Maoist clears SET from correctional home

first_imgKolkata: Arnab Dam has cleared the State Eligibility Test examination from a correctional home in the state. Dam alias Bikram is at present lodged at Hooghly Correctional Home. Dam has set an example as till date no person from the state had cleared SET from a correctional home.Dam, who is now eligible for lectureship, had pursued his Bachelors and Masters degrees in History from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) from the correctional home and had secured first division both the times. He had appeared for SET on December 2 last year. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersDam had also applied for National Eligibility Test examination but failed to appear for the examination because he turned up late at the examination centre due to some administrative issues. Dam, who is the son of retired judge SK Dam and a resident of Garia, has been a meritorious student throughout his academic career. He passed his higher secondary examination from Narendarpur Ramkrishna Mission and joined mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur. However, in 1998 during his third semester, he mysteriously disappeared from the campus. He was arrested in 2005 for involvement in Maoist activities and after some months in prison he was out on bail. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDam was a state committee member of CPI Maoists in Bengal and was active in areas of neighbouring states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. He was arrested in connection with Maoist attack at the Silda camp of the Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) in 2012 from Balarapur in Purulia and has been lodged in prison since then. He had appeared for her SET examination from Presidency Correctional Home. Dam’s father was informed about his son’s results through a speed post on Friday. Now, if the state government permits Dam can take up lectureship jobs in institutions such as Calcutta University and Jadavpur University. Senior officials of the state Correctional Administration department including minister Ujjal Biswas have expressed joy over Dam’s achievement.last_img read more

Major Gogoi suffers ignominy of seniority reduction and exit from Kashmir Valley

first_imgSrinagar: Major Leetul Gogoi, who was at the centre of the 2017 ‘human shield controversy’, will suffer the ignominy of reduction in seniority and exit from Kashmir Valley with the Army headquarters confirming the punishment for “fraternising” with a local woman last year, officials said here on Sunday. A court martial had held Gogoi and his driver Sameer Malla guilty on two counts – “fraternising” with a local woman in spite of instructions to the contrary and “being away from the place of duty while in operational area”, the officials said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The company commander of the unit of Malla, who was facing charges of unauthorised absence, has been authorised to decide on his punishment which includes a “severe reprimand”. Malla was recruited in the Territorial Army in 2017 and he was posted with 53 sector of Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency force fighting militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. The proceedings of the court martial were confirmed by the Army headquarters after which it was decided to shift him out the valley, the officials said, adding that the final orders were received very recently. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Gogoi and Malla’s summary of evidence was completed in early February, followed by the initiation of the court martial proceedings, they said. The statements of the both the accused as well as other witnesses were recorded by the Army court and the punishment, which has been vetted by the Army headquarters, has been given, they added. Major Gogoi and his driver were detained by Jammu and Kashmir Police following an altercation with the hotel staff when he was allegedly trying to enter it with an 18-year-old woman on May 23 last year. The woman had expressed her unwillingness to depose during the court martial proceedings and informed the Army authorities that she had given a statement before a magistrate and the same should be treated as her final stand. The woman had also stated that she had gone out with Major Gogoi on her own will, besides disclosing that she had become a friend of the Army officer through his fake Facebook profile, where he had named himself Ubaid Arman. Immediately after the incident came to light last year, Army chief Bipin Rawat had said that exemplary punishment would be given to Major Gogoi if he was found guilty of “any offence”. “If any officer of the Indian Army is found guilty of any offence, we will take strictest possible action,” General Rawat had said. Major Gogoi hit the headlines after he tied a man to a jeep purportedly as a shield against an unruly mob which was hurling stones during a by-poll at Budgam, which forms part of the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, on April 9, 2017.last_img read more

Ban meets with Afghan President ahead of international conference

During their meeting, Mr. Ban also expressed concern about the security situation in Afghanistan, according to information provided by his spokesperson. The Secretary-General noted that the United Nations, through its mission in the country (UNAMA), will continue to work with the Afghan Government towards a sustainable peace. He also insisted on Afghan ownership of the peace process, which should be inclusive, and called on the country to continue on the road to full inclusion of all, especially women, in all aspects of life. Respect for human rights must be a cornerstone of government policy, he added.The conference, which will be chaired by Mr. Karzai, will focus on helping the country on the path towards greater democracy, stability, security and economic development. Also in attendance will be Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of UNAMA, and Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.Mr. Ban also met on Sunday with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, with whom he held wide-ranging discussions on the situation in Afghanistan, as well as the situation in Syria, Iran, the Middle East and North Africa. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Mr. Westerwelle, the Secretary-General emphasized that more needs to be done to promote the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, a point he also highlighted in his meeting with Afghan civil society leaders today.In a separate press encounter with Afghan media, Mr. Ban was asked about the absence of Pakistan at the conference. “The Pakistani delegation has decided not to come but that doesn’t mean that Pakistan is not committed,” he said. “I believe that Pakistan is committed to work together with the Afghan people and also to promote peace and security in the region.” 4 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday stressed the unity of the international community in supporting Afghanistan for the long term, as he met with President Hamid Karzai in Bonn, Germany, ahead of the conference set to convene there on Monday. read more

