What did Leonard Nimoy mean to you?

first_imgLeonard Nimoy—poet, photographer, and Star Trek’s “Mr. Spock”—died today at 83. The New York Times has the full story here. Though Nimoy wasn’t a scientist, he undoubtedly inspired generations of children to become one, thanks to his role as the U.S.S. Enterprise’s science officer. Nimoy also contributed to science-themed projects, such as the 1994 IMAX documentary Destiny in Space, which contained footage from nine Space Shuttle missions. We here at Science will feel his loss deeply. What did Leonard Nimoy mean to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

20 days agoKlopp offers opinion on Rodgers’ Liverpool downfall

first_imgKlopp offers opinion on Rodgers’ Liverpool downfallby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Brendan Rodgers’ downfall at Liverpool.The current Reds manager welcomes his predecessor back to Anfield at the weekend as they host Leicester City.“Only in public when a manager gets the sack that people think he lost his football brain or something. That is not how it happened,” he explained.I knew when I came that he was not the reason that things didn’t work out. Whatever it was, I don’t know, but it was not his quality as a coach. It is not as easy as that.“Expectations, relationships, whatever, if that doesn’t work anymore, the club has to make a decision. That will happen one day and the club will make a decision.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Epic Gas Seals Financing for Seven Newbuilds

first_imgzoom Owner and operator of fully pressurized gas carriers Epic Gas Ltd. has closed a new USD 120 million post-delivery senior secured credit facility to finance its remaining seven owned vessels under construction.The Singapore-based company said that the facility covers approximately 65% of the contract price of the vessels, and has been closed in partnership with book running mandated lead arranger ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank. NIBC Bank N.V. also joined the facility as book running mandated lead arrangers.“The company remains committed to the delivery of a high quality fleet with an outstanding new building program of three 7,500cbm vessels and four 11,000cbm vessels, plus an additional 11,000cbm new building to be delivered under a bareboat charter to Epic Gas,” said Epic Gas announcing the deal.The gas carrier owner controls a fleet of 45 vessels which serve the international supply chains of throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.last_img read more

South Dinajpur district administration hands over health cards

first_imgBALURGHAT: South Dinajpur district administration started distributing health cards to the beneficiaries who are under Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) scheme on Friday.District magistrate Nikhil Nirmal said: “We have started distributing the health cards to the beneficiaries under RSBY project undertaken by the state government. Any individual under the particular scheme will get cashless benefit up to Rs 5,00,000 through the health card.” Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAccording to an official source, five beneficiaries received health cards on Friday from the concerned DM in a programme at district administrative building. Around 100 cards have been prepared for beneficiaries. The department has targeted to handover approximately 1,00,000 cards within next 100 days. “The cardholders will immensely be benefitted under the health scheme. The poor and backward people who have financial compulsions and do not have the capacity to bear the costly medical expenses can take advantage through it. Soon, we will start distributing the cards at the block level. The entire process will be completed within upcoming 150 days positively,” Nirmal said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaApart from DM, additional district magistrate, Pranab Kumar Ghosh, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), Dr Sukumar Dey and many dignitaries and officials attended the programme. Notably, the cardholders will receive pamphlet with the details of the scheme and the list of hospitals. The health scheme is for the poor. It aims to provide insurance coverage to the unorganised sector workers under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and their family members.last_img read more

