Arista Networks Inc., led by Indian American executive Jayshree Ullal, has agreed to pay $400 million to Cisco Systems Inc. to resolve a U.S. court fight between the two network equipment makers, Arista said in a regulatory filing Aug. 6, the day a jury trial in the dispute was scheduled to begin, according to a Reuters report.Read it at India West Related Items
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Nadal said that he was “feeling better” after withdrawing from Brisbane, when an MRI revealed a slight strain of his left thigh, casting doubts over his fitness for next week’s Australian Open.“I did not feel the pain here,” the 17-time Grand Slam champion said. “I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd in Sydney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I really enjoyed playing here. I’m happy to be back on court and happy that I’m healthy again.”Nadal has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nadal will now head to Melbourne, where he was the champion in 2009, to get in as much practice as possible before the opening Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue China, South Korea, Iran open Asian Cup with victories View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Rafael Nadal of Spain speaks during a press conference at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 2, 2019. (Photo by Saeed Khan / AFP)Injury-plagued world number two Rafael Nadal insists he is healthy and in no pain after coming through an exhibition game in Sydney, just days after pulling out of the Brisbane International.The Spaniard teamed up with Canadian Milos Raonic to defeat Australians Nick Kyrgios and John Millman in the FAST4 Showdown on Monday evening — a shortened, quicker format of the game often described as the tennis equivalent of Twenty20 cricket.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training a month ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi to start his season, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and had a first round bye in Brisbane before withdrawing ahead of the second round.Asked by reporters if he considered himself a genuine title contender in Melbourne despite his injury problems, he replied: “Why not?”“You can’t predict that. Of course it would be better if I had the chance to play a full tournament in Abu Dhabi and a full tournament in Brisbane, but the big importance is I am feeling good with the ball,” he said“The only thing is that I didn’t play matches since a long time ago.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has voiced his support to Ricky Ponting’s suggestion that restrictions must be imposed on bat sizes in Test cricket to negate an unfair advantage for the men at the crease.Former Australia skipper Ponting, raised concerns about the rising imbalance between bat and ball, adding that the topic of imposing bat size limits would be discussed when the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee met next week.A report commissioned by the MCC in 2014 found the thickness of bats had marginally increased in the last century and that edges had broadened by 300 per cent, meaning mistimed shots could still find the boundary. (Ponting calls for regulation of bat size in Test cricket )POSITIVE MOVE However, with restrictions yet to be imposed on bat sizes by the World Cricket Committee, Hazlewood said applying such rules would be a positive move.”I’m all for it,” the 25-year-old told reporters. “Some of those cricket bats going around the dressing sheds at the moment are unbelievably big.”Obviously (Australia opener) David Warner, and (top order batsman) Usman Khawaja has got a few big ones as well. I’m all for it.”Hazlewood, a member of the 2015 World Cup winning squad, added that any rule change should be applied to the longest version of the game, rather than to curb the excitement of the one-day format.”I think he’s (Ponting) made a good point about just in Test matches,” Hazlewood added.”One-day cricket (is) a little bit different, I think the crowds come to see the fours and sixes and big hits. But in test cricket, definitely I think he’s made a pretty good point.”advertisement
New Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) Indian football team will clash with Mauritius on August 19 in the Hero Tri-nation Series at the Mumbai Football Arena. In their second match of the tournament, India will play against St. Kitts & Nevis on August 24. The Tri-nation Football series is part of the National Teams preparatory process for the AFC Asian Cup Qualifying away match against Macau which is scheduled for September 5. Thanking WIFA and MDFA for their cooperation, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said the “sporting culture” of Mumbai makes it stand out amongst others. “We are overwhelmed by the eagerness of the authorities in Mumbai to host the three International matches in Mumbai. Mumbai has been the venue for the National Team since September 2016 when we hosted Puerto Rico,” he said. India are currently ranked 97 as per August 2017 FIFA Rankings. Indian Football and the National Team have been on the upsurge with a string of good results leading to a climb of 77 places in FIFA Rankings over the last two years. The Team has now won 13 of their 15 International matches having won their last 8 fixtures (including the unofficial match against Bhutan). Fixtures: August 19: India vs Mauritius August 22: St Kitts & Nevis vs Mauritius August 24: India vs St. Kitts & Nevis. PTI ATK ATK
