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  • Landslide at Muskrat Falls prompts renewed calls for independent review

    first_img(The above photo was posted to Facebook on Saturday. It was reportedly shared by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site and shows a landslide on the north side of the river.)Justin Brake APTN NewsAnxiety in on the rise in Labrador as land protectors and others living downstream of Muskrat Falls react to images that show a landslide on the banks of the Lower Churchill River at the project site.Residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Mud Lake held a motorcade in Happy Valley Monday to protest the Crown energy corporation and Muskrat Falls proponent Nalcor Energy’s response to the event.On Sunday, after the photos were reportedly leaked by a worker on the Muskrat Falls site the previous day, Nalcor issued a statement saying the slide poses “no safety risk in relation to the North Spur or the Muskrat Falls facilities,” and that landslides along the river are “fairly common.”The North Spur is a natural peninsula in the river that Nalcor is using to form a “natural dam” as part of the Muskrat Falls facilities.As far back as the project’s environmental assessment process Innu elders and others with knowledge of the area have expressed concerns with the dam being built in part on land comprised of sand and marine clay, also known as “quick clay”.“We are asking that Nalcor and the [provincial] government show genuine concern and empathy and give us honest and forthright answers,” the Labrador Land Protectors said in a press release issued Monday ahead of the motorcade.“We feel Nalcor’s response is insensitive to the concerns of those who live downstream of this project, who have already seen the wrath of the river in last spring’s flood.”Last spring residents of Mud Lake, a remote community of about 50 that resides in the Muskrat Falls flood zone, were airlifted to Goose Bay in an emergency evacuation after water levels in the Churchill River flooded many homes.Residents say that in Mud Lake’s 200 year history water levels have never risen to the extent they did in May 2017.Many attribute the flooding to the Muskrat Falls facilities and believe the dam, which is reportedly more than two-third complete, altered the behaviour of the river flow and caused an ice jam that backed up water into Mud Lake.An independent review of the flooding concluded that Muskrat Falls was not to blame, though some observers have argued the analysis did not have enough data to render a definitive conclusion.“For Nalcor to simply say there is no danger with this newest landslide shows an offhanded dismissal of the downstream population’s very real fears,” the Labrador Land Protectors’ statement continued.“We have been vocal that residents living in the flood zones, especially Mud Lake and the lower Valley, are under incredible stress and anguish while government and company continue to downplay concerns as trivial and insignificant.”An aerial view of the Muskrat Falls facilities in January 2018, with a view of part of the North Spur on the right. Photo: Nalcor Energy.APTN News requested information on the slide from Nalcor; a spokesperson responded by directing APTN back to the corporation’s three-paragraph statement, which only says the slide occurred on the north side of the river, downstream of the North Spur and outside of the North Spur dam stabilization area.Residents of the area, including Innu and Inuit who were involved in the 2016 protests that led to blockades and an occupation of the Muskrat Falls site, have been calling on the provincial government to order an independent review of Nalcor’s assessment of the North Spur and the corporation’s geotechnical engineering plans to stabilize the area to prevent a dam breach.While the Liberals have ordered a public inquiry into the project as a whole, and more recently a forensic audit of Nalcor, they haven’t alleviated locals’ fears of a dam breach with calls for an inquiry into the North Spur.Independent Newfoundland and Labrador MHA Paul Lane told APTN Monday that residents of the area have told him “they’re in fear of their life,” and that “they can’t sleep at night.”“If Nalcor is confident in the fact that they have a solution [to stabilize the North Spur], then come forward with what exactly it is they’re going to do — and have that open to be scrutinized and have an independent review,” he said.“Because quite frankly people are not willing to take their word for it, and I think that’s what it’s come down to. For them to just simply proclaim, ‘Don’t worry about it guys, everything is ok — we’re confident’ — people are not accepting them face value on their word.”Maurice Adams, a blogger and longtime critic of Muskrat Falls, said his and others’ primary concerns around the North Spur and the dam’s stability once water levels are raised in the reservoir are consequent to Nalcor’s methodology in its assessments of the North Spur.“Once the reservoir is raised up to 39 metres, from what I’ve read the increase in the pressure, horizontally, is exponentially higher in accordance with the increase in the depth in the water. So we don’t really know that that particular area is safe,” he said Monday.Adams referred to the work of Swedish engineers Dr. Stig Bernander and Dr. Lennart Elfgren, who have taken an interest in Muskrat Falls because of the dam’s position atop glacial marine sediments and the unique challenges that poses.They questioned Nalcor’s methodolgy in assessing the probability of landslides around the North Spur once water levels are raised in the Muskrat Falls reservoir, in a report released last year. They fear a dam breach may occur if the proper work is not done to properly assess the risks of landslides, and to adequately stabilize the area prior to flooding.Nalcor has repeatedly maintained it has done the proper work, though critics like Adams and many locals living downstream say Nalcor hasn’t sufficiently addressed the concerns highlighted by Bernander and Elfgren.“An independent assessment into whether or not what Dr. Bernander is saying, and the methodology he says needs to be used to assess what kind of stabilization might be appropriate for the North Spur — that needs to be independently assessed and somebody need to determine whether or not what Nalcor has done there is based on sound engineering methodologies,” said Adams.Roberta Benefiel of Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, another longtime critic of the Muskrat Falls project, said she wants Nalcor to immediately lower the water in the partially flooded reservoir.“We want them to slowly lower the water, now, because we’re worried — Mud Lake is very worried,” she said Monday. “We think that’s the least [Nalcor] can do. Start to lower the water now, and do it at a sensible pace, instead of what they did last year.”In a Facebook live video of the motorcade posted by the Labrador Land Protectors Inuk land protector Marjorie Flowers criticizes Nalcor’s response to the slide.“The audacity is the only word that comes to mind, to only focus on their infrastructure when people have been living in real fear and anxiety for so long. And then this slide happens, and nothing,” Flower says.In their press release the land protectors also took aim at the government, which received a petition days before the May 2017 flooding of Mud Lake from more than a thousand residents, including many from the five communities downstream of Muskrat Falls.The petition asked for an independent review of the North Spur.Land protectors say almost a year later they still have not received a response from Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball, who is also the self-appointed minister responsible for Labrador Affairs and the Intergovernmental and Indigenous Affairs secretariat.APTN requested comment from Ball Monday, but that request was passed on to the Department of Natural Resources. A response was not received by the time of publication.Land protectors said in their press release that an independent inquiry into the North Spur would “finally allow residents to feel supported and that their elected representatives were ensuring their lives and safety.”jbrake@aptn.calast_img read more

