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Blood Pressure Come on Nova Scotia Check it Oped

first_imgOnly half of adults with high blood pressure know they have it. Whether people have normal or high blood pressure, it is important they know the higher their numbers, the higher the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. If high blood pressure is detected early, and treated, it can decrease risks. The first step is simple; blood pressure should be checked regularly. People should keep a record of their numbers, and remember them as they do their height and weight. They should ask their health-care provider what their pressure number should be. In other words, they should know their blood pressure and encourage family and friends to do the same. World Hypertension Day was May 17, but maintaining a healthy blood pressure is important year-round. Countries around the world have been challenged to support blood pressure screening clinics and track the number of people that have their blood pressure checked. In Nova Scotia, each May employers are encouraged to provide blood pressure screening events as part of the Come on Nova Scotia … Check it! challenge. These events encourage employees to have their blood pressure checked and learn more about blood pressure through the provincial My Blood Pressure wallet card, pamphlet and posters. Challenge kits provide instructions on how to hold a workplace challenge and include tools and educational materials. More than 3,000 people had their blood pressures checked during last May’s challenge. The goal is to increase that total this year. To learn more about blood pressure, and how to use the My Blood Pressure card tools, visit www.gov.ns.ca/bloodpressure . -30-last_img read more

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Butterfly garden a hit at Eco Park

first_imgKolkata: The butterfly garden inside the Eco Park has become enormously popular people particularly among the research scholars and students working in the field of biodiversity.The three-acre butterfly zone now has 300 to 400 butterflies belonging to 20 variety. The zone is closed at 5pm to allow the butterflies to sleep. The zone has become immensely popular among the research scholars, students and professional photographers who spent several hours to have a glimpse of the butterflies that often stay behind the leaves. The attractive colour of the butterflies is a spectacle to observe. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers”We are really indebted to Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation ( HIDCO) for creating such a beautiful area where one can study biodiversity and spend the whole day. Many young people are pursing photography and several photography clubs have come up in and around Kolkata. The youngsters like to go for nature photography and the zone provides them with enormous opportunity,” said Anik Bose, a nature photographer. Jolly Banerjee, who teaches in a well known school in Kolkata, said students should be taken to the butterfly garden to develop their love for the plants and bio diversity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It is a pleasure to see the colourful butterflies and nature is the best teacher,” she said. The transformation of caterpillars to butterfly can be observed in a laboratory set up at the butterfly park. The visitors have been asked not to touch the leaves or destroy the plants or hit the butterfly with sticks. Eco Park has come up as the biggest urban park in Eastern India with over 400 acres of land surrounded by 112 acres of water body. There is rose garden, Japanese garden and zones where people can enjoy cycling and a joggers’ ally. The miniature seven wonders have attracted people from all over India. The USP of ECO Park is cleanliness and on special days like Christmas Day, New Year’s Day special arrangements are made to help the visitors many of whom come from far off places.last_img read more

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We all knew he was like this Salman Rushdie unsurprised by Trump

first_imgTORONTO – As Donald Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” at a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va., celebrated author Salman Rushdie says he’s not surprised by the embattled U.S. president’s behaviour.“If you’ve lived in New York as I now have the last almost 20 years, we in New York, we’ve seen Trump,” Rushdie said in an interview Wednesday for his novel “The Golden House,” which is set against the backdrop of the last eight years of U.S. politics.“He’s been around, and people in New York got his number a long time ago. Everybody knew who he was, and it’s as if America is now discovering what New Yorkers have known for a long time. So, it’s no surprise Trump would behave like this.”In a news conference Tuesday, Trump appeared to equate the actions of white supremacist groups and those protesting them.Violence broke out Saturday in Charlottesville after a loosely connected mix of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists assembled to protest the city’s decision to remove a towering statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Heather Heyer was killed when a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Heyer’s memorial was held Wednesday.Trump’s remarks were met with swift condemnation, including by those within his own party. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a statement saying the president’s words were “dividing Americans, not healing them.”“He seems to have a great difficulty in condemning neo-Nazis. It seems to actually be physically difficult for him to do so,” said Rushdie. “As a result, he goes into these bizarre rants where he makes false moral equivalencies between the extreme right and the left.“If he weren’t the president, it would seem like the ranting of an idiot. But since he’s the most powerful man in the world it’s deeply alarming to see him issuing a series of dog whistles which are… picked up quite clearly by the extreme right even to the point to which (former Ku Klux Klan leader) David Duke texts or tweets his thanks to Trump during the press conference. …“The destruction that has been wrought in these six months is impossible to overstate,” he added.When asked if Trump would serve out his full term, Rushdie said he was “bad at forecasting the future,” but seemed less than thrilled by the other potential contenders for the office.“Like anybody else, I’m watching the (Robert) Mueller investigation with great interest,” he said of the FBI probe into Russian interference in the U.S. election.“If we lose Trump we get (U.S. Vice-President Mike) Pence and if we lose Pence we get (House Speaker Paul) Ryan. If we get Ryan, we get Orrin Hatch. It’s not particularly an optimistic forecast.”— With files from The Associated Press—Follow @lauren_larose on Twitterlast_img read more

