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first_imgFour people have been arrested for assaulting Shaukat Ali, an alleged beef seller, in northeastern Assam’s Biswanath Chariali on Sunday. The arrests were made based on a viral video, in which the man was force-fed what is said to be pork. “I have told the SP not to relent until all the troublemakers are caught. We will not tolerate people taking law into their hands,” said DGP Kuladhar Saikia.District officials said a hunt was on to nab all the others involved in the incident that happened after a group of people “took action” against Mr Ali for selling meat at his eatery in a bi-weekly market on the outskirts of the town.last_img read more

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first_imgSmart phones can pay our bills, track our diets, and record our slumber. Soon they may become a leading weapon in the global fight against disease. Researchers have designed a cheap, easy-to-use smart phone attachment (shown above) that can test patients for multiple deadly infectious diseases in 15 minutes. All it takes is a drop of blood from a finger prick. Pressing the device’s big black button creates a vacuum that sucks the blood into a maze of tiny channels within its disposable credit card–sized cartridge. There, several detection zones snag any antibodies in the blood that reveal the presence of a particular disease. It only takes a tiny bit of power from the smart phone to detect and display the results: A fourth-generation iPod Touch could screen 41 patients on a single charge, the team says. The researchers conducted a field test of the device at three Rwandan community clinics, where health care workers rapidly screened 96 patients for HIV and active and latent forms of syphilis. Compared with gold standard laboratory tests, the dongle was 96% as accurate in detecting infections, missing just one case of latent syphilis, the team reports online today in Science Translational Medicine. Despite a 14% false alarm rate, the researchers say the device’s high sensitivity and ease of use make it a powerful tool for diagnosing these deadly diseases in the field, particularly among pregnant women. The researchers are now preparing a larger scale trial for the $34 device, which they hope will let mobile clinics and health workers provide rapid and reliable disease screening in the remotest areas of the world.last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — The Washington Capitals showed the urgency of a team that hasn’t secured a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.The New York Rangers haven’t looked the same since they clinched their place in the postseason.Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two goals in the third period to rally the Capitals to a 5-2 victory March 29 over the suddenly slumping Rangers.Washington won for the fifth time in seven games to strengthen its hold on the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with seven games remaining.“That’s a great thing for our team,” said Braden Holtby, who made 23 saves in his career-best 37th win. “We’ve been a confident group right from the start. We’re seeing it now. We can get through anything.”On the flip side, the Rangers lost for the third time in four games, including back-to-back defeats after becoming the first NHL team to qualify for the postseason on March 26.By the third period against Washington, they appeared to be worn out.“It didn’t seem like we had a lot of gas in the tank,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “It seemed to affect our execution on the ice.”New York still has a comfortable hold on first place in the Metropolitan Division, but they have dropped from the top spot in the overall standings and in the East.“There is still a lot to play for,” Vigneault said. “We are playing for home-ice advantage. We haven’t secured that. You also want to go into the playoffs playing the right way.”Ovechkin had a goal in each of the first two periods, and Chimera broke a 2-2 tie 4:41 into the third with his first in 21 games. He made it 4-2 with 12:20 remaining, and Marcus Johansson added an empty-netter with 2:23 left.Washington rebounded from a March 28 home loss to Nashville and beat the Rangers for the first time in three games this season. The teams will finish the season against each other.“When we play our game, we play simple and they make mistakes,” Ovechkin said. “Mentally it’s important for us.”Ovechkin had gone three games without a goal, but he has scored two in a game four times in his past 12. Skating on a line without Nicklas Backstrom didn’t seem to bother him. Backstrom assisted on 30 of Ovechkin’s first 47 goals, and then his power-play tally Sunday.“It’s like a married couple,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. “Sometimes an odd weekend road trip is a good thing.”Kevin Hayes and Derick Brassard scored first-period goals for the Rangers. Cam Talbot was back in goal, one day after Henrik Lundqvist returned from a neck injury at Boston, and stopped 26 shots.The Rangers allowed at least four goals in each of their past three losses after going 10 straight without giving up more than two.“Maybe it was that their will to win was a little higher in the third than ours,” Talbot said. “Something clicked for them in the third period that didn’t click for us.”Chimera, who has seven goals but hadn’t netted any since Feb. 6, jammed a puck under Talbot. His second was also scored in close. Ovechkin had gotten the Capitals even at 2 with 8:43 left in the second at the tail end of a power play with his 49th goal.After being frustrated by Holtby throughout the first, the Rangers grabbed a 2-1 lead with goals by Hayes and Brassard 1:01 apart in the final two minutes of the first.Hayes was the beneficiary of a turnover by Capitals defenseman John Carlson, who flubbed the puck in the high slot. Hayes slid in the puck with 1:50 remaining for the 15th goal of his rookie season. Mats Zuccarello then made a quick, short pass inside the left circle to Brassard, who ripped in a drive with 49 seconds left.Ovechkin had given the Capitals a 1-0 lead 4:32 in when he went around Jesper Fast at the left-wing boards, cut into the middle past defenseman Dan Girardi, and fired a slap shot by Talbot.Holtby had kept the Rangers at bay with several stellar saves, including a lunging stop with his stick against Hayes. He was also helped by the goal posts.“Some days they hate you, some days they don’t,” Holtby said.