  • ExBlackwater contractor found guilty in 2007 Iraq shooting

    first_imgWASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security contractor has been convicted of murder at his third trial in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq.Nicholas Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee, was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in Washington.Prosecutors say Slatten was the first to fire shots in the killings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad. The shooting strained relations with Iraq and drew intense scrutiny of the role of American contractors in the Iraq War.The defence had argued that Slatten opened fire because he thought a bomb-laden car was headed toward his convoy.An appeals court had overturned his 2014 conviction, saying he should have been tried separately from three other men. A jury couldn’t reach a verdict in his second trial last summer.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Site C to start construction of fivekilometrelong conveyor belt

    first_imgB.C. Hydro says the conveyor belt is expected to come into service during the summer of 2019 and will be used to transport materials to the dam site until 2023.More information on project details can be found on Site C’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro is announcing that starting this week, construction activities will begin on the installation of a five-kilometre-long conveyor belt system that will be used to transport materials from the 85 Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site Cconstruction site.According to Hydro, the conveyor belt system will run adjacent to Shaman Industrial Way, cross under Old Fort Road, and 240 Road through culverts.The work will consist of excavation and pile driving, to install the brackets and supports for the conveyor, and will take approximately three months. In addition, road work associated with the culvert installations will take approximately two months to complete.last_img read more

  • Backing players has worked for us Ricky Ponting

    first_imgNew Delhi: With his team placed comfortably at the second spot in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting believes that keeping the faith in his players has helped the team in finding the form at this crucial juncture of the competition. The 44-year-old Australian said: “There have been questions asked about where we should have dropped certain players in some matches, but I believe that when you have talented players in your squad, you just keep backing them. You know that we have players who can turn it around quite quickly as it takes just one innings or match to get going in a tournament like this.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh He added: “In the first phase of the tournament, players like Rishabh (Pant) might have had certain thoughts around his mind about the World Cup selection, but to be honest, that 78* in the first match against Mumbai was what got us the win. “I’m glad he found the form again against RR, and what you want from players like him in such a tournament is that they win you three or four matches each throughout the season, and he has certainly won two games for us so far, and if he remains in form, he can get a couple of more wins.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Delhi Capitals sit second on the points table with a tally of 14 points from their 11 matches, which include seven wins and four losses. But Ponting believes that his team is in good form and is peaking at the right time. He said: “We have won the last four out of our five matches, and with three more matches to go, I feel we are going in the right direction. I am happy that the team is peaking at the right time, with better communication amongst the group.” Asked which victory he enjoyed the most, Ponting said that the away win against Hyderabad by 39 runs was the sweetest in terms of turning it around from a losing situation. “I really liked the Hyderabad win because we didn’t do much right in that match but still found a way to win. It was more the way we fought back, probably after their batting powerplay, they batted second and they were 60-0, and the game was starting to slip away but there were some really good signs in that game from our side. “The moments when we have been under pressure the most, that is when we have started to fight, and fight under pressure, and one thing that I’ve tried to say to the boys is that we do not lose the match until the last ball is bowled. “We saw that in our last match against Rajasthan as well. We fought our way back into the match and then registered the win. But out of the seven matches that we have won, I think the Hyderabad win has been the most satisfying,” he added. After the conclusion of a couple of days’ rest, the Delhi Capitals’ squad will re-group on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium to prepare for their upcoming match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Gabby Douglas is Moving Beyond Criticism to New Projects

