Roger Waters Calls For Musicians To Boycott Israel

first_imgRoger Waters wants other musicians to boycott performing in Israel because it is “the most effective way to go because the situation is that the Israeli government runs an apartheid regime in Israel, the occupied territories and everywhere else it decides.”The former Pink Floyd rocker – who is a juror on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine – has revealed in an interview with Electronic Intifada that he is thinking of recording a single urging artists to avoid Israel. He will also publish an open letter asking members of the music industry to join the boycott.To read the interview, click here.The Russell Tribunal acts as a court of the people, a Tribunal of conscience, faced with injustices and violations of international law, that are not dealt with by existing international jurisdictions, or that are recognized but continue with complete impunity due to the lack of political will of the international community. Its supporters also include Harry Belafonte, Julie Christie, Miriam Margolyes, Henning Mankell, Harold Pinter and many more.last_img read more

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Toronto graffiti artist Skams work sells for thousands at Waddingtons

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Graffiti artist Skam’s murals are all over downtown Toronto – he’s been painting alleys, laneways, commercial walls and rooftops in solo works and collaborations since the early 90s. On Wednesday (April 12), auction house Waddington’s hosted an intimate reception in honour of his work, sold for several hundred to a few thousand dollars each.“Graffiti art is therapy for me. I come from a very rough childhood,” he says. “Graffiti, in all honesty, has saved my life. When I paint, I don’t even know where I am. All my problems go away.”Skam produces street art weekly and estimates to have produced 1500 to 2000 pieces, from Toronto to Paris, and which are often wholly financed by himself and for free public consumption rather than profit. Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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First Nation candidates hopeful that they can bring change to Timmins after

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsA couple of candidates in Timmins are hoping the bring change in the community after the ballots are counted.Voters across Ontario go to the polls Monday.Cory Robin, originally from Kashechewan First Nation, and Kristin Murray, originally from the Chapleau First Nation say it’s time for change on the Timmins city council.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

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Football Ohio State rolls over Oklahoma 4524 in Norman

