Boxing: Mikey Garcia throws down the gauntlet: ” I would knock out both Lomachenko…

first_imgAdvertisementMikey Garcia recently has been on a rumble over the past 18 months having beaten loud mouth trash talking Boxer, Adrien Broner, then moving up in weight class to conquer the junior welterweight division to beat Sergey Lipinets which resulted in him becoming a four-division world champion and most recently beating Robert Easter Jr to become IBF and WBC unified Lightweight champion in front of a sold-out crowd in Los Angeles.Mikey Garcia is a hot commodity in Boxing right now, with him having a free agent status has attracted offers from all sides.From Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and Oscar Dela Hoya of Golden Boy Promotion to Dana White of Zuffa Boxing.And he is game to fight anyone and everyone in Boxing with him recently calling out Errol Spence Jr which according to rumors might take place early next year on Showtime PPV.Speaking to ES News, Garcia said:“I really wanted that fight (Pacquiao) a lot a couple of years ago. Right now there’s other fights that interest me more. Well, I do, I definitely would want that (Manny Pacquiao) fight. I would knock out both of those guys (Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko).”Although Pacquiao fight will potentially be the big money fight for Garcia, it’s the Lomachenko fight the boxing world wants to see.Also Read-Boxing: Floyd Mayweather reveals he wants to promote Manny Pacquiao Advertisementlast_img read more

Dilhara Lokuhettige suspended by ICC, charged with breach of anti-corruption code

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka player Dilhara Lokuhettige was Thursday provisionally suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after being charged with fixing and failure to disclose corrupt approaches in an ongoing probe.Lokuhettige, a former medium pacer who played nine ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals for Sri Lanka, has been charged with three counts of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code and given 14 days to respond.These new allegations are in addition to similar charges brought against him on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board last year during his stint with a T10 league in the UAE.”That provisional suspension remains in full force and effect and he has additionally been provisionally suspended under the ICC Code pending the determination of these new charges,” the ICC said in a statement.Lokuhettige’s suspension continued ICC’s anti-corruption drive in Sri Lanka Cricket in which has even embroiled 1996 World Cup-winning batting legend Sanath Jayasuriya, who was banned for two years after admitting to destruction of evidence during the ongoing investigations.The 38-year-old Lokuhettige has been charged with the following three offences under the Code:Article 2.1.1 Fixing, contriving or otherwise influencing improperly, or being a party to any agreement or effort to fix or contrive or otherwise influence improperly, the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of any International Match.Article 2.1.4 Directly or indirectly soliciting, inducing, enticing, instructing, persuading, encouraging or intentionally facilitating any Participant to breach Code Article 2.1.Article 2.4.4 – Failing to disclose to the ACU full details of any approaches or invitations received by him to engage in corrupt conduct under the Code.Lokuhettige has 14 days starting the Wednesday gone by to respond to the new charges.”The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the world body said.On Wednesday, the ICC said it would be working in close cooperation with the Interpol to widen the scope of its fight against corruptors in the sport all across the world.Also Read | Sri Lanka Cricket fine Karunaratne $7,000 for drink-driving incidentAlso Read | International Cricket Council to join hands with Interpol to tackle corruptionadvertisementlast_img read more

Icardi: Inter-bound De Vrij giving away pen was destiny

first_imgInternazionale Icardi: Inter-bound De Vrij giving away a penalty was destiny Jamie Smith 16:56 5/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mauro Icardi Inter Lazio Serie A Getty Internazionale Lazio Lazio v Internazionale Serie A The Dutchman, who will leave Lazio for San Siro this summer, gave away a penalty that the Argentine striker hailed as meant to be Mauro Icardi said it was “destiny” that possible future Inter team-mate Stefan de Vrij gave away a critical penalty that helped Inter come from behind to win at Lazio and seal Champions League qualification.De Vrij has confirmed he is leaving Lazio at the end of the season, with Inter expected to announce his signing on a free transfer as the defender is out of contract.Lazio needed only a point to return to the Champions League for the first time in 10 years , but the hosts collapsed in spectacular fashion late on at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now De Vrij rashly dived in on Icardi to concede a penalty converted by the striker, with Matias Vecino heading home the winner three minutes later – Lazio captain Senad Lulic dismissed for a second yellow card between the goals.Icardi and De Vrij could be team-mates next season but the Inter captain denied there was anything suspicious about the foul from the Netherlands international.”It was destiny. All players are professionals, I don’t think he fouled me on purpose,” Icardi said to Mediaset Premium. “He tried to stop me scoring, it was just destiny.”We’ll certainly try to improve, because a side like Inter cannot afford to be so inconsistent. That’s the first thing we need to sort out. We had a great start to the season, then there was a collapse.”We put in these performances that are either fantastic or terrible. We must try to find a middle ground.”Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi refused to accept De Vrij should’ve been benched for the match, which scuppered Lazio’s chance of Champions League in 2018-19.“I would play him again, as he had a good game. It’s wrong to blame anyone for this,” he told Mediaset Premium .”People had fun watching Lazio play this season and we hadn’t seen the stadium buzzing like this since the days of winning the Scudetto. Entering the Champions League would’ve been the icing on the cake, but we’ll have to try again.”Lulic, who started alongside De Vrij on Sunday for Lazio but was red-carded in the 79th minute, also leapt to the Dutchman’s defence and wished him well in Nerazzurri colours next season.”Too much has been said about this,” Lulic said to Sky Sport . “He put in a great performance and set the example for everyone.”He was very disappointed by the error on the penalty, but he fought to the end with us. I wish him all the best at Inter.”last_img read more

