Olympic cycling champion Kristina Vogel paralysed after crash

first_imgGermany’s Olympic and world sprint cycling champion Kristina Vogel has been paralysed following a serious crash in training in June, she told a German magazine in an interview.”It is shit, there’s no other way to put it. No matter how you package it, I can’t walk anymore,” Der Spiegel quoted her as saying on Friday.”But I believe that the sooner you accept a new situation, the sooner you learn to deal with it,” she added.Vogel suffered serious spinal injuries after colliding with another cyclist while training at the Cottbus Sport Centre Velodrome in June.Vogel won Olympic gold in the track cycling team sprint at London in 2012 and individual sprint gold at Rio de Janeiro four years later.last_img read more

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Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar look to imbibe qualities of longetivity and passion from Dhoni, Kohli

first_imgJasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have become India’s premier fast bowling combination in all formats in the past year or so. The duo has been crucial to India’s dominating performances in one-day cricket and has successfully followed it up with Test cricket success.Along with addressing India’s new and old ball fast bowling problems, Bumrah turned out to be an instant hit with red ball too in South Africa. He hurried batsmen with lifting balls delivered with his unique action. Bhuvneshwar too has added extra yards of pace to his bowling in Test cricket.Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had a conversation with India Today on their evolution as individuals and Indian cricket’s pace explosion on the sidelines of an Asics event. Excerpts…Q: Fast bowlers hunt in pairs is an old adage. Jasprit, the two of you have proved it right across formats, haven’t you?Bumrah: It’s always very beneficial when you have an experienced partner at the other end. It’s always very important when you are creating pressure as a unit, I have always told that.Pressure from both ends is the key. At the end we both learn from each other with constant communication. I must say it’s always a good feeling to have an experienced bowler by your side.WATCH FULL INTERVIEWQ: Bhuvi, tell us how you have evolved as a bowler, adding variations to your one day bowling and extra yards of pace in Test cricket?Bhuvneshwar: It’s started when South Africa came here in 2016. That’s when I added some pace. But the series didn’t go well for me. I managed to add some pace to my game but didn’t realise with additional pace you have to change a few other things; have to add variations. When I got some time off after that series, I worked with local coaches and team coaches who helped me to change a few things which are needed when you add pace.advertisementAs to adding variations to my white ball bowling, ever since I started playing IPL, I realised you need variations. You can’t survive on line and length. You need coaches around you who can guide you to get there. I have been lucky that I have had seniors and coaches who have helped me get there. It feels good when these things work.Q: Those extra yards of pace have helped your Test bowling?Bhuvneshwar: In India there is not much swing, just a bit of reverse swing. So it’s never effective with reverse swing unless you improve pace. So I always wanted to improve pace but never knew how to do that. So working with the trainers helped me achieve that.Also read – Every India pacer is capable of bowling 140 kmph, says Jasprit BumrahQ: Jasprit, much before you made your India debut in Australia for the one-dayers, people had seen you trouble batsmen in IPL. But to develop this ability to bowl yorkers at will, what’s the process behind that?Bumrah: People have seen me bowl in IPL. But I got wickets before that from first class cricket and there I have learnt a lot. That gives you a lot of confidence. IPL is t20 format but first class is four day cricket and one day matches. So there is a lot more to learn. When you get into international cricket with the confidence from combination of first class cricket and IPL, it is very beneficial.Q: Yes you did well in Ranji trophy for Gujarat. But still did you surprise yourself with the instant success you found in Test match cricket? How did you discover the Test match length so quickly?Bumrah: If I say, I surprised myself that would be a wrong answer to say. Because if I don’t believe in myself than who else will?For me it was always very important to play Test cricket and for that I was able to discover that self confidence. And that was because of first class cricket. Because that year we had won the Ranji trophy for Gujarat as well. That build up to South Africa was very important because I had taken wickets in Ranji trophy. All of that allowed me to adapt to the conditions in South Africa even though they were little different from India.Q: Micheal Holding observed on air that you can add a few extra strides to bowling run up to avoid strain on your body. Has anyone come upto you with this idea or have you ever considered it?advertisementBumrah: I am not thinking too much about that. I am not focused on what he has said. It’s ok, some people have some different observations. I have been looking to do whatever is comfortable for my own body. If I am not facing any difficulty, I don’t want to tinker or change anything. If I have a problem in the future, than I will cross the bridge when I get there.Q: Bhuvi, who is the most difficult batsman you have bowled against?Bhuvneshwar: I have always said the most difficult batsman to bowl against is the man who is in form. You may have seen the best batsmen get out early when they are not in form but an in form batsman is difficult to dismiss. So form is the key.Also read – Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar KumarQ: Can the both of you tell us one thing there is to learn from each other’s bowling. Jasprit, what do you look to learn from Bhuvi?Bumrah: He has played a lot of cricket. What I always look to learn from him is his control. He can bowl any ball that he wants in any given situation. That is his biggest asset as a bowler. Now a days with the game going so fast, if you have accuracy, you have control, you can tackle any situation. That’s what I also want to learn to develop – great control.Q: Bhuvi, what impresses you about Bumrah?Bhuvneshwar: His variations is what impress me. Of course his length ball goes quicker than any other bowler in the team currently.But when he bowls slower ones and yorkers, those are totally different than anyone else. That’s because of his unique action. I have seen him in the IPL, what he was when he started and what he is now is totally different. That’s because of his hard work.Q: Jasprit, how do you look at competition for places in Indian fast bowling? The two of you, Ishant with his experience, Shami with his movement, Umesh got a 10 wkt haul recently…Bumrah: It’s very good when you have a good fast bowling unit. Everybody has a good rapport with each other. All of us are always together discussing plans. And everybody is quick nowadays. No one is medium pace and everybody is able to clock 140’s. It’s a very good time for Indian cricket. And we learn from each other. Everybody has a different quality and not everybody is the same. It’s a very good sign. We keep learning from each other and keep developing.Also read – Any bowler can get injured, bowling action not a problem: Jasprit BumrahQ: Bhuvi, Australia is next. How do you look at the prospects of delivering in Australia. Will the fact that wickets there have become do not have as much swing be a challenge on personal front?Bhuvneshwar: It’s a challenge for sure. If you look at it for the past few years, away from home, it has become easier to bat rather than in sub continent. It’s more difficult for bowlers so it will be a challenge. But we know if we do well in. Australia it will be preparations for England (World Cup).advertisementQ: What about the Test matches?Bhuvneshwar: There will be challenges. But not thinking about them too much. We have to play white ball cricket next against West Indies. Than when we go to Australia, we will have few practice matches and net sessions. Accordingly I will plan things that can help me.Q: Jasprit, is the team not thinking, no Warner, no Smith, this is our chance?Bumrah: We don’t think like that. We are not focussing on those things.And my philosophy is whenever you get there, plan accordingly. You think about the conditions and what’s it going to be there like but look to prepare when you actually get there.Q: Next year will be a World Cup year. Jasprit, it will be your first. Bhuvi, you went to Australia last time, but that’s didn’t go as well personally. Surely, one eye on it?Bumrah: World Cup is too far. One step at a time has always been my philosophy.Bhuvneshwar: The ultimate aim is to play and do well in the World Cup. But like Jasprit said can’t think too far ahead. Focus is on West Indies, Australia and New Zealand. If we start thinking about the World Cup now, it’s possible that we will lose focus from what we have to achieve before that.Playing series against West Indies and against Australia and New Zealand is going to help our World Cup plans.Q: Jasprit, talking about areas of improvement. You have lost a few wickets to no balls. Something you are working on?Bumrah: I don’t want to talk about that. But ya, you always look to keep improving and developing new things.Q: Let’s close this interview by talking about the two big names in your side Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. One thing you would want to add to your cricket from Virat and Dhoni?Bhuvneshwar: There is one thing to learn from both of them which is the passion that have playing for India for all these years. Having done it for so long is not an easy thing. Both have different style of batting and captainship but both have one thing in common which is their passion. When you talk and spend time with them that’s what comes out and one gets to learn from.Bumrah: Both are legends of the game. But I would want my own identity. I would always want to learn from them how they have contributed for India for so long. But for me my basic aim is to have my own identity.last_img read more

