 12:00 p.m. (Eastern European Time) on Sundays, both with Greek commentary.You can read the full press release below:SKAI to Televise Raw® and SmackDown® in Greece02/11/2019 -ATHENS, Greece & STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– WWE (NYSE:WWE) and SKAI Group today announced a new agreement to broadcast WWE’s flagship programs Raw®and SmackDown® in Greece.Every week beginning Saturday, March 2, SKAI TV will air a two-hour version of Raw at 12 p.m. on Saturdays and SmackDown at 12 p.m. on Sundays, both with Greek commentary. These shows will also be available for catch-up viewing on SKAI TV’s video-on-demand platform, SKAI TV Online.“WWE is one of the biggest sports and entertainment brands in the world with loyal fans of every age and background,” said Loizos Xenopoulos, Programming Director, SKAI. “We are excited to introduce to the Greek audience these two flagship shows and we are looking forward to a long and successful collaboration with the WWE family.”“SKAI shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This partnership to televise Raw and SmackDown on SKAI TV, Greece’s top free-to-air broadcaster, allows us to deliver action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to our fans throughout the country.”About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The Company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The Company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai,Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at and For information on our global activities, go to SkaiSkai TV is the top privately owned free to air TV channel with national reach in Greece. Since April 2006, it has been broadcasting a high-quality program focusing on news with integrity and responsibility and on quality series and shows including local productions and those from international recognized television networks and content providers such as the BBC, NatGeo, Discovery, HBO, Freemantle and CBS Paramount, Acun Medya investing in advanced technological equipment.center_img WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterestlast_img read more

Yakima paying 250000 for fatal police chase

first_imgYAKIMA — At its Tuesday night meeting, the Yakima City Council is expected to approve a $250,000 settlement with the family of a man killed by a driver fleeing police in a stolen pickup truck.The payment would resolve the claim from the family of 29-year-old Pascual Ayala who was killed in 2010 along with his girlfriend, Marina Barajas.The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the city agreed last year to pay $400,000 to settle a claim from her family.The fleeing driver responsible for the crash, Shaun Kollman, was sentenced to 51 years in prison.last_img

Judas Priest Announce 2018 Concert Tour Dates

first_img Judas Priest To Hit Arenas On 2018 Tour judas-priest-announce-2018-concert-tour-dates The metal legends, who are up for a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination, will embark on a 25-date North American arena tour in support of their new studio album, Firepower, due in early 2018. The trek will kick off March 13 in Wilkes Barre, Penn., and conclude May 1 in San Antonio.Firepower will mark Judas Priest’s first album since 2014’s Redeemer Of Souls. The group’s prior studio album, 2009’s A Touch Of Evil: Live, spawned the group’s first GRAMMY win for Best Metal Performance for “Dissident Aggressor,” a track from 1977’s Sin After Sin. GRAMMY winners plot arena tour in support of their forthcoming new album, ‘Firepower’Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2017 – 2:37 pm Judas Priest are ready to bring plenty of firepower, literally, to concert stages in 2018. Judas Priest Announce 2018 Concert Tour Dates Twitter Email A fan presale will commence Oct. 25.Memphis Gibson Guitar Factory Looks For New Locationcenter_img NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2017 – 1:50 am Judas Priest Win Best Metal Performance Facebook We are happy to announce the first US dates of our 2018 World Tour! #judaspriest #firepower— Judas Priest (@judaspriest) October 23, 2017 News last_img read more

BJP membership drive held

first_imgKukatpally: The BJP membership drive was held in Dayarguda. The party’s Medchal president Madhavaram Kantha Rao was the chief guest. He went door-to-door, explaining the welfare schemes of central government. He claimed good response to the drive from people. Vanitha, Vijith, Pavan, Naga Raju, Prasad, Vinod and others attended the programme.last_img

KMC collaborates with IIT to stop waterlogging in North Central Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation will take assistance from IIT Kharagpur to come up with a solution for water-logging problem at a handful of pockets in North and Central Kolkata where water takes reasonably longer time to drain out. Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s revamped drainage system has ensured that water drains out at a fast pace through out the city, if there is water accumulation due to heavy rain but the civic body has been struggling to make inroads in these pockets. A meeting was held in this regard with experts from IIT KGP in presence of Member Mayor in Council (Drainage ) Tarak Singh on Thursday at the KMC headquarters. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “We have identified four pockets in Sukia street, Madan Mohan Burman Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road and a part of Bidhan Sarani having the acute problem. Our engineers have found that water supply line in these areas has gone through the drainage supply line. The work for the pipelines were done during the British period. The system has led to contraction of the pipes’ diameter so water takes more time to drain out,” Singh said. The water supply line in all these wards are linked with the Talah pumping station and the engineers had never stumbled upon any other supply line with similar characteristics in the entire city. “There are a number of places where drainage pipeline has gone over water pipeline and vice versa, but this is for the first time when we have come across this type of supply line,” Singh added. He maintained that the matter will be included in the master plan of the drainage department soon so that the problem can be addressed with priority. The problem had come to light after Singh held a meeting at Borough 4 with local MLA and councillors last month.last_img read more

