Cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams not racist, says Australian Press Council

first_imgA cartoon published in an Australian newspaper that depicted tennis star Serena Williams having a temper tantrum at the US Open last year was not racist, Australia’s media watchdog — Australian Press Council — said on Monday.The caricature of an angry Serena – with exaggerated lips and tongue and a wild plume of curly hair rising above her head as she stomped on her tennis racket – was condemned as racist by civil rights leaders, celebrities and fans.Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper and cartoonist Mark Knight denied the image was racist.The Australian Press Council said on Monday the cartoon did not breach its standards of practice.”The Council considers that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point, but accepts the publisher’s claim that it does not depict Ms. Williams as an ape, rather showing her as ‘spitting the dummy’,” the council said, using an Australian phrase for a child having a temper tantrum.The image was “a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers,” the council said in a statement.The newspaper said the cartoon was intended as a lampoon of the tennis star’s angry exchanges with chair umpire Carlos Ramos at the U.S. Women’s Singles final in New York.Williams clashed with Ramos over penalties she thought she did not deserve and ultimately lost to Naomi Osaka.The U.S.-based National Association of Black Journalists said at the time the cartoon was “repugnant on many levels” and “not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like.”advertisement”Sambo,” a derogatory term for a black person, is the name of a folkloric figure usually depicted with an exaggerated mouth and an ape-like stance.The Council acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive.”However … there was a sufficient public interest in commenting on behaviour and sportsmanship during a significant dispute between a tennis player with a globally high profile and an umpire at the U.S. Open final,” it said.Also Watch:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du Plessis

first_img Next India Today Web Desk LondonJune 24, 2019UPDATED: June 24, 2019 10:14 IST Kagiso Rabada has picked only 6 wickets in World Cup 2019. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouth Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against PakistanKagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 in World Cup 2019Faf du Plessis revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019South Africa captain Faf du Plessis blamed the poor performance of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi at the World Cup 2019 for his country’s early exit from the quadrennial event.South Africa failed to qualify for the semi-finals after slumping to a 49-run defeat against Pakistan at Lord’s on Sunday.Kagiso Rabada has claimed only six wickets at a bloated average of 50.83 and is ranked 25th in the World Cup 2019 wicket-takers’ list. Rabada has barely made his presence felt and failed to make early breakthroughs.Faf du Plessis also revealed that he and the team management had tried to stop Rabada from playing in IPL 2019 to keep him fresh for this World Cup.”But we did try and get him not to go to the IPL; to try and stay and get fresh. That wasn’t the case of — and then when he went there, we were like, let’s try and get him back halfway through the IPL because it’s important, not just for him, but a few other players,” said du Plessis in response to a question if Rabada’s lack of potency was down to fatigue.Kagiso Rabada was in sublime form in IPL 2019 as he took 25 wickets at an average of 14.72 from 12 games for Delhi Capitals but has failed to replicate this performance in World Cup 2019.”So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they-you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG is-you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is.advertisementAlso Read | Not doing justice to ourselves as a team: Faf du Plessis after South Africa exit World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs South AfricaFollow Kagiso RabadaFollow Faf Du Plessis World Cup 2019: Tried to stop Rabada from taking part in IPL, reveals Faf du PlessisWorld Cup 2019: Faf du Plessis spoke on Kagiso Rabada’s poor outing in World Cup 2019 after South Africa suffered their fifth loss in the tournament and were eliminated from the semi-finals race on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at . INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. -30- HANTS COUNTY: Shubenacadie, Bridge Trunk 2 Shubenacadie Bridge on Highway 2 is reduced to one lane until Friday, Feb. 28. The speed limit is reduced to 50 km/h in the construction area. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over Shubenacadie River until September 2015. Traffic is normally two lanes in both directions, however drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CONTINUING WORK LUNENBURG COUNTY: LaHave Ferry The LaHave cable ferry is out of service for repairs until further notice. Continue to check 511 for updates.last_img read more

