first_imgThiago Silva celebrates after scoring the opening goal for Brazil Brazil made its way into the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 12 years by beating Colombia 2-1 Friday, with the goals coming from defenders Thiago Silva and David Luiz. Brazil, which had been eliminated in the quarterfinals at the last two World Cups, will next play Germany on Tuesday.Silva gave Brazil the lead in the seventh minute, scoring with his left knee after a corner from Neymar. Luiz added the second from a free kick in the 69th, sending a swerving long-range shot into the top of the net.Colombia got one back in the 80th when striker James Rodriguez scored his tournament-leading sixth goal from the penalty spot.Team Line-ups(from):Brazil: Julio Cesar; Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Marcelo; Fernandinho, Paulinho (Hernanes, 86th), Oscar; Hulk (Ramires, 83rd), Neymar (Henrique, 88th), FredColombia: David Ospina; Juan Zuniga, Cristian Zapata, Mario Yepes, Pablo Armero; Juan Cuadrado (Juan Quintero, 80th), Fredy Guarin, Carlos Sanchez, James Rodriguez; Victor Ibarbo (Adrian Ramos, 46th), Teofilo Gutierrez (Carlos Bacca, 70th)last_img read more

first_imgUP Yoddha will be keen to continue their strong performances at home this year with a win over Telugu Titans. The two sides were involved in a tie in their previous encounter this season, but UP Yoddha will be eager to set the record straight by putting smiles on their fans’ faces.Their lead raider of the campaign Shrikant Jadhav was rested in their last match but could feature on Wednesday. Monu Goyat and Rishank Devadiga carried the attacking responsibility on their shoulders and delivered to the delight of the fans.They will be eager to continue their good form, while skipper Nitesh Kumar and Sumit will be the biggest weapons from their defensive arsenal.Escaping these deadly tackles – #IsseToughKuchNahi!Watch the 3 best defensive displays from the Panchkula leg here and top 10 here: watching the action:? – #VIVOProKabaddi? – Every day, 7 PM onwards?? – Star Sports and Hotstar— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 8, 2019 After falling short in their last match at the same venue, Telugu Titans will want to give their fans something to cheer about by winning their last game of the season.Their talisman Siddharth Desai will want to get as many points from his final outing of the year, while Rakesh Gowda will also be eager to get amongst the raid points for his side.However, they will need to produce a much-improved defensive display than their last outing if they are to have any chances of a win. Vishal Bhardwaj has been their top Tackle Points scorer this season and will need to lead their defence with inexperienced individuals like Aakash Arsul and Akash Choudhary likely to feature.last_img read more

first_img Log in to Reply   Fear Not the Cobot — Discussing the newest and perhaps most exciting realm of industrial robotics: collaborative robots. Editor's Note: AspenCore has launched an ongoing series of Special Projects, a collaborative effort by the editors across the publications under the AspenCore roof to look at a big topic from multiple angles. This package represents the first of these.Editor’s Note: AspenCore has launched an ongoing series of Special Projects, a collaborative effort by the editors across the publications under the AspenCore roof to look at a big topic from multiple angles. This package represents the first of these. September 18, 2018 at 5:06 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. SEATTLE – When attending the massive Hannover Fair in April, a variety of technologies caught the eye of editors from our sister publication Electronic Products . Some of these technologies are just emerging while others with longer histories were gathering momentum, but all of them represent opportunity for designers and manufacturing centers alike. EP describes them in Hannover Fair shows off the factory technology of tomorrow. To get a more in-depth look at four major trends in Industry 4.0 – Cobots, additive manufacturing, mixed reality, and digital twins — check out the other articles in EP’s Industry 4.0 Special Report: Robots are becoming more helpful, easier to use, and friendlier — At the Hannover Fair this year, industrial robots showed both utility and co-worker compatibility. RituGupta says: Continue Reading Previous ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface ICNext How real simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi enables next-generation in-vehicle connectivity Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology center_img >> This article originally appeared on our sister site, EE Times: “Four technologies helping drive industry 4.0.”  Digital Twins enable simulation & maintenance, Industry 4.0   –  Marry EDA to the Industrial IoT to birth Digital Twins, for system-level maintenance, simulation, and optimization.  Mixed reality: The software is willing, but the hardware is weak – While augmented and virtual reality applications for industry are blossoming, headset limitations remain an impediment to widespread adoption. Related articles from the Aspencore network: “It’s always good to have an eye on the industry to see what’s developing and coming up. It’s the little changes that will sneak up on you if you’re not watching closely you know! I vaguely remmeber passing over a lot of start-ups in my youth that now have 1 thought on “Key driving technologies for industry 4.0”  3D printing gains industrial momentum – Once relegated to prototyping and hobbyist activity, 3D printing is evolving to address industrial requirements.last_img read more

