13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

Police officers who saw Tina Fontaine before she was killed testify at

first_imgThe Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Shortly before she disappeared and nine days before her body was found in Winnipeg’s Red River wrapped in a duvet cover, Tina Fontaine was captured by a security camera walking into a parkade.Time-lapse images of the 15-year-old girl, whose death renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, were shown Tuesday at the second-degree murder trial of the man accused of killing her, 55-year-old Raymond Cormier.Tina sat down and fell asleep between two cars behind a University of Winnipeg building named after Helen Betty Osborne – a Cree woman kidnapped and killed in The Pas, Man., in 1971 whose murder was unsolved for 16 years.“She said that she was lost. She wasn’t sure where she was,” Audrey Kohinski, a security worker who attended to Tina, testified Tuesday.Tina had “mosquito bites or cigarette burns on her legs” which looked “awful,” Kohinski added.An ambulance was called and Tina was taken to hospital. The security footage shows the petite girl walking ahead of first responders toward the ambulance.It was shortly after 10 a.m. on Aug. 8, 2014, and Tina – a girl widely described as happy who became sexually exploited after leaving her home northeast of Winnipeg to visit her mother in the city – had already been through much that day.The trial heard from two police officers who stopped a truck in an area known for prostitution five hours earlier. The driver, Richard Mohammed, was arrested for driving with a suspended licence.Tina was in his passenger seat, the officers testified. They ran her name through the police database and appear to have missed a flag that she had been reported missing from Manitoba Child and Family Services.She told them she was staying at a nearby hotel, used by Child and Family Services to house kids in care, and they let her walk away.Constables Brock Jansen and Craig Houle were later suspended for their actions and eventually left the city police force.Mohammed told court he had gotten in a fight with his girlfriend, and picked up Tina and asked her if she wanted to party.“I wasn’t sure how old she was,” he testified.The trial, which is now in its second week, also heard for the first time Tuesday from people who saw Tina and Cormier together.Tina’s boyfriend, Cody Mason who was 18 at the time, testified that the pair first met Cormier earlier that summer and told him they didn’t have a place to stay.“He took (us) to a house with a basement and in the morning he came back and opened the door,” Mason said.Cormier went by the name Sebastian, Mason said, and on later encounters, would supply Tina with the prescription drug Gabapentin. Mason said he and Tina would also take marijuana, cocaine and alcohol _ obtained from other people _ in the weeks they spent together that summer.Under cross-examination, Mason was asked whether Cormier was ever mean to Tina.“Was he nice to Tina?” defence lawyer Andrew Synyshyn asked.“Yeah,” Mason replied.“Did he ever say or do anything bad to Tina?” Synyshyn asked.“No,” Mason answered.last_img read more

Water main break Thursday morning near Montanas

first_imgParts of the Montana’s parking lot was flooded due to the water main break.Some area businesses are temporarily closed due to the break.No further details are available at this time. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews were on scene this morning, Thursday, as they attended to a water main break near Montana’s next to the Totem Mall.The water main break was contained as the City shut down water in the area.Crews are currently in the process of repairing the broken water main.last_img

Evan Rachel Wood self harmed during abusive relationship

first_imgLos Angeles: Evan Rachel Wood has revealed that she used to self harm when she was involved in an “abusive relationship”. The ‘Westworld’ star opened up about the abuse on Twitter recently, using the #IAmNotOk hashtag in an attempt to raise awareness about domestic violence. “Two years into my abusive relationship. I resorted to self harm. When my abuser would threaten or attack me, I cut my wrist as a way to disarm him.” “It only made the abuse stop temporarily. At that point I was desperate to stop the abuse and I was too terrified to leave,” Rachel Wood tweeted, alongside a picture of herself with scars on her arm. The 31-year-old actor also shared photographs from a shoot which she attended during that time, adding she “fell into a pool of tears” on the job and had to go home. She recently opened up about her abusive relationship.last_img read more