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DRAKE MADE 6IX A THING IN TORONTO BUT HE JUST LOST HIS

first_img Facebook Advertisement Drake (Getty Images) Drake doesn’t own the 6ix — at least, he doesn’t own that trademark after a decision from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).The 6ix is, of course, one of the star rapper’s favourite nicknames for Toronto, and his company, October’s Very Own, applied for the trademark in the late summer of 2015.But, the CIPO found 6ix actually belongs to Michael Di Cosmo, a local electronic dance music DJ and producer, who applied for the trademark way back in 2000. Drake was a teenager at the time. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Mandela to be buried with eagle feather

first_imgAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo performs a ceremony in honour of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo courtesy of the AFNAPTN National News GATINEAU, Que.–Nelson Mandela will be buried with an eagle feather brought to South Africa by Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo, it was announced at a special chiefs assembly Wednesday.The eagle feather will travel with Mandela’s body to Qunu, the place where the man known to his people as Madiba grew-up and which will be laid to rest. Mandela will be buried there Sunday.Atleo gave the eagle feather to Canada’s high commissioner to South Africa who has the task of ensuring the feather gets into the hands of the South African government for Mandela’s final journey. Atleo also gave a smaller eagle feather to the high commissioner as a “gesture of friendship” and a symbol of the importance of the task.“The eagle feather was given to the high commissioner who has been charged with the responsibility,” said Ovide Mercredi, a former AFN national chief, who broke the news Wednesday morning to chiefs gathered in a Gatineau, Que., casino this week for their yearly winter assembly.Mercredi said the eagle feather was handed over following a ceremony in Mandela’s honour requested by Atleo involving the Canadian delegation, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Atleo sang a song from his nation used to honour the death of hereditary leaders, said Mercredi.Mandela was not only once president of South Africa and a leader in the fight against apartheid; he was also a hereditary leader among the Xhosa. His father was a tribal chief in Transkei and named Mandela Rolihlahla at birth. Rolihlahla means “pulling branches of a tree,” but colloquially it also means “troublemaker,” according to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s website.“Our national chief was given the opportunity to perform a particular ceremony while Mandela was lying in state,” said Mercredi. “Our national chief said his prayer and also sang a song that is particular to his nation, a song that they used to recognize leadership and in particular hereditary chiefs and the name as you know that Mandela has been given is Madiba which is in recognition of his status within his nation, with his own people as a hereditary leader.”Madiba is the name of Mandela’s clan and stems from the name of a Thembu chief  who ruled in the Transkei during the 18th century, according to the foundation.Mercredi said the ceremony included Harper, three former prime ministers, two former governor generals and the premiers who were part of the Canadian delegation. Former governor-general Adrianne Clarkson held an eagle feather during the ceremony.Mercredi also said that Atleo also discussed Mandela’s legacy and the current relationship between Canada and its Indigenous population with former prime ministers Jean Chretien and Joe Clarke.“(They discussed) the importance of bringing to Canada the teachings and lessons provided by Mandela with respect to peace and reconciliation,” said Mercredi. “That leadership needs to be demonstrated in this country…The national chief is reporting to us that he has begun that dialogue of reconciliation of justice with the leaders he is travelling with.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

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TNA and TPA decide to work together

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) have decided to work together to address new challenges faced by the Tamil.TPA leader Mano Ganesan said that both the TNA and TPA met in Parliament today and discussed the way forward. “TNA & TPA decided to work collectively to address common new challenges faced by the country especially Tamil community upon the emergence of Islamic State Fundamentalism in SriLanka. Constructive discussions held between both parties at Parliamentary complex today,” Ganesan said. read more

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Manitoba dam blockade Chief demands revenuesharing help lowering hydro bills

