Seven coaches of Shaktipunj Express derail in Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express derailed on Thursday in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh, a railway official said.“The accident occurred at around 6:25 am  and we have already cleared out the site,” railway ministry spokesperson Anil Saxena said.“All passengers were put on the remaining coaches and by 7:28 AM all of them had left the spot. All of them are safe and no one was injured in the accident,” he said.The train was running at a speed of about 40 km/hr which, officials say, prevented any injuries when the incident occurred.This is the third such derailment in the State in less than a month.On August 19, the Utkal Express had derailed in Muzaffarnagar district, killing 22 people and injuring 156.About 100 passengers were wounded when 10 coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed after crashing into a dumper which strayed on to the tracks in Auraiya district on August 23.last_img read more

Yes, You Can Blame the Moon for a Bad Night’s Sleep

first_imgIf you were tossing and turning and howling at your pillow this week, you’re not necessarily a lunatic, at least in the strictest sense of the word. The recent full moon might be to blame for your poor sleep. In the days close to a full moon, people take longer to doze off, sleep less deeply, and sleep for a shorter time, even if the moon isn’t shining in their window, a new study has found.“A lot of people are going to say, ‘Yeah, I knew this already. I never sleep well during a full moon.’ But this is the first data that really confirms it,” says biologist Christian Cajochen of the University of Basel in Switzerland, lead author of the new work. “There had been numerous studies before, but many were very inconclusive.”Anecdotal evidence has long suggested that people’s sleep patterns, moods, and even aggression is linked to moon cycles. 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Using electroencephalograms (EEG) that measure brain activity, they recorded how deep and how long each participant’s nightly sleep was in a controlled, laboratory setting. Years after the initial experiment, the scientists were drinking in a pub—during a full moon—and came up with the idea of going back to the data to test for correlations with moon cycles.“What’s nicest about this study is that it uses data that wasn’t originally intended for this purpose, so you know there couldn’t be any bias and that makes it quite convincing,” says neuroscientist Kristin Tessmar-Raible of the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in Vienna who was not involved in the new work.When the researchers investigated how sleep patterns changed during moon cycles, they found a striking association between poor sleep and lunar cycles. In the few days before and after a full moon, people took an average of 5 extra minutes to fall asleep, slept 20 minutes less per night, and had 30% less deep sleep, as measured by the EEG. Moreover, the volunteers recorded poorer sleep on a survey around the full moon, the scientists report online today in Current Biology.“This paper showed that it’s possible to detect a correlation between the human sleep cycle and lunar phases, which strongly suggests to me that there is some kind of synchronization,” Tessmar-Raible says. “And the question now is what is the mechanism behind this?”Because the subjects couldn’t see the moon, increased light levels aren’t producing the effect, at least not entirely. It’s more likely influenced only in a small part by light or other external factors, and maintained through internal hormones, like people’s 24-hour sleep-wake cycles, which persist even in the absence of light or darkness, Cajochen speculates. “In terms of the lunar cycle, light could be important to synchronize this biological clock with environmental stimuli,” Cajochen says. “But the clock itself then continues on independent of light.”To test that possibility, he says, scientists could set up additional controlled experiments that measure how physiology and brain activity varies over the 29.5-day lunar cycle. Studies on animals with mating or migration patterns that revolve around lunar cycles could also illuminate the underlying biological drivers as well as the evolutionary benefit of having a moon-synced clock. Whatever the mechanism, inconsistent sleep around the full moon could be partially responsible for the origin of the word lunatic, which derives from the Latin for “moonstruck.”last_img read more

Nietes, Viloria go for world crowns

first_imgViloria, a full-blooded Filipino born and raised in Hawaii, on the other hand, will tangle with unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight crown.For nearly a month, thrice a week, for four rounds each time, the 35-year-old Nietes, and Viloria, 37, sparred with each other at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, learning from their respective strengths and weaknesses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to Marvin Somodio, who serves as Roach’s chief assistant and Viloria’s head trainer for the Dalakian bout, Viloria packs the stronger punch while Nietes is a superb technical fighter. FILE PHOTO – Donnie Nietes. Photo by Roy LuarcaThey fed off each other while training together. Now, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes and Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will tackle separate rivals to show their gains from the novel set-up in SuperFly 2.Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion of all-time at 10 years and 8 months, will dangle his International Boxing Federation flyweight title for the first time against Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Peping accepts defeat, vows to continue his programs as part of executive board MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on00:50Trending 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pyeongchang in a cold sweat over freezing opening ceremony