Youth held for rape attempt

first_imgKolkata: A youth was arrested by the officers of Magrahat police station for allegedly trying to rape a minor girl.The accused also attacked the girl with a sharp object. The victim has been admitted at the Diamond Harbour Hospital. On Saturday night when the girl was alone in her house, the accused tried to rape her. Hearing her scream, some local residents ran to the house and caught the accused and later handed over to police.last_img

Charting a way forward

first_imgThe world may miss the Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDG) target by a wide margin if the human civilisation does not pull up its socks and promptly acts to protect the natural order. This was made clear by Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (IPBES) in its Global Assessment Report. The report, showcased how human activities, were devastating nature — one million species face extinction — called for “transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors”. Else 80 per cent — 35 out of 44 — assessed targets of the UN-mandated SDG’s would remain unmet, the report warned. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyThe current trajectories used for conserving and sustainably using nature and achieving sustainability, such as those embodied in the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, cannot be met. Although there has been progress in the implementation of various policies and actions to conserve nature and manage it more sustainably, they are not sufficient to stem the direct and indirect drivers of nature’s deterioration. Also Read – The future is here!”Nature is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. However, taking into consideration that the Sustainable Development Goals are integrated and indivisible, as well as implemented nationally, current negative trends in biodiversity and ecosystems will undermine progress towards…goals related to poverty, hunger, health, water, cities, climate, oceans and land (Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 11, 13, 14, and 15),” revealed the summary of the report. Nature can be conserved, restored, and used sustainably through urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change. This includes taking into account climate change impacts in the definition of future goals and objectives, the report suggested. To curb direct drivers of nature’s deterioration, implementing societal goals – including those for food, water, energy, health and the achievement of human well-being; enhancing international cooperation and linking locally relevant measures can help. On the other hand, “five main interventions (“levers”) can generate transformative change by tackling the underlying indirect drivers of nature deterioration: (1) incentives and capacity-building; (2) cross-sectoral cooperation; (3) pre-emptive action; (4) decision-making in the context of resilience and uncertainty; and (5) environmental law and implementation,” the report said. While trajectories of transformation will vary across contexts, with challenges and needs differing, especially in the developing and developed nations, integrative, inclusive, informed and adaptive governance approaches can reduce the risks. Other measures include collaborating the knowledge, innovations and practices, institutions and values of indigenous peoples and local communities; coordinated mix of interventions on land, in freshwater and in the oceans; land-based climate change mitigation activities and nature-based solutions like use of green infrastructure — maintaining green spaces and biodiversity-friendly water bodies, urban agriculture, rooftop gardens — could be crucial for meeting Sustainable Development Goals. (The views expressed are of Down To Earth)last_img read more

Khulna journo Hedait gets bail until 14 Jan

first_imgHedait Hossain Mollah. File photo UNBA Khunla court on Thursday granted bail until 14 January to Hedait Hossain Mollah, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running a report on the election results of Khunla-1 constituency reportedly with false information, reports UNB.District and session’s judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Hedait’s lawyer Masum Billah.Police arrested Hedait, also city editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, from Gallamari area in the city on Tuesday afternoon.Later on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-day remand in the case.Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with Batiaghata police station on Monday night against Hedait and Rashedul Islam, Khulna Bureau Chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published report headlined ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’ based on false and fabricated information.last_img read more

WATCH Five Things We Can All Do On A Great Houston Day

first_img Share With fall upon us, the weather is some of the best Houstonians get to enjoy all year with less humidity and cooler temperatures.  So with that in mind, we went out out to explore five things we should all be doing to enjoy the great outdoors – in our own backyards!    last_img