first_imgDubai, Jun 21 (PTI) Giants India will start firm favourites when they lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game of the inaugural six-nation ‘Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018’ here tomorrow. The tournament will provide an excellent opportunity for Asian countries India, Pakistan, Iran and Korea to get battle-ready for the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, starting August 18. India are the defending champions and have won gold in every edition of the tournament since the sport was inducted in the main roster in the 1990 Asiad. “Asian Games will once again have Iran, Pakistan, and Korea among other teams and this tournament will be like a semi-final. It will be a good opportunity for preparation,” India coach Srinivas Reddy said. India are clubbed with Pakistan and newcomers Kenya in group A, while group B features Iran, Republic of Korea and Argentina with top two teams making the semifinals. ‘Flying raider’ Ajay Thakur will lead India’s challenge after returning at the helm at the expense of longstanding captain Anup Kumar. Under Thakur, India beat Pakistan in successive matches en route to clinch the Asian Championship in Iran a year ago. Besides Thakur, the Indian team also has quality raiders in Rahul Chaudhari, Pardeep Narwal, Rohit Kumar, Rishank Devadiga and Monu Goyat in their ranks. In Deepak Hooda, Manjeet Chhillar, Surender Nada and Girish Ernak India also boast of top-class all-rounders and defenders to lend a perfect balance to the side. The second match of the opening day will see 2016 World Cup finalists Iran take on Republic of Korea.advertisement Two-time Asian Games runners-up Iran will be favourites to top group B and would look to challenge heavyweights India down the line. Iran have lost to India thrice in the final of the Kabaddi World Cup (2004, 2007 and 2016) and the six-nation meet will provide an excellent opportunity to reignite their rivalry. All eyes would be on Argentina who are new to the sport and their president Ricardo Acuna said: “The introduction of kabaddi in Argentina has redefined sports participation. This will surely be a moment of reckoning for Argentina’s kabaddi talent.” The event, organised by the International Kabaddi Federation in partnership with Star India Pvt Ltd, will likely witness the emergence of new talents. “Kabaddi Masters Dubai 2018 is our first step in that direction and will elevate the stature of our sport considerably. We are thankful to the Dubai Sports Council as well as Star India for their strong role in making this happen,” IKF president Janardan Singh said. Match starts: India vs Pakistan 8pm IST; Iran vs Korea 9pm IST. PTI TAP APA AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgLigue 1 Dani Alves soundtrack not enough to lift PSG’s Neymar blues – Ligue 1 goes social Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:29 2/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Neymar injured, PSG Getty Ligue 1 PSG v Olympique Marseille PSG Olympique Marseille Neymar The Brazilian was in typically joyful mood this week – at least he was prior to the injury that could see his colleague miss their Madrid clash Paris Saint-Germain might have eased to a 3-0 victory over Marseille on Sunday, but it was not a positive evening for the Ligue 1 leaders, who saw Neymar carried off in the second half on a stretcher.The Brazilian, who scored the second before setting up the third for Edinson Cavani, twisted his ankle as he challenged Bouna Sarr in midfield late-on. His right ankle gave out from underneath him and, after significant treatment, he was withdrawn, apparently in a good deal of pain.PSG were forced to finish the match with 10 players, having already made their three substitutes, and while they did so with some comfort, there are nagging concerns over the health of their star player ahead of a Champions League last-16 second leg with Real Madrid next week. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neymar’s status for #PSG against Real Madrid will be in question after this nasty ankle injury … — Goal (@goal) February 25, 2018 Before his injury, it was simply a normal week in the life of PSG, who enjoyed a rare midweek off.Dani Alves, in particular, made the most of it, showing one again that he’s not just talented on the football field; he is an accomplished musician too.“Only music can bring people together, feelings, good stories of life and take you to unimaginable places …. thanks to for the opportunity to live incredible moments and to join people who share this wonderful love for what they do regardless of the result. To @rogerflorescantor, it is a great pleasure to welcome you in my house and to enjoy the talents that God gave you,” he said.Of course, not everything in the former Barcelona and Juventus player’s life is taken so easily, as this snap from training earlier this week proves.Meanwhile, teenage striker Kylian Mbappe, who became the youngest scorer in Le Classique on Sunday when he netted after 10 minutes, had enjoyed a cultural experience of his own earlier in the week.The Parisian forward, who grew up on the outskirts of the city, was invited to the President’s residence at the Elysee Palace in the centre of town.“An enriching experience,” he told his Instagram followers.He will, however, be without his partner in crime, Neymar, in midweek, when PSG tackle Marseille in the Coupe de France quarter-finals, yet he appeared content with the outcome of Sunday’s match.That is a sentiment shared by leading scorer Cavani, who struck his 24th league goal of the season on Sunday night to take him five clear of Neymar in the race for France’s Golden Boot.“A great night, all united for the same colours,” he said. “Allez Paris!”On Wednesday, the two teams go at it again in the Coupe de France quarter-finals, with Parc des Princes once again the venue.last_img read more

