Three Indians Return Home After 73-day Captivity in Nigeria

first_imgAfter spending 73 days in pirates’ captivity in Nigeria, three Indian youths returned home in Himachal Pradesh.The three–Sushil Kumar, Pankaj Kumar and Ajay Kumar– hailed from Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh and worked in the merchant navy.Ajay Kumar was given a rousing welcome as he returned to his village Malog in Palampur. He was garlanded by family, friends, relatives and locals as the entire village broke out into a festival like celebration.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

Howzzat: A fictious diary of Imran Khan

first_imgI’m back from London and there’s an epidemic of dengue fever and violence in Pakistan. Of course, it wouldn’t occur to me to do a dharna for the poor children who got bombed by the Taliban on their way to school or the Hazara Shias who got lined up and gunned down by the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi.The Taliban and Lashkars are much misunderstood, poor things. It’s not their fault. It’s the Americans’ fault. Which reminds me, I was walking through the seedier parts of London when I came across a shop with purple velvet curtains that said, “Fortune Teller and Mind Reader”. So I went in, hoping to learn when the Americans would leave Af-Pak so that rivers of milk and honey can begin flowing again (as they did in the 1980s and 90s, before 9/ 11).But the Fortune Teller was an ugly old crone hereas the Mind Reader was a hot young chick. So, no prizes for guessing where I went first! The Mind Reader sat me down on a stool, closed her eyes, concentrated really hard for what seemed like an eternity mumbling, “I’m trying to read your mind ?” Eventually, she gave up and said, “No ? nothing ? nothing at all ? an absolute blank!” “That’s amaaaazing” I exclaimed, “how did you know?” Thing is, in England, you get what you pay for. Not like Pakistan, where everyone’s a fraud.After London, I drove down to Oxford. You know of course that I was at Oxford which was a tremendous learning experience because there were lots of beautiful women there. In those days, I used to own a blue sports car. As soon as I came within sight of the university’s tall turrets, I said to myself, “Aah, the City of Screaming Tyres”. Then I began to get a series of desperate emails from my followers in the Tehrik-e-Insaf. “Have you reached?” one read. “Return soon” read another. And so on. But the day before I left, Naomi Campbell rang up and said she was going to see her old (emphasis on old!) friend Nelson Mandela in South Africa and would I like to come. Her Russian oligarch boyfriend was taking his Lear Jet so it’d be a free ride. Why not, I thought.advertisementMandela, I’m afraid, is black. Even the president is black. He shook hands with me, cameras clicked and then he said he was very sorry, he had to go off and run the country. Then we got back into the Lear Jet and returned to London. I slept soundly all the way there. When we disembarked at Heathrow, I said to Naomi, “You know, I somehow see myself in Mandela”. “I think you should go back to bed, darling”, Naomi said, “you’re still dreaming.”Im the Dimlast_img read more

Ateneo survives San Beda, advances to PCCL Finals

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 “That’s basketball, you won’t really know what will happen because every situation is very different,” said Ravena in Filipino. “We had a shaky start in the fourth and San Beda caught up. It was breaks of the game and we’re just lucky we were able to pull it off.”Ravena led Ateneo’s charge with 14 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Angelo Kouame had 13 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks.“I’m happy that our players figured things out themselves. As you saw, we didn’t take timeouts. They need to learn from these situations,” said Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin.James Canlas led the Red Lions with 14 points and six boards while Donald Tankoua had 10 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Ateneo hit timely baskets to fend off San Beda, 62-56, in the deciding Game 3 of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League semifinals Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Thirdy Ravena drained the dagger triple for a 61-56 Blue Eagles cushion with 22.9 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT NBA-leading Bucks rally to beat Hornets Ateneo set up a knockout duel against University of Visayas for the PCCL title on January 28 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Blue Eagles held a 51-37 lead at the end of the third quarter but failed to register a single field goal in nearly eight minutes.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 starsSan Beda exploited this drought going on an 18-4 run to tie the game at 55 after Donald Tankoua’s layup with 2:38 to play.Angelo Kouame was able to score Ateneo’s first field goal of the fourth quarter converting on a three-point play 24 seconds later. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Oklahoma State Crushes Clemson (Again) To Advance To Super Regional

