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first_imgIsha Ambani and Anand Piramal are all set to tie the knot in a grand ceremony on December 12 at Antilia in Mumbai.The couple kickstarted the celebrations with pre-wedding festivities in Udaipur, which was attended by the biggest names from Bollywood, sports, politics and business.For her sangeet ceremony, the bride-to-be, Isha Ambani was a vision to behold as she exuded regal charm in all the outfits. The pretty lady donned a pink lehenga on the first day of the two-day long functions and we are floored by her beauty and elegance! Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyThe diva dazzled in a lehenga intricately crafted with silver metallic embellishments paired with a heavily embellished blouse and a touch of fuchsia pink silver-work studded dupatta.She paired the ensemble with intricate diamond necklace and floral earrings. With side parted lightly-curled hair, strong brows, kohled-eyes, mascara laden lashes, mauve lips, nude make-up and glowing face she accentuated her ensemble.Isha Ambani-Anand Piramal Wedding LIVE Isha Ambani’s sangeet ceremonyAll her pre-wedding ceremony looks were so stunning that we can’t wait to see what Isha will don for her grand wedding tomorrow. Stay tuned for all the updates on her grand wedding!ALSO SEE | Khushi Kapoor to Kiara Advani at Isha Ambani sangeet: Celebs who nailed wedding fashionALSO SEE | Aishwarya drags Deepika to the dance floor for Taare Gin Gin at Ambani bash. Oh Ho Ho Ho, we sayALSO SEE | Beyonce sings, twerks and kills it at Isha Ambani pre-wedding bash. See all pics and videosadvertisementALSO SEE | Deepika and Ranveer burn the dance floor at Isha Ambani wedding celebrations. Inside pics and videosALSO SEE | What happened at Ambani sangeet: Mukesh and family on stage to SRK-Gauri’s danceALSO WATCH: Isha and Anand’s regal wedding invitelast_img read more

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 1, 2019UPDATED: March 1, 2019 22:24 IST Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was safely returned to India on Friday night (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistani officials handed over Wing Commander Abhinandan at the Wagah-Attari border on FridayThe IAF pilot’s fighter jet was shot down by Pakistan on Wednesday following an aerial battleAbhinandan had taken down a Pakistani F-16 before going down himself in enemy territoryThe whole nation is celebrating the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the heroic Indian Air Force pilot crossed over the Indian border just after 9pm on Friday night.Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani officials after his fighter jet, a MIG-21 Bison, was shot down during an aerial combat between India and Pakistan on Wednesday morning.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.The Wagah-Attari border was full of people who had gathered since morning to welcome the country’s hero from Pakistan, even as according to protocal, the Wing Commander was kept away from the public glare.Indian sports personalities, Bollywood actors and prominent politicians celebrated his return on social media throughout the day. It was indeed a historic moment when he exited the Pakistani side and marched over to India and was immediately embraced by the Indian army and IAF.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also paid a glorious tribute to Abhinandan, just minutes after he crossed the border.”#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come,” the BCCI wrote on Twitter and posted an Indian jersey with Wing Commander Abhinandan written on the back.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandan You rule the skies and you rule our hearts. Your courage and dignity will inspire generations to come #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/PbG385LUsEadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) March 1, 2019Former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to express his pride and love for Wing Commander Abhinandan and bowed down to his courage.”A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves,” Tendulkar wrote.A hero is more than just four letters. Through his courage, selflessness and perseverance, OUR HERO teaches us to have faith in ourselves.#WelcomeHomeAbhinandanJai HindSachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 1, 2019″Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan! The nation is proud of your exemplary courage. Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians. Vande Mataram!,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Welcome Home Wing Commander Abhinandan!The nation is proud of your exemplary courage.Our armed forces are an inspiration for 130 crore Indians.Vande Mataram!Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 1, 2019Other sports stars like Virender Sehwag, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin etc kept on flooding twitter with congratulatory messages throughout the day.How proud we are to have you ! Bow down to your skills and even more your grit and courage #WelcomeBackAbhinandan . We love you and are filled with pride because of you.#WeAreSupposedToTellYouThis pic.twitter.com/IfqBFNNa3TVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 1, 2019Welcome back our hero … #WingCommandarAbhinandan #IndianAirfoceSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) March 1, 2019Wing Commander #AbhinandanVarthaman, the entire country salutes your spirit and bravery. #WelcomeBackAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/wXSobEm4VESuresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 1, 2019In my time alive on this planet, I haven’t seen a bigger hero. #WelcomeBackAbhinandanAshwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 1, 2019#WelcomehomeAbhinandan. We bow to your courage and bravery. Jai hindManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) March 1, 2019The nation salutes your valour , selflessness and grit. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandan pic.twitter.com/N432Qk2ajTVVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 1, 2019Welcome back Wing Commander Abhinandan .. you are our HERO in the truest sense.. The country salutes you and the bravery and dignity you have shown #Respect #WelcomeBackAbinandan Jai HindSania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 1, 2019We salute your bravery #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanAnil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 1, 2019Welcome home IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthamanji. Entire nation is proud of you. #WelcomeHomeAbhinandanHima Das (@HimaDas8) March 1, 2019Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day during which both nations claimed to have downed an enemy jet each.Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman was captured alive by Pakistani officials on Wednesday after his MIG-21 Bison fighter jet went down in enemy territory after dogfight with a Pakistani fighter plane.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Wing Commander Abhinandan VarthamanFollow IAF pilotFollow IAF heroFollow India vs Pakistan BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsWing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was handed over to the Indian Air Force by Pakistani officials at the Wahag-Attari Border just after 9pm on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFour Nova Scotia communities will host kick-off celebrations for the Halifax 2011 Canada Games torch program next week. The torch events will begin in Lunenburg on Monday, May 10, at 1 p.m. at the Atlantic Fisheries Museum parking lot. Premier Darrell Dexter, Mayor of Lunenburg Lawrence Mahwhinney, and chair of the 2011 Games Jean-Paul Deveau, will attend. The torch will arrive aboard the HMCS Glace Bay at 2 p.m. and be carried on a relay through the town. On Wednesday, May 12, Yarmouth will host a torch relay starting at Town Hall at 10 a.m. There will be a celebration at Yarmouth High School at 11 a.m. On Thursday, May 13, Cheticamp will host a torch relay starting at Les Trois Pignons building at 12:30 p.m. A celebration is planned for N.D.A. School at 1:30 p.m. On Friday, May 14, Amherst will host a torch relay starting at the YMCA at 6:30 p.m. A celebration in Victoria Square Park will follow at 7 p.m. -30-last_img read more

first_imgEn collaboration avec la « Nova Scotia Potters Guild », la Résidence du gouverneur accueillera une exposition intitulée « Quaff: To Drink Deeply », qui présentera des œuvres créées par certains des meilleurs artistes céramistes de la Nouvelle-Écosse. « Quaff » est une exposition-concours de nouvelles pièces par des membres de la « Nova Scotia Potters Guild ». Le thème de l’exposition a inspiré une grande variété de pièces allant de services à thé complets à des oiseaux dans un arbre qui attendent de boire. « Nous sommes très chanceux d’avoir dans la province une scène artistique dynamique et de très haut niveau, qui s’étend à de nombreuses disciplines, a déclaré le lieutenant-gouverneur, Arthur J. LeBlanc. C’est aussi vrai pour l’art céramique de grande qualité encouragé par la “Nova Scotia Potters Guild”. “Quaff” nous fournit une excellente occasion de montrer l’incroyable talent qui existe dans le monde de la céramique. Nous sommes heureux que la Résidence du gouverneur accueille cette exposition et nous espérons que le public se déplacera pour venir la voir. » Les œuvres exposées ont été choisies par un jury indépendant composé de trois personnes. Selon la juge Sandra Alfoldy, « Quaff » nous rappelle avec force le talent des céramistes dans la province. « Les œuvres, qui présentent des interprétations novatrices et traditionnelles de “quaff”, qui signifie “boire”, vont de l’utile au sculptural, mais chacune est une forte expression de l’amour que les Néo-Écossais ont pour l’argile. » « Quaff » sera aussi au programme de Nocturne, « Art at Night », à la Résidence du gouverneur, le samedi 13 octobre de 18 h à minuit. L’exposition est gratuite et ouverte au public du 20 septembre au 27 octobre à la Résidence du gouverneur située au 1451 de la rue Barrington à Halifax. Les jours et les heures d’ouverture sont :Le jeudi 20 septembre de 11 h à 20 hLe samedi 22 septembre de 11 h à 16 hLe mardi 25 septembre de 11 h à 16 hLe jeudi 27 septembre de 11 h à 20 hLe samedi 6 octobre de 11 h à 16 hLe dimanche 7 octobre de 11 h à 16 hLe jeudi 11 octobre de 11 h à 20 hLe samedi 13 octobre de 18 h à minuit dans le cadre de NocturneLe mardi 16 octobre de 11 h à 14 h (ouverture écourtée)Le jeudi 18 octobre de 11 h à 20 hLe samedi 20 octobre de 11 h à 16 hLe samedi 27 octobre de 11 h à 16 h Les heures d’ouverture pourraient changer si d’autres activités avaient lieu à la Résidence du gouverneur. Les personnes qui veulent voir l’exposition devraient vérifier les heures d’ouverture sur le site http://lt.gov.ns.ca ou celui de la « Nova Scotia Potters Guild » à https://www.nspotters.com .last_img read more

first_imgIn the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over her or his head and has challenged others do the same or to make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.Among those who have taken up the challenge are Ben Stiller, Lena Dunham, Chloe Moretz, Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood, Robert Downey Jr, Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Adam Levine, Oprah, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Conan O’Brien and many others.As of Sunday, August 17, 2014, The ALS Association has received $13.3 million in donations compared to $1.7 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 17). These donations have come from existing donors and 259,505 new donors to The Association.The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find treatments and a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference.“While the monetary donations are absolutely incredible,” said Newhouse, “the visibility that this disease is getting as a result of the challenge is truly invaluable. People who have never before heard of ALS are now engaged in the fight against the disease.”Currently, there is only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat ALS, which only modestly extends survival by two to three months.Consequently, ALS is 100 percent fatal. In addition to acclimating to the challenges that come with losing control of voluntary muscle movement, people with the disease progressively lose their ability to eat, speak, walk, and eventually breathe.“With more people aware and more people engaged in the fight against ALS, we are not only poised to work collaboratively with other ALS organizations but also with pharmaceutical companies and academia to expedite new treatments for people impacted by the disease,” Newhouse continued.As donations continue to come in, The ALS Association looks forward to funding its present mission-priorities of research, care services and public policy while also considering new projects to move the needle on finding treatments and a cure for the disease.“Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, we realize how many more people are invested in the ALS cause,” said Newhouse. “The Association is committed to the very highest standards of donor stewardship and transparency. We look forward to communicating with and informing all of our donors and the general public about how we’re putting these donations to work.”last_img read more

