Seven wild boars killed by poachers in Ganjam

first_imgRemains of seven wild boars that were killed by poachers using electric traps were seized by forest officials at Govindpur village under Antargaon panchayat of in Odisha’s Ganjam district.After receiving information that meat of wild boars was being sold at the village, a team of forest officials raided the area on Monday and arrested one poacher, while four others managed to escape. All seven were female boars. Two of them were around two years old, while the others were between five and six months old. The forest officials also seized the electric wires used to set the trap. Electric trapsUsing glass bottles as insulators, poachers prepare lethal electric trap that consists of a mesh of naked wires. It is illegally connected to overhead high-voltage power supply cables that pass through the jungles and outskirts of villages. Wild animals come in contact with this high-voltage mesh of wires and get electrocuted. As wild boars move in herds, a number of them get killed by a single trap.Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer Ashis Behera said wild boars love to eat tubers and standing crops. Poachers kill them by setting up electric traps near the fields. “The poachers find it easy to sell the meat of wild boars, which is cheaper than mutton. A lot of people like to eat the meat of wild animals as they consider to it to be tastier,” said Mr. Behera.last_img read more

Wrestler Khali meets MP CM, says no to politics “as of now”

first_imgBhopal, Dec 11 (PTI) Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Great Khali in the World Wrestling Entertainments professional circuit, today said that he had no plans of joining politics “as of now”.Talking to reporters after meeting Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he said, “I have no plans to join politics as of now, But cant say about future as the weather keeps changing from morning to evening.”Speaking about a proposed wrestling event in Madhya Pradesh, he said, “Chief Minister Chauhan is promoting sports in the state. Our meeting lasted for 15-20 minutes. On my proposal, he has assured all possible help in promoting wrestling in the state.”In reply to a question about the news reports of the impending marriage of cricketer Virat Kohli and actor Anushka Sharma, the wrestler expressed his best wishes for the couple.In reply to another question, Khali said that the reality show “Bigg Boss” was scripted and was not to be taken seriously but just as something to watch for enjoyment. PTI ADU BNM SDMlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho rubbishes Manchester United F.C. exit rumours

first_imgJose Mourinho has rubbished the rumours of his departure from Manchester United after the club’s not so impressive first half of the Premier League season.Man United though are second in the points table but are 15 points behind run-away league leaders and bitter rivals Manchester City.The Red Devils suffered a shock League Cup exit last month and Mourinho’s growing frustration at his team’s inconsistent form has been noticeable, leading to reports of his exit.After a relatively successful start to his United tenure last season, where they finished sixth in the league and won the Europa League and League Cup titles, Mourinho’s side have been overshadowed by bitter rivals Manchester City this campaign.”I say garbage, I don’t find a better word than that to define the talk,” Mourinho told reporters when asked about a potential departure from United. “My intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs.”I repeat I am in the middle of my contract, if I am going to sign a new one it depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.”I see myself here (after three years), is just a question of (whether) the club… are all happy with my contribution and they want me to stay beyond the end of this contract.”United’s decline in form has been contrasted by that of Pep Guardiola’s City, who are yet to be beaten in the league and competing impressively on all fronts.advertisementFormer Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager Mourinho also hit out at those questioning his professionalism, saying he was fully committed to United.”The worst thing someone can do to me is to put one inch of doubt on my professionalism or in my dedication to my club, my job, my players and to every detail related to my job,” Mourinho added.United striker Romelu Lukaku and midfielder Marouane Fellaini are set to return from their respective injuries for the club’s FA Cup opener against Derby County on Friday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

National Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh is hiring! Apply for 62 non-teaching posts by October 15

first_imgNational Institute of Technology Andhra Pradesh on Friday, September 28, released a notification to recruit 62 Non- teaching vacancies on its official website- nitandhra.ac.in.All those who are interested can go on the official website and download the application form.Last date to apply for NIT AP Recruitment:Further, candidates must note that after they fill up the form, they will need to send the application by post at the designated address before October 15.Vacancy details:Assistant Librarian: 1 PostAssistant Registrar: 1 PostStudents Activity and Sports (SAS) Officer: 1 PostTechnical Assistant / Junior Engineer / SAS Assistant / Senior Pharmacist: 15 PostsExecutive Engineer: 1 PostMedical Officer: 1 PostSenior Assistant: 2 PostsSecurity Officer: 1 PostTechnician, Laboratory Assistant, Work Assistant: 15 PostsSenior Technical Assistant / Assistant Engineer/ Senior SAS Assistant: 5 PostsSuperintendent / Accountant: 5 PostsSenior Technician, Senior Work Assistant: 5 PostsJunior Assistant: 9 PostsNIT Andhra Pradesh Recruitment 2018: How to applyGo on the official website- nitandhra.ac.inOn the homepage, click on the link which reads ‘Recruitment of regular non-teaching positions at NIT AP’Now, click on ‘NIT AP Non-Teaching Application Form’Download the application form and fill up the formSend the form on the address given.About NIT APNational Institute of Technology, Andhra Pradesh is the 31st institution among the chain of NITs started by the Government of India. NIT Andhra Pradesh is established in the state of Andhra Pradesh in the academic year 2015-2016.Read: UGC is hiring! Deputy Director post to be vacant from November 1, check the detailsRead: Air India Recruitment 2018: Attend walk-in interview on this date, check details @ airindia.inadvertisementlast_img read more

