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first_imgVirat Kohli struck an unbeaten 55 as India enjoyed a six-wicket win over rival Pakistan in their World Twenty20 game on Saturday. (Scorecard)Pakistan lost all six times it has faced India in the 50-over WorldCup and been defeated on all five WT20 meetings, including the final ofthe inaugural 2007 edition. Kohli struck seven fours and one six off 37 balls in the Group 2 match to see the team reach 119-4 in 15.5 overs in reply to Pakistan’s 118-5 in a rain-reduced 18 overs. (Heroes and Zeros: India let Pakistan know who is the boss) The high-profile game, which was moved from the hill city of Dharamsala owing to Pakistan’s security concerns, lived up to its top billing in the league stage at the packed Eden Gardens. An early collapse, in which India lost three wickets, was taken care of by Kohli as the in-form batsman added 61 off 44 with Yuvraj Singh (24) for the fourth wicket. He then saw the team through with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (13 not out) as India bounced back in style after losing its opening game to New Zealand by 47 runs.”My heart rate did shoot up after losing those quick wickets,” Kohli said. “One has to bat according to the demands of the situation at times. It was a challenging wicket but that’s what you want as a cricketer – new challenges.”Kohli and Yuvraj paired up after a couple of early boundaries from Rohit Sharma (10) were followed by some quick wickets for pace bowler Mohammad Sami, who justified his inclusion at the cost of spinner Imad Wasim on a pitch helping slow bowling.advertisementSharma fell to Mohammad Amir before Sami had left-handers Shikhar Dhawan (6) and Suresh Raina (0) bowled off successive deliveries, as both played on, with India reduced to 23-3 in the fifth over. That left Kohli to play one of his trademark innings in a successful run chase.”I want to congratulate Dhoni and his team,” Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said. “I was not expecting a pitch like this. I think we were a bit short with runs – 30 runs short. We didn’t bowl in the right areas.”The Pakistan innings was steadied early on by Ahmed Shehzad, who struck 25 off 28 balls and added 38 for the opening stand with Sharjeel Khan (17) as Pakistan started cautiously to reach 24 after the five overs of power-play.There was huge turn on offer early on, making a 41-run fourth-wicket stand between Shoaib Malik (26) and Umar Akmal (22) an important one.Indian bowlers Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja all took a wicket each to raise expectations of victory among 66,000 spectators that included Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan and retired cricket greats Sachin Tendulkar and Imran Khan.”The pitch became better later,” Dhoni said. “Initially when we saw the pitch we did not think it would turn so much.”Pakistan won its opening game against Bangladesh by 55 runs.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona lose Dembele for Real Madrid clashby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrance attacker Ousmane Dembele won’t be available for Barcelona’s Clasico with Real Madrid on October 26.Dembele saw red in victory over Sevilla.The competition committee have confirmed this Wednesday morning that the Frenchman’s suspension will be for two games, which means he will miss the matches against Eibar and Los Blancos.Dembele was sent off at the weekend for telling referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz that he is “very bad”. last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Leicester defender ​Soyuncu coping well with replacing Maguireby Ansser Sadiq11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City centre-back Caglar Soyuncu has admitted that he is enjoying the change in his role this season.After the departure of Harry Maguire to Manchester United, Soyoncu stepped up as the club’s first choice center half alongside Jonny Evans.He only played six times for the Foxes last term, but he has been nearly ever present this term.Leicester are flying high in the Premier League as they chase a top four finish.”Of course, it’s not easy to replace world’s most expensive defender,” the 23-year-old told TRT Spor.”There is pressure and that’s completely normal. But as a footballer, you have to overcome the pressure.”Every player in the Premier League has that pressure. But my teammates and the manager are helping me a lot. I think we started the season quite well; we have a great friendship inside the team.” last_img read more

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to Brooks..@ColinCowherd on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.https://t.co/mJPrsT08OK— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more

first_imgAthletic Club have stepped up their pursuit of Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente as they look to bring the forward back to Bilbao.Goal understands the Liga outfit have made initial contact with Llorente’s representatives in a bid to gauge whether he would be open to leaving north London during the January transfer window.Llorente spent eight years with Athletic, scoring 111 goals in 327 appearances before departing for Juventus in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? From Turin he moved to Sevilla and then Swansea City before joining Spurs in the summer of 2017.He has struggled to make an impact for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, however, netting on just nine occasions – three of which came in Friday’s FA Cup win over Tranmere Rovers – as he continues to play second fiddle to Harry Kane.And Athletic are now keen to bring him back to San Mames as they fight off the threat of relegation in La Liga.Los Leones sit 17th in the Liga table having won just three matches all season, though they have seen results improve since new manager Gaizka Garitano was appointed.And with new sporting director Rafael Alkorta keen to bring a series of former Athletic players back to the club, Llorente is high on their list.They have already completed the signing of winger Ibai Gomez, who has enjoyed an impressive season at Alaves, while they are also looking into the possibility of signing Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.Athletic had hoped to tempt Herrera back to the Basque country as he struggled for consistency under Jose Mourinho, but the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager at Old Trafford has coincided with an upturn in form for the 29-year-old.As such, Herrera is hopeful that he will be able to sign a new deal with the Red Devils, and Athletic have conceded that it is unlikely they will be able to sign him this January.last_img read more

