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Colombo Test: Five-star Ravindra Jadeja fires India to eighth consecutive series victory

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke the back of Sri Lanka’s resistance after lunch to secure India’s series-clinching victory by an innings and 53 runs in the second Test on Sunday.The all-rounder claimed his ninth five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka, forced to follow on after being shot out for 183 in the first innings, made 386 in the second before collapsing minutes before the tea break on the penultimate day.WATCH FULL VIDEODimuth Karunaratne’s gallant 141 merely delayed the inevitable as Jadeja (5/152) and spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin (2/132) tormented Sri Lanka on a worn-out track where the ball spun alarmingly and often kicked off.It was a first victory by an innings or more for India in Sri Lanka and, following their biggest victory by runs in Galle last week, ensured an eighth straight series triumph under captain Virat Kohli.Sri Lanka will take some comfort, however, from a second innings resurgence that was built around the 191-run stand between Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, who fell for 110 on Saturday.Karunaratne continued his grim battle after Sri Lanka resumed the fourth day on 209/2 at the Sinhalese Sports Cricket Ground.Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara threw away his wicket, attempting a bizarre reverse slog against Jadeja who dismissed Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two in his next over.Karunaratne and former captain Angelo Mathews resisted India for a while during a 69-run stand but Jadeja returned to wreck Sri Lanka after the lunch break.Karunaratne’s defiant knock, which included 16 boundaries, came to a cruel end when he was presented with an unplayable delivery that reared up, hit his gloves and ballooned into the air for Ajinkya Rahane to catch behind the wicketkeeper.advertisementMathews followed next, edging Jadeja to perish caught behind for 36 and Hardik Pandya claimed a couple of late wickets to hasten Sri Lanka’s collapse.Pallekele hosts the dead rubber third and final Test from Saturday.last_img read more

‘Clásico’ Match Between Barcelona and Real Madrid Postponed

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain — Next week’s “clásico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid was postponed Friday by the Spanish soccer federation to avoid coinciding with a large separatist rally in riot-stricken Catalonia.The federation’s competitions committee said Barcelona and Madrid have until Monday to decide on another date. Both teams said later Friday they would like to play the match on Dec. 18.The Spanish league wanted the match to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns, with the return match automatically switched from Madrid to Barcelona. But the competitions committee rejected that idea, saying that it was against its rules to invert the order of the games.The federation, in consultation with government officials, said Thursday it wasn’t safe to play on the same day as the rally.The Spanish league runs the top two soccer divisions in the country, while the federation controls regulations and matches for professional and amateur games.The northeastern Catalonia region has been rocked by violent protests each night since a Supreme Court ruled on Monday to sentence nine separatist leaders to prison. Around 400 people, half of them police officers, have been injured and over 120 arrested as radical protesters have used gasoline bombs, acid, rocks and fireworks to battle with outnumbered police.Separatist groups have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on Oct. 26, the original date of the match.There appear to have been fears that protests could again get out of hand and make access difficult to the Camp Nou or create disturbances during the match.Acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that if the match were played on Oct. 26 “there could have been security issues that conditioned the peaceful holding of the match.”Grande-Marlaska, however, added that “evidently we have the means necessary to guarantee security whenever it is played.”Barcelona said that it would have liked to play the game on the original date and that it “has the absolute confidence in the civic and peaceful attitude of its fans.”The “clásicos” are the biggest matches of the year in Spain and some of the most watched matches in the world.Catalan independence flags are a regular feature at Barcelona’s home games, as are collective shouts for “independence” by separatist supporters.About half of Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents support a break with Spain, according to polls.___By JOSEPH WILSON Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Red Pitaya: STEMlab platform tailored for faster data, larger bandwidth applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Advantech reveals Edge AI Solutions powered by Intel technologiesNext DDC’s SBC successfully deployed on JAXA’s GOSAT-2 mission Red Pitaya has launched a new, updated version of its STEMlab product that is tailored for HF+50MHz SDR and RF applications that require DAQ systems with higher precision.STEMlab 122.88-16 SDR comes with two 16 bit ADCs, 50 ohm inputs and 14 bit DACs, 50 ohm outputs. It uses the dual core ARM Cortex A9 offering massively better performance, the Xilinx Zynq 7020 FPGA for more real-time processing capabilities plus an ultra-low phase noise 122.88MHz clock which makes new the latest-generation STEMlab more hardware-compatible with HPSDR. 1Gbit Ethernet connectivity has been retained, and RF inputs have been improved in terms of distortion, noise and crosstalk which significantly improves reception and broadens the choice of antenna. STEMlab 122.88-16 SDR retains the original STEMlab form factor so it directly replaces the current platform.STEMlab is a test and measurement environment that includes a board, an application marketplace and a source code library. It is designed as a low-cost alternative to many expensive measurement and control instruments. STEMlab can function as an Oscilloscope, Logic Analyser, Signal Generator, Spectrum Analyser and more, also performing other tasks like vector network analysis. It is based on high end FPGA technology, enabling software and hardware programming, coupled with very accurate high-end ADCs. Customizable at the FPGA and CPU levels, STEMlab can process real-world signals.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

