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Foreign wrestling coaches set to join India camp before U-23 World Championship

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sept 22 (PTI) For the first time, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has managed to procure services of a coach from Asian powerhouse Iran with Hossein Karimi set to join as one of the three foreign coaches along with Andrew Cook of USA and Georgia’s Temo Kazarashvili on a one-year contract. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday approved the appointment of Hossein to coach men’s freestyle grapplers. Cook will guide the women’s wrestlers while controversial Kazarashvili will coach the men’s Greco Roman wrestlers. The WFI was keen to rope in Russia’s Farniev Irbek Valentinovich as women’s coach but by the time bureaucratic hurdles were cleared, he got another assignment. The first assignment for the three foreign coaches would be the Under-23 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bucharest from November 12-18. “It is first time that we have coaches from Iran and USA. Iran was never interested in providing coaches to India but of late, the relations between the two federations have improved, so we managed to rope in Karimi,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI. Karimi was involved with Iran’s team as an assistant coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the country won five medals including a gold in men’s free style through Hassan Yazdani. “Keeping in mind the demand and requirement of India’s top wrestlers, we have hired foreign coaches. They want personal attention during training. We are hoping that along with the Indian coaches, these foreign coaches will be able to help our wrestlers in a big way,” Tomar added.advertisement Asked about the appointment of Kazarashvili, who was suspended for favouring an Uzbekistan wrestler during the Rio Games, Tomar said, “He says he never did that and it was just an allegation. And it’s mistake in past. We are hopeful that he can produce good results. He is a good coach and a former world champion. We did not have a better option.”Kazarashvili had won both junior (1979) and senior (1982) world championship titles. “The women’s grapplers have improved a lot in the US. Getting Cook on board is not a bad deal at all.” India’s current national coaches — Jagmander Singh (men’s freestyle), Kuldeep Singh Malik (women’s) and Kuldeep Singh (Greco Roman) will continue to work with the wrestlers at national camps. PTI AT AT KHSKHSlast_img read more

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Urban Meyer Reveals He May Not Have Retired Without Win Over Michigan

first_imgUrban Meyer holding up the Fiesta Bowl trophy.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes holds the Fiesta Bowl trophy after the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Urban Meyer sat down with 10TV to discuss his retirement plans. Meyer revealed he’s teaching a class on character and leadership at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business after he leads the Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl against Washington.During the segment, Meyer also revealed what would have kept him at Ohio State. The Buckeyes destroyed Michigan in The Game, but if Meyer’s team lost he’s not sure he would have been able to walk away from the team.In the interview, Meyer said the following about his future if Ohio State lost to Michigan.“Well, I looked up at the scoreboard when we beat the team up north, and the way we beat them…To be honest with you, if we didn’t win that game, I’m not sure I could leave losing that game.”Meyer went on to say that win gave him confidence that Ryan Day was the right choice as the team’s next head coach. “When our team played the way that they did, and I knew coach (Ryan) Day was right there. I’m so confident in what he’s going to do here,” Meyer said.You can see the full interview here.last_img read more

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Wilderness Area Consultation Begins

