Ontario offers support to Cat Lake but theres no word on what

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsThe Cat Lake First Nation in northern Ontario says the province of Ontario has offered help with its mould issues – but not details outlining what kind of support is coming.The community is dealing with dozens of homes containing mould.Chief Matthew Keewaykapo says he has been in touch with Ontario’s Indigenous Services Minister Greg Rickford.“He was going to work on something but didn’t say what it was,” Keewaykapo told APTN News.Keewaykapo said he told Rickford that the community could use another 10 to 14 units to avoid an evacuation but no commitment yet.“The province hasn’t offered any kind of assistance as of yet and haven’t done anything,” he said.Cat Lake is located 600 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.In an agreement worth $10 million reached with the federal government, it will be getting some news houses for families in mould infested homes.But the province has yet to say what it will do to help.On Monday, NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa called on the province to assist with the housing crisis.“Last week this government claimed that it funded an infectious disease specialist to conduct a full medical assessment of the community and that additional nurses had been deployed to the community,” Mamakwa said in the legislature.“I spoke with the chief, medical specialists were sent but by the Federal government and there are no additional nurses.”In February, Cat Lake declared a state of emergency because of the mould.“When a social emergency is declared the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs plays a coordinating role in efficiently responding to these emergencies,” said Finance Minister Victor Fedeli. “Speaker we do know that while the provision of housing on reserves remains the responsibility of the federal government we have reached out to the community to offer Ontario’s full support.”The community is waiting to hear what form that support will come in.More than 100 houses in Cat Lake were inspected late last year and in early January.Mould in homes is believed to be the cause of severe health problems for many people in the community.In February, NDP MP Charlie Angus went to cat late and immediately called for a full medical assessment of the community.Indigenous services said it’s waiting for reports from epidemiology and respiratory specialists who were there last month.Mamakwa said the province and Ottawa need to work together to make sure the community has access to medical specialists.“Will this government stop playing games with the lives and health of children and families of Cat Lake and send up the emergency health team up to the community it so desperately needs now?” he asked.The community is set to received materials to build 15 new homes, repair 21 existing homes and 10 portable housing units are to be installed while the winter road is still open.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img read more

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US steel aluminum tariffs will cause collateral damage Canadian producers

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s metal producers are urging the government to push back against an American plan to slap steep tariffs on aluminum and steel imports, saying they are being unfairly targeted in a sweeping strategy aimed at protecting U.S. companies from state-sponsored Chinese producers.President Donald Trump announced Thursday he intends to impose duties of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, with no mention of excluding Canada, which is the main supplier of both metals to the U.S.The tariffs will be felt most heavily by workers and consumers in the United States as the “collateral damage” spreads throughout the American economy in the form of higher prices and stunted growth, said Jean Simard, head of the Aluminium Association of Canada.“We’re not part of the problem,” Simard said. “The problem is China and the U.S. knows it.”Canada exports to the U.S. 90 per cent of the 3.2-million tonnes of aluminum it produces annually, which represents two thirds of America’s total aluminum imports.The proposed import duties would boost primary aluminum smelting jobs by an estimated 1,900, while at the same time destroying 23,000 to 90,000 jobs downstream, according to a report released Friday by Harbor, an aluminum industry consulting firm.The tariffs will have repercussions north of the border regardless of whether the U.S. grants Canada an exemption, said Joseph Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association.Diverted steel previously destined for the U.S. could swamp Canada’s domestic market and will also drive down prices in other countries, making it more difficult for Canadian producers to sell elsewhere, Galimberti said.“There is a significant volume of steel that will be displaced into the global market, which is already widely understood to be over capacity.”Numbers released by the steel producers association indicate the steel trade between Canada and the U.S. is balanced, with $6 billion of the product that moved in both directions across the border in 2017. Canada receives half of all American steel exports, while the U.S. receives 90 per cent of Canadian steel exports, the association said.The epicentre of Canada’s steel industry is Hamilton, Ont., and the surrounding region, where at least half of the country’s steel exports originate, said chamber of commerce president Keanin Loomis.“Steel to us is everything. It’s our identity. It’s our legacy,” Loomis said, adding he and other chamber members were “gobsmacked” by Trump’s announcement.The president is expected to get around free-trade obligations between the two countries using a U.S. law that allows him to introduce the tariffs for reasons of national security.Loomis pointed to the last time the U.S. imposed tariffs on Canadian steel imports, which occurred under former president George W. Bush. They were quickly reversed after the negative downstream effects on the American economy became apparent, he said.“This has been tried before. It failed. It would be foolish to try … this again.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the trade measures “absolutely unacceptable.”“It just makes no sense to highlight that Canadian steel or aluminium could be a security threat to the United States,” he said.While there is scant detail on what the tariffs would look like, the North American automobile industry stands to be seriously affected.“The auto sector really doesn’t have a border,” said Flavio Volpe, head of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association. “It’s like a plate of spaghetti. It’s not always that easy to pull one strand out.”It takes time to ramp up steel production, meaning that in the short term American consumers bear the costs of paying the tariffs, Volpe said. He added that boosting steel capacity is also capital intensive, the cost of which would also fall on American consumers.Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, said he didn’t want to speculate about the tariffs in the absence of more details, but he encouraged Canadian officials to push for exemptions.— Follow @gwomand on Twitterlast_img read more

