Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater sidelined for a month due to injury

first_imgEnglish football champions Chelsea’s latest signing, midfielder Danny Drinkwater is to be sidelined for a month due to a calf injury, coach Antonio Conte said.The 27-year-old Drinkwater joined the London giants from Leicester City on the last day of the summer transfer window and has yet to make his debut with his new club, reports Efe.”He has a muscular problem in his calf. I think it’s very difficult to see him before the international break (early in October),” Conte on Friday told a press conference ahead of Sunday’s English Premier League (EPL) match against Arsenal.”He needs time to recover. It’s a pity because he was starting to work and to improve his physical conditions. Now we have to move all these situations,” the manager added.”And in two, three weeks, four weeks, I don’t know,” Conte said.Drinkwater sat on the bench for last weekend’s EPL match against his former club and was not on the roster Tuesday for Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League opener, 6-0 rout of Azerbaijani club Qarabag.last_img read more

Over 500 athletes cleared for Asiad by IOA but contingent to be smaller than last edition

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has cleared 514 athletes for the upcoming Asian Games but the contingent is likely to be smaller than the last edition in Incheon, where 541 players competed. The IOA is expected to release the list tomorrow but there is a possibility that a few more names could be added to the list. “We have approved approximately 514 athletes and we are working out the final list,” an IOA official told PTI. “There is possibility that a few more are added tomorrow before the final list is out. But in all probability the number will be less than the last edition,” the official added. The IOA had fixed June 30 deadline to all the National Sports Federations to send their final list. This time, the IOA had set strict criteria to clear the country’s participants — top six performance of the last Asian Games in individual events and top eight in team events. This led to teams like football and handball to be left out. Athletics, which sends the largest contingent, will have just 53 competitors despite the Asian Games organisers allotting 102 quota places to India. PTI PDS ATATlast_img read more

Two bikers fall off Barapulla flyover after accident 1 dead

first_imgNEW DELHI: In an accident on the Barapulla flyover over the DND-Ashram crossing in Delhi, two men riding a bike fell off the bridge on Saturday evening, in which one of them died while his cousin suffered severe injuries.Rohit Makol (36) and his brother Pradeep were riding a scooter when the accident happened. While Makol was pronounced brought dead, Pradeep, who was riding pillion on the two-wheeler was seriously injured and is being treated at the AIIMS Trauma Centre and is stated to be critical. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsPolice are not clear if the bike was hit by a speeding vehicle on the flyover which resulted in the tragic accident. Locals spotted a damaged two-wheeler and a broken helmet on the flyover when they spotted the two men lying under the flyover who had fallen down the bridge. “The deceased, identified as Rohit Makol, aged 36 years, was a resident of Delhi’s Tilak Nagar and the injured person, identified as Pradeep, is a cousin of the deceased. He was from Karnal. Both were into private jobs,” said a senior police officer. A case under Sections 279, 337 and 304A of the Indian Penal Code at Sunlight Colony police station has been registered and further investigations are underway.last_img read more

