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Harris lands 2020 endorsement from 2 Black Caucus members

Harris lands 2020 endorsement from 2 Black Caucus members

first_imgBaltimore: Two more members of the Congressional Black Caucus are backing Kamala Harris’s bid for the presidency: Reps. Bobby Rush of Illinois and Frederica Wilson of Florida. Endorsements from the caucus, which counts more than 50 members, could be influential in the Democratic presidential primary. With these two new supporters, Harris now has six endorsements from the CBC. Rush has been sharply critical of former Vice President Joe Biden in the wake of comments in which he recalled working alongside two segregationist Southern senators. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Rush told Politico that Biden, another Democratic presidential candidate, was “wholly out of touch and woefully ignorant of the nuances of the black American experience.” Rush will serve as Harris’ Illinois campaign chair. Rush said Harris was “the only candidate prepared to fight for all Americans against a Trump Administration that has left them behind” and that she is a “once-in-a-lifetime leader” who “exemplifies what global leadership is all about.” Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingHarris and Biden clashed during the first Democratic primary debate after Harris, who is black, directly challenged Biden over his history of opposing school integration through federally ordered busing. Harris said Biden’s recollections of working with the two senators were hurtful. Harris’s campaign announced on Saturday that she had raised 2 million in the first 24 hours following the start of Thursday’s debate. Aides to her campaign said she received donations from 63,277 people, and that 58 percent of those donors had not contributed to her campaign before.last_img read more

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

Dance has increased my brand as an artiste Nora Fatehi

first_imgNew Delhi: Nora Fatehi moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood. She even managed to bag a few acting projects initially, including “Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans” and “Crazy Cukkad Family”, but these were low-profile projects and she went unnoticed. Then, her appearance on “Bigg Boss” and the dance numbers “Manohari” in “Baahubali: The Beginning” changed the tide. People started noticing Nora, and soon she was belting out the hit dance numbers, “Dilbar” (“Satyamev Jayate”) and “O saki saki” (“Batla House”). Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The 27-year-old is currently in the spotlight as Bollywood’s new dancing sensation, and she credits her “dance performances” for all the fame coming her way. “I started my career as an actor but my acting skills did not get a lot of attention, and then I started doing whatever came my way. I got the opportunity to feature in hit songs, and I tried to showcase my dancing skills through them. Despite not being a trained dancer, I became a dancing sensation, which I would not have expected 10 years back. I just went with the flow. It was not planned. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “I am now where I am just because of my dance performances. People paid attention to me because of my dances. I feel my dance performances are helping in growing my brand as an artiste, as a lot of projects – including acting roles – are coming my way. Doors have opened for me,” Nora told IANS. Acting will always be Nora’s priority. Apart from flaunting her dance moves in “Batla House” recently, Nora got a chance to show her acting skills in a cameo role. “My focus has always been acting ever since I came India. Unfortunately, I did not start off well but now makers are approaching me with good roles and I am also trying to challenge myself, and put my best into everything. In the beginning, I had a problem speaking fluent Hindi but with time I have tried to improve myself. I really wanted to show people that I can act in Hindi, and I feel in ‘Batla House’ I have proved it,” she added. Nora also appears with actor Vicky Kaushal in the music video of Arijit Singh’s new non-film single, “Pachtaoge”. In the song, too, Nora showcases her acting skills as well as dance moves. According to her, “Pachtaoge” has given her a chance to prove her versatility. “The song is very different from what I have been doing so far. It taught me how to enact different emotions along with dance,” she concluded.last_img read more

Engagement of NonAligned Movement vital in tackling todays challenges Ban

Engagement of NonAligned Movement vital in tackling todays challenges Ban

15 July 2009The engagement of the international grouping of over 100 countries known as the Non-Aligned Movement is vital to solving today’s common problems, from climate change and the economic crisis to ensuring a world free of nuclear weapons, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. “It is abundantly clear that no country – regardless of size or resources – can solve problems alone,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the high-level segment of the 15th NAM Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.“That raises the stakes and the space for the Non-Aligned Movement to shape a better world,” he added. “Now more than ever, your engagement is very vital to achieving global solutions to our common problems.”The Secretary-General noted that the Movement’s commitment to peace naturally led it to place high value on a world free of weapons of mass destruction. “All countries should recognize that disarmament contributes to development – and that both are critical to peace,” he said.Among recent progress, he said that, with the support of many Non-Aligned countries, the Conference on Disarmament broke its 12-year impasse and preparations for the review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are gaining momentum. In addition, he welcomed the recently announced pledge by the leaders of the United States and Russia to reducing their nuclear arsenals. “But the challenges remain immense if we are ever to achieve a world without nuclear weapons,” Mr. Ban stated, adding that it is not only weapons of mass destruction that demand a concerted international response. Conventional arms continue to destabilize the world, and small arms and light weapons are overwhelmingly the weapon of choice in violent conflicts, he noted.The Secretary-General added that NAM’s longstanding commitment to development and social justice also resonates today as the world faces a severe economic and financial crisis. “All countries are feeling the effects, but some developing countries are suffering most, including millions of people living in the NAM States, particularly those emerging from conflict. The impact will likely be even graver in the future,” he said.The UN chief also pointed out that efforts to move the global economy in a greener, more sustainable direction and improve food security and energy access for the poor can also contribute to creating the more equitable world that NAM has always envisioned. In addition, he highlighted the effort to “seal the deal” at Copenhagen later this year on an ambitious new climate change pact aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.“We need to mobilize the political momentum for an equitable and effective deal,” said Mr. Ban. “Your participation is vital – I count on you to attend.”On his arrival in Egypt yesterday, Mr. Ban met with Libyan leader Muammar Al-Qadhafi, with whom he discussed major challenges in Africa, including Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia-Eritrea, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He met today with Eyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and they discussed the way forward in the Middle East, climate change, Sudan, and Somalia. The Secretary-General also meet with President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka, with whom he raised the issue of conditions in the camps housing internally displaced persons (IDPs), as well as the arrests of UN staff.Meanwhile, his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani focused on the fact-finding probe into the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto which is visiting Pakistan this week, and upcoming meetings of the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan.Also in Sharm el-Sheikh today, the Secretary-General addressed the First Ladies Summit on women in crisis management. “We need to view women as agents of change. This is what we are doing at the United Nations. We advocate for women, but more than that, we involve women,” he stated. Mr. Ban noted that under his tenure as Secretary-General, more women have been appointed to senior positions than ever before, nearly tripling their number in top managerial roles.The Secretary-General’s wife, Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, also participated in the First Ladies Summit, convened by Egypt’s First Lady, Suzanne Mubarak.In her remarks, Mrs. Ban stressed that when women have social equality and assurance to be able to make their own decisions, they can help solve the world’s many problems. Women hold the key to tackling the financial crisis and the problem of hunger, but the question is how to turn that key and unlock the solution, she added.Mrs. Ban urged all the First Ladies of the NAM States to take their influence and combine strengths to help the world’s women, so as to benefit their children as well as change the entire world for the better. read more

Security Council looks forward to peaceful second round in Liberian presidential poll

Security Council looks forward to peaceful second round in Liberian presidential poll

In a press statement ahead of the 8 November second round, the 15-member body urged “all Liberian stakeholders to remain committed to the legitimate political process, exercise maximum restraint and work together to build confidence in the electoral system.”Sixteen candidates, including incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, ran in the first round, with no one winning the necessary 50 per cent plus one of the total votes. Ms. Johnson Sirleaf, who garnered 43.9 per cent of the nearly 1.3 million votes will face runner-up Winston A. Tubman, who won 32.7 per cent, in the November run-off in the West African country.The Council called on “international and national stakeholders, including civil society, to deploy as many electoral observers as possible, as invited by the Government of Liberia to monitor the second round.”The UN has maintained a peacekeeping force in Liberia (UNMIL) since 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a decade of war that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries. Its mandate includes helping to restore the rule of law and democratic processes as well as facilitating humanitarian assistance. It has a current strength of 7,775 troops and over 1,300 police officers. UNMIL provided logistical support for the delivery of voter registration materials to remote locations and helped the national police develop an integrated security and contingency plan in the run-up to the poll, and deployed more ground troops and increased air patrols to improve security and reassure voters as they cast their ballot on election day.Ms. Johnson Sirleaf won the first presidential election after the war in 2005, becoming the first elected woman head of State in Africa in what UN officials called a peaceful and transparent vote. 26 October 2011The Security Council today praised Liberians for the orderly conduct of the first round of presidential elections earlier this month and voiced hope for an equally peaceful second round in a country that the United Nations helped to recover from a disastrous civil war. read more