Microsoft joins NASA to get kids interested in space

first_imgSan Francisco: Microsoft’s education arm and NASA have come together to create online lessons to get school students interested about space. The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity to designing one’s own space station, CNET reported on Friday. The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and data analysis lessons. Most of the courses would require three or four 50-minute time commitments and would cost around $2 to $3 per student. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The partnership between the companies was a result of a meeting at the International Society for Technology Educators Conference in 2018, according to Karon Weber, Partner Director at the Microsoft Education Workshop, the report said. The course is also intended to create exposure to Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) modules by asking students to detect seasons from biome images. Students would require Windows 10 and a Microsoft Office subscription to finish the class. In 2018, Microsoft teamed with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to bring similar lesson plans.last_img read more

Biggest haul of stolen laptops in Delhi seized 3 arrested

first_imgNEW DELHI: In the biggest ever seizure of stolen laptops in Delhi, 193 stolen laptops have been recovered by the team of Kalkaji, South-East District stored in an office at Nehru Place for resale purpose.In two separate incidents, the staff of Kalkaji police station has arrested two persons identified as Pankhil Grover (27), Ishwar (22) for buying stolen laptops from thieves and recovered 192 laptops from their possession. In another incident, a member of Gulel Gang idnetified as Saheb Ali (20), was arrested and a stolen laptop was recovered from his possession. With the arrest of accused persons, 22 cases of theft have been solved with their arrest. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsOn June 5, a complainant reported that someone has stolen his laptop bag containing his laptop and charger, power bank, driving license, wallet, debit and credit cards and other accessories from his car when it was parked at Krishna Market, Kalkaji by breaking his car’s glass. The police immediately formed several teams to arrest the accused. The thieves were noticed by police to be selling the stolen laptops over OLX site for with the same description. “The advertisement was displayed from one office at Nehru place. The seller was contacted over the phone and negotiated to purchase laptop and rate was fixed. The police team sent a decoy customer and trap was laid. The team apprehended the accused Ishwar. The receiver was arrested too,” said DCP Southeast Chinmoy Biswal.last_img read more

AAP MLAs to stage stir at Jantar Mantar against demolition of temple

first_imgNew Delhi: AAP MLAs will hold a protest at Jantar Mantar here on Wednesday against the DDA allegedly demolishing a temple in the Tughlakabad area, Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said on Tuesday. He added that Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers from Haryana and Punjab will also participate in the protest. Gautam said the Centre should take a decision in the matter at the earliest. He also alleged that the BJP-led central government had stopped the entry of passenger trains into Delhi from Haryana and Punjab in order to prevent people from coming to the national capital to lodge their protest against the demolition. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “The Constitution gives us the right to protest peacefully, but this government is trying to suppress our voice. It is still following the methods of the British by trying to suppress our voice,” Gautam told reporters. He said all the AAP MLAs will take part in the protest and also raise the issue in the Delhi Assembly session starting Thursday. The demolition of the Guru Ravidas temple in a forest area in Tughlakabad here led to a huge controversy, with the AAP seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in ensuring that the land be given back to the Ravidas community to rebuild the place of worship. Gautam had earlier alleged that the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple in the presence of police on August 10 and the statue was “taken away”. The DDA, however, did not use the word temple and said the “structure was removed as per the orders of the Supreme Court”.last_img read more

