New Zealand look to exploit Lankas Oval weakness

first_imgcolombo: New Zealand will be hoping to add to Sri Lanka’s poor record at their own Oval ground and level the series in the second and final Test starting Thursday. Unlike the spinner’s paradise at Galle and the batting haven that is the SSC, the Oval — the only ground in Asia where Don Bradman played — favours seam bowlers. Sri Lanka have been often exposed here by quality seam bowlers and one up in the two-match series, they will have New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Tim Southee — and possibly Neil Wagner — to contend with. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIn the last 10 years, Sri Lanka have played seven games at The Oval and lost five, including once to New Zealand. In that game seven years ago, Southee claimed eight wickets while Boult finished with seven. “We have some fond memories from last time, and we managed to win that,” New Zealand wicketkeeper B.J. Watling said at a pre-match media briefing on Wednesday. “The boys like to talk about their wickets and there’s a few stunning catches from memory as well. Having good memories is always good, but it is a new game, a new day, and we need to be switched on,” Watling added. Left-arm quick Wagner claimed nine wickets in New Zealand’s last Test match and was unlucky to miss out in Galle as conditions heavily favoured spin.last_img read more

32yearold man dead following house fire in Yellowknife RCMP say

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE — Police say a 32-year-old man has died following a house fire in Yellowknife.RCMP in the Northwest Territories say they were called to the burning home shortly after 8 p.m. on Friday.They say the man was found inside and taken to hospital, where he died.Police say a 28-year-old woman and two children were able to leave the home, they don’t have any information about their well-being.Mounties say they’re investigating the blaze along with the Northwest Territories Office of the Fire Marshal and the Coroner Service.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

New Zealand PM looks forward to Ranils visit next month

“Under Prime Minister Wickremesinghe’s leadership, Sri Lanka has entered a new phase in its post-civil war development. New Zealand is keen to support the important steps the country is making towards reconciliation and rebuilding through increased political and economic contact.”Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will be accompanied by his wife, Professor Maithree Wickramasinghe, four Sri Lankan Ministers, and a Sri Lankan business and media delegation. “When I visited Sri Lanka in February, I was struck by the range of exciting opportunities for New Zealand, and an increasing number of New Zealand businesses are recognising this potential. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today announced Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, will visit New Zealand from 1-3 October.“I am very pleased to welcome Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to New Zealand,” Key said in a statement. “This will be the first time a Sri Lankan Prime Minister has undertaken a bilateral visit to New Zealand, and is an important step in the growing relationship between our two countries. Wickremesinghe and his delegation will be formally welcomed in a ceremony at Government House in Auckland on 1 October, followed by bilateral talks. They will also attend a range of official, business and community events in Auckland, Waikato and Wellington. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Parents will not be required to provide security to schools

Parents will not be required to provide security to schools, the Ministry of Education said today.Most schools had obtained the services of parents to provide security to schools following the Easter Sunday attacks. However, the Education Ministry said that the Police and Security Forces will handle the security in future. (Colombo Gazette)

LiuGong equipment helps diamond mining in Kimberley

first_imgKimberley in Cape Province, South Africa is well-known for its high purity diamonds. LiuGong, a global leader in the manufacture of full range of extreme duty construction equipment, has found way to help the mine owners to minimise production costs and to maximise profits.In a private diamond mine in Kimberley, all work except the screening of raw diamond ore is undertaken on by LiuGong equipment. From the start, a LiuGong bulldozer (B230) removes all plants and debris from the seam surface. Then a LiuGong excavator (933E) is responsible for digging the seam to 2 m deep and separating large stones and gravel soil. The large stones will be sent to concentrators and those raw materials will be transported by a LiuGong wheel loader (856H) to the fine selection process and for cleaning. Finally, the 856H helps clean the waste soil that will go to the landfill site.The opportunity came about in 2016 when the owner of the diamond mine heard of LiuGong and he requested a chance to visit its facilities. With the effort of LiuGong South Africa and its dealer Burgers, the customer visited LiuGong’s manufacturing facilities, its global R&D Center and the JV of Guangxi Cummins. “We have been so impressed by LiuGong’s ambitions and investment in R&D for continuously improving its machines’ performance and their well-organised manufacturing plants as well as the professional support teams. And the visit to its JV of Guangxi Cummins has further convinced us that LiuGong would be a trustworthy company to have business with.” The mine owner signed the contract after the visit.“Our mine works 12 hours a day and the equipment was uninterrupted during this time. Even if most of the equipment has been over the warranty period, the attendance rate can still be as high as 95% or more, which has fully guaranteed our capacity,” the mine manger, stated. As of August, 2017, this diamond mine has a total of nine LiuGong machines; consisting of four 856H, three 933E, one B230 and one 835H. “Since the diamond formations here are extremely hard, it requires equally strong equipment. We have been so far so satisfied with LiuGong machines. They are easy to operate, comfortable and powerful. What is particularly worth mentioning is that the fuel consumption for LiuGong’s 933E is only 16L per hour, which has greatly helped us to control the production costs.” the Mine Manager said. “Our business is expanding rapidly, and we expect more LiuGong equipment to enlarge our fleet in the future.”And LiuGong not only provides tough equipment that has the capability to complete the tough tasks in harsh and extreme working environments, but says it also provides convenient and professional services to customers. “We never worry about the machines’ conditions since Burgers has been providing regular maintenance to our equipment. And LiuGong, comes to visit us as well, bringing parts and all-round examinations for our machines to ensure the best performance for them to be continuously working in the mine. We are glad that we have chosen LiuGong.”last_img read more

