San Francisco: The upcoming Google Pixel smartphones — Pixel 4 and 4 XL — would feature a new Motion Mode for action scenes, an enhanced Night Sight feature and would offer 8x zoom, reports suggest. Search engine giant Google is expected to refresh its Pixel series with the launch of the two smartphones late in October. The new Motion Mode is said to allow users to capture high-quality action shots with moving subjects in the foreground and blurry backgrounds, The Verge reported on Friday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The Night Sight feature would include speed-related enhancements, allowing the phone to take better pictures at night. For 8x zoom, it is unclear whether the camera would feature optical zoom or a combination of both optical and digital. Google Pixel 4 is expected to sport a 5.7-inch OLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a 90Hz refresh rate. The larger Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.3-inch OLED display with Quad HD+ resolution and the same 90Hz refresh rate. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India According to reports, the Pixel 4 device would come with a square camera module at the back which would house a dual rear camera setup while until now all Pixel models only had a single camera sensor at the back. Reports also suggest that the phones would either have an in-display fingerprint sensor or a 3D face unlock module at the front, or both. The bottom edge of the phone may feature two external speakers with a USB-C port in between.
A British Columbia man apologized to a judge on Thursday for stripping naked and jumping into a shark tank at a Toronto aquarium last year only to moments later say outside court that he did not regret his actions.David Weaver, of Nelson, B.C., was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto on Oct. 12, bought a ticket, then stripped naked and jumped into the facility’s shark tank, court heard.“I just want to take the time to apologize for wasting your time your honour, the court’s time, and for my actions of last year,” Weaver said to the judge after pleading guilty to one count of mischief.But after court, Weaver said he was not inebriated, he just had “a couple of drinks.”“I’d do it again,” a smiling Weaver told reporters.He will serve a 12-month suspended sentence, must attend counselling and cannot return to Ripley’s.The prosecutor admonished Weaver for his actions that night.“His behaviour was more than foolhardy, it was criminal,” said Crown attorney Heather Keating. “There is no other explanation other than attention seeking.”Court heard Weaver, 38, has a criminal record and has struggled with alcohol abuse for the past two decades ever since his brother murdered his father when he was only 15 years old.The murder had a major effect on Weaver’s life, his lawyer Blair Drummie told court.“That was part of why he’s acted out in the past,” he said as Weaver looked down at a paper clip he fiddled with.Weaver never sought counselling for his father’s death, Drummie said.About 18 years ago, Weaver moved to B.C., where he worked at various times as a firefighter, tree planter and most recently as a fishing guide on the Pacific Ocean, his lawyer said. He has been seeing a counsellor since jumping into the shark tank.Drummie said his client is not an animal activist, but “he just doesn’t like seeing animals in cages.”“That in combination with excess alcohol is the main reason as to why (he did it.)”Ripley’s declined to comment on the guilty plea. The aquarium previously told The Canadian Press that its surveillance footage showed a man and a woman buy tickets to the event at 10 p.m. and made their way directly to the “dangerous lagoon,” the 2.9 million-litre tank that is the centrepiece of the tourist attraction.The park said the man jumped into the pool at 10:26 p.m.“You can see Mr. Weaver is naked, but you can also see he is fairly unfazed by his behaviour,” the Crown lawyer said as she played a video in court of Weaver swimming naked in the pool. There was a large crowd gathered near the main lagoon as part of a regular “jazz night.” It was one of the videos captured by those in attendance, the Crown said.Weaver swam around the tank and at one point, at the urging of security guards, climbed out of the tank before performing a back dive into the water to loud cheers from the crowd.Sand tiger sharks, sawfish, moray eels and turtles swam in the massive lagoon, Keating said.After five minutes, Weaver got out of the water, grabbed his clothes and left.“He jeopardized the health and safety of animals in the tank who are in a highly controlled marine environment,” she said. “He shocked and in some cases frightened visitors, who included young children, worried about the sharks.”Police arrived within seven minutes, Ripley’s previously said, but by then Weaver and the woman were long gone.The Crown noted the infamy related to the actions that were captured on video and made news around the world.Weaver was arrested four days later near Thunder Bay, Ont., during a vehicle stop and spent three nights in jail, court heard.Drummie said Weaver has been working hard to make amends over the past year, including a $500 donation to the World Wildlife Fund.Police have also alleged that earlier that night Weaver assaulted a man outside Medieval Times, a jousting-themed dinner theatre. A window was also allegedly broken.Weaver was charged with assault and mischief in that earlier incident, which is now being dealt with separately by the court.He is scheduled to face trial on those charges next month.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement I trust some of you were able to take a few days off, get together with family and reacquaint yourself with your couch.Those of you working in the film industry could probably use the rest.That’s evident after reading through the latest dump of memos and emails posted on the city’s website from city manager Sadhu Johnston to city council. A quick stat: The city hosted 3,301 filming days in 2016, which is more than double the 1,518 days in 2015. The numbers for 2017 were expected to be equally impressive when Johnston typed up the memo in August.Johnston’s memo was based on a report authored by Jerry Dobrovolny, the city’s general manager of engineering services. Before I get to some more stats, here’s a quote from Dobrovolny to illustrate just how busy the business of making movies and television shows was/is in Vancouver.“Based on the number of applications on file and discussion with the Directors Guild of Canada BC and local film studios, location filming levels are expected to reach close to 2016 levels for the remainder of the year,” Dobrovolny said. “Should that situation materialize, the city and its industry partners will need to assess resourcing and carefully manage capacity and fatigue while providing the excellent service on which the city has built its reputation.”Did that “situation materialize?” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter
People living near a vacant building in the city’s core say they fear for their safety. The building on King street east that used to be a restaurant has been broken into and is now a place where drug users gather.The homes that border the property have neighbours worried. They say there are people coming in and out of the vacant building at all times, screaming in the middle of the night, some even overdosing. Neighbours say two weeks ago mattresses from the building caught fire, the blaze spreading to the neighbouring fences.“Six months ago I called the police because I saw a fellow deliberately light something on fire at the back of my house. I’m worried that I’m going to wake up and my house will be on fire too.” Neighbours say they’ve made multiple complaints to the city regarding the squatters.Ward 2 councillor Matthew Green says today is the first time he’s hearing about this problem. Neighbours say shortly after CHCH crews arrived, it was the first time they’ve seen a bylaw officer inspect the place and put a clean up notice on the door for the owners. If it’s not cleaned up by May 21st the city steps in.Matthew Green says because of all the attention on the building now, it will be put on a vacant building registry. Once it’s on this registry, the city will be inspecting it regularly and they will be able to board up these doors and windows so that no one can get in.
