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Celebrate Earth Month With The Cyberchase Movie On PBS KIDS

first_imgAs children across the country celebrate Earth Month this April, a popular PBS KIDS math series is celebrating its 100th episode with an eco-themed adventure: “The CYBERCHASE Movie.”Celebrate Earth Month with THE CYBERCHASE MOVIE on PBS KIDS in AprilGuest star Rico Rodriguez (Manny from Modern Family) joins Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried when the first-ever movie from CYBERCHASE, the Emmy Award-winning series produced by THIRTEEN, airs this April on PBS stations across the country (check local listings). The adventure will also be available online at pbskids.org/video and on the go with the free PBS KIDS Video App following the premiere.The future of Cyberspace is at stake in the one-hour special, The CYBERCHASE Movie. Hacker and his bumbling henchbots Buzz and Delete are drilling inside the nature preserve Ecotopia when they carelessly set off a slime geyser, destroying many animals’ habitats and causing overcrowding. Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit are called in to rescue the animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia. They team up with Ollie (voiced by Rodriguez), a Junior Ranger, and quickly learn that harmony on Ecotopia isn’t their only problem. Can the kids restore Ecotopia, rescue their friends and prevent Cyberspace from being lost to Hacker forever?“I had so much fun playing Ollie on CYBERCHASE and joining this great cast for their first movie,” said Rodriguez. “I was really excited to work on the same show as Christopher Lloyd and Gilbert Gottfried, and math was one of my favorite subjects in school, so this was the ideal project. And it was so cool seeing myself animated as Ollie!”“This is an exciting year for us at THIRTEEN, as we celebrate CYBERCHASE’s 13th year on air and the 100th episode this April,” says Sandra Sheppard, Executive Producer of CYBERCHASE and Director of Children’s & Educational Media at THIRTEEN. “The movie’s environmental focus builds on the CYBERCHASE mission to inspire kids with a love of math. By modeling problem-solving and making practical connections between math and science, we give kids tools to explore their world.”To extend these connections, CYBERCHASE has also created a series of real-world games exploring the environmental topics of keystone species, waste reduction and solar power, available for families to print and play at home at pbskids.org/cyberchase.“The CYBERCHASE mantra has always been ‘math is everywhere,’” says Executive Producer Ellen Doherty. “With the real-world games, we’re excited for kids and families to bring math to the playground, backyard or living room.”Classrooms, afterschool programs and museums will also be celebrating Earth Day this April, and CYBERCHASE has made math- and environment-themed lesson plans, activities and video clips available for free download through PBS LearningMedia, PBS’ digital media service for K-12 classrooms.“The CYBERCHASE Movie” will premiere Tuesday, April 15 at 4:30 p.m. on THIRTEEN in New York. Parents can check listings for their local PBS station for broadcast times in their area and can also stream episodes for free anytime using the PBS KIDS Video Player, the PBS KIDS Video App or the CYBERCHASE website.Cyberchase is produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with WNET and Title Entertainment. Executive producers are Sandra Sheppard, THIRTEEN’s Director of Children’s & Educational Media, and Ellen Doherty. Funding for Cyberchase is provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, The JPB Foundation and Ernst & Young LLP. Additional funding is provided by the Volckhausen Family.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

UNbacked forum to discuss early action ahead of next drought in Horn

24 February 2012Government representatives, climatologists, agricultural experts, disaster risk managers and others will gather in Rwanda next week to discuss early action in case of a possible third consecutive year of drought in the Horn of Africa. “The meeting is overshadowed by the world’s failure to act on previous warnings of drought in the region which resulted in thousands of deaths from famine, particularly in Somalia,” stated a news release issued by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, known as UNISDR.The office is supporting the three-day Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, which begins in Kigali on Monday, along with the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).The meeting, hosted by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and IGAD’s Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), will discuss the prospects for the March-to-May rainy season and consider measures to ensure that early warning leads to early action in the event of a failure of the rains. “Two consecutive years of drought in the Horn of Africa have resulted in catastrophe for many vulnerable communities. A failure of the rains in the coming months will leave them with little coping capacity to survive,” said Pedro Basabe, head of the UNISDR Africa office.“This year, more than ever, it is important that climate and food security experts work closely with disaster managers to monitor any serious deterioration in the situation,” he added. Towards the end of last year, a total of 13.3 million people needed assistance in Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti as a result of what aid agencies said was the worst drought in the region in six decades.During the forum, ICPAC and UNISDR will hold joint training sessions to help strengthen the existing cooperation between climate scientists and disaster risk managers to advance information sharing for disaster risk reduction in the region. read more