    Gabby Douglas wins her third gold medal at the Olympic Games (Twitter)Fresh off her turn at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, Gabby Douglas is putting the criticism behind her. Critics targetted the gymnast for her hair and lack of enthusiasm. But now, she’s looking ahead to a judging position in the 2017 Miss America pageant in September.“Miss America has been such an amazing event for so many years and I am excited to have the opportunity to judge the competition this year,” Douglas told USA Today in a statement Monday. “The contestants are a great example of strong women across America and I especially look forward to hearing the platforms that each of them will represent!”Douglas will critique 52 contestants in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The show will air live Sept. 11 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.On top of judging Miss America, Douglas is also the new spokesperson for Venus razors.The athlete’s new roles follow her third Olympic gold medal win with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team dubbed the “Final Five.” Though she increased her Olympic wins, Douglas was the center of critique during the event.Complaints about her hair resurfaced from 2012. She stood at attention during the national anthem instead of putting her hand over her heart. That caused some backlash as well. Then, viewers pounced on her for not cheering for Simone Biles during the competition.“It was hurtful. It was hurtful. It was. It’s been kind of a lot to deal with,” she said at a press conference during the Olympics.Despite the negativity, today the 20-year-old is in good spirits.She told People magazine she had a “fantastic” time in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.“I had fun,” she said. “Maybe people weren’t being fair on social media, but that’s social media for you.”To mitigate the poor attitudes online, she stayed off social media for much of the games.“I just found things to be positive about,” she explained. “And there’s a lot to be happy about. We won the gold medal as a team, and it was just such an amazing experience. I came to the Olympics and won a gold medal! That’s still really awesome. I can only do what I can do and if people want to say their stuff on social media, I can’t stop them.” read more

  • Ohio State mens lacrosse suffers first loss of season 169 at Massachusetts

    OSU then-junior attacker Carter Brown (14) during the Buckeyes’ 15-12 win against Johns Hopkins on March 5 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of OSUThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team early-season winning run came to an end on Saturday.The Buckeyes lost to the University of Massachusetts Minutemen by a score of 16-9 for their first loss and the Minutemen’s first win of the season.In similar fashion to their first two games, the Buckeyes fell into an early deficit. UMass won the opening faceoff, and junior attacker Gianni Bianchin scored his first of three goals in the half to give the Minutemen an early 1-0 lead.The Scarlet and Gray rebounded, however, and went on a 4-1 run to end the first quarter. Junior midfielder John Kelly scored two of his four goals in the quarter, and senior attacker Carter Brown threw a strike into the upper corner of the net for his third goal of the season to give OSU a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter.However, on a mission to defend its home field, UMass came out of the gate strong in the second quarter.Bianchin scored two early goals to tie the game at four, and sophomore midfielder Buddy Carr scored his first of four goals with 8:23 left to cap a 4-0 Minutemen run and give the home team a 6-4 lead.OSU was unable to get any offensive momentum in the second quarter until Kelly scored with 4:47 remaining. An additional goal for each team to end the half gave UMass a 7-6 lead heading into the break.The Minutemen outshot the Buckeyes 20-13 in the first half, while OSU had a 7-5 advantage in faceoffs, leading to a relatively even first half between the two teams.Such was not the case in the second half.UMass blitzed the Buckeye defense in the second half, outscoring OSU 9-3 en route to a 16-9 finish. The Minutemen held a significant advantage in time of possession, leading to a 17-11 advantage in goal attempts.One reason for the disparity in goals scored in the second half was how UMass was able to capitalize on its opportunities. The Minutemen were able to score off OSU turnovers and empty-netters late in the game.On the other hand, the Buckeyes were unable to capitalize on extra-man opportunities following UMass penalties the entire game, including a small stretch when the OSU had a two-man advantage.One bright spot for the Buckeyes was the play of junior midfield specialist Jake Withers. Although he was unable to gain an extreme advantage in faceoffs like the previous two games, he did win the overall faceoff battle 13-12, extending his streak of positive differentials to three games.The Scarlet and Gray will try to rebound from the loss when they are set to go up against University of Maryland, Baltimore County on Friday at Ohio Stadium. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. read more