Anthony Martial can become “one of the best, best strikers” if Manchester United use him correctly, says Dimitar Berbatov.The Red Devils have invested considerable faith in the France international since acquiring him from Monaco in the summer of 2015.A transfer package worth up to £58 million ($70m) was pieced together in order to land an exciting talent then in his teens. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Martial is now 23 years of age and has been tied to another long-term contract at Old Trafford.There is, however, a sense that United are yet to bring the best out of him, despite handing out over 170 appearances to date.Berbatov believes that is because a player he briefly worked with in Ligue 1 is not getting the regular game time he needs, or being played in the position which suits him best.The former Red Devils frontman told Express Sport of a forward who has often been deployed on the flanks: “I am slightly biased, but I think Martial can become one of the best, best strikers.”It depends on whether he has the attitude, the fighting spirit, but he is so good I think he can become one of the best.”He has often played two to three games then out for two to three games.”Two to three games on the bench then two to three games back in the team.”And then United fans ask, why isn’t he consistent?”It depends on him, himself, but Martial has to stay at United. He can be a really great player for them.”Berbatov got a good look at Martial’s potential during a one-season stay at Monaco in 2014-15, with a number of promising performers on the books at Stade Louis II back then.The enigmatic Bulgarian added: “I had some of the best times of my career at Monaco, and not just because of the city.”I went there at, I think it was 33, and I went into training and had all these young guys around me.”There was Martial but also James Rodriguez, [Yannick] Carrasco, Fabinho and all those guys.”They were running around me and I was like ‘what the f*ck?’.”But I had some great moments at Monaco.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The philosophy of science is of rigour and caution. Scientists are trained to look at a problem from multiple perspectives and use all available tools to arrive at the most robust conclusion. In the case of peer-reviewed journals, scientists and experts assess the validity and accuracy of the findings in an extensive review process. This is the best system we have come up with, over multiple generations, to produce the most accurate and reliable knowledge. Also Read – A special kind of bondUnfortunately, when it comes to climate change, the need for excessive caution and absolute certainty of results is manifesting as silence from the mainstream science on the worst yet probable consequences and the worst-case scenarios that are looking increasingly likely. To better understand this, let us consider two examples where this silence is most prominent and also most concerning. The first is related to the debate around the global warming targets set by the United Nations’ IPCC in the landmark Paris agreement. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the 2015 agreement, countries pledged to restrict greenhouse gas emissions “well below” 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5°C, above pre-industrial levels (around 1850s). It was signed by almost all countries of the world. Over the past couple of years, these targets have been largely accepted in the scientific community and among policymakers as “safe” guardrails beyond which we might be in serious trouble. However, warming, even at 1.5°C, could essentially lock-in irreversible collapse of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and raise global sea-level by multiple metres, argued experts who study land and sea-ice. While the amount and rate of sea-level rise are uncertain, the basic ice-sheet physics shows that it will certainly happen, at a rate that will be faster than ever seen before. The changes will also be irreversible. Moreover, some studies have also shown that even a 1.5°C or 2°C temperature rise could be enough to trigger a number of self-reinforcing warming feedback loops. The loops include physical processes caused by rising global temperatures that themselves cause more warming. Some of such loops have already started rolling, for instance, the vanishing Arctic sea-ice loop. When these processes are triggered they will naturally and certainly lead to greater warming, which would essentially be out of human control. In light of these facts, the idea that 1.5°C and 2°C are ‘safe’ seems more like a failure in the effective communication of consequences by the mainstream scientific community. Second, what is largely ignored in climate debates is the way that the IPCC suggests to achieve 1.5°C and 2°C targets. The global body inherently assumes the use of technologies for carbon capture and sequestration to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere. While science shows that we can, in principle, capture CO2 directly from the atmosphere, it has not yet been achieved at the scale that is needed or in a way that is remotely cost-effective. This raises the question: Are we basing our climate change goals and