Uttar Pradesh Police admit youth was lynched

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday admitted that a youth in Bareilly district was lynched to death by a mob after they suspected that he wast trying to steal their buffaloes, hours after they had claimed that he died due to a drug overdose. The youth had recently returned from Dubai, where he had worked in an embroidery unit.The police was forced to backtrack on their version after the post-mortem report contradicted their claim and revealed that the youth had died of internal injuries. The youth, identified as Shahrukh Khan, died on Wednesday morning after he was allegedly thrashed by a mob in Bholapur Hindoliya village in Cantonment area of Bareilly. According to the police, Shahrukh along with three friends had gone to the village early on Wednesday, with the intention of stealing buffaloes. “They were running away with the buffaloes when the villagers chased them. While three persons managed to escape, the fourth (Shahrukh) was caught by the villagers, who handed him over to the dial 100 police services,”said Abhinandan, SP city Bareilly. The youth was allegedly thrashed by the villagers following which the police took him to the district hospital where he succumbed the next morning. Initially, the officer had claimed that the youth, who he said was a “habitual drug” abuser, had died due to an overdose. Based on the panchayatnama report, Mr. Abhinandan had said that Shahrukh did not have external injuries on his body and as per doctors he “had consumed something due to which he died.” However, the autopsy report contradicted the police claim and revealed that Shahrukh had received serious injuries to his kidneys and liver, and did not show an overdose of substance. Mr. Abhinandan confirmed to The Hindu that Shahrukh had died due to the mob lynching. “The post-mortem showed that he had some internal injuries because of which he died. The injuries were suffered due to the assault,” Mr. Abhinandan said.Shahrukh’s brother Firoz Khan, however, dismissed the police allegation that his brother had gone to the village to steal buffaloes. He alleged that the three youths he was with took him to the village and fed him some tablets.last_img read more

Healthy after kidney transplant, Merritt returns to worlds

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Merritt won bronze at the 2015 world championships in Beijing with his kidneys barely functioning because of a genetic disorder. He received the transplant from his sister less than a week later. Now healthy, he’s ready to see what he can do with worlds being held at the venue where he won an Olympic gold medal during the 2012 London Games.“I always felt once I was healthy, all it would take is for me to put in the work,” Merritt explained. “That’s something I’ve been lacking. I haven’t been able to put in the work in two years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarris proved uncatchable as he finished in 13.24 seconds. Merritt was 0.07 seconds behind, and former University of Oregon football player Devon Allen took third.“I talked with (Merritt) when we first got here and asked him how he felt, and he said he felt really good,” Harris said. “It was great to hear that.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Tennis: McEnroe ranks Serena 700th on men’s tour The 31-year-old Merritt knew he would be able to make a strong return to the hurdles — even if others didn’t buy in.“I was told, ‘You’ll never come back to the sport with the medications you have to take that are life long,’” said Merritt, whose mom and sister were in the stands. “It was something that went in one ear and out there other.“No matter what someone may tell you, whether it’s a doctor or not, you can’t give up hope. You always have to stay positive and look at the brighter picture.”The highlights from the last day of nationals:DID YOU SEE THATADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIEScenter_img What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games From left, Devon Allen, Aries Merritt, and Aleec Harris run the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. Harris won the event, Merritt finished second, and Allen finished third. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Aries Merritt will be making a return to the world championships. This time, with a working kidney.The world-record holder Merritt finished second behind Aleec Harris in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track and field championships Sunday. His place — as long as it was top three — didn’t really matter. He just wanted a spot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “The 200 is my baby. I love this race,” Stevens said. “It felt to go out there and execute the way I know I could.”THE COLLEGE TRYKendell Williams of the University of Georgia captured the heptathlon title and Florida’s Eric Futch won the men’s 400 hurdles.They both won at NCAA championships earlier this month. Williams’ brother, Devon, earned a spot in the decathlon earlier at nationals.QUOTABLE“It seems like everyone I grew up with 12 years ago on this circuit is no longer competing,” said pole vaulter Jenn Suhr, who won a gold medal at the London Games. Suhr finished second to Sandi Morris on Sunday.FACTS & FIGURES17-year-old Sydney McLaughlin set a world under-20 record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.82 . … Evan Jager (steeplechase), Ajee Wilson (800), Jarrion Lawson (long jump), Emmanuel Corvera (men’s race walk), Maria Michta-Coffey (women’s race walk), Bryan McBride (high jump), Donavan Brazier (800) also won. … Teenager Noah Lyles was one of the favorites in the 200, but didn’t race in the semifinals because of a strained right hamstring. LaShawn Merritt didn’t start, either. In the women’s 200, Allyson Felix didn’t race the final. Felix and Merritt already have automatic entries into worlds in the 400. … Clayton Murphy was dealing with hamstring issues and didn’t race in the 800 final.ON DECKWorld championships in London from Aug. 4-13. MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire One of the biggest crowd eruptions was on Ryan Crouser’s final heave in the shot put, when he surpassed Joe Kovacs. Crouser had a mark of 74 feet, 3 3/4 inches (22.65 meters) to hold off Kovacs, who already had an automatic bye into worlds as the defending world champion.“It’s a confidence boost, showing I can come through on the last throw,” Crouser said.FAST RACEOlympic 400 hurdles gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad won the event at nationals in a fast race that saw the top three all go under 53 seconds.“That’s so amazing,” Muhammad said.CAUGHT AT THE LINEJust like in the 100, Christian Coleman took the early lead in the 200. And just like in the 100, he was caught at the last moment. Coleman was out-leaned at the finish by Ameer Webb, who finished in 20.09 seconds to win by 0.01. Elijah Hall-Thompson, who’s coached at the University of Houston by Carl Lewis, was third.“Racing at this high level you can never think you have it,” Coleman said. “He got me today.”FROM THE OUTSIDEOregon standout Deajah Stevens won the 200 from the outside lane, edging Kimberlyn Duncan and Tori Bowie. 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2 Korean naval warships arrive on goodwill visit

first_imgChennai, Sept 16 (PTI) Two Korean naval warships arrived here today as part of a goodwill visit. As part of celebrating the 70th anniversary of Korean Independence and founding of the Republic of Korea Navy, RoK Cruise Training Task Group had embarked on a 132 day voyage from August 26, a Defence release here said. The group was scheduled to visit 15 countries, including India. “As part of the goodwill visit, Republic of Korea Naval Ships ROKS Kang Gam Chan and ROKS Daecheong arrived at Chennai Port on Wednesday. The visit is expected to bolster navy-to-navy cooperation and is an indicator of the importance given by the Republic of Korea to India,” it said. The visit will include courtesy calls, receptions, ship tours, professional exchanges and sport fixtures between the Naval personnel of Korea and India, it said adding the ships will leave the port Friday, September 18. PTI SA APR RGlast_img read more

Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma, HS Prannoy reach US Open quarter-finals

first_imgIndian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy advanced to the quarter-finals of the men’s singles competition at the USD 120,000 US Open Grand Prix Gold here.Kashyap crossed the second round after his opponent Hungary’s Gergely Krausz retired midway in the second game with the scoreline reading 21-18, 17-6 in favour of the Indian.The Commonwealth Games champion then defeated Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne, seeded 16th, 21-19, 21-10 in the pre-quarters match on the same day.Kashyap will next face compatriot and fifth seed Sameer Verma, who notched up victories over Croatia’s Zvonimir Durkinjak and Brazil’s Ygor Coelho.Sameer, who is making a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, had to fight hard to get the better off Zvonimir 21-19, 25-27, 21-15 in the first match. He then saw off ninth seed Ygor 18-21, 21-14, 21-18.Second seed HS Prannoy, meanwhile, brushed aside Ireland’s Joshua Magee 21-13, 21-17 before staving off a challenge from Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw, seeded 12th, 21-8, 14-21, 21-16 in 48 minutes.Prannoy will face eighth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan next.Among other Indians in fray, third seeds Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Indonesian combo of Hendra Tandjaya and Androw Yunanto 21-16, 21-9 to set up a clash with seventh seeded Japanese Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera.It was however curtains for Harsheel Dani, Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Rituparna Das in singles event.Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen ended Harsheel’s stay with a 27-25, 21-9 win, while Sri Krishna lost 11-21, 10-21 to fifth seed Jang Mi Lee of Korea. Rituparna suffered a 15-21, 20-22 loss to seventh seed Natalia Koch Rohde of Denmark.advertisementMen’s doubles pair of Francis Alwin and Tarun Kona fought hard before losing 19-21, 21-9, 14-21 to seventh seed Hiroki Okamura and Masayuki Onodera of Japan.Women’s doubles pair of Meghana Jakkampudi and Poorvisha S Ram also bowed out with a 18-21, 9-21 loss to seventh seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan.Mixed doubles pair of Manu and Maneesha also suffered a 16-21, 12-21 loss to fourth seeded Malaysian combo of Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios: ‘I wasn’t as scared of Rafa and Roger as I was Andy Murray’

first_img Read more Share on Messenger Read more Australian Open When I played him the first couple of times, I just felt so young on the court. I almost was beaten before I went out there. When I played Roger [Federer], when I played Rafa [Nadal], I wasn’t as scared of those guys as I was of Andy. I knew that his game was a lot tougher for a guy like me to play, I knew he was going to make a lot of balls, so I felt so young when I played him the first couple of times. I didn’t really believe in my physicality.I knew that I couldn’t play long rallies with him and I knew I couldn’t last against him. I would have loved to have played him when he was in his prime as I am now, it would maybe have been a much more competitive match.I’m not saying I would have won. To get one win over him [in the first round of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last summer] was good and I beat him [in 2016] at the Hopman Cup [the mixed team event in Perth] – I know that’s not an official event – but I did play well there.I always tell him, I look at [Novak] Djokovic, I look at how many grand slams he has won and the results he has had and I’m just thinking … I always tell him: ‘Dude, you’re so much better than Djokovic, you should have a way better career.’ I give him shit about it all the time. I’m always telling him that, you’re a tough player to play against. But he definitely had my number on the court. Andy Murray Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Observer He played while three of the greatest of all-time played [Federer, Nadal and Djokovic], which is never easy, and guys like Stan [Wawrinka] in grand slams always step up to the plate. But Andy got the most out of his career, he ticked all the boxes, he did everything to the absolute T, so it’s misfortune for him that his body kind of let him down. But he’s not going to regret anything that he did.It would have been cool to play doubles with him once. I’m not sure where it could be and singles is a priority for him but you never know.Who knows, maybe it could happen at Wimbledon. Fingers crossed, if his body stays good, I would love to play doubles with him there. I’ve never played doubles at Wimbledon before and I think it would be cool. Topics Australian Open 2019 Share on LinkedIn Share via Emailcenter_img Australia sport Share on Twitter Nick Kyrgios The first time I met Andy was when he just absolutely destroyed me in Toronto [in the Masters 1000 event there in 2014]. I lost 2 and 2, I got destroyed. Ever since then we’ve been messaging and hanging out a bit. It seems like forever that I’ve known him, I feel like I’ve known him for a long time, but that was the first time I met him, on the court.We just had a lot of banter between each other. There would be times in the locker room that we would be saying the most outrageous things and there would be about 20 people in the locker room just listening to us go back and forth for about half an hour. We knew when we were together it was going to be a lot of fun and a lot of banter and some good vibes. He’s hilarious, he’s so funny. comment Share on Facebook Reuse this content How the ‘boring whinger’ Andy Murray won over middle England … 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. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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. His tennis gets enough recognition. He was an unbelievable player. He was one of the toughest people I ever played against. But I don’t think he gets enough credit for how he was off the court, just as a normal person. He was so humble, he was so down to earth, he just loved to have some fun, he loved to have a good time.I genuinely got excited to be at the courts and maybe see him during the day and have some lunch with him and just catch up. He made your day better.He took me under his wing when I was young, but then when he knew that I was kind of a free spirit, doing whatever I want to do, it just became more of a friendly-type relationship. When we were together, we never talked about tennis. There was just so much shit-talking and banter, it was so good.Everyone knew that when we were together it was just good vibes, everyone knew that it was so laid‑back. It was so easy to be around him. It was awesome and I’m going to miss him a lot. Share on WhatsApp The growing pains of Andy Murray have lasted for most of his career Tennislast_img read more

