Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha

first_imgFrom the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.last_img read more

Black holes can cause galaxies to age prematurely

first_imgWhereas many galaxies eventually run out of the gas and dust they need to make new stars, a few “die young” by ceasing star birth hundreds of millions of years earlier than models of galactic evolution suggest. Astronomers don’t yet fully understand this premature aging, but a new study suggests that having an active black hole at the center of the galaxy could be one major factor. Using radio telescopes, researchers scrutinized four elliptical galaxies apparently on the cusp of changing from groups filled with new stars to ones that had very few. These galaxies lie between 275 million and 375 million light-years from Earth. All appear to have recently shed the vast volumes of gas needed to trigger the formation of new stars, but why that happened isn’t clear, the researchers say. The gas probably wasn’t stripped away by interactions with other galaxies, because the star groups are relatively isolated in space. In the case of a galaxy dubbed J0836 (see image), a large mass of cold hydrogen gas (depicted in aqua) near the galaxy may have been blown out of its former home by a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, the team reports in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. That cloud lies along a path of material that radiates strongly in radio wavelengths, a sign that the cloud may have been expelled from its parent galaxy at a time when its central black hole was much more active than it is now. Further analyses of these four galaxies, and many others like them, should help pin down the possible causes of premature aging in such star groups.last_img read more

FEU forces KO tiff vs Adamson in PVL

first_imgRead Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Few tickets left as La Salle, Ateneo cross paths Sophomore middle blocker Czarina Carandang turned in a breakthrough performance, smashing in 21 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who just became the first team to beat the Lady Falcons this conference.FEU and Adamson will face each other in Game 3 of their best-of-three series on Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are overwhelmed. We planned for this match and I told the players to just follow the instructions and they responded well,” said come backing FEU coach George Pascua.Carandang was a pillar for FEU, scoring her last point on a kill-block against Adamson main girl Christine Joy Soyud for a 13-9 lead in the fifth. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Far Eastern University stood its ground against a rampaging Adamson to prevail, 21-25, 27-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11, Saturday night and extend their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Alvarez scores season-high as JRU bolsters Final 4 bid

first_imgJRU Lady Bombers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University bucked a bad start to beat Letran, 22-25, 28-26, 25-17, 25-16, and strengthen its bid for a Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Shola Alvarez showed why she’s a legitimate MVP candidate with 30 points, the most by any player this season, to lead the Lady Bombers’ rally.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ “Letran was well-prepared coming into this game. Luckily for us, we were able to make adjustments midway through the second set,” said JRU coach Mia Tioseco.JRU grabbed a share with idle San Sebastian in fourth place at 5-3 as the fight for a Final Four ticket intensifies. The Lady Bombers play also-ran Lyceum in their final game in the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I always tell my players that we have a goal and that is to get into the Final Four. But we have to take it one game at a time.”JRU overcome a 17-8 hole behind Alvarez, who did most of her damage in a scintillating second set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Lettan unraveled the moment JRU made its comeback and the team wasn’t the same in the third and fourth sets.The Lady Knights already had no answer for Alvarez and things got even more complicated for them with the Lady Bombers also drawing significant contributions from Dolly Versoza.Versoza, who ended the second set with a hit and the fourth frame with back-to-back service aces. She wound up with 17 points.Glayssa Torres scored 16 points for the Lady Knights (3-5), who dropped out of semifinals contention.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UE ready to shed losing mentality Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Woman uses banner to troll Hardik Pandya over Koffee with Karan controversy

