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Coach of Himalayan Queen derails

first_imgA coach of the Himalayan Queen train, which was on its way from Delhi to Kalka, derailed near Panipat in Haryana on Wednesday morning after one of its wheels got jammed, but no one was injured, Northern Railway officials said. The accident happened around 7 a.m. near Bhodwal Majri railway station on the Delhi-Ambala route, a GRP official said in Panipat. The train departed from the site without the affected coach 40 minutes after the accident. “A wheel of the guard coach, which is the last coach, got jammed and as a result the coach derailed. A portion of the track was also damaged after the wheel got jammed,” the GRP official said. Northern Railway officials said no casualty or injury was reported.last_img read more

Griezmann out to close gap to Messi & Ronaldo

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has vowed to try to close the “big gap” to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of world football.The France star is one of the favourites to end Messi and Ronaldo’s 10-year dominance of the Ballon d’Or, having helped Atletico Madrid to win the Europa League and UEFA Super Cup either side of scoring four goals in inspiring his country to World Cup glory in 2018.Griezmann was named the best player in last season’s Europa League on Friday and is one of 10 nominees for The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the year, the three finalists for which will be confirmed on September 3. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite his success, the 27-year-old feels Messi and Ronaldo remain a cut above the rest of the game’s elite.”Yes, I can see them staying at the top for a long time yet,” he told “They want to be the best, they play for top teams, and it’s still going to be ‘Cristiano, Messi and the rest’ for a while. Those of us below them have to try and get closer, but it’s a big gap to close.”I always try to improve on what I did the previous season, because matching what Messi and Cristiano do by scoring 50 to 60 goals a year is very difficult. They’re on a different level. You can maybe be up there with them one year, but not the next.”I do compare myself with Neymar, [Robert] Lewandowski, [Kylian] Mbappe, who’s on fire at the moment, and [Eden] Hazard. I try to be the best and see what the others do.”last_img read more