$6 Million Donated Towards Rebuilding of Walker’s Place of Safety

first_img The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has received approximately $6 million towards the rebuilding of the Walker’s Place of Safety in Kingston, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has received approximately $6 million towards the rebuilding of the Walker’s Place of Safety in Kingston, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey, made the disclosure to JIS News on Monday (March 19), following the presentation of a cheque valued at $100,000 by the St. Catherine High School at the agency’s Duke Street office in downtown Kingston.She informed that a technical team has been set up by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to oversee the rebuilding exercise.“The plan is to rebuild at the same location…we are working to get the estimates, so that we can share with our partners, who have offered to give some contribution,” she said.She said it is hoped that construction will be completed by the end of the year.The new facility, which will house no more than 30 residents, will also have counselling rooms and a play room, among other amenities. “It will have the full gamut; state-of-the-art,” Mrs. Gage-Grey added.The donation from St. Catherine High School also included 12 boxes of clothes, books and toys. The institution is the latest contributor to the rebuilding of the Walker’s Place of Safety and the welfare of the former residents.Mrs. Gage-Grey said that while cash contributions will offset the rebuilding costs, all donations are welcome.“Because we are focusing on the rebuilding efforts, we wouldn’t mind contributions in cash, but there is always the need for care items, non-perishable items because we also share with other facilities and families who have been affected. We have our Children and Family Care and Support Unit and we have been able to share some of what we have received with them as well, and so whatever contributions will be well received,” she said.In the meantime, Mrs. Gage-Grey said the agency will shortly roll out a programme focusing on the needs of all childcare facilities.She informed that further details will be provided by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green.The donation from the St. Catherine High School falls under the Love Care Project, which was organised by the peer counsellors at the institution.Ms. Gage-Grey lauded the students for giving back. “We have seen a number of schools that have come together to collect donations for the children at Walker’s and we find that very heartening to know that children see the need to give back, and we are quite appreciative of that,” she said.A massive fire at the Lyndhurst Crescent location of the Walker’s Place of Safety on January 15 claimed the lives of two children and destroyed the facility.The 34 wards who were displaced are now being housed at other residential facilities, and Mrs. Gage-Grey said they are adjusting to the new locations.“They are going back to school. We have been having a number of sessions with them, and other persons have contributed in kind, whether it’s a movie day or going to a hotel, and that has been helping in the (healing) process,” she pointed out. “The plan is to rebuild at the same location…we are working to get the estimates, so that we can share with our partners, who have offered to give some contribution,” she said. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey, made the disclosure to JIS News on Monday (March 19), following the presentation of a cheque valued at $100,000 by the St. Catherine High School at the agency’s Duke Street office in downtown Kingston. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Man charged with murder in July 2017 death of 13yearold BC girl

first_imgSURREY, B.C. – A man has been charged with murdering a 13-year-old girl whose body was found in a Metro Vancouver park over a year ago in a crime that caused people in the community to feel unsafe, police said Monday.Marrisa Shen was last seen in the evening of July 18, 2017. When she didn’t return home, her mother called police, and officers found her body in a wooded area of Central Park in Burnaby early the next morning.On Monday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced Ibrahim Ali, 28, had been charged with first-degree murder, two weeks after police became aware of him.Supt. Donna Richardson, the officer in charge of the team, said Ali is a Syrian national who moved to Burnaby as a refugee 17 months ago. She said the permanent resident of Canada is employed and has family in Canada but she couldn’t provide any other details pending the judicial process for the man who is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Friday.None of the allegations in the case have been tested in court.Richardson said the investigation that involved 600 interviews and the elimination of over 2,000 persons of interest was one of the largest in the history of the team since its formation in 2003.“We still believe this crime was a random act, meaning that Marrisa did not know the suspect and vice versa,” Richardson told a news conference, adding the investigation involved multiple RCMP detachments and municipal police forces.Chief Supt. Deanne Burleigh, the officer in charge of the Burnaby RCMP detachment, offered condolences to Shen’s family.“While I understand that there is some relief at the announcement of an arrest I am mindful of the devastating loss that they have suffered since the day of Marrisa’s murder,” Burleigh said.“To our community in Burnaby I want to express my gratitude for your patience,” she said.“Throughout this investigation Marrisa’s murder shook our community and it questioned the safety of the park. We have, and we continue to conduct, high visibility patrols on foot, on bikes and in our vehicles to ensure everyone can continue to feel safe in our parks.”Shen’s family thanked the public for their ongoing support in a statement read by Cpl. Frank Jang of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.“We are aware that so many people reached out to the police to provide information and we are so grateful for that,” the family said as they asked for privacy.“We hope that justice will now be served and that Marrisa can finally be at peace in heaven.”Shen was seen on security video entering a Tim Hortons about 10 minutes after she left home at 6 p.m. and she was last seen around 7:30 p.m. walking near the coffee shop. Shen’s mother reported her missing at 11:30 p.m. and the girl’s body was found 90 minutes later, police have said.Her family has said the girl planned to travel and visit friends in China the summer she was killed.A year after her death, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team held a news conference near the wooded area where Shen’s body was found as Jang appealed for help from the public and said police had no suspects despite following up on 200 tips.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Montreal waitress who refused sexual advances from boss awarded 52000

