Which are the most anticipated motorcycles to launch in India this year?

first_imgThe year 2017 started off with a bang as we saw new products coming in from the Yamaha, KTM, Triumph, Honda and Kawasaki stables to name a few. With six months down, we have another 6 months in hand and these coming months are going to be really exciting for motorcycle fans in India as new bike-makers have lined-up some really exciting products.We list a few of these bikes which we think are the most anticipated motorcycles to come to India. 1. Aprilia SR 125Aprilia launched the SR 150 in India last year to take on its sibling Vespa SXL 150 in India. However, they did not stop there. Piaggio went on to launch a Race Edition to the Aprilia SR 150 which packs in extra punch in the scooter. Now, reports suggest that Aprilia is mulling over to add a smaller sibling to the SR range in India. Apart from a smaller 125cc engine, the Aprilia SR 125 will most likely carry forward the cosmetics from its elder sibling.Aprilia SR 150 Race Edition. (Picture for representation)The new Aprilia SR 125 will take on the likes of Honda Activa, Suzuki Access 125, Vespa SXL 125 and Mahindra Gusto 125 in India. We expect the Aprilia SR 125 to launch in India by the end of this year with an expected price tag of Rs 58,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi).2. Benelli Tornado 302RBenelli has been mulling to launch the new Tornado 302R in India for quite some time now, with reports suggesting that the launch is slated for next month. Amid delays, the Tornado 302R is a completely new product for India and will most likely carry a price tag of Rs 3.5 lakh (ex showroom New Delhi). The new Tornado 302R will take on the Kawasaki Ninja 300, KTM RC390 and Yamaha R3 in India.advertisementBenelli Tornado 302REngine duties are done by a 300cc, liquid-cooled vertical twin engine that shares its design components with the BN 600. The engine is capable of producing 38hp of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.3. BMW G310RThe new BMW G310R was supposed to be the BMW Motorrad’s entry in to the two-wheeler market in India. However, due to some reasons, BMW choose to delay the launch of the G310R till end of this year. Instead, the company launched the BMW R 1200 R and BMW K 1600 GTL in India.BMW G310RBMW G 310 R comes with a 313cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine with four valves and two overhead camshafts together with electronic fuel injection producing maximum power output of 34bhp and maximum torque of 28 Nm, mated to a six-speed constant mesh gearbox. Moreover, the India-bound BMW G 310 R will compete against the likes of KTM Duke 390 and Mahindra Mojo in the Indian market while we expect it to be priced at Rs 2.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).4. Ducati Supersport/ Ducati Supersport SDucati had hinted earlier this year, that they will bring in the Supersport and Supersport S variant to India. Showcased at the Intermot 2016, the Supersport and Supersport S will most likely be launched in India by August 2017 with a tentative price of Rs 12 lakh and Rs 13 lakh- Rs 13.5 lakh respectively.Ducati SupersportPowering the SuperSport is a twin-cylinder 937cc Testastretta engine, delivering 113 hp and full yet linear torque curve. Thanks to the three Riding Modes (Sport, Touring and Urban), the SuperSport’s temperament can be adapted to maximise enjoyment whatever the riding conditions.Ducati Supersport S5. Ducati Scrambler Desert SledReports say that Ducati will also launch the Scrambler Desert Sled in India by August 2017 for a price tag of Rs 9.50 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). While the Scrambler Desert Sled will take on the Honda Africa Twin, the Desert Sled is said to be a true on/off roader suitable for India.Ducati Scrambler Desert SledFirst showcased at the EICMA 2016, the Desert Sled comes powered with a 803cc, 2-valve, air-cooled mill that churns out peak power of 75bhp and peak torque of 67.79Nm. The introduction of the new Scrambler Desert Sled will extend the Scrambler range in India to five, which includes the Icon, Classic, Urban Enduro and Full Throttle.6. Kawasaki Versys X-300First showcased at the EICMA 2016, the 2017 Kawasaki Versys X-300 sports an all-new bodywork and chassis. Dubbed the ‘Baby Versys’. the X-300 is yet another adventure motorcycle to grace the Indian shores this year.Kawasaki Versys X-300With a launch slated for in August, the 2017 Versys X-300 is powered by a 296 cc four-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine that churns out 39 PS of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox. It also gets ABS function might come as standard.advertisement7. TVS Apache RR 310SNow, the most anticipated bike in the list is the TVS Apache RR 310S, previously called Akula 310. Showcased at the Auto Expo 2016, the Apache RR 310S has been creating quite a stir with its spy shots of test mules across the country. With a tentative launch date of August, the Apache RR 310S is the company’s most ambitious motorcycle yet.TVS Apache RR 310SBased on the BMW G310R, the Apache RR 310S will be company’s top product in the line-up, with the upcoming bike to get a 313cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine producing peak power of 34bhp and peak torque of 28Nm, mated to a six-speed gearbox. It will rival KTM RC 390 and upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R in India.ALSO READ:DSK Benelli commence pre-bookings for upcoming Tornado 302R in IndiaALSO READ:BMW G310R India launch delayed till end of 2017last_img read more