first_imgSouth Korea’s winter Olympics organisers have worries other than a ban on Russia competing, poor ticket sales and tensions over North Korea. They fear it may be too cold.The Pyeongchang Games in February may feel like the coldest Olympics in at least three decades because the main stadium lacks a roof, leaving an estimated 35,000 spectators, including world leaders, exposed to extreme cold for the opening ceremony.The organising committee’s concerns are contained in an internal document, seen by Reuters, which expects biting winds to make conditions inside the open-air stadium at the start of the Games seem like minus 14 degrees Celsius.That “feels-like” temperature is lower than the minus 11 degrees recorded at the 1994 Lillehammer Games in Norway, whose stadium also lacked a roof and is so far the coldest Olympics for which such data is available, the internal document shows. Reuters could not find comparable data for earlier Games.South Korea, which built Pyeongchang’s $58 million stadium without a roof to save time and money, plans a range of measures at opening and closing ceremonies to prevent people suffering hypothermia — from distributing hot packs and blankets to speeding up security checks, the internal document shows.Organisers also plan to use audience participation during pre-ceremony entertainment to help keep spectators warm, the document says without giving details.After the news last month that six people had reported hypothermia during a pop concert at the stadium, organisers are also considering installing more large windshields around the stadium, a sports ministry official said.advertisement”These are stopgap measures,” said Shim Ki-joon, a ruling-party lawmaker, who sits on a parliamentary special committee set up to support the Games. “This is a very serious issue. This is creating a headache to not only the organisers but the presidential office, which sent officials to the venue to figure out ways to fight the cold,” he told Reuters.A presidential spokesman declined to comment on the matter.President Moon Jae-in has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Games, among other VIPs. U.S. President Donald Trump has committed to sending a “high-level” delegation, the White House has said.Some 160 VIPs will be offered thicker and bigger blankets than those given to other spectators, a committee official said.ORGANISERS HAD REQUESTED A ROOFThe opening and closing ceremonies will both take place in the evening, on Feb. 9 and Feb. 25 respectively. Spectators will stay outdoors for four to five hours on each occasion.In Lillehammer in 1994, the ceremonies were held outdoors and organisers scrapped the tradition of releasing doves, a symbol of peace, because they worried the birds might suffer. Instead, the Norwegians released white dove-shaped balloons.The International Olympics Committee discussed Pyeongchang’s cold weather at its executive board meeting this week, Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi told a news conference.”It is not something we have not encountered in the past,” Dubi said on Wednesday, citing Lillehammer as well as the Salt Lake City Games in 2002.”(Organisers) have installed windscreens and (provided) blankets and there will be plenty of information. In the last K-pop concert people were not well informed of how cold it could get.” The cold weather is at least a manageable problem for the organisers. Its other headaches are less so.Political tensions with North Korea and China have chilled foreign interest in the Pyeongchang Games, which open just 80 km (50 miles) from the world’s most heavily fortified border.As of Dec. 5, ticket sales totalled 578,000, or 54 percent of target, though an organiser said that was similar to sales at a similar point ahead of the Sochi Games in Russia in 2014.The International Olympic Committee has also banned Russia, which finished top of the medals table at Sochi, from Pyeongchang, citing evidence of state-sponsored, systematic cheating of doping controls.Pyeongchang organisers had urged South Korea to equip the stadium with a roof and heating, but this was rejected due to costs and concerns over whether the structure would support a roof. The temporary arena is to be dismantled after the Games.The culture and finance ministries, both involved in approving construction costs, did not respond to requests for comment.”The cold could ruin the entire opening party. The fate of the event is down to the mother nature,” said ruling party lawmaker Yeom Dong-yeol at the Pyeongchang parliamentary committee, who was born and raised in the town.last_img read more

Warriors Hang On To Stay Alive, Win Game 5 Of NBA Finals

first_imgTORONTO — The Golden State Warriors aren’t letting go of the NBA title just yet.Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 26 and they led a season-saving surge that gave the Warriors a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.The Splash Brothers combined for three straight 3-pointers in the closing minutes after Toronto had taken a six-point lead with under 3½ minutes remaining in front of a raucous, red-shirted crowd.“They’re amazing. They’re amazing competitors, great shooters,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.The Warriors lost Kevin Durant barely a quarter after getting him back but got the win, cutting Toronto’s lead to 3-2 and sending the series back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 on Thursday.Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points for the Raptors but couldn’t get the final shot, which went to Kyle Lowry and was blocked by Draymond Green.The two-time defending champion Warriors were minutes away from their title reign ending, having lost Durant and a 14-point lead during an emotionally exhausting game. They had controlled Leonard for three quarters, but he scored 10 straight Toronto points in the fourth and the Raptors were close to their first championship and a celebration that would have stretched coast to coast in Canada.But even after everything the Warriors had lost, they still had two of the best perimeter shooters in the world on the floor. Thompson hit a 3, and Curry followed with one to tie it at 103. Golden State got it back to Thompson and the Raptors lost sight of him just long enough for the tiebreaking shot with 57 seconds to go.Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the last seconds of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday June 10, 2019. Golden State won 106-105. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto cut it to one when Kyle Lowry was credited with a basket and the Raptors got a final chance when DeMarcus Cousins was called for an illegal screen. Leonard had the ball but the Warriors forced him to pass and it ended up in the corner to Lowry, who was way off as the buzzer sounded.Cousins had 14 points for the Warriors and Green finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Golden State is the only team to lose a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals, when Cleveland came back to win in 2016.Now the Warriors have a chance to pull off the feat themselves, but it became more difficult after Durant limped off in the second quarter after he had missed the previous nine games with a strained right calf.He was attempting to dribble past Serge Ibaka early in the second quarter when he suddenly came to a stop, lost the ball and limped sideways before grabbing at his lower right calf as he fell to the court.Fans at first cheered but then, spurred in part by some Raptors players, chanted “KD! KD!” as he was helped to the locker room area joined by Curry, Andre Iguodala and general manager Bob Myers.Durant left the arena on crutches and the Warriors said he would get an MRI on Tuesday.Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) vie for the ball during first-half basketball action in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, Monday, June 10, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)They were initially OK without him because Cousins — who returned from injury himself in this series — came off the bench to score their next seven points before feeding Green for a layup that gave them a 48-37 lead. It got as high as 13 on Curry’s four-point play, and Golden State led 62-56 at halftime.But eventually it would come down to Curry and Thompson, who both logged more than 41 minutes and will have to be ready to go again Thursday in what will be the final game in Oracle Arena.Lowry had 18 points and Marc Gasol scored 17 for the Raptors, who were trying to give Canada its first championship in one of the traditional major sports since the Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.Fans had been waiting through on-and-off rain all day — some since Sunday — to watch at one of the outdoor watch parties that have popped up in and around Toronto. The crowd inside the arena that included hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and former Raptors star Vince Carter thought it would witness history as Leonard powered past his defenders repeatedly in the fourth quarter.But the Raptors needed one more basket, and the only way the local fans can see them win in person is if it goes the full seven games and Toronto wins it at home on Sunday.TIP-INSWarriors: Golden State also lost Kevon Looney again after he aggravated his injury to upper body cartilage. … Durant finished with 11 points. He came in averaging 31.7 points per game in the NBA Finals, trailing only Rick Barry and Michael Jordan on the career list.Raptors: Serge Ibaka scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 11 off Toronto’s bench.UP NEXTGolden State hosts Game 6 on Thursday night.By: Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