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Prithvi Shaw suspended by BCCI until November 15 for doping violation

first_imgPrithvi Shaw suspended by BCCI until November 15 for doping violationThe BCCI, in a press release, said that Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 20:12 IST Prithvi Shaw had slammed a hundred on Test debut(AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI stated that it has a zero-tolerance approach towards doping in cricketPrithvi Shaw’s urine sample tested positive for the substance TerbutalineThe Board however, is satisfied with Shaw’s explanation that he had consumed the substance inadvertentlyIndian Test opener Prithvi Shaw has been suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) till November 15, 2019 for a doping violation. According to a BCCI release, available on their website, Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.”Here is the full statement from BCCI:”Mr. Prithvi Shaw registered with Mumbai Cricket Association, has been suspended for doping violation. Mr. Shaw had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups.Mr. Shaw had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match on 22nd February 2019 in Indore. His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a specified substance, is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances.On 16th July 2019, Mr. Shaw was charged with the commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge. Mr. Shaw responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV but asserting that it was inadvertent, being caused by his ingestion of the over the counter cough syrup he had taken for his cough.The BCCI is satisfied with Mr. Shaw’s explanation that he had taken Terbutaline inadvertently to treat an Respiratory Tract Infection and not as a performance-enhancing drug. Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr. Shaw’s explanation of the cause of his ADRV, and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of eight months should apply, together with disqualification of certain results.advertisementUnder BCCI ADR Article 10.10.3, Mr. Shaw is entitled to full credit against that period of ineligibility for the provisional suspension that he has been serving since 16th July 2019. In addition, because Mr. Shaw promptly admitted his ADRV upon being confronted with it by the BCCI, there is discretion under BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 to back-date the start of the period of Ineligibility to the date of sample collection (22nd February 2019). However, the BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2 also requires Mr. Shaw to actually serve one half of the period of ineligibility. Therefore, further to BCCI ADR Article 10.10.2, the eight-month period of Ineligibility will be deemed to have started to run on 16th March 2019, so that it will end at midnight on 15th November 2019.Under BCCI ADR Article 10.11.2 a Cricketer may return to train with a team or to use the facilities of a club or other member organisation of a Signatory’s member organisation during the shorter of:(i) the last two months of the Cricketer’s period of Ineligibility; or(ii) the last one-quarter of the period of Ineligibility imposed.Therefore, Mr. Shaw may return to train with his State team and/or to use the facilities of any club or other member organisation of the BCCI after midnight on 15th September 2019.The BCCI has a zero-tolerance approach towards doping in Cricket. All Cricketers are personally responsible for ensuring that anything they eat, drink or put in their body does not give rise to an ADRV under the BCCI Anti-Doping Code. The BCCI provides a dedicated 24X7 Anti-Doping Helpline where the Cricketers and Cricket support personnel can contact for any drug queries.”Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Prithvi Shawlast_img read more