OSU senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorNORMAN, Okla. — The game that was hyped up for weeks fulfilled the desires of many Ohio State football fans in the first half. After a shaky start for the Buckeyes, OSU recovered by rattling off two unanswered touchdowns and never looked back, eventually topping the Sooners 45-24. Oklahoma received the ball and promptly marched down the field before an injury to starting redshirt freshman left guard Cody Ford slowed the opening drive for the Sooners. The drive stalled, and the Buckeyes forced a field goal attempt, which was missed from 27 yards out.Things never got back on track for the Sooners, as Oklahoma would be playing catchup throughout the first half. Junior H-back Curtis Samuel scampered in for a 36-yard touchdown to give the Buckeyes a lead they would never relinquish.It was a night that saw the Buckeyes dominate both the offensive and defensive lines of Oklahoma.“I think we controlled the line of scrimmage,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “When you do that you have a good chance of winning the game.”With Oklahoma looking to gain momentum by going for it on fourth down early, the Buckeyes found themselves up 14-0 after an outstanding defensive play.Filling in for injured junior weakside linebacker Dante Booker, sophomore Jerome Baker intercepted a tipped pass from Sooner redshirt junior quarterback Baker Mayfield and turned on the jets for a 68-yard touchdown.“(Junior defensive end) Jayln Holmes, he tipped it,” Baker said. “I looked up and it fell right into my hands.”Oklahoma redshirt sophomore Joe Mixon answered back with a touchdown of his own, returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. Finding a hole in the middle, Mixon broke free and was nearly untouched throughout the return.Although the score was upheld, video review later revealed that Mixon dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Although all scoring plays are to be reviewed, the touchdown for the Sooners remained.All questions about the health of redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown were answered in the first half, as Buckeye fans witnessed three touchdown receptions, with the last one of the first half dropping the jaws of fans throughout the stadium.Being guarded closely in the left corner of the endzone, Brown pinned the ball against the back of Oklahoma cornerback Michiah Quick, maintaining possession and dragging his foot. The score put the Buckeyes up 35-17 with just six seconds left in the half.Brown finished the night with four touchdowns.The Buckeye defense struggled to limit the amount of yards picked up by the Sooners in the first two quarters but kept Oklahoma from gaining the lead. Although OSU surrendered 258 yards in the opening half, the Silver Bullets defended well enough to keep their team in the lead.The second-half was much of the same for the Buckeyes. Smothering defense and a healthy use of Brown in the redzone kept OSU out in front by a large margin.After receiving the second-half kickoff, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett quickly led OSU down the field, setting Brown up for another touchdown reception, this time from eight yards out. Four of Brown’s five receptions were for touchdowns, while every one of Barrett’s touchdowns were to the redshirt sophomore.The grind-it-out attack used by the Buckeyes quickly wore down Oklahoma in the second half. After Barrett and Brown led OSU for much of the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, Barrett and Samuel took over the game.Finishing the game with an average of 6.1 yards per carry combined, the three players racked up 291 rushing yards throughout the contest.Mayfield struggled again in the second half, as OSU’s tight defense in the secondary and pass rush kept the redshirt junior scrambling from the pocket for much of the second half. He finished his night going 17-for-32 for 226 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.The defensive lineman for OSU took into account the mobile ability of Mayfield, and made sure to keep him in check as best as they could.“Sometimes if you were going to win your one-on-one matchup, you couldn’t take it. You had to cage the pocket and collapse him” said OSU redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard. “There was one time I beat the tackle so clean that he escaped right away. Stuff like that, you just had to keep him caged and not give him any running lanes because he was out of there really fast.”The Buckeyes even received cheers from the OSU faithful in the Oklahoma crowd. During the third quarter, an “O-H-I-O” erupted in Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.Outscoring Oklahoma 14-7 in the second half, OSU walked away triumphant with a 45-24 victory. After a week filled with predictions favoring each side, the Buckeyes proved they can perform on the biggest stages.Although OSU was all smiles following the game, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley sustained an upper-body injury during the first half. Conley did not return, and his status is up in the air for Week 4.Meyer said he was unsure of the status of Conley after the game, but said as far as he knew, the redshirt junior was doing well.Next week, the Buckeyes will be on a bye week. After the break, the Buckeyes are scheduled to return to Ohio Stadium to open Big Ten play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Kickoff is set for noon on Oct. 1.This article has been amended with quotes following post game interviews. read more

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Petit believes Argentinas bad performance could wake team for better

first_imgArgentina has failed to prove their worth by making an impact so far at Russia 2018 as the nation is on the verge of an early World Cup exit following their humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia on Friday.However, Messi’s brilliance on that occasion masked serious flaws with Sampaoli’s set-up, and former Barca player Emmanuel Petit believes slumping out in the group stage could be the wakeup call Argentina needs.“The whole team’s body language was so poor, no confidence, no trust between each other. The way they looked, I cannot see Argentina qualifying now,” he said via The Nation.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“It would be a shame to see them qualify, because against Iceland they looked terrible, with no inspiration, nothing at all.“And the manager Sampaoli has made so many mistakes since the start of the tournament, in choosing his team, making substitutions, everything.“You remember so many Argentina teams with great players in the past, but this team is so far from those. They look terrible.”last_img read more

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Men arrested for loan sharking in Cambodia were working for Chineseowned casino

first_img RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More A group of 12 Chinese nationals arrested in Cambodia for kidnapping three people over gambling debts are said to have been working for a Poipet casino.The 12 men were detained on Saturday and charged with arrest, detainment and unlawful confinement after the families of the victims alerted Cambodian authorities last week, “After catching the three victims, they took them and detained them in their rental houses,” Provincial Deputy Police Chief, Brigadier General Sith Lah, told the Khmer Times.  “They beat them and tortured them, causing serious injuries.”According to reports, the accused men are loan sharks working in conjunction with a Chinese-owned casino in Poipet city. The name of the casino in question has not been revealed.last_img read more