IN STATS: Colombia 1-1 Brazil

first_imgWC Qualification South America IN STATS: All the numbers from Brazil’s draw against Colombia 06:28 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Falcao Colombia Brazil WC Qualification South America Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia The Selecao’s winning run came to an end after Falcao cancelled out Willian’s opener in Barranquilla, as the two sides shared out the points Match Stats — Team StatsColombiav.BrazilAttackGeneral PlayDistributionDefence & DisciplineAttackGoalsColombiaComparisonBrazil150%50%1Total Shots (including blocked shots)ColombiaComparisonBrazil1043.5%56.5%13Shots On TargetColombiaComparisonBrazil457.1%42.9%3Blocked ShotsColombiaComparisonBrazil240%60%3Shots from outside the boxColombiaComparisonBrazil753.8%46.2%6Shots from inside the boxColombiaComparisonBrazil330%70%7Shot AccuracyColombiaComparisonBrazil50%50%30%30%General PlayPossession (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil47.7%47.7%52.3%52.3%Duels won (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil50%50%50%50%Aerial Duels Won (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil50%50%50%50%InterceptionsColombiaComparisonBrazil733.3%66.7%14OffsidesColombiaComparisonBrazil250%50%2Corners takenColombiaComparisonBrazil444.4%55.6%5DistributionTotal PassesColombiaComparisonBrazil43747.7%52.3%479% of Passes LongColombiaComparisonBrazil10.1%10.1%9.6%9.6%Passing Accuracy (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil83.5%83.5%86.4%86.4%Passing Accuracy opp. Half (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil76.5%76.51821862348179%75.49019607843137%75.5%Total CrossesColombiaComparisonBrazil1254.5%45.5%10Successful Crosses (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil16.7%16.7%40%40%Defence & DisciplineTacklesColombiaComparisonBrazil1653.3%46.7%14Tackles Won (%)ColombiaComparisonBrazil81.3%81.3%71.4%71.4%ClearancesColombiaComparisonBrazil1763%37%10Fouls ConcededColombiaComparisonBrazil1244.4%55.6%15Yellow CardsColombiaComparisonBrazil150%50%1Red CardsColombiaComparisonBrazil00%0%0 Action areas0-45 minutes    0-15 minutes        0-5 minutes        6-10 minutes        11-15 minutes    16-30 minutes        16-20 minutes        21-25 minutes        26-30 minutes    31-45 minutes        31-35 minutes        36-40 minutes        41-45 minutes46-90 minutes    46-60 minutes        46-50 minutes        51-55 minutes        56-60 minutes    61-75 minutes        61-65 minutes        66-70 minutes        71-75 minutes    76-90 minutes        76-80 minutes        81-85 minutes        86-90 minutesFull matchCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2South American WC Qual.Colombia v. BrazilPossession17.1%59.5%23.4%47.7%52.3% Loading… Match Stats — Player StatsDavid OspinaChoose Another PlayerDavid OspinaSantiago AriasCristián ZapataFrank FabraDavinson SánchezAbel AguilarEdwin CardonaCarlos SánchezJuan CuadradoJames RodríguezRadamel FalcaoYimmi CharáTeófilo GutiérrezWilliam TesilloAlissonDani AlvesFilipe LuísMarquinhosThiago SilvaFernandinhoNeymarPaulinhoRenato AugustoWillianRoberto FirminoGabriel JesusPhilippe CoutinhoRodrigo CaioGeneralDefenceAttackDistributionDisciplineGoalkeepingGeneral 90Minutes Played33TouchesDefence 0Total Tackles0Tackles Won1Duels1Duels Won1Total Clearances0InterceptionsAttack 0■ Total Shots (including blocked shots)0■ Shots On Target0■ GoalsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.20Shots from inside the box0Shots from outside the boxDistribution Created with Raphaël 2.1.212/ 24Accurate PassesCreated with Raphaël 2.1.20/ 0Successful crossesCreated with Raphaël 2.1.20Assists0Chances CreatedPass Direction %Created with Raphaël Created with Raphaël 2.1.200Yellow CardsRed CardsCreated with Raphaël 2.1.21Fouls Won0Fouls ConcededGoalkeeping 3Shots Faced (on target)2Saves0Catches0Dropslast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement READ MORE Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Toronto’s reputation as Hollywood North just keeps growing, and one of its biggest film studios is about to get even bigger.The sprawling 300,000 square foot Pinewood Toronto Studios is set to add another 27,500 square feet of mixed-use facilities as part of a long term project that will see the studio’s footprint expanded to 700,000 square feet across 33.5 acres of land in the Port Lands.The newest facilities will include a new sound stage, production office, and workshop area for costume and set design. It’s a 10 per cent increase to the existing studio, but foretells of much more to come.last_img read more

TRC reaches out to inmates about residential school experiences

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the last four years Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been gathering statements from former residential school students about their experiences.And now for the first time the TRC will begin speaking with inmates in the Northwest Territories in the hopes that they too can begin their healing journeys.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has this story.last_img

PJD Rallies in Casa to Protest Detention of 5 Members Arrested

Rabat – PJD leaders and members of parliament rallied in Casablanca Friday against the ongoing detention of five party members arrested for praising terrorism.The five members of the party’s Youth wing have been on a hunger strike for 10 days. PJD Secretary General Abdelilah Benkirane has called for the detainees to end the strike.PJD leading members and Members of the Parliament rallied in United Nations’ Square in Casablanca in protest of the ongoing detention of five PJD members after they praised the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey in a Facebook post in December 2015. Amina Maalainin, the PJD Member of the Parliament who spoke at the rally said that the arrested members “could have been tried using the Press and Publication Law, which does not contain freedom deprivation sanctions,” but the public prosecution “decided to accuse them of inciting terrorism.”“The terrorist does not belong to a political party,” pointed out the MP, noting that there is no justification for “keeping those young people under detention at the time when all the guarantees are present for them to be released.”Maalainin blamed the public prosecution “affiliated with the Ministry of Defense,” the government, and Moroccan state “with all its institutions” for the “scandal” and the detainees’ health state following their 10-day hunger strike.Amid the slogans chanted by the crowd, the PJD member warned that the detainees might die as a result of the hunger strike and called for attention from human rights organizations and “all those who believe that real reform requires the unification of efforts.”Maalainin pointed to the “unlawfulness of the arrest” and promised the crowd the arrestees will be released “sooner or later.”The families of the detainees paid a visit to the General Secretary of the PJD and former Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, who asked the detainees to put an end to their hunger strike.Members of the PJD’s Youth were arrested in late December over Facebook posts deemed to have praised the assassination of Russian ambassador to Turkey by a Turkish police officer. read more

