TMC, BJP workers clash after Shah rally

first_imgA Trinamool Congress party office was ransacked and vehicles ferrying BJP workers were set on fire in clashes that broke out following a rally by BJP chief Amit Shah at Kanthi in East Midnapore district of West Bengal on Tuesday, the parties claimed.Sources in the two parties said three persons were injured in the clashes. No confirmation was available from the police.‘Buses attacked’The BJP alleged that buses in which party workers were returning from Mr. Shah’s rally were ransacked and set on fire allegedly by TMC activists.The Trinamool Congress on the other hand claimed that BJP workers had attacked a local TMC party office in Kanthi and vandalised it.Irked TMC supporters then retaliated and clashes broke out, they said.“When our supporters were returning from Amit Shah’s rally they were attacked by TMC activists. This is a shame. We condemn it,” BJP State president Dilip Ghosh said.Senior TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari claimed that the BJP is trying to disturb peace and stability in the district.“BJP workers attacked our party offices and this led to retaliation by our workers. If our party office is attacked, are we going to offer sweets?” he said.Mr. Shah, addressing the rally, launched a scathing attack on the TMC government and vowed to uproot it.last_img read more

Synthetic Cactus Needles Could Clean Up Oil Spills

first_imgResearchers looking for a better way to clean up oil spills are taking a cue from the humble cactus. A new study shows that synthetic needles based on those of the desert plant can take up oil droplets from the ocean much as the cactus takes up water from the air.Cactus needles have a curious effect on water. When tiny water droplets in the air land on them, the needles’ conical shape distorts them, nudging them into a clamlike shape. Because water droplets like to be circular, the clam-shaped beads tend to have surface tension (known as Laplace pressure) that forces them back into the circular shape. This tension pushes the droplets from the tip of the needle toward the cactus plant at the base of the needle, where the needle’s surface is less curved. The cactus plant typically has pores at the base of the needle to take up the liquid.Oil spills also produce tiny droplets. When petroleum leaks from a ship or a deep-water drilling operation, “it tends to break up into tiny droplets that don’t all end up on the surface of the ocean,” says Thomas Azwell, an environmental scientist at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, who was not involved in the work. That’s because seawater chemically transforms the oil into a denser type of oil, which disperses into micrometer-sized droplets that are too heavy to float. 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They then submerged them in a mixture of silicone oil and water that they blasted with ultrasonic sound waves to generate micrometer-sized oil droplets. Using microscopic video recordings, the team showed that underwater oil droplets flowed continuously along the needles at a rate of 2 millimeters per second, similarly to the way water moves along cactus needles, the team reports online today in Nature Communications.Azwell praises the advance as a cheap and easy alternative to current oil cleanup methods. He envisions that arrays of the needles could be submerged several meters underwater to collect oil droplets, which could then be sucked up by a tanker. But he says it’s unclear how changes in oil consistency might impact the needles’ effectiveness in a real spill.Igor Mezić, a professor of mechanical engineering and oil spill expert at UC Santa Barbara, further cautions that the technology might not be seaworthy. He estimates that a 0.3-by-0.3 meter array of oil-attracting needles could clean 1 liter of oil-contaminated ocean water per second—too little, he says, to feasibly clean up large areas of the ocean.last_img read more

Left, Congress reject Mamata Banerjee’s appeal for unity

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s appeal to the Left parties and Congress to come together with her Trinamool Congress to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party has generated lukewarm response from them.At the same time, Trinamool Congress MLA and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Tapas Roy raised a point of information during proceedings of the State Assembly on Thursday and said that the unity call of the Chief Minister was distorted by a section of media. Leader of the Left legislature party Sujan Chakraborty objected to it and said that point of information cannot be raised on a matter which has been reported in media. Mr. Chakraborty demanded that he be allowed to speak and later walked out of the House along with Congress MLAs. Speaking to reporters in the State Assembly, Mr. Roy said the essence of Chief Minister’s address in the House on Wednesday was in the context of the situation in the country and in West Bengal and not in terms of electoral alliances. “We cant say about the Congress but the CPI(M) is under no compulsion of saving @Mamataofficial’s career. She has lost moral right of giving this call of fighting the BJP in Bengal. The TMC does not have any credibility to fight fascism,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Mohd. Salim tweeted. Leaders of the Congress and Left parties in the Assembly, Abdul Mannan and Sujan Chakraborty, blamed the Chief Minister for the rise of the BJP in West Bengal. While Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the upset in the parliamentary polls must have made Mamata Banerjee realise the worth of the Congress, party MP in Rajya Sabha Pradip Bhattacharya said that discussions (on a possible unity) can start only after the 17 MLAs poached by the Trinamool returned to the Congress. Allies of the CPI(M), like the All India Forward Bloc, also rejected the Chief Minister’s offer. Naren Chatterjee, State Secretary of AIFB, said that Ms. Banerjee has to first realise how she destroyed the Left parties by putting false cases on their leaders, taking over their party offices and poaching their MLAs.The BJP leadership in the State claimed that the coming together of the TMC, Congress and Left will not be a challenge but an opportunity for the saffron party. “If a CPI(M) worker or Congress supporter is asked to go with the Trinamool, which has been attacking them and taking over their party offices, he will defy the leadership and join us,” BJP leader Mukul Roy said.last_img read more