Heynckes keeping Bayern grounded

first_imgUEFA Champions League Bayern taking nothing for granted after battering Besiktas, insists Heynckes Sacha Pisani 08:21 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BayernMunich-cropped Bongarts UEFA Champions League Bayern München v Beşiktaş Bayern München Beşiktaş The Bundesliga giants crushed the visitors to the Allianz Arena 5-0 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie, but still have work to do Jupp Heynckes insists Bayern Munich will not take any risks against Besiktas, despite humbling the Turkish visitors 5-0 in the opening leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.German champions Bayern eased to a five-goal demolition in Tuesday’s fixture in Munich after Besiktas were reduced to 10 men early in the match.AdChoices广告Any hope of a competitive result at the Allianz Arena were dashed when Domagoj Vida saw red for a mistimed challenge in the 16th minute, as braces from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski and a Kingsley Coman goal all but secured Bayern’s passage through to the quarter-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, head coach Heynckes refused to get too carried away post-match as Bayern made it 14 successive wins across all competitions.”It’s very difficult for any team to play in the Champions League with 10 men,” Heynckes said post-match. “I still believe Besiktas are a very good team, with many experienced players that have played across Europe.”I’m very happy that we won so comfortably against such a team.”We will still prepare as normal for the return leg. You cannot take any risks in the UEFA Champions League.””I think we saw two different halves,” he continued. “In the first half there wasn’t any tempo to our game, our passing was off and it allowed Besiktas to attack us more.”The opener before the break gave us a psychological advantage and in the second half we saw a different Bayern team. We scored some great goals and played some good football. Of course, I’m satisfied with the performance.”The only blight on Bayern’s victory was the early withdrawal of star attacker James Rodriguez.James was replaced by Arjen Robben just before half-time and Heynckes told reporters: “He felt his calves stiffen up. He will be checked over tomorrow [Wednesday].”last_img read more

India crush West Indies to maintain unbeaten streak in World Cup 2019

first_imgOther Galleries 4 images Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Free Fire India Today League: Team Nawabzade win final and Rs 8.5 Lakh 4 images Thu, 10 Oct, 2019 IND vs SA, 2nd Test: Mayank Agarwal hundred put India on top on Day 1Other Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: 2019 Cricket World CupPackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoBuzztop-IndiaSportsCricket World Cup 2019WC NewsGallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Mohammed Shami removed Chris Gayle and Shai Hope inside the first 7 overs and the Windies never recovered from that early jolt.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Jasprit Bumrah removed Carlos Brathwaite after a stunning catch by MS Dhoni. He then pinned Fabian Allen on the front for 0.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Kemar Roach was pick of the West Indies bowlers claiming 3-36. Two of his wickets came after West Indies used reviews to overturn original not-out decisions against Rohit and Kedar Jadhav.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: MS Dhoni started his innings very slowly but he finished with an unbeaten 56 off 61 balls, which included 16 runs off Oshane Thomas’ last over.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score 4 successive fifties in World Cups as he scored a well placed 72. Kohli also became the fastest to 20,000 international runs during this innings.Thumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Source type: photogalleryShort description: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni scored half-centuries as India hammered West Indies by 125 runs on Thursday to maintain their unbeaten streak in the Cricket World Cup 2019 and reach one step closer to the semi-finals.Preview_unique_id: preview_5d14f2a11e6d51561653921_1557551_editCommentContent Publish date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 – 21:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE4MDEwNjciLCIxNzkyNjIzIiwiMTIwODUyMSIsIjEyMDY1NTAiXSwiY2F0ZWdvcnkiOlsiMTIwODYxNSIsIjE4MDgxMjYiLCIxODA2NjYxIl0sInN1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxODA2NjA4Il0sInN1Yl9zdWJfY2F0ZWdvcnkiOm51bGwsInN1Yl9zdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJwcmltYXJ5X2NhdGVnb3J5IjoiMTIwNjU1MCJ9770x433: Short Headline: India crush West Indies to maintain unbeaten streak in World Cup 2019App headline: India crush West Indies to maintain unbeaten streak in World Cup 20191200×675:last_img read more

Nova Scotia LGBT groups turn up heat on church over antigay speakers

first_imgA church group is being pressured to cancel two speakers at a conference in Pugwash, N.S., next month, amid concerns they promote a homophobic message to young people.The event at Camp Pugwash, a venue owned by the Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is scheduled to run from July 20 to 28, in a week-long conference open to families.Michael Carducci and Danielle Harrison are invited as “youth speakers” at the event. They are leaders of Coming Out Ministries, an Ohio-based Christian group led by “redeemed souls” who tell their personal stories about being “freed from the chains of homosexuality” to follow God.Two Halifax LGBTQ groups — Pride Halifax and the Youth Project — have co-authored a petition asking the church to rescind the invitation, expressing concern that the speakers’ message promotes techniques similar to conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change people’s sexual orientation.“Exposing young people to these messages is extremely problematic and they have no place in modern discourse,” said Adam Reid, executive director of Pride Halifax, who said community members will discuss next steps at a meeting this week.“We want to make sure the organizers of this conference are well aware of the risk and rescind this invite to visitors from the United States.”Reid said his organization decided to make the petition public after first reaching out to the church and receiving no indication that the event would be cancelled.The Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church did not respond to requests for comment from The Canadian Press. Stan Jensen, the Canadian media representative for the church, said in an e-mail last Thursday that he was not aware of any plans to cancel “as of yet.”The Halifax Seventh-day Adventist Church said over Facebook messenger that the church does not promote conversion therapy and said the church is “making this a matter of prayer.”The message also said the accusations of conversion therapy practices against Coming Out Ministries speakers have been “disproven many times.”The Canadian Psychological Association, which condemns conversion therapy, defines it as “any formal therapeutic attempt to change the sexual orientation of bisexual, gay and lesbian individuals to heterosexual,” using methods including “prayer or religious rites, modification of behaviours, and individual or group counselling.”Coming Out Ministries does not claim to offer the therapy — the group’s work is self-described as sharing personal testimonials about the spiritual benefits of leaving behind a person’s homosexual identity.Coming Out Ministries’ website describes the group as led by “four redeemed souls [who] have been plucked from the burning and have joined in a united front to provide education, hope and personal stories of God’s redemptive process.”Carducci and Harrison share their stories about living an openly gay life, before saying they left it behind after hearing Jesus’ teachings. Their speaking engagements and videos are meant to share their stories, so audiences have the opportunity to “[realize] how God’s generous healing for the sexually impure is parallel to the healing process of all sin.”The group also writes that heterosexuality “is not the only plan for His precious children, but is the only one He condones regarding sexual intimacy.”Reid said the suggestion that homosexuality and homosexual acts are impure and unwelcome in the church will have the same negative impact on youth, regardless of whether conversion therapy is used.“They’re not perhaps actually encouraging people to go through a conversation therapy process, the end goal is still the same-to try to get people to deny their sexual and gender identity, which is we know deeply, deeply harmful.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Reid said that as conversion therapy becomes more widely rejected — the City of Vancouver recently introduced a bylaw banning the practice — people who condone the practice are becoming more cautious with their wording.“At this point they’re dancing around the issue. They’re saying the things that people who support, or might condone these sorts of messages, cling to and will further support. So, they’re just getting a little bit clever with the language used,” said Reid.Earlier this month, a New Brunswick retreat featuring speakers who promoted “healing” for the “relationally and sexually broken” was cancelled.Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, a support group for “current or former Adventists who identify as LGBTIQ,” published a statement calling on the Maritime conference to rescind the invitation.“SDA Kinship believes that by promoting these voices as representative of the entire experience within the LGBTIQ community, even though they do not currently identify as such, the church is elevating stories that portray all LGBTIQ people as damaged, sex addicts, drug and alcohol abusers, unfaithful in relationships, and utterly lost if they do not follow the same path of these self-identified ‘redeemed’ individuals. This is not only unfortunate; it is dangerous,” the statement said.A change.org petition was started last week by a person who says the Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has invited Coming Out Ministries to Atlantic Canada before.Matt DeMerchant wrote that Coming Out Ministries visited Sandy Lake Academy, a Bedford, N.S., school affiliated with the Maritime conference, while he was a student.“I became deeply depressed after hearing their message, and even had suicidal thoughts. I was pushed further and further from God and from His church. Their message is dangerous. I have since found peace within myself. I have found God and will never stop worshiping Him, but I still lead a homosexual lifestyle,” DeMerchant wrote.“This is a direct attack on those of us who wish to continue our faith in God and feel safe in our churches.”DeMerchant could not be reached for comment, and Sandy Lake Academy administrators also did not respond to interview requests.Reid said his organization plans to continue calling for cancellation.“Obviously first we’d like to see them cancel, rescind the invite,” said Reid. “Then, you know, it would obviously be nice for them to then make some kind of comment saying this is problematic and we’re going to do some internal review to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”last_img read more