2010 Masters Trans Tasman Event Survey

first_imgTouch Football Australia is seeking feedback from the participants on the recent 2010 Masters Trans Tasman Test Series.Please be advised, the survey is in relation to the event side of the tournament rather than the team side.If you would like to participate in the survey, please click on the link below:Click here to take surveylast_img

Video Of This Ohio State 5-Star Commit’s Insane Catch Is Going Viral

first_imgGarrett Wilson making a one-handed catch.Garrett Wilson is not just one of the top wide receivers in the country. He’s also one of the best overall players in the country.Wilson, who plays for Austin (Tex.) Lake Travis, is the 14th-ranked player in the nation according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. With plays like the one below, it is easy to see why.This practice catch from Wilson has been going viral on Twitter. Sure, it isn’t a real game, but this is damn impressive.Not only does he have to reach back for the ball, he also brings it between his legs before securing the catch. That takes some serious hand-eye coordination and concentration.Check it out.I still don’t get how Garrett Wilson caught this ? @GarrettWilson_V— Overtime (@overtime) August 14, 2018Wilson, a five-star recruit, is the top commit in Ohio State’s 2019 class. Right now, he’s sticking with the Buckeyes despite all that is going on with Urban Meyer.In fact, Wilson said recently he thinks Meyer will “come back stronger” and that OSU will win the national championship this season.As long as Urban remains in Columbus, it looks like Ohio State will sign Wilson.last_img read more

Urban Meyer Has New Comment On His Wife’s Text Messages

first_imgUrban Meyer with his wife after an Ohio State football game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field alongside his wife Shelley after his team won 45-24 against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)Urban Meyer did an exclusive interview with ESPN reporter Tom Rinaldi now that the Ohio State head coach’s three-game suspension is up. Meyer is set to return to the Buckeyes’ sideline on Saturday against Tulane.Meyer, of course, was once again asked about several aspects of the allegations against now-fired assistant coach Zach Smith. He was also asked about his handling of everything and all of the reaction to it.The Ohio State head coach’s wife, Shelley Meyer, was also brought up. Zach Smith’s ex-wife, Courtney Smith, sent text messages to Shelley Meyer about her relationship.Meyer was asked by Rinaldi if he had seen those text messages. The Ohio State head coach maintains that he did not see them until later this summer.From denied being told about text messages between Courtney Smith and his wife, Shelley, regarding the abuse allegations in 2015. He declined to “speak on her behalf” regarding how Shelley handled her interactions with Courtney.“She has reasoning for why she didn’t react,” Meyer said. “And I’m not here to speak for Shelley, but she had a reasoning and her reasoning was what it was. That’s why she did not alert me or just go anywhere else with it.”Meyer added that he has a very close relationship with his wife, so it’s understandable for people to assume that Shelley would have shared those text messages. However, he was adamant that he didn’t see them at the time they were received.ESPN will air another part of the Meyer interview on Monday. Some of the conversation can be seen below:last_img read more