first_imgMONTREAL – A waitress who was harassed after refusing sexual advances from the owner of a Montreal restaurant has been awarded $52,000 by a Quebec labour relations tribunal.In a decision this month, the tribunal found Anissa Berrad had been humiliated and suffered psychological harassment in her workplace.When she was first hired by Nick Triandos, the owner of Blanche Neige (Snow White) restaurant in January 2013, she said that he seemed to be a good boss.But she soon noticed that he kissed his waitresses on the cheeks and neck and groped them.Berrad testified that he did the same to her, and when she confronted him about his behaviour, he told her it was normal.When she once asked him what would happen to a waitress who refused his advances, he told her he would harass the worker until she quit, the decision says.A few months after she began work, Triandos touched her breast while driving her to the restaurant for an early shift, and she told him to stop, the ruling says. He began screaming and insulting her, she told the tribunal.She said after that, things got worse and she was submitted to daily harassment and insults, with Triandos swearing at her and calling her “stupid” and “crazy.”The decision says Berrad felt “humiliated, terrorized and fearful” about going to work every morning, but she kept the job because she had to pay rent and send money to her sick mother in Morocco.Another ex-employee who testified before the tribunal, said she heard Triandos insulting Berrad and added that she was also treated the same way. She said she put up with the treatment for several months, but quit when she found another job.When she consulted a doctor in 2014, Berrad was diagnosed with a major depression and was prescribed medication.According to the decision, she asked Triandos to stop yelling at her, but his attitude only worsened and he told staff to stop talking to her.On New Years’ Day 2015, Triandos came to the restaurant with cake and gave slices to all employees and customers except Berrad.According to her testimony, Triandos then changed her working conditions and gave her a section of the restaurant that was less busy.She would have to stay in her corner, and if she tried to greet customers, Triandos would yell at her and tell her not to talk to them. He also made sure they were not put into her section unless the restaurant was overflowing.She wasn’t making any money from tips, and she testified that Triandos told her that her mother would “starve of hunger.”On Jan. 23, 2015, Triandos told her not to show up for work the following day. When she asked if he was terminating her employment, he told her that he was just reducing her hours.An argument broke out, and Berrad called police after Triandos became aggressive, declaring, “It’s my restaurant.”When the officers arrived, Triandos told them that Berrad had struck him. She was told to collect her things and was fired in front of the officers.About a month later, Triandos filed an assault complaint against her, but she was acquitted.The $52,000 award includes $30,000 for moral and exemplary damages and $19,500 for lost wages.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement “I think it’s going to be pretty steady, and we certainly remain a key production hub in North America that is on the top three, if not four… of where people want to be when they’re shooting in North America, whether it’s a series, a feature film, a web series, whatever it is.”British Columbians who are fans of Hallmark Christmas movies may have noticed a number of those productions were filmed in the province — and they’re being shot all over the Lower Mainland and B.C.Gill says it’s an exciting time, adding there’s a big focus on growing domestic creative talent, through initiatives like the Screenwriters program, launched last year.“Definitely the focus on the environment and real green initiatives is something that is key for the industry, and that makes us an attractive centre because people want to be in places that are looking at questions and policies around equity and sustainability and environmental concerns.”The industry is expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs in B.C., as it has over the past few years, she adds.“I think we see it steady, in the same sort of range of about 60,000 jobswhich is what it has looked like in the last couple of years, and we see it holding pretty steady,” she says. “Then there’s all of the other services and jobs that we don’t always necessarily see as the direct jobs. The indirect things like the dry cleaners, the hotels, the restaurants. All this kind of stuff benefit from having a dynamic industry in B.C.”The province has developed a global reputation for delivering on quality content, Gill says, and has become a top choice for those looking to film and produce content.BY HANA MAE NASSAR -With files from Martin MacMahon VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – 2018 was a good year for the TV and film industry in British Columbia, and according to Creative BC, it doesn’t look like things are going to be slowing down any time soon.Creative BC CEO Prem Gill says 2019 is forecast to be another active year for the industry, with a number of shows returning to film in the province.“We see a lot of shows that have come back,” she tells NEWS 1130, citing a number of locally produced and written productions making a return as well. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks opening higher on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.U.S. stocks are opening higher as the market wraps up another strong week.U.S. industrial production grew more than expected in December and technology and industrials made rose Friday. Microsoft rose 1.2 per cent and Deere rose 1.3 per cent.Transportation and logistics company J.B. Hunt jumped 6.1 per cent after its fourth-quarter report.Electric car maker Tesla fell 6.3 per cent after saying it will cut 7 per cent of its jobs.Timberland maker VF jumped 13.7 per cent after raising its annual forecasts.The S&P 500 index climbed 17 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 2,653.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 163 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 24,533. The Nasdaq composite added 47 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,131.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Work completed on UN treaty to fight corruption worldwide

