Moderate intensity earthquake jolts Kashmir

first_imgSrinagar: A moderate intensity earthquake occurred in Kashmir on Wednesday whose epicentre was in Pakistan region. Sonam Lotus, Director of MET office said: “A moderate intensity eart hquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred at 8.40 a.m. today. “The coordinates of the earthquake were latitude 36.4 degrees north and longitude 72.7 degrees east. “The epicentre was in Pakistan region. Depth of the earthquake was 1 km inside the earth’s crust.” Kashmir is situated in a highly earthquake prone seismological region of South Asia. Temblors have wreaked havoc in Kashmir in the past. Over 80,000 people were killed in an earthquake that hit the two sides of divided Kashmir under Indian and Pakistan control on October 8, 2005. The 2005 earthquake measured 7.6 on the Richter scale.last_img read more

Gondola across Edmontons river valley gets rough ride from city committee

first_imgEDMONTON – A city committee made it clear Tuesday that it won’t support any taxpayer dollars to build a gondola across the North Saskatchewan River in Edmonton.The Edmonton Transit System advisory board was recommending further study by the city into the potential for a gondola to connect the downtown on the river’s north side to Whyte Avenue, a popular street in the south-side Old Strathcona neighbourhood.A report from the advisory board suggested it would provide “high-capacity, efficient and cost-effective mass transit over one of Edmonton’s most challenging topographical areas.”They suggested it’s a viable project that warrants further consideration and study.The committee, made up of councillors, was concerned about the cost of a gondola as the city faces some tough budget years.They agreed to ask city staff to get a firm estimate on what it would cost to do a feasibility study and report back by October.Some have criticized the idea of a gondola on social media and in newspaper editorials, suggesting it would be a waste of money and could have a similar fate as the city’s new funicular. The cable car, which goes up a hillside in Edmonton’s river valley, has regularly broken down in harsh weather.Others — including business groups in the downtown and Old Strathcona, the River Valley Alliance and private investors — are on board with the gondola proposal.(CTV Edmonton/The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Canadian Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska break into the boys club of

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Filmmakers Jen Soska, centre, and Sylvia Soska appear on the set of Rabid, their remake of David Cronenberg’s classic horror, in Toronto. (Martin Trainor/CBC) If there’s a book on how to be a female storyteller who’s inoffensive to the Hollywood establishment, twin sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska would probably send a chainsaw through it in one of their films.The Vancouver-born horror writer-directors have dedicated much of their careers to doing things female filmmakers aren’t expected to — tackling the male-dominated horror and and superhero genres. Their remake of the David Cronenberg classic Rabid comes out next year and they’re also putting their spin on one of Marvel Comics’ key female characters by writing new issues of Black Widow.Upending horror’s penchant for portraying women as victims is a large part of their motivation, the Soskas say, following an appearance on a “women in horror” panel at this month’s conference for the Directors’ Guild of Canada. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img “We gotta make sure everybody gets murdered!” said Sylvia.‘Insane’ pressureThat kind of thinking earned them a cult following, and the twins landed on many “female horror directors to watch” lists after American Mary, their 2012 movie about a medical school student who moonlights as a surgeon performing extreme body modification. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

CEB given strict deadline to submit revised expansion plan

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has issued a directive to the Ceylon Electricity Board to submit a revised least cost long term generation expansion plan on or before August 01, 2016.PUCSL has written to the CEB saying that despite letters sent earlier the CEB has yet to submit the plan. The Commission says it has observed that under drought conditions, even with planned plant additions, Sri Lanka is expected to face energy and capacity shortages in the years 2018/2019 and beyond, and the Transmission Licensee’s delay in submission of LCLTGEP 2015-2034 could further aggravate this situation. “This refers to the Commission’s letter under reference PUC/LI/TL/2015/14, dated December 18, 2015, requiring the Transmission Licensee to resubmit the Least Cost Long Term Generation Expansion Plan (LCLTGEP) 2015-2034 with necessary amendments and also the Commission’s letter to Secretary, Ministry of Power and Energy dated March 31, 2016, regarding Power Supply Situation 2022 (attached). The Commission has not received the revised LCLTGEP 2015-2034, to date,” the letter sent to the CEB states. Considering the above circumstances, the Commission decided to issue a directive under Condition 4 of the Transmission and Bulk Supply Licence issued to the Ceylon Electricity Board, to submit the revised LCLTGEP 2015-2034, including solution/s to meet the energy and capacity demand during 2016- 2021 on or before August 01, 2016. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Voicing hope that Nepalese parties will move towards peace Annan says he

