In 1997, a teenage boy got kicked in the chest during a fight. The blow to his heart cut off blood supply to his brain, and after he had spent 3 weeks in a coma, doctors proclaimed him to be in a vegetative state—though his eyes were sometimes open, he appeared to be completely unaware of himself or his surroundings. But years later, with the help of a suspenseful TV clip directed by Alfred Hitchcock, researchers say they’ve detected glimmers of consciousness in the now–35-year-old man.Few reliable tools exist for detecting neural signals of awareness in people who appear unresponsive, says Lorina Naci, a neuroscientist at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, and lead author of the new study. Over the past decade, her Western University colleague Adrian Owen has demonstrated that it is occasionally possible to detect awareness in unresponsive individuals by asking them to follow commands, such as to imagine playing tennis, while measuring their brain activity in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine. Still, such methods are limited by the “notorious” difficulty that brain-damaged people have following instructions and paying attention, Naci says.So she and Owen decided to try screening for consciousness with an activity that doesn’t require much effort: watching television. To ensure that it would be easy for patients to pay attention, they chose an episode of the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents called “Bang! You’re Dead.” The abridged, 8-minute episode has a simple, suspenseful plot, Naci says: A young boy with a toy gun finds his uncle’s loaded revolver and plays at shooting people, not understanding that the gun is real. 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During the moments of greatest suspense, activity in the frontal parietal brain regions, which are devoted to orchestrating attention, flared up in healthy participants and became increasingly intense until the end of the film, when the boy nearly hits the family maid with a real bullet. The volunteers’ subjective feelings closely tracked with their brain activity, implying a common neural experience of anxiety and dread, Naci says.Next, after obtaining permission from their caregivers, the team put two brain-damaged patients into the scanner—a 20-year-old female patient who fell into a coma in 2007 after suffering brain damage of unknown origins, and the 35-year-old man. Despite having her eyes open throughout, the young woman showed no brain activity in response to the film, Naci says. In contrast, the man displayed peaks and valleys of brain activity that closely matched those of the healthy volunteers, suggesting that he might have been following the plot, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The new study “opens the door to a whole new way” of searching for signs of awareness in people who have been misdiagnosed as being in a vegetative state, Naci says. Compared with following instructions or focusing on a contrived scenario, simply watching a film could provide an “effortless” way for patients who are unable to communicate to show that they are tuned into their surroundings, she says. It’s too early to say whether the method will be useful for most apparently unaware and unresponsive brain injury patients, however, says Nicholas Schiff, a neurologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City who wasn’t involved in the research. Although the technique was able to distinguish a high-functioning patient from one with much lower levels of brain activity, the vast majority of people with such injuries fall somewhere in between those two extremes, he says. In these patients, researchers are likely to see a highly variable mix of responses, and “it’s not clear” whether the TV clip technique will be able to detect consciousness in more ambiguous cases, he says.Using film to trigger detectable signs of consciousness has another major limitation: Many brain-damaged patients can’t keep their eyes open and looking forward, or simply can’t see, says neurologist Andrew Goldfine of the Stony Brook Neurosciences Institute in New York, who wasn’t involved with the new study. Nor is it clear whether the similar patterns of brain activity between the healthy participants and the brain-damaged patient mean that the man is having the same “conscious” experience of the film, Naci notes.Still, the study has provided some comfort to the patient’s family, she says. For many years after his injury, his father took him to see a film once a week, based on the conviction that he enjoyed it, she says. Eventually he stopped, but “we now do believe that this individual is enjoying being taken to the movies,” and that “we should provide more enriching environments” for such patients, she says.
