Inspired by Jason Statham Akshay pulls off BottleCapChallenge

first_imgMumbai: Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has tried his “kick” at the the #BottleCapChallenge. The trend, which went viral after Hollywood action star Jason Statham’s flawless execution, caught the eye of Akshay, who is known as India’s very own action icon. #BottleCapChallenge entails a performer to uncap a bottle with a back-spin kick, not their hands. Akshay posted a slow-motion video of him successfully pulling off the stunt on Twitter on Wednesday. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The 51-year-old actor called upon others to also try the trick as well. “#BottleCapChallenge Inspired by my action idol @JasonStatham, I will repost/retweet the Best I see, come on Guys and Girls get your Bottle out and your Legs in the Air, Let’s Do This #FitIndia #WednesdayMotivation,” Akshay wrote alongside the video. Statham was challenged by American singer John Mayer who had successfully pulled off the trick. A video proof of the same was shared by the “Clarity” hitmaker on Instagram. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “First @erlsn.acr did it. Then @blessedmma followed, and challenged me. I now challenge @jasonstatham. #bottlecapchallenge,” Mayer wrote in the caption. Statham accepted the singer’s dare and shared a video on the social media platform in which he perfectly performs the trick. He may not have started the trend but it was “Hobbs & Shaw” actor video that went viral on social media. “#bottlecapchallenge #challengeaccepted @erlsn.acr. This thing landed on my head from @johnmayer but will quickly go to a couple of fellas we’ve seen do push ups badly,” the actor wrote. He also challenged filmmaker Guy Ritchie and mixed martial artiste James Moontasri for the same.last_img read more

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NS sailor jailed three years for sexually assaulting woman he met on

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax-area navy sailor has been jailed three years for sexually assaulting a woman he met over Facebook.Leading Seaman Paul Simpson, 43, assaulted the woman on their second date, on Feb. 23, 2014, according to a provincial court ruling released Thursday.Judge Theodore Tax said they had some consensual activity on both dates, but she told him she would not have intercourse that night, and repeatedly told him no before he forced himself on her.“While there is no doubt that the evening had started as an enjoyable date which progressed to some consensual sexual activity at Mr. Simpson’s house, I have found that Mr. Simpson imposed his will and much larger physical stature on (her), despite her protestations not to do so, for his selfish gratification,” Tax said.The two had never met before Simpson invited her to a 2013 New Year’s Eve party at his house over Facebook.They had one date in late December, and he asked her to dinner about two months later. She agreed to go back to his Middle Sackville, N.S., house afterwards, but told him there would be “no sex.”After some consensual activity in his bedroom, she told him she did not want him to touch her, but he ignored her, Tax said.Simpson insisted she never told him no, but acknowledged she was “visibly upset” afterwards.“You just raped me and I don’t know what you might have,” she told him, according to the judge’s ruling.A cab driver who drove her home testified she was crying and told him she’d been raped, and he took her to hospital.The woman has since been diagnosed with PTSD, suffers from social anxiety and has been self-mutilating, Tax said.“Over the past three years, her life has changed and been turned inside out, filled with despair and depression on a daily basis,” he said.He is married and has a daughter, and his naval colleagues — Simpson is a sonar technician — described him as reliable and focused, the ruling said.“Mr. Simpson’s wife describes him as a gentle, calm and patient person who is a dedicated family man and that everyone speaks of him ‘very highly,”’ said the judge. “Mr. Simpson’s brother, who is a correctional officer in Ontario, stated that his brother is a family man, and would never be abusive to a woman.”The Crown had sought a three-year jail term, while Simpson’s lawyers suggested 15 to 18 months.The judge sided with the Crown.“I find that this was a serious sexual assault which was a very significant violation of (her) physical and psychological integrity as well as her self-esteem … the gravity of the offence is at the higher end of a continuum of sexual assaults.”He ordered that Simpson surrender a DNA sample, and that his name be added to the Sex Offender Registry.last_img read more

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Second Cup says it may convert Ontario coffee shops to cannabis stores

first_imgOTTAWA – The Second Cup Ltd. says it is actively reviewing locations in Ontario for potential conversion to cannabis retail stores in light of policy changes in the province.The company’s announcement comes after Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government said it would allow private retailers to sell recreational marijuana starting next April.Second Cup had announced a partnership with marijuana clinic operator National Access Cannabis in April to potentially convert coffee shops to retail stores under the brand Meta Cannabis Supply Co.At the time, the companies said they were focused on Western Canada, as Ontario had planned to sell cannabis through provincial liquor commissions, in line with policies in Quebec and several Atlantic provinces.Second Cup and National Access Cannabis say any conversions of coffee shops to cannabis shops is conditional on securing a retail license from provincial regulators, and approval from franchisees and landlords.The coffee shop company says it has more than 130 locations across Ontario that it plans to leverage to enter the cannabis space. National Access Cannabis says it has a target of opening 50 to 70 cannabis retail stores in Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia this year.Companies in this story: (TSX:META, TSX:SCU)last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI holds phone conversation with King Juan Carlos I

Rabat – King Mohammed VI held, on Monday, a phone conversation with King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias, said a statement by the Royal Office.King Mohammed recalled that the Spanish Royal family has always been close to the Moroccan Royal family, it said.During this phone conversation, the King paid a heartfelt tribute to King Juan Carlos I for his crucial role in the political and democratic transition and in favor of the establishment of the values of freedom and peace during his reign, it added. The sovereign has, afterwards, extended his congratulations and wishes of success to Prince Felipe on the occasion of the abdication decision in his favor, the same source said.

