PreparedBC to release new Wildfire Preparedness Guide

first_img“The first step in managing any kind of emergency is to be as prepared as possible. This guide will arm British Columbians with helpful information on how to stay safe in the event of a wildfire, and how to help reduce the stress and anxiety that an emergency situation may cause.”The guide focuses specifically on what residents can do to prepare themselves before, during and after a wildfire, including:developing a household plan;assembling a grab-and-go bag for all family members and pets;learning about the local government’s emergency response plan; andtips on how to handle wildfire smoke, wildfire-related stress and how to FireSmart a property.For more information on the Wildfire Preparedness Guide, you can visit gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC. VICTORIA, B.C. – Following two of the worst wildfire seasons in the province’s history, PreparedBC is releasing a new Wildfire Preparedness Guide.According to the Government, the guide contains useful information that will help British Columbians better protect themselves and their homes, and understand what to do if a wildfire approaches their community.Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, says this guide will help to reduce stress and anxiety during a wildfire emergency situation.last_img read more

Japan gets peek at new proposed Tokyo Olympic stadium designs Decision due

by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Dec 14, 2015 6:31 am MDT Last Updated Dec 14, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TOKYO – Two groups competing for the lucrative contract to build the new stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have disclosed their design proposals.The Japan Sports Council released the designs on Monday and said the winner will be chosen this month. It did not identify which companies have proposed which designs.The two designs are more understated than the original plan by British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, which was scrapped due to controversy over its cost and scale.“We will work to ensure a stadium that will be loved by all,” Kazumi Daito, president of the Sports Council, said in announcing the plans, which he said would put “athletes first” and also emphasize accessibility for the disabled, elderly and children.Work on the 158 billion yen ($1.3 billion) stadium intended to accommodate up to 80,000 people was delayed by the difficulties over its design, which proved a major embarrassment for local Olympics organizers.Design “A” has a relatively flat roof and fits in with surrounding greenery, with shrubbery along its outer concourses. The combined steel and wood structure seems to echo traditional temple designs, and stands only 50 metres (164 feet) tall, with a centre sports ground sunk below the surface.Its construction cost is listed at a total of 153 billion yen ($1.26 billion).The 54.3-meter-tall (178 feet) Design “B” is more ethereal, with outer glass walls that blend with the sky and are meant to reflect the traditional Asian concepts of the Five Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It would cost 153.7 billion yen ($1.26 billion).Both plans call for construction to be done, apart from landscaping and surrounding work, by Nov. 30, 2019.The stadium will replace the razed National Stadium, which was built in the late 1950s and hosted the 1964 Olympics.___This story fixes a spelling error in sixth paragraph of previous version. Japan gets peek at new proposed Tokyo Olympic stadium designs; Decision due by month’s end read more

Fire alarm temporarily closed Mackenzie Chown

A fire alarm temporarily closed the Mackenzie Chown complex and Taro Hall this afternoon.The alarm was activated and the areas evacuated. This was caused by a problem that occurred in a control component in the elevator machine room located on the roof of Mackenzie Chown B.St. Catharines Fire Department responded, and after investigation and verification authorized the reset of the fire alarm system and reopening of the buildings.If you have any questions or concerns, contact Facilities Management customer service at 905-688-5550 x3717 or at facilitiesmanagement@brocku.ca read more

Siblings graduate together at Brock Spring Convocation

Before walking across the stage with her brother Khurram, Nada Batool Butt joked she should probably hand her degree directly over to him.The two siblings graduated together with Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences Convocation ceremony in front of a packed house at Brock University Monday, June 4.“He was like my alarm clock,” joked Nada when asked about the benefits of going to school with a sibling. “I’m the lazy one. I’m always slacking on assignments or forgetting about them, and he’s always the one who’s on time and reminding me that it’s time to do an assignment.”Nada, 23, and Khurram, 22, have spent time living in both Canada and Pakistan, where their parents were born, but they returned to Canada while in high school. Now living in Niagara Falls, they both chose Brock University and have leaned on each other for support ever since applying.“We do everything together,” Khurram said. “It’s quite helpful because you can work on assignments together and can go to class together and sometimes if you have to miss a class it’s okay because you know the other person is going to be there.”The two say they’ve never been competitive with each other, so who did better on assignments or exams never really mattered.With their first degrees now secured, both are looking to continue their education, but their paths will head in different directions. Khurram plans to get a second degree from Brock in Computer Sciences, while Nada is looking at enrolling in a college pharmaceutical or child education program. read more

