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Committee to probe deaths at National Hospital

A committee has been appointed to investigate the deaths of four individuals at the Colombo National Hospital, the Ministry of Health said today.The four patients had died after undergoing heart surgery at the hospital this week. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne has appointed a three member committee to investigate the deaths and submit a report today.According to the Health Ministry, the four patients were among six patients who underwent heart surgery at the hospital on Monday. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Security Council encourages political parties in Burundi to work together

Council members called on the Government and the parties to ensure that the necessary conditions, including security protection, were put in place as soon as possible to help ease the return of exiled political leaders, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, the current Council President, said in a press statement at UN Headquarters in New York. The members of the Council urged the Forces for National Liberation (FNL) and the Forces for the Defence of Democracy (FDD) to enter into negotiations for a cessation of hostilities without further delay. They also called on Burundi’s neighbours “to use their collective and individual influence to help the parties advance positively in the peace process.” Furthermore, Council members remained “deeply concerned” at the country’s humanitarian situation and urged all parties “to respect human rights and international humanitarian law as well as to facilitate access by humanitarian personnel to populations in need,” Ambassador Valdivieso said. Earlier Friday, the Council met behind closed doors for a briefing on the latest developments in Burundi by UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Danilo Türk. According to a UN spokesman, Mr. Türk said that despite the fourth meeting of the Implementation Monitoring Committee for Burundi, which had ended on Monday, and the round of ceasefire talks held in South Africa under the facilitation of Deputy President Jacob Zuma, the security and humanitarian situation in the country had not improved.Mr. Türk noted some positive developments on the political front, however, including progress in the work of the Implementation Monitoring Committee and cooperation from most of the parties. At the same time, over the past two months, “close to 30,000 people have been displaced in Bujumbura-rural,” the spokesman said. read more

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Political activist Harry Leslie Smith seriously ill in hospital

Jeremy Corbyn has led well-wishers after it emerged the Second World War veteran and political activist Harry Leslie Smith is seriously ill in hospital.The 95-year-old was “not in a good way” and had been taken into A&E, his son, John, said.Mr Smith was understood to have fallen ill in Canada, where he was visiting his son, the Daily Mirror reported.Born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Mr Smith served with the RAF in Germany and in recent years campaigned on behalf of the NHS.On Wednesday morning, #IStandWithHarry was trending on Twitter as messages of support flooded in. Mr Corbyn said: “Very sorry to hear this. Please pass on my best to Harry. We need him to get well soon as the National Health Service, and our movement, needs him.”Karl Turner, Shadow transport minister, added: “Very much hope Harry makes a full recovery. We need him.”A tweet from his son posted on Harryslaststand on Wednesday morning said: “It is after midnight here but I think he will see the morning and then we will go from there.”Earlier, he said: “After being examined by the icu doctor, Harry exclaims, ‘I can assure you, I am not ready to die because I have too much work to do’.” This is Harry Leslie Smith’s son, John. Harry is in A & E and not in a good way. He asked me to inform you in case things don’t work out. I will keep you posted.— Harry Leslie Smith (@Harryslaststand) November 20, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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AusTin Mining weighing up oresorting at Taronga following positive tests