Ban Kimoon marks 30th anniversary of treaties protecting civilians in war

8 June 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commemorated the 30th anniversary of two additional protocols to the landmark Geneva Conventions, calling on all States currently not party to the instruments to accede to them. “The 1977 Additional Protocols supplement the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and provide very important legal protections for civilians and others in both international and internal armed conflicts,” his spokesperson said in a statement.Additional Protocol I balances both military and humanitarian needs by bringing two previously separate areas of law: the law regarding the conduct of hostilities and the law protecting civilians and those who are actively participating in hostilities.It prohibits the use of weapons which can cause excessive injury or unnecessary suffering, and reminds parties that the methods and means of warfare are not unlimited.Additional Protocol II is the first of its kind to deal with civil wars, and it prohibits attacks on civilians and materials necessary for their survival.To date, 167 States are party to Additional Protocol I and 163 are party to Additional Protocol II.In a related development, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism – which aims to prevent such acts, bring perpetrators to justice and promote cooperation among countries – will enter into force 30 days from today.Bangladesh became the 22nd State to accede to the Convention, which requires that many ratifications or accessions to enter into force.“The Convention is expected to play a crucial role in preventing terrorists from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction,” said UN Legal Counsel Nicholas Michel, welcoming the latest development.The treaty will also “strengthen the international anti-terrorism legal framework by being a valuable addition to already existing universal counter-terrorism norms and obligations,” he added.With the addition of this Convention, there will be 13 anti-terrorism instruments covering such aces as hijackings, kidnappings, bombings and financing of terrorism.Originally proposed by Russia, the Convention was adopted on 13 April 2005, and outlaws specific and concrete acts of nuclear terrorism. It is intended to protect against attacks on a range of targets, including nuclear power plants and reactors. It is also applicable to threats and attempts to commit such crimes.The Convention – to which there are currently 115 signatories – also promotes cooperation among countries through the sharing of information and the providing of assistance for investigations and extraditions. read more

Over 117000 displaced Bosnians kept from returning home by political disputes –

“Bosnia’s internally displaced need durable solutions to rebuild their lives,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Representative on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Walter Kälin said on his return to Geneva from Sarajevo, the capital. “However, the present political disputes endanger the progress needed to address their humanitarian needs and to remove an important obstacle to a lasting peace.” He stressed that a revised strategy plank of the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement that ended the war sets out a range of measures to assist IDPs, dealing with all relevant elements for a durable solution on issues of housing and property, security, livelihoods, health and education, non-discrimination and reconciliation, but certain political parties have blocked its adoption in the upper house of the parliament.“There are still more than 117,000 registered IDPs who are in need of durable solutions,” Mr. Kälin said, noting the revised strategy reaffirms that return is the preferred solution, while also providing space for local integration, especially of the most vulnerable.“Many returnees need to have their houses reconstructed and connected to infrastructure. It is just as important that they benefit from equal opportunities to find employment. It also needs to be ensured that their pensions and social welfare entitlements are transferred to their place of return,” he added, calling on the Government not to reduce budget allocations for a durable solution and on donors to continue to provide the necessary funding.He recalled that 7,500 people still reside in often dreadful conditions in collective centres. “Most of these people are too vulnerable or traumatized to return. However, they should and can be integrated locally,” he said.“For example, I met a woman who suffered unspeakable atrocities during the war and did not want to return to her home region. When she received a small apartment after spending more than a decade in limbo, she said that the war had finally come to an end for her.” 17 November 2009Political disputes in Bosnia and Herzegovina are impeding the return of over 117,000 people, dooming them to endure the consequences of wartime atrocities 14 years after the end of the Balkan conflict that drove them from their homes, an independent United Nations expert said today. read more

Government tells plantation companies to agree to Rs 1000

Later, the Ministers briefed the plantation trade unions on the progress of the talks with the plantation companies.Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) leader Arumugam Thondaman and State Minister of Plantation Industries, Vadivel Suresh attended the discussion. (Colombo Gazette) The discussion took place at the Labour Department in Colombo. The trade union are demanding Rs. 1000 as a daily wage but plantation companies have refused to agree. At the meeting with plantation companies they proposed Rs. 940 as a daily wage but the Ministers said that Rs. 1000 is a possibility.The plantation companies have said they will have talks among themselves are look to reach a collective agreement. The Government has told plantation companies today to agree to the Rs. 1000 daily wage hike demanded by plantation workers.Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake and Labor Trade Union Relations and Social Empowerment Minister Daya Gamage had separate talks with plantation companies and trade unions today on the demand for a wage hike. read more