The top 10 controversies in World Cup history

first_imgWorld Cup The hand of God, Lampard’s ‘ghost’ goal & the 10 biggest controversies in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lampard England 2010 World Cup Getty World Cup England Germany Italy Chile Uruguay Spain France Ahead of the World Cup in Russia, Goal looks at the most controversial dives, handballs, fouls and referee decisions in the tournament’s historylast_img read more

Arsenal & Spurs handed Saliba transfer warning

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham have been warned that prising William Saliba away from Saint-Etienne will not be easy.Sources close to a mooted deal for the highly-rated defender have revealed that two north London neighbours are preparing to scrap it out for a prized signature.A €25 million (£23m/$29m) transfer scramble is expected to be sparked, with the Gunners and Spurs eager to bring a talented 18-year-old onto their books. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Saliba is Unai Emery’s top defensive target at the Emirates Stadium and talks with Saint-Etienne have been opened.Tottenham, though, are ready to step in and endeavour to pip their arch-rivals to the post if an exit door is opened in France, but it may be that proceedings never get that far, as the Ligue 1 outfit are under no pressure to sell.Ghislain Printant, the new man in charge at Saint-Etienne, claims that to be the case, with Saliba having indicated that he is prepared to spend at least one more season in his homeland.”The sale of Saliba is not an absolute necessity,” Printant told reporters.”There is no urgency [to do so]. He is courted by clubs.”From a sporting point of view we want to keep him next season and that’s his wish too. He still has room for development [here].”We will see. Our goal is for him to be with us again this season.”Saliba enjoyed a breakthrough season with Saint-Etienne in 2018-19, making 17 appearances across all competitions.Arsenal, meanwhile, conceded a total of 51 goals in the Premier League, with Emery keen to take measures to strengthen that area of his squad.Shkodran Mustafi has been singled out for criticism for his performances over the last 12 months, while Laurent Koscielny will be 34 in September, with his contract expiring in 2020.The Gunners have been watching Saliba extensively and have been impressed by his maturity, while his physical attributes fit the mould of the type player that Emery is looking to bring in.He did commit to a new four-year contract with Saint-Etienne in April, but the Ligue 1 side are aware that they have a fight on their hands in order to get another 12 months out of that agreement.last_img read more

Best Records of 2016: Swet Shop Boys’ ‘Cashmere’

first_img The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now With the new year approaching, we’re taking a look back through the past 11 months at records that did not get coverage in New Music Monday when they were first released earlier this year. This week it’s Cashmere, the debut LP from Swet Shop Boys.2016 has been a dark year, and much of its highly acclaimed much has matched that tone with brooding, gothic records. Cashmere, however, flies in the face of that trend. The album is filled with energy, drawing from Qawwali hand claps, harmonium, Bollywood string drama, sitar, Western synths, and an arsenal of drums – from 808s to tablas and tars, dholaks and doumbeks.For all the brightness and energy in its music, Cashmere is a charged album. The duo of Heems (formerly of Das Racist) and Riz MC (a.k.a. Riz Ahmed of The Night Of and Nightcrawler) utilize producer Redinho’s soundtrack for songs like their single “T5,” where the emcees lament the discrimination they face as they amass frequent flyer miles while traveling the world for work.Swet Shop Boys’ Cashmere is out now via Customs and is available for purchase on Amazon, Bandcamp, and iTunes. The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