first_img Quick facts: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) announced two newly approved productions through the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund today, July 19. Hinchinbrook, a documentary produced by Horse Sense Films Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $145,468 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $469,250. Trailer Park Boys Season 11, a television series produced by Sunnyvale Productions 11 Inc., has been approved for a funding commitment of $1,418,003 based on eligible Nova Scotia expenditure of $4,574,205. To read an interview on the Hinchinbrook documentary, go to www.nsbi.ca/articles . As funding commitments are approved details will be available on the NSBI website at www.nsbi.ca/filmfunding . the fund applies to eligible costs such as labour, goods or services purchased from a Nova Scotia-based supplier when an application is approved, NSBI issues a commitment letter which can be used for bank financing. When the applicant enters the official incentive agreement, the agreement can also be used for the financing process once a production is approved for a funding commitment, the funds are placed in reserve when the production is complete the applicant submits a final claim to NSBI for processing and disbursement all applications and claims are processed and approved by NSBIcenter_img To learn more about the application process, eligible costs and guidelines, go to Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund at www.nsbi.ca . -30-last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: District health department has taken initiative to reduce the percentage of those children who are suffering from malnutrition.According to an official source, realising the severity of malnutrition among children belonging to backward class, district Health and Family Welfare department has initiated measures to decrease the percentage of children who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). “Maximum stress has been given on ensuring hygienic and quality care to the malnourished children from specific information provided by doctors, nutritionists, social-workers, associated nurses or sahayikas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe mothers are constantly being benefitted direct or given wage-compensation on per day basis and also facilitated with free rationing for the kids for one year,” said a source. In view of growing percentage of severe malnutrition among children particularly belonging to lower class community, two NRCs (Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres), one at Balurghat district hospital and other at Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital, have already started functioning. The number of beds is increased to 15 instead of 10 in each NRC. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”A NRC team comprising nutritionists and social-workers will visit the Anganwadi centres and sub-centres on a weekly basis for identifying SAM children with specific tools like weighing machines and length board,” said an official. Notably, the district administration has extended support in arranging special identification camps where trained staffs are directly involved to communicate with the affected families for necessary screening and further admission. “In 2018, two such camps were organised in July and December. In July, 537 children were screened while 357 were found severely malnourished. In December, 443 kids were screened while of them 196 were identified as SAM children. Since inception, there are 1710 SAM children were admitted in both NRCs in Balurghat and Gangarampur while among them 1044 were discharged as cure after gaining targeted weight,” the official said. It may be mentioned that the parents of the malnourished children are also counselled and trained thoroughly about health, hygiene, proper diet and family planning while discharging from NRCs. They are being instructed to follow a particular routine. Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) of South Dinajpur Dr Sukumar Dey said: “What is most striking to mention that mothers are greatly motivated through such camps and they willingly try to persuade other mothers having SAM children for admission at NRC. We are confident to eradicate the curse of malnourished children from the district.”last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney says he will not legislate on abortion even though party members passed a resolution that advocates on both sides say could do just that.“I’ve been clear that we won’t be bringing forward any legislative measures on abortion,” Kenney said at the legislature Tuesday.At the party’s founding convention on the weekend, members voted 74 per cent in favour of a resolution that would require parents to be notified before any invasive medical procedure was performed on a minor.The anti-abortion group Wilberforce Project spoke in favour of the motion and urged delegates to adopt it.Kenney said the resolution was put forward by a delegate whose child was vaccinated without his knowledge.“The resolution spoke to a general concern about parents wanting to be involved in their children’s health, particularly for young children,” he said.“Obviously we support the idea that children should receive vaccines that are necessary to protect their health, but parents should not be surprised when they learn their child has been given a shot.”Premier Rachel Notley and Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the resolution was aimed at interfering in abortions.Notley said the resolution, along with the refusal of Kenney’s caucus to debate or vote on a bill that would create safe zones around abortion clinics, exhibits a disturbing pattern.“You put those two things together, the fact of the matter is women in Alberta would not have anybody standing up for them in the UCP caucus,” Notley said.