first_imgTehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called on Middle East states on Thursday to “drive back Zionism”, in an Army Day tirade against the Islamic republic’s archfoe Israel. Speaking flanked by top generals before troops began their annual march-past, Rouhani also sought to reassure the region that the weaponry on display was for defensive purposes and not a threat. “The region’s nations have lived alongside each other for centuries and never had a problem… If there is a problem, it is caused by others,” he said in the speech broadcast live on state television. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “Let us stand together, be together and rid the region of the aggressor’s presence.” Rouhani assured neighbouring countries that Iran’s armed forces are “never against you or your national interests” but are “standing against the aggressors.” “The power of our armed forces is the power of the region’s countries, the Islamic world.” he said. “If we have a problem in the region today, its roots are either with Zionism or America’s arrogance.” Rouhani called on Muslim nations to band together and “restore the historical right of the nation of Palestine,” saying that “Zionism … has been committing crimes in the region for the past 70 years”, “The final victory will surely be with the righteous,” he said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls The military parade was held next to the south Tehran mausoleum of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It showcased some of Iran’s latest weaponry, including the domestically designed and manufactured Kowsar fighter jet, which was first unveiled last year. Iran also displayed its short-range Zelzal missile and an upgraded model of the Russian S-200 air defence system. US-manufactured Bell, Cobra and Chinook helicopters bought before the Islamic revolution of 1979 also took part in the air display. Diatribes against Israel are standard fare of official speeches in Iran, although some, such as a call by Rouhani’s firebrand predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Israel to be “wiped off the map”, have triggered international condemnation. Iran does not recognise Israel and opposition to the Jewish state has been a central tenet of official policy since the revolution. Iran has supported Palestinian radical groups and has vociferously opposed the now moribund Middle East peace process under which the Palestinians were offered limited autonomy in the territories captured in the Six-Day War of 1967. Rouhani has previously called Israel a “cancerous tumour”, and called on Muslim governments to unite against it and its US ally. Iranian officials have warned repeatedly that Israel will soon cease to exist, but have usually been careful to underline that that will come about not through a direct attack by Iran. “In 25 years’ time, with the grace of God, no such thing as the Zionist regime will exist in the region,” supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in 2015. The presence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in Syria supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in the eight-year civil war has sharply increased tensions between the regional foes. Israel has said publicly that it has carried out hundreds of air and missile strikes targeting the forces of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that he will never allow Iran to establish a long-term military presence in Israel’s northeastern neighbour. Netanyahu has been an outspoken opponent of a landmark nuclear deal Iran signed with major powers in 2015 and was the leading supporter of US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from it and reimpose crippling economic sanctions last year. Washington’s European allies have refused to follow suit and they, along with China and Russia, continue to support the deal. But the Trump administration has sought to forge an anti-Iran axis within the Middle East bringing together Israel and the Gulf Arab states to make common cause against what they see as Iranian “meddling” in the region. Last week, Washington placed Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on its blacklist of “foreign terrorist organisations,” the first time it had imposed the sanction on a military arm of a foreign government. Rouhani warned Washington on Thursday that “an insult to the Guards… is an insult to the great nation of Iran.” “America’s leaders are lost in their delusions,” he said, adding that Washington was the real source of “terrorism” in the region.last_img read more


According to media reports, a roadside bomb ripped through a convoy of UN vehicles belonging to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is headquartered at Naqoura in southern Lebanon. The attack, which took place north of Sidon, injured six UN peacekeepers of the Italian battalion and two Lebanese civilians. Speaking in France, where he is attending the annual summit of the Group of Eight (G8) leading industrialized nations, Mr. Ban extended his sincere sympathies to the peacekeepers and their families as well as the people and Government of Italy.“The United Nations will work closely together with the Lebanese authorities to have a full and swift investigation on the attack to bring the perpetrators to justice,” said the Secretary-General.The Security Council also condemned the attack “in the strongest terms” and welcomed the commitment of Lebanon to launch an investigation and to bring the perpetrators to justice. “The members of the Security Council condemned all attempts to threaten the security and stability of Lebanon and reaffirmed their determination to ensure that no such acts of intimidation will prevent UNIFIL from implementing its mandate,” Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, which holds the rotating Security Council presidency this month, said in a statement read out to the press following closed-door discussions. The attack comes on the same day that the world body commemorates the International Day of UN Peacekeepers to honour colleagues who lost their lives in the line of duty and pay tribute to the 120,000 military, police and civilians who are working under the blue flag around the world for the cause of peace.Originally created by the Security Council in March 1978 to confirm Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, UNIFIL was reinforced after the July-August 2006 fighting, with the added mandate to monitor the cessation of hostilities; accompany and support the Lebanese armed forces as they deploy throughout the south of Lebanon; and extend its assistance to help ensure humanitarian access to civilian populations and the voluntary and safe return of displaced persons. 27 May 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council condemned today’s attack on United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon, which occurred on the day the Organization has set aside for honouring the men and women who work to advance peace in war-torn countries. read more