Ishan Kishan only 2nd Indian batsman to score back-to-back hundreds in T20s

first_imgSkipper Ishan Kishan smashed his second straight century, a breezy unbeaten 113 to power Jharkhand to a 121-run win against Manipur in a Group ‘A’ match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 cricket tournament in Mulapadu Sunday.Kishan (113-62 balls, 12 boundaries and five sixes and Virat Singh (73 not out in 46 balls, seven boundaries, and three sixes) were in a devastating form as the duo piled up 165 runs for the unfinished second wicket partnership that set the stage for Jharkhand’s third consecutive win in the tournament.Chasing the formidable target of 220, Manipur folded up for 98 for 9 in 20 overs with Yashpal Singh (40) alone offering some resistance as the Jharkhand bowlers emerged on top, capitalising on the good show by their batsmen.Earlier, Manipur captain Kabrambam Homendro Meitei was left ruing his decision of electing to field as the Jharkhand batsmen went on a leather hunt from the word go.Kishan and fellow opener Anand Singh (26 off 12 balls, four boundaries and a six) gave their team a racy start punishing the bowlers mercilessly.20-year old Kishan, who had hit an unbeaten 100 in the match against Jammu and Kashmir, continued his impressive run as he along with Singh hoisted the team’s 50 in the fifth over itself.Singh fell against the run of play, spooning a catch in the cover region off Priyojit Singh after addition of four runs to the total.Virat Singh then joined Kishan and the two southpaws went about demolishing the Manipur bowlers with a mix of blistering drives and lofted shots as the bowlers struggled.advertisementAfter striking his 50 off 35 balls, Kishan mounted a savage attack, taking only 19 more balls to reach his ton.The team’s hundred came in the 11th over and the duo amassed 119 runs in the last nine overs, leaving the Manipur bowlers clueless.Manipur was never in the hunt and lost wickets at regular intervals. Medium-pacer Rahul Shukla finished with three wickets while left-arm spinner Anukul Roy took two wickets.Jharkhand moved to the top of Group ‘A’ standings with its third straight win.In another match, Delhi pulled off an exciting win against Jammu and Kashmir, reaching the target of 190 off the penultimate ball of the match.Lalit Yadav (47 not out, seven boundaries and a six) and Pawan Negi (15 from 7 balls, a six) saw the team home after a brief stutter.Earlier, J&K rode on half-centuries by Shubham Singh Pundir 68 and Jatin Wadhwan (57) to post 189 for 7.Test paceman Ishant Sharma finished with figures of 1 for 42 in four overs while Subhodh Bhati took three wickets.It was Delhi’s second win after opening with a loss to Jharkhand.Brief scores: Jharkhand 219 for 1 in overs (Ishan Kishan 113 not out, Virat Singh 73 not out, Anand Singh 26) beat Manipur 98 for 9 in 20 overs (Yashpal Singh 40, Rahul Shukla 3 for 14) by 121 runs.Points: Jharkhand: 4, Manipur: 0.Jammu & Kashmir 189 for 7 in 20 overs (Shubham Singh Pundir 68, Jatin Wadhwan 57, Irfan Pathan 26 not out, Subodh Bhati 3 for 26) lost to Delhi 191 for 6 in 19.5 overs (Lalit Yadav 47 not out, Anuj Rawat 45, Hiten Dalal 32) by four wickets.Points: Delhi: 4, J&K: 0.Also Read | Will soon decide on removal of Pakistan cricketers photos from Eden Gardens: GangulyAlso Read | Afghanistan post highest ever T20 total after Hazratullah Zazai’s 162Also See:last_img read more

WORLD CUP HEROES IN FEATURE ARTICLE

first_imgVictorious 2007 World Cup Australian Women’s Open Coach Kerry Norman and Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams will be featured in Queensland’s leading newspaper “The Courier Mail” on Saturday 24 February 2007.Norman, Australia’s most capped International representative, and Williams, a 4 time World Cup champion, will be featured in senior columnist Bernie Pramberg’s “For the love of the game” column that spotlights the contribution of sporting luminaries who have had a long and distinguished record of service to their sport.The story will highlight the achievements of the two modern day champions of the game, as well as recognize Australia’s efforts in retaining the World Cup overall, and the phenomenal performances of the Australian Women’s Open Team since 1988.The Australian Women’s Open Team are arguably Australia’s most successful Women’s sporting team at World Cup level with a 19 year, 55 game undefeated record to their credit in six pristine World Cup campaigns.last_img read more

