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first_imgSydney: Former captain Allan Border feels Australia should pick their best six batsmen for the upcoming Ashes series against England beginning August 1 in Birmingham. Border revealed his first choice team to foxsports.com.au, naming southpaws David Warner, Marcus Harris and Usman Khawaja as his preferred top three. “The top three batsmen are left-handers, which is not necessarily the wrong thing,” Border said. “A lot of people jump up and down about picking too many left-handers but if they are your best players then go with them. If they were right-handers, no one would say anything,” he added. The former Australia skipper also stated that wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade should come into the side considering his good domestic form. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”I’d be very tempted to go with Wade. You talk about picking the guys in form, and he’s in great form. (Marnus) Labuschagne might get that guernseys in that he can bowl some pretty handy leg-spin and he’s good in the field too,” Border said. “Wade can bowl some medium pace. He can get it through alright, you could sling him half a dozen overs if you had to here and there.” The 63-year-old also advised the Australian team to resist from temptation of playing an all-rounder at the number six spot and instead play a proper batsman. “I wouldn’t go the all-rounder at No. 6. I’d pick a straight out-and-out batsman. England’s conditions are a bit softer underfoot and temperature wise. There’s not as much physicality and stress on the bowlers,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – The overall number of prescriptions for opioids has increased over the last five years, but doctors have been giving patients fewer doses at one time, a report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information has found.The report, released Wednesday, shows the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent between 2012 and 2016, while daily doses on average dropped by five per cent — to 226 million from 238 million.Last year, 21.5 million prescriptions for the potent painkillers were dispensed, up from 20.2 million prescriptions in 2012, CIHI reported. Most were for chronic non-cancer pain relief.“Opioid prescriptions are still going up, but the encouraging trend we’re seeing is the quantity of doses that are being dispensed is going down,” said Michael Gaucher, director of pharmaceuticals and health workforce information services at CIHI.“When you put those two together, it’s encouraging in that the fewer doses being dispensed per prescription means that these drugs are being reviewed more regularly and potentially stopped or at least being assessed and switched perhaps to another mode of pain management,” he said.However, the report also found that Canadians are increasingly being prescribed stronger opioids. In 2016, about 57 per cent of all opioids prescribed were high-potency; four years earlier, that figure was 52 per cent.Canadians 65 and older were those most often prescribed opioids over the four-year period covered by the report, Gaucher said.“When we looked at how often they were being prescribed in the different age groups, about one in five seniors received at least one opioid prescription in a given calendar year.”CIHI data also show that one in eight seniors prescribed an opioid were put on a high-potency drug — such as oxycodone, morphine or the fentanyl patch — for 90 days or longer, he said, noting that the stronger opioids are generally used to relieve more severe pain.“There are a lot of negative outcomes from prescribing opioids to seniors that go beyond death,” said Dr. Robert Strang, co-chair of the federal-provincial Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.“There are substantive negative impacts on people’s lives,” Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, said in a release.Seniors are at greater risk for opioid-related harms due to several factors, including age-related changes in drug absorption and metabolism, and cognitive changes that may increase the risk of accidental drug poisoning.The report said six types of the powerful narcotics — codeine, tramadol, oxycodone, hydromorphone, morphine and the fentanyl patch — accounted for more than 96 per cent of all opioids prescribed between 2012 and 2016. Of these, the last four are typically given for moderate to severe pain.Gaucher said it’s unclear what’s driving the use of high-potency opioids, but the greying of the population and the attendant pain-inducing medical conditions that accrue with age could be a factor.Since 2012, the number of prescriptions for strong opioids other than the fentanyl patch jumped by 19 per cent, while fentanyl prescriptions declined by almost seven per cent.Gaucher doesn’t know why the fentanyl patch has fallen somewhat out of favour. But he speculated that the high number of overdose deaths, many linked to illicit fentanyl, may have raised both physician and patient awareness of the potency of the prescription form of the drug and its potential harms, leading to reduced use.In June, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported 2,458 apparent opioid-related deaths for the previous year across the country (excluding Quebec). More than 900 of those fatalities occurred in British Columbia.Concern over overdoses with a strong opioid such as the fentanyl patch may have left doctors wondering: “Is it the best choice or is there another choice that may be better?” Gaucher suggested.CIHI also found that opioid prescribing practices varied across the country, with Quebec and British Columbia reporting the lowest number of daily doses per 1,000 residents (3,601 and 5,496, respectively) and Alberta (7,955) and Newfoundland and Labrador (7,878) the highest.Quebec’s figure is not only the lowest in the country, it’s almost half of the Canadian average of 6,110 daily doses per 1,000 people.“This new report rightly points out that we need to look at Quebec in much more detail and try to figure out why it’s so different from the rest of the country with regard to opioid prescribing,” said Strang.While it’s not known why Quebec has such low dose-dispensing levels relative to the rest of the country, Gaucher said demographics, overall population health status and prescribing practices by physicians could all play a role.“But part of it could just be increased awareness of prescribers and the attention they’re paying to managing pain with opioids, given the crisis situation.”Both B.C. and Nova Scotia adopted opioid prescribing guidelines in 2015, and both experienced decreases in dispensing a year later, with daily doses per 1,000 population declining by almost 12 per cent in B.C. and by six per cent in Nova Scotia.Strang said it would be ideal to see a marked reduction in the prescribing of all opioids, especially high-potency formulations.“(But) we have to acknowledge that this is a balancing act,” he said. “While we’re trying to reduce the prescribing of opioids overall, we have to recognize that there are people who, for a very significant period of time, have been dependent on strong opioids.“We’re not going to change that overnight.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsLake St. Martin First Nation was swept away in the 2011 spring floods. The buildings were wiped out, and all of the community members were evacuated.A new, temporary village is being built while the people of Lake St. Martin wait in hotels in Winnipeg. But they say their stay is becoming uncomfortable.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler finds out why.last_img

