National Indigenous teams impress in New Zealand

first_imgThe Indigenous Men’s team played Tonga on Saturday morning, and won the game 9-6 to progress through to the final against New Zealand Maori. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final, and the crowd was assured of a quality match after the teams drew 6-6 when they met in the round games. The Maori team started strongly to take a 4-1 lead at half time, but the Australian’s didn’t give up and ended up losing the game by one touchdown, 5-4. Cody Green was awarded the Player’s Player award, while Luke Norford received the Coaches award. Other standouts for the Men’s team included Jesse Green, Jamie Adams, Dan Munro, Edrick Lee, Peter Stoddart and Roy Pearce. The Australian team missed out on playing in the final of the Women’s division, after finishing third on the ladder behind New Zealand Maori and Ao Teaora Invitational.  The team improved consistently throughout the tournament, and given a chance to play semi finals, could well have caused an upset. The Australian team met Pasifika Invitational in the play off for the plate final, and were comprehensive winners, 20-0.Jordan Ah Sam was named Player’s Player for the Women’s team, while Mel Ingram was awarded the Coaches award. Coach John Singh also gave encouragement awards to Caitlyn Costello, Kayla Faulkner and Jaylene Bonson, while Bo De La Cruz and Simone Smith were also stand outs for the Women’s team. The tour was dedicated to the memory of Anthony ‘Anno’ Avery, who passed away last year from bowel cancer. The inaugural Anthony Avery memorial medal was awarded to Arthur Ramirez. Touch Football Australia congratulates the Indigenous teams for their performance in the World Indigenous Touch Tournament. Stay tuned to the TFA website for highlights of the tournament.last_img read more

TGIF Shopping: Take A Look At The Latest From Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes

first_img What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Founded in 2008 by professional snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten, Atreebutes (pronounced attributes) is an eco friendly menswear collection based in the Swiss Alps’ town of Saas-Fee, Switzerland.Kalbermatten’s goal was to not only find an organic supplier but to fully commit and hold ownership of Atreebutes’ supply chain from field to factory.“As a small team, we knew we had to be impeccable with our resources to help us head in the right direction,” says Nicole Kalbermatter, Frederik’s wife and Atreebutes CEO.Related: The Big List of Brands with Lifetime Warranties Asked what the biggest challenge of sourcing sustainable products, Kalbertmatten cited, simply, hope.“You don’t have to get very deep into textile manufacturing, or any global manufacturing chains really, to be confronted with some very unsavory realities,” he admits. “I have a lot of hope that more companies will join Made in a Free World and start to take ownership of their supply chains, that consumers will demand products that are made ethically, that we can be proud of the future we are offering our children. But hope costs something on a personal level. It’s like falling in love, there is a lot of heart risk involved. “For their FW16 collection, Kalbermatten embarked on a multi-stop train tour through India beginning at the source, the cotton field, and then continuing on to the ginner, mill, and factory. “I wanted to go there personally, check it out, learn about the whole process, and get to know the people who are working for us,” he explains.Told in the past that clothes were organic, Kalbermatten was on a mission to prove it. “I don’t want to just make more stuff to be consumed, I want to do something that better’s the lives of the people who are working for us.”To achieve their mission of sustainability, they utilized 100% organic cotton, coconut buttons, and pigment inks.The result is a collection that includes hoodies, jackets, sweaters, cardigans and more, nothing of which is priced above $129.Shop the entire FW16 collection at Atreebutes.com. Editors’ Recommendations 1. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes 2. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes 3. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes 4. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes 5. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes 6. The latest from Snowboarder Frederik Kalbermatten’s Brand Atreebutes The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bagscenter_img How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck 3 of the Best Teeth Whitening Products For Pearly Whites last_img read more