Talking Touch – September

first_imgThere was plenty of media coverage of Touch Football in the month of September, with several stories about the 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships as well as new seasons starting and special anniversaries. To view the stories, please click on the links below.Touch Football duo ready to tackle national titlesMatilda Barrass and Danielle Keith have been almost inseparable on the touch football field since primary school.http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/1754193/touch-football-duo-ready-to-tackle-national-titles/?cs=12Wagga Touch players off to nationalsFour  students from Wagga schools will play in representative teams at the Touch Football Australia X-Blades National Youth Championships starting today in Queensland.http://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/story/1767514/wagga-touch-players-off-to-nationals/?src=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter  Petero’s a touch moved by fansTouch Football is a non-contact sport, but that didn’t stop enthusiastic fans from swamping Petero Civoniceva when he visited the National Youth Championships in Kawana.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/peteros-a-touch-moved-by-fans/2020705/ Rocky stars magic touchFormer Australian captain Gavin Shuker has given young gun Tamika Upton the ultimate stamp of approval, believing the Queensland under-18 player is a future Australian women’s star.http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/rocky-stars-magic-touch/2024145/ NSWCHS contain fireAs proud New South Welshmen we finally have something to brag about in our ongoing sporting rivalry with Queensland and it’s all thanks to Ben Wylie and the NSW Combined High School’s (CHS) touch football team.http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/1788219/nsw-chs-contain-fire/?cs=1302 Successful season for Katie SampfordAt her last junior tournament as a member of the Under 18 New South Wales Touch Association Development team Katie Sampford was not only the highest scoring player in the side, she was also awarded the coveted ‘Players Player’ team ball.http://www.singletonargus.com.au/story/1795242/successful-season-for-katie-sampford/?cs=12 Touch Football starts backIf you are looking to fill the football void now the winter season has finished then sign up for the touch football season.http://www.whyallanewsonline.com.au/story/1801452/touch-football-starts-back/?cs=1550Winning Touch downYear seven and eight touch football teams travelled to the very windy Goulburn to compete in the All Schools Touch Competition last week. http://www.boorowanewsonline.com.au/story/1805704/winning-touch-down/?cs=543Petero’s final predictionsI’m looking forward to attending the National Youth Touch Football Championships on Friday. The NRL’s association with touch football is great for our game and a fitting one in my opinion knowing that for a lot of players, touch football played a huge role in our youth. http://www.nrl.com/peteros-finals-predictions/tabid/10874/newsid/74604/default.aspxPineapples star aims big for 2013The Sunshine Coast Pineapples were content with a semi-final showing at the National Youth Championships at Bokarina’s Stockland Park yesterday.http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/pineapples-star-aims-for-big-2014/2020847/Take that, QueenslandThe last time NSW Combined High Schools claimed the Touch Football National Youth Championships, Abram Kara was four.http://www.goulburnpost.com.au/story/1800271/take-that-queensland/?cs=181Keeping in touch with good sportsMore than 100 people attended Mudgee Touch Association’s 30th anniversary party on Saturday evening. http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1747294/keeping-in-touch-with-good-sports/Mudgee Touch Recalls 30 yearsMudgee Touch Association (MTA) took a trip down memory lane as they celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday night.http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1745021/mudgee-touch-recalls-30-years/Fundraiser Raises Awareness For Cerebral PalsyAn annual touch football day over the weekend raised more than $5,000 for a Hunter-based cerebral palsy support service.More than 300 players took part, with the day not only about fundraising, but also showing the physical challenges facing those with the condition, and raising awareness.“A child is born every 15 hours with cerebral palsy and it is the most common physical childhood disability.”http://www.nbnnews.com.au/index.php/2013/09/30/fundraiser-raises-awareness-for-cerebral-palsy/ Dual international Pelite on rep roll this yearSunshine Coast Daily, 13.09.2013Touch Football: Dual international Evania Pelite is in the midst of the “most fulfilling” year of her young but highly promising life.Speaking before the Sunshine Coast Pineapples’ opening match yesterday at the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Stockland Park, the 18-year-old unlocked the treasure chest to reveal a year most remarkable.And she can’t think of a better sporting environment to be in – surrounded by teammates she has grown up playing with.It felt like family, she agreed.Pelite sprinted from the blocks in January when she was part of the Australian Youth Olympics rugby sevens team that won gold in Sydney.In February, she made her national touch debut as part of the Australian under-18 team that beat New Zealand 3-0.Two months later she was in the Pineapples team that defended its title at the prestigious National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.She was named the player of the final.She also debuted in the Australian rugby sevens senior team this year, playing tournaments in London and Amsterdam, after being a member of the Queensland Schoolgirls side that won the 2012 national championship.“I’ve been playing touch for so many years. It was good to finally wear the green and gold,” she said.“Rugby sevens just popped up, and being able to play for my country again was a massive privilege.”Sunshine Coast beat Western Australia 15-2 in its earlier game yesterday and then drew 4-4 with Combined Catholic Colleges.Its three games today will determine if it makes tomorrow’s semi-finals for the chance to play in the final later that day.Three Redlands boys will battle it out Bayside BulletinThree Redlands boys will battle it out against touch football players from across the country as part of the Under 18s Queensland side.Wellington Point State High School’s Corey Russell, Victoria Point State High School’s Coen Fielding and Redlands College’s David Richards were selected for the state team following their performance in the Metropolitan East side.Another Wellington Point student, Josh Hilton, was selected as a shadow for the team.The boys will face off against other state teams at the National Youth Championship on the Sunshine Coast next month.The three boys have represented the Redlands at district and state levels together in the past.”We’ve had some good coaches along the way who helped us get to where we are,” Russell said.”I think it’s a team effort for all of us to make the Queensland team.”The side’s toughest opposition will come from the NSW Combined Catholic  Colleges team, which won against Queensland in last year’s grand final.Russell said he was confident about the ability of this year’s team.”Our Queensland side looks pretty sharp at the moment,” he said.”It’s been one of the best Queensland sides that the three of us have been in and I think we’re going to go a long way.”Russell’s brother, Adam, made the Under 15s boys Queensland team, while sisters Rebecca and Jemma Mi Mi also made it onto the Under 15 girls’ side for the state.The Under 15 teams will travel to Darwin for the national championships in October.Anyone who would like to donate or sponsor players can contact Janine Russell on 0427 151 621.Strong teams in challenge for national honoursNorthern Territory News 10.09.2013Northern Territory will be in the thick of the action when the Touch Football Australia National Youth Championships start on the Sunshine Coast tomorrow. Boys and girls teams featuring players from Darwin, Alice Springs, Gove, Katherine and Ramingining will compete in the five-day championships at Kawana Waters. The boys team, which is coached by Mark Tibbits, features a good blend of experience and youth. Bradley Sneddon, an A-grade rugby league player with the Nightcliff Dragons and Jack Caspani stand out as senior players in the group. The team also features two sets of brothers in Tyrell and Jevon Forbes, and Cody and Zane Clarke-Edwards. The Territory is drawn in Pool A where they play NSW Combined Catholic Colleges, Central Queensland, South Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Brisbane City, NSW Touch Development and New Zealand under-15s. The girls team, coached by Tamara Duggan, is rated by Top End touch officials as a young and talented group, with Chantal Valastro, Tamia De Araujo and Danielle Smith among the players to watch. The Territory is drawn in Pool B against the NSW Combined High Schools, South West Queensland, Brisbane City, NSW Combined Independent Schools, ACT, Victoria, South Queensland and New Zealand under-15s. TERRITORY TEAMS GIRLS: Danielle Smith, Madison Glass-Jones, Kitisha Hayes-Clarke, Tamia De Araujo, Michaela Long, Tyra Fredericks, Jessica Dthalangu, Tahlia Hazel, Tahlia Taylor-Kickett, Lauren Donnelly, Braydee Motlop-Smith, Georgie Walker, Mateeka Nielson, Alyssa Eres, Emily Wilson, Chantal Valastro. Coach: Tamara Duggan. Assistant coach: Buffy Angel. BOYS: Bradley Sneddon, Jack Caspani, Cody Clarke-Edwards, Tyrone Bain, Joel Rousell, Jacob Pangquee, Michael Peckham, Gavin Boase, Tyrell Forbes, Jevon Forbes, Zane Clarke-Edwards, Craig O’Bryan, Andrew Pilbrow, Damien Sandry, Jabryah Hughson. Coach: Mark Tibbits.If you see a story from your local area that you’d like to see on the Touch Football Australia website, please email media@austouch.com.au.Related LinksTalking Touchlast_img read more

2017 Australian Masters Games

first_imgThe Australian Masters Games is a biennial sporting event that is regarded as one of the premier and largest participation sporting events on the Australian sporting landscape. In 2017 the 16th edition of the Games will be hosted in Tasmania from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th October.Touch Football will be amongst the biggest of the 40+ sports on offer at the games and is expected to attract over 6,000 participants for the week-long sporting and social program.Early Bird entries for the 16th Australian Masters Games close on Friday 11 August. Take this opportunity to enjoy the discounted Games entry of $99*.Your Games entry provides you with a number of goodies including kit bag, drink bottle, access to the Opening Ceremony in conjunction with the Devonport Food and Wine Festival, discounts to businesses throughout Tasmania’s North West, medical services and more.As well as an extensive sporting schedule, the Games will also comprise of a variety of social events throughout the week, providing a festival atmosphere for both competitors, visitors and the local community.Enter now at www.AustralianMastersGames.com for a week to remember.Touch Football Competition Details:DATES: Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 October 2017VENUE: Meercroft Park, DevonportAGE: Men 30+, Women 27+If you need help booking accommodation for your team please call the Tourism Information Hotline on 1800 649 514.* Please note: a $9.00 service fee is payable per person at the time of submitting your registration, plus a sport specific entry fee. Further details available in the Games Entry Terms & Conditions.last_img read more