“Deeply concerned over the prevailing political and security environment in Burundi, the Secretary-General appeals to the Burundian authorities to seriously consider the proposal put forward by the Joint International Facilitation Team to postpone the elections further in order to create a conducive environment for inclusive, peaceful and transparent elections”, reads a statement made available this morning by the UN Spokesperson.Such a decision would be in line with the recent decisions of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the Summit of the East African Community, notes the statement.Ban’s call comes ahead of a just-scheduled meeting of the UN Security Council later today on the situation in Burundi.“The Secretary-General reiterates his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to address the current political crisis through dialogue in the larger interest of the people of Burundi, in order to consolidate peace and security and further strengthen national reconciliation.”The statement commends the efforts of the Joint International Facilitation Team, comprising the East African Community, the African Union, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region and the United Nations to assist the Burundian parties “to reach consensus on the way forward to ensure peaceful and credible elections in their country.”“In Burundi, the neglected violent past has become a major obstacle for the country’s future,” said last week Pablo de Greiff, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.Warning that the governing party and its youth militia use violence to limit freedom of speech and hate speech to obtain certain electoral outcome, the independent expert stressed the utmost importance to disarm those youth militias.Burundi’s political turmoil started in early April when President Pierre Nkurunziza said he would stand for a third term, a decision denounced as unconstitutional by the opposition.“Voters must be free to support or to oppose any political party…without undue influence or coercion of any kind which may distort or inhibit the free expression of the elector’s will,” Mr. de Greiff underscored.Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency warned today that increasing numbers of people are fleeing Burundi ahead of next weeks’ polls, with thousands seeking refuge across the central African State’s borders.“More than 600 people are now crossing each day into Rwanda, between 200 and 300 into Tanzania, and a further 150 to 200 into Uganda,” Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pointed out, warning that the exodus was likely to climb still higher.So far, nearly 127,000 Burundians have registered as refugees. However, many more are believed to have fled the country, but not registered. Latest official figures show 62,000 in neighbouring Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, 8,855 in Uganda, 10,590 in Democratic Republic of the Congo, and even 400 in faraway Zambia.In anticipation of more arrivals, relocation efforts have been sped up over the last days. In May, UNHCR and 17 partners launched the Regional Refugee Response Plan for $207 million to protect and assist up to 200,000 Burundian refugees. Despite the deteriorating situation in Burundi, the plan has realised only 13 per cent of its target, leaving crucial services, such as water, health and sanitation, seriously underfunded.Expressing concern over what it called grave threats to security in Burundi as elections approached, the Security Council. Later in the day, called for the urgent holding of inclusive dialogue between parties there to create the conditions — and determine an appropriate schedule — for peaceful and credible polls.Through a statement read out by Ramlan Bin Ibrahim of Malaysia, Council President for June, the 15-member body strongly condemned violence and human rights violations in the country ahead of the planned communal, presidential and senatorial elections, and welcomed efforts to address the crisis by the East African Community and the African Union Peace and Security Council, among other regional actors.Through the text, the Council emphasized that dialogue should address protecting freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, including the right of members of the political opposition to campaign freely; the release of those arbitrarily detained following demonstrations; respect for the rule of law; the urgent disarmament of armed groups allied with political parties and all matters on which the parties disagree.The Council took note of the African Union’s statement that political dialogue to this point had not made adequate progress on those matters and that the current situation could jeopardize important gains recorded since the signing of the Arusha Agreement for peace in Burundi and the ceasefire of 2003, affecting the stability of the region.It also took note of the Union’s Communiqué stating that the date of the election should be set by consensus between the Burundian parties, in the spirit of the East African Community’s statement of 31 May 2015 — which requested postponement — and on the basis of a technical assessment to be undertaken by the United Nations.The Council welcomed the African Union’s decision to deploy human rights observers in Burundi and to put in place military experts to verify the disarming of the youth groups, as well as to send an election observer mission if conditions for free and fair elections were met, with a ministerial delegation to visit by the first week of July to assess those conditions.The 15-member body called on the Electoral Mission of the United Nations in Burundi (MENUB) to fully perform its role and to swiftly report to the Security Council before, during and after the elections. Reiterating concern over the difficult situation of refugees from Burundi in neighbouring States, the Council called on the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and urged the Government to create the conditions conducive to their return.
Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both lost their opening-round matches in eight-man, match play field in the World Golf Finals in Turkey.The hope was that they would breeze through the field and meet in the ultimate head-to-head encounter for the $1.3 million first-place money. They will meet, but it will be on Wednesday with a lot less money at stake.Didn’t happen. Matt Kuchar easily handled McIlroy by six shots, while Woods fell to South African Charl Schwartzel by one shot at the Sultan course in Antalya.In the other group of the medal match-play format, a sort of continuation of the European dominance in the Ryder Cup took place. Lee Westwood beat American beat Webb Simpson by one shot and Justin Rose handled Hunter Mahan by four strokes.McIlroy and Woods – ranked No. 1 and No. 2 – face each other Wednesday in the last of their three group matches, but both could already be eliminated by then. The top two in each group will advance to the semifinals.In Wednesday’s morning matches, McIlroy will face Schwartzel and Woods will play Kuchar.Woods and Schwartzel were all-square going to the 18th when the American went into a greenside bunker and finished with a bogey.“It came right down to the wire, but I can’t believe how far that second shot flew into the back bunker and that was the match,” Woods said. “It means now that I have to play ‘Kooch’ and try and win that match before facing Rory in the afternoon.”McIlroy unraveled against Kuchar with a triple bogey at the 15th hole and double bogeys at 16 and 17.”I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence,” McIlroy said. ”I need to win both of my matches tomorrow if I am to advance. I just struggled for a bit of motivation out there, so I need to go out and concentrate on both of my matches tomorrow.”Kuchar, after taking a bogey at the first, birdied the next two holes and was never behind.”I just thought I had to play mistake-free, and hopefully Rory wouldn’t get too hot,” the American said. ”There we are all-square with four to go, he hits it right and makes triple bogey, and I go three up with three to go and I think both of us lost a little interest at that point.”The event allows players to wear shorts, and Westwood, Schwartzel, Mahan and Kuchar chose to do so. All but Mahan won their matches. Westwood wore a red shirt and white shorts in tribute to his favorite soccer club, Nottingham Forest.Kuchar said he was happy to wear shorts again. He spent the week after the Ryder Cup loss to the European with his family in Greece.”Being able to come to an event like this that is a little more relaxed is just great to be able to throw shorts on,” he said.
FTCHCM Baia MaretomoriWomens EHF Champions League ← Previous Story SKOPJE HAS THREE TEAMS IN EHF CL: ZRK Vardar beat French Fleury! Next Story → POLAND: Kielce’s easy first away win in new season! Hungary will have two teams at Women’s EHF Champions League, while Romanian vice-champion HCM Baia Mare saved a place for this country after problems of Oltchim Valcea. Hungarian vice-champion FTC beat domestic rival Erd 31:24 at the Qualification Final with fantastic Tomori in the main role with seven goals.Baia Mare used the chance of playing in front of home crowd to beat Danish TEAM Tvis Holstebro 36:23 (20:10).
According to the former Red Devils footballer, the Reds and Chelsea’s supporters will surely wish for a United victory at the DerbyManchester City is currently leading the English Premier League in first place with 29 points.The Citizens have won nine matches, drawing twice and losing none.They are being trailed by Chelsea and Liverpool, who have 27 points each, but one less victory.And this is why fans from both teams will surely support Manchester United in today’s Manchester Derby.“Liverpool fans will absolutely be supporting United on Sunday, no doubt,” said former Red Devils footballer Gary Neville to Sky Sports.Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“Not supporting, but desperate for them to take points off Man City. So will Chelsea.”“There is a danger here to what City are doing that they could run away with this again. There is a danger,” he added.” I did not think it three or four weeks ago, but in the last few weeks there have just been signs that they could pull away.”“They do not look like they are blinking, or wilting in any way, shape or form. I thought that the Wolves game was a game that could give others encouragement,” he explained.“It has not proved to be the case. They have destroyed everything in front of them and they are playing at such a high level.”