Ford takes step to dismantle cap and trade officially winds down green

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s new premier has taken a step in his plan to dismantle the province’s cap-and-trade system, a move some observers say leaves businesses involved in the program grappling with uncertainty.In a statement released Tuesday, Doug Ford said he has revoked the regulation that outlines the carbon pricing system and his government will officially begin winding down all green programs funded through it this week.Ford said the province will nonetheless honour contracts and orders that have already been signed for projects funded by cap and trade, such as energy efficient insulation and window retrofits.Some rebates for energy-efficient renovations that were financed through cap-and-trade revenues — such as the GreenON rebate program — were already being phased out before Ford officially took office last week.The premier said the government will decide on a case-by-case basis whether some initiatives previously funded by the program will be paid for using tax base revenue. Those decisions will take into account his overall plan for the province and the results of an upcoming value-for-money audit of government spending, he said.The Progressive Conservative leader, who was officially sworn in as premier Friday, had promised that cancelling cap and trade would be his first order of business.In order to scrap the program, the premier must first amend or rescind the legislation that governs it, said Keith Brooks, program director for the advocacy group Environmental Defence. That law sets climate change targets and earmarks cap-and-trade revenues for green initiatives, among other things, he said.The government also has to formally notify its partners in the Western Climate Initiative that it is withdrawing from the cap-and-trade system, Brooks said. The agreement signed by the province said the government would endeavour to give a year’s notice before pulling out but it’s unclear whether Ford plans to do so, he said.“We know that the premier… promised to get rid of cap and trade and we understand he’s moving quickly to fulfil that promise but I think that there’s some problems here because there’s some questions that haven’t been answered,” he said.Ontario companies have bought close to $3 billion in permits under the cap-and-trade system and need to know whether they will be compensated for those permits, Brooks said, noting some have suggested the province should offer a full refund.More details are also needed on how the green initiatives funded by cap and trade will be closed so that both consumers and businesses involved in delivering those services can make decisions and plans, he said.“I think that there’s a lot of businesses, quite frankly, that still have a lot of questions, I’m sure, about how this is all going to proceed,” he said.“People need the details on exactly when this is going to be wound down and if there are any programs that are going to persist, we also need to know what those are, because otherwise the manufacturers are going maybe on a rollercoaster ride,” he said.The NDP and the Greens have said Ford’s rush to pull out of the cap-and-trade system could stick taxpayers with the tab for billions in legal fees, penalties and other costs.Ford’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday but the premier said in the statement that he believes scrapping cap and trade will put money back in Ontarians’ pockets.“I promised that the party with taxpayers’ dollars was over and that this would include scrapping the cap-and-trade carbon tax slush fund. Today we are keeping that promise,” he said.The government’s website does not list contact information for the newly appointed minister of the environment or any other cabinet members. A spokesman for Ford said the ministers’ offices are not currently staffed and requests for comment should go to the premier’s office.last_img read more

Palestinian girls nab science prize in Silicon Valley praise at UN headquarters

“This is a story about brain power not fire power. You are not only helping the blind, but helping the world to see,” Mr. Ban told the girls during their meeting today at UN Headquarters.“I am very impressed by your brilliant idea. This is the truth that I repeat every day. By empowering women, we can achieve anything in the world,” the Secretary-General added. Aseel Abu Aleil, Aseel Alshaar and Noor Alarada earned the “special award in applied electronics” out of 1,500 finalists in last week’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, considered the largest pre-college science fair in the world, bringing together “young geniuses” as the Secretary-General called the girls, Nobel Laureates, and other leading scientific thinkers and future employers.The three 14-year-old girls attend the school run by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Aska Refugee Camp in Nablus, north of Jerusalem, where they designed the prototype walking cane as a school science project with $200 worth of materials.Unlike other electronic canes that send an infrared signal forward, the girls’ invention has a “seeing” sensor below that beeps when the surface changes, such as near stairs, holes or water, up to 30 inches away. “How does it make sound?” the Secretary-General asked trying out the walking stick – a three-foot hollow piece of wood with a comfortable handle, covered with reflective orange strips, and wired inside with a sensor.Mr. Ban brought the cane near the door – it beeped. He then ran the bottom of the cane against his board room table. At the edge, the cane beeped indicating there was no ground below it. The girls came up with the idea after watching their relatives struggle on the changing terrain in the refugee camp. It was then perfected with input from organizations that work with visually impaired people, and from the girls’ science and technology teacher, Jamilah Khaled.“The UNRWA schools have a high level of teaching,” Ms. Khaled told the UN News Centre, listing its modern computer lab and technology workshop, as just two of the resources which help students excel. “It is important for our society to help people. It is important for Palestinian refugees to continue to learn.” The girls’ invention was selected as one of three finalists from among 56 projects at the Palestine Science and Technology Exhibition to participate at the Intel ISEF.“These students show the enormous potential of Palestinian girls and boys. UNRWA in its education programmes want to bring this out. It makes me wonder what we could achieve if our education system were not in the midst of a cash crisis,” said Margot Ellis, UNRWA Deputy Commissioner-General.The girls return to the West Bank later today, each with a $250 prize, and they plan to “have a big party,” eat Palestinian food, see their parents and sleep, following a whirlwind nine-day visit to the United States, that included seeing the Statue of Liberty and Times Square in New York.“This has been so unbelievable,” Ms. Alshaar said following the meeting with the Secretary-General.“Wonderful,” said Ms. Khaled.“Amazing,” said Ms. Aleil.“We are so grateful to everyone for helping us,” said Ms. Alshaar showing the walking stick to journalists.Moments later, the international science award winners were back to being regular teenagers, taking photos of themselves with the artwork on exhibit at the UN Headquarters and telling one of the journalists where they like to go shopping.As of now, there are no plans to mass produce the walking stick, but the girls would like to see that happen and to continue their science education. Ms. Alshaar plans to be a genetic engineer; Ms. Alarada a cancer researcher and Ms. Aleil a professor of medicine. 18 May 2010Three Palestinian girls educated in a United Nations-funded school in a refugee camp have made history by winning a top spot at an international science fair in Silicon Valley for a revolutionary walking cane for the blind which they demonstrated today for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. read more