TREB still looking to protect home sales data even though realtors are

TORONTO — The Toronto Real Estate Board is studying ways to ensure Greater Toronto Area home sales data is “protected,” as realtors have rushed to publish the numbers, some of whom posted them publicly, without requiring a password for access.TREB fought the Competition Bureau to prevent the release of home sales data online for seven years, citing privacy and copyright concerns. It had been ordered by the quasi-judicial Competition Tribunal to allow realtors to share a greater amount of data with clients on password-protected websites and took the ruling to the Federal Court of Appeal and lost, then turned to the country’s top court.The Supreme Court of Canada’s refusal last week to hear TREB’s argument put a 2016 order that gave TREB 60 days to allow publication of the data into effect. That prompted a flood of companies to start publishing the numbers.‘Decisive victory for competition’: Supreme Court won’t hear TREB appeal in real estate data caseSupreme Court to weigh in on ‘hugely important’ real estate data battleToronto home sales jump most since 2004 as buyers return to marketHowever, questions remain about TREB’s intention to protect the data, when the order actually takes effect and whether sites that have not required passwords have violated the board’s rules.Real estate online listing portal Zoocasa was among the companies that rushed to publish home sales data and did not require a password, so anyone visiting the site could see the data. But on Monday, it said the data would now only be available to visitors using a password. It did not provide a reason.Lauren Haw, the chief executive officer Zoocasa, said in a statement that her company plans to turn to TREB for guidance on how the industry can use the information going forward, but did not say why Zoocasa, a TREB member, posted the numbers without using password protections or waiting for TREB’s advice.TREB wouldn’t say if it will take legal action against companies that released the data but didn’t use VOWs. The board, which represents 50,000 realtors, also refused to answer questions about whether it is ready to give up its fight to let the data be posted online.The board “will be studying the required next steps to ensure such information will be protected in compliance with the tribunal order once that comes into effect,” board chief executive John DiMichele said in a statement. The board declined requests for interviews and follow-up comments.Because TREB appealed the order at least two times since it was released, there is debate over when the order and the 60 days of preparation time comes into effect. TREB believes the clock started running on Thursday with the Supreme Court decision, but the Competition Bureau told The Canadian Press it thinks the time ran out long ago amid TREB’s numerous appeals.But real estate experts said TREB has little, if any, chance of getting the order modified.“I think this is the final round… This should be it,” said Jonathan Bitran, a McCarthy Tetrault lawyer specializing in competition and anti-trust cases. “There could be some esoteric angle (TREB is) thinking of, but it would be not a regular course type of thing.”He said it’s possible that TREB will try to come to an agreement with the Competition Bureau on any outstanding concerns it has and they can together ask the tribunal for modifications, but without many previous cases of this nature, Bitran was unsure if even that would work.Cameron Forbes, the general manager at the RE/MAX Realtron Realty Inc. brokerage, said he thinks TREB’s talk of “protecting” the data is probably just the organization wanting time to further consult with the 50,000 agents it represents.Realtors need to be educated on what can be published and the Real Estate Council of Ontario, which forbids realtors from publishing home sales data without the permission of buyers and sellers, needs to adjust its regulations, he said.“There is a lot to how you implement something like this,” he said. “It doesn’t just happen.”TREB could crack down on those posting the data, especially if it is not in compliance with the order, but it’s really anyone’s guess if TREB will chase companies, who are complying with all aspects of the order except for the timeline, Bitran said.“Are they really going to chase someone if they are going to be obligated to allow them to do that 60 days from now?” read more