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Calgary woman gets two speeding tickets in 10 seconds on Edmonton street

first_imgEDMONTON – A Calgary woman says she’s getting ready for a court battle after receiving two photo radar tickets issued just 10 seconds apart.But a city spokesman tells CTV Edmonton it’s no accident, explaining the cameras are placed in what he calls high-risk areas.Susan McNab was driving in Edmonton’s west end four months ago and was shocked to get tickets for $118 and $111 from photo radar cameras placed within 250 metres of each other.She readily admits she was speeding on 170 Street that day and says she will pay one of the tickets but will fight the other.She asks if such a system is really effective in stopping speeding, and Gary Shimko, the city’s executive director of traffic safety, says the answer is yes.He says there has been a 60 per cent reduction in injuries over the last 10 years.“Each one of these locations has the potential to kill,” he says of the busy street where McNab was ticketed twice.He says there are a lot of signs warning of photo radar, and notes only a handful of people get the double tickets.“Maybe about five, six times a year we might see this,” he says.McNab thinks that’s nonsense, and says she’s being penalized twice for the same incident.“This is a blatant cash cow,” she says. “There has got to be reasonable limits set. Can you put down cameras every 10 feet? Of course not. But there’s nothing black and white in place.”The provincial government is planning a review of photo radar practices.“Photo radar shouldn’t be used as a revenue generating tool,” says Transportation Minister Brian Mason.“Its only appropriate use is to improve the safety of Alberta’s roads. Our government wants to make sure that its use is aimed at safety.”(CTV Edmonton)last_img read more

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BC wraps up its arguments in Trans Mountain court case

first_imgVANCOUVER (660 NEWS) – The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project is once again in the courtroom. The BC Government is looking to control the flow of diluted bitumen in the project, but several groups including the Alberta and Federal governments disagree with that assertion.Eugene Kung is an environmental lawyer. He claims the case will revolve around which jurisdiction these rules fall under.“It’s important to recognize that jurisdictions, as set out in the constitution, are important in terms of assigning responsibility for various areas.”He argued there is some grey area with those jurisdictions. He compares the BC government argument to how we deal with highways.“Federal standards for emissions and so on for cars, but the provinces can still decide on speed limits or license conditions.”The City of Burnaby says an environmental permitting system proposed by the BC government would help it prepare to respond to a disaster from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.Michelle Bradley is representing the city and made the comment in the BC Court of Appeal, which is hearing a reference case that asks whether the province can create such a system.Bradley says Trans Mountain already relied extensively on Burnaby’s first responders in 2007, when a contractor struck the line and 224,000 litres of heavy oil spewed into a residential area.She told the court that environmental damage will be local, not national, so the governments closest to those communities should be empowered to enact legislation to protect them from harm.BC concluded its arguments before the Appeal Court as it hears a reference case filed by the province over proposed changes to its Environmental Management Act that would affect the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.A lawyer representing the province says the proposed changes won’t allow B-C to refuse to provide a permit to a pipeline operator without cause.The governments of Canada, Alberta, and Saskatchewan have not yet had an opportunity to deliver arguments in court, but they say Ottawa, not provinces, has jurisdiction over inter-provincial projects like Trans Mountain.Canada says in court documents that the proposed amendments must be struck down because they give the province a “veto” over such projects.With files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Serial cyberstalker who threatened women sent to prison

PROVO, Utah — A man who posted a Facebook message threatening to kill “as many girls as I see” in retaliation for years of romantic rejection has been sentenced to up to five years in prison in Utah.A judge sentenced 27-year-old Christopher W. Cleary of Denver during a hearing Thursday at a court in Provo, south of Salt Lake City.Judge Christine Johnson rejected a recommendation made by Cleary’s attorney and prosecutors to sentence him to probation so he could be returned to Colorado to serve prison time there for probation violations for previous crimes.Cleary spoke briefly, saying he was sorry for what happened.Cleary’s Facebook threat came hours before women marched through many U.S. cities in January, stoking fears of another deadly rampage by a man blaming women for his problems.Brady McCombs, The Associated Press read more

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BRP stock rises as doubledigit profit gain beats expectations

VALCOURT, Que. — BRP Inc. says its fourth-quarter revenue was up 22.8 per cent from a year earlier, beating analyst estimates and propelling the Quebec-based company’s three-month profit to $82.7 million.The maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Can-Am wheeled vehicles, boats, outboard motors and other recreational products says its fourth-quarter profit amounted to 84 cents a share, up 23.5 per cent from a year earlier.Based in Valcourt, Que., BRP says its revenue for the three months ending Jan. 31 was $1.51 billion, up from $1.23 billion a year earlier, due mostly to higher wholesale sales of its seasonal and year-round products.Favourable currency rates also contributed $38 million to the revenue increase.BRP’s normalized net income was $85.8 million or 88 cents per share.Analysts had estimated 83 cents per share of adjusted earnings and $1.41 billion of revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Related Stories:HealthEquity: Touches eight-month low on FY profit forecastCintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2020 First Quarter ResultsBlackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cut read more