The Secretary-General’s remarks came in a statement released by his spokesman in New York after a large number of non-governmental and civil society representatives in Nepal sent an appeal to Mr. Annan requesting his good offices to help find a peaceful solution to the conflict there. “The appeal reflects the deep desire of the people of Nepal to see an urgent end to the conflict that has brought them profound suffering,” the spokesman said, adding that the Secretary-General has made known to all interested parties his availability to help in the search for a solution. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) decided to declare a ceasefire for a period of three months. Mr. Annan, who has repeatedly urged an end to hostilities and the initiation of an inclusive national dialogue in Nepal with a view to resolving the underlying causes of conflict, “earnestly hopes that all sides in Nepal will take all measures which will lead to peace talks and the lasting peace that the people of Nepal crave and deserve,” the spokesman said. read more

An Inconsistent Strike Zone Hurt Both Teams in Game 3

CHICAGO — The Cleveland Indians won a 1-0 nail-biter on Friday night in Game 3 of the World Series. Two number-three starters succeeded in shutting down two strong offenses, allowing the game to come down to the final at-bat. But while the relievers were overpowering as usual, the most significant influence on this game wasn’t the wind, a single Indians hitter or managerial cleverness, but a seemingly inconsistent strike zone.Home plate umpire John Hirschbeck has a reputation for calling balls and strikes erratically, and that was on full display last night, creating shifting strike-zone boundaries that bedeviled both offenses.1A rough look at the strike zone plots for each team showed about 10 calls helping the Cubs, and seven helping the Indians. Data from PitchF/X needed for a quantitative comparison was not available at time of publication. For the Indians, Josh Tomlin turned in an unexpectedly solid line, allowing only two hits. At times, Tomlin was burned by bad calls, leading, for example, to a fourth-inning walk by Kris Bryant. But when the strike zone is called inconsistently, hitters tend to strike out more often and make weaker contact. That’s because pitchers can choose to target inconsistently called areas of the zone when it benefits them, while hitters can only decide whether to swing or not at what’s offered. When they’re uncertain, batters often opt to swing at pitches outside the zone, resulting in glancing contact and easy outs.Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who usually gets favorable strike calls due to his impeccable command, struggled mightily in allowing six hits and two walks in only 4.2 innings. The shifting zone did aid him in racking up six strikeouts, above what you’d expect based on his regular-season stats.Even as the inconsistent strike zone helped the pitchers, neither was overpowering. And with bullpens fresh after the day off, both starters were pulled before the 6th inning with the score 0-0, an event that has never happened before in MLB postseason history. That handed the game to the relievers, including an early appearance from Andrew Miller. They were as commanding as expected, except for one lapse by the Cubs’ Carl Edwards Jr., who allowed Coco Crisp to single in the lone run of the night.The Cubs came close to evening the score in the bottom of the ninth. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Chicago dynamo Javy Báez was up to bat against Cleveland closer Cody Allen. He struck out whiffing to end the threat, leaving the Indians up 2-1 in the Series.The outlook for the Cubs is worrisome going forward: Their series win probability by Elo is down to only 37 percent.2For reference, that’s the same probability Elo gave the Indians before the World Series began. In his last start, Corey Kluber looked invincible, and the Cubs will have to face him in Games 4 and 7 of this Series (if it goes that far). That means they will need to pull off at least one upset against the 2014 AL Cy Young winner to clinch the series. While such a feat appears difficult, the Cubs managed an even more surprising performance against Clayton Kershaw in the NLCS, so it’s certainly possible. Nobody said ending a 108-year title drought would be easy.CORRECTION (Oct. 29, 12:05 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described Corey Kluber. He was the 2014 AL Cy Young winner; he is not the reigning winner. read more