Blown Bubble Method Disperses Nanostructures Over Large Areas

first_img Explore further 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. Researchers from Harvard University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa recently announced a new method for organizing nanowires and carbon nanotubes across large areas: blowing bubbles. Bubble blowing, or blown-film extrusion, is a well developed technique used in industry, such as in plastic-film manufacturing, where polymers are melted and inflated into balloons that can be collapsed and cut. However, this is the first time that this approach has been used in nanoscience research. The scientists suspended each type of nanostructure in a polymer-based liquid and created large bubbles using a circular die and controlled pressure. The very thin wall of each bubble (a few hundred nanometers thick) contains an even, well organized and aligned distribution of nanostructures. When an expanding bubble is placed against a surface, the bubble wall is transferred to it. This allows a thin film with a controllable nanostructure density and pattern to be deposited onto relatively large wafers, plastic sheets, and curved surfaces.“This ability is necessary for many proposed optical and electronic applications for nanowires and nanotubes but, so far, other methods cannot be extended to the large-scale assembly of nanowires and nanotubes on both flexible and rigid substrates,” said Harvard scientist Charles Lieber, the paper’s corresponding author, to PhysOrg.com.Lieber and his colleagues worked with two types of nanowires – silicon and cadmium sulfide – and both single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes. In each case, they were able to produce bubbles with diameters greater than 25 centimeters (cm) and heights greater than 50 cm. The films were transferred to various surfaces: a silicon wafer 20 cm in diameter, a flexible plastic sheet with dimensions of 22.5 cm x 30 cm, and a half cylinder 2.5 cm in diameter and 6 cm long.The researchers say that by using larger dies and learning how to gain greater control of the expansion process they could potentially create bubbles up to a few meters in dimension as is achieved in today’s plastic-film industry. This means that films larger than one meter across could be produced and transferred, opening up the potential of new large-area electronics applications using nanowires and nanotubes.Lieber and his colleagues illustrated this potential by using a silicon-nanowire blown-bubble film to create a large array of nanowire-based transistors on 7.5-cm-diameter plastic sheets. The transistors’ properties and performance compare to, and often exceed, those created using other assembly methods. By using higher performance nanowires, the scientists expect that significant improvements are possible.“Our method has the added advantage of being a more straightforward and efficient approach than other techniques in terms of making functional nanodevices over large areas,” said Lieber.The scientists do concede that the nanowire density and wire-to-wire distance of the silicon-nanowire film currently achieved are “modest,” but can be further increased by preparing a higher concentration polymer suspension of nanostructures. However, they say, those values are still useful for some applications, such as biological sensor arrays and display screens.This research is discussed in the May 27 online edition of Nature Nanotechnology.Citation: Guihua Yu, Anyuan Cao and Charles M. Lieber, Nature Nanotechnology, 2007, 2, 372-377.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: ‘Blown Bubble’ Method Disperses Nanostructures Over Large Areas (2007, June 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-06-blown-method-disperses-nanostructures-large.html New technology gives insight into how nanomaterials form and grow A blown-bubble film (bubble diameter is 35 cm, height is 50 cm) that has coated the surface of two silicon wafers. Credit: Charles Lieber, et al.last_img read more

Several schemes initiated in Bengal for backward classes Rajib Banerjee

first_imgKolkata: Backward classes Welfare minister Rajib Banerjee on Thursday said that many social schemes have been initiated in the state for the betterment of people belonging to backward classes.In reply to a question raised by an MLA in the Assembly, Banerjee said that in the year 2017-18, around Rs 10 crore was spent under the planned budget and Rs 5 crore for unplanned budget for the overall development of backward classes. The minister also stressed on various training programmes initiated among the people belonging to backward classes. The main objective of the training programmes is to ensure that the people become economically independent. Training is being imparted among the people on masonry. The minister has also given a detailed account on how various schemes have been implemented by the West Bengal Rajbangshi Development and Cultural Board. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has formed various boards for the smooth development of social schemes. The Mamata Banerjee government has also set up Tarakeswar Development Authority and Changrabanda Development Authority for an overall development of those regions. MPOSTlast_img read more