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Corey Hassel BLASTS a grand slam and Oklahoma State leads Clemson 5-0 in the 5th! #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/zV7qKwQI98— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 6, 2016The irony here is that the NCAA irritatingly pushed back the start of Clemson’s earlier game with Western Carolina because everyone thought it would rain. It didn’t. But that mean OSU-Clemson didn’t start until after 9 p.m. local time. The only thing that fell from the sky on Sunday in Clemson was hit after hit from Oklahoma State (12 in all). And probably a few Clemson tears of course but that wasn’t worth getting the tarp out over.So now OSU will play in its fourth Super Regional and it could play host if everything breaks right on Monday. South Carolina is in a dogfight with the teams in its own regional. It actually lost its opening game to Rhode Island (!) before coming back to beat Duke, Rhode Island and UNC Wilmington consecutively. It will have to beat UNCW again on Monday to advance and play host to OSU. Otherwise the Pokes are looking at hosting three games to go to the College World Series. But no matter what happens now, OSU is playing with house money. Nobody really expected them to step into the Clemson regional and walk away with a victory against one of the eight nationally-seeded teams. Their reaction at the end of the game said it all too. No celebration. No screaming and hollering. No dogpile. Handshakes and hugs and onto the next one.In this case, the next one is to go to Omaha. “We own Clemson” is a phrase I hope I’m also using for various other reasons about seven months from now, but for now it’s plenty to describe Oklahoma State’s performance in regionals. It beat Clemson 9-2 on Sunday night after a 12-2 beating on Saturday night.To sum up … OSU outscored overall No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament Clemson 21-4 in a 24-hour span. After the Pokes got a jewel of a game from Tyler Buffett on Saturday, they got an equally great four-hit, six-inning outing out of Jensen Elliott on Sunday.Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 11.24.38 PMAnd a Corey Hassel salami was more than enough offense.last_img read more

Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich, says agent Pini Zahavi

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Lewandowski parted with his previous agent, Cezary Kucharski, in February, when he turned to Zahavi. Sport Bild reported that Real Madrid’s interest has cooled after Lewandowski’s failure to score in the Champions League semi-finals against them, but claimed that PSG, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested. Reuse this content Bayern Munich Roma to demand £79m from Liverpool for goalkeeper Alisson Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest news Topicscenter_img Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn Zahavi, the Israeli agent who helped facilitate Neymar’s world-record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain last year, said Lewandowski’s reasons “are not money or a specific club, as nearly all top clubs would like to have the world’s best striker in their ranks”.The 29-year-old Poland striker, whose contract with Bayern runs until 2021, has scored 106 goals in 126 Bundesliga games for the club since switching from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. He helped the team win the league each year, chipping in 29 goals this past season.Bayern’s chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, recently ruled out a transfer. “We know what we have in Robert Lewandowski. Nobody need worry, he will also play football here in Munich next year,” he said. Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich, according to his agent Pini Zahavi, who told Sport Bild magazine that the Bundesliga’s top scorer “feels that he needs a change and a new challenge in his career”. Transfer windowlast_img read more

25 days agoMan City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax here

first_imgMan City midfielder Rodri: You can’t relax hereby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri is confident he will improve.Pep Guardiola has been enthused by the £60million summer signing’s performances but Rodri admitted he still has much to learn.Fernandinho and Mikel Arteta have become big influences in his opening weeks at the Etihad Stadium since moving from Atletico Madrid.”Sometimes I’d be a bit relaxed like in Spain but here you don’t have it,” Rodri said. “In Spain we say slow down but here you can’t. I need those matches to adapt but I like it.”Fernandinho has helped me. He taught me a little bit. It’s not easy to be in this team. He has a lot of experience. I have lots of things to learn.”I’m not used to this position. We don’t have many defensive players. I like this. I think it’s the best position I fit in most.”The first matches can be difficult. I’ll get better of course. The fact I play alone with no other defensive midfielder. It’s a challenge for me. I have to read the games and learn this position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