first_imgNew Zealand openers Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill are at the crease against South Africa in their quarter-final match of the World Cup in Mirpur on Firday. Earlier, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to bat.South Africa have brought AB de Villiers in place of Morne van Wyk. Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel have also returned to boost the pace attack.For New Zealand, James Franklin made way for Luke Woodcock in the playing eleven.Squads:New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (c), Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (c), Jacob Oram, Luke Woodcock,Tim Southee.South Africa: Graeme Smith (c), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Francois du Plessis, Johan Botha, Robin Peterson, Morne Morkel, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir.last_img read more

Sania-Nuria in China Open semis; Hesh-Bopanna in quarters

first_imgSania Mirza and her partner Nuria Llagostera Vives progressed to the China Open semifinals after coming from behind to pip Julia Goerges and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, here on Thursday.The fifth seed Indo-Spanish pair overcame the fighting German-Czech pair 4-6 6-4 16-14 in one hour and 34 minutes in the quarter-finals.Sania and Nuria were profligate as they squandered as many as eight breakpoints in the first set before conceding lead.They lost serve in the second set too but broke the rivals twice to draw parity and stretch the issue to the match tie-breaker, which was a tight affair.At the men’s competition, running simultaneously, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have reached the quarter-finals after scoring a dominating 6-3 6-0 win over Chinese wild card pair of Mao-Xin Gong and Zhang Ze.last_img read more

White House says ESPN anchor Jemele Hill should be fired for Trump attack

first_imgShare on Facebook Has US sports media really become a leftwing propaganda tool? ESPN Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the White House press machine are the latest to speak out after ESPN anchor Jemele Hill called Donald Trump a “white supremacist”. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter NFL Share on LinkedIn Hill made her statement in a series of replies to her followers on Twitter. “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself [with] other white supremacists,” she wrote. “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me,” she added. “… He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected.” Colin Kaepernick Read more On Wednesday, the White House condemned Hill’s comments. “That is one of the more outrageous comments that anyone could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offence by ESPN,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “I’m not going to speak for that individual but I know that the president has met again with people like Senator Scott who are highly respected leaders in the African American community. He’s committed to working with them to bring the country together. I think that’s where we need to be focused; not on outrageous statements like that one.”Hill’s attack on the president caused ESPN to issue an apology on Tuesday, with the broadcaster saying her views “do not represent the position of ESPN.” And “she recognizes her actions were inappropriate”.On Tuesday night, Kaepernick sent a tweet addressed to Hill, saying “we are with you”. Kaepernick is currently without an NFL team, something that is widely seen as due to his protest against racial injustice in the US. As part of the protest, Kaepernick chose not to stand during the national anthem last season.ESPN has long faced attacks from figures on the right, who accuse the broadcaster of liberal bias. In a blog earlier this year, Fox Sports’ Clay Travis attacked ESPN because it has “given awards to Caitlyn Jenner for becoming a woman, celebrated Michael Sam’s bravery in coming out gay like he was a modern-day Jackie Robinson, and covered Colin Kaepernick like he’s a modern-day Rosa Parks.” Hill, who is black, received significant amounts of racist abuse from Twitter users following her comments. She has been with ESPN since 2006. In February this year she was appointed co-host of the broadcaster’s flagship 6pm edition of SportsCenter alongside Michael Smith. Last month Hill discussed politics and Twitter with Sports Illustrated. “I don’t tweet a lot about politics,” she said. “I do tweet more about social issues, which I consider to be issues of morality. Racism isn’t politics. Racism is an issue of right and wrong.”center_img US sports Topics Since you’re here… US television industry Share via Email Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.September 11, 2017 Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Donald Trump Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

