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Nainggolan: I have a new Guinness World Record!

first_imgRadja Nainggolan ‘I have a new Guinness World Record!’ – Nainggolan laughs off World Cup snub Chris Burton 18:30 5/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Radja Nainggolan Belgium 2017 Getty Images Belgium Roma Serie A World Cup The Roma midfielder has seen his dreams dashed by Roberto Martinez, with his international retirement announced on the back of a second shock omission Radja Nainggolan has endeavoured to laugh off his World Cup 2018 omission by Belgium, claiming that he now boasts a Guinness World Record for failed attempts to make the squad.The Roma midfielder is among the more notable figures to have been overlooked by Roberto Martinez as the Red Devils boss pieces together his plans for a global showpiece in Russia.Nainggolan has remained a regular at club level this season, taking in 40 appearances across all competitions, but has been unable to nail down a role in a star-studded Belgium side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He has missed out on a place in their 23-man World Cup squad as a result, with the 30-year-old having announced his international retirement after seeing his dreams dashed for a second time .A man who was also snubbed by Marc Wilmots in 2014 told Belgian publication HLN : “I have secured my place in the Guinness Book of Records as the only top player who missed two consecutive World Cups. It’s so incomprehensible that I can already laugh at it.”Nainggolan added on his decision to walk away after earning 30 caps: “I’ve had enough, my farewell with the Red Devils is fixed, I’m not going to keep fighting.“I had already planned in advance to stop if I was not allowed to join the World Cup squad.“It is true that last year I also considered making myself unavailable for Belgium, but then I still hoped to be able to participate in Russia.“To experience a World Cup was a boyhood dream, which has now been taken away from me.”Kevin De Bruyne, Marouane Fellaini, Thorgan Hazard, Mousa Dembele and Axel Witsel are among the midfielders currently ahead of Nainggolan in the pecking order.Martinez has defended his selection, with the former Everton manager claiming to have picked those who best fit his preferred system.He said: “Radja Nainggolan is a top player. The reason is tactical.“In the past two years the team has worked in a specific manner. Other players had those roles. We know Radja has a very important role in his club and we cannot give him that role in our squad.”Nainggolan will now be watching on from afar when Belgium open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18 , before going on to face Tunisia and England in their other Group G fixtures.last_img read more

Sporting News Predicted How The Big Ten Standings Will Look At The End Of The Season

first_imgDenzel Ward celebrates interception in Big Ten Championship Game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates an interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)College football season technically kicks off next month, and per usual, publications are putting out their predictions regarding what we might see on the field this year. Tuesday, Sporting News released its Big Ten predictions – including standings, Heisman hopefuls and how the league’s championship game will play out.In short, Sporting News thinks we’re going to get more of the same. The Ohio State Buckeyes are predicted to both win the Big Ten East and the Big Ten title game.The biggest surprise could be Michigan getting picked as the second-best team in the Big Ten East – over Penn State. That will probably depend on how new quarterback Shea Patterson performs.In the Big Ten West, Sporting News thinks Wisconsin will dominate again. The Iowa Hawkeyes are projected to finish second in the league.Here’s what Sporting News has for both divisions:East:Ohio StateMichiganPenn StateMichigan StateMarylandIndianaRutgersWest:WisconsinIowaNebraskaPurdueNorthwesternMinnesotaIllinoisOhio State is also predicted to wind up back in the College Football Playoff. The Buckeyes wound up No. 5 in the rankings at the end of the season last year and just missed out.If you’re interested in checking out the entire set of predictions, head over to Sporting News.last_img read more

JTB Endorses Ocho Rios Seafood Festival

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has endorsed the 12th annual Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, signing on as a major sponsor of the event to be held on August 5.A Senior Advisor for the activity, Roderick Bailey, told JIS News that having the JTB on board can best be described as “the icing on the cake, and a guarantee that this year’s event will be the biggest we have had so far”.Speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ at Fisherman’s Beach, Ocho Rios, Mr. Bailey also revealed that the event will be headlined by the trio of reggae and dancehall icons, Bounty Killer, Agent Sasco and Tifa.“The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival is arguably one of the biggest culinary shows in Jamaica. Having the JTB on board is not only a major boost, but can be viewed in the context that we are ready to take this event to another level,” he said.He argued that not only has the event gone “from strength to strength”, but also that the festival has shown enough to make it comparable to any of the other summer events.“In 2007, the first year of the festival, over 15,000 persons were in attendance, while in 2008, in spite of heavy rains, we managed to draw a crowd of over 10,000. We have been increasing the attendance tally steadily over the years, and there is every reason to believe that this might be our biggest year yet,” Mr. Bailey said.He noted that tourism stakeholders, as well as the business community in Ocho Rios, have thrown their weight behind the event.“There was a time when Ocho Rios was devoid of quality entertainment. Fortunately, those days are long gone as the Ocho Rios Seafood Festival with its family-oriented theme has changed all of that. The town and by extension the entire St. Ann is ready for what we feel will be the blockbuster event of the summer,” Mr. Bailey said.The  event will be held at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and admission is $1,500 for adults and $500 for children. Presold tickets, $1,000 for adults and $300 for children, will be available in Ocho Rios at Great House Pharmacy, Total Gas Station and New Ocho Rios Pharmacy.Children  under 12  can ride free all day on the attractions that will be provided. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has endorsed the 12th annual Ocho Rios Seafood Festival, signing on as a major sponsor of the event, to be held on August 5. “The Ocho Rios Seafood Festival is arguably one of the biggest culinary shows in Jamaica. Having the JTB on board is not only a major boost, but can be viewed in the context that we are ready to take this event to another level,” he said. The  event will be held at the Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios. Gates will open at 10:00 a.m. and admission is $1,500 for adults and $500 for children. Presold tickets, $1,000 for adults and $300 for children, will be available in Ocho Rios at Great House Pharmacy, Total Gas Station and New Ocho Rios Pharmacy.last_img read more