Dear Editor and Wilmington Voters,I am writing today to ask you to join me in supporting Jomarie O’Mahoney for Selectman. I knew of Jomarie through our community but never had the pleasure of meeting her until she was appointed by the Governor to be a state appointee on the Wilmington Housing Authority.Jo conducts herself with confidence and professionalism at all times. She has a tremendous background and she would be a great asset to our Town.Jo is smart, kind and thinks things through as she just wants what is right. She is a strong supporter of new Elderly Housing, that is affordable and located close to shopping. She supports and wants new businesses to be brought in for the Route 38 empty store fronts.She wants what is best for Wilmington, she is raising her family here and will be a voice for you. Please join me on April 27th and cast your vote for Jomarie.Sincerely,Stacie A. MurphyLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses O’Mahony For SelectwomanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jomarie O’Mahony Brings This Community Together, Has My Vote For SelectwomanIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Board Supports Fire & Police Substation In North Wilmington; Town To Vote On Project In April 2020?In “Government”
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is advice from the Wilmington Board of Health published in the most recently Town Topics newsletter:Mosquito and tick season is upon us, the Board of Health would like to remind residents to take precautions to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes and ticks.MOSQUITOES – Try to avoid outdoor activity during times of day with increased mosquito activity, which is dawn and dusk. Use mosquito repellents containing an EPA-approved active ingredient such as DEET.Residents should wear long sleeved clothing to reduce mosquito access to skin and remove any standing water in your yard, including children’s toys, birdbaths, pots and planters.Wilmington is part of the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project and routine spraying and larvicide treatment is conducted throughout the summer.TICKS – Ticks are prevalent in Wilmington. Ticks like damp, shady, brushy, leafy areas. If you have been in an area where ticks might be present, it is important to check yourself, your family and your pets for ticks every day. Use repellents that contain DEET on your exposed skin and those that contain permethrin on your clothes. When spending time outside, if weather permits, wear long-sleeved, light colored shirts and long pants tucked into your socks.Keep the grass cut short and remove piles of leaves and brush. Talk to your veterinarian about the best ways to protect your pets and livestock from ticks.If you find a tick on yourself, remove it carefully as soon as possible. If you develop a rash or other signs of illness following a tick bite, be sure to contact your health care provider immediately. If you are looking into preventative tick control, check out tick tubes, which may be found online. They work great ridding areas of deer ticks only. Remember deer ticks are the ones that transmit Lyme Disease. If you have been bitten by a tick, log on to the Board of Health website for links to get the ticks tested.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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Board Of Health Offers Advice On Mosquitoes & TicketsIn “Government”Wilmington Board Of Health Urges Residents To Use Caution As Mosquitos Test Positive For EEE In AndoverIn “Government”Request A Free Mosquito Spraying From Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project This SeptemberIn “Government”
Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) on Friday criticised the Centre for neglecting the needs of Telangana State in the Union budget presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Reacting on the budget, former MP and TRS leader B Vinod Kumar said, “the State government at various occasions has demanded a National project status for lifeline of Telangana the Kaleshwaram project. It is very sad that Modi’s government have not looked into it.” Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Vinod said three years ago Modi government merged Railway budget with the union budget. “At least when it was submitted as a separate budget it used to give confidence to the people of this nation, the Minister herself spoke exclusively about new railway lines, projects and new trucks. But on Friday’s budget speech the Finance Minister did not whisper about new railway lines and projects. Henceforth, I demand that the central government order to restore the confidence of the common man and the railway budget should be presented separately,” he said. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us Vinod said it is really sad to know, that no specific allocation was made for the Modi’s government’s ambitious ‘Har Ghar Jal’ programme, which aimed to provide piped water supply to all rural households by 2024. Telangana government is already successfully implementing ‘Mission Bhagiratha’ which is providing piped drinking water to every household. NITI Aayog even identified the effort and suggested that the central government provide Rs 19,000 crore as grant. Advertise With Us But till now not even a single penny was allocated to Telangana, he pointed out. He said Rs 6,400 crore in budget for Ayushmann Bharat scheme will not be sufficient. He said the State government already submitted DPRs for the construction of 3000 km of National Highways in the State. “It is very unfortunate that the Finance Minister turned a blind eye towards our proposals and even Ministry of Road transport prioritised the proposals under category 2 list,” he said. TRS MP K Prabhakar Reddy slammed the BJP led government at the Centre for failing to allocate funds in Union Budget to Telangana State. He also said the Centre did not mention steps to resolve the bifurcation issues among two Telugu States. On the whole, the Union budget failed to give any financial push to the Telangana State, he added.
BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed alleged that policemen barred him from leaving his house in Manikpur village of Companiganj upazila in Noakhali district to exchange greeting with supporters on the Eid day, Saturday.Police, however, denied the allegation citing ‘the blockade was for security reasons’, reports UNB.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Moudud told newsmen that it has been proved that this government has become isolated from people and also being feared to face mass people.”So, policemen were deployed in front of my house in the morning and they barred me from coming out of my home,” he added.”I asked police to arrest me if I did anything wrong or let me go out, but they were firm about not allowing me to go outside,” said the senior BNP leader.Moudud said he spoke to Companiganj police station officer-in-charge and superintendent of police in Noakhali Md Ilias Sharif. Both denied him permission to go out, he added.When contacted, Md Ilias Sharif said, “Moudud Ahmed is a senior political leader. We deployed police in front of his house considering his security.”Rabiul Islam, sub-inspector (investigation) of Companiganj police station, who was on duty in front of Moudud’s house, said police were deployed following an intelligence report that he might face problems if he went out of home just before evening.
Police have detained a madrasa teacher in Fatulla of Narayanganj city for allegedly trying to sexually assault a student, reports UNB.The detainee is Nizam Uddin, 25, a teacher of Ramarbagh Hafizia Madrasa.The victim’s mother said Nizam tried to commit sexual assault on the boy, 12, on Saturday and Sunday when he was asleep at night.He disclosed the matter to his mother when she went to visit him on Monday.Following a complaint, police detained the madrasa teacher around 10:00pm, said sub-inspector Fazlul Haque of Fatulla model police station.However, Nizam denied the allegation, saying the student fabricated the story as he asked him to study attentively.