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Homer Electric wants more control is that best for consumers

first_imgResidents across the Kenai Peninsula will soon vote on whether Homer Electric Association can operate without rate oversight from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The utility said deregulation would save time and money and give it more local control. But it would also allow HEA’s board to raise rates as high as they want.Listen Now Brad Janorschke, General Manager of Homer Electric Association. (Photo Courtesy of HEA)Brad Janorschke, general manager for Homer Electric Association, said the vote is about local control.“Local control being giving the Homer Electric Board of Directors the ultimate say or the final authority in the direction of the cooperative, and the rates we set,” Janorschke said.HEA began the campaign to convince its members to vote “yes” for local control in late August. The cooperative is the only power provider for most of the Kenai Peninsula, with around 23,000 members.Under the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, or the RCA, cooperative utilities already have a lot of local control. For example, they can can raise their rates up to eight percent, not to exceed 20 percent in a three-year period.But Janorschke said having the extra step of going before the RCA, for final approval of things like tariff changes, line extensions and more, adds an unnecessary layer of bureaucracy and expense.“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘How much do you think you would save?’ And I said, ‘We’d save a half million a year, easy, just in staff time and attorney fees.’” Janorschke said. “And I had one of the employees I worked with who is involved in a lot of these processes — [he] looked at me and said, ‘No, it’s probably double that.’”Janorschke said that about 80 percent of cooperatives in the Lower 48 are not regulated.Unregulated electric cooperatives have elected boards of directors that determine policy matters and approve rates and fees.Homer Electric Association’s office in Homer, Alaska.(Photo by Daysha Eaton, KBBI – Homer)But part of the RCA’s job is to look out for ratepayers.That’s something Homer resident Mike O’Meara feels strongly about. He was a spokesperson for the HEA Members Forum for years. The watchdog group formed in 2009 to counter the cooperative’s efforts to introduce coal power. They were successful and the group stopped meeting regularly in 2013.“With the issue of deregulation, I’ve started getting emails and telephone calls from people,” O’Meara said.O’Meara is skeptical of deregulation. He says that, without the RCA, there would be no consumer protection.“A big part of its job is making sure that ratepayers are treated fairly, that the prices that are charged are within reason, that if there are significant ratepayer complaints, the RCA can intervene,” O’Meara said.Mike Pate, also from Homer, was on the HEA board for 22 years. But he resigned in 2009 because he says he felt he could no longer trust the administration.He’s a strong advocate for local control, but has reservations about what HEA is pushing for.“I will be voting against deregulation. The final reason that I resigned from the board was I did not feel comfortable with the quality, integrity of the information that the board was receiving from the administration,” Pate said.Bob Pickett is chair of the RCA.“This is a very important deregulation election. I would suggest it’s probably the most important deregulation election that the commission has ever been involved with,” Pickett said.Pickett said other utilities have deregulated in Alaska. Matanuska Telephone Utility went independent earlier this year, but they have competition. HEA is a monopoly.HEA claims regulatory operating costs could decrease with deregulation. Pickett says a rate decrease is very unlikely. He says the cooperative’s debt has grown from $172 million to more than $350 million in five years. He said that debt is having an impact on ratepayers.“At this point, HEA has, on a per-kilowatt hour charge, the highest rates in the railbelt,” Pickett said.Janorschke said HEA’s bylaws protect ratepayers from unreasonable rate increases. And he said members can trust the board.KBBI: “You could raise them as high as you wanted, right?”Janorschke: “We could. However, they respond to the members.”HEA board members respond to the cooperative members, Janorschke says, but he says they also have another responsibility.KBBI: “Do they have that fiduciary responsibility to their members or to the viability of the cooperative?”Janorschke: “Um, it is the viability of the cooperative.”The destiny of the cooperative depends on the engagement of the members. If the co-op members feel their board is not making the right decisions, they always have the option to vote them out, Janorschke said.Informational meetings are scheduled for Kenai Peninsula communities in September and October. Ballots will be mailed out in October and must be returned within 30 days. Election results will be made public in December.Bob Pickett, the chair of the RCA, said he plans to attend both the upcoming HEA informational meetings in Homer on Wednesday September, 28 and in Soldotna on October 10.last_img read more