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger says he’s willing to consider the demands of protesters from a northern First Nation occupying the grounds of a key power-generating station.Protesters from Cross Lake First Nation want a revenue-sharing agreement with Manitoba Hydro, as well as a public apology, a shoreline cleanup and help with residential hydro bills which hover around $600 a month in the winter.The First Nation has some long-standing concerns that need to be addressed, Selinger said.“Some of these concerns are long-standing issues that go back several decades,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press on Thursday. “They’re asking for that to be paid attention to.“We all believe in a spirit of reconciliation around these long-term flooding issues that happened decades ago, and we need to continue working on them.”While Selinger was enthusiastic about energy efficiency programs to lower the cost of hydro bills in the community, he said bringing in a revenue-sharing agreement is more complex.“It’s not easily done but we think there’s (a) possibility of doing that and we’re open to that discussion as we go forward.”Cross Lake Chief Catherine Merrick said Manitoba Hydro has violated her people’s treaty rights and must make amends. The band signed an agreement in 1977 after the Jenpeg dam was built, but Merrick said the Crown corporation and the provincial government haven’t fulfilled their obligations.Traditional lands are regularly flooded and the fragile shoreline is eroding, Merrick said. A handful of Cross Lake residents are employed by the dam, but there are none of the promised programs to “eradicate mass poverty and mass employment.”“If you’re not going to be kind to my people, then we’ll take back our land,” she said Thursday before a rally at Manitoba Hydro’s headquarters in Winnipeg. “That’s exactly what we did.”Hundreds of protesters from the First Nation north of Lake Winnipeg marched to the hydro dam a week ago. While they have allowed employees to leave, Manitoba Hydro personnel have not been allowed to enter.The dam is a stone’s throw from the community, Merrick said, but many people get disconnected because they can’t pay their bills. The dam employs about 10 people from the Cross Lake community.“If my people were able to work, they would be able to pay their hydro bills,” she said. “Our elders, their average income on their pension is $1,200 a month. They pay between $600 to $700 on their hydro bill.”The occupation at Jenpeg is peaceful but will continue until there’s some real progress, Merrick said.Hydro President Scott Thomson and Stan Struthers, cabinet minister responsible for the corporation, met with protesters at the site. But Merrick said they want a visit from Selinger, who bowed out of a planned trade mission to China because of the occupation.But he hasn’t directly contacted the protesters, she said.Selinger wouldn’t say whether he plans to go to the site for a meeting.“I’m certainly keeping an open mind on that as we work our way through the process.”Manitoba Hydro spokesman Scott Powell said employees are still working at the dam and it continues to operate. The utility is continuing to work with the First Nation, as well as with the federal and provincial governments, to resolve the situation, he said.“Things are moving forward,” Powell said. “The factors underlying the whole situation are pretty complex and they’ve got a long history. When they involve so many different parties, it’s a complex situation.”Jenpeg, which cost $310 million to build, is about 525 kilometres north of Winnipeg and is key in Manitoba Hydro’s northern electricity generation. The dam helps regulate the level of Lake Winnipeg, which has become swollen in recent years due to flooding. It also acts as a reservoir for other northern generating stations. by Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2014 12:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Manitoba dam blockade: Chief demands revenue-sharing, help lowering hydro bills read more

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Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector cites drought

EDMONTON – The Alberta Energy Regulator is restricting how much water oilsands and other energy projects can withdraw from part of the Athabasca River and other rivers in the province.It cites dry weather and low flow conditions for its decision that suspends water withdrawals under some temporary diversion licences.AER spokesman Jordan Fitzgerald says licensees will need to look for alternative water sources.The temporary licence suspensions affect companies that operate in the Upper Athabasca River basin.Oilsands giant Syncrude Canada Ltd. and many other major oilsands firms operate in the Lower Athabasca region.The AER is also encouraging oil and gas operators to voluntarily reduce their water consumption from rivers with lower than normal streamflows that are not covered by mandatory restrictions.Temporary diversion licences are issued for a maximum of one year and are normally used for drilling fluid, dust control and bridge washing.The AER is also suspending some licences granted to energy companies to divert water from the North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan and Peace rivers.“The AER is working with Alberta Environment and Parks to monitor water flow in Alberta’s rivers and will lift the restrictions when river flows return to acceptable levels,” the regulator said Monday in a release. (The Canadian Press, CHQR) The Athabasca river, highway construction and suburbs seen from a helicopter in Fort McMurray, Alta., on July 10, 2012. The Alberta Energy Regulator is restricting how much water oilsands and other energy projects can withdraw from part of the Athabasca River and other rivers in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 17, 2015 9:09 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector, cites drought read more

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Expressing concern about planned Israeli settlements UN urges return to negotiations

In a statement, Stéphane Dujarric, reiterated that unilateral actions threaten to unravel plans for a two-State solution between Israelis and Palestinians. “We once again warn against any unilateral actions that can be an obstacle to a negotiated two-state solution,” Mr. Dujarric said. He added that the UN calls on both parties to return to “meaningful negotiations” based on relevant Security Council resolutions and in accordance with international law, and is ready to support that process. read more

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Bradley Roby becomes the first Buckeye to be ejected for targeting