5 Reveals at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show that Break the Automotive Mold

first_imgThe Geneva Motor Show isn’t like any other car convention in the world. While Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York host reveals of the latest mainstream automobiles, only Geneva, Switzerland, assembles the most dazzling performance and luxury vehicles known (or not yet known) to man. Supercars, one-off custom projects, and halo models abound in a twilight zone of wealth and ambition. This is where bedroom posters are born.As you might imagine, picking the five coolest vehicles from this crop of global elites isn’t easy, but we gave it a shot. On the surface, these production and concept cars have little in common, but they each break the automotive mold in their own, wickedly cool ways. Let’s dive in.Ferrari 488 Pista The electric vehicle spectrum is constantly expanding to match the range of internal combustion vehicle offerings. With the Rimac Concept Two at one end and the Fiat 500e at the other, there’s plenty of room for design and functionality directions in between. In this gap, Porsche introduces its Mission E CrossTurismo Concept.Inspired by the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo and the Mission E Concept, the CrossTurismo is effectively a lifted wagon with an electric powertrain — and blue wheels. Though the chunky tires and increased ride height suggest this is an adventure-focused offering, the concept is righteously quick. Zero to 60 mph takes just 3.5 seconds from a combined 600 horsepower. Porsche also claims the EV will recharge its battery in a hurry. Just four minutes of fast charging will give you 62 miles of range and 15 minutes will turn into 250 miles of range.Both the Mission E sedan and the Mission E CrossTurismo are expected to hit production in the next two years, so stay tuned for more!Toyota GR Supra Concept Previous Next 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Previous 1 of 9 1 of 8 Next A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Next Easing into our top five of Geneva, the Ferrari 488 Pista (or “pissed off,” as we like to call it) is a track-focused version of the 488 supercar. Though we saw this one coming, foresight takes nothing away from this car’s wow-factor.Ferrari tunes its 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 to 711 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque, which are increases of 51 horsepower and 8 pound-ft of torque over the standard 488 GTB. The boost in power makes the Pista Ferrari’s most powerful road-going V8 model ever. In addition to engine internal tweaks, the 488’s seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has been revised for quicker shifts. To enhance these mechanical updates, Ferrari engineers were able to extract 198 pounds from the 488 GTB’s body.Styling changes include a new front bumper, deep hood vent, extended side skirt, and revised diffuser, all integrated with carbon fiber. Inside, the Pista gets even more carbon fiber and Alcantara to go with its racing seat belts. The only electronic tweak is a new oversteer management control that enables drivers to hold drifts easier — very important.Rimac Concept Two Next Previous The next generation Toyota Supra may not change the future of performance cars, but it will make thousands of enthusiasts weak at the knees. It’s been 16 years since Toyota ended production of its fourth generation Supra. Since then, rumors have circulated about a successor that would be powered by all manor of engines and would target everything from the Mazda Miata to the Audi R8.At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, we finally have some answers about where the Supra badge is headed. The Toyota GR Supra Concept is a race car that will make it digital debut in Gran Turismo Sport next month, but it also gives us a clear look at the upcoming production car. Co-developed by BMW (which will use the sports car platform to underpin its next Z4), the Toyota GR Supra Concept is 180 inches long, 80.6 inches wide, 48.4 inches tall and has a wheelbase of 97.2 inches. Engine and transmission details are missing, but we do know the Supra will be rear-drive.Strip away the flared fenders and wings and you’re looking at a road-going Supra. When exactly will we see the real deal (much less drive the thing)? Soon, we hope.Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Geneva Motor Show to reveal a high-horsepower version of its all-new CLS … at least that’s what you might assume when you see the AMG GT Four Door Coupe. In truth, the new model is more sports car than sedan.While based on the E-Class platform, the AMG GT Four-Door Coupe is designed from the ground up by AMG to perform just as its name suggests: like an AMG GT sports car with two extra doors. Powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8, the AMG GT Four-Door will produce 630 horsepower  sent to the rear wheels via a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. Down the line, we may also see a plug-in hybrid model with up to 800hp, but the addition of batteries and motors would add weight and therefore reduce handling capability.We admit, Mercedes-Benz’s vehicle lineup is becoming a bit diluted (like most German luxury manufacturers), but if you want the best performance with real legroom for four adults, it doesn’t get much better than this. If the Pista’s power impressed you, find a chair and sit in it. Rimac — the makers of the stupendously quick Concept One electric supercar — are back with a new model. The aptly named Concept Two debuted in Geneva with a monstrous 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque.Output is just the beginning when it comes to the Concept Two. With a time of just 1.85 seconds to 60 mph, no other production vehicle can match the Concept Two’s acceleration. On the top end, Rimac’s new EV will hit 258 mph, making it the fifth fastest car in the world (following the Koenigsegg Agera RS, Hennessey Venom GT, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, and Bugatti Chiron).Other highlights include quick charging of its 120 kWh battery in just 30 minutes (to 80-percent capacity) and Level 4 autonomous capability via eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors, two Lidar, and six radar systems.Rimac only plans to produce 150 examples of the Concept Two, and each is expected to fetch over $1 million. Save your pennies, kids.Porsche Mission E CrossTurismo Previous Next Editors’ Recommendations The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic Previous The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording 1 of 5 1 of 7 1 of 11 Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPHlast_img read more

Good response to Offer for Sale of stake in RNAM Reliance Capital

first_imgMumbai: The Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital on Tuesday said that the Offer for Sale (OFS) of its stake in Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management Ltd (RNAM) had received an excellent response from investors. In a statement issued here, Reliance Capital said it had exercised the “Green-Shoe” option and would sell over eight per cent of its shareholding in RNAM through the OFS aggregating approximately Rs 1,100 crore. The company announced OFS of its shareholding in RNAM in order to comply with the mandatory requirement of achieving a Minimum Public Shareholding of 25 per cent by reducing the promoter stake. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents The RNAM entire stake monetisation proceeds of about Rs 6,000 crore and the already announced transaction with Nippon Life Insurance Company of Japan would be utilised to reduce Reliance Capital’s outstanding debt. Based on the above, and other asset monetisation deals presently underway, Reliance Capital expects to reduce its debt by at least Rs 12,000 crore, or 70 per cent, in the current financial year.last_img read more

BC police start new push to find killer of 13yearold Marrisa Shen

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Six months after a 13-year-old girl from Burnaby, B.C. was murdered, police say they have combed through over 1,000 hours of video and have identified 1,000 people for further follow up.Marrisa Shen’s body was found in Central Park, not far from her home early in the morning of July 19, just hours after her mother had reported her missing.Police have now launched a website about the Shen investigation and released new video of her last hours.The video shows the girl holding the door open for a man as she walks into a Tim Hortons just after 6 p.m.About 90 minutes later she throws away her garbage and walks out the door.Police say on the website they’re releasing the latest video in an attempt to jog someone’s memory of that day.Burnaby RCMP say investigators have spoken to hundreds of people in the surrounding area to identify anyone who might have information about the girl’s death.last_img read more

