Gujarat to get worldclass zoo near Statue of Unity

first_imgVadodara: A world-class zoo will come up near the Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Narmada district before the end of October next year, said a senior official on Sunday. Rajiv Gupta, additional chief secretary and managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited, said the zoo, as well as river rafting facilities, are part of a plan to make Kevadiya, where the statue is situated, a major tourist attraction. “Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani inaugurated a river rafting sport facility at Khalvani near the Statue of Unity on Saturday,” Gupta said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The zoo will be developed across 1,300 acres over seven levels and will have lions, tigers, leopards, 12 types of deer and antelopes, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, bisons, and other exotic animals, Gupta informed. “Setting up the Sardar Patel Zoological Park is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wish to develop this region as a major tourism hub. He had expressed this while inaugurating the Statue of Unity last year,” Gupta said. The official said the Central Zoo Authority had given in-principle approval to the plan. He informed that 19 lakh tourists have so far visited the world’s largest statue, a memorial to Sardar Patel, since it was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on October 31 last year.last_img read more

Watch your step Falls sending more Canadians to hospital report shows

first_imgTORONTO – A raised bit of concrete on a sidewalk. An icy patch on the road. A misstep on the stairs at home. All of these can lead to accidental falls — landing a person not only on the ground but often also in hospital.Unintentional falls are the most common form of injury across the country: every day last year, falls resulted in almost 1,800 reported emergency department visits and 417 hospital admissions, says a new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).In 2016-17, nearly 654,000 — or about one-third — of the more than two million injury-related emergency department visits were due to accidental falls, CIHI reported Thursday. Injuries from falls led to about 152,500 hospital admissions, up from more than 146,600 the previous year.The average length of a hospital stay after a fall was 14.3 days, compared to 7.5 days for other medical reasons, the data showed.Falls are the scourge of growing older, said Geoff Fernie, a senior researcher at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) who is independent of CIHI. He notes that seniors have a higher risk of taking a fall and tend to have more serious injuries as a result.“But it’s not exclusively older people,” he said. “We see a lot of young children falling down stairs and having serious head injuries.“We see middle-aged people running up and down stairs and having indoor stair accidents quite commonly. And we see a lot of workers having falls — and not just construction-type workers. People in the winter, people working in coffee shops and falling over in the car park when they get there in the morning.”In fact, almost 8,800 of fall-related injuries across Canada occurred as a result of people slipping on ice, CIHI data showed.Falls within the home accounted for more than 114,000 emergency department visits last year, making it the most common place that people take a tumble.“You keep seeing the incidence of falls going up and you see the injuries continuing to increase,” said Fernie, who has been researching falls and ways to prevent them for 30 to 40 years.CIHI found hip fractures were the most common injury sustained in falls.“The ones that we most worry about are hips because they’re extremely common and they are really difficult to get over if you’re an older person,” said Fernie, noting that studies have shown that between 20 and 40 per cent of seniors who break a hip die within a year.CIHI found the second most common injuries were lower leg fractures — including 16,135 broken ankles — and head injuries (13,997).“Head injuries are a big worry, too, because they can be very serious,” said Fernie. “You can have long-standing effects from head injuries and people can be off work for one to two years and become quite significantly affected.”Toronto Rehab runs a falls prevention program, primarily for seniors and those with disabling injuries or illness.But researchers are also looking at ways to prevent falls at the “environmental” level, including helping to increase the depth of stair treads under the Canada Building Code, a move that was shown to save an estimated 27 lives and avoid 13,000 serious accidents in the first five years, he said.Toronto Rehab scientists also began rating the safety of snow boots sold in Canada in 2016 (ratemytreads.com), resulting in some manufacturers improving their footwear and some retailers saying they would stock only winter boots given positive ratings for non-skid properties.When it comes to preventing a fall, Fernie advises people, especially seniors, to maintain their fitness level to promote good balance and to keep muscles strong.Wearing the right footwear is important, as is making sure steps and stairs in one’s home are in good condition and have decent handrails on both sides. Grab bars in bathrooms can also prevent falls.Fernie said when he gives talks on falls, about a third of the audience will raise their hands when asked if they have a close relative who has taken a spill and been injured.But those who have not personally encountered a slip, trip or stumble tend to discount their potential seriousness, he said.“We all think of cancer and heart disease and strokes as being the big problem — they are serious and you do sometimes die of them — but you also find that falls are extremely common and although they don’t usually kill you straight away, sometimes they do.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Some 4000 delegates evaluate implementation of UN climate change treaty

“The fact that 2003 is on track to be one of the warmest years on record should be a warning that we must all take seriously,” said Joke Waller-Hunter, the Convention’s Executive Secretary.”We can see growing evidence that many governments have been inspired by the Climate Change Convention and its Kyoto Protocol to strengthen action at the national level, but more needs to be done to stop the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations.”He said it was encouraging that low-cost technologies to reduce emissions have been increasing on the market.Despite measures currently in place to limit emissions from Europe, Japan, the United States and other highly industrialized countries, combined emissions could grow by 8 per cent from 2000 to 2010, or to about 17 per cent over 1990 levels, the UN said.Without ratification by the Russian Federation, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, ratified by 119 other countries, will not enter into force, but governments have used its guidelines to reinforce domestic climate change policies, it said.The first projects under the Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), channelling private sector funds from industrialized countries into emission reduction projects in developing countries, will be registered early next year, it said.Delegates in Milan will explore how to expand CDM activities to cover afforestation and deforestation projects that correct the amounts of carbon dioxide in the air.During the two-week conference, the 4,000 delegates will also attend 100 workshops and debates, it said. read more

Nuclear plans and Iraq dominate talks between Iranian leader and Annan

In a statement issued after the meeting, a UN spokesman said Mr. Annan invited the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom – often known collectively as the E3 – and the European Union’s High Representative Javier Solana to join them later for further discussions on the nuclear issue.Describing those talks as cordial, the spokesman said the parties all agreed on the need to keep searching for a mutually agreed solution to the nuclear issue. Mr. Ahmadinejad also reiterated his commitment to outline new proposals during his scheduled speech to the General Assembly on Saturday.Iran’s nuclear programme has been a matter of concern since 2003, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) determined that the country had for almost two decades concealed its nuclear activities in breach of its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).Today’s meeting is one of a series taking place during the World Summit this week between the Secretary-General and international leaders. read more