first_img Editors’ Recommendations The Best Men’s Waterproof Boots for Tackling All Weather What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) If you ever find yourself touring around Australia and looking for something awesome to do, rent yourself a car and drive up to Kurrajong Heights. It’s about an hour’s drive outside of Sydney.Why here? Because nestled up in the foothills of the mountains, you’ll find Kurrajong Heights Downhill Recreation Park. This place is basically like a giant ski resort covered in grass instead of snow, so rather than strapping yourself to a pair of skis or a snowboard to get down the hill, you charge your way to the bottom on top of a four-wheeled billy kart.Unlike your average motorized go-kart, these badboys are pretty bare bones. You won’t find a steering wheel or even a proper seat anywhere on ’em, let alone an integrated braking system. Instead, you sit on a deflated tire, steer with your feet, and hold onto your hat. Think Mario Kart, but in real life and with fewer banana peels. The park boasts both beginner and advanced downhill areas, and has runs that stretch up to 400 meters for you to zoom down.When you hit the bottom, there’s even a mechanical lift system to pull you back to the top for another run. The cost is $20 per person for the first hour, and they offer you a discount for the 2nd hour if one isn’t enough.Check out this awesome video from DevinSupertramp to see the karts in action. Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 The Jeep Gladiator Helped Me Rediscover Fun Outdoors The Best Leg Exercises for Sculpted Calves, Quads, and Morelast_img read more

first_imgMONTREAL – A Quebec man was charged Friday in connection with an incident on a Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Cuba that was forced to return to Montreal under a fighter jet escort.Charalabos Nassios was arraigned by videoconference in a Montreal courtroom on charges that included assault, uttering threats and committing an act of violence against a person that is likely to endanger the safety of an aircraft.The Crown objected to his release and the 39-year-old is scheduled to appear in court Monday for a bail hearing.Nassios lives in Laval, just north of Montreal.He was also charged with breaking a court-imposed condition not to drink alcohol or have alcoholic beverages in his possession.An airline spokeswoman said flight WG604, which had departed for Cayo Coco on Thursday, turned around due to a passenger making threats.NORAD spokesman Lt. Commander Joe Nawrocki said a pair of U.S. Air Force F-15 jets were dispatched from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts and intercepted the aircraft near Albany, N.Y.Canadian CF-18s were also reportedly scrambled but did not take part in the operation.last_img read more

first_imgPakistani officials say a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children who spent five years in captivity have left Pakistan.Two security officials say Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their children left by plane from Islamabad, but did not say where the family was headed.The BBC was reporting early Friday that the family was headed to London, England.The couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan in October 2012 while on a backpacking trip. All three of their children were born in captivity.Pakistan said Thursday that it had rescued the family after their captors moved them across the border from Afghanistan.Boyle’s parents, who live in Smiths Falls, Ont., said Thursday evening that their son and his family intend to come to Canada.Patrick Boyle said the family was safe “but exhausted.”Related stories:Pakistan rescues Canadian man and family held by TalibanTimeline: Captivity of Joshua Boyle and his familyForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who has met with the Boyle family in the past, said Thursday that they had endured an “absolutely horrible ordeal.”Freeland refused to describe the circumstances of the release, citing security reasons but said Canada had been working with the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan, whom she thanked.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Mexico City, thanked U.S. and Pakistani officials for their efforts in freeing the captives.“We’re pleased that the ordeal they’ve been through over these past years has finally come to an end,” Trudeau said Thursday night during a news conference.With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, July 2———CANADA CELEBRATES 152ND BIRTHDAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered a campaign-style speech focused on his Liberal government’s successes over the last four years as he delivered his Canada Day remarks on Parliament Hill on the country’s 152nd birthday. Speaking to a jovial crowd clad in red and white gathered under a hot sun, Trudeau reminded the assembled masses about last year, when he skipped the festivities in the nation’s capital and instead visited communities impacted by steel and aluminum tariffs that had been imposed as part of a trade dispute with the United States. In those communities, Trudeau said he saw people helping and supporting one another — a key Canadian quality to celebrate, he said. But he also dropped a not-so-subtle reminder of how his government was able to renegotiate a new free trade agreement with the United States and Mexico, and eventually got the U.S. tariffs lifted.———NATURAL GAS RUINING GREEN EFFORTS: REPORTThe Global Energy Monitor says an international boom in liquefied natural gas exports is undermining global efforts to stop climate change and Canada is one of the industry’s biggest players. The report, released on Canada Day, says there are projects in development globally that by 2030 would increase natural gas supply to 806 million tonnes above what they are now. Just over one-third of that development, 35 per cent, is in Canada. Only the United States, at 39 per cent, has more new natural gas exports in the works, the report says. The Global Energy Monitor is an international non-governmental organization that catalogues fossil-fuel infrastructure.———UKRAINE’S COMEDIAN-TURNED-PRESIDENT IN CANADAUkraine’s new president makes his North American debut in Toronto later today — more than a month before he is to visit the United States — and the country’s envoy says that’s no mistake. Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada, says that’s an indication of just how important President Volodymyr Zelenskiy sees the ties between the two countries that have grown in the last 28 years. Zelenskiy, a popular actor and comedian with no previous political experience, is to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a major international conference on his future that opens today, and that Canada is hosting.———CANNABIS USE ROSE IN CANADA AHEAD OF LEGALIZATION: UNThe United Nations’ latest world drug report shows more Canadians started using cannabis each year in the lead-up to the drug’s legalization for recreational use. The report says there was a 40 per cent increase in usage of the drug between 2013 and 2017, which it attributes to a decrease in the perception of risk around cannabis use and the national debate around legalization. It says the increase in Canada during this time was more pronounced in adults aged 20 or older, while it declined among young people aged 19 or younger.———KEANU’S EXCELLENT YEAR AFTER DECADES OF UPS AND DOWNSOverexposure can dim the brightest Hollywood star — except, it seems, Keanu Reeves. The prolific Toronto-bred action hero is riding high on a dizzying array of film and TV roles while internet memes and tributes have exploded in recent months with unified adoration. The so-called Keanuaissance is sweet justice for devotees of the heartthrob, who has weathered decades of critical pans that often dismiss his acting as little more than wooden portrayals of himself. Most notably, the 54-year-old is dominating the box office with “John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum,” which pushed the cult franchise into the mainstream when it debuted at #1 mid-May, and appears in last weekend’s #1 film, “Toy Story 4,” as the voice of bombastic Canuck stuntman Duke Caboom.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Defence and Crown lawyers plan to set a trial date for former IWK Health Centre CEO Tracy Kitch. The Crown has said it’s expected Kitch would also formally enter her not guilty plea at this hearing.— St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube brings home the Stanley Cup for a parade and other festivities.— Sentencing for Brett Overby, convicted of second-degree murder.— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer attends a community barbecue and delivers remarks.— Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, Chief Clarence Louie and Chief Keith Crow make an announcement on the proposed national park reserve in the South Okanagan-Similkameen. The event will be held outside and will be followed by a short hike.———The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Finance Minister Bill Morneau is headed west next week with plans to give a speech to a Calgary business audience a day ahead of a deadline set by Kinder Morgan for its controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.The Calgary Chamber of Commerce, which announced the event set for May 30, says the speech will focus on securing Canada’s economic future.Kinder Morgan suspended all non-essential construction on the Trans Mountain project in April, citing obstruction by B.C. that put the viability of the pipeline in question. The company has set a May 31 deadline for getting assurances it can proceed without delays on the controversial project.Morneau said last week the federal government is willing to cover cost overruns caused by political uncertainty on the pipeline project.However, the minister also said if Kinder Morgan were to walk away from the pipeline, there are other investors willing to step in.last_img read more

20 March 2008Over 60 per cent of Africans lack access to a proper toilet, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of World Water Day – observed on 22 March – whose 2008 theme is “Sanitation Matters.” Over 60 per cent of Africans lack access to a proper toilet, according to the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ahead of World Water Day – observed on 22 March – whose 2008 theme is “Sanitation Matters.” The Day aims to raise awareness to the plight of 2.6 billion people worldwide who live without toilets in their homes and are therefore vulnerable to numerous health risks. Contamination of water, soil and food results from the human contact with the bacteria, viruses and parasites, which in turn cause diarrhoea, the second largest killer of children in developing countries. “Sanitation is a cornerstone of public health,” said Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General. “Improved sanitation contributes enormously to human health and wellbeing, especially for girls and women.” Of the 2.6 billion people without toilets in their homes, nearly 1 billion of them are children. The two agencies approximate that 1.2 billion people gained access to improved sanitation between 1990 and 2004, but at the current rate, 2.4 billion people will still be without basic sanitation in 2015. “The absence of adequate sanitation has a serious impact on health and social development, especially for children,” Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director, pointed out. She noted that enhanced support for improving sanitation will save lives and speed up progress towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty objectives with a target date of 2015. Pollution generated by sewage, much of which ends up in coastal waters, leads an economic loss of $16 billion annually and is estimated to cause four million lost “man-years” yearly in terms of human ill-health, said Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in a message for the Day. “In many developed countries, part of the answer over the past half century has been found in ever more sophisticated, multi-million dollar water treatment works.” But as projects such as one at the Shimo la Tewa jail in Mombasa, a city on the Kenyan coast, highlight that there are less costly solutions to the problem that are beneficial for other reasons, Mr. Steiner noted.In this project, inmates work with nature to neutralize human wastes by using wetland-filtered water, called “black wastewater,” for irrigation and fish farming, providing a source of protein which can be consumed or sold to local markets.Additionally, this wastewater – containing high concentrations of human waste – will also be used to produced biogas, which can be serve as fuel for cooking, heating and lighting. This could slash the costs of the 4,000-person prison and curb emissions.The scheme in Mombasa, which is also expected to help wildlife such as birds and marine organisms, has a price tag of $25 per person served, which is significantly less than projects in developed countries, the Executive Director said.