New Judge Appointed to Provincial Family Courts in Digby Comeauville and Annapolis

first_imgA lawyer with over 20 years experience is the newest judge of Nova Scotia provincial and family courts in Digby, Comeauville, Digby Co. and Annapolis Royal. Timothy Landry, who has been a staff lawyer with Nova Scotia Legal Aid in Yarmouth since 1994, was appointed by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ross Landry, today, Sept.19. The two men are not related. “Judge Landry has strong experience in both criminal and family law, and will be an excellent addition to the judiciary in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Landry. “He is also a member of the Acadian community, and will be able to serve all Nova Scotians in both French and English.” Judges are appointed to both the provincial and family courts to allow flexibility in dealing with court workloads. They are selected from a list of candidates put forth by the Committee on Provincial Judicial Appointments. Committee members include two members of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, judges of the provincial and family courts and four members appointed by the Minister of Justice. The committee recommendations are based on criteria in the Guidelines for Provincial Judicial Appointments. The provincial court presides over almost all indictable offence charges under the Criminal Code, a charge of murder by an adult accused being the main exception, and has exclusive jurisdiction over all summary offence charges under provincial and federal statutes and regulations. The family court provides a forum to hear family issues, including maintenance, custody and access, and child protection matters. For more information on Nova Scotia courts, go to www.courts.ns.ca .last_img read more

A blooming shame Greyhound winds down in Western Canada northern Ontario

first_imgRetired bus driver Iain Gray ambled through Calgary’s cavernous Greyhound depot on its last day in operation, a gold pin with the bus company’s logo on his jacket.Gray dropped by the station on Wednesday — the last day for must Greyhound routes in Western Canada — in the hopes of visiting a former colleague after his final run from Revelstoke, B.C.Schedules were changed and it turns out the two friends missed each other.“It’s just a blooming shame,” Gray, who is 77 and drove buses for 30 years until 2003, said of Greyhound’s exit.“It’s the best place to work at. You couldn’t imagine how good it was.”Greyhound announced in July that it would wind down all but one of its routes in Western Canada and northern Ontario. A U.S.-run route from Seattle to Vancouver is the only one that remains.Gray said he loved doing local runs, particularly through the Crowsnest Pass in southwestern Alberta and into the British Columbia Interior.“I liked going through the little towns and the people,” he said. “You get to know the agents and all that kind of stuff.”Two weeks ago, he flew to Salmon Arm, B.C., to go fishing with his brother and decided to take the Greyhound back to Calgary.“The bus was full, believe it or not,” said Gray, who noted that service had been reduced to two trips a day from five or six.“If you talk to the driver, those trips are full, but that’s not enough to keep the company running.”Ottawa announced Wednesday that Canadians left isolated will have to wait two years for potential permanent replacements. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said the government is open to helping affected provinces pay for bus service in communities where other companies have not taken over.As well, Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott said her department will subsidize bus services to remote Indigenous communities where needed.Greyhound’s decision ends service in some 400 communities and leaves about 420 people out of work, said senior vice-president Stuart Kendrick, who was at the Calgary depot to oversee its closure.The carrier has been active in Canada for about 85 years, but has seen a 40 per cent decline in rural ridership over the last decade, he said. A rural population drop, competition from low-cost airlines and greater car use have all taken a toll, he said.Some routes had just one bus running a day, with single-digit ridership, Kendrick added.“You need a lot more than that to pay the bills and keep the lights on and to be viable,” he said.“There’s a lot of mixed emotions. Obviously since the July 9 announcement, there’s a lot of sadness around by everybody.”Several regional companies have come forward to offer bus services and have taken over 87 per cent of the abandoned Greyhound routes, Garneau said. Some of those companies have already begun operating while others are set to roll in the next few weeks.For the remaining 13 per cent, Ottawa will work with the provinces to come up with alternatives, Garneau said.In the meantime, German backpacker Femke Bernds said she’ll have to find a cost-effective alternative as she works her way to Vancouver from Calgary.The 28-year-old said it was a shock to learn of Greyhound’s route closures shortly after her August arrival in Canada.“It was not so nice. It’s a good bus to travel with and it’s not so expensive,” she said, a red rucksack slung over her shoulder.“When you are travelling through a big country it’s good to have an option where you can travel cheaper and … that’s not so possible now.”last_img read more

Dormant viruses reactivate during space travel NASA

first_imgWashington DC: Space travel caused herpes viruses to reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA study, a finding that could jeopardise mankind’s future missions to Mars and beyond. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on future missions. “NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation — not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry,” said Satish K Mehta at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle,” said Mehta. To study the physiological impact of spaceflight, researchers analyse saliva, blood and urine samples collected from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. “During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which are known to suppress the immune system,” said Mehta. “In keeping with this, we find that astronaut’s immune cells –particularly those that normally suppress and eliminate viruses — become less effective during spaceflight and sometimes for up to 60 days after,” he said. In the midst of this stress-induced amnesty on viral killing, dormant viruses reactivate and resurface, according to the research published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. “To date, 47 out of 89 (53 per cent) astronauts on short space shuttle flights, and 14 out of 23 (61 per cent) on longer ISS missions shed herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples,” said Mehta. “These frequencies — as well as the quantity — of viral shedding are markedly higher than in samples from before or after flight, or from matched healthy controls,” he said. Overall, four of the eight known human herpes viruses were detected. These include the varieties responsible for oral and genital herpes (HSV), chickenpox and shingles (VZV) — which remain lifelong in our nerve cells — as well as CMV and EBV, which take permanent but uneventful residence in our immune cells during childhood. CMV and EBV, are two viruses associated with causing different strains of mononucleosis or the “kissing disease”. So far, this viral shedding is typically asymptomatic, researchers said. “Only six astronauts developed any symptoms due to viral reactivation. All were minor,” said Mehta. However, continued virus shedding post flight could endanger immunocompromised or uninfected contacts on Earth, like newborns.last_img read more