Indian women’s team fast bowler Jhulan Goswami on Tuesday revealed that she was so upset with her performance in the first two matches of the Women’s World Cup that she asked the coach Tushar Arothe to “drop” her.However, Arothe not only backed the lanky pacer from Bengal but also got full support from captain Mithali Raj, and eventually Jhulan turned out to be instrumental in India’s runners-up finish at Lord’s last month.”I was very disappointed of my show in the early stage of the World Cup,” Jhulan said after being felicitated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards ceremony at the Netaji Indoor Stadium.”After the match against the West Indies, I told my coach Tushar, ‘I’m not bowling properly and you can drop me next time.’ But he said ‘no, I want you to be there and lead the bowling attack’,” the speedster added.Jhulan said the coach’s inspiring words worked wonders for her as she worked over time with Mithali and went on to produce a gem of a delivery to castle Australia skipper Meg Lanning for a duck during India’s splendid 36-run win to oust the defending champions in the semi-final.”Australia match was important for us. They are the best team in the world. Lanning is one of the best cricketers and very strong square of the wicket. I wanted to make sure to bowl in right areas.”I told Mithali that I would bowl to her like I would to Lanning and she would give me feedbacks. Luckily everything went in our way,” the 34-year-old said.advertisementJhulan was wicketless in first two matches — 0/39 against England and 0/37 against the West Indies — but claimed 10 wickets in remaining seven matches.In the summit clash, Jhulan’s tidy spell of 10-3-23-3 had helped India restrict England to a modest 228/7 but the visitors fell short by nine runs in the end to lose out on the trophy.Just before the World Cup, Jhulan got past Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick to become the highest wicket-taker in women’s One-Day Internationals and the fast bowler thanked CAB for the unrelenting support.”Their (CAB’s) contribution is massive.”Jhulan said that initially she was apprehensive of the facilities when she shifted base to Kolkata from Mumbai in 2005-06 but CAB supported her in every possible way.”The first question that came to my mind was whether I would get the same kind of opportunities here. Preparation was always very important for me. Result won’t come without preparation. Most of the time we had the opportunity to practice alongside the men cricketers in Mumbai.”I could bowl at the likes of Sameer Dighe, Praveen Amre when they played for Air India at one point of time. But now I’ve no hesitation in saying that I’m thankful to CAB for the way they have supported women’s cricket for last 10 years and created a platform.”I am indebted to them and hope many more players come up in future. For last 10 years whenever I requested, the officials always provided me with practice facilities. I’m thankful to CAB officials and curator,” Jhulan said as she was handed a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh and a plaque by the Chief Minister and CAB president Sourav Ganguly.The Chief Minister also felicitated the Bengal Under-19 team who became the all India champions after winning the Cooch Behar Trophy earlier this year. Bengal had defeated Delhi to win the title after 19 years.CAB also honoured veteran coach Palash Nandy with ‘Kartick Bose Lifetime Achievement Award’ and a cheque of Rs. 2 lakhs. Nandy was the coach of the Ranji triumphant 1989-90 side when Ganguly made his domestic debut.
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Across Japan, famous landmarks were illuminated simultaneously on Tuesday as the two-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games began.2020 Tokyo Games are scheduled from July 24 to August 9 and the preparation and countdown to the mega sporting event has begun.Even as Tokyo deals with a record heatwave and construction delays in two major venues, they celebrated the upcoming event with absolute grandeurTokyo Tower and the Yoyogi Building shone in the Japanese capital, while other buildings stretching from the Goryokaku Tower in the northern Hokkaido region to Fukuoka Tower in the south were also lit-up in the colours of the Olympics rings.Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, was also illuminated following a countdown event held halfway up the 634-metre structure.Also read – 2020 Tokyo Olympics hit by construction delays, record-breaking heatwaveAt the ceremony, commemorative lanterns were lit by school children, athletes and dignitaries, including Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike.”We want to send a message to the world that Tokyo is a host city. Also, the success of the Tokyo Games depends on reconstruction (in Fukushima),” said Koike.Eric Garcetti, the mayor of 2028 host city Los Angeles, was also in attendance as a guest of Koike.”We share a common geography of the Pacific and we share a common dream of the future between Los Angeles and Tokyo,” Garcetti said.”We come here with a delegation from Los Angeles today to pay our respects to the wonderful organising efforts of Tokyo 2020.”advertisementThe presentation stage was decorated with 731 paper lanterns, each representing the days remaining until the Games’ opening ceremony. Attendees wrote their wishes for the 2020 Games on the lanterns.Sport climber Miho Nonaka, who will hope to be competing in the sport’s Olympic debut in Tokyo, said she wrote ‘even higher’ on her lantern.”I want the (climbing) walls and my goals to be higher, and I want to climb to the highest point,” she said.After the illumination, the athletes joined the assembled children in performing the Olympics’ official song ‘Tokyo Gorin Ondo 2020.'(With Reuters inputs)
Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Newcastle Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 16:25 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Premier League Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Raheem Sterling Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening Manchester City will be in the rare position of needing to bounce back from a Premier League defeat when they host Newcastle United on Saturday.Fortunately for Pep Guardiola, he should have a well-rested group of players to choose from, after giving his squad two and a half days off following the defeat at Liverpool last weekend.MAN CITY INJURIES The City players reported to the club’s training ground for a post-match debrief on Monday morning but did not have to return until Thursday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Fabian Delph limped out of Sunday’s game and Guardiola says he will be out “for a while”.David Silva has been in and out of the side of late due to personal reasons and his situation will be assessed in the run up to kick-off, though he is expected to feature. He was curiously left on the bench at Anfield, though that was because of a stomach problem.Vincent Kompany is going through one of his lengthy injury lay-offs, with no return date set.Benjamin Mendy is a long-term absentee, while Gabriel Jesus will also missing out.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS Neither club have any suspensions.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Danilo is most likely to replace Delph at left-back, while David Silva may well come in for Ilkay Gundogan in midfield.Other than that Delph’s injury, Guardiola should be able to go with the strong line-up that has delivered so many victories this season.NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS Jesus Gamez, Florian Lejeune and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all doubtful for the game, although Dwight Gayle could feature, despite being withdrawn from the Magpies’ game against Swansea City last weekend.OPTA MATCH FACTS Manchester City are unbeaten in 20 Premier League matches against Newcastle United (W17 D3) – it is their longest unbeaten run against a side in their league history. Newcastle have lost each of their last eight away top-flight matches at Man City – they have only lost more consecutively against an opponent on one occasion, losing nine in a row away at Spurs between 1928 and 1956. City have scored at least four goals in each of their last four home top-flight matches against Newcastle (19 scored in total) – the last team to achieve this in five in a row were Spurs against Blackburn in January 1966 (four or more in six consecutive games). Rafael Benitez, however, has seen his sides keep four clean sheets at the Etihad in the Premier League – only Alex Ferguson (5) has masterminded more shutouts than the Spaniard. Manchester City lost for the first time in 31 Premier League games in their last match against Liverpool – however, they’re still unbeaten at home in 23 home matches in the competition (W18 D5) since a 1-3 loss to Chelsea in December 2016. Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 13 Premier League goals against Newcastle (11 goals, 2 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 49 minutes; indeed, at the Etihad, Aguero averages a goal or assist every 31 minutes (8 goals, 1 assist in 283 minutes). Aguero’s 11 goals against Newcastle in the Premier League can be bettered by only two players – Michael Owen (13) and Wayne Rooney (15).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET) on Saturday, and will be shown on BT Sports in the United Kingdom and NBC and Universo in the United States. It will also be shown on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 01: Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs from Jaelan Phillips #15 of the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl on September 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)A former five-star recruit reportedly left his college football program and is now considering a transfer to two different programs. 247Sports reported in December that former No. 1 overall recruit Jaelan Phillips left the UCLA football program.Phillips, a sophomore, was the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class.According to a new report from 247Sports, Phillips is considering a transfer to USC or Stanford. Here’s more from the report:Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips is considering a transfer to USC or Stanford, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told 247Sports.The former star recruit suffered numerous injuries over his two seasons with the Bruins, including a concussion and other injuries that held him to just four games in 2018. He racked up seven tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks during a freshman and one sack and 20 tackles in four games this year.After playing in just four games this season, Phillips can employ the new redshirt rule and enter his next program as a redshirt sophomore.[247Sports]
Ontario has put a large swath of homes on evacuation notice, emptied two provincial parks and called for help from other provinces as forest fires rage near the Quebec border.The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry placed residents near Temagami, Ont., on notice Monday morning after 20 homes were evacuated Sunday as a fire approached the town along with other fires that have begun in the area.“Fire North Bay 69,” as it’s known, is just kilometres from the town, said ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski. Ontario Provincial Police said the blaze was “dangerously close” to the evacuated homes.As of Monday morning, there are 70 forest fires in the province’s northeast region with 33 of them not yet under control, Kowalski said.“There’s high temperatures, dry conditions and a lot of thunderstorms,” she said, making ideal conditions for the start and spread of fires.“The risk of wildland fires across most of northern Ontario is high and it’s especially challenging in the northeast right now because there are so many fires.”Ontario Parks also evacuated two provincial parks, Finlayson Point and Marten River, “due to the significant risk from nearby forest fire activity.”Neary 450 campers have gotten out safely, an Ontario Parks spokeswoman said. The parks will remain closed for the time being.Jolanta said the ministry will be getting reinforcements from other provinces to join the 400 firefighters currently working the northeast quadrant of the province.Numerous water bombers are operating during daylight hours in an effort to stop or control the spread of the fires, she said.It has been a bad year for forest fires in Ontario with 504 recorded to date compared to 143 this time last year, according to the ministry’s data.The area burned is up significantly as well, with 61,000 hectares damaged due to fire compared to 42,000 hectares last year, Kowalski said.In Temagami, tensions are high, said Brian Koski, a local councillor and the head of the municipality’s emergency management committee.“It’s very close to the town,” Koski said.Smoke blanketed the area on Sunday, which led to one resident suffering an asthma attack, Koski said, but no one else has been injured.There are several larger fires to the south of the town, he said. And small blazes are popping up and spreading quickly.Koski spent part of Sunday driving around and helping residents clear out when he stopped by Karol Lake.“There was not even a puff of smoke,” he said. “By 2 p.m. there was a puff of smoke. And by 4 p.m. it was a raging fire.”