Deputies investigating homicide in Lemon Grove

first_img June 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 9:13 AM Deputies investigating homicide in Lemon Grovecenter_img LEMON GROVE (KUSI) – A bleeding, gravely injured man banged on the door of a Lemon Grove home in an apparent last-gasp plea for help, and his death a short time later prompted sheriff’s deputies to launch a homicide investigation, authorities said Friday.A resident in the 7600 block of Lemon Avenue called 911 a little before 9 p.m. Thursday to report hearing loud banging on the front door of the home, which is situated in a mostly commercial zone down the street from The Home Depot, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams said“When deputies arrived they found a man unresponsive and lying on the ground outside the residence,” Williams said. “He was seriously injured and had visible injuries to his upper body.”Firefighters attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced dead just before 9:20 p.m., Williams said. The victim had not been identified as of early Friday morning.Homicide detectives were assigned to investigate the case, and the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office was expected to perform an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death, Williams said.Anyone with information about the apparent slaying was asked to call the sheriff’s homicide detail during business hours at (858) 974-2321 or during non-business hours at (858) 565-5200. Anonymous tipsters can also contact San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: June 21, 2018last_img read more

Game of Thrones Jorah Mormont to play Bruce Wayne on Titans

first_img Angela Lang/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Turo Read the Rylo camera preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $59 at eBay $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See at Amazon Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) 1 Comments Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comment Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Bruce Wayne makes his way to #DCUTITANS. Welcome Iain Glen to the @TheDCUniverse. https://t.co/e5Exq7NUnF pic.twitter.com/0xvcX61CFG— DCUTitans (@DCUTitans) April 11, 2019 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $60 at Best Buy 7 Read Google Home Hub review Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $210 at Best Buy See It Rylo According to Deadline, it’s not clear if he’ll be wearing the bat suit at any point. In a statement, the show’s executive producers describe Bruce Wayne like this: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime. Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.”Originally published 11:48 a.m. PT. Update, 12:46 p.m. PT: Adds statement from executive producers. Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Read the AirPods review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice See It $299 at Amazon $520 at HP Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Iain Glen will play Bruce Wayne. Jeff Kravitz/Getty Bruce Wayne is getting yet another incarnation. Actor Iain Glen will take on the role of the wealthy Wayne on DC Universe’s Titans, the show announced Thursday. The show follows young DC heroes as they come of age in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. You might recognize Glen from his turn as Jorah Mormont from Game of Thrones, where he plays a knight who pledged his loyalty to Daenerys Targaryen.  Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Chris Monroe/CNET See it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 57 Photos Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Sprint Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $155 at Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $6 at Tidal HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780)last_img read more