Share MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR. / KUTAs health care providers prepare for a new Texas rule requiring the burial or cremation of fetal remains, some funeral homes wonder how the rule will apply to them and express concern over the rule’s implications.Abortion providers are hoping to stop a new rule that would require health care facilities to cremate or bury fetal remains from miscarriages and abortions, regardless of the gestation time or a woman’s wishes.Filed on Monday, the federal lawsuit brought by Whole Woman’s Health and others claims the new rule, which is set to go into effect on Dec. 19, is unconstitutional.Gov. Greg Abbott has supported the rule, though, and has said fetal remains shouldn’t be treated like medical waste.However, health care providers – and even funeral homes – are worried the implications of this rule are unclear and possibly costly. Darryl Thompson runs the Weed-Corley-Fish funeral home on the edge of UT Austin’s campus. He says for years now he’s worked with a local Catholic hospital as part of a community service. Sometimes he’s asked to deal with the fetal remains of a miscarriage for families.Usually, he says, the hospital chaplain arranges a funeral at a local cemetery. Other times, he’s asked to step in.“Families are certainly given the opportunity to make disposition of their family members and, if they elect not to, then the hospital will call us and we will take care of that process,” Thompson explained. “Now, this is one specific group.”Catholic hospitals do things this way because they believe life begins at conception, but not all health care providers are Catholic—or even religious.However, the State of Texas is soon going to require all health care providers to deal with fetal remains this way. That includes remains from abortions and miscarriages. This means Thompson could go from doing this work once every three months – like he does now – to doing it way more often. How often, though, Thompson says, he has no idea.“We haven’t been provided with any information other than this rule will take effect on the 19th of December,” he said. While he doesn’t have an opinion on the rule itself, he says the fact that there’s so much uncertainty is what bothers him.Because this was an agency rule – not a bill –stakeholders like Thompson didn’t have as much input. There was a public comment period and some hearings, but not much came of that. The rules moved forward despite the fact that the medical community – including the Texas Medical Association and Texas Hospital Association – has significant issues with this.LISTEN: KUT’s Ashley Lopez reports“I really feel this was a very rapid, quick decision,” Thompson said. “I don’t think that all the implications were considered.”But not everyone thinks this was haphazard. Amy Hagstrom Miller is the CEO of a chain of abortion providers in the state called Whole Woman’s Health. She says state leaders introduced this rule after her group bested the state in a court battle over another set of restrictive abortion regulations.“Texas put forward these proposed rules just four days after our June victory in the Supreme Court, and I think there is a direct connection,” she said. “And I think this time, once again, Texas has really gone too far.”This is why Miller is going back to court. This week, Whole Woman’s Health, and others, filed a lawsuit against the state of Texas.Part of what they’re arguing is that the law is really vague and it’s hard to figure out what compliance with the rule would actually look like. JORGE SANHUEZA-LYON / KUTDarryl Thompson, director of the Weed-Corley-Fish funeral home on North Lamar Boulevard.Then there are the costs.Funerals are thousands of dollars, which would make them prohibitively expensive for most women. Cremation, Miller says, is just another hurdle. “To date, we have only found one crematorium in the entire state of Texas that is willing to work with the abortion care providers, and that is not a path to compliance,” she said. “That’s a very obvious bottleneck that’s going to put services at risk throughout the state for the women who need us.”Texas responded to a lot of comments – mostly concerns – about this rule. Among the responses, the state says that these new rules quote “do not unduly burden individuals seeking abortions.” But Miller’s lawyer, David Brown with the Center for Reproductive Rights, disagrees with that.“What an undue burden means, in the words of the Supreme Court, is a law that imposes pointless burden without a benefit at all,” he said.The Texas Department of State Health Services also says it estimates the costs for health care facilities will be low enough to be covered by their operating costs.Some providers are saying that’s just not true either.Thompson says he likely won’t bear the brunt of this rule like health care facilities will, but even he thinks no one really knows what this will cost everyone – including him.“Hopefully, it will not impact families financially,” he said. “And I can perhaps see how that could happen, and I guess, as the adage goes, we will see.”Plaintiffs suing the state are hoping to get a federal court here in Texas to stop the law from going into effect on Dec 19. Indiana had a similar measure in place, but it was struck down by a federal court this past summer.Copyright 2016 KUT-FM. To see more, visit KUT-FM.
A true fusion reactor, if one can be built, would of course represent a transformative event in human history—it is believed such reactors could provide the energy needed to relieve our reliance on coal, and nuclear fission. The idea is relatively simple—it is the implementation that has proven to be difficult. A gas is heated to a temperature high enough so that its atoms lose their electrons creating a mass of ions and electrons, i.e. plasma. If those ions run into each other with enough force, they fuse together, causing some of their mass to be converted into energy (as happens in the sun). The trick is in heating the gas to such a high temperature that no known material could hold it—to get around that, researchers have two main possibilities, cause an implosion that occurs so quickly that the material holding it would not be impacted, or use a magnetic field—the researchers at Tri Alpha are reportedly using the second approach, but with a twist, they put magnets around a cigar shaped field-reversed configuration that allows for firing angled plasma beams at one another and hemmed in the results with magnets and electrodes. Using this approach, they were reportedly able to heat the gas up to 10 million degrees Celsius and only stopped the machine because they ran out of fuel.While impressive, the achievement by the team in California still falls far short of the 3 billion degrees Celsius temperature needed to achieve a fusion reaction—the team next plans to tear down the machine, dubbed C-2U and replace it with an upgraded model which they believe will allow them to achieve a ten-fold increase in temperature. Citation: Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactor (2015, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-tri-alpha-energy-reportedly-important.html Explore further Scientists propose an explanation for puzzling electron heat loss in fusion plasmas (Phys.org)—Science Magazine is reporting that physicists working at Tri Alpha Energy in Los Angeles have succeeded in building a device that held a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds, longer than any other effort before, offering proof that it is possible to hold such gases in a steady state. The development represents a possible breakthrough in the development of a fusion reactor as the process involved is a move towards developing technology that can hold gases at temperatures high enough to sustain a fusion reaction. © 2015 Phys.org 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.