first_imgTOMRA is continuing to win praise for its sensor-based ore sorting technology, with AusTin Mining being the latest company to say pilot test work indicated the process could remove a significant amount of waste and boost grades.The company had previously carried out a 60 kg trial with TOMRA on material from the Taronga project in New South Wales, Australia, which indicated X-ray Transmission (XRT) ore sorting was effective.The latest test work went a step further, with 1.6 t of material grading 0.15% Sn from the Northern Zone of the Taronga deposit being crushed and run through an XRT-1200 sorter in a series of tests for different sizes.In summary, the latest result indicated:Significant mass rejection (up to 66%) to waste may be achieved. This could either reduce the scale of the downstream processing plant and/or enable an increased plat throughput;Uplift (up to three times) in the grade of sorted product, which could increase the tin units reporting to a downstream processing plant;Increase (over three times) in the grade of fines (-8 mm) material, highlighting the potential for preliminary beneficiation in conjunction with ore sorting, and;Consistent waste grades across all tests, indicating the potential to increase tin recovery with increasing feed grade.CEO, Peter Williams said of the results: “Aus Tin Mining is encouraged by the benefits ore sorting could deliver for the Taronga tin project, not only including the potential uplift in grade, but also the scope for lower costs and the long-term potential opportunity to exploit more of the mineral resource.”Williams added that the Stage 1 project at Taronga would provide an “ideal opportunity to test and optimise the technology”.In 2015, the company announced it would commence a Stage 1 development comprising a 340,000 t trial mine within the Northern Zone ore reserves and pilot processing plant able to produce a saleable concentrate over an 18-24 month period. The company is currently in the process of progressing outstanding regulatory approvals and contractor negotiations for this project.In the coming weeks, AusTin intends to evaluate whether to proceed with an ore-sorting trial in conjunction with the Stage 1 project, including considerations for additional costs and existing approvals.“The company will also transport the residual material from the ore-sorting test work to the Granville tin project to assess the material for downstream gravity and flotation processes,” the company said.The Taronga tin project comprises two major zones of quartz-cassiterite, sheeted vein-style mineralisation. The Northern Zone accounts for approximately 70% of the total mineral resource (27 Mt at 0.15% Sn for 40,100 t contained tin) and is open at depth. The Southern Zone (9.3 Mt at 0.19% Sn for 17,100 t contained tin) comprises a very coarse cassiterite demonstrating superior metallurgical properties plus contains higher tin, copper and silver grades.last_img read more

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Cat backs autonomy with large mining truck line roll out

first_imgCaterpillar already has seven autonomous haul fleets running around the globe, with an eighth to come online next year at Fortescue Metal Group’s Cloudbreak iron ore mine.Yet, the company is continuing to drive forward with its autonomous offering with plans to make its entire large mining truck class autonomy-ready.Cat is currently running the 789D, 793F and 797F in autonomous mode with its Command for hauling module, part of its MineStar system. It has over 100 trucks in the field, which have hauled more than 600 Mt of material.The company revealed on Thursday at its Tinaja Hills facility in Tucson, Arizona, that it has plans to roll out autonomy across the whole group of large mining trucks. This includes the newly-added electric drive 796 AC and 798 AC haul trucks.This move shows the company’s intent when it comes to automating mine site haulage, providing various payload options across its large mining trucks.It is also a reflection of how the benefits of autonomy are becoming apparent to Cat’s current and future customers, with Cat pointing out that mining operators are realising they can continue to reach production goals with smaller machines than previously used in manned operations.last_img read more

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Hillary Clinton was asked if parties should enter Government with Sinn Féin

first_imgHILLARY CLINTON SAYS that she “cares deeply about what happens in Northern Ireland” but refused to be drawn on whether parties in southern Ireland should enter Government with Sinn Féin.The former US Senator, Secretary of State and First Lady spoke with Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ this morning and was asked, in light of her and her husband’s involvement with the peace process, whether she was disappointed that Irish parties would rule out a coalition with Sinn Féin.“I’m not going to comment on internal Irish politics,” she responded.I have enough challenges dealing with American politics. But obviously people in any democracy have the right to vote and when those votes are counted then I think the responsibility of governing falls on those who have been elected whichever way they organise themselves.While her husband was US President, Bill Clinton made a controversial decision to grant Gerry Adams an entry visa into the United States in the period before the 1994 IRA ceasefire. The decision was criticised by some because of the status of the IRA as a terrorist organisation in the US, but the move was credited as being vital in allowing Adams to discuss the peace process with US-based backers of the IRA.But Clinton did say that she and her husband both continue to monitor developments in Ireland closely, making reference to the current impasse.“I care deeply about what happens in Northern Ireland as does my husband,” she said.“So much has been accomplished. I know there are obstacles in the way of trying to achieve all the goals that everyone hopes for, but I certainly pray that everyone keeps their eyes on the ultimate goal on trying to make sure that people can live in peace and security.”In the varied interview, Clinton discussed topics such as her vote in favour of the Iraq war, the capture of Osama Bin Laden while Secretary of State as well as her front-row position in two different presidencies.Asked to compare Barack Obama and her husband, she said she is “very proud of both of them”.I’m certainly proud of my husband, the President I have been married to and have watched him do good things for our country as well as the things he did in working with the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Clinton also responded to questions about whether she would run for the US Presidency in 2016. O’Rourke put it to her that in her new book she talks about disappointing the supporters of her failed bid in 2008 and whether not running in two years time would further disappoint the people already campaigning for her:I’m not going to send anybody a signal pro or con because ultimately people are allowed and encouraged to do whatever they desire. I’m the one who’s going to have to make the final decision and I have lot to consider.“I’m very honoured by the enthusiasm and by the energy that people are putting into encouraging me and persuading me to make the decision they want me to make but that’s now way to do this,” she said.Read: Unlike Bill, Hillary Clinton has never smoked cannabis…and she doesn’t intend to start >Read: Clinton: I wish Monica Lewinsky well, I hope she builds a life she finds meaning in >last_img read more