first_imgHardik Pandya returned to the cricketing field against New Zealand after a long haitus – one that began in the Asia Cup in September. It was the back injury first and Pandya recovered to join the Indian team in Australia during the Test series. However, before the ODI series, a Koffee with Karan episode featuring him and KL Rahul aired and a major controversy erupted.Hardik faced a massive backlash on social media for his “sexist and misogynistic” remarks on the show and he and Rahul were suspended and called back to India. Their suspensions were lifted on January 24 pending appointment of an ombudsman and Hardik Pandya was back in the thick of things.However, it seems people are not yet ready to forgive Hardik completely for his offensive statements. During the second T20I against New Zealand in Auckland, a female spectator was seen holding a banner that said “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? [Pandya, did you do it today?]”. This placard was in reference to Hardik’s statement on the chat show regarding his virginity, where he said he told his parents, “mai karke aaya [I did it today].”give this lady a Bharat Ratna#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/PQA8KtGNFBSunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 8, 2019A video of the woman holding the banner is also doing rounds on social media.@BCCI @hardikpandya7 #INDvNZ #AskStar #akashvani @karanjohar @klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/ID9JdByGVoManraj Randhawa (@manrajr9) February 8, 2019Hardik contributed with a wicket in Auckland – one of Colin de Grandhomme right after he scored a fifty. While that was all of Hardik’s contribution, it was his brother Krunal who shone that day and put up a player-of-the-match performance. Krunal returned with figures of 3 for 28, picking the wickets of Colin Munro (12), Kane Williamson (20) and Daryl Mitchell (1).advertisementWhile the female spectator held the banner for Hardik during the second T20I, the news of a case being registered against him, Rahul and Karan Johar came out on the morning of the match.A case was registered against the duo and the host of the show and filmmaker Karan Johar in Jodhpur on February 6.From the BCCI’s side of proceedings as well, the case handling will be completed after the appointment of an ombudsman.Also Read | Pandya brothers chill out with MS Dhoni over a meal in New ZealandAlso Read | Dream come true for Pandya brothers as they play together for India for first timelast_img read more

Roma’s Nicolò Zaniolo: ‘I’m not Totti, but one day I hope to be as good’