SCA Gets Prevention Prize 2013 (Germany)

first_img My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close HHLA, November 13, 2013 zoom Responsible for repair and maintenance work at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder, SCA (Service Center Altenwerder), has received its ‘Prevention Prize 2013’ from the Trade & Goods Distribution Mutual Society (BGHW). The prize is for a mobile anti-fall structure developed by HHLA staffer Uwe Soltwischlte.The basic idea is to erect a fence about 1.5 metres high on the edge of the quay during maintenance operations on the waterside drive of container gantry cranes, the object being to protect SCA staff engaged on the work from falling into the water. Until now workers had had to wear life-jackets and safety harnesses, which seriously hampered their mobility.The awards ceremony in Bremen on 6 November was attended by Henning Verstege, SCA’s Operations Manager, inventor Uwe Soltwisch and Yves Jacobs, a member of the maintenance team. Presenting the prize, Dr. Rainhardt von Leoprechting, Chairman of the BGHW Management Board, said: “With our Prevention Prize, we aim to recognize outstanding performance by our member companies in promoting innovations and improvements in health and safety at work on their own initiative.”The BGHW has introduced the prize-winning achievements by the winners of its main prizes in brief videos.last_img read more

US Navy Decommissions USS Rentz

first_imgzoom The guided-missile frigate of the U.S. Navy USS Rentz (FFG 46) was decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, on May 9 after thirty years of service.As Rentz Sailors manned the rails, retired Vice Adm. Martine Jules Mayer, the ship’s first commanding officer and the ceremony’s guest speaker, detailed the ship’s history, service record, and included some of his favorite sea stories from his time onboard.“I have nothing but fond memories and I hope all who served on her feel the same way,” said Mayer. “It was a privilege and an honor to be her first commanding officer.”Rentz, commissioned on June 30, 1984 was named after Chaplain George Snavely Rentz, who gave his life at the Battle of Coral Sea. Rentz gave his lifejacket to a fellow Sailor after his ship, USS Houston (CA 30), was hit by enemy torpedoes and sunk.Rentz conducted Counter-Transnational Organized Crime Operations in the U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility during its final deployment, and was responsible for the interdiction or disruption of approximately 5,000 kilograms of narcotics worth $116 million through nine drug trafficking cases.Nearly 20 of Rentz’s plankowners were in attendance at the ceremony along with Mayer, and helped serve as a reminder of the ship’s great history.“There is a requirement for every CO, XO, and CMC that comes into a ship to do the absolute best by the ship and by the crew that they can,” said Cmdr. Lance Lantier, Rentz’s current and final commanding officer. “You owe that to them and to the legacy of those who’ve come before you, and we have an excellent legacy.”The ceremony concluded with the retirement of the colors and the debarkation of Rentz’s crew.Press Release, May 12, 2014, Image: Navylast_img read more