“I want all women to know in this province that we respect their bodily autonomy, that we respect their right to access legal services without having to get someone to sign a permission slip,” added Hoffman.Kenney, a former federal Conservative cabinet minister, has said in the past what while he is against abortion, he won’t legislate on the issue.The resolution was one of two contentious social policies adopted by party members at the convention.Members also voted 57 per cent in favour of parents being told when their children are involved in any subject of a religious or sexual nature, including after-school social clubs such as gay-straight alliances.The issue sparked heated debate on the convention floor. Kenney said Sunday he interpreted the resolution differently and wouldn’t implement it the way members saw it.Kenney has made it clear that while members can vote for policies, it’s his job to craft a platform that would work for four million Albertans should the United Conservatives win power.“It’s not my intention to get into any contentious social issues in our platform,” said Kenney.Gay-straight alliances are social clubs set up by students to help LGBTQ children feel welcome and to lessen any chance of bullying. Under Alberta law, students can get a gay-straight alliance if they ask for one and schools are forbidden from telling parents if their children are in one.Advocates have suggested some parents would oppose their child’s participation and that, by notifying parents, children would not take the risk to sign up and the social groups would die.Notley said she is concerned that Kenney, if he were premier, would either weaken the existing law or leave it on the books but not take action if it were ignored.She said the former Progressive Conservative government did not push to enforce existing rules around gay-straight alliances.“Based on the much more extreme positions that were adopted by the UCP last weekend, we can expect very clearly that they wouldn’t enforce the rules that we put in place.”last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – A woman whose son died after she failed to take him to the doctor for a strep infection has been granted day parole.Tamara Lovett, 49, was convicted of criminal negligence causing death early last year and was sentenced to three years in November.“When asked who you held responsible for the death of your son, you emphatically stated that only you were to blame,” the Parole Board of Canada said in its June 14 decision.“Speaking with the board about your son’s death was emotional for you. You stated that, prior to your son’s death, you were ‘not in the right mindset’ and you held views regarding conventional medical care that you have since realized were extreme and unsupportable.”At her trial, court heard that Lovett gave her seven-year-old son Ryan dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection that kept him bedridden in their Calgary home for 10 days in 2013. The trial heard that Ryan was dead well before his mother called 911 to say he had stopped breathing.The parole board decision notes Lovett has been accepted into a community residential facility.As a condition of her day parole, she cannot care for any children under 18, or any otherwise vulnerable person. She must also continue to attend psychological counselling to address her grief and loss, as well as her mental health.The period of day parole is to last six months.The board said it received several letters of support, including a confirmed letter of employment. It noted that Lovett has sources of support in the community.A pastor also spoke on her behalf at the hearing.“He indicated that when he first met with you, you were sad. You were dealing with grief and recovery as well as healthy boundaries. He provided that you are educated and a hard worker,” the board said.“He admits you had trust and abandonment issues when your parents separated, but coming to jail opened your eyes … He advised that you have come to terms with the loss of your son and he believes you have the tools and fortitude to go forward.”Lovett told the board she was on a “spiritual journey,” was working with a psychologist and was re-establishing bonds with her surviving son and other close relatives.The board said there were no issues while Lovett was out on bail, while she was in a minimum-security prison or during 30 escorted temporary absences.But granting full parole would be premature, it said.“While the board recognizes the progress you have made, the board notes that your changes are recent, as is your accountability.”last_img read more

first_imgQUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Quebec government is following through on an election promise guaranteed to win the hearts of the province’s schoolchildren: more recess.Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge announced today that starting next fall, schools will have to offer recess periods of at least 20 minutes each in the morning and afternoon.Roberge extolled the benefits of recess on children’s health, noting that there are currently no rules establishing how much play time students should receive.A 2017 poll by a Quebec health coalition found that almost 40 per cent of Quebec schools offered less than 30 minutes of recess a day. One school out of five did not provide afternoon recess.Roberge said schools will be permitted to extend recess beyond 20 minutes, even if it cuts into classroom time.He said the policy will not result in additional costs, but he added that the government will soon approve spending to spruce up schoolyards.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,638.45, up 130.28 points)B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 15 cents, or 4.09 per cent, to $3.82 on 6.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up six cents, or 1.53 per cent, to $3.98 on 5.6 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $3.12 on 4.2 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 20 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $10.57 on 4.1 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 32 cents, or 3.44 per cent, to $9.63 on 3.8 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Down 12 cents, or 0.49 per cent, to $24.38 on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enerplus Corp. (TSX:ERF). Energy. Up $1.17, or 8.78 per cent, to $14.49 on 1.9 million shares. The Calgary-based company plans to continue to pour money into its North Dakota light oil play this year after crediting it with a fourth-quarter profit of $15 million that handily beat analyst expectations. Enerplus will invest 90 per cent of its 2018 capital budget of between $535 million and $585 million in the United States, most in North Dakota Bakken light oil wells, where production is expected to grow by 30 per cent.Royal Bank of Canada (TSX:RY). Bank. Up 40 cents, or 0.39 per cent, to $102.56 on 2.4 million shares. A $178 million writedown stemming from U.S. tax changes weighed on the The Toronto-based bank’s first-quarter profits, but the lender also saw early benefits for its business south of the border from the tax reforms it expects will have a longer-term positive impact. Royal delivered better-than-expected first-quarter profits — $3 billion, relatively unchanged from a year ago — and increased its quarterly payment to common shareholders by three cents to 94 cents per share.