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Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, Praneeth advance at Macau Open

first_imgIndian star shuttler Saina Nehwal edged past Hanna Ramadini of Indonesia to advance to the second round of the $120,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament in Macau on Wednesday.Top seeded Nehwal defeated the Indonesian player 21-23 21-14 21-18 in a match which lasted around one hour at the main location-4.After going down in the first game, the Hyderabadi shuttler bounced back in style to outplay her opponent in every department of the game.In men’s singles category, B Sai Praneeth defeated Sun Feixiang of China 21-12 21-15 in 40 minutes of play.His compatriot, Parupalli Kashyap also advanced into the second round of the tournament. (PV Sindhu pulls out of Macau Open badminton tournament)Kashyap, who is making a comeback after a long break, defeated Chun-Wei Chen of Chinese Taipei 21-19 21-8 in a match which lasted for 33 minutes.In another match, Sameer Verma, who was in the spotlight after reaching the final at the recently concluded Hong Kong Open, was defeated by Muhammad Bayu Pangisthu of Indonesia 18-21, 13-21 in the opening round in 35 minutes of play.In the men’s doubles category, Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy edged past Chan Alan Yun Lung and Li Kuen Hon of Hong Kong to advance.The Indian pair defeated the Hong Kong duo 21-11, 17-21, 21-9 in 40 minutes.last_img read more


November 20, 2019 0

13 days agoArsenal hero Merson says Ozil should be playing again

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Merson says Ozil should be playing againby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson says Mesut Ozil should be playing again.Ozil has been linked with a loan move in January, with Arsenal reportedly prepared to pay some of the 30-year-old’s mammoth £350-a-week wages in order to offload him.”He’s a luxury player, and the manager has obviously decided he can’t carry a player like that in a team that’s already one of the worst around without the ball,” former midfielder Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star.”With these games coming up, Arsenal are going to have 70% of the possession. He thrives in those situations.”Unai Emery should bring him in from the cold. But he won’t.”If he plays Ozil and they win, he has to keep playing him, and the manager doesn’t want that. The manager wants him out.”And if that’s the plan then they are going to have to swallow a pill and get rid of him in January come what may.” last_img read more


October 28, 2019 0

Ronaldo’s trophy-winning impact hailed by Allegri

first_imgMassimiliano Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo was signed exactly for the kind of match-winning impact he made for Juventus against AC Milan in the Supercoppa Italiana.In a contest that lacked fast tempo for large parts, Ronaldo headed home the decisive goal in the 61st minute to seal a 1-0 triumph in Jeddah.Franck Kessie was later sent off for Milan, as Ronaldo was able to celebrate a first trophy since joining from Real Madrid in a €112 million deal from Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Juve boss Allegri hailed Ronaldo’s impact and performance of the team on the whole, even though he felt his side could have been a bit more clinical.”We signed Cristiano Ronaldo because he is decisive and scores big goals,” he told Rai Sport.”He scored a great goal and moved very well, but the whole team put in a good performance.”There were a few too many counter-attacks – we should’ve had more moves like the [Paulo] Dybala disallowed goal. “Instead, we kept trying to move it around too quickly and allowed Milan some counters, forcing us to sprint back.”Douglas Costa JuventusDouglas Costa left the pitch in a gingerly fashion late in the game, but Allegri moved to allay any injury fears.”It was just cramp, he played a good game,” Allegri added. “These players know what it means to sacrifice.”I admire above all the spirit and professionalism of this team, as those who came off the bench even if only for a few minutes had the right attitude and determination to make a difference.”That’s what we need going forward this season.”last_img read more


October 27, 2019 0

Liam Neeson to shoot revenge thriller in Banff

first_imgAccording to Variety, Hard Powder will be directed by Norwegian filmmaker Hans Petter Moland.Neeson plays Nels, an “upright snowplow driver” whose son is murdered by a local drug kingpin.“Nels’ vengeance sparks a turf war between a Native American mafia boss and the Viking, a fastidious gangster who wears Tom Ford suits, is a vegan, drives a Tesla and murders people. This climaxes in a final showdown that leaves almost no one unscathed,” Variety reports.According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hard Powder will be an adaptation of Moland’s Norway-set thriller In Order of Disappearance.The film will be produced by Michael Shamberg, who worked on Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty, among others.BY ERIC VOLMERS Oscar nominated actor Liam Neeson will be shooting a revenge thriller in Banff this year.Variety reported that Neeson will star in the film Hard Powder, which is set in Colorado but will be shot partially in Alberta. Production is set to begin in March, although an Alberta film industry insider said filming may start in British Columbia before moving here.Half will be shot in British Columbia and half will be shot in Banff, the source confirmed. Advertisement Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

HEDLEY WERE ALLEGEDLY INVESTIGATED FOR DRUGGING UNDERAGE CONCERTGOER

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This week, long-running Canadian pop band Hedley have been ousted from the Junos and lost a number of contracts over allegations of sexual misconduct with fans as young as 14. In a statement, the band chalked up their behaviour to “a lifestyle that incorporated certain rock and roll clichés.” However, rumours of their alleged misdeeds go all the way back to their early days. A story has now resurfaced regarding an alleged police investigation that involved an underage concertgoer being found outside a Hedley concert in London, ON, who had been drugged and possibly raped in 2005.Rob Bazinet worked at London’s beloved all-ages venue the Embassy for 11 years, serving as its general manager until the venue burned down in 2009. At the time, Bazinet was so synonymous with the venue that he earned the nickname Embassy Rob. (He has since taken the surname Houde through marriage and now works as a licensed security officer.)Speaking on the phone with Exclaim!, Bazinet recalled vivid details about an unnerving Hedley performance at the Embassy when the group were first starting out. The show — which took place on September 18, 2005 (as confirmed by a Web Archive capture of the band’s official website) — was part of the band’s first cross-Canada tour after Jacob Hoggard took third place on Canadian Idol. At the time, the lineup for Hedley included Hoggard alongside guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Chris Crippin.“All day, they were jerks to everybody,” Bazinet recalls. “The way they treated women and fans and even the bar staff was horrendous.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more