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VISA to Start New Technology Center at Bangalore

first_imgVISA to start tech center at BangaloreVisaVisa Inc. has decided to open a Technology Center of Excellence in Bangalore, India, in early 2015, which will be fully staffed by early 2017.Teams at the Center of Excellence in India will focus on the development of key application programming interfaces (APIs) and software development kits (SDKs), which will provide easy access to VisaNet, when global partners create new commerce and payment experiences.”India is fast becoming a global technology epicenter with an incredible pool of technology talent,” said Nitin Chandel, Senior Vice President of Visa’s Developer Platform based in India.”The development of a Technology Center of Excellence in Bangalore is an opportunity to build from the ground-up a culture of innovation that is reflective of Visa’s strategy to open its network to new and different technologies. Embracing and enabling new payment forms is just one reason why Visa continues to be the industry leader, providing the best way to pay, and be paid, for everyone, everywhere,” he added.This latest announcement is one of many initiatives that Visa has undertaken to strengthen its global technology resources. Looking to complement an already accomplished team of technologists, Visa will add talent to its technology facilities in Austin, Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area and Singapore, and grow its teams that support Visa’s world-class data centers in Ashburn, Virginia and Denver, Colorado.last_img read more

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Conspiracy theory behind JaPas sudden changes

first_img(From L to R) HM Ershad, Raushan Ershad and GM Quader. Photo: Prothom AloRecent and sudden changes in Jatiya Party have given rise to a spate of conspiracy theories, with a section of senior leaders, backed by the government, reportedly influencing Ershad to remove GM Quader as the party’s co-chairman and the opposition’s deputy leader in parliament.The senior leaders are said to be taking full advantage of party chief HM Ershad’s ill health and, as in the past, are pushing his wife Raushan to the fore.GM Quader came under fire for attending two programmes where the BNP secretary general and several leaders of Awami League and the 14-party alliance, who were not given cabinet posts this time, were present. Government quarters are projecting these as conspiratorial meetings.On the night of 21 March, GM Quader was removed from the post of JaPa co-chairman, after he had attended the two programmes on two consecutive days before that. One was an informal reception held in Gulshan for the US ambassador and the British high commissioner. GM Quader had been invited to the event. Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and others also attended the event. Also present was an Awami League member of parliament who had been a minister last time but was not included in the present cabinet.The next day at a seminar in Hotel Sonargaon, Mirza Fakhrul and GM Quader sat side by side. The seminar was also attended by a visiting minister from China, JSD president Hasanul Huq Inu, Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha and other leftist leaders. The programme had been organised by former industries minister Dilip Barua.Quarters within the government reportedly have eyed GM Quader’s proximity with the BNP secretary general at the seminar with suspicion. And this has gone in favour of the pro-Raushan senior leaders in JaPa.Speaking to Prothom Alo about the matter, GM Quader said he had informed the JaPa chairman about the invitation in Gulshan and got his approval to attend. And it had been the organisers who had seated him by the BNP secretary general at the seminar in Sonargaon Hotel. He doesn’t believe these two events could be the reason for his being removed from his post. He said he is puzzled about being suddenly removed from his two positions.On 1 January this year, JaPa chairman Ershad had declared his younger brother GM Quader to be his successor in the party and made him deputy leader of the opposition in parliament. Then all of a sudden on 21 March, he was removed from the post of party co-chairman on grounds of failing to run the party’s organisational activities and creating divisions within the party. On the same day he was also replaced by Raushan Ershad as deputy leader of the opposition.It is speculated that Raushan and other senior leaders of the party are behind these sudden changes. In fact, many important leaders within the party had been avoiding GM Quader ever since he had been given the party’s organisational charge and made deputy leader of the opposition.A week after his removal from the two posts, he was seen at a programme with Raushan Ershad. JaPa senior leader Anisul Islam Mahmud was seen at this party event after a long time. Raushan and Quader both spoke of party unity while addressing the anniversary of Jatiya Juba Sanghati.The party’s senior co-chairman and deputy leader of opposition in parliament Raushan Ershad said that there were no rifts or conflicts in the party. They were all united under HM Ershad. GM Quader spoke on the same lines.However, GM Quader has rejected the contention that he was removed from the posts due to failure in carrying out his duties. Speaking to Prothom Alo on Tuesday, he said, ‘I had been co-chairman for three years. There is the chairman and senior co-chairman above me. There were also two secretaries general, first Ruhul Amin Howladar and then, for the past three months, Mashiur Rahman.’ He said that when the chairman was abroad, he was made the acting chairman for 14 days. During this time, he had spent four days in Singapore with the chairman. ‘How did I fail in the remaining 10 days?’ he asked.GM Quader insists he had carried out his duties duly as deputy leader of the opposition in parliament during the absence of opposition leader Ershad.A senior leader of JaPa, on condition of anonymity, told Prothom Alo that it was Ershad himself who had accused younger GM Quader of being failed in running organisational activities and of creating divisions within the party.* This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabirlast_img read more