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Up 76 cents, or 1.04 per cent, to $73.97 on 2.6 million shares. TD says it is taking a pause on allowing customers to use its credit cards to buy cryptocurrency. The big bank says it made the decision to conduct a review and assessment of the evolving market.last_img read more

MONTREAL — News and entertainment website Canoe.ca says some of its databases containing the personal information of about one million users from 1996 to 2008 has been hacked.The company says the databases breached contained records including names, email addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers.The information was provided by users for contests, forums, comments pages or the hosting of personal pages. Information collected after 2008 was not compromised.Canoe.ca, which learned of the incident on Sept. 2, says there was no evidence that the compromised data contained financial information, such as credit card numbers or social insurance numbers.The company says it has informed the RCMP, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the provincial privacy commissioners of the breach.It said anyone worried about the data breach should call 1-833-370-2898.Canoe.ca is operated by MediaQMI Inc. (TSX:TVA.B) and was owned by Sun Media Corp. before 2015. read more

Japanese Prime Minister offered a Yen 38 billion ODA loan to Sri Lanka for water purification projects for Kidney diseases and establishment of electricity transmission lines connecting the entire country.The President’s office quoted a joint statement as saying that the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and President Maithripala Sirisena held a bilateral summit meeting in Nagoya, Japan, following the Outreach Meeting during the G7 Ise-Shima Summit. In the joint statement, both leaders shared the view, considering the fact Sri Lanka is strategically located in the Indian Ocean, that the development of the country and strengthening regional connectivity are of critical importance to the prosperity of the entire region. Both leaders reaffirmed that they would strengthen cooperation for the implementation of the Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Sri Lanka and the Partnership for Quality Infrastructure. Both leaders also welcomed the convening of the first round of the Policy Dialogue at the Senior Official Level of the two Foreign Ministries and the inaugural Sri Lanka-Japan Dialogue on Maritime Security, Safety and Oceanic Issues in January 2016 in Colombo, where the two maritime states reconfirmed the importance of maintaining the freedom of the high seas and maritime order based on the rule of law. As a part of strengthening maritime cooperation between the two countries, both leaders also acknowledged the importance of the steady progress of the Project for Maritime Safety Capability Improvement (worth approximately 1.8 billion yen), that includes the provision of two patrol vessels. Prime Minister Abe conveyed Japan’s decision to extend assistance for the development of a master plan of the City of Kandy, which would enable the urban development needs of the ancient city with appropriate consideration for the protection of the cultural heritage. Prime Minister Abe further expressed his intention to send a study mission.President Sirisena expressed his appreciation for the Japanese assistance. Both leaders welcomed Sri Lanka’s decision to adopt the Japanese system of Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB) and the progress of bilateral work to ensure a smooth transition to the DTTB Japanese system, including the establishment of a bilateral Joint Committee to facilitate implementation of the project and holding the first meeting of the committee in June.President Sirisena stated that the implementation of Digitalization of Terrestrial Analogue Television has been assigned to the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media. Desiring to contribute to national development efforts in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to positively consider the provision of Development Policy Loan (DPL), which supports policy and institutional reform in macro-economic and public financial management, as well as the promotion of the private sector.Both leaders recognized the importance of port development in Sri Lanka, as a key hub nation in the Indian Ocean given the rising demand and the rapid growth of the region. President Sirisena expressed his appreciation for the Japanese assistance provided thus far in this respect. Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan would actively continue its cooperation on the development of the Colombo port and its vicinity under the public and private sector cooperation. Prime Minister Abe also expressed his intention to send survey missions to study the needs and the logistics for hub development of the north port of Colombo and its surrounding areas, as well as the development of the port of Trincomalee. Both also leaders recognized the importance of the ongoing national reconciliation process in Sri Lanka, and welcomed the exchange of notes regarding the Project for the Establishment of Research and Training Complex at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jaffna (worth approximately 1.7 billion yen) on 18 May, 2016. Prime Minister Abe expressed Japan’s continued support for Sri Lanka’s efforts on national reconciliation, including the contribution by Motoo Noguchi.Both leaders decided to establish a Joint Committee with a view to ensure the expeditious implementation of the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Sri Lanka and to promote concrete cooperation in such areas as economic development, maritime security, national reconciliation and peace building. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Abe expressed his intention to provide ODA loans, which amount to approximately 38 billion yen, for the construction of transmission lines in the North Central and Eastern Provinces and water supply facilities in the North Central Province, in order to further promote socio-economic development of Sri Lanka. The project of constructing transmission lines will allow the electricity generated at the power plants that Sri Lanka planned in the Eastern Province to be transmitted to the City of Colombo. read more