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Prince Harry Meghan present 1st glimpse of their baby boy

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle on Wednesday presented the first glimpse of their baby boy, the seventh in line to the British throne born on Monday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex described their new-born, who is referred to as Baby Sussex until his name is announced, as a dream and parenthood as magic as they attended a photocall at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle. A visibly beaming Harry, 34, carried the infant out for the cameras before a brief interaction. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportHe has the sweetest temperament, he’s really calm. He’s been the dream, said 37-year-old Meghan. Describing her first days as a mother, she added: It’s magic, it’s pretty amazing. I have the two best guys in the world so I’m really happy. Harry said: “It’s great. Parenting is amazing. “It’s only been two and a half days, three days, but we’re just so thrilled to have our own little bundle of joy.” The royal joked that his son has “already got a little bit of facial hair” as he spoke of his excitement at becoming a dad. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsBaby Sussex, the eighth great grandchild to Queen Elizabeth II, is believed to be the first mixed-race child born to a senior member of the British Royal Family in centuries. Coming in ahead of him in the line of succession as it stands are his grandfather the Prince of Wales, his uncle the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, his three young cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and his father Harry. The infant, however, will not be made a prince unless his great-grandmother steps in, who is set to meet the new baby later on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Spaniard declares his Islam in a Mosque in Agadir

Agadir – A Spaniard converted to Islam this week in a mosque in Ait Melloul, a town about 10 kilometers away from Agadir.In a video posted on YouTube on July 1, the Spaniard pronounced the Shahada, the Arabic word for the Muslim profession of faith that make one a Muslim, in the presence of hundreds of worshippers.With the help of an interpreter, the Spaniard repeated after the imam of the mosque the Islamic faith’s first pillar in Arabic. Immediately after the convert pronounced the Shahada twice, stating that “there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is His Messenger,” hundreds of exultant Muslims proclaimed Allahu Akbar (God is a great) to celebrate the significant step in the convert’s life.Last week, hundreds of worshippers in the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech witnessed the conversion of a German woman and an Ivorian man, after Tarawih prayers – the extra prayers performed during Ramadan after the last prayer of the day.Every year during the holy month of Ramadan, a number of foreigners from around the world convert to Islam in Morocco.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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King Mohammed VI Favorably Responds to Badr Hari to Play His

Rabat – King Mohammed VI responded favorably to the World’s Kickboxing Champion Badr Hari and allowed him to fight his last match in Morocco before his announced retirement, according to Albotola sports website.Hari’s request was made in a statement during a live interview with Moroccan sports radio station Radio Mars on Thursday, where he said “I have never asked the King [Mohammed VI of Morocco] for anything. But now I hope he will intervene in order to make my dream come true.”Hari will participate along with several other international football stars including Diego Maradona in a gala match today in Lâayoune, on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary of Morocco’s Green March. The 30-year-old’s unexpected retirement announcement was motivated by his desire to take care of his beloved daughter and“spend more time with her,” he said.Morocco’s ‘Golden Boy’ is one of the most successful fighters that kickboxing has ever known. In twenty years of training and fighting, he has twice won the World Heavyweight Championship.Along his impressive career, the Moroccan champion has fought more than 100 professional fights in locations such as Japan, China, Russia, Europe, and the United Arab Emirates. read more

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Speakers in Security Council denounce Israeli attacks in Syria

