Precautionary evacuation alert issued for Alberta national park over wildfire

first_imgWATERTON, Alta. – Parks Canada issued a precautionary evacuation alert on Tuesday evening for all of Waterton Lakes National Park in southern Alberta due to potential danger from an expanding wildfire.Parks officials called it “a pre-emptive action” so they can be fully prepared if fire conditions change, saying “safety is paramount.”They said there was no immediate threat.The Alberta government called the evacuation “voluntary” and said it includes not just the National Park but the community of Waterton, which has a population of about 100 people.Waterton park officials said should a mandatory evacuation be ordered, “you must leave the park within one hour of formal notice” and suggested people ready themselves by gathering their medications, eyeglasses, valuable papers and keepsakes.“Travel will only be permitted out of the park,” said a warning on the park website. “Admittance to evacuated areas will be limited to emergency vehicles.”The government’s emergency alert noted that “cottagers, campers and visitors are encouraged to leave the area.”Parks Canada said the so-called Kenow fire, which was sparked by lightening in British Columbia, has started some small spot fires in the national park near Sage Pass.A Parks Canada national incident management team is on site, along with three initial attack crews and five helicopters, with another crew expected on Wednesday.The fire was about 65 square kilometres in size.Waterton National Park is located in the province’s southwest and borders Glacier National Park in Montana.The townsite includes a historic railroad hotel called the Prince of Wales, which was construction in the 1920s by the Great Northern Railway of the U.S. to lure tourists during the prohibition era.last_img read more

UCP leader Kenney criticized for response to hate letter at Edmonton mosque

first_imgEDMONTON — A hate letter bearing a United Conservative logo and dropped off at an Edmonton mosque has Muslim advocates and Premier Rachel Notley demanding party leader Jason Kenney take a stronger stand on Islamophobia.Kenney has already condemned the letter and neither he nor the Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council believe the United Conservatives had anything to do with it.The letter delivered to the Markaz Ul Islam mosque in southeast Edmonton said that Islam is a sham religion with no place in the province and when Kenney wins the spring election he will “take Alberta back.”Faisal Suri, president of the council, says Kenney must specifically call out Islamophobia, because the hate goes beyond worshippers to the religion itself.Notley is echoing Suri’s demand and is calling on Kenney to root out Islamophobic elements in his party.Kenney says on Facebook that hatred and bigotry have no place in Alberta, and his spokesperson says Kenney has clearly spoken out against Islamophobia in the past.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jabra launches new soft neckband earbuds in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Denmark-based Jabra, a subsidiary of GN Netcom that makes in-ear and on-ear audio wearables, on Thursday launched its Evolve 65e soft neckband earbuds in India with up to 13 hours of battery life for Rs 20,320 (excluding GST). The Jabra Evolve 65e features Skype for business certification that ensures users enjoy crystal-clear call and music quality. The earbuds also support eight hours of talk time. “Enterprises are constantly seeking new ways to enable their employees to be productive wherever they are, making UC one of the most important mobile technologies today. But if mobile workers are to use professional headsets, they will expect the same wearing-styles and form-factors, great comfort and range of features that they get from their consumer devices,” Holger Reisinger, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Jabra, said in a statement. The device would be available starting May at authorised Jabra channel partners and resellers. The Jabra Evolve 65e sports Skype for Business and UC-certification, courtesy its four-microphone system. With two in the microphone box capturing voice and one in each earbud, the device uses DSP algorithm to find the optimum voice-to-noise ratio for clarity.last_img read more