He told me she was in heaven Father testifies at sons triplemurder

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The father of a man charged with killing three people including a two-year-old girl says his son told him she was in heaven.Derek Saretzky, 24, is on trial in Lethbridge, Alta., on three counts of first-degree murder in the September 2015 deaths of Terry Blanchette, his daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and Hanne Meketech, who was killed five days earlier.Larry Saretzky sobbed on the witness stand before the jury as he testified against his son, who was sitting just metres away in the prisoner’s box. He began crying when asked by the Crown if he had any children.“Yes,” he said Tuesday, identifying his son in the courtroom.The family owns a dry cleaning business in the Crowsnest Pass of southwestern Alberta. When he and his brother noticed one of the company vans had been moved around the day Blanchette’s body was discovered and Hailey was missing, Larry Saretzky said they called police.RCMP were already looking to speak to Derek Saretzky who they had identified as a person of interest. While officers waited nearby, Larry Saretzky said he talked to his son.“I kind of thought he may have been involved somehow,” said Saretzky as he wiped away tears.“I asked him what was going on and he really didn’t give me any answers. I asked him they’re looking for a little girl and they need to find her.”“What did he tell you?” asked Crown prosecutor Photini Papadatou.“He told me she was in heaven,” he said. “He told me she was in heaven.”Papadatou then asked what he thought about what his son had told him.“I knew he was involved. I asked him where she was again,” Larry Saretzky said. “I said we need to know where her body is and he said he didn’t know.”His son was incoherent at times, talking like there was another person beside him who he was arguing with, he added.Larry Saretky told court he encouraged his son to tell officers what he had just told him, which he did.Court has already heard that Blanchette was found dead by his father in his Blairmore home on Sept. 14, 2015. Authorities couldn’t find Hailey and issued an Amber Alert that stretched across Western Canada and into the United States.Her body was found in a campground firepit a few days later.Derek Saretzky has pleaded not guilty to the murder charges, as well as to a charge of committing an indignity to the girl’s body.The jury saw hundreds of photos earlier in the day from the Blanchette home and at the apartment Derek Saretzky sometimes stayed at.RCMP Cpl. Fred Ridding told the jury that investigators found blood on a child’s pillow inside a crib and on the head of a doll in the Blanchette home.Some police photos showed blood stains on pillows inside the master bedroom and bloody drag marks to the bathroom where his body was found. There were also multiple bloody footprints throughout the home.Ridding showed a photo of a hallway where a comforter covered Blanchette’s legs which were sticking out of the bathroom.“This is a photograph of how Terry Blanchette’s body was found,” Ridding told the jury.Ridding also testified that there were blood smears found in a van belonging to the dry cleaning company. Investigators believe the van, which Saretzky had access to, was used to kidnap and transport the body of the little girl.A search of Derek Saretzky’s apartment found human blood on a pair of cowboy boots, on a latex glove, on a piece of rope and on the wall.Police also recovered three box cutters, a hatchet, a crowbar, a pickaxe and a baseball bat.There was also a measuring cup containing human blood and a number of books involving cannibalism, serial killers and cold cases.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Capsule for fecal transplant as good as colonoscopy to treat C difficile

first_imgTORONTO – When it comes to treating Clostridium difficile with a fecal transplant — yes, human poop — swallowing a frozen capsule appears to have far less of an “ick factor” and works as well as delivering the therapy via colonoscopy, researchers say.A study led by the University of Alberta and published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that both methods resulted in a 96 per cent success rate in treating C. difficile.C. diff, as it’s often called, is a debilitating and potentially fatal infection of the gut marked by severe diarrhea and abdominal pain that can be notoriously difficult to treat.The bacterium produces spores that can contaminate surfaces and is challenging to eradicate, leading to C. difficile outbreaks in hospitals and long-term care facilities.Gastroenterologist Dr. Dina Kao, who led the study, said taking antibiotics for another condition can cause “collateral damage” by wiping out good bacteria in a person’s gut, allowing C. difficile to flourish in those exposed to the bug.Not only did the tasteless and odourless pills work as well as the colonoscopy method, but patients’ acceptance of them was extremely high, she said. As well, the capsules have many advantages over colonoscopy — they are non-invasive, less expensive and can be administered in a doctor’s office without the patient being sedated.Colonoscopies also carry a risk of bowel perforation, as well as heart attack or stroke in older patients with cardiovascular disease, Kao said Tuesday from Edmonton.“From a health-care perspective, I think it becomes a no-brainer. Why would we be delivering a transplant by any other route?”Dr. Christine Lee, an infectious disease specialist and medical microbiologist at McMaster University, said the study confirms that fecal transplant is effective for treating recurrent C. difficile infections, whether given by oral capsule or colonoscopy.Lee agreed that delivering FMT by colonoscopy is invasive, but an alternative is using an enema to introduce donor fecal matter into the colon, which studies have shown is almost as effective and also doesn’t require sedation of the patient.“But the major limitation is (FMT) is not widely available,” said Lee, who was not involved in the study.While FMT capsules may be highly effective for treating C. diff, she said some patients — especially the elderly — may have difficulty swallowing numerous capsules.“So it may not be for everyone,” she said from Hamilton.To conduct the study, the Alberta researchers randomized 116 adults with at least three recurrent C. difficile infections to receive a fecal microbiota transplant, or FMT, in either capsule form or via infusion into the large bowel during a colonoscopy. Fecal matter from donors is first refined and then frozen.The 57 patients in the capsule group took an average of 40 pills over the course of 30 to 60 minutes at an out-patient clinic. The 59 in the other group had a colonoscopy, a hospital procedure that requires heavy sedation and a day to fully recover.Karen Shandro, 55, had three recurrent C. diff infections over a two-month period in 2015 after taking an antibiotic for a sinus infection, followed by two rounds of a stronger antibiotic aimed at treating the intestinal infection.“I was spiralling downward every day,” said Shandro, 55, of Ardrossan, Alta., just east of Edmonton.“I felt I couldn’t go out and about. I felt almost trapped in my own home because I always needed bathroom facilities,” she said, describing the diarrhea as severe and coming on suddenly “like a light switch.”Fatigued, with no appetite and stricken by fever, her condition got so bad one day — she had 20 bouts of diarrhea in a 24-hour period — her husband called an ambulance to take her to the local hospital’s emergency department.Shandro was subsequently enrolled in Kao’s clinical trial and ended up randomized to the capsule group.After taking the pills at the clinic and going home to sleep, “I woke up about four or five hours later and I was starving,” she said.“And that was something new to me, because that feeling of being hungry had dissipated in that two months,” said Shandro, who had lost about 10 pounds due to the infection.Within a few days, she was on “an upward swing” and has felt well ever since.Kao believes administering FMT using capsules, a delivery mode developed by Dr. Thomas Louie of the University of Calgary, could help broaden the use of fecal transplants for treating C. difficile.“This will transform the way people think about how we deliver fecal microbiota transplant,” she said, noting that using the capsules instead of colonoscopy could save the health system at least $1,000 per patient.– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Breaking stigma Pavlov Hospital inmates cast votes