Cogeco to buy MetroCast assets for 14 billion to expand US footprint

MONTREAL — Cogeco Communications Inc. is preparing to expand in the Eastern United States by purchasing the MetroCast cable systems business in a deal valued at US$1.4 billion.The Montreal-based company will make the acquisition through its Atlantic Broadband subsidiary, which has a definitive purchase agreement with Harron Communications LP, a family business.Cogeco says the Caisse de depot pension fund will provide US$315 million towards the deal, in return for a 21 per cent equity stake in Atlantic Broadband’s holding company.Two banks will also provide secured debt financing to Atlantic Broadband.Cogeco says MetroCast is a good strategic fit for Atlantic Broadband, as both have TV, internet and phone customers in several U.S. Eastern states. It had previously acquired MetroCast’s network in Connecticut for US$200 million in 2015.In addition, Cogeco expects Atlantic Broadband will benefit from about US$310 million of tax benefits from the deal.Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said he views the transaction as “neutral” because the premium paid for MetroCast will be offset by growth, operational savings and the Caisse’s investment.“Strategically, the transaction fits with the company’s long-stated strategy of U.S. cable expansion via tuck-in acquisitions and thus is in line with our expectations,” McReynolds said in a note for clients.The deal is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. read more

Suspects arrested over businessmans killing remanded

Eight suspects arrested over the murder of a businessman in Bambalapitiya have been remanded till September 15.The suspects arrested over Sakeem Sulaiman’s murder were produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate today and remanded. The businessman was abducted last month for ransom and was found dead in Mawanella.The abductors had demanded Rs. 20 million from the family of the businessman and his father had promised to pay the ransom. However while investigations were ongoing the body was discovered in Mawanella. The post-mortem revealed he died as a result of a blow to the head. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Maldives President appoints new Ambassador to Sri Lanka

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom today appointed Mohamed Hussain Shareef as Ambassador of the Maldives to Sri Lanka.President Yameen presented the letter of appointment to the new Ambassador, at a ceremony held at the President’s Office this morning. (Colombo Gazette)

On International Day UN pays tribute to Nelson Mandelas contribution to public

‹ › The United Nations pays tribute to Mandela on his 95th birthday. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The United Nations today marks Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 95th birthday and honouring his dedication to public service, social justice and reconciliation, inspiring millions around the world.To commemorate the Day, the UN is joining a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to “Take Action, Inspire Change” to volunteer 67 minutes to helping others by volunteering in a hospital, tutoring a child, providing food for the homeless, or any other community service.The “67-minutes” campaign is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Mr. Mandela devoted to public service, as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa.This year, UN staff in New York will volunteer their time to help rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last fall. Also at Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly is holding a special meeting to mark the Day. Speakers will include former United States President Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mr. Mandela who was imprisoned with him.“This year’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of Madiba, as the universally revered leader remains in the hospital,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the Day.“As we extend our best wishes to President Mandela on his 95th birthday, let us also give tangible meaning to our feelings of concern by taking action on behalf of others.” “The heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is good works for people and the planet. Its theme…is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world,” Mr. Ban said. “This is the best tribute we can pay to an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity.” Mr. Ban added that at this difficult time, his thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mandela, his family and all the people of South Africa. “We are united in concern,” Mr. Ban said this morning at the special General Assembly meeting. “We are also joined in admiration for a towering figure in the world-wide fight for equality and justice, a model of compassion and integrity, a man who took on and then gracefully relinquished the responsibility of power.” He said that Mr. Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for human rights and in that spirit, “today and every day, we want to mobilize the human family to take action, inspire change, and build a more peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.” While United Nations staff in New York are helping to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, elsewhere around the world, UN staff are engaging in various volunteer activities: preparing meals for the elderly, helping out in orphanages, cleaning up parks and organizing computer literacy workshops. Mr. Clinton recalled his friendship with Mr. Mandela, saying that “his heart was so big, and his humanity so great, that we often had trouble keeping our official roles apart from our personal friendship. This speaks well of him.” He praised Mr. Mandela’s efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa years after he left office, saying he also encouraged Mr. Clinton to help him renegotiate the prices the country pays for AIDS medicines, saving millions of dollars each year that could be invested in the country’s development. Reverend Jackson praised Mr. Mandela’s commitment to achieving reconciliation and his emphasis on forgiveness and tolerance, as well as his determination to not give up and continue fighting for social justice. “Social transformation is an intentional act” he said. “It is because of Mr. Mandela’s sacrifice that South Africa is free today.” He added that Mr. Mandela’s struggle should not be in vain, and called on the international community to keep his legacy alive. Speaking exclusively to the UN News Centre this morning, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Nicholas “Fink” Haysom, who served as chief legal adviser throughout Mr. Mandela’s presidency, said Mr. Mandela’s work is an inspiration for countries across the world. “As Afghanistan prepares for its historic presidential election next year, I hope the acts and words of Madiba can be of some inspiration to people here, that they realize from South Africa’s experience just how important it is for leaders and potential leaders – at whatever level, whether it be at the national or the village level – to be bigger than the divisions that can tear communities apart,” he said in an interview. Mr. Haysom added that the widespread concern for his recovery is “a reminder that Madiba holds a special place in the hearts and minds of people all over the world.” read more