These are indicative wholesale rates for foreign currency provided by the Bank of Canada on Tuesday. Quotations in Canadian funds.Australia dollar 0.9845Brazil real 0.3972China renminbi 0.1899Euro 1.4774Hong Kong dollar 0.165391India rupee 0.02002Indonesia rupiah 0.0000960Japan yen 0.01132Malaysia ringgit 0.3006Mexico peso 0.07197N.Z. dollar 0.9331Norway krone 0.1553Peruvian new sol 0.3969Russia rouble 0.02125Saudi riyal 0.3445Singapore dollar 0.9339South Africa rand 0.09526South Korean won 0.001123Sweden krona 0.1533Switzerland franc 1.3371Taiwanese dollar 0.04230Thailand baht 0.03789Turkey lira 0.3566U.K. pound 1.6610U.S. dollar 1.2920Vietnam dong 0.000057 read more


The monk in Moratuwa was stabbed to death during the late hours of last night, the police said.The victim was identified as the Venerable  Metiyakanda Wimalawansa, a monk attached to a Temple in Egoda Uyana Moratuwa. The police media unit said that the Mount Lavinia police and Moratuwa police are investigating the incident. A search operation had been launched last night to locate the suspects but their bodies were found in Bandaragama with bullet wounds. The police said they had found the assassins of a monk in Moratuwa dead with bullet wounds in Bandaragama today.Sujith Gunaratna and R. Randima were wanted over the murder of the monk last night. Investigations revealed that the murder was over a land dispute  involving the two men. (Colombo Gazette) read more


On Wednesday, 18 February 2009, Euro NCAP launched its new car safety rating scheme in Brussels, Belgium. The new rating scheme will have one overall star rating per vehicle tested and will include an extra element focussing on safety assistance. This is the first update to the rating system since 1997.The scheme comprises four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and the new area of Safety Assist. The goal of Safety Assist is to score vehicles on active safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and driver assistance systems.Scoring well in each area of assessment is imperative for the vehicle to achieve a good overall result. However, the overall star rating can be corrected downwards if any of the individual scores in the four assessment areas do not meet the minimum required level to obtain the overall star rating. This could result in vehicle model years having different star ratings.To learn more about the new car safety rating scheme, visit www.euroncap.com .Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Unipart Group has announced three major manufacturing developments in the Midlands including two new manufacturing facilities and a joint venture with Coventry University to create an engineering and manufacturing institute.A new facility at the Unipart Eberspächer site will manufacture high-tech fuel system components for next generation automobiles in Europe, which will provide drivers with major improvements in fuel economy and performance.Initially providing the parts for Ford vehicles, the new facility is set to manufacture half a million parts per year at a 25,000 sq ft brown field site as part of a £30 million investment by Unipart Group. The site has capacity to quadruple production, which would make it one of the largest manufacturers of high pressure gasoline direct injection fuel rails in the world.Unipart Manufacturing Group (UMG) manufactures a number of products in the UK including exhaust systems and fuel systems for vehicles, heat exchange devices and parts for the rail and aerospace industry.Unipart has also announced a second new facility at Kautex Unipart Ltd (KUL), the joint venture between Unipart and its German partner Kautex Textron Gmbh, currently produces around 640,000 fuel tanks annually for leading UK automotive manufacturers.A recent investment in new technology, which offers customers greater levels of emission control, has enabled the company to increase production. As a result, KUL has opened a new 7,500 sq. metre facility to carry out assembly and sequencing operations.KUL Plant General Manager Dave Pound said, “Our customer base has grown and the volumes of our major customers have grown. We’ve been able to increase our manufacturing capability to meet the needs of our customers today and to be ready for future growth, which could be as much as a million units by 2018.”As part of Unipart’s investment in UK manufacturing, Coventry University and the Unipart Group have joined forces to develop a new Engineering and Manufacturing Institute on Unipart’s manufacturing site in Coventry.The £32million project will see the creation of an international centre of engineering and manufacturing excellence, which will be the base for a sustained programme of innovative teaching and learning, product development and research activity.The project, which has been awarded £7.9million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Catalyst Fund, is part of a national government initiative, which is supporting innovative programmes designed to boost the economy.Unipart is contributing £17.9 million to the creation of the new facility with a further £5.6 million towards student scholarships and product research and development. This move establishes a new and innovative teaching environment for manufacturing engineering degree courses.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more


Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPedal cyclist involved in New Year’s accident on ECD diesJanuary 4, 2019In “Crime”Corentyne fatal accident: Pedestrian died from multiple injuries, driver gets bailMarch 23, 2018In “Court”Driver accused of Goed Fortuin fatal accident leads own defenseJuly 31, 2017In “Court” Killed: Rodwell Emanuel JamesThe driver who allegedly struck and killed, 22-year-old Rodwell Emanuel James on New Year’s Day was on Tuesday charged at the Cove and John Magistrates’ Courts for the accident.Lakeram Puran appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore and denied the allegation put to him.As such, he was granted bail in the sum of $350,000 and the matter was adjourned until February 2, 2019.INews had reported that James of Lot 1315 Bachelor’s Adventure, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was killed as he was attempting to cross the roadway.Initial investigations revealed that the now dead man was attempting to cross the road on his bicycle when motorcar bearing registration number PNN 7862 collided with him.The driver of the car subsequently lost control and slammed into a utility pole.Both the driver of the car and the cyclist were taken to the hospital in an unconscious state and admitted as patients.The driver was however, discharged and was taken into police custody. read more


Right back of Nexe from Nasice, Robert Markovic (21) was choosen for MVP of SEHA Round 7 by the journalists jury from several countries. Markotic had leading role with 7 goals in a win of his team in Sabac against Metaloplastika 29:26.“BEST SEVEN” – SEHA ROUND 7Goalkeeper: Martinovic (Bosna Sarajevo)Left wing: Antl (Tatran Presov)Left back: Sliskovic (Nexe)Playmaker: Nadoveza (Crvena zvezda)Right back: Markotic (Nexe)Right wing: Horvat (C.O Zagreb)Line player: Buric (Izvidjac)NEWS FROM BALKAN-HANDBALL.COM ← Previous Story Jakob Vestergaard is the “first pick” of Gyori? Next Story → Zoran Kastratovic resigns as coach of Sutjeska Niksic Robert MarkotivcSEHA league read more


first_img(YouTube: Ashkon Nosrat)THINGS WE SHARED We know Taylor Swift isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but when she’s making fun of Justin Bieber and Selina Gomez – in GIF format – you can’t help but smile…A lightning strike is never something to be laughed at… but at least it made a pretty clean job of skinning this tree. (Thanks, Reddit.)CRIPES CHECK OUT THE WIDTH OF THIS TORNADO! WE’RE RUNNING AWAY NOW. (Today we learned: there’s a whole YouTube channel dedicated to storms.) An exiled Tibetan man wearing glasses with a likeness of the Dalai Lama prays during a protest in New Delhi, India. (Kevin Frayer/AP)HERE ARE THE things we learned, loved and shared today as we round off the day in three easy steps.THINGS WE LEARNED#ABORTION: The second day of the Oireachtas hearings into the proposed abortion laws is continuing. Psychiatrists and psychologists have presented a divided front, showing some concerns over the effects of the draft bills. Our live coverage is continuing over here.#PENALTY POINTS: Justice minister Alan Shatter has revealed how he was made aware of the allegation that Mick Wallace was stopped by Gardaí for using a phone while driving. The minister said Wallace’s example was mentioned in the course of a general briefing, and took issue with the Wexford TD for suggesting Gardaí acted unlawfully in not issuing him with points.#DATA PROTECTION: The annual report of the Data Protection Commissioner has revealed a series of inappropriate data practices. Gardaí have been found using the PULSE system to check records of high-profile public figures, while a HSE worker was found searching for records of their son’s girlfriend.#SUICIDE: Up to half of all suicides involving under-18s may be part of couplets or clusters, a new report has said. The RCPI report said 66 per cent of families had reported a “negative experience” when dealing with support services after a suicide.#MURDER: Gardaí in Tallaght have issued an appeal for public assistance in efforts to trace the killers of Alan Desmond, the 37-year-old whose body was found in a field in the area on Saturday night. Desmond had been missing for three weeks and anyone who may have seen him, or noticed any unusual behaviour in the area, is asked to contact Gardaí.#ECB: The health of Ireland’s banks seems to be getting slightly better. New figures today show that the banks are continuing to borrow less and less from the ECB, while the level of deposits in the banks now seems fairly stable.Artist Chris Naylor adds the finishing touches to a model landscape of London made from 2186 sugar cubes, created to celebrate the Museum of London Docklands’ 10th anniversary today. (Geoff Caddick/PA Wire)THINGS WE LOVEDHave you ever thought about delaying your retirement for five years, and instead taking a year off work five times throughout your career? Winston Chen did, and if this NPR piece is anything to go by, he’s having a ball.Well, this is encouraging. The power of 3D printing has been harnessed to create a custom-made skull implant for an American patient. The new unit makes up 75 per cent of the patient’s skull!Here’s a lovely moment from Chelsea FC after the team’s last home game of the season yesterday. Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull brought his son Josh out to the pitch for the end-of-season celebrations… and then this happened. Check out his cute reaction at 0:37. (YouTube: LiveStormsNetwork)last_img read more