Kesha announces the Rainbow Tour her first solo tour since 2013

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- After a long bout with legal battles, Kesha is making a big comeback. She released three music videos for her upcoming album and Tuesday morning announced the Rainbow Tour. Kesha Live:September 15 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO (festival)September 16 – Las Vegas, NV – M Resort Casino & SpaSeptember 23 – iHeartRadio Music FestivalRainbow Tour 2017:September 26 – Birmingham, AL – Iron CitySeptember 27 – Nashville, TN – Ryman AuditoriumSeptember 29 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola RoxySeptember 30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore CharlotteOctober 2 – Raleigh, NC – The RitzOctober 4 – Boston, MA – House of BluesOctober 6 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver SpringOctober 7 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore PhiladelphiaOctober 9 – New York, NY – Hammerstein BallroomOctober 13 – Lakewood, OH – Lakewood Civic AuditoriumOctober 15 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore DetroitOctober 16 – Toronto, ON – RebelOctober 18 – Chicago, IL – Aragon BallroomOctober 19 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles BallroomOctober 23 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown TheatreOctober 24 – Denver, CO – Fillmore AuditoriumOctober 25 – Salt Lake City, UT – The ComplexOctober 27 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDoOctober 28 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre (Daze of the Dead)October 31 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic AuditoriumNovember 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood PalladiumTo prepare, watch Kesha’s new music videos — Learn to Let Go, Woman, and Praying —  on repeat.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img This music tour will be her first solo outing since 2013’s Warrior Tour.Starting on 26 September in Birmingham, Alabama, the six-week tour takes the singer across North America performing old classic as well as new songs from her upcoming album Rainbow. The album is set for release August 11 and every pair of concert tickets comes with a physical copy of the album.‘My new album ‘Rainbow’ is dedicated to my fans,’ said Kesha. ‘And I’m so excited to be able to invite you all to come boogie with me on my new Rainbow Tour. I would not have made it to this point without my animals and supporters so now come out and join the celebration with me.’Plus, Kesha has three live performances scheduled leading up to the tour.Brand new tour for the animalsTickets for the tour go on sale Saturday, 5 August at Kesha Official. A fan pre-sale starts at 10am local time on Thursday, 3 August. Fans can get access to the pre-sale here by listening to and sharing tracks from Rainbow. Citi credit card holders will also have access to a pre-sale here from 12pm local time Thursday, 3 August to 10pm local time Friday, 4 August.Below is the full list of concert dates: Kesha announces release date for Rainbow The FilmTroye Sivan announces The Bloom Tour across the USKesha’s new music video with The Struts is a glitter-filled bangerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Cardinals running back David Johnson is the first

first_img Cardinals running back David Johnson is the first player in NFL history to begin his season with 14 straight games of 100 or more total yards.Johnson’s big drive in the fourth quarter of Arizona’s 48-41 home loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday saw him eclipse the 100-yard mark yet again.“That’s elite company, nobody,” Arizona coach Bruce Arians said this week of the possibility of Johnson reaching the milestone. “That speaks for itself, really. The people that he’s being mentioned with are Hall of Fame guys, so for a second-year player, I think it’s outstanding.” .@DavidJohnson31 has multi-TDs in 7 games this yr. That’s a club record & most in NFL since Arian Foster’s 7 in ’10 #NOvsAZ— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo .@DavidJohnson31 has 30 TDs in 30 career games; just 11 in @NFL history w more thru their 1st 30 games (7 are in HOF) #NOvsAZ— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) celebrates his touchdown with Carson Palmer (3) during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Comments   Share   With rushing TD @DavidJohnson31 joins Gale Sayers as only players in @NFL history w 20+ rushing TDs, 5+ rec’ing & 1 KOR in his 1st 2 seasons Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling — Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) December 18, 2016 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Johnson, who recorded four catches for 55 yards along with 12 carries for 53 more, is just the third player in history to record 100 or more scrimmage yards in 14 straight games or more — he joins the Lions’ Barry Sanders’ stretch of 15 games (1997) and the Raiders’ Marcus Allen’s stretch of 14 games (1985). Nobody, however, has gone on such a streak to begin a season.The running back’s second rushing touchdown of the day also gave Johnson his 30th touchdown in 30 career games.He tied the game 34-all with a touchdown run that ties John David Crow’s franchise mark of total touchdowns (17) for a single year. Johnson is one short of matching Crow’s mark with 14 rushing touchdowns for a season.last_img read more