“It is hoped that the lessons learn can be applied to other parts of the world so that the multiple challenges of sanitation and pollution can, in part, be viewed through a nature-based lens,” he observed.“Working with nature rather than against it is part of that intelligent decision-making that may prove a faster, more cost-effective and more economically attractive way of achieving local and international health and poverty goals.”Events marking World Water Day will be held globally, in places ranging from Bangladesh to Ecuador, and from Guyana to Senegal.In New York today, UNICEF and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are attempting to break the record for the longest toilet line to raise awareness about the global sanitation crisis. read more

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2014 9:04 am MDT Canada’s two largest airlines signalled that passenger demand remains strong heading into the summer season as they both flew fuller planes as growth in passenger traffic outpaced additional capacity in May.Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) posted a record load factor of 83.3 per cent in the seasonally slower month, up from 81.8 per cent a year earlier.System-wide traffic, including at its low-cost subsidiary Rouge and regional partners, increased 10.1 per cent, led by increases in the U.S. transborder, Latin America, Caribbean and Atlantic markets. Capacity was up 8.1 per cent.“Air Canada generated greater traffic for the month of May in all markets the airline serves,” CEO Calin Rovinescu said in a news release Wednesday after markets closed.Rouge itself had an 84.9 per cent load factor in the month. Load factor refers to the proportion of its fleet that is filled with passengers.Traffic, as measured by the distance flown by passengers, was up 18.8 per cent between Canada and the U.S., 12.5 per cent in the Atlantic market, 14.1 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean and seven per cent in the Pacific.Domestic Canadian traffic increased five per cent, while capacity grew 2.1 per cent pushing up the load factor to 81.1 per cent.David Tyerman of Canaccord Genuity said the market can handle Air Canada’s capacity growth.Although the airline didn’t comment on pricing trends, he said the “quarter appears to be shaping up very well” given that most of the second quarter’s traffic is now reported.Earlier, WestJet (TSX:WJA) said its passenger traffic increased 4.8 per cent on a 4.1 per cent boost in capacity.As a result, its planes were fuller with the load factor increasing to 79 per cent, up from 78.5 per cent in May of 2013.“We are very pleased with our continued strong year-over-year traffic growth as a record number of guests in May chose to fly with WestJet,” president and CEO Gregg Saretsky said in a statement.The Calgary-based carrier said it flew 1.6 million passengers in May, a 5.1 per cent increase from the same time last year.WestJet recently launched its regional discount service Encore and has said it could start an international service in the coming years.In May, WestJet posted first-quarter net earnings of $89.3 million, or 69 cents per diluted share, down two per cent from the same quarter last year.Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said WestJet’s good off-season performance, in which traffic numbers beat his forecasts, sets up the airline for a strong summer.“We expect the company to continue to experience strong demand in all segments of the business, while input costs and the Canadian dollar appear to have stabilized which is supportive of continued earnings growth,” he wrote in a report.Tyerman said the slowing capacity growth from 9.1 per cent last May could help WestJet generate a 13.2 per cent average annual earnings per share growth from 2014 to 2016.He said the heavy capacity growth of more than nine per cent in the last 12 months has made it difficult for the carrier to recover higher costs. But the significantly slower capacity growth could make it easier for it to increase prices to offset higher costs, he noted.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said his weekly tracking of fares indicates that they continue to increase heading into the summer travel season.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed at $9.51, up 33 cents or 3.59 per cent in Wednesday trading. WestJet’s shares gained 36 cents, or 1.45 per cent, to $25.26.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian airline traffic rises May, pointing to healthy summer travel season read more