Ministry dithers on exemption sex abuser hygienist fights for licence

first_imgTORONTO — An exemption to a law that automatically branded a dental hygienist as a sexual abuser for cleaning his wife’s teeth remains under government review more than four years after regulators proposed the change.While Alex Tanase said he was hoping for a “miracle” and was trying to raise money for legal bills, a spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Health offered no explanation why the process has taken so long.“The ministry is aware that the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario has submitted a proposed regulation which would allow its members to treat their spouses,” said David Jensen. “The proposal is currently under review and will be brought forward for the minister’s consideration at the earliest available opportunity.”In the interim, however, Alex Tanase, 39, of Cambridge, Ont., has lost his licence for at least five years for treating his wife.While working at a clinic in Guelph, Ont., a colleague told Tanase that hygienists were allowed to treat spouses. In fact, the college approved a spousal exemption in 2015 but the legislature has never adopted the rule — as it did for dentists in 2014. Another colleague saw a Facebook post from Tanase’s grateful wife, Sandi Mullins, and complained.“I have cleaned my wife’s teeth and I was charged with sexual abuse by the College of Dental Hygienists,” Tanase said in a public appeal for help. “After a three-year battle in courts and no more insurance coverage, my licence was revoked for five years, leaving my wife and I at the edge of failure and desperation.”Both the college’s disciplinary committee and Divisional Court expressed regret at the “harsh” punishment. Both bodies, however, said their hands were tied by the blanket ban on health professionals having sexual contact with patients that labels any such contact — even if consensual —sexual abuse.“There is no other case of any dental hygienist anywhere in Canada who has been found guilty of sexual abuse for treating his wife,” the court said in its recent ruling. “It is indeed unfortunate that the (discipline committee) elected to proceed with the complaint.”The college did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday but in an interview, Tanase said he simply couldn’t accept the punishment meted out to him.“I fall under a category based on the law, but this is slander and discrimination,” Tanase said. “I can’t accept this as a person — not as a dental hygienist.”Tanase is hoping Ontario’s top court will hear his case and side with him, but said he had run out of money to fund an appeal. He has launched a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising $35,000 to cover his estimated legal fees. Any excess, he said would go to a charity that fights sexual abuse.As of Thursday, the six-day campaign had collected about $4,300.One $50 donor, identified online as Dana Moraru, called the situation “outrageous.” The law, Moraru said, discriminates against spouses of hygienists in that they can’t choose who takes care of their teeth.“To declare a man a sexual predator because he cleaned his wife’s teeth is just plain stupid!” Moraru said. “Where is any common sense in those who apply that law?”The health minister, Christine Elliott, referred questions on the case to the ministry.It remains unclear what impact an exemption would have on Tanase’s situation and Jensen offered no time-table for potential passage of one.“Each regulation submission is subject to prior review by the minister of health and approval of the lieutenant governor in council,” Jensen said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2019.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Oil sands fate rests in players hands in new Fort McMoney web

Simard believes most people will find “Fort McMoney” to be balanced and not skewed in either direction for or against the oil industry.“To do something against or for something was of no interest to us…. If you look back at our work we always address really major important issues but it’s the way we address these issues that is different,” she says.“Our job is to raise questions and with this particular project … we had to have a balance of characters.”Screen grab The questions a player asks the characters affects how the rest of the story plays out.Creator David Dufresne and his team spent two years researching the politics and culture of the town and produced almost nine hours of video that can be interacted with during the course of the game. It can be played in English, French or German.[np_storybar title=”Play ‘Fort McMoney’” link=””%5D [/np_storybar]“It’s like ’Grand Theft Auto’ for real, but you don’t kill,” jokes Dufresne, who says he wanted to experiment with interactive storytelling because he thought it would be more engaging.“I think with a game you can learn a lot. It’s a game but it’s very serious. There’s a lot of movies and books about the oil industry but almost nobody cares, so we tried to get people interested in the subject through a video game mechanism.”Screen grab TORONTO — The latest National Film Board of Canada project is part documentary, part choose-your-own-adventure book, and part video game.[np_storybar title=”Watch a trailer for ‘Fort McMoney’” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]In “Fort McMoney,” players can explore boomtown Fort McMurray, Alta., and the politics of resource development by talking to dozens of real-world characters that were interviewed for the documentary game.To start, players can choose to talk to a francophone carpenter who moved west for work, a waitress and car saleswoman making $10,000 a month, or an unemployed local who gets by collecting empty bottles and cans for the deposit money.Screen grab Dufresne’s pitch to the NFB was intriguing given the organization’s focus on reinventing documentaries in an increasingly digital world, says Monique Simard, director general of the NFB’s French program.“The explosion of different platforms and the possibility to have no constraints in time limits or formats makes it possible today to tell stories in much different ways,” says Simard.“I think we’ve completely changed the relationship between producers, creators and audiences. The younger the audiences are the more involved they want to be.”Users can navigate the game on their own but are encouraged to participate in some multi-player features including daily polls and a weekly referendum, such as the current question which asks should taxes on petroleum products be higher? The game is structured in four weekly parts, with a new referendum question and new content unlocked every seven days. The four-week cycle will begin again on Jan. 20 and Feb. 24.Screen grab Dufresne says it wasn’t easy to get representatives from the big oil companies to participate — “They’d say, ’not this week, we won’t be there,’ or, ’Sorry, the spokesperson is sick today,’ or ’Maybe can you come back in the summertime?”’ — but in the end he got what he felt he needed.“We met some people with speeches very (carefully prepared) but some people were very honest and said very serious things that don’t hide the problems, because they understand we want a debate, we don’t want to (judge them),” he says.“You’ll see there are some people from the industry that are very, very interesting.” read more