Planet Echo launches app for kids

first_imgAPTN National NewsPlanet Echo is a quirky kids program airing on APTN.The environmental kids show has just started shooting its third season.Now there is a new app for kids.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

Trudeau insists his defence of supply management has prompted Trumps tweets

first_imgSAGUENAY, Que. – For anyone wondering why Donald Trump has been tweeting about Canadian agriculture lately — Justin Trudeau insists that he is the instigator.The prime minister said Thursday that the U.S. president’s complaints on Twitter about Canada’s trade barriers are the result of his refusal to give in to Trump’s demands to do away with the country’s supply management system.Trudeau’s comments were meant to address fresh criticism from Canadian farmers who fear he is prepared to open up the system to provide more access to American competition.The issue followed him to Saguenay, Que., where producers concerned about the future of supply management demonstrated outside one of his events.“There’s a reason why Donald Trump continues to write tweets on dairy products and Canada — it’s because I’ve told him many times: ‘No, he won’t touch, we won’t touch our supply management system,’ ” Trudeau told reporters.“We will always defend our supply management system because it works.”As if on cue, Trump responded on Thursday night:“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant,” the president’s Twitter account stated. “…But he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!”Trudeau made the remarks a day before he was scheduled to host G7 leaders, including Trump, in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.The G7 summit is expected to produce heated discussions over trade among the leaders in the exclusive club of wealthy democracies.In recent weeks, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade — a highly unusual development in the countries’ long-standing, close relationship.The pair have sparred over Trump’s move to impose hefty steel and aluminum tariffs. Canada has responded by threatening to apply tariffs of its own on the U.S.Trudeau said they’ve also disagreed over Trump’s call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the difficult ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.In recent days, Trump’s Canada-focused tweets have included:— “Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time. Highly restrictive on Trade! They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!”— “Canada has all sorts of trade barriers on our Agricultural products. Not acceptable!”— “Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. Big trade barriers against U.S. farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. Massive trade deficits no longer!”And following Trudeau’s remarks Thursday, Trump tweeted this: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers… Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow.”While the steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to take centre stage at the G7 summit this weekend, the Canada-U.S. battle over supply management is likely to surface during conversations between Trump and Trudeau.Supply management also remains a tricky domestic political issue for Trudeau.On Thursday, dozens of noisy demonstrators waited outside in the light rain for a chance to tell Trudeau that he must fully defend supply management in the NAFTA talks. Trudeau was in the area to lend a hand to the campaign of a local Liberal candidate running in an upcoming federal byelection.Following Trudeau’s news conference, he headed outside and jumped up on the tail gate of a pickup to talk to the protesters, who held placards demanding the system be left untouched.Trudeau held a microphone and said Trump tells him every time that he wants the supply management system eliminated.He said he responds by telling Trump he won’t sign NAFTA without supply management.“That is a promise,” Trudeau said as many farmers cheered and applauded.Seconds later, however, shouts from the crowd demanded Trudeau to guarantee that supply management would be 100 per cent untouched under a new NAFTA.“I guarantee you 100 per cent that I will defend supply management system,” Trudeau responded as more and more members of the crowd, disappointed by his answer, started shouting over him.“I hear you, I understand your concerns — but I don’t want to start detailing all that we are trying to do in terms of talking to the Americans. There are many issues that we will discuss.”Michel Frigon, a dairy farmer, said he was “extremely worried” that Trudeau refused to promise he would protect the supply management in its entirety. He fears Ottawa will open it up a bit like it did for other trade deals.“I’m extremely disappointed with what we just heard,” said Frigon, the regional vice-president for Quebec’s milk producers’ association.“It doesn’t reassure me at all… When you chip away at the foundation little by little, it will eventually fall down. That’s what they’re doing.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

Morocco Comes Second in Arab Boxing Championships in Egypt

Rabat – Morocco’s senior men boxing team came second at at the 4th Arab Junior Boxing Championships between February 11-14 in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt came in first place with three gold and five silver medals, while Algeria ranked third with three golds and five bronze medals.The Moroccan team won three gold and three silver medals. Abdesamad Abadou won one of the gold medals in 52 kilograms, after defeating Egyptian Omar Khaled 3-2 in the final. Morocco was represented at this event by boxers Hamza Rkibi in the 49 kilograms (Kg) category, Mohamed Abid in 56 Kg, Zouheir Khayraoui in 64 Kg, Yassine Ouzar in 69 Kg, Mohsine Houran in 75 Kg, Driss Ghroumi in 60 Kg, and Mohamed Abou Hamda in 81 Kg. Rkibi, Abed, Khayraoui, Ouzar, and Houran qualified for the finals of the competition. Mohamed Abou Hamda was eliminated in the semi-finals. He settled for the bronze medal. Ghroumi left the championship from the first round. In addition to the three medal winners, Yemen, Tunisia, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Sudan, and the UAE took part in the championship. The Moroccan national boxing team (seniors) is currently taking part in the Strandja Cup held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Moroccan boxers are competing in the 5-day event in Bulgaria, February 12-19, in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the African Games to be held in Morocco in August, and the World Boxing Championships to be held in Russia in September.Last month was eventful for Morocco’s boxing scene. A number of newcomers experienced morale-boosting victories on the internationale scene, whereas two of the most revered names ran into troubles. Boxers Zakaria Tijarti and Nordine Oubaali won a Full Muay Thai World Champion and the the WBC World Bantamweight title, respectively. Meanwhile, world-renowned kickboxer Badr Hari tested positive in an anti-doping test, while boxer Mohamed Rabii was sentenced to a one month suspended prison sentence for adultery. read more