Gazette notice issued on resignation of Muslim Ministers

The gazette also notes that the State Ministers have resigned their officers under Article 46(3)(b) of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, with effect from June 03, 2019. According to the gazette notice Hakeem, Barthiudeen and Haleem have resigned with effect from June 3rd while Hashim has resigned with effect from June 4th. The State Ministers who resigned are Mohomed Casim, Mohamed Harees, Ameer Ali and Ali Zahir MoulanaThe gazette notice also says that Abdullah Maharoof Mohammadu Mohammadu resigned from his office under Article 46(3)(b) of the Constitution with effect from June 03, 2019. A gazette notice has been issued on the resignation of Muslim Ministers, State Ministers and a Deputy Minister.The gazette notice notes that Rauff Hakeem, Rishad Barthiudeen, Kabir Hashim and Abdul Haleem had resigned as Ministers in the cabinet. read more

Some statistics on Canadas elevator problems

Some statistics on Canada’s elevator problems by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Jul 21, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Statistics obtained by The Canadian Press indicate increasing problems with elevators across Canada. Selected numbers:Calls to fire departments for persons trapped in elevator (selected cities):Toronto2000: 1,3862015: 2,862Montreal2010: 1,4152015: 1,532Vancouver2011: 5032015: 428Age of elevators in Ontario (Residential/Office):Over 50 years old: 1,550/65025-50 years old: 10,000/4,75010-25 years old: 3,250/2,1005-10 years old: 1,700/847Under 5 years old: 1,750/700Total: About 18,000/9,000Top 10 trapped-in-elevator calls to fire departments by Ontario city (2014):Toronto: 2,700Ottawa: 314Mississauga: 254Brampton: 127Vaughan: 71London: 63Windsor: 55Hamilton: 41Richmond Hill: 37Oakville: 32Total: 3,694SOURCE: Ontario Fire Marshal, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver fire departments, Technical Standards and Safety Authority read more

The Cavs Are Trying But The Warriors Are Just Too Good

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (June 7, 2016), we welcome ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz as a special guest host to discuss the NBA Finals and ask him what is going wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers. We also assess the legacy of Muhammad Ali and wonder whether analytics are useful when trying to understand just how great he was. Finally, Mike Goodman of ESPN FC joins us to discuss the Copa America and the U.S. men’s national team’s chances in the rest of the tournament. Plus, a special segment on the definition of the hot take inspired by Slate’s Stefan Fatsis. Please send your own definition and your favorite examples to We’ll pass them along to Slate!Links to what we discuss are here:Neil Paine writes that the Cavs’ shooting went to hell in Game 1 of the NBA Finals but that they probably won’t get swept by the Warriors.ESPN Stats & Information Group says Draymond Green’s return to form makes the Warriors look unstoppable.The Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg writes that blame for the Cavs’ defeats must lie at the feet of LeBron James.Kyle Wagner says Muhammad Ali can’t be judged by mere statistics.Wesley Morris writes in The New York Times that Ali evolved from a great fighter into the nation’s conscience.BBC Sport tries to assess what it was about Ali that made him so great.According to Tom Dart in the Guardian, this is crunch time for Jürgen Klinsmann as he tries to find a winning formula for the U.S. men’s national soccer team.Mike Goodman explains why Clint Dempsey doesn’t fit into Klinsmann’s new-look attack.Michael Caley says Christian Pulisic might be the key to U.S. success at the Copa America.Finally, here’s a link to the episode of Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” in which Fatsis announced his hot-take-crowd-sourcing project. Get involved! FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