Video of Council meeting Listen to UN Radio report Meeting in response to the latest developments in the Middle East, speakers in the Security Council today denounced Israel’s attacks on Syrian territory, which were widely viewed as a grave escalation of violence in an already volatile region.A number of participants also deplored yesterday’s suicide bombing in Haifa but cautioned that it could not excuse the subsequent attack on Syria, which they said constituted a violation of international law. Syria was lauded for not responding militarily, while it was generally agreed that all concerned must pursue a just and comprehensive peace as outlined by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, United States, Russian Federation and European Union.The meeting, which heard from over two dozen participants, was convened at the request of Syria’s Ambassador to the UN, Fayssal Mekdad, who today asked the Council to discuss the violations of Syrian and Lebanese airspace committed by the Israeli air force, and the missile attack it carried out against the village of Ain Al Sahib, a civilian site situated inside Syrian territory.Ambassador Mekdad sent letters to the Secretary-General and the Council President from Syria’s Foreign Minister, Farouk Al-Sharaa, who offered details on the incidents, which he called “a flagrant violation of the principles of international law” marking “a new and dangerous escalation.”Addressing the Council this afternoon, Ambassador Mekdad expanded on this theme, calling Israel’s aggression a violation of the UN Charter, international law and the 1974 Disengagement Agreement between the two countries. He said Israel’s terrorist act of aggression this morning was part of a strategic policy aimed at escalating tension in the Middle East just when the international community was pursuing efforts towards peace in the region. Echoing a warning put forward in the Foreign Minister’s letter, he said Syria was “not incapable of establishing a balance of resistance and deterrence that would force Israel to revise its calculations.” He also voiced hope that the Council would adopt a resolution responding to the current situation. Israel’s representative, Dan Gillerman, referred to the attack yesterday in Haifa as the latest of more than 40 terrorist atrocities committed by Islamic Jihad in the past few years. He charged Syria with encouraging, harbouring, training, funding and supporting a variety of notorious terrorist organizations, including Islamic Jihad. Syria, he said, had itself directed acts of terrorism, with coordination and briefings by phone and Internet, and by summoning activists to Damascus for briefings. He also said that Iran supported terrorist organizations.Syria used its State-run media and official institutions to glorify and encourage suicide bombings against civilians, he said. The Syrian delegate, he added, spoke a great deal about resistance but did not explain precisely how the murder of children in a restaurant was an act of resistance. read more

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Violence against women in Afghanistan remains dramatic – UN expert

“Violence against women remains dramatic in Afghanistan in its intensity and pervasiveness, in public and private spheres of life,” the Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, Yakin Ertürk, told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital, at the end of a 10-day visit.The three and a half years since the fall of the Taliban regime, which repressed women’s rights, have seen considerable change in the legal and institutional framework, but “action has to be taken now to protect women, to save lives,” she added, outlining a list of measures that appear feasible in the short term.These include launching media campaigns to inform the public that forced and child marriages violate fundamental precepts of Islam, and clearly establishing the ‘marriage’ of a girl-child as a crime subject to prosecution and punishment.Police and prosecutor’s offices must not return girls and women who escape domestic violence to their families unless their safety can really be ensured, safe havens for women at risk must be created and strengthened and donor support for Afghanistan should be linked to human rights and the protection of women, she added.“The present time constitutes a unique window of opportunity that should not be missed,” she declared.Most people she spoke to pointed to forced and child marriages as the primary source of violence against women, Ms. Ertürk said. “In addition to being in themselves serious forms of violence, forced and child marriages in combination with polygamy considerably increase the likelihood that women will be subjected to violence within the family, including sexual violence by significantly older males,” she added.She cited “one very dramatic example which affected me tremendously” of an eight-year-old girl, now under protection, who was sold by her mother at age six for marriage although neither Civil Law nor Islamic Sharia can accept that a six-year-old girl is marriageable.“This girl and others like her that I have talked to, who were not lucky enough to end up in a protective area, are abused physically as well as sexually. Not only by the designated husband, but until the designated husband grows up, other males in the family may abuse her,” she said. “I was just told at a Government meeting a while ago that girls are married off to families who in turn use them to sell their blood, or use them as prostitutes,” she added.“In only an exceedingly small fraction of cases will any sanction be imposed on the perpetrators of domestic violence,” she noted, adding that many women have no alternative but to endure such violence since unaccompanied women have no place in the public space and are automatically suspected of being engaged in sexual offences.“Once a girl or women has spent a night away from family control, this might constitute a dead end in her life. The stigma attached thereto often makes her return impossible, as she is either refused or accepted only to face punishment, often death.”She referred to the case of a woman called Ameena who was stoned or beaten to death because of a “fatwa by the local authorities for her murder.”“The violence has to come to an end. There is no reason under the sun that can legitimize any of these acts, if the Government is going to gain legitimacy and credibility it has to find ways of dealing with these issues,” she said.She also cited cases of self-immolation in the town of Herat. “These girls are burning themselves to death because they have no other option in life to escape violence,” she declared. “They are committing suicide in order to escape a life full of violence, not only from their husbands or fathers, but sometimes even by mothers-in-law, surprisingly. So being women does not free one from exercising violence unfortunately.” read more

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UNbacked summit on food security blue economy urges coordinated action