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Saudi Crackdown Shares in Prince AlWalids Holding Company Collapse After Arrest

By Sana ElouaziRabat – The shares in Kingdom Holding, an international investment company of which 95 percent is owned by billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal, fell by 9.9 percent on Sunday morning, following the day of his arrest.Al-Walid, one of the biggest shareholders of Twitter, News Corps, and Citigroup, was reportedly arrested late on Saturday along with 10 senior princes and other Saudi officials for charges of corruption and money laundering. The massive, unprecedented purge came hours after a Saudi royal decree announced the formation of an anti-corruption commission headed by the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who promptly ordered a high-profile cabinet reshuffle.The future Saudi king has tightened his grip on power through the alleged corruption-fighting committee. His powers include “the ability to trace funds and assets, and prevent their transfer or liquidation on behalf of individuals or entities, along with the right to take any precautionary actions until cases are referred to relevant investigatory or judiciary authorities,” said a government statement.Shares in Kingdom Holding, formed in 1979 by Prince Al-Walid, with interests in Citigroup, Apple, and Euro Disney amusement Park and[1] , dropped 9.9 percent as the Saudi stock exchange opened on Sunday after the crackdown.However, the Kingdom Holding shares have not fallen further, because, according to the rules of the Saudi exchange, stocks can not slide down more than 10 percent during a trading session.In addition, the Saudi Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI), the largest stock market in the region, also dropped 1.6 percent, just one minute after its opening following the purge in the Al-Saud Kingdom.According to analysts, the arrest of Al-Walid will certainly trigger repercussions on companies in which he has invested billions of dollars around the world, as he owns, aside from stakes in Citigroup and Twitter, more than 200 hotels worldwide.The Saudi businessman also holds key stakes in banks at home and abroad, in addition to a number of investments in media and agricultural companies.“There will be questions on what this all means,” a senior executive at an unnamed European financial institution told Reuters. “People will be looking at any kind of international holdings of the people who have been arrested, to see what will be the impact.” read more

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UN effort to help restore Iraqs Garden of Eden marshes moves step

United Nations efforts to help restore the marshlands of southern Iraq, considered by some to be the site of the Biblical Garden of Eden, after they were massively damaged by the ousted regime of Saddam Hussein, have moved a step closer with the identification of six pilot project sites.At all six sites environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) will be used to see how they perform in restoring the environment and providing clean water and sanitation to 85,000 people living there, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) official Monique Barbut told a meeting yesterday held on the margins of the thirteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York.The $11-million project, funded by the Government of Japan, aims to bring wetland management skills to local people and communities, heirs to the 5,000-year-old civilization of the Babylonians and Sumerians, with “low tech” less polluting ESTs which include restoration of reed beds and other marshland habitats that act as natural, water-filtration systems.In 2001, UNEP released satellite images showing that 90 per cent of these fabled wetlands, home to rare and unique species like the Sacred ibis and African darter, and a spawning ground for fisheries, had been lost to dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and a vast drainage operation carried out by Saddam Hussein after the 1991 Persian Gulf War.Further studies released in 2003 showed that an additional 3 per cent, or 325 square kilometres, had gone. Experts feared the entire wetlands could disappear by 2008.With the collapse of the former regime in mid-2003, local residents began opening floodgates and breaching embankments to bring water back and satellite images indicated that by April 2004 around a fifth, or 3,000 square kilometres, had been re-flooded. The challenge now is to restore the environment and provide clean water and sanitation services. read more

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UN calls for closer cooperation with African organizations for sustaining peace