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Company unveils new plan for BC mine to address concerns about health

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The company behind a controversial copper-gold mine near Kamloops, B.C., has unveiled a new proposal in an effort to address concerns about potential health risks.Members of the Kamloops Area Preservation Association have said an estimated 90,000 people could be exposed to toxic dust containing arsenic, lead and aluminum that would blow over the city from the open-pit mine that they fear is too close to homes.Now, KGHM Ajax has come up with a plan to move the mine farther south and eliminate a tailings stack in favour of a conventional tailings pond to the southeast.The tailings pond will cover Goose Lake, which the company described as a slough with a maximum depth of one metre.Ajax officials announced last August that they were working on a new mine plan. They also said the pit would be expanded, along with ore production.The joint venture involves Poland-based KGHM and Vancouver junior partner Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp. (TSXV:AME).The project must still be approved by the federal and provincial governments after environmental assessments have been done.If that happens, the company hopes to begin construction in July 2016.KGHM Ajax has bought properties from two families in order to facilitate the new mine footprint.“We’ve treated these people fairly and with respect,” company spokesman Yves Lacasse said.“No one was forced to sell their land.”Company officials said changes are designed to address community concerns, including dust and visual impact.“Most of the changes are a result of listening to the community,” said project manager Warner Uhl, who outlined the reconfigured mine to the media in a series of meetings.The most significant change will see a tailings pond, a man-made lake created using waste rock to form an earthen berm and dam.The tailings pond will move more than five kilometres southeast of the formerly proposed 61-metre tall dry tailings stack conceived under the original plan in 2010.The plan for the dry tailings stack will be abandoned.“The full height would have been 200 feet,” Uhl said.“The concern with the Coquihalla (Highway) was if there had been a slide, it would have impacted the Coquihalla.”Elimination of the tailings stack also means the mine will not be visible from the highway.“The biggest advantage with wet (tailings) is we get away from this being close to the Coquihalla.”The proposals will now be sent through the federal-provincial comprehensive environmental assessment.KGHM plans to submit its complete application next March.The company has a 60,000 tonnes-a-day production target for the anticipated 20-year life of the mine that would employ about 500 people. (Kamloops This Week) Company unveils new plan for B.C. mine to address concerns about health risks by Cam Fortems, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2014 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN renews call for dialogue between displaced persons and Myanmar authorities

“UNHCR is reiterating its call for peaceful dialogue and confidence building between the IDPs [internally displaced persons] and Government. We believe this is key to avoiding further violence,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news conference in Geneva.The latest incident is reported to have started on Friday morning, when a dead body was found in a creek near Ohn Taw Gyi IDP camp outside Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state. The cause of death and the handling of the body erupted into a dispute between a group of IDPs and the local police. This is believed to have led to violent confrontations between the police and IDPs that led to several injuries. Mr. Edwards noted that the situation in the camps had calmed enough yesterday to allow humanitarian work to resume. UNHCR is the lead agency for shelter, camp coordination, camp management and protection in the humanitarian response in Rakhine state. Its current priority is to provide temporary relief for the displaced during the rainy season.“Our teams are working with partners and the IDPs to strengthen camp management and help establish reliable camp committees that can mitigate any future tensions,” the spokesperson said. He added that “camp coordination and camp management activities are of paramount importance to assist in ensuring constructive dialogue with the authorities in order to prevent future incidents.”Some 140,000 people remain internally displaced in Rakhine state following last year’s inter-communal violence, according to UN agency figures. An additional 36,000 people in isolated areas and host communities in the state have also been adversely affected, with little to no access to work and basic services. read more

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Missing Frightened Rabbit lead singer did not take phone with him from