Redshirt-junior Bradley Roby (1) is ejected for a targeting penalty during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Photo illustration by Shelby LumThe Ohio State football team (7-0, 3-0) won its 19th straight game Saturday, beating Iowa (4-3, 1-2) 34-24, but did so without redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby for a majority of the game. Roby was ejected from the game late in the first quarter for a targeting personal foul.Boos rained down from the Ohio Stadium crowd after the call was made against Roby, which disqualified him from the game. It was the first time an OSU player has been called for targeting in 2013.The personal foul was called after Roby made an above-the-shoulders hit on Iowa senior tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz at the end of an 11-yard catch. The foul, which also resulted in a 15-yard penalty, was automatically reviewed by instant replay and ultimately confirmed to be a targeting penalty.At least one OSU player thought Roby’s disqualification was unjustified.“I think it was a real bad call,” junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant said after Saturday’s game. “He led with his shoulder … your head is connected to your body so it’s going to be in there on the hit. I just thought it was a bad call.”By definition, however, Roby’s hit was a penalty because he was ruled to have initiated contact with Fiedorowicz’s head or neck area, who was ruled to be a defenseless receiver.Rule 9-1-4 of the NCAA rulebook states “no player shall target and initiate contact to the head or neck area of a defenseless opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder. When in question, it is a foul.”OSU coach Urban Meyer refrained from commenting the penalty after Saturday’s game.“I got fined $30,000 one time for going after an official, so I’m not going to do that,” Meyer said.Roby, though, took to Twitter after heading to the locker room.“We still gon get this W, believe that,” the tweet read.Redshirt-senior safety C.J. Barnett might not have agreed with the penalty, but he said he understood why the call was made.“I’m not a referee, happy that I’m not,” Barnett said. “From my perspective, I think it was a great hit. It sucks that it had to get him thrown out of the game, but player safety is the most important thing.”Defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said the Buckeyes, who were trailing Iowa by a score of 7-3 at the time, had to keep their focus on making a comeback in the game and not on Roby’s disqualification.“The officials made the call they did. We don’t have to agree with it,” Fickell said. “At that point in time, we were a little worried and a little focused on something else.”Fickell said OSU worked on how to avoid targeting penalties in training camp prior to the season, but said the coaching staff will evaluate Roby’s penalty to determine if the players need to be taught more about how to avoid targeting penalties.“We got to go back and see what we can do better and how we can coach our guys up better to make sure that things like that don’t happen,” Fickell said.Sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves, who started the first two games of the season in Roby’s place after he was suspended one game for his involvement in a incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, filled in for Roby following the disqualification.Although Reeves was victimized on two of the Hawkeye passing touchdowns, his defensive teammates said they have confidence in his ability to step in for Roby.“He goes so hard in practice, he’s a really good player,” sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry said. “Like any other young guy, he makes some mistakes but I count on him to do his job.”Roby’s disqualification left the Buckeyes with only two regular starters in their secondary, Barnett and junior cornerback Doran Grant, with senior safety Christian Bryant already out after breaking his ankle in the Buckeyes’ win against Wisconsin Sept. 28.Without those players, the Buckeyes’ defense had its share of struggles. The Buckeyes allowed 245 passing yards and 375 total yards of offense and allowed the Hawkeyes to convert on eight of 13 third-down conversion attempts.But while the OSU defense gave up 17 points in the first half, including a touchdown drive on Iowa’s first possession of the game when Roby was still on the field, sophomore tight end Jake Duzey’s third-quarter touchdown was the only scoring play of the second half for the Hawkeyes. As a result, the Buckeyes were able to overcome a 17-10 halftime deficit to win the game.Perry said the toughest aspect of the disqualification was losing Roby’s vocal leadership on the field, but said Barnett stepped up in that capacity.Fickell said the biggest impact of losing Roby was not putting Reeves in the lineup, but that it gave the Buckeyes one less defensive back to work with in third-down situations where they often play with six or more defensive backs on the field.“Our third corner (Reeves) is really our dime guy so it put us in a little bit of a bind and we had to regroup and gather ourselves,” Fickell said. “Reality was in the first half was we didn’t get them in a lot of those third down situations we needed to get them into.”Nonetheless, junior defensive tackle Joel Hale said he did not think about the impact of the penalty when he was on the field because it was a call he had no control over.“I don’t have any say in it,” Hale said of the penalty. “It is what it is. Next man up, that’s what we got to do.”Since his penalty occurred in the first half of Saturday’s game, Roby will not be required to sit out any additional time for his disqualification, so he is expected back in the lineup when the Buckeyes play Penn State at 8 p.m. next Saturday in Ohio Stadium. read more

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The Gators Bite Back

On Friday, I noted that the Florida Gators had seen a decline in their chances of winning the NCAA men’s basketball tournament despite beating Albany in their opening game. What hurt the Gators’ prospects? They defeated No. 16 Albany by an underwhelming 12 points, and they drew a tough Round of 32 matchup against Pittsburgh and a looming regional final matchup against either Kansas or Syracuse.But the Gators had a terrific weekend. They thrashed Pittsburgh by 16 points. And they were helped by upsets in the other half of the South region, with No. 3 Syracuse and No. 2 Kansas both losing to opponents with double-digit seeds.The Gators’ game against UCLA on Thursday is no gimme — they have a 72 percent chance of winning it, according to our model.  But conditional upon winning that game, they have an 83 percent chance of winning the regional final against either No. 10 Stanford or No. 11 Dayton and advancing to the Final Four.All in all, the Gators benefited more than any other team from the opening week of the tournament. Their chances of winning the national title are 18.4 percent, up from 14.5 percent before the tournament began. read more