The 43rd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), held in Vienna from 20 February to 3 March, also considered the use of nuclear power sources in outer space and reviewed implementation of the recommendations of the Third UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.The Subcommittee also discussed matters related to remote sensing of Earth by satellites, including applications for developing countries and monitoring of Earth’s environment.The panel’s Working Group on Space Debris reached consensus on the text of draft space debris mitigation guidelines to be circulated at the national level for consent for approval at the 44th session next year. The guidelines, should they be adopted, would be implemented voluntarily and through national mechanisms, and would not be legally binding under international law.On disaster management the Subcommittee held a workshop involving communication and meteorological satellite operators. It also considered the use of nuclear power sources in outer space under a multi-year work plan, including a potential technical safety framework.On Telemedicine it heard presentations on bilateral or multilateral projects to develop further space-based applications to monitor outbreaks of avian flu, Chagas’ disease, malaria and yellow fever, among others. The Subcommittee urged Member States to continue to cooperative in developing countries in order to bring them better health-care services.On near-Earth objects the Subcommittee stressed that early detection and precision of asteroids and meteors that may cross Earth’s orbit were the most effective tools for avoiding a collision, noting that any mitigating measures would require coordinated international efforts.COPUOS was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 to review the scope of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes to be undertaken under UN auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space. read more

It will be a busy week for Brock’s Department of Dramatic Arts, with a theatrical performance, panel discussion and series of public workshops all lined up in a matter of three days.The programming, sponsored by the Walker Cultural Leader Series, takes place Thursday, March 15 to Saturday, March 17 at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts (MIWSFPA) in downtown St. Catharines.Kerr Mesner, of Pennsylvania’s Arcadia University, will kick-off the three-day lineup Thursday with the debut of In Transit: Artistic Interventions in Precarious Times. The one-person performance piece combines multimedia, live theatrical performance and audience engagement to create an evocative and thought-provoking dramatic experience. His autoethnographic theatrical piece explores the intersections of queer identities, Christianity’s contributions to anti-queer violence and the challenges of embodying transgender identities within current political contexts.Mesner weaves a story arc between live theatrical performances from his 2017 piece, In Transit, and multimedia excerpts from the film version of his 2014 play, Intervention, that was part of his doctoral dissertation.He performs in the Marilyn I. Walker (MIW) Theatre Thursday, March 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.On Friday, March 16, a panel discussion, “Tensions of Engagement in the Canadian Immigrant Theatre Context,” will take place in the MIW Theatre at 7 p.m.Ruth Howard of Jumblies Theatre, Lina de Guevara of Puente Theatre and Professor Yasmine Kandil of Brock University will discuss how applied theatre with immigrants and refugees in Canada has evolved over the past few decades. Moderated by Brock Professor Natalie Alvarez, the panel will examine whether the medium has had a positive and tangible impact on this community, and on settler Canadians.Kandil began her immigrant journey in Victoria, B.C., where she worked on multiple projects exploring celebration as a means for immigrant youth to claim a space in their new home. She is currently engaged in the second phase of devising a theatre piece that examines narratives of immigration and settlement for Brock students and local immigrants and refugees in relation to expectations, obstacles and assimilation.Beginning Saturday, March 17, Brock’s visiting scholars and theatre makers, including two panelists from the previous evening’s event, will present workshops about their work in the Dramatic Arts field.Howard, founder of Toronto-based Jumblies Theatre, explores her recent Four Lands touring project in a workshop held in Studio B of the MIWSFPA from 10 a.m. to noon. Her work on issues of diversity has won many awards. Jumblies Theatre is known for its work with minority groups, engaging non-artists and a larger spectrum of participants through community-based theatre.Following from 1 to 3 p.m. in Studio C will be de Guevara’s workshop, which examines the different tools used to research immigrant and refugee narratives. She was the first immigrant artist to establish a theatre company in Victoria that focused solely on promoting the narratives of immigration and settlement, with the purpose of bridging the gap between the minority group and predominantly white culture of Victoria. Her work has spread to other provinces in Canada since she began her Canadian journey almost 40 years ago.Admission to all three days of programming is free thanks to sponsorship from the Walker Cultural Leader Series, founded by Marilyn I. Walker. However, participants are asked to register for the March workshops in advance through Eventbrite.The Walker Cultural Leader Series brings leading artists, performers, practitioners and academics to the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at Brock University. read more