Aaron Hernandez Found with Bible Verse Written on Forehead

NOTHING abt that mans demeanor said he’d kill himself, ESPECIALLY after he just beat the case & was goin try to get an appeal… FOH— Wild Wild Seth (@SpikeReeds) April 19, 2017 Either Aaron Hernandez was guilty & the guilt ate him alive resulting in suicide, or someone killed him based on the not guilty verdict.— Chad Williams Sr. (@CHADWILLIAMSSR) April 19, 2017 Of course I don’t believe #AaronHernandez committed suicide. The man was killed ??‍♀️.— kid Griffin (@BirdCat21) April 20, 2017 Aaron Hernandez helped lead the New England Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI. (Pat Greenhouse/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)Aaron Hernandez’s lawyer doesn’t believe the former New England Patriots tight end took his own life and has vowed to launch an investigation.Jose Baez believes fellow inmates or prison staff murdered Hernandez and the athlete’s “devastated” family doesn’t believe he wanted to kill himself, TMZ reported. Baez released a statement hours after authorities announced Hernandez died of an apparent suicide Wednesday, April 20 saying the family and his client’s representatives were “shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,” according to USA Today.“There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible,” Baez’s statement said. “Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.”Hernandez was acquitted Friday of the 2012 double murder of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. He had been serving a life sentence without parole for the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, which CBS Boston reported would be appealed with Baez’s counsel.An investigation is ongoing at the Shirley, Mass., Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center where Hernandez was discovered hanged from bed sheets. Spokesman Christopher Fallon told the Associated Press there was no reason to believe Hernandez was suicidal and he would have been transferred to a mental health unit if he were.When Hernandez’s body was discovered, guards reportedly found “John 3:16” written on his forehead and on the in red marker. Sources told Fox 25 a Bible was flipped open to the verse, which reads, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”Investigators also believe Hernandez possibly smoked synthetic marijuana Tuesday night before his death, according to CBS Boston.“I just think it got to him — the guilt,” Mixson Philip, a family friend of LLoyd’s told the AP. “Each man has to live with himself. You can put on an act like nothing happened, but you’ve got a soul. You’ve got a heart.”Hernandez’s former agent, Brian Murphy voiced suspicion about the circumstances of the star footballer’s death.Absolutely no chance he took his own life. Chico was not a saint, but my family and I loved him and he would never take his own life.— Brian Murphy (@A1Murph) April 19, 2017Others also questioned Hernandez’s alleged suicide.One day, got off a double murder charge.Next day, found dead. 100% guarantee that Aaron Hernandez did not commit suicide.— T T (@TajTaylor_) April 19, 2017 #AaronHernandez was murdered on suicide watch. FIRE THE STAFF!FED. INVEST. NEEDED ASAP! @RookwoodAmbrose @scoobysnahx @330Kingish #coverup pic.twitter.com/k3LF4ZB0rS— DeShaunneLoveHoliday (@Deshaunnea) April 20, 2017 read more