MEXICO CITY — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says Mexico won’t respond to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of coercive tariffs with desperation, but instead will push for dialogue.López Obrador says he has dispatched Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard to Washington to show Trump data that Mexico has been taking action to slow illegal immigration.Trump threatened Thursday to impose tariffs starting at 5% and increasing incrementally if Mexico does not convince him that it’s doing more against illegal immigration.López Obrador said Friday the Mexican people “don’t deserve this kind of treatment.”He noted that most migrants passing through Mexico are Central Americans fleeing their countries because they are unable to find work or live safely there.He says Mexico will not commit human rights violations.The Associated Press read more

Sri Lanka today completely ruled out any possibility of having foreign judges in its investigations on war time human rights abuses.President Maithripala Sirisena told media heads in Colombo that Sri Lanka’s position was clearly communicated to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month. At the UNHRC last month some countries, including Canada called on Sri Lanka to fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process. Some Tamil groups have been saying that without the participation of foreign judges the accountability process will not be seen as being credible. (Colombo Gazette) The Canadian delegation in Geneva had said that Canada was disappointed by the slow progress in implementing commitments to advance peace and reconciliation, political stability, human rights and accountability.Canada reiterated the desire for the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that a process of accountability is established that will have the trust and confidence of the victims of this war. Sri Lanka was represented at the Geneva session by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and Ministers Dr Sarath Amunugama and Faizer Mustapha. read more

At the same time, the Secretary-General voiced his continuing concern about the increasing violence affecting the unarmed civilian population and by threats that fighting could spread further into urban areas, a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement. It was the Secretary-General’s hope, the spokesman said, that the release of imprisoned troops, which was scheduled to take place on Thursday, would be a step towards greater confidence and concrete agreements in ongoing peace talks between the Government of Colombia and the FARC. “In particular, the Secretary-General wishes to underscore the international community’s call to the parties, as a matter of priority, to conclude agreements on respect for human rights and international humanitarian law,” the statement said. read more