New Shell lubricants blending facility to bolster supply to Indonesian mining

first_imgThe plant will produce Shell’s leading lubricants brands like Shell Rimula (heavy duty engine oil), Shell Spirax (transmission oil), as well as other industrial lubricants. These products will support Indonesia’s growing demand for vehicle motor oils and other lubricants for applications in sectors like mining but also power generation, transportation and the growing infrastructure building sector in the country.“The plant has world-class, automated lubricant blending, filling and packaging technology. It is equipped with a stringent quality control system that tests lubricants at all stages of production to ensure products meet the high quality specifications associated with Shell’s brands. As part of the focus on quality products, the plant will also have a dedicated world-class lubricant-testing laboratory.” As part of its continued growth strategy, Shell recently opened its latest lubricant blending plant in Asia and the largest internationally operated lubricant plant in Indonesia. The facility is located at the Marunda Centre, north of Jakarta and sits on 75,000 square metres of land, equivalent to ten football fields. The plant is capable of producing 120,000 t (136 million litres) of finished lubricants a year. Mining is a key market for Shell in Indonesia including supply of fuels and lubricants to many of the major Kalimantan coal mining operations as well as other metallic mines in the country.“This plant is testament to our confidence in the strength of the lubricants market in the country. Indonesia is the largest lubricants market in Southeast Asia and is one of the growth engines for the industry in the region, alongside China and India. This plant brings our world-class lubricant production capability to Indonesia, strengthening our global supply chain. It enables us to meet the lubricant needs of our Indonesian customers, with our high quality and premium lubricants, made at this new facility. Indonesia’s economy has grown rapidly in recent years and lubricants are an essential enabler for this country’s growth ambitions in almost every sector,” said Mark Gainsborough, Executive Vice President of Shell Lubricants.last_img read more

Lenovo IdeaPad S2 10 set to take on Asus Transformer tablets

first_imgWhile there’s plenty to love about the tablet form-factor, plenty of consumers find the lack of a physical keyboard off-putting. That’s no doubt part of the reason the original Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the cutting-edge Transformer Prime have been popular choices with Android tablet buyers. Now, Lenovo is offering up an alternative: the IdeaPad S2 10.Where Asus chose to outfit the T-Prime with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip, the IdeaPad S2 will ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Krait processor. It’s still a chip with plenty of computational muscle, and until Android apps are coded to take full advantage of multiple cores there’s not a huge advantage to doubling up anyway. Rounding out the IdeaPad S2 10’s hardware are 1GB of RAM, internal storage of 16/32/64GB (along with microSD expansion), a 10.1-inch IPS display pushing 1280×800 pixels, 5MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, and the obligatory micro USB and micro HDMI ports. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ships on the S2 10, and it’s been reskinned with Lenovo’s Mondrian interface — a not-entirely un-Metro homage to the famous artist. Like the Transformer and Transformer Prime, the snap-in keyboard dock converts the S2 10 into an Android netbook. It also packs an additional internal battery which doubles battery life to an impressive 20 hours. Without the dock attached, the S2 10 tips the scales at just under 1.3 pounds and measures 8.7mm thick — which makes it slightly thinner and lighter than the iPad 2. Those marks might not be the ones to shoot for much longer, of course, since rumors about Apple releasing an updated iPad or two have been heating up in recent weeks.Initially, Lenovo will only be selling the IdeaPad S2 in China. The company says it’ll announce plans for the rest of the globe at an unspecified date in the future.via Gizmodolast_img read more

Irelands largestever portfolio of rental properties is on sale for €425mplus

first_img 24,751 Views Carriglea in Bluebell, Dublin 12 Source: SavillsThe agents estimate that the rent for the entire property portfolio will be more than €20 million each year.Lauder said that because new developments aren’t subject to rent controls when first put on the market, the package would represent “a highly competitive” investment for an eventual buyer.“Assuming modest rental growth (4% cap per annum), this yield could rise to 5.5% by the time the developments are completed. We see a scenario where the yield could hit 6% on completion handover.The development of a portfolio of schemes, such as proposed by Marlet, will finally provide scale in the private rental investment sector in Ireland. It may also provide opportunities for new or existing investors, like Ires (Reit), to dramatically grow their Irish footprint. 29 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 7th 2017, 3:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3431655 Share75 Tweet Email5 Image: Savills Ireland’s largest-ever portfolio of rental properties is on sale for €425m-plus The four developments, which are yet to be finished, are scattered across Dublin. Image: Savills Take me to Fora On completion, the four developments will contain a total of 1,170 units – most of which will be two-bed apartments. Cabra Road development, Dublin 7 Source: SavillsSome 255 of the apartments will only have one bed, with the remaining 165 units to be three-bed apartments.The buildings will also contain lounges for residents, business centres, meeting rooms, concierge facilities and gyms.Rental crisisThe most recent rental report from property site Daft.ie highlighted a 13.4% increase in average rents nationwide.The largest increase was seen in Dublin, with prices up 13.9% during the year to an average of €1,668.Rents in the capital are now 15.4% above their Celtic Tiger peak of early 2008, before the property bubble’s dramatic deflation.Ires, Ireland’s largest private landlord, recently set a new ‘benchmark’ for Dublin rents with its new Maple complex in Sandyford.The apartments are listed as available from July with prices starting at €1,925 per month for one-bedroom properties and rising to €2,750 for three-bedroom units.Note: Fora publisher Journal Media Ltd has some shareholders in common with Daft.ie.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie A €425 MILLION-PLUS price tag has been placed on Ireland’s largest-ever portfolio of private rental properties, which are in the process of being built across several different Dublin sites.The sale from Marlet Property Group includes residential schemes that, when completed, will house nearly 1,200 apartments.The company, a joint venture between M&G Investments and local developer Pat Crean, has appointed agents Savills to put the properties on the market this week.In a briefing note to clients this morning, Goodbody analyst Colm Lauder said if the properties were sold as one package for the proposed price of €425 million or more it would “represent the largest single residential investment transaction in Ireland”.The portfolio – dubbed ‘Dublin Living’ – covers three locations in the Irish capital. Work is due to start on three of the developments – St Clare’s in Harold’s Cross, Carriglea in Bluebell and at Cabra Road – in the coming weeks, with all due to be finished by the start of 2020.Mount Argus, also at Harold’s Cross, is due to be finished by mid-next year. Wednesday 7 Jun 2017, 3:00 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Stafflast_img read more