Chris Jericho on recent WWE run and his future in the ring

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more WhatsApp SportingNews.com has a new interview up with Chris Jericho, talking about his recent run with WWE and his new book “The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea.” Here are some excerpts from the interview:Thoughts on recent matches in WWE: “I think the last month I was there I was really back in the groove again. I had a lot of great house show matches with a lot of different guys. The Bray-Wyatt cage match in Baltimore and then the Randy Orton ‘Night of Champions’ match in Nashville I thought were two…whatever a five-star match is. Two really really, really good matches that I would put on my list of all-time favorites.On his future in wrestling: “It’s still cool to contribute at the highest level and the day — and I’m not exaggerating about this — the day I feel I can’t compete at the highest level I set for myself and can’t steal the show, I will not do it again. Throw it on the record, I’m the one guy who can say that. I’m sure Shawn Michaels could say that, too. You will not see me in the ring again as a parody of myself or anything other than the absolute best and can go toe-to-toe with anybody else on the roster.”SportingNews.com: Still on top of his game, Chris Jericho sees an end to WWE involvementcenter_img Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Tallahassee Police find Chris Jericho’s stolen AEW Championship on the side of the road Chris Jericho to defend the AEW World Championship against Cody at Full Gear PPV last_img read more

Nancy Reagan gone but touched the Caribbean

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Mar 2016 – The former first lady of the United States, Nancy Reagan on Sunday died at her home in California. Reagan is arguably most well known for her ‘Just Say No’ campaign of the 80s and 90s which was geared to young people and it encouraged them – not just in the US, but around the world – to say ‘no’ to drug use and abuse. In the TCI, a program inspired by this Just Say No initiative remains in the government high school system; that program is called DARE and brings Police officers into the school to forge friendlier relations with students and to act as a deterrent to crime. It may be the closest and only link the TCI has with the spirited Nancy Reagan, who passed away at the ripe age of 94; 12 years following her husband, President Ronald Reagan who died in 2004. Social Media on the job, what a study reveals Related Items:caribbean, died, nancy reagan, touchlast_img read more

Battle Grounds lone food cart may soon have company

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — Several times, Lanny Montero hoped to order lunch from the food cart in the parking lot of Value Giant hardware off East Main Street, only to learn it was closed.The 66-year-old Battle Ground resident got his wish Tuesday shortly after noon. To his delight, Holy Smoke … It’s Big B’s BBQ, the city’s lone food cart, was open for business on the chilly, overcast day. “You’re isolated out here essentially,” said Montero after ordering a brisket sandwich. “If you want to get good food at carts, which is fun, you have to go all the way to Portland, which is a 45-minute drive.”Battle Ground residents may soon have more food cart options after the city’s council voted 5-2 Monday night to allow up to five food carts in the city at a given time. Previously, the city’s proposed regulations allowed for three food carts, which need permits and business licenses to operate. The food cart ordinance came after officials received around 10 inquiries in the past 12 months about starting food carts, officials said. While Monday’s ordinance opens the possibility for additional food carts, Battle Ground officials were unsure whether Holy Smokes would soon have company.last_img read more

House Passes Operating Budget As Special Session Moves Toward End

first_imgThe Alaska House of Representatives has passed an operating budget, signaling the end of a stalemate over the state’s multi-billion-dollar budget deficit.The $5 billion budget includes changes agreed to by a conference committee on Wednesday. It funds a contractual cost-of-living increase for public employees, but offsets that directing the governor to make a $30 million reduction to agency operations. The compromise also restored some cuts that had been made to education and the ferry system.The vote on the bill was 32 to 7, with half of the Democratic Minority voting against it, because it did not reduce the payment of oil tax credits or advance some of their other priorities like Medicaid expansion. Rep. Lora Reinbold, a conservative Eagle River Republican who was kicked out of the majority caucus earlier this year, also voted against it, but because she thought it spent too much.However, Democrats were unanimous in their support for paying for the operating budget by making a withdrawal from the Constitutional Budget Reserve. The vote was 38 to 1, well above the three-quarter threshold to access the rainy day fund. Reinbold was the lone no vote.The Senate is scheduled to take up the budget bill, along with a sexual abuse prevention bill known as Erin’s Law later today. If the two bodies successfully end their special session on Thursday, state government will no longer be at risk of shutting down on July 1.last_img read more