Global life expectancy up five years since 2000 but gains uneven –

According to this year’s World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs, life expectancy increased by five years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, WHO noted in a press release.“The world has made great strides in reducing the needless suffering and premature deaths that arise from preventable and treatable diseases,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. “But the gains have been uneven. Supporting countries to move towards universal health coverage based on strong primary care is the best thing we can do to make sure no-one is left behind.”The increase was greatest in the WHO African region, where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV.Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), but an individual child’s outlook depends on where he or she is born, WHO said. The report shows that newborns in 29 countries – all of them high-income – have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 others – all of them in sub-Saharan Africa – have life expectancy of less than 60 years.With an average lifespan of 86.8 years, women in Japan can expect to live the longest. Switzerland enjoys the longest average survival for men, at 81.3 years. People in Sierra Leone have the world’s lowest life expectancy for both sexes: 50.8 years for women and 49.3 years for men, WHO said.Healthy life expectancy, a measure of the number of years of good health that a newborn in 2015 can expect, stands at 63.1 years globally (64.6 years for females and 61.5 years for males).Targets of the Sustainable Development GoalsWHO highlighted that his year’s report brings together the most recent data on the health-related targets within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The report highlights significant data gaps that will need to be filled in order to reliably track progress towards the health-related SDGs. For example, an estimated 53 per cent of deaths globally aren’t registered, although several countries – including Brazil, China, Iran, South Africa and Turkey – have made considerable progress in that area, WHO said. While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on a narrow set of disease-specific health targets for 2015, the SDGs look to 2030 and are far broader in scope. For example, the SDGs include a broad health goal, “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, and call for achieving universal health coverage. This year’s “World Health Statistics” also shows that many countries are still far from universal health coverage as measured by an index of access to 16 essential services, especially in the African and eastern Mediterranean regions. Furthermore, a significant number of people who use services face catastrophic health expenses, defined as out-of-pocket health costs that exceed 25 per cent of total household spending. Services face catastrophic health expenses, defined as out-of-pocket health costs that exceed 25 per cent of total household spending. The report includes data that illustrate inequalities in access to health services within countries –between a given country’s poorest residents and the national average for a set of reproductive, maternal and child health services, WHO said. Among a limited number of countries with recent data, Swaziland, Costa Rica, Maldives, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Jordan and Mongolia lead their respective regions in having the most equal access to services for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Published every year since 2005, WHO’s “World Health Statistics” contains data from 194 countries on a range of mortality, disease and health system indicators, including life expectancy, illness and death from key diseases, health services and treatments, financial investment in health, and risk factors and behaviours that affect health. read more

Ohio State football player Tracy Sprinkle reinstated

Ohio State redshirt-freshman defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle has been reinstated to the football program an OSU spokesman confirmed to The Lantern Monday evening.OSU coach Urban Meyer also confirmed at a Monday press conference following practice that Sprinkle had been reinstated, but said he will still face additional steps before he plays for the Buckeyes.“He lost his scholarship for the summer, so he’s going to have to pay for his scholarship,” Meyer said. “He’s going to be suspended for the first game. He’s got, every week, community service and a multitude of other things to take care of business before he’ll ever see the field.”Sprinkle was part of the morning session of the opening day of fall camp Monday.Sprinkle was arrested following an early morning fight outside a Lorain, Ohio bar July 5, and was originally charged with rioting, failure to disperse, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine before pleading no contest to a reduced failure to comply charge July 31.According to the court reports, Sprinkle received a 30-day suspended sentence in addition to a $500 fine and two years of probation. The felony charge for possession of cocaine was dropped.Meyer confirmed that Sprinkle’s reinstatement stemmed from the drug charges being dropped, in addition to his negative test for cocaine. Meyer said if anything had shown up on the drug test, Sprinkle would not have been part of the team going forward.The Elyria High School graduate has never appeared in a game for the Buckeyes after enrolling early and redshirting in 2013.OSU is scheduled to begin the 2014 season against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Aug. 30. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Mens hockey Statement weekend Buckeyes close regular season at No 16 Wisconsin