consequently the future of human civilisation along with that of all the other species on the planet on a technology that does not exist yet? This would seem like an absolutely critical point of discussion in the climate debate but, the mainstream scientific community — the IPCC, the policymakers and the governments pay little or no emphasis to this. These are just two examples, which suggest that scientists and experts around the world must speak out more on nuances and the worst-case scenarios that are certainly not obvious to the general public. Given the high stakes and far-reaching human consequences of climate change, it could be argued that it should almost be a moral obligation for the scientists to speak out more than they have been. “Challenges faced by scientists in finding the right balance between reticence and speaking out are both ethical and methodological,” according to a study published last year in the journal Ethics, Policy and Environment. “Scientists need a framework within which to find this balance. Such a framework can be found in the long-established practices of professional ethics (for example, that followed by engineers and medical practitioners),” it added. The study discusses plausible reasons (good and bad) for scientific reticence, ranging from a simple and understandable fear of being wrong because of uncertainty in predictions to other reasons like fear of losing funding and facing disapproval from colleagues and the community at large. It goes on to propose that scientists may be subject to the same code of moral ethics — Duty to Report and Epistemic Privilege — as other professionals in fields such as engineering and medicine. The Duty to Report says, “[they] must act out of a sense of duty, with full knowledge of the effect of their actions, and accept responsibility for their judgement [in a way that is] open, personal, [and] conducted with the interest of the public in mind.” Epistemic Privilege means that professionals are presumed to have access to knowledge that is not available to other members of society. It is entirely appropriate, and indeed it may be required, for them to speak out — even if there is an appreciable chance that they are wrong. (Pushp Bajaj is a freelance science journalist. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Provincial police say the deaths of four people in a home north of Huntsville, Ont., is being treated as a triple murder-suicide.Police said they received a 911 call at 7:30 p.m. Friday from someone who found the bodies in a home in Ryerson Township, Ont., about 40 kilometres north of Huntsville.Officers who arrived on the scene found two men and two women dead inside and that all four bodies showed obvious signs of trauma.Police have determined that three of the victims – two females and a male – were members of the same family and lived in the house where the crime took place. The fourth deceased person, a male, was not related to the victims.The cause of death has not been released pending the results of a post mortem.Police said firearms had been recovered from the scene.An official in Ryerson Township said she was shocked to learn about the grisly discovery.“This is just horrible,” said Deputy Reeve Barbara Marlow. “I feel so sorry for the people.”“You just don’t hear of this sort of thing going on that often,” she said.
Rabat – Swiss giant Glencore and US investment fund Carlyle Group have teamed up to bid on the Samir refinery in hopes of recovering about USD 600 million in loans they issued to the plant before it went bankrupt.According to Reuters, “two sources close to the process said the Moroccan government wanted at least $2 billion for the plant at Mohammedia, on the Atlantic coast near Casablanca,” although no decision on a sale is imminent, in part because of the complexity of the case. If this deal is concluded, it will allow the refinery to restart production. The Samir refinery, once a flagship of the refining industry in the Maghreb, has entered a spiral of difficulties since late 2014. On the June 1, 2016, the Court of Appeal of the Casablanca Commercial Court decided its final judicial liquidation. In August 2015, the government froze the bank accounts of its loss-making operator, a procedure which involved the sale of the assets of the company to the benefit of its creditors. Since then, the identified debt of the refinery amounts to MAD 35 billion, 13 billion of which are in unpaid taxes, says Reuters. While Glencore and Carlyle have yet to issue any official confirmation of the news, Reuters states that “if the deal goes through, it would become Glencore’s (GLEN.L) first oil refinery and allow the plant to restart production.”Glencore, an Anglo–Swiss multinational commodity trading and mining company with headquarters in Switzerland, has a USD 200 million prepayment deal with Samir funded by loans from banks Natixis and APICORP. “A source familiar with the situation said negotiations to restructure the debt were on hold until there was clarity on the fate of the plant,” reports Reuters.The company has repeatedly insisted the plant needs to restart production so creditors can gradually recoup the money, stated the press agency, adding that the oil trader giant has “now joined Carlyle(CG.O), which already co-owns refineries in Switzerland and Germany with Vitol, in offering to buy the plant.”