High-Altitude Hotels: Best Resorts for Ski Junkies and Snow Bunnies Alike

first_img All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing Image courtesy of Glacier Hotel Grawand SchnalstalLocation, location, location! Most of us are slowly make the seasonal transition by stashing our summertime gear and dusting off the ski and snowboard equipment for the rapidly approaching season. From base to peak, resorts take snow sport enthusiasts to great heights. With a lot of high-altitude hotels opening in the coming weeks, it’s time to make your reservations (if you haven’t already).Here are spots that will get you high and slopeside.The Lodge at Breckenridge (Colorado)The Lodge at Breckenridge/Facebook The Lodge at Breckenridge/FacebookElevation: 10,200 feetSkiable area: 2,908 acresVertical drop: 3,398 feetAnnual snowfall: 175 inchesNestled approximately 600 feet on a forested cliff above the base at Breckenridge, Colorado, this newly renovated, 45-room lodge boasts spectacular views of Boreas Pass and the Tenmile Range. In addition to the luxurious amenities — including two private luxury homes for rent — guests have access to 24-hour oxygen to soften the side effects of your high altitude experience.Glacier Hotel Grawand (Italy)Image courtesy of Glacier Hotel Grawand Schnalstal Image courtesy of Glacier Hotel Grawand SchnalstalElevation: 10,538 feetVertical drop: 4,091 feetAccessible only by a cable car, this hotel — the highest in Europe — is surrounded by other 9,000-plus-feet peaks in the Ötztal Alps. Guests can ski directly out the front door and for nearly five miles into the valley before taking the first lift. The solitude of this extraordinary place settles in once the final cable car departs to the valley floor in late afternoon. In addition to the stunning vistas, those staying at the hotel are treated to breakfast and a four-course dinner in the facility’s Panorama Restaurant.The Peaks Resort & Spa (Colorado)The Peaks Resort & Spa/Facebook The Peaks Resort & Spa/FacebookElevation: 9,500 feetSkiable srea: 2,000-plus acresVertical drop: 4,425 feetAnnual snowfall: 310 inchesLocated in the mountain village of Telluride, this 161-room resort looks out at the surrounding San Juan Mountains. Guests can ski in/out and easily access the 187 trails; a short gondola ride can transports visitors to the historic mining town below. The Peaks also boast Colorado’s largest spa, a 42,000-square-foot facility with 30 treatment rooms and indoor/outdoor pools.Feature image courtesy of Glacier Hotel Grawand Schnalstal. Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races There’s Never a Bad Time to Visit Whistler, the Four-Season Outdoor Playground Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

New Brunswick man facing two firstdegree murder charges after house fire

first_imgTRACADIE, N.B. – New Brunswick RCMP say a 19-year-old Tracadie man is facing first-degree murder charges after two bodies were found following a weekend house fire.Police say Benoit Bertin appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of attempted murder and arson in connection with Sunday’s fire in Six Roads, about 10 kilometres north of Tracadie.Police say that when officers arrived at the scene just after 1:30 a.m., they found a man who had been able to flee the burning home — he was taken to hospital in Fredericton where he is in critical condition.A second man was found a short distance from the home and was arrested.The Mounties say a search of the burned out home on Monday led to the discovery of the bodies of an unidentified man and woman.Bertin has been sent for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation and is scheduled to appear in Tracadie provincial court Dec. 13.last_img read more