ESPN Names Clemson’s Biggest Concern For 2019

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers enter 2019 as the defending national champions, coming off a 15-0 season, with an elite freshman quarterback and one of the top recruiting staffs in the nation. But ESPN believes it would be a mistake to think of Clemson as a flawless team as they begin their title defense this season.According to ESPN writer David M. Hale, Clemson’s biggest obstacle heading into 2019 will be finding replacements and leaders for a plethora of superstar defenders that are leaving school.Specifically, Hale pointed to the team losing five of their top six pass rushers from 2018, who have either declared for the NFL early or have otherwise graduated, as a big obstacle to overcome.For any other team, the turnover on defense would be a huge red flag. For Clemson, it’s more of a minor inconvenience. Yes, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant are all moving on to the NFL, along with Tre Lamar, Kendall Joseph and Trayvon Mullen.Hale added that while the Tigers likely have the players capable of stepping up to the plate physically, the team will need to identify its new defensive leaders.The talent remains stout. The leadership will need to be developed this spring.Ferrell, Bryant, Wilkins, Joseph, and Lamar combined for 32 sacks and 70 tackles for loss in 2018.The Tigers may be one of the betting favorites for the 2019 national championship, but head coach Dabo Swinney will certainly want to identify the team’s new leaders quickly.[ESPN]last_img read more

Lloyd Werft to Lengthen DFDS Ferry

first_imgzoom German shipbuilder Lloyd Werft has been hired to convert the Danish Ro-Ro ferry Primula Seaways, a job that will see the ferry lengthened by 30 meters.Under the contract, Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven will have 31 days to execute the task starting July 1st, with options for two further DFDS ships.The 199.8 metre-long ship will be expanded for 30 metres in the midship section and its damage sustained in a collision off the eastern coast of England in December 2015 will be repaired.Almost 200 metres of the ship’s hull will need to be separated at a point where the overhanging bridge is located. The hull will first be cut vertically and then horizontally to about 10 metres below the bridge. After all the ship’s supply and waste disposal pipe connections have been severed and marked, the front section of the Primula Seaways will be drawn out of the dock, the yard said.The new midship section is 30 metres long, weighs 1,300 tons and is already being manufactured, complete with fittings and painted, at the firm of Rönner Stahlbau Bremerhaven in the Fischereihafen.Tugs will nudge the new midship section into place in front of the stern section in dock in the Kaiserhafen. After the ship’s bow section has also been repositioned in the dock, hydraulic presses will be deployed to connect all parts with millimetre precision.The new Primula Seaways will be 229.8 metres long and boast 4,650 lane metres for 307 trailers. As far as DFDS is concerned, the lengthening will mean a 25% increase in loading capacity.For Lloyd Werft Board Member Dirk Petersjohann this is a sign that the yard, which now belongs to the Genting Group, “does not regard itself purely as Genting’s own house yard” but should and will continue to acquire orders independently on the international shipbuilding market.In February DFDS welcomed two new ferries, Côte des Flandres and Côte des Dunes on its Dover-Calais service.With the addition of Côte des Flandres, DFDS has increased its daily schedule of sailings between Dover and Calais to up to 30 per day. When combined with DFDS’ three ferries on the Dover-Dunkirk route, DFDS now operates six ships in total on the Dover Strait, with up to 54 daily sailings to the two French ports.last_img read more

City Harvest To Honor Chelsea Clinton At 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical

first_imgCity Harvest announced today that it will honor Lise & Michael Evans, Chelsea Clinton, and Chef Geoffrey Zakarian at its 23rd annual gala, Evening of Practical Magic.The event, which will be hosted by Zac Posen, will take place on Tuesday, April 25th at Cipriani 42nd Street and feature a performance by Ja Rule.Lise and Michael Evans, members of the City Harvest family since 2009, will receive the Harry & Misook Doolittle Heart of the City Award for their ongoing commitment to helping City Harvest feed hungry New Yorkers. Michael Evans is a City Harvest Board member. Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, will be presented with the City Harvest Award for Commitment, for her dedication to supporting the organization’s work through volunteerism with the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program. Geoffrey Zakarian, City Harvest Food Council chairman and chef/owner of The Lambs Club, will receive the Mnuchin Family Award for Excellence for bringing together the city’s restaurant community to raise funds, food and awareness for City Harvest’s mission.Guests, dressed in Garden Festive attire, can look forward to a special evening including cocktails and a silent auction, followed by an elegant dinner and dynamic live auction which will feature a private omakase dinner for six in the winner’s home by Masa Takayama, a private concert and cocktail party for 20 guests with violinist Joshua Bell in his Flatiron apartment, and a dinner for up to 20 guests in the winner’s home by Eric Ripert. City Harvest Food Council member Chrissy Teigen, lifestyle expert Martha Stewart, and actor JJ Feild are expected to attend. Sirius XM Radio host and actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard and actress Bridget Moynahan will serve as special guest presenters. Celebrity chefs in attendance will include Eric Ripert, Dominque Ansel, Masa Takayama, Ted Allen, Donatella Arpaia, and Michael Anthony.At the event, City Harvest will launch its “1.4 Million Reasons to Believe” campaign to raise an additional $1.4 million in funds by June 30 to help fill its trucks with food for the nearly 1.4 million residents struggling to put meals on their tables regularly. City Harvest supporters will also be invited to share the reasons they believe in City Harvest via social media using the hashtag #IBelieveinCityHarvest.Evening of Practical Magic is generously sponsored by Stella Artois, Citi, Evian, Patrón Tequila, Westfield World Trade Center, Breville, Mandarin Oriental New York, and I. Halper.Proceeds from the event support City Harvest’s work of rescuing good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to hungry New Yorkers — a mission that has been referred to as “practical magic.” City Harvest’s goal is to raise $2.3 million from the event – enough to help feed over 8,400 families for a year.For more information, please visit read more

Muslims Do not Believe in Freedom Of Speech British Cleric

Rabat – A British preacher is reported to have said that Muslims do not believe in the freedom of expression.Anjem Choudary, a London-based radical preacher wrote a letter, published by American news outlet USA today, saying that Muslims “did not believe in the concept of freedom of expression.”Following the attack on the Paris offices of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, the Muslim activist said in his letter entitled ‘People Know the Consequences’, that “contrary to popular misconception, Islam does not mean peace but rather means submission to the commands of Allah alone.” “Therefore, Muslims do not believe in the concept of freedom of expression, as their speech and actions are determined by divine revelation and not based on people’s desires,” he added.He tweeted:If freedom of expression can be sacrificed for criminalising incitement & hatred, Why not for insulting the Prophet of Allah? #ParisShooting— Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) 7 Janvier 2015Freedom of expression does not extend to insulting the Prophets of Allah, whatever your views on the events in Paris today! #ParisShooting— Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) 7 Janvier 2015According to media sources, Choudary and his small following of hardline Muslims are associating themselves with the ‘Salafist’ school of thought.Last year, he expressed his support for terrorist organization the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, and Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq to fight.“Although Muslims may not agree about the idea of freedom of expression, even non-Muslims who espouse it say it comes with responsibilities. In an increasingly unstable and insecure world, the potential consequences of insulting the Messenger Muhammad are known to Muslims and non-Muslims alike,” he said in the letter.He also put blame on Charlie Hebdo for provoking the attack on its Paris offices that claimed the lives of 12 people.The letter asks: “Why did France allow the tabloid to provoke Muslims?”“Western governments are content to sacrifice liberties and freedoms when being complicit to torture and rendition — or when restricting the freedom of movement of Muslims, under the guise of protecting national security,” he added.Photo Credit: AFP read more

UN backs call for dialogue in wake of Lebanese clashes

27 August 2010The top United Nations envoy to Lebanon today backed the call made by the country’s leaders for dialogue to avoid further tensions following armed clashes earlier this week between Shi’a and Sunni Muslim groups in the capital, Beirut. Three people were reportedly killed on Tuesday when members of the Hizbollah and Al-Ahbash groups fought each other with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.According to media reports, the groups stated that the incident had stemmed from a personal dispute and that each side had agreed to immediately end their differences.UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said he welcomed the efforts of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and of the country’s leadership in restoring calm in the city.“The United Nations strongly encourages the call for dialogue, led by President [Michel] Sleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, to avoid any further tension and any similar incidents to those which occurred on Tuesday evening,” Mr. Williams said in a statement following his meeting with the Minister of Social Affairs, Salim Sayegh.In addition to the clashes, the two men also discussed the political situation and recent developments in Lebanon, including the implementation of Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the conflict between Israel and Hizbollah that erupted in 2006.“We also discussed the work of the Lebanese institutions in promoting stability and security in the country and in addressing the social and economic problems that need to be tackled,” Mr. Williams added. read more