first_imgIf you are the kind of person who always waits until the last minute to buy gifts for your friends, Apple has you covered. As long as your friend has an iPhone Best Price at Amazon or iPad, you can now buy them a gift card for use at the local Apple Store without needing to even get up off the couch.The newest version of the Apple Store app makes those gift cards compatible with Passbook, an as-yet-untapped feature of the latest iOS firmware that allows users to keep track of multiple different loyalty and gift cards within a single mobile platform.Passbook also promises the ability to store your airline boarding passes, concert and sporting event tickets, and coupons or offers for any merchant that takes the time to set up the appropriate infrastructure.It is essentially Apple’s response to Near Field Communication (NFC), which is the way that the rest of the industry is leaning for this kind of mobile infrastructure.Relatively few companies have pledged support for Passbook, but recently British Airways confirmed it is working on a mobile boarding pass solution for the new Apple platform. As far as the Apple Store Passbook gift cards are concerned, users can simply show their iOS device at the register to apply the value to their order.The gift cards need to be purchased from the updated Apple Store app. Even if users don’t have an iOS device, though, they can print out an email with a barcode that will function just the same way at the store.And gift cards can always be used online as well, but it is the integration between mobile technology and retail point-of-sale that is really the focus of the industry right now, and it is still too soon to see if Passbook is going to deliver that magic formula.Apple Store (iTunes), via Cnetlast_img read more

first_img Share60 Tweet Email Stock Image Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:16 AM A COMEDIAN AND actor with no political experience has taken the lead in the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections.Volodymyr Zelenskiy (41) held 30.2% of the votes ahead of the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko (53) who held 16.7% of support with just over half the votes counted, according to the Ukrainian Elections Commission. Zelenskiy plays a fictional president in the television series Servant of the People and is running as an anti-establishment figure in the elections. Poroshenko, a billionaire famous for his chocolate-making business Roshen, has been in office since being elected in 2014. Ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshkenko, who was herself favourite when she launched her campaign, was knocked out with 13% of the vote, figures showed. However, without either Zelenskiy or Poroshenko securing a majority, a runoff between the two leading candidates is expected to be held on 21 April. In 2014, Ukraine saw renewed conflict after Russian troops moved in, annexing Crimea, and prompting new sanctions to be introduced by the EU. It followed public unrest on the Crimean peninsula when president Viktor Yanukovych was ousted and fled to Russia. Russia continues to control the region today. If Zelenskiy wins the second round in April, as opinion polls suggest, he will take the reins of one of the poorest countries in Europe – a nation of 45 million people fighting Russian-backed separatists in its industrial east. With reporting from AFP. https://jrnl.ie/4570441 21 Comments Apr 1st 2019, 8:16 AM By Conor McCravecenter_img Stock Image Image: Shutterstock/Review News 10,551 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Review News Comedian takes the lead after first round of presidential elections in Ukraine A runoff between the two leading candidates is expected this month. last_img read more

first_imgA state Department of Corrections plan to release non-violent prisoners and put them on electronic monitoring has raised alarm in Palmer. The community is home to the Palmer Correctional Center, and some residents fear there is not enough supervision available to support the move.  A state legislator held a field hearing on Tuesday to gauge public reaction to the plan.Download AudioThe state Department of Corrections wants to release 176 inmates to an ankle monitoring plan.  Corrections department commissioner Ron Taylor says the plan is driven by both state budget cuts, and by a move toward prison reform.Vicki Waller who maintains the anti crime website stop valley thieves. Testifies at a Palmer hearing Tuesday, Oct. 20. Photo: Ellen Lockyer, KSKA.“The department has been focused on successful prisoner re-entry. And so what we are trying to do is look for ways that we can assist people to be more successful so that they are not a public safety risk, or we lessen the public safety risk when they return to the community. ”Taylor told the panel that it is not correct to term the plan “early release”, nor will it empty out the Palmer facility.“The Palmer Ramp Down, as it is being referred to, is not necessarily the ramp down of Palmer minimum, or the closure of Palmer medium. It’s actually looking at all our minimums across the state to determine who can we allow to serve their sentence on electronic monitoring or halfway house, or some other fashion.”Taylor says legislative leadership has contacted his department to find ways to reduce inmate populations by  15 percent, then up to 25 percent to save costs. Taylor says corrections is already working toward that goal, with more than one thousand prisoners now on electronic monitoring or in halfway houses in eight communities in the state He told the panel that a prisoner in a “hard bed” or one housed in a state facility, costs 142 dollars a day.  That pencils out to about 50 thousand dollars a year for each prisoner.  Taylor said ankle monitoring costs a little over $22 a day for each prisoner.But Representative Jim Colver, who called for and chaired the field hearing, had concerns about the criteria used to determine inmate eligibility for the monitoring plan, and about it’s effectiveness“A lot of other states have budget reductions and have gone through these kinds of things. From some of the information that I’ve gathered an inmate put the monitor on his dog and then went out and offended. The corrections department [in Colorado] went through a third party vendor and they thought the inmate was still in the house where he was detained, but he was out committing crimes.”Taylor told him that corrections does not use third party vendors, and currently has 446 inmates on electronic monitoring supervised by DOC.Public Safety commissioner Gary Folger also cited other state’s problems with ankle monitoring. He said a Los Angeles county program failed to provide enough probation officers, while homelessness there  shot up.