October 15, 2019 0

Zimmer questions Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie in standing committee

first_imgMr. Zimmer: “Have you watched the testimony of Mr. Zack Massingham and Mr. Jeff Silvester as they appeared before our committee in Canada?”Mr. Wylie: “I have watched parts of it. I haven’t seen the entire thing.”Mr. Zimmer: “Is it your opinion that they were untruthful to our committee in watching that testimony?”Mr. Wylie: “My impression was that there were answers that felt obfuscated or, as has been discussed now, so fantastical that it is hard to believe.”“I am aware of projects where clients from one country would be interested in …the electoral results in another,” said Wylie when asked about foreign interests using personal data for political purposes. “My understanding is that SCL did participate where some of the funders would not be nationals or residents of the country that they were operating in.”When asked about the use of personal data for voter suppression, Wylie clarified that he was that he was referring to “targeting particular groups of people with messages that will disengage them or frustrate them or confuse them which ultimately will in some cases inhibit or demotivate them enough not to participate in an election.”Following the meeting, Zimmer said that his main concern is over how personal data can be used to manipulate the democratic process both in Canada and in other countries.“We accept that companies will use personal information to advertise to us. It is a completely different and more troubling concern that our information is being used to manipulate us and our democracy and we need to examine how we can prevent it from happening in Canada.” OTTAWA, O.N. — Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer, who is Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics, questioned former Cambridge Analytica employee Christopher Wylie after he testified to the committee today.Wylie is the man who blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged improper gathering of millions of Facebook users’ personal data. Wylie testified today as part of the committee’s study of the breach of personal information involving Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.Along with answering questions surrounding AggregateIQ executives Zack Massingham and Jeff Silvester, Wylie testified regarding how the improper use of personal data can threaten democracy. The following is an except from today’s Q&A session:last_img read more


October 13, 2019 0

WatchYour selfie in 3D This Toronto company lets you make a miniature

The company has partnered with George Romero to make a 3D model of the “Night of the Living Dead” director holding a severed zombie head. Fans can pay a premium price to have their own head in Romero’s hand.Another spinoff of the business promises to bring your pets back from the afterlife, even if they never have been in the photo booth.The company says it can take two-dimensional images of Sparky and painstakingly create a three-dimensional model that it can run through its printers.“Frankly, it’s one of the most emotional products I’ve ever sold,” Cory said.“People cry almost every single time when they open the box and look at their pet. It’s really amazing to see the reaction.”Cory wants to push the boundaries even further in the future.Selftraits is trying to get a portable version of the studio into various events, like trade shows and fundraisers. Another idea they’ve experimented with is making 3D images from CAT scans and MRIs.Cory said his hope is that one day he’ll convince Canadian rapper Drake to turn his heart into a 3D model.He stops for a moment and admits that might sound a little creepy.But the idea is kind of cool.The Canadian Press TORONTO — Holding a lifelike miniature version of yourself in the palm of your hand is a tad unsettling at first — but once the initial shock wears off, a strange fascination begins to set in.That’s the experience Selftraits, a Canadian 3D printing business, bets will trigger a swirl of enthusiasm around its “3D selfies” in the coming months.After years of giving a family portrait to grandma for Christmas, the Toronto-based company hopes more people will substitute their old traditions with a pocket-sized figurine that fits as nicely on a fireplace mantle as it does atop a wedding cake.“The key here is capturing a moment in time and a memory,” said Steve Cory, the founder of Selftraits.“These little figurines are going to capture exactly who you are.”THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young He readily admits the whole idea appeals directly to people who are willing to entertain their narcissistic side. But it also attracts the curious who have sauntered into the company’s storefront in downtown Toronto.Some of them walk inside with their jaws dropped as they stare at realistic models of past customers on display throughout the showroom.If they’re brave enough, the onlookers can step inside the Selftraits photo booth at the back of the store themselves, strike a few poses and put their own 3D model into production.The process begins with the tent-like booth where 135 synchronized Canon Rebel T3i cameras capture the subject from every angle. Selftraits’ staff encourage action shots, like a kick or a jump, which bring another level of showmanship to the 3D image.“A lot of people bring props and costumes and try to do something really interesting,” Cory said.Frankly, it’s one of the most emotional products I’ve ever soldMany customers have gone further with their imaginations.One man brought his dog into a shoot and then had the staff digitally swap their heads with each other.Another surprised his girlfriend by popping the question while the cameras snapped images of his proposal. A multi-stage figurine of that moment now sits on display at the company’s headquarters.The figurines are assembled in a 3D printer, building layer upon layer of the image as it swipes back and forth through a bed of gypsum powder.Prices start at $120 for a five-inch, full-colour model and can climb well above a thousand dollars, depending on size and complexity.How this startup is using smartphones and 3D printers to ease foot painHow two entrepreneurs hope to push 3-D printers into homes and schoolsSelftraits is just one of several companies that have made a foray into the “3D selfie” business in Canada.It is the sister company of Objex Unlimited, a 3D printing business on the outskirts of Toronto that Corey started after reading an article on the breakthrough printing technology in the Economist nearly five years ago.“I couldn’t believe the possibilities,” he said.With a background in mathematics, and no training in design, Cory decided to dive into the world of 3D scanners and printers while it was still in its infancy.He still sells printers and runs a business that handles industrial orders for 3D plastics, but with Selftraits he hopes to resonate with the average person looking to have fun with the technology.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more


October 8, 2019 0

Sri Lankan delegation holds talks with EU Commissioner

A Sri Lankan delegation had talks with EU Commissioner Christos Stylanides in Brussels.The delegation included Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana and Deputy Minister of Policy Planning and Economic Development Dr. Harsha de Silva. The Foreign Minister conveyed appreciation to the European Union for restoration of the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka. It was noted that as the EU is Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner with an annual trade turnover of over USD 5 billion and that the GSP+ facility would provide for a significant increase in Sri Lanka’s exports to the EU market. At the meeting the European Commission announced that an additional sum of Euro 40 million will be allocated shortly for trade facilitation and to support Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts.The EU High Representative and Commissioner Stylianides welcomed the significant improvements that have taken place in Sri Lanka since the election of the new Government and expressed their confidence in the ability of the Government to continue to honour commitments arising from GSP+ requirements despite the apparent slow progress in some areas of concern. Foreign Minister Marapana exchanged views on areas of mutual concern related to improving human rights standards through reform of legislation to bring it in line with international standards and the implementation of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka.Foreign Minister Marapana reiterated that since the election of the present Government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe that a bipartisan approach is being taken by the two major political parties to address issues of national importance and that new mechanisms have been introduced in Parliament to have wider consultations with all political parties on bringing about reforms.He stated that this process takes more time but the Government is firmly committed to respecting human rights and making progress in the implementation of its international obligations. Foreign Minister Marapana explained to the EU High Representative and Commissioner Stylianides progress being made on constitutional reforms. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said that the Sri Lankan delegation also held discussions with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. “Had a series of very successful meetings with Senior EU officials. Here with Minister Thilak Marapana and officials with Christos Stylanides EU Commissioner,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said in a Facebook post. Discussion also took place on the new security challenges, particularly global terrorism and the need for closer cooperation between Sri Lanka and the EU in this area. The Foreign Minister also discussed regional bilateral issues. The EU leaders emphasized that the Indian Ocean region was an area of particular priority to the EU. (Colombo Gazette) read more