first_img Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter Diego Simeone: ‘If I want something I go after it ad nauseam’ Topics Nicolò Zaniolo made his debut for Virtus Entella in Serie B two and a half years ago. He had been released by Fiorentina the year before as a 16-year-old and knew he had to pursue other opportunities in the game. Some players would have fallen down the league pyramid or given up on football altogether, but Zaniolo rolled up his socks and started a journey that has taken him to the very top.After spending a season at Inter, where he was named their academy player of the year, Zaniolo signed for Roma in June 2018. He played his first game for the club exactly a year ago – away at Real Madrid in the Champions League – and has not looked back. Zaniolo is now a regular at the heart of the Roma midfield and his goals were instrumental in the club’s run to the Champions League quarter-finals last season. To crown it all, he is now an Italy international. Zaniolo is a man on the up.Your breakthrough at Roma last season was incredible. Did you predict such a rapid rise when you joined the club?“To be honest, I didn’t expect to have such an impact as I was coming from an academy team and had a lot to learn. I also made my Italy debut, which was a surprise, but I have lots of targets left. I have learned a lot from last season, but I need to go further now and keep pushing.”It must seem like a long time since you were playing for Virtus Entella. What has changed in two years to take you from Serie B to the Italy team?“So much has changed, both from a physical standpoint and a psychological one. Essentially, I’ve changed the way I work and the way I am day-to-day. I wanted to be a teenager before, doing all the things my friends do, but I’ve learned to focus on what is important: football. I train harder, I focus more, I have high targets, and all these have helped me improve technically on the pitch but also in terms of my life off it. I am more complete – that’s what’s led to me playing at the top.”Why did you think Roma would be a better place than Inter to break through and progress?“When a big club with so much history like Roma wants you and has plans for you in the first team, it’s hard to turn down the offer. I confess, I thought I’d be sent out on loan as I had lots to learn and a new move is always a risk, but Eusebio Di Francesco had confidence in me from the start and helped me a lot. If it wasn’t for him, I would not have made the breakthrough. He is great with younger players and I owe him a lot.”Young players in Italy often face a lot of pressure. You have been called ‘the new Totti’. What are you doing to manage those expectations?“It’s important to keep your feet on the ground at all times and I have a family behind me who do that, who understand football and who make sure I work my best at all times. Beyond that, the only way to manage expectations is within myself. I can’t listen to what others say, good or bad. I’m not Totti, but one day I hope to be as good.” Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share via Email Italy features European club football Zaniolo in action for Italy against Liechtenstein in a Euro 2020 qualifier. Photograph: Jennifer Lorenzini/Reuters Zaniolo scored twice for Roma when they beat Porto at the Stadio Olimpico to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. Photograph: Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images Some former players and managers in Italy say your best position is at No 8, where you can influence the game in both halves. Which role do you see yourself settling into for Roma and the national team?“As a kid, because I had technical skills, I always played as a No 10 but I like playing as an eight or even a defensive midfielder. For now, I’ll play in any position, but maybe one day I will settle a little deeper, unless a manager comes in and sees me totally as a forward playmaker. I will play anywhere as long as I’m on the pitch.”Being a professional footballer is a great job with many perks, but what is the toughest part of being a player?“The journey itself is the hardest as it’s not easy to get the top. It takes a lot of sacrifice and time, and you have to keep believing even when you think it won’t happen. And then, once you get there, it’s even harder to stay. You are always working harder and harder every day. But, as you say, it’s worth what awaits you. I always found it hard to leave my family. I had to leave them many times as a young teenager to live elsewhere so I could pursue a football career. I was travelling all the time. I didn’t get to do the things that my friends were doing – going out, the stuff everyone my age does. It becomes easier but when you’re younger, you just want to have a normal life and be around friends. It was worth it, though.” “Daniele was always a leader and a fantastic person, so it’s easy to learn from him and other experienced players. In fact, if you can’t, there’s something wrong. Mostly what I learned was humility. He has time for everyone: the fans, the staff, the other players. Off the pitch, he prepares well and was always focused on Roma. I am trying to take that into my life, to make Roma the centre of it.”You’ve shared a dressing room two World Cup winners in De Rossi and Steven Nzonzi. What inspiration have they given you when it comes to playing for Italy?“Winning the World Cup is my childhood dream, as it is for any player, and being lucky enough to share a changing room with Daniele and Steve makes you believe that it’s possible. It focuses you to try to become that sort of player so others may one day look up to me. It’s a boost every day, but now it’s time for me to write my own story. I’m ready for the challenge.”• This article is from These Football Times• Follow These Football Times and Omar Saleem on Twitter Read more Read more Pinterest Europa League Serie A Guardian Sport Network Héber: from partnering Firmino in Brazil to replacing David Villa in NYC Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on WhatsApp Who was your favourite player growing up?“My hero undoubtedly was always Kaká, especially during his Milan years and for Brazil. I watched him a lot. For me, he was the perfect offensive midfielder: strong, technically perfect and capable of scoring and assisting. That is what I wanted to become as a kid and I still do now. I watch his videos, study the way he moved, and try to take elements into my game as I’m also tall, strong and try to play technical, direct football.”You left Fiorentina’s academy at 16. What advice do you have for other young players who have been released by clubs?“The main advice is to never give up. Partly because, If you’re 15 or 16 and have reached that point, you must have some quality that another team will always find useful, even if it isn’t always obvious. One team not wanting your skillset doesn’t mean another won’t. More than that, though, you need to continue to enjoy football. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t have the motivation to keep fighting. Love football no matter what, in good times and in bad.” Facebook Who are the best players you’ve played against so far – in midfield and in defence?“Cristiano Ronaldo, of course. He is perfect physically and very hard to mark. Luka Modric as well. I was impressed with how he used the ball and the way he moved with it. He’s small but hard to get off it. He turns sharply, moves quickly and takes up great positions. I found him hard to control. Defensively, Raphaël Varane. He’s fast, very technical and strong. He is the hardest player to get past – almost impossible, especially one on one.”You played with Daniele De Rossi before he left Roma. What have you learned from experienced players such as him? Roma Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Welcome to the Ryenaissance