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Wolverines Regenerative Powers Inspire SelfHealing Smartphone Tech

first_img Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow Your expensive smartphone sat on a wall. Your expensive smartphone had a great fall.Researchers have developed a self-repairing polymeric material that could put your expensive smartphone back together again.Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, took a page directly out of Marvel Comics to create a new component that not only heals itself but can stretch up to 50 times its usual size.“When I was young, my idol was Wolverine from the X-Men,” team leader Chao Wang said in a statement. “He could save the world, but only because he could heal himself.”Inspired by the fictional mutant, who boasts powerful regenerative powers and retractable bone claws, Wang invented a self-healing lithium ion battery—”so when you drop your cell phone, it could fix itself and last much longer.”The material can stretch up to 50 times its size (Wang lab)The key component, according to the American Chemical Society (ACS), is chemical bonding. Available in two flavors—strong-but-inactive covalent bonds and weak-but-dynamic noncovalent bonds.As you may remember from middle school science class, the hydrogen bonds that connect water molecules are noncovalent; they break and constantly reform to allow for fluid properties of the liquid.And while most artificial or synthetic substances with the ability to automatically repair damage to themselves will form hydrogen bonds or metal coordination, these aren’t suitable for ionic conductors, Wang explained.Instead, he and his team used a different type of noncovalent bond: ion-dipole interaction—a force between charged ions and polar molecules—which has “never been used for designing a self-healing polymer,” Wang said. “But it turns out that they’re particularly suitable for ionic conductors.”The prototype technology, presented at last week’s National Meeting & Exposition of the ACS, can stretch up to 50 times its usual size. Even more impressive: tear it in two, and the material automatically stitches itself back together completely within a day.For their next trick, Wang and his researchers are testing the material in harsh conditions, like high humidity, which has proven troublesome in the past.“Water gets in there and messes things up. It can change the mechanical properties,” according to Wang. “We are currently tweaking the covalent bonds within the polymer itself to get these materials ready for real-world applications.” Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Elbows in knees together back straight Volcano boarding in Nicaragua