Ohio State mens basketball success hinging on Amir Williams

Junior center Amir Williams attempts to dunk the ball during a game against Illinois Jan. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 62-55.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorWhen you come to Ohio State, the pressure is on to succeed. When you come to Ohio State as a 6-foot-11-inch McDonald’s All-American center, living up to expectations is nearly impossible.Career averages of 4.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game — with his career highs this season at 8.9 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game — haven’t been what the OSU faithful were hoping for from junior center Amir Williams.But despite all this, Williams just might hold OSU’s season in his hands.Before OSU’s matchup against Illinois Jan. 23, coach Thad Matta said Williams’ success is something the team needs.“We need Amir to play well. We need Amir to play consistently on both ends. We gotta get him back to tracking the ball, we gotta get him back to blocking shots more activity around the rim in terms of challenging shots … When he’s played well, we’ve played well. I know that,” Matta said.In games where Williams has played 25 minutes or more, the Buckeyes are 10-1, with a missed layup by junior guard Shannon Scott against Michigan State the only thing keeping OSU from perfection in those 11 contests.As the then-No. 17-ranked Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4) snapped their four-game losing streak by taking down Illinois, 62-55, Williams played 31 minutes ­— third most on the team — and added seven points and nine rebounds.OSU was outrebounded in each of the final three games of the losing streak, during which Williams never played for more than 22 minutes.Although the Illini grabbed more rebounds against the Buckeyes as well, the gap was closed to just one — 32-31 — because of the junior’s time on the court.“Amir had ‘the look’ tonight. He was active. He was energetic. He was tracking the ball, blocking shots. I thought he did just a really, really good job. He was rebounding the ball, he got a couple out of his area,” Matta said after the Illinois game. “Those guys had a pretty good blow with what Illinois was attempting to do. His ball screen defense was really, really good. And finally we had support where we needed it and he started trusting guys that they were going to be there and I liked it.”Although the Detroit native has started every game this season, his 31 minutes against the Illini were the most since he played 35 during the Buckeyes’ 72-68 loss against Michigan State. That was also the last game where OSU outrebounded its opponents.Williams so far this season has an average plus/minus rating of +11.1 per game. Plus/minus is the metric that tracks how much a team outscores its opponents by when a player is on the court: the higher the number, the better. Junior forward Sam Thompson, whom many of the Buckeye faithful have been calling to start in place of Williams, has a season average of just +6.6.Thompson commented before OSU’s loss against Minnesota Jan. 16 that Williams’ size and rebounding ability were big against the Spartans earlier in the season.“We tried to go to the ‘small ball’ lineup versus Michigan State and we couldn’t rebound. We didn’t have some success we had in the past, so we went back to Amir and he really produced for us in that lineup,” Thompson said.During the losing streak, it wasn’t just the rebounding that killed the Buckeyes, but points in the paint as well. With Williams playing less and less, OSU was outscored 120-80 in the paint over the last three games of the losing streak, allowing no less than 38 points in a single game.Against Illinois with Williams back in, OSU held the Illini to 22 points in the paint, scoring 22 of their own. Fourteen of the 22 came in the second half for OSU, something senior guard Aaron Craft said was a big part of the win.“I think we got some easy buckets off turnovers, finding ways to get the ball in the paint and we just started playing with a little more confidence,” Craft said. “In the first half we got some great looks, but they’re going in and out, they’re right around the rim and we just knew odds say the next one’s going to go in.”Next up, Williams and the Buckeyes will hope to take advantage of Penn State (10-10, 1-6) and its lack of height — no Nittany Lion starter stands taller than 6 feet 9 inches — Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