Brock University Alumni Association set for AGM June 24

The Brock University Alumni Association is holding its annual general meeting June 24 as it recognizes the contributions Brock graduates have made to the University and Niagara communities, as well as the achievements of the Brock University Alumni Association.Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to alumni@brocku.caWhat: Brock University Alumni Association AGMWhen: June 24: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.Where: Alphie’s Trough, Brock University

Head of UN mission in Liberia appeals for assistance in cementing peace

“The next two years will be critical for Liberia,” Alan Doss, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative told the Council, as he briefed it on Mr. Annan’s latest report on UNMIL’s activities.“Experience has taught us that an incomplete effort in consolidating the peace is often a prelude to renewed conflict,” he added.The Secretary-General’s report says the Mission has completed many of its initial tasks and could be reduced by one battalion by the middle of this year, and by another battalion early in 2007, possibly complemented by the deployment of an additional formed police unit.Detailing that plan, Mr. Doss said that, at the end of this month, UNMIL strength will be adjusted back down to the 15,000 troops authorized by the Council (after having been augmented to provide security for the UN-backed court in Sierra Leone) and other changes would be considered as the situation permits, “without compromising the security of Liberia and the effectiveness of UNMIL’s operations in the country.”Mr. Doss stressed that UNMIL is crucial to help maintain security in the “fragile” State until the national security structure is complete, to help extend State authority to the countryside, to facilitate the reintegration of ex-soldiers and displaced persons, and to assist reconciliation efforts.Many of those tasks not only boost political progress but also affect the economic viability of the country, which his said was also crucial for stability.“I have personally visited all 15 counties of Liberia and witnessed at first hand the human and physical consequences of economic and social collapse,” he said. “A massive effort will therefore be required to ensure that there is some tangible progress in the months ahead.”In that context, he appealed to donors to quickly bridge the gap in emergency funding and to take early action on sorely-needed debt relief.“The whole country is currently running on an annual budget of $84 million while its external debt stands at $3.2 billion,” he noted. read more

Extinction Rebellion Climate protesters will target the Square Mile in new wave

A “closing ceremony” will be held at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to mark the occasion.The activists said in a statement: “We will leave the physical locations but a space for truth-telling has been opened up in the world.”We would like to thank Londoners for opening their hearts and demonstrating their willingness to act on that truth.”We know we have disrupted your lives. We do not do this lightly. We only do this because this is an emergency.”The London protests were part of a wider network of disruption across the globe, spanning 80 cities in 33 countries. However, giving a cryptic hint of what was to come, the statement added: “Expect more actions very soon.” 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. Climate protesters are tomorrow expected to bring a fresh wave of disruption to London’s financial district, as they surrender the road blocks they have held for 10 days. The Extinction Rebellion group last night said it would relinquish it’s grip on two of the capital’s busiest roads, but hinted more action would soon follow.It is understood the next round of chaos could come as soon as this morning – targeting bankers and business chiefs in the City of London at rush hour. One organiser told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s going to be quite significant – there is going to be all sorts going on, it’s going to be very, very busy.”Demonstrators have caused considerable upheaval since arriving in the capital last Monday, as part of an international effort to force the government to take action on climate change.They brought traffic to a halt and triggered a major police response after camping on roads through the day and night. More than 1,000 people were arrested after refusing to leave blockades on Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Marble Arch.Organisers have said they will “voluntarily end” their occupation of the two remaining strongholds of Marble Arch and Parliament Square at 5pm on Thursday. read more