Closing Bell TSX up modestly as traders shrug off Spanish downgrade

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly higher Thursday as resource stocks rose alongside prices for oil and metals.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,233.95 +21.53 +0.2%S&P 500 — 1,432.84 +0.28 + 0.0%Dow — 13,326.39 -18.58 -0.1%Nasdaq — 3,049.41 -2.37 -0.1%The S&P/TSX composite index was well off session highs by mid-afternoon, gaining 21.53 points to 12,233.95 following three days of losses. Markets have been depressed by fresh signs of a slowing economic recovery, including another downward revision of global growth by the International Monetary Fund and forecasts of lower demand by resource giant Alcoa Inc.The TSX Venture Exchange was 2.21 points lower at 1,299.94.Commodity prices also supported the Canadian dollar, which was up 0.21 of a cent at 102.18 cents US.New York markets were also off the best levels of the day with the Dow Jones industrials down 18.58 points to 13,326.39 on top of two back-to-back, triple-digit slides. The Nasdaq composite index slipped 2.4 points to 3,049.38 while the S&P 500 index ticked up 0.28 of a point at 1,432.84.Indexes had earlier been well into positive territory as a much better than expected read on U.S. jobless insurance claims raised hiring prospects. Traders also looked ahead to key earnings reports Friday from U.S. banking giants, including JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.The U.S. Labour Department said the number of people seeking unemployment aid plummeted last week by 30,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000, the lowest level in more than four years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped by 11,500 to 364,000, a six-month low.Traders appeared to take in stride a move by Standard & Poor’s to cut its rating on Spain’s debt by two notches to BBB-minus, leaving the country on the verge of non-investment grade, or junk, status.The Spanish government has so far refused to tap a new European Central Bank bond-buying facility that has been largely designed to keep a lid on the country’s borrowing rates. But some analysts think the downgrade will help push the government to finally request the help.Even so, others think traders are in danger of letting their guard down.“We probably don’t focus enough on Europe. I still think it’s simmering and could blow up in our face,” said Jim Muir, director at Fraser Mackenzie.“But we’re all growing very complacent with the problems over there. One day we’ll wake up and there could very well be another Lehman Brothers moment happen there. But history shows we do work our way through these problems.”Earnings expectations are low for the third quarter as the debt crisis continues to take a toll on the economies in Europe, affecting the results of multinationals. The malaise has also spread to developing economies such as China.“Expectations are for a 2.1% year-over-year decline in S&P 500 operating earnings — the first year-over-year drop since the recession,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic.“Also, half of the 10 major sectors are expected to be in the red, so the earnings slowdown is relatively broad based and not just a one-sector phenomenon.”Merger and acquisition news also helped support markets.The Wall Street Journal reported that Sprint Nextel is in advanced talks to be acquired by Japanese cellphone company Softbank Corp. in a transaction valued at more than US$12.8-billion. Sprint Nextel shares surged 14.09% to US$5.75 in New York as the company confirmed during the morning that there have been talks with Softbank on a possible transaction.Most TSX sectors were higher while resource stocks led gainers as prices for oil and metals advanced.The energy sector was up 0.57% as oil continued to find support from worries that the Syrian conflict is escalating. Traders worry that the civil war in Syria could grow into a wider regional conflict that could threaten oil supplies from Middle East producers. The Middle East and North Africa account for about a third of global oil production.The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 82 cents at US$92.07 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources rose 21 cents to $30.01.Nexen shares climbed six cents to $25.21 as the federal government extended its review period for the proposed $15.1-billion takeover of the energy company by China’s state-owned offshore oil company. The review under the Investment Canada Act is being extended by 30 days. An initial 45-day review period was set to end Friday.The base metals sector was up 1.35% as December copper climbed three cents to US$3.75 a pound. Teck Resources ran ahead 49 cents to $30.39.The gold sector was flat as December bullion edged up $5.50 to US$1,770.60 an ounce.NovaGold Resources Inc. gained 13 cents to C$5.04 as the company reported a third-quarter net loss of $21.5-million or eight cents per share. That is less than half of its net loss of $52.1-million or 22 cents per share from a year ago.The exploration and development miner, whose flagship asset is its 50% owned Donlin gold project in Alaska, did not report any revenues for the quarter.Utilities were the biggest losers with Just Energy Group 31 cents lower to $10.55.Here’s the news investors were watching today: IMF urges Europe to put brakes on austerityGreece’s unemployment hits record quarter of workforceOttawa extends review of CNOOC’s bid for NexenCanada’s trade deficit narrows as imports fallON DECK FRIDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Producer Price index (Sept): Economists expect a 0.8% rise from the month before, 1.8% gain year over year 9:55 a.m.University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment index (Oct): Economists expect a reading of 78, flat with last month CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESJPMorgan Chase & Co Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.21 a share Wells Fargo Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 87¢ a share read more