UK weather Met Office issues red risk to life snow warning

first_imgAround 500 extra beds in shelters, hostels and churches have been made available in the capital through local authorities, charities, faith and community groups after a Swep (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) plan was triggered.In response to the bitter conditions, St Mungo’s homeless charity and the City of London have opened a new emergency shelter – in the Guild Church of Saint Mary Aldermary – which took in seven people on its first night.St Mungo’s has said London is experiencing its most prolonged period of freezing conditions for seven years, which could prove deadly for people sleeping outside. A stranded car covered in snow in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear A woman was forced to give birth on the storm-battered A66 near Darlington when she became stranded in terrible conditions.Sienna Waring was delivered by her father Andrew as he tried to get her mother Daniella to hospital. She was born near Stockton-on-Tees moments before paramedics arrived at the scene.Mr Waring, from Catterick, North Yorkshire, said: “Having been present at the birth of our two other children, I just copied what I had seen then.”I opened the passenger door and knelt in the snow.” Some parents have let their children dress up regardless, whereas others have sent them into school in ‘weather-appropriate’ costumesCredit:Twitter 'The Couple' a sculpture by Sean Henry on the coast at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea in in Northumberland Emergency vehicles manoeuvre past stationary traffic on the M80 Haggs in Glasgow, Virgin Trains East Coast asked passengers “not to travel” on Thursday or Friday across the entire East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland.ScotRail halted all operations in the affected red area until late morning.London Paddington, the UK’s seventh busiest station, was closed at 8am. Long distance services are starting and terminating at Reading. A bicycle covered in snow outside The Colosseum in RomeCredit:Simona Granati/Corbis News A bicycle is covered in snow outside The Colosseum in Rome Newly wed couple Chris and Vicky Robinson at Glasgow Airport In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon criticised transport company bosses who had continued to send drivers out on to the roads despite official warnings to avoid non-essential journeys.Army and Royal Air Force personnel were called in to ferry health workers through blocked roads in Lincolnshire and in Scotland. Ten RAF 4×4 vehicles with 20 airmen began transporting health staff from dawn in Lincolnshire after an urgent request from local police. Commuters at Plaistow station facing travel disruptions Conditions to worsen as ice set to form on snowThe extreme weather shows no sign of letting up, with fears snow in the south west could turn into freezing rain on Friday – making conditions “even more treacherous”.Heading into Friday the snow in the south west might turn into freezing rain and could give a glaze of ice on top any lying snow – making conditions even more treacherous.Video: Latest Met Office weather forecast The M876 to Glasgow is closed due to snow as storm Emma Elsewhere, a young boy had a lucky escape when he was rescued from a frozen lake.Firefighters rescued the youngster, who tried to run to the middle of a frozen lake and got trapped when the ice broke up at Laindon near Basildon, Essex on Wednesday afternoonHe was said to have been cold but otherwise unhurt.Dozens die in freezing European weatherFresh heavy snowfalls and icy blizzards are also expected to continue lashing large swatches of Europe as the continent shivers in a deadly deep-freeze that has gripped countries from the far north to the Mediterranean south. A stranded car covered in snow in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear on ThursdayCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA A council worker breaks the ice on the fountain in Trafalgar Square in London A council worker breaks the ice on the fountain in London’s Trafalgar SquareCredit:Henry Nicholls/Reuters Commuters at Plaistow station in east London facing travel disruption on Thursday morningCredit:Gustavo Valiente/i-Images  he M90 near Newbridge Midlothian In severe conditions, the civilian authorities can call on the military for help, in situations such as #StormEmma ❄️ Experienced drivers of No 2 MT Sqn from @RAFWittering1 have been assisting the emergency services. pic.twitter.com/BzufPaLLp3— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) 1 March 2018 A woman battles wintry conditions on a housing estate in Alexandria, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty Due to the current weather & road conditions, we are being assisted by members of the RAF. This kind chap was able to get through the snow & help one of our 999 control room colleagues get in today, helping to protect the county. pic.twitter.com/zljnB6F0Er— Lincs Fire & Rescue (@LincsFireRescue) March 1, 2018 Jock the Shih Tzu plays in the snow in Alexandria, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty The Couple, a sculpture by Sean Henry on the coast at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea in NorthumberlandCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA Some parents have let their children dress up regardless, whereas others have sent them into school in weather-appropriate costumes #NHS #QueenElizabethUniversityHospital Salute to the NICU staff Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 4 staying for the night after a 12 hr day shift to cover 4 those who couldn’t make it to work due to the weather.I have no words to appreciate & thank u all hats off a BIG THANK U— Dr Asma Anwar (@MrsAnwar) March 1, 2018 The victims also include 18 people killed in Poland, six in the Czech Republic, five in Lithuania, four each in France and Slovakia, two each in Italy, Serbia, Romania and Slovenia and one in Spain.How well prepared was Britain for the snow? Join the debate by leaving a comment below. ⚠️Important update⚠️Paddington Station will close from 0800 on 01/03/18 owing to severe weather conditionsAll High Speed Services will start and terminate at Reading Further updates to follow as and when information becomes available— GWR Help (@GWRHelp) March 1, 2018 On top of these, yellow snow warnings have been issued for vast swathes of southern, central, and northern England, Northern Ireland and Wales – in place for most of Thursday.The prolonged cold spell will collide with Storm Emma, which is hitting southern and western parts of the UK. Blizzards, strong winds and travel disruption are predicted for southern, western and central England, as well as parts of Wales and Northern Ireland. National Grid warns of gas supply shortageThe National Grid has issued a “gas deficit warning”, as fears mount that supplies could run empty amid extreme weather conditions across Britain.The power operator said the warning has been issued in response to a series of “significant supply losses resulting in a forecast end-of-day supply deficit”.Household supplies are not expected to be affected, but shortages could hit industrial users as the Grid attempts to balance supply and demand into Friday.It plans to do this by limiting industrial use and buying in more gas if necessary. According to the National Grid’s forecast, there is a shortfall of around 50 million cubic metres. It said in a statement:”National gas demand today is high and due to the extreme weather conditions, there have been gas supply losses overnight.”At 5.45am this morning we issued a ‘Gas Deficit Warning’ to the market.”This is an indication to the market that we’d like more gas to be made available to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the national gas network. “We are in communication with industry partners and are closely monitoring the situation.”The stark warning came as snowfall brought parts of Britain to a standstill, trapping motorists on roads and threatening air, rail and road journeys across the country.Roads, rail and air travel – latest updatesSevere weather has caused another day of travel disruption on the roads, to flights and to trains. Travellers were urged to check the latest situation before setting off on their journeys. Here are some of the latest reported issues:RoadsIn Scotland, 300 motorists remained stuck on the M80. Around 1,000 were there overnight as heavy snow fell.The motorway was closed southbound between junctions 8 and 9.Police Scotland warned people not to travel unless they were an emergency worker. Police said they were also carrying out a “rescue operation” to help people stranded in their vehicles across Somerset, including about 100 vehicles stuck in snow on the A303 at Ilminster.In Greater Manchester, dozens of volunteers have been battling through snow to take supplies to people stranded on the M62 motorway. Police say wind speeds over the Rakewood Viaduct in Greater Manchester have reached 90mph.Eleanor Kelly, 19, said local residents in Milnrow, Rochdale, had been taking hot drinks, food and blankets to those stuck on the carriageway – including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car.The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, has appealed for help  from 4×4 owners to move its staff around in the adverse conditions. Mr Swinney told BBC Radio Scotland the country was experiencing “the most significant snow incident we’ve had since 2010”. And he said the M80 had been a “particular pinch point” after traffic ground to a halt.Speaking on the Good Morning Scotland programme, the Deputy First Minister said: “The M80 has presented much more significant challenges to us overnight and there has been a very strong operation to try to gain traction over the course of the night.”Although many people were stuck for a long time we did get the road moving quite significantly, but there are people who have been stuck there for a long time.”That’s a combination of the intensity of the snow, but also the fact that we have had quite a number of jack-knifed lorries on that particular stretch of the road and the minute that happens the road gets blocked and nobody can get through.” Meanwhile, it has emerged that a Glasgow surgeon walked for eight miles in the snow to operate on a cancer patient.The unnamed medic walked from Anniesland to Paisley so she could get to work on Thursday morning.Her colleague, Glasgow-based colorectal surgeon Andy Renwick, told BBC Radio Scotland: “I won’t give her name because she would be genuinely upset with me.”She walked from Anniesland to Paisley – it took her two hours and 50 minutes. I saw her come in, she had snow goggles on, Gortexed up, top and bottom, snow shoes and walking poles. ​ Girlfriend off to work with extra uniforms & toiletries so she can work through the night/sleep there incase hospital staff can’t get in due to the weather, so that patients still get the care they need. Nurses/NHS workers are a different breed. #NHS @NHSMillion #NHSSleepover— chris (@crsklte) March 1, 2018 Several other roads in Lincolnshire have also been shut, including the A17 and the A15 between the M180 and Lincoln. A car is covered in snow in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as motorists in parts of Britain are urged to only travel if necessary Mr Snell warned: “Generally many places on Thursday will struggle to get anywhere near -1C, a few people will come up above, but many of us will be firmly below freezing.”What the different weather warnings mean Several sports fixtures have been disrupted by the weather conditions including the postponement of four Super League rugby league games and the Premier League Darts in Exeter being cancelled.Seven-year-old girl dies in collision in CornwallDevon and Cornwall police confirmed that a seven-year-old girl died in Looe, Cornwall.In a statement the police said: “Police were called at around 2.30pm today to reports of a Nissan car colliding with a house on Bodrigan Road.