first_img 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 Highland Park Releases 2 New Limited-Release Bottles Whiskey comes in many different varieties. The type of whiskey you are having can depend on the country it was distilled in, the kind of grain used to create the mash, and the amount of malt used as an ingredient. When it comes to brass tacks, though, most people know three different types of whiskey: bourbon, scotch and rye. Bourbon and scotch get most of the love; and rightfully so—they are delicious, have rich histories and are featured prominently in popular songs and movies.Rye, on the other hand, is often overlooked. In fact, people still think that rye only comes from Canada. (To be fair, rye is featured in most Canadian whiskies and Canadian whisky overall has the same flavor and characteristics as rye.) But rye was the prevalent American whiskey up through Prohibition. However, after Prohibition, the tastes of our nation changed, and rye became viewed as an old man’s drink, while bourbons and scotches became more marketable.Recent studies have shown that rye whiskey is on the rebound though. DISCUS (the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States) recently published data showing that, since 2009, rye whiskey production volume has increased 536 percent. This may be due to the more adventurous American palette—rye can be stronger and more flavorful than bourbon and even some scotches.RELATED: Apparently, Whiskey Aged In Space Tastes Different Than The Earth-Aged VarietyAs part of this “rye renaissance, “one of our favorite whiskey distiller’s, Russell’s Reserve, is releasing its very first Single Barrel Rye. Russell’s has already seen success with their 6-Year-Old Rye (we’ve tried it and it’s just as good, or even better, as some of Russell’s Reserve’s high-end bourbons). In fact, the rye grain has featured prominently in most of the Russell’s Reserve and Wild Turkey releases over the years, giving their whiskies a trademark spiciness.A legitimate rye requires the mash be made of 51% rye, so the Single Barrel certainly has some spice to it. Each bottle of Single Barrel Rye was pulled from the best barrels in the Russell’s Reserve rick houses. At 104 proof (52% alcohol), this rye is nothing to laugh at. If you are going to sip, sip with discretion and style—this isn’t a whiskey to just toss back.The Single Barrel Rye has just hit the market and, like all Russell’s Reserve releases, we’re sure it’ll soon be a whiskey-lover’s favorite. Take this as an opportunity to educate yourself on some rye whiskey and become of a member of the Ryenaissance. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wheated Bourbon Alternatives to Pappy Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubslast_img read more

AVEVA Takes Part in Proxima Drillship Project

first_imgApril 25, 2014 zoom Fincantieri Offshore has signed a contract with AVEVA to implement AVEVA Marine software in the concept design phase of Proxima, a major offshore drillship project.Proxima is a revolutionary design with an innovative drilling system that significantly increases the speed of the drilling process. It can therefore be a powerful tool for drilling contractors to boost their profitability, not only by drilling more efficiently, but also by drilling wells that were not previously possible.Fincantieri Offshore is using several AVEVA Marine products for this project.“We are very impressed with AVEVA’s technology and customer service,” said Giuseppe Coronella, Vice President, Offshore, Fincantieri. “For a ground-breaking project like Proxima we need to have a leading-edge solution that is reliable and efficient, and AVEVA Marine has equipped us with the right tools to execute this innovative design.”“The project has been developed using AVEVA Marine solutions, which can support all of Fincantieri Offshore’s design disciplines and which has proved its capabilities to optimise integration between the hull and the drilling systems. Fincantieri has a very creative and skilled team and we look forward to working with them on other such revolutionary projects in the future,” said Evgeny Fedotov, Head of EPC Sales, AVEVA.last_img read more

Premier Welcomes ReOpening of Parsons Investigation

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter welcomed news of the decision by HRM Partners in Policing to re-open the investigation involving Rehtaeh Parsons. “Nova Scotians will be heartened that someone has come forward with credible information, allowing the police to re-open this investigation,” said Premier Dexter. “I implore anyone else who may have information to share, to bring it forward.” The premier noted tips can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637. Nova Scotians mourning the loss of Rehtaeh Parsons can express condolences and send sympathies to her family through an online page at www.novascotia.ca/condolences . And those who might need help,or have concerns about loved ones, can visit http://novascotia.ca/help/ . The premier said he is confident Nova Scotians will stand behind the Parsons family during such a difficult time. “We must do our best, as a community and a society, to respect the family’s privacy at this time, and to allow them the space and ability to honour her memory in peace,” said Premier Dexter.last_img read more