Energy lobby pulling con job on shale gas fracking Tom Mulcair says

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Energy lobby ‘pulling con job’ on shale gas fracking, Tom Mulcair says by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 11, 2012 5:32 pm MDT ROTHESAY, N.B. – Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is accusing a national energy lobby group of “pulling a con job” when promoting shale gas fracking.Mulcair was in New Brunswick to boost the campaign of provincial NDP Leader Dominic Cardy in a byelection in the Saint John-area riding of Rothesay.During his visit, Mulcair said the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers is deceiving the public when it says there are regulations to ensure that shale gas fracking is safe.“I met with the leadership of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers who gave me a lovely brochure, colour, glossy, explaining that they had a policy that all companies doing fracking had to reveal the contents of the fracking fluid,” Mulcair said Sunday.“I said, ‘But the companies aren’t doing that.’ You know what they said? ‘Well, we can’t force them, they’re just our members.’“That representative of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers was out here pulling a con job, trying to make people believe that somehow they were regulating, somehow they had rules that were going to mean something.”Mulcair called on the energy industry to tell the public what is in the fluid that is used in fracking.“Here’s one tough question: If you think that your method of getting to that gas is safe, why won’t you reveal the contents of the fracking fluid?” he said. “Because that fracking fluid contains known carcinogens and other very dangerous substances.”The oil and gas industry has argued that fracking is safe and sustainable and provides major economic benefits, an argument environmental groups reject.The president of association, Dave Collyer, responded to Mulcair’s comments by issuing a statement saying association members are expected to adhere to operating practices the association introduced in January.More importantly, he said the voluntary guideline are not meant to replace existing regulatory oversight, most of which is done at the provincial level.Disclosure of the types of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing has already been made mandatory in British Columbia, Alberta is expected to follow suit later this year and New Brunswick recently announced plans to require disclosure of fracking fluids, the statement said.“Shale gas can and is produced responsibly every day across Canada and the United States with more than 175,000 wells fractured safely in Western Canada over the last 60 years,” Collyer said.“Our operating practices demonstrate the Canadian natural gas industry’s continued efforts to ensure responsible resource development.”Mulcair also said he supports the development of a west-to-east pipeline that would deliver energy and generate jobs in Atlantic Canada.His comments come just over a week after he toured Alberta’s sprawling oilsands. At the time, he said he was surprised at the size of the operations and left determined to ensure it gets cleaned up.He has also traded barbs with premiers from the West after he said that region’s booming oil sector was hurting other parts of Canada’s economy by driving up the dollar.Fracking, which refers to hydraulic fracturing, involves the use of water and chemicals to fracture layers of rock to release oil and natural gas.There has been a public backlash to shale gas development in New Brunswick in recent months, including protests near exploration sites and at the provincial legislature.(CHSJ, The Canadian Press) read more

Tackling water challenges an urgent task as world moves forward on Global

Speaking at a meeting of the Friends of Water Steering Committee, Mr. Eliasson welcomed the Prime Minister of Thailand Chan-o-cha and President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikstan and spoke of the challenges that the Committee faced.“Worldwide, water demand is projected to grow by over 40 percent by 2050,” said the Deputy Secretary-General. “Population pressures, climate change and energy and agricultural needs have made finding sustainable solutions to water-related challenges an urgent and crucial task for ever more regions in the world.”He then went on to highlight the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the place of water-related challenges within it. “The litmus test for this new agenda will be implementation,” said Mr. Eliasson, “how to translate this vision into realities on the ground. Substantially transforming societies and economies requires political will, vigorous efforts, as well as ingenuity and innovation,” he added.The Deputy Secretary-General also noted the importance of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda in providing a foundation for enhanced global partnerships that will ensure effective implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and spoke about the importance of collaborative efforts between governments, international and regional organizations, the private sector, civil society and academic to find new ways to take action on the global water crisis.He also highlighted the work that UN-Water would be doing to provide support to ongoing efforts, and thanked Secretary-General Michel Jarraud of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) for his excellent leadership of UN-Water. He also welcomed Director-General Guy Ryder of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as the new Chair of UN-Water. “Water must never be a reason for rivalry or competition,” he said. “Water must be a source of cooperation and of shared security and prosperity. Let us remember that water is our primary source of life. So this is also, fundamentally, an existential challenge and a moral obligation.” read more

Displaced people need to be given opportunity to rebuild their lives Ban

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Mungote IDP Camp, in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “We have to give hope to […] young people,” said Mr. Ban on the first stop of his two-day visit. “Particularly, we have to do much more to bring all these children back to school; we have to do much more to protect human dignity and human rights of women and girls to save them, to protect them from sexual violence.”He said he plans to meet with President Joseph Kabila and other senior Congolese Government officials to discuss all these matters tomorrow. Today, he spoke with women in the IDP camp in Mungote, describing the experience as “very humbling.” As Secretary-General, “I will do my best efforts, working together with the United Nations Member States,” he said.He said his visit to IDP camps, meeting so many people, particularly young people, reminded him of when he was six years old in Republic of Korea in 1950. “When the Korean War broke out, it was a deadly horrible war. There were millions of people killed and tens of millions had been separated, displaced. I was one of them. I had to flee,” he said, adding that the United Nations had been a “beacon of hope” then and had rescued his country “from the brink of collapse.”Now the United Nations are doing the same, despite a lack of resources, to protect the rights of 60 million IDPs and refugees around the world, the highest number since the end of the war. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ ›To that end, he will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May, as well as a summit on global migration and refugee issues in September. “We need support from the Member States as the UN cannot do it alone,” he said. “No country can resolve all these issues alone.”Responding to a question about authorities wanting to close some IDP camps in North Kivu, he said he told the Governor not to close them. The authorities seem to be lacking resources, but the UN will work together with the local and central Governments. “It is important to provide life-saving assistance to those people who need daily humanitarian assistance,” he said.On a question on efforts to improve security in the areas of origin of IDPs, he said people should be protected from violence, particularly women and girls. But there are clearly limits for peacekeepers to do it all. That is why the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo or MONUSCO, the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, known by the French acronym FARDC, and the national police are working very closely.“The protection of civilians is the number one priority for UN peacekeepers,” he said. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Mungote IDP Camp, in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Mungote IDP Camp, in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Mungote IDP Camp in Kitchanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern province of North Kivu. Credit: UN News CentreOn 24 February, Mr. Ban will be in the DRC capital, Kinshasa, for the opening session of the Great Lakes Private Sector Investment Conference. He is also expected to meet with President Kabila, as well as several Government officials, and political and civil society representatives.On 25 February, the Secretary-General will leave Kinshasa for Juba, South Sudan, where he is expected to meet with President Salva Kiir and visit a Protection of Civilians’ site that is run by the UN mission there. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) with staff members of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) in Kinshasa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre left) is welcomed by Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo (centre right), Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), on his arrival in Kinshasa. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with Denis Mukwege, Founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital. Located in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the hospital treats survivors of sexual violence, as well as providing legal and psycho-social services to its patients. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with children released from armed groups and armed forces in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Bwerangula Primary School in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon takes part in a Capoeira performance during his meeting with children released from armed groups and armed forces in Kitchanga, North Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Rotating machinery increasing safety and performance in mining