Honor 20: The phone with best camera performance under Rs 35,000

first_img India Today Tech New DelhiJune 28, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 15:29 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor 20 offers a 48MP quad camera setup.The quad camera system includes wide-angle and macro lenses and depth sensor.The Honor 20 is priced at Rs 32,999 in India.If you ask us which is the phone with the best camera under Rs 35,000, the answer is easy: Honor 20. This is a phone launched recently in India. Not only does the Honor 20 pack a mean primary camera that edges out others in the segment in shooting performance, it also comes with an industry-first macro camera that lets users get as close as 4cm to their subject. In other words, the camera of Honor 20 is very capable and versatile.Let us explain. The Honor 20 series includes three phones — Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20 and Honor 20i. Each of these phones takes up a particular segment in the Indian smartphone market. But the philosophy behind each remains the same — offer good-looking phones with good cameras at an affordable price. The Honor 20 is in the middle of the lot with a price of Rs 32,999. As one would expect from an Honor device, Honor 20 sports an attractive glass design combined with a flagship Kirin 980 chipset.Now, before we talk about its camera capabilities — and the camera of the Honor 20 is worth talking about — a few words about just how confident Honor is about the phone. The company believes that consumers are going to love the Honor 20, which is why it is offering a first-of-its-kind “Love it or Return it Challenge” where it will offer up to 90 per cent Buy Back Guarantee if the customer returns the Honor 20 in 90 days.The quad-camera setupHonor, like its parent company Huawei, has paid a lot of attention to the cameras to ensure the best photography experience possible on a smartphone. It’s not just about adding more cameras, but about what each camera signifies. The quad camera setup on the Honor 20 includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor that supports the AI Ultra Clarity mode, a 16-megapixel super wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.advertisementEach camera has a particular role to play. And we will come to the Honor 20’s camera performance but before that, lets us take a brief look at the tech and the hardware. The 48-megapixel primary camera lets users click high-resolution photos with good clarity and dynamic range. The main sensor works alongside the Kirin 980 chipset’s machine learning capabilities to offer an AI Ultra Clarity mode that can help capture high-quality images that retain the details even after editing. This mode is best used during daylight and in scenarios with a lot of detail.The Honor 20 can also capture bright shots in low-light through a combination of AI Image Stabilisation, a wide f/1.8 aperture and AIS Super Night Mode. The dedicated long-exposure mode allows for more light so that photos look brighter and clearer while the AI reduces noise levels. The 16-megapixel wide-angle camera lets users’ capture wider shots, and is useful particularly when you are shooting landscape photos. For example, if you are trying to fit the whole of Humayun’s tomb in the frame, the wide-angle lens of Honor 20 will likely make your job easy. You can also pair the wide-angle lens with the Night mode and capture landscape scenes of famous buildings or monuments even at night.The versatility of the Honor 20 is also in being able to capture wide landscape photos and close up, macro shots. The 2-megapixel macro lens gets as close as 4cm to the subject, and allows users to capture detailed photos of flowers or tiny insects. Additionally, the 2-megapixel depth camera comes in handy when you need to capture portrait photos by adding natural-looking background blur.Accompanying the rear cameras is a 32-megapixel camera on the front for selfies. A lot of AI modes that are available for rear cameras are also available for the front one.Good shots, much versatilitySo how does all of this hardware fare in the real world, when you are out clicking photos? Very well, we must say. A few days ago when we reviewed the Honor 20, here is what we said about its camera performance:”Daylight photography is the best time to test out the versatility of the cameras. The primary 48MP sensor captures some stunning stills with rich colours and high detail in the default 12MP pixel binning mode… Dynamic range with the primary camera is fantastic. Colours are vivid and oversaturated with the AI mode enabled. If the camera detects food or flowers, it automatically boosts saturation levels to make colours pop out. Sometimes it looks a bit too much on the Honor 20’s display, especially on Vivid mode.”The low light performance, as is common in smartphone cameras, shows some weaknesses but that is relative to what you get with an ultra high-end phone like the Huawei P30 Pro. But in low light mode, the performance gets better when you switch to the Night Mode. Here is what we wrote in the review: “The Night mode is great for capturing brighter and clearer low-light photos. You have to wait for a few seconds and keep your hands as steady as possible for a blur-free low-light shot, but the result is often satisfactory.”advertisementSure, there are a few bits like AI mode, which can be more consistent and better — and probably they will get better as Honor fine-tunes the cameras in this phone with software updates — but overall, we believe that the camera performance and versatility that Honor 20 offers is unmatched for any phone around Rs 30,000.The important bit to note here is that the rest of the phone too is fairly fabulous, another reason why we called it near perfect in our review. In addition to its versatile cameras, the Honor 20 offers a 6.26-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) AllView punch-hole display, a 7nm-based Kirin 980 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, 3,750mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging and Android Pie out of the box. In other words, in this phone the performance is right, the cameras best in the class, and key features all available.ALSO READ | Honor 20 review: The almost perfect smartphoneGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 20 Honor 20: The phone with best camera performance under Rs 35,000Not only does the Honor 20 pack a mean primary camera that edges out others in the segment in shooting performance, it also comes with a macro camera that lets users get as close as 4cm to their subject.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

BC Operators asked to bid on northern intercity bus routes

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia, with support from the Federal Government, will be taking steps to ensure that people who live and work in Northern B.C. continue to have access to inter-city bus services.As directed by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, B.C. Transit is conducting a competitive process to extend northern inter-city bus services through to March 31, 2021.According to the Government, the request for proposal aims to select one or more qualified transportation providers to operate on the four routes currently serviced by B.C. Bus North. The Province says the RFP will remain open on BCBid until August 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.Respondents are asked to state conditions that would lead to the inter-city transportation service to operate without government subsidies.All inquiries from interested parties are to be directed to B.C. Transit as outlined in the RFP.For more information, you can visit the BCBid website.last_img read more