Brief Encounter clock stilled by row over racist comments about child migrants

first_imgThe article questioned whether the migrants and refugees arriving from Calais were children and whether they were in any real danger.Peter Crowther, chairman of the Carnforth Station Trust, which runs the heritage centre at the station, told The Telegraph: “A visitor to the station who was with his family complained about insulting and racist comments made by Mr Walker.“He said that if action wasn’t taken he would report the matter as a hate crime to the police.”Members of the trust interviewed a number of witnesses about the incident and decided to ban Mr Walker from those parts of the station it operates and rents from Network Rail.The trust said Mr Walker, who the trust claims refused to attend the meeting at which his fate was decided, has since refused to wind the clock up.“Mr Walker has been given the right to go into the station to get the tools to maintain the clock without having to go into trust buildings and he is not doing it,” said Mr Crowther. “The clock not being wound up is his personal decision and nothing to do with the trust.”But Mr Walker, 71, hit back at the ban, saying: “It’s a matter of free speech. I was talking to a friend, discussing a newspaper article which questioned the comparison being made between the Calais migrants and the Jewish kindertransport children who fled to Britain in 1939.“I said it was a ridiculous comparison because the kindertransport children were being rescued from the jaws of death. I didn’t say anything I’d consider offensive or deserving of what’s happened to me.“No wonder people nowadays are scared to say what they think. They are scared of being labelled racist. Where has the right to free speech gone? It is not as if I was Hitler addressing a rally.”Mr Walker denies he was invited to attend the trust’ meeting which decided on the ban and also denies that he still has access to the equipment needed to wind the clock up.“I can’t get to the ladder without going on trust property and even if I could I wouldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “I don’t want to associate with that nest of vipers.”Whatever the circumstances, Alex and Laura might well have welcomed a similar respite from the relentless tick-tock which brought an end to their fleeting affair. 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. Although Brief Encounter was set amid the narrow confines of an imagined Home Counties town, the station scenes were shot by director David Lean at Carnforth, where the large clock stood above the subway through which the lovers ran to catch their respective trains.Mr Walker, a former fireman and engine driver with British Rail, helped install the clock after his friend Peter Yates, the former chairman of Carnforth station trust, tracked it down to a shop in Twickenham, west London, and returned it to the station 13 years ago, as part of the £650,00 project to save the building from dereliction.But the trust claims relations with Mr Walker have soured in recent years. Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard) say goodbye at Canforth station in David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945) Standing above the station platform where they first met it was the timepiece which, with an iron hand, governed Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson’s short-lived affair and determined when they should part.But the clock which played such a symbolic role in the 1945 British cinema classic Brief Encounter has been stilled – the victim of a very modern row over allegedly racist comments made by the man who until now kept it working.Jim Walker has been banned from key parts of the station at Carnforth, in Lancashire, after he was overheard by a member of the public talking about comments about child migrants and refugees.As a result the clock – which in the film signals when Johnson’s character Laura must leave Alec, played by Howard, and catch the train back to her husband – stands permanently stuck at 9.46.The row exploded after a family visiting the station last October overheard Mr Walker making what they said were racist comments about child refugees, in response to a column he was reading in a national newspaper.center_img Jim Walker winding the clock up at Carnforth station, before the row over his remarks on child migrants Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard) say goodbye at Canforth station in David Lean’s Brief Encounter (1945)Credit:ITV/REX Shutterstock Jim Walker winding the clock up at Carnforth station, before the row over his remarks on child migrantslast_img read more

Christmas Day bargainhunters to spend three times as much as last minute

first_imgThe last-minute panic dash to the shops on Christmas Eve is an established tradition. But it has been overtaken by a rather more modern phenomenon – the Christmas Day bargain hunt. More than three times as much is set to be spent by online shoppers on Christmas Day this year than by those who are heading to the shops on Christmas Eve. Figures from analysts the Centre for Retail Research suggest that 5.8m people will take to the shops on Sunday spending a total of £284m. Another £150m is estimated to be spent online in the run up to Christmas by last-minute shoppers taking advantage of offers such as Amazon’s two-hour delivery window. But the figure pales in comparison to the total set to be spent online on Christmas Day, which this year is expected to be £895m.  The gap has widened considerably since last year, when around £314m was spent on Christmas Eve and £720m on Christmas Day. Few shoppers go online on Christmas Eve because what they buy is unlikely to arrive in time for Christmas, but Boxing Day sales increasingly start on Christmas Day, tempting bargain-hunters to browse the internet for deals.The fact that Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year is also likely to affect sales figures, with even last-minute shoppers completing their present-buying and food purchases on Saturday or earlier in the week.  Saturday 23 December, dubbed “Super Saturday”, was expected by analysts to be the biggest sales day of the week.Opening hours are restricted for bigger stores on Christmas Eve, with supermarkets operating Sunday hours and many closing as early as 4pm.Sunday trading laws mean shops larger than 280 square metres can open for only six continuous hours between 10am and 6pm.Professor Joshua Bamfield, the director of the Centre, said the change meant Christmas Eve had become more of a day for gathering with family than in the past.”Although I know from watching Hollywood films from my childhood that Christmas Eve is supposed to be the big time, it’s a different world we live in now. “By Christmas Eve it’s about the social aspects of Christmas – people are starting to slow down. It’s been a very unexciting day for several years in the UK,” he said. “Most people have got their stuff. It’s only the mad, harassed male who’s left it to the last minute who’s going to be racing around.” “Individual days become very important, and some are because big discounts are being offered,” added Professor Bamfield. “There’s always been a category of people who leave it to the last minute, and they are still leaving it to the last minute, but people have changed their shopping patterns to take account of discounts,” he said. Many businesses introduce their offers the week before or the week after Black Friday, he said, as tough conditions for shops means heightened competition for customers. “It’s a really murderous market out there. Retailers know it’s going to be a war of discounts, and if you have a successful Christmas then you’re OK for the next year.”center_img Imported traditions such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday also mean shoppers are taking advantage of discounts and finishing their Christmas preparation earlier than in the past.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