first_imgKolkata: For the first time, 54 inmates of Calcutta Pavlov Hospital cast their votes on Sunday. These voters, who were admitted to the hospital with mental illness, have completely recovered but they have been deserted by their families.In January, hospital authorities had taken the initiative to add their names to the voters’ list. Primarily, it was decided that names of 16 inmates will be included in the voters’ list. Superintendent of Calcutta Pavlov Hospital Ganesh Prasad encouraged the inmates to make the initiative a reality. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter consulting his superiors, Prasad got in touch with the Election Commission. The Commission gave a nod when he apprised the EC officials about his plan. It was decided that Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) would be issued to the inmates in phases and a separate polling booth will be set up for them. EC issued EPIC to 54 inmates and agreed to set up the polling booth on the Calcutta Pavlov Hospital premises to help these voters exercise their franchise. On Sunday morning, 54 inmates cast their votes and the procedure was completed by 1:30 pm. “It is a great day for us,” said Prasad. Hospital sources informed that as these inmates have not been taken back by their families they couldn’t be a part of the mainstream society even after being completely cured. Families of several inmates had provided false addresses while admitting these patients to the hospital.last_img read more

Hello Fresh Chefs Plate recalling item over Salmonella concerns

Hello Fresh Canada Inc. is recalling an ingredient included in some Hello Fresh brand and Chefs Plate brand meal kits.The company says the red chili ingredients are being recalled due to a possible Salmonella contamination.The meal kits have been sold in provinces across the country including Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.The red chili ingredient is found in the 902-gram and 1804-gram Hello Fresh brand coconut dal meal kit with a best before date of Jan. 29, 2019 (WK19041920 2P) and the 856-gram and 1712-gram Chefs Plate brand beef chow mein meal kit with best before dates of Jan. 19, 2019 (A2 and A4) and Jan. 22, 2019 (A2 and A4).The Canadian Food Inspection Agency recommends that any contaminated products be thrown out or returned to the company from where it was purchased.Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick.Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.For more information about this recall, click here. read more