Govt officials participation at US drug summit draws flak

first_imgNew Delhi: The decision of the Health Ministry and Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to send their officials for attending a summit organised by USA-India Chamber of Commerce (USAIC) in Boston has drawn huge criticism from civil society organisations working on the issues related tothe quality of drugs and intellectual rights. In a letter to Union Health Minister JP Nadda, All India Drug Action Network (AIDAN) has raised its concern stating that the decision of the government to allow Additional Secretary level officials of the Health Ministry to a summit primarily organised by drug manufacturing companies of the USA would only serve the ‘purpose’ of American pharma companies. While talking to Millennium Post, Dr Gopal Dabade, who heads Drug Action Forum of Karnataka, said, “The participation of government officials to a summit organised by pharma companies are the major concern as drug manufacturers have assembled there not to do any charity. They do all these things with their vested interest.” “The American pharma companies are lobbying to tweak patent rights, relaxing price controls on medical devices, pharmaceuticals, clinical trial regulations, etc so that they could control the drug markets of India,” Dabade said, adding that the summit has been organised to brainwash the Indian government officials. According to Dabade, the US pharma firms are lobbying to relax price control norms on coronary stents and other essential drugs. “As recently Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had made a case for a government-to-government agreement between India and the US to facilitate private companies in both the countries, it means something is ‘cooking’ at government level to mollify US drug majors,” he said. The Health Ministry has sent Additional Secretary Arun Singhal and a few senior officials of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), including Dr S Eswara Reddy, who is drugs controller general of India. “The USAIC summit’s agenda is dominated by transnational companies and their interests. These kinds of conferences are often used for lobbying and advancing industry interests,” the letter read. “The participation of policymakers and regulators in such meetings send a wrong signal and increase the Indian government’s vulnerability to undue corporate influence from pharmaceutical transnational corporations on India’s policy-making and regulations,” the letter read.last_img read more

Return to East Coast from oilpatch a struggle for some fresh start

Return to East Coast from oilpatch a struggle for some, fresh start for others Jared Park and his partner Jenny Mosley sit with their children, from left to right, Maddox, Mason and Grady at home in Truro, N.S., on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. Park is one of the many oilpatch workers waiting to be called back to work after the major downturn in the energy industry. To add to the family’s woes, five-year-old twin Mason is battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia and Park’s employee drug program covers the expensive medicine for his chemotherapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan by Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2015 3:06 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2015 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TRURO, N.S. – As the days go by with no phone calls offering work in the Alberta oilpatch, Jared Park worries about how he’ll pay for his son’s leukemia medicine.“It’s a struggle. You don’t know when or if you’re going to make it back to work. You just hope you get that call,” said Park as five-year-old Mason wriggled and bounced on the sofa in his tidy Truro, N.S., bungalow.“For Mason, it’s important because part of our drug plan covers the medicine for his chemotherapy.”The 30-year-old father of three is among a wave of East Coast workers who have returned home from the Western oilfields after a downturn in the economy. Many are hoping for higher hydrocarbon prices and a return to the West in 2016, but others have begun trying to seek a living closer to home.Kerry Morash, a former provincial cabinet minister, said rural parts of the Maritimes have been hard hit by the fall in the oil prices from about $95US to current levels of less than $40US.Morash joined the migration west after the paper mill near Liverpool, N.S., where he worked as a health-and-safety consultant closed several years ago. He was hired on contract at the Kearl oilsands project north of Fort McMurray, Alta.“There wasn’t a lot of work back home, and there certainly wasn’t a lot around Liverpool … I was very fortunate to be able to go out there,” he said, recalling his two-week shifts of 12 hours per day.He said some maintenance jobs continue to draw East Coast tradespeople, but since the completion of Kearl, the former Progressive Conservative politician said he couldn’t find another oilpatch job despite a resume that included a stint as Nova Scotia’s minister of labour and environment.Gradually, he’s starting to hear about opportunities in the rural area of Nova Scotia where he lives. And he said he may be staying on the East Coast.Some industries in the Maritimes, meanwhile, are using the opportunity to recruit skilled tradespeople to work in their hometowns.The Halifax shipyard has been recruiting workers from the West as it builds Arctic patrol ships for the federal government.Spokeswoman Mary Keith said by early December the Halifax site had 33 employees who had been working in Alberta, British Columbia or Saskatchewan.Some workers are retraining to begin fresh careers that will keep them on the coast.Twenty-three-year-old Jacob Stepaniak, who grew up in Margaree Valley, N.S., came home from Alberta last year after working intermittently in the West since 2011.He returned to care for his 85-year-old grandfather, who was ill with cancer, and decided to stay home despite the attraction of salaries of over $90,000 a year in the oilpatch.“You miss all those little things, the small-town way of life … You run into someone here, you’re guaranteed to strike up a conversation,” he said. “You really miss that.”Stepaniak is retraining in marine engineering technology at the Nova Scotia Community College and expecting to begin a life at sea, possibly in the offshore oil sector.He and his girlfriend have been hunting for a home in the Margaree Valley, where they plan to settle.But for Park and his partner Jenny Mosley, 30, the West remains the family’s best hope for a secure future.Each time Park departs, Mosley joins the boys every day in writing down on a blackboard how many “sleeps” until Dad returns, knowing his absence means the bank account will fill up.Park recalls sitting in an airport two years ago feeling helpless as a distraught Mosley called him to say that Mason had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.He said he longed to be home to hold his boy, but also realized work in the oilfield derricks would bring in $80,000 a year, along with a benefits plan for medicine and treatments.Park’s company plan provides full coverage for between $600 and $1,000 in monthly drug costs, while the province’s pharmacare program requires that families contribute a portion of costs depending on their income level.Meanwhile, there are two other boys, Mason’s twin brother Maddox and nine-year-old Grady, to provide for.“When there’s no work, there’s no planning on getting ahead. It’s just planning on getting by,” said Mosley, as Mason wriggled into her lap. read more