Women’s football takes centre stage in museum exhibition

first_img The Girls of the Period Playing Ball, watercolour from 1869 Harper’s Bazaar magazine and the oldest item in the collection. Photograph: Nation Football Museum Hide Pinterest features Pinterest Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Williams’s favourite item is the watercolour of girls having a kickabout, from a Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1869. “For me it doesn’t matter that it’s not a proper match because kickabouts and street games are something we long suspected that women did but it’s the hardest evidence to find. I had a close look at the background with a magnifying glass – the figures in the background are women playing sport. The whole painting is about the topicality of women’s physicality, as a centrepiece to explore some aspect of women and society.” Twitter Quick guide A brief history of women’s football Twitter A major international conference on women’s football, hosted by the museum and taking place around International Women’s Day in March, will provide a platform to tell more of these stories and, it is hoped, continue to raise the profile of the game. Show Share on Messenger Facebook Reuse this content “Unfortunately Chris is no longer with us,” says the University of Wolverhampton’s professor of sport, who first met Unger at a conference in Los Angeles in 1999, “but this collection is the legacy of his enthusiasm for women’s football.”Williams, who has been researching the history of the women’s game for more than 25 years, says the collection shows women’s football historically was not a niche sport in the way it is so often presented. “You realise when you look at this material that women’s football has been mediated so widely throughout all its history – there’s postcards, photos, little dolls, little cups, stamps, pin badges, fine-art statuettes, posters. It was mainstream news in the press, from the 1860s onwards, with photographs and line drawings. Women’s football was so topical you see it covered extensively, and often as front- or back-page news.” Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn The largest ever collection of women’s football memorabilia and historical items has been acquired by the National Football Museum in preparation for an exhibition expected to be opened this year.The items in the collection date as far back as 1869 – the same decade as the founding of the men’s Football Association – and continue throughout the 50-year ban of the women’s game and into the modern era.Professor Jean Williams, the academic lead on the project, describes the collection as “all your Christmases come at once”. The museum applied for a £150,000 grant to purchase an approximate 25,000 items from Chris Unger, a supporter of the women’s game who played and coached football in the US. He was a frequent attendee at women’s football events and conferences, and well known in the sport. When Unger became unwell he wanted to ensure his lifetime’s work would not be broken up. An unexpected moment came with the discovery of a Mexican pornography magazine that included coverage of the 1971 unofficial World Cup held there. Williams chuckles as she relates hastily flicking through several pages of topless mud wrestling to find the match reports. “My journey has taken me down many different avenues but I never thought I’d be looking in a Mexican porno mag. The football is the only non-smutty thing in there,” she says with a laugh.Domestically the strength and growth of the women’s game, despite the ban, is apparent. Williams highlights the iconic Manchester Corinthians teams of the 1950s and 60s. Such was their draw the Red Cross flew them out to South America to raise funds for it by playing matches there. “Stop and think about that for a minute. It’s working-class women who would not likely have gone to South America by plane under any circumstance. That’s very interesting information to unpick.”Belinda Monkhouse, lead curator on the project, says the team have been working their way through the collection since May last year, and have catalogued more than 48 boxes – just over half of the total. At the Sporting Heritage conference last November she gave a presentation on the photographs from the collection – from the personal scrapbook of the 1970s and 80s England footballer Liz Deighan (“her material covers her entire career, if we had an equivalent collection of someone like George Best people would be falling over themselves to get hold of it”) to some of the Corinthians snapshots. “There are so many photographs which are unnamed, and we have no idea who they are. We hope to get as much publicity for these items as possible so that people might come forward and help us to identify some of these women.” Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Stoke Ladies FC were one of the more successful women’s teams at the time of the FA’s ban on women’s football and in 1922 won the first and only English Ladies FA Challenge Cup; A 2013 edition of Sepp magazine featuringLea T who was born Leandro Medeiros Cerezo and transitioned aged 19. She has modelled for Givenchy and opened the 2016 Olympic Games; Typical bloomers that would have been worn to play football in the 19th century – they were part of the rational dress movement led by Amelia Bloomer; A tiny woollen and felt collectible Grecon doll from circa 1937. Composite: National Football Museum Arsenal’s Lisa Evans launches scheme to get more women playing football Thank you for your feedback. Read more Facebook Twitter Williams cites the example of one of the items – a Lyons cake box, thought to be from the first world war period, with a drawing of its women’s team on the front. Lyons supported a number of women’s teams, drawn from its own workforce, as part of an ethos around promoting health and social values through sport and exercise. Its chain of coffee shops and tea houses was famous in London in the early part of the 20th century. “It’s like going for McDonald’s and seeing a picture of Steph Houghton on the packaging. It’s that casual promotion of the women’s game. We talk about women’s footballers being pioneers now, but actually this stuff has been pioneered as far back as the 1920s.”That the game lost its profile in the late 20th century, says Williams, is only in part due to the 50-year ban – which wiped out living memory of those who played before 1921. But the “tabloidisation” of the media, from the 1970s onwards, also played a key role in sexualising the depiction of women and marginalising women’s sport. Topics Football meets Art on the cover of the Mexican magazine Futbol Magazine with over painted features on the black and white football. The issue featured coverage of the 1971 unofficial Women’s World Cup Photograph: National Football Museum Share on Pinterest Women’s football Share via Email 1881 First recorded women’s match in England.1895 North vs South match, Crouch End, 10,000 spectators.1920 Dick, Kerr Ladies play in front of record crowd of 53,000.1921 FA bans women’s football as a game “unsuitable for ladies”.1970 Coppa del Mondo, Italy, unofficial World Cup (Denmark triumphed over Italy in the final, England finished 4th after losing the 3rd place play off to Mexico).1971 FA lifts ban.1991 First official Fifa women’s World Cup – but no sponsor, no prize money, the matches only lasted 80min, and the USA’s victory was not even broadcast in USA.1993 FA brings women’s game under its umbrella.1998 Hope Powell appointed as England coach, first ever full-time role for the position.1999 USA host and win the World Cup, Brandi Chastain’s iconic winning celebration sends the sport stratospheric. A record 90,185 watch the final at the Rose Bowl. 2005 FA hosts women’s Euros2007 Fifa finally introduces prize money to women’s World Cup. England are knocked out by USA in the quarter-finals. Marta is the star of the tournament, and golden boot winner. 2011 FA Women’s Super League is launched – an eight team, summer competition format. England are knocked out of World Cup in the quarter finals, losing on penalties to France.2013 England fail to make it out of the group stage at the Euros. Hope Powell departs. Mark Sampson appointed.2015 World Cup in Canada expands to 24 teams, but lawsuit over artificial turf threatens to overshadow proceedings. England thrill reaching third place. The total prize money is the highest ever at $15m, still a drop in the ocean compared to the men’s 2014 World Cup at $576m.2017 FAWSL switches to winter competition. last_img read more