Chandrika reiterates commitment to address missing persons issue

Chandrika reiterates commitment to address missing persons issue

Former President and Chairperson of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga reiterated the commitment of the Government to address the missing persons issue.Speaking at a media briefing, Kumaratunga said that repeated calls by families of the disappeared to the Government and the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation in early 2015 resulted in actively pursuing a process to facilitate a “Certificate of Absence” (COA) in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs. The issuance of a death certificate entitles the next of kin of those affected by conflict or natural disasters, to various benefits accorded by the State. In the case of missing persons, as a death certificate has not been issued, the family members do not receive benefits.The COA could be used to apply for benefits under any social welfare scheme and temporarily manage the property, assets of the missing person and act as a provisional guardian for the dependent children of the missing person under the supervision of the district court. This will help families of the affected to be entitled for benefits and resolve social issues which have arisen as a direct result of not being able to trace the whereabouts of a loved one.The application for a Certificate of Absence could be made by a relative to the missing person who is a spouse, children (adopted, non-marital, step), parents, full or half brothers or sisters, in laws, grand parents and grand children.The COA will be issued initially for a period of 02 years with the possibility of extending it. The COA has been used in several other countries that have faced similar situations. Cabinet, which met yesterday, approved the draft legislation enabling the issuance of Certificates of Absence. Kumaratunga emphasized that the “Certificate of Absence” will help families affected by the war, including families of the Military and Police personnel who are still declared “Missing in Action” and other civilians whose whereabouts are unknown. The draft legislation which involves an amendment to the Registration of Deaths (Temporary Provisions) Act, No. 19 of 2010 will now be gazetted and the process of presentation to Parliament will commence. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sri Lanka negotiating comprehensive FTA with China

Sri Lanka negotiating comprehensive FTA with China

“Along with GSP + Sri Lanka will soon have market access to India, China, and Europe, making the country a unique destination for investment. This network of FTAs will enable Sri Lanka to meaningful integrate into regional value chains to drive future trade and economic growth,” he said. Samaraweera said that macroeconomic conditions have stabilized in Sri Lanka, setting the stage for investment and economic growth.He said the Government is committed to further facilitation of the investment climate through a well thought out programme for eliminating barriers in the business environment.The Minister said a clear set of comprehensive investment incentives have also been spelled out and Sri Lanka is poised to be a major source of investment for companies looking to use Sri Lanka as a base to tap into the fast growing Indian Ocean region. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka says it is negotiating comprehensive Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with China and India, Asia Pacific Daily reported.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera noted that Sri Lanka recently signed its very first comprehensive FTA with Singapore. The Finance Minister expressed these views while addressing a business conclave held in Colombo.“Over the years, alack of economic stability has been a major hindrance to doing business in Sri Lanka. As a result, economic growth in the post war years has been dominated by debt financed state investments.Such a model is unsustainable. With a growing debt stock the government finds it difficult to balance public investment and debt servicing. It is in this context that our Government has shifted to a private sector, export, and FDI, led model of economic growth. The state will play a key role in smart regulation, setting a robust institutional framework, and targeted interventions to ensure social justice and equity,” he said. He said that comprehensive FTAs are now being negotiated with China, India, and other ASEAN nations. read more

UN agriculture project to help farmers in Nuba Mountains region of Sudan

UN agriculture project to help farmers in Nuba Mountains region of Sudan

The project – which aims to revive degraded agricultural land, create dams and build up stores of seeds – is designed to benefit farmers living on both sides of the long-running civil conflict between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). Last month representatives of Khartoum and the SPLM initialled three protocols aimed at ending that conflict in southern Sudan. A full, final peace agreement is expected within two to three months. FAO said in a statement today that the project would contribute to political and social reconstruction in the Nuba Mountains, which are mainly in Southern Kordofan Province and part of the contested area between the Sudanese Government and the SPLM. Anne Bauer, FAO’s Director of Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division, said: “Through its emergency projects, FAO is equally targeting government- and SPLM-held areas on the basis of need.” Farmers will receive farming tools made by local blacksmiths, as well as drought-resistant varieties of groundnut, sesame, cowpea, maize and sorghum seeds. read more