“Urgent coordinated action is needed to restore the health of the world’s oceans and secure the long-term well-being and food security of a growing global population,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said about the key message of the four-day summit, which is co-organized by the World Bank and Member States, including the Dutch host Government. “Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed 9 billion people by 2050,” said Árni M. Mathiesen, FAO Assistant Director-General for Fisheries and Aquaculture.On average, 17 per cent of global animal protein intake comes from fisheries and aquaculture, and demand for fish protein is expected to double in the next 20 years, FAO reported, yet some 28 per cent of global stocks are already overfished. More than 500 delegates are expected to attend the event, including ministers and senior representatives from the fishing industry, coastal communities, science and civil society.They will discuss underlying causes that have led to the overfishing, increased marine pollution and loss of critical habitat, as well as potential solutions. The participants will also look at balancing the demands for growth with conservation of marine areas, and ensuring that private sector growth does not come at the expense of protecting the livelihoods of local communities. “Solutions exist that balance the ecological and economic demands on the ocean,” said Juergen Voegele, Director of Agriculture and Environmental Services at the World Bank. “We have the opportunity to align all our efforts and bring solutions to scale locally. With public-private partnerships and shared approaches we can restore ocean health and provide food and jobs for communities worldwide,” he added.The summit will also focus on blue growth which emphasizes conservation and sustainable management of aquatic resources and equitable benefits to the coastal communities that rely on them.The term “blue economy” stems from the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and refers to food, jobs and opportunities for development provided by ocean and coastal assets. read more

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UN Standing Police Capacity 10 years of rapid assistance to peace operations

‹ › Haiti, Chad, Central African Republic, Liberia, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan have been the major beneficiaries of the SPC, which has, in addition to integrating human rights into law enforcement and enhancing protection of civilians, worked in these countries to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, promote the role of women in peace and security and build effective, efficient police institutions.With 37 experts ready to rapidly deploy to police components of UN peacekeeping operations, special political missions, UN funds and programmes and other partners, SPC stands ready to assist. SPC Chief Maria Appelblom, one of the most senior police women in the Organization, told UN News about some of the tasks performed by the UN’s rapid response unit – from helping to start up missions to assisting with elections.“The Standing Police Capacity was with the team to start up the mission in Mali in 2013,” she said from Brindisi, Italy, where the unit is based. “And then one year later we started in Central African Republic. We were responsible in MINUSCA [UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic] for the planning of the visit of the Pope, but we were also working with UNDP and UN country teams.” “We have been involved in Sierra Leone,” she continued. “We have assisted in establishing community policing and this is now a concept that is going to be replicated in several districts in Sierra Leone. Right now, we are assisting in preparation for their elections next year, with all of the security arrangements around that. Jane Grausgruber from the Standing Police Capacity planning the day and UN policing activities in Cyprus, during a deployment to UNFICYP in April 2016. UN/ UNFICYP “The Standing Police Capacity [SPC] is a vital tool of UN peacekeeping across the entire spectrum from conflict prevention to peace sustainment,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, calling current SPC staff members “to continue to invest in peace by deploying and developing the capacity of national police services each time you deploy.”Established in 2007, the SPC filled a critical need in global peace operations by providing them with readily available police expertise. When deployed, the unit has made a positive contribution to missions’ police-related work and tasks, delivering a versatile range of products and services.“The SPC was established to provide the United Nations with a small corps of senior police officers and managers prepared to undertake urgent mission assessments and to organize the start-up of police components of peace operations” said Walter Wolf, the first SPC Chief.SPC has established police components in five peacekeeping operations, assisted 15 ongoing operations and supported five operations during reconfiguration, closures or transition. A police officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) oversees training of police units of the African-led International Support Mission in that country, known as MISCA. The UN mission took over MISCA’s responsibilities in September 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina Miriam Mafessanti, Legal Adviser of the SPC, discusses police training during a deployment in the Central African Republic in 2014. UN Photo/Catianne Tijerina read more

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Lindo Wing at St Marys Hospital officially on Royal Baby Watch as