The NFLs Offseason Carousel Is Mostly Pointless

As my colleague Ben Morris wrote Wednesday, the NFL’s annual free agent market is not, by and large, where Super Bowls are won and lost. At best, it’s a place where teams tread water, paying the going rate for known talents. At worst, it’s where teams waste a ton of money. It’s not hard to see why: Because of “the winner’s curse,” the team that lands a coveted free agent (cough, Ndamukong Suh) is usually the one whose front office overestimated his value by the greatest amount. And with a hard salary cap in place, miscues of that sort mean another aspect of the team is necessarily handicapped with fewer resources as a result.Want more evidence that offseason roster reshuffling is pointless? Going back to the advent of the NFL salary cap (before the 1994 season), I looked at the relationship between the Approximate Value (AV) of veteran players acquired by a team1Via free agency or trades. over the offseason and how much the team’s Simple Rating System (SRS) score improved the following season. Whether you gauge the quality of incoming players using their AV from the prior season alone or their cumulative AV over the preceding three seasons, there’s essentially no connection between how much talent a team adds over the offseason and how much better (or worse) it gets that season.But maybe adding talent is only half the equation. There’s also the matter of preventing talent from leaving by re-signing veterans — or at least maintaining a positive mark in the offseason AV exchange ledger. However, even when looking at net veteran AV gained/lost over the preceding offseason, there’s still no relationship between a team’s ability to hoard proven talent in the offseason and its improvement or decline in the ensuing season.Free agency always feels like one of the most exciting parts of the NFL offseason. But if history is any guide, the vast majority of what happens this week will have little bearing on how much any given team improves or declines next season. read more