OSU sophomore forward Mason Jobst (26) and Michigan State senior center Thomas Ebbing (28) try and locate the puck after a faceoff in the third period of a game on March 3 at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost, 5-4. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerOn the verge of the Big Ten tournament next week in Detroit, the No. 15 Ohio State men’s hockey team (18-10-6, 9-8-1-1) closes out its regular-season schedule with one final road trip to take on the Wisconsin Badgers for two conference clashes.The No. 16 Badgers (19-12-1, 12-6-0-0) swept the first meeting between both sides in late January, earning a 3-1 victory at the Schottenstein Center in the first game, and a 3-2 overtime win at Madison Square Garden in the second. Both the Buckeyes and Badgers are in contention for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers rest in a tie with Notre Dame for the No. 13 spot in the PairWise rankings — the de facto Division I college hockey bracketology. The Scarlet and Gray find themselves at No. 17 — one spot outside the teams that are ultimately selected.OSU senior forward and captain Nick Schilkey — who missed the first two contests against Wisconsin due to injury — said he and the Buckeyes are aware of the situation both teams find themselves in.“Both teams are playing for that (NCAA) tournament bid right now, and we can easily flip-flop with them, or they can really solidify themselves to get the automatic bid in the tournament,” Schilkey said. “So, certainly, this is a playoff-type weekend for us.”Additionally, a relatively young Badgers roster has relied on its underclassmen since the first two meetings with the Scarlet and Gray to propel them into second place in the Big Ten standings.Wisconsin sophomore forward Luke Kunin has registered 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 10 games. Freshman forward Trent Frederic is also heating up on the ice with 14 points (eight goals, six assists) during that span.Despite his absence in the first series, Schilkey said he watched the two games and saw OSU possess a number of chances to score and change the final result. He also said the Buckeyes’ personnel and game plan will be vital in order to have success this weekend.“I think we match up really well against their defense as forwards,” Schilkey said. “If we can sustain offense in their end, we can dominate all night.”As the regular season comes to a close this weekend, OSU sits on the edge of sealing its first NCAA tournament berth since 2009. The Buckeyes will earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs with a Big Ten tournament championship.Despite having postseason aspirations on the line in the coming weeks, Buckeyes coach Steve Rohlik said that his squad’s mindset is centered on one thing: Game 1, Friday night.“The only thing we can control right now is Friday,” Rohlik said. “That’s all we’re really focused on right now, is to go up there and try to play our best hockey game Friday against a very good team in their barn — and they’re playing for an awful lot as well. Our focus really, to be honest with you, is to trying to put a 60-minute game together Friday night.”Puck drop from the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday night is slated for 8 p.m. read more

