Over 67% polling in Haryana for LS polls

first_imgAround 67.35% voters exercised their franchise in the 10 Lok Sabha seats of Haryana at the close of polling at 6 p.m. on Sunday. In the 2014 general election, the overall poll percentage stood at 71.86. State Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inderjeet Singh said the exact percentage would be known later and those voters who had entered the polling booths before 6 pm will be allowed to cast their votes. No untoward incident was reported in the State and the polling remained peaceful. Nearly 67.35% voters have cast their vote, Mr. Singh said. The turnout in seven constituencies crossed 60%, while the poll percentage in Gurgaon, Karnal and Faridabad was less than 60%, the officer said. There were reports of minor skirmishes from some parts, including Fatehabad, Nuh in Mewat, Sirsa and Gurgaon between supporters of political parties. While poll officials said voting went on smoothly during the day, Congress’ Rohtak candidate, Deepender Singh Hooda, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, accused Haryana Minister and Rohtak MLA Manish Grover of intimidating voters by forcibly entering some polling booths. Deepender Hooda, son of former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also lodged a complaint with Rohtak’s Deputy Ccommissioner.Mr. Grover rejected the charge as “baseless” allegations in the face of “imminent defeat”. The Minister alleged that there were complaints against Congress workers of intimidating some voters. Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader and Sonipat candidate Digvijay Chautala alleged that his party symbol (a pair of slippers) were not clearly visible on electronic voting machines at booths 88, 89 and 90 in Jind district. The election officer said there were some glitches in EVMs and the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) at a few booths early in the morning, but those were replaced immediately. In the initial hours, the polling was brisk, but as the day progressed, the turnout dropped slightly. Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli posted a picture of his inked finger on Twitter after exercising his franchise at a polling booth in Gurgaon. “Voting is your right and responsibility towards nation building. Go vote,” he said. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar voted in Karnal, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is fighting from Sonipat, cast his vote at Kiloi in Rohtak district. State Congress chief Ashok Tanwar, JJP candidate and sitting Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala exercised their franchise in Sirsa.last_img read more

How lawmakers aim to protect you from a drone invasion

first_imgLately, drones seem to be everywhere. They’re monitoring endangered wildlife, launching missiles, mapping rainforests, and filming athletes. They can fly high above a neighborhood or just hover outside a bedroom window. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has already built robotic fliers not much larger than an insect; once batteries become small enough, they may become quite literally a fly on the wall. The opportunities—and potential violations of privacy—seem endless. But current and new laws may offer some protection.In the United States, the Supreme Court has concluded that nobody owns the airways and anyone can take pictures in public. As a result, citizens have been convicted of growing marijuana in their own backyards based on naked-eye observations made from planes flying overhead in “public navigable airspace.” On the other hand, a newly proposed law in California would make it illegal for paparazzi to use drones to snap pictures of celebrities on their own property.Existing laws also ban a peeping Tom from setting up in a tree at the edge of your property and peering into your bathroom window with binoculars; the same laws are likely to extend to flying a drone outside the same window. The Fourth Amendment, which protects citizens inside their homes from unreasonable searches and seizures without a warrant, may shield Americans from miniature government drones searching for illicit substances. 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Many other countries, too, are debating how to balance privacy and freedom as drones proliferate.Creepy as it is to be watched from aircraft controlled by others, drones are hardly privacy worry No. 1, says John Villasenor, a policy analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., because there are ways to collect far more information easily. “Drone privacy is a legitimate concern,” Villasenor says. “But there are other technologies, such as mobile phones and the use of data gathered by mobile apps running on those phones, that, for me at least, raise far more pressing privacy issues.”For more on privacy and to take a quiz on your own privacy IQ, see “The end of privacy” special section in this week’s issue of  Science.last_img read more