NY Massachusetts sue Volkswagen over emissions cheating

NY, Massachusetts sue Volkswagen over emissions cheating by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 8:31 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – New York state and Massachusetts are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing.The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that Volkswagen and its affiliates sold more than 40,000 vehicles in the two states with so-called “defeat devices” installed. Furthermore, the complaint accuses company employees of trying to cover up the cheating by submitting false documents to the two states and destroying incriminating paperwork.“The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law or the protection of public health and the environment,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law — and seek the stiffest possible sanctions — to protect our citizens.”A message left with Volkswagen on Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.The legal action seeks “substantial penalties.” Schneiderman and his Massachusetts counterpart, Maura Healey, planned to discuss the details of the case at a Tuesday morning press conference in New York City. The two Democrats are the top law enforcement officials in their respective states.The suit comes after the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to other settle consumer and government lawsuits over the emissions cheating, first disclosed in 2015.Schneiderman and Healey argue that settlement did not resolve claims regarding violating state environmental laws and did not cover all the affected vehicles.“With today’s action, we want to make clear to all auto manufacturers that violating laws designed to protect our environment and our public health is unacceptable and will be punished with significant penalties,” Healey said.Maryland’s attorney general is also expected to file suit, according to a statement from Schneiderman’s office.The suit alleges that Volkswagen and Audi, followed by Porsche, began installing the cheating software in more than a dozen U.S. models beginning in 2008. The software was designed to alter the emissions system during government testing to ensure nitrogen oxide emissions were within allowable limits.The prosecutors say consumers who purchased one of the vehicles believed they were buying a “green diesel” car, even though the vehicles illegally emitted pollutants linked to respiratory disease, elevated ozone levels and smog. read more

Advertisers flee Bill OReillys show but impact unclear

by Mae Anderson And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 2:01 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – More advertisers fled Bill O’Reilly’s show on Wednesday, with drugmaker Pfizer and real estate company Coldwell Banker among the latest to distance themselves.The snowball effect began Monday after a weekend report in The New York Times that O’Reilly and his employer paid five women $13 million to settle harassment or other allegations of inappropriate conduct by Fox’s top star.As of Wednesday, a total of about 20 advertisers — from Mercedes Benz to Allstate — had confirmed pulling out. But while the advertisers’ moves may send a strong signal to consumers, so far, it is unclear whether there will be any long-term negative impact on either Fox News or “The O’Reilly Factor.”RISKY BUSINESS“Advertisers are very risk averse,” said Larry Chiagouris, a Pace University marketing professor. “When advertisers see the possibility of scandal, they take the easy way out — which can be spun as the ‘high road.’ It’s easy for them to move their money somewhere else.”Fox News has said that advertisers who pulled their ads would be directed to the network’s other programs — so that probably means they’ll just move to other shows like “Hannity,” or “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”That makes their move “less impactful” to Fox than if an advertiser moved all of its ad dollars to rival station MSNBC, for example, Chiagouris said.“There are only downsides for an advertiser connected with someone who is facing these sorts of charges,” added Allen Adamson, founder of BrandSimple Consulting. “There’s no upside and there are plenty of places put ads. It’s a buyer’s market.”THE NEXT GLENN BECK?So far the flap hasn’t reached the proportions of Glenn Beck, the conservative political commentator who hosted a show on Fox News until he was dropped in 2011 after his increasingly strident stances made him unattractive to advertisers.O’Reilly, by contrast, is Fox News’ top revenue producer, according to research firm Kantar Media, bringing in over $178 million in ad dollars in 2015 and $118.6 million in the first nine months of 2016.Chiagouris predicts that while a bevy of advertisers are dropping out of the show, they’ll just be replaced by other advertisers who can negotiate for a better ad deal.“For interim period, maybe as much as a year, that show will not generate as much in the way of profits for Fox as it did before,” he said. “But it will gradually come back to where it was before because he is so popular,” — as long as there are no other scandalous developments, he said.STICKING AROUNDSome advertisers are sticking around. Angie’s List spokeswoman Cheryl Reed said the company has a contract with Fox that doesn’t specify which Fox program its ads will air on, but the company, which offers crowd-sourced reviews of local businesses, has no plans to change its ad buy.“The advertising strategy we have long used at Angie’s List is meant to reach as many people as possible with news that our service exists and is available to them,” she said in a statement. “We place ads across a wide spectrum of venues intending to reach as many viewers/listeners/ readers as possible without taking a position on the viewpoints of the venues themselves.”She added that the company trusts its members “to make their own media consumption decisions.”___AP Medical Writer Linda A. Johnson in Trenton, New Jersey, contributed to this report. Advertisers flee Bill O’Reilly’s show but impact unclear read more