Girlfriend of London Bridge victim had premonitions of terror attack

Xavier Thomas was knocked over a balustrade into the River Thames, where he died from immersionCredit:Scotland Yard Ms Delcros said she remembered being on the bridge and had the feeling that something was “not normal”.The inquest was previously told Mr Thomas had been on the phone to his teenage son, Nicolas, when he was hit.Ms Delcros said: “Suddenly I was under the impression there was a lot of light and a van that mounted the pavement in the exact fashion to make sure they were not going to miss us.”I just heard myself say to myself, ‘that’s how one dies, that’s it’.” CCTV footage showed French tourist Xavier Thomas walking south along London Bridge with his girlfriend Christine Delcros, moments before they were struck  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. “He couldn’t understand it and he was saying ‘why are you saying that?’ to me and I told him I didn’t know. I had so many premonitions about terror attacks from the day before and I could feel it.”But I didn’t tell him. To please me, he started searching in his phone for other places but it is too late now, he said, ‘but that’s ok, you will see it is a magnificent view’ and he had planned everything already and to not disappoint him I said OK.”I just called my daughter and he has a younger son so he called his son and after that we went. After that I do not remember at the time of the van.” CCTV footage showed French tourist Xavier Thomas walking south along London Bridge with his girlfriend Christine Delcros, moments before they were struck Credit:Enterprise News and Pictures Crying, she went on: “I thought that I had died, that the curtain had fallen. To me I was dead. I said to myself that’s how one dies and I have no recollection of the crash.”It was only light when I woke up.”Asked by counsel for the coroner Jonathan Hough QC if she wanted to add to her evidence, she said: “I’m madly in love with Xavier.”Holly Jones was among those on the bridge at the time, but the van narrowly missed her.She rushed to the aid of Ms Delcros.Through tears, she recalled: I asked her name, told her she was going to be OK and she kept saying ‘where’s my boyfriend, where’s my boyfriend?’ and I said ‘I don’t know’.”The inquest continues. Ms Delcros, who was injured by the impact and now walks with the aid of a stick, gave evidence at his inquest.Speaking through a translator, she told the Old Bailey that the couple had been resting at their room in the Four Seasons hotel, near Tower Bridge, before beginning their walk.She continued: “At the last minute, I offered to take him in a taxi because he was tired, but he told me it was OK, we can go, and just before we reached the bridge I told him we shouldn’t go there, we had to go somewhere else. Xavier Thomas was knocked over a balustrade into the River Thames, where he died from immersion The girlfriend of a London Bridge victim urged him to change plans on the evening of the atrocity because she experienced “premonitions” of a terror attack, an inquest heard.Christine Delcros had been walking with father-of-two Xavier Thomas across the London landmark when a van driven by extremists mounted the pavement and hit them.They had come from France for a sightseeing trip in the capital and were due to enjoy an evening of cocktails at the top of The Shard on June 3 2017.However, at 10.06pm, the two-and-a-half tonne rental van swerved into a group of pedestrians on the pavement. It rejoined the road, then veered off again to strike the French couple.Mr Thomas, 45, was knocked over a balustrade into the River Thames, where he died from immersion. His body was recovered several days later. read more

Dragan Marjanac in Bosna Sarajevo

Bosna BH GasDragan Marjanac After he broke off contract with Spanish Toledo, Serbian goalkeeper, Dragan Marjanac (26) signed six months contract with BiH champion, Bosna Sarajevo.  Marjanac will be add to the squad which is in serious battle for TOP 16 phase of the EHF Champions League this season. Before Spanish six months adventure, member of the Serbian national team squad at WC 2011 in Sweden, played in Hungarian vice-champion, Pick Szeged, where he moved after successful career in domestic teams. ← Previous Story Stefan Kretzschmar: “Schwarzer and Biegler to succeed Brand” Next Story → Lichtlein and Kehrmann stays in TBV Lemgo read more

Michal Szyba to Cesson Rennes

← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh 2018: Denmark, Hungary, Russia and France win the Groups Next Story → Jacob Bagersted extends deal with Frisch Auf Goppingen Michal Szyba The French team Cesson Rennes signed contract with Polish right back Michal Szyba.The 30-years old lefthander has valuable international experience from playing at Azoty Pulawy, RK Gorenje Velenje and Kadetten Schaffhausen with the pick of his career so far in the national team success at World Championship in Qatar.Szyba had an solid role in winning the bronze medal of the “Eagles”. read more