Italy Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 247

Rabat – The death toll in the Italian earthquake has risen to at least 247 as thousands of rescuers continue efforts to find survivors, local authorities said on Thursday morning.Dozens are believed trapped in ruined Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, in mountainous central Italy.The search went on through the night, and there was a strong aftershock which rocked already damaged buildings. More than 4,300 rescuers are using heavy lifting equipment and their bare hands.Many of the victims were children, the health minister said, and there were warnings the toll could rise further.The 6.2-magnitude quake hit at 01:36 GMT on Wednesday 100km (65 miles) north-east of Rome.With MAP

Consensus action plan sought as UN forum on illicit small arms draws

A UN spokesman told reporters on Friday afternoon that outstanding provisions still under negotiation in the draft plan included measures relating to export controls and conference review meetings. Another key area under discussion, according to diplomats attending the two-week forum, is the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors. One major country was seeking to ensure that no restrictions were placed on such transactions, while a number of African States viewed the provision of small arms and light weapons to non-State actors as a highly destabilizing factor which must be addressed, the diplomats said.The draft plan does not aim to outlaw the legal manufacture or trade of small arms and light weapons, nor their legal, private ownership. Instead, it is designed to stem the illicit trade in these armaments, which the UN says were the weapon of choice in the overwhelming majority of recent conflicts that collectively killed some 4 million people, 80 per cent of them women and children.The draft is comprised of four parts, including a preamble and sections on preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; implementation, international cooperation and assistance; and follow-up. read more

Iraq UN rights chief calls for moratorium on executions after Saddam death

“A credible appeals process is an essential part of fair-trial guarantees,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said in a statement issued yesterday. “This is particularly important in this instance, in which the death penalty has been imposed.“Those convicted today should have every opportunity to exhaust their appellate remedies in a fair way, and whatever the outcome of an appeal, I hope the Government will observe a moratorium on executions,” she added.Ms. Arbour said guaranteeing the right to a fair trial of persons accused of major human rights violations was key to consolidating and strengthening the very important process of ensuring justice and countering impunity that Iraq had embarked upon.Also reacting to the verdict was Leandro Despouy, an unpaid, independent expert serving in his personal capacity as the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, who voiced “strong objections” regarding the conduct of the trial and concern about the consequences the judgment may have in Iraq and the wider region.In a statement, he said the personal jurisdiction of the tribunal was restricted, enabling it only to try Iraqis, and noted also that the body has no mandate to address “the war crimes committed by foreign troops during the first Gulf war (1990), nor the war crimes committed after 1 May 2003, date of the beginning of the occupation.”Mr. Despouy also voiced doubts about the tribunal’s legitimacy and credibility. “The tribunal has been established during an occupation considered by many as illegal, is composed of judges who have been selected during this occupation, including non Iraqi citizens, and has been mainly financed by the United States,” he said.The expert called attention to the negative impact of the violence and insecurity prevailing during the trial. “Since its beginning one of the judges, five candidate judges, three defence lawyers and an employee of the tribunal have been killed,” he noted, while another employee has been seriously injured.Above all, he cited the “lack of observance of a legal framework that conforms to international human rights principles and standards, in particular the right to be tried by an independent and impartial tribunal which upholds the right to a defence.”At the same time, he welcomed Iraq’s determination to sanction the main authors of the atrocities committed during three decades in the country and its will to see the trial take place in Iraq. But he cautioned that “this will be expressed through a trial conducted by an independent tribunal, legitimately established, acting in absolute transparency and providing all guarantees for a fair trial, in accordance with international human rights standards.”If those conditions are not fulfilled, he warned that the Iraqi High Tribunal’s ruling “risks being seen as the expression of the verdict of the winners over the losers.”The Special Rapporteur urged the Iraqi authorities not to carry out the death sentences imposed, saying this would represent a “serious legal setback for the country” while standing in open contradiction to the growing international tendency to abolish capital punishment.“It is clear that the verdict and its possible application will contribute to deepening the armed violence and the political and religious polarization in Iraq, bringing with it the almost certain risk that the crisis will spread to the entire region,” he said.Stressing the significance of the trial of Saddam Hussein, the Special Rapporteur reiterated his proposal for the establishment of an independent, impartial and international tribunal with all the necessary guarantees to enable it to receive the support of the UN. read more