UK weather Snow causes chaos as temperatures lowest for seven years latest

UK weather Snow causes chaos as temperatures lowest for seven years latest

10:27AMThe best pictures from the big freeze No, not France vs Wales, but Bath’s game against Gloucester, which was supposed to kick off tomorrow at 2:30pm. Cars stuck in the snow on the A30Credit:PA The roads really are terrible near Basingstoke on the M3.Please do not travel unless in an emergency, is the warning. We are aware of major problems with displaced traffic and snow conditions in the south of the District. The M3 is closed at J5 and around Odiham towards Alton and Farnham we are getting reports of people stuck in their vehicles. Please do not travel unless in an emergency.— Hart District (@HartCouncil) February 1, 2019 But the relentless hard work of volunteers meant that some fixtures may survive the big freeze. The A39 in Minehead on Exmoor on ThursdayCredit:Jay Williams Here are the best of our rugby union experts’ predictions and analysis: Six Nations 2019 predictions: Our experts’ verdict on the finishing table – does anyone tip England for glory? Six Nations 2019 latest odds: Ireland favourites but England and Wales are heavily fancied to run them close Mick Cleary |  Forget the tribal froth and nonsense – and prepare for an epic Six NationsAnd why not sign up to The Telegraph’s Six Nations Fantasy Rugby competition to be in with a chance of winning £5,000?All the details here: Telegraph Fantasy Rugby: Your last chance to play our free 2019 Six Nations with £5,000 jackpot prize Commuters were left frustrated by the jargon, so here is what a points failure actually means: Points are movable sections of track, allowing trains to move from one line to another. Like signals, points can fail. They might get clogged with debris or ice, the drive mechanism might fail or, in hot weather, they might expand too much.When points do fail, they are often secured in one position so trains can pass over. This keeps lines open and trains moving, but will cause disruption because certain stations will not be able to be served and congestion will build on the line that is open.  Challenging driving conditions and delays #M3 #A303 and #A34 in #Hampshire #Wiltshire at the moment due to weather conditions. Please take extra care! We’re working with @HantsPolice @wiltshirepolice to clear incidents as quickly as possible.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) February 1, 2019 ⚠️*NEW 01/02* Due to overrunning Network Rail engineering works between Weybridge and Earlsfield all lines are blocked. Trains running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes. Disruption is expected until 09:00 01/02. https://t.co/Ssj2lzz3Xm— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 Conditions on #A30 around #Temple have improved, with our teams of gritters, ploughers and recovery agents working flat out all night, along with @DC_Police and @CornwallFRS . If anyone has left their vehicle in situ on the A30, advice is to return to it as soon as you can.— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 Does it have to be from today? Here’s a couple from over the years… pic.twitter.com/FnGIhOz3tk— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) February 1, 2019 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. Heavy snow causes travel chaos this eveningLondon City Airport forced to close runwayMotorists facing severe delays in Cornwall as M3 branded “impassable”British Airways cancels some Heathrow flightsTemperatures plunge as low as minus 15.4CWeather warning issued for areas just outside LondonUnion warns bosses not to force staff to come to workCold weather wardrobe: 10 pieces to see you through the chillCommuters face another evening of misery as snow and ice is building up in the south of England.A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.London City Airport announced it had closed its runway due to heavy snow, resulting in flight cancellations.Meanwhile, up to 19cm of snow had settled at RAF Odiham in Hampshire, according to the Met Office.There are challenging driving conditions and delays on the M3, A303 and A34 in Hampshire and Wiltshire.More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday.This morning, the weather caused chaos across Britain’s rail network, roads and airports. The Met Office warned of an additional 5cm of snow on top of the existing blanketing, meaning there was a potential risk to life.  @GD10 pic.twitter.com/UZPk2QhKeT— Dragons 🏉 (@dragonsrugby) February 1, 2019 While dozens of schools were closed today across the south west, some children in the home counties have held a snowman competition.Cooks Spinney Primary is looking for likes for the best snowman…My favourite is the Squirrels. 4:51PMFriday’s weather, in pictures The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Totem earlier this month A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West countryCredit:Paul Gillis/SWNS Just a frosty one for us ❄️☃️ pic.twitter.com/nDi97tVWUz— Ospreys (@ospreys) February 1, 2019 A weather warning is in force for #snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening. Further accumulations of 2 or 3cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm 🌨️🌨️🌨️ Stay #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/hy1y4jASyo— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 Overnight snow caused flights to be grounded across the country, including the complete closure of the runways at Bristol and Bournemouth. Drivers were forced to abandon their cars in the evening commute on Thursday, with more than 100 people seeking refuge at a pub on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall having ditched their vehicles on the A30. Police forces across the country are warning motorists to consider if their journeys are necessary before heading out on Friday and be “extremely careful” if have to travel by road.On the rail network Southeastern and Transport for Wales have altered their services on Friday as a result of the adverse conditions.The South Western Railway was planning to run a normal timetable, but warned some early services may need to be cancelled as routes are cleared.Meanwhile Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express were expected to run normally, although all passengers were urged to check before they travel in case the conditions impact services.Transport for London also advised passengers to check their service status before setting off. Welsh rugby fans and pundits trying to get to Paris for the opener of the Six Nations faced being stranded after flight cancellations due to snow.Disruptions to flights from airports in Cardiff and Bristol left queues of fans facing a race against time to get to France ahead of Friday’s evening kick-off.France are due to host Wales in the first game of the tournament at 8pm GMT at the Stade de France.Ex Wales captain and BBC pundit Sam Warburton was one of the passengers due to fly on the cancelled 9.30am flight from Cardiff Airport to Charles de Gaulle.He told BBC Wales: “A few of the guys went over yesterday from Bristol. I was doing some work last night for the BBC so we knew we would be cutting it fine this morning, but I am sure we will all be fine.”I am probably too laid back for my own good so I don’t mind at all.”I have got 12 hours to get out there. Even if I need to get the Eurostar or something I am sure I will be there for kick-off so I am not worried at all.”The Welsh team and management travelled from their base in the Vale of Glamorgan to France on Thursday, and a spokesman for the WRU told The Telegraph there were no travel disruptions affecting the team.  In Bristol more than half of the city’s schools were closed due to the weather and roadside refuse and recycling collections have been cancelled.The city council said all priority roads have been gritted and are open but side roads and pavements may remain difficult.An inquest taking place today at Avon Coroner’s Court at Flax Bourton, near Bristol, was cancelled due to the weather.In Gloucestershire waste and recycling collections have also been cancelled across Cotswold district. Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, DorsetCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA 6:58AMIt’s #Snowmageddon Snow at Gatwick airportCredit:PA This is Dex, who is on the M3, heading towards Basingstoke.Please take extra care, say the police The U.K. may be experiencing the lowest temperatures for seven years, but spare a thought for America, in the grips of a #PolarVortex View our U.S. polar vortex gallery and watch our video of this year’s British and American winters side-by-side:https://t.co/SxzdYrs191 pic.twitter.com/4AUlpXmdtg— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 1, 2019 It’s 5pm and time for a roads update.Heading from London and South East towards the South West this evening?Please be aware there are severe delays on M3 and A303 routes due to the weather this afternoon.The A38 is now fully open in both directions following the earlier collision. There’s no significant delays in the area.But on the A303, there are delays from Chicklade to Mere in Wiltshire and a further accident on the A303 at the M3 J8 to Bullington. You may wish to consider remaining on M3 and consider alternative routes if you’re in that part of the world.This is what it currently looks like: The Bristol Old Vic was built in 1766 and has a unique place in British theatre history, having nurtured the talents of countless famous actors from Daniel Day-Lewis and Greta Scacchi to Peter O’Toole and Jeremy Irons.Stirling Prize-winning architects Haworth Tompkins led the theatre’s redesign, which includes a full-height timber and glass-fronted foyer that reveals the original auditorium facade to the street for the first time.The internal layout has been transformed, with the restoration of the Georgian Coopers’ Hall, a new studio theatre created in the old barrel vaults and mezzanine galleries.The project is the second stage of a 10-year, £26 million programme to completely overhaul and safeguard the future of the theatre.During the visit, the duke and duchess will drop in on a workshop attended by local schoolchildren, which is part of Bristol Old Vic’s outreach programme.At Empire Fighting Chance, the couple will meet young people using the gym, speak to coaches about the positive impact boxing is having on Bristol’s youngsters, and watch a couple of training sessions attended by primary and secondary school pupils. #Snow continues to affect parts of England and Wales, with an amber warning in force – stay #weatheraware in these difficult driving conditions #uksnow https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs pic.twitter.com/nOHrLZXix0— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 A woman rides a bike along a road with snow-covered trees near Haytor on Dartmoor, DevonCredit:APEX The Twitter exchange between Sam Warburton and Sonja McLaughlanCredit:Twitter Spare a though for our friends across the (frozen) pond.Click through to view our stunning gallery. 5:45PMAt least we aren’t in Chicago… Snowfall in South Harrow, west London A woman rides a bike along a road with snow-covered trees near Haytor on Dartmoor, Devon Some of our amazing passengers choosing a singalong to keep upbeat during the snowy weather 🎶❄️ pic.twitter.com/OoMigFLcJV— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019 4:38PMLandslip sees 1,000 tonnes of hillside cut off access to village A landslip at a village in Cornwall blocked off vehicle access to around 30 homes and kept other cars trapped inside a cul-de-sac.Around 1,000 tonnes of hillside collapsed on to the narrow Scrations Lane, in the village of Lostwithiel, but no-one was injured and no property damaged, Cornwall Council said. Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge swims through frozen over Loch InshCredit:WENN 4:36PMWeather forecast for the weekend As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries. pic.twitter.com/hvBRoAp63z— Bristol Airport (@BristolAirport) February 1, 2019 People walk through the snow in Braemar, where temperatures plunged as low as -15.4CCredit:Getty Oh My Word….. pic.twitter.com/Wnx0MxCFUf— Hartley Wintney FC (@HartleyFC) February 1, 2019 2:04PMFootball and rugby clubs frozen out for the weekend  ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* Due to a broken down train at Petersfield the Guildford bound line is blocked. Train services running through this station will be delayed. Disruption is expected until 11:00. https://t.co/imkvCCexC2— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 3:08PMRoads begin to reopen in Swindon The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire are covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. Rugby fans hoping to get to Paris for the Six Nations opener are facing an anxious wait with the snow continuing to cause problems. Bristol Airport updated passengers to say the disruption would continue into the afternoon while staff attempt to clear the snow.Wales fans refuse to let the delays dampen their spirits:  5:55PMThe sun is shining on some Englishmen… Bloody great shift getting snow off the pitch,thank you all who turned up,brilliant effort👊👊👊👊👊👊@HerefordFC pic.twitter.com/i833dPJAMa— Ben (@benbowen1979) February 1, 2019 A yellow severe weather warning for #snow & #ice has been issued for Monday : https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs. Stay #weatheraware @metofficeuk pic.twitter.com/tGFETxAcEK— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 Met Office meteorologist Emma Smith said: “There is still sleet and snow across southern counties, the band is currently sitting across the south-west and Wales and across to East Anglia and London.”It’s kind of pivoting in place and it’s not really moving very far. What will be happening to it is it will get patchier as it goes on, but it could cause some disruption to rush hour.”Temperatures are widely below freezing so there’s icy stretches so people will have to take care going into work.”By lunchtime temperatures in the South East are expected to nudge towards 4C, meaning the sleet and snow should turn to rain.However the rest of the country, with the exception of southern Scotland and Northern Ireland, is expected to see wintry showers persist into Friday evening.”Into the afternoon those showers will go into the Pennines and the Peak District as well,” Ms Smith said. pic.twitter.com/dWlQiLX9jh— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) February 1, 2019 6:45AMAirports affected There were also vehicles stuck on the A39 between Winnards Perch and Wagebridge, and Cornwall Council tweeted: “Please stay with your car. We have gritters on the way and they will clear the roads as quickly as possible.”Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service said motorists were stuck on the A38 near Haldon Hill and the A380 near Ideford Dip.Emergency services have warned drivers to stay in their cars and keep warm.Across Devonshire 34 schools said they would be closed or partially closed on Friday and 35 schools across Cornwall also said they would not be opening, according to the two county councils. The famous Stade de France (sans the expected 80,000 fans). #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/53o0YlFfle— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) February 1, 2019 The BBC’s rugby talent are facing a race against time to get to France ahead of the Six Nations opening fixture tonight. Wales face Les Bleus at the Stade de France for an 8pm kick off (GMT), but coverage starts more than half an hour beforehand. Former Wales captain Sam Warburton is one of the pundits for the game and journalist Sonja McLaughlan is also down to work the fixture. But both were still in the UK on Friday afternoon.  Blenheim Palace in the snowCredit:BNPS Four flights from Cardiff to Paris are still expected to depart at 1.05pm on Friday afternoon.The airport is advising passengers to check live flight information on their website and contact airlines directly for information.Bristol Airport said all flights were cancelled until at least midday due to snow, including flights to Paris.The airport said on their Twitter page: “As a result of continued adverse weather, our teams are working hard to clear the airfield. Due to the volume of snowfall, the airfield will remain closed until 1200. A further update will be given as the situation changes. Please contact your airline for specific flight queries.”Rugby fan Leon Brown said he was due to fly out of Bristol at 2pm, but had received a text to say his flight had already been cancelled.He said he was now looking to sell his two match tickets, adding: “We did look at the Eurostar. Should never had sold my 4×4. I would have drove.” 9:54AMMore than half of Bristol’s schools closed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s visit to Bristol is still scheduled to go ahead despite the Arctic conditions that have covered the West Country in a blanket of snow.Harry and Megan are due to spend the day in the city, where dozens of local schools are shut because of the wintry weather and Bristol Airport closed during the morning.Organisers of the couple’s first engagement – a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multimillion-pound restoration – said they were still expecting the duke and duchess.A Bristol Old Vic spokeswoman said: “We are still going ahead so far, there have been no messages to say otherwise.”Harry and Meghan will be taken on a guided tour of the revamped theatre, which has been entertaining audiences for more than 250 years.During the day the couple will also meet well-wishers on a walkabout and travel to Empire Fighting Chance, a charity using boxing to support children failing at school and in danger of drifting into a life of unemployment or even crime. 6:26PMHampshire suffering in the snow When?Between 4:20am and 11am on FridayWhere? Bracknell ForestBuckinghamshireHampshireOxfordshireReadingSloughSurreyWest BerkshireWindsor and MaidenheadWokinghamWhat to expect?Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengersSome delays and cancellations to rail are likely, and perhaps air travelThere is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut offPower cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phone coverage, may be affectedFurther detailsFollowing overnight snowfall an area of snow is likely to continue during Friday morning. Further accumulations are expected with 5 cm new snow in places on top of any existing snow cover. 5:54AMAmber weather warning issued Great news, well done team 👏 https://t.co/1pQDNE92rc— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) February 1, 2019 It’s awful, please avoid it pic.twitter.com/7GvOz2YnEj— Dex (@dexgrigg_) February 1, 2019 11:20AMWeather warnings continue on Monday 5:58AMMotorists urged to return to vehicles 9:38AMMet Office’s outlook for the day A man - Olly Danning - skis through Wadebridge town centre in Cornwall A man – Olly Danning – skis through Wadebridge town centre in CornwallCredit:Apex As the UK wakes up, social media users are sharing pictures of the snow that has fallen overnight. 