first_imgTrump this for a week of concentration, competition and camaraderie.Some 1,000 players from as far away as Hawaii and Alberta, Canada, were in Vancouver to match wits at the challenging game of contract bridge.They took up the whole ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.Lynda Hirst of Vancouver was scoring points toward her goal of being a Silver Life Master with the American Contract Bridge League.“I always say we’re playing for glory,” Hirst said. She is a retired prepress worker at a Portland print shop. Today, she is president of the Vancouver Bridge Club.And her passion takes her places.“My biggest win last year was 60 points in Las Vegas,” she said. “I go to about six tournaments a year.”What’s the draw?“It’s a challenge, You’re always learning,” she said. “You develop a large social circle. You can travel to places and find new friends,” she said.She was teaming up this week with players from Burlington, Portland and Valencia and San Jose, Calif.What happens to players new to bridge?“You’re overwhelmed, but you grow through many levels of skill,” Hirst said.John Ashton of Portland was running the week’s competition, called The Oregon Trail Regional. He knows about bridge, having been a professional tournament director for 36 years. He is retiring March 31.The regional competition ended Sunday.“It’s a mental game,” Ashton said. “I was hopeless at sports but I am very good at bridge.”In fact, he is a Gold Life Master, which takes 5,000 points. The highest rank is Grand Master, which takes 10,000 points and a national championship.last_img read more


first_imgAUSTIN, Texas — Long depicted as the rootin’-tootin’ capital of American gun culture, Texas is one of the few states with an outright ban on the open carry of handguns.That could change in 2015, with the Republican-dominated Legislature and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott expected to push for expanded gun rights.“If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it’s good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said the day after his election last month.And if Texas, which allows concealed handguns, embraces open carry — rolling back a 140-year ban — it would be the largest state to have done so.Open carry drew wide support in the 2014 statewide election, and at least six bills have already been filed for the upcoming session, which starts in January. Abbott has already pledged to sign one into law if sent to his desk.Coni Ross, a 63-year-old rancher in Blanco, carries a handgun in her purse for personal protection and said she’d like the option to carry it openly on her belt if she could. She already does when she’s on her ranch and feels comfortable with her gun by her side.last_img read more


first_imgApp-based taxi firm Uber is facing legal action from the National Union of General and Municipal Workers (GMB) over claims that it has breached its legal duty to provide staff with basic rights around pay, holiday, health and safety, and discipline and grievances.GMB has appointed law firm Leigh Day to take legal action on behalf of union members after Uber stated that its drivers are ‘partners’ rather than employees, and are therefore not entitled to standard workers’ rights.GMB has called on Uber to ensure that all of its drivers are paid the national minimum wage, given the statutory entitlement to paid holiday, and adhere to legal standards on discipline and grievances.According to GMB, drivers have been suspended or deactivated by Uber after making complaints about unlawful treatment, without being given any opportunity to challenge this.The union also wants Uber to address health and safety issues, such as ensuring drivers take rest breaks and work a maximum number of hours per week.Successful legal action against Uber could see substantial pay outs for staff, including compensation for past failures by the organisation to make appropriate payments to workers.Steve Garelick, branch secretary of GMB Professional Drivers Branch, said: “The need for a union to defend working drivers’ rights has become an imperative. Operators like Uber must understand that they have an ethical and social policy that matches societies’ expectations of fair and honest treatment.”An Uber spokesperson added: “One of the main reasons drivers use Uber is because they love being their own boss. As employees, drivers would drive set shifts, earn a fixed hourly wage, and lose the ability to drive elsewhere as well as the personal flexibility they most value.”The reality is that partners use Uber on their own terms; they control their use of the app.”last_img read more


first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享All gave some and some gave all in the defense of the American dream. The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be hosting a ceremony honoring local area Purple Heart recipients. The Soldotna VFW Color Guard will present the colors, a 21-gun salute, and sounding the TAPS. The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded in the name of the president to those wounded or killed while serving, on or after April 5, 1917, with the U.S. military. The Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Deputy Commissioner, and Senator Peter Micciche are expected to give remarks during the ceremony. The ceremony will take place at Soldotna Creek Park’s Purple Heart monument on August 7, at 2:00pm.last_img read more