1 firefighter hospitalized after Oakland Park warehouse blaze

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A firefighter was taken to the hospital while battling fierce flames at a warehouse in Oakland Park.Oakland Park Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the blaze near Northwest Ninth Avenue and Prospect Road, at around 6:30 p.m., Monday.Crews were forced to cut their way into the bays to reach the source of the fire.The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for heat exhaustion.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Two Bethel Establishments Reportedly Were Operating as Bottle Clubs

first_imgThe Alaska Alcohol Beverage Control Board says two Bethel establishments have been illegally allowing patrons to bring in and consume their own alcohol, operating as what’s known as “bottle clubs.” But two conflicting statutes in the state alcohol law put certain clubs in a gray area.State Troopers and ABC Board teams have been in discussion with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10041 and an unnamed Bethel restaurant earlier this year after reports that they were allowing people to bring alcohol on site. Shirley Coté is the Director of the ABC Board.“You can’t BYOB to any premises that under the law would require a license,” said Coté.Until late April, the VFW allowed members to bring in their own alcoholic beverage. The ABC board and state troopers say because there were no charges filed they’re not disclosing the name of the restaurant.Michael Calvetti is Commander of VFW post 10041, which has 174 members throughout the Y-K Delta. He says the post was operating under advice they had received from an attorney that under one statute, they are exempt from needing a license. But a separate section of state law specifically outlaws bottle clubs, unless allowed, thus blurring the law.“Because there is a conflict between those two statutes, at this point, we have said we don’t want any alcohol on the premise until ourselves, the ABC board, and the legislative body get to together and discuss and figure out the exact solution to this concern,” said Calvetti.Coté says the two statues indeed collide with each other. In this case, she says there are no consequences for what would be violations of the state’s bottle club law.“We talked to them on the phone, we work with them like we work with a lot of people around the state who are unaware the acts they are doing, they’re unaware that what they’re doing is illegal. We gave them an opportunity to fix it, and they said it was fixed, and unless we get other information that it’s still ongoing, our case is closed,” said Coté.The ABC board last month discussed a change to regulation that would have allowed the VFW to continue, but they elected not to go in that direction.The board pointed to a category of license, a club license, that would apply for the VFW. But that would require them to sell alcohol, but Calvetti says the membership does not want to be in that business.When Bethel voted to go wet in 2009, six establishments, including the VFW applied for liquor licenses. The city protested the applications and they were rejected.The Alaska Legislature could also change state law to allow certain patriotic clubs to operate as they had in the past.As for now, the VFW has a no alcohol sign posted on the door and is in discussions with regulators and lawmakers.“We do not plan on moving forward in any direction with the thought of alcohol until we have something in writing that we know applies to this post. I don’t want a generalization, I don’t want ‘a I think so,’ I want it to be solid so there’s no question on any party’s part,” said Calvetti.Calvetti says the VFW operates a bingo hall and hosts many community events and alcohol is not the focus of the organization. As a non-profit, he says he wants to continue to provide money and support for the community. So far this fiscal year, they have given $150,000 for local causes.Click here to view correspondence between the VFW and the ABC board and the regulations.last_img read more

Alleged rape victim sues Epstein estate Britains Maxwell

first_imgNew York: A woman who says Jeffrey Epstein raped her when she was a teenager sued for damages on Wednesday as US media reported the disgraced financier’s prison guards were asleep instead of checking on him before his apparent suicide. Jennifer Araoz, now 32, filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate, former girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell and three other unidentified accomplices under a New York law that has just taken effect. In the filing, seen by AFP, Araoz said she was recruited at 14 by a stranger outside her high school who said Epstein could help her financially and boost her career. Araoz said Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell on Saturday as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges, showered her with gifts and then began demanding massages. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us She added that the convicted sex offender, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, repeatedly sexually assaulted her before raping her on her final visit to his house when she was 15. Araoz filed the lawsuit in a state court in Manhattan, in the first known civil case against the wealthy hedge fund manager’s estate under New York state’s new Child Victims Act. She said Epstein’s crimes were facilitated by Maxwell, a British-born socialite, and three other women she described as the “recruiter,” “secretary” and “maid.” “For years I felt crushed by the power imbalance between Epstein, with his enablers, and me,” she wrote in a New York Times column. “I’m angry he won’t have to personally answer to me in the court of law. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us But my quest for justice is just getting started,” Araoz added. The law, which extends the statute of limitations for victims of childhood sex abuse, is expected to trigger a wave of lawsuits against Epstein and accused abusers in separate cases. According to prosecutors, Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teens, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Florida, between 2002 and 2005. He denied the charges but faced up to 45 years in jail if found guilty. Epstein, a multi-millionaire who counted Britain’s Prince Andrew and Donald Trump as friends, was charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. Advertise With Us The FBI and Justice Department are investigating how America’s most high-profile remand prisoner apparently managed to take his own life just weeks after an earlier reported suicide attempt. Two employees of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York failed to check on Epstein, 66, for three hours and then falsified prison logs to cover up their error, The New York Times reported. The employees were meant to be inspecting Epstein’s cell every 30 minutes but dozed off, several unnamed law enforcement and prison officials familiar with the matter told the newspaper. The revelations came a day after the warden of the high-security facility was temporarily reassigned and two guards put on administrative leave by the Bureau of Prisons, pending an investigation. US newspapers reported that Epstein had apparently been taken off suicide watch and left without a cellmate, against protocol, while the guards were working overtime due to major staff shortages at the jail. Epstein’s death came a day after a court released documents in which alleged victim Virginia Giuffre said Epstein used her as a “sex slave” and that she was forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen. Even though Epstein’s death ended his criminal prosecution, US Attorney General Bill Barr has said prosecutors would pursue cases against anyone else involved in his alleged crimes. FBI agents raided Epstein’s private Caribbean island on Little St. James in the US Virgin Islands Monday. Maxwell, 57, has always denied allegations against her and has never faced criminal charges. She settled a defamation lawsuit with Giuffre in 2017. Her recent whereabouts had been unknown, but Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper reported Wednesday that she had been living with a boyfriend in Manchester-by-the-sea in Massachusetts. He denied it to news website Axios. Epstein was convicted in Florida in 2008 of paying young girls for massages but served just 13 months in jail under a secret plea deal struck with the then state prosecutor.last_img read more