by News Staff Posted Jan 12, 2014 2:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Popular 17th Avenue bar shuts its doors Twenty-three years ago, Calgary’s Melrose Café & Bar opened its doors on 17th Avenue.Now, the self-titled “Heart of the Red Mile” has announced it is closing its doors forever.A release on the restaurant’s website said the owner will instead be focusing on the Cowboys Casino location.Scott Crockatt with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce said he didn’t see this coming.“The closure of Melrose certainly came as a suprise and we’re seeing some reaction to it on social media, in particular,” he said.There is no indication of what will be moving into the staple location on 17th Avenue near 7th Street SW, but Crockatt said there will be lots of interest.“I think this will be a rare opportunity for some business, 17th Avenue has very, very low vacancy rates, Calgary does in general,” he said. “I can’t say exactly how rare of an opportunity this is, but it’s certainly not frequent.”Melrose has been an active cheerleader for the Calgary Flames, and served as a hub during the team’s 2004 playoff run. read more

Spirit of Christmas festival in Bragg Creek by News Staff Posted Dec 13, 2014 3:21 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Tis the season for celebration west of Calgary!A festival continues Sunday in Bragg Creek from noon until 4:00 p.m.Organizer Marina Cook says it is the perfect time to get into the spirit of Christmas.“Everything is free of charge, it’s sponsored by local merchants, the Chamber of Commerce, Alberta Fire and Flood, the Gardner community, so we try and make it so families can come out and the only cost is going to be their gas to get here”, she said.Cook adds with the snow it will look like a magical winter wonderland, complete with a visit from Ol’ Saint Nick and Anna and Olaf from Frozen!More details are listed here. read more

first_imgThe Household Cavalry rehearse in Hyde Park  “All horses were subsequently returned to the stables and are making a good recovery.”The Ministry of Defence is particularly grateful to members of the local community, the police and veterinary staff from Nottingham University, who helped to get the situation under control and the horses home so quickly.”A spokesman for Leicestershire Police said: “Some of the horses were involved in minor collisions but no one from the vehicles have reported being injured. The Household Cavalry rehearse in Hyde Park  A woman told how she thought she and her mother would be killed as the horses charged towards their car.In a post on the Melton Police Facebook page, she said: “ Very lucky to be here to tell the tale as I honestly thought me and my mum would be killed.“After avoiding a head on with another vehicle to emergency stopping on the verge to then have 21 horses charging at you smashing the car as it passed with glass landing all over me while screaming at my mum to stay down trying to cover her while whipping her seat back. “Such a horrific incident. I hope when the mindless people are caught they get the book thrown at them as this could have resulted in numerous fatalities. Horses of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment photographed at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2016 “We understand the shock and anger the incident may have caused but we ask that people don’t speculate on social media.”He added: “We would like to speak to anyone who may have been driving in the area and witnessed the incident or were involved in a collision with any of the horses and haven’t yet reported the incident to police to contact us.”We’d also like to thank everyone who assisted officers in locating and securing the horses.”center_img “Luckily for us were just shook up and aching from the collision although I have to add this has really upset my mum who is a very strong woman.”The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said all were safety returned, while the police appealed for information.Residents said it was a “miracle” none of the horses were killed, with a scene of “absolute carnage” narrowly avoided when some of the horses were stopped just short of a dual carriageway.One woman claimed a collision with one animal had written a car off, with smashed glass feared to have injured horses.The incident took place at around 11.15pm on Friday, with horses finally returned to the stables by 2.30am.In a statement, the MoD said: “We can confirm that a number of military horses were released from the Defence Animal Training Regiment fields late on August 4. Police are investigating after 21 horses belonging to The Household Cavalry were let out of their field, causing “absolute carnage” on a nearby road.The horses, which were resting from their duties with the Queen’s Life Guard, bolted when they were released from the RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton Mowbray, Leics.They were reportedly seen being chased by three people on motorbikes, beeping their horns and revving engines.Several were hit by vehicles as they cantered up to six miles away from the base, before all were eventually rounded up by members of the public, police and vets using cars and horse boxes. 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. Horses of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment photographed at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2016last_img read more