Kolkata: The Election Commission is gearing up for voting in the booth at Srikhola Primary School under Bijanbari block in Darjeeling which is located at an altitude of 2,700 feet from the sea level. This booth in the district is located at the highest altitude in Bengal. Darjeeling will have polls on April 18, during the second phase of elections.”The booth is located very close to the Indo-Nepal border and is highly sensitive and accessibility is a major challenge. It is five hours’ drive from Darjeeling town and then a steep climb of nearly 7 km on horses. The election officials and the security personnel including the Central Forces will be reaching the booth at least 24 hours in advance,” an EC official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBijanbari is a small town located in a valley. There is a winding scenic road that goes down all the way from Ghoom to this sleepy town over a stretch of 22 kilometres. Lovely mountain streams, waterfalls, tea gardens and the green forest is a feast to the eyes. However, the booth located at the extreme end of this block has around 915 voters who hail from four villages. The residents in the area have been demanding proper connectivity to this place for a very long time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThere have been attempts by the state Public Works Department (PWD) to construct a narrow motorable road through the hills to reach the booth. Some part of the road was also built by the PWD engineers but a major landslide that took place a few months back had damaged it. It may be mentioned that the total number of booths in Darjeeling parliamentary constituency is 1,899 among which 874 booths are in the hills and the rest 1,025 booths are in the plains. Out of the 874 booths in the hills, 261 booths are in Kurseong Assembly constituency (AC), 321 in Darjeeling AC and 292 booths in Kalimpong AC. Darjeeling parliamentary constituency has 80 percent of its booths highly sensitive and the Commission is making special security arrangements for all of them.
Fanatical, the digital PC game store previously known as Bundle Stars, has posted a massive list of Black Friday 2018 deals that will get you great PC games at a discount. According to the store, there are over two thousand deals, way too many to list them all manually but we’ve tried to handpick the best games we could find on sale.In addition to the discounts listed below, you may use the coupon BLACKFRIDAY10 to take another 10% off your chosen game once it’s in the cart. Furthermore, upon purchasing any game you’ll receive another coupon via email that will discount 15% off your next purchase.Last but not least, if you’re feeling very lucky you could try to join the B.L.A.C.K. F.R.I.D.A.Y. contest. This is due to gift eleven games (worth $550 combined) to the winner: BattleTech, LEGO DC Super-Villains, Ace Combat 7, Cities Skylines Deluxe Edition, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Football Manager 2019, Resident Evil 2, Injustice 2, Devil May Cry 5, Alien Isolation Collection, and Yooka-Laylee.Discounted PC games at FanaticalKingdom Come: Deliverance (-40%)Dead Cells (-20%)The Evil Within 2 (-67%)DOOM VFR (-52%)Grand Theft Auto V (Social Club, -35%)NBA 2K19 (-55%)Pillars of Eternity: Definitive Edition (-52%)Middle-earth: Shadow of War Definitive Edition (-60%)Prey (-52%)Yakuza 0 (-33%)Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition (-62%)HITMAN 2 (-20%)Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (-20%)RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard Gold Edition (-45%)MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD (-27%)Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (-70%)Two Point Hospital (-21%)ELEX (-60%)Homefront: The Revolution – Freedom Fighter Bundle (-85%)Dishonored 2 (-70%)STAR WARS Jedi Knight I & II Pack (-84%)XCOM 2 Collection (-65%)Overcooked! 2 (-33%)Redout Complete Pack (-80%)Dying Light – Enhanced Edition (plus free Vintage Gunslinger DLC) (-69%)STAR WARS Jedi Knight I & II Pack (-84%)Total War: WARHAMMER (-78%)Megadimension Neptunia VII Digital Deluxe Edition (-90%)The Flame in the Flood (-90%)My Time At Portia (-33%)Stellaris Expansion Pack (-56%)Portal Knights (-63%)Dex (-95%)Total War: WARHAMMER (-78%)BioShock: The Collection (-78%)Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic I & II Pack (-85%) Share Tweet Submit
Sponsored Stories Assange took refuge in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning for alleged sexual misconduct. Britain has refused to grant him safe passage.Ecuador says Assange faces a real threat of political persecution from the U.S. for publishing a trove of secret U.S. documents.The U.S. soldier who admitted leaking the documents, Bradley Manning, went on trial Monday outside Washington.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments Share The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement QUITO, Ecuador (AP) – Ecuador’s foreign minister says he plans to meet with his British counterpart on June 17 to discuss the unresolved asylum case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.Assange will by then be completing a year of living in cramped quarters in Ecuador’s London embassy.Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino announced the meeting with Britain’s William Hague via Twitter on Monday and says he hopes to sketch out a resolution. How do cataracts affect your vision?