October 8, 2019 0

McDonalds has finally cooked up a Beyond Meat burger — and Ontario

More than a year ago, A&W Canada stirred up interest in plant-based products after the launch of its own Beyond Meat sandwich — a major milestone for Beyond Meat, which until that point had yet to launch with a large fast-food chain. Since then, Beyond Meat has vaulted the meat substitute industry into the global spotlight, with its explosive stock market debut and a series of product launches with major chains.McDonald’s wouldn’t say how long it’s been working on developing the patty with the Los Angeles-based company. In recent months, the absence of a plant-based option on the McDonald’s menu was starting to raise eyebrows, since a slew of competing fast-food chains — A&W, Burger King, even Tim Hortons — had experimented with versions of their own.“I guess I’m curious,” JP Morgan analyst Ken Goldman said on a call with Beyond Meat’s executives following the company’s quarterly report in July.“Does it surprise you at this point — with so much evidence that consumers are willing to pay for this … that at least one of those huge (quick-service restaurants) is still on the sideline?”Beyond Meat’s chief financial officer, Mark Nelson, stuck up for the unnamed fast-food giant.“I do think it’s a function of just the size and complexity of some of the largest, most global QSRs out there,” he said. “It’s going to take some time to figure out how to integrate into their menu in their operations.”Michael Gonda, McDonald’s vice president of global communications, told the Financial Post that the menu team worked with the Beyond Meat team to develop the patty recipe, with seasoning that delivered a “very iconic taste.”“That takes a tremendous amount of effort, to create something with specialness,” he said. “We’ve created something that’s exclusively by us and for us. And that takes a lot of time.”The Beyond Meat patties will each be cooked 120 seconds on the restaurants’ clamshell grills — the same grills McDonald’s uses to grill beef burgers, chicken and eggs.We’ve created something that’s exclusively by us and for us. And that takes a lot of timeMichael Gonda, McDonald’s vice president of global communicationsGonda said McDonald’s is being intentionally transparent about that fact during the test, to elicit feedback and get a sense of whether it will impact the sandwich’s appeal to vegetarians.“That’s a lot of what this test allows us to understand,” he said.The burger will be sold in London, Aylmer, Exeter, Ingersoll, Sarnia, St. Thomas, Strathroy, Tillsonburg and Woodstock. McDonald’s said it didn’t have plans for a larger rollout, since that will be dependent on the results of the Southwestern Ontario test. McDonald’s Inc. is preparing to launch a Beyond Meat sandwich and it will conduct its first global test of the landmark offering in a patch of cities and towns in Southwestern Ontario.The announcement, expected Thursday morning, ends months of speculation as to when the iconic fast-food giant would join the plant-based bandwagon.McDonald’s is calling the product a PLT — plant, lettuce and tomato — a play on the BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich) although the PLT will also include two pickles, slivered onions, cheese, mustard, ketchup, “mayo-style sauce” and the same bun used for Quarter Pounder burgers. It will cost a little more than a Quarter Pounder at $6.49 plus tax.The burger will be available for 12 weeks, in 28 stores in and around London, Ont., starting on Sept. 30.Related Peter J Thompson Jeff Anderson, culinary innovation senior manager at McDonald’s Canada shows the new PLT veggie burger at the companies head offices in Toronto. Tim Hortons pulling Beyond Meat products from all provinces but two McDonald’s gets closer to automated drive-thru with purchase of tech startup Beyond Meat is testing plant-based ‘chicken’ wings and nuggets at a KFC in Atlanta Plans for the launch have been shrouded in secrecy.During a preview presentation for the Financial Post at McDonald’s Canadian office in Toronto earlier this month, the test kitchen — which operates as a functioning McDonald’s restaurant for the 363 staff at the Canadian office — was closed while Jeff Anderson, a senior manager in culinary innovation known around the Toronto headquarters as Chef Jeff, prepared PLTs.Many employees at the office still didn’t know about the new product, and the few who did were worried about leaks.“It’s a pretty tight group,” said Michaela Charette, head of consumer insights for McDonald’s Canada.A diagram of the PLT, taped up in the test kitchen, was labeled “Project Dune Ops Test” but was later removed by a staff member.McDonald’s officials would not explain the code name.The sandwich was developed at McDonald’s global headquarters in Chicago, with the Canadian operation only responsible for the rolling out the test in the London, Ont., region.Head office picked Southwestern Ontario because it more or less looks like a North American every town — or in the parlance of one McDonald’s spokesman, because it has “geographic and representative spreads that we can take and measure against other demographics.”Charette added that other draws were the Canadian market’s diversity, and its familiarity with plant-based products. read more


October 7, 2019 0

Pipeline battle could set tone for future government aboriginal relations

VANCOUVER – First Nations fighting to block the Northern Gateway pipeline project say a long-awaited court hearing that began Thursday will set the tone for aboriginal relations with the next federal government.Eight indigenous bands, four environmental groups and a labour union are in Vancouver’s Federal Court of Appeal trying to overturn the government’s approval of the $7-billion plan to ship diluted bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to British Columbia’s coast.Speaking just before the start of the appeal, Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs president Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said Stephen Harper’s government has demonized First Nations on the issue of resource development.“Our people have reached a breaking point, there’s no question about that,” he said.“I absolutely pray that we elect a national government that has a better national vision for this country, that’s more inclusive and more respectful of what the indigenous peoples are attempting to tell this country.”The bands argue the Joint Review Panel, an independent body mandated by the National Energy Board and federal environment minister, failed to adequately consider environmental threats or consult with First Nations.Acting on the panel’s recommendation, the government approved the project in June 2014 with 209 conditions, including the development of plans for caribou habitat restoration, for marine mammal protection and for oil spill modelling.Jennifer Griffith, a lawyer for the Haisla Nation, told the three-judge panel that the proposed pipeline route — running parallel with the Kitimat River to a terminal in Kitimat in B.C.’s North Coast region — puts the nation at serious risk of a spill.“The importance of the Kitimat River to the Haisla Nation cannot be denied,” she said. “It is demonstrated by the decades of effort Haisla has put into ending the pollution of the river.”Griffith said the government has accepted in court documents that it has a duty to consult with First Nations, but didn’t provide the “deep consultation” with all aboriginal applicants as it claimed.“In order to be meaningful, consultation cannot be postponed to the last stage of decision-making. Consultation that excludes accommodation from the outset is not meaningful, and consultation cannot be merely an opportunity to blow off steam.”Lisa Fong, representing the Kitasoo Xai’Xais and Heiltsuk Nations, outlined “missing information” that the Joint Review Panel should have produced as part of a meaningful consultation.She said the panel did not require Northern Gateway to provide detailed models showing how a tanker spill would affect the nations’ waterways on B.C.’s central coast.A lawyer for the Haida Nation, whose traditional territories encompass the remote Haida Gwaii archipelago, told court the government’s approval of the project may violate reconciliation agreements.Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson said the agreements, negotiated by the Haida with Canada and B.C. over decades, created collaborative management of the land and marine environment.“At issue in this judicial review is whether Crown commitments to reconciliation with the Haida Nation will be reduced to mere puffery, an exercise in public relations lacking substantive content.”Haida Nation council president Peter Lantin said outside court that the government had jeopardized years of work towards building a strong relationship. He criticized the panel’s environmental assessment.“Haida Gwaii is a unique ecosystem. It’s a beautiful place on earth that deserves protecting.”Some First Nations leaders vowed to stop the pipelines regardless of the outcome of the hearing, which is expected to conclude Oct. 8.“We’re asking the court to side with us, but under no circumstances will that project ever be allowed in Nak’azdli territory,” said Pete Erickson, a hereditary chief with the Nak’azdli Nation.“I’m not leaving this fight for my children.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter. by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 9:56 am MDT Last Updated Oct 2, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Cheryl Bear, left, a councillor with the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, and Hereditary Chief Pete Erickson, of the Nak’azdli First Nation, listen during a news conference about the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline in Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday, October 1, 2015. Multiple legal challenges aimed at overturning the federal government’s approval of the pipeline project began being heard Thursday at the Federal Court of Appeal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck Pipeline battle could set tone for future government, aboriginal relations read more