first_imgIt’s official – Royal Baby Watch has begun, with parking restrictions in place outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London in preparation for the Duchess of Cambridge to have her third child – now named Prince Louis Arthur Charles.Crowd barriers are set up on the street outside to accommodate the television crews, journalists and photographers who will be present as she goes into labour. The baby is due to be born in mid-to-late April, and The Duchess has recently been seen in Norfolk, shopping in Waitrose.She had her first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, at the Lindo Wing, and although there were rumours she may have a home birth this time, it is now clear she will be delivering the third child in the same place as its siblings.By choosing the exclusive hospital wing, she is following in the footsteps of the late Princess Diana, who had both her children, Princes Harry and William, there. Crowd barriers are erected opposite the private Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital A parking suspension is seen near to the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hositalCredit:REUTERS/Peter Nicholls Eager fans, who often gather near the hospital before a Royal Baby is born, will have to wait until the birth to find out the gender of the child; the Duke and Duchess have asked for it to remain a surprise. David Levenson/Getty ImagesDavid Levenson/Getty Images REUTERS/Peter Nicholls  New born Prince William with Diana Princess of Wales and Prince Charles at the Lindo WingCredit:David Levenson/Getty Images The Duchess will be looked after by a team of leading medical professionals during her stay, which will be lead by Alan Farthing, the Queen’s surgeon-gynaecologist, and Guy Thorpe-Beeston, surgeon-gynaecologist to the royal household. Both of them helped to deliver Prince George and Princess Charlotte.In the Lindo Wing, The Duchess will again be given a bespoke experience akin to a five-star hotel with en suite rooms available “providing a modern, homely environment in which to start your new or expanded family life”, the unit’s website states. All meals are freshly prepared in a dedicated kitchen and there is even an afternoon tea service, for parents to celebrate their new arrival, the website suggests. Deluxe rooms and suites are also available.The latest price list, from July last year to March, states that a standard room package, including a one-night stay, costs from £5,900, while a deluxe package is £6,275 – with an extra night priced at more than £1,000 for both options.The price of a suite of two rooms, with one used as a living room, is available on application but five years ago it cost £6,265 for a one-night stay. Crowd barriers are erected opposite the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s HospitalCredit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images With standard and deluxe care packages rising by around £1,000 since the birth of their first child, William and Kate could spend close to £7,500 for a suite.Each room has a satellite TV with major international channels, radio, bedside phone, fridge, free wi-fi and a choice of daily newspapers. 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.last_img read more

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Macedonia takes a big step towards the Main Round

Match between the two defeated teams from the opening day, ended in a least expected fashion, as they will both carry one point. Marquee players of both teams, Filip Jicha and Kiril Lazarov did well enough to split the points after a thriller in Herning, with Lazarov more likely to be content with the outcome – 24:24.STATISTICSIt was the 33-year old Barcelona right back that opened the score in two minutes into the game. Mirkulovski’s goal from the fast-break marked the tipping point for Czech Republic who were loosing 6-3 at the moment. In less than 5 minutes Jichaovertuned, after the penalty from Lazarov deflected right into the keepers hands, making it 6-7 for the Czechs. Safe hands from Stochl again, keeping three sitters from Manaskov, Lazarov and Pecakovski, thus providing a chance for Czech team to further their one-goal lead. After Jicha hit the post from the 7-meter line, Dimovski leveled the score at 10-10, with less than two minutes to play. With seconds separating them from the break, Stochl was composed again to save a shot form Mirkulovski, assisting Jicha with a pinpoint pass to score from the counter. 10-11 for Czech republic as the teams went to half-time.The second saw a quick fight-back from Lazarov turning the score to Macedonia’s favor. Lazarov displayed his amazing shooting repertoire 42 minutes in, scoring two in succession, before Manaskov setting the score at 17-14. The score was back on level terms by the 52nd minute of the game as the match went into a dramatic finish 20:20. Lazarov saw yet another of his penalties saved by Stochl at 23-23, with less than 3 minutes to go.Pecakovski’s effort to bring his team a one-goallead, was matched by Horak with a breakthrough from bottom right. Last minutes saw both Alušovski and Haber taking time-outs late in the game, with the last shot from Jicha parried by Ristovski leaving the final score at 24-24.Lazarov heroically finished the with 12 goals to his name, while Horak led the scoring for Czechs with 8, followed by Jicha with 6.  Macedonia will leave the match a happier rival, as they now find themselves on the brink of the Main Round, before their match with Austria, while the Czech team will have to pull out a miracle, facing Denmark in the last match of the Preliminary Group stage.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC Denmarkeuro 2014handballJichalazarovmacedonia – czech republic ← Previous Story No winner between Hungary and Iceland! Next Story → Spain prevented upset against brave Norway read more

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Continuum and Shapeways design the worlds first 3D printed bikini

first_imgContinuum, a fashion and design company that prides itself on its integration of technology with high design, has partnered with 3D printing company Shapeways to create something new and never-before-seen: the first 3D printed bikini. No, it wasn’t printed directly onto the model, but it is a whole top and bottom, complete with straps, that fits remarkably well on the model seen wearing it.The N12 Bikini is made to be ready-to-wear, and is printed in Nylon 12, a solid plastic that can be printed as thin as 0.7mm. When a 3D printer is used to layer the fabric, it creates flexible springs and coils that can bend and stretch. This way, the 3D printer isn’t just carving out a basic material or creating a solid object like the 3D printing used to create the Portal 2 Atlas Robot or the tiny Atari 810 drive, but instead it’s using the printer to create an entirely new object.Shapeways and Continuum say that designing and producing the bikini was a way of testing the limitations of 3D printing technology. They wanted to start with a bikini because only a little material would be needed as opposed to a large sweater or a pair of pants, and it would work well with Continuum’s fashion portfolio. In the end, the bikini came out in one piece with no assembly required, ready to wear. Eventually, the team refined the design, and printed out a more customizable model with straps for the bikini top and a bikini bottom that’s actually in two pieces so it can be sold with straps to match the woman who plans to wear it.The goal, according to Continuum, was to not just prove that creating a bikini using a 3D printer was possible, but to then refine the technology and design enough that they could be mass produced for customers of all shapes and sizes. They did it, and the 3D printed bikini is available to order now, if you want one. The bottoms range from $200 to $350 depending on style, and the tops run from $200 to $300 depending on size.Read more at Continuuminumlast_img read more