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Cancer patients in Greece line up for drugs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Hundreds of cancer sufferers and carers lined up outside pharmacies across the country Tuesday after an agreement between caretaker Health Minister Christos Kittas and pharmaceutical companies led to fresh supplies being channeled to the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY), the country’s main healthcare provider.According to a statement released by EOPYY, the process of sending out orders for the anti-cancer medicines was completed Tuesday and pharmacies were being stocked with the drugs. It was expected that pharmacies would be fully stocked in the next two days, EOPYY said. Cancer patients can telephone the hotline 184 from noon Wednesday for information about where to procure their drugs while most pharmacies in Attica will not close at lunchtime, as is usual on Wednesdays, but will stay open until 7 p.m.The head of EOPYY, Gerasimos Voudouris, told Kathimerini that he hoped people would not besiege pharmacies unless they have an immediate need for the drugs. “It is crucial that people remain calm,” he said. “Those who need their drugs on Thursday or Friday can go tomorrow [Wednesday] but those who do not need them until Monday can leave it for another day so we avert a rush,” he said.Meanwhile, unionists representing the country’s pharmacists are refusing to provide medicines on credit until EOPYY settles debts of some 250 million euros for prescriptions issued in March.Following talks with Finance Minister Giorgos Zannias, Kittas said that 70 million euros which has been secured for the repayment of EOPYY’s debts for March would only be released to pharmacists if they resume giving out medicines on credit.As the deadlock in the health sector continues — and after hospital suppliers suspended deliveries to six major institutions Tuesday over 150 million euros in unpaid debts — a second prosecutor was asked to bolster a probe into the shortage of crucial medicines. Athens Court of First Instance prosecutor Antonis Eleftherianos is to help prosecutor Popi Papandreou probe possible criminal charges against pharmacists and pharmaceutical firms that have failed to provide medicines to patients with serious illnesses.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Gears of War 4 is free on PC Xbox One if you

first_imgGears of War 4 is set to release on October 11 for Xbox One and PC. It will be the first Gears of War game created to be playable at a 4K resolution on PC, but in order to achieve that you’re going to need some serious graphics hardware inside your rig. So not being a company to miss an opportunity, Nvidia has kicked off a promotion that gets you the game for free (twice!).For a limited time, purchasing selected versions of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 or top-of-the-line GTX 1080 graphics card will unlock a free downloadable copy of Gears of War 4 for Windows 10. And as Microsoft has made GoW4 an Xbox Play Anywhere title, by default you will also be entitled to a free copy of the game on Xbox One.Here’s some Gears of War 4 gameplay running at 4K resolution to whet your appetite:The recommended spec for Gears of War 4 on PC requires a GTX 1060, which is the graphics card spec below the 1070, but gets you a screen resolution of 2560 x 1440. For 3840 x 2160 you’re going to need a GTX 1080. If your display is 1080p, then you won’t need a GTX 1060 or higher to play the game. Nvidia recommends at least a GTX 750 Ti at that resolution.To find out which cards qualify in this promotion head on over to the GeForce website and select your country. If you already own one of the qualifying cards, then visit the redemption web page and enter your coupon code.If you’re planning a PC upgrade then this is a great offer, especially so if you also own an Xbox One. Gears of War 4 will be a $60 game at launch, so you effectively save $120 by getting the game free twice.last_img read more

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ASA Welcomes Renee Munasifi as New Regulatory Affairs Manager

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) CEO Steve Censky announced today that Renee Munasifi has joined ASA as Regulatory Affairs Manager, based in the ASA’s Washington, D.C. office.“We are excited to welcome Renee to the ASA team,” said Censky. “Her previous experience working with Congress and at the USDA will play a major role in furthering soybean regulatory efforts.”Prior to joining ASA, Renee spent 6 years serving as Senior Policy Advisor for Congresswoman Noem of South Dakota, a Member of the House Ways & Means Committee and Senior Deputy Whip, where she worked on agriculture, biotech, trade, energy, and other issues.“Renee will fill a much needed position on our staff,” said John Gordley, director of ASA’s Washington office. “She brings with her a wealth of experience that will allow us to effectively communicate and achieve regulatory priorities as we head into the new administration and 115th Congress.”ASA President and Illinois farmer Ron Moore added that Renee’s experience in the House, Senate and at USDA “shows her dedication to agriculture and America’s farmers.”Renee graduated from North Dakota State University with degrees in International Relations and Spanish. She is from Aberdeen, South Dakota and currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with her husband and daughter.last_img read more

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Colorado automakers reach agreement on zeroemissionvehicle mandate