9:00AMNew amber weather warning – the what, the when and the where Fixtures up and down the country are likely to fall foul of the weather this weekend thanks to frozen ground and a thick layer of snow covering pitches. Here are a selection of photographs showing the normally-green arenas dressed in white.  ▶ Wales make the journey from their Vale of Glamorgan HQ to the north of Paris. Mae bach o eira i weld yn y brifddinas Ffrainc heno ‘ma. #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/ILqNqtXwDy— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 30, 2019 One resident in Basingstoke gallantly playing his part to spread grit on the road. 5:31PMTake care on your drive home Last night it was all doom and gloom in Antigua. England’s cricket team slumped to a miserable 187 all out and Joe Root looked like he’d rather be stuck on the A30 in Cornwall.Today in the West Indies, things are looking up, with England bowling, West Indies four wickets down and that Caribbean sun shining.Rob Bagchi with the updates It might be a couple of days old, but there’s no harm in sharing the joy snow can bring. Here is a video of a dog sliding down a snow-covered hill:  Bournemouth Airport has become the latest airport to cancel flights due to the snow. It said its airfield was closed “until further notice” due to snow.It said: “Clearing operations are under way and a further update will be made at 0700.”Earlier Bristol Airport suspended flights until at least midday while the runway was cleared.Snow was also seen falling at Heathrow, where British Airways altered a number of short-haul flights on Thursday, and passengers using the hub were being told to stay in contact with their airlines before travelling.Gatwick Airport also saw flurries, although the airport was advising passengers it was planning on operating as normal on Friday. Cricket fans at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, One resident in Basingstoke gallantly playing his part to spread grit on the road.Credit:Andrew Matthews/PA  Cars stuck on the A30 on Thursday It’s competition time. Which snowman is the best? Who will get the most likes? This one is Squirrels entry #Snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/FTbbDCujmD— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 Cars stuck on the A30 on ThursdayCredit:Sinstance ⚠️ *NEW 01/02* – Due to a points problem between Petersfield and Guildford the London bound line is blocked. Train services running through these stations may be cancelled or diverted via Eastleigh. Disruption is expected until 08:00 01/02 https://t.co/imkvCCexC2— SWR Help (@SW_Help) February 1, 2019 Snow covers houses in Gold Hill, in Shaftesbury, Dorset The Met Office has issued a yellow severe weather warning for Monday:  Any volunteers who can help please turn up at 830am tomorrow to clear the snow from around the ground and taking covers off the pitch. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/8y3fiRHeVA— Accrington Stanley FC (@ASFCofficial) February 1, 2019 10:52AMSix Nations disruption as ex-Wales captain struggles to reach opening game A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked after a council gritter lorry overturned Motorists who abandoned their vehicles on the A30 in Cornwall are being urged to return as as soon as possible.More than 100 people ditched their vehicles to stay the night in the Jamaica Inn  on Bodmin Moor. Highways England says teams of gritters have been working through the night to clear the A30 near Temple and conditions have improved.  Volunteers are currently hard at work clearing snow off of the training pitch ready for tonight’s trial sessions. Look us up if you are 18, with a mic and a Full Back looking for a premiership team.@TheVFL_ @TheVFLPlayerHub pic.twitter.com/EePomSwz1j— VFL Peterborough XB1 (@PeterboroughVfl) February 1, 2019 10:34AMDuke and Duchess of Sussex trip to Bristol still scheduled  British Airways cancelled or merged a number of short-haul flights from Heathrow Airport because of the adverse weather conditions.The airline urged customers to check their flight status for cancellations.”Safety is always our priority, and we’re working hard to keep our operation moving. We’re sorry that some of our services are being delayed by the weather conditions,” a spokeswoman said.Flights to and from Bristol Airport have been suspended due to the weather.The airport tweeted: “All flights are currently suspended until 0800 whilst our teams work to clear the runway and other operational areas.”Please refer to your airline for specific flight information.” 🧹All hands on deck as members of staff from first team coaches to @AcademyOUFC staff helped clear the training pitch this morning so the first team could get some contact time on the grass 💪#oufc pic.twitter.com/Kg8yniezfG— Oxford United FC (@OUFCOfficial) February 1, 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Totem earlier this monthCredit:Paul Grover for The Telegraph 6:43AMWarnings for commuters Cairngorm swimmer Alice Goodridge swims through frozen over Loch Insh Here are a selection of the best pictures from overnight and Friday morning as the cold snap continues to grip Britain.  Delays, cancellations and disruption caused more misery to those unfortunate enough to have to rely on the trains to get them to work on Friday morning. A number of train operators took to Twitter to inform their customers of the battle they would be facing to get to the office. Overnight, South Western Railway reported disruption between Fareham and Southampton due to ice on the tracks, but once that had cleared there was a flurry of further problems – from a broken down train to signalling problems and the ever-frustrating overrunning engineering works.  ⚪️🔵❄️ A huge thank you to the army of volunteers who have given up their time today to help clear the pitch of snow! There’s still plenty of work to do but thanks to your dedication we’re getting through it nicely! #buryfc pic.twitter.com/dXLyZRTEYs— Bury Football Club (@buryfcofficial) February 1, 2019 Makeshift beds beds are laid out at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in CornwallCredit:PA The Tower of London during a light snow shower in LondonCredit:John Stillwell/PA In Cornwall, more than 100 people crowded into a pub on Bodmin Moor overnight after abandoning their vehicles on the snowbound A30 after the roads became impassable. Efforts to clear the cross-country route near Temple continued through the night, with teams of gritters and ploughs working to get traffic moving. Police and the fire brigade were carrying out welfare checks where possible. But scores of stranded motorists had set off on foot in the freezing conditions to reach the Jamaica Inn, which was welcoming groups and families with young children in their droves. “A lot of people have abandoned their cars. Some of them have walked a good three, four or five miles,” the pub’s 25-year-old general manager, Sammy Wheeler, said. “People were fed up of being in a cold car and they were running out of fuel.”Each of the inn’s 36 rooms was full, with some being shared by complete strangers on Thursday night. Meanwhile makeshift dormitories with mattresses on the floors had been set up in other parts of the pub, including 15 beds in the restaurant and another five in the lounge. The Aurora Borealis display over Loch Lubnaig and Loch Venachar in Stirling Credit:WENN A man pulls a boy on a sledge in Hamstead Heath, north London Morning Pixies #Snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/SkTppHEsWy— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 8:06AMLatest from the Met Office’s Snowdar Snow depths of 8cm in Cumbria and 7cm in Inverness-shire were also recorded by the Met Office on Thursday evening, although this is believed to be mostly leftover from Wednesday.South Western Railway warned passengers that trains may be cancelled on Friday morning while work is done to check and clear the tracks. ⚠️ MATCH POSTPONED | Following an earlier update, we regret to announce that our @premrugby Cup match against Gloucester Rugby scheduled for tomorrow at 14:30 has been postponed.Further information here ➡️ https://t.co/Y8ILV5V76B pic.twitter.com/bwF48PAGfz— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) February 1, 2019 A man pulls a boy on a sledge in Hamstead Heath, north LondonCredit:Geoff Pugh for The Telegraph People walk through the snow in Braemar, where temperatures plunged as low as -15.4C Snow at Gatwick airport Drivers were stranded for 12 and a half hours, a bus carrying 30 school children was rescued and hundreds of cars were abandoned on Thursday night as heavy snow hit Cornwall.Six inches of snow reportedly fell in 45 minutes, causing travel disruption on the A30 and A39 near Bodmin, Cornwall.A school bus which became stuck on the A39 was rescued by local police and fire brigade crews, who ferried the children to safety in 4x4s.Steve Instance, 44, from Porthtowan in Cornwall, who was travelling from Poole, in Dorset, became jammed in among other cars as traffic built up on the A30.Mr Instance, a prevention manager for the RNLI, told the Press Association: “The snow just came down so quick. We just joined the back of the traffic and within a few minutes the traffic built up around me.”I drive a great big four wheel drive but there was just no way of getting out, just jammed in then.”The snow kept falling, there was a good six inches of snow within 45 minutes or so.”Just completely stranded and didn’t move a single inch for nine and a half hours.” 11:43AMDrivers left stranded for 12 and a half hours Meanwhile in Paris, where France are taking on Wales in the opening match of the Six Nations, it is a positively balmy seven degrees celsius. It’s an 8pm kick off, and Telegraph Sport will have all the updates. #A303 eastbound #Mere – #Chicklade , we currently have #winterteams coming through the area now to clear the snow from the carriageway and to get you moving again ASAP. pic.twitter.com/RxvqEV5f8I— Highways England (@HighwaysSWEST) February 1, 2019 ❄️ With an amber weather warning for #snow across central southern areas, be careful on your morning commute and stay #weatheraware https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs pic.twitter.com/WVGJEyAHX2— Met Office (@metoffice) February 1, 2019 The A39 in Minehead on Exmoor on Thursday 11:59AMBristol Airport to remain closed into the afternoon A weather warning is in force for snow affecting southern parts of England, which will continue to move slowly southwards this evening.Further accumulations of 2 or 3 cm are likely, with hills possibly seeing an additional 3 to 7cm. Makeshift beds beds are laid out at the Jamaica Inn on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall Southern Rail had to rely on South Western Railway services on the south coast after Network Rail announced there had been a points failure.  Snow was lying at least 12cm deep on Bodmin Moor, and 5cm has been recorded in Sennybridge, Powys, according to the Met Office. The Met Office had predicted a maximum 10cm of snowfall when it issued a severe weather warning on Thursday.The lowest temperature of the night was recorded in Braemar, Aberdeenshire. Had it fallen more than 0.2C (0.4F) lower it would have surpassed the low of minus 15.6C (3.92F) set in 2012.The snow, which had been travelling eastwards, reached as far as Wiltshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Kent, with a few flakes in central London. Cars stuck in the snow on the A30 A road in the Yorkshire Dales was blocked after a council gritter lorry overturned Britain is braced for further travel chaos on Friday after a freezing night that forced motorists to trudge miles through the snow in search of refuge. Heavy snow was affecting “many central and southern parts” on Friday morning, the Met Office said, as temperatures plunged to minus 15.4C in Scotland – the coldest day in the UK for seven years. As the severe weather crossed the country overnight, the Met Office issued an amber weather warning of snow for part of the South East.Parts of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire were covered by the warning, with up to 5cm of snow expected to fall on top of that which has already accumulated.The Met Office said: “Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers.”It added there was a “good chance” some rural communities could be cut off and power cuts were “likely”. A man walks his dog down a snowy lane in Werneth Low country park near Hyde in Greater Manchester  Bristol Airport has shared a photograph of its runway, and it’s hardly a surprise that all flights are grounded. The Tarmac is completely covered in a thick blanket of snow and staff are busy trying to clear it with the aim of re-opening the airport for flights at midday.  We’ve received reports of a landslip at Scrations Lane, Lostwithiel.There are no injuries reported and no danger to properties and residents.@CORMACltd highways staff are onsite to assess the situation.Full statement here: https://t.co/6X6xdRVrfR pic.twitter.com/0jUQkmp6T0— Cornwall Council (@CornwallCouncil) February 1, 2019 The Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, rather than the A30 in CornwallCredit:AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan This should make your day a little happier. pic.twitter.com/GIVaWra9zQ— Marcus (@MGSniper) January 30, 2019 Blenheim Palace in the snow 5:20PMCompetition time! Snowfall in South Harrow, west LondonCredit:Wheatley/WENN 5:01PMNews on the roads The Twitter exchange between Sam Warburton and Sonja McLaughlan 5:41PMWeather warnings for snow in the south The Tower of London during a light snow shower in London ⚠️ #SNUpdates – We’ve been advised by @networkrail that due to a points failure between Portsmouth Harbour & Fratton fewer trains are able to run on all lines.⛔️ As a result of this, we’re unable to offer you a usual service to and from Portsmouth Harbour today.ℹ️Info to come pic.twitter.com/LWrKWq4FYB— Southern (@SouthernRailUK) February 1, 2019 Rabbits #snowman #CooksSpinney pic.twitter.com/O4pLZiDXYZ— CooksSpinneyPrimary (@CooksSpinney) February 1, 2019 8:14AMSnow-covered Bristol Airport closed until midday  8:24AMAs predicted, the rail network is a shambles ⛄ pic.twitter.com/PEvHlLExr7— Scarlets Rugby (@scarlets_rugby) February 1, 2019 He said he saw a bus carrying schoolchildren that was being assisted by a 4×4.”I wasn’t in the worst place, I was in a warm car, I am fit and healthy – there were a lot of other people around who needed help a lot more than I did,” he added.A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a school bus was rescued from the A39, south of the A30.A spokesman said: “Police were called at around 3.25 pm last night following reports that a school bus… has become stuck on the A39 between Halfway House and Winnards Perch – 4x4s crewed by police and fire officers attended and took the children to a place of safety.”It is believed 30 children and four adults were on the bus and were taken to Retallack Resort, a hotel and spa resort near the A39. While the snow may be clearing for many, there is still plenty of disruption across the country. Here is the latest from the Met Office: A cyclist comes a cropper as he tries to ride his bike in Bristol as snow sweeps across the West country Barry Nevill, the Cornwall team leader for a local volunteer 4×4 rescue group, was made aware of the school bus incident and said the bus had become stuck in the traffic and “sat there for hours”.At 7.30 am Friday morning vehicles were seen moving along the A30, but Mr Nevill said the Devon and Cornwall 4×4 Group were still providing assistance to those in need, such as taking carers to hard-to-reach villages.At 2.30 am Friday morning after being stuck for 11 hours Mr Instance said the first police cars and snow ploughs appeared and began to move cars to allow the road to be cleared.He added that hundreds of abandoned cars, which were left when people attempted to walk to safety, added to the disruption.”What became quickly evident, there were at least 100 abandoned vehicles, probably a quarter of those would have been big lorries, they were abandoned all over the place,” he said.Mr Instance eventually made it home at 4.30 am Friday morning after first getting stranded at 4.30 pm Thursday afternoon.The same journey would have normally taken him 40 minutes. More snow is forecast going into the weekend, and though it is unlikely to be as heavy, there is a danger of untreated, treacherous ice covering paths and roads.A fresh yellow warning for snow and ice covering large areas of the UK took effect from noon on Friday until the same time on Saturday.It covers northern Scotland, most of Northern Ireland, the eastern coast of England and the west coast of Wales.A separate warning for ice is in place for the southern counties between 1pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday.Conditions will be largely bright and cold through Saturday but a widespread hard frost and freezing fog are forecast for the early hours of Sunday. #Snowmageddon has finally arrives in my neck of the woods. Not as bad as the Beast from the East last year, but equally unamusing!!! pic.twitter.com/jXJ1WUttHE— Nicola Jackson (@nickstrel) February 1, 2019A bit snowy here this morning ⛄️ #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/WoipUTOe1y— Mrs Prickles (@Prickles54) February 1, 2019A cold and very snowy #Bristol #dontwalkdownthehill #Snowing #Snowmageddon #snowball pic.twitter.com/IRS7MoLoiB— Dean Fawcett (@DeanFawcett1) February 1, 2019#Snowmageddon #FridayFeeling #Snow #Hampshireroads Take it easy out there!❄️🌬❄️ pic.twitter.com/s2pFMEABIo— molly (@mollymcconnon) February 1, 2019White stuff in Bristol#Snowmageddon #snow pic.twitter.com/nV4bxl0duS— Dazza (@DAndrews101) January 31, 2019 1:19PMIt’s not all bleak – here’s a video of a dog sliding down a snowy hill The show must go on!A white @ArmsParkCardiff but it’s business as usual. The Cardiff Blues Benevolent Trust Lunch this afternoon and club open for the big game this evening 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/0slsiZG6hT— Cardiff Blues (@cardiff_blues) February 1, 2019 Light covering of snow at the ground, but it is melting & pitch underneath is not frozen. Will need to see what it’s like in the morning before final decision @SportingKhalsa @solentsport @SydWessex pic.twitter.com/hnp9AIbTFO— Sholing FC (@sholingfc) February 1, 2019 6:17PMThe rugby has been postponed! 12:15PMSkiing to work, cyclists tumbling and swimming through ice – Friday’s best pictures 8:43AMSummary overnight from Chris Graham The pitch is currently covered in snow, as are the surrounding paths. We’ll re-evaluate tomorrow morning to see whether it’s worth getting a working party together to try and clear it away. pic.twitter.com/zlQCaZZNtp— Runcorn Linnets FC (@RuncornLinnets) February 1, 2019 1:06PMBBC rugby pundits and presenters’ scramble to Paris A man walks his dog down a snowy lane in Werneth Low country park near Hyde in Greater Manchester Credit:Getty The Aurora Borealis display over Loch Lubnaig and Loch Venachar in Stirling  read more