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3D printing was used in Wii U controller design

first_imgIt’s just another example of how 3D printing is becoming an increasing presence in high-profile industries everywhere. Newly revealed insights into the design process of Nintendo’s impending Wii U console show that the company relied on 3D printing technology to help mold and test various designs for the touchscreen GamePad controller.The insights were revealed on Nintendo’s website through a series called Iwata Asks, in which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sits down with key players from the company and discusses the latest innovations and delves into behind-the-scenes secrets.The latest installment of Iwata Asks includes an exchange between Iawata and engineer Masato Ibuki. In it, Ibuki talks about going through numerous iterations of what is now the Wii U GamePad. He mentions that in the past, a lot of controller concepts were fine-tuned by hand. With the Wii U, the company was able to create a design on a computer, print out a model, and then make tweaks as necessary before moving forward with all the electronic components of the controller.The GamePad is unlike any previous game console controller. Some refer to it as a tablet, while others absolutely refuse to use that name. In other words, it is something that has never been seen before. It is evident, though, that the widespread use of 3D printing made it easier to come up with concept after concept until it was exactly what Nintendo wanted.This is just another example of how this emerging technology is currently advancing or about to advance virtually every industry. The full interview with Ibuki can be found in the “via” link below.via Nintendolast_img read more

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Led by Jackie Lavin around 60 Irish businesses want compensation from Ulster

first_img 22,529 Views http://jrnl.ie/3204405 A GROUP REPRESENTING around 60 Irish businesses will be appearing before the finance committee today demanding compensation from Ulster Bank for how the bank handled their loans during the recession.Global Restructuring Group Ireland was set up during the recession to deal with SMEs who had borrowed between €1 million and €25 million and were in financial difficulty.Businesswoman Jackie Lavin has set up the Ulster Bank GRG Business Action Group, representing 60 companies in Ireland who were taken into the GRG Group between 2011-2013 (roughly).“We’re representing a group of all types of businesses from right across the country who’ve all been treated the same way. This covers warehousing, distribution, farmers, motor traders – it’s literally across the board and right across the country.”These businesses are to tell the finance committee that they were unfairly treated by the bank, who felt that their properties were repossessed unnecessarily in what they’re calling the ‘grab for cash’.“It’s [a similar issue with] tracker mortgages and vulture funds – I want to draw attention to the business groups,” Lavin says.‘I feel like an idiot. I should have just stopped paying my Ulster Bank loan’The group was formed in the wake of a leak by the BBC Newsnight and Buzzfeed News, which revealed that Royal Bank of Scotland’s internal strategy during the recession was to sell companies on, and sometimes were undermined by a conflict of interest.The leaked internal documents contradicted the bank’s previous statements that GRG acted as an “intensive care unit” for ailing firms, tasked with restructuring their loan agreements to “help them back to health”.When confronted with the leaked evidence, the RBS said: “In the aftermath of the financial crisis we did not always meet our own high standards and let some of our SME customers down.”But it continued to deny that it had “targeted businesses to transfer them to GRG or drove them to insolvency”.Last November, Britain’s financial watchdog said Royal Bank of Scotland was guilty of “systematic” mistreatment of distressed small businesses that came to it for help, but cleared the bank of the most serious allegation that RBS forced businesses into default for its own benefit.RBS announced alongside that report’s findings that it will automatically refund complex management fees worth £400 million to SMEs that went through its controversial restructuring process.Lavin, encouraged by this action, began checking if something similar had happened here.I started ringing in October, put ads in the paper just before Christmas, then we got all the responses back, and we had our first meeting last Saturday.“We’re demanding compensation for taking our businesses,” says Lavin. “If you take over 2,000 companies, if you equate that to 10 jobs per company, that’s 20,000 jobs.”The finance committee will be discussing Business and Banking at Committee Room 2 from 10am today.Read: Losing brother and sister put business problems into perspective for Bill Cullen Read: Bill Cullen says ‘entrepreneurs have no future’ following hotel receivership 13 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Led by Jackie Lavin, around 60 Irish businesses want compensation from Ulster Bank Jackie Lavin is to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Jan 26th 2017, 6:05 AM Short URL Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 6:05 AM Share Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Wall Street Journal covers Mick Foley during the holidays