City of Nome again delays reading on public safety commission

first_imgThe entrance to the Nome City Council chambers. (Photo by Emily Hofstaedter / KNOM)The City of Nome is no closer to having a public safety commission after the City Council decided again to delay the second reading of the ordinance during Monday night’s meeting. At the last regular meeting, the council received suggested amendments from the American Civil Liberties Union. Those proposals were discussed during a work session last week, but not all of those were adopted for the Council meeting Monday.Lisa Ellanna is an advocate for survivors of sexual assault who has been diligently attending city council meetings to give her thoughts on the public safety commission.“I absolutely emphatically agree with all these suggested amendments that the ACLU has proposed to your proposed ordinance,” she said.Interim City Manager John Handeland said that he and the city’s attorney, Brooks Chandler, decided not to keep all of the ACLU’s suggestions. Instead, he said that he and Chandler are working on a “substitute” version that includes many of those suggestions. During a work session last week, the Council did express support for many of the ACLU’s proposed amendments.Ellanna shared her concern that the ordinance up for discussion did not include “racial equity” training for commissioners, a recommendation suggested by the ACLU. She and other activists came forward in opposition to the City’s changes during citizens’ comments and to express support for the ACLU document instead.Triada Stampas is the policy director for the ACLU in Alaska and asked the City Council to consider a question: “What would have happened if a public safety commission had been formed sooner in Nome?”“Once a sexual assault survivor came forward to report the police department’s apparent failure to investigate, she would have had a non-police option for reporting… and might more readily have come forward: that’s amendment number 3. She would have found the commission was independent of the police department: that’s amendment 1. (She would have found it) inclusive of the gender and racial make-up of Nome, meaning that she could expect that there would be women and/or Alaska Native people she could report to, if that mattered and made her more comfortable,” Stampas said.Furthermore, under proposed ACLU amendments, the commission would be made of people who are trained to deal with trauma survivors.Following a recommendation from the city manager, the Council decided to delay the vote on the ordinance until the meeting on May 13 to allow for reconsideration of the ACLU suggested proposals. Council member Jerald Brown specifically mentioned that, although he believes the ordinance must be done “right,” he was disappointed that the ordinance was not yet ready for a final vote.The only other business on the Council’s agenda was also delayed. An ordinance to amend the city’s tax code to exempt ATVs and snowmachines from real taxes was scheduled for a second reading last night. Nome estimates that only $8,000 would be collected from yearly taxes on those items, but Council member Jennifer Reader didn’t think that should be discounted.“It seems like a drop in the bucket, but it might not be,” she said. “The federal government isn’t exactly doling out cash right now, and neither is the state, and so, while it may seem like peanuts right now, those peanuts are going to add up to something.”She motioned to delay the reading until July, when the Council has discussed taxes for the next fiscal year. The motion passed with all voting “yes” except for Councilmember Meghan Topkok.Chief of Police Robert Estes also sent out a public memo updating the City on the status of NPD’s audit of sexual assault cases. NPD has completed an audit of all sexual assault cases going back to the year 2015. The department plans to continue the audit going back to the year 2005.The next regular Nome City Council meeting is scheduled for May 13.last_img read more

3 dead several missing IMD issues red alert in Kerala following heavy

first_imgKannur floodTwitterThe Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Kerala due to the heavy downpour that has created a flood-like situation in the several districts.The red alert has been issued for Kasargod district and orange alert has been issued for Kannur, Kozhikode, Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad districts. IMD has also issued a yellow alert for Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Alappuzha, Thrissur and Palakkad.The heavy rains have lashed several parts of the state and many different parts of Kannur is still flooded. Three people have been reported to be dead from Kannur, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts and several people are also missing from various districts due to the rain. Many rescue camps have been opened at the areas affected by the rain.Several fishermen have also gone missing after they set out from Vizhinjam and Shaktikulnagara in Kollam and the coastal police are trying to locate them. Helicopters have also been deployed to trace the missing fishermen. The locals have protested against the police claiming that no actions were taken by the authorities over the missing fishermen.In the wake of heavy downpour in the catchment area, the government has opened one shutter of Kallarkutty Dam in Idukki district as the water level has reached 2307.12 ft due to the south-west monsoon which continues to intensify. The IMD has predicted over 20 cm of rainfall between July 19-22 in the state. Kannur floodTwitterTwo shutters of the Malankara dam was opened on Friday and more shutters are also expected to open due to the high intensity of the rain. Other dams including Aruvikara, Pambla (lower Periyar), Boodhathankettu have also opened their shutters.last_img read more

Permian Oil Production To More Than Double By 2023 Report Says

first_imgTravis BubenikA pump jack near Imperial, Texas.A new report by research firm IHS Markit says oil production from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico could more than double by 2023.The report predicts “stunning” growth, saying about 41,000 new wells could increase production from the nation’s top oilfield by almost three million barrels per day in the years ahead.As U.S. oil imports have declined since a peak in 2006, and with refiners preferring a different type of oil than what’s coming out of the Permian boom, Texas is poised to increasingly fuel other countries.“Basically you can take it as a given that every new drop of oil that’s produced has to be exported,” said Raoul LeBlanc, a top energy analyst at IHS Markit.Oil companies are rushing to build more pipelines to move all the new oil to the Gulf Coast, where it will be increasingly exported to growing economies like China, already the second-largest customer for U.S. oil behind Canada.“It’s going to make us the third or fourth largest exporter [of oil] in the world within a few years,” LeBlanc said.The Port of Corpus Christi is in the midst of a $350 million effort to deepen and widen its ship channel, which would make room for massive oil export tankers that can’t currently navigate most U.S. ports. The port recently secured almost $23 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for that project.LeBlanc said the anticipated production growth in the Permian will be driven by fracking and rising demand from around the world. Drillers are also responding faster to jumps in oil prices than ever before, he said. Sharelast_img read more