first_imgVijayawada: On the eve of Janmashtami, the Pre-Primary wing of Delhi Public School (DPS) celebrated the birth of Sri Krishna with great enthusiasm, according to the school principal G Mala here on Friday. She said that all the students came dressed up as Krishna and Gopika. UKG students performed a dance number on ‘Yashomati Mayya’ song. The LKG students sang a few Sri Krishna bhajans like ‘Achustham Keshavam’ & ‘Taarangam’. The dahi hundi was broken with great delight by the students. The programme came to an end with the distribution of prasad, she added.last_img read more


first_img X 00:00 /09:51 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen One of the most important elements of Bob McNair’s legacy as owner of the Houston Texans is that he played a crucial role to bring two Super Bowl games to the Bayou City in the past few years (2004 and 2017), Houston Matters sports contributor Jeff Balke said Monday. McNair passed away last Friday.Houston lost the Oilers franchise to Tennessee after the 1996 season and McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998 with the goal of bringing the NFL back to the Bayou City. He was awarded the 32nd NFL franchise in October 1999 and the Texans began playing in 2002.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaFrom left to right: Michael Hagerty, Ernie Manouse and Jeff Balke.During a conversation with Houston Matters’ Ernie Manouse and Michael Hagerty Balke, who writes for Houston Press and Houstonia Magazine, also touched on reports that McNair’s management style as an NFL owner put part of his focus on acquiring players who had good reputations and didn’t get in trouble with the law. “He wanted to sort of choose people that were good family people,” Balke noted.Balke highlighted that the controversy over kneeling during the national anthem also impacted McNair, who didn’t support that gesture by NFL players.Richard Drew/AP FileIn this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Houston Texans NFL football team owner Robert “Bob” McNair arrives for meetings at the league headquarters in New York.He came under fire in 2017 when he said “we can’t have the inmates running the prison” during a meeting of the NFL owners about players who kneeled. Subsequently, McNair issued two apologies after the remarks became public, calling it a “very regretful comment.”As for the future of the franchise, Balke underlined that Texans chairman and chief operating officer Cal McNair, son of Bob McNair, has already running the team for about a year and is going to “continue to take the reins of the team.” For Balke, that means the team will remain within the McNair family and its stability is “in good step.”There have been multiple reactions to McNair’s passing since Friday. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner underscored the contributions of the Texans owner to the world of sports but also highlighted the McNair’s family involvement in local philanthropic causes.Former President George H. W. Bush released a statement in which he said McNair “was one of the kindest and most generous people anywhere.”J. Kent Friedman, chairman of the board of the Harris County – Houston Spots Authority, noted also in a statement that McNair took “a $1 billion leap of faith when he pitched Houston to the NFL back in 1999.” “Because of his faith, his vision, his passion, and his integrity,” Friedman’s statement added, “his legacy will extend far beyond the football field.” Sharelast_img read more


first_img Share Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaFishermen on a Galveston Island JettyLeaders from local environmental groups are holding a public forum Thursday night to ask for more input about Ike Dike, the proposed storm barrier system for the Texas Gulf Coast. The massive Army Corps of Engineers project has been in the planning stages for more than a decade, and it’s still raising concerns in the community.Protecting coastal areas from storm surge is expensive, and Galveston Bay advocates say the $32 billion project needs more study before it can be funded. They say they’re still missing answers to key questions about the environmental impact on the region. Bob Stokes, who heads the Galveston Bay Foundation, said it’s also important for the Army Corps to assess whether the plan is up to the challenge of climate change and rising sea levels. “The issue is sea level rise fundamentally,” Stokes said. “You can argue all day about climate change, but we know that our seas are rising. We don’t know what the rates of sea level rise will be, whether it will accelerate. We suspect it will accelerate. But yes, if you’re going to spend $20 or $30 billion, with the biggest portion of that on a floodgate, I would hope they design it for future sea level rise.” Stokes said it’s difficult to overstate the large scale of the project. “Many people have said, ‘oh, we should have constructed this yesterday,’ but in reality if you’re going to design and build a massive structure like this, you need to take the appropriate amount of time on it and make sure you do it correctly,” he said. “And there’s a lot of concerns that a lot of people have that we’d like to see addressed.”The Army Corps has already held a series of meetings for public comment. The Ike Dike project could be ready for Congressional approval by 2021.last_img read more