“We should institutionalize such interactions, with a renewed focus on sustaining peace,” he said. “As we develop our responses along those lines, we must recognize that sustaining peace is a core task derived from the UN Charter. It sets the direction for all UN activities, from conflict prevention and peacekeeping to work on human rights, reconstruction and development,” he added. Mr. Eliasson said that such work requires a shared responsibility and commitment between the UN and its Member States – including on financing. “Given the serious funding shortfall of Peacebuilding Fund, I appeal to you to provide predictable and sustainable financing,” he stressed. The Deputy Secretary-General also stressed the need to strengthen the links between peacebuilding efforts and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development . “The 2030 Agenda has a great potential to address the various factors which drive violent conflicts, including socio-economic and gender inequalities, lack of jobs, poor natural resource management, climate change, as well as corruption and the absence of the rule of law and well-functioning institutions,” he said. “Today’s global realities – the changing nature of violent conflicts, the deepening refugee crisis and rising violent extremism – underline the necessity to focus on preventing crises and addressing root causes,” Mr. Eliasson said at the opening of a high-level meeting on sustaining peace in Africa at UN Headquarters in New York. The meeting also featured a thematic discussion on the topic that was co-moderated by Maged Abdelaziz, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, and Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support. Continuing his remarks, Mr. Eliasson said: “Formulating global responses from purely security and humanitarian perspectives is insufficient. We must avoid vicious cycles of military response and continued conflict and suffering.”The Deputy Secretary-General noted the timeliness of the meeting – which was jointly organized by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa, the Peacebuilding Support Office and the African Union (AU) under the theme “Sustaining Peace: Mechanisms, partnerships and the future of peacebuilding in Africa” – following the adoption on 27 April of substantially identical resolutions by the Security Council and the General Assembly on the review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. “These ground-breaking texts place ‘sustaining peace’ at the core of national, regional and international peacebuilding and conflict prevention,” he said. Mr. Eliasson highlighted that through the two resolutions, Member States had stressed the importance of stronger partnerships, especially with regional and sub-regional organizations. Emphasizing that the AU is a “vital strategic partner” of the UN, the Deputy Secretary-General noted that over the past decade, the UN’s partnership with the AU and the continent’s sub-regional organizations had grown significantly. “This meeting is an opportunity to take further steps together to prevent the lapse and relapse into violent conflict,” he stressed, adding that peacebuilding in Africa has been a “top priority” for the UN. Citing Guinea-Bissau, Burundi and Somalia as examples of cooperation between the UN and AU, Mr. Eliasson also noted that the Security Council and General Assembly resolutions encourage regular exchanges of views, joint initiatives and information-sharing between the UN peacebuilding family and regional and sub-regional organizations, not least the AU Commission. Headquarters of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau, also known as UNIOGBIS. Photo: UNIOGBIS read more

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Theresa May accuses BMA of playing politics after union announces fresh wave

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The BMA decided to stage a fresh wave of strikes, the most severe in history of the NHS, after a deal on pay agreed in May between the union and the Government was subsequently rejected in July in a referendum of junior doctors.The Prime Minister described the deal as “safe for patients”, adding that the NHS had received “record levels of funding” and “more doctors than we’ve seen in its history”.“The Government is putting patients first, the BMA should be putting patients first – not playing politics,” she said. The Government is putting patients first, the BMA should be patients first – not playing politicsTheresa May Theresa May has accused the British Medical Association of “playing politics” after its announcement yesterday of a series of five-day strikes over the new junior doctor contract.The Prime Minister also threw her weight behind Jeremy Hunt, describing him as an “excellent Health Secretary”.Mrs May’s comments mark her first intervention in the long-running and bitter dispute since entering Number 10 in July. The first five-day strike, which will include all departments including accident and emergency and maternity care, will begin at 8am on September 12.If the strike is repeated once a month for the rest of the year, as junior doctors’ leader Ellen McCourt wants, an estimated 1 million out-patient appointments and 125,000 operations could be cancelled.On Thursday morning Dr Mark Porter, BMA chairman, would not contradict claims that the strikes were authorised on the basis of a 16-14 council vote.last_img read more

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Photos from the 1970s tell the stories behind the people at Limericks

first_img Limerick Milk Market Source: The National Library of IrelandThe photo above was taken at the Limerick Milk Market where customers could buy turkeys, have them killed and plucked as it was “all part of the deal”. Old Moll Source: The National Library of IrelandThis photo of Mary White, better known as ‘Old Moll’ was taken when she was close to a hundred years old. Andrews says: She was a quiet woman and a creature of habit. She had no family or friends and kept her distance from her few neighbours, but they were there for her when she needed them. Every Friday, Pat O Neill drove her to collect her pension from the Post Office. Once collected, she indulged herself in her only source of pleasure: a pint of Guinness followed by a glass of whiskey…‘Shaped by History’ exhibition opens today at the National Library of Ireland’s National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.Admission is free and the exhibition is open seven days weekly: Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 12 noon to 5pm on Sundays. The exhibition runs until 4 January 2015.Read: This nanny died before her incredible secret photographic talent was revealed>Read: A bicycle, a wheelchair and Maxwell House coffee – snapshots of the last years in the Big House> The Animal Lover Source: The National Library of IrelandThe photo above is of a young boy holding two scruffy dogs. Andrews describes the circumstances where he took the photo:The boy sat nestled in a doorway with his animals around him. His broken boots indicated that money was scarce. The tears flowed freely down the young lad’s face, and he was inconsolable as he stared into space. Much to his horror, and to his father’s delight, the two turkeys that sat beside him had just been sold. The lad refused to accept the obvious fate of the festive birds and ignored the frustrated pleas from his older brother to ‘stop whining’. He embraced his two shaggy dogs with obvious protection, fearful perhaps that they might also be for sale.center_img PHOTOS TAKEN AT Limerick’s Milk Market in the 1970s form part of a new exhibition launched by the National Library of Ireland today.The ‘Shaped by History’ exhibition by award winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews, consists of 95 black and white portrait photographs, some of which measure seven feet high, of the community of merchants, traders, children and characters of Limerick’s historic quarter, taken between 1971 and 1978.Limerick Milk MarketThe stories behind the photos are also told through the exhibition.This is the only Limerick City of Culture event to take place outside the city of Limerick and is a collaboration with Limerick City of Culture, Limerick Milk Market, Limerick’s Hunt Museum and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Tin Whistle Player Source: National Library of IrelandAndrews says the tin whistle man called himself a “travelling musician”. Nobody knew his name or hometown.He was uncomfortable with small talk and unwilling to engage in conversation. His reluctant audience wished his vow of silence extended to his tin whistle! The noise that masqueraded as music penetrated the ear drums of those nearest to him. Their squirming features clearly showed a lack of appreciation for the musical talent of this tall stranger. The few coins in his shoebox were the measure of his competence…last_img read more