first_img Information displays will be set up at local libraries with a newsletter and map of the candidate protected area. They are also available at www.gov.ns.ca/nse/protectedareas, or by calling 902-424-2117. Written comments will be accepted until April 30. They may be sent by mail to: Department of Environment, Protected Areas Branch, P.O. Box 442, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2P8, and by E-mail to protectedareas@gov.ns.ca. A socio-economic study also will be released for public comment. Paddlers and picnickers, hunters and hikers, birders and butterfly chasers — anyone interested in wilderness conservation — can comment on Nova Scotia’s next protected wilderness area. Five Bridge Lakes Candidate Wilderness Area is 8,266 hectares (20,425 acres) of Crown lands between highways 103 and 333, in western Halifax Regional Municipality. “We are protecting a scenic and rugged landscape of forests, barrens, and interconnected lakes and wetlands, very near our largest urban population,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This is an ideal addition toward our goal of protecting 12 per cent of the province by 2015.” The area is home to a small population of Nova Scotia’s endangered mainland moose, rare plants, and uncommon birds such as the olive-sided flycatcher. There are also pockets of old red oak and old red spruce forest. “I encourage Nova Scotians to share their views of this special area,” said Mr. Belliveau. A coalition of community groups advocated for nearly a decade to protect the area. They include local residents, naturalists, hikers, conservationists, canoeists, anglers, organized off-highway vehicle riders and others. The area features the well-known Bluff hiking trail, canoe routes, old roads and other trails. Some lakes are popular spots for trout fishing. Last October, the province announced its intention to designate the area as protected under the Wilderness Areas Protection Act. The public consultation that begins today is part of that process. Public information open houses on the candidate area will be held: Wednesday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Dalhousie University’s Student Union Building in Halifax Wednesday, March 24, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the St. Margaret’s Centre in Tantallon Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Church in Hatchet Lake. last_img read more

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Fiveyear detention for Jamaican before deportation not cruel and unusual

first_imgTORONTO – The five years a mentally ill man spent in maximum-security immigration custody before being deported to his native Jamaica did not amount to cruel and unusual punishment, Ontario’s top court ruled Thursday.In upholding an earlier decision, the Court of Appeal agreed Alvin Brown’s lengthy detention was neither arbitrary nor indefinite, and concluded he had no claim to damages in the case.“Despite delays and unanticipated problems that resulted in the lengthy detention, (the incarceration) had not become illegal because there was a reasonable prospect of the removal being effected throughout the process,” the Appeal Court found. “Although the (Canada Border Services Agency) encountered a number of problems and the delays were significant, these were largely caused by the Jamaican authorities.”Brown arrived in Canada in 1983 as an eight-year-old and became a permanent resident in 1984. The federal government revoked his residency status in 2005 and ordered him to leave following a string of convictions, some for violent offences. Canada Border Services Agency detained him in early 2011 after he had served his time pending his removal.He spent the next five years in a maximum security prison trying unsuccessfully to have the removal order quashed. During that time, immigration officials tried to ensure he had the necessary travel documents. Jamaican officials wrangled over whether he was in fact a citizen and then raised questions over his mental-health needs.Ultimately, the Jamaicans issued him travel papers and he was deported in September 2016 as his lawyers argued the father of six, who is in his 40s, deserved damages of $1,500 for each day he had spent in immigration detention.In December 2016, Superior Court Justice Alfred O’Marra ruled against Brown. Among other things, O’Marra found no rights violations and that Brown had received adequate medical care while in custody. The judge found the detention was warranted given Brown’s history, and blamed Jamaican authorities for much of the delay in deporting him.Brown appealed, alleging O’Marra made several errors. Among them, he argued the judge was wrong in failing to find the detention had become indefinite because it had long been clear the prospects of a quick deportation were slim. The Appeal Court disagreed on all counts.Contrary to Brown’s assertions, case law does not set a maximum length for detention, the Appeal Court said. Instead, the panel found, assessments of a detention must turn on the specific facts of each case in which the rights of a detainee against arbitrary or indefinite detention and the reasons for the incarceration must be weighed against the prospect of reasonably speedy removal.The Appeal Court also rejected arguments that international law and principles “somehow stand for” the idea that any such detention longer than 18 months is illegal.On the issue of whether Brown would have been entitled to damages if his detention had been deemed illegal, the Appeal Court said it simply did not have the information to make such a determination. The record was “simply inadequate,” the court said, because Brown had raised his constitutional argument in the context of an application to be released from custody — an application that became moot when he was finally sent to Jamaica.Any future Charter-violation applications in similar circumstances should be raised and dealt with in standalone proceedings, the justices said.A Federal Court judge ruled last July in a separate case Brown raised that Canada’s rules for detaining foreigners who can’t be deported quickly are constitutional.last_img read more

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Cote dIvoire UN assisting in delivery of electoral materials for longawaited polls