Hyderabad TRS taunts opposition says ready for CBI probe

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders on Tuesday said the parties which are alleging corruption in Kaleshwaram project can go for CBI or any other inquiry.Addressing a press conference along with party leaders Naradasu Lakshman, S Venugopala Chary and others, Welfare Minister Koppula Eshwar said the opposition parties can go for any inquiry. Responding to a question on the corruption allegations of opposition parties and demand of CBI inquiry on Kaleshwaram project, Eshwar said, “let them go for CBI inquiry or any other inquiry, who has stopped them from going for the inquiry.” He said the Congress and BJP leaders were making baseless allegations on the project. Referring to Congress leaders visiting Tummidihatti, Eshwar questioned as to why the Congress leaders went to Tummidihatti when the project was constructed at Medigadda. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The Minister said the Central Water Commission (CWC) had given its report stating there was no water availability at Tummidihatti hence the government has decided to go for Medigadda. The Congress party government started project works without getting a single permission from the Central agencies whereas the TRS government got nine different permissions for the Kaleshwaram project. He recalled that the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan wrote to the AP Chief Minister stating that this project would be futile exercise if they construct at Tummidihatti. Eshwar further alleged that the Congress government increased estimates of the project three times. He said the Congress government increased estimates of project from Rs 17,875 crore in 2008 to Rs 40,300 crore in 2009. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The Congress and BJP leaders are speaking without any knowledge on the project. He said that with Kaleshwaram, the Godavari water is reaching up to Mid Manair and appearing like full pot of water. He said the State government has been demanding national project status for Kaleshwaram but the Centre has made it clear that no project would be given national status now.last_img read more

Oil hits November 2018 highs amid OPEC supply cuts US sanctions

first_imgStorage tanks of an oil refinery of Essar Oil, which runs India’s second biggest private sector refinery, are pictured in Vadinar in the western state of Gujarat, India, October 4, 2016Reuters file [Representational Image]Oil prices rose to five-month highs on Monday, driven up by OPEC’s ongoing supply cuts, US sanctions against Iran and Venezuela and healthy US jobs data.International benchmark Brent futures were at $70.69 per barrel at 0047 GMT on Monday, up 35 cents, or 0.5 per cent from their last close.The US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 35 cents, or 0.6 per cent, at $63.43 per barrel.Brent and WTI both hit their highest levels since November last year at $70.76 and $63.48 per barrel, respectively, early on Monday.”Brent prices increased more than 30 per cent year-to-date as OPEC+ continued to cut supply for 4 months in a row and optimism over U.S-China trade talks helped to buoy the demand outlook,” US bank JP Morgan said in a note released over the weekend.Traders said strong US jobs data from Friday also helped lift Asian markets early on Monday.Energy consultancy FGE said OPEC-led supply cuts meant “excess inventories are disappearing and the market looks healthy,” adding that “the market is poised for prices to rise to $75 per barrel or higher” for Brent.Oil prices have also been driven up by US sanctions against OPEC-members Iran and Venezuela.”Sanctions can cut 500,000 bpd of Venezuelan exports. Add that to a cut in Iran waivers and prices can rise substantially,” FGE said.There remain, however, some factors that could bring prices down later this year.Russia is a reluctant participant in its agreement with OPEC to withhold output, and Russian oil production may increase again if a deal with the producer club is not extended once it expires before July 1, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday.Russian oil output reached a record high of 556 million tonnes, or 11.16 million barrels per day (bpd), last year.In the United States, crude oil production reached a record 12.2 million bpd in late March.The US crude exports have also risen, breaking through 3 million bpd for the first time earlier this year.”With the new Permian pipelines (from July), we can see a boost of 500,000 to 600,000 bpd in US exports,” FGE said.There also still remain concerns about the health of the global economy, especially should China and the United States fail to resolve their trade dispute soon.”Global (trade) demand has weakened, and existing tariffs on Chinese goods shipments to the US are providing an additional drag,” credit rating agency Moody’s said on Monday, although it added that Chinese monetary stimulus measures would likely support growth over 2019.last_img read more

Netflix Engineers Developed a Rumble Pack Feature During Latest Hack Day

first_img Popular on Variety A duo of Netflix employees had a unique idea for making the service’s shows even more stirring: They added a rumble pack option to the Netflix app as part of the company’s latest hack day. When watching shows like “Voltron,” the feature makes phones vibrate in sync with the action on the screen, similar to the way game controller rumble packs translate explosions and more into haptic feedback.However, the Project Rumble Pack hack is just that — a quick hack, put together in 24 hours as part of one of the company’s hack days. Netflix has been holding these kinds of events for its developers, and anyone else with creative ideas, for the last couple of years.Hack Day Projects aren’t developed to become part of the company’s apps, and are instead meant as a way to build community within the company. “It’s not about innovation for the product,” the company’s vice president of engineering Daniel Jacobson told Variety in 2017 during an extensive behind-the-scenes look at a previous hack day.This also means that consumers likely won’t ever get to enjoy the rumble pack in the wild. The same is true for most other projects — and some are clearly not meant for consumers to begin with. Netflix engineers often also use hack days to build improvements for the company’s own facilities. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img This year around, this included a hack that helps to kick coworkers out of conference rooms after their time is up — with an Oscar-worth orchestra playoff, no less.Netflix detailed some of the other hacks coming out of its most recent hack day on its tech blog; previous years’ efforts included space travel, eye-tracking for navigation and even mind control.last_img read more