Kovac: It was a penalty

first_imgEintracht Frankfurt ‘It was a penalty’ – Kovac acknowledges good fortune in win over Bayern Ben Spratt 07:10 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) David Abraham Eintracht Frankfurt DFB Pokal 2018 TOBIAS SCHWARZ Eintracht Frankfurt Bayern München v Eintracht Frankfurt Bayern München DFB Pokal The Bundesliga champions were denied a late penalty in the cup final, and the club’s future boss admitted the winners were fortunate Niko Kovac smoothed relations with new club Bayern Munich as he admitted the Bundesliga champions should have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty to deny his Eintracht Frankfurt side DFB-Pokal glory.Frankfurt, led by Kovac for the final time, ran out 3-1 winners in Berlin , but only after Javi Martinez appeared to be denied a clear spot-kick when fouled by Kevin-Prince Boateng in a frenetic conclusion to the game.Mijat Gacinovic went on to score a third for Frankfurt, but Kovac had no problem acknowledging that the team he will leave behind were fortunate against his future employers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Kevin went to clear the ball but hit his foot,” Kovac told ARD . “I think we were lucky. It was a penalty kick.”The departing Frankfurt coach still found time to celebrate the victory, though, describing it as a “beautiful story”.”Football provides the most beautiful stories,” he said. “I’m happy for the club, for the fans and for the team.”We stood here before the game and discussed it. When you’re together, you can do anything, be it in sports or in society. That is what has happened with this team that has always worked hard for success.”I want to thank all of those who have supported us. Of course I am happy about the title, but I am sad to be leaving.”Kovac GFXBayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic appeared to clash with Kovac following the penalty appeal but was apologetic afterwards.”That was in the heat of the moment,” he said. “I would have given the penalty. It’s clear the referee did not see it. He cuts his feet off in the area.”It’s a clear penalty. It does not help to talk about it but, for me, it’s clear.”last_img read more