Light of the Ancestors

first_imgOn Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Carmen Torruella-Quander will be one of the many artists invited to exhibit in “Light of the Ancestors,” an art exhibit featuring some of America’s most outstanding artists. Torruella-Quander, an internationally accredited classic artist will be featuring her two great works, “Whispers” – which deals with the history and art of communication within the African American community – and “Washday”- which reflects one of the many avenues of survival which our ancestors of color elected, in order to make a better life for their descendants. Faith Ringgold, an internationally acclaimed artist is the special guest. The event will convene at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, located at 702 Eighth St., N.Wlast_img read more

Tribal youth to get journalism lessons

first_imgIn a country which holds the world’s largest democracy, our society has always been ignorant towards the problems concerning the tribal populace, farmers and lower castes. They are undeniably an intrinsic part of development of the country but the fourth pillar or democracy and even the ruling government avoids such discourses. 68% of our country’s population of 121 million, i.e. 83 million people still live in rural areas. Media has been raising the issues of religion, caste, gender discrimination  and calling themselves the representative of the suppressed and unheard.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf‘Aawaaz’ is an initiative which focuses upon training the tribal youth with journalistic skills and building a network of independent rural journalists in the tribal villages of Sarada Block in Udaipur, Rajasthan, with the aim of digging out the stories from the grass-root levels. According to the 2011 census, Sarada has a population of more than 2.5 lakhs and comprises of more than 190 villages, significantly receiving just two daily papers, Dainik Bhaskar and Rajasthan Patrika, transported from Udaipur city every day.    Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“The idea initiated after observing the need for adequate representation of stories belonging to the tribal section of our society. There have been various attempts to cover the tribal regions through external lens, but we aim at igniting the journalist within the tribal youth in a region where the school going kids are the first generation learners for institutional education”, said Sheetal Banchariya, a journalism graduate who took the Aawaaz initiative.  The project launched the first edition of their story-letter this week, and also shares individual stories via internet. The expenditure for printing the story letters is covered entirely through crowd funding. The agenda behind crowd funding here is to utilise the urban economy for the rural development. The medium of stories is Hindi as the tribal population in the region doesn’t even have Hindi as their first language for day-to-day conversations. It’s high time to acknowledge that it’s more important to give power to the people and pay attention to the issues that are actually worth our concern. With media industry stuck in the web of conglomerates, unable to shift their focus from corporate interests, the best alternative is to equip the rural tribal population with the tools to rise their issues and problems in the mass media.last_img read more