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Contamination par le virus du sida condamnation dun footballeur

first_imgContamination par le virus du sida : condamnation d’un footballeurFrance – Un homme qui avait volontairement transmis le virus du sida à sa compagne écope de 6 mois de prison ferme.Avoir des relations sexuelles non protégées avec un partenaire alors que l’on se sait séropositif est condamné par la loi, au titre de l’administration de substances nuisibles. Si le partenaire est infecté, on relève comme circonstance aggravante la mutilation ou infirmité permanente. À lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterIl existe en France quelques cas jugés. Si l’auteur des faits était conscient de ses actes, il se voit généralement condamné à plusieurs années de prison ferme.La cour d’appel de Rennes a ainsi prononcé une peine de six mois d’emprisonnement à l’encontre de l’ancien footballeur de Dinard Thierry Maquindus, qui avait contaminé en 2002 sa compagne alors âgée de 17 ans. L’homme se savait atteint depuis 1999. Les deux amants sont aujourd’hui tous deux porteurs de la même souche rare du virus. De plus, outre la partie civile, elles sont plusieurs jeunes femmes à témoigner de relations non protégées avec le footballeur.D’après la défense, cette condamnation est abusive. En effet, la seule relation non protégée dont la réalité a pu être prouvée est une fellation, que les amants ne savaient pas contaminante. En l’absence d’élément moral, l’infraction ne serait alors pas constituée. Pour les autres relations sexuelles, un doute subsiste mais n’a pas pu profiter à l’accusé. La défense se pourvoit donc en cassation.  Le 27 août 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Road Show delegation starts in the Western USA

first_img Doctor, nurse and entrepreneur from Texas are the three drowned in Middle Caicos Recommended for you Star Studded Stop in Dallas for #TeamTCI Related Items:dallas, houston, roadshow, texas, travel, USA, vacation, visit Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppIt is called an unprecedented partnership by TCHTA Executive, Karen Whitt as she last Thursday described the synergy of the 2016 Premier’s North American Road Trip.Today the delegation of about two dozen begins in Houston at Hotel Za Za on Main Street & Ewing for a breakfast meeting welcoming travel agents and business interests.It is day one of the Hotel & Tourism Association led trip which is headlined by Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing; we spoke to chairman of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, Don Gardiner who said the boost in interest from the western United States has prompted the heavy focus in three of its biggest cities; Houston, Dallas and LA.“It is a tremendous experience for us that’s why we have the numbers that we have coming here to participate, we have the Hoteliers, we have the Airport Authority and we have the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board along with invest TCI.We see tremendous growth coming from the area and that is why we are focusing on this tour, it brings a lot of attention to Turks and Caicos.We’ve received numerous awards and we are here in person to talk to people then that says volumes. There is nothing like having direct contact with the people that you do business with, so they know who you are and can put names to faces and that in itself, does a lot for team TCI.”The fam trip, which also includes executives of Invest Turks and Caicos Agency has become the envy of the region as one of the more successful Public Private Partnerships.Magnetic Media is on the scene giving coverage to the action and interactions in the five cities over the next five days. Former US President Barack Obama Visits Turks and Caicoslast_img read more

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Bonneville locks damaged by debris

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports the locks at Bonneville Dam are damaged.The locks recently reopened after a series of multimillion-dollar refits at Columbia and Snake River dams.According to the corps, the upstream gate has been damaged, and will be closed until midnight Friday.Once reopened, commercial and recreational traffic will have to be moved using alternative methods; the lockage will take three to six times longer than normal.The gate was damaged during a routine operation to flush debris out of the upstream channel and through the lock. The top of the gate was exposed to high water pressure and buckled when drain valves pulling water into the lock failed to fully close.The Corps is investigating the cause and extent of the damage to the gate. The nature and duration of needed repairs is not yet known.The Corps expects to issue an update Monday.last_img read more