Skyscanner can reveal that the eurozone is still the number one choice for Brits heading abroad this late May bank holiday, despite the fact that it is more expensive than last year. 1Malaga1Amsterdam 3Barcelona3Barcelona 9Nice9Nice 10Faro10Milan 4Amsterdam4Alicante All ten of the most popular destinations on Skyscanner for travel over the late May bank holiday 2009 period are within the eurozone.Once again, Spain dominates the line up, with four Spanish destinations in the top ten and Malaga rising above Amsterdam to claim the number one spot.Two French destinations, Paris and Nice made the top ten, with no change in position on last year’s line up. Dublin and Rome have also managed to hold onto their positions.Portugal’s Faro is a brand new entry, but Milan has dropped out of the rankings all together.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director said:”We recently reported that for summer 2009 travel, we’re seeing growth in non-euro countries such as Thailand, the US, Turkey and Bulgaria. However, Skyscanner’s data shows that for the late May bank holiday short break, the eurozone is still the Brits’ number one choice, despite the fact that it’s more expensive this year.” RelatedSkyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinationsSkyscanner reveals most popular Easter 2009 holiday destinationsLondon new May Day holiday top spot, Skyscanner data showsLondon new May Day holiday top spot, Skyscanner data showsCheap Trip? Don’t overlook the Eurozone says SkyscannerSkyscanner’s top bargain Eurozone destinations 2009 RankDestination2008 RankDestination 7Palma7Palma Most searched for non-UK destinations on www.Skyscanner.net for the late May bank holiday period.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 8Paris8Paris 2Alicante2Malaga 6Rome6Rome 5Dublin5Dublin
8. LatviaLooking for a city break with a budget twist? Riga, Latvia, is fast becoming a popular weekend getaway thanks to an Old Town just as lovely as Prague, with pastel-coloured buildings straight out of an Eastern European fairytale. Pick up a bargain in Riga Central Market or splurge on a husky dog sledding adventure. It’s easy to spend less than £50 for the entire trip, excluding flights, in Latvia’s capital city. Read our recommendations for the best bars, pubs and clubs in Riga.What’s the best place to visit in Latvia?Sigulda, for the landscape of Switzerland at much less expense, and the medieval turrets of Turaida castle, less than an hour northwest of Riga. What’s the best beach?Majori, in resort town Jurmala, for clean, bucket-and-spade sands and Livu Aquapark.Top things to do in Riga?Go out on the town. Riga’s nightlife is thriving, whether you want beer and folk music or modern day clubbing on a budget. 2. Bali, IndonesiaWith the British pound growing stronger against the Indonesian rupiah, Bali is a great value long-haul option. It’s just one of Indonesia’s stunning islands, packed with glittering temples, walkable volcanoes and a surfer’s paradise around the sugary coastline. You’ll also find private accommodation from £5 a night, as well as affordable ‘genuine fake’ designer goods for the tightest traveller’s budget in the local markets.What’s the best place to visit in Bali?Cultural centre Ubud, for art on every street corner, and the best place to see traditional Balinese dancing (shows most evenings at Ubud Palace, 7.30pm).What’s the best beach?Uluwatu beach, for sand, surf and a stunning temple perched right on the cliffs.Top things to do in Bali?Surf. If you’re a newbie, try Kuta for cheap board rentals, lessons and a backpacker’s party heaven. Go further south on the Bukit peninsula to find quieter spots for improvers, like Balangan. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 3. BulgariaWith cheap flights from the UK to Bulgaria’s Black Sea, this popular holiday destination offers plenty of bargains. Sunny Beach pretty much does what it says on the label, a seaside resort made for relaxing and working on your tan without spending more than £20 a day. And yes, the drink is budget-priced, too – less than £1 for local draught beer.What’s the best place to visit in Bulgaria?Sofia, for its eclectic collection of churches and national symbol, Aleksander Nevski Cathedral.What’s the best beach?Cacao Beach, in the Sunny Beach Resort, famous for its lively summer DJ sets.Top things to do in Bulgaria?Ski. Yep along with hitting the beach, you can ski in the summer here (well, spring). Bulgaria is great budget ski destination, and its mountain resort, Bansko, operates a generous ski season lasting from December until mid-May. 7. CambodiaThe cost of living in Cambodia is low, but it’s also home to one of the 7 Wonders of the World, Angkor Wat. You can rent a bicycle for as little as $2 a day and cycle out to this staggering temple complex for the 4am sunrise (and a cheap pancake breakfast). A stay in Siem Reap, the nearest city to Angkor, is a steal, with dorm beds going for $5 (£3) a night! Take a closer look at Southeast Asia’s trendiest destination, with these seven incredible sights in Cambodia.What’s the best place to visit in Cambodia?Siem Reap, a city of two sides – the brash but fun Pub Street for all your nights out, and the relaxed area south of the river (for actually getting some sleep).What’s the best beach?Otres Beach on Cambodia’s southern coast is a lovely, unspoiled contrast to tacky Sihanoukville, 5 kilometres away.Top things to do in Cambodia?Try the food. From deep-fried tarantulas to the more appealing coconut curry, amok, Cambodia’s food will surprise and delight – and it won’t break your budget, either. Related7 cities where you’ll find the cheapest beer in EuropeFrom cheap ales in Budapest to free wine in Paris, in honour of National Beer Day (15th June) we’ve got seven ideas for city breaks in Europe where your pounds will buy you more pints. Beer we go, then!Best Budget Holiday Destinations for 2012Skyscanner seeks out the best places to make your money go far in 2012.Skyscanner Real Value Resorts 2011Skyscanner Real Value Resorts 2011 6. TurkeyFancy a slice of the Mediterranean but want to save