Haber in agreement to launch its green gold technology which can globally

first_imgHaber has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Logi Gold to design Haber’s ‘green’ gold processing system to be installed in Arizona. When an economically viable ore has been qualified, Haber and Logi will enter into a joint venture with Logi providing funding to build and operate the facility. Haber says “the Haber Gold Process is both non-toxic and more efficient than conventional solvents such as mercury and cyanide. Haber, headquartered in Arlington, Massachusetts, with proprietary technologies in the separations sciences and environmentally friendly processing of gold bearing ores, has entered into the MOU with Logi, a private company located in Phoenix, Arizona.Albert B. Conti, CEO of Haber stated, ”We are pleased that after over eight years of tireless effort by our engineering and chemical staffs and extensive testing of numerous ore types in our three Aladdin prototype machines, we are preparing to begin US commercial operations. The facility will demonstrate the outstanding performance of our technology to the gold mining community and prospective clients; it is capable of yielding extraction efficiencies with complex ores, in the high 90% range, gold purity in the +99% range, delivers extraction times in about one to three hours and gold recovery in minutes, all without harming the environment. The operating teams that run the facility will provide operating data and a base model that can be duplicated in support of our anticipated global operations.”This project could have a major positive impact on the lives of more than 30 million small-scale miners using mercury for the extraction of gold; should it prove to be safer and more profitable for them to operate. “Hopefully, we can play a role in ameliorating the global threat of the irresponsible use of mercury and cyanide by small and medium scale gold mining.“We are impressed with Logi’s team of seasoned engineering and financial professionals and look forward to working with them on this project. Also, Logi has a number of professional disciplines which could help in our global aspirations including security, airborne operations and facility management. I look forward to a strong and profitable association with their organization in the future.”Larry Ortega, CEO of Logi Gold said: “We are extremely pleased, and lucky, to be teaming with Haber Inc. This team of chemists, and almost alchemists, has devised a green method to remove 99% of the gold from nearly every kind of ore sample at incredible speed and profitability. This is a stunning chemical achievement that will change the gold industry globally. We will be applying all of our engineering expertise and operational experience to support the Aladdin HGP4 system”.Under the terms of the MOU, Logi will begin by providing Haber with a complete set of working drawings of the Aladdin HGP4 green gold system. Costs incurred in the design will be repaid from the net profits of the planned joint venture’s gold processing facility. The engineering design phase will begin immediately and completed as soon as possible.Logi is currently evaluating a number of potential gold ore sources. When Haber has tested and qualified an ore as economically feasible, Logi will provide sufficient funding to build and operate a US-based gold processing facility. At that point, Haber’s Subsidiary will enter into a service agreement with the JV to provide all green gold technology required by the facility.The Haber Subsidiary will receive 35% of net profits from the JV. In addition, Logi has been granted the right to acquire up to 1.5% of the company’s restricted common stock at a price of $0.30 a share over a period of 18 months or should Haber be relisted during that period, no later than 60 days before the date of relisting whichever occurs first.last_img read more