La Semaine de lorientation au Canada atlantique encourage les élèves à créer

first_img aideront les élèves à exploiter leur esprit d’entrepreneuriat; permettront aux élèves de découvrir les attributs des personnes qui prennent l’initiative; appuieront l’innovation, la créativité et la prise de risques à titre d’entrepreneurs sociaux; mettront l’accent sur la résolution de problèmes et sur la génération d’idées pour des entreprises futures; prendront en considération la contribution et la valeur de l’entrepreneuriat. Des activités spécifiques peuvent être incluses au programme d’études actuel. Par exemple, une activité à l’intention des élèves de la 3e à la 5e année inclut l’utilisation de différents produits de consommation pour parler des quatre « P » du marketing : produit, prix, promotion et placement. « Notre avenir débute dès maintenant. Ce sont ces jeunes esprits qui créeront les emplois de l’avenir, souligne Colin Gillis, entrepreneur et directeur chez Smarter Spaces. C’est l’esprit nécessaire pour notre succès au Canada atlantique, que vous soyez propriétaire d’entreprise ou employé. » La Semaine de l’orientation au Canada atlantique a été créée par le Conseil atlantique des ministres de l’éducation et de la formation afin d’accroître la collaboration en matière de développement de carrière. Les ressources peuvent être téléchargées au www.semainedelacarrièrecanadaatlantique.ca. Les élèves apprennent à exploiter leur esprit d’entrepreneuriat dans le cadre de la Semaine de l’orientation au Canada atlantique, qui se déroule du 31 octobre au 4 novembre. La semaine met l’accent sur la sensibilisation aux carrières pour les élèves de la maternelle à la 12e année et pour les étudiants du niveau postsecondaire. « Il est important, pour l’avenir de notre province, que les élèves soient en mesure de développer leur esprit et leur mentalité d’entrepreneuriat », affirme Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. Les ressources disponibles incluent des plans de leçon adaptés aux niveaux scolaires, offerts aux enseignants à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse et du Canada atlantique et pouvant être utilisés dans le cadre du programme d’études régulier. La contribution de la Nouvelle-Écosse inclut la préparation des ressources sous le thème « L’entrepreneur en moi ». « Il s’agit d’offrir à nos jeunes un plus grand nombre d’options de carrière, affirme Cal Gosse, président du conseil paritaire entreprises/éducation. L’esprit d’entrepreneuriat ne se limite pas aux entreprises en démarrage. Il s’agit également de la pensée créative, de la prise de risques et de la résolution de problèmes pour faire bouger les choses. Cette mentalité est requise à la fois dans le secteur public et le secteur privé, ainsi que dans les grandes et petites entreprises. » Les leçons encourageront la participation des élèves et des enseignants et : last_img read more

After decades of living without Samson Cree Nation one step closer to

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsUnlike tens of millions of other Canadians, members of the Samson Cree Nation never enjoyed reliable, fresh drinking water.But that soon may come to an end.The community broke ground on a $32.5 million upgrade to its wastewater facility.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img

Crash south of Edmonton claims 5 including 3 sisters

first_imgAPTN NewsThe chief of an Alberta First Nation called on the power of prayer to help his community heal from another fatal car crash.“Our community came together last time and our communities are going to come together this time,” said Vernon Saddleback of Samson Cree, south of Edmonton.Saddleback confirmed five people who died Tuesday had ties to Samson and Ermineskin – two of four first nations that comprise the Maskwacis region, about 95 kilometres south of Edmonton.However, the victims were living in the nearby town of Wetaskiwin.Three sisters from one family and a couple with a young son were killed when two vehicles collided outside Millet,  Alta., at about 4:15 pm MT June 5. They were all in the same vehicle.A person in the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries and released.Police have not yet spoken about the accident.“I do want to ask everyone out there who is watching, who is listening or who is going to read this, if you could pray for our communities,” Saddleback told reporters Wednesday.“And pray for those families involved.”Chief Vernon Saddleback speaks to reporters.The three sisters were Dominique Soosay Northwest, 19; Cheyanne Soosay Northwest, 22; and Latesha Soosay Northwest, 25; from Samson Cree First Nation.Cheyanne and Latesha had five children between them.Wetaskiwin RCMP said Wednesday they were still investigating the cause of the crash that also claimed the lives of Anthony Swampy, 30, and his girlfriend, Terrelle Minde – whose age was not available.Saddleback expressed shock at the heavy loss.“Tough to lose one family member but five from a community… words can’t express,” he said at a news conference.Police said the collision occurred on Highway 2A at Township Road 472, about five kilometres south of the town of Millet.last_img read more

Teacher Accuses Moroccan Embassy Official in Belgium of Harassment

Rabat  – Naima Zaizaa, an Arabic teacher who works with the Moroccan Embassy in Belgium, has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the program’s coordinator. Zaizaa works with the embassy’s ELCO program which aims to connect Belgian Moroccans with their culture.“As soon as I arrived in Brussels, this man had a bizarre behavior with me,” the 33-year-old teacher told Belgian newspaper DH. He reportedly commented on her physique multiple times and praised her for not wearing a veil.“I knew he did not just see me as a teacher and he had ideas in his head. He kept complimenting me, to the point that my colleagues even thought I was having a secret relationship with him,” Zaizaa continued. The coordinator also reportedly kept finding excuses to get Zaizaa in his office, telling her she “deserved a man who would help settle my situation in Belgium.“But, I saw through his game and avoided going to his office, especially after an incident where he touched me,” she continued.She also alleges that the coordinator, who is married, had a complete change of behavior to her after she rejected his advances and allegedly wrote several untrue reports about her work performance.Zaizaa’s complaint has been accepted by Brussels police.Read also: Moroccans Make Up 9% of the Foreign Population in Brussels read more