NEATs Lets Go Outside Program

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT has recently announced the newest addition to their Wildling family of programming called ‘Let’s Go Outside’.Let’s Go Outside is geared towards children 6 years of age and younger and their families and/or caregivers.NEAT shares, Let’s Go Outside is a hands-on exploration of nature, which is led by Wildling Leaders, and will lead parent/caregiver and child(ren) into the heart of the forest to go on scavenger hunts, play games, create nature-themed art and crafts, sing songs and let your imagination soar. Upcoming events are being held on;Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amFriday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWednesday, July 31st, 2019 / 9:30 am – 11 amWith more dates throughout AugustParent & Child Wednesdays ($5/Adult) and Childcare Provider Fridays ($10/Childcare Group)At the end of each session, parents, guardians and childcare providers will leave with a pamphlet of activities, crafts, songs and book lists to add to your “toolbox” of ideas that will keep you and your little one(s) busy for days!In order to participate, you must pre-register.To view the FB event page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Groups demand renewable energy targets from NDP

Groups demand renewable energy targets from NDP (Stock photo: by audreywhelan Posted Oct 24, 2016 7:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A group of renewable energy companies, industry associations and think-tanks are putting the pressure on the province to take action on its commitment to have renewables supply at least 30 per cent of the province’s electricity by 2030.The groups have signed a letter to Premier Rachel Notley and other members of her cabinet urging the government to make the plan law.It’s their belief that a legislated target will result in more long-term jobs, lower costs for power, and a more stable electricity system with increased competition.The president and CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association says de-carbonising and diversifying Alberta’s electricity supply is the right thing to do, especially since renewable energy has never been cheaper. read more