“A seven-year-old girl, believed to be a pedestrian, suffered life-threatening injuries and was declared deceased at the scene.“Her next of kin has been informed. Localised closures area in place as emergency services attend this incident.”Elsewhere a 75-year-old woman has been found dead in a snowy street in Leeds. She was found partially hidden beneath a car in the Farsley area of the city.Royal Air Force drafted in to help relief effortsThe Royal Air Force (RAF) has been drafted in to help relief efforts in snow-hit Lincolnshire, with 10 4×4 vehicles and some 20 staff aiding emergency services.A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: “The RAF is assisting in helping to transport health staff to hospitals and support health workers in visiting vulnerable people in the community in Lincolnshire following heavy snowfall. Panic-buying and snowbound delivery lorries left supermarket shelves empty of food in some parts of the country.Theresa May has been forced to move her long-awaited Brexit speech from Newcastle to London, while households are being urged to “carry on cooking” after the National Grid issued a “gas deficit warning”, prompting fears of a shortage. Frozen Britain: Snowy scenes around UK Emergency vehicles manoeuvre past stationary traffic on the M80 in GlasgowCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA One person was taken to hospital after a crash involving 16 vehicles on the M66 southbound between the Ramsbottom and Bury junction. This is crazy. Hoping that we can all get home soon! #m27 #A31 #Traffic pic.twitter.com/g5z28IxokF— Francesca Goodall (@frangoodall) March 1, 2018 A woman makes her way through the snow in Balloch, ScotlandCredit:Jeff J Mitchell /Getty The force said they were unable to move the vehicles off the carriageway for “at least the next few hours”, but were working to evacuate the most vulnerable people from the scene. If you see rough sleepers out in the snow during daytime hours, please remember that you can use our app to locate the nearest day centre so that the individual can get into the warm, and get some food and advice on how to end their homelessness. https://t.co/rlxzLP2NvS— Street_Link (@Tell_StreetLink) March 1, 2018 Temperatures plunged to a widespread low of between -6C (21F) and -4C (25F) overnight, and forecasters have warned it could feel as cold as -11C (12.2F) during the day as the winds continue to strengthen. Gusts of up to 60mph could also bring “blizzard-like conditions”.Storm Emma, which wreaked havoc in Spain and Portugal before moving up over the Atlantic, is expected to dump up to 50cm (15in) of snow by Friday.”If you don’t have to go anywhere over the next few days, stay at home,” warned Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge.The storm, a band of low pressure, will mix with freezing temperatures and strong winds brought to Britain by the “Beast from the East”.As the storm hits, there is a chance of freezing rain and black ice, adding to the already dangerous driving conditions. Motorists reported being stuck for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles on the motorway.Emergency responders and volunteer agencies, including mountain rescue teams, checked on stranded drivers, with some good samaritans also handing out food. He said the “overwhelming majority” of Scots had heeded warnings to stay at home. Around 50 stations in Kent and East Sussex were closed on Thursday as operator Southeastern advised commuters to work from home if possible.Northern said the severe weather had left several routes blocked, with delays and cancellations across the whole network.FlightsAirports have been severely affected by the conditions, with hundreds of flights cancelled.Heathrow was badly hit, with airlines forced to reduce schedules on Thursday and Friday following discussions with airport officials and air traffic control provider Nats. A frozen canal in Little Venice, north LondonCredit:Ben Cawthra/LNP  A man has died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Danson Park Virgin Trains East Coast asked passengers “not to travel” today or tomorrow across the entire East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland.London Paddington, the UK’s seventh busiest station, was closed for several hours from 8am, meaning long distance services had to start and terminate at Reading.Hundreds of flights were also cancelled.Video: Weather so cold even the sea freezes over Newly wed couple Chris and Vicky Robinson at Glasgow AirportCredit:Paul Ward /PA A gritter on the M9 “Many people have responded to those warnings very significantly but we do face challenges at particular pinch points, and the M80 has been our most difficult situation to try to manage,” he said.”I assure members of the public there has been an extensive operation in place to try to maintain traction on that road and to get motorists on the move as quickly as possible.”He also stressed people should stay at home today unless they are essential workers.Driver stuck in West Yorkshire films treacherous conditions  woman poses for a photograph in a car on a housing estate on March 1, 2018 in Alexandria, Scotland Gavin Williamson, the Defence Secretary, said: “Our service personnel are showing great dedication and a spirited sense of duty as they support local authorities and keep the British people safe.”Meanwhile energy minister Claire Perry was forced to try and downplay the National Grid’s gas deficit warning, as she told people: “Do carry on using your gas heating and cooking meals as normal.”An unusual red weather warning, the second in 24 hours, was issued for south-west England and south Wales as Storm Emma moved in with strong winds, “blizzard conditions” and “severe drifting”. The warning, valid until the early hours of Friday, is just the third issued in seven years and means “widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely”. Some parts of the south west could see up to 50cm (1ft 8in) of snow.Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Things could yet get worse, there is more snow on its way. The problem will be when the snow gets trodden down and compacted and turns to ice.”Meteorologically, it’s the first day of spring but winter is clinging on and giving us a right old kicking. The Met Office said the highest temperature in the UK on Wednesday was 1.7C (35F) recorded in Katesbridge, County Down and the coldest in Braemar, Aberdeenshire at -5.3C (22F). The M90 near Newbridge, in Midlothian, on Thursday morningCredit:Katielee Arrowsnmith/SWNS Queuing traffic stuck on the M80 in Scotland overnightCredit:Gavin Rodgers/Pixel  Petra Salva, director of London’s rough sleeper services, said that deaths on the streets over the bitterly cold snap were “a horrific possibility”. I’m making sure nobody has to sleep out in the cold. My team here at City Hall are working hard with charities and councils to make sure emergency shelters are open across London and everyone can be cared for properly. One way you can help is by donating: https://t.co/hLm3VLzYXR— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) February 28, 2018 Traffic is directed as the M876 to Glasgow is closed due to heavy snowCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA A woman makes her way through the snow on March 1, 2018 in Balloch, Scotland “It’s still in control.” She said: “If we don’t act, then people could die and… we don’t know yet what the consequences of this prolonged cold weather has been.”She said her mouth had “dropped open” after she walked into the church and saw a homeless person her team have been working with for four years, who, until now, had not accepted offers of a bed inside.She said: “If tonight, he was the only one who came in, it would make it worthwhile.”How to help rough sleepers in cold weatherCouncils across the country have implemented Severe Weather Emergency Protocols for rough sleepers, meaning if passers-by report concerns to their local authority, they will send someone from the Rough Sleeper Team to help.Check with the local council for individual contact details or speak to Streetlink. This is also activated across London, meaning local authorities have a duty to offer emergency shelter to any rough sleepers.  Queuing traffic stuck on the M80 in Scotland overnight Jock the Shih Tzu plays in the snow on March 1, 2018 in Alexandria, Scotland A frozen canal in Little Venice, north London Icicles form on seafront railings at Penzance in Cornwal A rough sleeper sheltering near Westminster Cathedral in LondonCredit:Teilo Colley /PA Road conditions remain dangerous with motorists across much of the UK warned against driving unless absolutely essential.The AA said £10 million worth of damage has been done to cars in just three days with an estimated 8,000 collisions, two thirds of them due to snow and ice.In Hampshire, police declared a “major incident” on Thursday night as motorists were stranded for several hours on the A31. Schools are shut and weather agencies predict the brutal cold will continue as the death toll from the freezing snap rose to around 48 since last Friday, with icy conditions causing accidents and endangering vulnerable rough sleepers. The A66 in Cumbria was closed in both directions between Scotch Corner and Brough, due to “severe snowfall”, while the A56 in Lancashire was likely to be closed for “several hours” due to a lorry crash between the M65 and A680.Highways England said the A1 remained closed in both directions glasgbetween the  A192 and the Scottish border and shared images on Twitter of lorries stranded in  the snow on the stretch of road. Northumbria Police said the A68 was closed between Corbridge and Ridsdale. In Derbyshire, the Woodhead Pass was shut in both directions between Tintwistle and Flouch. A gritter on the M9 in ScotlandCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA British Airways cancelled more than 180 flights, affecting long haul and short haul routes.Other airlines to cancel flights at the west London hub include Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa and Flybe.A total of at least 76 flights serving London City Airport were cancelled on Thursday. “There’s been more information this morning, I know it’s been tricky for (the airport) because of maybe a lack of workers and it’s difficult for everyone.” A&E departments face ‘perfect storm’A “perfect storm” of appalling weather, persistently high hospital admissions due to flu and a renewed spike in norovirus put accident and emergency departments under considerable pressure last week, with the prolonged cold conditions set to put them under even more strain.NHS England warned that the current bout of freezing weather could increase health risks for vulnerable patients such as the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the severe weather is an “added burden on top of the recent ‘usual’ winter” and hospitals are likely to be forced to cancel routine procedures. So much respect for the NHS this evening. My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!