” “The most egregious example is North Korea,” continued Ms. Bishop, pointing out that the country is openly defying the UN Security Council, putting millions of people at risk. It is crucial for all UN Member States to strictly implement the Council’s sanctions to compel Pyongyang to abandon its “illegal programmes.” Other threats highlighted by the Foreign Minister were the increasing activities of non-State actors, terrorism and violent extremism. “Global terrorism – and the extreme Islamist ideologies driving it – must be confronted and defeated,” she stressed. Ms. Bishop maintained that terrorism can be effectively battled, and beaten, if everyone worked together, sharing knowledge and resources. Ms. Bishop drew a link between security and economic development, saying that one cannot be achieved without the other. She endorsed a UN development system more focused on sustainable economic development that provides opportunities and facilitates partnerships with the private sector. Noting that economic resilience can be undermined by natural and man-made disasters, she cited the 2030 agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Humanitarian Summit’s Grand Bargain as “a blueprint for global action on those problems which can only be addressed by working together on challenges that don’t respect national borders.” Full statement available here read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington residents Matthew Cayer and Lauren Nieuweboer recently suffered a parent’s worst nightmare — the loss of their 8-month-old son Julian.In the face of unimaginable grief from their personal tragedy, Matthew and Lauren are trying to bring a little bit of joy to other Wilmington families in honor of Julian’s memory.Recently, the couple organized a free ice cream truck event for the Wilmington community at Yentile Farm on August 25. The date had great significance — it would’ve have been their son’s first birthday.Now, the couple is hoping to start the process of bringing a splash pad to Wilmington, and they’d like to organize a fundraising campaign to cover its construction costs.Matt, and his father George, were on hand at last week’s Wilmington Recreation Commission Meeting, where Recreation Director Karen Campbell and the commissioners held initial discussions on the feasibility of a splash pad in town.“[The Cayers] have been in discussions with Town Manager Jeff Hull, Health Director, DPW Superintendent Mike Woods, and myself,” said Recreation Director Karen Campbell. “We’ve all tossed this idea around to try to figure out if [a splash pad] makes sense and how it would work.”Campbell recognizes a splash pad would be popular with Wilmington families.“Certainly, everyone loves a splash pad,” said Campbell. “Kids love them. And parents love them because kids love them.”The Town’s ConcernsTown officials do, however, have several concerns — including location, maintenance, and cost.“This would require a certain amount of land to do it properly. We just can’t put down a little slab and have things shoot out of it,” cautioned Campbell. “You really need to have a significant apron around it in order to not have dirt, mud and grass tracked into it. You need a perimeter fence so no one is tempted to drive a vehicle through it or animals roam through it. It needs to be of a fairly significant size… You also need ample parking.”“[Splash pads] also require a lot of maintenance,” noted Campbell. “They’re very susceptible to constant breakdowns. They need to be swept perfectly to keep debris out. Their filters must be checked daily. Their recirculated water also needs to be tested everyday.”Campbell said that while the splash pad wouldn’t be staffed with a lifeguard or any town employee, someone would need to maintain it — likely someone at DPW — who can conduct tests, make minor repairs, and change filters.“A splash pad would have to be incorporated into DPW’s regular routines,” said Campbell.Campbell noted that the Health Department also shared some concerns over the possibility of a splash pad.“There’s communicable diseases associated with water of any kind,” said Campbell. “There’s also athlete foot — that kind of stuff can be an issue.”“And splash pads are significantly expensive,” added Campbell. “This would range anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000.”“We don’t want to put a financial burden on the town or its DPW,” responded George Cayer. “If it’s done correctly and structured correctly, people love the splash pads.”The Cayers asked the Recreation Commission to research the Marlborough Splash Pad, which they feel would be a good model for Wilmington. They advised the Commission to avoid the mistakes of Tewksbury’s new splash pad.Location, Location, LocationThe Cayers asked if Yentile Farm, Town Beach, or the new playground area at Murray Hill Circle could be an appropriate spot for a splash pad?“A splash pad was discussed early on for Yentile Farm, but it was eventually taken off the table for funding and maintenance reasons,” recalled Campbell. “Now, the only space [for a splash pad] at Yentile would be on the green/event space. But the intention was for that space to be used for passive recreation — picnics, frisbee, casual little games. It was also supposed to be a spot for community events — WCTV Family Fun Day and the Senior Center’s Grandparents Day are happening there this weekend. The Farmers Market has used it a couple of times.”“And there’s only 109 parking spots at Yentile. With all the use at the playground and turf field, I do not think Yentile would a suitable site for a splash pad,” continued Campbell. “But if some of the Textron land ever became available that was continuous to Yentile, that would be plenty big enough. But right now, Textron is a no go.”Campbell also dismissed Town Beach and Murray Hill Circle as realistic options.“Our Town Beach is really just too small to put a splash pad in,” said Campbell. “Winchester put one in on their town beach and sand constantly clogs it. They said it was the worse decision of all time… And we already encounter non-residents who don’t want to pay to access the beach. How is it [going to go over] when we have to charge them to use the splash pad at the beach?”The Murray Hill Circle playground, meanwhile, was recently constructed by a developer who is putting in 36 homes off of Eleanor Estates. The playground, and trails surrounding the development, are open to the public. (The playground still lacks plants, trees and benches at the moment.)  