British man wins world camel weighing championships only to now become embroiled

British man wins world camel weighing championships only to now become embroiled

Four-year-old camel, Sheezada Kathreela, won by carrying 1,800kg of rocks During the competition animals would get onto their feet while carrying bags of rocks weighing as much as a carCredit:SWNS During the competition animals would get onto their feet while carrying bags of rocks weighing as much as a car Ms Allen added that the young camels used in such competitions are removed from their mothers when they are “days old” where they are then “bullied and intimidated into doing things that are baffling, meaningless, and deeply stressful to them, such as hauling extremely heavy weights which can cause physical injury”. Four-year-old camel, Sheezada Kathreela, won by carrying 1,800kg of rocksCredit:SWNS Despite the negative comments around the event Mr Hussain said he intends to take part in 2020.”This is just a way of people coming together and enjoying each others company,” he said.”You win the respect and the reputation from the people around you, I felt like a champion when I won.” 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. A British man who won the world camel weighing championships found himself embroiled in an animal rights row after the competition was deemed ‘barbaric’.  Qasim Hussain, 20, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, traveled to Pakistan to compete in the Kharack Mirpur annual event where the animals are weighed down with rocks before standing to prove their strength.Mr Hussain’s four-year-old camel, Sheezada Kathreela, was loaded up with bags of stones weighing 1,800kg on his humps and back before getting to its feet and walking around in front of 20,000 spectators.However despite rejoicing in his win Mr Hussain faced criticism from animal rights group PETA who described the sport as abuse.Elisa Allen, director at PETA, said: “If anyone wishes to enter a weight-lifting contest, they should train and have a go at it, but leave the animals out of it.””Camels are intelligent, sensitive individuals, and treating them as living cranes for human amusement adds to the many types of abuse, including their eventual slaughter.” However Mr Hussain said the camels were well looked after.”They’re taken care of by a team of 20 people, you have to be with the camel all the time and sometimes even sleep in the same room as them just in case anything happens,” he said.He added that the camels are well-fed, eating the “equivalent of what three normal sized cows do”, and go on hour long walks daily. read more