Since last December, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has registered 15,508 new internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled the troubled eastern province of North Kivu.UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters that this latest wave of displacement brings to 116,000 the population of camps in and around Kitchanga. The agency is currently managing 47 IDP camps in the region, providing protection and assistance.Fierce fighting has persisted in eastern DRC, particularly in North and South Kivu, where Hutu militants blamed for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 have fled. Last year the Congolese Government launched several offensives targeting the group known as the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), with logistical support from the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUC).UNHCR noted that other militias and armed groups have taken advantage of the situation, attacking civilians, looting property, committing rape and burning homes.“We estimate that so far we have registered only a part of the recently displaced population and that many more could be sheltering with host families or hiding in the woods fearing to return to their homes,” said Mr. Mahecic. “These IDPs cannot be accessed due to insecurity and impassable roads.”UNHCR estimates that there are some 2.1 million IDPs in eastern DRC where it says harassment, human rights abuses, rapes and intimidations against civilians are regularly reported by the local population.Meanwhile, the UN and its aid partners have voiced concern about the dire humanitarian needs in Sud-Ubangi district in the country’s north-west Equateur province as a result of recent armed violence.While the efforts of the national army and MONUC have helped to restore calm, there are at least 60,000 IDPs in the province, where clashes that erupted last year over fishing and farming rights between different ethnic groups in one area later turned into widespread violence. “After weeks of insecurity, the area is now sufficiently safe for humanitarian operations and we are stepping up our response efforts,” said Abdou Dieng, acting Humanitarian Coordinator in DRC.The World Food Programme (WFP) has already distributed 48 metric tons of food aid for one month to almost 5,740 people in Boyazala and Bozene, while food rations for a further 30-day period are expected to reach an additional 22,400 IDPs in Bokonzi as soon as the security situation permits.Also, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is planning a number of measures, including a measles vaccination campaign for all children under five, the provision of food and safe drinking water, and the rehabilitation of schools and the distribution of educational materials.The violence in Equateur province also resulted in 109,000 people fleeing to neighbouring Republic of Congo, and 18,000 to the Central African Republic (CAR). 26 January 2010The United Nations refugee agency said today it is assisting over 100,000 civilians who have fled eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in recent months due to the ongoing military offensive against Hutu militants and banditry by armed groups.
Thanks to grants by Norway and Denmark, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has approved the disbursement of over $50,000 in relief goods. The supplies, which included rice, beans, milk, lanterns and candles, were handed over to relief authorities for distribution to the affected population in the provinces of Punjab and NorthWest Frontier that had been badly damaged by the 23 July floods. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched an effort to assess the quality of drinking water in different parts of Rawalpindi and has provided 50,000 water purification tablets and $5,000 worth of medicine for distribution to the local population.For its part, the World Food Programme (WFP) has sent 7.5 tonnes of wheat flour and 4.5 tonnes of edible oil to Mansera and 4 tonnes of oil to Rawalpindi. UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, and UNHCR, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, are also contributing to the relief effort.
“We are grateful for the generosity of the Lebanese people and their Government for keeping an open door policy to displaced Syrians in search of safety and for facilitating WFP’s work in Lebanon to assist Syrian refugees,” said the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP), Ertharin Cousin. The UN official’s comments came at the end of the first day of a three-day trip to the Middle East – involving Lebanon and Jordan – to see the increasing humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. In addition, the trip is her first official visit to the region since she assumed her post as head of WFP in April. Syria has been wracked by violence, with at least 20,000 people, mostly civilians, killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. The violence has spawned more than 380,000 refugees – many of them seeking safety and aid in neighbouring countries – while more than 2.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to UN estimates. WFP has launched a regional emergency operation to cover the food needs of Syrians who have fled to Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. In Lebanon, it aims to reach more than 85,000 refugees with food vouchers in November alone. While in the Lebanese capital of Beirut today, Ms. Cousin held talks with the country’s President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati on the situation and challenges facing Lebanon and the humanitarian response from WFP and partners. “My responsibility is to provide a voice to the humanitarian needs of the displaced Syrians whom I met today and to work with the international community to ensure that we continue to address the basic needs of Syrians whether still inside Syria or in neighbouring countries,” Ms. Cousin told a news conference in Beirut. In the afternoon, Ms. Cousin travelled to the Bekaa Valley, in eastern Lebanon, and visited a distribution centre where refugees receive WFP food vouchers. Under the voucher system, often used by the UN agency in urban settings, beneficiaries can buy their own groceries, including fresh food, from local shops, which also helps boost the local economy. The WFP chief also went to a grocery shop in the town of Britel in the Baalbek area and met Syrian families redeeming their vouchers. Visiting a Syrian family in its temporary accommodation in Baalbek, she heard first-hand how the family members left their home in Rural Homs – and the difference that the agency’s food vouchers have meant for them. “We left our home and fled with only the clothes on our backs as bombing and shelling hit our neighbourhood nine months ago and our home was totally destroyed,” said Abeer, a 35-year-old wife and mother of four daughters, according to a WFP news release. “We left everything behind and are struggling to make ends meet. The food vouchers that we receive from WFP are giving us a break and we don’t have to worry about feeding our children.” On Thursday, the WFP Executive Director will visit Jordan.