Betting Lines Released For Week 2’s Biggest Games

first_imgNebraska player dives for a tackle during game against Colorado.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Running back Kyle Evans #21 of the Colorado Buffaloes avoids the tackle of linebacker Tyrin Ferguson #43 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Week 1 of the college football season is not yet over, but we already have a host of available Week 2 betting lines.The biggest matchup on the schedule next weekend features a pair of top-10 teams. No. 6 LSU is on the road at No. 10 Texas, but the Tigers are favored.LSU is a four-point favorite over the Longhorns in Austin. This is one game that could have a major impact on the College Football Playoff race down the road.Below are lines for some of the other marquee contests in Week 2. LSU opens as a 4-point favorite over Texas at Las Vegas book @CircaSports, the first shop to post lines and totals for Week 2.— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 1, 2019More Week 2 openers from @CircaSports: BYU at Tennessee (-2, 53) Nebraska (-7.5, 62.5) at Colorado Texas A&M at Clemson (-19.5, 59.5) Cincinnati at Ohio St (-16.5, 55) West Virginia at Missouri (-12, 65)— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) September 1, 2019Out of the rest of these lines, Clemson being favored by three touchdowns over Texas A&M is eye-opening. The Tigers are the No. 1 team in the country and playing at home, but the Aggies are ranked 12th and are a quality opponent.Also, don’t be surprised if Tennessee wins and covers after yesterday’s shocking loss to Georgia State. Teams often bounce back after brutal Week 1 games.Finally, Nebraska giving more than a touchdown at Colorado is showing a lot of respect to the Huskers. Colorado is coming off a 52-31 win over Colorado State on Friday.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,728.28, down 66.85 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Down 15 cents, or 6.67 per cent, to $2.10 on 21.3 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 60 cents, or 8.66 per cent, to $7.53 on 14.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up seven cents, or 0.92 per cent, to $7.67 on 12.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down 17 cents, or 6.85 per cent, to $2.31 on 9.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Down 34 cents, or 0.8 per cent, to $42.09 on 7.1 million shares.Toronto Dominion Bank. (TSX:TD). Financials. Down 28 cents, or 0.4 per cent, to $69.55 on 6.4 million shares.Companies reporting major news:BlackBerry Inc. (TSX:BB). Down four cents at $10.61. Blackberry is making a play to integrate itself into smart cities and vehicles by building a new service to provide infrastructure for vehicles and traffic lights to exchange information securely. The Waterloo, Ont.,-based technology company says it will waive the service fees for the product for automakers and public offices involved in smart city and connected vehicle pilots because it says the offering is necessary to ensure users can trust the validity of information received from other systems. The service will first be used in conjunction with Invest Ottawa, which will use it for a 16-kilometre road autonomous vehicle test track resembling a miniature city, complete with pavement markings, traffic lights, stop signs and pedestrian crosswalks.Badger Daylighting Ltd. (TSX:BAD). Up $2.23 or 7.1 per cent at $33.59. A director who served for 25 years on the board of Badger Daylighting said he’s resigning over its decision not to bring to its investors a secret takeover proposal made last summer. David Calnan, a Calgary lawyer who has been on the board since 1993, said Monday the way it dealt with the confidential unsolicited cash-and-shares buyout offer made in mid-July highlighted differences between his perspective as a director who is also a large shareholder and the rest of the board.Aurora Cannabis Inc. Aurora Cannabis has signed a deal to acquire Mexican company Farmacias Magistrales for an undisclosed price. The deal to buy the pharmaceutical manufacturer and distributor follows an agreement last week that saw Aurora partner with the company. It says Farmacias recently became Mexico’s first federally licensed importer of raw materials containing THC. Aurora says Farmacias plans to use imported THC and CBD concentrates to produce various cannabis oil products for the medical market.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Positive signs for Goa mining to be visible in six months CM

first_imgPanaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that some positive signs will be visible in the next six months as far as resumption of the mining industry in the state is concerned. The five-decade-old mining industry in the coastal state came to a standstill in March last year, after the Supreme Court quashed the second renewal of 88 iron ore mining leases. Addressing an event organised by Sesa Football Academy on Friday, Sawant said, “The state government would certainly ensure that the mining industry becomes operational once again.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh “We are trying our level best to restart the mining industry in Goa. Since the time I have taken over as the chief minister, things are changing. You will see positive changes towards the resumption of mining industry within the next six months,” Sawant, who represents Sankhalim Assembly constituency, which is predominantly a mining belt, has held a series of meetings with the officials of mining companies earlier this week. The Goa government is also exploring the possibility of tapping the 300-odd leases not covered under the Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling.last_img read more

Ontario PC leader Tim Hudak to governing Liberals Reject Chryslers 700M ransom

TORONTO — Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak says the Ontario government should not give Chrysler hundreds of millions of dollars in what he calls “ransom money.”Hudak says Chrysler still owes the province $800 million from the government bailout it received during the recession in 2009.He accuses the auto giant of trying to blackmail the federal and Ontario governments for a reported $700 million, part of a $3.6-billion investment in Chrysler’s plants in Windsor and Brampton.Hudak says the government should not hand over the money and should instead cut taxes to make it a level playing field for all companies.Premier Kathleen Wynne says her Liberal government invested in auto companies in the past and will continue to do so, and calls Hudak “irresponsible” for saying he wouldn’t partner with the auto sector to keep jobs in Ontario.She says his approach would put hundreds of millions of jobs at risk in the province.The Conservatives say Ontario gives out $3 billion a year in what they call “corporate welfare,” and complain it goes almost exclusively to large, foreign companies such as Samsung, which Hudak noted is a direct competitor to BlackBerry.“I don’t blame the corporations for chasing the handouts. I blame the Liberal government for being in the handout business,” he said.“It seems like it’s never the small and medium-sized companies that are growing, and it seems like it’s never Canadian companies.”The federal Conservative government set aside an additional $500 million in the recent budget for its Automotive Innovation Fund, but did not release details. The fund was launched in 2008 with a commitment of $250 million over five years and renewed last year for another five years. read more