One third of asthmatics may not have the condition study suggests

first_img“But for some reason many doctors are not ordering the spirometry tests that can definitely diagnose asthma.”Retired nurse Becky Hollingsworth was diagnosed with asthma two years ago. While participating in this study she learnt that her shortness of breath was actually a temporary breathing problem left over from a bout of pneumonia.”Even if it’s falsely diagnosed, you still have to deal with the consequences of having a chronic illness,” said the 72-year-old grandmother from Ottawa.“You have to take medication and if you want to take a trip somewhere the insurance can be higher.”Patients who have difficulty breathing are advised to ask their doctor to order a breathing test (spirometry) to determine if they might have asthma or even chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Patients think they may have been misdiagnosed with asthma or that they no longer have asthma, should also ask their doctor for a spirometry test, the researchers said, but warned people not to come off medication without seeking medical advice.  The research was publishing the Journal of the American Association. Even if it’s falsely diagnosed, you still have to deal with the consequences of having a chronic illnessBecky Hollingsworth, 72 There are around 4.3 million adults with asthma in Britain, around one in 12 adults, which is the same prevalence rate as in Canada. If the same rates of remission and misdiagnosis were seen in the UK, it would mean that 1.4 million people did not actually have the condition.A similar study carried out in the Netherlands last year also suggested that more than half of children are misdiagnosed with asthma. Both Canada and the Netherlands have healthcare systems comparable to the UK and researchers warned that there is a general problem in Western countries of doctors failing to properly assess youngsters in surgeries.The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (Nice) is so concerned it is drawing up new guidelines advising doctors to use more clinical tests to back up their judgement and avoid the danger of wrongly labelling someone as asthmatic.Over-treatment is a concern because some of the drugs used to manage asthma can have significant side-effects including muscle cramps, throat infections, tremors, vomiting and nausea. Children with asthma often avoid exercise, which can lead to weight problems. However charities warned that underdiagnosis was also a problem.Dr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead for Asthma UK: “Some people may not be receiving the correct diagnosis for asthma or may be misdiagnosed.“However, it does not address the equally worrying problem of underdiagnosis and poor control of asthma in the wider population.“Asthma is a chronic condition with many complex causes which is why diagnosis may be difficult. Asthma is also a highly variable condition that can change throughout someone’s life or even week by week, meaning treatment also needs to change over time.“While some people may experience a remission in their asthma, symptoms may reoccur later and people should remain vigilant and aware of any new symptoms that may indicate a flare-up of asthma.”The new study found that doctors often did not order the tests needed to confirm an asthma diagnosis. Instead, in nearly half of cases they based their diagnosis solely on the patient’s symptoms and their own observations, claims that have also been made in the UK.”Doctors wouldn’t diagnose diabetes without checking blood-sugar levels, or a broken bone without ordering an X-ray,” added Dr Aaron. 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. One third of people with asthma may not actually have the condition either because it has got better, or they were wrongly diagnosed in the first place, a new study suggests.Researchers selected more than 700 adults at random who had been diagnosed with asthma in the last five years and checked them again.They found 33 per cent of people did not have the condition, and nine in 10 of those were able to stop their medication completely. Most had minor conditions like allergies or heartburn, and 28 per cent had nothing wrong with them at all.”It’s impossible to say how many of these patients were originally misdiagnosed with asthma, and how many have asthma that is no longer active,” said lead author of the study Prof Shawn Aaron, senior scientist and respirologist at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, Canada.”What we do know is that they were all able to stop taking medication that they didn’t need – medication that is expensive and can have side-effects.” Asthma is also a highly variable condition that can change throughout someone’s life or even week by week, meaning treatment also needs to change over timeDr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead for Asthma UKlast_img read more