first_imgI quickly remounted and came to the conclusion that since my previous braking maneuver had failed me, I should avoid trying to reduce my speed. In essence, I should stop trying to stop. So I pushed off from the ground beneath me – elbows in, knees together, back straight – and watched a haze of black sand and green scenery merge together.My heart was beating out of its chest as a distorted Nicaragua flew past me. I wanted to brake, but I didn’t want to fall, so I just kept going at an exhilarating speed, praying that I didn’t topple again. The noise was deafening. I let out a yelp that turned into a wail and clung to the ropes. Pebbles flew into my mouth, but I kept going – rocketing down Cerro Negro terrified of how I was ever going to stop.The collection of tiny people and boards, once so far away, were getting bigger. Their blurry images were coming into focus and I realized that I had to start braking or else I’d go plunging into them.The slope was starting to even out and I could feel my board slowing down a fraction, but not enough to avoid a second collision. I tugged on the ropes once, twice, three times and then decided I would just have to stick my foot out and hope for the best.I tumbled out onto the sand and emerged covered in volcanic ash, my eyes and teeth glowing white against the black sand that covered my face. My jumpsuit was torn at the knee, I had a few minor scrapes and bruises, but I was still in one piece – grinning and wishing there was time to go again.Volcano boarding is a must for anyone visiting Nicaragua with a taste of adventure. Where else in the world can you scale an active volcano and then launch yourself off it at a speed of over 80 kph? Facebook Comments Tico Times writer Anna-Claire Bevan hurtles through the volcanic ash of Cerro Negro, in western Nicaragua.  Anna-Claire Bevan/Tico Times LEÓN, Nicaragua – I used to think you needed water, waves and a wetsuit to surf. I was wrong.When I first arrived in Nicaragua, I’d never heard of volcano boarding and thought it would be enough of a feat to scale a volcano, let alone hurtle down one on a wooden plank.Discovered by an Australian just over five years ago, volcano boarding (or surfing) is one of Central America’s newest extreme sports and promises an exhilarating ride to all who are brave enough to try it. The Tico Times Related posts:Nicaragua issues preventive alert for volcano activity 10 cool facts about Sony’s gorgeous flower eruption ad filmed at Costa Rica’s Irazú Volcano A hailstorm frosted Irazú Volcano on Friday Earthquake jolts Nicaragua after election Beginning the ascent up to the summit of Cerro Negro in western Nicaragua. Anna-Claire Bevan/Tico Times My Everest was to be Cerro Negro (Black Hill), located in western Nicaragua. Born in 1850, it’s the region’s youngest volcano and one of its most active – having last erupted in 1999, causing ash damage to the colonial city of León, 25 kilometers away. Due to its young age and constant volcanic activity, it is impossible for vegetation to grow, which means, coupled with the 41-degree gradient, it’s the perfect terrain for volcano boarding.Having arrived at its base, there was little opportunity to rebuff the rather ominous looking 700-meter (2,300-foot) volcano. Suddenly, I was exchanging my belongings for a jumpsuit and goggles – the likes of which I hadn’t seen since my high school days. This really was to be a science experiment: a test of gravity vs. stupidity.Complete with a somewhat splintery-looking wooden sleigh, I trekked to the top of the black mountain, clambering over rocks and solidified lava for 45 minutes until I reached the summit.If you look at any map of Nicaragua you will see that volcanoes litter the landscape, forming an impressive chain that runs like a dot-to-dot from the north to the south of the country; and at the top of Cerro Negro the puzzle comes alive. You can feel the heat of the lava and actually see it smoking in different places.Having scaled the volcano, I changed into an orange jumpsuit and took to my board, attempting to mimic the sitting position I’d just been shown – elbows in, knees together, back straight. “Prepare to bruise,” I thought, as I began plotting my escape route down the giant slope – to the left of that pile of ash, to the right of that one.No sooner had I flung my wooden slat down on the peak and climbed aboard when I felt someone push me. I was away, soaring down Cerro Negro at breakneck speed – igniting a mist of black sand as I went.It was amazing, it was terrifying, it was… CRASH. Gritty, volcanic ash flew up my nose. It was in my ears and somehow even down my jumpsuit. In my rookie attempt to slow down I unbalanced my board and projected myself into the air and then, painfully, back down, colliding with the rocks. It hurt, but I was still smiling.last_img read more