  • Werner says Germanys win was a pure joy

    first_imgTimo Werner said he was almost in tears after Toni Kroos’ 95th-minute winner restored German hopes of qualifying for the World Cup last 16.Germany was almost eliminated when Sweden took a shock lead in the Group F blockbuster in Sochi but when Marco Reus equalized and Kroos curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner for a dramatic 2-1 victory, the hope to remain at the World Cup came back alive.Speaking afterward, Germany forward Werner told reporters via Goal:“In the locker room it was pure joy.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Some could hardly say anything. I almost had tears in my eyes on the pitch, because it was so cool. We deserve this. That could have been the turning point.“After trailing 1-0, we were facing elimination. That was a bitter moment, but the fact that we kicked on from half-time and despite the red card showed belief.”Germany are now level on three points with Sweden and three adrift of Mexico heading into Wednesday’s clash with South Korea. Progression from Group F will see Germany face either Brazil, Switzerland or Serbia in the next round.If Germany were to finish second, and Brazil were to win their group, there will be a repeat of the 2002 final in the Round of 16. Brazil won 2-0 16 years agolast_img read more

  • MarcAndre ter Stegen Barcelona are more than just Messi

    first_imgBarcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says that the team are “more than just Lionel Messi” following another incredible performance by the Argentine on Tuesday nightMessi recorded his eighth Champions League hat-trick to help inspire Barcelona to a comfortable 4-0 thrashing of Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.Speaking after Barcelona opened their 2018/19 European account with three points, Ter Stegen admitted that “Messi always turns up”.But the Germany international also feels that the entire Barca team should receive more respect for their own performance.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Lionel Messi always turns up for us, everyone knows his level and nobody can compare to him,” Ter Stegen told Marca.“But while Leo always is fantastic, there are ten other players in our team who helped us in this victory too, we are a team and not just one individual.”Barcelona will now return their focus to La Liga where they hope to make it five wins in as many games against Catalan rivals Girona on Sunday.last_img read more

  • A challenge to replace injured players Marcus Sorg

    first_imgThe Germany national team second assistant coach talked about the German footballers ahead of the team’s next two matchesThe Germany national team has two very difficult matches in the following dates.They will visit the Netherlands and France as part of the 2018-2019 UEFA Nations League A Group 1.And the Nationalmannshaft has many players injured, which has been a real challenge according to the team’s second assistant coach Marcus Sorg.“It’s a big challenge to replace a lot of injured players in such a short space of time. But we have shown in the past that we can deal with this kind of situation,” the former footballer told the nation’s official website.“The players that we have here are all still high-class ones. We will find ways of setting up the team to get some good results.”Virgil van Dijk, NetherlandsVan Dijk isn’t better than Messi & Ronaldo, says Van der Vaart Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Rafael van der Vaart reckons Virgil van Dijk is “special”, but he’s still behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best players.He also talked about the current situation with the Bayern Munich footballers.“It’s normal that the players are experiencing their current situation. They are still so experienced and they know how to deal with success and failures,” he explained.“It’s massively important to have this kind of backbone to our squad, especially considering how tough the Nations League is.”“The pots for the Euro qualifying will also depend on the Nations League important, so we need to perform well,” he added.“We need the experience to fulfill our high expectations. For the Bayern players, it’s a good opportunity to get away from their daily routines and try and improve their situations. I am sure that they will use this chance and will be determined to be successful with us.”last_img read more