first_img Can vapes save the world from smoking? 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. Explore further Green House of Japan introduced the new product line of 1GB fast food USB flash memory, series four. The unique USB memory drives come in four standard fast food designs. The good old fashion hamburger, hot dog, pizza and sandwich. The All American fast food diet selections are rivals to other brands selling traditional Sushi USB memory drives. The new fast food selection has not not been priced yet, but the product line and price should be available forthwith. According to Green House Company news the new 1GB USB flash memory drives are capable of storing 355 high quality photos and 256 zipped MP3 music files. It is a high speed USB 2.0 device capable of reading, transferring and organizing the data with ease.Each one of the fast food items are tooled to create a handmade seamless product. The actual USB extension fits easily into any computer, lap top or other device that has a USB port. The lightest lunch fare selection would be the pizza weighing in at around 15 grams. The hamburger, hot dog, and sandwich weigh 30 grams or less. The Fast Food USB flash memory line supports most operating systems, but it does not support “Windows Ready Boost.” The Green House company does provide a one year guarantee and an instruction book is enclosed. See www.green-house.co.jp (translated version), for further information. A novelty fast food product line of 1GB USB flash memory is introduced by Green House of Japan is introduced. Soon you will be able to order a hamburger, pizza, hot dog or sandwich flash memory drive to enhance your on-the-go image. Citation: Fast Food USB Drive Thru: 1GB Pizza, Hamburger To Go, Please (2007, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-fast-food-usb-1gb-pizza.html Pizza to Go 1GB Flash Memory last_img read more


first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Giuseppe and Daniele registered their civil partnership in June 2017 | Photo: supplied It was just another Saturday night in Bacoli, a maritime location 15km west of Naples, Italy. Gay son of bouncer accused of homophobia defends his dadAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?Italy’s new right-wing Minister for Families says gay families ‘don’t exist’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-couple-denied-entry-party-italy/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) ‘They asked exclusively for our IDs. We wanted to take the alcohol test to prove we were completely sober, but they refused,’ Giuseppe said.The two couples then left and went to the central police station in Naples to report the incident.‘We felt humiliated. They diminished us in front of other people,’ lamented Giuseppe. ‘Seeing our rights being denied in such a blatant way was just shameful.’Italian Senator and author of the bill on civil unions Monica Cirinnà told newspaper La Repubblica: ‘If true, this would be a very serious incident.’She prompted local authorities to shed a light on what happened.Giuseppe and Daniele share a kiss during their civil union party, celebrated ironically at a beach club | Photo: suppliedThe venue: ‘People exploit their sexual orientation’‘Homophobia just doesn’t belong here,’ said a spokesperson for Lido Turistico Beach Park. ‘The couples had drunk too much, that is why we didn’t let them in.’The venue released a statement on their Facebook page.‘Some exploit their sexual orientation to blame other people. We’re respectful of every choice, but we reserve the right to refuse anyone entry if they’re not in line with our policy of kindness and respect to others,’ wrote owner Luciano Santini.You might also like:Pope rejects same-sex families and compares abortion to holocaust Giuseppe Pitirollo, 37, and his husband Daniele Bausilio, 28, were having dinner with another couple of friends on 23 June. They decided to go to a beach party organized at Lido Turistico Beach Park. Little did they know they were about to be bounced off for the worst possible reason.The couple claims to have been discriminated against, although the popular venue on the seafront denies all the allegations.A couples-only event in Italy‘We were close by and heard the music coming from the venue, so we tried to get in,’ Giuseppe told Gay Star News.‘The guy at the door told us we couldn’t as we were not with women and the event was couples-only.’Giuseppe then replied they were two couples, highlighting him and Daniele had registered their civil union in June 2017.In Italy, same-sex marriage is not legal. In 2016 the law recognized same-sex civil unions, a milestone in the acceptance of the LGBTI community in the mostly Catholic country.The happy couple on the day of their civil union | Photo: supplied‘This is not a couple’‘The bouncer replied a couple is only made of a woman and a man,’ Giuseppe claimed.When the two couples started protesting, the owner of the venue weighed in. He told them they couldn’t enter the place because they were drunk.Outraged, Giuseppe and Daniele called the Carabinieri, the Italian gendarmerie. Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS-last_img read more