Get Ready For the Virtual World With This PlayStation VR Gift Guide

first_imgThe PlayStation VR is one of the hottest items in gaming right now and is sure to be one of the most sought-after items. For those looking to purchase the PSVR for themselves or a loved one, though, it’s a bit more complicated than the usual affair of buying a platform. This gift guide will help show you the must-have items needed to set up a PlayStation VR, and some of our favorite games and accessories for it to make your experience the best it can be.PlayStation VR HeadsetTo get cracking with your PlayStation VR experience you’ll need a PlayStation 4 console and the headset itself. This is the unit containing the screen and lenses you’ll look through, the co-processor unit for the PlayStation 4, and the headphone jack that outputs 3D audio. This is one sleek looking product and with an adjustable headband and the ability to slide the lens and display unit forward and backward, everyone in the family can find a comfort zone to jump into the world of VR.$399.99 at Best Buy. Buy It Here.PlayStation CameraThis is the second piece of hardware required for the base PlayStation VR experience. The camera sets on top of your television or monitor and tracks the movements of the lights placed about the headset. This translates the movement of your head into action in the game. The head tracking is one of the things that makes the feel of the PSVR so immersive. You can also use the PlayStation Camera to auto log-in to your PSN account when you start your system, or to include a video of yourself if you’re streaming live.$41.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.PlayStation MoveThe PlayStation Move isn’t required for most PlayStation VR compatible games, but if a game offers an option to use the Move, your experience will almost always be better for it. Like the lights mounted on the PSVR headset translate your head movement into the game, the glowing orbs on the top of each PlayStation Move controller translate your hand movements into actions in-game. Simple actions like shooting a gun, or picking up objects in games are endlessly fascinating when using the Move controllers, and they complete the experience for me.2-Pack for $99.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Power A Charge and Display StandThe Power A Charge and Display Stand is officially licensed by Sony and is a perfect place to display your PSVR instead of leaving it awkwardly lying around somewhere. Once you find a right place for your stand, you can charge a PlayStation 4 DUALSHOCK 4 controller and two PlayStation Move controllers with the base, and feel confident that your PlayStation VR is in a safe and secure place.$39.09 at Amazon. Buy It Here.PlayStation 4 Platinum Wireless HeadsetThe earbuds included in the PlayStation VR base package are adequate, but for those times when you really want to be fully immersed in a game, over-the-ear headphones are the way to go. The PlayStation VR at first glance might seem like it would get in the way of a big set of headphones, but even large sets fit over your ears well without awkwardly fitting over the headset. Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 4 Platinum Wireless Headset not only connects via Bluetooth to any compatible device, but the included 3.5mm cord also allows you to connect them to the PSVR for superb 3D sound.$159.99 at Amazon. Buy it Here.PlayStation 4 ProIf you haven’t pulled the trigger on PlayStation 4 yet, or you’re looking to upgrade your current PS4 for 4K gaming, better textures and framerates in games, more hard drive space, and better VR performance, the PlayStation Pro is the product for you. While the base PlayStation 4 works just fine with the PlayStation VR, the PlayStation 4 Pro is ideal for those who want to commit a lot of time to VR releases or those that have upgraded their TV to a 4K model.$429.99 at Amazon. Buy It Here.Until Dawn: Rush of BloodThis game emphasizes some of the coolest things the PSVR is capable of. This on-rails shooter has you traveling through a very creepy, very deadly carnival, and gives you a great chance to use the PlayStation Move to control the gameplay. Plenty of jump scares, bizarre creatures, and carnage await you in Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and it’s a must-play launch title.$19.00 at Amazon. Buy It Here.PlayStation VR WorldsPlayStation VR Worlds gives you access to five different VR experiences that act as an excellent introduction to the PSVR platform. You’ll trade gunfire with crooks during “London Heist,” descend to the ocean depths in “Ocean Decent,” street luge at perilous speeds in “VR Luge,” explore a nebula filled with ancient starship wrecks in “Scavengers Odyssey,” and play the future of sports in “Danger Ball.” Each of these experiences is a great way to jump into the world of VR, and are an extraordinary experience for someone trying VR for the first time.$34.95 on Amazon. Buy It Here.Job SimulatorIn a future where robots do all the manual labor, the idea of a job will be a mysterious and intriguing thing for humanity. Job Simulator by OWLCHEMY LABS, INC. gives you, as a future human, a way to experience the ancient idea of the job without actually getting your hands dirty, or at least a robot’s interpretation of what jobs used to be like. You can work in an office, a convenience store, as an auto mechanic, and more, and with the PlayStation Move, stacking, throwing, and generally creating chaos with mundane items has never been so fun!$29.99 on PlayStation Network. Buy It Here.Rez InfiniteRez is a cult classic on-rails shooter/music/rhythm game that was a no-brainer for conversion to VR. The trippy visuals are meant to portray diving into a computer system, and the excellent soundtrack is complimented by the sound effects made each time you fire your weapon and take down an enemy. Rez Infinite not only converts the entire original game to VR, but it also adds a new level, Area X, that takes the game off the rails and lets you freely explore and take down enemies in an entirely new world.$29.99 on PlayStation Network. Buy It Here.last_img read more