Womens Hockey No 7 Ohio State to face No 2 Minnesota at

The Ohio State women’s hockey team lines up prior to the start of the game against Minnesota on Jan. 19. Ohio State won 3-2. Credit: Will Sharp | For The LanternThe Ohio State women’s hockey team is struggling through a season-long three-game losing streak. But its competition won’t get any easier, for it is tasked with taking on Minnesota this weekend.No. 7 Ohio State (15-9, 9-7 WCHA) will face No. 2 Minnesota (22-3-1, 12-3-1 WCHA) on Friday and Saturday for the teams’ second series of the season.The Buckeyes were swept 5-2 and 6-3 last weekend at Minnesota Duluth in losses to an unranked opponent that they had dismantled twice earlier in the season.Ohio State head coach Nadine Muzerall said the Buckeyes’ frequent stints in the penalty box and lapses in defensive fundamentals have been instrumental in allowing opposing teams to gain advantages.“We, right now, are the No. 1 team in the WCHA with penalties per game,” Muzerall said. “We have to make sure we’re doing the smart things defensively. The little things we tend to forget. We can’t be giving up 16 goals like we did the last three games.”Minnesota has been no stranger to offensive opportunity this season. It has scored 111 goals, 286 points and hold a scoring margin of 2.62, all of which are the top national marks.The Gophers did not lose a game in November or December, but broke its 14-game winning streak on Jan. 18 with a 2-1 loss to No. 1 Wisconsin.Ohio State freshman goalie Andrea Braendli is familiar with Minnesota’s prolific offensive output. She made 84 saves against the Gophers in their Oct. 19–20 series that helped reward the Buckeyes with a split series on the road and earned her WCHA Goaltender of the Week honors.The high volume of goals allowed during Ohio State’s current losing skid has raised questions about who will start in goal moving forward.Sophomore goalie Lynsey Wallace replaced Braendli and notched her first career start on Saturday after Braendli allowed four first-period goals in Friday’s loss. Braendli had started the previous 20 games for the Buckeyes.This week’s starter will have to earn her spot during the week of preparation in order to take the ice against the Gophers, Muzerall said.“We’re evaluating them every day in practice,” Muzerall said. “Every Monday is a reset. At the start of the week, you have to fight for your position.” Muzerall said whoever is in goal for Ohio State will have the challenge of facing Minnesota sophomore forward Grace Zumwinkle, the Gophers’ leading scorer, who is tied at No. 5 in the nation with 18 goals.“That kid can shoot the puck about 75-80 mph,” Muzerall said. “If you don’t want to take one of those off the ankle, you better gap up and you better play smart defensively.”Muzerall said Minnesota’s weakness is in its back end and goaltending, and Ohio State hopes to generate more offense against the team that outshot the Buckeyes 89-45 in their previous series.Ohio State freshman forward Gabby Rosenthal, who scored her first career goal Friday at Minnesota Duluth, said she hopes to continue providing an offensive spark for the Buckeyes.“I’m focusing on getting shots on net and crashing to the net and getting those rebounds,” Rosenthal said. “It’s really important to beat girls, pick up sticks, get shots on net and bury.”The Buckeyes are 10-2 in Columbus this season, and Ohio State senior forward Erin Langermeier said a return to home ice is just what the Buckeyes need for a turnaround performance.“We have our home crowd, our family, all that,” Langermeier said. “Going into this weekend, I’m very confident our energy level will be there, and we’re just going to be so pumped to play the No. 2 team.”Game 1 of Ohio State’s home series begins with a 6:07 p.m. puck drop on Friday, and the WCHA rivals will face off again at 3:07 p.m. Saturday. read more

Geek deal 165 off the Alienware X51 mini gaming PC

first_imgVideo games have always had two separate and some might say competing channels of gameplay: the PC and the console. While a third option, the classic arcade game, was very popular at the dawn of video gaming, it isn’t relevant today or for this discussion. Both PC and console gaming have shared many attributes, indeed being based on similar technologies, but the two genres grow more distinct and separate as the years march on.Consoles started as singular devices that could do one thing and one thing only: play video games. Some early models could even only play one game. On the other hand, PCs have always been multi-function devices. When you weren’t running that command-line version of Corel office software or running AOL from a floppy-disk, you could fire-up a command line and check out Rise of the Triad or the classic Wolfenstein.Fast forward to the 21st century and computers and game consoles are starting to become indistinguishable. They are based on nearly identical technology platforms and the user interfaces are optimized for each device’s primary-use, but they can do just about all the same things: gaming, web browsing, multimedia, social networking, and the list goes on.Alienware’s X51 mini gaming PC intends to blur the lines even further. While it is a fully-featured PC on the inside, with all of the same features and technologies you’re used to, it’s exterior intends to make you want to give up your game console. Everything about the X51’s design screams of some kind of Alien Xbox/Playstation hybrid (see what I did there?): tiny 13.5 x 12.5 x 3.75-inch dimensions, home theater-friendly aesthetics, and of course all the outputs needed to hook up to your home theater.It also comes with much more powerful hardware than 7 year old consoles currently available. A quad-core 3rd gen Intel Core i7 processor runs the show and produces those pretty game frames with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 555. It has all the latest goodies like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, 7.1 surround audio, and a slot-loading optical drive. HDMI is built-in for easy connection to your HDTV to boot.Being a premium gaming system, and a recently refreshed one too, we don’t see many discounts on the X51. This 10% instant savings and $50 stackable coupon make for the best price we have seen on the X51 and a great bargain on such a compact gaming machine.Visit LogicBuy for the Alienware X51 mini gaming PClast_img read more

Sida des génériques de dernière génération pour les pays pauvres

first_imgSida : des génériques de dernière génération pour les pays pauvresC’est un grand pas en avant dans le contrôle et le traitement du sida. Mardi, un accord Gilead-Unitaid a été signé à Londres afin de produire des génériques d’antirétroviraux pour les pays les plus pauvres.”Pour la première fois, les malades des pays en développement auront accès aux mêmes médicaments que les malades vivant dans les pays riches”, sans avoir à attendre l’expiration des brevets, a souligné dans un communiqué Philippe Douste-Blazy, directeur exécutif de Unitaid, rapporte l’AFP. C’est le “Medicines patent pool” ou “communauté de brevets médicaux”, fondé par Unitaid en 2010, qui a permis cet accord de licence sur les antirétroviraux. Le but de l’organisation Unitaid est de négocier le prix des médicaments pour des fléaux tels que le sida, le paludisme ou encore la tuberculose, dans les pays les plus pauvres. Le principe est le suivant : les laboratoires d’origine gardent leur propriété intellectuelle mais confient leurs brevets les plus récents à des génériqueurs. Seuls les pays les plus pauvres (et non tous les pays en développement) sont concernés par cette production de médicaments. Plus d’une centaine de pays bénéficieront ainsi de cet accord.Alors que les formes pédiatriques de ces génériques seront vendues sans droit, le laboratoire américain Gilead touchera 3 à 5% de royalties sur les ventes des autres traitements. La production de ces copies devrait se faire en Inde à moindre coût. Les médicaments concernés sont tenofovir, l’emtricitabine, l’elvitegravir , le quad, le cobicistat. Un premier pas dans cette situation alarmanteÀ lire aussiSIDA : 10 symptômes qui doivent alerterL’initiative a été lancée en juillet 2010. Si l’obtention de la signature a été aussi longuec’est que “Unitaid a mis plusieurs années à accoucher de la communauté de brevets, car certains pays avaient exprimé des réticences. Cela a donc fait l’objet d’un travail de lobby interne très important. Mais finalement, chacun est arrivé à la conclusion que la mise en place de cette communauté de brevets était le seul moyen concret, rapide et réalisable pour démocratiser les antiviraux”, explique Emmanuel Trénado de Coalition Plus, dans une interview du Nouvel Observateur. Avant d’ajouter  que “grâce à cet accord, les malades du Sud bénéficieront des dernières générations de médicaments à des prix abordables et sans délais par rapport au Nord.”L’étape suivante est de convaincre d’autres laboratoires. En effet, la présidente de Coalition Plus, Lise Pineault, a regretté “que des laboratoires comme Merck et Johnson ne participent pas au Patent Pool alors qu’ils disposent de médicaments de pointe contre le VIH lesquels ne fournissent que 5% de leurs revenus” après avoir révélé que Gilead “tire 80% de ses revenus du VIH”. Aujourd’hui dans les pays du sud, 6,6 millions de personnes sont traitées par d’anciennes générations de médicaments alors que près de dix millions de personnes supplémentaires ont besoin d’un traitement.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 11:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Shazam passe la vitesse supérieure et profite du NFC