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A massive undersea cable will be built between Dublin and Paris

first_imgA massive undersea cable will be built between Dublin and Paris The system is scheduled to be ready for service in late 2018. Short URL Jan 22nd 2017, 8:45 AM TWO COMPANIES THIS week announced they will build an undersea cable from Ireland to France.Ireland-France Subsea Cable Limited this week announced a partnership with Tiger Infrastructure Partners to finance and construct IFC-1, a submarine fiber-optic cable system that will be the first and only direct subsea cable between Ireland and France.The IFC-1 system will be a state-of-the-art subsea cable and provide ultra-high capacity transmission to telecommunication carriers, Internet companies and large enterprises in Ireland looking for connectivity to continental Europe.“The massive growth of Ireland’s data center industry and the requirement for resilient telecommunications infrastructure has created the need for a new, direct route to continental Europe,” said Michael Cunningham, Chairman of IFSC.“We are delighted that Tiger Infrastructure shares our vision and look forward to having them as our partner.”The cable has been designed to extend terrestrially into Dublin and Paris providing connectivity and enabling long digital line segments. The system is scheduled to be ready for service in late 2018.Read: Sisters behind Irish fashion startup Opsh step down after falling victim to the ‘investment chasm’ 44 Comments Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 8:45 AM Image: Shutterstock/unterwegs Share Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/unterwegs 35,637 Views By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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New Zealand prime minister gives birth to a baby girl

first_img Jun 21st 2018, 8:09 AM 33,016 Views Short URL 66 Comments NEW ZEALAND PRIME minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital, becoming only the second world leader to do so while in office.“I’m sure we’re going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you,” the 37-year-old said in a statement.She added that both mother and daughter were doing well.Ardern follows in the footsteps of the late Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 became the only women in recorded history to give birth while in power.Deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister while Ardern takes six weeks of maternity leave.Ardern’s due date was 17 June. The birth has been highly anticipated in the South Pacific nation of nearly five million people.© – AFP 2018 With reporting from AP By AFP Share5 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 8:09 AM New Zealand prime minister gives birth to a baby girl Jacinda Ardern becomes just the second world leader to give birth while in office. last_img read more

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Fabinho reveals PSG interest

first_imgFabinho insists he is enjoying Life at Liverpool and after turning down the offer to join Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian has become a mainstay in the Reds starting line-up and has played a pivotal role in their title ambition despite a slow start.Fabinho joined Liverpool from Monaco in a £44m deal last summer but was linked with a return to France with Paris Saint Germain in November.“I never thought of going elsewhere,” Fabinho told L’Equipe and cited via Sky.Opinion: Neymar needs to apologize to PSG’s supporters Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After such a dramatic summer during the transfer window, Neymar truly needs to apologize to all the PSG supporters this weekend.When Neymar finished last…“I know a lot of things were written in the newspapers, but it wasn’t true. What’s funny is that this PSG loan story came out just before our Champions League match [on November 28].“I had already experienced a similar story the day before the Coupe de la Ligue final between PSG and Monaco [in March 2018]. It’s a strange coincidence, isn’t it?”“If I had to sign at PSG, it’s the year before it could have been done,” Fabinho added.“They were very interested, I talked a lot with Antero Henrique [PSG’s sporting director] and the club’s leaders, but it didn’t work. The year after, I did not wait for them and then I thought it was time to leave France.”last_img read more

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Bengal Tiger Cub rescued from the border is recovering from successful surgery

first_imgBengal Tiger Cub rescued from the border is recovering from successful surgery KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Bengal Tiger Cub that was confiscated at the border last summer is recovering from surgery.“Moka” had surgery earlier this week to fix an intestinal obstruction and other medical issues.According to the UT, the cub fell acutely ill on Sunday and the surgery was deemed necessary. He will be in observation for another week or so to ensure his recovery goes smoothly. San Diego Safari Park officials said it appeared Moka’s condition was likely the result of a poor diet or other complications suffered during his first six weeks of life. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter March 9, 2018 Posted: March 9, 2018last_img read more