Gosport nurses first raised alarm over use of painkillers 30 years ago

The Sunday Telegraph was among the first newspapers to report the police investigation into the deaths, in July 2001Credit:The Telegraph Their attempts to raise the alarm where described by Michael Taylor, the former Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Health Authority, in a 2003 report commissioned by local health authorities and published by the Gosport Independent Panel last week.Mr Taylor found that nurses working in the Redclyffe Annexe began raising their concerns about the use of diamorphine around the same time that Dr Barton started work at the hospital, telling their union, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) about the problem.Mr Taylor described the attitude of the hospital’s management team as initially one of “inertia” which then became one of “expecting those staff raising a professional concern to prove that a problem existed.”The RCN made little progress in resolving the issue with hospital managers and in 1991 it asked Mrs Evans to launch an investigation into the matter.In a memo to staff on 7 November 1991 Mrs. Evans stated that she was “concerned about these allegations” over the appropriateness of prescribing diamorphine and she urged nurses to identify “the names of any patients that they feel diamorphine (or any other drug) has been prescribed inappropriately”.However Mr Taylor said the tone of Mrs Evans’s instructions was likely to have had the effect of silencing “relatively junior nurses” rather than encouraging them to come forward.He concluded: “The failure to follow-up the expression of concerns made by nursing staff about prescribing practice in Redclyffe Annexe from 1988 was a negligent act by the Unit Management Team.“It is unrealistic to accept that senior managers of the Unit Management Team were unaware of the concerns about prescribing practice.”Mr Taylor concluded that the “main managerial responsibility for inaction following formal correspondence in 1991 appears to lie with Mr Horne, Mr Hooper, Mrs Evans and Mr Millett”.He said: “Managers seem to have placed too much reliance on the unwillingness of junior nurses to speak out in front of GPs . . . to justify any further action. If correct, this was both a naive and wholly wrong conclusion by the managers named above.”Mrs Evans, who is now aged 78 and left Gosport War Memorial Hospital in 1996, refused to comment when approached at her home in Fareham, Hampshire. Other documents published by the Gosport Independent Panel also showed how Dr Barton, who denies any wrongdoing, reacted angrily to suggestions that she was responsible for the death of patients when she was questioned by Hampshire police in 2006, saying she found it “repugnant and deeply distressing”.Under legal advice she refused to answer dozens of questions put to her about her role at the hospital and even refused to talk about why she had entered the medical profession in the first place.But in a statement read to an investigating officer she maintained she had always treated patients “humanely and lawfully”.Dr Barton stated: “You have properly told me of the range of offences under investigation, you have started with the offence of murder and the very fact that you interview me under caution makes clear that I am suspected of committing this offence. As a medical practitioner and a human being I find this repugnant and again deeply distressing.”The panel’s report last week praised The Sunday Telegraph for being among the first media outlets to report on unexplained death at the hospital.In July 2001 this newspaper reported that nine deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital were being investigated by police, following complaints from relatives. The Sunday Telegraph was among the first newspapers to report the police investigation into the deaths, in July 2001 Dr Jane Barton, pictured in 2009 Dr Jane Barton, pictured in 2009Credit:Chris Ison/PA 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. Nurses raised the alarm over the unjustified use of powerful painkillers from the moment the doctor blamed for hundreds of lives being cut short arrived at Gosport hospital, it has emerged.Staff warned Isobel Evans, the manager of Gosport War Memorial Hospital, as early as 1988 that the drugs were being prescribed without medical justification.But she failed to act on their concerns about the use of diamorphine, which an official report last week found had led to the deaths of 656 patients between the late 1980s and 2001.The report by the Gosport Independent Panel concluded that Dr Jane Barton was responsible for the deaths through her excessive use of the drug.The panel found that deaths at the hospital more than doubled between between 1991 and 1998.But it has now emerged that nurses at Gosport hospital’s Redclyffe Annexe had become strongly concerned about the way diamorphine was being used from the moment Dr Barton arrived in May 1988, three years before the sudden spike in deaths.When they tried to alert Mrs Evans and other managers, however, they were met by a wall of “inaction”. read more

IFG and Goscomgeology to revive Yakhton tungsten project in Uzbekistan

first_imgAn advisory and investment company has teamed up with Uzbekistan’s geology and mineral resources committee to carry out a feasibility study on developing the Yakhton tungsten deposit in the Samarkand region of the country.IFG Capital Partners, which is focused on Uzbekistan and wider Central Asia, considers Yakhton to be the first step in “building a tungsten cluster in Uzbekistan through consolidating a number of individual low-margin deposits into a highly effective industry leader built around a state-of-the-art processing facility”. The project was previously explored as part of an Uzbek-South Korean joint venture, according to local Uzbekistan press reports.IFG and the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Geology and Mineral Resources (Goscomgeology) will start the first phase of the study immediately. This includes verification drilling to confirm existing reserves and metallurgical testwork to determine the optimal ore processing scenario followed by the design of a processing facility.Should the study prove positive, IFG will also organise the development of the deposit.Yakhton is a tungsten deposit located near the town of Urgut, 55 km south of Samarkand, which contains some 20,100 tonnes of tungsten trioxide.Bobir Islamov, Chairman of Goscomgeology, said: “Uzbekistan is a country rich in mineral resources and the tungsten industry has for long been considered an unexploited jewel. We are confident that this [project] has the potential to become a world-class tungsten operation.”He added that the agreement marks another “major step in the accelerating growth of outside investment and expertise into Uzbekistan”.Olga Ponkratova, Managing Partner of IFG and its IFG Metals and Mining subsidiary, said “We know the vast potential that Uzbekistan offers in the metals and mining space and we are pleased that our expertise has been recognised by the government as their chosen partner to develop such a great opportunity.“We believe that this agreement will form the framework for future cooperation with Goscomgeology and will be a major stepping stone of our programme to make Uzbekistan not only a world-class tungsten producer but also an attractive investment destination.”Uzebekistan already produces tungsten through a state-owned miner. In 2014, the company produced 83 t of the metal, according to the USGS.last_img read more