28 September 2009The United Nations mission in Côte d’Ivoire has begun preparing for the delivery of electoral materials across the country ahead of the long-awaited presidential polls, which were to have been held as far back as 2005, and are now slated for 29 November. Today the mission, known as UNOCI, supervised and led the removal of voting equipment from the Abidjan seaport to the warehouses of the Independent Electoral Commission. This first batch of materials – which includes ballot boxes, polling booths and kits – will be distributed in the east and south of the country, with further deliveries for the central region and the capital Yamoussoukro expected on 1 October.UNOCI was established by the Security Council in 2004 to help ensure a ceasefire and pave the way for permanent peace and democratic elections after civil war split the country into a Government-ruled south and a rebel-controlled north.Headed by Young-Jin Choi, the mission has been providing technical and logistical support for preparations for the elections, including for voter identification and registration.The Security Council will be discussing the situation in Côte d’Ivoire tomorrow in a ministerial-level meeting attended by Mr. Choi. read more

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UN delegation visits final battle zone

Families resettled in Mullivaikal had reportedly told the UN delegation that they were not given enough housing materials to resume their day to day living. Earlier this week the UN official had also met the Jaffna Bishop where it was reported that he had expressed regret over the UN failures during the final stages of the war. A visiting UN delegation visited the final battle zone in Mullivaikal yesterday and had discussions with families resettled in the area.Senior Political Affairs Officer in the Department of Political affairs at the UN, Hitoki Den, who is in Sri Lanka, discussed the concerns of the people in the area. The visiting UN delegation had told the people that they will look into their concerns. (Colombo Gazette)

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King Street Fire

(Updated)One of the main routes used by party-goers headed into the downtown core for New Year’s Eve celebrations was shut down for more than an hour tonight. Ten units of the Hamilton Fire Department blocked King Street, as firefighters rushed to an east end apartment block, billowing smoke near Tim Hortons Field.The fire gave a dozen tenants a frigid start to 2015.It was not the New Year’s Eve light show that anyone wanted to see.Tanner Brimner arrived before the lights. He was just driving by when he saw the smoke pouring out of the third floor apartment: “I just went inside. I got a couple of things for the neighbours. I banged on some doors. I got people out of the place. There was a bunch of other people here who were helping but they left when the fire trucks and ambulances came.”Platoon Chief Ross Brydges: The one resident in there has gone to the hospital to be checked out for smoke inhalation.”Trevor Boucher was visiting a friend, in the apartment beneath the victim: “I seen him. He came down in a blanket. He seemed kind of out of it. Apparently, one of the police officers said he fell asleep with a cigarette while his wife was doing laundry down the street. She came back and she freaked out.”Not surprising really, considering the mass of equipment blocking King street, just west of Melrose Avenue. It turned out to be more than firefighters needed, but given the age and construction of the building, they weren’t taking any chances.Platoon Chief: “Well, we upgraded the alarm because of the smoke, it looked like it could have been a possible fire extension. That is just to prevent any further extent to the building.”The fire was quickly contained. Limited mostly to the one corner unit.Brimner: “Everybody got out safe, the kids were safe, the animals were safe and everybody was well so overall, it could have been a lot worse.”True. Damage was limited to roughly 80-thousand dollars, but it’s still an awful way to bring in the New Year. read more

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UN Cambodia begin exploratory talks on establishing special Khmer Rouge court

Leading the UN delegation is Legal Counsel Hans Corell, while Senior Minister Sok An, who heads the Council of Ministers, leads the Cambodian side, which comes to New York after Prime Minister Hun Sen accepted Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s invitation last month to hold an exploratory meeting in New York.The invitation came just a day after the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting the UN chief to resume negotiations with Cambodia on setting up Extraordinary Chambers within the country’s existing court structure.Earlier, Mr. Corell told UN Radio in an interview that the United Nations was ready to make the court a reality. “Let us hope now that when Member States have gotten engaged here, and we have a resolution by the General Assembly adopted by [the] votes of 150 Member States, that this is a clear signal to the Government,” he said. read more