Complete schedule – World Handball Championship 2019

Here is the complete schedule of the 26th IHF Men’s World Handball Championship 2019 starting from the opener at “Mercedes Benz” Arena in Berlin between Germany and Korea.JANUARY 1018.15h KOREA – GERMANY (GROUP A)20.15h DENMARK – CHILE (GROUP B)11 January15.30h JAPAN – MACEDONIA (GROUP B)15.30h ANGOLA – QATAR (GROUP D)18.00h SERBIA – RUSSIA (GROUP A)18.00h ICELAND – CROATIA (GROUP B)18.00h SAUDI ARABIA – AUSTRIA (GROUP C)18.00h ARGENTINA – HUNGARY (GROUP D)20.30h BRAZIL – FRANCE (GROUP A)20.30h SPAIN – BAHRAIN (GROUP B)20.30h TUNISIA – NORWAY (GROUP C)20.30h EGYPT – SWEDEN (GROUP D) JANUARY 1215.00h AUSTRIA – CHILE (GROUP C)15.30h RUSSIA – KOREA (GROUP A)17.30h NORWAY – SAUDI ARABIA (GROUP C)18.15h GERMANY- BRAZIL (GROUP A)20.15h DENMARK – TUNISIA (GROUP C)20.30h FRANCE – SERBIA (GROUP A)13 JANUARY14.00h MACEDONIA – BAHRAIN (GROUP B)15.30h QATAR – EGYPT (GROUP D)16.30h CROATIA – JAPAN (GROUP B)18.00h HUNGARY – ANGOLA (GROUP D)19.00h SPAIN – ICEAND (GROUP B)20.30h SWEDEN – ARGENTINA (GROUP D)14 JANUARY15.00h TUNISIA – CHILE (GROUP C)15.30h SERBIA – BRAZIL (GROUP A)15.30h ICELAND – BAHRAIN (GROUP B)15.30h QATAR – HUNGARY (GROUP D)17.30h NORWAY – AUSTRIA (GROUP C)18.00h RUSSIA – GERMANY (GROUP A)18.00h CROATIA – MACEDONIA (GROUP B)18.00h ARGENTINA – EGYPT (GROUP D)20.15h DENMARK – SAUDI ARABIA (GROUP C)20.30h FRANCE – KOREA (GROUP A)20.30h SPAIN – JAPAN (GROUP B)20.30h SWEDEN – ANGOLA (GROUP D)JANUARY 1515.30h RUSSIA – BRAZIL (GROUP A)16.15h SAUDI ARABIA – TUNISIA (GROUP C)18.00h KOREA – SERBIA (GROUP A)18.30h NORWAY – CHILE (GROUP C)20.30h GERMANY – FRANCE (GROUP A)20.45h AUSTRIA – DENMARK (GROUP C)JANUARY 1615.30h JAPAN – ICELAND (GROUP C)15.30h ANGOLA – ARGENTINA (GROUP D)18.00h CROATIA – BAHRAIN (GROUP B)18.00h HUNGARY – EGYPT (GROUP D)20.30h SPAIN – MACEDONIA (GROUP B)20.30h QATAR – SWEDEN (GROUP D)JANUARY 1715.00h CHILE – SAUDI ARABIA (GROUP C)15.30h BRAZIL – KOREA (GROUP A)15.30h BAHRAIN – JAPAN (GROUP B)15.30h EGYPT – ANGOLA (GROUP D)17.30h AUSTRIA – TUNISIA (GROUP C)18.00h GERMANY – SERBIA (GROUP A)18.00h MACEDONIA – ICELAND (GROUP B)18.00h QATAR – ARGENTINA (GROUP D)20.15h DENMARK – NORWAY (GROUP C)20.30h FRANCE – RUSSIA (GROUP A)20.30h SPAIN – CROATIA (GROUP B)20.30h SWEDEN – HUNGARY (GROUP D) ← Previous Story Russia without Pavel Atman at WCh 2019 Next Story → WCh 2019: Sander Sagosen is the first favorite to become TOP goalscorer World Handball Championship 2019 read more

SEHA has a new partner – Konzept Nutrition

← Previous Story EHF Cup 2018/2019 Main Round to start in Tatabanya Next Story → SG Flensburg and THW Kiel continue Championship race With the start of the 2nd part of the SEHA – Gazprom season, SEHA and Konzept Nutrition, the German sports nutrition company have signed a one and a half year partnership. Konzept Nutrition offers supplements and proteins for athletes and active people.“Partnership with the Konzept Nutrition will, for the next one and a half year, assure that our players and teams have the necessary supplements to achieve their desired athletic performance. SEHA is always trying to offer the best possible conditions for its clubs, and this partnership with Konzept Nutrition was one of our goals this season. We hope the partnership between SEHA and Konzept Nutrition will be at mutual satisfaction and we are looking forward to our future cooperation”, said Sinisa Ostoic, Managing Director of the SEHA – Gazprom League.„We are proud to sponsor SEHA and all the teams. This is an important step for us to show people the impact of nutrition is in sports. Especially Handball players have a really tough game plan and just short time to recover. Here nutrition takes a big part and in the end it is all about quality. And this is my personal passion. Our focus is to develop perfect products for professionals in different sports to enable them to give their best. So we all hope to see brilliant games during the SEHA-Gazprom season and enjoy this powerful sport“, claims Rainer Zirkelbach, CEO and Founder of Z-Konzept Sport Nutrition, specialist for professional sport nutrition Z-Konzept produces exclusively in Germany with state-of-the-art production facilities.  read more