first_imgNearly a decade before the National Institution for Transforming India or the NITI Aayog envisaged private partnership in rural healthcare, a PPP-run hospital in Gujarat’s Kutch district – India’s largest – has transformed hundreds of lives. The Adani Foundation-run Gujarat Adani Institute of Medical Sciences (GAIMS) in Bhuj was ostensibly India’s maidensuccessfully operating PPP model in the healthcare sector. From earthquake rubble to a state-of-the-art hospital that caters to more than 1000, patients a day, it’s a historic journey of community empowerment and nation building. Over the years, the successful model has contributed in creating confidence which led to rollout plans of six brownfield self-financed medical colleges in Tapi, Dahod, Panchmahals, Banaskantha, Bharuch and Amreli districts by upgrading the government hospitals through PPP. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Its healthy ripple effects can now be felt at the national level. Last year, the NITI Aayog also accepted the merits of the model and invited private players to partner with government hospitals at the district level. The government approached many corporates such as Narayana Hrudalaya and Manipal Education to adopt the hospital on PPP basis. But none of the proposals worked owing to feasibility challenges. Since 2009, when the Adani Group entered into a PPP partnership, the group invested a Capex of around Rs100 crore in ramping up infrastructure among other things. A decade since then the cumulative operating deficit stands at 25 crore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “Adani G K General Hospital caters specifically to the healthcare needs of the poor and marginalized sections of the society. People from special and deserving categories receive further specialized and free IPD services. In addition, the hospital also connects people with various government schemes such as AyushmanYojana, MA Yojana, students’ healthcare programme etc.” said Vasant Gadhavi, Director Administration, GAIMS Sea change in hospital infrastructure and human capital GAIMS always had fairly robust infrastructure. But considering the massive geography of the Kutch region it needed consistent upgradation – something that became a seamless process following the private partnership. From Outdoor Patient Wards to the Operation Theatres and Labour Rooms to Intensive Care Units, every critical aspect of the hospital infrastructure grew manifolds (see table 1 below for details). Likewise every specialised treatment such as Dermatology, Psychiatry, Paediatric, Surgery, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology, and ENT among others recorded rapid augmentation from time to time. Retaining quality talent pool in remote locations has been one of the key challenges for most sectors and pressure is even worse for healthcare. However, the hospital management did a remarkable job in building a team of top line medical experts. Medical officers, nurses, technicians and the outsourced team of support were deployed at par with growing patients’ footfalls in the region. Establishment of GAIMS Medical College While the pillars of the hospital facilities became stronger, the PPP-model also anchored the establishment of the GAIMS Medical College in 2009. Today the medical college offers 150 seats for under-graduate courses and 51 seats for post graduate courses. Specialisations offered at the facility comprise Physiology, General Surgery, Anatomy, ENT, Microbiology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Respiratory Medicines, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Pathology, Paediatrics, Radiology and Anaesthesiology; thus creating dependable pool of talented doctors to service ailing patients of Kutch. Improving health indicators Health indicators have improved remarkably following the takeover. For instance, the number of OPDs nearly tripled from 1, 39,199 in 2014-15 to 3, 17,361 in 2017-18. Likewise there has been steady rise in child births as well. From catering to just over 2000 deliveries in 2014-15 the number rose by nearly 35% in 2017-18. At the same time a combination of preventive and curative measures has ensured that the infant mortality rate has been brought down from 5.62% in 2014-15 to 3.65% in 2018-19 (April-January).last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday constituted a one-man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to hold inquiry into the allegations of larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi and fixing of benches in the top court. The apex court asked the Directors of CBI and IB as also the Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice (Retd) Patnaik as and when sought by him during the inquiry. It said however that the inquiry by will not deal with the allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI, levelled by an ex-employee of the top court. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details It said the outcome of the inquiry will not affect the in-house committee which is dealing with the complaint against the CJI. The apex court said that on the completion of inquiry, Justice (Retd) Patnaik will file a report in a sealed cover before the court after which the matter will be heard again. It left it to the panel to take assistance of the people required for the inquiry. In the order, a special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said: “Considering the factual gamut and the affidavits filed by advocate Utsav Singh Bains, we are appointing Justice A K Patnaik, retired judge of this court, to hold inquiry into the allegations levelled in the affidavit filed by Bains.