Wii Mini finally launching in US with Mario Kart for 100

first_imgIn December last year Nintendo rolled out the Wii Mini. Initially it just looked like a redesigned Wii in a smaller package with a tempting price point of $99.99. Then we found out it was only heading to Canada, which was strange, but even stranger is the lack of features.The Wii Mini has no SD card slot, it isn’t backwards compatible with GameCube games, your can’t plug in GameCube controllers either, and there’s no online functionality. So you are limited to the memory it ships with for saves and you can’t access the Wii’s Shop. All of a sudden $100 for the machine doesn’t look so great, does it?Still, it does play all disc based Wii games, and now it is heading to the US. Before the end of November you’ll be able to pick one up complete with a Wiimote Plus, Nunchuk, and copy of Mario Kart Wii for $100. The original Wii is definitely the better machine to get, but for younger game players it may be a nice present under the tree this Christmas, and there’s certainly more than enough games to support the machine.If you are considering a games machine for younger gamers, Nintendo does arguably offer a better alternative in the form of the 2DS. It costs $130, but has a growing list of 3DS titles to play and includes access to the eShop. It’s also pretty indestructible for little, clumsy hands, and being portable, it’s going to be much more useful for keeping them occupied in more situations, e.g. long car journeys.You can expect to find the Wii Mini at all the major retailers at some point this month. Although Nintendo will hope it sells well, they could actually suffer the embarrassment of it selling better than the Wii U, which continues to struggle.last_img read more

A win wouldve been nice Steve Smith

first_imgHe was aiming for a win but Australian cricket captain Steve Smith on Tuesday said he was not too disappointed with the draw against India in the third cricket Test as it proved just enough to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The hosts won back the trophy with their 2-0 lead going into the final Test in Sydney. Australia had finished their second innings at 318/9 at lunch and set India a target of 384 runs.The visitors finished at 174/6 with R Ashwin and Mahendra Singh Dhoni holding ground. The Indian skipper later announced his retirement from Test cricket. “It would have been nice to have won, that’s for sure. But it’s very satisfying to win the series and reclaim the trophy again. We had lost badly the last time but it was obviously in completely different conditions in India. We still have a lot of work to do in those conditions. We do play very well in our own backyard. It’s nice to have that trophy back now and hopefully the next time we go back to India, we can do a better job over there,” said Smith. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAustralia delayed their declaration in the morning, thanks to rain. It allowed Shaun Marsh to close on to a hundred but he couldn’t finish the job as he was run-out on 99. “It was obviously very disappointing for him. I ran out a message about 20 minutes earlier and said ‘you have got until lunch’. I think that’s when he started to go after the bowlers a little bit. I changed my mind a couple of times about the declaration. I wasn’t quite sure when to pull out. But I didn’t really want to give India a crack with the batsmen they had in the shed and how good that wicket was,” Smith added.When asked if the close Adelaide run-chase played on to the decision for delaying declaration, Smith said, “A little bit. I think the wicket out here was much better than Adelaide. At least that pitch broke up and spun a lot, which created opportunities there. We certainly didn’t have that out here. It was a very good wicket to bat on and we didn’t want to give them an opportunity.”last_img read more