first_imgThe AP first visited the hospital last month and returned this week to get a fuller impression of how its staff is coping amid Syria’s civil war. The routine is as simple as it is brutal: A barrage of shelling echoes over the city, and about 15 minutes later, the wounded flow in.The medics work amid the wails of traumatized children, badly wounded men shouting Islam’s declaration of faith in their final minutes, and rebel fighters holding RPGs mourning dead comrades, with tears streaming down their gunpowder-blackened cheeks.Blood is everywhere. Orderlies mop it up as more wounded arrive. Amid the din of groans and cries for help, a worker spots a severed limb on the floor and tries to break the tension with some black humor.“Anyone missing a foot?” he asks.Once a private clinic owned by a businessman loyal to President Bashar Assad, Dar al-Shifa hospital has been taken over by volunteer doctors, nurses and aides united by their opposition to the regime and the need to give medical care to civilians and rebels.The seven-story hospital stands only 400-500 meters (yards) from the front line in a neighborhood that is heavily shelled. Nearly three months into the rebel offensive in Aleppo, the facility has taken at least six direct hits, mostly affecting the upper stories; its staff uses the bottom three floors. Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   “It’s OK, sweetie. Just ask God to exact revenge on Bashar,” a fighter told the girl, who wore her long brown hair in two ponytails.She grimaced every time she looked at the other patients nearby. A man lying on the floor with a back injury repeatedly shouted, “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.”Addressing the medic treating him, he said in a heart-wrenching voice: “May Allah have mercy on the eyes of your parents.”Next to him was a dying man who did not speak.Next to Fatimah was a man whose right foot was hanging only by his skin. He held a cellphone in his right hand. As the staff walked past him to help others, he tugged at their coats.“May Allah be with you,” he said, pleading for assistance. The man eventually lost his foot and the staff bandaged his leg to stop the bleeding.Rawyah and Bedour, two girls about 9 or 10, were screaming in pain as a doctor and two assistants attended to them. Lying on their backs, they kicked their legs in the air every time bits of shrapnel were removed from their bodies.Undeterred by all the gore, Osman’s two children, Omar and Rushd, wandered around the lobby the same way others their age would walk in a park. Hussein, about 40, with an assault rifle slung across his shoulder, left the group and headed to one side of the hospital’s lobby to offer a brief prayer for Ali. He did not use a prayer mat on the bloodstained floor.Afterward, he tapped his comrades on the shoulder with his blood-soaked hands.“Don’t cry. Just say `thank you, God,’ because he is now a martyr,” he told them, his brown worry beads wrapped around the barrel of his rifle.Al-Sheikh’s body, wrapped in a sky blue sheet, was taken from the ICU and carried outside by the fighters who shouted, “There is no God but Allah.”Thursday morning was ushered in with an airstrike and intense shelling that sounded much closer than the previous day’s attack.There were more injured: a sniper victim who prayed loudly until he succumbed to his chest wound; a child no more than 10 who stared at his severed left foot lying in front of him; a man who begged for help and was told firmly by a medic: “Act as a believer and wait for your turn.”The overwhelmed staff asked those with superficial wounds to go home and come back later.“My brother is dying!” cried a young man as he stood next to his wounded sibling. “For God’s sake, people, come and help him!” A fighter carrying an RPG launcher on his shoulder walked over the wounded on the floor as he made his way to the narrow staircase leading to the X-ray room in the basement. A woman wearing the Muslim hijab and a blood-soaked black coat was on a gurney waiting for someone to attend to her. A man on the floor had a hole in his back the size of a tennis ball.“May God curse Bashar Assad until he goes to his grave!” yelled a man in a loose gray robe. “He is a pig and son of a dog! May Allah curse his father, tanks and guns!”The lobby was swiftly cleared of the wounded. Relatives took them away, either to their homes or to better-equipped hospitals in northern Aleppo province or in government-controlled areas of the city.The respite did not last long. A series of blasts shortly after 4 p.m. brought a fresh wave of wounded, many of them children.“Uncle, please take me to my mum at home,” said one of them, a 9-year-old named Fatimah, pleading to a journalist.Fatimah only had shrapnel wounds to her arms and lower torso, but she clearly was in shock. She had been shopping with three aunts and several cousins when a shell fell on the street nearby. One of her aunts died in the hospital. “Don’t worry about them. They’ve become used to this,” he said. “As a family, we made a decision to live together. There is no such thing as a safe place. So, we live here and we die here. At least we will die while providing a service to our cause.”Rushd played with three screwdrivers, which she used to try and make a hole in a wall. She seemed totally oblivious to the cries of pain.“The psychological pressure on us is tremendous,” said Abu el-Baraa, a 23-year-old army medic who deserted his unit in July in rural Damascus and also asked to be identified by his nickname out of fear of retaliation. To avoid arrest, he walked for five days in the countryside and then obtained an ID card of an older brother that he used to get past army checkpoints on the road to Aleppo.