(IRA PODELL, AP Hockey Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football.At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes.By cancelling out Willian’s opener, Messi also gave Barcelona a narrow edge in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup heading into the second leg at Camp Nou on March 14. The night’s other game produced a far more conclusive outcome with Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scoring twice as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0.It was far tighter at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine and containing Barcelona’s energetic pressing before being made to pay for a rare slip in concentration in the 75th minute.Andreas Christensen, the 21-year-old center back who displaced 32-year-old captain Gary Cahill from the starting lineup, passed laxly across his own penalty area. Barcelona capitalized. Andres Iniesta beat Cesar Azpilicueta to the ball, skipped past the defender’s attempt to tackle and squared for the unmarked Messi to turn into the bottom of the net. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August.“We lacked more clear-cut chances, but the good thing is we managed to force an error out of them and score an equalizer,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said through a translator. “We go back to the Camp Nou happy.”Twice, though, Barcelona had gifted Willian the space to hit the post in the first half. It was third time lucky in the 62nd for Willian, who drifts in and out of the team but was the outlet of Chelsea’s most dangerous moments against the five-time European champions.Chelsea’s Willian celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge stadium, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The Brazilian was left unmarked just outside the penalty area to receive a pass from Eden Hazard. Sergio Busquets charged forward to block Willian but ended up on flat on his back after Willian shimmied past him.“We gave too much space to Willian to shoot,” Valverde said. “The pass to him was perfect, the control was perfect. And we just had to get closer to him.”They didn’t. Willian picked out a gap in the defense to send the ball into the bottom right of the night.“We stayed compact, had a plan,” Willian said, “and did exactly what we expected.”Described by Valverde as a “clash of styles,” this was not a meeting of equals.While Barcelona enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish league, Chelsea is in a scrap to even secure one of the Premier League’s four Champions League qualification places. Recent damaging defeats at Bournemouth and Watford have left Chelsea with only a one-point hold on fourth place — and no chance of defending its title with Manchester City 19 points ahead.Now Chelsea, which won its only European title in 2012, has to find a way to at least score at Barcelona next month to secure passage to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.“We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity,” said Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona. “It is a suicide mission.”—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgWith Liverpool throwing away a three-goal lead at Anfield and Barcelona trailing at the Nou Camp, two of the favorites for the Champions League title were in a spot of bother in their iconic stadiums on Wednesday.Then their biggest stars came through.Mohamed Salah latched onto Roberto Firmino’s flick and cushioned a shot into the net in the 69th minute to earn titleholder Liverpool a 4-3 win over Salzburg.Luis Suarez was Barcelona’s savior against Inter Milan, equalizing with a brilliant volley in the 58th after pulling away from his markers to the edge of the area and then collecting a pass from Lionel Messi before stroking home a cool finish in the 84th to seal a 2-1 win.It was a first win for both teams in group play, the victory being especially important for Liverpool after starting the defense of its title with a 2-0 loss at Napoli two weeks ago. Napoli could only draw 0-0 at Genk in their second match in Group E.Barcelona had opened with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund in what could prove to be a tight Group F containing three top teams. Dortmund leads on goal difference after winning 2-0 at Slavia Prague.Barcelona’s Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the group F Champions League soccer match between F.C. Barcelona and Inter Milan at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)There were also wins for Ajax, Chelsea, Lyon and Zenit St. Petersburg on Wednesday.WILD SHOOTOUTThere was a scoreboard malfunction inside Anfield, with the screens flashing up “LIVERPOOL 3, SALZBURG 3” after the visitors from Austria scored their first goal _ one many would presumably have thought was simply a face-saving consolation in the 39th minute.Before long, that was actually the score.Liverpool was breathtaking in the early stages, breezing into a 3-0 lead by the 36th minute thanks to goals by Sadio Mane _ a former Salzburg player _ Andrew Robertson and Salah.Salzburg pulled a goal back through Hwang Hee-chan in the 39th, the South Korea forward beating Virgil van Dijk _ no mean feat _ by turning inside the defender and shooting into the corner, and Liverpool’s defense started to open up.Takumi Minamino’s 56th-minute volley made it 3-2 and the Japanese forward set up the equalizer for Erling Braut Haaland with a low cross into the area that the substitute couldn’t miss. It was Haaland’s fourth goal of the competition, after the Norway striker’s hat trick against Genk in a 6-2 win.Ajax players celebrate their victory after the Champions League group H soccer match between Valencia and Ajax, at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)“We were incredible in the first 30 minutes,” Klopp said. “Then we misunderstood the situation.”Salah rescued Liverpool with his second goal, and Liverpool’s fourth, of a wild match that felt like the old days under Klopp.“They never give up,” Mane said of his old club, “and they caused us problems.”SUAREZ DOUBLEMessi is without a goal in a combined eight games for club and country, the Argentina forward’s longest streak without scoring since 2008.Suarez showed he hasn’t lost his scoring instincts, however, with his superbly taken goals against Inter, which was defending a second-minute lead earned by Lautaro Martínez.Suarez drifted to the edge of the area and met a lofted pass from Arturo Vidal with a first-time volley that he guided into the far corner to make it 1-1.The winner came after Messi dribbled past two defenders down the right flank and found Suarez with an inside pass. The Uruguay striker’s first touch took the ball past Diego Godín and he slotted home a left-footed finish.