Royal Mail accused of disrespect by mixing up DDay beaches with Indonesia

The Royal Mail says its 2019 Special Stamp programme is supposed to commemorate anniversaries and celebrate events and popular culture relevant to UK heritage and life. Images such as birds of prey and scenes depicting British engineering excellence are planned, as well as six stamps of Queen Victoria at various stages in her life, and four of her husband Prince Albert.The D-Day landings were to be marked with a set of 11 stamps, in what the Royal Mail said “will be a timely commemoration of all those who participated and will use images from the day itself”.Paul Woodadge, 49, a D-Day historian and former tour guide living in Normandy, told the BBC: “It’s quite shocking really. It’s going to be the 75th anniversary of D-Day – the last one where there’s any veterans around who will remember it.”These stamps are the kind of thing people will buy for their fathers and grandfathers.”A Royal Mail spokeswoman said: “We work very hard to ensure that our Special Stamp programme appropriately commemorates anniversaries and events that are relevant to UK heritage and life. British Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade landing from an LCI(S) (Landing Craft Infantry (Small)) on 'Queen Red' Beach, SWORD Area, at la Breche, at approximately 8.40 am, 6 June 1944. “We would like to offer our sincere apologies that our preview release for our 2019 Special Stamp programme included a stamp design which had been incorrectly associated with the D-Day landings.”We can confirm that this image will not be part of the final set, which will be issued in June 2019.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The D-Day landings occurred almost a month later – and thousands of miles away – on the coast of northern France, in what was to be the start of the final allied effort from the West against Nazi-occupied Europe. British Commandos of 1st Special Service Brigade landing from an LCI(S) (Landing Craft Infantry (Small)) on ‘Queen Red’ Beach, SWORD Area, at la Breche, at approximately 8.40 am, 6 June 1944. Credit: IWM/Getty Images Royal Mail has been widely criticised for planning to release a stamp marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day using an image of US troops landing in what was Dutch New Guinea, almost 8,500 miles from the Normandy beaches.The stamps, priced at £1.25 each, were due to be released in 2019 as part of a ‘Best of British’ collection.Captioned ‘Allied soldiers and medics wade ashore’, the image was supposed to depict the amphibious landings on the coast of northern France on June 6, 1944. However, after being previewed on social media, many observers pointed out the geographic error.One commentator on Twitter called it a “disrespectful sloppy blunder” while another said: “Having worked 3 years for Royal Mail, this does not surprise me at all”. Another tweet pointed out that the Royal Mail had released a series of stamps in 1994 commemorating 50 years since the landings, with correct imagery.The image, an official US Coast Guard photo, appears on the website of The National WWII Museum, an American site containing thousands of photographs and oral histories of the war.It first appeared in the July 1944 edition of ‘All Hands’ magazine and clearly states it shows troops carrying stretchers from a landing craft at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea – now part of Indonesia – on May 17, 1944. read more

Letter to the Editor

first_img Related Items:damian wilson, leadership, tci patriots Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Jan 2016LIFE – Leadership, Integrity, Fraternity, and EducationHOPE – Help Our People ExcelPOWER – Possessing Our Wealth, Economy and ResourcesWhat is leadership?What is leadership?The above question sounds simple enough, and when answering many will tell you that leadership is simply being in charge or in command, being the one to make the decisions. While this is absolutely true, we must understand that leadership is so much more than that. While the word ‘leadership’ holds simple conations for most, it means much more than simply being in charge or making decisions. We must understand that there are effective leaders and there are those in a position of leadership; they are not necessarily the same thing. You see, the difference here is position versus purpose. What do I mean by this?Often times many persons are given a position where they are in charge of others. However, there hearts have no desire for progress or change, so they keep doing the same things that have always been done. It’s not that they’re not capable but they have not developed a desire for purpose in that role. They may have a lot going on but their actions doesn’t give inspiration to those around them, and therefore, they struggle to gain momentum in their leadership.What we must understand is that leadership isn’t just about the leader, but also about the people they lead. As a leader you will develop a purpose for your leadership by having a heart for the people that you lead. Real effective leadership isn’t about getting people to confirm to your way but about transforming people’s faith in their own abilities through your vision. Successful people identify what they do well; but successful leaders identify what others do well.Aside from the above, I firmly believe that there are a few more key characteristics that any leader should have. Some of these key characteristics are:1. Innovation: Leadership is about introducing something new or different that hasn’t been seen before or taking something already existing or established and transforming it into something new or different. Good leadership is creative and transformative. Innovation in leadership is a process which takes time.2. Decisiveness: A leader must not be afraid to make decisions. Sometimes those decisions will be very hard choices but a leader must have the ability to make good decisions quickly and effectively. Often times, those closest to you may not agree with your choice but being decisive may be the difference between life and death.3. Problem Solving: A leader must have the ability to solve a problem, whether that problem is in the conception of ideas, in the operation of the organization or even with individuals. They must try to see clearly and be objective. When problems are ignored or not resolve they can grow and become even more dangerous later on.4. Compassion: A good leader not only cares about achieving their vision but is also empathetic to the needs and concerns of others, especially of those that follow you. A simple compassionate act can motivate even the most disheartened follower to continue on or persuade the hardest enemy to see differently. Leaders must show that they care!As you may see, these few characteristics are not actually about the leader but how the leader related to others in their role as leader. Successful people position themselves well; successful leaders position others well. Not through favouritism or elitism but through vision. Because the greatest legacy of any leadership is producing more leaders not devoted followers.END.Damian WilsonTCI Patriot National Leadership Conference announced, Youth to get training Recommended for you Natl Leadership Conference begins today; Registration still on Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Vote Your Voice says they did not collect any forms during drivelast_img read more