— Lucy Oliver (@LucyOliver_7) February 28, 2018 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) said two fire engines and an off-road vehicle were sent to the scene at 11.25am.TrainsNearly all train operators across the UK are suffering cancellations and disruption on Thursday.All cross-border trains between England and Scotland were suspended.The West Coast Main Line was closed until at least midday between Carlisle and Scotland, with no trains or replacement buses. Cheshire Police said there were around eight miles of tailbacks on the M62 as officers with 4x4s, Highways England patrols, contractors and snowploughs attempted to clear snow between junctions 21 and 22 eastbound.By 8.30am on Thursday morning the AA said it had already answered calls from more than 100 drivers stuck in snow, with East Anglia and the North East the worst-hit regions.AA president Edmund King compared driving on many “atrocious” UK roads to skating on ice rinks, and said they had added extra patrols and 4x4s to cope with the severe conditions. A homeless man sheltering near Westminster Cathedral in London And the page was flooded with messages of gratitude. One person wrote: “What dedication! The NHS wouldn’t run without people like you all.”Paediatric nurse Lisa Gerrett, 38, from County Durham, was brought in to work by a volunteer driver in a 4×4 and will stay over at the hospital so she can work on Friday.The mother of four said: “I am on shift today and tomorrow and even if I could get home tonight, I would still have to manage to get in again in the morning, and I’d be relying on another 4×4 driver.”If I stay, it means the driver can collect other nurses. It also means I can cover for night staff who cannot get in, if necessary.”Staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital were praised by the public and  fellow medics alike:  Thursday’s low temperatures set a record for the UK’s coldest spring day. In Tredegar in Wales, the mercury never got above -5.2C, beating the previous record low of -4.6C at Cassley in Sutherland, Scotland, on March 2 2001.Nearly all train operators warned of cancellations and disruption and all cross-border trains between England and Scotland were suspended. Lincolnshire Police warned overnight that the A52 was “impassable” between Boston and Skegness due to drifting snow, and warned that drivers faced becoming stranded.”We are not in a position to recover you,” the force tweeted.The fire and rescue service added that even a snowplough was unable to get through to clear the route. Man dies after being pulled from icy lakeThe Metropolitan Police named the man who died after being pulled from the water at Danson Park, near Welling, south east London on Wednesday, as Stephen Cavanagh.A statement said: “In respect of the death of a man following an incident in Danson Park, Bexley on Wednesday, 28 February, the deceased has been formally identified as Stephen Cavanagh, 60, who lived locally.“The family of Mr Cavanagh have requested that they are not contacted by the media at this difficult time. We ask the media to please respect their wishes.” Icicles form on seafront railings at Penzance in CornwalCredit:Ben Birchall /PA “She is operating today on someone who has bowel cancer, she knew that had to be done and so she has made extra effort to get in here to make sure that was actually delivered.”Record number of rough sleeper alertsA record number of homeless alerts have been sent to a major charity. More than 3,600 alerts were sent to the app StreetLink, which connects the homeless to local services, between Monday and Tuesday morning – the highest total ever for a 24-hour period.This app allows concerned pedestrians to alert local authorities about people sleeping rough in the cold weather. Streetlink has asked concerned pedestrians to report the time, place and appearance of anyone sleeping rough in these temperatures.A volunteer will then seek out the rough sleeper and offer them a warm bed for the night.Either download their app or contact them online using the link above or call their 24-hour hotline on 0300 500 0914. He added: “Today and the next few days will particularly stretch trusts, with staff struggling to get to work and ambulance trusts having immense problems getting patients to and from hospital.”A lot of hospitals will cancel routine work over the next few days as a consequence of both of these. Overall NHS staff are pulling together and making immense efforts to keep people our hospitals safe.”The latest data shows more than 12,300 patients had to wait longer than 30 minutes to be seen after arriving at A&E units in ambulances last week, with more than 2,870 patients having to wait more than an hour, both down on the week before.’What dedication!’ NHS staff camp out on wards to defy snow – and surgeon walks eight miles for cancer operationNHS staff who slept in wards to ensure patient services could continue despite the weather have been praised by the public.Medical staff stayed overnight at Sunderland Royal Hospital, while others who were brought in by 4×4 volunteer drivers will do so on Thursday night into Friday.When the City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust posted a message about its staff and asked for the public to thank them, more than 20,000 people “liked” it. Seven-year-old girl is latest victim of extreme weather RAF helps with relief efforts as roads, trains and flights halted and schools closedRed alert for south Wales and south west EnglandMajor rescue operation underway in HampshireNational Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demandChangeable weather could fuel rise in heart attacks, study suggestsPanic buying leads to empty supermarket shelvesThe Armed Forces have been forced to step in as police and hospitals struggle to cope with freezing weather sweeping across Britain.Nearly every part of the country was hit by snowfall and gales as the Met Office said Thursday was the UK’s coldest spring day on record.Forecasters are warning of life-threatening conditions and said winter “is still in control” as Storm Emma arrived with the country already in the grip of Siberian cold air nicknamed the Beast from the East.The death toll from the storms rose to 10 after a seven-year-old girl died whilst playing in the snow in Cornwall when a car hit a house.More than 1,000 schools were closed during disruption which is being described as the worst “in a generation”, and hospitals cancelled non-urgent operations and appointments. The Environment Agency activated five coastal flood warnings urging the public to take ‘immediate action’, with two in Cornwall, one at Swanage in Dorset, and others for the Tyne Estuary and one for the North Sea at Whitley Bay.Sixteen further flood alerts have been issued telling people to ‘be prepared’ across South West and North East England due to strong winds combined with high tides. Weather map for Thursday and week ahead A car is covered in snow in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester, as motorists in parts of Britain are urged to only travel if necessaryCredit:Mercury Press and Media  World Book Day costumes wasted as schools closedParents who toiled over making costumes for their children have spoken of their dismay as the snow meant many World Book Day events were cancelled across the country, reports Helena Horton.Some schools remained open, but called off the dressing-up event because they feared pupils would get too cold in their fancy dress outfits.Others have closed and some parents said they were worried the effort that had gone into the costumes was wasted.But some parents let their children dress up in their costumes anyway during their “snow days” at home, setting up activities at home such as themed painting. Click here to read more. “If their flight is in the European Union or their airline is an EU carrier, customers will be entitled to food, refreshment and overnight accommodation or a refund of proportionate costs and will be flown home as soon as is possible at their airline’s expense.”Honeymoon couple heading for Maldives among hundreds stranded in airportA newlywed couple are having an unexpected honeymoon – stranded in Glasgow Airport amid the wild weather.Chris and Vicky Robinson, from Stranraer, got married last weekend and were looking forward to a luxury holiday in the Maldives when heavy snow closed the airport on Wednesday.Instead of enjoying 30C heat in the Indian Ocean, they spent the night in chairs in Glasgow Airport’s main terminal – catching a few hours sleep as they waited for news on a rescheduled departure.Mr Robinson, 29, said: “We were about to board the plane yesterday at 1pm, and 15 minutes before we were to take off they cancelled it and we’ve been here since (in the terminal), slept here with a lack of information through the night.”It was very subdued, people were quiet and a bit confused because there wasn’t much information. We’d heard about camp beds and blankets, but we got no information about that. “There are three UK standby battalions held at high readiness to respond to UK contingencies and emergencies, including support to local authorities.”We have the right people with the right training to respond to a range of contingencies.” Glasgow Airport announced it will remain shut for the second day in a row due to heavy snow.The closure had originally been expected to last until 11am on Thursday, which was then extended until 3pm. However, continuing extreme conditions have forced the airport to close for the rest of the day. Edinburgh Airport tweeted that most airlines had cancelled services until lunchtime. There were also cancellations and delays at Gatwick Airport.The runway at East Midlands Airport was temporarily closed on Thursday morning, and travellers were warned it could affect flights.Ryanair said it has cancelled all flights to and from the following airports for the rest of Thursday: East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cork and Kerry. The low cost airline also cancelled a number of flights serving Dublin Airport.Here are the number of flights cancelled at some airports in the UK and across Europe, according to flight data website Flightradar24:Dublin: 194Heathrow: 157Edinburgh: 129Glasgow: 105Geneva: 96Gatwick: 77Amsterdam: 69London City: 67Bristol: 48Charles de Gaulle (Paris): 41A spokesman for travel trade organisation Abta said: “Customers who are overseas and whose flight arrangements are delayed or cancelled should liaise with their tour operator or airline regarding changes to their travel itineraries and new flight arrangements. A man has died in hospital after being pulled from the water at Danson ParkCredit:Danson_WSC/Twitter 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. Mrs Robinson, 27, said she had shed a few tears on Wednesday.”If we don’t get away by tonight then we’ll probably not go because it’s only a week we’re going for and it’s too far to go for any less than that really,” she said.”There was tears to start with but there’s not much you can do. We had the perfect wedding so you can’t ask for everything.”My suitcase isn’t going to work out for this weather in Glasgow for a week so we might need to go home.”The airport said it has faced an unprecedented weather situation. Many staff also stayed at the airport overnight to help with the situation, and runway teams have been working since Tuesday night to try to clear flight paths.Drivers stuck for up to 13 hours as good samaritans hand out foodExtreme weather and jack-knifed lorries combined to cause “significant challenges” on one of Scotland’s main roads where motorists were stranded overnight.Deputy First Minister John Swinney said there had been an “extensive operation” taking place to try to get traffic on the M80 motorway – which links Glasgow and Stirling – moving again. As well as the red alerts, amber warnings have also been issued for the north-east of England and the central belt of Scotland, in place between 10am and 8pm on Thursday, and for south west England and south Wales from 12pm until 8am on Friday. A motorway in Glasgow covered in snow is closed to traffic on Thursday, as more sub-zero temperatures are forecastCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Soldiers from 3rd Bn The Rifles and 2nd Bn The Royal Regiment of Scotland transported staff from Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Western General. Traffic is directed as the M876 to Glasgow is closed due to heavy snowlast_img read more