Portugal smash France

After Denmark in Montenegro, another big team lost in Round 3 of the Men’s EHF EURO 2020 qualifications.Portugal beat France 33:27 (17:13) to almost ensure the placement at the first big event since World Championship 2003 on home soil.Portugal-France 33-27 (17-13)Portugal: Antonio Rodrigues 6, Gilberto Brito 5, Pedro Portela 4, Diogo Branquinho 3, Miguel Soares 3, Rui Sousa 3, Daymaro Amador 2, Alexis Hernandez 2, Belone Moreira 2, Tiago Rocha 2, Luis Frade 1.France: Nedim Remili 7, Ludovic Fabregas 3, Michael Guigou 3, Romain Lagarde 3, Melvyn Richardson 3, Vincent Gerard 2, Dika Mem 2, Valentin Porte 2, Luc Abalo 1, Mathieu Grebille 1. ← Previous Story Manolo Cadenas and Meshkov Brest part ways Next Story → Serbo-Croatian draw in front of 8.000 fans in Belgrade read more

Rastko Stojkovic retires I feel like at home in Poland I have

Rastko Stojkovic One of the best European line-players in the last couple of years, especially in attack, Rastko Stojkovic decided to retire from professional handball.The 38-years old line-player parted ways with Israeli Maccabi Rishon by mutual agreement afterwards gave an interview for Balkan-Handball.com about the reasons for such a decision, but also an overview of the whole career which began in Belgrade.I had a feeling like at home during period in Poland with Kielce. Poland was the country in which I felt the best. The worst was in Germany (he played at Fullingen and Nordhorn 2005-2009). Mentality, character, that wasn’t something for me. However, I learned the most in Nordhorn. That was a part of career when I made myself as a man and athlete. I learned a lot of things from Germans and Scandinavians. My coach was Ola Lindgren, he showed me the way, helped me a lot, I overtook from him certain way of thinking and view on handball – said Rastko for Balkan-Handball.com and added:I have learned a lot from the fight with Bjarte Myrhol, my team-mate in Nordhorn. I don’t talk about how good friend you are with someone, but about the fight to survive, battle for every minute at the court and wish to play more than your pair on position. I had to learn everything in a month. I was coming from Balkan school, Bjarte is Scandinavian, Ola is also, it is natural to like his style more than mine. “No, I will not surrender, I don’t give you pole position”. I made myself stronger after that experience – concluded Rastko.The whole interview on Serbian you can read on http://www.balkan-handball.com/intervju-nedelje/rastko-stojkovic-rekao-dosta-zeleo-sam-puno-karijera-mi-donela-jos-vise/Rastko Stojkovic has played at RK Crvena zvezda, RK Partizan, RK Borac Banjaluka, German Fullingen (2005-2006), HSG Nordhorn (2006-2009), Vive Targi Kielce (2009-2013), Meshkov Brest (2014-2018)… 1997 – 19981998 – 19991999 – 20012001 – 20022002 – 20032003 – 20052005 – 20062006 – 20092009 – 20132013 – 201420132014 – Crvena zvezda Partizan RK Studentski Grad Borac Banja Luka PKB Beograd Crvena zvezda VfL Pfullingen HSG Nordhorn Vive Targi Kielce Crvena zvezda→  Al Rayyan RK Meškov Brest ← Previous Story “Prayer time” of Egyptian golden boys reaches 100.000 views in 24 hours Next Story → Powerful Veszprem with +14 in Celje read more