The playground, however, is simply too small too accommodate a splash pad.Funding, Funding, FundingCampbell stressed that the town has more than $150 million of building needs identified and cannot commit to funding a splash pad at this time.“The schools are really desperately needing. [Look] at the Wildwood. Many seniors feel it’s their time [relative to a new Senior Center]. And we just put in a big park,” said Campbell, referring to Yentile Farm.“We’re ready to help in fundraising this along,” Matt Cayer told the Campbell and the Commissioners. “We haven’t set up a specific fundraising campaign yet. We figured it’s a bit premature without having a foundation or knowing how this discussion would go.”Cayer noted his family recently tarted an informal petition and has received many signatures in support of bringing a splash pad to Wilmington.“Any project of this scope that depends on fundraising needs a backup plan. Would that fall to town?,” asked Recreation Department Clerk Linda Kanter. “Would the cost then be spread out amongst tax payers for something that was originally intendned to be given to the town or funded by fundraising…. I’d want to know what the backup plan is if fundraising doesn’t meet its goals.”“We don’t see this as a today or tomorrow project,” responded George Cayer. “The first bulldozer won’t do anything until the project is fully covered…. The plan is the project’s costs would have to be covered before work were to begin.”“Without a site, a recommendation or an approval, we’re not even at the start line of this marathon,” added Matt Cayer. “If we put a project plan together, it would be hard to begin fundraising or donating money without a cost or location. It’s kind of a chicken or the egg situation.”“Thank you for introducing this to us tonight,” Campbell told the Cayers. “We’re willing to listen to anything you bring to the table and consider it. And, remember, [the Recreation Commission] is not a decision-making board. We’re a a recommending board. We typically make our recommendations to the Board of Selectmen.”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? 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first_imgSiddipet: To commemorate the 50th anniversary of struggle for separate state, a programme to felicitate the Telangana agitators of 1969 was held at Taduri Bala Goud function hall here on Monday. MLA Harish Rao, MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy, MLA Ramalinga Reddy, Farooq Hussain, chairman of Sahitya Akademy Sidha Reddy, Desapathi Srinivas, Deviprasand and others participated in the programme.last_img

first_imgAyushmann Khurrana in Article 15PR HandoutAfter powerful performances in films like Andhadhun and Badhai Ho! Ayushmann Khurrana is back and how! Khurrana’s path-breaking act in Article 15, which makes you uncomfortable by showing the rigid and unjust caste system in the country, can certainly be called his career-best so far. However, with the pace with which he is choosing films, there’s no denying the fact that he is establishing himself as both commercially successful and critically acclaimed.PlotPolice officer Ayan Ranjan (Ayushmann Khurrana) comes to Lalgaon in UP to solve a case where two young girls were raped and murdered and hung from a tree for Rs 3.StarcastAyushmann Khurrana plays the role of police officer Ayan Ranjan. Manoj Pahwa plays the role of officer Brahmadutt, Kumud Mishra of officer Jaatav and Ashish Verma as officer Mayank.BO predictionJust like the other movies of Ayushmann Khurrana the film is expected to do good business. However, it not being a commercial masala film might hinder it from smashing box-office records.Celebs reviewHansal Mehta: Saw #Article15 again. It is essential viewing both as a fantastic film-making and as an important story of our times. The film is atmospheric, riveting and very well acted. दोबारा बधाई @anubhavsinha @ayushmannk and the entire team.Basharat Peer: Congratulations @anubhavsinha!! #Article 15 is a brave and brilliant film with some of the most searing images of recent times!Taapsee Pannu: बातें बहुत हुई काम शुरू करें क्या ??❤️❤️ #Article15Can’t possibly write names of all people involved coz of the limited space here and each n everyone deserves a mention so will just end with May Your Tribe GrowSwara Bhasker: Stellar choice of film @ayushmannk ♥️ Impactful performances by everyone! #AyushmannKhurrana #ManojPahwa #KumudMishra @Ashishsverma @sayanigupta #RonjiniChakraborty & everyone else in this talented cast. Kudos to you all! Thank you for making this film. #Article15 is a MUST WATCHStunned, inspired & in a stupor after watching #Article15 It’s the BRAVEST mainstream Hindi film of this decade. Kudos @anubhavsinha sir @sirfgaurav Finally commercial #Bollywood has a defining film on #caste that says it like it is & more!! Kudos also to @ZeeStudios_ for makingMukesh Chhabra CSA: Once again @ayushmannk amazing choice of film. #Article15 well done , Honesty ,simplicity proud of you pappi tu banti haiGurmeet Choudhary: Ab tho definitely faraq padega! @ayushmannk and @anubhavsinha take a bow #Article15 a mindful film with a powerful message!!Congratulations and Good luck to the entire caste and crewAbhimanyu Dassani: Go watch #Article15 !Fab slow paced hard hitting truth.@ayushmannk choice & performance are brilliant! @sayanigupta doesn’t even need dialogues to shine!#IshaTalwar is like the subconscious always present.Special mention-Background score.Definitely a movie to be seen!last_img read more