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, clarified that he “would not deal with the allegations of mis-behaviour by the CJI”. It also said that the “outcome of the inquiry and its findings” would not affect the in-house inquiry which has been ordered. The bench further said: “Directors of CBI and IB and Delhi Police Commissioner would render cooperation to Justice (Retd) Patnaik as and when required during his inquiry.” The bench ordered that the affidavit filed by Bains be transferred to Justice (Retd) Patnaik in a sealed cover. While dictating the order, the bench at the outset said, “We have decided that no privilege can be claimed on certain communications the advocate is claiming and he has to disclose the information as and when required.” The Supreme Court earlier on Thursday expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said time has come to tell the rich and powerful of this country that they are “playing with fire”. The apex court made this observation while hearing claims made by Bains that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI on allegations of sexual harassment. The bench said, “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen. “There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution.” In an apparent reference to controversies that plagued the top judiciary last year, Justice Mishra also observed that truth has not come out yet. “People should know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop,” the bench said. “Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court,” it said. In an unprecedented presser on January 12 last year, four senior judges of the apex court — CJI Gogoi, the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices J Chelameswar, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph — had raised a litany of problems, including assigning of cases in the top court, and said there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court The apex court also said Thursday that so many things are going around in the judiciary and when somebody tries to fix it, the person is maligned. “We have come to this extent of blackmailing. You don’t know what is going on,” the bench said without elaborating. The bench said that 4-5 percent are bringing bad name to this institution and “we are worried as judges why we have come to this? We are very concerned.” “The day has come that we rise and tell rich and powerful persons of this country that they can’t do it. You are playing with fire,” the bench said, adding, “every day, everybody is trying to influence us.” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the court that instead of an inquiry, an SIT probe should be ordered into allegations levelled by Bains. At the outset, Bains filed an additional affidavit in a sealed cover in the court in support of his claims. The bench then asked Attorney General K K Venugopal about the issue of privilege claimed by Bains over certain communications being protected under provisions of the advocate’s act. Venugopal, while referring to provisions of law, said there was no lawyer-client relationship in this case as Bains has filed affidavit in his personal capacity and thus he cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate and President of Supreme Court Bar Association Rakesh Khanna also told the bench that the court has the power to summon any document related to the case and Bains cannot claim privilege over certain communications. Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who is appearing in person in the matter, told the bench that they should clarify there is no connection between the hearing of affidavit of Bains and the separate inquiry committee proceedings on allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI. Bains had filed an affidavit following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which Justice Gogoi had said some “bigger force” was behind the sexual harassment allegations as they wanted to “deactivate” the CJI’s office.last_img read more

A $400 million funding gap now poses the greatest threat to the effort to rid the world of polio, the Polio Technical Consultative Group said in the report submitted to the Assembly — a gathering of representatives from all 191 member States of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).”The success of the polio eradication programme thus far proves that WHO-recommended strategies are extremely effective, and when fully implemented, can result in polio’s rapid eradication,” said the Group’s Chairman, Dr. Walt Orenstein. “However, without the funds, the remaining infected countries simply cannot finish the job.”The report documents substantial progress in the fight against polio, with the number of cases more than halved from 7,141 in 1999 to just 2,857 in 2000. Overall, there has been a 99 per cent reduction in the number of children paralyzed by polio since the global campaign was launched in 1988. This success is largely credited to the implementation of national immunization days, which last year reached 550 million children.The need to complete the eradication effort is underscored by the emergence of new cases of polio derived from vaccines. This phenomenon is blamed on a failure to maintain high immunization coverage in areas with poor sanitation. Those conditions combine to allow vaccine-derived polioviruses to circulate and cause disease among children. In response to this problem, the Group is exploring when and how the use of oral polio vaccines can be stopped.”The overriding lesson is the need for urgency — urgency to finish the job and to stop using this vaccine as soon as it is safe to do so,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland.”The immediate challenge is filling the $400 million funding gap,” she stressed. “Everyone at the global, regional and national levels must help raise these funds.”In a related development, WHO today reported the first case of polio in over two years in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Ministry of Health responded with a vaccination campaign in the community at risk. The agency praised Bulgaria’s early detection and rapid response, while stressing the need for full global eradication of the disease. read more