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Our picks for the 11 best EVs in America More From Roadshow 2019 Fiat 500X first drive: New engine, same problems 1 8:35 2019 Audi TT Roadster review: The exit interview More about 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range Comment Tags 34 Photos Share your voice 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… Review • 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Enlarge ImageIsn’t it nice when everybody gets along? Art Escobado/Getty Images In January, Colorado announced that it intended to implement California’s zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) mandate, which would see the state adopting stricter emissions requirements and specific targets for ZEV sales in the hopes of spurring sales of greener vehicles. At least one automaker group attempted to sway the state, but now, it appears all relevant parties have reached a deal.The Association of Global Automakers and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, two OEM lobby groups that represent 99% of US light-duty vehicle sales, announced on Tuesday that the groups have reached a deal with Colorado regarding its future ZEV mandate. Earlier discussions between these parties did not produce anything of substance.The agreement lies in the ramp-up to Colorado’s determination to join California’s ZEV program for the 2023 model year. Automakers who sell electric vehicles in Colorado in the 2021 and 2022 model years will be given credits that can offset ZEV goals for model years 2023 to 2025. This should provide a benefit for automakers who already sell EVs in the state, and it may spur other OEMs to bring their products to Colorado earlier.The parties involved also worked to address a regulatory peculiarity that allows automakers to take ZEV credits earned in California and use them in other states to help meet minimums. According to the Colorado Sun, automakers who take advantage of the early credit-banking system will be allowed to apply out-of-state credits to just 23% of its Colorado-specific goals, while OEMs who wait for the mandate to take effect will see that number rise to 36%.It’s worth noting that nothing is set in stone just yet. Before the deal can be finalized, it has to go through Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission, which will hold its hearing on Aug. 13.California has been allowed to set its own vehicle emissions regulations above and beyond those set by the federal government, due in part to regulations enacted prior to the 1970 Federal Clean Air Act, which were meant to address the state’s smog issues. Section 177 of the Clean Air Act allows other states to join in California’s green crusade, and Colorado is set to become the 11th state to do precisely that. Car Industry Electric Cars Future Carslast_img read more

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Boxoffice Report Udta Punjab to Kabir Singh BO comparison of Shahid Kapoors

first_imgShahid Kapoor’s Kabir Singh, the Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial which has been released across 3,123 across India, had taken off to a flying start. The film has collected a massive Rs 20.21 crores at the box-office on the opening day. As the film crosses Rs 100 crore mark, let’s take a look at the last five films of Shahid Kapoor and their box-office collection on the opening day.Batti Gul Meter Chalu: Starring opposite Shraddha Kapoor, the film dealing with a social issue, failed to create the same kind of buzz his other films created. Directed by Shree Narayan Singh, the film released alongside Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto, but the latter succumbed at the box office on day 1 itself. The film failed to gain a good response from the audience and collected just Rs 6.76 cr on Friday, the opening day.Padmaavat: The period drama, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, went through a series of hiccups before finally being launched. Starring Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji, the film had Shahid Kapoor playing the role of Maharaja Rawal Pratap Singh. The film had earned a massive Rs 19 crore on the first day.Rangoon: Starring Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, Rangoon, was supposed to be director Vishal Bharadwaj’s masterpiece. While one section of the media and critics lauded the film, another panned the film left, right and centre. Made at a budget of approximately Rs 40 crore, Rangoon was said to be Bhardwaj’s most expensive film till date. The film had made a collection of Rs 6.07 crore at the Indian box office on its first day.Udta Punjab: The film that won Shahid Kapoor a number of awards and accolades, can ideally be called a cult movie. Shahid, played a rockstar, who was also a substance abuser. On the opening day, the film had collected Rs 10.05 crore.Shandaar: Panned by critics and audience, the film had managed to collect Rs 13 crore on the opening day. However, as the word about the plot got out, it led to less and less footfall as the days progressed.last_img read more

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What we know so far about New Zealand mosque attacks

first_imgA bulletproof vest and protection gear is seen in this undated photo posted on twitter on 12 March 2019 by the apparent gunman who attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: ReutersThe quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by two deadly attacks on Friday, with 49 people killed and another 20 seriously injured after gun assaults on mosques as Muslims worshipped.Here is what we know so far about the attacks:What happened?During afternoon prayers on Friday — Islam’s holy day — a gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, killing forty-one. Another seven were slain at a second mosque five kilometres away in suburban Linwood, three of them outside the building. It is unclear where the remaining victim died.Witnesses said some victims were shot at close range, with a Palestinian man at one of the mosques saying he saw someone shot in the head.He described shots fired in quick succession and scenes of panic as people started running out “covered in blood”.Another said he saw his wife lying dead outside as he escaped, with one more saying he witnessed children being shot.What was the police response?Police imposed a city-wide lockdown, sending armed officers to a number of scenes, and two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were found attached to a vehicle and neutralised.Three men and a woman were detained. One of the men was later charged with murder, and two others remained in custody, though their role in the attacks was not clear.Police warned Muslims not to visit mosques “anywhere in New Zealand”, a country of nearly five million where mass shootings are rare.Amid heightened tensions, the military carried out controlled explosions on two bags left unattended in central Auckland, although they turned out not to be suspicious.Christchurch city council offered a helpline for parents looking for kids attending a mass climate change rally nearby.Who were the victims?None of the victims has so far been identified but there were people from around the world in the mosque at the time of the attack.Among them were six Indonesians — three of whom were reported safe, the country’s foreign minister Retno Marsudi said, adding they were searching for the others.A Saudi Arabian man, two Malaysians and an unidentified number of Jordanians are among those wounded.Turkey’s foreign minister said two Turks suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.Young children were among 48 people being treated at Christchurch Hospital.Some narrowly escaped the carnage, including the Bangladesh cricket team who arrived at the Masjid al Noor mosque minutes after the shooting began.Manager Khaled Mashud said the team saw “bloodied people coming out of the mosque… we kept our heads down in the bus in case of any firing”.What is known about the attacker?He has not been officially named, but Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said he was an Australian citizen, and described him as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.He published a racist manifesto on Twitter before the shooting then livestreamed his rampage on Facebook.Entitled “The Great Replacement”, the 74-page manifesto said the gunman — who identified himself as an Australia-born, 28-year-old white male from a low-income, working-class family — had wanted to attack Muslims.The title of the document has the same name as a conspiracy theory originating in France that believes European populations are being displaced in their homelands by immigrant groups with higher birth rates.A number of pictures were posted to a social media account of a semi-automatic weapon covered in the names of historical figures, many of whom were involved in the killing of Muslims.last_img read more