Russell Brand marries Laura Gallacher

first_imgLos Angeles, Aug 27 (PTI) Actor-comedian Russell Brand has tied the knot with his fiancee Laura Gallacher in an intimate ceremony at Remenham Church near their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.In pictures obtained by The Sun, the bride wore a white dress with a long slit, while the groom donned a three-piece suit.The guests included Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher, radio presenter Jonathan Ross, and Sky Sports presenter Kirsty who is also the brides sister, reported Ace Showbiz.After the intimate service at the church, the newlyweds boarded a New Orleans style paddle steamer along with the guests to an Indian-themed reception.They were joined by staff wearing sarees. Russell reportedly spent almost USD 3,000 to rent the boat.”They wanted a very small, personal affair, with their daughter Mabel, family and close friends rather than a circus. It was a lovely occasion. Mabel was guest of honour,” a source said.Russell and Laura, a lifestyle blogger, have dated on and off since 2007. The couple started to get serious in 2015. Mabel, their first child, was born in November 2016.Russell was previously married to pop star singer Katy Perry.They got engaged in India and married in a Hindu ceremony in the country. He dumped her via a text message after a year of marriage. They have no child together. PTI JCH JCHlast_img read more

Tigers Beat Yanks in 9th, 3-2

first_imgDETROIT — Brad Ausmus saw the ball come off Brian McCann’s bat and sail toward the foul pole in right field, a potentially devastating drive with the game tied in the ninth inning.“From where I was standing you could tell it was kind of hooking,” said Ausmus, Detroit’s first-year Manager. “Pretty quickly off the bat, I was pretty confident it was going foul.”It ended up foul by a few feet, and Phil Coke went on to strike McCann out. Then the Tigers took advantage of the reprieve, scoring in the bottom of the ninth to beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Aug. 28.Alex Avila’s two-out single off the wall in right gave Detroit the victory. The Tigers, still chasing Kansas City for the AL Central lead, pulled even with Seattle in the race for the American League’s second wild card. The Yankees are three games back.A day after David Price gave up nine straight hits, the Tigers sent Kyle Lobstein to the mound for his first major league start. The rookie performed well, allowing one earned run in six innings.Then Detroit’s bullpen held off New York until the Tigers scored in the ninth off Shawn Kelley (2-5). Victor Martinez led off with a double through a shifted infield, then Kelley walked J.D. Martinez before striking out Nick Castellanos and pinch-hitter Torii Hunter.Avila followed with a drive to right that Ichiro Suzuki couldn’t quite get to. Kelley flung his glove to the ground as soon as Avila connected.“That’s about as bad as I’ve felt walking off a mound in my career,” Kelley said. “I got myself in a hole, but then I got the two outs I needed, and I had a chance to keep the team alive. But I hung a slider, and Alex Avila can hit that pitch. Most guys can hit that pitch.”Coke (2-2) got one very eventful out for the win.Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings for New York, but he’s still without a victory over the Tigers in his career. He’s beaten baseball’s other 29 teams.Avila opened the scoring in the second with a sacrifice fly, then Jacoby Ellsbury tied it in the third with an RBI single. McCann’s RBI groundout in the fourth put New York ahead, and Rajai Davis tied it with a run-scoring single in the fifth.(NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Visitors Encouraged to Honour Veterans

first_imgResidents and visitors to the province will have no trouble spotting veterans thanks to new signs at visitor information centres around the province. The signs, on display at all entry points to Nova Scotia and in most visitor information centres, let people know the province honours veterans with their own specially designed licence plate. Nova Scotia is the home of Canada’s first licence plate for veterans. “The veteran licence plate program pays tribute to our veterans who did their duty for their country and returned home to Nova Scotia,” said Cecil Clarke, Minister responsible for the Year of the Veteran in Nova Scotia. “When you see a veteran’s plate, it’s a reminder to all of us to respect those men and women who put their lives at risk in service to their country.” The signs were installed as one part of the province’s commemoration of the Year of the Veteran in Nova Scotia. Anyone who has honourably served with the Armed Forces of Canada, another commonwealth country or wartime ally of Canada, the Merchant Navy or Ferry Command during wartime, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police while on United Nations service or on a peacekeeping mission, is welcome to request a veteran licence plate. Veteran plates feature the words Nova Scotia and veteran, along with the Canadian flag in place of an image of Bluenose II. More than 7,600 licence plates have been issued to veterans since the program began in November 2002. For more information on Year of the Veteran celebrations in Nova Scotia and for applications for veteran licence plates see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/govt/yearoftheveteran .last_img read more