Rod charger from Multotec enhances safety at Black Mountain

first_imgWorking with Vedanta Zinc International’s Black Mountain mine in the Northern Cape to enhance safety in its milling plant, Multotec Manufacturing recently designed, manufactured and installed an automated rod charger for the mine’s rod mill.Holder of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s prestigious Health and Wellness Award, Black Mountain Mining had been looking for a solution that would reduce the risks associated with the manual handling of mill rods. Each rod measures almost five metres in length and weighs up to 240 kg. Rod mills are used extensively as primary mills in many mines, with the rods acting as grinding media. As the rods wear down, new ones have to be introduced regularly to ensure grinding efficiency is maintained.According to Jannie Genis, Technical Sales Representative at Multotec Manufacturing in Cape Town, the concept for the rod charger was developed in close consultation with the plant engineering and production personnel at Black Mountain, and leveraged the substantial mechanical engineering expertise within Multotec.“The Multotec Cape Town branch, under the leadership of Vivian Rocher, put together a team that took the concept into the design stages, customising the unit to exactly suit the site plan at Black Mountain,” Genis says. “After input and suggestions from the customer, we were able to advance the project to manufacturing stage in Cape Town, where complete construction took place.”The charger went into operation at the mine in mid-2016 and has effectively eliminated all manual handling of mill rods, successfully achieving the project goals. “There is now no need for any person to be in the mill to guide the rods into place,” Genis says. “Only two people are involved: one to operate the unit, and one to check that the rods feed smoothly into the mill.”Another significant advantage is the reduced time taken to conduct the rod charging; the complete process has been cut down from over an hour to just about 25 minutes. This means more production time and has also allowed the more frequent charging of rods, from twice a week using manual methods to three times a week now leading to better grinding efficiency.“The customer expressed its satisfaction with this solution, as it addresses both safety and ease of use, while enhancing the productivity and efficiency of the mill operation,” Genis says.last_img read more

ATT launches Motorola Atrix 4G Worlds most powerful smartphone

first_imgAT&T and Motorola, or should I say Motorola Mobility, had quite a treat to announce at CES 2011 this week. The Android 2.2 powered Motorola ATRIX 4G will be offered exclusively by AT&T and is being billed as the world’s most powerful smartphone. That’s probably due in part to the phone’s 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra dual core processor which is capable of supporting intense 3D graphics.Speaking of graphics, consumers will also appreciate the QHD display that offers 24-bit graphics with a refresh rate that’s faster than other smartphones. The Motorola ATRIX 4G will also come with 1GB of RAM with up to 48GB of available memory for storage of songs, photos and files.AdChoices广告Since you’ll be able to keep a lot on your smartphone you’ll be happy to know the ATRIX 4G offers advanced fingerprint recognition which not only makes your phone secure, but easy to access as well. Of course, at its core the ATRIX 4G is a phone right? That means good voice quality is key. Motorola Mobility has that covered as well with its two-microphone noise reduction technology. Naturally, there’s nothing impressive about the “world’s most powerful smartphone” if it just does voice calls. It also supports video conferencing with its front-facing VGA video camera.With all those specs and features mentioned the crazy thing is that’s not even the coolest thing about the smartphone. A Vehicle Dock will be offered in addition to a HD Multimedia Dock which will allow consumers to connect their smartphone to an HD television to watch videos thanks to its HDMI 720p output. The jaw dropper accessory though has to be the Laptop Dock which turns the ATRIX 4G into a netbook thanks to the included Webtop application along with the dock’s display, QWERTY keyboard and mouse. The fact that the smartphone supports HTML5 is a bonus for the netbook feel.The Motorola ATRIX 4G is expected to be launched by AT&T sometime during the first quarter.Read more at AT&T.motorola_atrix_frontmotorola_atrix_frontmotorola_atrix_backlaptop docklaptop dock 1last_img read more