first_img Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Stefanos Chen of The Wall Street Journal is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley looking at his home in Long Island where a room is dedicated to Christmas.“I held on to the magic and innocence of that time period. The Christmas room is kind of my way of replicating that experience.”The article also looks at Foley’s wrestling career and life after wrestling.You can check out the full article at the link below.Wall Street Journal: Wrestler Mick Foley’s Long Island Home for the HolidaysRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canada Roman Reigns is in Remission Facebook Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Videos Articles Seth Rollins Kurt Angle Now Playing Up Next Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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Highway 503 to resume twoway travel Friday evening

first_imgYALE — Lewis River Road, state Highway 503, near Speelyai Bay Road will resume two-lane travel Friday evening.The Washington State Department of Transportation announced its contractor will reopen both highway lanes of the roadway east of Woodland, where hillside recovery work has been ongoing.The highway closed in March 2017 when a portion of an adjacent hillside slid onto the roadway and a 20-million-pound rock slab precariously hung from the hill above.So far, more than 1,600 truckloads of material were removed from the area.The $3.5 million emergency repair project still requires some work.Travelers should expect some rough road conditions around the slide area. This summer, crews will repave the roadway and landscape adjacent areas.last_img

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England preparing for penalty shootouts reveals Southgate

first_imgEngland boss Gareth Southgate has revealed that he has been preparing his side for penalty shoot-outs since March by having his players practice, study and develop strategiesThe Three Lions will face Group H winners Colombia at Moscow for next Tuesday’s Round of 16 clash after losing top spot in Group G following their 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Thursday.England are chasing their first knockout win since the 2006 World Cup and have been preparing for every possible scenario that may occur at Russia with penalties having been a high priority for Southgate this summer due to the national side’s terrible record in penalty shoot-out’s with just one win in seven attempts at a major tournament.Southgate, who himself infamously missed a penalty for England at the Euro ’96 semi-final against Germany, is determined to ensure that his side are well prepared.“In terms of penalties, we’ve been practising and going through strategies on them since March,” said the former defender, as stated on Sky Sports.“We’ve done various different studies and had individual practice.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We’ll obviously go through that in a little more detail now, but it would have been too late to start that now, three days away from a game.“We are aware the margins are going to be really fine in these knockout phases, and we have got to be prepared physically to go to extra-time if needed, mentally to go to extra-time – and to go beyond that, if that’s what it takes.”The 47-year-old is under no illusions over the individual quality within the Colombia squad, but he is confident that his players have what it takes to win.“I believe it’s a game we can win,” said Southgate.“It’s going to be a fantastic challenge for us. The numbers that they’ve got supporting them is clear, and they have some outstanding individual players.”Southgate made eight changes in England’s 1-0 defeat to Belgium on Thursday with the World Cup’s leading goalscorer Harry Kane being a notable absence as Adnan Januzaj’s brilliant strike settled the game in Belgium’s favour.last_img read more

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Oil prices rise adding to biggest quarterly gain in 10 years

first_imgAn oil refinery of Essar Oil, which runs India’s second biggest private sector refinery, is pictured in Vadinar of Gujarat in this October 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveReuters file [Representational Image]Oil prices rose on Monday, adding to gains in the first quarter when the major benchmarks posted their biggest increases in nearly a decade, as concerns about supplies outweigh fears of a slowing global economy.Brent crude for June delivery was up by 34 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $67.92 a barrel by 0055 GMT, having risen 27 per cent in the first quarter.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures rose 30 cents, or 0.5 per cent, to $60.44 barrel, after posting a rise of 32 per cent in the January-March period.U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela along with supply cuts by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other major producers have helped support prices this year, overshadowing concerns about global growth and the U.S-China trade war.Sigal Mandelker, U.S. under-secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, told reporters in Singapore on Friday that the United States had placed further “intense pressure” on Iran.U.S. officials are keen to ensure see that Malaysia, Singapore and others are fully aware of illicit Iranian oil shipments and the tactics Iran uses to evade sanctions, Mandelker said.The U.S. has also instructed oil trading houses and refiners to further cut dealings with Venezuela or face sanctions themselves, even if the trades are not prohibited by published U.S. sanctions, three sources familiar with the matter said.A deal between OPEC and allies such as Russia to cut output by around 1.2 million barrels per day, which officially started in January, has also supported prices.U.S. production has also steadied since mid-February. The U.S. government reported on Friday that domestic output in the world’s top crude producer edged lower in January to 11.9 million bpd.U.S. energy firms last week reduced the number of oil rigs operating to the lowest level in nearly a year, cutting the most rigs in a quarter in three years, Baker Hughes energy services firm said. [RIG/U]Hedge funds and other money managers raised their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions to 243,209 in the week to March 26, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said.last_img read more

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Modi lookalike says he faces anger wherever he goes