first_imgIteca Socadei’s new DDR heavy duty rotation sensor is suitable for use with any rotating machines, such as belt conveyors. Continuous monitoring of the equipment – reporting overspeed, underspeed and stops – can raise the lifespan of proximity switches, with the fully enclosed design (proximity switch and all moving parts are inside a robust casing) also increasing the safety of operating personnel.Two models are available. DDR ø12 is for over and underspeed detection. This proximity switch delivers pulses to a specific module (ULSA) or directly to a PLC. DDR ø 30 is for underspeed detection: this switch delivers a warning when an underspeed occurs; an easy sensor adjustment is then carried out. These units are easy to install, dust proof and feature dry contact output or pulses (according to the proximity switch).last_img read more

Caterpillars first major exhibition with the acquired Bucyrus lineup

first_imgFollowing its $8.8 billion acquisition of Bucyrus International – completed in early July – Caterpillar through its newly extended Caterpillar Global Mining division, will be on Stand 0216 during AIMEX. The acquisition also sees Bucyrus products coming under the Caterpillar brand name – which is how they will be presented at AIMEX. “It became clear it would be in the best long-term interests of our business to have a single brand for our mining customers, and that brand will be Caterpillar,” said Caterpillar Group President Steve Wunning at the time the acquisition was finalised. As a result of the acquisition, Caterpillar – already the world’s largest manufacturer of earthmoving equipment – now offers a complete equipment package, covering surface and underground, hard rock and soft rock.Its surface mining equipment range now includes walking draglines, electric rope shovels, hydraulic shovels, off-highway trucks, rotary and hydraulic track drills, and highwall mining systems. Underground equipment includes products for room and pillar, longwall and hard rock mining applications as well as complete belt system solutions.Caterpillar Mining personnel will be on hand during AIMEX to discuss the company’s expanded product line, as well as service and customer support options.The Bucyrus acquisition, combined with Caterpillar’s aggressive product development and capacity expansion plans, positions the company to offer a broad range of surface and underground mining products and solutions to customers, Wunning said.He said several other Caterpillar divisions would provide critical support to its mining business, including the Large Power Systems Division, Advanced Components & Systems Division, Remanufacturing & Components Division, Parts Distribution & Logistics Division and Global Purchasing Division.“In addition, it became clear that the capabilities of the Cat dealer network with mining customers meant that all products should be sold and serviced by Cat dealers,” Wunning said. “This is consistent with our long-held distribution strategy of strong, entrepreneurial, independent dealers. Since Bucyrus predominantly employed a direct model to sell and support products, we’re beginning the process to transition distribution and support to Cat dealers. We plan to sell the Bucyrus distribution business to Caterpillar dealers that support mining customers around the world. While discussions with dealers are just beginning, we estimate the value of the Bucyrus distribution business to be substantial.“Our dealers are very excited about the Bucyrus acquisition and are ready to move forward with the distribution business. Cat dealers have a proven track record in helping customers realize the highest productivity and lowest owning and operating costs, and many mining customers have told us how important the dealers are to their success,” he said.Equipment on display will cover key elements of the Caterpillar Mining product range – with full details to be revealed the day that AIMEX 2011 opens.last_img read more