“The liason told me the population of skid row had tripled. What I am saying here is that it [affects] more than just one department. ”Others at the hearing voiced community concerns. Vicki Wallner, who maintains the anti -crime website Stop Valley Thieves, says if offenders don’t do actual prison time, they will re-offend“And this is why people are so angry. We’re seeing people that are convicted of vehicle thefts, of burglary, and these people are walking back on the street within a year.”But Taria Walters,  a former inmate at Hiland Mountain, supports the monitoring plan.“And the reason why I say that is because I have lived within the system and see many individuals that could benefit from getting on the ankle monitor. They could get a job and pay their own rent, pay for the ankle monitor and start paying back the restitution and their fines. ”Walters also told the panel about the extreme difficulty of finding housing after her release from prison.  She has an drug felony on her record, and she said she spent two years in rented rooms or transitional housing before she could find a place of her own to rent.last_img read more

first_img LEFT: Simulation surface configuration. Illustration of the 3D simulation repeat unit, with 2D cross section showing labeled structural parameters. RIGHT: Quantification and mechanisms leading to the CAH (contact angle hysteresis) for reentrant and doubly reentrant geometries at zero applied pressure. (A) (i) CAH dependence on both the area fraction Fr and total cap height Dr. Symbols indicate the depinning mechanism upon receding, with purple diamonds indicating a hybrid mechanism. (ii and iii) Comparison of the bridge-, edge-, and lip-depinning receding models (solid lines, color-coded) against the simulated θr (data points); examples shown with varying Fr at fixed Dr = 0.05 and 0.35. The ±1° error bars in the simulation data are too small to be seen. (B) 3D visualization of the advancing liquid-vapor interface (shown in blue); the advancing direction is indicated by a black arrow. Black and red lines indicate the center and edge 2D cross sections that are also presented (right). (C) (i to iv) Visualizations of the major four receding mechanisms. The receding direction is indicated by black arrows. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal information: Science Advances In this way, the scientists developed highly versatile computational techniques to study any mesoscopically structured surface in contact with multiple fluid phases. The multifaceted optimization strategy can be further improved for reliability and scalability to couple with recent advances in fabrication including 3-D printing and lithographic methods to efficiently design real-world superomniphobic surfaces. In materials science, surfaces that strongly repel low surface tension liquids are classified ‘superoleophobic,” while high surface tension liquid repellants are ‘superhydrophobic’ and surfaces that display both characteristics are ‘superomniphobic.” Superomniphobic surfaces are at the frontiers of surface design for a vast array of applications. In a recent study, J. R. Panter and co-workers at the Department of Physics and Procter and Gamble Co. in the U.K. and the U.S. developed computational methods to systematically develop three key surface wetting properties. These included contact angle hysteresis, critical pressure and a minimum energy wetting barrier. In the study, the scientists developed quantitative models and corrected inaccurate assumptions within existing models. When studying the third parameter on minimum energy transition mechanisms, the scientists identified three failure mechanisms. For instance, a surface design failure can be initiated through a broad range of additional perturbations including flow, vibration, evaporation, condensation, droplet impact, changing electrical and magnetic fields or thermal fluctuations at the nanoscale. In real-world applications, failure could be initiated by a combination of perturbations. To fabricate a texture resistant to failure, Panter et al. therefore combined the maximum energy pathway (MEP) to account for a worst case scenario of combined failures. They identified three transition pathways as (1) base contact (BC), (2) pillar contact (PC) and (3) cap contact (CC), then quantified each barrier across the structural parameter space. Thereafter, they assessed the likeliest mechanism of energy transition for a given surface geometry. The scientists then conducted simultaneous optimization of the identified structural features to maximize critical pressure, minimize the energy barrier and maximize the CAH. For this, they performed optimal design of two membranes for applications on water purification and digital microfluidics. Panter et al. also showed that a genetic algorithm could be used to efficiently locate the optimum design in the parameter space and design more complex structures for special wettability applications. Critical pressure analysis for reentrant and doubly reentrant geometries. (A) Contour plots of ΔPc variation with Fr and Hr for reentrant (i) and doubly reentrant (ii) geometries. Data points mark the critical height at which the failure mechanism switches from Base Failure (BF) to Depinned Cap Failure (DCF) or Pinned Cap Failure (PCF), and error bars indicate the uncertainty in this height due to the diffuse interface width. Solid and dashed white lines show the critical height based on the capillary model and 2D model, respectively. (B) Model fits to ΔPc of the Cap Failure mechanisms at Hr = 0.25 for reentrant (i) and doubly reentrant (ii) geometries. (C to E) The three failure mechanisms shown in 3D, with associated diagonal cross sections. Critical pressure liquid morphologies are shown in blue, the vapor phase is shown in white, and the interface is indicated with a black solid line. Red regions show how the unstable meniscus evolves upon increasing ΔP above ΔPc. (D and E) Under-cap views, highlighting the shapes of the contact lines at the critical pressure. (F) Details of the 3D horizontal (3DD) and 3D diagonal (3DH) capillary bridge models used, showing the inner and outer circumferences (blue) against the system configuration. The 3D illustration compares the simulated liquid-vapor interface (light blue) to the horizontal capillary model (dark blue). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 Explore further Simultaneous optimization of the three wetting properties for membrane distillation and digital microfluidics applications. (A) (i) 3D contour plot of the membrane distillation scoring function at fixed Hr = 0.3, Ar = 0.05, and tr = 0.05. Each surface is a surface of constant score. (ii) A 2D slice of the 3D contour plot at the optimal Lr = 0.17. Square data points show the initial (white), second (light gray), fifth (dark gray), and final (black) generations of the genetic algorithm, projected onto the 2D plane. (B) Scoring function for the digital microfluidics application, projected onto the Hr = 0.3 plane at fixed B = 100 μm, also showing the successive generations of the genetic algorithm population. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 Making a splash is all in the angle Video shows the pillar contact (PC) mechanism for a doubly reentrant geometry at θ° = 60° a surface property identified in the study. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 Panter et al. combined these analyses simultaneously to demonstrate the power of the strategy to optimize structures for applications in membrane distillation and digital microfluidics. By antagonistically coupling the wetting properties, the scientists implemented a multifaceted approach to optimally design superomniphobic surfaces. Using genetic algorithms, they facilitated efficient optimization for speedups of up to 10,000 times. The results of the study are now published on Science Advances. Superomniphobic surfaces have physical micro- and nanotextures that allow low-surface-tension liquids (oils and alcohols) to remain suspended on a vapor-filled surface structure. This liquid-shedding ability can promote efficient droplet mobility with low viscous drag , with transformative potential across a broad range of applications. These include sustainable technologies for water purification, antimicrobial strategies in biomedicine, anti-fingerprint coating techniques, reducing food waste and versatile biochemical technologies, at the global scale. Recent breakthroughs in microfabrication have allowed the formation of complex structures at the micrometer scale resolution, including three-dimensional (3-D) printing technology, fluidization of polymer micropillars and lithographic methods. Despite these highly versatile techniques, materials scientists and physicists still seek to understand how to precisely design surface structures for optimal performance in real-world applications. A successful omniphobic design must demonstrate three key wetting properties to include (1) a low contact angle for maximum liquid mobility, (2) high critical pressure for stability of the superoleophobic state, and (3) a high energetic barrier to failure. Due to complexities of surface design, uniting computational and experimental studies can be expensive and time-consuming to understand this basis. In the present work, Panter et al. overcame the challenges of designing superomniphobic wetting properties by first designing computational strategies to understand the effect that structural parameters had on the three defined criteria. To illustrate the importance of multifaceted optimization they used two relevant examples of water purification via membrane distillation and droplet-based digital microfluidics. The scientists developed a genetic algorithm to efficiently perform simultaneous optimizations with speedup to 10,000 times. This versatile approach can be coupled to recent innovations in complex surface microfabrication techniques to offer a transformative approach to surface design. The scientists first simulated the liquid vapor interface advancing and receding along a single row of surface structures to obtain their respective contact angles and contact angle hysteresis (CAH, i.e., the difference between advancing and receding contact angles). They arranged the variable dimensions in a square array and observed the hysteresis to be identical for both reentrant and doubly reentrant geometries (geometries with very low liquid-solid contact fraction). Using the simulation, the scientists observed four dominant receding mechanisms to describe and model them in the present work. Thereafter, using the new models Panter et al. qualitatively tested the receding models proposed in previous studies to verify their accuracy. They analyzed the energetic changes to obtain the angle at which receding became energetically favorable to form the optimal receding angle. Unlike simulations of CAH, the second parameter of interest on critical pressure was sensitive to the reentrant or double reentrant surface geometry. The scientists observed three failure mechanisms in the critical pressure study and quantified them as a function of the structural parameters. When they compared quantification in the present work with simulation data, they detected prevailing and widely used critical pressure models introduced in previous studies to be considerably oversimplified. For instance, poor description of the liquid-vapor interface morphology prompted manufactured structures to be many times smaller and mechanically weaker than necessary. By developing a more sophisticated model in the present work, Panter et al. achieved both quantitative accuracy of the critical pressures and successfully modeled the desired complex interfacial morphologies. More information: J. R. Panter et al. Multifaceted design optimization for superomniphobic surfaces, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 Arun K Kota et al. The design and applications of superomniphobic surfaces, NPG Asia Materials (2014). DOI: 10.1038/am.2014.34A. Tuteja et al. Robust omniphobic surfaces, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2008). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0804872105 A. Tuteja et al. Designing Superoleophobic Surfaces, Science (2007). DOI: 10.1126/science.1148326 , Science Demonstrating a failure mechanism identified in the study, video shows the base contact (BC) mechanism for a doubly reentrant geometry at θ° = 60°. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aav7328 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Multifaceted design optimization for superomniphobic surfaces (2019, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-multifaceted-optimization-superomniphobic-surfaces.html This document is subject to copyright. 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