SEHA Gazprom League 1920 Motor beat RK Vardar Veszprem routine win over

5.Nexe200247:540 6.Beijing Univ.100123:370 STANDING: 2.Vardar210168:553 Telekom Veszprém: Székely, Cupara – Manaskov 4, Yahia 1, Moraes, Tönnesen 3, Gajic 1, Nilsson 3, Marguc 3 (1), Lauge 4, Strlek 5, Terzic, Blagotinsek 5 Mahé 3 (2), Mackovsek 2, Lékai 2 STANDING:1. Telekom Veszprem 2 2 0 0 64:55 62. PPD Zagreb 2 1 0 1 56:61 33. Eurofarm Rabotnik 1 1 0 0 34:29 34. Spartak Moscow 1 0 0 1 29:34 05. Meshkov Brest 1 0 0 1 27:28 06. Metaloplastika 1 0 0 1 25:28 0 3.Presov210149:493 HC Motor ZaporozhyeHC Tatran PresovSEHA Gazprom League 19/20Telekom Veszprem Motor Zaporozhye beat RK Vardar 32:31 in their first ever home match at SEHA Gazprom League. The Ukrainian champions outplayed the reigning competition winners, but also EHF Champions League winners, after Ivan Cupic missed the 7-meter shot in the last second of the match. A big celebration could start…Telekom Veszprem had no problem to beat PPD Zagreb 36:28.Telekom Veszprém – PPD Zagreb 36:28 (17:15) PPD Zagreb: Jovic, Asanin – Sipic 3, Vistorop 2, Mandic 1, Pavletic 2, Hrastnik, Stojnic, Horvat 4 (3), Spende 1, Ravnic, Gadza 3, Hrstic 5, Beciri 1, Vlah 3, Vekic 3HC Tatran Presov beat RK Nexe 25:24 in Nasice. 1.Motor Zaporozhye220057:556 4.Vojvodina110029:233 ← Previous Story GERMAN BUNDESLIGA 19/20: TSV Hannover Burgdorf and SC Magdeburg only on 100% Next Story → PORTUGAL: Sporting beat Benfica in local derby! read more

US Ambassador Pyatt heads Greek delegation to Washington to discuss USGreek geostrategic

first_imgUS Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt visited Washington this week with a delegation of Greek investors to discuss US-Greek ties at the Atlantic Council Headquarters.The visit was part of the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative in partnership with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Exchange Group.The Greek delegation included Greek Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Katerina Sokou and American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce President Simos Anastasopoulos.The discussion focused on ways to improve relations and foster closer ties between the two countries. Following Greek uneasiness concerning the US influence in Greece following the fall of the military junta in 1974, there has been a huge improvement in attitude with a Kapa research poll recently showing that 73 per cent of Greeks would prefer to move forward with the US as an ally.READ MORE: British Foreign Office warns against travel to Greece, Cyprus, Australia and other placesDuring her intervention, Ms Sokou addressed relations following the 7 July Greek elections when the conservative opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to become Greece’s next Prime Minister.“Ambassador Pyatt, we are seeing an improvement of the bilateral relations of Greece and the US during your time in Athens and likely one of the best US-Europe relationships right now,” Ms Sokou said.“Do you expect this to continue after the snap elections that have been called for on 7 July, if New Democracy comes to power, as is projected? And I am asking that, bearing into account that New Democracy presents itself as the party that traditionally has been pro-Western, pro-European in its approach to these issues, but also because they didn’t support the Presses Agreement. Do you expect them to abide by the agreement when they come to power? And what can the US do to help normalise relations between Greece and Northern Macedonia while keeping in mind Greece is a pillar of stability?”READ MORE: Attackers splashed paint at home of US Ambassador in AthensAmbassador Pyatt responded that he has “absolute confidence in the positive trajectory of the US-Greece relationship” and had no doubt at all that it would continue to develop should Mr Mitsotakis become the new leader. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

ExTrump aide Papadopoulos heads to Greece to get 10000 amid claims of

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on Sunday said he is returning to Greece to retrieve $10,000 that he suspects was handed to him as part of a CIA or FBI scheme to set him up. He called for the US Department of Justice to look at the marked bills, now stored in a safe, and investigate the matter.Speaking on Sunday Morning Futures, he spoke of suspicious circumstances surrounding the money. “A man named Charles Tawil gave me this money [in Israel] under very suspicious circumstances,” he said. “A simple Google search about this individual will reveal he was a CIA or State Department asset in South Africa during the ’90s and 2000s. I think around the time when Bob Mueller was the director of the FBI. So, I have my theory of what that was all about. The money, I gave it to my attorney in Greece because I felt it was given to me under very suspicious circumstances. And upon coming back to the United States I had about seven or eight FBI agents rummaging through my luggage looking for money.”READ MORE: Exclusive Interview: How will Arthur Sinodinos handle Donald Trump?He said he believed that the alleged set-up was aimed at bringing a violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) against him as had been the case to prosecutions of former Trump aides such as Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort. He called for an investigation into the money trail. Papadopoulos paid a $US9,500 fine and served 12 days in a US federal prison for lying to investigators about contacts with Russian-connected officials during the 2016 campaign, and wants US Attorney General William Barr and Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to examine the paper trail.He believes it will lead to special counsel Robert Mueller’s office.“I still have the bills and I think they are marked,” he said. “These bills that are still in Athens right now must be examined by the investigators because I think they are marked.”Explaining how he came in possession of the money, he recounted an alleged episode in 2017.READ MORE: Watch US President Donald Trump celebrate Greek Independence Day with his Greek friends“I was reached out to once again by another person who wanted to do business with me,” Mr Papadopoulos said. “And I was on vacation with my then girlfriend now wife, in Greece, and he comes to me he says why don’t you come to Israel with me and let’s talk about working together. I go to Israel with him, and he drops $10,000 in my lap in a room, in Tel Aviv. I don’t understand what is happening, I am very disturbed by the events. I fly to Athens the next day and give the money to my lawyers and this person tells me he doesn’t want his money back, so immediately I thought there was something wrong.”last_img read more