“Halftime exists so you can correct your mistakes,” Suarez said. “The team found its patience.”Defender Achraf Hakimi, who is on loan from Real Madrid, scored Dortmund’s goals in the win against Slavia Prague in the 35th and 89th minutes.Chelsea’s Willian, left, celebrates with Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta after scoring his side’s second goal during the group H Champions League soccer match between Lille and Chelsea at the Stade Pierre Mauroy – Villeneuve d’Ascq stadium in Lille, France, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)ANOTHER AJAX WINAjax, a semifinalist last season, leads Group H after collecting a second straight 3-0 win, this time at Valencia.Hakim Ziyech and Quincy Promes scored in the first half, and Donny van de Beek added another goal for the Dutch team, who beat Lille in their opening group game.Chelsea opened with a home loss to Valencia but joined the Spanish team on three points by beating Lille 2-1, with Brazil winger Willian volleying in the clinching goal in the 78th minute. Tammy Abraham had put Chelsea ahead on his 22nd birthday.In Group G, Lyon and Zenit St. Petersburg both have four points after wins against Leipzig (2-0) and Benfica (3-1), respectively.___By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgPV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective singles quarter-final match on Sunday to assure two more medals for India at the Asian Games 2018.First it was London bronze medallist Saina, who ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal.Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal.The last Indian to win an individual medal at the Asian Games was legendary Syed Modi, who won a men’s singles bronze, way back in 1982 at New Delhi.ASIAN GAMES, DAY 8 : LIVE UPDATESIndia has won eight badminton medals at the Asian Games and six of them are in team events and one in men’s doubles.In the semifinals, Saina faces world no 1 and top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, while Sindhu will take on either China’s Chen Yufei or world no 2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.Commenting on the historic medals assured, Sindhu said she is hungry for more.”It’s great (that medals are assured) moment but it’s not over yet. It should be the best and not just a medal. May be a gold that’s how I feel,” said world no 3 Sindhu.On an all-Indian final looming, Sindhu said, “It will be very good for Indian badminton, two players in the final, hopefully, it will happen.”Asian Games 2018: PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal assure India of historic medalsInterestingly, Saina and Sindhu had clashed at the finals of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in April with the former emerging victories.advertisementTalking about the second-game lapse, Sindhu said she was nervous and made easy errors.”I felt I could have finished it in two sets but I made easy errors and then I got nervous, my stroke were not coming in the second game. Due to my mistakes, I gave her the second set. I should not think that if first game is easy, second will also be easy,” she said.While Sindhu ran away with the first game, Jindapol made it little tough for the Indian in the second game and thrice held the lead.Trailing 13-16, Sindhu found winners on either side of the court to make it even but Jindapol again created a four-point lead with very calculated smash shots and won the game easily to roar back into the contest.In the decider, Sindhu trailed 4-7 with Jindapol spraying winners but the Indian won seven points in a row to give herself a four-point cushion. There was no change in script after that as Sindhu ran away with the match.Earlier, Saina fell behind 3-8 at the beginning but found a way to beat the Thai player, whom she had beaten at the recent World Championship in Nanjing and also at the Indonesian Master at the same venue.Saina said she was not aware who won the last individual medal.”We were actually discussing that. We did not know. Gopi sir said keep the phone away,” said the world no 10 Indian.She came into this match with a superior record with four wins in the last five meetings against the Thai.”She was playing strong and I knew she will challenge me today. I was taking her seriously, she had beaten Sung Ji Hyun in the previous match and first time I saw her playing well against a rally player,” Saina said.Talking about her tactics after falling behind in the opening game, Saina said, “I was not moving that well initially but after 12-3 I opened up and I started picking up those tough shots.”Then one-two rallies happened and there I saw her getting tired but she was very tough. She was playing attacking.”Saina said the deafening cheers of the crowd also made it challenging for her.”She had the lead, I had the good record against her, crowd was shouting (for Indonesian player on adjacent court), so many things were playing in my mind. You could not hear the shuttle (due to noise), you have to be alert.”The London Olympics bronze medallist Indian will next take on Tai Tzu Ying, who knocked out 2017 World Champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 21-15 21-10 in another quarterfinal.World number three PV Sindhu will also take on a Thai player in the last-eight as she is up against world number 12 Jindapol Nitchaon.Though Saina looked in good nick and rhythm, unforced errors pegged her back 1-5 and 3-8 at one stage.advertisementWith handy lead in pocket, Ratchanok tried to be deceptive with service but lost points. However, Saina again netted the shuttle to trail 3-9.The Indian had no option but to play aggressive and that too resulted in unforced errors, taking the first break trailing 3-11.Ratchanok used the drop shots quite effectively on Saina’s backhand side. As Saina had to stretch to reach to the shuttle, Rathanok found easy winners on her weak returns.Saina, though found the way to make a comeback and negated the strategy by hitting deep and angled returns, reducing the deficit to 15-17.Ratchanok netted a return at 18-all and for the first time Saina led in the opening game.The Thai hit a backhand return over the line to give Saina her first game point, which she converted when Ratchanok left a shuttle and it fell inside the line.Saina was all fired up in the second game and always had lead in hand. Though the Thai hit a few winners on the backhand side of Saina, the Indian had control over the game.She led 16-12 and closed the match in her favour when Ratchanok hit a backhand wide and Saina found a winner on the next point.