UNs Bosnia mission wraps up operations leaves behind police force fit for

After successfully completing the most extensive police reform and restructuring mandate ever undertaken by the United Nations, the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) will cease operations at midnight tonight.”Bosnia and Herzegovina now has ‘a police force fit for Europe’ firmly based on international standards of democratic policing, and in the service of all citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” UNMIBH said in a statement issued today. “It represents a major stride forward towards European integration.”Starting tomorrow, the European Union Police Mission (EUPM) will take over the tasks performed by UNMIBH, while the UN will remain engaged in furthering the country’s post-war development and recovery through the work of its agencies.In a ceremony on Monday in Sarajevo, the Mission awarded an accreditation certificate to the country’s State Border Service, completing the accreditation of all the country’s law enforcement institutions. read more

Auto parts giant Magna raises concerns about protectionist trade measures

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2017 7:45 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2017 at 12:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Auto parts giant Magna raises concerns about protectionist trade measures Donald J. Walker, chief executive officer of Magna International Inc., is silhouetted as he waits for the company’s annual general meeting to begin in Toronto on Friday, May 10, 2013. Canadian auto parts giant Magna International Inc. cited the rise of protectionist trade measures in the Trump era as a key risk to the auto industry as it reported its latest quarterly results. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette AURORA, Ont. – Canadian auto parts giant Magna International Inc. cited the rise of protectionist trade measures in the Trump era as a key risk to the auto industry as it reported its latest quarterly results.Chief executive Don Walker said Friday any border adjustment tax imposed by the United States would be negative for the industry, but noted it’s still too early to tell what’s going to happen.“The industry as a whole is trying to get all the facts to the right people so at least they understand what the impact might be,” he said during a conference call with financial analysts.“I think it will be quite a while before we really understand what the changes might be, what the impact would be, and nothing happens overnight. But we are very closely watching and having involvement in any discussions.”Magna (TSX:MG), based in Aurora, Ont., has operations in 29 countries including the U.S. and Mexico.In identifying some of its more significant risks in its quarterly financial report, the global supplier said the auto industry is dependent on open borders, particularly in Europe and North America.“The continued growth of protectionist sentiments and implementation of measures which impede the free movement of goods, services, people and capital could have a material adverse effect on our operations, profitability or results of operations,” the company said.U.S. President Donald Trump has said he wants changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, complained about automakers shifting production to Mexico, and raised the possibility of tariffs.He has also pulled the country from participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.The moves in the U.S. come amid rumblings in Europe where Marine Le Pen and her National Front are campaigning on promises to get France out the euro and the European Union.Magna said Friday its profit for the last three months of 2016 amounted to US$478 million or US$1.24 per diluted share, slightly up from a profit of US$476 million or US$1.17 per diluted share in the same period a year earlier.Sales in the quarter totalled US$9.25 billion, up from US$8.57 billion.The company also raised its quarterly dividend to 27.5 cents per share from 25 cents per share. read more

Irfan Smajlagic resigns – Bosna Sarajevo looking for a new coach

← Previous Story SEHA League without General sponsorship Next Story → Omeyer to Montpellier in 2013; Karabatic prolongs contract BiH handballBosna SarajevoIrfan Smajlagic After two seasons, Irfan Smajlagic decided to resign from the position of Bosna BH Gas. Champion of Bosnia and Herzegovina and TOP 16 team in the last edition of the EHF Champions League has financial problems to make respectable team for the TOP European level and Smajlagic’s decision was expected and some media already wrote about his dissatisfaction with the situation.Bosna Sarajevo is now looking for a new coach. Team from Sarajevo will play in the EHF Champions League and SEHA League this season.