ZIM Cautiously Optimistic as It Sails Back to Black in Q3

first_imgIsraeli container shipping company ZIM reaped the fruits of the market recovery and returned to the black in the third quarter of 2017 posting a net profit of USD 25.2 million.The profit was reported against a loss of USD 37.6 million booked in the corresponding quarter of 2016.“The industry is starting to stabilize after the major changes it has gone through, with the reshaping of the alliances and M&A’s activities that took place during the last years. We saw a positive trend in the industry in the last four quarters, however, market conditions remained challenging and volatile,” the company said.Higher earnings were boosted by a 19.2 percent increase in average freight rate per TEU, which stood at USD 1,058, in the quarter.Total revenues for the quarter came at USD 816.7 million, a 26.8 percent increase when compared to USD 643.9 million in Q3 2016.ZIM carried 688, 000 TEUs in Q3, 10.6 percent more than in the same quarter last year.For the nine-month period, net profit stood at USD 21.1 million, a major rebound from a net loss of USD 168.1 million in the same period of 2016. The nine-month revenues saw a 17.6 percent jump reaching USD 2,217.4 million.The average freight rate per TEU was USD 1,008, against USD 898 in the comparable period of 2016, resulting in a 12.2 percent increase.“ZIM’s encouraging Q3 results are a cause for optimism, and we hope they reflect a momentum that we can keep up in the coming quarters; however, we still face many challenges, including the uncertainty of market conditions, including freight rates & bunker prices,” Eli Glickman, ZIM President & CEO, said.“I believe we are on the right track, as we continue to outperform the industry thanks to our unrelenting focus on profitability, efficiency and a customer-orientated approach.We are currently in the process of finalizing our 2018 budget, designed at increasing the pace of our strategy implementation and embracing fresh technological initiatives, as part of our vision to offer our customers new and best-in-market services. “ Image Courtesy: ZIMlast_img read more

Milaha Buys Its Largest Container Vessel

first_imgzoom Qatar-based maritime and logistics company Milaha has acquired its largest container vessel to date, the 3,768 TEU boxship Majd.The new ship will be one of the 17 container vessels that the group operates, and is part of the group’s strategy to optimize its container shipping network with larger tonnage to meet increasing customer demand for capacity and cost efficiency in a competitive market.“Majd will be phased into our existing network and will gradually replace smaller tonnage,” Abdulrahman Essa Al-Mannai, Milaha’s President and CEO, said.Milaha currently fully owns and operates a fleet of over 80 vessels, including LNG and product tankers, offshore support vessels, container and bulk vessels, among other vessel categories.Built by South Korea’s STX Shipbuilding, Majd features a length of 246.8 metres and a deadweight of 44,985 metric tonnes.last_img read more

Talking Public Safety Communications After Juan

first_imgTRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Talking Public Safety CommunicationsAfter Juan The time and place for talking about evacuation planning, threatassessment, and other public safety topics couldn’t be better. One week after Hurricane Juan roared through the area, Halifax ishosting 350 public safety communications officials this week atthe national conference of the Association of Public SafetyCommunications Officials. The hurricane has influenced a number of conference sessions.Several Nova Scotia speakers are adjusting their presentations todiscuss their experiences, and the hurricane’s affect oncommunications networks. The province, a conference host, played a key role in ensuringthat the public safety communications network was maintainedbefore, during and after Hurricane Juan. “Safety is our number one priority, and the trunked mobile radionetwork provided critical support to public safety workers acrossthe province during the hurricane,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. The department is responsiblefor the trunked mobile radio system. “Hurricane Juan provided anincredible test, and Nova Scotia can be proud that our publicsafety communications professionals convincingly proved they wereup to the task.” The Public Safety Communications Services Program Office operatesthe trunked mobile radio system, a state-of-the-art networkserving more than 400 organizations across the province. Thesystem’s 68 towers improve radio contact across Nova Scotia andallow emergency organizations to talk to one another on the samebroadband frequency. More than 10,000 volunteer emergency service providers and publicworks users have access to the system. It supports severalprovincial departments, as well as many municipal police,volunteer and paid firefighters, paramedics, ground search andrescue teams and emergency measures officials. The province — with the support and assistance of emergencygroups across Nova Scotia, including many volunteers, and Aliantand Motorola Canada — began building the system in 1999. The province’s system received a Technology in GovernmentDistinction Award in 2001. Since 2002, the province has donated 400 surplus governmentradios and repeaters to volunteer firefighters, amateur radiooperators and ground search and rescue specialists to boostsafety across Nova Scotia.last_img read more