Google is wasting no time getting Android Wear out to the public

first_imgTHE FIRST OF Google’s new Android Wear smartwatches will begin shipping in less than a fortnight’s time, and will set you back €200.Both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are now available to order through Google Play, with the first batch shipping on 7 July. A third watch, the Moto 360, will be released later this summer.In short, Android Wear is effectively Google Now, but on your wrist. With a combination of cards, reminders and notifications, the device uses only basic swipes and taps to complete actions.Practically the same functionality you would expect from your Android device is replicated here. Voice activation plays a major part with searches, reminders and requests completed this way. Source: Google Developers/YouTubeAlso, provided there’s a version designed for Android Wear, any apps can run on it. Once the Android Wear app is installed on your smartphone, any compatible app will automatically install the Android Wear version on your watch.Probably one of the more useful collaboration features between it and Android smartphones is the unlock feature. If you’re wearing your Android Wear smartwatch, it can be used to unlock your phone simply by being in close proximity. The Samsung Gear Live. Source: Jeff Chiu/AP/Press Association ImagesWhile it’s another way of replacing the password, Google is betting that the likelihood of someone stealing both your watch and your smartphone will be slim.So far, only a handful of apps are compatible with Android Wear. Some of the apps that will work on Android Wear include Pinterest, Eat24 – allowing you to order food directly through the watch – and the Irish music app Soundwave, which shows you what songs people are listening to in an area. How Soundwave will look on Android Wear. Source: SoundwaveThe other feature related to smartwatches which was revealed was Google Fit, a platform which organises all of the data from the different health trackers, sensors and apps you have.It’s similar to Apple’s HealthKit, which was announced at its own developer conference, and it has a number of partners including Nike, Adida and RunKeeper. It’s expected to arrive in Autumn, alongside the release of the new Android update L.Read: Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat >Read: DIY: Google wants you to create a VR headset using cardboard >last_img read more

Laboratoire du sang créé à partir dun morceau de peau

first_imgLaboratoire : du sang créé à partir d’un morceau de peauLe magazine Sciences et Avenir révèle les résultats d’une expérience au cours de laquelle du sang a été fabriqué par des chercheurs.Ce sont des scientifiques canadiens travaillant à l’université de McMaster, à Hamilton, qui sont à l’origine de ce succès. Ils sont parvenus à créer du sang à partir d’un prélèvement de peau. L’expérience a été menée en plusieurs étapes : un morceau de peau a été prélevé, puis ses fibroplastes ont été cultivées. Elles ont ensuite été mises en contact – grâce à l’injection d’un virus – avec le gène OCT4, qui en trois semaines les a transformées en cellules de sang. Ce procédé est révolutionnaire parce qu’il permet la production de sang sans intervention de cellules souches embryonnaires, qui posent un problème éthique et ne permettent donc pas d’envisager un usage thérapeutique à grande échelle.Avec ce nouveau système, les chercheurs espèrent pouvoir créer du sang pour les patients qui nécessitent des transfusions et pour les malades atteints de leucémie. Cette application de la création de sang nécessitera encore des années de recherche, mais les premiers essais cliniques devraient débuter dès 2012.Le 9 novembre 2010 à 11:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Griezmann discusses Atletico stay

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has said that his decision to stay with Atletico Madrid has been justified after their SuperCup triumph over Real Madrid.The Frenchman insists the win over rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening has justified his decision to turn down a move to Barcelona. Griezmann was reportedly a target of the Catalan club but opted to remain with the Los Colcheneros.The forward was instrumental in France’s World Cup glory scoring three times whilst also winning the Bronze Ball award (third best player of the tournament) as Les Bleus picked up their second World Cup trophy in their history.Griezmann struggles to have any form of positive impact on the game on Wednesday night, as he was taken off after 57 minutes due to his fitness levels.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Goals from Diego Costa (2), Saul and Koke secured the SuperCup trophy for Diego Simeone’s side.The Argentine manager is now the most successful coach in the history of Atletico Madrid with seven major honors and Griezmann’s faith in the former player has been rewarded.“I stayed because there was a good project,” Griezmann said to Movistar, according to Goal.“I have confidence in this club, in Cholo [Simeone]… Today I saw that I was not wrong.”last_img read more

Police investigating suspicious death outside Chula Vista storage facility

first_img John Soderman Posted: April 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) — A man was found dead under suspicious circumstances Wednesday inside an SUV that plowed through the front gate of a South Bay public storage business and crashed to a halt against a building, officials said.Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle heading north on Industrial Boulevard in Chula Vista at low speed shortly after noon with the unidentified driver slumped over the steering wheel, according to police.Reaching a “T” intersection alongside the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, the tan SUV struck the closed front gate of L Street Self Storage, pushing it open, Lt. Eric Thunberg said. The vehicle then continued on, rolling over the grounds of the business until it struck a structure.Officers arrived to the find the sole occupant of the SUV dead, with suspicious injuries visible on his body, Thunberg said. The only obvious damage to the vehicle appeared to have occurred when it struck the building, he said.Homicide detectives and personnel with the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office were called in to investigate the death, which was believed to likely have resulted either from a fatal assault or a suicide, the lieutenant said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 11, 2018 John Soderman, Police investigating suspicious death outside Chula Vista storage facilitylast_img read more