Fullyloaded Munster too powerful for Connacht in lowkey interpro win

first_img By Ryan Bailey Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email https://the42.ie/4609013 Subscribe 64 Comments 31,423 Views center_img Fully-loaded Munster too powerful for Connacht in low-key inter-pro win Glasgow’s win over Edinburgh means Johann van Graan’s side face a longer route to the Pro14 final. Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 9:28 PM Short URL Apr 27th 2019, 9:28 PM Munster 27Connacht 14 Ryan Bailey reports from Thomond ParkDEVELOPMENTS ELSEWHERE QUICKLY contrived to make this end-of-season inter-pro a glorified warm-up for the serious business to come, as Munster — despite a commanding victory here — had to settle for a second-place finish in Conference A.Johann van Graan’s side did what was asked of them by securing four points against a Connacht side keeping their powder dry for a quarter-final of their own, but Glasgow Warrior’s victory over Edinburgh means Munster face a longer, and altogether tougher, route to Pro14 glory. Beirne crashes over for Munster’s first try. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe southern province will host Benetton in next Saturday’s quarter-final, with the winner of that tie going on to face Conference B winners Leinster at the RDS in the last four. A repeat of last year’s thrilling semi-final derby is now very much on the cards. Munster will go into the play-offs with concerns over the fitness of Conor Murray, who was a late withdrawal from tonight’s game after taking a knock to his neck during the pre-match warm-up. Van Graan was, understandably, not prepared to task any risks.Even without Murray, the hosts had too much firepower for Andy Friend’s side as first-half tries from man of the match Tadhg Beirne and Mike Haley set Munster on their way as they picked themselves up from last week’s European heartache in Coventry. Coming to Thomond Park with a reconfigured side and one eye on the serious business in Belfast next weekend, this was always going to be a tough task for Connacht, who rested many of their front-liners and then withdrew the likes of Bundee Aki, captain Jarrad Butler and Finlay Bealham early in the second period.The visitors started with plenty of intent and no shortage of motivation as they chased their fifth straight Pro14 victory, having not achieved that feat since 2016, but after taking the lead through Bealham’s first-half try, had left themselves with too much to do after the interval.Even in defeat, Connacht can take plenty of positives from this showing, not least their spirited second-half performance as they briefly brought it back to a one-score game through Eoin McKeon’s hard-earned try.There were also excellent individual cameos from the returning Bealham and Kieran Marmion, while 21-year-old out-half Conor Dean was composed in the pivot on his senior debut. For Munster, this was a useful work-out ahead of the visit of Benetton but van Graan’s side will know they’ll need to move up through the gears in the weeks to come if they are to end their eight-year wait for silverware. They weren’t helped by the loss of Murray minutes before kick-off, but his replacement, Neil Cronin, was quick to seize his starting opportunity. The Garryowen nine was a lively performer and his quick and quality service allowed the hosts establish a 17-7 half-time advantage. Bundee Aki is tackled by Peter O’Mahony. Source: James Crombie/INPHOVan Graan’s side could, and should, have led by more at the break had it not been for Andrew Conway’s howler, with the Munster winger spurning a gilt-edged opportunity after intercepting Tiernan O’Halloran. Conway will not want to see the replay too many times, as Stephen Fitzgerald — the former Munster man — got back to knock the ball out of his hands before the Ireland international dotted down. Beirne and Haley made sure of their first-half tries, as the southern province rebounded strongly after Bealham — back after a nasty hand injury — had handed Connacht a 23rd-minute lead. Out-half Dean showed a couple of confident early touches in the opening exchanges, including a perfectly-judged kick into the corner, but two missed penalties in the first 40 cost the visitors after Friend’s side had enjoyed large tracts of possession and territory.At the other end, Munster — save for Conway’s sloppiness — were far more clinical. Cronin sniped to release the ever-willing Beirne to gallop through a hole in the Connacht rearguard, after Robin Copeland had been drawn to the decoy run of Jean Kleyn.Beirne still had plenty to do but showed his power and athleticism to back himself from 20 yards out, step the covering Niyi Adeolokun and ride the last-ditch tackle attempt from O’Halloran to get over under the posts, with Tyler Bleyendaal tacking on the extras.Six minutes later, Munster were over for their second. Conway reminded everyone of his attacking quality with a burst down the right as Connacht were caught narrow, and the supporting Peter O’Mahony combined with Haley to finish the job.The second half was a fairly non-descript affair. Bleyendaal extended Munster’s advantage off the tee before both sides emptied their benches, only adding to the stop-start nature of proceedings. Munster celebrate JJ Hanrahan’s late try. Source: James Crombie/INPHOConnacht enjoyed the better of it, eventually earning their just rewards having pitched tent in the Munster 22 through McKeon after Jeremy Loughman had been binned. But it only served to re-awaken Munster, who responded in kind with an excellent team score finished off by JJ Hanrahan, after superb hands from Conway, Beirne and Haley in the build-up. See you all back here next week. Munster scorers:Tries: Tadhg Beirne, Mike Haley, JJ Hanrahan.  Conversions: Tyler Bleyendaal [2 from 2], JJ Hanrahan [1 from 1]. Penalties: Tyler Bleyendaal [2 from 2].Connacht scorers:Tries: Finlay Bealham, Eoin McKeon.  Conversions: Conor Dean [2 from 2]. Penalties: Conor Dean [0 from 2].MUNSTER: 15. Mike Haley, 14. Andrew Conway, 13. Chris Farrell (Sammy Arnold 68′), 12. Dan Goggin, 11. Calvin Nash, 10. Tyler Bleyendaal (JJ Hanrahan 68′), 9. Neil Cronin (Craig Casey 76′); 1. Dave Kilcoyne (Jeremy Loughman 52′), 2. Niall Scannell (Rhys Marshall 68′), 3. Stephen Archer (John Ryan 53′), 4. Jean Kleyn (Billy Holland 68′), 5. Tadhg Beirne, 6. Peter O’Mahony (captain), 7. Chris Cloete (Arno Botha 68′), 8. CJ Stander. CONNACHT: 15. Tiernan O’Halloran (Darragh Leader 72′), 14. Niyi Adeolokun, 13. Bundee Aki (Eoin Griffin 59′), 12. Tom Daly, 11. Stephen Fitzgerald, 10. Conor Dean, 9. Kieran Marmion (Caolin Blade 64′); 1. Matthew Burke (Peter McCabe 49′), 2. Tom McCartney (Shane Delahunt 45′), 3. Finlay Bealham (Conor Carey 49′), 4. Joe Maksymiw, 5. James Cannon (Eoghan Masterson 57′), 6. Eoin McKeon, 7. Jarrad Butler (captain)(Paul Boyle 64′), 8. Robin Copeland. Referee: Frank Murphy [IRFU].Attendance: 19,999.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