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49 Voices Nanne Boorgeart of Anchorage

first_imgNanne Boorgeart of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Nanne Boorgeart from Anchorage. Boorgeart is originally from the Netherlands and has lived in Alaska for five years.Listen nowBOORGEART: I went to study at Colorado School of Mines two years before that where I met a girl who graduated that year and then moved up to Alaska, so I followed her two years later.I’m a student nowadays again, since a month ago. Before that, I was an engineer. I was dissatisfied with my profession. So now I want to become a teacher.I worked at Endicott. And that’s a very large difference in view. Most of the operators up there, I think, are very like-minded. And in town, not the same as the ones on the slope. Everything goes more out of a… I work with engineers, so people have a little more of a sciency approach to everything. So it’s not just like a standpoint is a standpoint. You can debate everything. We could talk about stuff and pull in some research and that kind of stuff. And it’s a way more multicultural environment because the engineers that I worked with were from all over the world, so that’s a big difference.I’ve been to Norway a lot, which is fairly similar. This is like a rough Norway, I think. With everything, it’s wilder. Norway has all the pretty nature. It just all feels more civilized. It more structured. I think there’s more trails. There are huts. The narture’s still veery pretty, but here you’ve got bears, you’ve got moose. They don’t have the wildlife and stuff.I like the freedom you have here — to go to the mountains after work. You can just… 20-minute drive and you’re up in a mountain. In winter you can ski everywhere. It’s something you can’t see anywhere else.last_img read more

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Azerbaijan fire kills 25

first_imgFirefighters walk near the site of a fire in a drug rehabilitation clinic in Baku on 2 March, 2018. Photo: AFPTwenty-five people perished in a fire which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early Friday, with activists saying safety standards had not been met.Video footage broadcast on local television showed huge flames leaping through barred windows of a one-storey wooden hospital ward.It took some three hours for 10 squads of firefighters and rescuers from the emergencies ministry to extinguish the blaze, the APA news agency reported.President Ilham Aliyev, who went to the scene, has set up a governmental commission to probe the cause of the blaze and ordered financial aid to be allocated for the families of the victims, his office said.”At 06:10 am a fire broke out at the Republican Narcological Centre in Baku,” the General prosecutor’s Office, the health, interior and emergencies ministries said in a joint statement.”According to the latest data, 25 people died in the fire,” said the updated statement, which initially put the death toll at 24.Four more people were hospitalised with serious burns, the statement said, citing a power grid defect as the initial cause of the blaze.More than 200 patients and medical staff were evacuated unharmed, the statement added.- ‘Systemic corruption’ -The General Prosecutor’s office said it has launched a criminal investigation over alleged violation of fire safety norms.Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to his Azerbaijani counterpart, according to the Kremlin’s website.Civil activists blamed official corruption and the failure to respect safety regulations as the factor causing large numbers of casualties in increasingly frequent fires in Azerbaijan.”Fire safety regulations were not respected in the hospital’s Soviet-era wooden building,” the head of the “Property Rights” civil advocacy group, Aitekin Imranova, told AFP.Map of Azerbaijan locating Baku. AFP”As a result of systemic corruption, an adequate control over the compliance with fire safety norms is not in place in Azerbaijan,” she said.Earlier Friday, APA reported that at least 30 people had perished in the blaze which it said broke out in a ward for bed-ridden patients.The energy-rich, ex-Soviet Caucasus nation has a history of large-scale casualties as a result of fires in residential buildings and elsewhere.In May 2015, 15 people – including five minors — died in a fire in a multi-storey building in Baku.In October 1995, 289 people died in a metro fire in the capital, in the world’s deadliest subway disaster that was caused by outdated Soviet equipment.Rights groups have long accused the government of authoritarian President Aliyev of widespread corruption that undermines functioning of state institutions.last_img read more

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Astronauts skin changes before and after missions are studied

first_img The team of researchers went looking for answers, said David Moceri on Tuesday in Capital Wired. Over the years, he said, it was observed that many astronauts suffered skin problems. What happens to human skin during a journey to space?Both the European Space Agency and NASA asked a team from the Department of Biophotonics and Laser Technology at Saarland University for more information.Three astronauts were examined before and after their space journey. Reactions of skin structure to a mission were imaged using advanced imaging technology. Moceri said, “According to them, this imaging technology is similar to a real tissue biopsy, providing detailed information that helps the researchers learn more about the skin layers after spending time in space.”Findings: The morphology of the skin suffers changes during space travel. First off, skin produced a higher level of collagen in space. Second, the epidermis was shrinking, especially in the region of living cells. “The scientists said that the epidermis got thinner by almost 20 percent than it usually is,” said Moceri.Discussing the technology at play in this investigation, Professor Karsten Koenig from the Department of Biophotonics and Laser Technology at Saarland University said in a Monday Reuters report that “We use femtosecond laser pulses. We scan the skin and we get signals from the skin, particularly fluorescence, as well as another signal called second harmonic generation. So with these two signals we can build up images and get a precise look into the skin with a high resolution.” Koening said the resolution was a factor of one thousand (times) better than ultrasound.The technique means researchers can get the information in seconds that would otherwise need to come from taking biopsies, slicing them, staining them, and having a pathologist study them, Nonetheless, there is more research to be done. Scientists have been made aware what happens but they still search for more information. “So far we have no explanation yet, and we are waiting for the other astronauts to figure out what’s going on and maybe to try to figure out how we can protect, how we can help so that this epidermis is not shrinking,” said Koenig in the Reuters report.Koenig and his team will continue looking into what causes the thinning of astronauts’ skin – and more crucially, how it can be prevented, said Reuters. “We’ve seen the epidermis get thinner by nearly 20 percent. And so far we have no explanation.” © 2015 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Explore further As NASA once put, space is no trip to the spa. Changes in skin occur during spaceflight. According to recent reports, scientists have found that skin of astronauts who spend a lot of time in space gets thinner. This May 2010 NASA handout image shows a NASA astronaut participating in the mission’s first session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. The two final US space shuttle missions before the shuttle program is phased out will likely be postponed, a NASA spokesperson told AFP on Friday.center_img Citation: Astronauts’ skin changes before and after missions are studied (2015, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-astronauts-skin-missions.html 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. Diode laser safe, effective for treating facial skin laxitylast_img read more