Government warns parents not to tweet answers to SATs exams because some

first_imgA spokesman said: “It is part of routine business. We have done posts on Facebook and Twitter, so they are there for people to see.  The Government has warned parents not to tweet about SATs exams because the tests are staggered over two weeks.The Department for Education has tweeted parents and teachers who have complained about aspects of the test to warn them not to spoil the questions as some children may be taking the test later than others. Though the tests are officially scheduled for this week, children who are ill on the day of a SATs exam can take the test up to five school days later.Schools can organise this themselves for pupils on a case-by-case basis. The Department for Education’s Twitter account, @educationgovuk, has been replying to tweets since Monday asking users to remove tweets which include details about questions. A post on its Facebook account read: “Please help us ensure the smooth administration of the tests by ensuring that test content is not discussed online and that all test materials remain secure until 22 May to allow children who are absent this week to take the tests next week using timetable variations.” “It’s just a polite reminder not to share those questions. “Where the team has been asked about it or it has popped up in a feed, they have occasionally reminded someone directly.”He added that the team was not “tracking people down” who were tweeting about the questions by searching for them on Twitter.Several parents continued to discuss English and Maths questions on the social media platform on Thursday afternoon. The exams are currently taken by children in Year 2 and Year 6. The Government is consulting on plans to axe the tests for seven-year-olds after this year.  One of the tweets, sent to Twitter user Matt Thrower, who complained about a maths question, said: “Hi, can you please remove the tweet referring to SATs? We’re trying to maintain the confidentiality & integrity of ongoing tests.”Mr Thrower had not tweeted the department directly, but had used the hashtag #SATS2017. center_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. @MrOCTeach @_MissieBee Hi, can you please remove any tweets referring to SATs?We’re trying to maintain the confidentiality & integrity of ongoing tests.— DfE (@educationgovuk) May 10, 2017last_img read more

UK terror plot thwarted within minutes of execution Met chief reveals

first_imgPressed on exactly how many attacks have been thwarted, she said that in “just the last few weeks”, five have been averted.”Overall I think it is well into the teens in the last couple of years, where we know people were intent on attacking and that has been stopped,” she said.”In addition, hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of arrests of people who are radicalised, and are either spreading hatred or supporting terrorism, or want to carry out a terrorist attack. Police have thwarted five terror attacks in the last few weeks including some which were “very close” to being carried out, Britain’s most senior police officer has said.This year alone, the UK has been targeted by four terror attacks – three of which happened in London in busy and popular areas – which killed and injured scores of people.Speaking on Nick Ferrari’s show on LBC on Friday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said a “very large number of plots” have been foiled over the last few years. “Some of them were very close, we would say, to an attack – very close,” she said.When asked if they were “within minutes” of being carried out, Ms Dick replied: “Yes.” “We have had a huge number of successful operations, together with the intelligence agencies and we work very closely with them and with colleagues overseas.”Quizzed on how far-progressed the thwarted attacks were, Ms Dick suggested some of them were within minutes of being executed by terrorists. 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.last_img read more

Socratous calls for investigation

first_imgFormer Labor staffer Costas Socratous has called for a formal investigation into his allegations that he was engaged in branch-stacking on behalf of MPs Theo Theophanous and Telmo Languiller. “I warned them that I would be coming out if they keep on harassing me.” Costas Socratous ex-Victorian Labor stafferHe also claims that Mr Theophanous and Mr Languiller have been running a smear campaign against him since mid-2009, calling into question his mental stability. Mr Socratous turned whistleblower last week when he alleged that Theo Theophanous masterminded extensive branch stacking in the ALP’s Albion and East Ardeer branches. Mr Socratous told Neos Kosmos, “I was given money to pay for memberships and renewals of people that I know. I would approach them to become members and tell them not to worry about memberships, that they would be fixed by another way.” Mr Socratous said that he had been “targeted” by Mr Theophanous and Mr Languiller since being sacked last year. “I have been pressured by these people,” said Mr Socratous said. “They have been harassing me in the media and everywhere.” “I warned them that I would be coming out if they keep on harassing me.” “They did not want to hear me, that is why we are where we are now,” he said. “At the beginning I asked for an apology from Theo and Telmo and instead they sent me a letter telling me that under parliamentary order not me, nor anyone that represented me could speak to the media to offend them,” said Mr Socratous. “On the other hand they let Theo loose making speeches humiliating me in parliament.” One of the accusations made under parliamentary privilege was that Mr Socratous has a gambling habit, an accusation that Mr Socratous has denied. In response to accusations that he is being groomed by the Liberal Opposition Mr Socratous said, “I went to the Liberals just for one thing, to make sure that they pressure them [the State Government] to call for an investigation.” He alleged that in 2004 and 2005 when he and Telmo Languiller faced an ALP tribunal on claims of branch-stacking, that the ALP, “covered everything up and I don’t want this to happen again.” “The party covered everything up. After that I never made any new members, I just renewed existing members” said Mr Socratous. Mr Theophanous has denied the allegations that he was the mastermind of the branch-stacking operation. He confirmed to Neos Kosmos that he was responsible for the distribution of funds to assist ALP members get re-elected, but denied any involvement in branch-stacking. “I was never in the position to know how the money was used.” “If the money allocated to Mr Languiller’s seat of Derrimut was used improperly then its Mr Socratous’ responsibility,” Mr Theophanous told Neos Kosmos. Mr Theophanous said that his lawyers have written to Mr Socratous, warning he will sue for defamation unless Mr Socratous unconditionally withdraws the branch-stacking allegations. Mr Socratous says neither he nor his lawyers have received any such letter. “My lawyer has not received anything, but I am not worried because I know what I am saying and I have the facts,” said Mr Socratous. It has been reported that Mr Languiller had gone to the police making allegations against Mr Socratous. Speaking to Neos Kosmos from outside Sunshine police station, Mr Socratous said his own inquiries to police had revealed no such allegations. Mr Socratous has also denied allegations by Mr Languiller that he sought compensation for stress. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Judge dismisses Vancouver MAX riders suit