Strictly Ballroom at Her Majestys Theatre

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tickets are now on sale for Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which will première in Melbourne in January 2015.An Australian cast of 43 will take to the stage of Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on 14 January 2015. Starring Bob Baines, Drew Forsythe, Natalie Gamsu, Robert Grubb, Fernando Mira, Heather Mitchell and Mark Owen-Taylor. Strictly Ballroom The Musical is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann devised with a group of students at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) back in 1984.When: Wednesday 14 January 2015 Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne For more information about the musical and to purchase tickets, visit www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com or www.ticketek.com.aulast_img read more

Behind the scenes look at WWE 2K17 commercial with Goldberg NXT TakeOver

first_img WhatsApp Behind the scenes look at WWE 2K17 commercial with GoldbergWWE.com is featuring a clip from This Week in WWE with a behind the scenes look at the new commercial for the WWE 2K17 video game featuring Bill Goldberg that debuted this past Monday night during RAW.NXT TakeOver previewWWE has a video promo up previewing this Wednesday’s live NXT TakeOver: The End special airing live on the WWE Network featuring Samoa Joe defending the NXT Championship against Finn Balor in the main event.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xj7FqGM8EsJohn Cena’s WWE return in 360A new 360 video of John Cena’s return to RAW on Monday is now up courtesy of WWE. Pinterest Becky Lynch `WWE 24` Documentary Premier Date Announced Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Jimmy Fallon Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need HimVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list John Cena Says WWE Doesn`t Need Him Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Facebook Videos Articles WWE Superstar Finn Balor confirms marriage to FOX Sports Reporter Veronica Rodriguez WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Google+ John Cenalast_img

Trump shakes up transition team elevates Pences role

first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump is shaking up his transition team as he plunges into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations. It amounts to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running Trump’s transition planning for months.On the heels of Trump’s upset victory this week, the Republican’s team has been scrambling to identify people for top White House jobs and Cabinet posts. It’s an enormous undertaking that must be well in hand by the time Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20.In a statement Friday, Trump said Pence would “build on the initial work” done by Christie.“Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation — specifically jobs, security and opportunity,” Trump said.Christie was a loyal adviser to Trump for much of the campaign and came close to being the businessman’s pick for running mate. But Trump ultimately went with Indiana Gov. Pence, a former congressman with Washington experience and deep ties to conservatives.Christie will still be involved in the transition, joining a cluster of other steadfast Trump supporters serving as vice chairs: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.For Trump, who ran on a pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders, the team is strikingly heavy on those with long political resumes.last_img read more

Salah limped out of field because of strain not rupture –

first_imgIt seems that the injury that took Egyptian star Mohamed Salah out of the field during Egypt’s 4-1 win against Switzerland is really not a serious one.Salah netted a spectacular goal during the win, scoring directly from a corner as Egypt dominated in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.🇪🇬🇪🇬🇪🇬Egypt earn a 4-1 win against Swaziland in #AFCON2019Q ⚽️This man was on the scoresheet – scoring directly from a corner kick 😲 pic.twitter.com/DNBV1K1fTc— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) October 12, 2018Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.Even though Salah was forced out of the pitch because of what appeared to look like a thigh injury, Egypt’s assistant coach Hany Ramzy is convinced it is not a serious problem.“The primary diagnosis confirms it’s just a strain and no muscle rupture is apparent,” according to Ramzy via beIN SPORTS in FourFourTwo.“But the player will need to undergo scans to determine the full extent of the injury and the time needed to heal.“It’s nothing major, we’ll do the best we can to help him recover. We hope he’s fit as soon as possible.”last_img read more

Total pay increases by 19

first_imgTotal pay, including bonuses, for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.9% between October-December 2014 and October-December 2015, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its Labour market statistics, February 2016 report also found that pay excluding bonuses increased by 2% between October-December 2014 and October-December 2015.Average regular pay, excluding bonuses, was £465 a week before tax and other deductions in December 2015, compared to £456 a week in December 2014. Average total pay, including bonuses, was £496 a week before tax and other deductions, up from £489 a week a year earlier.Between October-December 2014 and October-December 2015, regular pay in real terms (adjusted for consumer price inflation) increased by 1.9%, and total pay increased by 1.8%.Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), said: “The statistics show that we’re still a long way off from the 3% pay increases that were expected. We know that a significant proportion of employers are reporting inflation and increases in employment costs as reasons why they are limiting pay rises.“With more people in work, the wage bill is being stretched; looking ahead, these costs will only increase so businesses need to look at ways to boost productivity and innovation in order to support the swelling workforce.”Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, added: “The trend for decelerating wage growth continues; 1.9% is the slowest for a year, and emphasises that there is very little inflationary pressure coming from the labour market. Indeed, continued low price inflation could be depressing wage inflation as it leads workers to accept lower pay settlements, leading to a vicious cycle where both price and wage increases remain depressed.”last_img read more