  • PUBG Mobile update New features events arriving on March 20

    first_img PUBG Mobile Season 4 release date confirmed: What’s new? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:09/0:36Loaded: 0%0:09Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …center_img PUBG Mobile is treading in dangerous waters, at least in India where the game has been banned in some cities and led to arrests of several individuals. But that is not going to stop the most viral battle-royale mobile game from making the gameplay exciting for its millions of players.PUBG Mobile is celebrating the one-year anniversary this month and the celebrations are all about giving back to the community that helped it succeed tremendously in the shortest span of time. PUBG Mobile has already crossed 200 million downloads, entertains 30 million concurrent users globally and has won multiple awards.All those players are now going to be treated with some exciting new features and events as a part of PUBG Mobile’s 1st Anniversary campaign.”We want to thank the millions of players around the world for making this first year very special and we can’t wait to show you what we have in store in our second year. Words cannot express what the first year of PUBG MOBILE’s release has meant to the PUBG MOBILE team and, more importantly, our thriving and passionate community of players,” Vincent Wang, General Manager of Global Publishing Department at Tencent, said in a statement. PUBG Mobile new features comingPlayerUnknow/Twitter (screen-grab)While PUBG Mobile is building suspense for the upcoming surprises in the game, but players are already familiar with the decorated in-game lobby, complete with birthday party theme, cake, presents and dance music. PUBG Mobile has confirmed that the new features, updates and several special events will be revealed starting Wednesday, March 20.Players are familiar with the series of events and the several new features added to give a new spin to the game. Recently, PUBG introduced the much-awaited zombie mode dubbed as “Zombie: Survive till Dawn.” The limited period event in collaboration with Resident Evil 2 has received great admiration from players and critics and it is the best crossover event so far. PUBG Zombie modeScreenshotOther than regular updates, PUBG Mobile also hosted special events to reward players with real-world benefits. Of course, getting Chicken Dinners can be oddly satisfying, special events like PUBG Mobile Club Open 2019 and Oppo PUBG Mobile India Series 2019 are great motivations for players and a much-needed boost to the eSports industry.last_img read more

  • Delhi Police arrest Apoorva wife of Rohit Tiwari on murder charges

    first_imgRohit Shekhar Tiwari’s wife Apoorva Tiwari who was arrested by the Delhi Police on Wednesday.Apoorva Tiwari, Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s wife, was arrested by the Delhi Police on Wednesday, April 24, on the charge of murder. Rohit’s wife Apoorva, servant Golu and driver Akhilesh are the main suspects in the high-profile murder case.The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has registered a case of murder after the post-mortem report revealed that Rohit had died due to strangulation. As per the CCTV footages, Apoorva went to the first floor where the deceased stayed, along with the other two suspects.Late UP and Uttarakhand CM ND Tiwari’s son Rohit Shekhar Tiwari’s death case: Apoorva Tiwari, the wife of Rohit, who has been arrested today in connection with the case, being taken for questioning by Delhi Crime Branch on April 21. #Delhi pic.twitter.com/7YqZ1z9E0Y— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2019In video footage released by news agency ANI, Apoorva Tiwari was seen accompanying the Delhi Crime Branch officials on April 21. She was reportedly taken for questioning by the officials. Late Congress leader, ND Tiwari with his son Rohit Tiwari who died a few days ago.Google ImagesThe son of late Congress veteran ND Tiwari died under mysterious circumstances last week in New Delhi and was declared brought dead at Max Hospital in Saket.A statement issued by the Max Hospital read: “We received an emergency call from the residence of Rohit Shekhar Tiwari at 4.41 pm this afternoon. An ambulance brought him to Max Hospital, Saket, where he was declared brought dead at the hospital emergency. As per the established procedure, we have informed the authorities. We express condolences at the passing away of Mr Tiwari.”Chilling detailsEarlier, several reports were doing the rounds of Rohit having an extra-marital affair with one of his relative’s wife which upset Apoorva. However, Rohit’s mother Ujjwala denied the rumours and said that both her sons – Rohit and Siddharth – were in favour of parting with their property. But this decision, according to Ujjawala, didn’t go down well with Apurva who fought with her husband over the matter.Both Rohit and Apoorva had married in 2018 after a year-long courtship. The couple had met through a matrimonial website in 2017 and even though Rohit didn’t want to marry her, they eventually agreed on tying the knot.last_img read more

  • 2 killed in Sylhet road crash

    first_img2 killed in Sylhet road crashA pickup van’s driver and helper were killed as the vehicle turned turtle on Dhaka-Sylhet road in Lalbar area of South Surma upazila in Sylhet district on Wednesday afternoon.The deceased are Al-Amin, son of Sundar Ali from Sadhurgaon village in Biswanath upazila and his helper Samsuddin, 17, son of a certain Abul, resident of Gabindapur village of the same upazila, reports UNB.Locals said they saw the pickup van going upside down around 2:00pm, leaving Al-Amin dead on the spot and Samsuddin severely injured, right after crossing a motorcycle coming from the opposite direction.Later, they took Samsuddin to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.Dakkhin Surma police station officer-in-charge Khairul Fazal said the bodies were sent to the hospital’s morgue for autopsy.last_img read more