New Species of Blind Swamp Eel Discovered

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Researchers Uncover Most Powerful Electric Eel EverAngler Reels in Strange Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New York center_img Researchers stumbled upon a new species of swamp eel—blind as a bat and slick as a snake.The fish was uncovered in damp soil of the Indian rainforest by researchers searching for an entirely different animal.“We were digging all day every day for caecilians in the Khasi Hills of Meghalaya, in the north-east of India, when I chanced upon this fish,” Natural History Museum (NHM) of London researcher Rachunliu Kamei said in a statement. “This is the only specimen of the species, as we couldn’t find any more.”The so-called Monopterus rongsaw—so distinct, this individual was enough to convince researchers they discovered a new species—is described in the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.Swamp eels are a family of freshwater fish, typically found in the tropics and subtropics. Most are able to breathe air and typically live in marshes, ponds, and damp places, sometimes burying themselves in mud if their water source dries up.Some, however, have evolved far more specialized, subterranean lifestyles, according to the Museum. The new species, for instance, was detected some 55 yards from the nearest stream.Which means very little is known about these slithery critters, as folks who study fish tend to be looking, well, in water.CT scans of the fish’s head reveal its formidable-looking skull (via Ralf Britz/Natural History Museum)“More swamp eels have been collected by my herpetologist friends than I have ever collected with my fishing net,” according to Ralf Britz, fish researcher at the NHM and co-author of a paper with Kamei.Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.The M. rongsaw‘s underground way of life has forced certain adaptations, including being blind.“We suspect that the eyes just never really develop,” Britz explained. “We can’t say that for certain for this particular species as we don’t have early life stages, but that is something I would expect.”Their “vivid pink” coloring, as reported by the Museum, is also a result of their sunken existence: The fish have simply lost all pigmentation. Add to that an increased number of blood vessels (allowing for oxygen exchange), and you get a fuschia-tinted, worm-like specimen with disturbingly sharp teeth.One thing these little serpents have in common with their swamp eel brethren is a lack of gill filaments: Oxygen is absorbed through the lining of the mouth and pharynx, which acts as a “lung.”And though full-grown swamp eels have virtually no fins, the larvae are born with large pectoral fins, used to fan water over their bodies before their adult breathing apparatus develops.It remains unclear whether these appendages simply fall off, or are reabsorbed by the fish.The region in which the eel was found is covered in rich rainforest (via Rachunliu Kamei/Natural History Museum)There are only 25 known species of swamp eel, distributed across South and Central America, West Africa, India, and further east. The newest eel was found in a remote part of India, traditionally regarded as a transitional zone between the Himalayas and Indo-Burma hotspots.“But this has turned out not to be true,” Kamei, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Museum, said. “Rather than being a transitional zone, it seems to have its own set of species with deep evolutionary roots. It’s a really fascinating area, but greatly undersampled.”It is now recognized by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. Scientists hope further studies in this poorly documented region will reveal “a host of hidden diversity to keep the new species of blind swamp eel company.”Researchers found that eels exposed to trace amounts of cocaine in the water suffer health problems. Meanwhile, an expedition to the Atacama Trench uncovered three new species of sea snails. Stay up to date with all things fish here.last_img read more