“This Convention can make a real difference to the quality of life of millions of people around the world,” Mr. Annan said in a message today to the ad hoc committee in Vienna drawing up the treaty delivered by Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).”It is particularly heartening that you were able to complete this process in less than two years,” he said of the Convention on Corruption, which will be put to a ministerial signing conference in Merida, Mexico, from 9 to 11 December.Once adopted, the treaty will enhance cooperation between governments and help standardize the way in which individual countries deal with corruption in their national legislation.The requirement for Member States to return assets obtained through bribery and embezzlement to the country of origin represents a new fundamental principle in international treaties. In a number of countries, corruption has led to the depletion of national wealth. Some of those countries, whose former dictators have stolen hundreds of millions, or even billions, of dollars, have made a great contribution to the search for new rules, including the Philippines and Nigeria.Preventive measures in the Convention include norms of conduct for public officials, greater transparency based on public access to information on government businesses, and stricter procurement regulations and measures against money laundering. read more

Security Council extends partial arms embargo on Somalia through October

“All Member States are required to take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of weapons and military equipment to designated individuals and entities, which includes Al-Shabaab,” the Council wrote in the resolution.The text, which extends the ban through 25 October, cites reports by the Somalia and Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) that arms have been diverted and expresses “serious concern” that the requirements for a suspension of the embargo “have not been fully met.”The text also cites the 15 Members “condemning flows of weapons and ammunition supplies to and through Somalia in violation of the arms embargo on Somalia, as well as the destabilizing accumulation and misuse of such weapons, as a serious threat to peace and stability in the region.”In March 2013, the partially lifted the weapons ban for one year to boost the Government’s capacity to protect areas recovered from the militant group Al-Shabaab and defend against fresh attempts by such groups to destabilize the country.It decided that the arms embargo, originally imposed in 1992, would not apply to arms or equipment sold or supplied solely for the development of the Government’s security forces, but it kept its restrictions in place on heavy weapons, such as surface-to-air missiles.It also required the Government to notify the Council’s sanctions committee at least five days in advance of any such deliveries and provide details of the transactions. Alternately, Member States delivering assistance may make the notification after informing the Government of its intentions in that regard.Under requirements set forth in today’s text, all transactions are required to include details of the manufacturer and supplier of the arms and ammunition, a description of the arms and ammunition including the type, calibre and quantity, proposed date and place of delivery, and all relevant information concerning their storage. read more