Casablanca – More than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners are taking part in a hunger strike to protest their inhumane treatment by their captors, attracting sympathy and solidarity from around the world.The strike was called for by the prominent Palestinian political figure Marwan Barghouti on April 16 in a New York Times op-ed he wrote from his prison cell.The Palestinian prisoners demand dignified prison conditions, more frequent family visits, medical care, and abolishment of solitary confinement, and other basic rights. The support of the international community for these prisoners has picked up steam, spotlighting the unbelievably inhumane prison conditions suffered by Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli colonizing power. Israeli Underworld In its yearly report, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association unveiled figures indicating a serious humanitarian catastrophe in Israeli prisons. 800,000 Palestinians have undergone imprisonment or detention since 1967, accounting for 40 percent of total Palestinian male population. Some 6,500 Palestinians are currently detained in inside 17 Israeli prisons. Between 2000 and 2014, 8,000 children were arrested. A staggering 90 percent of these have been convicted in military courts. Two hundred of this number have died while in prison.Palestinian prisoners, males and females alike, routinely undergo immense psychological and physical abuse, raging from beating, insults, threats and sexual harassment. Children are tried in military court, including those under the age of 16, whose imprisonment alone stands as a blatant violation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).Other expedients to extend the sufferings of the Palestinians to their families include primarily unlawfully captivating Palestinian prisoners inside Israel’s prisons rather than prisons in the West Bank, and imposing a difficult visit application process, with the low rates of approvals.Human rights organizations have long warned of the seriousness of the inhumane conditions in the Israeli prisons, but the loud condemnation of the international community has met the West’s deaf ear. Marwan Barghouti affirmed that the hunger strike is a way to “resist these abuses,” writing:“Hunger striking is the most peaceful form of resistance available. It inflicts pain solely on those who participate and on their loved ones, in the hopes that their empty stomachs and their sacrifice will help the message resonate beyond the confines of their dark cells.”International Condemnation and SolidarityThe international community, which seems more and more outspoken about Israeli oppression and apartheid, has closely followed the news of the strikers inside the Israeli prisons, despite the information blackout that the Israeli Prison Service has enforced. They have placed the strikers under solitary confinement, confiscated their phones, and suspended family visits. In the face of these measures, people from all over the world have expressed their full support for the prisoners on social media.In a social media challenge that has gone viral, people from all the corners of the world post videos of themselves drinking a glass of water with salt, which strikers do to remain conscious and avoid long-term side effects of the hunger, as a show of solidarity with the prisoners. The hashtag #saltwaterchallenge is one of the most trending hashtags on Facebook and Twitter, and the challenge has extended to the real world, as cafés across the West Bank have included salty water in their menus.Other forms of protests include rallies in the West Bank attended by tens of thousands, a sit-in by several members of the European Parliament at the European Parliament building in Brussels, a hunger strike organized by the students of the University of Manchester in the UK that is expected to continue for at least one week, and a rally in Morocco’s Rabat organized by the Labor Union where Israeli flags were set ablaze.The Israeli Minister of Security, Gilad Erdan, who in 2015 called for the legalization of force-feeding, dismissed the hunger strike as “new sort of suicide bombing to threaten the state of Israel.” In an op-ed in the New York Times, he expressed Israel’s unwillingness to listen to the prisoners, whom he branded as “terrorists,” and claimed that the “true motivation behind this strike is political jockeying.”