  • State okays redevelopment of Thika tenancy land

    first_imgKolkata: In a major development, the Bengal government on Thursday has decided to allow the construction of multi-storeyed buildings on Thika land in Kolkata and Howrah lifting the earlier ban of not allowing construction beyond a height of 9.5 metres. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The new law as proposed by the state government will entitle the Thika tenants to set up constructions up to five storeys. The tenants can set up their buildings on their own or through a bank loan. However, it would be obligatory on the part of the Thika tenants to accommodate the sub-tenants in the newly constructed houses. Under no circumstance, the Thika tenants will be allowed to engage developers to construct the building. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseState Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said: “All the Thika tenants and sub-tenants will be rehabilitated in the new buildings. Each floor would measure around 385 square feet. A construction of up to five storeys can be made by the Thika tenants. If someone is unable to construct the same due to financial constraints, the Bengal government will provide financial assistance to these tenants for setting up the building under ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme run by the government.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataUnder the ‘Banglar Bari’ scheme, the Bengal government extends financial help to the poor so that they can set up their houses. The Thika tenants can also apply for bank loans if they wish to do so. No promoters will be allowed to construct buildings on Thika land, Hakim clarified while addressing the media at Nabanna on Thursday. It was learnt that during the Zamindari period, the landowners used to allow tenants on their lands. Later, when the Zamindari system was abolished, these Thika tenants continued to occupy the lands and had been living there generation after generation. In Kolkata, the total amount of Thika land is something around 2,000 acre while in Howrah the figure remains nearly at 517 acre. The Cabinet meeting also proposed to set up a special committee which will look into the possible amendments in the municipal laws necessary for promulgating the new laws. On the basis of the recommendations by the committee, the new Bill will be placed in the state Assembly. Earlier, many these Thika tenants despite being affluent, were unable to construct buildings beyond 9.5 metres in height which is equivalent to a four-storeyed building due to the restrictions laid down by the municipal laws. It may be mentioned here that a large number of people living in various slums across the city will be immensely benefitted after the restriction is lifted. There are many such Thika tenants and sub-tenants in many of the slums in the city.last_img read more

  • Bulgarian operator Mtel has rolled out its ZTEpow

    first_imgBulgarian operator Mtel has rolled out its ZTE-powered anytime, anywhere IPTV service to customers across the country.According to a stock market update by China-based technology ZTE, Mtel’s cross-platform IPTV service – for TVs, PCs, tablets and mobile phones – is now in commercial use, offering interactive video over fixed or mobile broadband connections.Mtel – a subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group that claims to be the biggest mobile operator in Bulgaria – first started to pilot its IPTV service with ZTE in September 2011.Later the same year it signed a five-year deal with ZTE, agreeing that the latter provide customised end-to-end solutions for IPTV middleware, digital rights management, a content delivery network and set top boxes. The scale of the network has since expanded over several phases, ZTE said.“We believe that the successful commercial use of the multi-screen service will further consolidate the cooperation between ZTE and Mtel in the multimedia field,” said the general manager of ZTE’s value-added service product line, Chen Xinyu,“We look forward to the opportunity to provide IPTV/OTT multimedia services for Mtel’s fixed and 4G network to help them improve their user experience and create more value for the company.last_img read more

  • Viacom International Media Networks is to launch P

    first_imgViacom International Media Networks is to launch Paramount Network in the UK in July as a new destination for scripted drama, comedy and movie content.The channel, which will launch on July 4, will be scheduled and programmed by the Channel 5 editorial team under the direction of Ben Frow, director of programmes at Viacom-owned Channel 5.The international rollout of the channel is being overseen by Jill Offman, EVP Comedy Central and Paramount Network International.Content to premier on the new channel will include Kiefer Sutherland drama Designated Survivor and US comedy series The Mick starring Kaitlin Olsen. Other shows include Lip Sync Battle US, Six, Heroes Reborn and Will & Grace.Jill OffmanMovies to be aired include War of the Worlds, Catch Me if You Can, The Shining and Jackie Brown.The UK launch follows the rebranding of Paramount Channel as Paramount Network in Spain.In addition to Paramount Network in the US, Spain and now the UK, a localised version of Paramount channel is on air in 11 other territories internationally.Frow said: “Paramount Network is set to deliver high end Hollywood entertainment with blockbuster movies, scripted drama and critically acclaimed comedy featuring some of the biggest names on the planet. Supported by Channel 5’s creative scheduling and audience insight and underpinned by Viacom’s brand-building expertise, Paramount Network is a popular premium content destination in a free-to-air world.”Offman said: “Launching on TV screens in the UK is another critical milestone for the Paramount Network brand, which we’re convinced will resonate strongly with British viewers given Paramount’s distinguished and successful history of epic, cinematic story-telling for global audiences. Delivering free-to-air content to millions of UK households, underlines our belief that, despite the growing popularity of on-demand, viewers continue to value highly TV channels that offer an intelligently scheduled linear line up of quality entertainment.”last_img read more