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Big KRIT Drops Stunning Video For Energy Shares Message Of Positivity

first_img Facebook “It’s important more than ever to show the positive energy of life,” the Southern rapper saidAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 10, 2019 – 12:09 pm Meridian, Miss.-born hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T., which stands for “King Remembered In Time,” has been dropping tracks steeped in Southern rap from Texas to Atlanta and influenced by classic soul since 2005.Today, he shared his latest release, “Energy,” from his TDT EP, accompanied by a powerful, beautiful music video directed by Child, which you can watch below.The video is set in an old-school-looking mansion, with K.R.I.T. dropping his first verses from inside: “I need your energy. / I need your energy. / This world is killin’ me. / Light it up / if you feelin’ me.”He continues from the backseat of a classic black Cadillac slowly circling the grounds, as an all-ages cast joins him throughout the scenes. The song and video shares a message a celebration and resilience, highlighted in his line, “See hope, see drive, see why, in my eyes.””It’s important more than ever to show the positive energy of life. The coming together of generations and the giving of knowledge. There’s so much power in community and fellowship. I have been blessed to share positive energy with so many people thru out my career. Although negativity is everywhere we must feed our souls with the positivity around us,” Big K.R.I.T. shared with us over email.Underscoring his range of classic influences, “Energy” samples Jill Scott’s 2001 song “He Loves Me (Lyzel in E Flat),” which was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 45th GRAMMY Awards.Nipsey Hussle’s ‘Victory Lap’ Re-Enters Billboard 200 ChartRead more Email Big K.R.I.T. Drops Stunning Video For “Energy,” Shares Message Of Positivity Big K.R.I.T. Drops Stunning Video For “Energy” big-krit-drops-stunning-video-energy-shares-message-positivity News Twitter last_img read more

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NEMLEC Foundation Announces 2019 Golf Tournament For May 20

first_img(NOTE: The Wilmington Police Department is a member of NEMLEC  — the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council.)DRACUT, MA — The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Police Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce its 15th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut. Check-in and registration begins at 11am. Lunch at 11:30am. Shotgun start (scramble format) at 1pm.Since its inception in 2005, the NEMLEC Police Foundation and its all-volunteer board of directors have raised more than $150,000 to directly fund the operations of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. The Foundation has also hosted 35 high-level training courses for police officers, detectives and superior officers. The NEMLEC Foundation also raises thousands of dollars for charities that are near and dear to police officers each year, including Cops for Kids with Cancer.The programs the tournament helps support include NEMLEC’s School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) training, comprehensive motorcycle training, risk management training and annual basic and advanced crime scene classes, among others.This year’s tournament will include a special recognition of recently retired Medford Police Chief Leo “Buddy” Sacco, following his completion of 37 years of service to the Medford Police Department, including the last 28 as chief. Chief Sacco also served as president of NEMLEC. It was under his leadership that NEMLEC developed its nationally recognized STARS program, which ensures the safety of students, staff and communities, and helps those groups respond effectively in a crisis.The tournament fee is $150 per golfer and includes a gift, lunch and a buffet dinner following the tournament. Click here to download the event brochure and registration/sponsorship forms. Click here for the sponsorship letter for this year’s tournament.The dinner will also feature a raffle and silent auction. Those who wish to donate raffle or auction items can do so by contacting Sharon Crowley at the NEMLEC Police FoundationThe NEMLEC Police Foundation, Inc. exists to promote and pursue training, education, research, projects, and programs that benefit municipal police agencies and their communities in Northeastern Massachusetts. The foundation promotes the public’s understanding of their police departments. It receives gifts, contributions, and grants from individual benefactors or private organizations and distributes those gifts to benefit The North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and its cities and towns.(NOTE: The above press release is from NEMLEC Police Foundation via John Guilfoil Public Relations.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”NEMLEC Foundation To Hold Raffle Drawing For Patriots TicketsIn “Community”NEMLEC Police Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $50,000+ For Police Training, Honors Dic DonohueIn “Government”last_img read more

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MatSu Considers Ordinance Allowing Borough To Pay For Ballot Proposition Ads

first_imgAn ordinance now before the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly would allow the Borough to pay for advertising to influence voters in the case of state ballot propositions. The ordinance comes at a time when an upcoming state ballot is expected to put a number of controversial issues before the voters.Download Audiolast_img