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s match against New Zealand which is due to be held in Nottingham later today (June 13) is threatened by a high chance of rain. Inclement weather has been a feature of the World Cup 2019 for the past few days with as many as 3 games being washed out. Fans of both teams would be praying that today’s match doesn’t suffer the same fate.While it has been raining for the past 2 days in Nottingham, today the rain has been intermittent but the wet outfield could still affect the duration of the match as we could see a reduction in overs as well.Latest Updates:19.32 IST: It’s official, the match has been called off without a ball being bowled. Rain wins this contest, the fourth match that has fallen prey to it.The match has been called off. 1 point each for both teamsThank you to all the fans who came out in numbers to support #TeamIndiaWe wish we had a game but we move on from here to meet Pakistan. See you there folks! #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/qviBewSK7FBCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 201919.30 IST: There will be another inspection at 3pm local time or 7.30pm IST.Next inspection at 3 PM local time#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1KmoTdoWc8BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 201919.10 IST: The umpires are out on the field for their third inspection so we should have some news very soon.A quick update from Trent Bridge pic.twitter.com/dARTL0QvTYCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 13, 201918.40 IST: The rain continues to frustrate fans and players in Nottingham. It’s pouring down at the moment.advertisement18.10 IST: The third inspection has been pushed back as the rain is back and is very very heavy at the moment. Doesn’t look like there is going to be any play possible tonight.17.22 IST: Live weather update from metoffice.gov.uk for Nottingham. Heavy rain between 3PM BST (7.30pm IST) and 4 PM BST (8.30pm IST), says the prediction. A few hours ago, there was no rain predicted during the said period of time. Chances of play, looking bleak? India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) World Cup 2019: Nottingham Weather Updates (Photo credit: metoffice.gov.uk)17.15 IST: The rain is back and this time it’s heavier than before. The covers are coming back on for the square, the pitch was already covered.Covers are back on as it has started to drizzle again #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/N5B09s3rehBCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 201917.08: The umpires were seen poking some patches of the ground with their umbrellas. There will be another inspection now at 6pm IST.17.00 IST: The umpires are currently inspecting the pitch and its surrounding area. The bowling run-up area seems to have bore the brunt of the continuous rain as it looks quite soggy16.45 IST: Not looking too bad as covers are coming off gradually. If there is no further rain, then play is still possible16.25 IST: It’s drizzling again at Trent Bridge and the covers are back on. Still a sizeable number of people present in the stands waiting for the rain to relent15.57 IST: The rain has stopped once again with all the covers off the ground now. The scheduled inspection is supposed to happen at 4pm but that will be delayed now it seems.15.48 IST: The weather forecast says the rain is moving towards the north east of Nottingham so there is a possibility that we could see a dry spell long enought for a shortened game.Drains ridiculously fast at Trent bridge though. Rain is moving north eastwards so you should get a bit of dry later pic.twitter.com/7jWMJKj8y0Elizabeth Ammon (@legsidelizzy) June 13, 201915.35 IST: The rain had stopped for a brief moment but it is back on and a bit heavier now. The main covers were taken off but are being brought back on to the pitch. The umpires inspection will have to be postponed as well now.14.45 IST: Bad news for fans as it has started raining heavily again! People are scampering for their umbrellas14.53 IST: The covers are back on as the rain is now heavier15.10 IST: Rain has stopped and next inspection is scheduled for 11.30 BST (16.00 IST) India vs New Zealand, Trent Bridge Nottingham is threatened due to rain (Accuweather)Meanwhile, in other news, Rishabh Pant will be joining the Indian team as cover for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in England as they prepare for their next match against New Zealand on Thursday.Rishabh Pant will reach England on June 14 after getting clearance from the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Tuesday night.advertisementThe Indian team management, for now, will be monitoring Dhawan’s recovery and if they feel it is not going according to plan, then the BCCI will officially request the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a replacement.last_img read more

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first_imgAlpine skiing star Melissa Perrine carried Australia’s flag into the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics closing ceremony as the country celebrated its best Games in 16 years.All 15 of Australia’s team marked the end of a campaign in which it finished 15th with four medals as the South Korean region passed hosting duties to Beijing. The closing ceremony, which featured the extinguishing of the flame at the soon-to-be-demolished Olympic Stadium, paid tribute to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died last week after a long battle with motor-neurone disease.“At the London 2012 Paralympic opening ceremony, Hawking noted that we are all different and that there is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being,” International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons said.“He urged us all to, ‘Look at the stars and not at our feet’. And, over the last 10 days, the stars have shone brightly here in PyeongChang. While Hawking tested the limits of his imagination, Paralympians, you have once again pushed the boundaries of human endeavour.” Share on Twitter Dual bronze medallist Perrine beat Simon Patmore for flag-bearing honours on Sunday despite the snowboarder ending the country’s 16-year gold drought and also claiming a bronze.Three-time Paralympian Perrine shared the duties with sighted guide Christian Geiger. “I’m incredibly proud to lead this team out tonight,” said Perrine, who has congenital vision loss.“I feel Simi [Patmore] would have been an equally amazing choice. He’s had an amazing Games. He’s an amazing athlete. I would have been proud to walk out behind him as well.