  • Its not often that you can get two of the leading

    first_imgIt’s not often that you can get two of the leading intellectuals on any subject in the same room to debate the grand challenges we face, but we had exactly that chance recently in San Antonio. The results are a fascinating perspective on liberty and justice in our increasingly upside-down society. Can we reduce the entire world’s legal system to a single, simple law? “Attorney for freedom” Marc Victor and Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey discuss the finer points of the US legal system, why drug dealers love the war on drugs, whether Barack Obama is “playing Santa Claus,” and the reality of a Rand Paul presidency.last_img read more

  • Carol Burgos is worried her neighbors think she is

    first_imgCarol Burgos is worried her neighbors think she is bringing the neighborhood down.She lives in a mobile home park in a woodsy part of Columbia County, N.Y, just off a two-lane highway. The homes have neat yards and American flags. On a spring Saturday, some neighbors are out holding yard sales, with knickknacks spread out on folding tables. Others are out doing yardwork.Burgos’ lawn is unruly and overgrown.”How bad do I feel when these little old ladies are mowing their lawn and I can’t because I’m in so much pain?” she says.Burgos is in her early 50s. She can’t mow her lawn herself because of pain and physical limits related to her osteoarthritis, degenerative disk disease and other health issues. She was deemed disabled in 1997 and lives on payments from Social Security Disability Insurance. She gets health coverage through Medicare.She also can’t afford to pay someone to mow the lawn for her. “I don’t want another bill,” she explains. “I don’t want to be in more debt. I’m embarrassed. I don’t know, who do you ask?”Burgos estimates she is $30,000 in debt. That’s a lot, especially with so little coming in. “Less than $1,500 a month,” she says. “And that doesn’t include [costs of] fuel; cooking gas; electric; water usage.”For food, she gets a bit of money in food stamps every month. Her income works out to about $18,000 a year — not too far off from what most people living on disability benefits make.There’s no way she could pay a $1,000 expense right away, Burgos says. According to a recent poll NPR conducted with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 49% of rural Americans couldn’t afford a sudden expense of that size.The percentage was much higher — 70% — for people who, like Burgos, have disabilities. More than half of those with disabilities said their families have had problems paying for medical or dental bills in the past few years.Burgos says she doesn’t want to have to rely on disability benefits. She used to work — she’s had lots of jobs, including helping developmentally challenged people with life skills.She identifies as a “working person with disabilities” even though she hasn’t worked for 10 years. She is frustrated by the copays she has to pay for doctor visits and at the pharmacy — she ends up filling only her most important prescriptions, she says.”I want to work,” she says. “Screw the money! Give me medical coverage — full medical — so I can be an able body that is willing to work.”Burgos feels stuck in poverty and physically stuck, because it’s so hard for her to get around.Having good access to transportation — or not — has a huge impact on the health of people living in rural parts of the country, says Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco who studies the health of vulnerable populations.”If you go to less populated areas — rural areas — access to a car that functions well [and] the costs for gas becomes such an essential element,” Bibbins-Domingo says. “Both to drive to seek medical care, as well as to drive to access the other resources that are necessary to pursue good health.”Without that transportation — or ready access to other basics like healthy food or good housing — people can get into a vicious cycle, she says.”Poor health contributes to financial instability and to poverty,” Bibbins-Domingo says, “and poverty itself we know contributes to poor health.”That cycle of poor health and poverty hits people with disabilities particularly hard. “Their poverty levels are over two times higher, compared to those without disabilities,” says Bill Erickson of the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University.The federal government does provide help to people with disabilities under two different programs. Some people, like Burgos, have a work history that entitles them to payments from Social Security Disability Insurance. Others, who never worked — perhaps because of a developmental disability — are eligible for Supplemental Security Income.But other hurdles can arise. If you’re disabled, live in a rural area and want to work, you still have to find a job you can do.”Since the Great Recession, rural counties really haven’t seen as much employment growth as urban counties,” Erickson says. “Also just the types of jobs that are available to those sorts of communities may be tending toward, you know, requiring people to be able to move things physically or whatever.”And the limitations that the individual with disabilities may have,” Erickson continues, “may be preventing them from being able to do those particular types of jobs — or employers can’t provide the accommodations that may be necessary.”Erickson’s colleague at ILR, Thomas Golden, adds that the complexity of disability benefits presents another problem for people who would like to work. It’s not clear to many people how much they are allowed to work without jeopardizing their benefits, he says, or what programs are available to help them in the job search.For the past six years, Golden and Erickson have worked with young people receiving Supplemental Security Income as part of the New York State PROMISE initiative.”In a lot of cases, those youth and their families weren’t ready to talk about work because they couldn’t pay their rent,” Golden says. “Or they were getting evicted. Or other basic needs needed to be met first before they could think about their own self-development, when it came to work and economic independence.”Burgos says she would like to find a job she is able to do, with enough hours to supplement her income but not trigger a loss of her Social Security benefits. First, though, she says, she must figure out how to deal with the overgrown lawn and a student loan bill that just arrived in the mail. And she is trying to coordinate nursing care for her elderly mother.There are good things in her life, too, Burgos says. She has her faith — she’s a born-again Christian. Her car is a bit beat up, but it works. And she has a very sweet little dog.And even though she has to rely on a walker for long distances — and fears she eventually will end up in a wheelchair — for now, she is still well enough to get up and down the stairs to her front door.NPR science intern Susie Neilson contributed reporting for this story. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