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 10 April, 2014, Indian businessman Vikas Mahante, a lookalike of India`s Narendra Modi who won the prime minister position in the 2014 election, arrive for an election campaign event in Mumbai. Photo: AFPHis white beard neatly trimmed and a sleeveless jacket thrown over his traditional Indian shirt, Abhinandan Pathak turns heads thanks to an uncanny resemblance to the country’s prime minister Narendra Modi.But Pathak — almost the same height and build as the PM, and who even walks in a similar way — is no ordinary doppelganger.Bitter at Modi’s “failed promises”, Pathak is running as an independent against Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in India’s marathon election — and is getting a lot of support.The largest election on Earth wraps up on Sunday 19 May, after seven weeks of intense campaigning and the votes of 900 million Indians.”The anger (towards Modi) is real. I can feel it wherever I go,” Pathak, 58, told AFP from his one-room shanty home in the northern city of Lucknow, in India’s most populous state Uttar Pradesh.When Modi was first elected in 2014, Pathak was a supporter. Because of his resemblance to the premier, people “adored me, they asked for selfies and hugged me.””I was showered with love. People thought that if they can’t meet the real Modi, they might as well meet me,” he said.”But now they get angry when they see me. They ask me ‘where are the good days’,” he said, after Modi’s 2014 election slogan “achhe din ayenge” (“good days will come”).Pathak’s brightest moment came in May 2014, when he says Modi hugged him during a victory parade in the city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.But it was all downhill after that. He was ignored by the party and his many letters to Modi went unanswered, Pathak said.Doppelganger draw Lookalike candidates are nothing new in the colourful world of Indian politics. Their presence invariably invokes curiosity, with crowds thronging to catch a glimpse of the duplicates.In Mumbai, another Modi lookalike — Vikas Mahante — has been out and about on the campaign trail in a district of the city, and on a BJP ticket.The 57-year-old businessman, who even played Modi in a little-known 2017 biopic, has been the star attraction at rallies.But it can get hairy. Once people threw stones at him and he had to be rushed to safety. Now the lookalike has his own bodyguard.”Once I was chased by a gang of men around midnight while I was returning from a rally,” he told the Hindustan Times daily in 2017.”(I) stepped on the accelerator, jumped all signals and didn’t stop anywhere.”Chickening outIn 2014, Prashant Sethi lapped up being a dead ringer for Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty and Modi’s main challenger in both the 2014 and 2019 elections.Sethi, who sells fried chicken in Surat in the western state of Gujarat, was reportedly offered a film role too.But now the Modi supporter has had enough. He has transformed his look: putting on weight, growing a beard and changing his hairstyle — all to look different from Gandhi.”Me and my family have been supporters of the BJP since the beginning. But because of my look I was always teased,” Sethi told AFP.”People had started calling me pappu,” he said, referring to a common nickname — used by Gandhi’s detractors — for slightly stupid individuals.”So I had to change my look,” he said.But back in Lucknow feisty father-of-six Pathak has no wish to change.”Why should I? I have been in politics since the 90s and I have always sported the beard and kurta,” he said, referring to a traditional Indian long-sleeved shirt, and showing a picture from his younger days.”I am the original one, Modi is my lookalike.”last_img
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Opt masking to get flawless skin

first_imgAs much as the holiday season is all about fun and joy accompanied by overindulgence, it also means an adverse impact on the skin via the combination of alcohol, sugar and little sleep. Therefore no matter what the skin type is, it needs to be pampered and taken care of and a great fix in our busy lives is the facemask. Experts list various masks that can be used according to the skin type: – -Cream masks: They are suitable for normal to dry skin types and provide them the required moisture, hydration and softness. This in turn makes the skin healthier, plumper, smoother, tighter and firm. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Clay masks: Best suited for oily or acne prone skin, these masks naturally detoxify the skin as they hydrate without oil. They are the best to treat clogged pores and congestion as they remove impurities while mattifying the texture and minimizing the pores. These masks balance the oil levels and regulate the oil secretion on the skins surface, along with smoothening and softening the skin by removing the dust build up on it. -Gel masks: Ideal for sensitive and dehydrated skin types, these masks are gentle and lightweight. Along with calming and hydrating they also play a role in firming and tightening the skin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Sheet masks: The most popular amongst the lot and definitely a rage these days. These masks are easy to use and are extremely convenient to handle. These suit almost every skin type and are available in many variants; thus the user needs to select accordingly. Made popular by the K Beauty trend, these masks are essentially used to hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness. -Exfoliating masks: Exfoliation is an important part of the skin care routine and is done once in a while to get rid of the dead skin cells, blackheads etc. These masks along with exfoliation also contain natural skin brightening agents. These are also suitable for all skin types, however those with sensitive skin should opt for the less abrasive ones. -Peel off masks: These provide an instant glow as they physically remove any dirt/dust or blackheads settled on the top layer of the skin. These masks are suitable for all skin types.last_img read more

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