Fermeture du pont Indian Sluice à compter daujourdhui

first_imgÀ compter d’aujourd’hui 10 juin, le pont Indian Sluice sur la route 308, dans le comté de Yarmouth, sera fermé à toute la circulation pendant des périodes précises de la journée afin de permettre des travaux de réparation. Pendant la semaine, le pont sera fermé de 9 h à midi, de 12 h 30 à 14 h 30, et de 15 h à 16 h 30. Le pont sera ouvert pendant le reste de la journée et les fins de semaine. Les travaux, qui devraient se terminer le vendredi 21 juin si les conditions météorologiques le permettent, incluent le remplacement de la partie supérieure du tablier en bois et l’inspection des charpentes d’acier. « Je remercie les résidents à l’avance pour leur coopération au cours des deux prochaines semaines pendant les travaux de réparation au pont existant, a dit Maurice Smith, ministre des Transports et du Renouvellement de l’infrastructure. Je reconnais que de telles fermetures peuvent causer des inconvénients, mais les travaux sont nécessaires alors que nous poursuivons notre travail de construction d’un nouveau pont à deux voies pour les résidents et les autres personnes qui se rendent à l’île des Surette. » Les résidents, la GRC, les pompiers, le Bureau des mesures d’urgence, les Services de santé d’urgence et le superviseur des autobus du CSAP ont été avisés des fermetures. Le gouvernement provincial investit 13 533 445 $ dans la construction d’un nouveau pont pour remplacer le pont Indian Sluice. Le nouveau pont sera terminé pendant l’été 2014. Ce projet s’inscrit dans le cadre du plan quinquennal du gouvernement pour l’amélioration des routes et du plan de développement économique « des emplois ICI ». Un croquis du nouveau pont Indian Sluice, également appelé le pont de l’île des Surette ou le pont du Sault, peut être consulté en ligne à http://gov.ns.ca/news/Photos/2012/nov/Indian-Sluice-Bridge.jpg. Les gens peuvent également voir les progrès réalisés dans la construction du pont en tout temps à l’adresse http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/isb.asp.last_img read more

People of Clyde River embrace old enemy to battle seismic testing

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe people of Clyde River on the northeast shore of Baffin Island in Nunavut continue to protest federal plans to map the seabed with seismic testing.The testing produces loud underwater noises and the community fears marine animals will be harmed.That concern has led the people of this Arctic town to embrace an old enemy.APTN’s Kent Driscoll in Clyde River.last_img

Rebels crossing ChadianSudanese border of deep concern to SecretaryGeneral

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by reports of continued movement of rebel groups across the Chadian-Sudanese border and by the possibility that these groups may launch cross-border attacks,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. He called on the Governments of Chad and Sudan to uphold their commitments under the 13 March Dakar Accord, which was facilitated by Mr. Ban, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and others on the margins of the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and calls for reconciliation and the normalizing of bilateral relations.Tensions have been high in the region in recent months with about 10,000 people from West Darfur seeking refuge in eastern Chad following a series of deadly air and land attacks by the Sudanese Government and its allied militias, and Chadian rebels suspected of crossing the border to attack the forces of their Government.In today’s message, the Secretary-General called on the Contact Group, established under the Dakar Accord, to work with the parties in facilitating the pact’s implementation.He reaffirmed that the UN stood ready do everything within its capacity to help stabilize the border region. 1 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged Chad and Sudan to make every effort to ensure that rebel groups do not use their territory as a staging ground for incursions across their mutual border. read more