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DR Congo 4000 displaced persons fleeing militias reach UN sanctuary

Their numbers are expected to grow. Some are still hiding in the nearby forest, naked and too ashamed to show themselves after ethnic Ngiti militiamen reportedly stripped fellow tribespeople trying to leave areas under their control. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Bukiringi, in the vast Orientale province, urgently need food and clothing. “The Ituri population is tired of militia rule, even if the self-proclaimed commanders come from their community,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representative Eusèbe Hounsokou said, referring to the province to the north from the IDPs fled. They say they will not go back to their militia-controlled home areas, where they were virtual hostages. The latest flights are just one of the many problems facing the huge country as it prepares to hold elections at the end of next month to cement its transition from a six-year civil war that cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease – the most lethal conflict in the world since World War II. The IDPs, mainly ethnic Ngiti, began arriving in Bukiringi in early June after receiving UN assurances about their safety. UN peace-keepers delivered a first shipment of aid to them by helicopter on 8 June. International concern for them had mounted in May when DRC government forces, backed by UN peace-keepers, launched a successful offensive to capture the militia stronghold of Tchei. Thousands fled the town and UNHCR decided to start a protection programme amid reports that militias were forcing 10,000 civilians to stay with them. Life on the run has become the norm for many communities in Ituri, where various militia groups have won a reputation for harassing and abusing civilians. The elderly and weak are often left behind as fighting forces another move in the harsh terrain. The difference between refugees – those who have crossed an international border to escape violence and persecution in their homeland – and IDPs blurs in this volatile corner of Africa. UNHCR’s humanitarian protection effort in Ituri is part of its expanded global role in caring for IDPs, who often face the same problems as refugees. read more

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Kicking off Africa Week at UN Guterres says women and youth can

“Africa Week is to raise awareness and mobilize support. I am convinced that, together, we can meet the challenges,” Mr. Guterres said in his remarks to the high-level inaugural event at UN Headquarters in New York. The Secretary-General said the international community must change the way it looks at the African continent. “Africa is a land of resilience, and above all, it is a land of opportunity,” he emphasized, highlighting the continent’s recent progress in reducing poverty, diversifying its economies, building the middle class and nurturing growth in a variety of sectors. To further unleash such potential, he said, young people must play a central role as Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world. “We can help make the most of this demographic dividend through greater investments in education, especially in science and technology and by ensuring to enable youth participation in economic development. People need skills that match the needs of today and tomorrow,” he said.Empowering Africa’s women and girls is also crucial, as gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa tens of billions of dollars a year, like everywhere else in the world. Another key is to be innovative in leveraging resources and financing for development, including tax reform by African countries themselves and international efforts to fight tax evasion, money laundering and the illicit financial flows that have depleted Africa’s resource base, he added. Also addressing the inaugural event was UN General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák, who said that in the past, Africa was expected to listen, and accept the ideas and conditions of others. “That era is over […] When it comes to its own development, Africa now has the most powerful voice of all. We need to listen to it, and learn from it,” he said. Among other priorities, he stressed the importance of cooperation between the African Union (AU) and the UN, particularly in the area of sustainable development. The AU’s ‘Agenda 2063’ and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development both outline a sustainable future for the planet and the people. “They must be implemented in complementarity,” he said, noting that better and more regular engagement between the two entities is necessary at all stages, including planning, implementation, financing and review. The events during Africa Week centre around the theme: ‘Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa: Towards the Implementation of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.’ Secretary-General António Guterres speaks at a high-level inaugural event on “Supporting an Integrated, Prosperous, People-Centred and Peaceful Africa.” UN Photo/Cia Pak read more

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Brocks messiest tradition returns Friday

Nearly 1,000 Brock University students are expected to take part in one of the more colourful events held each year at Brock University.The annual Grape Stomp takes place Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Brock’s Jubilee Court, where teams of students will compete in a big, messy grape-stomping party. Prizes will be handed out for best team spirit, best costumes and most donations to Brock’s food bank. Children from the on-campus Rosiland Blauer Centre for Child Care will also get the chance to take part in the Brock tradition.For more information visit: https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/studentlife/calendar/details/32572The annual Grape Stomp was recently ranked No. 2 out of nine traditions across Canadian universities by University Affairs Magazine.