Some instigated farmers to cultivate wheat in Murshidabad

first_imgKolkata: Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister, in the state Assembly said there are some who have instigated farmers to cultivate wheat in Murshidabad, where it is restricted due to wheat blast disease.The minister attacked CPI(M) MLA from Domkal, Anisur Rahman alleging that the latter ‘instigated farmers’. In reply to a question of Rahman, Banerjee said necessary steps have been taken to support farmers where wheat cultivation is not possible for two years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that cultivation of wheat is not possible in Nadia and Murshidabad for two years due to wheat blast. The Agriculture minister further said: “In such a situation Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken necessary steps to support the farmers. Seeds for alternate farming were distributed among them free of cost so that they can cultivate mustard, pulses etc when wheat cultivation is not possible.” He added that there was restriction on wheat cultivation for 2017-18 and 2018-19 agriculture period — ‘krishi barsha’. Now, the experts will assess the situation and inform us from when wheat cultivation can be resumed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn reply to another question by MLA Samir Kumar Jana, the Agriculture minister said: “The cultivation of food grains has increased in the state. While it was 1.82 crore tonne in 2017-18 ‘krishi barsha’, the figure stood at 1.75 crore tonne in 2016-17.” He maintained that the cultivable land has also been increased in Bengal with the various steps taken by the state government. Citing an example, the minister said around 1,000 bigha of land has been made suitable for cultivation only in Balurghat. The state government has ensured proper irrigation facilities and made other necessary arrangements to increase cultivable land in the state. The minister informed the Assembly that the state government also provides with the farmer’s share of crop insurance. In reply to a question related to crop insurance for farmers in North Bengal, Banerjee said the same has been given for farmers in Darjeeling, Kalimong, Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar, Malda, North and South Dinajpur.last_img read more

In Cairos City of the Dead election brings hope

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The conditions are cramped among the tombs. Children play with toys alongside gravestones that double as makeshift tables and shelves. Residents have sealed over graves to make kitchen or bedroom floors. Laundry hangs from clotheslines stretched between two tombstones.“I have spent 25 years in cemeteries. No one checks on us and I live on only 200 pounds ($30) a month,” said local resident Nadera Samir.For some, living among the dead is a source of anxiety and nightmares.“When one sleeps next to or on top of the dead he feels like he is in a twister, he feels like he is drowning in the sea,” said one resident, Fekry Masoud.Those living in the district expressed mixed feelings about the presidential election, which concluded Thursday.Some backed veterans of ousted President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, believing only they can ensure security and stability.“Regardless of the fact that Mubarak was corrupt, life was easier, life was a lot cheaper,” said one woman.Others are horrified by the thought of a return to the regime.Whatever the case, most have a simple request for the new president _ not to forget them.“What will be helpful is getting good food and a good place to live,” said resident Sayeda Mohammed. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Comments   Share   More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Check your body, save your life Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressCAIRO (AP) – As Egyptians took part in the country’s first free presidential election, residents of one of Cairo’s poorest quarters expressed hope that a new leader would help them with a simple request _ finding a new home.Thousands of Cairo’s poor live in the City of the Dead, a centuries-old necropolis replete with tombs and mausoleums that spreads out in a vast patchwork at the foot of the Mokattam Hills. (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technologylast_img read more