Parents financially supporting adult children feeling the pinch poll says

TORONTO — A new poll suggests adult children are draining their parents’ retirement nest eggs.The CIBC survey has found that two-thirds of Canadian parents polled say they’re feeling the financial impact of supporting their adult children.Almost half of them said supporting their adult kids is hampering their ability to save for themselves, while 20 per cent say it has actually delayed their retirement.Still supporting your adult children? Your kids are ruining your retirementWhy university shouldn’t be a free ride for your kids, even if it could beParents still paying your bills? You’re not aloneOne in four parents said they spend more than $500 a month to cover their adult kids’ rent, groceries and other bills.The top two expenses are groceries and other household expenses and cellphone bills.The survey of 1,054 randomly selected Canadian parents was conducted two weeks ago. It’s considered accurate within plus or minus three percentage points, 19 times out of 20. read more

Handyman busted with over 1000 grams of cocaine in Bartica

The parcel of cocaine that amounted to 1099 gramsA 44-year-old handyman is scheduled to be charged in the court of law shortly after he was on Wednesday discovered with over 1000 grams of cocaine in Bartica.The suspect of Third Avenue, Bartica was arrested at about 11:40h by ranks who conducted a search on a vehicle he was traversing in.INews understands that the ranks of the “F” Division acted on information received when the discovery of the cocaine was found in the man’s possession. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related58-y-o woman charged with cannabis, cocaine possession remandedJune 26, 2018In “Court”Handyman to spend three years behind bars for cocaine possessionJuly 19, 2017In “Court”Police bust 3 with ganja, 1 with cocaine in separate incidentsJune 20, 2017In “Crime” read more

Ziff Davis Enterprise Gets 20M in Funding

first_imgB-to-B publisher Ziff Davis Enterprise announced that it has received $20 million in funding from global investment group Bessemer Venture Partners. According to ZDE CEO Steve Weitzner, the funding will “significantly accelerate the pace at which we can innovate and grow to best meet the challenging needs of our subscriber and b-to-b technology marketer client communities.”ZDE hopes to use the money to fuel acquisitions and further develop its initiatives in audience development, social media and contextual content, the company says. Private equity group Insight Venture Partners purchased Ziff Davis Enterprise from Ziff Davis Media last June for $150 million. Weitzner joined ZDE as CEO in January after his transition from CEO to head of international M&A and business development at former CMP Technology late last year.last_img read more

RIM Slapped with 1472 Million Verdict in Patent Lawsuit

first_imgA California jury has directed Research in Motion Ltd, the BlackBerry device maker, to pay $147.2 million in patent litigation over a remote management system for wireless device held by Mformation Technologies Inc.The court’s verdict came at a time when RIM is trying to make a comeback after hitting a rough phase with customers favouring Apple’s iPhone and other devices using Google Inc’s Android software. The shares of RIM too have fallen by more than 70 percent in the past year.Attorney for Mformation Amar Thakur said that the jury directed RIM to pay an $8 royalty for every BlackBerry device connected to RIM’s enterprise server software, which brings the total award to $147.2 million. The verdict only covers U.S. sales through trial and not future or foreign damages, Thakur told Reuters.Meanwhile, RIM spokeswoman Crystal Roberts said the verdict of the court could be overturned as the company has pending legal motions.”Research In Motion has worked hard to develop its leading-edge BlackBerry technology,” Roberts said in a statement.RIM announced a $518 million loss in its first quarter, making analysts and investors doubt about its future. It also announced that about 5,000 of its 16,500 employees would be laid off.Mformation sued RIM in 2008, bringing claims on a patent for a process that remotely manages a wireless device over a wireless network, a court filing says. According to its web site, Mformation helps corporations manage their smartphone inventory. The company also says it helps telecoms operators, such as AT&T and Sprint, with remote fixes and upgrades for users’ gadgets.RIM argued that Mformation’s patent claims are invalid because the processes were already being used when Mformation filed its patent application.(With Inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Gov Abbott Other Texas Republicans Silent On Trumps Embrace Of Gun Control