How Ohio State will replace departing NFL draft picks

The Buckeyes celebrate as redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley (8) intercepts the ball during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorLast year, Ohio State was tasked with replacing 12 players – including five first-rounders – who were selected in the 2016 NFL draft. Though the Buckeyes won’t have to deal with the large quantity of losses this year, they will once again be forced to identify new starters at seven different positions. Here is how Ohio State will replace its seven 2017 NFL draft picks.Players Lost to NFL: Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore (New Orleans Saints, first round) and Gareon Conley (Oakland Raiders, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Denzel Ward, Damon Arnette, Kendall Sheffield, Shaun Wade and Jeffrey OkudahSituation: Ohio State’s recent track record of sending defensive backs to the NFL is unparalleled. Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, who each had four interceptions in 2016, joined Eli Apple, Vonn Bell, Doran Grant and Bradley Roby, whom were all drafted in the last four years. The loss of Lattimore and Conley will hurt, but Ohio State has been in this position before. Last spring, Lattimore had to fight to win his job, and a season later he developed into a first-round draft pick.Junior Denzel Ward will step into a starting role. Cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs, who believes Ward is due for a breakout season, repeatedly said in the spring  the Macedonia, Ohio, native played as much as Lattimore and Ward last season. Ward had 23 tackles and nine pass breakups in 2016.An extremely skilled group of cornerbacks will battle to start opposite Ward. Redshirt junior Damon Arnette experienced some struggles last year, but he earned praise for his improvement in the spring. Junior-college transfer and former five-star prospect Kendall Sheffield’s elite physical tools make him a strong candidate to start. Freshmen five-star prospects Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah will be in the mix as they were the No. 1 (Okudah) and No. 2 (Wade) cornerback prospects in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) returns an interception during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Safety Malik Hooker (Indianapolis Colts, first round)Candidate(s) to replace: Erick Smith and Jordan FullerSituation: Entering the 2016 season, no one expected former three-star recruit Malik Hooker to become a first-team All-American and first-round NFL draft pick in less than a year. But that’s exactly what the ball-hawking safety did. Hooker snagged seven interceptions, returning three for touchdowns, including one during the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime win against Michigan.In Hooker’s place, either a veteran (senior Erick Smith) or a young up-and-comer (sophomore Jordan Fuller) with likely start next to senior safety Damon Webb, the only returning starting defensive back.Fuller seems to have the edge on Smith as he played with the first-team defense during the spring game. Last season, the Old Tappan, New Jersey, product played 71 defensive snaps and finished with 11 tackles. Smith, who suffered a torn ACL in November 2015, has played in 33 career games while at Ohio State. Last season, the backup played in all 13 games and picked up 16 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass break-up. Player Lost to NFL: H-back Curtis Samuel (second round, Carolina Panthers)Candidate(s) to replace: Parris Campbell, Demario McCall and K.J. HillSituation: The loss of the best and, at times last year, only playmaker on the Buckeyes in Curtis Samuel leaves a massive void that must be filled by relatively inexperienced players. In 2016, Samuel led Ohio State with 74 catches for 865 yards and seven touchdowns. On the ground, he gained 771 yards on 97 rushing attempts, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.In 2017, Ohio State is relying on redshirt junior Parris Campbell, sophomore Demario McCall or redshirt sophomore K.J. Hill to shoulder the loss of Samuel and his production. The problem for the Buckeyes is that none of the three have been particularly impactful with the ball in their hands since arriving on campus.Campbell was named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list in July since he’s expected to get the first shot as starting H-back. But last year, the speedy Akron St. Vincent St. Mary product reeled in just 13 passes for 121 yards and rushed the ball four times. McCall offers the best running ability of the trio as he took 49 carries for 273 yards as a freshman. Hill caught 18 passes following 262 yards, but he might be needed as an outside receiver.OSU then-redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley (35) quiets opposing fans after an interception in the first half during the Buckeyes game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 15, 2016 The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan (second round, Miami Dolphins)Candidate(s) to replace: Chris WorleySituation: A stalwart in the middle of Ohio State’s defense for the past two seasons, Raekwon McMillan’s loss as a leader and a defensive stopper will be felt. He led the Buckeyes in tackles last season, with 102, and he added seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. McMillan was twice named to the All-Big Ten first team.In his place, redshirt senior Chris Worley will move from strongside outside linebacker to middle linebacker. In 2016, Worley finished with 70 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and four pass break-ups. The vocal linebacker must transition smoothly to quarterbacking the defense as McMillan set a high bar.On the outside, redshirt junior Dante Booker will start at Worley’s former strongside linebacker position. Booker began the 2016 season as the starting weakside linebacker, but injured his knee and sat out the season, using a redshirt. Worley and Booker will be joined on the second level of the defense by junior Jerome Baker, who finished second on the team in tackles (83) and tackles for loss (9.5).Player Lost to NFL: Center Pat Elflein (third round, Minnesota Vikings)Candidate(s) to replace: Billy PriceSituation: Prior to the 2016 season, the Buckeyes decided to move Pat Elflein, who was playing right guard, to center. There, he won the Rimington Trophy – given to the best interior lineman in the nation – and was a first-team All-American. Redshirt senior Billy Price will follow in Elflein’s footsteps by sliding from right guard to center for his final season in scarlet and gray. Price,who was also named a first-team All-American in 2016, is a leading candidate to win the 2017 Rimington Trophy.In his place at right guard, redshirt junior Malcolm Pridgeon, redshirt junior Demetrius Knox and redshirt sophomore Matthew Burrell will compete during fall camp to start next to Price and junior right tackle Isaiah Prince. Burrell exited the spring seemingly holding a slight lead in the position battle as he started the spring game with the first-team offense.However, the competition is far from over. Pridgeon, who missed last season after a knee injury forced him to redshirt, and Knox, a former top recruit from Texas, will have an opportunity to win the job during fall camp. A fourth option to start at right guard, incoming freshman and five-star recruit Wyatt Davis, seems like an unlikely option, but the top guard in the 2017 recruiting cycle, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, shouldn’t be counted out.OSU then-redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) avoids a tackle during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5, 2016. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorPlayer Lost to NFL: Wide receiver Noah Brown (seventh round, Dallas Cowboys)Candidate(s) to replace: K.J. Hill, Binjimen Victor, Johnnie Dixon, Terry McLaurin, Austin Mack, Trevon Grimes and Jaylen HarrisSituation: Though Noah Brown was not the consistent threat as an outside receiver that he was expected to be, he played a key role in a certain game for the Buckeyes’ offense. Notably, Brown gathered four touchdown receptions in Ohio State’s 45-24 win over Oklahoma. He finished the season second on the team with 32 catches for 402 yards and tied with Samuel for team lead with seven touchdowns.A large group of receivers, led by Hill, sophomore Binjimen Victor, redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon and redshirt junior Terry McLaurin, battled in the spring for starting reps.Hill finished with the most receptions (18) of any starting receiver candidate. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Victor is the most physically gifted receiver on Ohio State’s roster, but his route-running is raw and he wasn’t able to break through in a relatively weak receiver group last year. Dixon exploded in the spring game, catching six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns, but he as dealt with numerous knee and leg injuries since arriving in Columbus. McLaurin caught 11 passes for 114 yards last season. Sophomore Austin Mack and freshmen Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris could earn some playing time, but their youth hurts their potential to be relied upon in 2017. read more

Paucity of evidence behind advice to drink lots of water when ill

first_imgThe patient had believed she needed to drink a pint of water per hour.Flushing the body with lots of water can take levels of crucial sodium below a safe level.Dr Nohnha said clinicians should phrase their advice more carefully to avoid patients getting the wrong message.“We say quite flippantly that we should drink lots of water, but we don’t qualify that or quantify it,” she said.“We mean don’t get dehydrated. Sometimes people take that to the extreme.”Professor Tom Sanders, of King’s College London, said: “It would be quite wrong to interpret this report as suggesting that doctor’s advice to drink plenty of water when you are ill is wrong.“Patients should be provided with an adequate supply of water by their beds which they should be encouraged to drink or helped to drink.” Telling people to drink lots of water when they are poorly is nothing more than an old wives’ tale, according to a case report in the British Medical Journal.While patients should take care not to become dehydrated, there is “a paucity of evidence” to support drinking more than a normal amount, and over hydrating may even be dangerous.Dr Maryann Nohnha, a specialist in emergency medicine at the Royal London Hospital, described how she treated a woman who developed life-threatening hyponatraemia after falling ill with cystitis. Dr Marynn Nohnha, Royal London Hospitalcenter_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.last_img read more