The future looks bleak for Anglesey Aluminium

The future looks bleak for Anglesey Aluminium

first_imgAnglesey Aluminium Metal, jointly owned by Rio Tinto Alcan (51%) and Kaiser Aluminum (49%), anticipates that it will end smelting operations at the end of September 2009 when its current power contract expires. Anglesey, which employs approximately 500 people, has worked intensively with UK government authorities and agencies to find a sustainable alternative to the power supply needs of the smelter, but has been unable to reach a feasible solution. The proposed curtailment of the smelting operations will now be the subject of consultation with affected employees through the appropriate representative bodies.Anglesey Aluminium will continue to pursue alternative sources of affordable power. However no sources have yet been identified that would allow the uninterrupted continuation of smelting operations. The company will evaluate alternative operating activities in line with the needs of the local community and market opportunities, including the continuation of remelt and casting operations at Anglesey and the production of anodes for use by other smelting facilities. It will also work with partners, stakeholders and the community to further support the development of economic activities in the area.David Bloor, Managing Director of Anglesey Aluminium, said: “We have worked hard over many months in our efforts to extend the existing power contract beyond September of this year but have not yet been successful. The operation is dependent for its power on the nearby Wylfa nuclear power station which is itself due for closure within the next few years. We are fully aware of the significant impact on the workforce and on the local community and will work with partners and stakeholders to develop other long term options in line with existing operations, the needs of the local community, and the economic market situation.”Anglesey Aluminium was established as a joint venture between Rio Tinto and Kaiser Aluminum in 1971 and currently has an annual production capacity of 145,000 t.last_img read more

Pat Rabbitte I never said election promises were worthless

Pat Rabbitte I never said election promises were worthless

first_imgI was explaining how it came about that we weren’t able to deliver on that promise on child benefit. And he interrupted me to say, ‘You didn’t explain that at the time, you kept it simple.’And I said, ‘Isn’t that what you do during an election?’ Meaning, ‘Keep it simple.’ Keep the message simple. Keep the ad simple. COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER Pat Rabbitte claims comments he made which appeared to discredit Labour’s own election policies were taken out of context – and given an unfair spin by broadcaster Vincent Browne.Appearing on RTÉ’s ‘The Week in Politics’ in December, Rabbitte was discussing Labour’s pledge to maintain child benefit rates, when he was accused of not explaining how the promise could be undermined by a further economic slump.Rabbitte responded by saying, “Isn’t that what you do during an election?” – a comment widely picked up to mean that parties made flippant election promises while seeking office.“Even Seán O’Rourke has corrected somebody on the panel who has put the same construction on it,” Rabbitte said in an interview with TheJournal.ie. (YouTube: ConorStitt)Rabbitte said the incorrect spin on the comment was “mischievously originated by Vincent Browne, who knows well [that] that’s not what happened.“You can’t write an essay along with an advertisement and say, ‘I’d like to draw your attention to the lovely rotund baby and explain that we we’re doing here is looking after child benefit’,” he said.“Vincent Browne deliberately, and mischievously, took it out of context, and has got some mileage for it.”Asked if he truly believed any misrepresentation was deliberate, Rabbitte said:Ah well, maybe I shouldn’t say that. Vincent is a lovely fella, but overly given to entertainment on occasions.Filming and editing by Michelle HennessyMore: Mattie McGrath ‘is about as useful as t*ts on a bull’last_img read more

Le pacemaker gastrique nouvel espoir contre lobésité

Le pacemaker gastrique nouvel espoir contre lobésité

first_imgLe “pacemaker gastrique”, nouvel espoir contre l’obésitéMis au point par une société américaine, le “pacemaker gastrique” vient d’être autorisé en Europe et pourrait représenter une nouvelle arme contre l’obésité. Son objectif est de réduire la sensation de faim du patient et ainsi lui permettre de perdre du poids.Intrapace, une société américaine, vient de voir son “pacemaker gastrique” autorisé en Europe. L’objet consiste en un appareil composé d’un stimulateur et d’un détecteur, qui une fois implanté dans la paroi de l’estomac du patient, permet de réduire la sensation de faim et de perdre du poids. Une révolution alors qu’aujourd’hui, les personnes atteintes d’obésité n’avaient d’autres choix chirurgicaux que l’anneau gastrique ou l’agrafage d’une partie de l’estomac. Sur le modèle d’un pacemaker cardiaque, l’objet est composé de deux électrodes placées en haut et en bas de l’estomac. Lorsque le patient ingère du liquide ou du solide, le stimulateur contenu dans l’appareil envoie des impulsions électriques reçues par les nerfs situés autour de l’estomac. Dupant le cerveau, ceux-ci donnent alors au patient une impression de satiété plus rapide que sans le dispositif. Les différents tests opérés sur l’Homme évoquent chez les patients une sensation de “chatouillis” explique Le Figaro mais aucune sensation désagréable. Au total, ce sont 65 individus qui ont déjà pu bénéficier du dispositif, pour la plupart depuis plus d’un an. Jusqu’ici, une baisse moyenne de 20% de leur poids de départ a pu être observée. Autre avantage, les patients peuvent eux-même décider de la durée d’utilisation sachant que la pile qui permet à l’objet de fonctionner dure environ cinq ans. De plus, Le Figaro précise que le détecteur contenu dans le “pacemaker gastrique” permet un suivi par le médecin des activités du patient et de ce qu’il mange et bois chaque jour. Le Dr Dulucq, chirurgien et président de l’Institut de chirurgie laparoscopique explique au quotidien que l’opération qui consiste à l’implantation de l’appareil est beaucoup moins invasive que celle qui consiste à agrafer une partie de l’estomac, une méthode jusque là privilégiée et dont l’efficacité n’est plus à prouver.  Plus simple, l’appareil pourrait convenir aux personnes dont l’indice de masse corporelle ou IMC se situe entre 30 et 40 tandis que les méthodes chirurgicales utilisées jusqu’à aujourd’hui se destinent plus généralement aux personnes dont l’IMC est supérieur à 40. Pour l’instant, seuls les établissements spécialisés dans l’amaigrissement en Espagne, Italie, Allemagne ou Grande-Bretagne auront la possibilité d’utiliser le “pacemaker gastrique” alors que le coût de l’opération est estimé entre 14.000 et 16.000 euros.Le 18 mars 2011 à 12:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les écailles des crocodiliens à la fois blindage et détecteurs hypersensibles

Les écailles des crocodiliens à la fois blindage et détecteurs hypersensibles

first_imgLes écailles des crocodiliens : à la fois blindage et détecteurs hypersensibles Publiant leurs travaux dans la revue EvoDevo, des chercheurs suisses ont étudié la structure et le fonctionnement des écailles des crocodiliens, munies d’une batterie de divers détecteurs des variations de l’environnement.Appelés “récepteurs de pression en forme de dôme” (ou DPR) ou “organes sensoriels tégumentaires” (ou ISO), des structures hors-norme garnissent certaines écailles des crocodiliens. Pour mieux connaître ces organes, des chercheurs de l’Université de Genève ont étudié les ISO de crocodiles du Nil (Crocodylus niloticus) et de caïmans à lunettes (Caiman crocodilus).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Chez ces deux espèces, les ISO apparaissent sur la tête de l’embryon avant que la peau ne commence à se fissurer pour former des écailles (lesquelles sont renforcées de plaques de kératine et d’os sur la plus grande partie du corps). Mais seul le crocodile du Nil porte des écailles à ISO sur tout le corps. Ces organes contiennent des canaux sensoriels mécano-thermo-chimio-récepteurs.Les crocodiles, caïmans, alligators et gavials peuvent donc détecter des ondes de pression (émises par une proie) à la surface de l’eau, même dans l’obscurité, choisir de se dorer au soleil ou de se rafraîchir dans l’eau selon la température, et sélectionner les habitats appropriés en termes de composition de l’eau (bien que la salinité, elle, soit évaluée, chez le crocodile du Nil, grâce à une glande de la langue).Des structures sans équivalents  “Les capteurs ISO sont remarquables parce que, non seulement ils sont en mesure de détecter de nombreux types de stimulis physiques et chimiques, mais aussi parce qu’il n’y a pas d’équivalent chez les autres vertébrés. C’est cette transformation d’un système sensoriel diffus – comme celui de notre propre peau – qui a donné aux crocodiliens une peau encore très sensible quoique fortement blindée”, conclut le Pr Michel Milinkovitch, auteur de l’étude.Le 6 juillet 2013 à 14:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mayor Faulconer discusses helping San Diego homeless at the Storage Connect Center