Video AZ Alkmaar star left in disbelief as delightful chip spins

first_imgMats Seuntjens couldn’t believe his eyes as his brilliant chip bounced away from the goal just as he begun to celebrateThe Dutch midfielder chipped the ball from the edge of the penalty area on the right side to potentially hand AZ Alkmaar an unlikely goal in their KNVB Cup tie with PEC Zwolle.The ball went past the helpless Zwolle goalkeeper and appeared to be heading straight into the goal only for it to then take a backspin off the goal line.This left a flabbergasted Seuntjens crutching his hips wondering what happened.“Unbelievable. Unfortunately, there was just too much effect on the ball,” said Seuntjens afterwards, via talkSPORT.Europa League draw groups K and L George Patchias – August 30, 2019 Europa League groups K and L were kind to Wolves and United, weren’t they?UEFA.com confirmed that Europa League group K consists of, Besiktas, Braga,…“Really too bad, because it was a great ball, even if I say so myself. ”Although AZ did still win 5-0 anyway and progressed through to the quarter-finals of the KNVB Cup.Here’s Ralf Seuntjes of AZ scoring a delightful lob over the… hang on, nope.pic.twitter.com/T21KEw866O— GoalScorer Challenge (@GoalscorerC) December 19, 2018last_img read more

Vancouver City Council eyes bigger role in oil terminal permit bid

first_imgThe Vancouver City Council will take a more prominent role in the state-level permitting process of a proposal for an $110 million oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.How much more prominent wasn’t explored Monday during a council update on the proposal by Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies to build the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail facility.Councilors indicated they will file a motion to intervene, which would give the city standing to make arguments directly to the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC), introduce evidence, cross-examine witnesses and appeal the decision.They stopped short of either expressing support or disapproval, however.As with the concerns submitted to EFSEC last year as part of a scoping process to determine what should be included in an environmental review, councilors remained neutral.The closest anyone got to stating an opinion about the proposed oil terminal was when Councilor Bart Hansen said he’s not particularly pleased with what he’s seen of the proposal.last_img read more

St Thomas St Dorothys Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive On November 1011

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – The Catholic Community of Wilmington and South Tewksbury’s Charities Committee is conducting a Thanksgiving Food Drive to help families in need within the St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s parishes.Donations can be left inside the entrances of both St. Thomas and St. Dorothy’s on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11.Requested, non-perishable food items include:GravyInstant PotatoCranberry SauceStuffingRiceCanned Veggies (corn, green beans, yams, peas, carrots)Chicken & Turkey Stock BrothBread & Roll MixCanned Fruit & ApplesauceCoffee, Tea & Hot CocoaPancake Max & SyrupCake Mix & FrostingPie Crust Mix & Pie FillingBrownie MixNuts/ChocolatesChip/Dip/SalsaGrocery Store Gift Cards (in any denomination)If you are interested in donating a complete Dinner Basket for a family, the estimated cost is approximately $50.  Monetary donations or gift cards can be brought to the Parish Office, marked “Thanksgiving,” or placed in the offertory collection.If you would like to have your donation picked up or have questions, please contact Rose Jackson at rosejackson1317@yahoo.com or 978-658-9915.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… RelatedWILMINGTON GIVES: St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive On November 11-12In “Community”St. Thomas & St. Dorothy’s Holding Thanksgiving Food Drive This WeekendIn “Community”last_img read more