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.”The frontman followed the tweet up minutes later at 11.09 with message simply reading: “I’m away now. Thanks.”His latest tweet prompted hundreds of supporters to come forward with messages of encouragement for the singer, including former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, who replied with: “You OK, fella? Sending love and a shoulder if you need it.”A post from the Frightened Rabbit Twitter account said: “We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now.”He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now.”Please could Scott or anyone with any information on his whereabouts please contact Police Scotland .”He is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, a navy hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers.Inspector Graeme Dignan said: “We are keen to locate Scott as soon as possible to ensure he is safe and well and would urge anyone who can assist with our ongoing inquiries to come forward.”If you believe you have seen him since the early hours of Wednesday morning or know where he currently is, then please contact police immediately. Scott Hutchison – lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit “If somehow you are reading this Scott then can you just let someone know you’re safe please? We love you very much.” The brother of missing the Frightened Rabbit frontman has talked of his “incredible worry” as police continue to search for him. Scott Hutchison, 36, has not been seen since leaving the Dakota Hotel in South Queensferry in Scotland at 1am on Wednesday in a “very fragile state”. It has emerged the lead singer left the hotel without his phone and his brother Grant, who plays drums in the Scottish indie band, updated fans this morning by saying: “We have no news to report on Scott’s whereabouts this morning.”Your support so far has been incredible and all we ask is you keep him in your thoughts, keep an eye out and keep sharing his picture online. Thanks for everything. Your kindness and positivity is keeping us going.”He signed off the message on Twitter with his initial, and it came after an Instagram post yesterday pleading for help.In it, he said: “Has anyone seen my brother/bandmate/best friend? He’s in a very fragile state and has been missing since last night and we’re all incredibly worried.”He was in a hotel in South Queensferry and hasn’t been seen or heard from since 1am.”Please repost and share and get in touch if you have any info. His phone is with the police. Messages of hope were sent from friends, family and fellow musicians, including Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol and Frank Turner. There was also support from authors Irvine Welsh and Christopher Brookmyre, and radio presenter Edith Bowman.Singer-songwriter Saint Raymond wrote: “Really hope he’s found well. Saw frightened rabbit live on Isle of Skye about seven years ago, and that show taught me how a live show should be. Incredible energy. Praying he’s ok.”Frank Turner wrote: “Scott is simply one of the best people I know. Keep your eyes Edinburgh, and look after him if you see him.”Hutchison is described as white, 6ft tall with a stocky build, dark hair and a thick beard.He was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, navy blue hooded jacket, grey or khaki trousers and white trainers.Police Scotland said there was no update on the search for the singer, who lives in Dennistoun, Glasgow.Anyone with information should contact officers at Drylaw Police Station via the 101 number. I’m away now. Thanks.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 Three hours before he was last seen, Hutchison tweeted: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. Scott Hutchison - lead singer of the band Frightened Rabbit Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.— Scott Hutchison (@owljohn) May 8, 2018 The band, which was formed in Selkirk in Scotland in 2003, are due to perform in Glasgow on June 1.During the early years, Hutchison began performing under the name Frightened Rabbit – a name given to him by his mother to describe his shy nature as a child.He began recording and performing with his brother Grant the following year and has collaborated a number of indie acts. Vocalist and guitarist Hutchison is the only ever-present member of Frightened Rabbit, who have released five studio albums. The latest, Painting of a Panic Attack released in 2016, reached number 16 in the UK album charts and the 2008 release The Midnight Organ Fights made NME’s top 100 albums of the decade.  Scott Hutchison performing in 2012 Scott Hutchison performing in 2012 “I’d also urge Scott to get in touch with family, friends, or with police, to let us know he is alright.” read more

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Oireachtas agenda Junior doctors property tax and health insurance

first_imgWHAT ARE OUR politicians doing in the halls of Leinster House?TheJournal.ie lets you know with our guide to what’s coming up to the Dáil, Seanad and various Oireachtas committees today.DÁILThe day kicks off at 2pm with Joan Burton taking Dáil Questions to the Minister for Social Protection. Enda Kenny will take the high-octane Leaders’ Questions at 3:15pm and the slightly more sedate Questions to the Taoiseach afterward. Four Topical Issues are discussed shortly after 5pm.The rest of the evening, between 6pm and 10pm, is divided into three chunks – with the first and third devoted to finalising the Property Tax Amendment Bill, which irons out details of how the tax will be collected, and who might be entitled to defer their payments.They’re interrupted at 7:30pm by 90 minutes of debate on Fianna Fáil’s motion about health insurance, which calls on the government to use its VHI shareholding to cut down on fees paid to consultants.The day’s Dáil business can all be viewed here.SEANADThe Seanad’s daily Order of Business (2:30pm) is restored to its full 75 minutes, after being cut short last week, and is followed at 3:45pm with debate on the proposed changes to Dáil constituencies for the next general election.The day’s Seanad business can all be viewed here.COMMITTEESThere are four committee meetings holding public sittings today: At 2pm, the committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine discussed a proposed code of conduct for grocery sellers, including a code for pricing, supporting local produce, and – key in the current equine environment – labelling. Representatives from Retail Ireland will attend. (Watch here.)Elsewhere at 2pm, the committee on Health and Children discusses the working conditions of non-consultant ‘junior’ doctors in Irish hospitals. (See ‘One to watch’ below.) (Watch here.)Slightly later, at 2:15pm, the Environment committee will get into the mood of Seachtain na Gaeilge by having students from three Dublin schools in to speak about three topical issues trí meáin na Gaeilge. The three topics are: ‘A bhfuil roimh Éirinn san Aontas Eorpach’, ‘An tionchar atá ag na meáin shóisíalta ar an saol in Éirinn’, and ‘An tábhacht atá le pobail áitiúla a fhorbairt’. (If you’re lost, that’s ‘Ireland’s future in the EU’, ‘The impact of social media on Irish life’, and ‘the importance of developing local communities’.) (Watch here.)The EU Affairs committee meets Eamon Gilmore at 3:30pm to discuss the agenda for next week’s meeting of the European General Affairs Council, which he’ll be chairing in Brussels. (Watch here.)TheJournal.ie‘s One to WatchThe Health committee’s discussion on the working hours of junior doctors could be a watershed moment in the campaigns to bring some order to the working hours of non-consultants.Recently James Reilly affirmed that Ireland would be in line with the EU directive on working time – which limits a week to 48 hours – by next year, but why next year when the directive has been in place since 2000?Reilly also affirmed that the reduced hours could not affect the overall health pay bill – suggesting that staff would need to work for less pay if room was to be found to hire more staff and cover the labour shortfalls.The input of the IMO and the HSE – both of whom are due at the committee today – will be interesting.Column: ‘I once worked an 80-hour shift’ – a junior doctor’s storyExplainer: How does a Bill become a law?last_img read more