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneGov. Abbott admires his practice target after signing Senate Bill 16, which reduces the first-time fee for a license to carry handguns, on May 26, 2017.Since his days as Texas’ attorney general, Gov. Greg Abbott has made his defense of the Second Amendment central to his political identity. For eight years, he had a perfect foil: then-President Barack Obama.Whenever Obama called for a new gun control policy, Abbott pounced, making statements denouncing him, fundraising pitches aimed at gun owners, or both. “Unlike President Obama, I don’t believe disarming the good guys is going to solve our crime problems,” Abbot wrote in an email to supporters in 2015. In a 2016 fundraising email, he trumpeted: “The president wants a fight over our gun rights, so let’s give him one.”On Wednesday, President Donald Trump picked a bigger fight on gun rights than Obama ever dared.“Take the guns first, go through due process second,” Trump said in a striking meeting with U.S. senators in which he advocated for multiple gun control proposals long backed by Democrats.Abbott’s response so far? Crickets. As of Thursday afternoon, none of Texas’ top three Republican leaders — Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus — had responded to The Texas Tribune’s queries on Trump’s latest proposals.  In the wake of a Florida school shooting that left 17 dead, Trump announced support Wednesday for several ways to tighten restrictions on gun purchases and ownership, including broadening background checks and raising the age limit for some gun buyers to 21. He also said he had told the leaders of the gun-rights powerhouse National Rifle Association (NRA): “We’re going to stop this nonsense. It’s time.”Trump’s move has rattled gun advocates in Texas and around the country.“I can’t even put a sentence together. That was so shocking, so unexpected,” said Alica Tripp, legislative director of the Texas State Rifle Association, which works to defend Second Amendment rights in Texas. Trump’s comments, she said, amounted to throwing “5 million NRA members under the bus.”Gun control proposals have been gaining some momentum following last month’s shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. That state’s Republican governor, Rick Scott, defied the NRA in announcing his support for raising the minimum age for certain gun purchases to 21. Yet when the Tribune surveyed all 38 Texans in Congress last week about that and another gun control proposal – banning large-capacity magazines – most lawmakers didn’t respond.Wednesday’s statements by Trump — not just the president but the nation’s leading Republican — mark the most significant shift in the gun control debate in years. If those words had come out of the mouth of Obama, Abbott and other top Texas Republicans would almost certainly have vilified him. Consider their immediate reactions two years ago when Obama signed executive orders requiring more background checks during gun purchases.Abbott said Obama had just “trampled” on the Bill of Rights: “Despite the president’s latest attempt to undermine our liberty, Texas will take every action to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”Added Patrick: “If the president’s goal is to sincerely help protect Americans, he should make it easier to legally purchase, train and use their weapons of choice for protection than trot out phony new regulations to stand in their way.”Even Straus, widely viewed as the most moderate of the state’s top three elected officials, said Obama’s announcement showed “why we need to elect a Republican president who will not overstep his authority and who will protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.”Texas leaders have not been completely silent on guns since the Florida shooting. Abbott has ordered both the Texas Education Agency and the state’s higher education commissioner to take steps to ensure the safety of students. He’s also called for fixing some loopholes in the federal background check database for gun buyers and emphasized the need to study the mental health issues that can result in such violence.And in a TV appearance last week, five days before Trump’s big reveal, Abbott pushed back against the idea of raising the age of purchase for certain firearms, a proposal Trump now endorses. “If, in this case, the age was 21 in Florida, do you think that would’ve stopped this guy from getting a gun and doing what he did?” Abbott asked Friday on Fox News. “Do you think he was really concerned about the law?” Though this isn’t the first time Trump has strayed from Republican orthodoxy, Texas GOP leaders have been wary of criticizing him too harshly throughout his presidency. That appears to be due in part to Trump’s penchant for attacking his political opponents on Twitter in ways that galvanize his supporters.Both Abbott and Patrick, who have primary challengers, were publicly endorsed by Trump on Twitter as recently as Tuesday, along with several other top Texas GOP leaders. Tripp declined to speculate on whether the Texas State Rifle Association, whose political action committee has endorsed Abbott and Patrick for re-election, would take action if top Republican leaders didn’t slam Trump’s proposals. She said she’s not even sure how the state’s Republican electorate will reconcile Trump’s position on guns with his role as the leader of their party.“I’m not psychic,” she said.last_img read more