Linden has highest child abuse cases in Region 10 CPA Director

Ann GreeneWith Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) recording the highest child abuse cases in Guyana in 2017, with a 22.1 percent of the country’s total, Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) Ann Greene has confirmed that most of the reported cases in the Region came from Linden.According to information from the agency, the overall rate of child abuse for Guyana in 2017 is 15.8 children per 1000 of the national population of children.Greene recently noted the importance of understanding “rates”, in terms of population size when looking at the number of children being abused, as she pointed out that  according to the rates,  Region 10 has the highest.She also indicated that Region 10 has the highest rate of child neglect and sexual abuse. While she noted that there is hardly any neglect reported in Regions 7 (Cuyuni- Mazaruni) and 8 (Potaro- Siparuni), she stressed that there is a high rate of sexual abuse.CCPA Director Ann Greene “In every thousand children, 15 are being abused. If you look at last year’s stats data, it also means every 2 hours a child is abused; every day 11 children (are) abused. When you look at figures like that, when you give numbers, it must say something for you…in terms of the population of children. So, the rate is saying something…More people live in Region 4, so most of our abuse would be in Region 4, but (according to) rate, Region 10 is the highest”, Greene explained.In 2016, the highest rate came from Region 7. Greene noted that these are only the reported cases, which she said is “just the tip of the iceberg”, adding that child abuse is “a hidden crime”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChild care director calls for urgent ‘change’ in adults’ behaviour to tackle abuseMarch 6, 2018In “latest news”Police in Linden investigating rape of 6-y-o childNovember 15, 2018In “Crime”Childlink, UG collaborate to address “alarming rate” of child abuse casesMarch 27, 2019In “latest news” read more

FC Barcelona Lassa celebrate 100th ASOBAL win in a row

FC Barcelona Lassa wrote another chapter of Spanish handball history. Domination of the Spanish champions culminated with 100th consecutive win in domestic ASOBAL! The team led by Xavi Pascual won in away match in Sinfin 27:22 to secure ninth victory this season and 100th in a row!There is no one who can make problems to Barca since dissapearing of BM Atletico Madrid – former BM Ciudad Real.22 – DS Auto Gomas Sinfín: Makaria; Postigo (2), Río (3), Calderón (1), Lon (2), Jorajuría (2 p), Ros ; Diego, Nikolai, Amarelle (3), Paredes (5), Pla (3), Barco (1) y Prieto.27 – Barcelona Lassa: Ristovski (Pérez de Vargas); Raúl Entrerríos (1), Mem (2), Sorhaindo (1), Víctor Tomás (4), Morros, Rivera (3, 1p); Noddesbo (4), Lazarov (2), Jallouz (1), N’Guessan (3), Andersson (1), Aitor Ariño (3), Saubich (1) y Syprzak (1)STANDINGS: 4.Granollers9603257:24212 ASOBALFC Barcelona Lassa 3.La Rioja9702266:21314 ← Previous Story TATRAN Presov lost to SEHA League leaders Vardar Skopje Next Story → Israeli teams with fresh Balkan blood – Butulija and Karacic! 7.Villa de Aranda9423239:24510 12.BM Sinfin9306232:2446 15.Morrazo Cangas9207244:2864 14.Cuenca9306236:2556 5.Puerto Sagunto9432243:22911 6.Anaitasuna9423245:24110 9.Huesca9405236:2498 1.Barcelona9900305:22318 13.Guadalajara9306226:2646 10.Puente Genil9315243:2587 11.Atl. Valladolid9306249:2536 8.CD Bidasoa Irun9333237:2439 2.Ademar9711242:21415 16.Benidorm9108210:2512 read more

Shatter says State failed to acknowledge courage and sacrifice of World War

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE Alan Shatter said that those who fought with the Allied forces during World War II could be proud of their contribution.Shatter said that he welcomed the enactment of the Defence Forces (Second World War Amnesty and Immunity) Bill 2012, saying that it sent an “important message to those people surviving, and the relatives of those that have since passed on.”The Oireachtas today enacted all stages of the bill. It will now be sent to President Higgins for his signature.Speaking of the “fight against tyranny”, Shatter said it was important that the role of those who fought was recogised “as we look to the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the commencement of the Great War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War, in 2014.”It is important to the memory of all those who served and who died in these conflicts, those surviving, and the relatives of those that have since passed on.The bill, once signed into law, will grant an amnesty to those members of the Defence Forces who served with forces fighting on the Allied side during World War II.It will also offer an apology for the way they were treated subsequently when they were found guilty by a military tribunal or dismissed from the Defence Forces.Commenting on today’s progress, Shatter said:This Bill is bringing out of the shadows and into the daylight a crucial part of the complex history of our State, of families in the State and of individual citizens. It is estimated that over 60,000 citizens of the then Free State and in the region of 100,000 who resided on this Island fought against Nazi tyranny during the Second World War. I hope this Bill provides a statutory foundation to ensure they are never again ignored or forgotten in narratives covering the Ireland of 1939 to 1945. For the small number of survivors, I hope the passage of this legislation affords them the recognition they deserve. I know for the families of those who have passed on, this is an important day in their lives and in their family history.Read: Ireland’s World War II veterans move one step closer to amnesty > For too long in this State we failed to acknowledge their courage and their sacrifice and for too long their contribution was airbrushed out of official Irish history as taught in our schools and at third level. In recent years this has changed and the role played by them has been documented and written about. That is as it should be.last_img read more