Then-junior Kevin Metka returns the ball during a match against North Carolina Feb. 28 at the Varsity Tennis Center. OSU won, 4-1. Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s tennis team started its 2015 season on a high note by shutting out both Northern Kentucky and Youngstown State at the Varsity Tennis Center on Sunday.The Buckeyes started their first home match by taking on Northern Kentucky, the redshirt-freshman team of Matt Mendez and Riley Reist lead on the doubles court defeating freshmen Jack Carney and Nick Lang, 6-1.Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan and his doubles partner redshirt-junior Chris Diaz were also successful for the Buckeyes, defeating their opponents by the same score of 6-1.OSU also set the tone in the singles matches with Callahan leading the way with a perfect 6-0, 6-0 score. Mendez was also perfect on the match with a two-set sweep against sophomore Balint Zsidai.Redshirt-sophomore Ralf Steinbach and Reist also secured victories for the Buckeyes with Diaz coming out on top of a battle with NKU’s Mate Virag. Diaz struggled fighting off three straight break points in the second set, taking the match 6-1, 6-4.The Buckeyes remained consistent as they faced off against the Youngstown State Penguins late Sunday.Mendez and Reist gained some college exposure by winning their doubles match 6-0. Doubles teams of Diaz and Callahan along with Steinbach and sophomore Herkko Pollanen also won for the Buckeyes.In singles against the Penguins, OSU’s Callahan, Diaz and Mendez each picked up wins. Steinbach finished off the match with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) win over Hugo Morth.Redshirt-senior Kevin Metka said OSU’s main goal is to build on the success from last season, helped by two big wins to start off the year.“We’re just hoping to match what we had last year,” Metka said. “We are looking to win the season, the Big Ten and the tournament.”With those lofty goals, he added that leadership will be key for another strong season.“We need to continue the good leadership we had last year,” Metka said. “We need to fight for each other and play each match as it is instead of looking on to the next one.”With it being his final year with the Buckeyes, Metka said he wants to “cross the T’s and dot the I’s.”“I’m going to give the Buckeyes everything I have, and just take the team as far as I can,” he said.The Buckeyes are set to return to the Varsity Tennis Center on Wednesday agaisnt Butler at noon and Xavier at 6 p.m.
← Previous Story GOLDEN LEAGUE: Norway beat Brasil – Denmark lost against France! Next Story → GOLDEN LEAGUE: Second defeat for Brazil – France scores only 15! Women’s Croatia national team won the Croatia Cup in Umag, which was the last test before the preparation for the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 on the home soil in December. The girls of Vladimir Canjuga beat Serbia 31:26 in the last match of the tournament and took the first place in front of Poland, Germany and Serbia.STATISTICSPoland beat Germany 33:24 in the first match of Round 3.FINAL STANDING:Croatia 4Poland 4Germany 3Serbia 1
Being able to monitor a person’s health while allowing them to go about their daily lives can be tough. You need sensors that can be attached to the body in such a way as the patient forgets they are even wearing them. Weight, bulk, and the need for batteries to power everything currently make such a setup less than ideal.Progress is being made, though, and in the area of on-body sensors the University of Tokyo has made a breakthrough. A research group there has managed to create a sensor sheet that’s incredibly light, to the point where it would be very difficult to know it is even attached to your body.So how light is this sensor sheet? Well, a typical sheet of paper weighs 81g/m2. The sensor sheet is only 3g/m2, or 1/27th the weight of the paper. It’s also incredibly thin, measuring just 2 micrometers.As it’s a flexible sheet, it can be cut to a range of sizes and will wrap around the contours of the body quite easily. A number of medical sensors can be integrated with it, allowing for monitoring of body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and any number of other body-related information we have skin sensors available for.The sensor sheet is actually a progression of technology developed in 2010 that placed an array of organic TFTs on to a plastic film substrate. The end result was a flexible pressure sensor sheet 25 micrometers thick. In this latest version the thickness has been reduced by 90 percent to just 2 micrometers.It’s probably going to be a while before we see doctors using this super lightweight sheet to monitor their patient’s health. Currently the research group has just finished a thesis on the technology, although they have usable prototypes of the sheet in their lab.