Zooplankton filmed eating bits of plastic trash

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers and Verity White (a noted producer and director of nature films) has captured, for the first time on film, zooplankton feeding on bits of plastic—the type that has made its way into the world’s oceans due to human dumping. The team has published its findings in the journal Environmental Science and Technology and has also released the videos they made of the zooplankton in action. In recent years it has come to the public’s attention that massive amounts of trash are being dumped into the world’s oceans and a lot of that trash is in the form of various types of plastics—some estimate as much as eight million tons of the stuff every year goes into the ocean, helping form in some cases, huge trash islands. Plastics can take ten to twenty years to degrade and besides being unsightly, they can cause problems when marine animals eat them. Even after plastic material starts to break down it can cause problems because as it does so, it degrades into tiny particles (microplastics) which it now appears are consumed by zooplankton—a generic name given to a wide variety of mostly microscopic sized organisms that live near the surface in the sea—from crab and lobster larvae to tiny worms and pteropods. To determine if tiny zooplankton ingest plastic particles as they go about attempting to eat their normal diet of algae, the researchers placed copepod specimens in a tank at their lab in Plymouth Marine Laboratory and filmed them as they fed. Such creatures use their legs to create a current which draws algae to them—to differentiate between plastic and other material in the water, the researchers used fluorescent beads which could be seen in both the water and in the bodies of the copepod after they ate them. The researchers noted that the plastic beads remained in the body of the animals anywhere from a few hours to a week, which suggests that in the natural environment, animals that live off zooplankton are ingesting the plastic when they feed, resulting in plastics bits making their way all the way up the food chain. In other experiments, the team reports that other types of zooplankton were also observed ingesting microplastics and that the creatures that ate the plastic tended to ingest less algae, which suggests they would provide less energy to other creatures that feed on them. Journal information: Environmental Science and Technology Citation: Zooplankton filmed eating bits of plastic trash (2015, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-zooplankton-bits-plastic-trash.html © 2015 Phys.org Explore further More information: Microplastic Ingestion by Zooplankton, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2013, 47 (12), pp 6646–6655. DOI: 10.1021/es400663fAbstractSmall plastic detritus, termed “microplastics”, are a widespread and ubiquitous contaminant of marine ecosystems across the globe. Ingestion of microplastics by marine biota, including mussels, worms, fish, and seabirds, has been widely reported, but despite their vital ecological role in marine food-webs, the impact of microplastics on zooplankton remains under-researched. Here, we show that microplastics are ingested by, and may impact upon, zooplankton. We used bioimaging techniques to document ingestion, egestion, and adherence of microplastics in a range of zooplankton common to the northeast Atlantic, and employed feeding rate studies to determine the impact of plastic detritus on algal ingestion rates in copepods. Using fluorescence and coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) microscopy we identified that thirteen zooplankton taxa had the capacity to ingest 1.7–30.6 μm polystyrene beads, with uptake varying by taxa, life-stage and bead-size. Post-ingestion, copepods egested faecal pellets laden with microplastics. We further observed microplastics adhered to the external carapace and appendages of exposed zooplankton. Exposure of the copepod Centropages typicus to natural assemblages of algae with and without microplastics showed that 7.3 μm microplastics (>4000 mL–1) significantly decreased algal feeding. Our findings imply that marine microplastic debris can negatively impact upon zooplankton function and health. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Microplastics endanger ocean healthlast_img read more

Flappers subverting society with their shoes

first_imgThe earliest years of the 20th century were heavily influenced by Victorian moral principles. Women were still expected to be stay-at-home wives and carry out the domestic chores. Ladies wore long dresses that covered both their legs and arms, rarely exposing any skin. They certainly did not wear (men’s) trousers! Fashion began a slow evolution as, after decades of activism by the suffrage movement, women in increasing numbers felt empowered to take part in active outdoor sports, like golf and tennis, and demanded more practical styles.Pretty flapper style shoes in the Roaring 20’s shoe exhibit. Photo by In pastel CC BY2.0However, change in a big way was around the corner. July 1914 heralded the war to end all war: World War I had begun.As well as filling the roles of men who were recruited for the battlefields, women also took up the hundreds of new jobs created for the war effort. They suddenly took on tasks and occupations that were previously strictly reserved for men.Ladies shoe, c. 1920. Photo by Calliopejen CC BY-SA3.0Societal change unfolded even more rapidly once the 19th Amendment was introduced in 1920, granting women the right to vote.Women were commonly seen riding bikes and driving cars. Women enrolled at college and bettered their education. But at the center of these exciting times to be a woman were her shoes. Revolution was coupled with fashion.1920s French shoesThe new generation of women — those who embraced the new liberation of Roaring Twenties era — began abandoning floor-length dresses. Hemlines went shockingly upward. Shoes gained momentum as never before in history. Flapper girls loved their pair of dancing shoes.Flapper style shoes, 1925. Decorated or contrasting heels were very popular.Flapper shoes became a strong symbol of the newly-gained freedoms.It signified that the new generation of women did not abide any longer by the old society’s expectations and the older generation of women who thought showing off legs nothing short of scandalous.Beaded dancing shoes, 1928.Hemlines first rose to the ankles and then slowly to the knees. A matching pair of shoes with the new type of dresses was always applauded.Such a change in fashion trends required the fashion industry to adapt and reinvent. The shoe industry went on to prosper during the 1920s.Bernhard Gronberg red and gold Russian style shoes. Photo by CP Hoffman CC BY SA 2.0Previously custom made for women each season, suddenly shoes were being factory manufactured in much greater numbers.Shoes became available in standardized sizes at local boutiques. Clothes designers also needed to devise new types of outfits that would fit with the proper pair of shoes.1920s shoes for daywear. Photo by In pastel CC BY 2.0Women were able to choose from a new range of shoe styles for different occasions, at least those women who were able to afford to do so. Besides a pair for the dancefloor, there were shoes for walking, for biking, and even for when staying home.Flapper-style shoes supported the women who were eager to celebrate life and its freedoms. The new high-heeled footwear entirely stirred excitement, inspired by novel fashion trends in France. The heels went up to three inches tall.Evening shoes, 1925Black, silver, and gold were some of the most frequently used colors. The shoes’ toes were initially pointed, then rounded, and by the end of the decade, squared models also appeared.Different materials were used for their production and this depended on the purpose of the shoes. For example, outdoor shoes for sports activities would be made from leather.Evening shoes c. 1920-1925, displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.Footwear for parties and dancing were more chic. Sewn out of finer materials such as satin, brocade or lambskin, these shoes were also elaborately decorated with fancy stitching and lacing, beads or tinsel. The designs frequently enough harnessed patterns that looked exotic and oriental.High-heeled sneakers, c. 1925Mary Janes were among the most popular models, often with a double strap and two colors such as black and white.Also heavily admired were T-straps, closed with a glimmering buckle or a beautiful matching button.Ladies with a smaller budget would paint their with colorful, extravagant designs.Oxford shoes were the most acceptable low-heel model and usually made for walking. Color combinations entailed black-and-whites or white-and-browns or tan-and-browns, and perhaps finished off with an ornamented trim.Woman’s lace-up two-tone brogue style shoe. Photo by Auckland Museum CC BY 4.0While women were all geared to embrace their free and emancipated spirit, old-school reserved and rigid onlookers regarded this new image and behavior disrespectful.They considered the “modern” woman image deviant because she now straightforwardly flaunted a feminine sexuality that had stood dormant for ages.However, the flapper girls did not stop their dance. They reigned over the jazz clubs and reigned over the dance floors. A lit cigarette in her hand looked fine and her laughter was as seductive as the movement of her hips.Read another story from us: Sock Discovery Reveals Colorful Fashion Sense of Ancient Egyptian ChildrenNot everyone was ready for such extravaganza but the flappers were there to subvert all of that. Along the way, they remained mad about their shoes.last_img read more