first_imgA Multnomah County judge has thrown out a $1 million suit filed against TriMet by a 30-year-old woman who said the transit agency failed to protect her from being assaulted by an obnoxious group of teens on a Yellow Line MAX train.The highly publicized June 2008 incident in which a group teenagers attacked Staci Lynn Smith, a Vancouver woman taking her first ride on MAX, stirred widespread outrage and calls for greater transit security.The teenagers involved were prosecuted for assault or lesser crimes. While some of the teenagers’ parents said the teens were wrong to strike the woman and take her purse, they contended she wasn’t the innocent bystander portrayed in some initial media accounts.After 1 1/2 days of trial, Judge Michael McShane ruled Tuesday that Smith and her attorney had failed to present a case that could convince the jury that TriMet was negligent The judge also chastised Smith’s attorney, Victor Calzaretta, for his lack of preparation, noting Calzaretta couldn’t say when his next witnesses would show up.Two jurors interviewed after being dismissed said they weren’t inclined to award any money to Smith.Smith’s attorney had contended that TriMet had a policy of not telling passengers that police were on the way because TriMet didn’t want assailants to get away.last_img read more

Tanana Valley Fisheries Center to be opened early June

first_imgThe state plans to open its Tanana Valley Fisheries Center in Fairbanks on June 7. The visitor’s center will realize a long envisioned public interface at the new hatchery.Download AudioThe Tanana Valley Fisheries Center is the final piece at the Ruth Burnet Sport Fish Hatchery. The $46 million state hatchery ran well over budget and behind schedule due to water treatment issues. It finally began producing fish in 2012, and 4 years later the visitor’s center is nearly ready. Hatchery manager Gary George said it will give the public a window on the operation.“It has a 10,000 gallon aquarium in the center of the space, and then it has viewing windows where you can look out on the culture floor.”The sprawling high tech hatchery operation behind the glass is a stark contrast to the state’s first sport fish rearing facility: a log structure on Birch Lake.  George said the visitor’s center includes a scale model of the vintage hatchery.”Inside will have replica production tanks, hopefully very similar to what they used at Birch Hatchery from the late 50’s all the way up to early 1960’s,” George said.Public outreach and education are part of Ruth Burnet Sport Fish Hatchery’s mission, and a visitor’s center is required under its borough land lease. The Tanana Valley Fisheries Center briefly opened in 2014, but offered little to visitors.Terry Thompson is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish communications and outreach coordinator.”We had a large empty room,” Thompson said.Thompson has worked to develop the center, a project he says has lagged for lack of state funding. Thompson credited a $17,000 donation from the Fairbanks North Star Borough with enabling outfitting of the facility.”We constructed the old Birch Lake hatchery,” Thompson said. “We have enhanced our video selection. We will be installing some panels that would house interpretive text.”Thompson said the state recently funded a position to staff the center.“Somebody that can interact with the public, welcome them, answer questions provide limited tours through the public spaces,” Thompson said.Tanana Valley Fisheries Center is scheduled to open June 7th, and operate Tuesday through Saturday through the summer season. Thompson adds that the center will also provide sport fishing information and loaner gear.last_img read more