Rougeole épidémie record en France et en Europe

first_imgRougeole : épidémie record en France et en EuropeCette infection virale qui peut toucher les enfants comme les adultes fait un retour fracassant puisqu’elle est en train d’atteindre des records de contaminations. 41.000 personnes, en Europe, ont déjà contracté la rougeole depuis le début de l’année dont 2.741 en France. Une épidémie qui pourrait pourtant être contenue grâce à la vaccination. Causée par un virus de la famille des paramyxoviridae, la rougeole reste, à l’échelle mondiale, l’une des principales causes de mortalité infantile alors qu’il existe un vaccin sûr et efficace. Face à l’épidémie record qui est en train de toucher l’Europe, l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santétire sur le signal d’alerte. Les chiffres sont effectivement inquiétants : en 2017, 24.000 cas avaient été recensés et alors que 2018 n’est même pas terminée 41.000 personnes ont déjà été contaminées par la maladie. L’Ukraine, la Serbie, la Russie, l’Italie et la Grèce sont les pays du continent les plus touchés.   Cette infection souvent considérée à tort comme bénigne est en fait grave et ses complications peuvent mener à la mort. La preuve : 37 décès sont déjà à déplorer dont 3 en France. Maxisciences vous rappelle ce qu’il faut savoir sur cette épidémie. L’une des maladies les plus contagieuses « La rougeole est l’une des maladies les plus contagieuses. Un seul malade infecte 18 personnes non vaccinées ou qui n’ont pas eu la rougeole durant leur enfance”, a expliqué au ParisienOlivier Robineau, un médecin spécialiste des maladies infectieuses à l’hôpital de Tourcoing. Effectivement, la maladie se transmet par voie aérienne. On peut donc être contaminé quand une personne déjà touchée tousse, éternue, postillonne ou étant en contact avec des objets infectés. Le malade est extrêmement contagieux pendant la période d’incubation, soit 10 jours, et pendant les premiers jours de la maladie (à partir de l’apparition des symptômes), 4 jours. On comprend mieux à quel point la propagation de la rougeole peut être rapide. Comme le rappelle l’OMS, il n’existe pas de traitement antiviral spécifique à la rougeole. Un traitement à base de paracétamol ou d’ibuprofène est généralement prescrit, ainsi qu’un complément vitaminique A. C’est pourquoi la prévention reste le meilleur moyen de lutter contre cette maladie qui avait provoqué 89.780 décès dans le monde, en 2016.Une vaccination insuffisante Et cette prévention passe par l’administration d’un vaccin sûr et efficace. Grâce à lui, les décès par rougeole dans le monde ont chuté de 84% entre 2000 et 2016. Regroupé sous l’acronyme vaccin ROR (rougeole-oreillons-rubéole), il est d’ailleurs obligatoire en France depuis le 1er janvier 2018. Il nécessite l’injection de deux doses, la première à l’âge de 12 mois et la seconde entre 16 et 18 mois. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ? Seulement voilà, la couverture vaccinale ne serait pas assez élevée. Selon Santé Publique France qui a répondu au quotidien Le Parisien, il faudrait qu’ « au moins 95% de la population des jeunes enfants et jeunes adultes nés depuis 1980 aient reçu les deux doses de vaccin ». Ce qui ne semble pas être le cas quand on constate que 8 malades de la rougeole sur 10 n’ont jamais été vaccinés, en France comme ailleurs (chiffre Centre européen de prévention et de contrôle des maladies). Sans oublier que dans l’Hexagone, si 90% des enfants ont reçu la 1ere dose du vaccin, seulement 2/3 ont fait leur rappel quelques mois plus tard. Face à cette méfiance ou méconnaissance vis-à-vis du vaccin, l’OMS a lancé lundi dernier une campagne afin de rassurer et surtout encourager les populations à recevoir les fameuses doses, seules remparts contre l’épidémie de rougeole.  Le 24 août 2018 à 10:40 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Legos New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2D2