first_imgIn a recent blog post, Goldcorp explained how ‘going electric’ at its Borden gold development project in Ontario, Canada, is having a positive impact on ventilation requirements and mine air heating.The company previously laid out plans to use all-electric equipment at the project with a fleet that includes Sandvik DD422IE automated battery/electric jumbos and MacLean Engineering 975 Omnia Bolter battery bolters, as well as Sandvik LH514E electric LHDs.Goldcorp, which recently said all mine infrastructure to support production at Borden was in place, is now seeing the benefits of this equipment on the planned ventilation network.“Worker health and safety is of the utmost importance at Goldcorp and air quality is a high priority in underground operations,” the company said in the first of three blog posts on Borden’s ‘going electric’ strategy.“Ventilation fans, air ducts, and infrastructure such as fresh air intake raises, are necessary to distribute fresh air, and as a result are indispensable to ensure the health, safety and comfort of anyone working underground. However, as mine development progresses deeper, costs rise as it takes more effort to deliver quality air.”To conserve energy and save money without compromising safety and air quality, Borden has implemented a ventilation on demand (VoD) system. The amount of energy supplied to the fans is governed by the air flow, which in turn is determined by workplace conditions and the amount of equipment and people in an area. VoD allows a mine to automatically adjust underground ventilation by controlling the fans remotely through a computer interface on surface.This system rides on the quality of the IT infrastructure, Goldcorp says.At Borden, this is accomplished by using coaxial cables and backing them by fibreoptic cabling back to surface. “The coaxial cables are great for underground environments,” the company said, explaining they are cheap and easy to maintain – a big advantage in areas that are impacted by blasting and see a lot of mobile equipment moving back and forth.The VoD system then automatically determines the ventilation requirements in that area and will supply fresh air accordingly.The system makes those decisions by collecting and analysing data from underground sensors for air quality, temperature and equipment and personnel locations. This significantly reduces the amount of energy consumed by the fans. In addition, maintenance costs will decrease as they are not running constantly when not needed.But, Goldcorp stresses the big synergy between battery electric equipment and VoD is the need for a solid communications backbone.“As with any source of energy, there are associated risks, which in the case of batteries is the integrity of the battery itself,” the company said.To manage the risks around batteries, the battery temperatures and voltages are monitored continuously at Borden to look for anomalies that indicate issues.This communication network is, in turn, also beneficial to enable proximity detection, VoD, tagging and tracking, and in more general terms, “turning Borden into a modern data-rich mine”, the company said.The absence of diesel equipment has not only significantly reduced ventilation requirements and costs, it has even impacted the design of the mine itself, according to Maarten van Koppen, Senior Project Engineer at Goldcorp.“Drifts are now designed to be smaller since the ventilation ducting is smaller, and the number of auxiliary fans was cut by half or more. In addition, we avoided the need to develop a return air raise in the mine, which probably would have been very visible from the lake in winter due to the condensation plume,” he said.“Keeping the Borden operations invisible to our neighbours on the lake is one of the key design criteria for the project, and we saved a fair bit of money along the way.”last_img read more

first_imgAnonymous, the collective group known for its politically-charged hackers, has announced its next victim: Facebook. In a YouTube video from account “FacebookOp,” Anonymous speaks to the “citizens of the world” in a slightly-terrifying robotic voice, explaining its plans to destroy Facebook.The video encourages viewers to “join the cause” and “kill Facebook for the sake of your own privacy.” The video claims that Facebook has been selling our information to clandestine agencies and giving it to security firms so they can spy on us. According to Anonymous, even if we’ve protected our information with the various Facebook privacy settings, nothing is private. “Facebook knows more about you than your family,” Anonymous said. Also, deleting your account is also impossible. The group says that even if you delete your account, all your personal information stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time.Anonymous is known for launching distributed denial-of-service attacks which harms its target by getting a large group of people to access the site continually until the influx in traffic slows the site down so much that the servers can’t handle it.Since Facebook is such a huge site–750 million users huge–it would take a lot for Anonymous to slow down Facebook’s servers. Anonymous tried to take down Amazon in the same way earlier this year, but Amazon’s huge amount of server power was too much for the group.The group is giving us time to think and “prepare for a day that will go down in history” before they deploy the attack on (remember, remember) the 5th of November.via Village Voicelast_img read more