US safety agency investigates complaints of suspension problems with Mazda CX9 SUV

by The Associated Press Posted Jun 15, 2015 10:09 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US safety agency investigates complaints of suspension problems with Mazda CX-9 SUV FILE – This April 13, 2006 file photo shows the seven passenger Mazda CX-9 SUV during the 106th New York International Auto Show at the Javits Convention Center in New York. U.S. safety regulators on Monday, June 15, 2015 said they are investigating complaints that suspension parts can come loose on some Mazda CX-9 SUVs from the 2007 and 2008 model years, causing drivers to lose control. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) DETROIT – U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that suspension parts can come loose on Mazda SUVs, causing drivers to lose control.The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 54,000 Mazda CX-9 SUVs from the 2007 and 2008 model years.The agency says it has six complaints that the lower ball joint can separate from the suspension while the SUVs are being driven. No crashes or injuries have been reported. Investigators say the complaints appear to show an increasing trend of problems. Four of the complaints came from states that use salt to clear roads in the winter.Investigations can lead to a recall.A Mazda spokeswoman said Monday that the company will work with NHTSA to support the investigation. read more

Zimbabwe food situation deteriorating UN food relief agency warns

Irregular rains, poor agricultural practices and ongoing economic challenges have pushed Zimbabwe into an increasingly critical food security situation, the United Nations food relief agency warned today. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), the past several weeks have provided signs of growing distress across the African country with high food prices, empty silos and granaries, and a reduced cereal harvest, aggravating the country’s food security outlook. “Late and erratic rains, poor agricultural practices, constrained access to inputs, and a reduction in planted area have all contributed to reducing the national cereal harvest by 33 per cent this year,” WFP said in a news release on its Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment (ZimVAC). It further noted that a lack of diversified livelihoods and the rising cost of living were combining to create a perfect storm of income and food insecurity. WFP, in fact, pointed out that according to the ZimVAC, over 1.6 million Zimbabweans will be in need of food assistance during the peak hunger period spanning January to March 2013. ZimVAC is an annual study conducted by the Government of Zimbabwe in collaboration with UN agencies and non-governmental organisations in order to estimate national food insecurity levels. In response to the deteriorating food situation, the UN agency announced it was scaling up operations in conjunction with the Government and other stakeholders to provide a combination of food distribution and cash transfers to those in need. The WFP further noted that it would require approximately $119 million to complete its operations in Zimbabwe until the end of March 2013, though it said that almost three-quarters of the funding has not yet been accounted for. read more

Developing a chemicalbased water treatment for mines

first_imgSiemens Water Technologies and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have signed an exclusive license agreement and a research and development agreement to continue to develop and commercialise a chemical-based technology to more efficiently and cost-effectively remove heavy metals from water and wastewater at mining sites. The system is being designed to occupy a smaller footprint than current remediation treatment systems to reduce capital expense and to operate more efficiently in a wider range of environments.“The Texas A&M University System is a leader in water technology in our agriculture and engineering programs. We are excited to partner with Siemens, a worldwide leader in technology, to commercialise and advance this technology which could have significant benefits to water and wastewater treatment,” said John Sharp, A&M System chancellor.In a single process unaffected by temperature or pH-levels, the technology can remove selenium, mercury, zinc, copper, chromium and other heavy metals as well as metalloids to meet America’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) limits.The technology is based on an Activated Iron ProcessTM for the removal of contaminants from water and wastewater developed by Dr Yongheng Huang, Associate Professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, who recently received the 2013 Rudolfs Industrial Waste Management Medal by the Water Environmental Federation at its Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC). Huang is also an AgriLife Research scientist.“AgriLife Research looks forward to further developing and commercialising its novel chemical process and reactor with a world leader such as Siemens Water Technologies,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, AgriLife Research director. “We are confident that our partnership with Siemens will yield environmental and economic benefits across multiple industries.”“Industrial operators are seeking new solutions to meet heavy metal remediation challenges and regulatory requirements,” said Dr Lukas Loeffler, Siemens Water Technologies CEO. “The agreements between AgriLife Research and Siemens Water Technologies will help develop a solution to meet this need and is another example to our commitment to innovation and industry leadership through research and development.”last_img read more

Ready for semifinals Hungary VS Sweden 17 Croatia attacks France 2030

← Previous Story HBW Balingen-Weilstetten signed Manuel Liniger Next Story → Dream of “Benga Boys” still alive – Sweden in Olympic FINAL! It’s time for a medal decisions. In the Men’s semi-finals at the Olympic Tournament in London, Hungary will meet Sweden (17) and Croatia will play against France (20.30 local time) in something what is called “Final before Final”. It is clear that first couple of semi-finalist won’t agree with this conclusion, but as we know, France is current Olympic champion and twice World Champion since Beijing 2008, while Croatia was twice vice-champion (WCh 2009 and EHF EURO 2010) and once bronze medal winner (EHF EURO 2012). read more