Central African Republic Nearly 700 people seeking refuge near UN base relocated

Over 20,000 people settled around the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) base after ex-Séléka members attacked an internally displaced person (IDP) camp in Evêché, the Prefect’s office and the UN mission’s camp. “Consultation sessions with the households allowed us to ensure that their particular needs are met and they are fully informed and consulted all along the process,” said IOM CAR Chief of Mission Jean-François Aguilera, referring to numerous sessions held with camp residents in partnership with the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Following August’s visit of the Humanitarian Coordinator and the Ministry of Humanitarian Actions of Kaga Bandoro, it was recommended that all IDPs be urgently relocated to safe nearby locations. The relocation of the first bloc of the provisional camp ran from 17 to 25 October and involved 312 households, 15 of which returned to their old neighbourhood. The relocation of ‘Bloc Nine,’ which was near a fuel depot – exposing residents to health risks – began on 26 October and finished on 3 November. It included a total of 319 households, with one returning to its old neighbourhood. From 4 to 7 November, 67 households close to ‘Bloc One’ were also relocated. Bloc One had complicated the landing and take-off of planes, forcing humanitarian aviation operators to suspend flights – gravely affecting humanitarian efforts by preventing programme implementations and medical evacuations. “The dangerous position of Blocs One and Nine made it very clear to IOM and CAR’s humanitarian team that everyone must be urgently relocated to a safer location,” Mr. Aguilera said. IOM assisted the 682 relocated households in transporting all their belongings, including huts and hangars, to safe new locations. They also received non-food item kits and $44 per household, which totalled $30,103. The 16 returning households were provided with return kits and assisted in rehabilitating their homes and transporting their belongings. CAR is experiencing a resurgence of violence and faces the risk of repeating the devastating crisis that beset the country four years ago. The number of both IDPs and refugees in neighbouring countries have dramatically increased over the past few months. read more

New export facilities for UK automotive unveiled by Business Secretary

Business Secretary Vince Cable was at the Port of Southampton today to unveil a new multi-deck trade vehicle terminal, which will be able to meet extra demand for exporting British-built cars overseas.The fourth terminal is part of a major investment by Associated British Ports (ABP) to expand its vehicle export facilities, enabling it to accommodate the increased number of vehicles being shipped to overseas markets, particularly China. Last year UK automotive exports were up 15% to a record high of £29.5 billion in cash terms.Following the opening, ABP announced a further £7.5m investment to construct a fifth multi-deck trade vehicle terminal at the port. The visit and announcement coincides with other local investment by the Department’s flagship policy – the Regional Growth Fund.Business Secretary Vince Cable said, “The British car industry is a great success story and our increasing exports are proving a boon for the Port of Southampton – the opening of a new vehicle terminal along with provisional funding from the Regional Growth Fund for the City of Southampton’s infrastructure will allow further growth for the future.Click through to SMMT’s monthly automotive manufacturing data feed for the latest news on UK car, commercial vehicle and engine production, as well as export statistics.To find out more about the ongoing work between industry and government to create a transformed business environment for the automotive industry in the UK, visit the Automotive Council website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Vegetable patches are moving to the front garden survey shows

Vegetable patches are moving from the back garden to the front, so gardeners can show off to their neighbours according to a new survey.Rather than just having a patch at the bottom of the garden that gets dug over and is not planted to be attractive, gardeners are integrating strawberries, tomatoes and beans with ornamental plants in hanging baskets and pots stationed near their front doors.The new information is Wyevale Garden Centres’ senior buying team, combined with survey data from more than 27,000 British gardeners.While hanging baskets were going out of fashion for the past few years, they have recently seen a resurgence, with sales of ready-made hanging baskets up by a third in the past year.Also performing well are climbing roses and clematis plants, which can attractively curl around a front door.The experts said that front gardens are receiving more attention partly due to space, as many British gardeners have smaller gardens than previous generations, with limited back garden or no garden at all.They also want to be the envy of their neighbours and to show off their gardening efforts to the public both for those passing by and on social media.Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale Garden Centres, told The Telegraph: “I think people are spending as much time if not more on their front garden as the back. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The vegetable patch isn’t restricted to the back garden anymore, that’s something we have seen.”Usually we see a veg plot as something that’s at the bottom of the garden that you dig over but now we are seeing veg plants and ornamentals in the same place.”Balcony tomatoes, patio beans, if you plant all season strawberries you can have them all through the year, but mix them in with ornamental plants in window boxes in  hanging baskets so it looks good, smells good and tastes good.”He said that he has seen knock-on effects in streets where people begin to make their front gardens attractive: “Gardening in particular is a confidence lead pastime, and if your next-door neighbour sees you’ve put effort into your front garden it can start a snowball effect and suddenly half a dozen people on the street will have tended their front garden.Mr Sage added that well-tended front gardens can increase the value of a property, explaining: “We know that if a house is well looked after and tended it increases the value of the property, from a community point of view it has huge benefits about how people respect their areas” read more