Barnes is ready to play in the Europa League with Burnley

first_imgBurnley are very likely to qualify for the Europa League because of their successful  Premier League campaign and Ashley Barnes is certain that he and his teammates will be able to handle it.It has been always difficult for minor clubs to handle playing in both domestic league and European competitions but Barnes believes that Burnley will be able to deal with this situation which is going to be a new one for them.The Burnley player spoke about his side’s future as he said, according to Sky Sports:“Of course it will be difficult but it’s another challenge we will be ready for.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“It’s going to be another tough season, we have still got two games left this year. Hopefully, we can finish on a high and come back next year ready.”“We obviously have to qualify for the group stages so it’s going to be difficult but it’s a challenge we look forward to.”“This has been a fantastic season. If you look at the teams above us, it’s an unbelievable achievement to be behind those six teams.”last_img read more

US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter US says California rejects proposed border duties for troops SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard’s initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided.“The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations,” Ronald Vitiello, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s acting deputy commissioner, told reporters in Washington.Brown elicited rare and effusive praise from President Donald Trump last week for pledging 400 troops to the Guard’s third large-scale border mission since 2006.But the Democratic governor conditioned his commitment on his state’s troops having nothing to do with immigration enforcement, even in a supporting role.Brown’s announcement last week did not address what specific jobs the California Guard would and would not do and or answer the thorny question of how state officials would distinguish work related to immigration from other duties.Vitiello said the governor decided California will not accept terms of an initial troop rollout for the state that was similar to plans for the other three border states, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.According to two U.S. officials, the initial jobs for those troops include fixing and maintaining vehicles, using remote-control surveillance cameras to report suspicious activity to U.S. Border Patrol agents, operating radios and providing “mission support,” which can include clerical work, buying gas and handling payrolls. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Thomas Keegan said “state officials have not rejected anything” since Brown proposed a formal agreement Wednesday with the Homeland Security and Defense Departments that prohibits any involvement in immigration.“The federal government has not yet responded,” Keegan said in an emailed statement.Vitiello said the federal government wanted 237 troops for work in two parts of the state that California “has indicated they will not perform,” but he emphasized that California may participate in other ways that must still be worked out.“We are anticipating additional requirements, and we got a signal from California that they are interested in improving border security,” Vitiello said. “So, at some point that might come together.” Posted: April 16, 2018 Updated: 4:50 PMcenter_img April 16, 2018 AP, AP last_img read more

Key West couple cited after illegal shrimp sale on Facebook

first_imgKEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A Key West couple was charged with selling shrimp illegally through social media.According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the couple had made a Facebook post offering five pounds of shrimp for $40.A deputy came across the post and confirmed with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that the couple did not have any commercial fishing licenses.They were both issued citations.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Benefit held in Naples for Miccosukee officer killed in Alligator Alley crash

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. (WSVN) — A benefit held in Naples raised money for the family of a Miccosukee Police officer who was killed in an Alligator Alley crash.The Fallen Officers, part of the the Robert L. Zore Foundation, teamed up with Naples Boat Rentals on Sunday to create a barbecue fundraiser at a marina to raise money for Sgt. Steven Greco’s family.Greco died in a wrong-way collision along the eastbound lanes of Interstate 75, right before exit 27 in West Broward, Feb. 16.Authorities said 32-year-old Curtis Woolwine II was going west in the eastbound lanes when his 2016 Chevrolet collided with Greco’s 2016 Dodge Charger.Crews airlifted Greco to Broward Health Medical Center, where he later died. He was 40 years old.The fallen officer left behind a wife nine months pregnant with their first child.Greco’s family set up a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses. To help out, click here. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Candidate Mike McCoy Discusses His Campaign For State Rep