Hundreds march to garda station in Roscrea over drugs fears

first_imgWe estimate between 250 and 300 people were present. Roscrea Garda Station is open to the public on a 24 hour basis and there are no plans to change this at this time. Community Gardaí attached to Roscrea Garda Station liaise with the various community groups on a regular basis.Read: Half a million euro worth of cannabis seized as gardaí target drugs gang> Roscrea Main Street still blocked after 500 people spontaneously marched on Garda Stn. protesting against drugs pic.twitter.com/rcWZHFQNzD— Darren Keegan (@eirejournalist) July 21, 2014 Source: Darren Keegan/Twitter The protest blocked the main street for an hour, and a garda is believed to have been called in from Nenagh.A statement from An Garda Síochána said that two garda Sergeants addressed the crowd at Roscrea Garda Station last night. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE took part in a march to the garda station in Roscrea last night over drug use in the town.The meeting was organised by Roscrea Community Development Council (RCDC), supported by Roscrea Active Citizenship Association (RACA), and took place in the town’s Abbey Hall.The gathering was held to discuss the issue of drugs in Roscrea and “the devastation they are causing”, RCDC said.The locals were due to discuss creating a strategy to help those in need in the town, including helping people to access methadone, setting up a drop-in centre and helping with both rehabilitation and drugs prevention.A photo taken by local reporter Darren Keegan shows how the meeting turned into a spontaneous march to the local garda station.Up to 500 people are understood to have taken part in the march.last_img read more

Inquiry blames president for Cyprus blast

first_imgCyprus President Dimitris Christofias bears direct personal responsibility for a blast at a navy munitions plant on the island that killed 13 people in July, the head of an official inquiry into the explosion said this week. Christofias was primarily responsible for the “inadequacy, negligence and carelessness” that led to the explosion which also destroyed the island’s main power station, according to Polys Polyviou, who said Christofias should have known about the dangers of storing high-impact explosives inadequately. The head of the inquiry added however that the former defense and foreign ministers -who resigned in the wake of the blast- were also to blame. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Heres Whats in Loot Crates Firefly Halo and WWE Crates

first_img The Best Wonder Wharf Prizes for Bob’s Burgers FansOpen The Nick Box from CultureFly, Get Amazing Hat Stay on target Loot Crate puts out a ton of monthly crates. We look at the regular Loot Crate and Loot Anime pretty often, but they’re pretty surface compared with the increasing number of licensed shipments. If you love Harry Potter, Marvel, or Sanrio, there’s a crate for that. There are also monthly crates for Firefly, Halo, and the WWE, and Loot Crate sent us those three so you can see what hardcore Browncoat, Spartan, and, um, wrestling fans can get.Let’s start with the one-season sci-fi sleeper smash that just refuses to die, Firefly. The Firefly Cargo Crate is a $34.99 shipment filled with some pretty great stuff.You can find Serenity in the crate because it includes a Quantum Mechanix Serenity figurine. It’s a pretty on-model version of the ship with a magnetic base so you can put it on your desk or a shelf. And to commemorate that little ship, there’s also a surprisingly solid, heavy Firefly Transport plaque replica. It’s a bronze-colored metal plaque about the size of an iPhone SE, with a screw-in post on the back so you can also display it upright.The crate we got is all about the ship, which is why it also comes with a schematic book that lets you actually see how Serenity is laid out, along with all of its technical specs. And for your own cargo, there’s an envelope full of life-size replica cargo labels you can slap on anything. Sure, they’re just stickers, but they’re big, detailed, screen-accurate stickers.And because it’s a Loot Crate, it comes with a t-shirt and a pin. In this case, the t-shirt is a super mature picture of Serenity buzzing an Alliance ship with the words “Let’s moon ’em.” And the pin is the logo for Serenity.If that isn’t enough Nathan Fillion-related goodness, the Halo Legendary Crate will help quench your thirst. It’s another $34.99 crate, and it comes with another Quantum Mechanix figure, a display of Buck from Halo: ODST (voiced by Fillion). These Q-Figs are stylized and not exactly on-model, so there’s no space marine version of Captain Tightpants; he looks kind of like if Buck was in Star Wars: Rebels.To show even more ODST pride, there’s a pair of ODST lounge pants and an ODST t-shirt, along with both ODST and Superintendent rubber patches (hook-and-loop backs so you can stick them on anything remotely fuzzy).The crate also comes with a UNSC “data drop,” which is an envelope with some intelligence printed out on regular paper and a classified glossy photo of something from ODST. It’s not particularly impressive. The “Stick It” pin (again, this is a Loot Crate) looks nice, though.Compared with the Firefly crate, the Halo crate seems a bit flaccid for its $35 price. Pajamas are nice, and it’s a fun figure, but nothing really stands out to make the crate worthy of being called “legendary.” Fortunately, the $29.99 WWE Slam Crate has them both beat. I’m not even a wrestling fan, and I was amazed by some of the things in this crate.I’ll start with the unicorn in the room. It’s a vinyl figure of a unicorn with sunglasses, with The New Day riding it. Also, its tail appears to be either a yellow slice of pizza or a battle axe blade. Either way, it’s fantastic. Even if I don’t pay attention to wrestling, I freaking of The New Day for this kind of weird crap (and for the Booty-Os I bought at NYCC last year, and for them coming out of a giant box of Booty-Os wearing freaking Dragonball Z Saiyan armor at Wrestlemania 32).For a deeper cut in another direction, you can grow your own Mitch, Dean Ambrose’s plant. It’s a much smaller flower pot with some easy-to-grow spongy dirt stuff and seeds, but the spirit is there. And you can cradle your own Mitch while wearing your own Dean Ambrose belt buckle.The crate also comes with an Enzo and Cass t-shirt (I don’t know who they are, but they’re apparently the Realest Guys in the Room), a pair of blue Sasha Banks “The Boss” sunglasses, an NXT iron-on patch, and an Austin Aires trading card. And the pin is a world heavyweight championship belt, in pin form. It’s one of the most detailed pins I’ve seen from Loot Crate. It’s great.If you’re a hardcore fan of these things, the licensed Loot Crate shipments might be worth it. If I were a big wrestling fan, I’d really dig the WWE Slam Crate, and the Firefly Cargo Crate has some fantastic items in it. And some people are big fans of Halo.last_img read more