Democracy 250 A Mikmaq Perspective Premiered

first_imgDemocracy 250 co-chairs John Hamm and Russell MacLellan celebrated National Aboriginal Day by joining members of the Mi’kmaq community in Millbrook today, June 21, for the premiere of the film: Democracy 250: A Mi’kmaq Perspective. Commissioned by Democracy 250, the hour-long film, shot at Mersey Lodge, Milton, Queens Co., includes a candid discussion on Mi’kmaq history and hopes for the future between the co-chairs and Mi’kmaq participants, Dr. Dan Paul, Cathy Martin, Ashley Julian and Jamie Battiste. Dr. Hamm said the film will help educate viewers on the very sophisticated form of government Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq had well before European settlement. “While it is important that we celebrate the birth of parliamentary democracy in Nova Scotia and Canada, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the Mi’kmaq had a highly-advanced form of participatory government in place well before 1758.” The film also speaks to the challenges Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq continue to face and what can be done to ensure the success of future generations. “Hopefully this film will open a lot of eyes to all that the Mi’kmaq have contributed to our province and country, and create a greater understanding of their culture, their beliefs and their on-going struggles,” said Mr. MacLellan. EastLink TV, which partnered with Democracy 250 and the Office of Aboriginal Affairs to create the film, will be airing Democracy 250: A Mi’kmaq Perspective throughout the summer. The film will also be made widely available to schools and libraries.last_img read more

China asks India Pak to avoid any action that may increase tensions

first_imgBeijing: Voicing serious concern over the situation in Kashmir, China on Tuesday asked India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and avoid actions that “unilaterally” change the status quo and exacerbate tensions between the two countries. “China is seriously concerned about the current situation in Kashmir,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a written response to media queries about the militaries of India and Pakistan exchanging fire along the Line of Control and the Indian government’s move to revoke Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”China’s position on the Kashmir issue is clear and consistent. This issue is a legacy of history between India and Pakistan, which is also the consensus of the international community,” Hua said, without directly referring to revocation of Article 370 by India. “The parties concerned should exercise restraint and act with caution, especially to avoid actions that unilaterally change the status quo and exacerbate the tension,” she said. “We call on the two sides to peacefully resolve relevant disputes through dialogue and consultation and safeguard regional peace and stability , she said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThis is the second statement issued by China on the Kashmir issue in recent weeks. On July 26, China said India and Pakistan should peacefully settle the Kashmir issue and other disputes through dialogue and expressed its support to the international community, including the US, in playing a “constructive role” to improve ties between the two countries. The statement was issued in response to US President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue during his meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Washington. India rejected Trump’s offer, saying that Kashmir is a bilateral issue. Over the years, China’s official stand on Kashmir has been that it is an issue left over by history and should be properly addressed by India and Pakistan through consultation and negotiations.last_img read more

New Brunswick signs with fourth company to supply recreational cannabis

first_imgFREDERICTON – New Brunswick has signed a deal with a fourth company to supply marijuana for the province’s recreational market.The Liberal government says a memorandum of understanding has been signed with Nuuvera Inc. (TSXV:NUU)The agreement was reached as the federal government prepares to legalize the recreational use of cannabis later this year.On its website, the company says it will supply 2.5 million grams of cannabis and related products for the province’s marijuana market.Agreements have also been signed with three other producers: Organigram, Canopy Growth Corp. and Zenabis.One of the commitments in the memorandums is that suppliers will provide two per cent of their gross sales to the government to support its education efforts.last_img read more