Penney lauds Keatley mettle as Gloucester boss wowed by phenomenal OConnell

first_img“There are certain characters in teams that have a huge influence and effect. It is not just his ability as a rugby player, it’s how he galvanises the team, and his sheer presence is a huge factor for Munster.”Penney is more accustomed to viewing O’Connell’s influence at close quarters, yet didn’t need much prompting to echo the praise issued to the Ireland captain.“Paul is just such an amazing character, and at this level of the game you wouldn’t want anyone else out there, really, guarding your ship.”The win in Kingsholm, secured thanks to the tries from Earls and Peter O’Mahony as well as Keatley’s efforts from the boot, gave the southern province an unassailable six-point lead in Pool 6 and therefore guarantees them a place in the knock-out stages.Decision making key to Munster sealing quarter-final place — O’ConnellAs it happened: Gloucester v Munster, Heineken Cup MUNSTER COACH ROB Penney praised the ‘mental fortitude’ of out-half Ian Keatley after last night’s 7 – 20 win in Gloucester secured a quarter-final berth.Keatley was roundly criticised after Munster’s loss to Ulster last week, a game in which his missed kicks proved costly.Last night, Keatley put those troubles behind him, setting up Keith Earls first-half try with an accurate grubber kick while his one missed kick out of five attempts rebounded off the post.“We have got a lot of faith in Ian,” said the Kiwi, “He was tremendous today, probably the best game he has had in the red jumper. He deserves all the plaudits that I hope he gets.“He showed mental and physical fortitude out there. He tackled like a Trojan, and he put us in some really good places on the park.”Keatley’s position in the Munster line-up is under constant scrutiny as the up-and-coming talent of JJ Hanrahan grabs the attention of supporters and piles the pressure to perform upon the Dubliner.While Penney’s ‘Trojan’ praise was perhaps a tad misplaced (early stats indicate Keatley completed two of six attempted tackles), there could be no doubt that the number 10′s ability to put last week’s errors behind him to successfully kick his goals on this week’s trip.Gloucester coach, Nigel Davies meanwhile, chose to single out man-of-the-match for praise after a game in which the visitors were required to defend for long periods.“Paul O’Connell is phenomenal,” said Davies who would also commend his team on ‘setting a bar’ for intensity, commitment and work-rate in the defeat,last_img read more

Man dies after car hits a bus in Donegal

first_imgA MAN HAS died after his car hit a bus on the Ballybofey to Donegal Road earlier this morning.The man in his 50s was fatally injured when his car hit a bus near Barnesmore Gap at around 8.30am this morning. The man, who was the sole occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.A passenger on the bus was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital with what are described as minor injuries.The road is currently closed as gardaí carry out a forensic collision investigations and diversions are in place.Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to contact Ballybofey Garda Station on 074-9137740, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.last_img read more

Reach for the Sky in New Toy StoryThemed Plane

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. The first Toy Story-themed plane took passengers to infinity and beyond (OK, from Shanghai to Beijing) last month. And I am beyond jealous.Part of a collaboration between China Eastern Airlines and the Shanghai Disney Resort, the jet is designed to immerse passengers in the world of Woody, Buzz, and the gang.Almost every inch of the aircraft is outfitted in colorful nods to Andy’s favorite toys—from larger-than-life exterior images of the pull-string cowboy and astronaut action figure, to seat bibs and tray tables decked out with iconic characters like Jessie, Rex, Mr. Potato Head, and Slinky Dog.Familiar cloud wallpaper covers the overhead compartments. And there’s even a giant Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear eerily smiling down from the ceiling. (Because who doesn’t love being watched by a hulking pink teddy bear dictator?)According to Forbes, who attended the April 28 launch in China, the entire experience—from check-in to disembarkment—is steeped in the Disney•Pixar franchise: The boarding passes, menus, cutlery, and headphones revolve around Toy Story (as everything in life should).It’s like my brain threw up on an airplane (via Disney Parks blog)This is the third Disney-themed airbus from China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Disney Resort, following classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse planes.“The new aircraft is one of the most exciting additions to the fleet,” Forbes contributor George Koutsakis said. “And hopes to connect more people to the Disney Resort in Shanghai,” home to the Toy Story Land park and hotel.Soon you won’t have to go all the way to Asia, though, to shrink to the size of a toy. Walt Disney World is gearing up to open its own Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.Starting June 30, kids (and kids-at-heart) are invited to have a rootin’, tootin’ good time playing games, enjoying tasty treats, and making new friends.Excuse me while I book a ticket to Florida—via the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.There’s a snake in my boot! Reach for the sky!center_img ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsDisney Remasters Classic ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Lion King̵… last_img read more