Metso offers new high performance slurry seal

first_imgMetso is launching a new slurry seal to meet the increased sealing demands from its mining customers. The focus has been “to offer a sealing solution that minimizes dilution of sealing water into product, eliminates leakage to atmosphere, increases life time of the seal by preventing slurry from entering the seal chamber and allows easy conversion from box packing solutions to mechanical seal solutions.”Metso’s says the new ESF design seals “satisfy the demand for advanced and reliable sealing solutions on even the heaviest of slurry applications typically found in mining applications.” Customers have requested mechanical seals for tougher and tougher applications due to environmental reasons; while satisfying the goal of reducing water consumption. Metsop states that to satisfy these requirements it was necessary to develop new seals. Metso’s says its slurry pump ranges are known for their long life, high operational performance with minimum power consumption and total ease of service.The main features and benefits of the mechanical slurry seal ESF are as follows:·      The ESF seal is designed to fit into the standard Orion Series pump flushed gland housing. For the VASA HD a convenient seal adaptor is useCartridge design makes it easy to install·      Retrofit installations are quick and easy when converting a packed seal pump. “Plug-and-play”·      Tungsten Carbide seal faces are standard and provides longer life for the tougher applications·      Flushed gland port along with the internal chamber creates a barrier of clean continuously replenished fluid to prevent incursion of slurry material to the seal faces which increases service life of the seal·      Centering clips are self storing and are used to keep the seal faces in position when impeller to casing clearance is adjusted·      Radial lip seal to ensure that the seal runs in a clean water environment·      O-ring mounted seal faces that can be replaced in the field without special tools reduces repair costlast_img read more

TheJournalie Pub Quiz 2017 Round 4

first_img will.i.am Share You scored out of ! What are ewe doing? 29,407 Views Shell of a bad effort. Who had more UK number 1s? Share4 Tweet Email2 Memphis Don’t Stop Me Now Tweet 4 Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:30 PM PHONES AWAY (UNLESS you’re reading on it), funny team names in.Let’s move on to music.See earlier rounds here. Super Extra Bonus Party Which act was Andreas Cornelis van Kujik known for managing? Share By Paul Hosford Share your result: Short URL Answer all the questions to see your result! Dolly Parton Which act was the last winner of the Living Legend Grammy in 2003? Nashville You scored out of ! David Malone Portland Which of these acts hasn’t won a Choice Music Prize? Paul Willie Nelson Almost purrfect. Tweet Pawsitively perfect. Westlife The Gloaming Elvis Turtle-y awful! Detroit You scored out of ! Elton John Share 2 Fintastic! George Tweetcenter_img Frank Sinatra Feeling sheepish? John 1 Ringo Mar 25th 2017, 8:30 PM Which American city is known as “Music City”? Share your result: Share your result: Prince Flippin’ good. Le Galaxie David Young Share Share You scored out of ! Top Dog! You scored out of ! Bee Gees Tweet Share your result: Which Beatle said the band were “more popular than Jesus”? Share your result: Boyzone David Ryan What is the name of the musical based on the hits of Queen? We Will Rock You TheJournal.ie Pub Quiz 2017: Round 4 This week: music. Tweet 3 Which of these numbers is a Beyonce album? We Are The Champions Radio Ga-Ga What is the real name of The Edge? 5 Comments Singer and musician William James Adams is better known by what name? Michael Jackson http://jrnl.ie/3303244 Rusangano Family David Evans Clever Cat! Tina Turner Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Six man tag team match added to WWE Fastlane on Sunday

first_img WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location WWE has announced Big Show, Kane and Ryback will team up in a six man tag team match to take on Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman w/ Bray Wyatt at this Sunday’s WWE Fastlane PPV in Cleveland airing live on the WWE Network.Here is the updated card for Fastlane this Sunday.Winner Advances to WrestleMania 32 Main Event – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman ReignsWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerWWE Divas Championship MatchCharlotte (c) vs. Brie BellaBig Show, Kane & Ryback vs. Luke Harper, Erick Rowan & Braun StrowmanSasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & TaminaThe Cutting Edge Peep Show with special guests The New DayKickoff Show:WWE United States Championship – 2 out of 3 Falls MatchKalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del RioWrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE Fastlane 2016 this Sunday.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list WhatsApp Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articlescenter_img Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan added to WWE Clash of Champions on September 15last_img read more