He got very close but unfortunately he hit a speedbump Dempsey hails

first_img 21,642 Views https://the42.ie/3873271 Updated at 0845LEINSTER BACKS COACH Girvan Dempsey says that Jamie Heaslip was ‘very close’ to a return to playing rugby at one point this season, but a setback in his recovery forced him towards retirement.The province consistently opted to rate Heaslip’s injury status as ‘week-to-week’ through most of the 50 weeks between his last appearance and yesterday’s retirement, owing to the complicated nature of lower back injuries.There was a hope, according to a report in Evening Herald, as late as a fortnight ago that Heaslip would be back playing for Leinster by April. However, Dempsey lamented a final setback that tore up those plans.“He got very close. He made really good progress, his rehab was going in the right direction, but unfortunately he hit a speedbump and it set him back a good long way. Then he’s trying to build himself back up from that.”With so many of the Leinster squad away with Ireland last week, there has not yet been a grand farewell bash for the the multiple medal-winner. Dempsey says he simply spoke with management and a handful of senior players before the announcement was made to the squad and to the public.“It’s not Jamie, he’s not fond of a big farewell, or a big party, he’s quite humble.”Heaslip’s resilience will continue to lead the plaudits for his 100-Test career. However, Dempsey watched the number eight progress at close quarters both as a player and a coach. He remembers a back row brimming with enthusiasm bouncing into the Leinster system under Michael Cheika.“The first time I got to play with him would have been 2005. I just remember him training with us; he was this young, exuberant, bouncy forward who was laughing and joking with a smile on his face coming out on the training field. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“Even when he got stuck in the hard graft for the forward battle up front, he still came out with a smile on his face. He just loved the game,” said Dempsey.“He was just such a good player. He was different to back rows we had in the past. He was very dynamic, he carried extremely hard but he also had excellent footwork and he always retained the ball.“We designed plays around him getting involved because we felt that he was comfortable on the ball and he would give us that extra dimension.”Heaslip often played down his relationship with rugby when undertaking media duties and chose not to devote his down-time to watching matches from far-flung fields.Yet there was no questioning his commitment to the task at hand when he was at work. And he applied himself fully to his duties whether it was on the pitch, doing analysis on the laptop or in the warm-up area of the gym where he would put his body through meticulous maintenance to maximise his attendance.“The biggest thing about him was, he was just always there,” adds Dempsey.“I got to play with him for four or five seasons, I never remember him missing a session or missing a match. Heaslip watches on as Ireland beat England last year. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“He was just always so robust. He was always available to train and play, and he loved it. The thing about him was, he had this freshness and when he came into train, he was excited about because that was what he loved doing.“I think what helped him was, he has other things in his life. A lot of players get very focused on rugby and their mindset ends up becoming purely about rugby. But he had this ability to switch from his friends and family in his life, to his other interests, into this. And that’s what gave him energy when it came to play and train.”That robustness makes it even more of a shame that Heaslip’s career was ultimately ended by a warm-up. His last match will forever remain the loss to Wales in Cardiff last year, but he was named to start against England eight days later, only to pull out late on and replaced by Peter O’Mahony who ended up a Test Lions captain. Sliding doors. Last man standing: Rory Best trains with the now retired Jamie Heaslip, Tomas O’Leary, Alan Quinlan and Girvan Dempsey in 2008 Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSince suffering the injury, a rare experience for Heaslip, his off-field impact was not diminished, according to Dempsey. From pitching in with advice in team reviews or giving his successors in the Leinster back row a helpful steer, he continued showing the ability to be fully engaged when he was doing the day job.“Jamie was a big part of helping them develop, he was quite unselfish in that he’d do the video work with Max (Deegan) and Jack (Conan) and worked with some of the younger players… it’s important for them to be up to speed and ready – the nature of pro sport, no matter who it is, the game moves on.” Heaslip in training with Conan in pre-season last summer. Source: Gary Carr/INPHO“Being on that long road to rehab, naturally for anyone, that’d be frustrating. We’ve all felt that frustration, but he made those steps, those strides and he could see the light at the end of the tunnel.“He would be in here every morning, very early, before any of the other players, working away on off-days, weekends, coming in and working away on physio, doing everything he could to get himself back.“He would always pop up to the office, have a chat with Leo, the coaches, he’d have a bit of a joke and a laugh. You could look down at the gym though, and see at times he was getting frustrated. He wanted to move on and get better, but it wasn’t as quick (as he wanted).”Ultimately, Heaslip is testament to the resilience that is achievable. But also that, in rugby, serious injury is impossible to avoid forever.“I think like any sport you play in,” contends Dempsey, “he was an exceptional pro in the way he minded himself, the way he minded his body. It’s just one of those things, no matter sport you’ve involved in. And we’re involved in a contact sport, things happen.“It’s just very unfortunate, because I would have loved to have seen him back on the field one last time.“I think it just came to a stage where it wasn’t going in the right direction.”Heaslip was often under-appreciated but his professionalism set new standards By Sean Farrell ‘He got very close, but unfortunately he hit a speedbump’: Dempsey hails lasting Heaslip influence on Leinster “I got to play with him for four or five seasons, I never remember him missing a session,” says the eastern province’s backs coach. 12 Comments Feb 27th 2018, 1:06 AM Share7 Tweet Email1 Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 8:40 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Death toll in Grenfell Tower fire rises to 79

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF people killed in the Grenfell Tower fire has risen to 79.The Met Police say that they are not sure how high the number of dead will climb to, but said that five people previously thought missing have been found safe.Police had said on Saturday that 58 people were either dead or missing and presumed dead, but have revised upwards that number.Photos and videos published by the Metropolitan Police show the gutted wreckage of apartments within the 24-storey tower block after Wednesday’s fire.With blackened rubble strewn across the floor and exposed pipes, one room is unrecognisable as a home until a bath and sink come into view — the dividing wall destroyed completely by the fire. Source: Met PoliceThe remnants of an exercise bike, an oven and washing machine point to the lives of residents now shattered by the blaze.“The conditions due to the fire damage verge on indescribable,” said police commander Stuart Cundy, explaining that a full search of the building will take weeks.“Sadly that work leads me to believe that the number of people missing, but as yet unaccounted for has risen from yesterday’s figure of 58,” he said, following further work to trace missing people.“We must also prepare people for the terrible reality that some people may not be identified due to the intensity of the fire,” he added.The images released by police were taken by a recovery team inside flats where everyone inside has been accounted for. The Grenfell Tower lifts. Source: Met PoliceCundy said the investigation and search operation continues and is a massive undertaking.“Our investigation will be wide ranging and exhaustive – it will seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice.“This will take us some time, but I give my commitment that if as part of that investigation we identify anything that gives cause for concern for the safety of the public we will inform the relevant authorities.”Speaking today Cundy said that it is hard to describe the level of devastation caused by the fire.He added that police had been from the top to the bottom of the building. He added that if there had been any illegality, he would “do everything within his gift” to bring them to justice.Read: At least one killed in terror attack outside London mosque Short URL Monday 19 Jun 2017, 10:40 AM Jun 19th 2017, 10:40 AM Death toll in Grenfell Tower fire rises to 79 The Met Police released images from inside the tower block yesterday. 19,360 Views 40 Comments Share11 Tweet Email Subscribe for more videos http://jrnl.ie/3451394 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubelast_img read more