first_imgShazam passe la vitesse supérieure et profite du NFCShazam a annoncé que la prochaine version de son application, qui reconnait pour l’utilisateur la musique que le téléphone entend, fera son travail bien plus rapidement. Il est même question d’une seule seconde !C’est une annonce de plus à mettre au compte du Mobile Word Congress, en ce moment à Barcelone. Shazam est une application dont le succès ne se dément plus. Elle permet aux utilisateurs de connaître le titre, le chanteur et bien d’autres choses sur la chanson qu’ils entendent dans leur supermarché, en boite ou ailleurs.Ce traitement obligeait pour l’instant à faire écouter une dizaine de secondes de la musique à l’application. En parlant de réduire ce délai à seulement « une fraction », Shazam fait un progrès impressionnant, et parle même de temps aussi court qu’une seule seconde !Une autre nouveauté sera l’utilisation du NFC. Ces nouvelles puces qui intègrent peu à peu nos terminaux servent à faire des échanges sécurisés à courte distance, dont des payements bancaires. Intégrée à Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) sous le nom « Beams », elle donnera à Shazam la possibilité d’échanger des contacts, des morceaux de musiques, des dates de concerts, des offres spéciales et d’autres types de contenus disponibles via l’application. Malheureusement le NFC n’est pas disponible sur les anciens téléphones, ce qui réduit considérablement le nombre d’amis avec qui l’on pourra faire cet échange.La reconnaissance des musiques, que Shazam appelle « tag », avait déjà dans une version précédente été étendue à la reconnaissance de publicité télévisuelle. Shazam a désormais près de 180 millions d’utilisateurs dans 200 pays, et en gagne 1,5 million par semaine.La prochaine version devrait débarquer sur l’Android market sous quelques semaines, tandis que l’App Store devra attendre encore quelque temps, sans que le délai exact soit précisé. Le 29 février 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Weather Eye Cooler days arrive holiday travelers may see some snow

first_imgIt was a much cooler start to the day on Wednesday, with a see-your-breath kind of thing heading out to work in the early morning. The well-advertised cold front moved through overnight and lowered our afternoon highs into the 50s Wednesday. Further cooling will occur today and Friday with highs struggling to hit 50 degrees.Rainfall amounts were on the light side and any rain today and Friday will be as well, with most of the moisture staying offshore and heading south into California. There will be some snow at pass levels and below. The weekend at this point looks cool and dry with maybe more rain late Sunday. The timing may be a ways off but that is the best I can throw out as of Wednesday afternoon.In Sunday’s column I will give last month’s rainfall from your friends and neighbors. Most are pretty impressive for October. November appears to be cool and drier than average for a while, maybe changing midmonth. The weather next week could go two ways, wet and cool or cold and wet. This translates to snow levels at pass levels or higher or at relatively low levels, maybe down to 1,000 feet at times around Nov. 14 or 15.If you are making travel plans that include driving over the mountain passes for Thanksgiving I would count on some snow to be falling. That is my long-range prediction. Whether there will be enough snow for the ski season to start over Thanksgiving remains up in the air, but of course it only takes a couple of good storms, so stay tuned.Despite the heavy rainfall locally in October, the first seven days in November we have only tallied one-half inch of rain by 5 p.m. Wednesday. That is one half-inch below average. Goodness, maybe we are heading toward another roller-coaster winter. The ups and downs in weather world I guess.last_img read more

Clinton Misquitta – The Emerging Digital Entrepreneur and Influencer

first_imgClinton Misquitta is a successful digital entrepreneur and Influencer who owns a media company called ‘ Kwt Today ‘ .He founded Kwt Today also called Know What’s Trending Today in 2014 and is running it successful ever since.Know What’s Trending Today (Kwt Today) uses a multi-platform model for reporting news and views on trending topics from the Middle East and around the world.The truth about online business is that it’s not as easy as all the marketing online makes it seem.The most important part about online business is being able to target the right audience. Once you know your target audience you can then leverage your influence to become an authority figure.Digital marketing is becoming extremely important in Today’s Generation, Clinton believes that Kuwait still doesn’t know the power of digital marketing and the future for it in Kuwait has tremendous growth and opportunity.Clinton Misquitta’s experience in digital marketing is going to take him far since he knows how to grow business through digital marketing skill. He is a name you need to be on the lookout for Digital Marketing Growth.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Absconding criminal attends police events