BCs LNG industry outlook looks bleak after 36 billion project killed

VANCOUVER — Experts say dreams of a booming liquefied natural gas industry in British Columbia appear to be evaporating, at least for the foreseeable future, after Petronas and its partners scrapped a $36-billion megaproject in the province.The proponents of two other major projects say they are proceeding toward final investment decisions, although Chevron says it has reduced capital spending for its proposed facility in Kitimat in response to market conditions.A consortium led by Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas announced yesterday it would not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG project near Port Edward, B.C., due to a downturn in market conditions.GMP FirstEnergy analyst Martin King says the outlook for LNG on Canada’s West Coast has been negative for years and he says the likelihood is low that other large, expensive projects will proceed.University of British Columbia business Prof. James Tansey says he doesn’t think the Petronas decision is a death knell for the industry but it’s unlikely any major facilities will be built in the next three to five years.The National Energy Board released a report last week that warned Canada was a late entrant to the global LNG market and the next seven years will be critical to the development of the industry.The Canadian Press read more

Toyota plant in Cambridge Ont to build RAV4 replacing work on Corolla

Toyota plant in Cambridge, Ont., to build RAV4, replacing work on Corolla CAMBRIDGE, Ont. – Toyota Canada’s manufacturing complex in Cambridge, Ont., will build the RAV4 compact sport vehicle, providing some certainty about the operation’s future after work on the Corolla moves to Mexico.The Japanese automaker says its Canadian subsidiary will become a North American hub for making sport utility vehicles.Toyota Canada already makes the RAV4 in Woodstock, Ont., about 55 kilometres southwest of Cambridge.It also makes two models of the Lexus RX SUV at one of two assembly plants in Cambridge.The RAV4 and a hybrid version of the vehicle will be built at the North assembly plant in Cambridge starting in 2019. by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 10, 2015 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Nov 10, 2015 at 11:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Norfolk State Rewards NCAA BracketBusting Coach

Norfolk State’s Anthony Evans earned a raise.The most talked-about story of 2012 March Madness was historically black Norfolk State University, a 15th seed, knocking off No. 2-seed Missouri, 86-84  in the first round of the tournament. The Spartans from Norfolk, Virginia were on the minds of all college basketball fans around the country.This week, the school rewarded the orchestrator of the MEAC champions. Coach Anthony Evans received a thre-year contract extension will take him through the 2016-17 season, according to NSU athletic director Marty Miller.Evans led the Spartans to a school-record 26 wins, the MEAC Tournament championship and the huge NCAA Tournament win, the first in Norfolk State history.Evans, who is 78-82 record in his five seasons at Norfolk State, also received a $50,000 raise to $175,000. His contract was to expire after the 2013-14 season.After beating Mizzou, NSU lost, 84-50, to Florida in the next round. read more