Google blocks Chinese app TikTok in India after court order

first_imgTikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India.ReutersGoogle has blocked access to the hugely popular video app TikTok in India to comply with a state court’s directive to prohibit its downloads, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.The move comes hours after a court in southern Tamil Nadu state refused a request by China’s Bytedance Technology to suspend a ban on its TikTok app, putting its future in one of its key markets in doubt.The state court had on April 3 asked the federal government to ban TikTok, saying it encouraged pornography and made child users vulnerable to sexual predators. Its ruling came after an individual launched public interest litigation calling for a ban.The government had sent a letter to Apple and Google to abide by the state court’s order, according to an IT ministry official.The app was still available on Apple’s platforms late on Tuesday but was no longer available on Google’s Play store in India.Google said in a statement it does not comment on individual apps but adheres to local laws. Apple did not respond to requests for comment, while TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Google’s move.TikTok, which allows users to create and share short videos with special effects, has become hugely popular in India but has been criticized by some politicians who say its content is inappropriate.It had been downloaded more than 240 million times in India, app analytics firm Sensor Tower said in February. More than 30 million users in India installed it in January 2019, 12 times more than in the same month last year.Jokes, clips and footage related to India’s thriving movie industry dominate the app’s platform, along with memes and videos in which youngsters, some scantily clad, lip-sync and dance to popular music.Bytedance challenged the state court’s ban order in India’s Supreme Court last week, saying it went against freedom of speech rights in India.The top court had referred the case back to the state court, where a judge on Tuesday rejected Bytedance’s request to put the ban order on hold, K. Neelamegam, a lawyer arguing against Bytedance in the case, said.TikTok earlier said in a statement that it had faith in the Indian judicial system and was optimistic about an outcome that would be well received by millions of its users. It did not comment further on the judge’s decision.The company, however, welcomed the decision to appoint a senior lawyer to assist the court in upcoming proceedings.The state court has requested written submissions from Bytedance in the case and has scheduled its next hearing for April 24.Salman Waris, a technology lawyer at TechLegis Advocates & Solicitors, said the legal action against Bytedance could set a precedent of Indian courts intervening to regulate content on social media and other digital platforms.In its Supreme Court filing, Bytedance argued that a very minuscule proportion of TikTok content was considered inappropriate or obscene.The company employs more than 250 people in India and had plans for more investment as it expands the business, it said.last_img read more

Three Wipro call centre employees arrested for security breach

first_imgThree employees of a call centre run by Wipro for London-based telecom service provider TalkTalk have been arrested in India for alleged breach of security.The arrests in Kolkata earlier this month were made after TalkTalk detected the alleged breach while conducting a data security review and informed the police, reported PTI.While confirming the arrests, TalkTalk clarified they were not related to a hacking detected last October when personal information of its customers were “compromised”. “Following the October 2015 cyber-attack, we have been conducting a forensic review to ensure that all aspects of our security are as robust as possible — including that of our suppliers. Acting on information supplied by TalkTalk, the local police have arrested three individuals who have breached our policies and the terms of our contract with Wipro. We are also reviewing our relationship with Wipro,” PTI quoted TalkTalk as saying in a statement.Wipro has said it is “working closely” in the investigation and will “extend its full cooperation” to the authorities probing the allegations.”Wipro is committed to maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of all customer data, and has a zero-tolerance policy on security breaches,” the Bengaluru-based company said in a statement.”Wipro is working closely with the customer in the investigation and will continue to extend its full cooperation to the investigating authorities,” Wipro was quoted by PTI as saying.last_img read more

Instagram update changes the way profiles look in a big way See

first_img Instagrams New Update That Sparked Outrage Was Just A Test Close Instagram is working on many features and changes that are going to change a lot of things for its users and influencers. While the news of Instagram hiding like counts on the platform has brought mixed feelings, it’s not the only big change that is going to embrace the social media app. If you haven’t updated your Instagram app, a new version has arrived with a few changes that you might or might not like.Instagram for Android received a new update and with it came a major redesign. The change is mainly for the profile page of Instagram accounts, where things have been shuffled a bit. Users are familiar with the years-long design where the profile photo appears on the top left with the user’s name and bio beneath. The counter for Posts, Followers, Following alongside “Edit Profile” option is alongside the profile photo.The profile design has been unchanged for a long time, making it quite familiar and easy to use. But Instagram decided to bring a new change to the way profiles look and users might need some time to adjust to it. Instagram new update changes profilesIBTimes India/Sami KhanThe new design for Instagram profiles now show the handle right on top and the name user has chosen to be displayed just below it in larger font size. This way, the name of the account holder is highlighted. The account bio, if the user has added, appears below the name in a smaller font, followed by the number of followers and the accounts that the user follows. The number of Posts is no longer shown on the profile.The profile photo appears on the top right corner, just below the settings menu and story archives. There’s a bigger Edit Profile button, which also separates the profile information from the content posted on the account. Users’ Stories will appear below the edit button followed by photos and videos users have posted on the account.Check out the difference below: Instagram new update changes profilesIBTimes India/Sami KhanInstagram is clearly putting the focus on the content here and the information, which would otherwise miss the visitor’s attention. The change is as big as the upcoming features like new Stories camera UI with Create Mode, Shopping from Creators option, Donation Stickers and hiding the precious likes, which is the bread and butter for a lot of influencers out there.Hiding the likes on photos doesn’t take away much from genuine influencers as they can still share statistics about the post’s reach. This will help businesses connect with the right influencers.center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:10Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis 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. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