first_imgMatin Sarkar, second from left, greets shipping minister Shahjahan Khan on 11 June. He is ‘absconding’, according to police and court records. Arrest warrants have been issued 20 times against him. The court even had his details published in the newspapers. Cases were conducted against him even in his absence.But the reality is that he never went into hiding. In fact, he attended a number of events organised by the police, rubbing shoulders with the top bosses. He presented bouquets to a number of ministers, including the home minister, at different programmes. Yet, the police always told the court that they could not arrest him as he was absconding.This powerful man is Abdul Matin Sarkar, the general secretary of district truck owners’ association and the joint general secretary of the town Jubo League. He is the second brother of Tufan Sarkar, who allegedly raped and tortured a schoolgirl. Tufan flexes his muscle in Bogra with the backing of his brother Matin.With Tufan’s crimes coming to the fore, Matin’s henoius acts are also coming to the light and he has now been thrown out of Jubo League.A number of Awami League leaders said Matin is the mastermind of most of the recent crimes in and around Bogra. A drug peddler on the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) list, he has suddenly become a billionaire. He has nine cases, including four of murders, against his name. He was handed 27 years in jail in one of them, but that was later stayed by the Supreme Court.Despite his criminal record, he had good terms with the police high-ups. He was present at the district police’s annual sports meet and also held a meeting with the deputy commissioner. He also accompanied home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader, shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and Jubo League chairman Omar Faruq Chowdhury during their respective Bogra visits. These photos were published in local newspapers.When asked, superintendent of police in Bogra Asaduzzaman said, “I have been here for two years. To the best of my knowledge, I have not heard of any arrest warrants. I do not know if he had one against hm previously. Being a leader of the ruling party he can come to the police, but I did not know that he was a criminal.”Court sources said Matin has got bail in eight of thse nine cases. He was sentenced only in a murder case. The killing of Abu Naser alias Ujjal took place on 28 October in 2001.The charge sheet of the case says both Matin and Ujjal were involved in illegal businesses and the latter was killed due to enmity. One of the accused Abu Talha alias Thandu was killed on 20 January in 2002 and he was murdered by Shafikul, another accused in the case.Shafikul is serving life term in that case. However, Matin Sarkar was released on bail and he never appeared in the court ever since, said Md Abdul Matin, public prosecutor (PP) at Bogra judge’s court.A state counsel said if an accused is absconding, the state appoints a lawyer on his behalf. Recently a certain Taj Uddin was appointed to represent Matin. Taj Uddin said till date assistant PP Rezaul Huq was moving the case and he may know the details.Rezaul Huq told Prothom Alo that Matin Sarkar is roaming around, but on pen and paper he is ‘absconding’. Everytime the court asks the police to submit a report, they say they cannot find him. But Matin does appear at he court in the other cases.Rezaul said he does not know why the police do not arrest him.The family members of Ujjal do not want to talk about it. A neighbour of Abu Sayeed, Ujjal’s brother, said they have been hushed by threats of dire consequences.When these correspondents went to his place, the watchman said they were not there.Locals said district AL joint secretary general Manzurul Alam brought Matin into politics, but does not back him anymore.Matin is now close to district AL president Mamtaz Uddin.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Mamtaz Uddin said, “Investigate who brought Matin into politics.”last_img read more

Suspected drink driver arrested after crashing into funeral parlour sign

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA woman has been arrested after her car crashed into a funeral parlour sign on a Staffordshire street. The car damaged a lamp post before crashing into the sign in Cannock at around midday on Thursday, June 13. The woman, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Staffordshire Police attended a road traffic collision at midday today in Cannock. A vehicle veered off the road near to the McDonald’s, taking out a lamp post and collided with a sign for the Funeral Parlour, where it came to a stop. Read MoreSuspicious male loitering in alley turns out to be man looking for lost key   “Thankfully, no injuries to the driver, passenger or pedestrians. “The female driver was arrested for drink driving. If ever somebody was trying to send a sign, that was probably it.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

BEIRUT — The young Syrian woman walked on stage an

first_img BEIRUT — The young Syrian woman walked on stage and began telling the story of her brother’s abduction in the early years of her country’s civil war, wiping away tears as she recalled the 2013 incident that changed her life.The woman, who identified herself as Mae from a government stronghold in the central city of Homs, said Ihsan’s disappearance in 2013 turned her into a more tolerant person, despite the eight-year conflict that has killed more than 400,000 people and displaced half the country’s population.Inside the theatre in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Syrians from other parts of the country who support rival factions listened carefully to what she said.Once she was done, 10 Syrian actors dressed in black began re-enacting what Mae had just said, one of them screaming: “Ihsan, I miss you a lot!” Another walked on stage and said: “No matter what our religion or ethnicity is, we are all Syrians.”The group of seven men and three women has been training for three months to do “playback theatre” during which members of the audience tell their stories and then see them re-enacted on stage — an initiative to get war victims to talk through their trauma, initiate dialogue and help forge reconciliation.The training was organized by Fighters for Peace, which was founded in 2014 by former Lebanese militia members who took part in their country’s destructive 1975-90 civil war and are now peace activists. They have been using playback theatre for years as part of their campaign to promote peace and try to prevent another breakout of war in Lebanon.Despite the mostly friendly atmosphere in the hall on the on the top floor of a building in Beirut, tensions boiled over at one point, reflecting the bitterness and hate that nearly eight years of war has created in Syria.Once they were done reacting, a young man in the audience stood up angrily and shouted at Mae, screaming that the government was to blame for everything that happened over the past years in Syria in a tone that showed he did not care about her brother’s fate.“You are hurting me,” the woman replied, to which he responded: “I want to hurt you,” before he burst out of the theatre.Syria’s conflict began in March 2011 with largely peaceful protests against President Bashar Assad’s rule but eventually turned into an armed insurgency and civil war after a violent crackdown on the protest movement. It has occasionally spilled over to neighbouring Lebanon, where the country’s population is divided between supporters of the Syrian government and others who support the opposition. Related fighting in Lebanon between rival groups in recent years has left dozens of people dead or wounded, mostly in the northern city of Tripoli.“By reacting to what the members of the audience say, we are supporting them morally and helping them heal,” said Maher Sheikh Khodor, 28, a freelance photographer and graphic designer from Syria who has been living in Lebanon since 2014.Khodor, who is from the central Syrian town of Salamiyeh and has been training in playback theatre for months added that the work helped participants meet Syrians from other ethnicities and sects. “We are Syrians from all parts of Syria and all of its sects,” he said.Another team member, Hassan Aqoul, 28, said the training “broke the ice between us.” Aqoul, who has been living in Lebanon since 2012, said those who trained them are experienced and a few days after the training started “we started feeling as if we have been friends for a long time.”“They have good ideas. They were fighters and now reconciled and discovered that they were wrong,” he said.Asaad Chaftari, a former commander with the Lebanese Christian right-wing militia, the Lebanese Forces, confessed and publicly apologized years ago for his role in atrocities committed during Lebanon’s civil war that killed 150,000 people. He is now an active member of Fighters for Peace and for years has been campaigning for peace.“Violence leads to nowhere and this is what we discovered in Lebanon. That at the end, everybody will have to sit together and search for a new way to live in their country,” Chaftari said.Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press In this Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 photo, a team of Syrian actors take part in a playback theater at the end of a three-month training session, in Beirut, Lebanon. Syrians from different parts of their war-torn country have gathered inside a theater telling their stories that are later re-acted by a group of Syrians who have been training on playback theater. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) Syrians act in playback theatre to heal war trauma by Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2019 6:08 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more