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Razer and Belkin Team Up for the Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad

first_imgThe Belkin n52te Speedpad is incredibly popular with gamers looking for a few extra programmable keys they can use for an edge in multiplayer PC games, especially massively-multiplayer RPGs and first-person shooters. Now, thanks to a partnership between Razer and Belkin, the new Razer Nostromo Gaming Keypad is the spiritual successor to the n52te, and retains the sleek looks, 16 fully-programmable soft-touch keys, multi-directional thumb-stick and ergonomic design that made the original so well-loved. The Razer Nostromo may look like the n52te and carry the Razer logo, but under the surface you’ll find a new chipset and on-board memory that allows gamers to program in up to eight button configurations and toggle between them instantly, and a new software package that lets you program long button combinations as one-click macros. The new Razer Nostromo is available now worldwide for $69.99 retail price.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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China pushes unmodified passenger train to 302 mph

first_imgIn China, the rail network is a matter of national pride, and the government has been working to create one of the best high-speed train services in the world.The aim is to have unmodified passenger trains travelling at over 312 mph by 2012, and this week they’ve gone a long way to achieving that. The CRH-380A train has managed to reach 302 mph in a test run along the Beijing to Shanghai rail link.China’s push for high speed trains has two main reasons. The first is to cut down on the congestion the country faces on current popular train routes, the second is to cut down on travelling time between major cities. Considering the size of the country that makes a lot of sense with cities being as much as 824 miles apart. Even travelling at 300 mph that’s an almost 3-hour journey.China’s goal now is to push the speed past 312 mph and cut the travelling time between Beijing and Shanghai to below 5 hours. There’s also plans to increase the 8,125 miles of high-speed rail to 10,000 miles by 2020 making China the clear leader in nationwide fast train travel.To get an idea of just how fast this train moves check out the video below. Jump ahead to the 1m 30 mark to see it travel through an empty station:Both Japan and France have had trains travelling at higher speeds, but China’s achievement is managing to travel so fast without modifying the train. Japan’s 361 mph record required a train levitated on magnets, for example.Read more at CBS NewsMatthew’s OpinionI really wouldn’t want to be standing at a station as this train went past. In fact, I don’t think it could at full speed without blowing all onlookers off the platform.I’m sure Chinese engineers are taking precautions to ensure the track is up to the task of carrying a train at 312 mph every day, but if something goes wrong it’s going to go seriously wrong as something that heavy travelling so fast is going to take a long time to stop.last_img read more

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Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders jailed for 10 weeks for failure to

first_img Aug 28th 2019, 11:46 AM Ex-Premier League footballer Dean Saunders arrives at Chester Magistrates’ Court. Short URL https://the42.ie/4785401 Ex-Premier League footballer Dean Saunders arrives at Chester Magistrates’ Court. Image: Peter Powell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 39 Comments Share7 Tweet Email1 By AFPcenter_img Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders jailed for 10 weeks for failure to provide breath test The former Wales international was stopped on suspicion of drink driving by police in Boughton, Chester, on 10 May. 33,375 Views Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 11:46 AM DEAN SAUNDERS, ONCE Britain’s most expensive player, was jailed for 10 weeks today for failing to provide a breath test to police with the judge labelling him “arrogant”.The 55-year-old former striker — capped 75 times by Wales — pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to comply with a roadside breath test and failing to provide a breath sample for analysis.Saunders, who cost a then record transfer fee for a British player of £2.9million when Liverpool bought him from Derby in 1991, had originally pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing.Saunders’ lawyer claimed his client had drunk two pints at Chester Races on 10 May this year and it had ‘interacted’ with the medication he takes for injury to his knees and his inhaler for his asthma.Police who arrested him said Saunders was slurring his speech and had to prop himself up against his Audi A8 car when he was asked to get out of the vehicle.In sentencing Saunders, the judge Nicholas Sanders did not hide his lack of regard for the former footballer’s behaviour. In fact the opposite is true — someone in the public eye should expect a deterrent sentence when they flout the law.”Saunders, whose management career came to a halt when he was sacked by lowly Chesterfield in 2015, was also banned from driving for 30 months and ordered to pay court costs of £620.- © AFP 2019 “Throughout these proceedings you have shown yourself to be arrogant, thinking you are someone whose previous and current role in the public eye entitles you to be above the law. Image: Peter Powelllast_img read more