“This has been a miserable day par excellence,” he said of Wednesday.Around 9 p.m., guerrilla commander Sheikh Hussein and a band of armed fighters in camouflage fatigues stormed into the hospital carrying a wounded man named Ali Al-Sheikh, who died minutes later.“Ali has been martyred, you guys,” Hussein said, fighting back tears.His men began weeping. One punched the metal door of an out-of-order elevator and another sat with his face buried in his hands. Top Stories Dr. Abu Rayan was preparing to meet his wife and two children across town in a government-controlled area of Aleppo, using a fake ID to get him through checkpoints. But he delayed his departure to help out.Then the power went off, and an overworked generator kicked in as the sound of shelling got louder.“I don’t know whether we will ever be able to lead normal lives again,” Osman said. “Will we have dreams and ambitions like regular people, or have we been scarred forever?”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Most of the surrounding apartment blocks are badly damaged and deserted, with the only evidence of life being the fluttering of clothes on laundry lines or an occasional resident stepping onto a balcony to get a better cellphone signal.Dar al-Shifa has only seven doctors, two of whom are trained for emergency duties, and two nurses. The atmosphere is a bizarre and somewhat unnerving mixture of urgency, nonchalance, resolve and anger.The staff smokes freely in the corridors, watching TV during breaks in treating the waves of wounded. Dr. Osman al-Haj Osman even has moved his wife and two small children into the facility in order to be close to them.Hospital officials say they see about 100-120 cases a day, of which 10 or 15 are children. Eighty percent of the cases are of civilians; the rest are mostly rebel fighters. In the 24-hour period that the AP was there on Wednesday and Thursday, the hospital’s records showed nine dead and 107 wounded.Because the hospital has no morgue, the dead are left on the sidewalk outside, where it is cooler. If the bodies are not identified and claimed within 12 hours, they are photographed and then buried. Residents who come to the hospital looking for missing relatives are shown the photos and _ if they recognize a loved one _ are given the choice of exhuming the remains for reburial elsewhere. Associated PressALEPPO, Syria (AP) – The injured arrive at the hospital in taxis or in the back of pickup trucks, to the blare of car horns and shouts of “Help!”Sometimes, they are battle-hardened rebels with gaping wounds. Sometimes, they are children, peppered with shrapnel and screaming in pain.Those who die are left on the sidewalk outside, to be claimed hours later by relatives.An Associated Press team spent 24 hours at Dar al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo and witnessed the frantic work by overtaxed doctors and nurses to save those wounded in the battle for control of Syria’s largest city. Sponsored Stories Nearby, Zakariya Khojah lay on a gurney, a tube draining a wound in his side. He had a lifeless stare fixed on the ceiling. Standing at his side was his 13-year-old son, Bashar.“Papa, is there anything hurting you beside your chest?” the boy asked. The father replied with a slow shake of his head.“I was walking just ahead of him when a bomb fell close to us,” Bashar said. “He’s all I got. My mother died three years ago.”The patient was later moved to a chair because the gurney was needed for someone else. Several hours later, he was brought outside to a pickup.“I fear that my father may not get better,” Bashar said before climbing in beside him.Around 3:10 p.m., shortly after artillery blasts were heard nearby, a wave of wounded arrived. Frantic men screamed, “Emergency! Emergency!” as they carried the casualties inside.In minutes, the small, three-bed intensive care unit was filled, and the overflow of patients had to be treated on the floor of the lobby.“Where are you guys? Hurry up, please, guys!” yelled one of the escorts. Others shouted, “God is great!”Word quickly spread that the wounded, about 15 in all, had been standing in a bread line when a shell fell nearby. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Quick workouts for men Osman, 30, spoke of the snap life-and-death decisions that he and others have to make when the hospital is flooded by casualties two or three times a day.“I have to make a choice between a child with a 10 percent chance of survival and one with a 25 percent chance,” he said.“Our cruelest moments are when we get a child whose foot or part of his leg is only held by skin and we have to amputate,” according to Osman, who said he was jailed and tortured by the Syrian regime twice since the start of the uprising in March 2011. “In the early days, we used to cry when we had a child with a severe injury, then recharge our psychological energy before we return to work.“Now, there is just no time for that.”When AP journalists first arrived Wednesday afternoon, there were only a handful of patients being treated. Dr. Abu Rayan, who studied medicine in Moscow, stood in one corner chatting with two members of the hospital’s pharmaceutical team. The doctor asked to be identified by his nickname for fear of retribution.A man approached him, complaining of pain from shrapnel lodged in his right leg.“Forget it, it will never come out,” the 35-year-old doctor told him with a smile.last_img

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