first_imgOne of the great things about having The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on PC is the abundance of mods available to enhance your game experience or just to add some more fun. Two of my favorites are the Macho Dragon Mod and the Posh Mudcrab mod. There have also been numerous Kinect hacks in the year and a half since its release. Combine the two with a Sony HMZ-T1 and the TrackIR5 and you’ve got yourself the mother of all mods.Chris Zaharia created the mod you can see in the above video, providing a way to fully immerse yourself in the world of Skyrim. The mod uses Kinect for motion tracking and gestures, allowing you to walk on the spot to move your character or swing your arm to use a weapon.The Sony HMZ-T1 is a headset with dual HD 720p OLED panels allowing for stereoscopic 3D viewing and virtual 5.1 surround sound. I can only imagine the awesomeness that comes from playing Skyrim in 3D through this headset. Couple that with the TrackIR5 for advanced head tracking allowing you to cast your eyes in any direction you please, and you’ll soon forget you live on plain old planet Earth.A script is provided for setting up voice commands, but only basic menu commands are provided. You can easily add your own though, possibly assigning a voice command to “Fus Ro Dah” allowing you to really feel like the Dovahkiin.After viewing the video, my impression is that it’s not quite perfect (bloopers at the end) so I wouldn’t rush out and spend all your hard earned cash on any equipment you don’t already own. The walking gestures look like they could become tiresome, but with the FAAST software you could map it to a gesture of your choosing. Another Kinect mod shows a possibly improved way of performing it, with running forward set by simply placing your right foot forward and placing it further forward to activate sprinting.More at Zookcal, via reghardwarelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Comments Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday that Costa Rica’s decision to walk out of the United Nations (U.N.) session before Brazilian President Michel Temer’s speech was made two days earlier.González said the Costa Rican entourage in New York had evaluated the list of speeches scheduled for the last day of sessions of the U.N. General Assembly and that “President Luis Guillermo Solís said at the meeting that he was not interested in hearing Brazil’s speech,” González told lawmakers.The minister noted that it is not mandatory for a president to attend a full session “and stay there for eight or nine hours listening to all the scheduled speeches.”González said that the Costa Rican delegation left the session before the Brazilian president took the stand; therefore, their action cannot be considered a snub. He noted that their decision was “absolutely sovereign and independent,” adding that it had no relation to a walkout staged by other countries that also left the room before Temer’s speech.The country delegations that walked off in protest — Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Bolivia, all members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) — left the U.N. General Assembly at the same time members of the Costa Rican entourage were leaving.Social Christian Unity Party legislator Luis Vázquez asked González if he considered that a coincidence. “Of course I do. I have no reason to lie, but we didn’t leave holding each other’s hands,” the minister responded.Tense momentsMinister González’s hearing was interrupted for a few minutes by complaints from lawmakers from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) about questions from National Liberation Party (PLN) legislator Rolando González.The legislator asked the minister several times about reports that Costa Rica’s ambassador to Brazil, Jairo Valverde, supposedly submitted to San José regarding the current political situation in that country.The minister said the reports exist, but he first needed to prepare the information before handing it to the Assembly. He said that he had to follow the ministry’s procedures to handle such documents.The PLN legislator however kept asking the minister to hand over the reports, igniting vocal protests from various PAC legislators.González then asked the minister if the government considered Temer’s appointment a coup. The minister said Costa Rica was not in a position to judge that situation and noted that under Brazilian laws impeachment is a valid legal procedure.The question angered PAC legislators Franklin Corella and Marco Vinicio Redondo, who engaged in a heated exchange with González. They even demanded the Assembly’s directorate suspend the session, but González claimed that the ruling party was only trying to censor him.Acting Legislative President José Alfaro warned the lawmakers that the session was only paused until “calm and respect return to the room.”The minister resumed the hearing by saying the administration of President Solís is not trying to downplay the U.N. situation. He noted, however, that he believes the incident had been blown out of proportion.Normal relationsGonzález’s hearing started at 3 p.m. He started by telling lawmakers that the country’s action at the U.N. did not violate any of Costa Rica’s foreign policies.He also said that the country is not at all interested in joining ALBA “or any other similar group, such as Petrocaribe.”The Foreign Minister said that the walkout had nothing to do with the impeachment of former President Dilma Rousseff, and that Costa Rica is more concerned about repressive actions against the Brazilian people following Rousseff’s exit.González said he doesn’t believe Costa Rica’s relations with Brazil have been undermined or damaged.He told legislators, as an example, that Brazil’s Foreign Minister José Serra approached and talked to President Solís in Cartagena last Monday during the signing of the peace deal in Colombia.González also noted that upon Temer’s return to Brazil, he told various media outlets that the walkout “was meaningless.”Minister González’s hearing ended at 5:30 p.m.See a video of Costa Rica and other countries walking out of the U.N. General Assembly before Temer’s speech: Related posts:Lawmakers approve Social Security loan, highway fund during extraordinary period Costa Rica sues Nicaragua over military camp near border Opposition lawmakers maintain control of Legislative Assembly’s Directorate Venezuelan lawmaker says in Costa Rica that her people eat from garbage truckslast_img read more

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