#XMenDay wouldn’t be complete without a ticket drop for #DarkPhoenix: https://t.co/oHiDXbIICC pic.twitter.com/dCCEfMjHIV— Fandango (@Fandango) May 13, 2019 More on movies Tolkien movie taught me I’ve been saying Tolkien wrong all this time It: Chapter 2 teaser trailer delivers a spooky look at upcoming film Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner marries Joe Jonas in Las Vegas In the new Dark Phoenix trailer, released Monday, Turner’s Gray admits that “when I lose control, bad things happen, but it feels good.”It might not be all good for her fellow X-Men, however, who suddenly must face off against one of their own. Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters reprise their roles from previous X-Men movies. Jessica Chastain joins the series as a mysterious shape-shifter.Dark Phoenix is expected to bring the past 20 years of X-Men movies to a close, CNET sister site ComicBook.com ratings.Twentieth Century Fox Studio declared Monday to be “X-Men Day,” and also released a video looking back at the series.Tickets for the movie also went on sale Monday. Tags 57 Photos 1 Comment Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Marvel Target X-Men Dark Phoenix opens June 5 in the UK, June 6 in Australia, and June 7 in the US. TV and Movies Forget Sansa Stark. Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, who played Ned Stark’s beautiful and battered daughter in the HBO hit series, has more power than ever before. Share your voice
Russell Alexie and 45 other residents of Karluk Manor took shelter at St. John United Methodist Church after the Nov. 30 earthquake. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)All 46 residents of Karluk Manor, an apartment building in Anchorage for people with disabilities, were evacuated after the earthquake. They won’t be able to return home until Wednesday at the earliest because of a broken water main and damages to the building. But the community pulled together to make sure they were safe.When the earthquake started on Friday morning, Russell Alexie was sitting in his room at Karluk Manor in Fairview.“It was scary. I got to watch my TV fall, my dishes fall,” he recalled. “All the shaking and rattling. It was scary.”When it ended, he joined the rest of the residents in the building’s cafeteria. He left his room with just his jacket, shoes, and most of his medications. He normally uses a walker, but he couldn’t get it down the stairs and the elevators weren’t working.“Then the cafeteria, the dining area, (the ceiling) started leaking really crazy,” he said. “Then everyone was trying to get back in their rooms and get their clothes.”The power, heat, and water were out, and it was unclear when it would all be restored. Some staff made sandwiches while others made plans.Corrine O’Neill is the supportive housing division director for RurAL CAP, which runs Karluk Manor. She said that by late afternoon it was clear residents needed a new place to live, but the logistics were difficult.“All of our people are disabled and a majority of them are seniors with mobility challenges,” she explained.When other housing options for the large group fell through, they got in touch with St. John United Methodist Church on O’Malley, where Andy Bartel is a pastor, who offered to house people in the church’s gym.“We weren’t sure exactly how we were going to do this,” he said. “It was almost zero notice, and we were busy cleaning up our own messes in our homes, just like everybody else in Anchorage. But when we heard that there would be people without a roof, without a warm place to sleep, without food, the answer was ‘yes.’”Within an hour the church community pulled together mattresses and bedding. Sal’s New York Grill and Catering donated meals, and other volunteers hosted BINGO games and provided entertainment.“If the church doesn’t exist for this,” Pastor Bartel said, “then why do we exist?”Betty Sanchez Sopcak (l), her husband Daniel (bottom), and her uncle James Sugar (r) take shelter with other residents of Karluk Manor at St. John United Methodist Church after the Nov. 30 earthquake. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Karluk resident Betty Sanchez Sopcak, who said she prayed like she never had before during the earthquake, was happy to be welcomed at the church.“And I thank God for this wonderful church that took Karluk Manor in,” she said. “And the people here are just wonderful. God’s blessing them through helping.”But she said she is also ready to go home, or at least move closer.After two nights at the church, the group was moved to the Red Cross Shelter at Fairview Recreation Center, not far from Karluk. The shelter housed about 15 people Saturday night, according to their spokesperson Cari Dighton. They expected about 60 people on Sunday, including all of the Karluk Manor residents. The shelter will remain open until it is no longer necessary.RurAL CAP is seeking donations to fix the water main and other damages, such as broken televisions that provide entertainment to people with major mobility challenges. You can give here.