Hero police officer clings on to van hanging precariously over motorway bridge

first_imgWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews used ropes to drag the van to safety A heroic police officer praised for holding on to a van hanging precariously over a motorway bridge says he was “just doing his job”.PC Martin Willis faced a nerve-wracking, 15-minute wait for emergency services to arrive and rescue the trapped motorist on the A1(M) in West Yorkshire early on Friday morning.The traffic officer was first at the scene and grabbed the vehicle to “stop it swaying in the wind” after it skidded off the road in icy conditions.PC Willis tweeted he couldn’t “begin to describe my relief” when West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services (WYFRS) arrived to free the driver.“It was scary as I was worried another collision could occur and hit us on the hard shoulder as traffic was speeding past. I’m only just doing my job though,” he wrote. “It was balancing so I just had to hold it still. 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. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews used ropes to drag the van to safetyCredit:WYFRS / SWNS PC Willis Motorway Martin WYFRS, who used ropes to drag the van to safety, said emergency services “worked incredibly hard together” to rescue the driver, who is recovering in hospital, from the “terrifying ordeal”.PC Willis urged motorists to moderate their speed in snow and icy conditions to avoid such collisions. The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuriesCredit:WYFRS / SWNScenter_img Another wrote: “Can’t even begin to think about the devastation had the vehicle gone over. Well done again.”The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious but not life-threatening injuries His ‘heroic’ actions were praised on social media, with one commenting: “You deserve a medal for that.” PC Willis, known as Motorway Martin, managed to hold on long enough for emergency services to arrive Credit:WYFRS / SWNS “[I] kept thinking what if the van had fallen and landed on traffic travelling underneath … the motorway can be quite an eventful place!”He said the driver was “calm” throughout the ordeal, but said the motorist probably didn’t realise how precarious the situation was due to his obstructed view.“I don’t think he realised his vehicle was hanging over such a high drop. He kept very still and was incredibly brave!” he added.last_img read more

Council seizes and impounds 1300 bins as punishment for residents failing to

Anyone found contaminating recyclable items with rubbish such as food leftovers, nappies and garden waste has their bin tagged with a yellow warning sticker.  A council has seized more than 1,300 bins from residents as punishment for falling foul of recycling rules after employing specialist “snoopers” to inspect people’s rubbish.Kirklees Council in West Yorkshire last month hired 12 full-time “advisers” to sift through recycling bins before council collections to ensure waste is segregated correctly. Anyone found contaminating recyclable items with rubbish such as food leftovers, nappies and garden waste has their bin tagged with a yellow warning sticker. Repeat offenders caught breaking the rules again have their green-coloured recycling bins confiscated under a “two strikes and you are out” policy.The council confirmed 1,341 bins belonging to residents in Huddersfield have been seized since the policy was introduced on April 1 and are now impounded in a council-run depot.Residents face a six-month wait before they can have their bins returned. It is not clear if people face a charge for having the bins impounded.Council chiefs said the clampdown was launched to prevent recyclable waste from being destroyed after it became “contaminated” with non-renewable waste. Anyone found contaminating recyclable items with rubbish has their bin tagged with a yellow warning stickerCredit:BBC News Allison Ogden-Newton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “We always want to see a substantial programme of awareness-raising and resident engagement before resorting to the withdrawal of services from householders, which guarantees that recyclable waste is going to end up in landfill or incinerated.”Louise Edge, from Greenpeace, added: “If we really want to solve the problem, then we need to make it easier for people to recycle while also abandoning the single-use mentality that’s filling up our bins.” Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy warned confiscating bins should be a last resort, but added it supported action to reduce contamination rates.Tony Swaffen, 32, said he returned home from taking his son to school to find his bin had been removed.He said: “It’s so annoying. They have snooped through the bags in my bin. Someone has come up the driveway and just taken my green bin from the house.”For the next six months I’m going to have to put my green waste in my black bin. How are they winning by doing that? It’s ridiculous.”The council said its scheme had led to a marked improvement in the amount of recycled waste that is rejected. Before the policy, 33 per cent of recyclable rubbish was turned away, which has now dropped to six per cent. An "adviser" sifting through recycling bins  A spokesperson said: “It’s important to point out that this is after those residents were educated on recycling and warned a number of times.”Up to a third of those who have lost their bins were not making any attempt to recycle at all and were effectively using their green bin as an additional general waste bin.”Other councils told the Telegraph schemes were in place to warn residents against contaminating recyclable waste, but none said they involved confiscating bins. 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. However, residents have argued the scheme is counter-productive as it leaves them without their bins for up to half the year, while others suggested they were powerless to stop passers-by from contaminating their waste. An ‘adviser’ sifting through recycling bins Credit:BBC News read more