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SIMPEC books business at Ilukas Cataby mineral sands project in Western Australia

first_imgSIMPEC is continuing to win business in the Western Australia mining sector, this time being awarded a contract to install a flocculant treatment plant for Iluka Resources’ new mineral sands project in Cataby.The A$1.7 million ($1.2 million) contract award will see SIMPEC, a subsidiary of WestStar Industrial, start work on the plant immediately. It is the company’s second award at Cataby, having successfully completed a key mechanical, electrical and communications contract in the construction of two separate accommodation facilities for use by Iluka and Tronox, respectively.The plant package is a fabrication and construction project consisting of four tanks including structural, mechanical and piping works. The project will be delivered over a three-month period and forms part of a “complex mineral and chemical processing facility”, according to SIMPEC.At Cataby, the heavy mineral concentrate produced at the site will be processed into final products at Iluka’s Narngulu mineral separation plant.The A$250-275 million Cataby project was approved in December 2017 with first production expected in the June quarter of 2019. It is expected to produce an average of 200,000 t/y of synthetic rutile, 50,000 t/y of zircon and 30,000 t/y of rutile over an 8.5-year mine life.SIMPEC said the Cataby award builds on its portfolio of tank work packages carried out at the Talison lithium mine in Greenbushes, Western Australia.With this award, SIMPEC has built an order book of A$9.5 million, with more than A$150 million of work tendered over the past year, it said.last_img read more

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Right wing thugs attack migrant squatters camp

first_imgClashes broke out Saturday in central Athens between far-right extremists and a group of squatters, and elsewhere in the Greek capital, between left-wing anarchists and police.Violence erupted after some 300 members of the neo-Nazi group, Chryssi Avghi, or Golden Dawn, gathered in Omonia square saying they wanted to liberate Athens and Greece from what they described as “hordes of illegal immigrants”.The right wing thugs unrolled a huge Greek flag and banners calling for the “departure of foreigners from Greece” and claiming “foreigners equal crime”.They then headed on to Athens’ old Court of Appeal where 500 immigrants have been illegally squatting, risking expulsion by the government.Police allowed the protesters to rally past the building which they proceded to bombard with various projectiles and non-lethal stun grenades. “Out of Greece” and “Leave Greece for the Greeks,” they shouted, as they made Nazi salutes.Immigrants retaliated by throwing stones from the upper floors of the building and riot police were called to break up the clashes. Further fighting then broke out between the neo-Nazis and a group of anarchists while the police struggled to separate the two sides. Earlier Saturday some 150 young anarchists, protesting against the Omonia demonstration which they termed a “racist gathering”, threw Molotov cocktails at security forces in another area of the Greek capital.Tear gas fired by the police forced the youths to retreat to the sanctuary of their polytechnic school but not before three of them were arrested. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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LAmérique latine victime dune dévastatrice ruée vers lor