This Barbados politician says LGBTIs stigmatize straight people

first_imgTo contextualise – Barbados still makes homosexuality illegal with a punishment of life imprisonment. In fact, it’s as tough an anti-gay law as exists anywhere in the Western hemisphere.When I was just 13, my mother threw a knife into my armSo what is it really like growing up lesbian in Barbados?From young, I was always more male appearing. My mother tried to force me to wear dresses because she said she had given birth to a girl. But I would refuse to put them on and throw a tantrum instead. I also refused to play sports dominated by females. So when our class was separated, I always went to play with the boys. And I sat out PE, when I was forced to stay with the girls.I knew I liked girls when I was four years old, I just never knew there were other people like me.For years, I dealt with my mother calling me names. She displayed excessive anger toward me for the slightest thing. Once, when I was just 13, she threw a knife into my arm because I forgot to turn the bathroom light off.The sexual abuse stopped by my mother stayed friends with himWhile my mother abused me physically and psychologically, my step uncle abused me sexually. Seeing an opportunity, he used my gayness as the proverbial knife to my throat.My mother, a Christian in public, had once thrown hot water on me, so I didn’t trust her enough to tell her. For years, I was too afraid to speak up.Eventually, I became suicidal and realised I could take no more. I broke down to my godfather and told him what was happening. I begged him not to tell my mother, but as a responsible adult, he did.The outcome was not what you may expect. The sexual abuse stopped. But my mother didn’t press charges against him. Indeed, she continues to be friends with my attacker. She even threatened to have him come over to do some odd jobs for her while I was going to be home alone.He harassed me for years after. My only reprieve came when my then girlfriend and my best friend, worked out a way I could have a place to live while I continued, unsuccessfully, to try to find work.I’m not so strong anymoreGetting a job as an LGBTI person in Barbados is a challenge.I am yet to find a job and government Welfare has refused me help. And as a grown woman, with rent and bills to pay, mental health issues plague me and I think about suicide weekly.So what holds me back? Well, I help students who have learning needs – including those who have special needs – but whose families can’t afford the cost of the care.And those students are important to me. I’m very aware many of them wouldn’t stand a chance if the person they turn to with their issues was suddenly gone. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Many people don’t know the hardships I face because I push my needs aside to help others. So I take my medication and try to continue as though death isn’t constantly looming. I move around as though my stomach is full, my rent and bills are paid and I can take care of myself.I try to appear as though the things people say, in person and on social media, roll off my back. But recently, I’m not so strong anymore.I no longer think Barbados will improve for LGBTI people anytime soonUntil recently, I had believed that one day, the government would start supporting our rights as citizens. I had hoped the police would undertake some sensitivity training. And that the media houses and businesses we’ve educated about our plight would help LGBTI Barbadians have a better quality of life.However, in 2018, I have realised that things are not going to get any better any time soon. The media sensationalises every LGBTI call for equality. Meanwhile our police choose to be tardy when LGBTI people make emergency calls. This literally happened to a trans woman who suffered a gruesome attack this year. And, of course, people on social media mount blatant and frequent attacks on us without fear of any reprimand.Barbados society tells us they don’t discriminate and that we are just making up stories.They tell us to sit quietly, dress like our assigned gender and we will be fine.All this was running through my mind the other day, when my wife dropped me off in the car on her way to work. As I started to cross the road at the crossing, one car stopped but another zoomed around me, despite the fact I clearly had right of way. When I reached the pavement, my wife yelled ‘love you’ and I reciprocated. And the driver who had almost knocked me over shouted he wished he had ‘hit my ass and killed me’.And now a government minister feels stigmatized by usIt was at that point, that I read on Gay Star News about our island’s Minister of Social Care and Community Development, Steve Blackett.The article quoted Blackett as saying he believed Barbados was tolerant of homosexuality, despite it’s anti-gay law.But he added LGBTIs were too ‘insistent and persistent’ in asking for our rights.This, he said, meant: ‘I, as a straight person, you as a straight person, we’re beginning to feel marginalized, harassed and stigmatized by them.’As a government official, Blackett enjoys all his rights and a lot of privilege. It seems highly unlikely he will be facing homelessness or scrambling to stop his electricity from being cut. And yet he feels marginalised and stigmatized by citizens asking him to do his job.How are we, the ones barely clinging to life and looking to people like him to create laws which protect every citizen, to feel when this is the response to our outcries?Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Barbados life sentence for Homosexual Acts: American Society of Travel Writers Barbados convention concernsHow Nissan, Kia and Mount Gay Rum got caught up promoting a trans hate songMy ex-lodger hacked me with a meat cleaver but police didn’t careRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/barbados-politician-says-lgbtis-stigmatize-straight-people/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Just moments after a driver almost ran me over and shouted abuse at me the other day, I read a bizarre article on GSN about my home country, Barbados.It was about a straight government minister here stating he felt marginalised and stigmatised by LGBTI people’s calls for equality.last_img read more

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first_img  Nov. 13. 2014 — Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals Corp. (Coquí Pharma) is working to become the first commercial producer of lifesaving medical isotopes in the United States.  In 2012, Congress passed legislation making it a national priority to produce Molybdenum-99, an isotope necessary to detect a wide range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.“Among the aspiring medical isotope production companies looking to build facilities in the U.S., Coquí Pharma is the only one using a design and production method already demonstrated throughout the world as safe, efficient and reliable,” stated Carmen Bigles, CEO of Coquí.  Coquí Pharma recently announced their plans to construct the medical isotope production facility at the Sid Martin Biotechnology Incubator in Progress Corporate Park, Alachua, Florida.The facility will be producing Molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of Technetium-99, the isotope used in 80% of nuclear medicine procedures. Once operational, Coquí Pharma will be capable of supplying a large portion of the U.S. market and, ultimately, the international.International production sources tend to be older and unreliable, which can delay delivery of potentially life-saving medical diagnostics and treatments to patients.  International facilities also tend to use highly enriched uranium, which can raise proliferation concerns. Coquí has selected INVAP, an internationally recognized Argentinian firm to design and construct the proposed facility. INVAP has designed and constructed a number of similar facilities around the world, including the OPAL research reactor in Australia, the RA-3 in Argentina, and other facilities that are successfully producing Mo-99 with low enriched uranium.For more information: www.coquipharma.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers. News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019 Amsterdam University Medical Center Wins MR Solutions’ Image of the Year Award The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best molecular… read more X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019 International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10 years for… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read more News | November 13, 2014 Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals Will Build First U.S. Production Facility The facility will be producing Molybdenum-99, the parent isotope of Technetium-99, the isotope used in 80% of nuclear medicine procedures Related Content News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital positron emission tomography/… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more last_img read more