Mojo Rawley reportedly signs a new multiyear contract with WWE

first_imgFacebook Kurt Angle Videos Articles Pinterest Videos Articles Videos Articles Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Several media outlets are reporting that Mojo Rawley reportedly has signed a new multi-year contract with WWE.  The news of Rawley’s reportedly new contract signing was originally reported this past Friday by Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet.As of this report there is no word on the length or terms of the new contract.Rawley signed with WWE in 2012 were he then assigned to the NXT Brand.  He made his television debut during a battle royal during the May 29, 2013 episode of NXT.He was drafted to the Smackdown Brand in 2016 as part of the supplemental draft and made his main roster debut at the Battleground Pay-Per View that same year.During the January 28, 2019 episode of Monday Night RAW, Rawley began to be featured in new backstage segments where he was shown to be talking to an-off screen person which in later episodes was revealed to be himself. On the episode of RAW the night after WrestleMania 35, a backstage segment with a shattered mirror was shown with Rawley wearing a matching shattered glass face paint design as he stated that he had “finally found himself.”Rawley debuted his new character and new look during the May 13, 2019 episode of RAW with a win over Apollo Crews in a squash match.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis 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.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Is WWE Losing Its Audience? WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton)last_img read more

Weather Eye Enjoy last blast of summer weather before September

first_imgPatrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com. Summer weather continues with more hot, dry weather ahead. At 5 p.m. Saturday in Vancouver, it was 91 degrees, the high for the day. Today and Monday we toast in the middle to upper 90s.In addition, we see smoke from the numerous wildfires drifting our way with a slight north-northeast wind aloft today and Monday. Then winds switch from the southwest and we may get smoke from the Chetco Bar fire in Oregon.Things cool off Wednesday through Friday at around 84 to 88. Some forecast charts for Labor Day weekend indicate we could see more 90-degree weather. There is no rain in sight any time soon heading our way. So, September will continue on the heels of August with warm, dry weather dominating the picture.The National Weather Service in Portland issued a heat advisory for today and Monday as well as a Red Flag Warning for extreme fire danger. It is tinder dry out there folks and it wouldn’t take much to start a blaze. Vegetation along roadways is about as dry as it gets.It is amazing that while the grasses are a dead brown, the weeds remain a luscious green. Four years ago today, it was really raining, Oh, how I love the sound and smell in the air that it brings especially after a long dry spell. That tenth of an inch of rain we had on August 13th seems like a distant memory.I have had many folks tell me they can certainly sense a change in the seasons lately. The cooler overnight lows, shallow ground fog, lower sun angle and all. Yep, summer is waning quickly but makes one last blast before September arrives Friday.last_img read more

Police Update on Gilley Haitian Captures

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 13, 2017 – In an update to Magnetic Media, Police say there are no suspects as yet in the investigation of the shooting and wounding of former Premier Galmo Williams on Superbowl Sunday and that they are actively, right now on an island wide manhunt for illegal migrants.The tactical unit is employed in the searches.#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for youlast_img read more

TCI World Hope to the rescue for Salt Cay in aftermath of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 11, 2017 – Salt Cay -The Turks and Caicos Islands are so very blessed!  Did you know that an organisation called World Hope has been in Salt Cay for the past seven weeks making fresh, tasty drinking water for the people?For 10 hours a day, a team of volunteers from US based #WorldHope are running a solar powered, portable Reverse Osmosis system which they brought; it is set up at the same site of the Govt RO plant.   World Hope is not only turning sea water into fresh water but they are serving Salt Cay people as they show up for the free drinking water.I’m still deeply moved my interview of 23 year Cleveland Ohio man – Zachery Tan.   Zach called it an opportunity and counts it an honour to be there for Salt Cay.   Zachery, a carpenter by trade and a World Hope volunteer, has been on Salt Cay for three weeks now.   Amazing right?!My conclusion: Salt Cay is NOT forgotten.#MagneticMediaNews#SaltCaynotforgotten Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SaltCaynotforgottenlast_img read more

Alcoholic father beats 7 year old daughter to death

first_imgTamil Nadu: 37-year-old S Kailash from Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, is currently I’m police custody for murdering his seven-year-old child. His wife Neelavathi, 32, a victim of domestic abuse allegedly tried to cover up the murder. According to the family’s neighbors, Sugirtha, a 2md standard student was playing outside her house on Monday when her father called her home. She ignored her father and continued to play. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Later, on Monday night, accused S Kailash returned home drunk and beat his wife for his daughter’s disobedience. Sugirtha tried to stop her father which angered Kailash. He beat up the child and tossed her to the ground. After the child lost consciousness she was declared brought dead at the hospital. The couple took the body home immediately and tried to cover up the murder claiming the girl had died of injuries after she fell from the rooftop. They planned to bury her body on Tuesday, but in vain, since the neighbors and other family members complained to the police about the mysterious death of the child. They were then arrested and the body was sent to Tirunelveli Government Medical College and Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

Chandrayaan2 gets first orbit boost around earth

first_imgSriharikota: The Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, which blasted off to space on Monday, successfully carried out its first orbit-raising manoeuvre on Wednesday afternoon, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said. An orbit-raising manoeuvre is an operation that places a spacecraft into a higher orbit. Engines present onboard the spacecraft are fired to perform the orbit-raising manoeuvre. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Chandrayaan-2’s onboard engines were fired for 57 seconds to perform its first orbit-raising manoeuvre. The manoeuvre was completed at 2:52 pm on Wednesday, ISRO said. Chandrayaan-2, which is carrying a lunar rover, will perform a total of four such orbit-raising manoeuvres around Earth before it is finally on its way to its destination — the Moon. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us The second orbit-raising manoeuvre is scheduled for Friday, July 26. Chandrayaan-2 is expected to reach the Moon by August 20. The Chandrayaan-2 mission consists of an orbiter, a lander named Vikram and a rover named Pragyaan. It will place the rover on the lunar surface, a feat previously accomplished only by three other countries — the US, Russia and China. Among the experiments the Chandrayaan-2 will conduct are tests to understand the spread of water molecules on the lunar surface. Advertise With Us A fortnight later, Chandrayaan-2 will deploy the lander Vikram, which will attempt to the land near the lunar south pole. Vikram will then deploy the rover Pragyaan, which will roam the Moon’s surface for one lunar day (around 14 Earth days), performing experiments including tests to determine the extent of the presence of water on the Moon.last_img read more