Freeze on liquor licences extended

first_imgThe freeze on late-night liquor licences in inner Melbourne will be extended for two more years, Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson announced yesterday. Introduced in May 2008, the freeze means no new applications for bar, pub and nightclub licences to operate after 1am in the municipalities of Melbourne (including Docklands), Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra will be granted by the Director of Liquor Licensing before 31 December 2011.Membership clubs and most restaurants and cafes are not affected by the freeze. “The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to make Victoriaís licensed venues safer and more enjoyable and reduce the negative impact the irresponsible service of alcohol has on the broader community,” Mr Robinson said“We know many of the violent incidents in our entertainment precincts occur after 1am on weekends. The freeze will keep growth in late night venues in check so our other long-term strategies to improve the safety and amenity of our entertainment precincts can take effect.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

High surf and strong currents expected at San Diego beaches

first_img Posted: August 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, August 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — High surf and strong rip currents could lead to flooding and dangerous conditions at local beaches Saturday evening, the National Weather Service said Saturday.The NWS issued a beach hazards statement through midnight for San Diego coastal areas, as well as the shorelines in Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties.Surf of two to four feet could cause minor flooding of low-lying roads or parking lots near the water’s edge, forecasters said.Rip currents will make the waters dangerous for swimmers and will enhance the flooding effects of the high tides.Areas susceptible to flooding during high tides include Oceanside and Imperial Beach in San Diego County. South-facing beaches in Orange County will see the highest surf. center_img KUSI Newsroom High surf and strong currents expected at San Diego beaches Updated: 5:30 PMlast_img read more

Nautilus sports fields to be paved over

first_imgClosure notices and a new chain-link fence are now spreading the message that east Vancouver’s weekend warriors have lost a prime battle field.The softball field, outdoor basketball court and walking track at Nautilus Inc.’s headquarters were closed officially on Monday and construction permits have been granted to turn the sports site into additional parking stalls in preparation for new tenant Hewlett-Packard, expected to move into 68,000 square feet, or one floor of the three-level building, this year.Building owner Portland-based Pac-Trust is constructing the parking lot to accommodate HP, which will share the massive 480,000-square-foot building with Nautilus. Times have changed for the now-struggling fitness equipment company, which today employs about half the 500-person staff it had when it took over the building near Mill Plain Boulevard and 164th Avenue as a world headquarters in 2005. The company spent $15 million converting the former manufacturing building into upscale offices with curved lines inspired by the company’s circular logo, and putting in sports facilities, such as the softball diamond, basketball hoops and track.The sporting areas and an adjoining football/soccer field were always available to the public and it appears the football field will remain open directly behind the Nautilus building, south of the Columbia Crossing retail center. But plans for 448 new parking spaces would pave over the softball diamond and basketball courts. The existing parking lot now accommodates 770 vehicles. City officials say they have not received any citizen comments about Pac-Trust’s plans to develop the parking, proposed since October. Development proposal notices were mailed out to residents within 500 feet of the project on Oct. 18. The public comment period lasted through Nov. 1, said Jon Wagner, a senior planner with the city’s Development Review Department.last_img read more