October 3, 2019 0

Public generosity not helping city beggars says official who claims they earn

While just three years prior Simon Wright made headlines when he was banned from begging in London after magistrates heard he was earning up to £52,000-a-year begging in Putney.Wimbledon Magistrates Court heard Wright positioned himself outside a Natwest branch in the High Street with a hand-written sign that read “homeless and hungry” before returning each night to his £300,000 property in nearby Fulham.Ms Pike said it was important to distinguish between street beggars and individuals who are genuinely homeless.She said: “There are two pools of thinking, people tend to think people who beg and rough sleepers are all part of the same group, there is no middle ground and there needs to be. We need to be able to separate that.”The remarks were echoed by housing charities which stressed street beggars may not necessarily be rough sleepers.A spokesman for Framework said: “Most of the people we see begging are not homeless and do have somewhere to stay – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have serious problems in their lives or that they don’t need or deserve help.” Beggars in a major English city are receiving as much as £45,000 a year, a council official has claimed.Vagrants populating the streets in Nottingham are raking in huge amounts of cash including single donations of up to £100 by revellers while on nights out in the city centre.Nottingham City Councillors heard the scale of illegal begging had swelled this summer because of the warm weather, adding the problem had become “mind-blowing”.Kim Pike, the council’s rough sleeping co-ordinator, said despite the generosity shown to some rough sleepers the cash is not enough to break the cycle of homelessness and warned donations could prove harmful.She said: “People do give a lot of money and it’s dangerous.”I’ve been speaking to people on the streets and they have been earning £45,000 per year, but they have nothing to show for it. That amount of money could kill them.”She added: “It’s £2 for a bag of mamba. If people give even £3 for a meal deal, how do they know it’s going to go on that?”In 2016, an unnamed man was reported to be earning just £12,000 less per year than the prime minister through begging in Wolverhampton. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more


September 25, 2019 0

Apple may replace laptop hinges with an interlocking flexible metal sheet

first_imgApple has always strived to make its devices as thin as possible, with the MacBook range being a key example of that. But there are limits to just how thin a device can go based on how small you can make the key parts of a design.On a laptop, one of those key parts is the hinge that allows the upper section to be opened and set at angle for comfortable screen viewing. It is thought Apple has reached the limits of how small they can make the hinges as their design hasn’t changed much for several generations of hardware. So Apple looks to be doing the only thing it can: replacing the hinges completely with a radical new design.That’s the theory anyway, but this new design only exists in patent form at the moment. Patent application number 20130216740 carries the title “Interlocking flexible segments formed from a rigid material.” It describes a single sheet of interlocking sections of a material such as metal (although it could be plastic) that remain flexible and strong while allowing rotation through a number of angles.Such a design would be strong enough to hold the two sections of a laptop together, as well as allowing the display to be opened and positioned as you’d expect, while at the same time being significantly thinner than a traditional hinge design.As the images here show, it would have a big impact on the way a MacBook Air or Pro looks, especially from behind. But it would allow Apple to make their laptops even thinner than they are today. There’s also applications suggested for flexible headphones and even a modified Smart Cover could be made using this design.A patent is just a sign that Apple is thinking about different solutions and not definitive proof this is going to happen. However, if this works then I can’t see why they wouldn’t use it.last_img read more