South African veterinarians intervene to save Hope the rhino

first_img Top Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Suzanne Boswell Rudham, a Saving the Survivors spokeswoman, said donations from overseas were increasing as Hope’s story spreads. But the South African response has been lackluster, she added, citing possible “rhino fatigue” among people numbed by dire reports about African poaching, which sometimes include allegations of state corruption.Police in neighboring Mozambique arrested 11 people, including police officers, who were suspected of illegally poaching 12 rhino horns, the Mozambique News Agency reported Monday. The horns were part of a massive seizure of 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns in a raid in which two Chinese nationals were arrested, the agency said. South Africa is assessing whether the horns came from rhinos poached from its own parks.Poachers who dart rhinos, a method that is stealthier than firearms and less likely to draw rangers’ attention, have used a tranquilizer that only veterinarians can legally acquire, Fowlds said. He said that reflected corruption “either on the pharmaceutical side or through the veterinary supply chain.”Thandi, a South African rhino whose horns were hacked off in 2012, recovered and gave birth in January after treatment, and veterinarians hope this rhino will do the same. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall “You just can’t believe that somebody from our own species can do that to an animal,” Marais said of the gaping wound that exposed part of the rhino’s skull and narrowly missed her eyes.On Monday, a team of veterinarians cleaned and dressed the injury before securing a fiberglass shield on what remained of the rhino’s face with wire stitches and steel screws drilled into the skull. An Associated Press team witnessed the operation on the sedated, 1.8-ton animal in a muddy enclosure on the edge of Shamwari Game Reserve, near the South African city of Port Elizabeth.Hope’s caregivers seek to rally support for a story of survival amid the escalating poaching in South Africa, which harbors about 20,000 rhinos, roughly 90 percent of the world’s population.The South African government recorded more than 1,200 poached rhinos last year, reflecting growing demand in parts of Asia, where rhino horn is believed to have medicinal benefits. There is no scientific evidence to support that: The horn is made of keratin, a protein also found in human fingernails.The rhino being treated on Monday was darted by poachers, who severed her horns while she was sedated, fracturing her nasal bone and exposing the sinus cavities and nasal passage. The attack happened in Lombardini, a wildlife park where poachers recently killed several other rhinos. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The horns and a large section of the rhino’s face were hacked off by poachers, a horrific injury that exposed flesh and bone. One South African veterinarian treating the mutilated animal was so distressed by the suffering that he had to step away, his eyes glassy with tears.Then Dr. Johan Marais, an equine and wildlife surgeon at the University of Pretoria, rejoined the extraordinary effort to save the life of the 4-year-old rhino, now named Hope. “This is going to be a marathon,” Steenkamp said of Hope’s treatment. “We are being pushed by these poachers to push our boundaries.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories center_img Hope, a rhino survivor, is turned during surgery Monday, June 8, 2015 at Shamwari Game Reserve near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Hope was darted by poachers recently at a nearby reserve and had her horns hacked off while she was sedated, fracturing her nasal bone and exposing the sinus cavities and nasal passages. (AP Photo/Courtney Quirin) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Discovered alive days later, the rhino was given the name Hope by rescuers. She was moved to the nearby Shamwari reserve, where an initial surgery occurred on May 18.She is “a voice for what the species is going through,” said Dr. William Fowlds, a wildlife veterinarian who was the anesthesiologist on Monday.The delicate task required monitoring the rhino’s temperature and blood pressure and periodically administering drugs that briefly revived the animal, who groggily got to her feet as park staff swarmed around, steadying her immense bulk. A rhino can suffer potentially fatal muscle damage if it lies or sits too long in one position because its tremendous weight reduces blood flow.Fowlds, Marais and another vet, Dr. Gerhard Steenkamp, belong to Saving the Survivors, a group that treats rhinos with gunshot wounds, facial gouges and other poaching injuries. The group has treated 10 injured rhinos in the last few years, nine of whom survived. Hope’s wound, measuring 50 by 28 centimeters (20 by 11 inches), is among the worst the doctors have seen.Because there is little medical research on rhinos, the vets have been mapping bone structure and learning what painkillers, antibiotics and other drugs to use as they go along. Hope’s treatment is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars and last about a year and a half. She faces an estimated two dozen medical procedures, including periodic replacement of the facial shield, before the wound is fully healed. 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For a player who in his last full season led the

first_imgFor a player who, in his last full season, led the country with 163 tackles and notched 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles en route to winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as well as the Rotary Lombardi and Bhuck Bednarik Awards, using one of those choices on Wright may have seemed like robbery.The Cardinals did not choose Wright, though a report came out saying the linebacker was set to join the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie free agent until the Browns got involved.Taking some time to promote the 2nd annual Arians Family Foundation Fundraiser at Steak 44 in Phoenix Monday, Arians confirmed they were this close to landing Wright while offering thoughts as to why he lasted so long.“A couple announcers kept talking about Mike linebackers and nose guards having lost their (value),” he said. “Five, six years ago they would have been first-round picks. The nose tackle from Baylor (Andrew Billings), great nose guard.“The running game isn’t as important as the passing game, and if you’re not a three-down player — Scooby’s a great blitzer and I actually had Scooby on the phone, begging him to come with us as a free agent because I think he has something special about him, and the Browns drafted him.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo FILE – In this Oct. 25, 2014, file photo, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III (33) closes on Washington State running back Jamal Morrow (25) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (AP Photo/Dean Hare, File) The Cardinals ended up agreeing to contracts with 16 undrafted rookie free agents, with probably the biggest name of the bunch being Alabama QB Jake Coker. But had Arians and the Cardinals had their way, Wright’s name would have been on the list.“Oh yeah,” he said. “I had just gotten off the phone and I looked up, the Browns picked Scooby Wright.”Arians chuckled while saying that, which is probably all he can do now. Wright may go on to have a great career, at which point the Cardinals would not be the only team regretting not spending an earlier pick on him. It’s also possible Wright will not be able to have the same kind of success he had in the pros as he did in college, in which case his actual draft standing is about right.Only time will tell.In any event, Arians and the Cardinals may feel good about the linebacker’s chances, just not good enough to spend one of their six draft picks on him. They gambled they could get him as a free agent, and they lost.Such is the way of the NFL draft. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Top Stories PHOENIX — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was a lot like most people who were watching the NFL Draft unfold without Scooby Wright’s name being called.Arguably the best collegiate linebacker in the country in 2014, he was projected to go anywhere between the third and fifth rounds, yet remained on the board until the Cleveland Browns chose him in the seventh round with the 250th overall selection.Now, unlike most of the people who were watching the draft on TV, Arians could have in theory actually done something to stop Wright’s slide, especially given that the Cardinals had a pair of draft picks in the fifth round and then another one in the sixth. 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