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Community Television Executive Director Shaun Neville recently interviewed State Representative Candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) as part of WCTV’s 2018 Candidate Conversations series.Selectman McCoy answers the following questions:Why are you in this race?Discuss your decision to enter the race after State Rep. Miceli’s sudden passing, just days before the filing deadline.Describe your background, what you bring to the table, and how long you’ve lived in the area.What binds the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington, and their people, together?Why are you the best candidate to represent this district?Tell us about your campaign thus far. What have you been up to? What will you be doing leading up to Election Day to get your word out?Watch the 11-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/2/5/0/1/7/7/25017723-500a-4435-b2bd-e8609db34dd41532035292.080%2B36817991.124%40castus4-wilmington%2B15320884581532087776836540.vod.720p.Candidate%20Conversations_%20State%20Rep%20-%20Mike%20McCoy.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Candidate Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Her Campaign For State Rep With WCTVIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Candidate Erin Buckley Discusses Her Campaign For State Rep With WCTVIn “Videos”STATE REP RACE: Candidate Erika Johnson Discusses Her Campaign For State Rep With WCTVIn “Government”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 29 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 36.21 points down to stand at 20647.30. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 6.00 points down to stand at6120.25. Maruti Suzuki and Adani Enterprises Ltd were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.11% and 6.09% along with HPCL and Indian Oil Corporation with an increase of 5.61% and 5.35% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Indian Overseas Bank and Sobha Developers Ltd with a decrease of 5.83% and 5.34% along with Pipavav Defence and Financial Technology with a decrease of 4.97% and 4.19% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 13.96 points at 11,587.96 while the banking sector is down 72.06 points at 11,948.42 and the realty sector is down 4.87 points at 1,226.36. The Indian currency is up 0.25% at Rs 62.36 per dollar.last_img read more

Keep the Noises Off on Delhi stage

first_imgThat ‘thing’ behind the curtains or between the sheets or better off behind the stage is what Atul Kumar has put up this time in his play titled Noises Off. After creating a wave with his cult Piya Behroopiya, the director gears up to put together an act to see what transpires between actors, directors, stage hands etc. ‘It is a play within a play about a theatre company trying to put up a sex farce but because of their incompetence the entire thing turns into a big fiasco. It’s a comical look at what we all go through as theatre makers. Mainly exploring the noise that is made backstage (talking, fighting, constructing, electric) or as we say in theatre language off-stage as opposed to on-stage.’ said Atul. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Originally written by Michael Frayn, Atul directed the version ten years back and calls it one of the most translated and played comedy in the world- obviously a favourite of the theatre goers.‘I think a long time back Barry John directed a production in Delhi with Lilette Dubey and Shahrukh Khan acting in it,’ he added.So what really inspired this play? ‘It is extremely clever and funny look at what we all as theatre makers go through in our lives while at work and at home. It is a play I have liked since the first time I read it ten years back and I think I will direct it again and again. Whatever be the age and wherever you might be in this world if you do theatre it is difficult to not fall in love with Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNoises Off.’‘We worked very quickly this time- we prepared the play within a month. We rehearsed for 10 hours or so first fortnight and then half a day in the end,’ he added. The play has a 70’s look with dress and makeup. And it was exciting to light up the backstage when the stage turns around to show you the backstage act.Any expectations or apprehensions from the Delhi audience?  ‘They should just come with open hearts and open minds. Noises Off is no deep piece of literature- it is very simply a funny look at the follies of a theatre company- its like saying lets look at this classicaly- a man is going to slip over a banana skin and it is still funny today,’ Atul quipped.Where- Kamani AuditoriumWhen- 17- 18 AugustTimings- 7.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Scientists Destroyed a 507 YearOld Clam While Trying to Pry it Open