Taliban accidentally reveals entire PR email list

first_imgLast week, a spokesperson for the Taliban accidentally revealed the organization’s entire public relations email list due to a very simple mistake — someone forgot to BCC the email and instead carbon-copied the whole list.Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi committed the blunder, which contained over 400 email addresses, including an Afghan legislator, a provincial governor, many journalists, academics, and activists. The list also included an Afghan warlord of the group Hezb-i-Islami, which is believed to be behind attacks on coalition forces.Don’t be too quick to jump at the Afghan legislator or governor for being in cahoots with the Taliban just yet, as this was simply a public relations list, and isn’t exactly the kind of list for secret internal emails. That kind of list probably wouldn’t include a large number of journalists.If you’re wondering why the Taliban has an email list, it’s not so they can ask you for help obtaining unclaimed money in Nigeria or so they can sell you erectile dysfunction pills in bulk, it’s simply so they can claim responsibility for specific attacks.The email that revealed the addresses was a press release that originated from the account of another Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, who sent the email to Ahmedi, who in turn accidentally forwarded the email to the entire release list and forgot to use the BCC option. This was obviously an embarrassing accident, one that any of us who use Twitter or Facebook in haste and accidentally type something in the wrong box is all too familiar with.via ABC Newslast_img read more

Public meetings

first_imgMondayCLARK COUNTY RAILROAD ADVISORY BOARD, Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St., sixth floor, Vancouver. n 4 p.m., meeting: announcements, citizen comment, county activities, Port of Vancouver, subcommittee reports.CAMAS SCHOOL DISTRICT, District Office, 841 N.E. 22nd Ave., Camas. n 5:30 p.m., workshop: Washington State School Directors’ Association annual conference debrief.BATTLE GROUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOOL BOARD, Lewisville Campus, 406 N.W. Fifth Ave., Battle Ground. n 6 p.m., regular meeting: Agenda includes swearing in of new board members.VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL, City Hall, 415 W. Sixth Ave., Vancouver. n 4-5 p.m., workshops: agenda includes presentation on the community cleanup grant and discussion about the 2018 federal legislative agenda. n 5-6:30 p.m., reception: event honoring Mayor Tim Leavitt and Councilor Jack Burkman in the City Hall lobby. n 7 p.m., consent agenda meeting: agenda includes interlocal agreement with Evergreen Public Schools, consideration of the 2017 second supplemental budget and appointments to the Downtown Redevelopment Authority and the City Center Redevelopment Authority.HOCKINSON SCHOOL DISTRICT, library, Hockinson High School, 16819 N.E. 159th St., Brush Prairie. n 6 p.m., regular meeting.WASHOUGAL CITY COUNCIL, City Hall, 1701 C St., Washougal. n 7 p.m., regular meeting: emergency assistance program, update the Capital Facilities Plan regarding dog parks and off-leash dog areas.last_img read more

Construction begins on learning center for blind children

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Construction has begun on a 72,000-square-foot learning center for visually impaired children, Wednesday.The “Lighthouse Learning Center for Children” wing of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, in Brickell, will house a pre-kindergarten program for blind and visually impaired toddlers who are from all corners of Miami-Dade County.The program will try to help those children transition into public school.Miami Lighthouse partnered with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition to introduce the program.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Good Samaritans awarded in Fort Lauderdale for bird rescue