Boris Beckers diplomatic passport is fake says Central Africa Republic

first_img Share22 Tweet Email THE CENTRAL AFRICAN Republic (CAR) said today that a diplomatic passport tennis star Boris Becker claims entitles him to immunity in bankruptcy proceedings in Britain “is a fake”.“The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake,” foreign ministry chief of staff Cherubin Mologbama told AFP.The document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of “new passports that were stolen in 2014,” he said.In addition, the passport, a copy of which has been seen by AFP, and bears the date of 19 March 2018 does not carry the signature or the stamp of the foreign minister, Charles Armel Doubane, Mologbama said.On Friday, lawyers for Germany’s three-time Wimbledon champion lodged a claim in the High Court in Britain saying that he had been appointed a sports attaché for the CAR to the European Union (EU) in April.This, they argued, granted him immunity under the 1961 Vienna Diplomatic Convention on Diplomatic Relations from bankruptcy proceedings over failure to pay a long-standing debt.“Becker’s job profile does not exist” in the CAR’s records, Mologbama said.Furthermore, the passport says that Becker’s diplomatic function is “financial charge de mission”, a role that “has nothing to do with sporting questions,” he noted.In April, the 50-year-old former tennis star had tweeted a picture of himself shaking hands with CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera at a meeting in Brussels.Becker shook up the tennis world at Wimbledon in 1985 when, as an unseeded player, he became the then youngest-ever male Grand Slam champion at the age of 17, defending the trophy the following year.The German went on to enjoy a glittering career and amassed more than €21 million in prize money.Shadowy reputationThe CAR is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking at the very bottom of the 188 nations in the UN Development Programme’s 2016 Human Development Index.Landlocked, rich in gold, diamonds, oil and uranium, the country of 4.6 million people has been chronically unstable since it gained independence from France in 1960.Presidents have traditionally been surrounded by “sleazy courtesans” and “dodgy counsellors who talk loud,” French writer Jean-Pierre Tuquoi wrote in a book published last year.Its modern history has been studded with coups, foreign mercenaries, assassination attempts, shadowy business deals and improbable figures, he says.They include Jean-Bedel Bokassa, a former army corporal and fan of Napoleon who became president, then president for life – and finally declared himself emperor before being ousted by France in 1979 after a massacre of school children.One of his successors, Francois Bozize, was named in a lawsuit filed in France in 2015 by the CAR government, which said that during his tenure, “numerous advisors and relatives… benefitted from passports of convenience” in exchange for money.These including a Kazakh opposition figure, Mukhtar Abiazov, a female advisor to former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, and an Israeli businessman, according to the suit filed by the CAR’s attorney, William Bourdon.Bozize was overthrown in 2013 by a mainly Muslim rebel alliance, the Seleka. His elected successor, Faustin-Archange Touadera, has effective rule over only a fraction of the country as most of it is in the hands of militias.Poor governance and a tradition of graft make for a toxic mixture, says Thierry Vircoulon, a CAR specialist at the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).“Given the authorities’ extreme weakness and corruptibility, crooks and conmen of every stripe always find a way to gain access to the president and make money,” he says. “This country is perfect for business pirates.”- © AFP 2018 Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 5:42 PM Boris Becker’s diplomatic passport is ‘fake’ says Central Africa Republic The document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of new passports that were stolen in 2014. Short URL Jun 19th 2018, 5:43 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP 48,983 Views Boris Becker Boris Becker 21 Comments last_img read more

Facebook requête la plus populaire sur Google

first_imgFacebook, requête la plus populaire sur GoogleGoogle a publié sa liste de mots-clés les plus recherchés sur son moteur de recherche cette année en France. Comme en 2009, c’est Facebook qui se place en tête du palmarès Zeitgeist, devant Google a publié sa liste très attendue des mots-clés les plus recherchés sur son moteur de recherche. La palme revient à Facebook qui devance de peu le site de ventes d’occasion Concernant la vente en ligne, c’est La Redoute qui domine. Les sites Internet eBay et CDiscount sont les grands perdants dans ce domaine. Pour les actualités, le journal en ligne du Monde arrive à détrôner TF1, Le Figaro et Le Parisien. L’application Chatroulette enregistre la plus grande progression et, nouveauté cette année, dans le classement des personnalités : c’est le jeune chanteur Justin Bieber qui arrive en tête, même si Super Nanny n’a pas été oubliée. Le 13 décembre 2010 à 13:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New Astronaut Trio Will Blast Off to Space Station on March 14

first_img NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on target NASA is headed to space on Pi Day: A new U.S.-Russian crew will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) today and begin their six-month stay at the orbiting laboratory.The Expedition 59 liftoff, which will be live-streamed on NASA TV, is scheduled for 3:14 p.m. EST and will take place at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, reported. NASA will start a webcast at 2 p.m. EST, which will discuss the Expedition 59 mission and broadcast the crew’s takeoff.The Expedition 59 Soyuz rocket, mission management, and members of the media have been blessed. Astronauts @Astro_Christina, @AstroHague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are set to launch later today (Eastern Time.) More images:— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) March 14, 2019The three individuals traveling to the ISS include NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin. In October, Hague and Oychinin were scheduled to go to the ISS, however, their rocket experienced a booster issue that resulted in an emergency launch abort and sent them back to the ground.What’s the perfect time to launch a rocket on #PiDay? 3:14, of course! Tune in starting at 2pm ET to see three humans launch to the @Space_Station for a six-and-a-half month mission. Details:— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2019Following the launch, the Expedition 59 astronauts will spend roughly six hours traveling to the ISS, and once they arrive there, they will join NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, who have been at the ISS since December.The incoming astronauts will be part of some exciting events coming up at the ISS: Hague and Koch will each have a spacewalk at the end of the month. On March 29, Koch and McClain will participate in the first-ever female astronaut spacewalk, which will be a major milestone for women in the space industry.More on Boss Says First Person on Mars Will ‘Likely Be a Woman’ NASA Makes Ultima Thule ‘Pop’ in Artsy 3D ImagesNASA Spots ‘Hopping’ Liquid Water on Moon’s Surfacelast_img read more