September 21, 2019 0

Using drones and facial recognition to keep cows healthier

first_img Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Tags The autonomous drone project we saw is still years from being completed, but when it is, it will be a proof of concept for improving efficiency on the farm and lightening the physical work of small-herd farmers. “The hope is that someday the technology we’re developing in this project could actually be commercialized and used by small-herd cattle producers in the state of Kentucky, the United States in general and possibly across the world,” said Hoagg.   cattle-drones-44Cattle at the Animal Research Center graze while the team sets up for drone testing.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Automation, facial recognition and machine learning are all hot-button phrases tossed around in tech today. More often than not, in stories and editorials about the scary side of surveillance. Taking a trip to this Kentucky research farm reminded me that tech can be used to improve our existing industries and support responsible beef production.  Settings Comments Putting facial recognition out to pasture: Drones on the farmby Molly Price04:31Replay videoLarge play-pause togglePutting facial recognition out to pasture: Drones on the farm reading • Drones on the farm: Using facial recognition to keep cows healthy See All 14 Photos Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart Home Drones Random • When I picture drone-filled scenes of daily life in our not-so-distant future, my mind drifts to ultra-modern city centers and modern suburbs with autonomous delivery. I don’t think about farms. At least I didn’t until I visited one research project at the University of Kentucky.  Technology for farming in rural America is a very important piece of our future puzzle, and together a team of professors and student researchers are working to build an automated drone system that can monitor cattle health in the pasture.The motivation for the project is backed by some pretty sobering stats. According to the team’s research, 2.5 million US cattle die every year from health issues, accounting for 60% of the cattle losses. Compare that to 220,000 lost to predators or other accidents and the stats make a strong case for paying more attention to cattle health. A test drone gets ready to fly out into pasture at the Animal Research Center.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET The type of cattle the team is hoping to monitor are cattle in beef production, a major industry across the U.S. and a significant export. According to the North American Meat Institute, beef exports reached a record $7.27 billion in 2017, a year when the USDA reports American meat companies produced 26.3 billion pounds of beef. Those individual cows are valued around $550, but their worth can go even higher, depending on factors like age, weight, quality and market demand.These cattle graze for extended periods of time out in the field, making it harder for farmers to check each one’s wellness on a regular basis. If farmers had a way to remotely and autonomously check on the location and health of each cow, they can address cattle health and safety issues much sooner.That’s where the drones or unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) come in. The goal of the system is to identify each cow, locate it in a pasture and measure vital health information like weight, size, facial features and physical activity.  The autonomous UAV system in development at UK could potentially locate, recognize and monitor each cow. The project, funded under a grant from the USDA, began in February 2018 and is slated to continue through February 2021. cattle-drones-11Inside the drone test flight lab, student researchers fly drones around a model cow.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Automating dronesHere’s how the multi-UAV system works. An observer drone hovers 90-270 feet above the herd. This drone uses downward-facing stereo cameras to track motion. It determines the location and orientation of the cattle. Three worker drones take the location information provided by the observer drone and use it to track a specific cow. The worker drones then perform the health monitoring tasks. To test autonomous drones in synchronized flight, the team set up a test flight center in a basement lab of the mechanical engineering building. Here, tall ceilings allow cameras perched atop the walls to act as the observer drone, using retroreflective markers to triangulate the position of the drones and cow in the space.Software run by a nearby computer takes that information and gives the worker drones coordinates and flight instructions relative to where the cow is. There are no real cows in the lab, but there is a cow model. His name is Chuck. cattle-drones-16Chuck and a worker drone lock eyes during a test flight.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Zack Lippay is the Ph.D. student working leading these drone test flights. A team of students man each drone as a safety precaution, but the automation is doing nearly all the work. During our visit, we watched the drone controller tap just a few keys into the computer program and the drones took off, circled and landed around Chuck, while he was moved by a pulley system to simulate a live cow’s movement.”We’re trying to prove that this method is safe before we take it outside and work with real cattle,” said Lippay. “Everything is completely autonomous, but we have a fail-safe where pilots can take over if things get a little unstable.”The drones Zach and his teammates are using are 3DR Solo drones modified with Raspberry Pi, a small low-cost computer board, and a dongle that adds wireless connectivity so they can communicate with each other. A software program the team has customized tells the drones when to execute maneuvers for takeoff, hover, home and land. cattle-drones-39Zach Lippay watches drone flights at the Animal Research Center. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Some day the drone models might be upgraded to something a bit more sophisticated, but these off-the-shelf models are getting the job done in this first phase of testing. Moo for the cameraPerfecting automated drone flight is just one piece of the cow-monitoring puzzle. The challenge is teaching the drones which cow is which. That’s where machine learning and facial recognition software comes into play. The team needs to train the software to recognize the size, shape and colors of a cow, then it will need to learn each cow’s face specifically. To do this, they need to build 3D models from real images of cows. Michael Sama, associate professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, and Ruigang Yang, professor of computer science, are leading this part of the project.”What we’re trying to do is figure out if we can take less images and get the same model out of it.” said Sama. “From that we can calculate the cow’s volume and ultimately estimate its body mass.”cattle-drones-18Michael Sama works on gathering images to create a 3D model for cow recognition software.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET That means collecting the right dataset of images to teach the software what a cow should look like. How do you take a 360-degree image of a cow? I’m so glad you asked. Deep in the bowels of the agriculture building, the team has built what amounts to a cow photo booth. It’s a standard cattle pen, but covered with 40 cameras evenly spaced around it. The team is thinking of doubling the number of cameras to get even better angles. The idea is that a cow would be led into the pen, and each camera would simultaneously capture an image, creating a set of photos from 40+ angles to create a 3D cow model the software can use to learn what to look for in the field. This is the part of the project that might eventually lead to facial recognition. The photo booth hasn’t been tested with real cows yet, but because the cameras work so quickly, they think it could capture 360-degree images of up to 50 cows per day. cattle-drones-20The cow photo pen includes 40 cameras to take simultaneous images of a cow from all angles.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Flying on the farmBefore the team can take the test drones and pen prototype out into the field, they need to be sure there won’t be any adverse effects or stresses on the cattle. If the drones raise the cows’ heart rates, that data won’t give an accurate picture of the cow’s everyday health.To test how the cows react to the drone flights, the team manually flies drones on the university’s Animal Research Center, a farm in nearby Versailles, Kentucky, where real cattle are kept as part of the beef production research center. Josh Jackson, Assistant Extension Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, leads this part of the project. He’s the resident expert in handle livestock and monitoring vitals. “We’re actually trying to quantify the behavioral and physiological changes,” said Jackson. “If we want to use [UAVs] as a monitoring device, how does it affect them? Is it positive, negative or neutral?”center_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house AutoplayOnOff00:0004:31 Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected x CNET Smart Home Share your voice The current health monitoring the team is using to gather information on the herd is a cow-sized heart rate monitoring strap, much like what a human athlete uses in training. In fact, the model Josh and his team use are made by Polar, a well-known heart rate monitor manufacturer in the human fitness industry. Each heart-rate monitor and GPS locator are connected to the cow’s personal email and mobile device. Yes, these cows have phones. Each phone and e-mail is numbered to match the cow it’s monitoring, and the cow carries all those devices in a special collar. Josh says systems like these are expensive and difficult to manage. A team of drones could do better.20190808-151908-01-1The current pack of health monitoring gear cows at the ARC wear for gathering data. Molly Price/CNET The drone and cattle action happening on the farm currently is to determine how stressful this process might be for cattle. The team needs to be sure that the herd can tolerate drones flying around them. For three days a week, the team performs five, 5-10 minute test flights per day, giving the cattle four days of rest. “One of the key things about using UAVs around animals for health monitoring is we have to understand how close we can get to them and how we can maneuver around them in order to prevent any adverse effects,” said Jesse Hoagg, Donald and Gertrude Lester Professor of Mechanical Engineering and lead researcher on the project. So far, there haven’t been any notable reactions from the cows. Heart rates among the herds circled by drones don’t increase or show signs of stress (a normal cow heart rate is around 70 bpm). Interestingly enough, during our visit to the farm, the cows were much more spooked by our approaching camera crew than the four drones buzzing loudly overhead. cattle-drones-40The observer drone takes off.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET I asked Dr. Steven Thomson, a National Program Leader with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture about significance of UK’s USDA-funded project. “This effort is one of the first to rapidly monitor the health of a livestock herd,” said Thomson. “Unmanned aerial imaging systems have the benefit of monitoring large areas of livestock, much like they already do for monitoring crop health. This practice is a cost-effective way to monitor key livestock health indicators using sensors and imaging.”While this project doesn’t address other concerns around cattle farming, like methane and its impact on climate change, Jesse and Michael are working on an National Science Foundation-funded project that uses UAVs to measure chemical concentrations in the atmospheric boundary layer and predict their dispersion. Measuring methane dispersion is one possible application of that project.  8 CNET Smart Home Facial recognition for cows: Drones on the farm Drones Facial recognitionlast_img read more