“There’s a bunch of awesome athletes and awesome competitors and to be considered for this is an honour.”Perrine reached the podium in super-combined and giant slalom last week for her first Paralympic medals.Australia wrapped up its most successful Games since Salt Lake City in 2002 when it claimed six gold medals, all in alpine skiing before the number of classifications were reduced.PyeongChang has ended its time as hosts, with South Korea spending more than $13bn on its successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.It had welcomed 567 disabled athletes to the Paralympics to compete in 80 events as the United States finished on top of the medals table. The Neutral Paralympic Athletes – Russians deemed clean and allowed to compete – finished second and Canada third. Guardian Australia sport newsletter: subscribe by email Since you’re here… Winter Paralympics closing ceremony: South Korea bids farewell to the Games Read more Winter Paralympics 2018 Disability and sport Topics Read more Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian news Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftWith LeBron James deciding to leave Cleveland for Los Angeles on Sunday night, all of a sudden, there are a lot more Lakers fans across the country. One them appears to be ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.Monday, following the LeBron news, Herbstreit, who covers college football for the Worldwide Leader, took to Twitter to declare that he’s now a fan of the Lakers. Fans are letting him have it.Herbstreit, who is from Ohio and played for Ohio State, went on to later explain that he’s not actually an NBA fan. He just likes rooting for superstar players – like Michael Jordan and LeBron James.Yes, there’s a word for that. It’s called being a frontrunner. The Internet has reminded Herbstreit of that fact in the aftermath.Good luck in LA @KingJames. Guess I’m a @Lakers fan now!!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 2, 2018Never been a NBA fan. In this sport I follow the player I like. MJ era I was a Bulls fan. Followed Lebron wherever he goes. Never been a Cavs fan except when Lebron was there. https://t.co/J22S0p3iik— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) July 2, 2018Fans from Ohio also aren’t thrilled with Herbstreit saying that he’s only been a fan since LeBron arrived.LeBron’s decision, while not a shock to those following the NBA, has sent shockwaves through the league. James will be joining a Lakers roster that has potential but not much star power. If they are able to trade for Kawhi Leonard and/or sign DeMarcus Cousins, that could change.It’ll be interesting to see how bandwagon fans – including Herbstreit – react to a Lakers team that won’t be able to compete with the Warriors (or the Rockets) in the West. LeBron’s guaranteed to play for the franchise for three seasons.last_img read more

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first_imgWe’ve all seen it on television and in the movies: a couple of prisoners, jonesing for a taste of sweet, sweet alcohol after months on the inside, end up making their own using fruit from their lunches and a bag that they store in some hard-to-find place in their cell.Solitary confinement cellsNow, though, you don’t have to be an inmate to know what it’s like to drink behind bars, thanks to Southern Grace Distilleries new prison distillery in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. Starting next month, you’ll be able to not only try their uncut North Carolina corn whiskey, Sun Dog 130, but you’ll get to do it in a jail. Sure, it won’t be like tasting Poussey’s hooch on Orange is the New Black, but would you really want to try that, knowing that you’re, you know, in jail for real? We didn’t think so. Instead, you’ll be able to go to jail (imagine the fun phone calls that you can make in the car!) and taste whiskey, all in the same day.The prison, a 30,000-square-foot space across multiple buildings, opened in 1929 and closed in 2011 due to budget cuts. At the time of it’s closure, the prison housed almost 200 inmates. Since then, it has remained vacant. Southern Grace will be utilizing around 20,000-square-feet for manufacturing, a barrel house, and a visitor’s center.“We’re going to try to keep as much the same as possible. I’d love to leave the bars up—if you’re going to work in a prison you should have the bars,” said Thomas Thacker, the master distiller at Southern Grace.Related: 5 Great Smokey Whiskies To Drink At Your BBQA view of one of the main hallways from inside a cell block.Their flagship product, Sun Dog 130, has so far won five awards, including the gold at the San Diego Spirits Competition, gold at the Fifty Best American Whiskeys Competition and silver in Louisville, KY at the American Craft Spirits Competition. What makes it even better, not just the buzz, is that a portion of the proceeds from every bottle sold goes towards a local animal shelter.The decision to start with a corn whiskey, too, has roots that go almost as deep as the prison. Thacker, a North Carolina native, grew up around corn whiskies and wanted to make a product that’d show off the spirit that the state is known for.“Corn whiskey gets crapped on a lot. People don’t like it or think it’s redneck. There are a lot of negative connotations about corn whiskey. I’ve always thought corn whiskey—when it’s done well—is a legitimate spirit. It mixes and it sips…there’s nothing wrong with it except the taint from popular culture,” he said, adding, “Corn whiskey is the root of bourbon. If it weren’t for white lightning, white dog, whatever you want to call it, you don’t end up with the world’s greatest spirit, which is a really good bourbon.”While it’s hot when taken straight (and why wouldn’t it be, at 130-proof?), adding even a few drops of water or an ice cube helps to open it up and bring out the sweet corn flavors if you’re planning to drink it straight. Sun Dog goes well when mixed in a drink like a John Daly or a tequila sunrise, too, as the high-proof and corn sweetness go well with the citrus flavors of the latter.“Usually you drink and then go to jail, but we’re doing it the other way,” Thacker said.If this sounds like your thing, tours are expected to start in October and can be booked online here. For $14, you’ll get a tasting, souvenir glass, a history of the prison, and the chance to tell everyone you know that you’ve consumed whiskey in a prison.(Photos courtesy of Amy Ellis Photography) Editors’ Recommendations The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Absolute Best Rye Whiskey Brands for Under $50 last_img read more

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first_img Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubs Finally, clothing as wild and delicious as tequila.Latin American fashion designer Carlos Campos is not taking Jose Cuervo’s 222nd Birthday of Jose Cuervo lightly. And why should he; this is a serious celebration, people.In commemoration of Jose Cuervor‘s anniversary, the Hungarian Campos was enlisted to team up with Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo to launch a limited-edition, three-piece capsule of everyday wear.Yes, tequila-inspired menswear. Que viva!Each piece fuses illustrations done by Cavolo for Jose Cuervo’s exclusive 222 bottle series, reenacting key periods in the tequila’s history. The drawings are characterized by bold colors, magical characters, and folkloric tones. (Think sailor tats meets tarot cards meets Where the Wild Things Are.)The four Cavolo illustrations created for the bottle series are Heart, Devil, Lady, and Music. Heart represents the beginning, when in 1795 the King of Spain granted Jose Antonio de Cuervo the first royal concession ever to produce