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two South Florida residents received high honors after a successful bird rescue.Dr. Renata Schneider and Roman Gotsulyak received an “Animal Crusader Award” at an animal adoption fair in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon. “We want to really appreciate and thank these people for their extra efforts and hard work,” said the man who presented the honors to the Good Samaritans.Schneider and Gotsulyak are credited with saving the life of an injured royal tern that was found on the side of the road in Haulover Beach.Gotsulyak said he was driving when he noticed the bird in the middle of the road. When the bird refused to eat or drink, he took the animal to the Wildlife Care Center in Fort Lauderdale, where Schneider and her team of veterinarians took over.“It’s really an honor to be recognized, and it’s not just my work. It’s the work of everyone at the Wildlife Center,” said Schneider. “We do great work for wildlife all day, every day.”The rescued bird was released back into the wild after fully recovering.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Three killed in Kashmir base camp attack

first_imgSuspected militants stormed a paramilitary base in Indian-administered Kashmir early Tuesday, police said, sparking a lengthy gun battle that left one soldier and two attackers dead.Four paramilitary troopers were also injured when at least three militants hurled grenades and fired automatic weapons at the Border Security Force (BSF) base near Srinagar’s airport before dawn.“Two militants have been killed so far, one is still there. And one BSF soldier was killed in the initial assault,” inspector general of police, Muneer Ahmed Khan told AFP.Flight operations resumed at the main airport later in the day after being suspended briefly, director general of police, S.P. Vaid told AFP.But fire between government forces and a lone surviving militant continued inside the base which shares a common compound wall with the airport, Vaid said.At least one in-bound flight from New Delhi was cancelled, airport officials said earlier.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947 but both claim the territory in full.For decades rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger of the former Himalayan kingdom with Pakistan.Tuesday’s attack came a day after Indian soldiers killed five suspected rebels near the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) that divides the territory with Pakistan.In August militants attacked a police base in souther Pulwama town killing eight security personnel during a day-long gun battle.Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for that attack.Two children were also killed on Monday during an exchange of gunfire between Indian and Pakistani troops, Indian authorities said.Last week, Pakistan said three civilians were killed on their side of the border in Kashmir after Indian soldiers opened fire.New Delhi says Pakistan initiates cross-border firing to help anti-India rebels cross into Indian-administered Kashmir to launch attacks.However, Islamabad says it provides only diplomatic support to the Kashmiri campaign for self-determination.last_img read more

Angry Birds gets motion control graphics revamp for console release

first_imgFlinging birds at pigs, that’s the concept of Angry Birds and it’s amazing such a simple game has become so popular. You can’t pass any gaming shop without seeing Angry Birds mugs, toys, phone covers, and the list goes on. But Rovio is nowhere near finished yet, and soon a boxed version of the game for consoles is going to be appearing on store shelves.Angry Birds is indeed getting a retail release on PS3, Xbox 360 and 3DS this holiday season. It’s a trilogy including the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, and Angry Birds Rio. All three are being revamped with HD graphics to offer up a new experience of one of the most popular iOS and Android games.As well as appearing in crisp HD, the backgrounds have been animated, there’s different lighting modes, and the scenery is now reactive to gameplay. There will also be individual leaderboards on every level so you can compete with your friends for the top score.The Xbox 360 version will support Kinect, the PS3 version will have PlayStation Move and the 3DS version will support Streetpass.Activision and Rovio are really trying to convince fans that Angry Birds on consoles will be worth a purchase (again), but since Angry Birds on your iPhone or Android device is either free or costs a maximum of 99c – they need to do a lot to persuade gamers to re-buy the game.There’s also no word on a price yet, or if gamers will get access to the same free level packs available on iOS and Android. But motion control support and re-vamping the graphics might just be the thing that makes people actually want to experience Angry Birds again.via IGNlast_img read more