Happy Suit Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues

first_img Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet Stay on target I get anxious even thinking about blasting off in a rocket to the cosmos. I can’t even imagine the stress of actually being an astronaut.Researchers are continuously looking for new ways to help space explorers cope with the mental pressures of a zero-gravity life.A 2017 study suggested the psychological benefits of gardening. Now, scientists at Florida Polytechnic University are developing a so-called “happy suit.”The next-generation outfit will not only make astronauts more comfortable and efficient, the school said, but also keep them content.Space travel is not all fun and games: Some folks slip into a depression due to insufficient exercise, excessive exposure to light, and lack of sleep. And wearing a bulky onesie doesn’t help.Florida Poly professors Arman Sargolzaei and Melba Horton, along with computer science student James Holland, are developing Smart Sensory Skin (S3)—a new technology that detects emotional and physical deficiencies through wireless sensors.The embedded sensors send an immediate response to the suit, telling it to adjust the environment (change temperature, light exposure or color, oxygen levels) to fit each individual’s needs.“It’s vital for astronauts to be mentally healthy during missions, and right now there’s no active, real-time solution to help them when they feel stressed or anxious,” Sargolzaei, professor of electrical engineering, said in a statement. “This technology would provide them with immediate relief to their state of mind.”Eventually, S3 will be incorporated into clothing, allowing Earthbound physicians to monitor pulse rate, blood pressure, and joint angles from within the atmosphere.“This project started as an assignment when I was a freshman, and I never expected it to grow the way it has,” Holland, now a junior a Florida Poly, said. “I’m excited to see what we can accomplish as our research continues.”In the meantime, cosmonauts can continue earning their green thumb through “plant-mediated” therapies, meant to balance behavioral health, cognitive performance, and overall physical health during long-distance trips.The collaborative enterprise won a grant from NASA’s Florida Space Research Program for its goal of making astronauts happier, safer, fitter, and more productive.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

WHS Softball Senior Profile Antonia Kieran

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the third in a series of profiles celebrating the five recent WHS graduates who played on this year’s varsity softball team.Antonia KieranThe motto of the Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team is “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”. Antonia Kieran is molded into this saying. Antonia started playing softball at the age of 6 years old with Wilmington little league in the U8 division. You could see immediately that she fell in love with the game at this age.It wasn’t until U-10 that she found the position that she would fall in love with and that was 1b. Throughout the years she played first and pitched in Wilmington in town playing with Dan Ardito and Billy Norman on the summer travel teams. She attended every clinic that was offered through the town in hopes of becoming an elite softball player.Her second year of U-10 she wanted to try out for a travel team that the Noreasters was putting together where her grandfather had spent many years coaching. At the end of tryouts they decided not to put a team together because they didn’t have talent. The director told Antonia’s grandfather that she would never be a good softball player with her skill set.Antonia took this to heart and made it her mission to get better. She went down to the field and practiced every single day on defense. It was her mission to become one of the better defensive players in her age group. The following season with her hard work and dedication she made a U-14 travel team as a first year 12 year old. Playing with the Noreasters for the last 8 years, her skills improved tremendously.As an 8th grader Antonia played Freshman High School softball and played first base every time. As a freshman, she made Varsity and was 2nd in line behind a senior first baseman. The first few games Antonia was chomping at the bit to get an opportunity to show the coaches what she had. By the third game she finally got her opportunity to play and was outstanding in a game versus Stoneham. She made several key plays and never left 1b again for the next four years. Throughout her career at Wilmington High School she made less than 5 errors defensively. She was named Captain her senior year, and a 3 time 300 club earner. She was also named Middlesex League Allstar her senior year. She was referenced in the last edition of the town crier as one of the best defensive first baseman since the late 1990s.Antonia’s parents Tim Kieran and Lisa Faretra would attend all of Antonia’s games throughout her career. Her dad coached her for many years until the age of 16. If you were to ask him what he is most proud about Antonia’s softball career he would tell you that she is the most dedicated and hardest worker he has ever seen. His proudest accomplishment of Antonia is when the director of the Noreasters approached him and stated, “I don’t know what she did but Antonia has become a phenomenal softball player”Antonia’s passion for the game is shown through her heart and dedication; constantly volunteering for clinics to help younger players get better at the game. Antonia will be attending Lesley University where she will continue playing the game that she is so passionate for. She will be studying Higher Education in math in the hopes of one day becoming a high school math teacher and a varsity softball coach.Antonia Kieran(NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Softball Senior Profile: Liz GordonIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Aliyah TangIn “Sports”WHS Softball Senior Profile: Dana GouletIn “Sports”last_img read more