Trump brands mostlyblack Baltimore infested mess

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 25 July 2016, US Representative Elijah Cummings speaks during Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo: AFPUS president Donald Trump was hit with new accusations of racism Saturday after he attacked a prominent African-American lawmaker and branded the majority black city of Baltimore an “infested mess.”Trump’s outburst came in a series of sharply worded tweets aimed at Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings — a high-profile critic of Trump’s administration whose district covers much of Baltimore.”Cumming (sic) District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” the president wrote, calling it “the worst run and most dangerous anywhere in the United States.””No human being would want to live there,” he said — in an attack ostensibly provoked by Cummings’ criticism of the harsh conditions facing would-be asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border.The morning diatribe ignited a storm of criticism, less than two weeks after the House of Representatives condemned Trump for “racist” comments targeting four first-term Democratic congresswomen who are ethnic minorities.The top Democrat in Congress, Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of a “racist” attack on a “champion… of civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague.””We all reject racist attacks against him,” wrote Pelosi — who was born in Baltimore and whose father served as mayor of the city.Former vice president Joe Biden — the Democratic frontrunner to challenge Trump in 2020 — called out the president directly on Twitter.”It is despicable for you to attack him and the people of Baltimore this way,” Biden wrote. “Once again you have proved yourself unfit to hold the office. A president is supposed to lift this nation up. Not tear it down.”This file photo taken on 31 January 2014, shows Baltimore, Maryland, is reflected in a still and icy Inner Harbour. Photo: AFPThere was similar condemnation from half a dozen White House candidates including Cory Booker, who tweeted footage of a black CNN anchor and Baltimore native who broke down on air while reacting to the attack on his hometown.”This is painful. This is a moral, defining moment in America,” wrote Booker. “Silence is toxic complicity.”‘Disgraceful’ Democratic 2020 contender Kamala Harris, who like Booker is black, said she was “proud” to have her campaign headquarters in Cummings’ district and called Trump’s attack “disgraceful.”The city’s Democratic Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young — also black — rejected Trump’s rhetoric, calling it “hurtful and dangerous.””It was a total insult,” he told reporters. “We’re not going to ignore anyone degrading Baltimore city and its effective leadership, no one.”The editorial board of the city’s newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, took a direct swipe at Trump in a scathing column which concluded that it is “better to have a few rats than to be one.”A historic port city of 600,000 people, Baltimore presents a mixed picture, with both handsome and affluent neighbourhoods and poverty-stricken districts. It has one of the country’s highest murder rates.In this file photo taken on 12 April 2019, a man walks by a mural painting on a rainy day in the McElderry Park area in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: AFPCummings’ district is more than 50 percent black — and the city of Baltimore as a whole, more than 60 per cent.Cummings himself tweeted: “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Cummings — one of the most prominent African Americans in Congress — has launched investigations into Trump administration policies, including reports of poor treatment at migrant detention centres.”Rep. Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous,” Trump charged.He attacked Cummings again Saturday evening after spending the day at Trump National Golf Club outside Washington.”Elijah Cummings spends all of his time trying to hurt innocent people through ‘Oversight.’ He does NOTHING for his very poor, very dangerous and very badly run district!,” the president tweeted, adding the hashtag #BlacksForTrump2020.The broadside was reminiscent of Trump’s recent, racially charged onslaught against four young Democratic women lawmakers, who he said should “go back” to the “crime infested” places they came from. In fact, three were born in the US and all are American citizens.Trump denies accusations of racism — and has made a point of pushing for the release of US rapper A$AP Rocky, held in Sweden on assault charges, in an apparent effort to curb his unpopularity with black voters.But his calculated targeting of the “Squad” — as the four are known — was widely seen as a bid to galvanize his mostly white electoral base as he gears up for next year’s re-election battle.last_img read more