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Star Teases Major OnScreen Reunion

first_imgStay on target Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker stars dropped major teasers about the movie this week, including Luke’s force ghost and Rey’s potential shift to the Dark Side. Adding to the excitement is Kelly Marie Tran, who recently teased that the film will feature a major on-screen reunion that will bring characters together in ways never shown before.In an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, Tran, who played Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), discussed how “everyone’s together” in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. “J.J. [Abrams] has done a really good job of bringing a lot of things together, in terms of having [characters] from the older films. Everyone’s together in this movie, which isn’t something that’s happened before,” Tran explained. “So it’s really exciting.”‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ cast members at a D23 Expo panel on August 25. (Photo Credit: Jesse Grant / Getty Images)Tran, along with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker cast members John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, attended Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, last weekend.At the event, Disney dropped a Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker teaser, which showed the “story of a generation coming to an end.” The sneak peek footage teased the appearance of many characters, including Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), who may play a role in the Resistance’s final showdown with the First Order.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which also stars Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, and Mark Hamill, hits theaters on December 20.More on Hamill Teases Luke’s Force Ghost in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ PosterNew ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Trailer Pulls Rey to the Dark SideDisney Unveils First Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ ‘Star Wars” Series Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

NIA 9 CASE Witness Battles With Defence Lawyer On Statements

first_imgBy Yankuba JallowCommissioner Abdoulie Sanneh, the third prosecution witness (PW3) was held to struggle by the defence lawyer Christine E. Mene on testimonies he gave as PW3.When the case was called before Justice Kumba Sillah-Camara of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court, lawyers Antouman AB Gaye, Yassin Senghor, Combeh Gaye, Rachel Y Mendy and Lamin S. Camara appeared for the State whilst CE Mene and EE Chime appeared for the 1st, P. Gomez 2nd, Ibrahim Jallow for the 3rd, A.Y. Ama for the 4th and 7th, U Achibgue 6th and D. Darboe for the 8th accused person.Counsel Mene asked the witness what was the specific order that was given to him as the he was going to Westfield where Solo Sandeng and others were holding protest, in his response, the witness said he was given an order to go and find out by the Regional Commissioner, Kebba Bojang. Mene asked whether there was any need to go with a whole task force just to go and find out, the witness responded in the affirmative. Mene asked what he found out, Commissioner Sanneh told the court that he found a crowd with a banner ‘we need proper electoral reform’.“Is it true that when you reached the place you forced your way into the crowd” Mene asked.The witness in his response said ‘I did not force my way into the crowd, I asked them who the ring leader was’.  Mene asked whether he had entered inside the crowd, PW3 said ‘not inside, I just went to the crowd’. “How do you know Solo Sandeng was the ring leader”? Mene asked. Commissioner Sanneh said he talked to the crowd who told him that Solo Sandeng was the ring leader. “Is it the crowd that told you Solo was the ring leader” Mene asked. “The person I talked to, I cannot remember him” PW3 responded.Mene also asked how many people he spoke to, in his answer, the witness said he cannot remember how many of them because the time he asked they were saying “Solo Sandeng is our leader”. Mene asked whether it is correct to say ‘several people’ told him(PW3) that Solo Sandeng was their leader, the witness told the court that he cannot say how many people in the crowd told him that Solo Sandeng was their leader.The witness also refused Lawyer Mene’s statement that he used forced in the crowd to take Solo Sandeng away and that his efforts were resisted by the crowd which resulted into push and pull. The witness told the Court that he has never mentioned that in court. Lawyer Mene referred the Court to its sittings dated 7thNovember 2017 when the witness in his evidence in chief told the Court that Modou Ngom, one of those who were arrested alongside Solo Sandeng stood between him (PW3) and Solo Sandeng and was pushing him. The witness told the Court that he never said that in Court and that he can’t remember anyone pushing him.Lawyer Menne also referred the court to many statements that the witness gave in his evidence in Court which in cross examination, he countered. One of the statements was the witness told the Court that when he came to Westfield and the crowd told him that it was one Ebrima Sandeng commonly called Solo Sandeng was their leader, he decided to speak to Solo who was in the middle of the crowd, when he approached him, Solo Sandeng called him officer though he was not in uniform. In yesterday’s trial, the witness denied that Solo Sandeng was in the middle of the crowd, but instead told the Court “Solo Sandeng was in the crowd whether in the middle or not I cannot say that”.Commissioner Sanneh told the Court that he cannot remember anyone apart from himself and his senior, Commissioner Kebba Bojang in their team that went to Westfield during the protest. Lawyer Mene still asked whether Momodou Sowe, a senior officer that he (PW3) mentioned, was part of the team, the witness said Sowe was part of it.The witness also denied Solo Sandeng calling him ‘officer’. Lawyer CE Mene referred to his statements when giving evidence on 7th November that when he approached Solo Sandeng who was in the middle of the crowd, he was not on uniform but Solo recognised him and called him officer. The witness told the Court yesterday that he and Momodou Sowe were together by the time Solo Sandeng called ‘officer’, so he does not know who Solo referred to when he called ‘officer’. “I said Solo said ‘officer’, I thought he knew me” Commissioner Sanneh said.The matter was adjourned to today and tomorrow at 12 noon for continuation of cross examination and further hearing.last_img read more