An extraordinary week Hunt is on for winner of €102 million Lotto

first_img By Hayley Halpin Feb 24th 2019, 8:53 AM Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 8:53 AM THE NATIONAL LOTTERY is appealing to players to check their ticket after someone won last night’s jackpot worth €10.2 million. The winning numbers were: 3, 19, 21, 29, 31, 35 and bonus number 22The winner has become the 21st Lotto player in Ireland to have won over €10 million. Today, the National Lottery is asking all of its players across the country to check their tickets to see if they are the lucky winner. “With a jackpot win of this amount we need a little time to inform the shop owner and to give the winner time and space to let this huge win sink in,” a National Lottery spokesperson said. The jackpot was close to being shared as another Lotto player, who is from Limerick, fell one number short, matching five numbers and the bonus ball. This lucky player has won €87,874 and bought their ticket at Deerpark Dairies on Davis Street, Limerick City.  Last night’s jackpot win comes after a large family syndicate from north Dublin scooped up a whopping €175 million in the EuroMillions. “This has been an extraordinary week in the 32-year life of the National Lottery,” the spokesperson said. The highest Lotto jackpot in the history of the National Lottery was €18.9 million in Hegarty’s, Staplestown, Co Carlow, in June 2008. Image: Shutterstock/Lukas Gojda 55,442 Views Share18 Tweet Email ‘An extraordinary week’: Hunt is on for winner of €10.2 million Lotto jackpot The winning numbers were: 3, 19, 21, 29, 31, 35 and bonus number 22. Image: Shutterstock/Lukas Gojda 26 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maxime Gonalons injury blow for Sevilla

first_imgSevilla have announced that midfielder Maxime Gonalons will be out for at least six weeks with a fractured fibulaThe France international was signed by Los Rojiblancos this summer from AS Roma on a loan deal.And, following compatriot Steven N’Zonzi’s move the other way, Gonalons seemed set to play a prominent role at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The 29-year-old has made four appearances across all competitions for Pablo Machin’s side and opened his scoring account in Sevilla’s 3-0 Europa League qualifying win over Sigma Olomouc.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.But a collision in training on Thursday means that Gonalons will now face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.“The French player received a blow during a training and the tests to which he has been subjected to confirm the condition,” read a statement.Sevilla are currently fifth in La Liga after three games.last_img read more

Luka Modric launches a scathing attack on Simeone

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has responded to the criticisms of Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone on him and his teammates.In the midfielder’s first interview since winning the Ballon d’Or earlier this month, the 33-year-old spoke of the manager’s disparaging comments about the award and Madrid.“I understand why Simeone has defended his own players,” Modric told Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, as cited by Football Espana.“I understand why he believes Griezmann was the best but in doing so he feels the need to disparage Real Madrid and the players here.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“There are suggestions that there is something else behind why Madrid players win these trophies, and that is not the case.“I have a lot of respect for Atletico and Simeone, their players and their fans – they are a great club and whey they defeat us, I acknowledge it and congratulate them.“But we have been hugely successful too, we have beaten them in two finals and it is not fair to say these achievements are due to favoritism.”last_img read more

71 of Websites May Be Under Reporting Traffic

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, minonline.Are you sure your Web page tags are in order? BPA Worldwide says that in a recent survey involving 900 site audits, 71 percent of them had not tagged every page for accurate traffic counting. When a site had missing tags, on average, 11 percent of the pages were not being counted. Often sites are so large that the owners simply miss pages or add templates with tags that don’t apply to older pages.For the rest of the story, click here.last_img read more

What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 2

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, September 2, 2018, from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.September 2 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraEJ’s Fresh Frozen Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler Apothecary Seafood ExpressTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Balloons with YarrowMake Rockets at the Kids TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”last_img read more