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AP PHOTOS Indonesians plagued by blindness

first_img Parents, stop beating yourself up Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Top Stories Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Associated PressPADANG SIDEMPUAN, Indonesia (AP) – They came from the remotest parts of Indonesia, taking crowded overnight ferries and riding for hours in cars or buses _ all in the hope that a simple, and free, surgical procedure would restore their eyesight.Many patients were elderly and needed help to reach two hospitals in Sumatra where mass eye camps were held earlier this month by Nepalese surgeon Dr. Sanduk Ruit. During eight days, more than 1,400 cataracts were removed. Comments   Share   3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement The patients camped out, sleeping side-by-side on military cots, eating donated food while fire trucks supplied them with water for showers and toilets. Many who had given up hope of ever seeing again left smiling after their bandages were removed.“I’ve been blind for three years, and it’s really bad,” said Arlita Tobing, 65, whose sight was restored after the surgery. “I worked on someone’s farm, but I couldn’t work anymore.”Indonesia has one of the highest rates of blindness in the world, making it a target country for Ruit who travels throughout the developing world holding free mass eye camps while training doctors to perform the simple, stitch-free procedure he pioneered. He often visits hard-to-reach remote areas where health care is scarce and patients are poor. He believes that by teaching doctors how to perform his method of cataract removal, the rate of blindness can be reduced worldwide.Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness globally, affecting about 20 million people who mostly live in poor countries, according to the World Health Organization.“We get only one life, and that life is very short. I am blessed by God to have this opportunity,” said Ruit, who runs the Tilganga Eye Center in Katmandu, Nepal. “The most important of that is training, taking the idea to other people.” During the recent camps, Ruit trained six doctors from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.Here, in images, are scenes from the mobile eye camps:(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

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Survey More than 40 percent of bee hives died in past year

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center WASHINGTON (AP) — More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1 percent of their colonies, the second highest loss rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“What we’re seeing with this bee problem is just a loud signal that there’s some bad things happening with our agro-ecosystems,” said study co-author Keith Delaplane at the University of Georgia. “We just happen to notice it with the honeybee because they are so easy to count.” Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Delaplane and vanEngelsdorp said a combination of mites, poor nutrition and pesticides are to blame for the bee deaths. USDA bee scientist Jeff Pettis said last summer’s large die-off included unusual queen loss and seemed worse in colonies that moved more.Dick Rogers, chief beekeeper for pesticide-maker Bayer, said the loss figure is “not unusual at all” and said the survey shows an end result of more colonies now than before: 2.74 million hives in 2015, up from 2.64 million in 2014.That doesn’t mean bee health is improving or stable, vanEngelsdorp said. After they lose colonies, beekeepers are splitting their surviving hives to recover their losses, pushing the bees to their limits, Delaplane said.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Comments   Share   Men’s health affects baby’s health too But it’s not quite as dire as it sounds. That’s because after a colony dies, beekeepers then split their surviving colonies, start new ones, and the numbers go back up again, said Delaplane and study co-author Dennis vanEngelsdorp of the University of Maryland.What shocked the entomologists is that is the first time they’ve noticed bees dying more in the summer than the winter, said vanEngelsdorp said. The survey found beekeepers lost 27.4 percent of their colonies this summer. That’s up from 19.8 percent the previous summer.Seeing massive colony losses in summer is like seeing “a higher rate of flu deaths in the summer than winter,” vanEngelsdorp said. “You just don’t expect colonies to die at this rate in the summer.”Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Maine and Wisconsin all saw more than 60 percent of their hives die since April 2014, according to the survey.“Most of the major commercial beekeepers get a dark panicked look in their eyes when they discuss these losses and what it means to their businesses,” said Pennsylvania State University entomology professor Diana Cox-Foster. She wasn’t part of the study, but praised it. Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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South African Airways to operate round the clock for World Cup