September 10, 2019 0

Black lives matter NYPD fires cop blamed for AfricanAmericans

first_imgNEW YORK: The New York Police Department (NYPD) has announced the firing of an officer for his role in the 2014 death of an African-American man, an incident that led to massive protests against police brutality. “It’s an extremely difficult decision,” Efe news quoted NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill as saying in a press conference on Monday. “If I was still a cop, I’d probably be mad at me.” Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “I can tell you that had I been in Officer Daniel Pantaleo’s situation, I may have made similar mistakes. But none of us can take back our decisions, particularly when they result in the death of another human being,” O’Neill said. The commissioner said that he was persuaded by the findings of an NYPD internal review and that Pantaleo “can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer”. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us Deputy Commissioner Rosemarie Maldonado, who acted as judge in the NYPD disciplinary trial, recommended that Pantaleo should be dismissed for using a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner, the African-American man, and subsequently lying to investigators about his conduct during the confrontation. Pantaleo, restricted to office duty since the July 17, 2014, incident, was suspended following the departmental trial. Advertise With Us Garner, 43, who was overweight and asthmatic, died after Pantaleo placed an arm against his neck while trying to arrest him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. The episode, filmed by a passerby, sparked protests and anger in the city, which has witnessed a succession of cases where people, usually minorities, suffered death or injury at the hands of the NYPD. Garner can be heard on the recording telling Pantaleo, who is white, and the other officers: “I can’t breathe,” and that phrase became a theme of demonstrations against police violence across the US. Garner’s family, who four years ago accepted a $5.9 million settlement from the city, have long called for Pantaleo’s firing and welcomed Monday’s announcement by O’Neill. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also expressed satisfaction over Pantaleo’s dismissal.last_img read more


September 6, 2019 0

Meet Volleyballs Aiko Jones

first_imgStory Links This week’s spotlight is on University of Louisville redshirt-freshman Aiko Jones, who will be putting on her Louisville jersey for the first time this weekend when the No. 25-ranked Cardinals take on No. 10-ranked Florida on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:00 in the L&N Federal Credit Union Arena. Aiko, which rhymes with Geico like the insurance company, was born Avielle Jones in Kingston, Jamaica. The 6-2 right side hitter is a member of the Jamaica National Senior Team. She played as a starting setter/right side in the Caribbean Volleyball Championships in July of 2017 in Jamaica.  She played as a starting right side hitter and setter in the third round of the World Championships Qualifier in the Dominican Republic. Her high school is the Wolmer’s School, where she was coached by O’Neil Ebanks. Wolmer’s has won 23 national titles in the last 27 years and she served as captain for the last three.  She was the National MVP in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018 as well as being named the National Best Server in 2017.  Strong at the net, she was Jamaica’s National Best Attacker in 2015 and 2016 and the National Best Blocker in 2014 and 2015.  The biology major was the National Best Attacker in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as being the National Best Blocker in 2014 and 2015.  In addition she was named National Best Defender in 2018. She earned the 2016 Rising Star Award for the University of the West Indies Mona Volleyball Club with Coach O’Neil Ebanks and Ricardo Chong. Clilck on the arrow to watch Aiko Jones talk about her journey from Jamaica to the Ville. More About AikoPost college ambition: To play professionally in EuropePerson with greatest influence on her athletic career: Her dadAthlete: Omar McLeodWhat impresses her most about Coach Dani Busboom Kelly: She gives time towards getting to know a little about everyone on the team as an individual.Biggest obstacle: Self-doubtHobbies: Photography, snorkeling, scuba diving, dancingMovies: Free Willy, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Black PantherTV Show: NCISMusical group: The Jackson 5Place to visit: Her grandmother’s houseFood: Escoveith fish, jerk pork, salmonClass: LunchBook: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishMovie quote: “Greater good? I am your wife! I am the greatest good you’re ever going to get.” – The IncrediblesTeam: Manchester United Football ClubPerson she’d most like to meet: Barack ObamaWords that describe her: Determined, hard-workingBest advice: “Let your light so shine before men, that he may see your good works and give glory to your Father, who is in heaven”  — Matthew 5:16What people don’t know about her: She is the “mom” of every group of friends she hasWhy she UofL: chose “The atmosphere that surrounds the student athletes here is very inviting with support from all angles: coaches, trainers, nutritionists, academic advisors, professors, and marketing. The whole city is like a huge extended family.” If she won the lottery, she would used the money for: Charity and buying her parents their dream house.Three favorite warm-up songs are: “We Still a Win” by Popcaan, Strong Will Continue by Nas and Jr Gong and Lebeh, Lebeh by Ding Dong.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Wii Us voice chat setup verges on the ridiculous

first_imgAnyone who was hoping to use voice chat on their Wii U might be in for a little shock. Yes, it’s possible to chat with other gamers using your Wii U, but it’s only available on certain games, which seems to rule out the possibility of cross-game chat, and the set up is overly complicated to the point of being ridiculous.In-game voice chat will be supported in certain games such as Mass Effect 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III. All these games support in-game voice chat on the Xbox 360 and PS3 too, plus they have online modes that would benefit from headset use. But here’s the catch — the Wii U’s GamePad controller does have a mic and speakers, but these are not compatible with in-game voice chat. Instead, gamers must buy a headset to plug into the headphone jack on the GamePad. There’s no official headset accessory for the Wii U (yet) so Nintendo recommends buying a licensed one from either Mad Catz or Turtle Beach.It gets worse, though. If you want to use your Wii U Pro Controller to play one of the games mentioned above, there’s no headphone jack connection on the Pro Controller. So even if you’re not using the GamePad, you are going to need it if you want to use voice chat. Worst of all, every single headset for the Wii U is wired, despite the console having Bluetooth, so gamers must have the GamePad on their lap or nearby in order to be able to wear a headset.All headsets designed to work with the Wii U have been made to work with the GamePad and not the console itself, which is a major oversight in my opinion. A wireless headset would also help matters.It’s unclear whether Nintendo will work to solve these problems, but many gamers will feel it must to compete with the Xbox 360 and PS3 and be taken seriously as a console. Hopefully we will see a solution to this ridiculous set up soon.via Kotakulast_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