2 killed in protests over a girls rape and murder in Pakistan

first_imgPeople chant slogans and hold signs to condemn the rape and killing of 7-year-old girl Zainab Ansari in Kasur, during a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan. Photo: ReutersTwo civilians were killed when officers fired live rounds to disburse crowds that attacked a police station in Pakistan on Wednesday in a protest over the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl.Police recovered the body of Zainab Ansari on Tuesday from a garbage dumpster in the town of Kasur in eastern Pakistan, four days after she was reported missing.It was the twelfth incident of a girl being adducted, raped, and killed in the past year in Kasur district, police say. Residents have been furious at the authorities for what they see as a failure to investigate such cases.The spokesman for Pakistan’s Punjab province, Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan, told Reuters that protesters turned violent and attacked a local police office.”They started throwing stones at the office and some of armed protesters shot bullets at police. In order to stop them, police resorted to aerial firing,” Khan said, adding that two people were killed and one wounded as a result.Locals said police responded with undue force.”A peaceful protest was taking place, some students threw stones and police responded by firing at the crowd,” Saleem ur Rehman, a resident who was at the protest, told Reuters. “The law and order situation here is really bad and there have been many such incidents. That is what the protest was about.”Ansari’s parents, who were not in the country when their daughter was kidnapped, returned on Wednesday.”I want justice! I want justice!” Zainab’s mother cried, surrounded by reporters at the international airport in the capital Islamabad.Ansari’s case has attracted the attention of the country’s civilian and military leadership, with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif calling for immediate action.Police in Kasur deny they have been lax in investigating child abductions in the town. Regional police officer Zulfiqar Hameed told Reuters that four kidnappers had been arrested and another killed during an arrest attempt.”Investigations reveal that in each case a paedophile kidnaps little girls, rapes them and kills them,” he said.The case of Ansari would soon be solved, he said: “We have got CCTV footage that shows a young man taking her along. We will catch him very soon,” he said, adding that 95 DNA samples had been taken from suspects.A number of police officials have been transferred out of the region for failing to investigate complaints of missing children since 2015, when authorities uncovered what they called a paedophile ring linked to a prominent local family. At least two people have been convicted in the case, in which authorities say hundreds of children in the district were abused.last_img read more

Prada Announces Diversity Council After Blackface Outrage

first_imgBy The Associated PressMILAN (AP) — Italian brand Prada said it is forming a diversity council to “elevate voices of color within the company and fashion industry at large,” a move that follows accusations of racism in the luxury fashion world.Two Americans, artist Theaster Gates and film director Ava DuVernay, will chair the council, Prada said Wednesday. The group will work to develop “diverse talent” and create more opportunities for students of color, the luxury fashion house said.In this Nov. 18, 2018, file photo filmmaker Ava DuVernay addresses the audience during the 2018 Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, FIle)Gates said his work “amplifies the voices that have been absent from the broad cultural conversations,” and he was happy to work with Prada to help make the company more “reflective of the world today.”Prada apologized in December and immediately withdrew bag charms with exaggerated red lips. Critics said the charms recalled the Blackface caricatures that long propagated racist stereotypes in the United States.The fashion world controversy intensified after a similar misstep this month by Gucci. Another prominent African-American director, Spike Lee, said he would wear neither Prada nor Gucci until they included Black designers.“Prada is committed to cultivating, recruiting and retaining diverse talent to contribute to all departments of the company,” said Miuccia Prada, CEO and creative director. “In addition to amplifying voices of color within the industry, we will help ensure that the fashion world is reflective of the world in which we live.”She said the initiative would “help us grow not only as a company, but also as individuals.”Blackface caricatures popularized in 19th century minstrel shows also have attracted renewed attention in the United States after old photos emerged of White politicians wearing Blackface or condoning it.last_img read more

Hundreds March to Honor Texas girl Maleah Davis

first_imgBy Associated PressHundreds of people marched to honor the memory of a 4-year-old Houston girl who was missing for several weeks before her remains were found last month in Arkansas.Family members of Maleah Davis as well as area residents walked through downtown Houston on Sunday.Hundreds gathered in downtown Houston on June 9 to honor the legacy of 4-year-old Maleah Davis, who was missing for weeks, before her remains were later found in Arkansas. (AP Photo)After the march, people gathered at City Hall. Craig Davis, Maleah’s father, spoke briefly, thanking the crowd for their support and saying the march meant so much to his family.The city of Houston declared Sunday as “Maleah Davis Day.” Later in the evening, officials lit up City Hall in pink lights, which was the girl’s favorite color.Derion Vence, the ex-fiance of Maleah’s mother, is jailed on a tampering with evidence charge in the case. Authorities say additional charges could be filed.last_img read more