World Aids Day 2016 HIV in numbers

first_imgIBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 … When HIV was found to be the cause AIDS in 1984, the US department of Health hoped to have a vaccine ready within the next couple of years.More than three decades later, a safe and effective preventive vaccine has yet to be licensed and more than 250 clinical trials have failed. A large study set to begin in South Africa on the eve of World AIDS day, held on 1 December 2016, is proving to be scientists best hope in seven years.The clinical trial, known as HVTN 702, involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to provide some kind of protection against the virus – the one tested in the RV144 clinical trial in Thailand, led by the US Military HIV Research Program.The vaccine candidate appeared to be 31.2% effective at preventing HIV infection over a 3.5 year testing period.Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, one of the trials funders, told IBTimes UK: A vaccine with a 31.2% efficacy is not something you want to widely distribute, but it is enough to encourage you to try and expand upon it.That is exactly what this trial is about, it uses a similar platform– a canarypox-vector based vaccine with multiple gene inserts for viral proteins, followed by multiple boosts of the protein itself, together with an adjuvant – to reach greater efficacy on the longer-term. If we reach a 50 or 60% efficacy, I would consider the trial quite successful.Expectations are high, as such a success would mean renewed hopes to curb the number of new infections globally. There were 2.1 million new cases reported in 2015, bringing the total of people living with HIV around the globe to 36.7 million.IBTimes UK takes a look at why finding a vaccine for HIV is so complicated and how the HVTN 702 trial builds on previous efforts.Read more about HVTN 702: First large-scale HIV vaccine trial in seven years to start in South AfricaDo better than nature HIV is very different from all the other viruses for which a vaccine has successfully been developed. Diseases like polio or small pox have different degrees of morbidity and mortality, but in most people who become infected, the viruses elicit an effective immune response in the body that ultimately clears the virus and protects the person from reinfection with the same virus. Vaccines for the two diseases mimic this protective response.Back in the day when there was still small pox, mortality was 15 to 20%. This means that 80 to 85% of people survived and did well in the long term, said Fauci. With polio, more than 90% of people ultimately do well. So the body proves that it is capable of mounting an effective immune response.Thus, natural infection has provided a proof of concept indicating that it is feasible and likely that you will be able to reproduce this natural immune response with a vaccine, based on this successful experiment of nature.The problem with HIV is that the body does not easily mount a good immune response against HIV. Among people who are infected, virtually no one goes on to clear the virus or keep it at low level – with the exception of elite controllers who represent less than a fraction of 1% of all HIV infections. This means that to find an effective HIV vaccine, scientists have to do better than nature.When researchers start to think about developing HIV vaccines, they face the problem of having to do better than natural infection. The body does not make a good immune response, and so we have to figure out a way to push the body to create something that it does not readily do naturally. This is why it has been so hard to find a vaccine, Fauci said.Blocking the infection at the get-goHIV is a retrovirus, which means it is composed of RNA. An enzyme gives it the unique property of transcribing its RNA into DNA after entering a host cell. This retroviral DNA then integrates into the chromosomal DNA of the host cell. This means that typical approaches to deal with the the virus dont necessarily work.Robert Gallo, the Director of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who co-discovered that HIV was the cause of AIDS, told IBTimes UK: We cant sufficiently learn from classical virology, because retroviruses are completely different. Retroviruses integrate. In one day the genes of the virus are part of you, of your target cells and their progeny.Within a few days, these cells are making variants of the virus and its too late for the immune system to react. It means that we have to have a broadly reactive immune response, capable of blocking virus entry at the get-go.An effective preventive vaccine will have to constantly maintain this broad immune response, as there is no time for a recall of antibodies when a person is infected. This is an important challenge of vaccine development.The way forwardThe question now is whether the HVTN 702 trial will succeed in addressing these different challenges and whether it will do better than the RV144 trial in Thailand in 2009.Even if a vaccine candidate shows only modest protection and efficacy, it still can allow you to identify a correlate of immunity and you can then design new vaccines to amplify and improve on that correlate. This is the approach we have chosen here in this trial, learning from the RV144 trial and improving the vaccine regimen to provide greater and more sustained protection, Fauci said.He adds that some of the other interesting approaches tested at present focus on inducing broadly neutralising antibodies in the vaccine recipient.Gallo and his team are developing a vaccine candidate to stop the virus before it even enters the cells. We must block infection from the very beginning, before it gets into the cell. This means we need a vaccine that attacks HIVs protein envelope gp120 with antibodies, Gallo said.For HIV to infect immune cells, gp120 must first bind to CD4 receptors on the surface of these cells and then transition to bind to another receptor known as CCR5 on immune cells. The vaccine Gallo works on aims at eliciting broadly neutralising antibodies that can link to HIVs gp120 envelope during its transition state, stopping it from binding to CCR5 and thus blocking the infection.Some scientists have argued in the past that more basic research will be needed before a vaccine can be found. But vaccine trials are in themselves a good way to learn about HIV. Even if the HVTN 702 study or Gallos research are not successful, their work will surely provide scientists with valuable additional knowledge about the virus.Phindile Happiness Dlaminis storyNearly 5,400 healthy, sexually active South African men and women aged between 18 to 35-years-old are enrolled in the HVTN 702 trial, with results expected in late 2020.Phindile Happiness Dlamini is one of them. An 18-year-old student of Operations and Quality management at Durban University of Technology, she comes from KwaMashu, a working class neighbourhood north of Durban. HIV rates are not higher there than in the rest of country, but stigma against people living with HIV is still significant.I think that youth are not taught about HIV prevention at an early age. I was introduced to the trial by my older sister, who was a participant in a previous trial at the research clinic. I attended a pre-screening workshop, where I was informed about the vaccine study. I learnt about how the vaccine is made and, about HIV in general. I was fascinated, and became motivated to participate, Dlamini told IBTimes UK.In South Africa, young people often lack basic knowledge about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases because of a limited access to reproductive health services. For 18-year-old females, its considered shameful to access reproductive services. The nurses in the local government clinic are sometimes not approachable. Adults still have the belief that teenagers should not be having sex, said Dlamini.Thus, the trial is also an opportunity to expose thousands of young South Africans to information about HIV that they might not have had access to before.I just hope that the vaccine results are good enough, that it helps future generations. I feel that our communities need a vaccine as it would mean a chance to live in an HIV-free world, Dlamini said. Closecenter_img World Aids Day 2016: HIV in numberslast_img read more

Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network Host Justice Movement for Black

first_imgThe Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network is scheduled to host an event in response to recent police-involved shootings across the country on July 14 at the for Shiloh Baptist Church’s Worship Center, 1401 Jamieson Avenue at 6:30 p.m. The group encourages interested individuals to share their thoughts, talk about every day actions that they are taking to advance social justice and learn about and identify opportunities within the movement where young professionals can be active. For more information or to register, visit nvulypn.wildapricot.org.last_img read more

MoTs Bharat Parv focuses on Dekho Apna Desh

first_imgLetters of Intent under ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project handed over to 17 agencies for 62 monumentsSix days of cultural extravaganza “Bharat Parv” recently concluded at the Red Fort (Lal Quila), Delhi. The event was organised by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India at the Red Fort, Delhi from January 26-31, 2018.The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), State/UTs Governments and local bodies launched “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan” project to preserve the rich cultural and natural heritage and to promote tourism across the length and breadth of our country.During the closing ceremony, under “Adopt a Heritage: Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan” project, K J Alphons, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism and Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture, handed over Letters of Intent for 40 monuments to 9 agencies of Phase-II and Letters of Intent for 22 monuments to 8 agencies of Phase-III.In addition, the MOUs were signed with Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATAOI) and state of Jammu and Kashmir for two natural sites – Mt Stok Kangri trek route, Ladakh, J&K; and Gangotri Temple Area and Trail to Gaumukh, Uttarakhand.Addressing on the occasion, Alphons said that the “Adopt a Heritage” project plans to entrust heritage sites to the private sector companies, public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The basic and advanced amenities in the tourist destinations would be provided by them. He called upon people to actively take part in the Swachhta Abhiyan for cleanliness in our tourist destinations.Dr. Mahesh Sharma highlighted how “Adopt a Heritage” project began with select ASI ticketed monuments and has now expanded to other natural and cultural sites across the country.People in large number visited the Bharat Parv daily to celebrate the diverse and fascinating culture, cuisine and handicrafts and experiences the theme state pavilions.last_img read more

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