Skull fragments suggest Iron Age Celts in southern France tried to embalm

first_img Explore further More information: Salma Ghezal et al. Embalmed heads of the Celtic Iron Age in the south of France, Journal of Archaeological Science (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.09.011 © 2019 Science X Network A team of researchers from University Paul-Valéry Montpellier and UMR-IMBE, Université d’Avignon has found evidence of possible embalming of severed heads by Iron Age Celts living in southern France. In their paper published in Journal of Archaeological Science, the group describes their study of skull fragments excavated at a dig site near Le Cailar, in southern France, and what their analysis found. Pictures of a. Total assemblage b. CLR K16 R9 286 exterior surface c. CLR N17 R3 53 interior surface cranial fragments (after Ghezal and Gosnell). Credit: Journal of Archaeological Science (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.09.011 Skull fragments with carved long, deliberate lines found at Gobekli Tepecenter_img Citation: Skull fragments suggest Iron Age Celts in southern France tried to embalm severed heads (2019, February 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-skull-fragments-iron-age-celts.html The researchers were studying skull fragments uncovered at Le Cailar—to date, over 100 have been found. The skulls are believed to be those of enemy combatants who lost their heads after losing their lives in battle. The fragments have been dated back to the third century BC—a time when the town was a Celtic settlement.The researchers report that many of the skulls had cuts indicating they had been decapitated, and some also had marks suggesting the brains had been removed. In some cases, tongues had also been removed. To learn more about the history of the skulls, the researchers ground up small portions of several specimens into dust, and then subjected the dust to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry testing. They report that they found small amounts of diterpenoic compounds in several of the fragments, which are molecules that are produced when conifer resins break down, typically when heated. They also found evidence of cholesterols and fatty acids. As a control, the researchers performed the same tests on animal skulls that had been dug up at the same dig site—none of them had evidence of conifer resin.The researchers suggest the resin within the skull fragments resulted from dipping the skulls in a resin-based liquid as a means of slowing decay—a form of embalming. They note also that all of the skull fragments were found inside the walls of the compound, suggesting that the heads had been mounted for those living inside, rather than as a means of frightening would-be attackers.The researchers also report that they have not yet found any evidence that might explain the reason for embalming the heads, but suggest it might have been a means of showing respect to well-known warriors. The hope to learn more as excavation continues at the site. Journal information: Journal of Archaeological Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

CATO Christmas Dinner farewells George Dingli of Chat Tours

first_imgMichael Hay, George Dingli , Tony Brazenell Source = e-Travel Blackboard: A.V General Manager Peter Bailey of CATO announces that Michael Hay returns as a committee memberThe Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) members and special guests attended the annual Christmas dinner last night at the North Sydney Harbourview Hotel.  Special announcements were made by General Manager Peter Bailey that Michael Hay has accepted to come back to CATO as a committee member replacing long time member Simon Hills.Two new members have also joined CATO: Gil McLachlan and Brendon Drake.Entertainment for the evening was none other than Kevin Millard from Interline Reservation Services who surprised guests with a few comedic tales which had the entire room laughing – definitely someone to have at your next Christmas party. Following the announcement made on e-Travel Blackboard 4 November 2010, Michael Hay and Tony Brazenell will be operating Chat Tours in Australia and New Zealand from 01 January 2011. George Dingli who set up the office 30 years ago will be returning back to his routes in Athens. Michael Hay then took the opportunity to present George Dingli of Chat Tours with a special gift and to thank him for his dedication to the industry and to CATO.It was clear that when George had the opportunity to speak, there was no stopping him as he thanked everyone for their support, faith and friendship. “I am very proud to say that I am leaving Chat Tours in excellent hands” Sounding husky while reminiscing his days and challenges in creating the company, guests and members of CATO applauded this successful individual. “I will be continuing working on Chat Tours out of Athens”. The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is an organisation whose members are Wholesalers or Tour Operators that combined promote every destination. If you are a Tour Wholesaler or Tour Operator looking to become a member of CATO, click here to see the benefits. www.cato.asn.au/html/membership.htmlast_img read more