Five minutes away from the town of Tiquina, on the shores of Lake Titicaca, archaeologists found the remains of an ancient civilization under the waters of the lake. The find was made 10 years ago, by Christophe Delaere, an archaeologist from the Free University of Belgium, by following information provided by the locals. 24 submerged archaeological sites have been identified under the lake, according to the BBC.The most significant of these sites is at Santiago de Ojjelaya, and the Bolivian government has recently agreed to build a museum there to preserve both the underwater structures and those which are on land.Lake Titicaca. Photo by Alex Proimos CC BY SA 2.0The project is supposed to be finished in 2020 and will cost an estimated $10 million. The Bolivian government is funding the project with help from UNESCO and is backed by the Belgian development cooperation agency.The proposed building will have two parts and cover an area of about 2.3 acres (9,360 square meters). One part of the museum will be on the shore, and it will display artifacts that have been raised from the lake bottom. The second part will be partially submerged, with enormous glass walls that will look out under the lake, allowing visitors to see the “hidden city” below.Old pottery from Tiwanaku at the Ethnologisches Museum, Berlin-Dahlem.According to the Bolivia Travel Channel, the museum will facilitate the beginning of an archaeological tourism enterprise, which “will be a resort and archaeology research center, geology and biology, characteristics that typified it unique in the world [sic],” according to Wilma Alanoca Mamani, holder of the portfolio of the Plurinational State. Christophe Delaere said that the building’s design incorporates elements of architecture used by the Andean cultures who inhabited the area.Jose Luis Paz, who is the director of heritage for Bolivia’s Ministry of Culture, says that two types of underwater ruins will be visible when the building is complete: religious/spiritual offering sites, primarily underwater, and places where people lived and worked, which were primarily on the shoreline. He went on to say that the spiritual sites were likely flooded much later than the settlements.Chullpas from Tiwanaku epoch. Photo by Diego Delso CC BY-SA 4.0A team of archaeological divers and Bolivian and Belgian experts have located thousands of items in the underwater sites. Some of these pieces will be brought up, but the majority will remain underwater as they are quite well-preserved.Wilma Mamani said that more than 10,000 items have been found including gold and ceramic pieces and various kinds of bowls and other vessels. The items are of pre-Inca Tiwanaku civilizations. Some of the artifacts have been estimated to be 2,000 years old, and others have been dated back to when the Tiwanaku empire was one of the primary Andean civilizations.Gateway of the Sun, Tiwanaku, drawn by Ephraim Squier in 1877.Tiwanaku was a major civilization in Bolivia, with the main city built around 13,000 feet above sea level, near Lake Titicaca, which made it one of the highest urban centers ever built.The city reached its zenith between 500 AD and 1000 AD, and, at its height, was home to about 10,000 people. It’s unclear exactly when the civilization took hold, but it is known that people started settling around Lake Titicaca about 2,000 BC.The Gateway of the Sun from the Tiwanaku civilization in Bolivia.According to Live Science, the city’s ancient name is unknown, since they never developed a written language, but archaeological evidence suggests that Tiwanaku cultural influence reached across the southern Andes, into Argentina, Peru, and Chile, as well as Bolivia.Tiwanaku began to decline around 1,000 AD, and the city was eventually abandoned. Even when it fell out of use, it stayed an important place in the mythology of the Andean people, who viewed it as a religious site.Besides the obvious benefits of being able to study and share the artifacts of ancient civilizations, the project has another benefit as well. Most of the people who currently live in the area make their living in agriculture or fishing.Read another story from us: 9,000-yr-old Stone Mask Gives Face to Ancient CultureThis project brings the possibility of new jobs for local residents, which can keep people from leaving the area due to lack of opportunities, helping revitalize local communities.
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Posted by Contiki “pulls out all the stops” in Asia with 5 brand new trips Share Travelweek Group TORONTO – Contiki is ramping up its 2017 Asia program with the addition of five new itineraries, including trips to Singapore and India for the very first time.“Asia has been, and continues to be a key destination for young Canadian travellers looking for an adventure. As a youth focused brand, we recognized the need for an Asia product that delivers an adventurous, immersive and culturally authentic experience,” said Sheralyn Berry, Director of Sales at Contiki Holidays Canada. “I’m proud to say that we’ve pulled out all the stops for our Asia 2017 program, adding five new trips and five improved itineraries, including expanding our Thailand and Bali offerings with more departures. Not to mention the No Regrets Experiences and Me Time Optionals, which are all unparalleled in terms of diversity and memorability!”The five new trips include ‘Cambodia & Laos Uncovered’, which visits Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap over nine action-packed days. This package includes internal flights, licenced local guides and a Contiki Trip Manager throughout, plus the chance to see Angkor Wat Temple at dawn. The first departure is on April 8, 2017.More news: ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growth‘Bangkok to Singapore’ first departs on April 2 and is labelled as a ‘Discoverer’ itinerary that takes in the sights of Bangkok, Krabi, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore over 14 days. In addition to private air conditioned coaches, this itinerary includes an overnight train from Bangkok to Khao Sok, an overnight stay at a Thai jungle treehouse hotel as well as a night onboard a floating lake raft.