Rocket Lab plans to catch rocket boosters midair with a helicopter

first_img Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket The booster will deploy a parachute on its return to Earth, which a helicopter will zip by and pick up. Rocket Lab Rocket Lab, a private New Zealand spaceflight company which offers launch services for small satellites, announced Tuesday it plans to recover and re-fly the first stage of its workhorse rocket “Electron”. In a presentation livestreamed to YouTube, Rocket Lab founder and CEO Peter Beck revealed plans to capture the Electron’s first stage in midair as it floats back to Earth after launch.Rocket Lab’s two-stage Electron rocket is a sleek, black launch vehicle designed to carry small satellites to space. It stands at just 17 meters tall, which is tiny in comparison to SpaceX’s 70-meter tall Falcon 9. At present, its first stage booster is expendable which means Rocket Lab is producing a new booster every time it launches.So far, that’s seen seven boosters lift off from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand since 2017, with only its inaugural flight resulting in a failure. The company has already flown payloads to orbit for NASA, the US Air Force and DARPA.Catch me if you can. Rocket Lab The previous Electron mission, which flew on June 29, provided Rocket Lab with the data it needed to realize their ambitious plans, but the next mission, launching this month, will continue to gather data for future recovery efforts.”Reusing the stage of a small launch vehicle is a complex challenge, as there’s little mass margin to dedicate to recovery systems,” said Beck in a press release. “For a long time we said we wouldn’t pursue reusability for this very reason, but we’ve been able to develop the technology that could make recovery feasible for Electron.”You can rewatch the announcement below: 0 Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img Post a comment Tags 13 Photoslast_img read more

How to be a gamer on the cheap

first_imgVideo games are not a cheap hobby. In addition to the base costs of consoles or updating PC hardware, at $50-$60 games are some of the most expensive media you can consume. To be fair, if you calculate the hours of entertainment per dollar spent, many games probably come out ahead of seeing a movie in the theater or even buying music. But because gaming requires so much money up front, it comes with greater risk — you’re out a lot more cash if you don’t like a game you bought than if you don’t like a movie you see. There are some good ways to cut back on your gaming budget, though, beyond just trading in your old titles. None of these approaches is going to have all the conveniences of buying the latest game at retail, but if you can make a few sacrifices you can get your gaming fix for way less.Keep up with salesThe most basic way to trim your gaming budget is to keep an eye out for sales, and there are several good places to begin.AdChoices广告The community at CheapAssGamer.com always stays on top of the latest deals. It’s always a good place to check before making a purchase. Our friend at LogicBuy.com aren’t bad either.Steam is well known for doing regular specials, including their annual Summer sale. They also frequently sell multiplayer games in 4-packs at reduced prices, so you can get a better deal if you’ve got three friends who go in on a game with you.Amazon frequently offers promotional credits on their pre-orders, as well as a “pre-order price guarantee” — if the price fluctuates before launch, you’ll pay the lowest price it hits. GameFlyGamefly is essentially Netflix for games, so it carries with it the same common pitfall: rentals that just sit on your coffee table for ages, long after you’ve spent more than their cost in monthly subscription fees. But if you use Gamefly as your primary source for console and handheld games, it’s a very good deal. For $16/month you can have one game out at a time, so even if it takes you three months to finish a $60 game you’re coming out ahead. For an even better deal, grab a 1-year gift certificate ($156, or $13/month) and redeem it yourself.If you’re going to use GameFly, though, know that there are a few important tips for getting new releases. When a game you want is about to come out, you have to make sure it will be the only thing available on your rental queue. If you have an older “available now” game on the list, it’s likely that GameFly will send you that, even if you’ve sorted the brand new title higher. You’ll also need to make sure to send your previous rental back in time for the new game’s release day.If you’re the sort of gamer that goes to midnight releases, so eager to play the newest thing that you can’t wait, GameFly isn’t for you. The service usually ships new games on the release date or the day before, which means it won’t actually arrive until at least a couple of days after.Live in the pastGames are expensive, but the high prices don’t stay for long. If you can hold off on buying a game for even a few months, you can get it at a discount when it’s no longer the newest, hottest release. In fact, it’s not uncommon for popular $60 titles to hit $20 six months later. Obviously this approach isn’t for the impatient, and it means you won’t be playing and talking about a game when most other people are. But even if you can pick a few games each year that you can wait on, living in the past can save you a good bit of money.Go indieThe indie game scene has exploded in the last few years as digital distribution has made it easier for small teams to get to market. Not only are independently developed games almost always $20 or less, they’ve proven to be a source of fresh and interesting ideas, which is why games like Fez, Bastion, and Braid have been so talked about. You can find indie games on almost any platform, but the best deals are PC and mobile versions in the pay-what-you-like Humble Indie Bundles. Another benefit to independent games is that you can sometimes get early access to them. After Minecraft’s success with the paid-beta model, more indie developers started letting fans buy their way into the unfinished code.Free!The free-to-play model has become very popular recently, and for a budget conscious gamer it’s a good trend. Most free to play games are competitive multiplayer, like League of Legends and Team Fortress 2, but there are exceptions like the massively co-op Realm of the Mad God. If you don’t mind lighter experiences, there are also plenty of free games available on social networking sites, like Facebook and Google Plus, and on mobile platforms.Final thoughtsAt the end of the day, the easiest way to get the games you want, as soon as they release, is often to buy them at retail. But if you can give up a little of that convenience, you can avoid the higher costs that come with it. None of the individual approaches above may fill all your needs, but combining a few that work for you can definitely shave a few dollars off of your gaming budget.last_img read more