  • Targeting immune checkpoints in microglia could reduce outofcontrol neuroinflammation

    first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Oct 17 2018A group of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators is proposing that targeting immune checkpoints – molecules that regulate the activity of the immune system – in immune cells called microglia could reduce the inflammatory aspects of important neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In their review article published in the October issue of Nature Neuroscience, they discuss how uncontrolled activity of microglia contributes to neurodegeneration in these and other neurodegenerative conditions.”Microglia have three essential functions: a ‘sentinel’ function that surveys and senses changes within the brain, a ‘nurturer’ function that promotes neuronal wellbeing through actions such as removing dying cells and debris, and a ‘warrior’ function that defends the brain against infections and toxins,” explains Joseph El Khoury, MD , of the MGH Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases and the Division of Infectious Diseases, senior author of the report. “In healthy brains, immune checkpoints in microglia keep the ‘warrior’ function in check. Disruption of those checkpoints initiates or propagates neurodegeneration.”While microglia have long been recognized as the innate immune cells of the brain, the MGH team is the first to delineate these three functions, based on patterns of gene expression within the cells. After detailing how microglia carry out these functions, the authors review how the processes can go awry in several neurodegenerative disorders: Related StoriesAlzheimer’s disease may be caused by infectious proteins called prionsCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseStudy reveals how higher educational attainment may stave off cognitive declineThe investigators also describe how initially protective microglia can escape regulation and become damaging in multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, and several other neurodegenerative conditions.The team identifies three potential immune checkpoints in microglia – Trem2, which regulates all three functions; Cx3cr1, which regulates the sentinel and nurturer functions, and the progranulin pathway, which also regulates sentinel and nurturer functions. Evidence points to dysregulation of both Trem2 and progranulin in Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other disorders; and Cx3cr1 is known to alter the course of disease in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and other disorders.While immune checkpoint therapies for cancer – discovery of which recently received the Nobel Prize in Medicine – are designed to inhibit checkpoints that prevent the immune system from attacking tumor cells, in neurodegenerative disease the goal would be to activate checkpoints that could reduce and potentially eliminate out-of-control neuroinflammation, returning microglia to their healthy neuroprotective state. El Khoury and his colleagues are now working to improve understanding of how microglia contribute to neurodegeneration.”Analyzing patterns of microglial gene transcription and regulation in several disease states, understanding how those patterns may be altered by aging and disease progression, and correlating those changes to microglial behavior is essential,” he says. “Expanding studies from animal models to human patients remains a challenge that will require development of new, reliable cellular models based on patient samples and additional technologies for imaging and analysis. And new techniques to incorporate microglia into three-dimensional organoids – miniature organs grown from living tissues – are a crucial next breakthrough that needs to be achieved.” El Khoury is an associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In Alzheimer’s disease, microglia are known to accumulate around amyloid-beta plaques, and mutations in several microglial genes can increase the risk of developing the disease. An inability of microglia to keep up with persistent production of amyloid-beta leads to the release of inflammatory factors that further compromise the cells’ ‘nurturer’ functions, eventually transforming them into a disease-associated form that induces persistent, damaging neuroinflammation; In Parkinson’s disease, activated microglia are known to be abundant in the substantia nigra, the brain structure that is damaged in the disease. PET studies have shown widespread inflammatory microglia early in the course of the disease, and evidence suggests that the same sort of ‘double-edged sword’ situation seen in Alzheimer’s disease – in which initially protective microglia escape regulation, leading to persistent damaging neuroinflammation – also occurs in Parkinson’s. In ALS, inflammatory microglia have been found near injured neurons in the brain of patients. In a mouse model carrying a mutant SOD1 gene – one of several genes that, when mutated, can cause inherited forms of ALS – microglia have been found to be protective at disease onset but neurotoxic at later stages.center_img Source:https://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=2306last_img read more