A late surge was not enough for the No. 8 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team against Notre Dame Wednesday. The team lost for the second time this season, 9-4, against the No. 3-ranked Fighting Irish in South Bend, Ind. After an early first period goal from sophomore attacker Reegan Comeault that tied the game, 1-1, the Buckeyes failed to find the back of the net again until the beginning of the fourth quarter. In the meantime, the Notre Dame scored five goals of its own to take a 6-1 lead into the fourth quarter. Despite an OSU comeback that saw three goals within six minutes, the Buckeyes could not dig themselves out of their hole, as the Fighting Irish scored a goal after each of OSU’s to end the game, 9-4. OSU was outshot by Notre Dame 42-27 on the day, an opponent season high. The Buckeyes’ four goals against the Fighting Irish marked a season low for the typically high-scoring offense. Before Wednesday, OSU hadn’t scored less than seven goals in a game since March 3, 2012, against Penn State, when the Buckeyes lost, 5-2. Senior attacker Logan Schuss added to his point streak of 52 games with an assist to sophomore midfielder Jesse King with five minutes remaining in the game. The road loss comes after OSU upset then-No. 9 Virginia, 11-10, on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. Junior midfielder Michael Italiano was named Eastern College Athletic Conference specialist of the week on Monday for his performance against the Cavaliers with eight ground balls. Italiano had five more against the Irish Wednesday. OSU split its string of four games against top-10 teams, 2-2, bringing the team’s overall record to 5-2. The Buckeyes are set to play against Bellarmine on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Louisville, Ky., before they return home to host the defending national champion, No. 6 Loyola Maryland, a week later. read more

first_imgTHE PILOT OF a plane carrying skydivers has been praised after safely landing a plane that had lost power.The Cesna 172 had taken off with five people on board from Abbeyshrule Aerodrome after 1pm yesterday, when it lost power.The pilot, however, managed to find a field to land the plane around three miles outside the town.Nobody was injured and one local said that the pilot “is extremely experienced” and had done “really well”.The plane was damaged in the landing, but all on board were unhurt.It is believed that those on board were charity sky divers. Officials from the Air Accident Investigation Unit arrived and the aircraft was recovered. Read: Move over NASA. Pilots are pretty good at dramatic selfies as welllast_img read more

first_imgThe Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) will be hosting 15 community consultations across the state with the aim to improve government services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. “Victoria is one of the most multicultural places in the world, and we want to make life here better for everyone,” said chairperson of the VMC, Mr Chin Tan. Victorians are being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to provide feedback and attend at least one of the sessions. Staff from the VMC and other government agencies will also be present at the consultations to answer any questions and provide support. “The feedback and information we get from people can be used by the VMC to ensure that government departments and agencies’ services and outcomes are improved for everyone.” As part of the consultations, grant workshops will also be held to provide advice on how people from a variety of multicultural community groups can gain access to some of the $5.6 million in grants funding available. “We look forward to hearing from everyone and working with all Victorians to continue making this a great place to live,” said Mr Tan. For more information, or to register your place at a consultation, please visit: www.multicultural.vic.gov.au/projects-and-initiatives /community-consultations Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img You’ve seen them around, heard about them in the news, may have played with them, you might even have one in your pocket right now. That’s right; I’m talking about fidget spinners. Originally developed as a learning aid for students with ADD, autism, and other learning difficulties, they help curb excessive energy and improve focus. They’ve also become an extremely popular toy for anyone who needs to relieve stress or just want to have fun.Now, you can design your own fidget spinners in Fusion 360 with the help of Desktop Makes. While they offer Fusion 360 tutorials for $20 a pop, they also have some free tutorials, including one on making a basic fidget spinner. Autodesk Fusion 360 is powerful, easy-to-learn CAD program. It’s free for students and educators, $40/month or $300/year for everyone else.The Desktop Makes classes are taught by Vladimir Mariano and are very easy to follow. The fidget spinner design starts with creating a central hole for a skate bearing in sketch mode, which is at the heart of every fidget spinner. Next, he shows you to create the holes for the hex nut counterweights at the end of the spinner arms. While fidget spinners commonly have three arms, you can make as many even spaced arms as you wish by using the circular pattern tool.AdChoices广告Once the fidget spinner is fully laid out in sketch mode, you simply need to extrude it to the proper thickness and add bevels to the entire model. You can 3D print the fidget spinner in the material of your choice; PLA should work fine. I recommend printing at 200 microns, as detail is not as important as strength. As more weight usually translates to longer spins, a high infill setting should help with that.After printing just adds the hex nut counterweights and centered skate bearing. The skate bearing is press fit; a vice may be necessary to squeeze the hex nuts into place. That’s it. It’s an easy build and lots of fun to play with. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get making and start spinning!Below is the fidget spinner tutorial: Prepare To Be Amazed By This Tiny Working Lego PianoPlug a Floppy Drive in to Your Android Phone For a Retro Storage Boost Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Houston Mayor Fights Plans for Sex Doll BrothelAutonomous Sexbots Are the Future Another one bites the dust: Lumidolls’ Turin-based brothel has closed after only nine days, following alleged infringements of Italian property law.The sex-doll bordello, which offers clients the use of silicone models in private rooms at a secret address, was illegally renting out accommodation, according to local media reports.The owners have been cautioned against resuming business, but it remains unclear whether they intend to clean up their act and reopen.Hygiene service checks are currently underway to investigate whether Lumidolls’ mannequin cleaning system was acceptable. (There’s nothing worse than admitting you contracted a sexually transmitted disease from a hunk of plastic.)“As you know in Italy, prostitution is 100 percent legal,” brothel co-founder Sergi Prieto told the Daily Star in September. “Customers will have the option at Lumidolls Torino to have new sexual experiences in a safe and secure place.”Famous for its “luxury masturbation” service, the company promises patrons a chance to fulfill their “wildest fantasies.” Locations (kept secret until you pay) are now open in Moscow and Barcelona.Lumidolls recently teamed up with adult entertainment firm Private Media Group to produce a 28-minute movie, starring an unnamed sex robot. The storyline follows a man caught by his girlfriend while bedding a bot in a Barcelona cathouse.Italy’s first (and maybe last) dolly den of iniquity isn’t the only house of pleasure to be cockblocked.In August, a week before Aura Dolls was scheduled to launch a high-tech red-light district in Toronto, city officials shut down the operation, citing a decades-old bylaw that prohibits “adult entertainment” parlors in the Canadian neighborhood of Willowdale.The brothel website, meanwhile, still advertises bookings. But instead of the original Yonge Street/Sheppard Avenue location (which also features a cannabis dispensary), the address is simply North York; more details will be “announced upon booking.”Dennis Hoff—proprietor of several legal whorehouses in Nevada—wants to pilot sex robots at his Moonlite Bunny Ranch. Russia’s first robot brothel opened ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Learn everything you always wanted to know about sex robots (but were afraid to ask) and more here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img Google+ Jon Moxley Joins AEW Facebook Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene WhatsApp John Cena Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Now Playing Up Next Charlize Theron Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel center_img Videos Articles Twitter WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Videos Articles Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Live takes place tonight from San Diego, California. Tonight is the go-home show for this Sunday’s No Mercy PPV. The only thing scheduled for the show tonight is a face-off between WWE World Champion AJ Styles, John Cena and Dean Ambrose before their World Title match at No Mercy.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of Smackdown Live beginning tonight at 8PM ET.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -1:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgAs part of ongoing traffic safety efforts, extra officers with the Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal police departments, along with additional state troopers, will be out on the county’s roadways Super Bowl Sunday looking for impaired drivers.The additional patrols will include officers trained in recognizing drug-affected drivers, and are paid for through a state grant.The Vancouver Police Department, which administers the grant, encouraged football fans and revellers to make sure they have a safe way home on game day, and that any party hosts help their guests with the same.The department encouraged anyone who spots a seemingly impaired driver to dial 911.last_img read more

first_imgNew Arsenal manager Unai Emery has outlined his aim to return the club to the pinnacle of football by having them challenge for the Premier League and Champions League titles once moreThe Spaniard was officially unveiled as Arsene Wenger’s successor on Wednesday and vowed to return the Gunners back to their rightful place among Europe’s elite.“I believe in the players we have here,” said Emery, according to the Premier League website.“We can grow with these players and the objective is to work hard with these talented players, to work to be a candidate for all the titles in the future.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Then it’s very important, after two years outside the UEFA Champions League, to work towards this, to arrive and be the best team in the Premier League and also the world.”The 46-year-old is a big admirer of the playing style that Arsenal has of holding the possession of the ball and intends to impose his own style of “intense pressing” for when they are not in possession.“In my career I am very demanding for all, demanding of the players also. My idea is to be a protagonist for all of the match. We play against teams with this personality, and I think the history here shows they love playing with possession of the ball,” said Emery.“I like this, and when you don’t have possession of the ball I want a squad very, very intense in pressing.”last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, June 25, 2019:Red light out was out at the entrance of the MBTA parking lot on Main Street. Mass Highway notified. (1:28am)A caller reported a large turtle in the Reed Street roadway. Turtle made it safely across. (7:16am)A caller reported there may be a man in a van living behind Ristuccia Arena. Man was advised he cannot stay on the property without permission. Party departed. (8:18am)A cat was struck by a car on Andover Street. Animal Control Officer brought cat to Mass Vet in Woburn. (8:28am)A caller reported an ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend keyed his vehicle on Salem Street. (12:56pm)Animal Control Officer removed a snapping turtle from a driveway on Vermont Road. (2:15pm)A caller reported a past road range incident on Butters Row Bridge. Male party in red pickup truck got out of vehicle and yelled at caller and another car to back up and give him the right of way. (4:18pm)A Church Street resident reported two vehicles, possibly Civics, drove past his home at high rate of speed estimated to be 90 MPH. Police unable to locate. (8:03pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for June 10: Driver Issued Summons; Bunny & Turtle Issues; Homeowner Gets Surprise After MidnightIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 8: Wilmington Man Arrested For Assault & Battery With A Dangerous WeaponIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”last_img read more