Veto to debt reimbursement could raise your tax bill

first_imgThe governor’s veto halvedthe amount of money the state will reimburse for school bond debt. The waythe program has long worked is that for parts of Alaska with a sizabletax-base, communities would borrow money through long-term bonds to get enoughcash for renovations that go above and beyond what you’d put in a regular schooloperating budget. One place they may look to closegaps: property tax rolls. “If you’re putting new roofs on,or replacing boilers and HVAC systems, those would be major infrastructureimprovements to extend the life of the buildings,” said Jim Anderson, ChiefFinance Officer for the Anchorage School District. One of the vetoes Governor Mike Dunleavy made, again, when he signed the operating budget on Monday was a cut worth $48,910,300 for reimbursing school bond debt. For many cities, towns and boroughs, that means taking on that cost in their own local budgets. There was a modification to thatsystem when the bottom fell out of the oil market. Because of revenueshortfalls, in 2015 the program was put on a five-year pause. Since then, whencities like Anchorage voted to take on bond debt knew they’d be shouldering thefull burden, up until 2020 when the moratorium was set to expire. Since the action does not affectASD’s operating budget, the reductions won’t be felt in classrooms, but morelikely by property owners. For the city’s tax-base, $20.5 million breaks downto about $60 more per every $100,000 of assessed value for a home, according tothe municipality’s budget office. For the average single-family home-owner,that equates to roughly $200 dollars more on his or her tax bill next spring.center_img Currently, ASD is working withthe city to figure out how Anchorage will absorb $20,538,645 it didn’t expectto be on the line for. Traditionally, the state would reimburse localgovernments for their school bond debt at somewhere between 60 and 70 percentof the construction project, according to Anderson. That means decades ago,when these bonds were approved by Anchorage voters, they would know that of thefull amount for a construction project, local taxpayers would ultimately becovering around a third of it. It was understood that under the Bond DebtReimbursement appropriation would pay for the rest.  “I would think within the municipalitythere would be a lot of discussions as to how we move forward,” Anderson said. But now, it’s unclear if thestate’s prior generosity will return when it comes to helping school districtsfinance major improvements. However, no decision has yet beenmade on whether that’s the route the city’s administration and assembly willtake.last_img read more

Beetlejuice The Warriors Get the Waxwork Records Treatment

first_imgThe soundtrack is a tad short clocking in at 37 minutes, but it’s just enough time to really have fun with it and not overstay its welcome. Since this is not a double-LP, Waxwork included a beautiful print of Erickson’s work depicting Lydia’s final moment from the film. Other than another re-release of the film, this is the perfect way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton’s greatest achievements. Both versions will be available on WaxworkRecords.com in April of this year.   The repressing of The Warriors original soundtrack, unlike Beetlejuice, is a double LP. It includes a remaster of the original soundtrack and the vinyl debut of the complete film score by Barry DeVorzon. While listening to this thing, it’s hard not thinking about that real live bunch from Coney. What started as a novel back in 1965 by Sol Yurick evolved into the ultimate cult classic. You will be transported back to the 70s and onto the streets of New York listening to both the OST and score.   One of the best vinyl releases to come out of Waxwork Records, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on this sold-out record since its announcement in November. Of course the Belafonte tracks are not the only thing special about this soundtrack. International composer (and former Oingo Boingo frontman) Danny Elfman lent his insane talents to Tim Burton back in 1988 for the soundtrack, forever solidifying his unique sound and helping give Burton’s films a unique feel.Waxwork did a wonderful job re-branding the film’s OST into something really special for fans. Artist Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative was brought on to really give the vinyl and gatefold a clean and authentic look. If you are familiar with Tim Burton’s artwork, Erickson really thrives at making us feel like this is a continuation of the directors early concept pieces. The 180 gram vinyl itself includes a sandworm on ‘Side B’ that becomes pretty hypnotic to look at while playing. As for the record’s wax job, there are two styles” “Beetlejuice Swirl”, which includes dashes of the Beet-Man’s facial and hair colors; and the simple half black-and-white vinyl matching our anti-hero’s clothing. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsGeek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf Speaker center_img When you hear the famous Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” or “Jump in the Line (Shake, Shake Señora)” tracks, it is almost impossible not think of the Deetz family members and dinner guests getting down and floating around paranormal activity in one of Tim Burton’s most iconic films, Beetlejuice. Waxwork worked directly off the remaster tapes of both the original 1979 soundtrack and the film score. This 180 gram sounds like sweet perfection and has not left my turntable in days. Tracks like “In the City” by Joe Walsh and “Nowhere to Run” by Arnold McCuller sound so warm and perfect on these transfers. Accompanying the double LP is gorgeous artwork on and inside the gatefold from Marvel Comics artist Dave Rapoza. The record’s wax job comes in “Warriors” red and brown, where as the “Boppers” variant comes in purple. It’s now available on WaxworkRecords.com.Also just released from Waxwork this month is Richard Einhorn’s famous score from The Prowler. This 1981 cult classic kicks off Waxworks 2019 release list and it looks just as stunning as it sounds. The Prowler was one of America’s first slasher films with make-up effects by Tom Savini. The vinyl itself screams Savini with red splats on army green, which mimics the films icon.The gatefold artwork by Ghoulish Gary Pullin is easily the coolest we have ever seen this slasher ever depicted. The master recordings to this OST were originally believed to be lost for good. Luckily, Waxwork found and restored the tapes with Einhorn’s help and fans get to reap the benefit right now.More on Geek.com:Vinyl Record Sales See No Signs of Slowing in 201915 Cool Tech Gifts for Music LoversPandora Launches Voice-Enabled Smart Assistant for Easier Streaminglast_img read more