OBITUARY Mary Elizabeth Simpson 84

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Mary Elizabeth Simpson, a woman devoted her family and faith, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Wednesday morning, August 29, 2018. She was 84 years old.Mary was born in Boston. She was the daughter of Irish immigrants, Kieran and Mary Cunningham. She grew up in Somerville and was a graduate of St. Clement High School. She married her husband, Joseph “Stan” Simpson in 1955 and they quickly started a family. They first lived in Burlington and Wilmington before settling in Woburn where they made their home for 40 years. She lived the past 14 years in Wilmington.Mary did everything in her life for her family. Every decision was based on what would keep her family close and be best for them. For example, she purchased her home in Woburn, despite in being an extreme fixer upper, because it had plenty of room for her family. She and Stan put decades of sweat and hard work to rebuild the home. She could have become a contractor. She learned to paint, wallpaper, tile, put up wallboard, build above ground pools, mix and poor cement, and any other project that needed to be done. A smaller fully remodeled home might have been the easier route. But in the end, her home had 3 apartments which had been used by almost all her children and their families. Mary and Stan purchased a vacation home on Newfound Lake in New Hampshire. It was a very modest 3 bedroom lake home that was filled to the brim with family and friends during summer weekends. When it came to sleeping arrangements, any spot that could accommodate a mattress or sleeping bag was fair game. Her family have countless memories of Newfound Lake that are all filled with laughter and love. She was a talented seamstress and was always sewing curtains, fixing clothing, and making handmade Halloween costumes for her children and grandchildren. She was a great cook and baker. She was always making special cakes for those she loved to celebrate birthdays and other special events. Her door was always open to all her family. She watched her grandchildren when their parents were working, needed a night off, or if the grandkids wanted time with their “Ma”. Mary believed the greatest happiness in life came from your family’s happiness.Mary was a woman of deep Catholic faith. Going to Mass was something she looked forward to. It gave her life meaning and direction. When she could not physically attend daily Mass, she would watch Mass on television. She was a firm believer in the saying the Rosary. She never prayed for herself, but rather her family, friends, and those in need.Mary was the beloved wife of the late Joseph “Stan” Simpson. She was the loving mother of Mary Jo Chase & her husband Richard of Woburn, Ann Simpson & her husband Robert Nagle of Wilmington, Mark Simpson & his wife Marianne of Pelham, NH and Elizabeth Duffy & her husband Gerald of Wilmington. Mary was also survived by 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. She was the sister of Joseph Cunningham & his wife Mary of Wilmington, Michael Cunningham & his wife Marie of Abington and the late Kieran Cunningham.Funeral from the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn St., BURLINGTON (Exit 34 off Rt. 128/95 Woburn side) on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn St., Burlington at 10 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Friday, Aug. 31 from 7-9 p.m. Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to a charity of ones’ own choice.Mary Elizabeth Simpson(NOTE: The above obituary is from Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Mary R. (Causi) Marinello, 94In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Charges filed against 41yearold in Kotzebue investigation

first_imgKotzebue as seen from the road east of town (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Kotzebue)On Monday afternoon, federal officials announced charges against a Kotzebue man in the case of a missing girl who was found dead last Friday.Listen nowU.S. Attorneys are charging 41-year-old Peter Wilson with making false statements to federal agents. In charging documents from the U.S. Attorney’s office, FBI Special Agent Michael Watson said investigators tracked the movement of a GCI cellphone that belonged to 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr. Based on geo-location data from the phone, searchers looked in a secluded patch of tundra about two miles outside town and found the young girl’s body Friday afternoon.By that point, the FBI had interviewed Wilson about his potential involvement in the disappearance. According to Chloe Martin, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Anchorage, Wilson broke the law by intentionally misleading federal agents.“They caught him in the lies, as alleged in the criminal complaint,” Martin said.The documents suggest Wilson knew Johnson-Barr, something he denied when interviewed by agents. He was allegedly borrowing a four-wheeler at the time the young girl went missing on September 6th. Wilson had Johnson-Barr’s cellphone in his jacket pocket that same evening, according to an acquaintance of his who spoke to investigators. Wilson was arrested and brought to Anchorage over the weekend.Federal investigators have been working closely with state and local officials on the case.As of Monday afternoon, no murder charge has been filed in the case.“The investigation is on-going,” Martin said. “We have been talking to the state the whole time, and everyone agrees to the current federal charge. As to other charges, we’ll have to see what evidence develops.”Wilson has a hearing in federal court in Anchorage on Tuesday.Kotzebue is a close-knit community, and the eight-day search for Johnson-Barr brought an outpouring of support from all over rural Alaska.last_img read more