Global stardom hasnt changed Liverpool winger Sadio Mane – Aliou Cisse

first_imgMane will be under pressure to impress for his nation as he gets their World Cup campaign is underway against Poland in Group H on Tuesday.But Senegal boss Aliou Cisse who has watched Mane scoring 20 goals for Liverpool last season and blossoming since he took part in the Olympic Games in London six years ago says his feet remain firmly on the ground.“I don’t want to say he could become one of the best players in the world, he is already one of the best, you have to stress this,” Cisse said according to Liverpoolechoes.“He plays for an iconic club in Liverpool, which is one of the best clubs in Europe. He has shown he is top notch with his club and he has something unique.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“He’s unpredictable. At any point he can make the difference with a dribble and pass so for me he is already one of the best players.“Sadio is a unique player and he can’t be compared to any other Senegal players, even if we’ve had some major ones in the past.“He’s unique and despite everything that has occurred to him in the last two or three years, he hasn’t changed. He’s just as humble as the first time I met him, six years ago at the Olympics.“His mentality hasn’t changed, his behaviour to staff and his humility to his team-mates is the same, so he’s a player who can bring a lot to the team.”last_img read more

Macau celebrates 10 years of responsible gambling promotions

first_img Solving the problem G2E Asia to work closely with Macau regulators over iGaming exhibitor concerns The man who oversaw the implementation of Macau’s first responsible gaming model has described reaching 10 years of responsible gaming promotions as a “very important landmark” for the city.Speaking to Inside Asian Gaming at the 10th anniversary ceremony – which was also attended by DICJ Director Paulo Martins Chan and representatives of all six concessionaires – at the University of Macau on Wednesday, Professor Davis Fong said that Asia’s gaming hub had made incredible progress in its responsible gaming initiatives since launching in 2009, with the seed now planted to target a wider audience of players. RelatedPosts Caesars showcases problem gambling measures in Osaka with Responsible Gaming Center “We developed the model that the government accepted and starting from 2009 we started to promote responsible gambling, so today I am very happy because I treat this anniversary of the first 10 years as a very important landmark,” he said.“At the same time, we have a Chinese saying, ‘It takes 10 years for trees to grow and 100 years for people to grow.’ From our perspective, it means today we have 10 years’ experience – just long enough for the tree to grow – but for people and society we need to continue our efforts to promote responsible gambling. We hope responsible gambling becomes the root of Macau society.”Wednesday’s ceremony marked the start of a new three-month campaign through the end of December targeting mainland visitors to Macau.Professor Fong, the Director of the Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming and Associate Professor of the International Integrated Resort Management Program at the University of Macau, said that helping tourists who may need assistance in fighting gambling addiction was now a key focus of the government.“We have gained experience over the past 10 years so we have a little bit of confidence in promoting responsible gambling not just for Macau people but also for the tourists who are coming from outside,” he explained.“Starting from 2017, the government decided to target responsible gambling to tourists so we have put some resources not just in Macau but also near the Gongbei border gate – there is a very big sign we put there for three months every year.“Starting from today you can go to Gongbei customs and there is a very big billboard there, because we really need to really take care of the tourists.” Load Morelast_img read more

Pompano Beach Islamic center evacuated after bomb threat

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police evacuated the Islamic Center of South Florida in Pompano Beach after, authorities said, a bomb threat was called in, Thursday afternoon.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, they received a call about a bomb threat against the center. Deputies responded to the center, located at 1641 NW 15th St., and evacuated all 15 people inside the building.7Skyforce HD hovered above the center as the evacuees sat in the shade across the street from it.Authorities shut down Northwest 15th Street near the entrance of the building, between Andrews Avenue on the east side and Powerline Road on the west side, as they investigated.The BSO Bomb Squad arrived at the center, searched the building and gave the all clear.Northwest 15th Street was later reopened to traffic.Authorities continue to investigate. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more