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Louisville Opens Evanston Regional with a 95 win Against Southern Illinois

first_img ESPN3 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Louisville 9 – Southern Illinois 5 Louisville Postgame Press Conference Photo Gallery Story Links Preview Next Game: vs. Northwestern 5/18/2019 | 2:00 p.m. Megan Hensley• Hensley leads the team with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.• With her home run in Friday’s game, Hensley tied her career high for a single season. She also had 13 homers in her freshman campaign (2016).• Hensley now has 38 career home runs and moves into a tie for second with Chelsea Bemis (2008-11) on Louisville’s all-time list. Courtney Moore owns the career mark with 42.• Hensley improves her career RBI tally to 173. She currently stands third on Louisville’s all-time list and needs to more to tie Courtney Moore (2004-07) for second. Bemis holds the career RBI record with 191. The University of Louisville opened NCAA Regional play with a 9-5 win over Southern Illinois at Northwestern’s Drysdale Field Friday afternoon. The Cardinals (34-21) will advance in the winner’s bracket to face the overall No. 16 seed host Northwestern Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET). The Wildcats defeated Detroit Mercy 15-1 in the  other first round game of the Evanston Regional. Louisville built an early 4-0 lead, but fell behind 5-4 after Southern Illinois scored five runs in the second and third innings. The Cardinals went on to plate five unanswered runs in the final three innings. Redshirt senior Sidney Melton scored three runs, drove in two and connected on a home run and fellow senior Megan Hensley’s home run in the sixth ignited the Cardinals’ offense as they earned their first NCAA regional win since 2013. Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (14-4) collected the win after giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and striking out two in 5.0 innings of relief. Sophomore starting pitcher Danielle Watson got the start in the circle and surrendered two earned runs on five hits with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings of work.Sophomore Maddy Newman helped lead the Cardinals at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance including a two-run double as Louisville tallied nine hits on the day.  “I think we certainly did not play perfectly, but we battled,” said UofL head coach Holly Aprile. “I thought we were really good at the plate. I think our offensive game was very strong. I think there are some things we need to clean up and we’re going to work on that, but I was proud of our performance. I think it’s exciting for the team in general and the seniors.”The Cardinals struck early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Senior Sidney Melton walked and proceeded to steal second for her school-record 34th stolen base of the season. An error on the attempt to catch Melton stealing sent her to third and then home to put Louisville on top 1-0. After walks to Hensley, Taylor Roby and freshman Rebecca Chung loaded the bases, a passed ball plated Hensley to increase the lead to 2-0. Louisville tallied two more runs in the second courtesy of Melton’s first home run of the season. Junior Celene Funke beat the throw on an infield hit and stole second for her 28th stolen base. Melton followed with a home run over the left field fence to make the score 4-0.  The Salukis (33-14) cut the lead in half with a pair of runs in the third. Maris Boelens and Jenny Jansen delivered back-to-back singles and Ashley Wood was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Katelyn Massa’s RBI single. A groundout by Jordan Spicer plated another run to make it a 4-2 game.  SIU used three hits, a walk and an error to put up a three-spot in the fourth. Jansen connected on a two-run double and eventually scored on an error to put the Salukis on top 5-4. The Cards countered with a run in the home half of the fourth when Newman legged out in infield hit and moved into scoring position on junior Caitlin Ferguson’s sacrifice bunt to set up Funke’s RBI single, knotting the score at 5-5. Louisville regained the lead with three runs in the fifth. Hensley started the scoring with a solo blast over the fence in left centerfield. Her team-best 13th home run of the season put the Cards back on top 6-5. Roby followed with a single and Chung was hit by a pitch and lifted for pinch runner freshman Erin Wilber. Both runners advanced on sophomore Kyra Snyder’s groundout. Newman followed with a two-run double to push the lead to 8-5. The Cards added another insurance run in the sixth. Melton delivered a bunt single, Hensley walked and Roby reached on an error to load the bases. Chung followed with an RBI hit to make the score 9-5.   Southern Illinois threatened in the top of the seventh, using three hits to load the bases with two outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. Ferguson made a leaping catch at shortstop for the final out of the game to preserve the win.  “To get that first win in postseason is huge,” said Aprile. “Most of our team hasn’t experienced this before, so I think there were some nerves, but I thought we battled through things and that’s one of the things that we talk about is how we’re going to handle adversity and when things don’t go our way. There were a couple of things that we could have done better, but we fought our way through it and that’s the biggest thing. We’ve kind of done that all year, we’ve found a way to win.”  LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES• Louisville is making its 14th NCAA appearance and first since 2016. Friday’s win marked the first win in NCAA postseason play since 2013 when the Cards beat IPFW 2-1 in the Louisville Regional.• Louisville evens the all-time record against Southern Illinois at 1-1.• Louisville’s 34 wins mark the most victories in a season since 2016 when the Cards posted a 35-17 record.• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 104 stolen bases in 120 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season.LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTESSidney Melton• Melton notched her 34th stolen base of the season, extending her hold on the Louisville single season record mark.• Melton is second on Louisville’s all-time stolen base list with 67. Audrey Rendon holds the record with 82.• With three runs in the game, Melton now has a career-high 46 on the season and stands tied for eighth on Louisville’s single-season list.• Melton improves her career run tally to 156, good for fifth on Louisville’s all-time runs list. She needs two more to move into a tie for fourth with Audrey Rendon (2004-07).• Melton has reached safely in 19 straight games.• Melton connected on her first home run of the season and the fifth in her career.• Melton leads the team with a .346 batting average. Matchup History Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Its a stick… no its an insect