Thai trial opens for 2 accused of killing British tourists

first_imgThe battered bodies of David Miller, 24, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, were found Sept. 15 on the rocky shores of Koh Tao, a scenic island in the Gulf of Thailand known for its scuba diving. Autopsies showed that the young backpackers, who had met on the island while staying at the same hotel, had both suffered severe head wounds and that Witheridge had been raped.The first policeman on the scene, Lt. Jakrapan Kaewkao, told the court that he got a call at 6:30 a.m. that morning about two tourists’ bodies found on the beach. He said he arrived to find a gruesome sight.“I found a man’s body lying on the beach with seawater lapping his body,” said Jakrapan, the prosecution’s first witness. “Then I found the woman’s body behind the rocks.” The rocks were spotted with blood, he said. The two bodies were several meters (yards) apart and both were mostly unclothed, with Witheridge’s body bearing signs of physical assault, he said.Inside the small courtroom on Koh Samui, an island near Koh Tao, the accused sat in orange prison uniforms with their legs shackled.The two men — Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, both 22 — were arrested in early October and initially confessed to the killings but then retracted their statements, saying they were extracted through beatings and threats, which police deny. Human rights groups repeatedly called for an independent investigation and raised concerns that the men might be scapegoats. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Comments   Share   The victims’ families traveled to Koh Samui for the trial and issued a joint statement.Witheridge’s family urged the media not to focus on the “speculation, rumor and theory” that has surrounded the case, making “an unthinkable time harder to bear.”Miller’s family said that just hours before he died, their son called home and described the beauty of Koh Tao and the friendliness of the Thai people. “Over the coming weeks we hope to gain a better understanding as to how such a wonderful young man lost his life in such idyllic surroundings in such a horrible way,” they said in a statement.About 2.5 million people from Myanmar work in Thailand, most as domestic servants or in low-skilled manual labor industries like construction, fisheries or the garment sector.The gruesome killings tarnished the image of Thailand’s tourism industry, which has been struggling to recover after the army staged a coup in and imposed martial law in May 2014.___Associated Press writer Jocelyn Gecker in Bangkok contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The accused were indicted on several charges related to the murders and to illegally working in Thailand. Prosecutors say they have a solid case against them that includes DNA evidence linking them to the crime.Journalists were initially allowed into the small courtroom, which seats about 30 people, but then ushered out to make room for relatives of the victims, diplomats and others attending the trial. Prosecutors were also expected to call to the stand a doctor who examined the bodies.“We hope the truth will be revealed,” defense lawyer Nakhon Chompuchat said as he headed into the courtroom. “We hope the mechanism of justice in Thailand … will have the same standards of international countries.”From the start, the case raised questions about police competence. Investigators faced a variety of criticisms, including their failure to secure the crime scene and their releasing of several names and pictures of suspects who turned out to be innocent.Under intense pressure to solve the case, which drew global attention, police carried out DNA tests on more than 200 people on Koh Tao.Concerns that the men were tortured by police originated with advocates for migrant workers, who are often abused and mistreated without the safeguard of rights held by Thai citizens. But the allegations caught the attention of the British government, which expressed concern to Thai authorities about the way the investigation was being conducted. As a result, British police were allowed to observe the case assembled by their Thai counterparts. Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img KOH SAMUI, Thailand (AP) — Ten months after two British tourists were killed on a resort island in Thailand, prosecutors called their first witnesses Wednesday in a case marked by claims that the accused — two migrant workers from Myanmar — were tortured into confessing.Following widespread attention, the case has been called a test for Thailand’s justice system and its treatment of migrant laborers. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Opa! Sun Island Tours hosted a premiere screening of Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos at Hoyts, Broadway last night. The film heralds the return of Steve Karamitsis (Nick Giannopoulos) who travels to Mykonos with his good friend Frank (Vince Colosimo) to claim his family inheritance. The island of Mykonos, which was marketed as the ‘third star of the film,’ is spectacularly shot and movie goers across the country are guaranteed to catch the travel bug after seeing this film. One lucky guest won Sun Island Tours’ grand prize, which was three nights accommodation in Mykonos. Below is the video of The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2 – FULL LENGTH Trailer [HQ] last_img read more