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/282da/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> In order to deal with the unprecedented air traffic during the FIFA World Cup this year, South African Airways has announced that it intends to increase capacity in order to operate around the clock during the cup period.While exact numbers are yet to be released, South African Airways spokespeople have confirmed to local media that it intends to operate 24-hours a day during the World Cup period.“We expect in the region of 350000 to 450000 visitors in the country,” said a South African Airways spokesperson to Business Day.“SAA plans to run a 24-hour operation during the World Cup in order to accommodate scheduled match times and passenger movements around these,” adds another to The Times.South African Airways is working with Match, FIFA’s official provider of tickets, accommodation and logistics, to arrange transport for the World Cup. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xlast_img read more

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New lifeboat loading policy for cruise ships

first_imgPicture: Portland Pudgy Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and European Cruise Council (ECC) oceangoing member lines will implement an additional safety procedure regarding the loading of lifeboats as part of crew training, effective immediately.Exceeding current international regulatory requirements, the new “Lifeboat Loading for Training Purposes” policy is the result of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched post-Concordia. The policy requires the full loading of a lifeboat at least once every six months during crew training sessions. Lifeboats will be filled to capacity with crewmembers and lowered into the water to ensure complete familiarisation of lifeboat operations.Involvement by all crewmembers involved in operating or loading the lifeboats is mandatory.“The cruise industry continues to work on a global level to improve the safety of passengers and crew, which is our number one priority,” CLIA president and CEO Christine Duffy said.“Since January of this year and in keeping with our efforts to continuously improve operational excellence, the global cruise industry has voluntarily adopted seven wide-ranging safety policies.“We remain fully committed to exploring further enhancements in a number of areas that will add to the industry’s excellent safety record.”ECC executive David Dingle confirmed that the new policy has been verified by marine safety experts and underlines the organisation’s commitment to continuously improve safety for both passengers and crew.“We are determined to ensure that cruising remains the safest holiday choice,” Mr Dingle said.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterLos Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism) has launched meetLA.com, a brand-new website designed as a comprehensive, one-stop destination for Australian meeting professionals looking to conduct business in Los Angeles, one of the world’s premier meeting destinations.Created specifically to accommodate the needs of meeting and event professionals, the site ensures buying decisions are simple and stress-free. meetLA.com offers critical tools to navigate the city of Los Angeles with ease such as:Find a Venue – Users can discover L.A.’s robust portfolio of venues including hotels, unique event spaces or the Los Angeles Convention Centre and filter between L.A.’s regions, attendee numbers (from 50 to thousands), meeting room totals and minimum square footage to immediately obtain targeted results.Compare Venues –Selected locations can then be quickly compared with detailed descriptions and up-to-date meeting room specifications.Interactive Mapping –An integrated Google map displays selected venue locations, estimated distances, nearby attractions and public transportation routes.“L.A. Tourism understands the importance of the meetings industry and we’ve taken detailed measures to create a website that truly reflects a planner’s interests and desires,” said Darren K. Green, senior vice president of sales at the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.“meetLA.com is designed to ensure we connect with, and provide an engaging platform for, all generations of the meeting community.”Readily accessible from all mobile devices, meetLA.com boasts enriched creative and up-to-date content such as information on new and refreshed hotels, group dining, green meetings and airport options. Planners can easily contact L.A. Tourism sales staff directly with a click of a phone number or email.The launch of the new site follows the unveiling of L.A. Tourism’s meetings campaign, meetL.A., which serves as an introduction to planners who might be unfamiliar with the destination while offering those who haven’t visited recently an opportunity to rediscover Los Angeles.Citywide convention business is booming for Los Angeles with 33 conventions booked for 2016, the most for the city since 2001. Economic impact of these conventions is estimated to be AUD$605 million (USD$429 million). 2017 also looks to be a major year as bookings are approaching 350,000 projected hotel room nights generated, due to larger citywide conventions than in 2016.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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