ArduSat1 and ArduSatX CubeSats launched into space

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X CubeSats launched into space (2013, August 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-08-ardusat-ardusat-x-cubesats-space.html (Phys.org) —Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has successfully launched an H-2B cargo rocket into space—a portion of which is bound for a rendezvous with the International Space Station. After it docks, two CubeSats—ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X—held in its cargo module will be deployed into an orbit above the Earth. Talking humanoid robot launches on Japan rocket © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img The two tiny cube-shaped satellites will be pulled from the same cargo module that holds Kirobo—a talking humanoid type robot designed to study whether astronauts might benefit from an electronic companion. The small satellites usher in a new low cost era in space technology—each will offer the possibility of non-professionals running real-time experiments aboard a real orbiting satellite.Both of the miniature satellites are loaded with technology, including cameras, ozone and CO2 sensors, a Geiger counter and temperature gauges. They also have an onboard computer running Arduino, an open-source platform that allows for controlling instruments aboard the craft. Arduino was chosen because it is an already established platform used by educational institutions and hobbyists alike.Both craft have a set list of objectives to fulfill before time runs out—both will plummet to the Earth at some point in time between three and seven months. Once its initial objectives have been fulfilled, the satellite will be made available to other projects run by customers on the ground. $125 will get a user three days worth of satellite time while $250 will get a whole week. Since each satellite is capable of running 16 experiments simultaneously, there will be plenty of opportunities for schools and other organizations to take advantage of this unique opportunity.Shortly after docking with the ISS, ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X will be pulled from the cargo module by a robotic arm which will then release them into space. The two CubeSats were partly built in Australia and were also partly funded via a Kickstarter project. The aerospace company responsible for their creation is Nanosatisfi LLC—their stated goal is to “democratize access to space.” They deployment of the two CubeSats is just the beginning they have told reporters. They hope to send up hundreds or even thousands of tiny satellites allowing almost anyone with a desire to perform experiments in space, a platform for doing so. Explore further CAD Drawing of ArduSat. Credit: Peter Platzer / Wikipedia.last_img read more

Two for the price of one Singlemolecule microscopy simultaneously monitors protein structure