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EA and Bioware notify gamers their information was stolen a week after

first_imgLast week, the NeverWinter Nights forums were hacked, with the attackers making off with usernames, passwords, and birth-dates. Bioware promptly locked down the forum as soon as they discovered the hack, and said they were taking steps to notify the impacted users. Today, a number of gamers reported they finally got those notifications from EA, and were advised to change their passwords: a full week after the original breach.The story re-appeared in the news at a number of sites, claiming to be the latest in a string of security breaches at gaming companies, but in fact it’s taken EA a week to notify members of the NWN forums that their information had been stolen. Additionally, EA noted that their real names, phone numbers, NeverWinter Nights CD keys, and possibly mailing addresses were lost along with the previously disclosed birth-dates and passwords.EA and Bioware reiterated that no financial information was stored in the forums, so the attackers wouldn’t have been able to obtain credit card numbers or social security numbers. Still, that’s likely no consolation to users who may be active NeverWinter Nights players – especially if their CD key suddenly turns up in use by someone else.As of now, no large hacker groups have taken credit for the attack. Some immediately pointed to LulzSec as the culprit, given their history of breaking into the networks of video game companies, but LulzSec for their part hasn’t mentioned the hack at all.The bigger question however is why did it take EA a week to notify the affected users that their data had been lost? Bioware even confirmed that the attack took place the day afterward, and in their statement they said they had already notified all of the affected users. Now it seems those notifications never went out.Read more at EAlast_img read more

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Game of Thrones Teases Fierce Season 8 Character Posters

first_img Game of Thrones Season 8 is about two months away, but it’s officially time to declare who you’ll choose #ForTheThrone.On Thursday, HBO teased 20 new character posters for Game of Thrones Season 8 on Twitter. The posters, which give all the chills, show the badass Iron Throne contenders who will be fighting the White Walkers in an epic battle. HBO also shared adorable character emojis, which might offset the horrible violence fans will witness in Game of Thrones’ final season.See all the new Game of Thrones Season 8 posters below and follow Game of Thrones’ Twitter account for more Season 8 images, details, and commentary.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Emojis (Photo Credit: TwitterTV/Twitter)Daenerys Targaryen#DaenerysTargaryen“My reign has just begun.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Cersei Lannister#CerseiLannister“Long may she reign.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Jon Snow#JonSnow“We know no king, but the King in the North.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Jaime Lannister#JaimeLannister“There are no men like me. Only me.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Tyrion Lannister#TyrionLannister“Never forget who you are. The rest of the world will not.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Arya Stark#AryaStark“The North remembers.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Sansa Stark#SansaStark“The lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Bran Stark#BranStark“I’m the Three Eyed Raven now.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Brienne Of Tarth#BrienneOfTarth“This goes beyond houses and honor and oaths.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Davos Seaworth#DavosSeaworth“We have to fight, and we need to do it together.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Euron Greyjoy#EuronGreyjoy“There’s only one reward I want.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Grey Worm#GreyWorm“Unsullied fear nothing.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Jorah Mormont#JorahMormont“No one can survive in this world without help.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Melisandre#Melisandre“The night is dark and full of terrors.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Missandei#Missandei“She’s the queen we chose.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Samwell Tarly#SamwellTarly“I’m tired of reading about the achievements of better men.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Theon Greyjoy#TheonGreyjoy“I always wanted to do the right thing.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Varys#Varys“I don’t believe in saviors.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019The Hound#TheHound“You know who’s coming for you. You’ve always known.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019The Night King#NightKing“Fear is for the winter.”— Twitter (@Twitter) February 28, 2019Game of Thrones Season 8 premieres on HBO on April 14.More on Reveals ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 First Look Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Footage Teases New Alliance‘Game of Thrones’ Oreos Are Coming for Your Sugar Fix Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future last_img read more

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Crows and kea parrots found to learn usefulness of objects similar to