Five key dates in Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersThe Rohingya refugee crisis is worsening daily with the UN announcing Thursday that 500,000 from the Muslim minority have now fled to Bangladesh since late August, overwhelming camps short of food, water and shelter.Here are five key dates in the crisis:25 Aug – Fierce riposte to militant attacksEarly on 25 August, hundreds of Rohinyga militants stage coordinated attacks on 30 police posts in Myanmar’s westernmost state of Rakhine. At least 12 police are killed.The Myanmar army hits back fast and hard with “clearance operations” in Rohingya villages. It says it is trying to flush out insurgents from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).Rohingya Muslim refugees stand in an alley of Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangaldeshi district of Ukhia on 28 September, 2017. Photo: AFPBut witnesses tell of Rohingya civilians being massacred in retaliation, with mortars and machine guns fired at villagers fleeing to the Bangladesh border.The crackdown sparks an exodus from Rohingya villages, which are soon burning so fiercely the flames and smoke are visible from Bangladesh.5 Sept – Refugee storm hits BangladeshWithin 11 days of the attacks, more than 120,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh, overwhelming the handful of ill-equipped refugee camps around Cox’s Bazar.A Rohingya refugee girl at a camp in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersMany arrive desperate for food and water after walking for more than a week over hills and through dense jungle. Some need urgent treatment for bullet wounds and machete gashes.Bangladesh already houses at least 300,000 Rohingya in camps near the border. The fresh influx creates a dire shortage of food, clean water and shelter.6 Sept – Suu Ky denounces ‘iceberg of misinformation’Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under increasing international pressure, says a “huge iceberg of misinformation” is distorting the global picture of events in Rakhine.A Rohingya refugee washes a bag in contaminated water in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersIn her first comments since the 25 August attacks, Suu Kyi says fake news is “calculated to create a lot of problems between different communities” and to promote “the interest of the terrorists”.But fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureates Malala Yousafzai and Desmond Tutu criticise Suu Kyi. Hundreds of thousands sign a petition demanding the Nobel committee withdraw her award but it refuses.11 Sept – Violence amounts to ethnic cleansing, UN saysAs the crisis worsens, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says Myanmar’s systematic attacks bear the hallmarks of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 September, 2017. Photo: ReutersRights groups warn of a final push by the army and Buddhist mobs to drive the stateless Rohingya from Myanmar for good.Landmines claim more victims, with three Rohingya killed in a blast while fleeing Myanmar.27 Sept – Hindu mass graves highlight bitter divideThe Myanmar military flies journalists to the place where the mass graves of 45 Hindu villagers, including many women and children, were discovered, as a search effort for dozens more continues. ARSA denied any involvement in the killings which were revealed as the humanitarian crisis spiralled on both sides of the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. In the Bangladesh camps, aid groups said they had seen thousands of cases of child malnutrition amid shortages of food, water and medicines that is claiming a growing toll among the Rohingya.last_img