Xbox One has mandatory game installs additional charge for disc reuse

first_imgBack in March, the Xbox One XDK suggested that game installs on the new console were mandatory and the game disc would not be used during play. It turns out that was, for the most part, true.Microsoft has confirmed that every game you want to play on the Xbox One needs to be installed on the hard drive first. Microsoft states that the benefit of this for the gamer is the lack of a need to keep the game disc inserted when you want to play. However, there’s a flip side to that–playing that copy of the game will be limited to just one Xbox Live account.If you want to use the same game disc with another Xbox Live account, you’ll have to pay an additional charge. While this doesn’t entirely confirm that the Xbox One will require you to pay extra if you purchase a used game, it’s certainly going to limit that market.A lot depends on whether there’s a way to unlink the game from your Xbox One once you are finished playing. If you can’t, then selling the game used would mean the buyer pays you for the disc, but then also has to pay Microsoft another fee to get the game to install. Alternatively, the ability to unlink the disc may allow a sale, but Microsoft will probably attempt to collect the additional fee on reinstall anyway.It seems likely Microsoft will want to keep things simple by making selling a game a complicated affair. And even if it is relatively simple, Microsoft will make money from every used game sale on the Xbox One due to this additional charge for installs.Microsoft will surely get asked repeatedly about the installation feature in the coming days, so hopefully we’ll get a definitive answer from them as to how it will work. What’s surprising is that the Xbox One only has a 500GB hard drive, meaning you’ll be quite limited on how many games you can have installed at any one time unless there’s support for external hard drives.last_img read more


September 1, 2019 0

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first_imgTechnology | June 07, 2011 New Cloud-Based Zero-Footprint Exam-Browser News | Enterprise Imaging | June 27, 2019 Ambra Health Announces Integration With Box Ambra Health announced an integration with Box to enable the sharing of medical imaging directly from within Box’s… read more News | PACS | May 22, 2019 Brazil’s Santa Casa Hospital System Chooses Carestream for Unified Diagnostic Workflow Santa Casa de Misericordia has selected Carestream to replace its legacy diagnostic workflow technology across all… read more June 7, 2011 – CoActiv introduced Exam-Browser, a cloud-based, zero-footprint, universal clinical viewer that enables anywhere, anytime review of medical images and reports. With the new Exam-Browser, CoActiv hospital and imaging center clients storing images in CoActiv’s vendor-neutral Exam Vault cloud-based archive can enable users to view and manipulate exams with speed from virtually any browser-enabled computer or mobile device, anywhere in the world, quickly and securely. This includes Windows, Linux and Mac PCs as well as most Smartphones and tablets, including the iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phones, HP Slate, Motorola Xoom, T-Mobile Slate, CoActiv Exam-Pad, Samsung Galaxy, Blackberry Torch and more. The system operates using wired, Wi-Fi or 3G/4G mobile Internet connectivity. Exam-Browser can easily support multiple simultaneous users in different locations for true real-time interactive virtual consultation and collaborations. It is also a full-function, flexible and easy-to-use tool for interactive image viewing by referring physicians.The new CoActiv browser supports a full range of modalities and image formats including 2-D, multi-planar reformatting (MPR), 3-D and even echocardiology with full cine. It allows comprehensive image manipulation with window/level, zoom, pan, rotate and more in either single or multiple window formats. Utilizing CoActiv’s super-computing cloud servers, the system formats images remotely and streams them quickly to users wherever located. The power of the local device is no longer a significant limiting factor on the speed of medical image processing. Now, for the first time even on a slow PC or mobile device, instant 3-D reconstructions of CT exams with hundreds of images can be performed in mere seconds.Also for the first time, with Exam-Browser’s collaborative capabilities, radiologists, referring physicians and even patients can simultaneously view and discuss images together in real time. Physicians can easily zoom into areas of interest on X-ray exams, scroll through computed tomography (CT) slices with speed and even flip and rotate 3-D images. All collaborating participants can independently utilize their mouse on a PC or their fingers on a mobile device to point to and highlight areas of interest and manipulate and annotate images using a broad range of tools. The system is fully HIPAA-compliant and secure. It requires no local software installation for operation, even for advanced functionalities. All image views can be bookmarked and saved back to the CoActiv Quad-Redundant Archive.Exam-Browser log-in is simple. Registered, authorized users click a link and input a username and password. When the application opens, it presents an easily searchable list of all studies available to that user. This exam list can be filtered and sorted by patient name, date, modality, description and more. To maximize speed and image clarity, the browser-based application automatically optimizes for available bandwidth and network latency. For day-to-day communications with referring physicians, hospitals and imaging centers can now offer a customized internet portal accessible from virtually anywhere via PC or mobile device. Patients can also be enabled to view their images in collaboration with a radiologist, referring physician or both simultaneously. For more information: www.coactiv.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Remote Viewing Systems | June 04, 2019 Client Outlook’s eUnity Smartviewer Selected by Duke University Health System Client Outlook Inc. announced that Duke University Health System has implemented eUnity for enterprise viewing… read more News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | PACS | June 07, 2019 PaxeraHealth Wins Four New PACS Projects in Chile Picture archiving and communication system/radiology information system (PACS/RIS) developer PaxeraHealth has won four… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | May 01, 2019 University of Toronto Partners With IMS for Emergency Radiology Simulation International Medical Solutions (IMS) and the University of Toronto Department of Medical Imaging have signed a… read more News | Information Technology | June 25, 2019 Barco Launches Smart Solution for Remote Radiology Reading Barco’s new remote radiology reading solution ensures dependable imaging when radiologists are working outside the ho read more Related Content News | Enterprise Imaging | April 15, 2019 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Implements Change Healthcare Enterprise Imaging Change Healthcare successfully implemented its Radiology PACS (picture archiving and communication system), Image… read more News | Remote Viewing Systems | July 16, 2019 Anatomage Releases Anatomage Cloud Platform Anatomage Inc. released an update to the Anatomage Cloud platform that allows medical and dental professionals to… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | April 08, 2019 Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital Selects Novarad for Enterprise Imaging Management Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital (CCUH) recently selected Novarad to provide its facility with the Ncompass Enterprise… read morelast_img read more