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first_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I feel a good connection with the guys in the locker room. I love the guys on the back end who I play with,” said Williams on The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I like the experience we do have on this end. Obviously we have the mixture of young guys, so I do like all of that. I love it here.”With 32 career interceptions to his name and 12 years of NFL experience, Williams makes for an ideal tutor to some of the younger guys in the secondary such as Budda Baker and Brandon Williams.“I always laid out a helping hand because somebody did that for me when I came into the league,” said Williams. “I want to see them all do good. I promise I won’t see them all do good because this game is tough. They are changing the rules every day for the offense, but I try to give these guys as much knowledge as I can.”Cardinals GM Steve Keim has been impressed with Williams’ professionalism as well.“The thing about Tramon is he is really a true pro and his veteran leadership has really paid off,” said Keim. “His anticipation, his instincts and his ability to read route combinations is phenomenal and there is a reason why he has over 30 interceptions in the NFL.” Arizona Cardinals defensive back Tramon Williams, left, celebrates his interception against against the Tennessee Titans with Cardinals inside linebacker Kareem Martin (96) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec.10, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Cardinals cornerback Tramon Williams has made his case for a contract extension with his play on the field, leading the team in passes defended and in practice helping the younger players.As the 2017 season winds down for the Cardinals, personnel evaluations for next year begin to take center stage with the playoffs seemingly out of reach.Williams, who turns 35 in March and has nine passes defended despite limited playing time, has reasons to stay.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: Tramon Williams, Cardinals cornerback 8 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Williams came to the Cardinals on a one year deal and will need a new contract or a contract extension to remain in Arizona next season. – / 20last_img read more

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first_imgBy Jean ChristouA 15-MINUTE ‘circular’ workout incorporated into a Limassol lyceum’s PE class, which lasted for two months twice a week significantly improved the overall health of the teens who took part.Forty students from the Ayios Antonios lyceum voluntarily took part in the pilot study, jointly created with the sports science department of the University of Nicosia.The control group made up of other students who merely continued normal PE classes showed no improvement in their well being, according to a statement marking the conclusion of the programme.According to the results, the 40 students who took part, all showed increased cardio-respiratory capacity, had a small but significant decrease in body fat, and a reduction in blood pressure at rest. They also showed improvements in upper limb strength and jumping ability.The study came about after school students at the school were tested for general PE effectiveness at the beginning and end of the 2012-2013 school year.In September 2012, an assessment on the fitness of the children showed that 20 per cent of students had increased body fat and only 35 per cent had acceptable cardio-respiratory levels.Such low aerobic capacity is associated with later health problems such as high cholesterol, poor circulation and hypertension.At the end of the same school year, the children were evaluated again following a full school-year’s worth of standard PE classes. The results showed that there was no substantial change in cardio-respiratory capacity, body fat, speed, jumping ability, and strength of upper limbs.“Although through such monitoring we cannot draw conclusions as to the cause of the absence of improvement it is certain that the small number of fitness classes in schools in Cyprus is a major negative factor,” said the announcement.To see if some changes could be made, the pilot programme involving the ‘circular workout’ similar to those at some gyms where people spend two or three minutes on a workout machine and then move on to the next one in a circular direction, was introduced to see if it would make a difference.“The professors at the University of Nicosia wanted to offer an innovative programme in the context of physical education to see if they could achieve a substantial improvement of the health of students,” said the announcement.The advantage of the circular workout is that it takes place at a moderate to high intensity in a short period of time.“The test results are quite encouraging, since with a small controlled and targeted intervention in the context of physical education we can achieve improvements in the health of adolescent students,” the announcement said.Researchers are now examining how the initiative could be extended to other schools in collaboration with education ministry. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoAngels And EntrepreneursRobert Herjavec Announce Venture Could Make You RichAngels And EntrepreneursUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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