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8 ways Artificial Intelligence can improve DevOps

first_imgDevOps combines development and operations in an agile manner. ITOps refers to network infrastructure, computer operations, and device management. AIOps is artificial intelligence applied to ITOps, a term coined by Gartner. Makes us wonder what AI applied to DevOps would look like. Currently, there are some problem areas in DevOps that mainly revolve around data. Namely, accessing the large pool of data, taking actions on it, managing alerts etc. Moreover, there are errors caused by human intervention. AI works heavily with data and can help improve DevOps in numerous ways. Before we get into how AI can improve DevOps, let’s take a look at some of the problem areas in DevOps today. The trouble with DevOps Human errors: When testing or deployment is performed manually and there is an error, it is hard to repeat and fix. Many a time, the software development is outsourced in companies. In such cases, there is lack of coordination between the dev and ops teams. Environment inconsistency: Software functionality breaks when the code moves to different environments as each environment has different configurations. Teams can run around wasting a lot of time due to bugs when the software works fine on one environment but not on the other. Change management: Many companies have change management processes well in place, but they are outdated for DevOps. The time taken for reviews, passing a new module etc is manual and proves to be a bottleneck. Changes happen frequently in DevOps and the functioning suffers due to old processes. Monitoring: Monitoring is key to ensure smooth functioning in Agile. Many companies do not have the expertise to monitor the pipeline and infrastructure. Moreover monitoring only the infrastructure is not enough, there also needs to be monitoring of application performance, solutions need to be logged and analytics need to be tracked. Now let’s take a look at 8 ways AI can improve DevOps given the above context. 1. Better data access One of the most critical issues faced by DevOps teams is the lack of unregulated access to data. There is also a large amount of data, while the teams rarely view all of the data and focus on the outliers. The outliers only work as an indicator but do not give robust information. Artificial intelligence can compile and organize data from multiple sources for repeated use. Organized data is much easier to access and understand than heaps of raw data. This will help in predictive analysis and eventually a better decision making process. This is very important and enables many other ways listed below. 2. Superior implementation efficiency Artificially intelligent systems can work with minimal or no human intervention. Currently, a rules-based environment managed by humans is followed in DevOps teams. AI can transform this into self governed systems to greatly improve operational efficiency. There are limitations to the volume and complexity of analysis a human can perform. Given the large volumes of data to be analyzed and processed, AI systems being good at it, can set optimal rules to maximize operational efficiencies. 3. Root cause analysis Conducting root cause analysis is very important to fix an issue permanently. Not getting to the root cause allows for the cause to persist and affect other areas further down the line. Often, engineers don’t investigate failures in depth and are more focused on getting the release out. This is not surprising given the limited amount of time they have to work with. If fixing a superficial area gets things working, the root cause is not found. AI can take all data into account and see patterns between activity and cause to find the root cause of failure. 4 Automation Complete automation is a problem in DevOps, many tasks in DevOps are routine and need to be done by humans. An AI model can automate these repeatable tasks and speed up the process significantly. A well-trained model increases the scope of complexity of the tasks that can be automated by machines. AI can help achieve least human intervention so that developers can focus on more complex interactive problems. Complete automation also allows the errors to be reproduced and fixed promptly. 5 Reduce Operational Complexity AI can be used to simplify operations by providing a unified view. An engineer can view all the alerts and relevant data produced by the tools in a single place. This improves the current scenario where engineers have to switch between different tools to manually analyze and correlate data. Alert prioritization, root cause analysis, evaluating unusual behavior are complex time consuming tasks that depend on data. An organized singular view can greatly benefit in looking up data when required. “AI and machine learning makes it possible to get a high-level view of the tool-chain, but at the same time zoom in when it is required.” -SignifAI 6 Predicting failures A critical failure in a particular tool/area in DevOps can cripple the process and delay cycles. With enough data, machine learning models can predict when an error can occur. This goes beyond simple predictions. If an occurred fault is known to produce certain readings, AI can read patterns and predict the signs failure. AI can see indicators that humans may not be able to. As such early failure prediction and notification enable the team to fix it before it can affect the software development life cycle (SDLC). 7 Optimizing a specific metric AI can work towards solutions where the uptime is maximized. An adaptive machine learning system can learn how the system works and improve it. Improving could mean tweaking a specific metric in the workflow for optimized performance. Configurations can be changed by AI for optimal performance as required during different production phases. Real-time analysis plays a big part in this. 8 Managing Alerts DevOps systems can be flooded with alerts which are hard for humans to read and act upon. AI can analyze these alerts in real-time and categorize them. Assigning priority to alerts helps teams towards work on fixing them rather than going through a long list of alerts. The alerts can simply be tagged by a common ID for specific areas or AI can be trained for classifying good and bad alerts. Prioritizing alerts in such a way that flaws are shown first to be fixed will help smooth functioning. Conclusion As we saw, most of these areas depend heavily on data. So getting the system right to enhance data accessibility is the first step to take. Predictions work better when data is organized, performing root cause analysis is also easier. Automation can repeat mundane tasks and allow engineers to focus on more interactive problems that machines cannot handle. With machine learning, the overall operation efficiency, simplicity, and speed can be improved for smooth functioning of DevOps teams. Read next Why Agile, DevOps and Continuous Integration are here to stay: Interview with Nikhil Pathania, DevOps practitioner Top 7 DevOps tools in 2018 GitLab’s new DevOps solutionlast_img read more