first_img The New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet LongLego Makes Building Sets Accessible to the Blind Ever wished you owned your very own R2 series astromech droid? Lego wants to make your dream a reality… and teach you a little coding along the way!For this year’s May the Fourth festivities, Lego announced a brand new addition to their already expansive Star Wars collection. It’s a three-pack of buildable droids that features R2-D2. Also included are a mouse droid and a gonk droid.These droids aren’t just meant to be built and posed, though. They’re a part of Lego’s Boost series.A Lego Boost set doesn’t just guide you through construction process. It’s designed to give Lego fans a fun, uncomplicated way to explore the worlds of coding and robotics. When they introduced Boost in 2017, they pitched it as a less complicated take on Mindstorms.This is Lego’s first licensed Boost set, and the Star Wars universe is a perfect fit.Once you’ve finished building your droid you can fire up the mobile app and take it for a spin. The programming interface is a bit like Scratch. You piece together routines by dragging and dropping different steps into a sequence. Lego keeps it simple by structuring Boost code like sentences — you build them from left to right.Other Boost set come with activities that you can walk through to get comfortable with the coding process. This one’s Star Wars themed, however… so Lego opted to call them “missions” this time around.The original Boost Creative box was already an amazing little kit and a great way to get kids interested in STEM activities. By adding Star Wars to the mix, Lego has upped the cool factor considerably.You definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Lego Boost, either. Especially not this one, Star Wars fans. These really are the droids you’re looking for!The 1177-piece Lego Star Wars Boost Droid Commander set will hit stores on September 1st with a retail price of $199.99.More on Geek.com:Lego Made Bricks to Help Kids and Adults Learn BrailleCool Gifts for Every Star Wars JunkieLego Unveils Massive New Star Wars Tantive IV Set Stay on targetlast_img read more

Grieving Dolphin Captured on Video Carrying Dead Calf in Florida Waters

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Orcas Hunt, Kill Dolphins Next to Whale Watching Boat Footage captured in Florida appears to show a grieving dolphin carrying and pushing her dead calf through the waters.(WARNING: The video may be disturbing to some viewers)The See Through Canoe company shared video of the heartbreaking scene, spotted in the intracoastal waterway in Indian Shores, Florida, on Twitter Monday.Mother #dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway.It’s hard to say for sure without examination, but the calf may have been hit by a boat. Please don’t assume that because #dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them. #sad pic.twitter.com/Le2MAwvPIB— See Through Canoe (@SeeThroughCanoe) June 3, 2019“Mother dolphin not ready to let go of her dead calf and pushing it through the intracoastal waterway,” See Through Canoe’s tweet said.The company said that the calf may have been struck by a boat. “Please don’t assume that because dolphins are fast that you won’t hit them.”Scientists have long tried to get a handle on grief-like behavior to determine if cetaceans — dolphins and whales — really do experience the emotion.Accounts of whales and dolphins caring for or attending dead or dying individuals have been reported since the 1950s, and are observed by cetacean watchers and researchers worldwide, according to Cosmos magazine.A 2018 study published in Zoology suggests that this behavior exhibited by a female dolphin carrying its deceased calf around for days (sometimes until the body is in such a state of decomposition that only the head or part of the body remains) is evidence that dolphins grieve for their dead.An earlier study, conducted in 2015, also showed that Atlantic spotted dolphins seemed to show grieving behaviors for several minutes or sometimes hours after the death of a calf. “Species that live in a matrilineal system, species that live in pods of related individuals, such as pilot whales whose pods can comprise up to four generations of animals — when they spend a lifetime together, sometimes 60 years or more, yes, I believe they can grieve,” said the study’s lead author, Filipe Alves of the University of Porto, Portugal.More on Geek.com:Watch: Humpback Whales Swim With Dolphins Off Irish CoastPacific White-Sided Dolphin at Chicago Aquarium Is Pregnant — Here’s the UltrasoundBaby Dolphin Stranded on Florida Beach Had Belly Full of Plastic Trashlast_img read more