first_imgAP Photo/Evan VucciCissie Graham Lynch listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a “National Day of Prayer” event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)President Donald Trump celebrated the National Day of Prayer by announcing a White House initiative that he said would underpin policies recognizing the “vital role” of religion in the country. “America is a nation of believers,” he said.Shortly before the Rose Garden event Thursday, Trump acknowledged reimbursing his personal attorney for hush money the lawyer paid to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. The White House says Trump denies that accusation, and Trump had claimed no knowledge of the financial arrangement.Today, it was my great honor to celebrate the #NationalDayOfPrayer at the @WhiteHouse, in the Rose Garden! Proclamation: https://t.co/4jAxJnBJoq pic.twitter.com/AsWTfpu290— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2018Trump tweeted before the faith event that the payments just before the 2016 election “had nothing to do with the campaign.”The president did not address the issue in his public remarks, focusing instead on the power of prayer as a centerpiece of American life.“Faith has shaped our families and it’s shaped our communities,” he said. “It’s inspired our commitment to charity and our defense of liberty, and faith has forged the identity and the destiny of this great nation that we all love.”Trump outlined steps by the administration to safeguard religious freedom and pledged to continue doing so.He signed an executive order creating a “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative” that will, among other things, make recommendations on policies that affect faith-based and community programs. Trump said the new office will help ensure such groups have “equal access” to government money and the “equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs.”“We take this step because we know, that in solving the many, many problems and our great challenges, faith is more powerful than government and nothing is more powerful than God,” Trump said.Members of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where more than two dozen worshippers were killed in a November 2017 shooting, attended the event.As Trump mingled with guests on his way back to the Oval Office, a reporter shouted to the president, “Why are you changing your story on Stormy Daniels?” Someone in the audience shouted back, “Shame on you!” Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTickets purchased online can be collected at the Will Call window on the morning of the event. When the news about the prophecy was fully revealed, the roll call room at the Eastern District police station momentarily became eerily quiet. As the emotional impact of the experience was slowly absorbed throughout the room, the Baltimore faith leaders and law enforcement officers attending that meeting in early October 2008 were astonished, and even awestruck.That’s because months earlier, several of them had already heard that a man of God was coming with a clear plan to reduce crime in Baltimore that would forever change the lives of many Baltimoreans.And there he stood in front at the podium as what now seems, in retrospect, like a kind of crime fighting superhero, a supernatural spirit in full dress uniform with a black 40 caliber Glock dangling at his side: Major Melvin Russell.The meeting began at Russell’s invitation. It was a joint gathering of clergy and law enforcement, who would later become members of his Transformation Team.They had assembled to address the pressing issue of crime in East Baltimore.That evening, holding high an eight-point plan in his hand, Russell laid out his vision for transforming the bleakest outpost of bloodshed and gun-related violence in the entire city – the Eastern District – into a place of light. He told the faith leaders he couldn’t accomplish it alone.After listening intently to his plan, the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper, pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church, rose to her feet to calmly inform Russell in a matter-of-fact voice that “your appearance comes as no surprise.”She told him that it had already been prophesied by the Rev. John Mulinde, a Ugandan minister from a world away, during his previous visit to Baltimore. Rev. Mulinde told Rev. Draper and other clergy that he had experienced a visitation from God during which he received the message that a man of peace would be arriving with a clear plan to rescue the city of Baltimore from the ravages of murder and drug-related crime.And once they heard the details of Russell’s own visitation, the events as they unfolded during that October meeting seemed to go way beyond a matter of coincidence. Before the meeting at Eastern District had adjourned, several of the city’s most hardened police officers had tears welling in their eyes, including their commanding officer, Major Russell, who collapsed to his knees and openly wept in front of everyone.“It was an amazing spectacle: the police roll call room had suddenly transformed into a church. This was so far away from anything that any of us had ever imagined happening in a police station,” said Rev. Draper.In describing the trek from that moment in 2008 to his appointment in 2013 as Lt. Colonel of the new citywide Community Partnership Division, Russell explained how it all began the night he was awakened from his sleep by God himself.Upon receiving his appointment as commanding officer of the Eastern District, Russell, who is also an assistant pastor, remembers that he immediately had prayed for the direction and vision to accomplish the enormous task that lay ahead.