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AMResorts breaks ground on Cancun resort launches Savings in Bloom

first_imgAMResorts breaks ground on Cancun resort, launches ‘Savings in Bloom’ Francisco Javier Luque, President, Fuerte Group; Marisol Venegas, Secretary of Tourism of Quintana Roo; Alex Zozaya, CEO de ALG; Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González; Mara Lezama, President of the Municipality of Benito Juárez; Armando Palma Vargas, Managing Director of Grupo Promotora Residencial; y Armando Palma Peniche, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Promotora Residencial.Zozaya also commented on the state of tourism today: “Despite the challenges that continue to impact the tourism industry in Mexico, ALG maintains its commitment to Cancun and other destinations in the country. We remain loyal to our goal of attracting investment for new projects that will create jobs and economic benefits in these regions, and the Breathless Cancun Resort & Spa is a great example of this.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJLocated in the Cancun Hotel Zone, the new resort is the result of a US$160 million investment and will comprise 429 guestrooms and suites. It will also feature the brand’s iconic ‘Unlimited-Luxury’ vacation concept where everything is included, all without wristbands.The resort is scheduled to open in summer 2021.In other AMResorts news, the new ‘Savings in Bloom’ promotion is treating guests to discounted rates and resort coupons at its various brands (Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, Reflect, and Sunscape Resorts & Spas).Vacationers booking reservations from Feb. 27 through April 30, 2019, for travel from Feb. 27 through Aug. 17, 2019 will receive: discounted rates; up to $200 in resort coupons; and instant savings of up to $300.For more information go to amresorts.com. Share Tuesday, February 26, 2019 Travelweek Group Tags: AMResorts RIVIERAY MAYA — Construction is officially underway on AMResorts’ new Breathless Cancun Resort & Spa, the third Breathless-branded property in Mexico.A groundbreaking ceremony was presided over by Carlos Joaquín Gonzaléz, the Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, who helped place the customary first stone. He was joined by Alex Zozaya, CEO of parent company Apple Leisure Group (ALG) and several prominent dignitaries, including Mara Lezama, Mayor of the Municipality of Benito Juárez, and Marisol Venegas, Secretary of Tourism of the State of Quintan a Roo.During the ceremony, Gonzaléz noted that the project will create more than 3,000 direct and indirect jobs. “Working together to generate major investments for the benefit of the local population result in a better quality of life for the people,” he said. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Asias budget airline boom bypasses China