M6 reopens following overrunning roadworks in Staffordshire

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision There were delays on a busy stretch of the M6 motorway in Staffordshire after it remained shut due to overrunning roadworks this morning (Friday June 28). The Southbound carriageway was closed between Stafford North (Junction 14) and Stafford South (Junction 13). Delays and queueing traffic were reported in the area. Highways England originally believed the carriageway would reopen by 7am, but it reopened just after 6am. A diversion was in place through Stafford. A Highways England spokesman said:  “The M6 is currently closed from J14 to J13 near Stafford with delays of at least 30 minutes covering approx 3.5 miles of the southbound carriageway approach to J14. This closure is due to an overnight re-surfacing operation and we are awaiting the newly laid tarmac to fully set, the road is expected to re-open at approx 0700. “For traffic approaching the closure locally, you are advised to expect disruption with extra journey time and may potentially have to re-route your journey.  Read MoreWhy are there so many accidents on the M6 in Staffordshire? (…now Highways England have had their say)   “If travelling towards this area from much farther afield, you may wish to change your strategic route, allow extra travel time and follow guidance from our on-road variable message signs and media.  “Diversion route details and guidance is as follows: hollow square symbol. Exit at J14 and join the A34 initially travelling east and then heading southbound towards Stafford. Join the A449 Wolverhampton Road continuing to travel south to re-join the M6 at J13.” Live updates as we get them on the feed below. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing womancenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.06:06Carriageway reopensHighways England are now reporting the carriageway has reopened.05:51What we know so farThe M6 remains closed between J14 (Stafford North) and J13 (Stafford South) due to overrunning roadworks.The carriageway was expected to reopen by 6am but 7am is now more likelyQueues are reported between J14 and J15 and a diversion is in place through Stafford.05:38Affected stretch of carriagewayThe M6 southbound remains closed between J14 and J13 near Stafford (Image: Inrix)05:36Comment from InrixM6 Southbound closed due to overrunning roadworks from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J13 A449 (Stafford South).Works originally planned to finish at 6am have overrun because a newly laid surface is taking longer than expected to dry. Diversion – Hollow Square: Via the A34 and A449 through Stafford.last_img read more

Air Canada WestJet issue advisories for Bermudabound passengers

first_imgTags: Air Canada Travelweek Group Air Canada, WestJet issue advisories for Bermuda-bound passengers MONTREAL — Air Canada has implemented a policy for customers who purchased an Air Canada ticket no later than Oct. 11 and whose itinerary includes a flight to, from or via L. F. Wade International Airport (BDA) in Bermuda before Oct. 14, whose flights may be impacted by Hurricane Nicole.Clients scheduled to travel on the affected dates can contact Air Canada Reservations to change their flight, free of charge, to another date between now and Oct. 21, 2016, subject to availability in the cabin they originally purchased. Otherwise any fare difference will apply.Clients who purchased their ticket through Aeroplan or Air Canada Vacations are asked to contact those companies directly.Meanwhile WestJet is advising all guests travelling to or from Bermuda on Oct. 13 to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport. Additional updates will be posted as they are available. << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Thursday, October 13, 2016 Share Posted bylast_img read more

Asia Cruise Fund introduces new members

first_imgThe Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau (TTB) have welcomed two new members to the Asia Cruise Fund, Hainan and the Philippines.Representatives from the four destinations signed an official agreement at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, where the two-day Cruise Shipping Asia-Pacific (CSAP) conference and exhibition took place.Founded by the HKTB and the TTB in April this year, the Asia Cruise Fund aims at promoting regional co-operation in the area of cruise tourism, and motivating international cruise lines to deploy more ships to the region.The fund’s two new members, together with the HKTB and the TTB, unveiled the news at the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, where 400 delegates, including cruise line executives, representatives from port authorities and national tourism organisations, gathered for the welcome reception hosted by the HKTB.HKTB chairman Dr Peter Lam, said that the two new additions to the Cruise Fund will strengthen the partnership.“We are excited that Hainan and the Philippines are joining us in our effort and we would like to thank them for their support for the fund, and above all, for their confidence in the Asian cruise industry,” Dr Lam said.Hainan and the Philippines will become official members of the Asia Cruise Fund in December 2014 and April 2015, respectively.Their participation is expected to further enhance the scale and value of marketing and promotional support provided by the fund.At present, funding has been approved for a number of itineraries featuring Hong Kong and Taiwan developed by various cruise lines.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more