Juneau committee asks for additional sales tax on pot

first_imgJuneau’s Marijuana Committee has decided to recommend the Assembly consider an 8 percent tax on marijuana sales.The Juneau Empire reports that committee members voted 5-2 Thursday in favor of the 3 percent tax on marijuana on top of Juneau’s regular 5 percent sales tax. The issue will be up for voter approval next fall if the Assembly approves the committee’s recommendation.Committee members who approved of the marijuana tax argued that supporters of Ballot Measure 2, which legalized marijuana last year, voted for marijuana to be regulated like alcohol. The city taxes alcohol sales at 8 percent.Members who voted against the proposal cited the fact that the Alaska Marijuana Control Board hasn’t yet released its final regulations for the marijuana industry.last_img read more

How to find the Ender Portal in Minecraft

first_imgSo, you built every amazing, complicated structure you could think of in Minecraft. You even did it in Survival Mode, and painstakingly gathered every single material yourself, availing the wilderness surrounding your base of all its resources. Now, you don’t want to stop playing, but you have completely run out of ideas for projects, so it’s time to hunt down the Ender Dragon and “beat” the game. You can’t do that without finding or building your own Ender Portal, so here’s how to do both!The Ender Portal is found within a stronghold, which is a large dungeon-like structure found underground. The stronghold can be located by using an Eye of Ender, which is a little tough to craft.Obtain an Eye of EnderFirst, you must locate and kill Endermen until one drops an Ender Pearl. Then, you need to find and kill Blaze enemies so they drop a Blaze Rod. Toss the rod in the Crafting Table, and it’ll return Blaze Powder. Craft the Pearl and Rod together, and you’ll net an Eye of Ender. You can also trade with an NPC priest villager to get an Eye, but it’ll cost around seven to ten emeralds.Use the Eye to locate portalWhen thrown, the Eye of Ender will float and travel around twelve blocks in the direction of the nearest Ender Portal. The thrown eye will pass through any kind of block, and leave a trail of purple particles so the player can follow it. However, the Eye has a chance of disappearing after it is thrown, so don’t continually toss it! If thrown within 20 blocks of a portal, it’ll float in the direction of the ground, directly above the portal.Activate the Ender PortalOnce the Ender Portal is located, players might need up to twelve Eyes to actually activate it. The portal is made of twelve End Portal Frame blocks, each of which require an Eye of Ender to activate. Once an Eye is placed into each Frame block, the portal activates, and players can jump through to The End, where the dragon is located.Usually, a return portal isn’t generated, and the only way players can travel back to the regular world is by dying and respawning, killing the Ender Dragon (which spawns a return portal), or by creating a portal to the Nether via hacking the appropriate blocks into the player inventory.Remember, there are only three strongholds on any given map, so there are only three Ender Portals available per world.Building an Ender PortalThe Ender Portal Frame blocks aren’t actually obtainable via in-game methods, but can be obtained via inventory hacking. The only way to destroy a Portal Frame block is to break it in Creative Mode. Unlike Nether portals, destroying a Frame won’t actually deactivate the portal.Should you have the appropriate blocks, you can build an Ender Portal, but you have to be precise. Eleven of the twelve blocks that make up the frame can face any direction, but the twelfth block must face inwards if it is the final block that requires an Eye of Ender for the portal to activate.So, however you decide to travel to The End, you’re going to at least need quite a bit of Eye of Enders, and you’ll need to be sure you’re okay with seeing the Dragon fight through until the end, or dying to respawn. Good luck!last_img read more