Rabat – A Ryanair plane, flying between London and Tenerife, was forced Saturday, February 24 to make an emergency stop at the airport in Marrakech.According to video shared by the Sun, an unnamed passenger, who spoke with a British accent was caught in camera “ripping off his shirt and threatening to batter the cabin crew.” When the crew members tried to intervene, he began to threaten anyone who would dare to approach him. The captain had to divert the plane and land in Marrakech after the passenger refused to comply with the instructions of the crew.He was handed over to local police.“When hi-vis clad steward told him to calm down, he screamed: “How about you calm down c***? Who’s got a problem with me?”“If one of you f**** tries to take me prisoner one more time I’ll smash your face in,” he said as reported by the Sun.A Ryanair spokeswoman told the British outlet that the passenger “is being dealt with by the police.”
In a letter to IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the DPRK’s General Department of Atomic Energy, Ri Je Son, requested that the Agency remove the seals and monitoring cameras on all of its nuclear facilities. The safeguards have been in place since the DPRK-USA Agreed Framework signed in 1994.In response Mr. ElBaradei called on the DPRK to act “with restraint,” and warned, “it is essential that the containment and surveillance measures which are currently in place continue to be maintained, and that the DPRK not take any steps unilaterally to remove or impede the functioning of such seals or cameras.”Mr. ElBaradei also asked the DPRK to agree to an urgent meeting of technical experts to discuss the practical arrangements involved in moving from the freeze to normal safeguards operations, and how the IAEA will fulfil its verification requirements under an agreement between Pyongyang and the Agency.Pursuant to a UN Security Council request, and in accordance with the Agreed Framework, the IAEA has been monitoring the “freeze” at the DPRK’s nuclear facilities at Nyongbyong since November 1994.
Mr. Ban made the appeal in separate meetings with the President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, where he attended commemorative events in the Chinese capital marking the 70th anniversary of the Second World War.At a meeting with President Xi Jinping earlier today, the Secretary-General commended China’s strong commitment to multilateralism and its contributions, including to UN peacekeeping operations, the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and its mediation efforts, notably in South Sudan, Iran and the Korean Peninsula.In all his meetings, he thanked China for its efforts to address climate change, both through its actions and policies, and its instrumental role in helping to reach the sustainable development agreement.“The Secretary-General called for continued support from China for building momentum ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the implementation of the new sustainable development agenda,” his spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters.Mr. Ban told the President that he looks forward to his visit to the UN Headquarters later this month to attend the Sustainable Development Summit, the General Debate and other important high-level events, including the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, and the High-level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation, both co-hosted by the Government of China.In his discussions with the Chinese leaders on their country’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment, Mr. Ban expressed appreciation for the Beijing’s collaboration with UN Women on the forthcoming Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, to take place at the UN headquarters in New York on 27 September 2015. The high-level meeting marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
After struggling through a portion of its Big Ten schedule, the Ohio State women’s basketball team is starting to turn it around. With an 89-67 win over No. 23 Penn State Thursday, the Buckeyes (16-9, 7-6 Big Ten), have won three straight games and continue to climb the muddled conference standings. OSU coach Jim Foster said, in a postgame press conference, that his team has picked up its defensive intensity over the last three games. “At no point in time was I in doubt that we would finish the season strongly,” he said. “Most people come and they see a two-hour blip. We see a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that we like.” The game was tied 6-6 with 14:53 left in the first half. After a layup by senior center Jantel Lavender, the Buckeyes took the lead and never relinquished it. The Lady Lions (21-7, 10-4 Big Ten), struggled with turnovers, committing 27. They came into the game averaging 17.3 turnovers per contest. Penn State coach Coquese Washington said the turnovers were “the difference in the game.” “We turned the ball over and they’re able to go down and score in transition,” she said. “Ohio State is just a dangerous team in transition.” The Buckeyes turned the Lady Lions’ turnovers into 30 points on offense and had 10 fast break points. Lavender, who was honored before the game for breaking OSU’s career scoring record Sunday, finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Former Buckeye guard Katie Smith (1992-96), who held the all-time scoring mark before Lavender, recorded a video message for Lavender. The video played at Value City Arena before the game. “It was really nice that she took time out to congratulate me,” Lavender said. “She held that record for so long so she’s probably like ‘Oh, that’s awesome.’” Lavender helped a fellow Buckeye break a record of her own. Junior Samantha Prahalis set the OSU career assist record after Lavender converted the guard’s signature behind-the-back pass into a turn-around jumper. Prahalis finished the game with 11 assists. With both the scoring and assist records falling in the same week, Foster said he went “out of character” and reflected on what the records meant to him. “It’s going to be very difficult to recruit someone who can break them,” he said. “But, we’ll try.” With 14:40 remaining in the second half, OSU led by 23 after sophomore guard Tayler Hill hit two consecutive free throws. Lavender said Hill’s defense was key for the team. “Our flow started because of our defensive intensity,” she said. “Tayler really set the tone for us on defense and we all fell into place with that.” The Lady Lions cut the OSU lead to 10 three different times in the second half, but couldn’t get the deficit under double digits. “Coach called a 30-second timeout and just said we had to get stops,” Lavender said. “We just started to calm down on defense.” Ohio State’s next game is Sunday at Purdue (17-9, 7-6 Big Ten). The Buckeyes won their previous meeting, 90-67.