Economic Growth and Housing Affordability

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Origination, Servicing Economic Growth and Housing Affordability Share Fannie Mae’s Chief Economist Doug Duncan expects economic growth to come in at 3.1 percent—recording an expansion high before it slows down to 2.3 percent the coming year and 1.6 percent in 2020. He noted that a fading fiscal policy, worsening net exports, and moderating business investment are all factors that will contribute to a slowdown in the economy in 2019, as Fannie Mae projected. Speaking of affordability, Duncan said, “If mortgage rates trend sideways next year, as we anticipate, and home price appreciation continues to moderate, improving affordability should breathe some life into the housing market. We also expect residential fixed investment to resume a positive growth trajectory amid continued rising housing starts and stabilizing home sales. However, affordability is likely to remain an industry concern, particularly among first-time homebuyers.”  Barring the upward momentum of inflation, Fannie Mae’s Economic and Strategic Research Group forecasts mortgage rates and home sales to stabilize as the economy slows down in 2019. An increase in purchase mortgage originations is likely to rise and total origination volumes may slightly drop as refinances decline substantially, the research found.  The labor market is projected to be one of the highlights of the economic growth and with inflation around Fed’s 2 percent target, Fannie Mae predicts that Fed will hike rates once more in December and two more times in 2019, despite rising market expectations of fewer hikes amid stock market volatility. Consumer spending is likely to be the largest positive contributor that will drive growth and consumer confidence. Business fixed income, on the other hand, is expected to slow considerably by the third quarter and may also remain constrained due to higher tariffs, trade uncertainty, and rising interest rates and input costs. The existing trade tensions between the U.S. and China and stock market volatility is among the most notable risks to the forecast, Fannie Mae stated.center_img December 14, 2018 634 Views Affordability Doug Duncan Fannie Mae Housing Market mortgage mortgage originations 2018-12-14 Donna Josephlast_img read more

Anybody up for seeing a field goal shootout That

first_imgAnybody up for seeing a field goal shootout?That’s what Thursday night’s game ended up being.The Arizona Cardinals made sure to give their placekicker more opportunities than St. Louis did, however.Chandler Catanzaro recovered from a poor outing last Sunday, drilling all four of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 45 yards.That would be all Arizona would need as its defense locked down the home team. The Cardinals escaped by a 12-6 final, claiming their 11th win of the season and putting themselves in prime playoff position. They only have meetings with Seattle and San Francisco remaining. What little playoff hopes the Rams had were squashed at the Edward Jones Dome, as they fell to 6-8, bottom in the NFC West.Here’s a look the Thursday Night Football game, by the numbers:4Frostee Rucker had a big night on the defensive end with four tackles, including three for loss. He also had one of the Cardinals’ two sacks; Larry Foote had the other.18The 18 combined points were the lowest total in a Cardinals game this season, falling short of Arizona’s 14-6 win over the Lions on Nov. 16.29The Rams had shut out their last two foes, so when Catanzaro connected on a field goal on the Cardinals’ third drive, it ended a St. Louis streak of holding opponents scoreless on 29 consecutive possessions — dating back to the fourth quarter of a loss to San Diego on Nov. 23. Being that Arizona failed to score a touchdown Thursday, St. Louis still has a streak going of not allowing an opponent to drive for a touchdown in 40 straight possessions.30Quarterback Drew Stanton left in the third quarter with a knee injury, and Bruce Arians opted to go with recently re-signed Ryan Lindley instead of rookie Logan Thomas. Lindley hadn’t taken a snap in the regular season since 2012, his first time around with the Cardinals. The San Diego State product completed just 4-of-10 passes for 30 yards and a QB rating of 47.9, but he did lead Arizona to its fourth and field goal. Lindley still hasn’t thrown a touchdown in his NFL career, as opposed to seven interceptions. Stanton went 12-for-20 for 109 yards before exiting. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories center_img 51The rookie Catanzaro tied his career-long with a 51-yard kick in the third quarter. His 4-for-4 mark Thursday also tied a career-best. The 23-year-old kicker is now 26-of-30 on the season, and he has now made 10-of-12 from 40 yards and beyond.69-59Arizona initially hurt itself with penalties, but St. Louis ended up losing more yards, despite fewer miscues. The Cardinals had eight penalties for 59 yards, while the Rams had six for 69.143Individually, nobody had a spectacular night on the ground for the Cardinals, but the unit collectively was successful and helped the team control the pace — which was slow, as you can tell. Kerwynn Williams followed up his 100-yard performance against Kansas City with 15 carries for 75 yards, and Stepfan Taylor had a solid night with 14 rushes for 61 yards. Arizona had 143 yards rushing as a team, while St. Louis managed just 69.900Larry Fitzgerald’s fourth catch of the game was the 900th of his career, and he became the youngest NFL player to reach that mark. Yeah, that happened. The 11-year veteran finished the game with seven catches for 30 yards.HISTORY! Larry Fitzgerald records his 900th career catch, becomes youngest player in NFL history with 900 receptions. pic.twitter.com/XwvBkGWB4D— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 12, 2014 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 0 Comments   Share   1975The Cardinals haven’t had 11 victories in a season since 1975, when they played in St. Louis. They’ve only reached 11 wins three times in franchise history prior to this season. – / 46last_img read more