Best Shoes of 2019 So Far for Sneaker Geeks

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have LeakedBest Sneakers of Summer 2019 The link between nerd culture and streetwear is stronger than ever with releases from sneaker hubs like Nike, Adidas, and Puma paying homage to — and drawing inspiration from — pop culture favorites. We’re not even halfway through 2019, but it’s already been a great year for sneakers and collaborations.Here are the 10 best sneaker releases of 2019 (so far).Puma Palace Guard OGPhoto Credit: PumaThis one’s a killer pick for old-school sneakerheads. Puma brought back one of its old-school basketball sneakers for the first time in ages. It’s a killer retro look that looks just as good today as it did back in the day.Adidas 3MC Vulc Beavis and ButtheadPhoto Credit: AdidasI love a good pop culture crossover in the sneaker world but even I was a little skeptical when adidas first announced their Beavis and Butthead collab. I’m a huge fan of both, but it didn’t seem like the most obvious of combinations. As it turns out, it’s one of the more memorable of the year. Adidas’s skate line teaming up with one of the most aggressively ‘90s cartoons of all time made for a killer set of sneakers and apparel — none more killer than this 3MC Vulc colorway.KD12 90s KidPhoto Credit: NikeSpeaking of the ‘90s, I’ve already gushed about the recent KD12 ‘90s Kid. There’s been a slight delay in release but having already seen this pair in person, I’m totally confident in saying it’s a must-buy in 2019. Keep an eye on the Nike SNKRS app for further release information. You don’t want to miss these.Nike Air Max 720Photo Credit: NikeSimilarly, Geek featured the Air Max 720 a few weeks back. It’s easily the boldest silhouette of the year and Nike’s gamble on it has paid off — it’s a huge hit with its spacey, new wave design and massive Air Max bubble as a cushion. I’m still inclined to say the Throwback Future is the best colorway they’ve dropped so far.New Nike PG x NASAPhoto Credit: Nike2018 saw Nike athlete Paul George drop an entire range of clothing, sneakers included, in collaboration with NASA — yeah, that NASA. It was a huge success and in 2019 the collaboration is continuing with this killer new colorway for George’s signature PG3. It’s a departure from the last NASA colorway for sure but (dare I say it?) it might be better. This one in particular pays homage to the Apollo 11 mission, adding a cool layer of history to the sneaker’s storytelling.Vans x David BowiePhoto Credit: VansFor any and all space oddities, the Vans x David Bowie collection is gonna be right up your alley. Vans has supercharged a few of their classic silhouettes with vibrant new colorways that play on some of the legend’s different personas. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, the whole gang is here — though I’ve personally gotta give it up for the Aladdin Sane colorway. It’s easily the most electric of the whole lot.Adidas Nite JoggerPhoto Credit: AdidasAdidas came out swinging in 2019 with this chunky, futuristic silhouette. It features a massive Boost sole and a dope reflective upper. The whole thing resembles something out of a Warren Ellis comic — weird, futuristic, and extremely fashion-forward. There’s a variety of colorways available but I’m personally partial to the original black and orange getup.Adidas Dame 5Photo Credit: AdidasThere’s nothing inherently geeky about the adidas Dame 5. It’s just a beauty and worth checking out if you’re into sneakers. Damian Lillard’s signature sneakers might not have the hype that LeBron or James Harden’s do but look at that silhouette! It’s so sleek and elegantly designed. Any self-respecting sneaker nerd should check it out.Atmos x Nike Air Max2 LightPhoto Credit: NikeLegendary footwear boutique Atmos just dropped their latest Nike collab and it’s a real stunner. The colorway draws inspiration from ‘90s sportswear and advertising imagery. It’s a loud, vibrant silhouette for sure but those who aren’t afraid of a little bit of color are sure to look great in it.Nike Adapt BBPhoto Credit: NikeThe capstone to decades of technology and relentless research, this year Nike unveiled the Adapt BB, a fully automated self-lacing basketball shoe that runs through an app in your phone. What more is there to say? This shoe is the future and while the technology is sure to get integrated into future Nike silhouettes, getting the Adapt BB gives you the chance to say that you were there when it all went down.More on Geek.com:Adidas Announces ‘Game of Thrones’ CollaborationComic Artist Jen Bartel Reveals ‘Captain Marvel’ Adidas ShoeThis Cool App Lets You Try On Sneakers Virtually Stay on targetlast_img read more