Damania quits AAP amid allegations of horsetrading against Kejriwal

first_imgDamania, known to be close to Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal, lashed out at the party leadership saying she had backed the AAP chief for “principles” and not “horse-trading”.”I quit…I have not come into AAP for this nonsense. I believed him…I backed Arvind for principles not horse-trading,” she tweeted.A senior leader from Maharashtra, Damania had unsuccessfully contested from Nagpur constituency against Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari whom she had accused of corruption. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe resignation of Damania comes at a time when the AAP is battling internal strife after two senior leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav criticised Kejriwal openly for his working style.Former AAP MLA from Rohini, Rajesh Garg alleged that Kejriwal had spoken about breaking the Congress and forming the government with the support of their MLAs in Delhi last year. Garg also circulated an audio clip of a purported telephonic conversation of Kejriwal to back his allegations. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindDemanding an inquiry into the matter in the next 48 hours, Damania said Kejriwal, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan should apologise to the volunteers.”I demand an inquiry in 48 hrs into all these allegations. Volunteers have given their sweat & blood. It is not for the party…It is for the country. AAP will only work on siddhant (principles). Just enough of nonsense. Arvind, PB & YY should apologise to the karyakarta in next 48 hrs for their acts”AAP is not a political party. It was a ray of hope for this country. Thousands of vols slogged for it. Just no one can play with the siddhant,” she tweeted.last_img read more

Study Assesses Risk of MRI Exams for Patients With Tattoos

first_imgNews | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | February 01, 2019 Study Assesses Risk of MRI Exams for Patients With Tattoos European effort marks first prospective study on risk assessment February 1, 2019 — A new European study concluded that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams pose little risk for people with tattoos, based on data collected from 330 patient scans.  According to Nikolaus Weiskopf, Ph.D., director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig (MPI CBS), “…the most important questions for us were: Can we conduct our studies with tattooed subjects without hesitation? What restrictions may exist? At the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging, part of Queen Square Institute of Neurology at University College in London, where I started the study in 2011, there were increasing numbers of volunteers with tattoos. At the time, there simply was not enough data to determine the likelihood of tattoo-related side effects arising from MRI examinations.”Weiskopf’s former colleague in London, Martina Callaghan, completed the study after Weiskopf left London to become director at the MPI CBS in Leipzig. “Based on our investigations, we can now state, on the basis of meaningful numbers, that if a tattooed individual is scanned under the conditions tested in the study, the risk of side effects is very small.” the physicist explains.Indeed, millions of people with tattoos are scanned every year in hospitals and research facilities without any side effects. Until now there has not been a systematic prospective study on how safe it is to be scanned in an MRI scanner with a tattoo. Reports of adverse reactions are usually based on individual cases and describe two different reactions. It is possible that the pigments in tattoos can interact with the static magnetic field of the scanner. Why? The tattoo ink can contain pigments that are ferrous and therefore magnetic. The strong magnetic fields involved in the procedure can interact with these small particles, which in turn can lead to a pulling sensation on the tattooed skin.However, it is another potential interaction which may represent, from the experts’ point of view, a far greater risk. Many of the color pigments are also conductive. This is an issue because in MR imaging, high-frequency magnetic fields are used to generate the images by effectively labeling protons. “High-frequency fields usually have a frequency of a few hundred megahertz. That happens to correspond to the resonance lengths of conductive structures similarly sized as tattoos. In this case, the tattoo may absorb much of the energy of the high-frequency field, which would normally be spread out more widely. It can then happen that the tattoo heats up. In the worst case, this can lead to burns”, said Weiskopf.Together with his colleagues at University College in London, he examined 330 study participants before and after the MRI scan and tested a total of 932 tattoos. The team systematically collected information about their participants’ tattoos — how big they were, where they were located and what colors were used. The country of origin was also recorded with most arising in Europe, but also from America, Asia, Africa and Australia. The majority of the ink used was black, but various colors were also registered.”We found that the majority of the participants did not notice any side effects with tattoos,” said Weiskopf. “There was one specific case where the study doctor found that side effects – a tingling sensation on the skin – were related to scanning. However, this unpleasant feeling disappeared within 24 hours without the affected person having required medical treatment.”In order to ensure the participants safety (from potential burns) not just anyone could be scanned for the study — exclusion criteria concerned the size and number of tattoos. For example, a single tattoo was not allowed to exceed 20 centimeters and no more than 5 percent of the body could be covered by tattoos.The MRI scanners used in the study had a static magnetic field strength of three Tesla, as is common in many clinics today. By comparison, the magnetic field of a rather weak 0.5 Tesla MRI model is 10,000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field. These MRI scanners usually have a radiofrequency body coil, which stimulates the proton spins for imaging. The high frequency field of a body coil extends not only over the head, which was scanned in this study, but also the upper body area of the participants and thus on frequently tattooed areas.According to Weiskopf, the results of the study not only provide information on safety guidelines for research, but can also be helpful for clinical environments. The existing recommendations on how to scan people with tattoos are always based on weighing the risk against the actual benefit of diagnosing a disease. While it should be noted that the results are limited to specific configurations and scanner types, this study adds to the positive safety record of MRI.For more information: www.nejm.orgReference1. Callaghan M.F., Leff A.P., Creasey M., et al. Safety of Tattoos in Persons Undergoing MRI. New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 31, 2019. 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Nigeria 1 billion infrastructure loan from China