tequila commercially. Devil comes next, when Cuervo tequila first crossed the border to the U.S in 1873 and was dubbed Agua Del Diablo or “Devil’s water” and few Americans dared to drink it. If you’ve ever had a night of tequila drinking you may think of the beverage in a similar light. Editors’ Recommendations Next is Lady, since during the tumultuous years following Mexico’s revolution, Jose Cuervo broke social convention by anointing a woman, Ana Gonzalez-Rubio y de la Torre, as the head of the entire company. And lastly, Music, since Jose Cuervo has inspired artists such as the Rolling Stones and their legendary 1972 Tequila Sunrise Tour, plus countless agave-inspired anthems.This bottle artwork was applied to areas of the clothing within the Cuervo x Cavolo x Campos Capsule. Overall modern cuts get a jolt of vivid expressionism, Campos recently finished debuting his collection at New York Men’s Fashion Week, in a show that carried a classic American vibe with a Latin twist.Photos courtesy Jose Cuervo  Think Outside the Box on Memorial Day and Try This Chili-Lime Grasshopper Recipe center_img Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack The Best Light Jackets and Windbreakers to Wear When Summer Temps Drop The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain last_img read more

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first_imgNova Scotia Community College and Innovacorp are teaming up to support potential geomatics, IT and clean technology businesses in the western Annapolis Valley. The Strategic Alliance Agreement, signed Tuesday, June 28, by Innovacorp president and CEO Clifford Gross and NSCC president Don Bureaux, will help attract emerging companies to the business incubation space at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley Campus in Middleton. The campus started its incubator – Ingeonuity – about three years ago after graduates and community entrepreneurs asked for support to kick-start their business ideas. The facility was funded by all levels of government and supported by the regional development agency and ESRI Canada. It offers flexible office space, administrative resources and meeting rooms. The new agreement with Innovacorp will ensure the facility can be maintained for years to come and will allow companies access to business services at Innovacorp’s Halifax and Dartmouth incubation sites. “We’re thrilled NSCC’s facility at the Annapolis Valley Campus will now have the backing of Innovacorp, the experts in business incubation,” said Mr. Bureaux. “With the agency’s leadership and the energy and resources of campus faculty and staff, we know that the rebranded, refreshed facility within the campus can help generate success for more entrepreneurs and strengthen economic development. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s technology commercialization agency, helping high-potential, early stage companies succeed in the global marketplace. The organization’s High Performance Incubation business model is an internationally recognized approach to technology commercialization, combining incubation infrastructure, business mentoring, and seed and venture capital investment. “We are pleased to expand Innovacorp’s reach,” said Mr. Gross. “There are exciting things happening in geomatics and related sectors in this part of the province and we’d like to be part of its commercial development.” Geomatics includes tools and techniques used in surveying, cartography, geography, GPS imaging and other areas.Innovacorp will seek an investment professional, who will be based at the Annapolis Valley Campus incubation site. The investment analyst role will be to find seed and early stage investment opportunities in the area.last_img read more

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first_imgGurugram: Even though it is a well-known fact that there are a host of illegal settlements that continue to exist around the Airforce ammunition depot, a recent RTI has highlighted the further dangers of these structures. In the wake of Surat fire tragedy that claimed 22 lives, there can be a much bigger and deadlier mishap in Gurugram.An RTI filed by Harinder Dhingra stated that there are 10 banquet halls that are functioning within 300 metres distance of Airforce ammunition depot. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMoreover, the information further reveals that there are 34 illegal banquet halls that are functioning within 900 metres around the defence zone where a large number of explosives are stored. Even though Haryana Lokayukta has placed a red herring notice over the entire matter there has been no action taken by the Gurugram public agencies. According to sources, there has been a fire tragedy around the area around ten years. Looking at the dangers involved the Defence Ministry filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceEven as objections were by Airforce officials to prohibit the setting up of civil establishments, the number of civil setups have only grown around the area. Not only the Airforce station but even an Army cantonment area that is located a few kilometres away face similar challenges. On the repeated complaint by Defence personnel, a plea was filed leading the intervention of judiciary into the matter. Ninety per cent for the halls does not meet the guidelines of the municipal body. Moreover, most of these halls have come up at the 900-metre restricted zone of the Indian Airforce ammunition depot. With weddings being a viable business, these banquet halls for long have been earning huge profits and have gained popularity as alternatives compared to farmhouses in South and South-West Delhi that are more expensive. Some of the major rules which the marriage halls have to comply with are being located at the main road which is 18 metre and the service road being 12 metres wide. It should be spread in the area of minimum one acre. The ground floor must be around 50 per cent of the construction area, the banquet hall must not be 21 metres long and the main entrance should be 1.8 metres lower than the building.last_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA – No figure skating.No hockey.No racing.No cell phones.But other than that have fun kids!Canadian Heritage Wednesday unveiled the details of the Canada 150 Ice Rink currently being built on the east lawn of Parliament Hill.The rink is part of a $5.6 million budget that includes a contest to bring 32 peewee house league hockey teams from across the country to Ottawa for a tournament after Christmas. The rink comes complete with cooling system, grandstands and boards.But outside of the tournament and a few other assorted events, there will be no hockey allowed on the ice. Also no food, no rough housing, no tag, no figure or speed skating, and no carrying of children.The list of rules also includes no going on the ice without skates on unless you’re in a stroller or a wheelchair. Helmets are strongly recommended but not mandatory except for those in strollers or wheelchairs.Public skating on the rink will begin at 9 a.m. on December 7, and run through Dec. 31. Skating is free but you have to reserve a 45-minute spot in advance.The rink is one of the final events of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration year which culminates on New Year’s Eve with fireworks on Parliament Hill.If you can’t skate on the rink, you can watch it from your couch on a webcam.http://canada150rink.com/about-the-rink/#hill-camlast_img read more