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Play The kea parrot is known for being destructive in its play back in its native New Zealand. Credit: Megan Lambert, University of York (—An international team of researchers has found via experimentation that New Caledonian crows and kea parrots learn about the usefulness of objects by playing with them—similar to human baby behavior. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the group describes the experiments they carried out with the birds and what they learned by doing so. Clever cockatoos bend hooks into straight wire to fish for food Explore further More information: Megan L. Lambert et al. Function and flexibility of object exploration in kea and New Caledonian crows, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170652AbstractA range of non-human animals frequently manipulate and explore objects in their environment, which may enable them to learn about physical properties and potentially form more abstract concepts of properties such as weight and rigidity. Whether animals can apply the information learned during their exploration to solve novel problems, however, and whether they actually change their exploratory behaviour to seek functional information about objects have not been fully explored. We allowed kea (Nestor notabilis) and New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) to explore sets of novel objects both before and after encountering a task in which some of the objects could function as tools. Following this, subjects were given test trials in which they could choose among the objects they had explored to solve a tool-use task. Several individuals from both species performed above chance on these test trials, and only did so after exploring the objects, compared with a control experiment with no prior exploration phase. These results suggest that selection of functional tools may be guided by information acquired during exploration. Neither kea nor crows changed the duration or quality of their exploration after learning that the objects had a functional relevance, suggesting that birds do not adjust their behaviour to explicitly seek this information.center_img Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Corvus moneduloides, New Caledonian Crow. Credit: public domain © 2017 New Caledonian crows and kea parrots are both quite clever, able to identify objects as tools for use in obtaining a desired reward—though only the crows do it in the wild. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about the learning process involved as the birds figured out how to use a limited number of objects to gain a food reward.The experiments consisted of allowing test birds to examine (play with) two types of blocks and two types of ropes. The block types were heavy or light, and were colored to show the difference. The rope types were rigid or flexible, and were also marked differently and distinguishable by sight only. Afterwards, the birds were introduced to two types of feeding devices. With one of them, food could only be obtained by placing something of sufficient weight on top. With the other, food could only be obtained by pushing a piece of sufficiently rigid rope through a tube to force it out. In the next step, the birds were allowed to play with the blocks and rope again; they were slightly different from those used when teaching them how to obtain food from the devices. The final step was allowing the birds to use what they had learned by picking a block or rope from the initial object group to apply to the feeding devices to gain a reward.The researchers report that after 10 trials, six of 14 birds performed better than chance in selecting the correct tool to access the food they were after. When the birds were asked to do the final step without prior experience playing with the tools, none of them did any better than chance. They also found that the training did not change the playing behavior and did not improve their chances of success in getting food from the device. This, they suggest, shows that the birds simply remember certain characteristics of objects they play with and apply them when an opportunity presents itself. This is similar, they note, to how human babies learn about objects in the world around them. Citation: Crows and kea parrots found to learn usefulness of objects similar to the way human babies do it (2017, September 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

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first_imgThe mysterious disappearance of an activist in Nepal, displacement from a dear valley to live as a refugee in Pakistan, a judge, who sexually abused two women in Sri Lanka and got away with it — these are some of the instances of justice denied for few decades now.Towards this, directors from five nations — India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — put together the Justice Project to showcase for the world at large these heartrending stories of conflict and turmoil.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Snapshots of three of the five films were screened at the India International Centre from May 27-30. The project was formulated in coordination with Aakar, a Delhi-based trust and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Castaway Man (Director: Kesang Tseten, Nepal; Duration: 82 min; 2015) About 20 years ago, Dor Bahadur Bista, an anthropologist who fought against Nepaal’s caste system had disappeared without a trace. Director Kesang Tseten, after a series of interviews with Bista’s family and friends, reveals the kind of man Bista was; an outright rebel who fought the Brahmanical rituals and was termed anti-national after his book People of Nepal was published.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis second book Fatalism and Development, which spoke of Brahmanical brainwashing making Nepalis fatalistic received an equally violent backlash from the society. Tseten documents the struggle Bista went through in his struggle the caste system. A local woman he had taken undr his wing to educate her even accused him of having an affair. Bista disappeared before 1996, when the when the Maoists began their campaign to topple the monarchy. Ironically they destroyed Bista’s house and books. There is no sign of the man till now, though his work is highly valued now. The mystery deepens further as the story ends with an archival clip of Bista burying a time capsule in 1994 — with instructions to open it 100 years later. Silence in the Courts (Director: Prasanna Vithanage, Sri Lanka; Duration: 57 min; 2015)Prasanna Vithanage documented this heart-wrenching tale of two women who were sexually abused by a judge presiding over cases involving their husbands nearly two decades ago. Despite seeking justice, their pleas were continually turned down by the Apex Court the Judiciary Services Commission and even the president. Victor Ivan, a Sri Lankan journalist who took up the cause to bring justice to these women had published several reports on the issue and on the judge who abused the women. Three years later, the charges against the judge were proven and he was sent on compulsory leave with pay instead of being dismissed. Vithanage, in 2014 documented the case, while the two women still await justice. A Walnut Tree (Director: Ammar Aziz, Pakistan; Duration: 92 min; 2015) An old man, dearly called Baba by his family, planted a walnut tree in front of his house in Pakistan’s Swat Valley a few decades ago. He put all his efforts into taking good care of the tree so that his family could go grow around the tree. But, the beautifull lush green valley slowly turned into a land filled with blood due to the conflict between the Taliban and the army. Men and women were killed mercilessly and bodies piled up on the roads. Even birds refused to make their nests in the valley anymore.Baba, his son, Mahir, his wife and two children along with many thousands were forced to displace to Jalozai refugee camp, 35 km southeast of Peshawar. Director Aziz and his camera team lived at the camp for few months to document the plight of the people. Men had no jobs and made ends meet through petty jobs, women often fell sick but had no access to medical care and children were weak, out of schools and left on the streets. After about four years in the camp when most of the refugees seem to have nearly settled in at the camp Baba still reminisced about the valley. The eerie silence around him at the camp made his mind chaotic. Being a poet, his subtle poetry yet with very strong words was his only way out from the horrible living conditions at the camp. The violent valley seemed more welcoming to him. On a cloudy morning Baba was nowhere to be seen in the camp. Leaving his family behind at the camp, Mahir left for the valley in search of his Baba. The walnut tree, despite bearing fruit, stood there still in the valley. And, Baba was never found again.last_img read more