Even in the bestcase Brexit scenario the Irish economy will still take

first_img Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 2:43 PM 59 Comments Ireland’s growth would be less in any Brexit scenario Source: Department of Business, Enterprise and InnovationTHE IRISH ECONOMY will grow by 7% less than it would have without Brexit in the worst-case scenario and by 2.8% less in the best-case scenario, according to a new report published by the government.The independent study by Copenhagen Economics examined the impact to Ireland from Brexit under a number of potential outcomes.Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphries said that the study “underlines the importance of a satisfactory transition period and exit deal”.She did, however, stress that this report was based on the government not making a number of policy decisions to try to mitigate the effects.ImpactThe report looked at the impact of Brexit from four different scenarios.The first was an EEA scenario, where a deal is struck between the EU and the UK like the deals between the EU and Norway, and Iceland. This scenario would see largely duty-free trade between Ireland and the EU.Under this scenario, Ireland’s economy will grow by 2.8% less by 2030 than it would have if the UK remained in the EU.In the Customs Union scenario, duty-free trade exists on a number of fronts, but there is a higher risk of regulatory divergence for goods and services. In this scenario, GDP growth is 4.3% less than it would have been without Brexit.In a free trade agreement scenario, the impact is the same as customs posts and border inspections will hit growth.The worst case is a WTO scenario, where it is assumed that trade will be governed by World Trade Organisation rules.The report says: “In this case, the UK and the EU will impose MFN tariffs on each other’s goods where these are not bound by existing plurilateral agreements or arrangements… As in the previous scenarios, the introduction of border inspections add customs costs.”Under this arrangement, the growth of the Irish economy would be 7% less than it would have been without Brexit.This compares to the economic crash of 2008/9 where the Irish economy took a hit of over 8% to its GDP.Taking a hitThe report says that Brexit will “also impact Irish wages negatively for all skill groups”.“In the WTO scenario, our results show that real wages will be 8.7% below the 2030 non-Brexit baseline level for low skilled workers, while the equivalent negative effect for high skilled workers will be 6.5%,” it says.Certain sectors will bear the brunt of the negative effect, with agri-food, pharma-chemicals, electrical machinery, wholesale and retail, and air transport set to account for 90% of the impact of Brexit.The report adds that some domestic policies could be pursued as an opportunity from Brexit, “notwithstanding the fact that the overall impact of Brexit will be negative for Ireland”.Humphreys said: “We are acutely aware that certain sectors are particularly exposed to Brexit. That is why, among other supports, we will be rolling out a new €300m Brexit Loan Scheme in late March, which will be open to all sectors, with at least 40% of low-interest loans being made available to the agri-food sector.”She said a number of government initiatives would attempt to mitigate the effects of Brexit on the Irish economy, as per the recommendations in the report.You can read the report in full here. Read: Theresa May says there is ‘basis for agreement’ to get Stormont ‘up and running very soon’Read: Explainer: Why the “cast iron” guarantee for no hard Brexit border may now be in doubt As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 19,727 Views Share24 Tweet Email2 center_img Even in the best-case Brexit scenario, the Irish economy will still take a hit – government report The Irish economy could take a hit of up to 7% in its GDP By Sean Murray Feb 13th 2018, 2:43 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Watch Amputee Sea Turtles Swim With New Prosthetic Flippers

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend More on‘Pancake Batter’ Sea Creatures Are Thriving Near the Maine CoastOcean Rover Uncovers Rare Shark Nursery Off Irish Coast‘Headless Chicken Monster’ Spotted in Southern Ocean Rocky, who was previously swimming with one front flipper, will need some time to adjust to the new prosthetic flipper and build up tougher skin, while Lola, who’s worn a prosthetic flipper for two years, had an easier time adjusting to her new apparatus and hit the water like lightning. After loosing her front flipper to ocean garbage at a young age, Lola couldn’t swim well until she received prosthetic help.On Facebook, Key West Aquarium said they would provide more updates on Lola and Rocky soon. Until then, you can watch the adorable footage of Lola and Rocky taking a dip with their new prosthetic flippers. Two sea turtles are making headlines after they swam with new prosthetic flippers for the first time.After experiencing body injuries, Rocky (60-years-old) and Lola (17-years-old), were recently fitted with new prosthetic flippers at Key West Aquarium in Florida, according to Key West Aquarium’s Facebook page.The prosthetic flippers were created by Dr. Kevin Carroll, a veteran prosthetist at Hanger Clinic in Orlando, Florida. Both sea turtles are working with the new prosthetic flippers, which will help them swim and slide better in their natural habitat.last_img read more

Seattle highway tunnel project hits another snag

first_imgSEATTLE — Workers have stopped digging the pit to rescue the stalled boring machine for a tunnel under downtown Seattle.The state Transportation Department says worked stopped Thursday so that archaeologists can check out “shell material” of possible cultural value.A spokeswoman, KaDeena Yerkan, said Friday they don’t know how long the investigation will take. Digging started in the past week on the 80-foot wide pit that will be 120-feet deep. It will allow workers to lift out and repair the cutting head of the boring machine called Bertha.Bertha overheated and came to halt last December about 1,000 feet, or 10 percent of the way, into the planned Highway 99 tunnel.last_img read more