Disney lets the Club Penguin domain name expire

first_imgIt’s not like Disney to let the domain name for one of its hottest online properties up and expire without warning. Even so, that’s exactly what happened earlier today with Club Penguin, Disney’s web-based children’s game. The domain name expired on June 13th, but the site finally vanished on the morning of the 20th.It didn’t take long for people – or at least parents with unhappy children – to take notice that the site was gone. In its place, visitors found a generic Network Solutions parked-domain page, advising them to place a backorder request for the domain if they’re interested in purchasing it, or to renew the domain if they’re the rightful owner.AdChoices广告As soon as Disney learned of the situation, they contacted Network Solutions to renew the domain and bring the site back online. At the time of this writing, the site is back up and working normally, although the site notes that some users may not be able to see it yet. Since the URL has been re-registered, Club Penguin users will have to wait until DNS servers around the globe have been updated before all users can access the site again, which in some cases can take up to 72 hours.The issue first appeared on Club Penguin fan blogs like Club Penguin Insider, which went the extra step to squash rumors that the site may have been hacked or inadvertently shut down without warning. According to ZDNet, Disney has been swamped with calls from parents asking when Club Penguin will be available again, and that the company will take corrective action to make sure this doesn’t happen again.Disney purchased Club Penguin from New Horizon Interactive back in 2007 for well over $350 million, and since then the site has grown to become the go-to massively multiplayer game for children 6-14. The game is perhaps best known for its child-centric atmosphere, heavy parental controls, and strict focus on child safety.Read more at Club Penguin, via Club Penguin Insiderlast_img read more

Amazon brings Etch A Sketch app to the Kindle

first_imgGood news for all you kids-at-heart who miss playing with your beloved childhood toy, the Etch A Sketch: Amazon is bringing an app called Doodle to the Kindle that will more or less let you “Etch A Sketch” on your e-reader.If you’re somehow unfamiliar with the Etch A Sketch, and have never seen Toy Story, normally, an Etch A Sketch has a thick, flat gray screen in a plastic frame with two knobs on the frame’s lower corners. When the user twists the knobs it moves a stylus that transfers aluminum powder to the back of the screen leaving a solid line visible to the user. One knob moves the stylus horizontally and the other moves it vertically to create lineographic images.The Etch A Sketch has been a very popular toy since it launched in 1960. Over 50 years later, Amazon is bringing the Etch A Sketch to the Kindle for just 99 cents. Instead of using those pesky knobs to draw your pictures, the Doodle app for Kindle draws lines with the “5-way” controller or the keyboard. One thing that was nearly impossible to do with the original Etch A Sketch was to move diagonally. Most of the time an attempt to draw a diagonal line resulted in a sort of stair-step design, but the Kindle’s keys also allow you to move diagonally. Also, you can draw black lines on a white screen, or white lines on a black screen. Fancy!The Doodle app is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas that we’re surprised we haven’t seen sooner. We’re hoping that the Doodle app won’t take away too much business from Etch A Sketch manufacturer the Ohio Art Company.via Wiredlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_img Thursday 8 Dec 2016, 4:58 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.#AUSTIN STACK: The son of murdered prison officer Brian Stack confronted Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a party press conference.#ORKAMBI: The Health Minister has said that Cystic Fibrosis patients are being used as pawns by pharmaceutical companies in a bid to extract as much money as possible.#BLACKWATER: Over 1,200 dead fish have been found dead along a spawning tributary to one of our main salmon fishing rivers.#CLARE’S ROCKET: Four men arrested in connection with the theft of a champion greyhound have been released without charge.#PACIFIC: A 6.5 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of northern California. Dec 8th 2016, 4:58 PM 6,003 Views Image: Shutterstock/patpitchaya The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… No Comments Image: Shutterstock/patpitchaya Short URL Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Drug users in Dublin consuming entire trays of prescription tablets