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Magistrate Ritish Sachdeva by Gautampalli police the court accepted the request sending him to judicial custody in the case till 9 May for the purpose of interrogation Prajapati will now have to obtain bail in these two cases also for securing his release from jail With inputs from PTI Day 10 report:Neeraj Chopra and Manika Batra clinched India’s first-ever gold medals in men’s javelin throw and women’s singles table tennis respectively while boxers Vikas Krishan MC Mary Kom and Gaurav Solanki claimed top podium finishes Golden wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sumit Kumar and shooter Sanjeev Rajput took third-placed India’s tally to 59 medals (25 gold 16 silver 18 bronze) at the end of Day 10 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on Saturday Among other success stories defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa stormed into the final of women’s doubles category while Dipika and Saurav Ghosal clinched silver in the mixed doubles even as both the men’s and the women’s hockey teams lost 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split 4:1 verdict against Brendan Irvine of Northern Ireland Meanwhile India’s Manish had to be content with silver in the men’s lightweight (60kg) division after losing 2:3 to Harry Garside of Australia in a hard-fought final Amit finished with the silver medal after losing 1:3 to England’s Galai Yafai in the final while Satish lost the final of the 91kg category losing 0-5 by unanimous verdict to England’s Frazer Clarke This is the first time India got a silver medal in the super heavyweight category in the CWG Apart from these six boxers three others Muhammed Hussamuddin Naman Tanwar and Manoj Kumar claimed bronze medals on Friday as Indian completed its boxing campaign with nine medals In athletics javelin thrower Neeraj delighted the country as he registered his season’s best performance of 8647 metres to win the final while Vipin Kashana the other Indian in the fray took the fifth spot with an attempt of 7787m In badminton it was yet another superb show with at least a gold medal assured as World No3 Sindhu will meet seasoned compatriot and World No12 Saina in an all-Indian women’s singles final on Sunday While Olympic 2016 silver medallist Sindhu thrashed Canada’s Michelle Li 21-18 21-8 in the semi-final Saina overcame Scotland’s Kirsty Gilmour winning by 21-14 18-21 21-17 In the men’s singles World No1 Srikanth set his final date with Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei While Srikanth registered an easy 21-10 21-17 victory over England’s Rajiv Ouseph Chong Wei overcame World No11 Prannoy 21-16 9-21 21-14 Prannoy then lost to World No22 Ouseph 21-17 23-25 9-21 in the bronze medal match at the Carrara Sports Arena here In the men’s doubles Satwik and Chirag thrashed Sri Lanka’s Sachin Dias and Buwaneka Goonethilleka 21-18 21-10 to enter the final Ashwini and Sikki bagged the women’s doubles bronze medal beating Australians Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville 21-19 21-19 Ashwini and Satwik had a poor day in the mixed doubles losing their semi-final as well as the 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