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first_imgToday, evian Natural Spring Water announced a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and actress Lea Michele to launch evian’s “Faster Than” campaign, which promotes regular breast self-examinations, a key to early detection when combined with regular medical consultation.evian Natural Spring Water Partners With Lea MicheleThe campaign encourages women and men (yes, breast cancer can affect men, too) to perform and share news of the completed self-exam via their social media channels using the hashtag.The hashtag #FasterThan reinforces how a simple and quick process can ultimately help save your life. It also lets people have some fun and creatively addresses one of the key barriers to self-exams – thinking that it is too complicated and time consuming.“The fight against breast cancer is a cause that I deeply care about and a cause that I have long supported,” said Lea Michele. “When I heard that evian was partnering with the NBCF to launch this campaign, it was an initiative that I wanted to be part of as regular self-examinations are the key in making a positive change in a woman’s survival rate.”Three steps to participate in evian’s “Faster Than” campaign:Step 1: Perform a self-exam (visit www.evianfasterthan.com on how to best perform one)
Step 2: Share the news that you completed your self-exam on social media and what it was #FasterThan using the hashtag (FasterThan)
Step 3: Encourage your family and friends to perform a self-exam“evian has been a longtime supporter of the fight against breast cancer. This fight is personal for many of us directly or indirectly affecting our families and loved ones. We wanted to make sure we focus our efforts on something many of us often forget – self –exams being early detection is the next best thing to finding a cure,” said Olga Osminkina-Jones, VP of Marketing for evian. “Together with the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Lea Michele, we are confident that the #FasterThan campaign will encourage individuals of all ages and genders to perform regular breast self-exams.”To further support the campaign among young audiences, evian and Drai’s, one of Las Vegas’ hottest nightclubs, in collaboration will donate 5% of all ticket sales up to $25,000 generated during the month of October to the NBCF.For more information on early detection including tips from the National Breast Cancer Foundation on how to perform breast self-exam, visit www.evianfasterthan.com.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Giving relief to exporters, the government has extended IGST (Integrated Goods and Service Tax) and compensation cess exemptions for goods procurement under certain export promotion schemes till March 2020.These exemptions have been extended for exporters buying inputs domestically or importing for export purposes under export oriented unit (EOU) scheme, Export Promotion Capital Goods (EPCG) scheme and advance authorisation. EPCG is an export promotion scheme under which an exporter can import certain amount of capital goods at zero duty for upgrading technology related with exports. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOn the other hand, advance authorisation is issued to allow duty free import of inputs, which is physically incorporated in export product. The move was aimed at giving relief to exporters as they do not have to pay IGST at the initial point itself. In the GST regime, they have to pay the indirect tax and then seek refund, which is a cumbersome process. In a notification, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) has said that exemption from integrated GST and compensation cess under advance authorisation scheme, EOU, and EPCG scheme of foreign trade policy 2015-20 “is extended up to March 31, 2020”. During April-February of the current fiscal year, exports grew 8.85 per cent to USD 298.47 billion, while imports rose by 9.75 per cent to USD 464 billion. The trade deficit has widened to USD 165.52 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal from USD 148.55 billion compared to the year-ago period.last_img read more

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first_imgAustralia-listed Matsa Resources has started mining the Red Dog gold deposit in Western Australia, with blasting expected to commence later this week.Red Dog is around 25 km west of the Fortitude gold mine, which Matsa conducted trial mining on earlier this year and is currently being weighed up as a full-scale operation.Matsa said all equipment is on site at Red Dog, offices have been established and blasthole drilling in preparation for the first blast this week is underway.The company has an agreement with AngloGold Ashanti Australia whereby all gold ore will be treated at its nearby Sunrise Dam gold mine treatment facilities.The feasibility study on Red Dog envisaged mining some 30,000 bank cubic metres (BCM) per month, using a 120-130 t excavator and a fleet of Cat 777 dump trucks. The total material movement is expected to come in at 600,000 t at a strip ratio of 2.4:1.Mining of the open pit is scheduled to take two months to complete with ore haulage to the mill continuing for a further month.This would see some 13,400 oz of gold recovered over the life of mine at an all-in sustaining cash cost of A$1,294/oz.last_img read more