first_imgL’Amérique latine victime d’une dévastatrice ruée vers l’orLa fièvre de l’or qui sévit en Amérique latine a des conséquences dramatiques sur l’environnement. Les forêts tropicales sont ravagées et les mines creusées çà et là rivalisent avec les projets d’investissements miniers internationaux.Que ce soit au Pérou, en Colombie ou en Bolivie, la ruée vers l’or est en plein essor en Amérique latine. Les mines artisanales côtoient les projets miniers d’envergure internationale. Selon la Société interaméricaine des mines, 300 milliards de dollars d’investissements sont ainsi prévus à travers le continent d’ici à 2020 tous métaux confondus. Ces activités ne sont pourtant pas toutes les bienvenues, loin s’en faut. En effet, 162 conflits miniers ont éclaté dans la région en raison de l’opposition croissante de communautés locales. Celles-ci considèrent que ces projets constituent une menace pour l’environnement, indique l’Observatoire des conflits miniers en Amérique latine.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais avec un prix de l’or en hausse constante (il est passé de 270 à environ 1.700 dollars l’once) et un prix du cuivre qui n’a jamais été aussi élevé (en raison de la demande chinoise), les mines continuent de se multiplier. Les populations locales sont exploitées, hommes, femmes et enfants étant envoyés au charbon dans des camps où ni centres de soin, ni écoles n’ont leur place. Des camps qui sont installés un peu partout et qui ravagent des milliers d’hectares de forêt amazonienne. Au Pérou, ce sont environ 130.000 personnes qui se consacrent à l’exploitation minière illégale. Dans ce pays, la production d’or, qui atteint 18 tonnes par an, entraîne la destruction de 20.000 hectares de forêts tropicales.En Colombie, des milliers de personnes ont recommencé à exploiter d’anciennes mines dans les départements d’Antioquia et du Choco. En Bolivie, 10.000 personnes vivent de l’exploitation informelle des mines d’or dans des conditions extrêmes. Toutefois, plusieurs chantiers ont été interrompus au Chili, au Pérou ou en Argentine. En effet, dans certaines régions, on a appliqué la Convention 169 de l’OIT qui requiert la consultation préalable des communautés locales avant toute exploration minière. Ainsi, un combat d’envergure est mené par la population de Cajamara (Pérou) contre le projet Conga, le plus gros investissement minier du pays (4,7 milliards de dollars). Le projet est en suspend depuis novembre.Dans la localité argentine de Famatina, la compagnie canadienne Osisko Mining Corp a dû interrompre son projet d’exploitation de mines d’or à ciel ouvert tandis qu’au Chili, le groupe minier canadien Goldcorp a dû mettre fin au fonctionnement de la mine d’El Morro malgré les prometteuses réserves d’or et de cuivre qu’elle possède. En effet, Goldcorp avait omis de consulter les populations autochtones… Le 14 mai 2012 à 17:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Flash Delivers Laughs Some Character Growth and Not Much Else