Remains of 40000YearOld Ice Age Wolf Found in Siberia

first_img Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in MaineNew Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By Scientists Scientists are studying the remains of a Pleistocene wolf, dating back to 40,000 years ago, which was found “perfectly preserved” in permafrost in Siberia, Russia.The severed head of the wolf, believed to be 2 to 3 years old when it died, was unearthed last year in the shores of Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, the Siberian Times reported.Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia.Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.https://t.co/w4FoRB16Ur pic.twitter.com/8QbthEfay1— The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 8, 2019Albert Protopopov, head of the department of mammoth fauna research at the Academy of Sciences of the Republic, said the find represents the first-ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.“We often find wolf skulls quite often, this is a common find… even several puppies have already been found. The uniqueness of this find is that we found the head of an adult wolf with perfectly preserved soft tissues and brain,” Protopopov told Interfax-Far East.The wolf head measures about 40 cm (about 15 inches) long, said to be about half the full length of a modern wolf. Images of the discovery show that the wolf’s fur and fangs are still intact.The head is being studied in Yakutsk, where scientists from Japan and Sweden have also joined the team of researchers analyzing the find.According to the Siberian Times, the discovery was announced at an exhibition in Tokyo, Japan, where scientists also presented the discovery of the well-preserved remains of ancient cave lion cubs.“Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,” said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner, as per the Siberian Times.“We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today,” Suzuki said.More on Geek.com:Dracula’s 15th-Century Cannoballs Unearthed in BulgariaArchaeologists Find Ancient ‘Cheerios’ at Bronze Age Site2,000-Year-Old Marble Head of God Dionysus Unearthed in Rome Stay on targetlast_img read more

Vancouver wants voice in coal plan

first_imgProtesters opposing shipments of coal by train attend a workshop session Monday at Vancouver City Hall. Area activists have been calling for the city council to take action. Toni Montgomery lives in Steamboat Landing along the Columbia River in Vancouver, and despite the tony location, she fears she may be on the wrong side of the tracks.The wrong side, that is, if proposed coal export terminals bring as many as 16 trains stretching up to 1.5 miles long through her neighborhood every day, blocking access for residents and any emergency responders who may need in. Already, she says that six coal trains go by her home daily, coating her house in dust and killing off her landscaping.On Monday, she joined several dozens of concerned residents at Vancouver City Hall as staff members walked the city council through a host of potential problems the six proposed coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest could cause locally. Among them: coal dust, increased diesel pollution, degraded air quality, train horn noise, fire danger and overall visual impacts.“The impacts could fall back on the city, but (coal) isn’t going to give us any income,” Montgomery, the Steamboat Landing resident, said.Clark County commissioners’ letter also seeks inclusion in environmental review for coal export terminal proposal.last_img read more

Discipline resolve key to success youth told

first_imgMusheerabad: President of Osmania University teachers’ Association prof Bhattu Sathyanarayana has said that students can achieve success through discipline and resolve. He was speaking at a programme organised by Sri Sanjeevani Junior College, Nallakunta, to felicitate the college students who achieved good ranks in IIT-JEE and NEET exams and their parents on Saturday. Also Read – Golden 90’s Music Superstars – Alka Yagnik & Kumar Sanu LIVE in Concert will be performing together for the very 1st time in the city of pearls,… Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, Sathyanarayana congratulated the college management, as 40% of outgoing students secured seats in premier institutes, such as IITs and NITs, and the remaining students in the reputed engineering colleges in the city. Sanjeevani College Chairman Pavan Kumar expressed his happiness over the results and said that the college secured good ranks in IIT and NEET on a par with corporate colleges. RJD of Inter Board Jayapradha praised the college management for felicitating parents, along with meritorious students. CEO at IgnifyTechnologies Kiran Babu, director at Kab Consultency Venkatesh, Sharath, Souman Chatterjee and others attended the programme.last_img read more

India Signs Trade Agreement in Services and Investments with ASEAN

first_imgIndia signed the long-pending Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in services and investments with the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). The agreement will ease the movement of professionals and increase investment with the 10 nations in the bloc for IT and other professional sectors.The deal, scheduled to be signed on 26 August by Nirmala Sitharaman at Nay Pay Taw in Myanmar, was cancelled due to the launch of the inclusive banking scheme, Jan Dhan Yogana, for which she was in charge, reports Livemint.”India signed the deal because it had to. I could not be present at Myanmar during its signing because of a genuine concern. Every member had signed it then, except the Philippines. However, the agreement was sent to us last week and we signed it today (Monday). It will have to be ratified by Parliament,” Business Standard quoted commerce and industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman.A senior commerce department official said that even though India had inked the deal, a final call on this would be taken during the India-Asean summit scheduled for November in Myanmar, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other heads of government.ASEAN members includes Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia and Laos. Philippines, which did not sign the deal is expected to do so once it completes domestic procedures. Although India’s FTA on goods was ratified in 2010-11, other members of ASEAN have not yet signed the FTA. Following the agreement on goods, the Indian government has recently recorded a decline in exports to the region while imports from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia continue to surge.Under FTA in goods, India has agreed with the ASEAN nations to raise import tariffs on more than 80% of traded products by 2016. “The services agreement will open up opportunities of movement of both manpower and investments from either side between India and ASEAN,” an official told The Times of India.Important aspects of the deal include: domestic regulations, recognition, market access, national treatment, joint committees on services, review, dispute settlement and denial of benefits.last_img read more

Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke almost died after season 1

first_imgEmilia ClarkeHBO Asia Official TwitterBefore Emilia Clarke became a worldwide sensation after starring as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, she faced two threatening brain aneurysms. Emilia made some serious revelations and it has made many to think about the several brain diseases and how the actress opened up about something that almost took her life.Game of Thrones season eight is going to air in April and before the final season will wrap up, show’s main lead, Emilia Clarke, has revealed that she has undergone two brain surgeries in the last eight years. This is apparently the very first time when Clarke has opened up about the disease and how it affected her personal life.Emilia Clarke wrote for The New Yorker where she talked about the very first time she felt something inside her head. As per Emilia, while doing the plank exercise with her trainer, she felt that there was something that was squeezing her brain. When she tried to ignore it, the pain got severe to that extent when she had to crawl her way to the locker room.”I reached the toilet, sank to my knees, and proceeded to be violently, voluminously ill. Meanwhile, the pain shooting, stabbing, constricting pain was getting worse. At some level, I knew what was happening: my brain was damaged.”Emilia Clarke then went on to describe the process of her diagnosis and how she ended up going through a three-hour major surgery and even spent four days in the ICU. While talking about the subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), Clarke stated that it was caused by bleeding into the space surrounding the brain. Daenerys and Jon in conversation.Game of Thrones/ TwitterWhen Emilia Clarke woke up after the operation, she learned that the procedure had failed and she had massive bleeding. It was made clear to her that the chances of her survival were pretty slim if they did not operate on her again. The second time, the doctors went through her skull to operate. After spending roughly a month in the hospital, she felt like a shell of herself.”My mind has blocked them out. But I do remember being convinced that I wasn’t going to live.”What is Subarachnoid hemorrhage?Subarachnoid hemorrhage is bleeding into subarachnoid space — the area between the arachnoid membrane and the Pia mater surrounding the brain. The symptoms are — severe headache, vomiting, fever, and sometimes seizures. Several patients have reported having neck pain before the diagnosis.Subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs as a result of a head injury or spontaneously. The diagnosis can be determined by a CT scan of the head of done within the first six hours.Treatment for Subarachnoid hemorrhage is prompt neurosurgery or radiologically guilder interventions. British actress Emilia Clarke poses as she arrives on May 15, 2018 for the screening of the film ‘Solo : A Star Wars Story’ at the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern FranceALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty ImagesEmilia Clarke’s current health condition:As of now, Emilia Clarke is doing fine and focusing on her private as well as professional life. She is going to share screen space with Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Kit Harington in the last and final season of Game of Thrones, where she is going to portray the role of Daenerys Targaryen.last_img read more

WATCH Gramin Sewa driver attacks policemen with sword after road rage incident

first_img Watch | Auto Driver attacks policemen with sword Close The Delhi Police had to battle a sword-wielding Gramin Sewa on Sunday when he got into an argument with PCR personnel after his vehicle allegedly grazed the police’s car.The incident occurred in Mukherjee Nagar when the Gramin Sewa vehicle driver grazed a police vehicle parked outside the station. An argument broke out between the driver and the PCR personnel which ended up with the driver pulling out a sword. He was overpowered by the police personnel in the area and arrested. One policeman suffered from a deep gash in his head, reports News18.  IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:40Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:38?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Before his arrest, the man had tried to attack as many as a dozen police personnel and had his friends from the Sikh community also help him. The accused’s juvenile associate attempted to get into the vehicle and run away but ran over a policeman’s leg in the process. He was detained by the police.Many videos of the incident were shot on mobile phones and uploaded on social media after which they went viral. The videos showed the tempo driver wielding a sword and trying to attack the policeman while another showed him getting beaten up by the policemen.After the driver was arrested, he accused the police of using unnecessary force and hitting him and his son mercilessly. The driver’s arrest saw the Sikh community of the area come out onto the streets as a sign of protest. They even went to the extent of sitting outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station as a sign of protest on Sunday night.Politicians also commented on the incident with a majority of them showing their support to the Sikh vehicle driver.Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa claimed that the policemen insulted the driver by attacking the turban. Sirsa went on to take part in the protests and sat outside the Mukherjee Nagar police station on Sunday night. He also called for the rustication of the policemen and said that he will be meeting with Police Commissioner, Amulya Patnaik, on Monday and the home ministry.On Monday morning, Sirsa tweeted, “We have got three police officials suspended for their inhumane behaviour. Rest of them will also meet the same fate. Thanking all who came to protest with us. I have been told @AmitShah Ji has himself ensuring action in this regard.”Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also tweeted about the incident. He wrote, “Delhi Police brutality in Mukherjee Nagar is highly condemnable and unjustified. I demand an impartial probe into the whole incident & strict action against the guilty. Protectors of citizens can’t be allowed to turn into uncontrolled violent mobsters.”last_img read more