Dead Sea drilling research project portends ominous future for Middle East

first_imgSalt buildup on the shores of the Dead Sea. Image: Ian and Wendy Sewell/Wikipedia © 2011 PhysOrg.com Jordan and Israel consider Red Sea canal (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers drilling in the center of the Dead Sea have found that approximately 120,000 years ago, the area became so dry the Sea dried up completely, or nearly so, and worse, it likely occurred over a lengthy period of time. Today the history rich sea, the lowest in the world, is shrinking too, but unlike back then, this time it’s due to human’s siphoning off water from the rivers that feed it leading to a precipitous drop that has reduced the depth of the water by some 10 meters since the mid nineties. 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.center_img Explore further Citation: Dead Sea drilling research project portends ominous future for Middle East (2011, December 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-dead-sea-drilling-portends-ominous.html The Dead Sea Deep Drilling Project, as its been called, involved boring holes in two locations into the sea floor over four months between late 2010 and early 2011 and cost US $2.6 million, and was funded by the International Continental Scientific Drilling Program with additional contributions from other organizations and countries. Over the course of the drilling, the team, managed to pull up a 400 meter length of sediment from beneath the sea floor, giving the researchers a peak 200,000 years into the past. But it was the part of the sample that represented a time around 120,000 that really intrigued them, as there they found rocky pebbles similar to those found currently on the shore line. This meant that the sea had dried to the point where it may have had no water in it at all. And beneath the pebbles was a layer of salt about 45 meters thick, which is what researchers calculate, would occur if all the water in the sea were removed today. Thus, it appears that the Dead Sea was for a time, nothing more than a very large salt flats.The idea that the Dead Sea could go dry is a very scary thing for those in the Middle East, especially for those who follow global warming theories and politics. While the water from the Dead Sea itself isn’t used for much of anything except swimming, the rivers that run into it are critical to the survival of millions of people in the area, and controlling those rivers is rife with controversy which has in the past led to wars, as the Dead Sea sits right between Israel and Jordan.With many global warming models predicting a more arid Middle East, the specter of a dried up Dead Sea could possibly send the area into a period of turmoil dwarfing past conflicts, which would of course cause ripples all across the globe, leading to a very unstable future for virtually everyone.last_img read more

Speed likely factor in Cancun truck topple

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — A truck that collided with a center ridge in the Cancun Hotel Zone was left overturned affecting traffic. The accident occurred at kilometer four of the Cancun Hotel Zone when the driver of a truck miscalculated his turn and hit a meridian, causing his vehicle to overturn onto its side. The collision and topple resulted in a gas and oil spill over the roadway. Members of the Tourist Police arrived saying the driver was likely driving too fast when he lost control and collided with the central ridge, making contact with a concrete structure that marked the kilometer along Boulevard Kukulcán.center_img Although the driver of the truck suffered minor injuries, he was not transported to hospital. Members of the Cancun Fire Department also arrived on scene to clean up the fuel and oil spill. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System

first_imgMRIdian’s SmartVISION provides high-definition, diagnostic-quality MR imaging. SmartVISION was designed to maintain high-fidelity beam delivery while mitigating the risks of skin toxicities, as well as trapped or distorted dose. MRIdian’s SmartADAPT helps allow clinicians to generate daily MR setup scans in seconds and leverage high-contrast anatomical detail to rapidly reshape dose delivery based on the current position of both the tumor and adjacent critical structures – all while the patient is in the treatment position. MRIdian’s SmartTARGET visualizes the tumor’s edges and surrounding organ position in real-time using a non-ionizing, streaming video perspective. When tumors or organs-at-risk change shape or position, SmartTARGET instantly reacts, automatically controlling beam delivery.For more information: www.viewray.comRelated MRIdian ContentVIDEO: Clinical Use of the ViewRay MRIdian Linac System at Henry FordVIDEO: MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy Trial for Pancreatic Cancer FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | February 21, 2019 FDA Clears Advancements for Viewray MRIdian Radiation Therapy System Enhancements include new soft tissue visualization capabilities, upgrades to reduce treatment delivery time The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Faster, brighter, more detailed anatomical planar imaging to strike tumors with greater precision and accuracy through proprietary technology, which allows for a 2X increase in MRI speed (to 8 frames per second), a 2X increase in image resolution, and a 2X improvement in MR signal-to-noise ratio (SNR); and Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more February 21, 2019 — ViewRay Inc. received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market new soft tissue visualization capabilities for its MRIdian image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) system.The new upgradable capabilities enhance the features of MRIdian’s SmartVISION MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), including: Expanded high-definition visualization and enhanced contrast between different tissues, to assist clinicians with tissue visualization and beam contouring; Potential reduction in treatment delivery time through enhanced multileaf collimator (MLC) speed. The potential to aid in the assessment and prediction of tumor response to radiation therapy is enabled by “DWI”, a diffusion weighted imaging feature that tracks treatment progress by distinguishing between tumor and normal tissues; News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Related Content Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more last_img read more