Mayor Faulconer discusses helping San Diego homeless at the Storage Connect Center

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego City’s Storage Connect Center opened in June as a place where homeless individuals can safely store their belongings while they access supportive services, look for housing, attend school, interview for a job or go to work.Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer visited the facility Monday to meet with the staff and discuss the operation. Ed Lenderman got to talk a little more with Mayor Faulconer about how the storage center is helping homeless individuals as well as the surrounding community.The 22,000 square-foot center, operated by Mental Health Systems, provides up to 500 lockable storage bins for use by homeless individuals. Part of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s comprehensive “Connect, Support, House” strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego, the center helps eliminate a major barrier preventing some homeless individuals from accessing supportive services to help turn their lives around.The storage center also aims to help reduce clutter on streets and public areas, aiding the City’s efforts to improve the cleanliness of neighborhoods. In addition to providing storage opportunities for homeless individuals, the City and operator Mental Health Systems have taken several proactive steps to ensure the facility is a good neighbor, including:• Limit storage capacity to 500 bins.• Clients by referral only for first 90 days of operation.• Creating a Neighborhood Advisory Committee to develop relationships and partnerships throughout the community to assist with addressing concerns or issues.• Conducting homeless outreach to reduce homelessness in the surrounding community.• Preventing queuing around the facility.• Proactively removing litter, debris and graffiti on the premises.• Prohibiting alcohol and drug use on site.• Reporting criminal activity to law enforcement.• Providing an enhanced level of police presence to address nuisance behavior and criminal activity as necessary.• Increasing frequency of community cleanups in the area by the Environmental Services Department. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness, Mayor Kevin Faulconer FacebookTwitter Mayor Faulconer discusses helping San Diego homeless at the Storage Connect Center September 10, 2018 Ed Lenderman Posted: September 10, 2018 Ed Lenderman, last_img read more

French Open 2019 final Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem Live streaming preview

French Open 2019 final Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem Live streaming preview

first_imgNadal and Thiem will play the French Open final for the second year in a rowGettyMost people expected Rafael Nadal to be facing Novak Djokovic in the final of 2019 French Open. But a rain-marred semi-final saw Austria’s Dominic Thiem set up a repeat of last year’s final against the 11-time winner at Roland Garros.When and where to watchThe 2019 French Open final begins at 3 PM local time, 1 PM GMT and 6:30 PM IST. In India, the live telecast of the match would be available on Star Sports Select 2 and Star Sports Select 2 HD. Online streaming would be provided on Hotstar.PreviewIn 2018, Nadal showed his superiority in the final by trouncing Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. But the 25-year old has a different coach this time around in Nicolas Massu, 2004 Olympic men’s singles gold medallist from Chile. On top of that, he has already registered a win over the Spanish legend in this clay-court season – at the Barcelona Open.However, Nadal seems to push his game many levels higher when he gets on the Philippe Chatrier court at Roland Garros. Having had a difficult start to the season which saw him losing in four successive semi-finals, the Spaniard found form by winning the Italian Open just before the French Open, that too by defeating Djokovic in the final. Nadal would be looking for his 12th French Open titleERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty ImagesWhat would also worry Thiem, apart from Nadal’s greatness, is the fact that he has been involved in on-court action for three successive days coming into the final. Additionally, while Nadal coasted to an easy win in straight sets over Federer in semis, he had to fight tooth and nail against Djokovic in a five-setter.Overall, unsurprisingly, Nadal holds the edge in head-to-head figures. These two have played each other 12 times with the 17-time Grand Slam winner ahead by a 8-4 margin. Plus, the 33-year old Spanish giant has looked peerless in this tournament, having lost just one set till now. Compared to that, the Austrian had to play four-set matches in the first three rounds and then the five-setter in semis.It would be impossible not to fancy Nadal in this match. A man who has lost just two matches in his French Open history, as opposed to 92 victories, and never a final, would be very hard to beat. But having beaten him in front of a Spanish crowd, Thiem would hope to pull off a mini-upset.Global TV listingsFrance: France TV SportUSA: NBCUnited Kingdom: iTVAustralia: Fox SportsCanada: TSNSpain: EurosportJapan: WowowChina: CCTVlast_img read more

DC Residents Wary of Police

DC Residents Wary of Police

first_imgRonald Hampton, a Black criminal justice consultant, who worked for the Metropolitan Police Department, spoke about the need for holding the police accountable for their actions on Sept. 6. (Courtesy Photo)While residents of the District of Columbia haven’t had to endure the drama of racially-tinged incidents involving police officers shooting unarmed Blacks, residents are still wary of the city’s law enforcement department. On Sept. 6, 76 residents gathered at the Busboys & Poets restaurant on 14th Street to talk about the relationship between the Metropolitan Police Department and the neighborhoods they serve at a monthly A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk on Race) meeting, a program the eatery holds.Ronald Hampton, a well-known Black criminal justice consultant who used to work for the District’s police department, told the gathering that an ongoing discussion about the police department is critical to residents. “We should hold our police department and its officers accountable for their actions and the department should be transparent on how they deal with residents,” Hampton said.The District’s police department consists of approximately 3,900 officers and 400 civilian staff and is the sixth-largest municipal police department in the United States. The department serves an area of 68 square miles and a population of 672,228 people.Unlike many big-city police departments, the District’s force has had a reputation for hiring a large number of police officers even during the era of racial segregation. In 1970, the department was 35 percent Black but the city was rapidly becoming more Black at that time.Today, the department is 59 percent Black, 32 percent White, seven percent Latino and two percent Asian. The first Black police chief in the District was Burtell Jefferson, who was appointed by then D.C. Mayor Walter Washington. He was followed by Black chiefs Maurice Turner and Ike Fulwood.Several people at the discussion said they believe that the department’s strong Black workforce and outgoing police chief Cathy Lanier’s emphasis on community policing are the reasons why no highly-publicized racial killings have taken place in the city. Nevertheless, the police force has its problems and Hampton said he blames it on the department’s culture.“Even though we have had Black officers, the unofficial policy is to protect the White community and monitor the Black community,” he said. “All of the minorities in the force, even the chiefs, couldn’t change the culture.”Officer Kevin Johnson works in the Special Liaison Division of the District’s police force. The Division works with the District’s gay and lesbian, deaf and hard of hearing, Latino and Black residents. Johnson said the police force has worked hard to engage residents. “This is why we come to community events like this,” Johnson said. “We want to listen to what you have to say and work with you.”His colleague, Officer Myra Jordan, said residents should consider signing up for the department’s citizens’ police department.”If you participate in the citizens’ police academy, you will be able to walk in our shoes, see what we see, and you’ll see how tough our job is,” she said.The forum was co-sponsored by D.C. United Against Hate, an organization formed to counter the racially-insensitive rhetoric of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. D.C. United organized the gathering into six groups with facilitators leading the discussions. The groups were charged with listing the problems of the police department and possible solutions. After 45 minutes of often loud discussions, selected members reported out the conclusions.Courses of action included more racial sensitivity training for officers, requiring officers to live in the District, and more opportunities for officers to interact with the community.Georgia Warren, who coordinated D.C. United’s role in the discussion, said there will be follow-up. “We want to know what you want to do,” Warren said. “We want to move forward with this.”A.J. Head is the events coordinator for Busboys and Poets and said that the session was beneficial. “We may not have had the problems with the police other cities have had because we are a political town,” Head told the AFRO. “We react in peaceful, non-violent ways such as rallies, and discussions.”While Head was positive about the event, District resident Jelani Wilkins wasn’t. “My true thoughts are that this was public relations for the police department,” Jelani Wilkins, a resident, said. “There wasn’t any talk about real solutions and there was no real discussion about race. I understand that people need to blow off steam and release pressure but we need real progress for good police-community relations.”last_img read more