first_imgIn the 507 years that Ming the Clam was alive at the bottom of the Norwegian Sea, the world changed. Great empires rose and fell again into the dust, the Industrial Revolution transformed human society, and two world wars claimed millions of lives. Ming’s age was calculated by counting the annual growth rings on his shell. However, the clam’s long life came to an abrupt end at the hands of the very scientists that were attempting to discover his age.Left valve of Arctica islandica shell WG061294R collected from the north Icelandic shelf. (Ming). Photo by Alan D Wanamaker CC By SA 3,0In 2006, a team of British scientists were engaged in a fact-finding mission off the coast of Iceland, as part of a study to discover the effects of climate change. Ming was collected with other specimens after they dredged the seabed.According to the Sunday Times, the scientists pried open the clam, killing it in the process. It was only later that they discovered that Ming was 507 years old, potentially one of the oldest living animals on Earth.Ming the Clam was born in 1499, which makes him the oldest living animal ever discovered. In the year that he was born, Leonardo Da Vinci was painting the Mona Lisa, and the Tudor king Henry VII was sitting on the throne of England.Ming the Clam. Photo by Bangoor UniversityThe clam was nicknamed Ming in the British media, as he was born during the rule of the Chinese Ming dynasty.In Iceland, he was named Hafrun, a female Icelandic name roughly translated as ‘mystery of the ocean’. The actual sex of the clam, however, remains unknown. He (or she) had been alive for so long it was impossible to determine.Ming’s untimely death may not have been entirely in vain. The scientists who discovered him hoped to analyze the growth rings on his shell in order to uncover the secrets of long life, in addition to understanding the long-term effects of climate change near the Arctic.Scientists funded by Help the Aged are attempting to find clues in Ming’s rings that will help us to understand why some creatures are able to resist the negative effects of aging. This could pave the way for discoveries that will help people to live for longer.Ming the Clam was born during the reign of the Hongzhi Emperor, who ruled the Ming dynasty in China between 1487 and 1505.The data from Ming’s shell has also helped scientists to understand the impact of climate change on marine life. According to National Geographic, quahog clams provide a particularly useful source of information about marine conditions, as each annual ring growth stores information about the environment and atmosphere in which they lived.By examining each ring, scientists are able to reconstruct historical sea temperatures and climatic conditions. Analysis of Ming, and the other clams in the sample, has demonstrated that changes to the world’s atmosphere since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution are driving changes in sea temperatures and currents. These important discoveries help us to better understand the effects of human-induced climate change.Ocean quahog (Arctica islandica). Photo by Manfred Heyde CC BY-SA 3.0Ming the Clam is the oldest (non colonial) animal ever discovered, whose age can be calculated precisely. However, it’s highly likely that there are many more similar specimens under the sea, which may even be significantly older.The sample taken by the British scientists in Iceland was extremely small, comprising only 200 clams. Although Ming was the oldest clam found in the sample, it’s actually very likely that there are many more clams off the coast of Iceland, which may be 400 years old or even older.According to National Geographic, quahog clams like Ming stop growing when they reach a certain age and size. This means that it’s actually very difficult to tell whether a clam is 80 years old, or 300 years old.Read another story from us: Extinct Predator Cave Lions Could be Brought Back to LifeAlthough Ming’s life was cut short prematurely, he’s an important reminder that the oceans contain many mysteries yet to be discovered.last_img read more

Italy dishes out hefty fines for hogging beach spots

first_imgTags: Italy Share Italy dishes out hefty fines for hogging beach spots Posted by Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> FLORENCE – It’s every man for himself on Italy’s beaches, where a new law is preventing overeager sunbathers from claiming coveted beach spots overnight.According to CNN, the habit of staking an overnight spot on the beach with sun loungers and umbrellas has been commonplace throughout Italy’s most crowded summer shorelines for decades. But coast guards are now kicking the habit to the curb by threatening perpetrators with hefty fines of 200 euros.To some, this may sound a bit steep, but La Repubblica reports that things are getting out of control. It has reported the seizure of 30 umbrellas, 37 loungers, towels and even swimwear on a 100-metre strip of sand in Livorno. In Roseta Cap Spulico, 200 umbrellas and beach chairs have been seized after complaints from tourists.In Tuscany’s Cecina, it is now illegal to leave unattended equipment on a beach before it opens at 8:30 a.m.It’s believed that the main culprits of all this beach hogging include umbrella operators and sun-seekers hoping to reserve space for friends and relatives. Hopefully, with the new fines in place, calling shotgun on prime beach real estate will be a thing of the past in Italy. Monday, August 15, 2016 last_img read more