Holiday Closures Presidents Day

first_imgWhat’s open and what’s closed on Presidents Day:• MAIL: Post offices closed Monday. The postal unit at Shell, 1605 N.W. Sixth Ave., Camas, is open 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day of the year. No home delivery except Express Mail.• GARBAGE: Waste Connections, in Vancouver and most of Clark County, will operate on its regular schedule Monday. In Camas, normal Monday collections will be made Tuesday with Tuesday’s regular collections.• PUBLIC LIBRARIES: Closed Monday.• PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed Monday.• COLLEGES: Clark College is open Monday. Washington State University Vancouver has no classes Monday, but offices will be open.• CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES: Offices open Monday. For 24-hour customer service, call 360-992-3000. For outages or emergencies, call 360-992-8000.• GOVERNMENT OFFICES: Offices closed Monday. Washington Legislature in session.• PARKING METERS: On-street parking in Vancouver is free Monday.• BUSES: C-Tran buses follow reduced schedule Monday. TriMet buses, MAX, WES and Portland Streetcar follow regular schedule.• DRIVER’S LICENSING: Closed Monday.• EMISSIONS TESTING: Closed Monday.• VEHICLE LICENSING: Closed Monday.• FINANCIAL MARKETS: U.S. markets closed Monday.• BANKS: Most closed; check your bank for details. Some in-store branches may be open.• ZOO: Oregon Zoo open Monday.• MARSHALL COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.• FIRSTENBURG COMMUNITY CENTER: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.• ANIMAL SHELTERS: Humane Society for Southwest Washington closed Monday. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society open regular hours Monday.• THE COLUMBIAN: Open regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday. Circulation lines, 360-694-2312, open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.last_img read more

List Of Houston Area Shelters Monday

first_imgSource KHOU HARRIS COUNTYMO Campbell Center Shelter: 1865 Aldine Bender in District 2Gallery Furniture 6006 North Freeway Houston, TX 77076 If you can, residents who need to take shelter are encouraged to bring the following items: – Prescription/Emergency medication – Medical equipment, i.e. Oxygen tanks, wheelchairs – Extra clothing – Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags – Toiletries – Baby food, formula, diapers – Flashlights and extra batteries – Snacks – Pets WITH carriers, as well as leashes, food, food bowls – Important paperworkFor more information visit readyharris.org BRAZORIA COUNTYAngleton ISD: 1900 N. Downing, Angleton, TXRed Cross Shelter at Living Stone Church: 1401 Victory Lane, Alvin, TX First United Methodist Church Shelter: 1201 Main St., Bastrop City, TX More rain has fallen on Houston Monday morning. The list of shelters continues to grow for those who require aid.If you have a group that needs to be taken to a shelter, you’re asked to call: 713-426-9404.ReadyHarris.orgAn updated map of shelters released by Ready Harris.RED CROSS SHELTERSHouston – MO Campbell Education Center – Aldine Bender RdGalveston. Bay Harbor Methodist Church Sealy — Knights of Columbus on Hwy 90 west..Richmond – Sacred Heart Catholic Church..Pasadena — Golden Acres Baptist Church Tomball — First Baptist Church on Oxford Street.Huntsville — Walker County Storm Shelter on State Highway 75 N. and Huntsville High School on F-M 2821 ..HOUSTONIslamic Center/Masjid Al-Mustafa: 17250 Coventry Park Dr, Houston, TXIslamic Center/Masjid Al-Sabireen: 610 Brand Lane, Stafford TXIslamic Center/Masjid Abu-Bakr: 8830 Old Galveston Rd, Houston TX George R. Brown Convention Center: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston, TX (Click here for more.)Officials say they have opened nine shelters throughout the area to assist.FRIENDSWOOD BASTROP COUNTY The City Activities Building: 416 Morningside Drive, Friendswood, TX Sharelast_img read more

Grayson Allen and Odell Beckham need to grow up Its time to

first_imgIt was just announced that Johnny Manziel will be at the Super Bowl…. signing autographs in a local mall across from the Lego store for $99 a pop. Colin said before the draft that Manziel was going to be a disaster because all the warning signs were there. Last night, Grayson Allen apparently pushed a Florida State assistant coach to the ground as he fell out of bounds.This morning, fanboys are making excuses for Allen, and think that people are overreacting. Colin is sick of people making excuses for athletes. From Manziel, to Allen, to Odell Beckham, it’s time for some athletes to grow up. Stop rewarding bad behavior.“I’m over it. Grayson Allen, Johnny Manziel, Odell Beckham, grow up.”Dallas is playing their first meaningful game in about a month against Green Bay in the playoffs this weekend. Even though the Cowboys have been the surprise of the NFL, if they lose against the Packers the entire season will still be a disappointment. A win, regardless of what happens in the NFC Championship game, would be a tangible progression to build off next year.Some Dallas newspapers are already floating scenarios where Tony Romo could replace Prescott if he struggles. Colin thinks Dallas needs to stick with Dak, even if he struggles and they’re down late. It’s his team.“To me, you have to live with Dak Prescott. It’s his team.”The NFL coaching searches are intensifying, and today it was announced that the Broncos are likely to hire Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph to replace Gary Kubiak. Among other teams with openings, most are considering promoting league assistants to head coaching positions, even though they have a mixed track record at best. Colin doesn’t understand why NFL teams, which are multi-billion dollar enterprises always want to go cheap when it comes to hiring coaches.If Colin was an owner, the first thing he would do is open the checkbook and hire away a Jim Harbaugh or a Nick Saban, regardless of the price tag. It doesn’t make any sense from a business standpoint to continue to hire cheap coaches with no experience just to save a couple million dollars. Pay up.“I would call Jim Harbaugh. ‘What do make at Michigan?’ ‘Nine.’ ‘I’ll give you 18.’”Ray Lewis – 2-time Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens joins the show to discuss why it’s important to hold athletes accountable for their actions; why it’s important for athletes to have “no” people around them; and the role of older teammates as mentors to younger players.Don Garber– MLS Commissioner joins the show on the 10-year anniversary of David Beckham signing with the MLS; its long-term impact on the league; how he plans to continue to grow the sport; and if he supports a marketing strategy that focuses on teams, or one that focuses on teams like the NFL.George Karl – Former NBA head coach, and author of Furious George joins the show to discuss his new book; the fallout from his comments about Carmelo Anthony and Kenyon Martin; if he has been surprised by the negative publicity; and if the NBA is too top-heavy.Cris Carter – FS1 NFL analyst is in-studio to discuss why NFL teams hire assistant coaches who haven’t been head coaches before; if playing in big time college games can prepare players for a playoff atmosphere; why players don’t calculate the long-term impact of their actions; and why road playoff games are a different animal.last_img read more