INQUEST INTO FATAL RADIOHEAD STAGE COLLAPSE GETS UNDERWAY IN TORONTO

first_imgRadiohead Stage Collapse Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — A man hired to tune Radiohead’s pianos for a Toronto show nearly seven years ago says he heard the stage creaking in the wind shortly before the structure collapsed and killed another technician.Wayne Ferguson told a coroner’s inquest into the death of Scott Johnson that he noticed the creaking after a light breeze hit the outdoor stage’s back curtain around 3:30 p.m. or 3:45 p.m. on June 16, 2012.As the inquest began Monday, Ferguson testified that he was asked to leave the stage around 3:50 p.m. so that others could perform a soundcheck, but Johnson — who was stationed near him — stayed behind to play the drums.center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Ferguson and his daughter were sitting at a picnic bench facing the stage shortly afterward when there was a loud noise, he said.“We heard a huge crack and within, like, two seconds the whole roof collapsed,” Ferguson told the inquest.He described seeing beams piercing through the back grid of the stage and immediately calling 911.A paramedic who was one of the first at the scene testified he found Johnson trapped under the stage with no vital signs.“There was nothing we could do for him, especially because we couldn’t extricate him,” Stephan Krasl told the inquest.Johnson, who was Radiohead’s drum technician, died just hours before the band was set to take the stage at Downsview Park.Charges in the case were stayed because the matter took too long to get to trial.The inquest, which is expected to last three weeks and hear from roughly 25 witnesses, will examine the circumstances around Johnson’s death, but will not assign blame.A jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar incidents.Johnson’s father and Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke have been highly critical of the judicial process.“I still have a problem with that, that causes me great concern that the case wasn’t completed,” Ken Johnson said Monday outside the coroner’s court. “So yeah it’s painful but I’m quite happy that events here will resolve all that.”When the British band played in Toronto last summer for the first time since the incident, Yorke did not hold back.“The people who should be held accountable are still not being held accountable,” he told the crowd at Scotiabank Arena in July 2018.After an investigation, 13 charges were laid under provincial health and safety laws against the show’s promoter, Live Nation, contractor Optex Staging and engineer Domenic Cugliari.The case went off the rails when the presiding judge at trial declared he had lost jurisdiction after being appointed to a higher court. Another judge declared a mistrial and a new hearing was planned.Defence lawyers argued the charges should be stayed because the delays violated their clients’ rights to a timely trial, which was expected to wrap up in mid-2018, five years after the charges were laid.The new judge agreed, noting the Supreme Court of Canada’s so-called Jordan decision, which set a ceiling of 18 months for proceedings in provincial court.Paola Loriggio ~ The Canadian Press Twitterlast_img read more

Healing through laughter

first_imgAPTN National NewsHealing through laughter is one way to life the heaviness of the Truth and Reconciliation hearings.Two children of residential school survivors have found a way to bring laughter to others to help lift the spirits of many of the participants.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more.last_img

Africas meningitis season less deadly so far than last year UN reports

22 February 2008Africa’s “meningitis belt” is so far experiencing much lower levels of cases than at the same time during last year’s annual epidemic season, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. Africa’s “meningitis belt” is so far experiencing much lower levels of cases than at the same time during last year’s annual epidemic season, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Preliminary reports from 13 countries under the greatest surveillance indicate 2,312 cases – which include 324 deaths – during the first six weeks of this year in the belt, which stretches from Senegal in the west to Ethiopia in the east. This is 29 per cent below the corresponding figures from last year, when 3,274 cases had been reported and 413 people had died.However, major outbreaks have still been reported in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), while Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Togo have all reported cases of the highly contagious disease, but not enough to reach epidemic levels. There have been no cases so far in Cameroon or Chad.WHO said that major vaccination campaigns are being carried out in both Burkina Faso and the CAR, while assessments are still taking place in the DRC and in neighbouring southern Sudan and Uganda.Meningitis bacteria, which affect the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord, are transmitted from person to person through droplets of respiratory or throat secretions. Close and prolonged contact such as kissing, sneezing and coughing, and sharing eating or drinking utensils, facilitates the spread. Symptoms include stiff neck, high fever, sensitivity to light, confusion, headaches and vomiting. The disease can result in brain damage, hearing loss or learning disability in 10 to 20 per cent of survivors. read more