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Single-molecule resolution of protein structure and interfacial dynamics on biomaterial surfaces, PNAS November 26, 2013 vol. 110 no. 48 19396-19401, doi:10.1073/pnas.1311761110 Moreover, Kaar continues, monitoring molecule-by-molecule structure changes in organophosphorus hydrolase had its own challenges related to eliminating mislabeled protein molecules – that is, molecules with other than one donor and one acceptor fluorophore – from analysis. “We met this challenge by creating and implementing filters during data analysis that separated signals from properly labeled and mislabeled species.”Kaar points out that using SM-FRET tracking had its own issue. For one, it required high-throughput tracking algorithms (developed by co-authors Kastantin and Schwartz) critical to monitor changes in FRET signals for large numbers of molecules, which in turn was essential to identifying protein structure changes accurately (that is, with high statistical confidence). He points out that SM-FRET also required prior knowledge of the crystal structure of OPH, which was needed to make the FRET signal indicative of quantitative changes in protein conformation.The study’s results suggest that surfaces may act as a source of unfolded (that is, aggregation-prone) protein back into solution – but validating this implication faces the challenge of identifying the conformation of protein molecules immediately before desorption from the surface. “The question of whether the unfolded proteins induced aggregation in solution after desorption remains to be fully understood,” Kaar explains. “Fully understanding if this is actually the case requires further analysis of protein in solution in the presence of the surface.”The team leveraged two key innovations to address these research challenges – the implementation of site-specific labeling methods, and high-throughput tracking algorithms with SM-FRET. “Combining these methods enabled the decoupling of surface-induced conformational changes from protein adsorption and desorption events,” Kaar notes. “By decoupling such phenomenon, this approach allowed us to overcome the limitations of conventional surface characterization methods.”The research also shows that SM-FRET permits a unique level of understanding of the ways in which surface chemistry influences molecular conformation and, in turn, function. “By observing molecular-level changes in protein structure in isolation from competing surface dynamics, it’s easier to make a direct connection between surface chemistry and conformation,” Kaar points out. “Therefore, it is more straightforward to see the effects of surface chemistry and can lead to new ideas for how to improve chemistry for a given application.Another important finding is that the new method will enable the creation of surfaces and modifications with improved biocompatibility by uncovering the connection between surface properties and protein unfolding. “This connection is critical to inspiring and developing surfaces and modifications that meld with the biological world,” Kaar explains. “For example, with this understanding, we can begin to design surfaces that promote protein folding and therefore favorable responses from cells present in the surrounding milieu. In this example, the folded state of the protein may display certain biological signals to cells that thwart unwanted inflammatory or harmful reactions while instructing cells to respond in ways that may facilitate proliferation, differentiation or even wound healing in vivo.”Kaar tells Phys.org that future experiments are aimed at determining if the observed effects of fused silica on organophosphorus hydrolase are general or specific to this combination of surface and protein. “We plan to address this question by probing how fused silica and surfaces with other properties impact the folding of other proteins. We’re also interested in expanding our methods to understand how surface effects on conformation impact the binding of a third protein species. Understanding this impact is critical to, for example, enumerating how cells respond to biological cues on surfaces in physiological environments.” Other innovations that the researchers may develop, Kaar adds, include more sophisticated labeling to minimize SM-FRET protein mislabeling on surfaces, as well as labeling and detection schemes to enable multiple molecular events, including unfolding and binding, to be monitored simultaneously.”Given that the interaction of proteins and surfaces are relevant in virtually all areas of biotechnology,” Kaar notes, “many other areas of research – for example, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biosensing, biocatalysis, and pharmaceutical protein formulation – may benefit from exploiting our approach.” (Phys.org) —Proteins accomplish something rather amazing: A protein can have many functions, with a given function being determined by the way they fold into a specific three-dimensional geometry, or conformations. Moreover, the structural transitions form one conformation to another is reversible. However, while these dynamics affect protein conformation and therefore function, and so are critical to a wide range of areas, methods for understanding how proteins behave near surfaces, which is complicated by protein and surface heterogeneities, has remained elusive. Recently, however, scientists at University of Colorado utilized a method known as Single-Molecule Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (SM-FRET) tracking to monitor dynamic changes in protein structure and interfacial behavior on surfaces by single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer, allowing them to explicate changes in protein structure at the single-molecule level. (SM-FRET describes energy transfer between two chromophores – molecular components that determine its color.) In addition, the researchers state that their approach is suitable for studying virtually any protein, thereby providing a framework for developing surfaces and surface modifications with improved biocompatibility. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Citation: Two for the price of one: Single-molecule microscopy simultaneously monitors protein structure and function (2013, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-price-single-molecule-microscopy-simultaneously-protein.html Protein surfaces defects act as drug targets Structure of OPH showing the position of site-specific donor and acceptor labeling. OPH is a homodimer (C2 symmetry) that consists of two (α/β)8 monomers. The position K175, which was replaced with AzF in monomers A and B of OPH, is highlighted (yellow). Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1311761110 Prof. Joel L. Kaar discussed the paper he and his co-authors, Dr. Sean Yu McLoughlin, Prof. Mark Kastantin and Prof. Daniel K. Schwartz, recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The primary challenges in devising our approach to characterizing changes in protein structure were implementing a site-specific labeling method, which enabled single-molecule resolution, as well as a method to only image molecules at the solution-surface interface,” Kaar tells Phys.org. The scientists overcame the former challenge by incorporating unnatural amino acids – that is, those not among the 20 so-called standard amino acids – with unique functional groups for labeling with fluorophores (chemical compounds that can re-emit light upon light excitation); the latter, by using total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy, which only excites molecules in the near-surface environment, thereby minimizing the background fluorescence of molecules free in solution. “Although site-specific labeling methods have been used to monitor changes in protein conformation mainly in bulk solution, such techniques have not previously been exploited to study freely diffusible protein molecules at interfaces,” Kaar adds. As such, the researchers are the first to apply site-specific labeling methods to study protein-surface interactions,”The major challenge associated with incorporating unnatural amino acids for labeling was related to the optimization of protein expression,” Kaar continues. Specifically, he explains, the expression of the enzyme organophosphorus hydrolase (OPH) – which is notoriously difficult to make in large quantities due to inclusion body formation – with the unnatural amino acid p-azido-L-Phe (AzF) had to be optimized to efficiently incorporate p-azido-L-Phe. (Inclusion body formation refers to the intracellular aggregation of partially folded expressed proteins,) “This process required modification of expression conditions,” he adds, “in which bacteria with modified genetic machinery were grown to enable production of soluble enzyme for single-molecule experiments.”last_img read more

Long delays on M6 after camper van fire blows smoke across motorway

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect long delays on the M6 as a camper van fire blows smoke across the motorway. Emergency services were called to the scene on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, for Stafford North, and 15, for Stoke-on-Trent, shortly before 2.45pm. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were attending the incident not far from junction 15. Traffic monitoring company Inrix reports all three lanes are being temporarily held as the fire service arrive at the scene. An Inrix spokesman said: “All traffic is being temporarily held and there is stationary traffic due to vehicle fire and smoke blowing across the road on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). In the roadworks area. Read MorePolice name man arrested and charged with attempted rape of young girl   “All traffic was held at around 2.45pm. Currently we are unable to tell what type of vehicle is on fire, but the fire service is in attendence.” Highways England is also aware of the incident. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Police search for missing woman Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital windowcenter_img Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more