Average advertised salaries fall by 06

first_imgAverage advertised salaries in the UK fell by 0.6% between June 2016 and June 2017, according to research by Adzuna.Its UK job market report: July 2017, which analyses online job vacancy data in the UK from over 500 sources, found that the average advertised UK salary decreased by 0.7% between May 2017 and June 2017, falling from £32,743 to £32,519.Average advertised salaries in London increased by 0.2% between June 2016 and June 2017 to reach £39,232. This is the first time since July 2015 that an annual average salary increase has been recorded for the capital. In the south east of England, average advertised salaries decreased by 2.3% between June 2016 and June 2017, with average advertised salaries currently recorded at £30,986.Average advertised salaries for the HR and recruitment sector increased by 10.8% between June 2016 and June 2017 to reach £33,710. Healthcare and nursing jobs have seen a 5.4% increase in average advertised salaries between June 2016 and June 2017, compared to a 5.1% increase in the travel sector, and a 4.6% rise for graduate jobs. Average advertised salaries for teaching positions increased by 4.1% between June 2016 and June 2017, and legal jobs recorded an average advertised salary increase of 3.5% to reach £40,190. Average advertised salaries for scientific and quality assurance positions increased by 1.8% between June 2016 and June 2017, reaching an average salary of £38,926.Doug Monro, co-founder at Adzuna, said: “Although salary growth remains stagnant in most regions, it is encouraging to see London join eastern England, Northern Ireland and Wales as an area where the green shoots of recovery are visible. With more than a quarter of a million openings in London at present, there are plenty of opportunities for modern day Dick Whittingtons to see if the capital’s streets really are paved with gold.”last_img read more

OBITUARY Patricia E ONeil Bedell 83

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Patricia E. Bedell (O’Neil), “Pat”, age 83, of Haverhill, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on September 17, 2018.Patricia was born on July 28, 1935 in Lowell, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late Edward and Helen O’Neil. Pat was raised and educated in Lowell and was a graduate of Lowell High School. Following High School, Pat, went on to earn her Nursing License at the Tewksbury State Hospital Nursing Program; she was so proud to be a nurse and was eager to start her career.Pat spent many years as a nurse for the E. N. Rogers Memorial Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford; she had such kindness and compassion for the Veteran’s that she took care of. Pat treated her patients as well as their families as her own; she went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable.Pat lived in Wilmington for many years where she raised four wonderful children; “family” was everything to her. Pat cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren whether she was at a school or sporting event, hosting a family holiday, or enjoying a family vacation; she loved every minute of it.Pat will be fondly remembered and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.Pat was the beloved mother of Ellen Bedell & her husband Ray Dechoretz of South Bristol, ME, Nora Pearson, Andrew Bedell, Michael Bedell and his wife Christine all of Haverhill. Loving “Nanny” of Olivia and Evan Pearson, Julia and Peilan Bedell. Cherished daughter of the late Edward P. and Helen M. (Hannon) O’Neil, dear sister of the late William and Edward O’Neil. Pat is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, September 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Patricia’s memory may be made to the MSPCA at Nevins Farm, 400 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844..Patricia E. (O’Neil) Bedell(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Elizabeth D. (Boyle) Lothian, 82In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more