Whats Coming to Netflix in May 2019

Whats Coming to Netflix in May 2019

first_img ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Easter, Passover and 4/20 will all be left behind in April, but there’s plenty to celebrate with Netflix’s May lineup. Netflix is handing viewers a red pill to go down the rabbit hole of not one, but all three “Matrix” movies. Viewers can also watch Hunter S. Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke take different types of pills in Terry Gilliam’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”Audiences can hear Al Pacino say “cockaroacha” in “Scarface,” Mike Myers say “baaaaby” in the first two “Austin Powers” movies and Bill Murray say “uuuunhhhhhh” in “Zombieland.” Gene Hackman will give some inspiring speeches in “Hoosiers” while Kal Penn and John Cho will give some not-so-coherent speeches in “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay.” Mike Nichols’ classic will ask the rhetorical question “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and the boys of “Dumb and Dumber” might just think Nichols is asking about a wolf named Virginia. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Netflix is also launching a new intuitive to stream more classic black films with a rotation of throwbacks throughout the rest of the year. The first of this initiative will be “B*A*P*S,” hitting the service May 1.See the full list below of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix below.May 1Knock Down the HouseMunafik 2Angels & DemonsAustin Powers: International Man of MysteryAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged MeB*A*P*SCasperChasing LibertyCode Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion, part 1 & 2Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the HatDumb and DumberFear and Loathing in Las VegasGosford ParkGremlinsHairsprayHarold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayHer Only ChoiceHoosiersInside the Mind of a Serial Killer, season 2John & Yoko: Above Us Only SkyJust FriendsRevolutionary RoadRoswell, New Mexico, season 1ScarfaceScreamSnowpiercerTaking LivesThe Da Vinci CodeThe Dark CrystalThe MatrixThe Matrix ReloadedThe Matrix RevolutionsTo Rome With LoveWedding CrashersWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?ZombielandMay 2Colony, season 3Olympus Has FallenMay 3rdA Pesar De TodoAll in My FamilyAlles ist gutCupcake & Dino – General Services, season 2Dead to MeExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and VileFlinchJo Pil-ho: The Dawning RageThe Last SummerMr. MomSupernatural, season 14True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Mushroom TownTuca & BertieUndercoverMay 4thLike ArrowsMay 6thAbyssMay 7thThe Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolutionQueen of the South, season 3May 8thLucifer, season 4May 9thBathtubs Over BroadwayInsidiousMay 10thDry MartinaEasy, season 3Gente que viene y bahHarvey Girls Forever!, season 2JailbirdsReMastered: The Lion’s ShareShéhérazadeThe SocietyWine CountryMay 12thPatriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, volume 3May 13thMalibu RescueMay 14threvisionsStill LAUGH-IN: The Stars CelebrateWeed the PeopleMay 15thDennis & Gnasher: Unleashed!May 16th Good SamTake Me Home TonightMay 17th1994: Limited SeriesChip & PotatoIt’s BrunoMariaMorir para contarNailed It!, season 3See You YesterdayThe Rain, season 2Well Intended LoveWhite Gold, season 2May 18thThe Blackcoat’s DaughterMay 20thPrince of Peoria, part 2Rosario Tijeras, season 2May 21stArrow, season 7MoonlightWanda Sykes: Not NormalMay 22ndA Tale of Two KitchensOne Night in SpringThe Flash, season 5May 23rdRiverdale, season 3Slasher: SolsticeMay 24thAfter MariaAlta MarJoyRim of the WorldShe’s Gotta Have It, season 2The PerfectionWHAT/ IFMay 27thHistorical RoastsOutlander, seasons 1-2May 28thDisney’s The Nutcracker and the Four RealmsMay 30thChopsticksMy Week with MarilynSvaha: The Sixth FingerThe One I LoveMay 31stAlways Be My MaybeBad Blood, season 2Black Spot, season 2How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)Killer RatingsWhen They See UsStream all the shows and movies on Netflix.com. You can also download the Netflix app here and stream content directly to your phone, laptop or tablet, along with streaming devices like the Fire TV Stick and Apple TV.center_img Related Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Disable the Windows 10 Hi animation on first signin

Disable the Windows 10 Hi animation on first signin

first_imgDisable the Windows 10 “Hi” animation on first sign-in by Martin Brinkmann on August 07, 2018 in Windows – 8 commentsIf you install Windows 10 anew or upgrade to a new feature release, you are welcome to the new version of Windows by an animation on start that begins with “Hi”.Windows 10 displays a number of screens afterward that may include “We’re setting things up for your”,  “We’ve got some updates for your PC”, “This might take several minutes”, “These updates help protect you in an online world”, and “Let’s start!” before the actual desktop environment is loaded for the first time.You can turn off the first run animation for new users on the machine so that it is not displayed anymore. This won’t really speed things up significantly as Windows still needs to perform background operations but since the screens that Windows 10 displays on first sign in are not really critical for anything, you could as well turn them off.Windows Insiders are prime candidates for that as they get these screens more frequently due to the higher number of new builds that Microsoft puts out to Insider channels.Administrators can disable the first sign-in animation using policies or the Windows Registry. Note that the Group Policy Editor is only available in professional versions of Windows 10 and not in Windows 10 Home.Windows 10 Home users may use Policy Plus to integrate a comparable interface.Group PolicyStart the Windows Group Policy Editor: tap on the Windows-key to bring up Start, type gpedit.msc, and hit the Enter-key.Use the hierarchical structure on the left to go to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.Double-click on the policy “Show first sign-in animation”.To disable the “hi” animation, set the policy to disabled. Enabled and not configured have the same effect: the animation is shown to users.You may undo the change at any time by setting the policy to not configured.Windows RegistryYou may modify a value in the Windows Registry to disable the “hi” animation as well on first sign-in.Start the Windows Registry Editor. Tap on the Windows-key to bring up Start, type regedit.exe, and hit Enter.Confirm the UAC prompt.Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\SystemDouble-click on EnableFirstLogonAnimation.Set the value to 0 to disable it (a value of 1 enables it and is the default).Go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinlogonDouble-click on EnableFirstLogonAnimation.Set the value to 0 to disable it (a value of 1 enables it and is the default).I have created Registry files that you can execute on the system to make the changes automatically so that you don’t have to edit the Registry manually.Download the files with a click on the following link: Windows 10 Hi Animation Enable or DisableSummaryArticle NameDisable the Windows 10 “Hi” animation on first sign-inDescriptionFind out how to disable the “Hi” animation that Windows 10 displays to users who sign-in for the first time on a PC running Windows 10 (or a new version).Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more Feature | September 24, 2013 Adult Patients Under 50 With Limited Brain Metastases Have Better Survival After Stereotactic Radiosurgery Alone Related Content News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more center_img News | Pediatric Imaging | August 14, 2019 Ultrasound Guidance Improves First-attempt Success in IV Access in Children August 14, 2019 – Children’s veins read more Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Adults under 50 with limited brain metastases have better survival after stereotactic radiosurgery alone.September 24, 2013 — When treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), that is not combined with whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT), adult brain cancer patients who were 50 years old and younger were found to have improved survival, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO’s) 55th Annual Meeting. Younger patients (under 50 years old) were also found to be at no greater risk of new brain metastases developing despite omission of WBRT.A highly advanced brain cancer treatment, SRS utilizes precisely focused radiation beams to treat a tumor with a high dose while minimizing exposure to the surrounding healthy brain tissue. Another approach, often combined with SRS, is WBRT, which is radiation therapy applied to the entire brain. This individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis was conducted on the patient data of three randomized clinical trials (RCTs) from North America [MDACC NCT00548756 (Chang, 2009)], Europe [EORTC 22952-26001 (Kocher, 2011)] and Asia [JRSOG99-1 (Aoyama, 2004)], with the aim to evaluate the results of SRS alone, compared to WBRT and SRS, for patients with one to four brain metastases. Patients in this study received one or both types of treatments.A total of 364 patients from the three RCTs were evaluated. Of those, 51 percent had been treated with SRS alone, and 49 percent with both WBRT and SRS; 19 percent were 50 years old or younger and 60 percent had a single brain metastasis. Twenty-one percent of all patients had local brain failure, which is the occurrence of progression of previously treated brain metastases, and 44 percent had distant brain failure, the occurrence of new brain metastases in areas of the brain outside the primary tumor site(s). Eighty-six percent of the patients died during follow-up.The analysis revealed that patients who received only SRS had a median of 10 months survival time after treatment, as opposed to 8.2 months survival time for patients who underwent WBRT in addition to SRS. Overall, local brain failure occurred earlier in patients who received only SRS (6.6 months post-treatment), as opposed to patients who underwent WBRT and SRS (7.4 months post-treatment). Distant brain failure was also earlier overall in patients who received only SRS, occurring at 4.5 months post-treatment, compared to 6.5 months post-treatment for patients who received both WBRT with SRS.The impact of age on treatment effectiveness revealed SRS alone results in improved overall survival (OS) in patients 50 years old and younger. For patients age 35, 40, 45 and 50, the estimated hazard ratio and the corresponding 95 percent confidence intervals (CIs) were 0.46 (95% CI 0.24, 0.90), 0.52 (95% CI 0.29, 0.92), 0.58 (95% CI 0.35, 0.95) and 0.64 (95% CI 0.42, 0.99), respectively. With respect to distant brain failure, a significant association with age was also observed. Patients 50 years and younger were at no significantly greater risk of developing new tumors despite being treated with SRS alone.“We expected to see a survival advantage favoring combined therapy, given the additional benefits of whole brain radiation, particularly with respect to increasing local control and reducing the risk of new brain metastases,” said lead study author Arjun Sahgal, M.D., an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Toronto and deputy chief of radiation oncology at Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. “Our study indicates, however, a survival advantage for SRS alone in younger patients who also interestingly were observed to have no greater risk of new brain metastases despite the omission of whole brain radiation. This implies that WBRT may not be required for all patients with brain metastases, particularly younger patients, and SRS alone should be considered as the favored first-line therapeutic option. The implications are significant as it has been shown in other studies that WBRT is detrimental to short term memory function and negatively impacts some aspects of patients’ quality of life.”The abstract, “Individual Patient Data (IPD) Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCT) Comparing Stereotactic Radiosurgery Alone (SRS) to SRS plus Whole Brain Radiotherapy (WBRT) in Patients with Brain Metastasis,” was presented Sept. 22, 2013.For more information: www.astro.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read morelast_img read more