Oil stays above US104 as investors scrutinize crises in Ukraine and Libya

Oil stays above US$104 as investors scrutinize crises in Ukraine and Libya by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2014 9:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil remained above US$104 a barrel Tuesday as investors weighed how the conflicts in Ukraine and Libya were likely to affect crude supplies.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for July delivery was down 10 cents to $104.25 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Due to a U.S. public holiday, the contract last settled on Friday, when it closed at $104.35.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils, was down 18 cents to $110.36 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Ukraine is a key conduit for Russian gas deliveries to Europe. A proposed solution to a dispute over Ukrainian natural gas debts to Moscow raised hopes that a supply cutoff would be averted. Russia’s acceptance of Petro Poroshenko’s victory in Sunday’s presidential elections was also regarded as a sign of easing tensions.But the resurgence of fighting, as the government in Kyiv responded with an airstrike to the pro-Russia separatists’ occupation of the airport in Donetsk, a city of about 1 million in eastern Ukraine, underscored the uncertainties that remain.Meanwhile, in Libya, which has been unable to stabilize since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, the National Oil Corporation said crude exports stood at 160,000 barrels a day, down from 1.4 million barrels a day a year ago. Several key export facilities are controlled by militias who do not recognize the central government.“The tense situation in eastern Ukraine and the ongoing production outages in Libya are likely to preclude any large-scale withdrawal of investors,” said a report from analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. “In the short term, we believe there is more a risk of oil prices continuing to climb.”In other energy futures trading in New York.— Wholesale gasoline was down 0.61 cent at $3.0005 a gallon.— Natural gas shed 2.4 cents to $4.381 per 1,000 cubic feet.— Heating oil gained 0.56 cent to $2.9605 a gallon.———(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) read more

Dez Bryant Backs Off Boast Says Calvin Johnson Standard

Photo by The Washington Post.A day after saying on a Dallas radio station that he could do anything Detroit record-setting receiver Calvin Johnson could do, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant backed off his statements like a cornerback trying to cover a deep route.On a conference call with Detroit writers, Bryant dismissed the comparison, saying: “I wasn’t comparing myself at all. I think a lot of people took it the wrong way. Clearly, I said there’s no comparison. That’s something that I do not do. I don’t compare myself with anybody.”Bryant’s explanation of his original comments was weak. He said he intended to say he and other receivers can catch the ball as Johnson does. Huh?“It’s just a pride thing, like I said,” Bryant added. “Calvin Johnson set the standard, set that bar high for every wide receiver in the league. I think it’s the respect, it’s really respect to him that he makes receivers like us go out there.“He broke Jerry Rice’s [single-season yards] record last year. That’s setting the bar. So for every receiver in the league, that’s what I’m saying.”Bryant said on the radio program: “I believe I can do whatever he can do. It’s just a pride thing. When it comes to football, just being on the field, it’s a mindset and having a mentality.”Lions receiver Nate Robinson scoffed at the notion that Bryant was on Johnson’s level.“Well, you know, Nate’s right — I’m not Calvin Johnson, I’m Dez Bryant,” Bryant said on SportsCenter. “I didn’t open up a can of worms. I wasn’t going out for nobody.“(The Cowboys) haven’t really said anything to me about it because they all heard what I said,” he added to ESPN. “I don’t take back anything I said because I didn’t say anything wrong. I think it’s how a lot of people are looking at it. I’m not lying about anything I’m saying. I take pride in my game. There’s a lot of stuff that I believe I can do, just besides football.” read more

Brexit latest news Theresa May plays down reports of deal or delay

Theresa May has sought to play down reports that she will face MPs with a stark Brexit choice between her deal and delaying Brexit just a few days before March 29, after her top civil servant was overheard… Theresa May plays down reports of ‘deal or delay’ choice in March May’s chief negotiator rebuked after he let slip the plan in a bar Telegraph View: It’s no wonder Europeans hold the EU in contempt PM’s chief negotiator: back Theresa May’s deal or prepare for Brexit delay  Philip Johnston: The PM could be pushed into a no-deal Brexit she doesn’t want Mark Carney drops Project Fear as he talks up free trade potential of Brexit Sign up: Brexit Whatsapp updates and all-new Brexit Bulletin read more

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