Multidisciplinary global engineering firm, DRA Global has secured an EPCM contract with Assmang (Pty) Ltd’s Black Rock Mine Operations for the replacement of the Gloria Manganese Mine’s underground rock handling infrastructure and surface plant in South Africa’s Northern Cape. Assmang is jointly owned by African Rainbow Minerals and Assore.DRA will be responsible for the EPCM of the project with a focus on the optimisation and modernisation of the mine, which will provide further flexibility to sustain the Life of Mine production expectations through the replacement of underground rock handling infrastructure as well as a new surface plant and its associated infrastructure.“Due to our long-standing relationship and successful track record of project delivery for Assmang, DRA was approached as the EPCM partner for the Gloria Project,” explains JC Heslinga, Senior Vice President Projects at DRA. “Our history with the project, from initial scoping phases through to the feasibility study, makes DRA the logical fit for project implementation, and we are excited to partner with Assmang (Pty) Ltd once again,” Heslinga continues. The project completion and final handover is expected late 2021.
Devices like the Kindle are admittedly limited in what they can do, but for their intended goals they are great devices. On top of the fact that users can read for hours without getting eye strain, they can comfortably read in direct sunlight when using any e-ink device.Perhaps the best feature, though, is the battery life. The Kindle can last as long as 10 days before it needs to recharge. In an industry where battery life is always expressed in terms of hours, e-ink devices are the uniquely identifiable winners in this category. Just imagine if there was a smartphone that could boast the same kind of lasting power…Chinese manufacturer Onyx International is working on exactly that. The company is reportedly developing an Android-powered phone that would use the same kind of easy-on-the-eyes, long-lasting, see-it-to-believe-it technology that is used in e-readers today.Obviously the limitations of e-ink will be magnified on something as versatile as a smartphone, but would you give up some of the very powerful features that have become commonplace in smartphones, in exchange for a battery that can last for an entire week?Onyx hopes there are enough of you who would answer “yes” to that question to make its venture profitable. The company is apparently aiming for a launch some time next year, though it isn’t clear if it is targeting only the Asian market or it is has designs on a wider target.via ARM Devices
There is no quality control on illegal drugs. There can be problems with purity and contaminants in all illegal drugs. Warning issued over dangerous new drug in Cork following death of 16-year-old U-4 is a dangerous synthetic opioid discovered recently for the first time in Ireland. Image: Shutterstock/photopixel http://jrnl.ie/3191916 58,606 Views U-4 is said to be eight times stronger than heroin and has been linked to significant number of deaths in the United States.It is in the same family as the drug fentanyl, which is used in Ireland as a substitute to heroin.Speaking this morning on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Dr Eamon Keenan – national clinical director for addiction services with the HSE – said that the warning had been issued as a result of the death of Michael Cornacchia.“Our message to people is that you never know what you’re getting when you go into the illicit drug market,” said Keenan.This is a particularly potent drug and we felt it was prudent to issue an alert.He said the drug was a research chemical developed in the 1970s but had never been used for any purpose. It has emerged in recent years as an illicit drug.The HSE said it was “always better not to take unknown or illicit drugs at all due to unwanted and serious medical and psychological side effects”.However, it said if a person did decided to take an illegal substance they should:Never mix your drugs with alcohol or other drugs (legal or illegal) as they can all interact dangerously with each other.It is less risky to take a smaller amount of a substance when you are unsure of its source. Always have a friend with you who can call the emergency services for help if you get into difficulty and call for help as soon as possible.A post-mortem was carried out on the body of Michael Cornacchia yesterday.Read: Body of 16-year-old boy found in Cork>Read: Post mortem to be carried out on 16-year-old boy found dead in Cork home Short URL Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 7:33 AM Share1112 Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/photopixel Jan 18th 2017, 7:33 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald THE HSE HAS issued a public health warning to illegal drug users in the Cork area over a powerful new drug.The warning comes following the death of 16-year-old Michael Cornacchia at his home in the Deermount area from a believed overdose.The HSE warning concerns the drug U-47700, also known as U-4. It has only been discovered for the first time in Ireland recently.It advises that the drug could be sold in the form of cocaine.