first_img Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019’The Flash’ Season 5 Finale Recap: 2 Big Bads and 1 Pre-Crisis Stay on target As much as I’m still liking the metahuman-of-the-week format, it’s starting to get a little old. It’s a welcome shift from all the Savitar’s sadness last year, but after six weeks, it feels like nothing much has happened. Aside from last week’s bachelor party departure, it’s starting to feel like the same episode week after week. A metahuman shows up, The Flash has to deal with them, and some personal lessons are learned along the way. That’s what last night’s episode was. It’s a formula that’s running out of steam, and it never really was great about moving the story forward.The episode started off promising enough, with a rare early appearance from The Thinker. It doesn’t go anywhere. His assistant complains that his plan is taking too long and then we switch to Team Flash. Hey show, pointing out your own flaws this season doesn’t make them better. It just draws attention to the fact that yes, The Thinker’s plan is taking too long. We’d like him to hurry it up, please. I was hoping that the appearance of this scene so early in the episode meant we finally would see some forward movement on that front. But no, most of the episode is entirely unrelated.Tom Cavanaugh, Carlos Valdes (Photo: Screenshot via CW)Let’s start with the positive stuff. More than anything else, this was a comedy episode and it was pretty funny. Yes, the jokes were all super corny, but I’m a sucker for a dumb joke. It got some laughs out of me. Especially the Council of Wells. Harry from Earth 2 doesn’t have the charisma that H.R. did, but his narcissism is pretty great. Told to make some friends, he contacts a bunch of different versions of himself from across the parallel universes. I love it when The Flash plays with alternate dimensions like this. It’s made even better when Tom Cavanaugh gets to play so many different versions of the same character. The dude’s a great character actor, and it’s so much fun when The Flash gives him a chance to show off. There’s German nihilist Wells, laid back publishing tycoon Wells, and post-apocalyptic cyborg Wells. Briefly, there’s the wizard Wells the Grey, but they turn off his signal quick. So, is there a fantasy universe where Wells is a wizard? Or just one where he’s really into LARPing?The episode cuts back to the council of Wells periodically for some comic relief. One of the better revelations of these sequences is that Harry can’t stand working with them. For all his narcissism, he really doesn’t like himself much. The majority of the episode centers around The Flash teaching Elongated Man how to be a hero. The first scene we get from them is really funny. A guy tries to mug them outside the coffee shop, Barry takes too long to explain what they should do to Ralph, and the mugger shoots them. The bullets bounce off Ralph and go right back into the mugger. He’s alive, but wounded. Barry yells at Ralph to stop shooting him, Ralph argues that the mugger is shooting himself. Sorry Barry, I’m with Ralph on this one.Hartley Sawyer as Dibney and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW )That funny little scene sets up the big lesson that Ralph spends the whole episode learning. Being a superhero means taking care of people, not just catching the bad guy. To help drive that lesson home, there’s a new metahuman in town. It’s Black Bison. She has the power to bring inanimate objects to life. It’s admittedly a cool power, and leads to a cool showdown at the end, but it feels like no time was spent on her character. We get an exposition dump about how she’s a former professor turned Sioux activist, returning artifacts to the people and killing anyone who disrespects them. That’s as much character work as we get on her. It’s like the writers were trying so hard not to be insensitive in their portrayal of a Sioux villain that they didn’t give her any personality at all. She was there to put other people in trouble, and force The Flash and Elongated Man to choose between capturing her and saving people.And since you know how this show works, you know Ralph screws it up at first. He catches Black Bison, but lets a little girl get hit by a falling pole. She’s alive, but hurt. To the show’s credit, it seems to have figured out that we all hate those long scoldings and talking-to’s in the hallway. Barry tries to start one, but Ralph doesn’t need it. He knows he screwed up, and he’s motivated to get better. Even though the story is a little thin, it’s told pretty well in this moment. The Flash has figured out it doesn’t need to spell out every step of a character’s journey for you. Here, they just let Hartley Saywer’s acting do the job. Also, the episode featured an extended scene whose only purpose was to sell you a Microsoft Surface. It was painfully awkward and unnecessary. What was wrong with product placement? I really don’t like the idea of sponsored scenes in my TV show. Especially when it’s clearly the thing everyone involved in making the show cared about the least. It only served to give needless setup to a scene where Ralphy comforts the little girl by making balloon animals out of his hands. It’s a little cute. It’s also really creepy.Grant Gustin as Barry Allen and Jesse Martin as Detective Joe West (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)At least the showdown at the museum is fun. You can’t bring a giant T-Rex skeleton to life and not make a fun scene. It was nice to see Ralph be the hero and choose to save someone instead of going after Black Bison. And I enjoyed his movie quotes. Yeah, reference humor is a little old at this point, but  if I were fighting a living T-Rex skeleton, I’d be quoting every line from Jurassic Park too. Barry is the one to actually catch the bad guy, and the way he does it is a little lame. He tosses a Sioux bowl in the air to distract her, cuffs her, and catches the bowl. It’s dumb, it’s anticlimactic and I’m glad to be done with the episode.It’s not just that they’re telling the same story over and over again each week, it’s that the story’s getting thinner with each telling. We have a villain who’s so not a threat, the show has to create increasingly improbable dilemmas to stretch the story into a full-length episode. We have Ralph learning lesson’s Barry already learned, but much slower this time. And without the threat of a big bad guy beyond knowing his name, there’s nothing pushing the overall plot forward. At least that looks like it’ll change next week. At the end of this episode, the Council of Wells worked together to figure out which DeVoe is the villain. They narrow it down to one guy, but when Barry visits him, he appears as just a normal dude in a wheelchair. The Thinker is toying with Barry, and it looks like that will continue next week. Here’s hoping coming face-to-face with the villain, and not even being sure of it, makes for a better episode next Tuesday.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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NextGen Spacesuit Features Home Button for Assisted Return