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Top Stories 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) – Nigeria’s finance minister says President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to China will finalize $1.1 billion in low-interest loans for much-needed infrastructure in Africa’s giant, from airports and roads to a hydropower plant.Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala told The Associated Press she is also looking for Chinese investment and increased trade with Nigeria.She also said “China is desirous of increasing its lifting of Nigerian oil.” The petroleum minister is among senior Cabinet members on the trip along with several state governors. She said as U.S. demand for Nigerian oil has fallen, India and China have taken up the slack. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Okonjo-Iweala said the loans are part of $3 billion approved by China at interest rates less than 3 percent.She leaves with Jonathan Monday night for the four-day visit starting Tuesday.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments   Share   last_img read more

India to become the top market for South Africa tourism by 2020

first_imgSouth Africa has launched a number of plans focusing to make India its biggest tourism source market expecting five lakh Indian travellers by 2020.South Africa Country Manager, Hanneli Slabber said, “We are consistently increasing our marketing spends in India. We expect about 12% growth in arrivals this year. South Africa is working with airlines to improve connectivity, and also on delivery on home ground to improve the travel experience for Indians.”South African Airways (SAA) will add several more destinations in India within the coming month, following the launch of a new codeshare partnership with Etihad and Jet Airways. SAA will re-route its Indian flights through Abu Dhabi, allowing passengers to continue onwards to India with either Etihad or Jet. This will also increase SAA’s footprint in India, adding new services to Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.The new immigration policy also announced which now allows business executives from BRICS nations to get a visa up to 10 years depending on the validity of the passport and an extended validity for intra-company work permits. To facilitate the visa process, it has also added seven more centres in India.last_img read more

Banksys Dismaland results in£20m tourism boost

first_imgIt was branded Britain’s most disappointing tourist attraction, but Banksy’s Dismaland has been a shot in the arm for Weston-super-Mare, attracting thousands of people to the town. Dismaland has sold out every day for five weeks, and tourism chiefs in North Somerset predict it has brought £20m of business to the seaside town.Source: BBClast_img