Grounded TCIAA suspends flight operations at Provo Intl Airport

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 (by Shorrell Dames, @magneticmedia1) – Flight operations suspended in the TCI due to TS Erika; the TCIAA announced on Thursday that flight operations at Providenciales International Airport will be suspended from 6 p.m. Friday 28th August to 12 p.m. Sunday 30th August. TS Erika is expected to have sustained winds at 46knts with higher gusts that when paired with Erika’s torrential rain would inevitably result in adverse conditions.Airport Authority’s CEO, John Smith says that, the TCIAA “remains committed to serving the flying public in the safest manner and are taking every precaution to ensure this.”The Airports Authority is closely monitoring the storms progress and will issue updated reports as warranted, board and management of the Airports Authority apologizes to the public for any inconvenience caused. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:john smith, provo international airport, slosure, Tciaa, tropical storm erika Airports Authority reveals sabotage at South Caicos Airport Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airlinelast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 13 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin Prep

first_imgREADING, MA — Choose your actions wisely, use your gifts to help others, and be sure to appreciate the joy in everyday life was the advice the 142 graduates of Austin Preparatory School received during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 20th.Their “joy” began at Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 19th, as the graduates, parents, faculty and leadership of Austin Prep, when asked by Fr. Ray Dlugos to “show your joy,” responded with thunderous applause and cheers. Fr. Dlugos is Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Merrimack College and an Austin Prep Trustee.Headmaster James Hickey, Ph.D. P’22, ’23, ’24 learned the same valuable lesson about joy from his grandmother.“Whatever you do make sure to find or – even better – create fun, and joy will certainly follow,” Dr. Hickey said. “Be intentional about it, make time for it, otherwise ‘life’ will get in the way of living a ‘happy life.’In addition to technical skills, every person has “Human to Human,” or “Heart to Heart” skills which are more important, as those skills define us, Mrs. Barbara Marchetti, the Graduation Keynote Speaker, told the graduates.“The majority of hiring decisions lean toward the ‘Human to Human,’ ” she said. “It is the ultimate tie breaker. If someone is deficient with a technical tool but makes up for it with his/her ‘Human to Human’ tools – guess who’s selected?”Mrs. Marchetti is the founder and president of C-suite Corporation, a retained executive search firm which specializes in the talent acquisition of executives from the C-suite down to the director levels. She has more than 30 years of experience impacting the executive infrastructure of business and industry, and is an internationally known business strategist, trainer and public speaker who has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of executives globally. Mrs. Marchetti is an Austin Prep Trustee and parent of an alumnus from the Class of 2017.Her sentiment was echoed by the Class of 2018 Valedictorian Caitlyn Leonard of Peabody, who remarked that as adults they should choose their actions carefully.“We will be defined in our everyday actions –– and those actions we make are our choice,” Caitlyn said. “So, will we choose to be defined by our open hearts? Our service to our country or community? Our love for our family and friends? Our hard work and determination? Our commitment to our faith? As we walk through those doors, we each have a choice, but as Austin Prep graduates I know the choice we will all make.”The Class of 2018 has already started implementing many of the ‘Human to Human’ tools learned during their years at Austin Prep to help others and live a life filled with joy.“Take the pen and write your own story,” Bridget Kelley of Melrose, Class of 2018 Salutatorian, told her fellow graduates. “Continue to make it a story of kindness, of spirit, of dedication, of acceptance, and of a love for life. I think that we as a class have already changed the world, because you have changed me, and we have changed each other, for the better.”All 142 graduates were accepted to numerous four-year colleges and universities.Congratulations to the following Wilmington studentsKatelyn Ardito will attend Saint Anselm College in the fall.Dylan Arnold will attend Xavier University in the fall.Joshua Bartnicki will attend Northeastern University in the fall. He received the Charles and Helen McLaughlin Medal for Leadership and Determination to Excel – Austin Prep’s highest award – as well as the Medal for Mathematics and the Medal for Physical Science.Thomas Burnham will attend Tufts University in the fall. He received the Medal for History.Heeweon Hwang will attend the University of Washington in the fall.Ellen Klucznik will attend Lehigh University in the fall.Logan MacDonald will attend Babson College in the fall.Phillip Marchese will attend Merrimack College in the fall.Kristen Olson will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall.Megan Olson will attend Stonehill College in the fall.Lindsey Rosania will attend Sacred Heart University in the fall.Kaylee Todisco will attend Saint Joseph’s College, Maine in the fall.Yiming Xing will attend Trinity College in the fall.(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.):Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”7 Wilmington Students Graduate From Austin PrepIn “Education”Austin Prep Announces Commencement Speaker For 2017 GraduationIn “Education”last_img read more