We Feel Like Home Displaced Puerto Ricans Celebrate Traditional Christmas Parranda

first_imgRyan Caron King for NPRA musical group playing traditional Puerto Rican bomba music performs at a parranda in Hartford, Conn.Merely Torres-Garcia has been living in a hotel room in Hartford, Conn., with her husband and two kids after losing part of her house in Puerto Rico to Hurricane Maria. She said spending the Christmas season in the northeastern cold has been hard for her family. But on Saturday night, in the noisy atrium of Hartford City Hall, it felt a little bit like Christmas on the island.“My kids are happy. We feel like home in here right now,” she said.Torres-Garcia was at a Christmas celebration called a parranda, where members of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community greeted families displaced by the storm with a musical parade and a hot meal.A traditional Puerto Rican parranda features carolers traveling from one house to the next — sharing food, drinks and singing Christmas songs late into the night. Saturday’s celebration happened inside to avoid the cold weather outdoors. But Torres-Garcia said the parranda made her proud to be Puerto Rican.“It’s part of us, what we are,” Torres-Garcia said. “We are loud. And we like to dance. We like to sing, we like to do all of that stuff. And that only means — Puerto Rico.”Carmen Cotto grew up in Hartford, and had recently moved to the island before the hurricane flooded her house. She said the event started the Christmas season for families who have focused more on recovering from the hurricane. She said that many Puerto Ricans start celebrating right after Thanksgiving.“Christmas hasn’t really started for many. And this was like our kickoff for Christmas,” Cotto said.Cotto’s father Angel Luis also came to live in Hartford temporarily after the storm. He said he enjoyed the night’s festivities — but he wants to go home as soon as he can.“It’s different, different, different,” he said. “It’s nice over here, but it’s no place like Puerto Rico.”Luis said he was sad during the parranda as he thought about all the people still suffering on the island. But he said at the same time, he was also happy — because this was the first time they had gotten to celebrate since the storm.NPR’s Isabel Dobrin produced this story for the Web. Copyright 2017 WNPR News. To see more, visit WNPR News. Sharelast_img read more

3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births

first_img Citation: 3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further More information: … birth-simulator.html Researchers pioneer first patient-specific 3-D virtual birth simulator © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team prepared their presentation last month for the International Conference on E-Health and Bioengineering in Romania, which took place from November 21 to November 23. Dr Rudy Lapeer, from the university’s school of computing sciences, said, ‘We are creating a forward-engineered simulation of childbirth using 3D graphics to simulate the sequence of movements as a baby descends through the pelvis during labor.” The study is titled, “Towards a Forward Engineered Simulation of the Cardinal Movements of Human Childbirth’.” The authors are Zelimkhan Gerikhanov, Vilius Audinis and Rudy Lapeer.The user inputs the patient’s relevant anatomical data –size and shape of the pelvis, the baby’s head and torso, for example. The simulation software will see ultrasound data used to re-create a geometric model of a baby’s skull and body in 3D graphics as well as the mother’s body and pelvis. This will make the medical team more aware of scenarios that can take place during birth. For example, one would see if the baby’s shoulders could get stuck during childbirth. According to the university release, “Programmers are also taking into account the force from the mother pushing during labor and are even modeling a ‘virtual’ midwife’s hands which can interact with the baby’s head.”Lapeer said, “We hope that this could help to avoid complicated births altogether by guiding people in the medical profession to advise on caesarean sections where necessary.” Lapeer has cited his general research interests as “mainly in medical visualization, surgical navigation and simulation, physics simulation and biomechanics.” He also described what he and his team have done in the specific area of human childbirth mechanics. “We have studied fetal head moulding using finite element analysis and more recently investigated the effect of forceps delivery on the fetal head and the biomechanics of shoulder dystocia.” ( —University of East Anglia last month announced that UEA researchers have pioneered a patient-specific 3D virtual birth simulator. The research’ aim is a virtual birthing simulator that can help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births. “Patient-specific” is the key aspect of their work, as the program takes into account the mother’s body shape and the position of the baby to predict what might take place during the birth event.last_img read more