“We are aware that substances sold as cocaine may in fact contain other substances such as synthetic opioids,” the advisory said.“There is no way of telling what is in a powder or pill just by looking at it. It may look like the drug you want to purchase but it may well be something else. 75 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
L’Indonésie touchée par un tremblement de terreUn séisme de magnitude 7,1 s’est produit tôt ce lundi matin dans l’océan Indien, au sud de l’île de Java en Indonésie, selon l’Institut de géophysique américain (USGS). Une alerte au tsunami avait été lancée mais est à présent levée.C’est vers 22h30 heure de Paris que le séisme s’est produit. L’épicentre de ce nouveau tremblement de terre se trouvait à 24 kilomètres de profondeur, à 277 kilomètres au sud de Tasikmalaya (une localité de Java occidental) et à 241 kilomètres à l’est-nord-est de l’île de Christmas (possession australienne), d’après l’Institut de géophysique américain, cité par l’AFP. À lire aussiUne publicité contre l’huile de palme interdite de diffusion au Royaume-UniJuste après les secousses, une alerte au tsunami a été lancée. S’il n’y avait pas de risque d’une large vague destructrice, explique le Centre américain d’alerte au tsunami, il y avait “une très petite possibilité d’un tsunami local”. Quelques heures plus tard, l’agence météorologique indonésienne envoyait un SMS sur son système d’alerte indiquant que l’alerte au tsunami avait été “levée”.Selon Associated Press, des témoins ont raconté à la radio El Shinta que des milliers d’habitants de la ville de Cilacap (Java) étaient sortis dans les rues pour aller se réfugier dans les hauteurs. Ils auraient regagné leur résidence une heure et demie plus tard, une fois la menace de tsunami passée.Aucune perte en vie humaine ni dégâts matériels n’a été signalée jusqu’à présent.L’Indonésie, plus important archipel de la planète, est sujet aux tremblements de terre étant donné qu’il est situé sur la “ceinture de feu” du Pacifique. Il s’agit d’un alignement de volcans et de lignes de faille qui bordent le bassin de l’océan. En 2004, un séisme de magnitude 9,1 suivi d’un tsunami avaient fait plus de 230.000 morts dans une dizaine de pays de l’océan Indien. Les trois quarts des décès étaient localisés dans l’ouest de l’Indonésie.Le 4 avril 2011 à 09:50 • Emmanuel Perrin
MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – One person died and two others, a child and adult, needed to be hospitalized after a car crash in Miami Gardens, Tuesday afternoon, near Northwest 37th Avenue and 213th Street.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said one child and one adult had to be airlifted from the crash scene, just before 5 p.m. One driver died at the scene.At least two vehicles were involved in the crash. Both sustained extensive damage.The front of a white convertible was completely smashed in, while another car wound up bent up against a fence.Police are investigating how the crash happened and who was at fault.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at the US Embassy in London on 14 September, 2017. Photo: AFPUS Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday condemned violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as “unacceptable”, as thousands of refugees continue to stream across the border into Bangladesh.“We need to support Aung San Suu Kyi and her leadership but also be very clear and unequivocal to the military power sharing in that government that this is unacceptable,” Tillerson said.“This violence must stop. This persecution must stop. It has been characterised by many as ethnic cleansing. That must stop,” he said during a visit to London, speaking alongside British counterpart Boris Johnson.“I think it is a defining moment in many ways for this new emerging democracy,” Tillerson said, acknowledging that Myanmar’s leader Suu Kyi found herself in a “difficult and complex situation”.A crackdown by Myanmar’s army, launched in response to attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25, has pushed vast numbers of refugees from the stateless Muslim minority across the border.Some 389,000 are estimated to have crossed since then.
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