Unions in spat over nurses strike

first_imgBy Evie AndreouCivil servants union PASYDY took nurses union PASYNO to task on Wednesday for going on a two-day 12-hour strike and described their tactics as self-seeking.In an announcement, PASYDY said that PASYNO members’ strike measures which took place on Monday and Tuesday, were irregular and blamed the union for “taking advantage of PASYDY’s achievements”.The strike measures caused the cancellation of scheduled surgeries at the Paphos, Limassol and Paralimni state hospitals since the majority of their nursing staff there are PASYNO members, while a number of surgeries were also cancelled at the Nicosia and Larnaca state hospitals. Skeleton staff were handling emergencies.On Tuesday the head of PASYDY nurses’ branch Prodromos Argyrides urged PASYNO members to remain patient in pursuing their demands from the government.But by Wednesday however, PASYDY was openly criticising PASYNO for overlooking the consequences of the strike on the public.PASYDY said that the recent agreement it achieved for the immediate unfreezing of 185 nursing positions and which put an end to the “job insecurity of hundreds of doctors, pharmacists, nurses and all those colleagues working under the same status, paved the way for discussions for all other outstanding issues in the health sector and was welcomed by those affected”.PASYDY criticised PASYNO for go ahead with its own strike action partly to demand the issue of upgrading nursing school qualifications to university level.“PASYDY has always been a strong supporter in the struggles of nurses for improvement of their employment terms,” it said.It added that in 2002 PASYDY won increased pay for nurses and between 2006 and 2009 achieved a “significant increase” in the numbers of promotion positions.As regards the upgrade of nursing school qualifications, it said, it was PASYDY that had the issue added to the mixed staff committee’s agenda for discussion back in 2010, but since the issue meant an increase of state expenses, it was deemed that it could not be implemented at that point due to the economic recession.“PASYNO is taking advantage of this vital issue in an attempt to make it their primary request, demanding its immediate implementation at the worst timing,” PASYDY said.PASYNO on Tuesday warned their members were considering further strike action because they did not recognise the deal PASYDY reached with the health ministry earlier in the month over the implementation of the National Health Scheme (NHS) and hospital autonomy, because PASYNO was not included in the dialogue.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoEditorChoice.comIf You Have Any Of These 20 Toys Around, You Just Became RichEditorChoice.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Rep Potvin says GOP road proposal a good place to start

first_imgLawmaker: Plan prioritizes $1 billion for future investment Categories: News 14May Rep. Potvin says GOP road proposal a good place to startcenter_img State Rep. Phil Potvin this week took part in the unveiling of a House Republican transportation plan that can fix Michigan’s roads and bridges by creating long-term and sustainable funding.Rep. Potvin, R-Cadillac, joined other Republican lawmakers in announcing the plan, which focuses on using existing dollars and reprioritizing other funding to dedicate more than an additional $1 billion annually for transportation within four years.“The people of Northern Michigan deserve better roads,” Rep. Potvin said. “This plan is a great start and puts us on the right track to providing better, safer roads for Michigan families.”Key elements of the House transportation plan include:Dedicate General Fund dollars to fix roads by phasing in spending—beginning with the 2015-16 budget—and dedicate a portion of General Fund dollars to roads;Create tax fairness by generating $45 million annually for roads on electric-, hybrid- and diesel-powered vehicle registration and an additional $117 million yearly by eliminating the Earned Income Tax Credit;Reprioritize restricted funds by thoroughly reviewing how taxpayer money is used, generating $185 million a year for roads and bridges; andEnsure quality work by securing warranties and competitive bids on infrastructure projects so hard-working Michiganders know their tax dollars are being spent wisely and efficiently.House Bill 4566, sponsored by Rep. Potvin, will redirect sales tax money from fuel sales from the general fund to road improvements.“This is responsible, common sense leadership,” Rep. Potvin said. “My Republican colleagues and I are working to put existing funds into the roads as the people of Michigan have requested.”Committee discussion on the bill package will begin as soon as possible.last_img read more