August 27, 2019 0

Troops pack up gear to ship out of Afghanistan

first_img Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist There, inside a giant white tent, soldiers unload boxes filled with everything from rubber O-rings and speedometers for military vehicles to paper plates and bags of grommets.“It’s like you opened your garage and you hadn’t cleaned it out in a couple years,” said Lt. Col. Michelle Letcher, commander of the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. “We are busy now. We came in July and now we are really ready for people to start pushing the stuff through.”Every item needs to be checked for dirt, bugs, mold and anything else that would prevent it from passing customs inspections in the U.S. or other nations where it’s headed. Each has an identification number that’s jotted on a pad, then entered into a computer that tells the military what it is and where it’s needed. A printer spits out a shipping label, and the item is readied for its journey back to the U.S. or elsewhere.A few days earlier, the soldiers at the tent opened a box arriving from the battlefield and found Louisville Slugger baseball bats.They decided to keep one, and when they need a break from their tedious work, they go outside the tent and bat stones into the yard. “They are part of the 23,000 soldier off-ramp,” said Lt. Col. Stanley J. Sliwinski, Jr., who assumed command of 401st Army Field Support Brigade in Kandahar in July and was waiting for the convoy when it arrived. “Most of these soldiers will turn in their equipment tonight and they will fly home within the next three days.”Home, that is, after about three weeks at Fort Bragg.When Randle, 20, returns to Clarksville, Tennessee, he will climb behind the wheel of a black sports sedan he’s buying from the family of an American service member who was killed in Afghanistan. “It was his car, a Mazda 6, black,” Randle said, standing under a three-quarters moon.One of Randle’s fellow soldiers at the equipment yard, Army Capt. Matthew Cahill, said they would offload about $18 million worth of equipment.“I’m glad to get rid of it. It’s a lot of stuff _ a lot of stuff to keep accountable for. It’s nice to finally start making the process back home,” Cahill said.The troops spent hours turning in their equipment and chatting about going home.Cahill, 31, has a daughter turning 1 this month back home in Newburyport, Massachusetts. “I was at home when she was born,” he said. “Now, she’s standing up on her own so I got to get back.” Pvt. Kevin Patterson, 21, of Carson City, Nevada, was craving his grandmother’s “famous tacos.”He was also happy to be alive.“Every night when you go to bed and you’re in one piece, you think `Thank God, I’m still here,’” Patterson said. “And when you finish and when you’re on your way home like this, you think `It’s amazing. I made it through.’”It was after midnight when the troops finished unpacking their gear in the gravel yard.After that, four of the vehicles were driven to another yard overseen by Capt. Nicholas Tommaso, 27, of New York state.His job involves sorting through a myriad of electronic vehicle identification codes, transportation control movement documents, green stickers and bumper numbers. When he figures out where a vehicle is going, it is weighed and measured so others will know if it will fit on the plane ordered to fly it out. Then it is moved across the street to another yard to be washed and inspected by customs workers.“We’ve been moving everything by air now,” Tommaso said. “We moved out about 200 pieces in August alone.”The stuff that’s not on wheels ends up at still another yard. Top Stories “It protected us, but I’m just in a hurry to turn it in to be closer to going home,” said Randle, who has now left Afghanistan as part of President Barack Obama’s drawdown of 33,000 U.S. troops by Sept. 30. The pullout _ 10,000 last year and 23,000 more this year _ will be finished within days. That will leave 68,000 American troops in this country to fight militants and help prepare Afghan forces to take over security nationwide.While some service members go home, others are busy preparing thousands of vehicles and other equipment for shipment. It’s a laborious task that’s more difficult than it was in Iraq because of landlocked Afghanistan’s tough mountainous terrain, lack of roads and its mountain passes that will soon be covered with snow.Between now and the end of 2014, when most U.S. troops will have left, the Americans will move an estimated 50,000 vehicles, including tens of thousands of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles like the one Randle drove into the equipment yard. They’ll also ship an estimated 100,000 metal containers _ each about 20 feet long. End-to-end, the containers would stretch nearly 400 miles (600 kilometers). Vehicles are being gathered in Kandahar, Bagram Air Field near Kabul and Camp Barmal in northern Afghanistan. Containers are being staged for shipment at nine locations around the country, she said.Some equipment is taken by truck, train, ships or planes to military depots in the United States. MRAPS are rolled onto airplanes. Some Humvees sit in shipping containers for a test trip on a railroad leaving Afghanistan via Uzbekistan to the north. Other equipment will also go north through Central Asia or else be trucked into Pakistan _ some of it down to the port of Karachi, where it will sail back to the United States or other destinations.Various items will stay in Afghanistan to be used by the Americans troops not going home _ yet. Still other materiel will be transferred to the Afghan government, tossed out, taken to a scrap heap or shipped to other countries for use by U.S. forces.For now, Randle and several dozen other U.S. Army soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team 82nd Airborne Division, based in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are happy to get rid of their vehicles and all the equipment.The late-night arrival of their convoy late last month stirred up dust in the equipment yard at Kandahar Air Field. The heavily armed personnel carriers and utility trucks slowed to a halt, then sat idling noisily as the soldiers gathered their gear inside and began climbing out and into formation in the yard. Shipping has picked up in recent months, as base closure teams have spread out across Afghanistan to help soldiers sort, pack and load up their gear. As of the beginning of September, 208 U.S. and NATO coalition bases have been closed, 310 have been transferred to the Afghan government and 323 remain open, according to the coalition.The packing up is going on as the war still rages. Just since Friday, insurgents attacked a base in neighboring Helmand province, killing two U.S. Marines and destroying six Harrier fighter jets. Afghan police gunned down four more American service members, and a NATO airstrike mistakenly killed eight Afghan women looking for firewood.As American forces keep fighting, thousands of civilian and military personnel will continue prepping vehicles for flight, taking tedious inventory of bullets, night scopes, radios and even recreational baseball bats. They’ll also clean and crate tons of other gear, anything from bags of nails to generators.Brig. Gen. Kristin French, commanding general of the Joint Sustainment Command in Afghanistan, likens the teams to “wedding planners” helping to organize the move.“We are trying to take the burden off the war fighter and give it to our folks who have the mission to do it,” French said at her office at Kandahar Air Field. “If we’re busy trying to clean up our backyards, we’re not doing what our focus is and that is to continue to transition security to the Afghan security forces and partner with them.”center_img Associated PressKANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) – It was nearly 2 a.m. when U.S. Army Pfc. Zach Randle jumped out of his bulky armored vehicle in southern Afghanistan for what he hoped would be the last time.“I don’t want to see it again. It’s been through a lot,” Randle said of the 19-ton (17-metric ton) vehicle that was his ride _ and sometimes his bed _ during a six-month deployment to volatile Kandahar province. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Sponsored Stories (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Four benefits of having a wireless security system Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img

August 18, 2019 0

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