Bahamas tells US we are praying after Las Vegas killings shooter had

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #StephenPaddock Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, October 4, 2017 – Las Vegas, Nevada – An expression of solidarity comes from The Bahamas in the horrific, unthinkable shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada being described as the worst crime against Americans in recent times on US soil.   The US was assured that The Bahamas is praying for the American people, in particular, the loved ones of those fallen and injured in the senseless attack.“We are always saddened by such inexplicable violence and we commiserate with our friends and neighbors in the United States over this tragedy,” commented a spokesperson from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   It was also shared that there had been no reports of Bahamians being affected by the attack.The gunman is identified as 64 year old #StephenPaddock, a gambler, a golfer, a regular guy; yet he killed 59 people and injured a reported 520 others in the shooting where he opened fire from the 32nd Floor of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino hitting unsuspecting festival goers.   A recent New York Times article said Paddock had a bump stock attached to his rifle to make it a rapid fire weapon.More than 23 firearms were found in Stephen Paddock’s hotel suite, brought into that room in 10 suitcases.   From Paddock’s home in Mesquite, Nevada at least 19 other guns and explosives were confiscated.   Paddock was found dead in that hotel room.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

MacOS Catalina These 3 new features are the best

first_img WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote See It The top 3 upgrades in MacOS Catalina See It 2 Computers 4:39 $249 Mentioned Above Apple iPad 2018 (space gray, 32GB) Share your voice Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $249 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Overall, there’s some new mojo in the Mac universe right now after the launch of the new Mac Pro, which is basically a supercomputer for your desk, and the Apple Pro Display XDR, which is pushing forward the technology for desktop displays in ways most of us didn’t expect.Of course, all that massively powerful hardware needs software to take advantage of it and that’s where Catalina comes in. At Apple’s annual WWDC conference, where Catalina announced, Apple’s Tim Cook said the new Mac experience was “Inspired by pro users but designed for everyone.” So let’s talk about the Top 3 features that will make the upgrade worth looking forward to for most users.1. SidecarBy far, the biggest and most useful feature in Catalina is the ability to connect an iPad as a second display for your Mac using a new feature called Sidecar. Apps like Duet Display and Luna Display have been doing this for years, but Apple has made it fast, easy and seamless. And it’s added Apple Pencil support, which means creatives can now use their iPad as a drawing tablet for the Mac. There are a ton of other uses for Sidecar, from using it to view documents while you’re writing a message to viewing videos on the side to just having more windows open when you’re multitasking. Even if you’ve never been a multiple monitor person, you’ll probably find a lot to like about this feature and it’s way to give your iPad a lot more use.apple-macos-catalina-sidecar-tethered-woman-drawing-06032019-big-jpg-medium-2xSidecar lets you use your iPad as a second monitor for your Mac and as a drawing tablet. Apple 2. iOS apps on the MacThere’s been plenty buzz, as well as some confusion around Apple bringing iOS apps to the Mac. Last year’s first four apps (Apple News, Stocks, Home, and Voice Memos) were disappointing. But, the new generation of iOS apps on Mac — including Twitter, TripIt, Rosetta Stone, DC Universe, Jira Cloud and Gameloft’s Asphalt 9 racing game look a lot more promising. You won’t see these until the final version of Catalina comes out in the fall, but the early previews look like they’re going to add a lot more interesting, helpful and fun stuff to the Mac experience.iOS apps on the Mac Apple 3. The replacement of iTunesIt’s no secret that iTunes has been called out in recent years as a bloated and cumbersome way to manage music, movies and other media. So in Catalina, Apple has finally delivered its successor in the form of three new apps: Music, Podcasts and Apple TV. All in all, this is a much cleaner and simpler way to access your entertainment, and it automatically syncs with your other Apple devices. So your progress on a podcast or a movie, for example, is carried over from your iPhone or your Apple TV to your Mac. It also automatically imports your whole iTunes library (even old CDs you burned). And when you plug in your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, your backups and updates can now be handled through the Finder rather than the iTunes app.apple-music-podcast-tv-catalinaCatalina has split iTunes into the Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV apps. CNET Other noteworthy featuresOther interesting Catalina upgrades worth noting include:Voice Control has been greatly expanded as an accessibility featureThe new Find My app for locating a lost Mac even if it’s offlineA redesign for the Reminders appShared folders and a new gallery view in NotesScreen Time is now on the MacSafari now lets you screenshot a whole web page and export it as a PDFOne thing Apple still needs to fixThe biggest disappointment in the Catalina beta is that Apple News still hasn’t gotten enough of an overhaul to make it as good as it is on iOS, let alone take advantage of extra capabilities on the Mac. With the launch of Apple News Plus, this makes a Mac overhaul for the News app even more urgent.Final wordCatalina takes the Mac forward in ways that a lot of Mac users will appreciate, especially when using your Mac for entertainment and for the new bridges it builds between Macs and iPads and iPhones. Again, just remember not to install the public beta on the production machine you use to get work done everyday. Wait for the final version this fall before you do that. Apple See It reading • MacOS Catalina’s 3 best features in the public betacenter_img Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy $249 Amazon MacOS Catalina beta Apple The public beta of MacOS 10.15 Catalina is here for everyone to try, now that Apple has released it early — along with the public betas for both iOS 13 and iPadOS. We’ve been testing the various Catalina betas since early June and we have hands-on insights on what’s in it and the best new features you’re going to be most interested in. Of course, we only recommend that you install the Catalina public beta on a testing machine at this point, and not your daily driver. Tags Apple iPad Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. 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Coroner Releases Causes Of Death For All 58 Victims Of Las Vegas