Scan When You Want To

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read June 21, 2010 Enroll Now for Free The Magic Wand from VuPoint Solutions may be the sleeper productivity tool of the moment: It’s a scanner you can put in your pocket.The 10-inch long, 7.5-ounce imaging scepter captures a high-quality scan of any photo, pattern or text up to 8.5 inches wide. And it’s one-button simple to operate. Fire it up, slide it smoothly across the work and out comes a reasonably high-resolution, desktop-quality image of the original. No additional lighting required. Hundreds of images can fit into the 32GB max microSD card, and scanned content can be stored to your computer via a USB connection.VuPoint, based in City of Industry, Calif., specializes in low-cost, easy-to-use gadgets that retrofit older technologies into newer high-tech trends. “We see today’s small businesses archiving and recording important company documents with the Wand,” says Brant Williams, VuPoint executive vice president.The gadget, which retails for $99.99, is far from perfect. The control screen is so small that managing the scan library is best done on a PC. And be sure to edit all documents generated by the optical character recognition–some text translation can be rough.Still, there’s a legit small-business handiness to something that puts a business-class image-capture tool in the palm of your hand. No smartphone camera comes close. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story appears in the July 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »last_img read more

Edmonton agent wins dream trip to Melbourne with Air Canada

first_imgEdmonton agent wins dream trip to Melbourne with Air Canada TORONTO – Bonnie Redding of AMA Travel in Edmonton is the winner of Air Canada’s latest contest, which launched in a recent issue of Travelweek.As the grand prize winner, Redding has won two roundtrip tickets from any Canadian city serviced by Air Canada to Melbourne, Australia, plus a seven-day tour that uncovers Victoria’s hidden gems with AAT Kings.When reached for comment, Redding said she was “totally in shock”.Air Canada’s nonstop Vancouver-Melbourne service first took off in December 2017 with four-times-weekly flights. Starting June 1, it will go year-round. Melbourne is Air Canada’s third destination in Australia, following Sydney and Brisbane. Friday, May 25, 2018 Tweet Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada, Australia, Contest, Travelweek Travelweek Group last_img read more

Costa Rican exfootballer Rolando Fonseca enmeshed in scandal over presidential trip

first_imgNo related posts. Former Tico soccer player Rolando Fonseca confirmed he helped coordinate a request for Colombian firm THX Energy to loan a private jet to transport President Laura Chinchilla and a small delegation to Peru last weekend, and to Venezuela earlier this year.Fonseca told local TV news station Telenoticias that he works as an external adviser to the company, and he acted as intermediary between the company and Chinchilla’s administration on both occasions.“On March 14, staff members from the Casa Presidencial first contacted me to request a private jet to transport President Chinchilla to the funeral of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez,” Fonseca said in an email to the news station. “The second time they [Casa Presidencial staff] directly called the pilot to request the plane a second time to travel to Peru. He [the pilot] called me, and then I called the company’s manager in Colombia, Carlos Arturo Espinoza Torres, to ask for authorization.” In a press release THX identified Ludwing Sibaja as the Casa Presidencial staff member who requested the plane for Chinchilla’s flights.“He [Espinosa] is based in Colombia because the company has no business interests in Costa Rica, and they facilitated the plane only as a collaboration with the president,” he added. THX also estimated the cost for the round trip to Peru in $9,633.On Wednesday afternoon, Costa Rica’s Communications Minister Francisco Chacón resigned over the scandal, saying that he “was deceived by Colombian businessman Ricardo Morales, who presented himself as Gabriel O’Falan.” Morales has been questioned in his country for alleged links to drug trafficking cartels. The press release also said that Morales does not appear in any record as an employee of THX Energy.On Thursday, Chinchilla responded in a press release that she will not participate in any public activities, as she is “focused on evaluating [the situation] and taking corrective actions.”“While these measures are adopted, we will not provide any additional statements on this case. We appreciate the understanding by members of the media in what is a very serious situation that requires prudence and concentration,” Chinchilla said in a statement sent by her press office. Facebook Commentslast_img read more