a few pennies at the same time? Why not try southwest Turkey? With a Riviera to rival France, the Pamphylia region is home to reasonably priced rooms (share a motel or guesthouse double for £15), traditional döner kebabs and plenty of Roman and Greek ruins to explore for free. What’s the best place to visit in Turkey?Antalya, the capital of the Turkish Riviera and a good place to find a chicken döner for around £1.What’s the best beach?The east beach at Side (pronounced see-day), 30 minutes along the coast road from Antalya, for quiet contemplation next to an ancient archaeological site.Top things to do in Turkey?Explore the history. Straddling Asia and Europe, Turkey’s culture is a fascinating one. Don’t miss a trip to Istanbul’s Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque (domestic flights from Antalya take just over one hour) while you’re here. With more cheap flights now available than ever before, you can jet off somewhere exotic and still manage to stick to a small budget. Whether you want a long-haul summer holiday or a short Easter break, here are ten destinations where you’ll get the most bang you get for your travel buck.1. VietnamNow a well-established stop on the Southeast Asia trail, it’s still possible to find beds for £3.50 a night in the country’s largest city, bustling Ho Chi Minh. Try the friendly Long Hostel, off tourist centre Pham Ngu Lao Street, and you can get your own room with breakfast for a fiver! With hearty bowls of delicious phở – chicken or beef noodle soup – for 60p and a pint of local beer costing no more than 30p, experience some of Vietnam’s rich culture and history for pennies. What’s the best place to visit in Vietnam?Hoi An, an old UNESCO World Heritage port on the river, set with beautiful Chinese merchant’s houses. See the hop-on, hop-off tourist buses to get there from Hanoi or HCMC. Check out our guide for more amazing places to visit in Vietnam.What’s the best beach?Mui Ne, three and a half hours by train from Ho Chi Minh.Top things to do in Vietnam?Take a motorbike ride. Hire an official ‘Easy Rider‘ driver to experience Vietnam’s central highlands, or if you’re super-confident, rent your own wheels from $10 per day (less if you rent for longer) and take a section of the old Viet Cong supply route, the Ho Chi Minh highway, that runs between HCMC and Hanoi. 9. HondurasThe cost of a flight to Central America’s second biggest country may set you back a fair bit, but once you land in Honduras the cost of luxury is much cheaper than in neighbouring Costa Rica. With new resorts springing up, many parts of Honduras retain a rural charm, which means it’s still relatively cheap. Get in now for low-cost diving trips, bargain cocktails and lots of palm tree-lined beaches to laze on at no cost at all.What’s the best place to visit in Honduras?Tegucigalpa city, capital of urban cool, set amidst a rolling green valley.What’s the best beach?West Bay Beach, on the island of Roatan, dazzles with surf as clear as glass and plenty of snorkelling sites.Top things to do in Honduras?Go underwater. Scuba dive here and may find yourself swimming with whale sharks and octopi – you can get a budget bungalow and diving trips organised onsite at Las Rocas Resort And Dive Center at West Bay. Thomson AirwaysAer Lingus British Airways 5. Goa, IndiaPopular with many backpackers and travellers on a budget, it’s possible to explore this colourful country and live like a Raj. Get to Goa and hunt for bargains in the flea markets, swim with turtles and try your hand at kitesurfing. You can do all this for about £4 a day, including food and a sunset cocktail on one of the many beautiful beaches this region has to offer. Stay at Evershine Guesthouse for cheap private rooms and a 10 minute drive to Anjuna Beach.What’s the best place to visit in Goa?Panaji, for browsing the bookshops and spotting lingering Portuguese influences in the Old Latin Quarter.What’s the best beach?Mandrem Beach, for doing absolutely nothing in the sunshine.Top things to do in Goa?Meditate. Popular as a yoga retreat destination, Goa is the place to go if you need a timeout, a detox, or just a couple of weeks practising your ‘downward dog’ to the sound of the waves. Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: Fancy finding even more great value holiday ideas? Read on…12 of the world’s cheapest holiday destinationsWhether you’re looking for a quick sun fix, or you want to explore somewhere a tad more exotic than your usual beach hut in Brighton we’ve scoured the globe for the cheapest holiday choices for 2016.10 top budget family holidays Kids are expensive enough, right? School trips, birthday presents, new trainers seemingly every week – you’ve already splashed out half your wages on your kids, so save a few bob on your family summer holiday.Skyscanner’s flight deals of the weekWe’ve picked out some of the best deals for last minute getaways, giving you a choice of sunshine and beaches, art and culture, or good food and wine to create the perfect weekend trip.Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. 4. HungaryBudapest sits in all its Gothic and Neo-Classical glory on the Danube river, rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With its medieval castles, leafy parks and warm, peppery goulash, it’s easy to love. The fact that you can easily get by on £25 a day is another reason to spend some time in Hungary’s capital.What’s the best place to visit in Hungary?Exhausted Budapest? Take a cruise up the Danube to see the magnificent Catholic basilica at Esztergom (5 hours, Mahart boat departs at 9am from Budapest).What’s the best beach?What Hungary lacks in coast, it makes up for with Lake Balaton, a beautiful inland resort with 197 kilometres of freshwater shores and pine forested landscape.Top things to do in Hungary?Try the natural hot springs. Don’t miss the turn-of-the-century Széchenyi Thermal Bath in Pest (the area on the east bank of the river, opposite Buda Castle) for the grandest bath you’re likely to have. Find more bathing recommendations here, with our guide to the top thermal baths in Budapest.