first_imgRelated posts:Just hanging out for Semana Santa Flying over the Osa Peninsula Turrialba overlook Rescued Costa Rican monkeys star in IKEA commercial A stick bug crawls on the jungle floor near Corcovado National Park. There are approximately 3,000 species of stick bugs. According to National Geographic they are some of the best camouflaged creatures in the world. Facebook Commentslast_img

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Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite CEO El Chapos capture

first_imgThese brothers might be the next in line to the throne of #Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel http://t.co/HZwFCBsxPe pic.twitter.com/89QPm3pM9v— InSight Crime (@InSightCrime) October 4, 2015 Facebook Comments Drug lord’s viewGuzmán himself told U.S. actor Sean Penn in an interview for Rolling Stone magazine that the business would go on without him.“The day that I don’t exist, it won’t reduce drug trafficking,” Guzmán said in a video, answering questions that Penn sent to him months before his capture. The pair also met in a secretive, sitdown interview.Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, said the cartel continued to operate normally during the 17 months that Guzmán was incarcerated until his escape on July 11.“It’s not destroyed. It is weakened, but it can rebuild because it has ‘Mayo’ Zambada,” Benítez said.While he was in prison, Guzmán told Penn, his business did not change. “Nothing has decreased. Nothing has increased,” he said.Benítez said some rivals could now seek to seize on Guzmán’s capture to gain terrain.“The ones who must be happy are the Gulf cartel, because they are their main competitors,” the expert said.The Sinaloa cartel dominates Mexico’s Pacific region while their rivals operate along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.The two gangs have fought bloody turf wars over control of the drug trade to the United States over the years, though the Gulf cartel has been weakened by the capture or deaths of its own leaders. The sewer system in Los Mochis, Sinaloa State, Mexico, on Jan. 10, 2016, where Mexican kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán tried to escape during a military operation that resulted in his recapture. Héctor Guerrero/AFP‘More work to be done’Gustavo Fondevila, a security expert at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, said the Sinaloa cartel will avoid the fragmentation or infighting seen in other groups whose leaders have been arrested or killed.“It’s not a cartel that has internal problems,” Fondevila said.“This doesn’t diminish the work of the security agencies. Catching ‘El Chapo’ was very important because you can’t let a character like that on the loose,” he said.A federal official, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Guzmán’s arrest was an “unprecedented success” for federal forces. But, the official conceded, “there’s always more work to be done against organized crime.” Related posts:Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over meeting with ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court Did Delta Force help capture El Chapo? US role yet to be detailed Actor Sean Penn secretly interviewed ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán in hideout before capture MEXICO CITY – The recapture of kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was a boost to the Mexican government, but his Sinaloa drug cartel lives on despite the loss of its “CEO,” analysts say.The gang, whose empire stretches around the world, will retain its supply of cocaine from South America, keep feeding addicts in the United States and fill its coffers full of cash.“The capture won’t have a significant impact other than a moral victory,” Mike Vigil, a former international operations chief at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, told AFP. “It’s going to continue to function. It’s not even going to skip a beat.”To make a real dent, the government should go after the cartel’s assets, bank accounts and properties while cleaning up the corruption that has aided the criminal enterprise, the former law enforcement official said.“The infrastructure has been developed through decades, and the fact of the matter is that just because they get rid of the CEO doesn’t mean that it’s going to collapse,” he said.While the 58-year-old Guzmán now faces the prospect of being extradited to the United States, the cartel has another veteran leader ready to step in, Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, who is in his late 60s.Guzmán’s sons are active in the cartel, but Zambada — a man who never spent a night behind bars — is seen as the natural successor who has the respect of his peers.last_img read more

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