first_imgDrug users in Dublin consuming entire trays of prescription tablets “People might not associate their intake of pills with increasing their overdose risk,” says Ana Liffey Drug Project CEO Tony Duffin. By Cónal Thomas 27 Comments Friday 22 Feb 2019, 12:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 22nd 2019, 12:06 AM 32,048 Views Discarded benzodiazepine packaging Source: Daragh Brophy/TheJournal.ieTHE USE OF prescription medication is on the rise among drug users in Dublin’s north inner city as tablets move from the medicine cabinet to the streets. “In the last year we’ve become increasingly concerned about the use of them,” says Tony Duffin, CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, which is spearheading a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of street tablets.According to Duffin, some drug users – who are also taking other drugs – are consuming “trays” of street tablets. “Yes, people take heroin, people take cocaine, alcohol, cannabis etc. But tablets are very much a part of that now.”A tray is whole packet of prescription drugs, also known as a ‘blister pack’. “These days, if someone says they’ve taken some benzos that means they’ve taken a tray,” says Duffin. And that could mean taking 10 or more tablets at a time.“People might not associate their intake of pills with increasing their overdose risk, either” he says.Launching today, ‘Do You Use Street Tablets’ campaign aims to inform users and project workers about the risks associated with taking ‘street’ tablets. In other words, tablets which have been diverted from legal markets, fake tablets or home pressed tablets.Client surveys conducted by Ana Liffey Drug Project reveal that nearly half of respondents reported use of unprescribed benzodiazepines – commonly known as benzos – in the last week while almost 1 in 4 reported use of unprescribed z-drugs and 1 in 10 reported using unprescribed gabapentin – a painkiller designed to prevent serizures – in the last week.Benzos include Valium and Xanax, while Z-drugs include Zopiclone and Zaleplon, which are used to treat insomnia. There has also been a significant number of drug related deaths in Ireland associated with these drugs.For example, diazepam – a benzo – was implicated in almost one third of all poisoning deaths between 2004 and 2015 in Ireland. Deaths related to Pregabalin – typically a capsule – increased from 26 deaths in 2014 to 44 in 2015. Source: Shutterstock/Thongchai S‘Harm reduction’The North Inner City Drug & Alcohol Task Force has been collecting data alongside Ana Liffey Drug Project volunteers on drug trends in Dublin’s north inner city and recently identified street tablets a key trend.Drug use has shifted and changed in Dublin’s north inner city over the years. The uptake in street pills in Dublin can specifically be traced back to crop failure in the Middle East in 2011 which led to a heroin shortage in Dublin.Drug users deprived of their usual fix increasingly turned to benzos instead – leading to a rise in addiction cases.Last July, the Ana Liffey Drug Project launched a campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of using cocaine. Fact sheet and posters surrounding the use of cocaine has now been widely distributed, says Duffin, particularly in universities. Similarly, the aim of ‘Do You Use Street Tablets’ campaign – which includes distributing fact sheets and posters with information on street tablets – is to tailor information about street tablets to both the drug user and those working in addiction services. “One of the things that we don’t people to do is to suddenly stop taking street tablets, either,” says Duffin. “The withdrawal symptoms can be very, very dangerous and difficult.”“This is about getting harm reduction information to people so they’re better informed about the risks they’re taking. And to the workers, those on the ground and to let the wider population know that this happening.” Short URL Share28 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Coroner identifies worker killed in Ohio overpass collapse

first_imgCINCINNATI — Tons of concrete and steel covered the southbound lanes of a major Cincinnati artery Tuesday after an overpass collapse during demolition work left one worker dead, a tractor-trailer driver injured and police considering what the potential toll might have been had the accident occurred amid heavy traffic.The removal of debris from Interstate 75 began Tuesday afternoon and was expected to take 24 to 48 hours. Ohio transportation authorities will then assess the pavement where the section of overpass deck landed Monday night with what a resident described as an earth-shaking thud. The Ohio Department of Transportation said it’s difficult to predict how long pavement repairs might take without seeing the damage.Cincinnati authorities said casualties could have been much higher had the accident occurred at a busy time on the interstate that carries more than 178,000 vehicles a day through the area some five miles north of the Ohio River.“The situation could have been significantly worse,” Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said Tuesday. “It’s just timing that we only had one fatality.”Authorities identified the worker who was killed as Brandon William Carl, 35, of Augusta, Kentucky. The Hamilton County coroner’s office will do an autopsy to determine cause of death; Cincinnati fire officials said the body was recovered from rubble with the help of air bags and special equipment early Tuesday morning, about four hours after the accident.last_img read more

Motorist Crashed Into Anchor Point Post Office

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers responded to the Anchor Point Post Office after reports that a motorist drove through the front of the building Friday afternoon. In an email from Megan Peters, spokeswoman with the Alaska State Troopers: “We got the report at approximately 1:53pm. An employee and someone nearby called it in. Initially fire went out because they thought the driver may need to be extricated, but the driver got out on their own.” According to Peters, as of 4pm Troopers are still on scene investigating and arranging a tow. There were no reported injuries.last_img