‘Northern Thai Highlights’ first departs on April 1 and follows Contiki’s ‘In Depth Explorer’ style. This new eight-day trip journeys through northern Thailand and visits Chiang Mai, Kanchanburi, Ayutthaya and Bangkok. Highlights include a cruise on a traditional longtail boat, guided bike tour of Ayutthaya, a guided tour of Ayutthaya and a trip on the River Kwai. Also, guests have the option to visit an elephant sanctuary or Pai hot springs, or participate in a Thai cooking class.Also new is ‘Japan – City to Slopes’, a 12-day voyage that visits Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and the Hakuba ski fields. This ‘Winter & Ski’ style sibling of last year’s hugely popular ‘Japan Unrivalled’ itinerary includes private coach travel and a three-day lift pass, and also includes optional experiences like a sushi-making class and a Japanese Tapas dinner. First departure runs on Jan. 7.More news: Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemLastly, ‘Eternal India’, which first departs on Dec. 4, 2016, returns to the region after a 40-year hiatus. This 12-day trip follows Contiki’s ‘In-Depth Explorer’ style and visits Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai and Goa. Highlights include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Delhi’s old town and optional experiences like a visit to the famous cricket ground, Maiden Oval, and chapatti making lessons.Clients who pay in full on or before December 22nd, 2016 can save up to 10% off as part of Contiki’s “Early Payment Discount” program. For more information go to contiki.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, October 25, 2016 Tags: Asia, Contiki
Sponsored Stories Comments Share Quick workouts for men Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober “We condemn strongly the move by police to cause violence inside a place of worship,” Hussein said.Kenyan police have linked the Masjid Musa mosque to recruitment of militants for Somalia’s al-Shabab terrorist organization, which claimed responsibility for an attack last year on an upscale shopping mall in which up to 67 people were killed in Nairobi, the capital. The al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab group said that attack was in retaliation for Kenya’s military involvement in Somalia.Rights campaigners say the Kenyan government’s harsh counterterrorism measures are pushing some Muslim youths toward extremism.A Human Rights Watch researcher reported last year that many Somalis who have fled to Kenya because of al-Shabab violence have sometimes faced “serious abuses” at the hands of security forces who wrongfully accuse them of supporting al-Shabab.Last October, following the mall attack, gunmen killed a Muslim cleric and three others in a hail of bullets in Mombasa, sparking street violence by youths who accused the police of targeted killings of Muslim leaders.The Masjid Musa mosque has produced terror-linked Muslim preachers including Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was shot and killed by unknown gunmen in Mombasa as he drove his wife to a hospital in Aug. 2012. The death sparked two days of rioting in which four people, including three members of the security forces, were killed and three churches were damaged in Mombasa. Hundreds of angry young Muslims who took to the streets blamed police for the killing of Mohammed, who had been sanctioned by the U.N. and U.S. for supporting al-Shabab. A Kenyan government task force did not establish who killed Mohammed. A police officer who was stabbed in the face died of his wounds, said Mombasa police commander Robert Kitur. Another officer was stabbed in the stomach and is being treated at the hospital, he said.Police later occupied the mosque and its precincts, Kitur said.“We have arrested dozens of youths who attacked our officers while on duty at the mosque and they are under interrogation,” he said. They also recovered a gun stolen from an officer.Kitur said the officers were “on a mission to remove radical paraphernalia from the mosque when they faced resistance.”Henry Ondieki, the Mombasa chief of criminal investigations, said police forcibly entered the mosque after getting intelligence that a meeting to recruit militants was underway. “This was not a normal day of prayers,” he said. “Their intention was clear: they were planning to recruit and attack innocent Kenyan civilians.”But the head of a Mombasa-based rights group criticized the police.“There was no need for excessive force and the police should have restrained themselves to avoid bloodshed,” said Khalid Hussein, executive director of Haki Africa. He said it came the day after they asked police to avoid violence and talk to the youth. (Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) – Police opened fire on Muslim youths wielding daggers at a mosque linked to recruiting Islamic extremists, and at least one officer and a young man were killed Sunday, witnesses and officials said in the coastal resort and port city of Mombasa.Police said they raided the Masjid Musa mosque acting on intelligence that a meeting to recruit militants was going on.A reporter at the scene saw police shoot and kill one person as they tried to disperse a growing crowd screaming “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” outside the mosque, which has been the recent site of violent confrontations between young Muslims and police. 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 3 international destinations to visit in 2019