Drug deaths reach record levels as purity of heroin and cocaine rises

first_imgHeroin addicts who have been taking the drug since the 1970s and 1980s are dying in increasing numbers as they grow older and frailer.The purity of heroin reaching Britain’s streets has also increased after several years of bumper opium harvests in Afghanistan. The harvest in 2014 reached record levels according to the United Nations, after it recovered from crop blight in previous years. Vanessa Fearn, a research at the ONS, said: “Deaths involving heroin and morphine have more than doubled since 2012, partly driven by a rise in heroin purity and availability over the last three years. Drug deaths have reached record levels as cocaine and heroin becomes more pure and ageing addicts succumb to years of abuse.A total of 3,674 people died of drugs poisoning in 2015, the highest number since records began.Deaths from heroin and morphine have doubled to 1,200 since 2012, while deaths from cocaine have jumped from 112 to 320, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics Ecstasy “Age is also a factor in the record levels of drug deaths, as heroin users are getting older and they often have other conditions, such as lung disease and hepatitis, that make them particularly vulnerable.”Cocaine and heroin are often taken together, meaning increases in heroin purity could be leading to some of the deaths logged as due to cocaine.The ONS analysis said: “Since cocaine is often taken alongside heroin, it is likely that changes in the purity and availability of heroin, as well as increases in the purity of cocaine, are contributing to the rise in deaths involving cocaine in recent years.”Meanwhile ecstasy, or MDMA, was mentioned on 57 death certificates last year – the highest number in a decade.Earlier this year, the European Union’s drugs agency said the dance drug was making a comeback among young people in Britain.Figures from the Lisbon-based European monitoring centre for drugs and drug addiction estimated 2.1 million people aged 15-34 had used ecstasy in the last year, up 300,000 on the year before.The centre said dealers were aggressively marketing high dose pills and powder.Deaths linked to new psychoactive substances, once known as “legal highs”, have increased sharply, with 114 registered last year. New laws were introduced to clamp down on the substances earlier this year.The figures, taken from the results of coroners’ death certificates in England and Wales, do not include deaths from traffic accidents that may have involved drugs.A Department of Health spokesman said: “Any death related to misuse of drugs is a tragedy.”While overall drug use continues to decline, our approach is to get people off drugs for good, with decisions on treatment based on an individual’s clinical need.”An expert group has published its recommendations today to help curb the numbers of people dying from drug misuse.”We are also developing a new strategy which will include help to educate young people about the risks.”center_img 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. Ecstasy deaths have also risenCredit:PAlast_img read more

Sensordrone lets you measure everything with your smartphone

first_imgSmartphones also make the ultimate multitool. I find myself increasing grabbing my phone when I am in the middle of a project — it becomes my flashlight in the dark, my level when hanging a picture, a calculator, and a notepad. But as great as out phones are, they are still limited by the sensors inside of them. For example, I can’t use my phone as a laser thermometer, or a moisture sensor, or a breathalyzer no matter what apps I buy. That said, if I could use my phone to do any of those things, I probably would use my phone exclusively for those tasks. Apparently I’m not alone in this, since the team at Sensorcron have started up a a Kickstarter project they have called Sensordrone.Sensordrone looks a little bit like a naked USB Flash drive, but instead of storing data this little key is packed with sensors. Their claim on Kickstarter is that Sensordrone includes more sensors than anything else available. That’s not all that hard to believe when you read that is carries gas, temperature, humidity, proximity, color intensity, and pressure sensors inside. It’s pretty much a one-stop-shop for whatever you would want to use to grab data. In fact, if you need another kind of sensor, the device is expandable via their adapter which makes the Sensordrone a Bluetooth transmitter.All of the information gathered on the Sensordrone can either be sent in bursts, transmitted live, or just stored on the device until you need it later.The demonstration video offers a great many possibilities, but they are all shown off in individual app form. There’s air quality apps, infrared thermometer apps, light intensity apps, but all of these are one-off single task apps. The only time you see the gadget spit out raw data is when they demonstrate the possibility for the app to act as a stud sensor. This one little gadget could double the amount of apps you have on your phone, just in the different sensor related apps. You probably don’t need a Gas Leak app, a Carbon Monoxide app, and a Fart Sensor… especially if an app can be written to combine that information. Sensorcron says that they will make the Sensormatic open, and that they only limit is your imagination, but doesn’t really go very deep into what that means for the device.The Kickstarter page lists the Sensordrone retail price at $199, but if you participate in the Kickstarter you only need to pay $175 to get your hands on one when they come out. The Sensordrone really looks like an incredible gadget, and clearly something that takes us one step closer to having a Tricorder for your mobile device.More at Kickstarterlast_img read more

3ZZZ calls on listeners support for 2015 Radiothon

first_imgMelbourne’s leading ethnic radio station 3ZZZ is preparing to host its annual radiothon. Taking place over 15 days from 10-25 October, it is the station’s main fundraising event. Listeners and supporters of the program are being encouraged to phone in and contribute as much as they can. “This kind of support is critical to the operation of the station, which for over 25 years has provided an invaluable service to Victoria’s ethnic communities,” 3ZZZ Greek radio host George Zangalis told Neos Kosmos. 3ZZZ has also announced that it will be relocating from its Fitzroy location, to a new premises in Brunswick by the end of the year. To enquire about making a contribution to the radiothon, contact the 3ZZZ office on (03) 9415 1928. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more