Beginning of formal transition of Mexican government begins today

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — On Monday afternoon, the formal transition of the current federal government will begin in what will be, the new administration.The formalities that will see the start of the transition is expected to take place today with a meeting headed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the cabinets of both parties.“It is the formal beginning of the transition process,” said López Obrador. Alfonso Romo, next secretary of the Office of the Presidency, spoke about the meeting.“President Peña is going to be in his office while his lawyer formally presents and starts the reception process. With that, each secretary will be able to see every detail of each secretariat, and with that information, know what we are planning with more evidence and refining of the numbers,” explained Alfonso Romo.The meeting will begin today at 1:00 p.m. at the National Palace in Mexico City. The new administration will take effect December 1.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WATCH Making tamales in Costa Rica

first_imgDoña Flor Arguedas, 71, has been making tamales since she was 22. That was the year she got married. Her new mother-in-law told her, “Get ready. We are making tamales for Christmas.”While this is a holiday tradition in most Costa Rican families, it so happened that Arguedas had never made a tamal in her life. She had no choice but to dive into the complicated process with her suegra. Eventually she learned, adapting her mother-in-law’s recipe to her own taste over the years, because one thing’s for sure: No two Costa Rican matriarchs make their tamales exactly the same way.One year, Ana de Madrigal, doña Flor’s neighbor, contacted her to help out with her own tamales, when her mother-in-law asked her to prepare the dish. For roughly 45 years, Ana and Flor have been getting together to make tamales at the beginning of December. Sisters, mothers and, of course, mothers-in-law have joined in at various tamaleadas, the name for the extensive preparation process that culminates in a banana-leaf-wrapped packet of deliciousness and a good cafecito.Doña Flor doesn’t like the tamales too big or too small. The dough expands when cooked. Here’s the (rough) recipe for the tamaleada in this video: She buys enough corn to make 4 kilos of flour, processed at a local mill. About 1 kilo of special pork lard mixed with the flour, and she adds her (sorry, top-secret) mix of spices. Her fillings, all cooked separately before being placed into the tamales, are 8 green peppers, 4 kilos of potatoes, carrots, olives, prunes, chickpeas, rice cooked with achiote (which gives it its deep yellow color), peas, chicken and pork. Once the tamales are assembled and tied (two, called a piña, are tied together with the loose ends of the wrapping facing in so nothing escapes during cooking), they are cooked for 45 minutes in boiling water, preferably over firewood. Tamales can be stored in the freezer for months, defrosted, heated in boiling water in the stove or microwave. There’s nothing better than a tamal out of season.Doña Ana took home 110 tamales from the tamaleada this year. She will be inviting family and friends over during the holidays to share them. There’s always a friendly competition and analysis among Ticos regarding whose tamales are the best and the ideal size, ingredients, taste of the dough. The proper verdict when sampling tamales is this: “These are pretty good, but my mom’s are the best.”Originally published on Dec. 16, 2015. Facebook Comments Related posts:WATCH: Making tamales in Costa Rica PHOTOS: San José Children’s Hospital lights up its giant Christmas tree Costa Rica’s one-stop Nativity shop PHOTOS: Christmas 2015last_img read more