Governor Signs Bill in Bethel to Ease Autopsy Burden

first_imgGovernor Parnell signs HB 301, which eases the burdens on families for required autopsies. L to R: Alaska Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Zientek, Rep. Bob Herron, Governor Sean Parnell, YKHC President and CEO Dan Winkelman, and Senator Lyman Hoffman. (Photo by Dean Swope, KYUK – Bethel)Governor Sean Parnell was in Bethel Thursday to sign a bill intended to help rural families navigate the process of having an autopsy done hundreds of miles away in Anchorage.Download AudioWhen someone in western Alaska dies in suspicious or unusual circumstances, the state is required to conduct an autopsy or exam in Anchorage. Sometimes in that time of stress, family members are making decisions without good information. In a packed room of regional leaders at the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation Thursday, Governor Parnell signed a bill into law intended to make that stressful time easier.“This is about dignity and respect for our lost loved ones, as well as the dignity and respect of the families that are involved,” said Parnell.The bill makes explicit that families can choose to have the body returned directly to them, instead of a funeral home. Bethel Representative Bob Herron sponsored the bill.“It’s hard on the family because they want closure, they want it done right. And in the past, it’s to no fault of anybody, but the state appeared to be promoting the funeral home business,” said Herron.Part of that was the documentation for families, which has been changed. Supporters cite stories of people getting stuck with large funeral home bills they couldn’t pay. That’s led to some funeral homes holding the body hostage until they get paid.Nicholas Hoover is the Social Services Director for Association of Village Council Presidents and works with families in need. He says good communication hasn’t always happened in the past and points to a recent 7-thousand dollar funeral home bill.“If a family isn’t prepared, they can tack on services like embalming, it’s toxic, and it’s not traditional custom to have a body embalmed. Cosmetics is another…traditionally the family is the one who dresses the body and prepares it for a funeral,” said Hoover.The law also allows for the possibility of some exams to be done outside of urban areas in a hub like Bethel with video equipment. That could cut down on the approximately 900 cases the medical examiners see annually.Dr. Gary Zientek is Alaska’s Chief Medical Examiner. He says there are no plans yet to establish a rural examination program and the requirements for a facility and training are steep.“…Photographs and fingerprints, we have to do a lot of documentation it would be a lot of training. It would probably be possible, but it requires a lot of work before we do that,” said Zientek.The law would pay for embalming if required by an air carrier and could return the body to places besides the exact location of the death. The Governor also signed resolutions in support of Alaska’s role in national arctic policy and of Recover Alaska’s efforts to reduce excessive alcohol consumption. He spoke at the Bethel Chamber of Commerce.last_img read more

DU teachers students protest BCL attacks

first_imgStudents and teachers of History department of Dhaka University form a human chain at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla on the campus on Wednesday, 18 July 2018. Photo: UNBStudents and teachers of History department of Dhaka University on Wednesday formed a human chain at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla on the campus protesting the assault on a student of the department.They also demanded security of the students on the campus and exemplary punishment of the attackers, reports UNB.Tanjir Hossain Sarker, a master’s student of the department, was among teachers and students who were allegedly assaulted by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men recently while protesting the arrest of quota reform activists.Chhatra League is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).Condemning the assault as well as the passive role played by the university authorities, Mehedi Hasan, a student of the department said, “It is the responsibility of the university authority to ensure the security of its students. But, they failed to do so.”“Now, people in the country are being attacked for demanding their rights. When people stand to protest the attack carried out on them, they too become victims.”“If democracy is there in the country why people cannot stand for their rights?” he added.While speaking at the human chain, professor Mohammad Abul Kawser of the department urged the government to take necessary steps to consider the logical demand of the students.last_img read more

Researchers to use exosuit to explore ancient Antikythera wreck

first_img Deep-Diving Exosuit The team has scheduled a test run of the suit this summer at a site called the Canyons off the coast of Rhode Island. If all goes well, plans for exploring the Antikythera wreck can proceed, paving the way for a whole new way to explore undersea wrecks from virtually any era. More information: The Exosuit: … ibitions/the-exosuitvia Newscientist ( —Marine archeologists with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture research program (with support from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) are planning to explore the ancient Greek Antikythera wreck in the Agean Sea, using an exosuit developed by Nuytco Research—originally for use in helping workers in New York’s water treatment facilities. The iron-man looking exosuit allows a diver to descend to 1000 feet for hours at a time without need for decompressing upon returning to the surface. 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. Credit: American Museum of Natural History Credit: American Museum of Natural History The Antikythera was discovered by divers in 1900—attempts to explore the wreck resulted in recovery of many artifacts, mostly famously, one that is known as the Antikythera mechanism—now referred to as the world’s oldest computer. But it also led to injury and death due to the extreme depth (120 meters). Subsequent attempts more recently have led to more discoveries, but time constraints have prevented a thorough study of the wreck. Wearing the exosuit, the researchers hope will not only allow for mapping the wreck, but for discovery of more artifacts, some perhaps as interesting as the Antikythera mechanism.The suit, which is essentially a body submarine, allows for both arm and leg movements, courtesy of multiple patented rotary joints. It also has 1.6 horsepower thrusters that are activated by the “pilot” via pads inside the boots. It’s made of mostly aluminum, and weighs 530 pounds. The hands are claw-like, which has meant many hours of training in pools for the research team. The suit also has external LED lights and cameras, an oxygen replenishment system and a tether to the surface with a fiber optic gigabit Ethernet that allows for two-way communications, a live video feed, and monitoring of the suit and its wearer. In the event of an emergency, the suit has backup batteries and systems to maintain life support—if necessary, the four man crew up top can take over control of the suit to bring the diver out of harm’s way. © 2014 Tech Xplore Citation: Researchers to use exosuit to explore ancient Antikythera wreck (2014, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Archaeologists return to ancient Greek ‘computer’ wreck site: official Explore furtherlast_img read more