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Soyouz1  45 ans depuis le tragique accident

first_imgSoyouz-1 : 45 ans depuis le tragique accidentIl y a 45 ans fut organisé le premier vol du vaisseau spatial Soyouz-1. Aujourd’hui, c’est l’occasion de revenir sur le tragique événement qui coutâ la vie de l’astronaute russe Vladimir Komarov.Astronaute peut être un métier à risque, surtout durant la fameuse « course  à l’espace » opposant les Etats-Unis et l’Union soviétique entre 1957 et 1975.  Vladimir Komarov, aviateur russe, a payé de sa vie le coût de l’impatience de ses dirigeants en embarquant le 23 avril 1967 à bord du Soyouz-1. A l’époque, l’ingénierie spatiale encore à ses balbutiements, devait répondre rapidement aux attentes du monde entier, désireux de voir l’Homme voler dans l’espace. C’est ainsi que Komarov fut assigné au vol du premier des Soyouz, un vaisseau qui, à l’époque, fut l’objet de seulement deux piètres essais de vols à vide. Les concepteurs de l’appareil, sous la pression des politiques acceptèrent finalement d’envoyer le prototype avec, à l’intérieur, un cosmonaute capable de régler à bord la plupart des problèmes techniques qui se posaient jusque-là. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACes difficultés ne se firent pas attendre. Dès la mise en orbite du vaisseau, Komarov ne put déployer un des panneaux solaires, ce qui causa un déséquilibre de l’appareil et une insuffisance en énergie. Par ailleurs, de la buée infiltrée dans le système de commande empêcha le détecteur d’orientation solaire et stellaire de fonctionner correctement. L’astronaute fut ainsi contraint de piloter manuellement le Soyouz. A son retour sur Terre, le parachute principal du vaisseau ne pu se déployer, engendrant la chute vertigineuse, d’environ 50 mètres par seconde, du module de descente qui prit feu en percutant le sol.     Komarov fut le premier homme à mourir pendant une mission spatiale. Son tragique accident fit l’objet d’une rigoureuse investigation qui mit en évidence la forme dysfonctionnelle des compartiments des parachutes rendant difficile leur déploiement. Par ailleurs, de récentes études montrent que le produit utilisé pour protéger la surface du module, lors de son entrée dans l’atmosphère, aurait pénétré dans le compartiment du parachute, compromettant son extraction. Le 28 avril 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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MIT 3D Printer Turns Anyone Into a Roboticist

first_img Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Stay on target Start your own robot revolution with MIT CSAIL’s “Interactive Robogami” system.Researchers from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing a way to design, print, and assemble a simple cyborg in as little as four hours.The system, dubbed “Interactive Robogami,” is aimed at non-experts—the unwashed masses without a degree in science or engineering.(via MIT CSAIL)“Designing robots usually requires expertise that only mechanical engineers and roboticists have,” Ph.D. student Adriana Schulz said in a statement.But not anymore. As detailed in a paper published in the latest issue of the International Journal of Robotics Research, users can choose from a library of 50-plus bodies, wheels, legs, and accessories, as well as a selection of gaits (which determines how the bot moves).Set your imagination free. And don’t worry about building an impossible automation: By confirming speed, stability, and other aspects, the system is able to ensure feasibility. So you know your robot won’t be too top-heavy to move.“What’s exciting here is that we’ve created a tool that allows a casual user to design their own robot by giving them this expert knowledge,” Schulz said.Once designed, the program uses an origami-inspired print-and-fold technique that combines “the most effective parts” of 2D and 3D printing to “develop strong, complex designs with lightweight materials,” according to Cynthia Sung, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania.To test their system, the CSAIL team gave eight subjects 20 minutes of training before asking them to perform two tasks. The first involved creating a mobile, stable car design in 10 minutes; the second required them to navigate a robot through an obstacle course as quickly as possible.(via MIT CSAIL)Each cyborg (six in total) took 10 to 15 minutes to design, three to seven hours to print, and 30 to 90 minutes to assemble. They also demonstrated what MIT called a “wide range of movement,” like using single legs to walk, employing legs and wheels simultaneously, and applying different step sequences.“You can quickly design a robot that you can print out, and that will help you do these tasks very quickly, easily, and cheaply,” Sung said. “It’s lowering the barrier to have everyone design and create their own robots.”While the current system focuses solely on designs that walk, the team hopes future bots will also take flight, and that users will be able to better customize their creations.“These tools enable new approaches to teaching computational thinking and creating,” MIT professor Daniela Rus added. “Students can not only learn by coding and making their own robots, but by bringing to life conceptual ideas about what their robots can actually do.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Home Retail Group boosts share scheme uptake

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Home Retail Group, which owns retailers Argos (pictured), Habitat and Homebase, has boosted engagement with its employee sharesave scheme by increasing its communications around the benefit. After receiving feedback from its employees, gathered through feedback questionnaires at the point at which staff are invited to join the scheme, Home Retail Group aspired to make shares less intimidating for its staff and explain the scheme in a simple manner.The organisation communicated the scheme to staff by speaking to many of them face-to-face at its sites across the country, as well as through in-house magazines, presentations followed by question and answer sessions, colourful invitations, and a bitesize summary video featuring testimonies from staff that had already used the scheme.Its sharesave scheme has seen 10% employee take up so far this year, as around 4,000 of the 40,000 eligible members of staff who have been working for the organisation for six months or more, have opted to utilise it. The scheme, which was implemented in 2007 and administered by Yorkshire Building Society, allows employees to see their money mature over either three or five years, and any amount from £5 to £250 a month can be saved. Debbie Cam, colleague services manager, queries and benefits at Home Retail Group, said: “As our share price has steadily decreased over the past few years, staff have been encouraged to save [through the scheme]. “It’s also a great retention tool and a vote of confidence from employees who use it.”last_img read more

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Wilmington Python Up For Adoption