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By CATALIN NEGREANUBucharest, May 30 2016DINAMO BUCHAREST – CSM BUCHAREST 25-23 (13-11)11 years is a long time. In sports it’s almost an eternity. This is how long the Red Bulldogs of DINAMO Bucharest had to wait to celebrate a new championship title!Monday night on their home court they clinched the second victory against CSM Bucharest and became the new Romanian champions.But it was not at all an easy ride. DINAMO had to fight all the way to the end to secure their 13th championship title and only the second in 11 years!Like in the first game, DINAMO had another storming start and after only eight minutes they were leading 6-1! It took CSM more than ten minutes to score their second goal! Still, for the next twelve minutes, the Red Bulldogs stayed in front with 3-4 goals as the Tigers of CSM were perplex to the variety of combinations DINAMO pulled out of their portfolio: wing shots, balls for the pivot, crosses and one on one penetrations at the 9 meters line. In defense, the player with 10 hearts, IbrahimaDiaw was the Red Bulldogs undisputed “minister of defense” blocking most of the combinations of CSM. It was Javier Humet, CSM’s right back, who closed the gap at only two goals with some well placed far distance shots: 9-7 in the 24th minute and the Blue Tigers were back in business.The last five minutes of the first half showed both teams managing to score withmuch ease from the 9 meters line and the Red Bulldogs went to the locker room two goals ahead. Everything was on the table for the last 30 minutes of the finals!CSM had a better start of the 2nd half and they managed to level the score: 13-13 after only two minutes! It was now DINAMO’s time to react. Out of this battle of the nerves came the most beautiful part of the game: between the 32nd and the 40th minute the two teams head to head, none of them being able to put some distance of the score board. One minute later, The Red Bulldogs were penalized with a two minutes suspension and CSM went ahead for the first time: 17-18. It seemed that the chance was finally smiling to the Tigers who looked to be in control of the game.But the Red Bulldogs had a different idea and they reacted in great style: strong defense, beautiful pivot goal and a two minutes suspension for the Tigers. The final turned again in DINAMO’s favor: 21-20 in the 46th minute after another pivot goal, but this handball thriller was far from over. The score board froze as neither of the two teams were able to score for almost seven minutes. The third shot attempt of a passive attack was successful and the Red Bulldogs were in control again: 22-20 in the 53rd minute. Another steal, fastbreakand DINAMO goes 3 goals ahead, while CSM looked unable to stand the pressure of the last crunching minutes of the game.On the other side, DINAMO was sharp, focused and inspired. When Jakov Vrankovic, who had a fantastic game on both ends of the court, stormed through the CSM’s defense and scored the 25th goal in was clear for everybody that celebration time came for the Red Bulldogs. It ended 25-23 and DINAMO Bucharest became Romanian champions again. After eleven years!DINAMO’s strong 9 meters line, the fighting spirit and the incredible defense was the decisive factor of the final. Diaw, Vrankovic, Savenco and Mousavi formed an iron wall ready to “move mountains” if needed to block their opponents. We must also mention the incredible DINAMO fans who put an incredible pressure on the opponents and helped their team in the difficult moments.For the Blue Tigers of CSM Bucharest it was the second defeat in a row in the Romanian finals (last season they lost to Baia Mare). They showed a lot determination and character but it was not enough to win against DINAMO this season. The Red Bulldogs was a very strong nut, too tough to be cracked by ZvonkoSundovsky’s boys. But CSMbecame very fast a force to be reckoned with and, for sure, they will be even stronger next season and they will come back with a vengeance.DINAMO will play next season in Champions League but the team needs some strongtransfers to stand any chance in the top competition of EHF.DINAMO BUCHAREST – CSM BUCHAREST 25-23 (13-11)DINAMO BUCHAREST:IRIMUS 5 saves, GRIGORAS 7 saves, MAKARIA – RAPCIUGA, RAGOT 2, DIAW, ASOLTANEI 5, MIRONESCU, SAVENCO 4, BALUT, ŞANDRU 5, CAMPAN 2, VANCEA, ZULFIC 4,  VRANKOVIC 3, MOUSAVI. Coach: ELIODOR VOICA.7 meters: 6/5. ZULFIC-4 & RAGOT – 1.Missed: 1 by ZULFIC.2 min suspensions:3 – DIAW 2’, VRANKOVIC 2’, MOUSAVI 2’.CSM BUCHAREST:IANCU 6, BLAZEVIC 6–MILOSEVIC 6, SIMOVIC, MILITARU, MOJSOVSKI 2, STAVROSITU, CONSTANTINESCU, RAPCIUGA, HUMET 4, NOVANC, KOSTADINOVIC 2, MARJANAC 1, NEGRU 8, ROTARU, STAMATE.Coach: ZVONKO SUNDOVSKI.7 Meters: 4/3 NEGRU – 3. Missed: 1 – NEGRU2 minutes suspensions: 3 – MILITARU 4’, STAMATE 2’.Audience: 2.500 people.Photo: RazvanPasaricawww.sportpictures.eu HC Dinamo Bucharest ← Previous Story Talant Dujshebaev: My players are my heroes! Next Story → Kielce to sign best ASOBAL goalie Vladimir Cupara! read more

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first_img3. Cuddle invia Imgur4. Forget to check the backgroundvia Obstacol.com5. Take a good few until they get it rightPress Association6. Shout “WAIT! TAKE ONE WITH MY CAMERA”7. Make you take it again because they weren’t ready via Imgur 1. Crouchvia SororitySugar/Tumblrvia My.HSJ.org 2. Take pictures of their legs and feet at the beachvia WeHeartIt.comcenter_img Don’t worry, there’s a boy version coming soon. Any suggestions? Which 80s hit is suddenly back in the charts? Any excuse to dig out the ESB ‘Going Back’ ad>last_img read more

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first_imgJapon : un mur anti-tsunami pour protéger la centrale d’HamaokaL’opérateur de la centrale nucléaire japonaise de Hamaoka (centre-sud du pays) a annoncé vendredi qu’il comptait construire un mur anti-tsunami de 18 mètres de haut. Près de 100 milliards de yens devraient être dépensés à cet effet. Quelques mois après le drame de Fukushima au Japon provoqué par une vague géante, une centrale nucléaire fait part de son intention de bâtir un mur anti-tsunami autour de son unité. Une mesure préventive destinée à rassurer les riverains. C’est le premier ministre japonais Naoto Kan qui avait appelé à de tels travaux autour de la centrale d’Hamaoka, près de l’océan Pacifique. À lire aussiLe volcan Etna pourrait s’effondrer et créer un tsunami dévastateur en MéditerranéeC’est donc bien à Hamaoka au sud du Japon qu’un mur anti-tsunami d’une hauteur de 18 mètres de hauteur devrait être prochainement construit sur 1,6 kilomètres. Chubu Electric Power, l’exploitant de la centrale a expliqué à l’AFP : “Le but de cette protection anti-tsunami est d’améliorer la sécurité de la centrale de Hamaoka et de répondre à l’anxiété croissante concernant la production d’énergie nucléaire”. Dans cette zone à haut risque, il existe en effet, selon les sismologues, 87% de risques qu’un tremblement de terre de magnitude 8 survienne au cours des 30 années à venir. Un séisme comparable à celui survenu en mars dernier et qui pourrait donc également déclencher une vague géante.  Au total, le coût des opérations s’élèvera à 100 milliards de yens, soit près de 885 millions d’euros. L’avenir dira si ces mesures étaient nécessaires mais face à l’arrêt de la centrale et au très grand risque de tremblement de terre, les autorités japonaises ont décidé de se mobiliser, souhaitant à tout prix éviter une catastrophe comparable à celle de Fukushima.  Le 22 juillet 2011 à 20:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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