LUX Resorts Hotels has launched an immersive fi

first_imgLUX* Resorts & Hotels has launched an immersive five-day guided tour package to discover the ancient trails of the 13th-century Old Tea Horse Road in China. Experience the romance and adventure of this intrepid journey that follows the tea carrying pack-caravans through spectacular landscapes, from high mountains to deep gorges, linking the varied ancient Naxi and Tibetan cultures of China’s South West. The five-night six-day guided tour is offered north-bound from Lijiang in the Yunnan Province and Southbound from the Tibetan village of Benzilan, covering legendary trails through the heart of the Three Parallel Rivers and glaciers of the Meili Mountains.Sample five-day tour: north-bound Lijiang to BenzilanThe adventure commences in Lijiang, a UNESCO Heritage Site, with a walking tour along the winding cobblestone lanes past the well preserved folk style buildings of Dayan. Stop at shopping spots along Qi’yi Street and visit the oldest tea house in Lijiang, to meet Diana He whose family for generations has traded tea. Watch the local Pu’er tea, renowned for its healing powers, be pressed into cakes by standing and rocking on stones, enjoy a tasting session and learn the secrets from these tea masters. Overnight at LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang boutique hotel.Day twoDiscover the picturesque Zhonghe (Central River), past Willow trees, exquisite stone footbridges and distinctive tiered wells. Join the hotel chef at nearby bustling Zhongyi markets and experience the vibrant heart of Naxi cuisine, while he gathers ingredients for the evening’s signature meal – a Naxi hotpot. A short car ride to the north, at the foot of looming Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain sets the scene for lunch, followed by an hour-long performance, entitled ‘Impression Lijiang,’ created by China’s most famous movie director Shang Yimou (‘Raise the Red Lantern and ‘House of Flying Daggers’). A spectacle to behold, the show features a hundred horses and a cast of 500, set in the open air theatre of the fertile Lijiang Plains. End the day with a visit at the village of Baisha visiting temples filled with murals and a school that teaches the art of weaving silk tapestries, a local Naxi tradition.Day threeJourney to Shangri-La and the Napahai wetlands in Benzilan for an exciting day of dramatic mountains, deep gorges and a complete cultural shift from Naxi tradition to ethnic Tibet. Marvel at the spectacular views over Haba Mountain, the mighty Tiger Leaping Gorge and the high plains to the north, famed for its fearless horsemen. In Dukezong, see the world’s largest Tibetan prayer wheel, followed by a delicious local organic lunch. Circle the wetlands of Napahai, a complex ecosystem that changes dramatically with the seasons, attracting thousands of migratory birds, including the rare black-necked crane. Here, Tibetan farmers pasture their herds of yak and flocks of horses roam the wetlands. Continue the ascent to LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan, the only mountain retreat in the area, nestled in the gorge by the rushing waters of UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Three Parallel Rivers.Day fourFollowing a hearty breakfast, set off to the untouched Dongzhulin monastery of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat), where the monks chant their morning prayers. Watch a theatrical and highly-charged Gelugpa-sect debating session unfold between pairs of monks, as they shout, jump and dance to make their point heard. Highlights of the day include the making of traditional Tibetan incense sticks, visiting a local bell-maker at Shuibianhe Valley and savouring a traditional picnic, or Provençale style French lunch, paired with local wines. Return to the hotel for dinner and unwind on the roof terrace with a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ experience, watching a movie al fresco under the stars.The rich tales of this magical journey are shared in a detailed LUX* guide, published and designed in partnership with acclaimed photographer and author Michael Freeman.last_img read more