first_imgCopyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesThe 58 fatalities in October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas were all caused by gunshot wounds, the county coroner and medical examiner said Thursday. A makeshift memorial on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip a few days after the shooting has photos of some of those who were killed.All 58 of the people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 died of gunshot wounds, the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner has determined.Nearly all of the fatalities were caused by a single gunshot wound, though six victims died from multiple wounds. Most had been shot in the head, chest or back. The deaths were all ruled homicides.In the chaos of the shooting, in which bullets rained down on a country music festival from a gunman on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, it wasn’t immediately clear whether any victims might have died from trampling as the crowds sought to escape the fusillade.The shooter, Stephen Paddock, died from a gunshot wound to the head that entered through the mouth. His cause of death was a suicide, the coroner’s office said.Coroner John Fudenberg told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it has taken more than two months to release the information because his office wanted to be accurate and notify the victims’ families first.“Because of the impact that this incident had on our community, and the attention that this incident received, it became very important for us to ensure that all of the families had the information prior to us releasing it to the public,” Fudenberg told the newspaper.More than 500 people were injured during the shooting, and thousands of others who were there at the Route 91 Harvest Festival have been trying to cope in the months since the tragedy.One woman who was there, Melissa Barham, recently told NPR’s Weekend Edition that since the massacre, she’s been and sad depressed and wonders whether anything has really changed since the Sandy Hook shooting five years ago.“I wake up every morning and I journal,” Barham said. “I pick one of the victims and I write down their name and their age and where they’re from and then just details about them. And I just think about them.”“And this time of year, the holidays, make it really hard.”last_img read more

African American Mental Illness Targeted at Baltimore Conference

first_imgBaltimore’s Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA), in conjunction with the American Psychiatric Association and Baltimore City Healthy Start, will conduct a day-long conference April 11 to spur awareness about mental health issues in the African-American community. This conference, titled Black and Blue: The State of African American Mental Health, will be held at the Mt. Washington Conference Center in Baltimore, and will provide information about how to access mental health services, as well as how mental health professionals can better serve the African-American community. African Americans are far less likely than Whites to report having seen a mental health provider, according to a December 2013 report by the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. According to a report released last February by the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Black Marylanders were also significantly less likely to report having ever been diagnosed with depression, compared to Whites (9.1 percent compared to 16.7 percent, respectively). Some areas of the city, such as Cherry Hill, lack sufficient access to a mental health care provider, according to Crista Taylor, vice president of system development at Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the organization that oversees the fee-for-service mental health system in Baltimore City. In addition, she said, a stigma around mental health issues in the Black community accounts more for the disparities in the utilization of mental health services than lack of access.“I think there’s a stigma in general with mental illness, but, yes it is more prominent in the African-American community,” she said. “In general, people don’t want to be labeled as somebody who has a mental illness. There’s a negative stereotype associated with having a mental illness.” Jan Desper, executive director of the Black Mental Health Alliance, echoed that concern, noting that the acceptance of mental health treatment faces many hurdles in the Black community. Desper said there is a reluctance to discuss personal problems outside the family; in addition to a belief in self-reliance, pulling oneself up by one’s own bootstraps, and a dependence on a strong tradition of spirituality that emphasizes an exclusive reliance on prayer. Desper also said there is deep skepticism among Blacks toward health care workers, citing the Tuskegee syphilis 40-year experiment from 1932 to 1972 as “a perfect example” of maltreatment of Blacks in the name of research. During that period, the U.S. Public Health Service studied the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American men in spite of a possible penicillin cure. The test subjects infected with syphillis, were not treated for the sexually transmitted disease but instead were lead to believe they were receiving free health care from the U.S. government. “There are issues, historically, around looking at how people have come into the African-American community and have . . . misrepresented the relationship to research and that kind of thing,” she said. “But then that gives persons in the African-American community pause and fear that what’s being represented is really not what’s being represented.”To overcome African American reluctance to embrace mental health treatment, Taylor and Desper said, the Black and Blue conference will stress the importance of cultural sensitivity and competence for mental health professionals. “It’s important for cities that have large communities of color to work towards . . . building an environment of clinicians that understand the culture of the people that they’re working with,” Desper said. “That is not to say that you have to look like me to provide therapy to me . . . [but] if you don’t have the same experience, then my hope is that you reach out in some way to gain that experience…either through dealing with this population or you have received training in this area.”last_img read more