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMSPCA To Drop Adoption Fees For Animals Most In Need of Homes On August 17In “Community”Dog That Was Returned To MSPCA Shelter FOUR Times Finds Her Forever Home In WilmingtonIn “Community”SAVE THE DATE: Castleberry Faire Holiday Craft Festival Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 29-December 1In “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — According to this recent Craigslist ad, a 3-year-old ball python is up for adoption in Wilmington. The snake comes with a tank and accessories. The current owner is asking for a $70 rehoming fee. If interested, click on the link to the ad and click “reply.”Ball PythonLike 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? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

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Kodiakbased district sees challenger to caucusswitching Republican

first_imgRep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, speaks at a House majority press availability in April, on the left. Rich Walker, on the right, is challenging her for the Republican nomination for the Alaska House district that includes Kodiak, Cordova and Yakutat. (Stutes photo by Skip Gray/360 North, Walker photo courtesy of Rich Walker)The Alaska primary on Tuesday could help determine who sets the agenda for the next Legislature. Most of the contested primaries are among Republicans.Listen nowOne of the races that could have an impact across Alaska is in a district that includes Kodiak, Cordova and Yakutat.When Louise Stutes entered the Legislature in 2014, she joined a House majority of mostly fellow Republicans. She said she believes in Republican values and has been a member of the party for 42 years. But she said the caucus didn’t make progress on a long-term plan for the state’s budget. She said the caucus wasn’t willing to compromise.“And the partisanship, it was just unbelievable,” Stutes said. “And what did we get done? Zero. We got nothing done.”Stutes said that’s why she joined a new majority with two other Republicans, two independents and 17 Democrats. She noted that the Legislature then passed a bill to draw money from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings that closed most of the gap between what the state spends and what it brings in.Stutes’ caucus switch — and her votes — draw criticism from her primary challenger, Rich Walker.“You know, that was pretty bad as far I look at it — and so do a lot of other people,” Walker said. “If you look at her record, there’s a lot of things that she voted for that I totally don’t agree with, which is cutting the permanent fund, and taxes.”Walker said he hopes he’s part of a broader change in the Legislature.“I think we need a fresh new start down there and hopefully we’ll get a bunch of us down there this year to Juneau and work together,” Walker said.Walker supports restoring permanent fund dividends to the full amount under the formula used before cuts in the last three budgets. He said that any gap in funding state government shouldn’t come out of the pockets of middle- and lower-income Alaskans.Stutes said full dividends would force the state to either draw down savings that would eliminate PFDs in the long run, or require deep cuts to government.“What that tells me is, ‘Goodbye, Alaska Marine Highway System. Goodbye, airport maintenance, which means fewer flights in and out. Goodbye, snow removal in the winter. Goodbye, public safety,’” Stutes said.The sources for campaign contributions for the two candidates reflects a broader trend in the state. Rich Walker has received support from the Alaska Republican Party. Labor unions are among Stutes’ campaign donors.Another Republican who switched caucuses, Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, also is facing a challenger, Aaron Weaver.The third House member who was a Republican who switched caucuses is Paul Seaton of Homer. He’s running as a registered nonpartisan in the Democratic primary.last_img read more

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Baltimores Empowerment Temple Hosts AFRO Mrs Santa Toy Gift Giveaway Event

first_imgThe Empowerment Temple hosted an AFRO Mrs. Santa Toy and Gift Giveaway event on Thursday, at the Empowerment Temple Church on Primrose Ave in West Baltimore on December 21st.  A large amount of toys, school supplies, bicycles and much more; donated by many of Baltimore’s most important organizations, were given away to numbers of the area children who otherwise would have received very few gifts this Christmas.Pictured (from left to right) are some of the Mrs. Santa Elf helpers who assisted in bringing broad smiles to many of the children attending the event: Nicole Kirby, PR hostess for the Empowerment Temple; Takiea Hinton, AFRO Editorial Administrative Assistant; Jake Oliver, AFRO Publisher/CEO; Robyn Priest, President, Baltimore Chums; Diane Hocker, AFRO Mrs. Santa; and, Freddi Vaughn & Deborah Ferguson, who represented the Baltimore Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Silhouettes.Pictured (from left to right) are some of the Mrs. Santa Elf helpers who assisted in bringing broad smiles to many of the children attending the event: Nicole Kirby, PR hostess for the Empowerment Temple; Takiea Hinton, AFRO Editorial Administrative Assistant; Jake Oliver, AFRO Publisher/CEO; Robyn Priest, President, Baltimore Chums; Diane Hocker, AFRO Mrs. Santa; and, Freddi Vaughn & Deborah Ferguson, who represented the Baltimore Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Silhouettes. (PHOTO CREDIT-Anderson Ward)Empowerment Temple–BBE 4205 – Robyn Priest, Shirell Tyner, Diane Hocker, Freddi Vaughn, Deborah Ferguson and Takiea Hinton. (PHOTO CREDIT-Anderson Ward)Empowerment Temple– BBE 4213 – Diane Hocker, Quesha Bruce, Desmond Bruton and Freddi Vaughn. (PHOTO CREDIT-Anderson Ward)Empowerment Temple- Freddi Vaughn, Pastor Jamal Bryant, Diane Hocker and Joseph Greene. (PHOTO CREDIT-Anderson Ward)last_img read more

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