first_imgStay on target If only Sandra Bullock were wearing a self-return spacesuit on the Explorer,  Gravity may have turned out differently.The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc. (Draper, for short) recently filed a patent for a so-called “system and method for assisted extravehicular activity self-return.”Or, in English: a “take me home” button that guides explorers back to safety in case of an emergency.“Without a fail-proof way to return to the spacecraft, an astronaut is at risk of the worst-case scenario: lost in space,” Kevin Duda, space systems engineer at Draper, said in a statement.No matter how much training you receive, being thrust into the zero-gravity environment of space can be confusing, disorienting, and, sometimes, nauseating. Now, imagine doing a spacewalk with bile creeping up your throat.Losing your bearings—especially in the void of outer space—can make operating a jetpack and returning to shelter a challenge.“There is no gravity and no easy way to determine which way is up and down,” Duda said. “Our technology improves mission success in space by keeping the crew safe.”Designing their assisted EVA self-return strategy wasn’t easy, though. Draper engineers had to create a system that can autonomously determine a precise location without GPS; account for time, oxygen consumption, safety, and clearance requirements; and guide a disoriented and possibly unconscious person to safety.As described in a recent patent filing, the button is triggered directly (by the astronaut) or remotely (by another crew member or mission control staff). Once activated, the spacesuit’s built-in thrusters autonomously guide the user back to safety.“The current spacesuit features no automatic navigation solution—it is purely manual—and that could present a challenge to our astronauts if they are in an emergency,” Draper’s director of space systems Séamus Tuohy said.Which is why the company added built-in guidance, providing step-by-step directions using visual, auditory, and sensory cues. The spacesuit’s sensors, meanwhile, can be configured to fit individual cosmonauts’ needs—or those of first responders, skydivers, firefighters, and scuba divers.Not just for space, this research could be applied to fields operating within the Earth’s atmosphere, and even be combined with other smart tech to boost safety measures for emergency response workers and extreme sports enthusiasts. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendHubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring System center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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MiamiDade Police spread love and safety belt awareness on Valentines Day

first_imgHOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Police were out in full force Tuesday morning, spreading love on Valentine’s Day in Homestead.Parents dropping off their kids at Avocado Elementary School received a red rose from police and some sound advice.“It’s really important for our children to wear their safety belts — not only the children, but their parents,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robin Pinkard. “Today is Valentine’s Day, so we decided to hand out roses to the parents that are wearing their safety belts, along with their children, and if they’re not, we will still provide them with a rose and advise them on the importance of wearing their safety belts.”Officers wanted to remind parents and students to buckle up and not forget to spread love on this day.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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OBITUARY Janet E Manuel 79

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Janet E. Manuel, age 79, of Wilmington formerly of Woburn, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2019. Janet was the devoted mother of Pamela (McGondel) Streletsky & husband Paul of Haverhill, Sandra (McGondel) Pelleriti of Billerica, Janet (McGondel) LeBlanc & husband Michael of Dracut and Lawrence R. McGondel Jr. of Portsmouth, NH. Loving “Nanna” of Samantha, Sara, Jenna, Michelle, Michael and Brian. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Janet is predeceased by her parents James and Lorraine (Fraser) Manuel, her siblings Barbara Clifford, Lorraine Manuel, James Manuel and her former husband Lawrence McGondel Sr.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Sunday, August 11th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Janet’s Funeral Service will take place on Monday, August 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet’s memory may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Janet E. Manuel(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet (Colucci) O’Connor, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Linda J. Gallagher, 71In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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HOT OFF THE PRESS Wilmington Recreation Offers 8Day Trip To Grand Canyon

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department presents an 8-day America’s Canyonlands trip from May 14, 2020 to May 21, 2020.The trip costs $2,650 per person (double), $3,625 per person (single), and $2,615 per person (triple).Contact the Recreation Department at 978-658-4270 with any questions and registration information. Additional itinerary information can be found HERE.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… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Offers “March Gladness” Road Trip To Catskill MountainsIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Wilmington Recreation Organizes Trip To See “Mutts Gone Nuts!” Show In WrenthamIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Fall NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more