General principles to explain DNA brick selfassembly

first_imgControlled nucleation is essential for robust self-assembly. (A) An example 86-strand DNA-brick structure and (B) its associated connectivity graph. (C) Incidental interactions between dangling ends, shown in orange, lead to incorrect associations between fragments. Credit: (c) 2015 PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502210112 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. (—DNA bricks are an odd phenomenon. They are nanostructures built from synthetic, single-strand DNA that self-assemble into 3D structures. Several years ago, researchers at Wyss Institute at Harvard demonstrated the self-assembly of designed 3D structures made from 1,000 “bricks” that fit together like molecular Legos. One of the curiosities about these DNA bricks is why this complex self-assembly process works so well. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences In an effort to uncover the nuances of DNA brick self-assembly, William M. Jacobs, Aleks Reinhardt, and Daan Frenkel from the University of Cambridge conducted theoretical studies to understand what drives the assembly process. Their studies reveal how temperature, kinetics, coordination number, and bond energies, contribute to the unique behavior of DNA brick self-assembly, and while it is a nucleated process, it does not behave according to classical nucleation theory. Their work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.In order to optimize DNA brick assembly, Jacobs, et al. wanted to investigate whether these systems had a nucleation barrier. In classic nucleation theory (CNT), the nucleation barrier is the energy cost for making an ordered structure, such as a crystal. This energy barrier must be overcome before a compound can settle into its equilibrium structure. The authors found that DNA brick assembly does have a nucleation barrier, but, unlike CNT, this barrier is determined by the way the bricks are connected in the target structure. They identified several factors that contribute to this non-classical behavior.DNA bricks are designed to assemble in particular ways by matching certain sections of a DNA strand with a complimentary section. These designed interactions need to be stronger than incidental interactions. They found that there is a critical number of DNA strands that must be assembled to promote the formation of the target structure, meaning that the the nucleation barrier is a consequence of the number of subunits that must be assembled.Additionally, DNA-bricks have a certain temperature range at which the nucleation barrier is overcome, but over which the free energy of the final structure is higher than the initial monomers. This deviates from CNT which predicts that a nucleus with more than the critical number of DNA strands will assemble into the complete structure. This difference is due to DNA bricks forming stable intermediate structures. Experimentally, this means that self-assembly occurs in a narrow temperature range in which nucleation begins at a high temperature, and as the structure is gradually cooled, the target structure is favored.In prior studies, the maximum number of bonds made by each brick in the interior of a structure was four, but it is possible to have different coordination numbers. The question was whether the coordination number affected the nucleation barrier, and whether four bonds were necessary. It turns out that DNA brick self-assembly works well because each subunit makes only a small number of bonds. When the authors tested higher coordination numbers, they found that the system behaved analogously to CNT.Finally, Jacobs et al. found that contrary to theories that homogenous bond energies would decrease the number of errors during DNA brick assembly, it is the diversity in bond energies that contributes to enhanced kinetics of DNA brick self-assembly. This was likely due to stabilizing unstable intermediate structures.Jacobs, et al. have identified several key features that aid in understanding why DNA brick self-assembly works as well as it does. Features such as ramping down the temperature and optimizing the coordination number explain why there are so few errors in the self-assembly process. And, their discovery that heterogeneous bond energies promote target molecule formation is a practical place where researchers can improve yields and decrease errors in DNA brick assembly. More information: “Rational design of self-assembly pathways for complex multicomponent structures” PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1502210112AbstractThe field of complex self-assembly is moving toward the design of multiparticle structures consisting of thousands of distinct building blocks. To exploit the potential benefits of structures with such “addressable complexity,” we need to understand the factors that optimize the yield and the kinetics of self-assembly. Here we use a simple theoretical method to explain the key features responsible for the unexpected success of DNA-brick experiments, which are currently the only demonstration of reliable self-assembly with such a large number of components. Simulations confirm that our theory accurately predicts the narrow temperature window in which error-free assembly can occur. Even more strikingly, our theory predicts that correct assembly of the complete structure may require a time-dependent experimental protocol. Furthermore, we predict that low coordination numbers result in nonclassical nucleation behavior, which we find to be essential for achieving optimal nucleation kinetics under mild growth conditions. We also show that, rather surprisingly, the use of heterogeneous bond energies improves the nucleation kinetics and in fact appears to be necessary for assembling certain intricate 3D structures. This observation makes it possible to sculpt nucleation pathways by tuning the distribution of interaction strengths. These insights not only suggest how to improve the design of structures based on DNA bricks, but also point the way toward the creation of a much wider class of chemical or colloidal structures with addressable complexity.center_img Citation: General principles to explain DNA brick self-assembly (2015, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream: Scientists have designed the first large DNA crystals Explore furtherlast_img read more