first_imgAP Business WriterHONG KONG (AP) – When businesswoman Ren Hong flew home after a recent trip to Beijing on state-owned Air China, she was hoping for a decent inflight meal to tide her over until she got back to the spicy cuisine of her native Sichuan province.The airline’s meager offering, which was little more than “just bread,” was a galling experience for Ren who wondered why the carrier didn’t cut both the pretense of full service and the price of the ticket. “The market is already growing at 11-16 percent domestically at average fares,” said Mario Hardy, a vice president at research firm UBM Aviation. “Imagine if an AirAsia or a Spring was able tomorrow to lower that price by half. How many more people would be travelling?”Hardy and other experts and industry insiders believe that Chinese authorities will allow the aviation market to open up gradually so that there’s enough time to build up the required infrastructure. China is building 82 new airports and renovating 101 others in a five-year plan that runs until 2015.“Otherwise it will be a mess,” Hardy said. “It would be chaos.”Until then, travelers like Ren, the businesswoman and travel blogger, will have to put up with higher prices. Ren is thinking of going to India on her next trip but is disappointed with the limited options. She could fly with Air China at a cost of 4,000-5,000 yuan ($$635-$790) round trip. Or she could pay 2,000 yuan ($320) on AirAsia _ but she would need to change planes at AirAsia’s home base in Malaysia.“It’s annoying,” said Ren. But “life is not perfect and I have no choice. I could not ask for the flight to be both cheap and offer the perfect route.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix An unsurprising outcome of the cossetted state airline industry is a perpetual sense of grievance among travelers at poor service and lack of choice.“The food on Chinese airlines is worse and more basic than it is on the international airlines,” said 25-year-old Li Peng, who recently quit his job in Beijing to travel overseas for a year.“And when the flight is delayed, I never get any feedback after my complaints. Many flights are delayed more than two hours” he said. “I do wish there were more budget airlines, especially in China,” he said.China’s civil aviation policy hinders the country’s budget airline industry in two ways, according to experts. First, it makes it almost impossible for a private company to start a new airline. Second, the policy limits growth by existing airlines, including state-run carriers, through measures including requiring approvals for new airplanes and routes.For airlines operating in China, “they’ve got constraints whether it be on operating strategy, or what they’re allowed to do at the airports, or how they’re allowed to recruit pilots, or what the airport charges,” said Con Korfiatis, director of Flight Ideas Consulting. “So the low-cost carrier explosion in China is still being constrained.” Top Stories Comments   Share   The difference between men and women when it comes to pain ______Researcher Fu Ting in Shanghai contributed to this reportFollow Kelvin Chan at twitter.com/chanman(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day While Chinese travelers are benefiting from foreign budget airlines flying to some Chinese cities, analysts and consultants say government policy measures are preventing the domestic aviation market from opening up too quickly. China’s domestic market is one of the biggest prizes in Asia’s travel industry, with 264 million passengers last year, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of China, which forecasts the number will grow about six-fold by 2030.“The domestic market in China has more or less remained a fortress,” Xiaowen Fu, an aviation expert at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said at a recent conference in Macau organized by the Sydney-based CAPA-Center for Aviation.Like other essential industries in China, the policy measures are aimed at protecting the chosen few national champions from too much competition. China’s three major state-owned airlines, Beijing-based Air China Ltd., Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines Corp. and Guangzhou-based China Southern Airlines Ltd., carried 191 million passengers among them in 2011. But in the first half of 2012 their profits collapsed because of higher fuel prices and foreign currency losses. The rest of the market is divided between smaller state carriers _ some owned by the big three _ and a handful of private operators. Her gripe highlights how Chinese travelers have been left out of the massive budget airline boom that has swept Asia. From almost none a decade ago, the region now has more than 50 low cost carriers. The fast growth of no-frills airlines such as AirAsia and the slew of recent start-ups including Singapore’s Scoot and AirAsia Japan underline surging demand in the region for affordable air travel. The rise of budget carriers in Asia follows similar expansion in Europe and North America in previous decades.But in China, where the government still keeps tight control of the rapidly growing airline industry, three big state-owned carriers dominate. Aviation authorities’ efforts to shield them, as well as keep the industry from growing too rapidly and compromising safety, mean travelers like Ren pay up to twice as much.“I’ve found that flight tickets domestically sometimes are more expensive than the international ones due to monopolization and less competition,” said Ren, a 37-year-old who runs an export business and also blogs about her travels in her spare time. Even for tickets on Shanghai-based Spring Airlines, considered China’s only discount carrier, “their price is just as same as the big airlines” during high season, she said. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Sponsored Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes In contrast, discount airlines continue to spread their wings elsewhere in Asia. Three started flying in Japan this year, including Peach Aviation and local ventures from Malaysia’s AirAsia and Australia’s Jetstar. Also taking flight in 2012 were Singapore Airlines’ Scoot, Thai Airways International’s Thai Smile and AirAsia Philippines. Next year, Indonesia’s Lion Air plans to start flights on Malindo Airways, a low-cost Malaysia operation, the company said earlier this month.Even China Eastern Airlines Co. is joining in, although its low-cost carrier is a joint venture with Qantas subsidiary Jetstar that will be based in Hong Kong rather than mainland China.The Civil Aviation Authority of China hinted in July that it would support budget airlines by loosening price controls. But director Li Jiaxiang stopped short of announcing any major policy reforms.The measures aren’t just aimed at China’s private or discount carriers _ they also apply to China’s state-owned carriers. Analysts say policies are designed to prevent unfettered growth. Authorities clamped down following a spell of supercharged growth during which the number of passengers expanded by 40 percent in 2003-2004. Such red-hot growth puts tremendous strain on pilots and infrastructure such as air traffic control and airports, especially on heavily congested air routes between major Chinese cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more

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Excite Holidays boasts new Activities

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Excite Holidays has announced the launch of their new online product, Activities. This expansion allows agents to choose, in real time, from over 5,500 activities and tours in more than 330 cities across the globe.Excite Holidays chief executive officer George Papaioannou said he believes the new product is far from average and intends to provide an abundance of market and client-requested options.“This is a much anticipated addition to our product range as we have listened to our agents who wanted a solution to fill this void in the market. In effect, we are now a one-stop shop,” he said. Some of the activities available for purchase include caving, hang gliding, shark diving, submarine tours, cooking classes, elephant rides and even ghost and vampire tours.Earlier this month, Excite Holidays established operations in Asia as part of their ongoing regional development.last_img read more

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Police seeking Georgian man

first_imgPolice are seeking Vano Rigishvili, 25, from Georgia, to facilitate investigations into a case of attempted burglary on December 26, 2018 in Limassol.Anyone who knows anything that can help in locating Rigishvili, can contact, CID Limassol at 25805057 or their nearest Police Station or the Citizen’s line 1460.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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