“And then exactly three nights later at 4 a.m. in the morning, He spoke directly to me. God downloaded his plan to me. If you can imagine how I felt, I was scared to death, trembling and excited like never before, all at the same time.”At the roll call meeting, he immediately formed his Transformation Team and with the assistance of many others began implementing the eight points of the plan in East Baltimore. For the children, the vast majority of whom had never even visited a local amusement park, the plan was akin to waking up in Disney World: hot dogs, cotton candy, entertainment, moon bounces, and face painting – the works.For parents, the bags of groceries, health care, and other practical assistance were received like manna from heaven.The centerpiece of Russell’s strategy, Days of Hope, encourages churches to take the lead in reinvesting and ministering in the communities where they are located rather than tolerating a spiritual vacuum in which church members commute to church on Sundays from their homes in the county, but are otherwise missing in action.Scores of these events in East Baltimore engaged thousands of residents, faith leaders, service providers, law enforcement, corporate sponsors, local businesses, teachers, health care providers from Johns Hopkins, and hundreds of others in creating life affirming events for those enduring the most impoverished living conditions.By the third year of the Days of Hope campaign, the shootings and homicide rate in East Baltimore had plummeted to a 40-year low.The turnaround focused on fostering mutual communication between the community and law enforcement, and building what Russell calls “spiritual equity” with the community. His early efforts captured the attention of then-City Council President, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who as Mayor helped launch the citywide Community Partnership Division in January 2013 to replicate Russell’s approach to crime fighting citywide.“Wouldn’t it be easier to bring the homicide rate down if we first build the relationship with the community so that when things happen they will call us,” said Russell, who instructs the officers under his command to share their cell phone numbers with community members as one of many innovative strategies to build a strong sense of community.The result was an overall drop in the Baltimore City homicide rate in 2008 to 234, a steep decrease from a high of 282 the year before, and a steady trend downward during the ensuing period.Yet despite the success in East Baltimore, the challenges of implementing Russell’s transformational model of policing on a citywide basis remain daunting.In 2011, Baltimore police reported 196 homicides, the lowest number of slayings in the city since 1978, and far lower than the peak homicide count of 353 in 1993.But the homicide rate in the city is still among the highest in the nation.“The city is in spiritual darkness. Money won’t fix it. Guns won’t fix it. I think Lt. Col. Russell deserves the credit and the resources to accomplish God’s plan. He can’t do it alone,” said Rev. Draper.Lt. Col. Melvin Russell will receive the AFRO’s first John H. Murphy Sr. Award, 8:30 a.m., March 29 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.  Click on the button below to purchase tickets. last_img read more

first_img“Bullsprit,” a sitcom produced by Matthias Schweighöfer’s Pantaleon Films, the company behind Amazon’s “You Are Wanted,” follows three young friends who inherit a gas station.In “LeFloid vs. the World,” produced by Red Arrow Studios’ Berlin-based Studio71 Germany, local YouTube star LeFloid travels the globe addressing pressing issues facing millennials, such as climate change, global finance and artificial intelligence.YouTube has so far launched or is in the process of launching originals in South Korea, Mexico, the U.K., Japan, France and India.“We focus on markets that have great creative communities, with a history of filmmaking and publishing a lot of content, so there’s a lot of infrastructure and talent with desire to express themselves,” Kyncl said. “We’re starting with the pillar focusing on people who have become successful on YouTube. You see us directly leaning into that in Germany.”YouTube is currently charging €11.99 ($13.88) a month in Germany for its premium subscription offering.Kyncl added, however, that YouTube wasn’t putting its stars behind paywalls since many continue to produce their regular content in addition to working on YouTube originals. “On average, when creators do YouTube originals, their channels grow by about 20%,” he said.With regard to acquisitions, Kyncl said that while they may not be based on talent that has become successful on YouTube, they nevertheless revolved around “topics or areas that are of interest” to YouTube users. With “Cobra Kai,” for example, success was anticipated based on the great interest in “The Karate Kid”-related content on YouTube, Kyncl noted. “Clearly there was demand for it. We can see what people are interested in.”Despite feature film acquisitions such as “Museo,” Kyncl said the company was leaning more towards documentaries. “They seem to work really, really well on YouTube. We’re having a lot of success with documentaries.” YouTube unveiled its first German shows, including two comedy formats, on Wednesday as part of the platform’s continued international rollout of original content for its paid subscription offering.In Berlin for the launch of the three formats, YouTube Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl told Variety that the new shows were in line with the company’s global three-pronged approach. The strategy includes working with YouTube stars who have amassed large followings and “have creative ambitions beyond their means”; music documentaries and shows; and tentpoles, such as the hit “Karate Kid” spin-off “Cobra Kai” – so far YouTube’s most popular original series in Germany – and film acquisitions like Alonso Ruizpalacios’ “Museo,” starring Gael García Bernal.The company’s new German formats include “Neuland,” a meta-comedy produced by Cologne-based Brainpool, featuring local YouTube personality Phil Laude as a former online star trying to make a comeback while fending off David Hasselhoff, who appears as himself. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 YouTube is also working on diverse projects with such stars as Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith and García Bernal.last_img read more