Multiple health emergency cases see rapid resolution thanks to Didi Ke Bolo

first_imgKolkata: A number of cases related to health emergencies were addressed with top priority after calls were made to the Didi Ke Bolo helpline that was launched on July 29 by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.The first case refers to a critically-ill patient suffering from liver cancer, whose family members had requested the state government’s assistance for a hospital bed. The patient, hailing from North 24-Parganas, had failed to secure a bed at SSKM, the only place with the facilities needed to treat her. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA call was made to the deputy superintendent of SSKM from the Didi Ke Bolo helpline number, following which the assistant super met the patient’s family and after checking her medical history, arranged for a bed at the female ward, where she is undergoing treatment. Another case from South 24-Parganas refers to a pregnant woman who was admitted in Baruipur Hospital and needed immediate attention. But there were no doctors at the time in the hospital. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe patient party called up the helpline number and the government officials soon alerted the medical superintendent of the hospital. Arrangements were made fast and a doctor soon reached the spot and attended the patient. The patient is in good health at present. The third case refers to the misbehaviour of hospital staff with a man at Polba in Hooghly. The complainant’s father in-law was suffering from a major leg and back injury and had to be admitted to the Chinsurah Imambara Sadar Hospital. He complained that the patient was not getting any treatment and on top of that, hospital staff misbehaved with him. The concerned hospital superintendent was alerted soon after the call was made and then things changed for the better. The patient is now being treated with utmost care as informed by his family members.last_img read more

He heals them at sea

first_imgErnst van der Poll carries a paraplegic woman to her dive boat. By Sean Davis (http://seandavisphotographic.com)  Ernst van der Poll shows a student how its done in the Four Seasons at Peninsula Papagayo pool. By Sean Davis  (http://seandavisphotographic.com)  To understand Ernst’s passion for the handicapped, it helps to know a bit about his childhood. Ernst grew up in South Africa. When he was 14, he went on a church mission trip to a refugee camp in Mozambique – a country consumed by civil war. That’s where he first met a disabled person.  She was a frail orphan of about 10 years old. After stumbling upon a landmine, she was nearly blown to smithereens and subsequently abandoned by her parents. Suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder, the child was catatonic and missing both legs. It was a miracle she survived.As Ernst and his friends began interacting with the girl, her eyes began to sparkle and she smiled. Overseeing the visit, the woman in charge of the orphanage suddenly burst into tears. Ernst panicked, thinking they’d done something wrong. The woman quickly explained that no, they hadn’t done anything wrong – in fact, they’d done something incredibly right. The tears were because that little girl hadn’t smiled in years.“The experience really hit home because I was only a few years older than her,” Ernst recalls nearly two decades later. “I thought, ‘I’m also an African, and that could have easily been me if there were a small difference in geography.’”A decade later, as a direct result of this incident, Ernst became involved with a group in Dubai called the Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRF) – an organization that works with children sick or injured by conflicts in the Middle East. There Ernst met a 16-year old double amputee named Khalil, a boy who also made an impact.In 2009, Khalil and his two brothers were taking shelter at their grandmother’s house in Gaza when an Israeli bomb dropped. One of Khalil’s siblings lost an eye, and the other lost his life. Khalil was knocked unconscious. When the rescue team came looking for survivors, they shone a light through the rubble. Someone noticed Khalil’s eyes shining in the darkness and pulled him out. The EMTs prayed over him in the ambulance, hoping he wouldn’t die.Khalil pulled through, but lost his legs. He went from playing soccer one day, to a lifetime sentence in a wheelchair the next. Trying to cheer him up, Ernst asked Khalil if he wanted to dive.Khalil said no. In Gaza, kids don’t go to the beach – only poor people go to the beach to wash their donkeys. Ernst was persistent, though, and diving soon became the new love of Khalil’s life.In learning how to dive – something that even most able-bodied people are afraid of – Khalil realized something about his own abilities. He accomplished a task that he never in his wildest dreams thought possible. “It wasn’t about learning how to clear his mask or inflate his BCD or move through the water unassisted,” Ernst recalled. “It was about a paradigm shift. It was about making him realize he can achieve the unthinkable, in spite of what happened to him.” Khalil is now on his way to becoming a doctor. Soon, Ernst realized that there were stories like this all around the world. After such a success using diving as therapy with PCRF, he was inspired to start a program in Dubai. Alongside Fraser Bathgate, the founder of Disabled Divers International, he designed a strategy to provide affordable scuba diving to the public. It was mostly subsidized by large corporate sponsors, and focused not only on teaching disabled people how to dive – but also on coaching instructors on how to teach disabled people how to dive. By teaching the teachers, they hoped to cause a domino effect and spread the cause – and it worked.Divers were happy because they were given dive certification, plus an underwater Go-pro video camera to film the progress. Sponsors were happy because they received this video footage to blast on social media. Instructors were happy because they had one more course to offer at the dive shop. It was a win-win-win.Shortly thereafter, Ernst met and married his Costa Rican wife, Maria Jose. The couple relocated to Costa Rica in 2012, and put plans in motion for a similar DDI program here: Sin Limites (Without Barriers). Ernst and Maria Jose made history in late September with the first disabled divers symposium in all of Central America. The event was held at the Four Seasons Resort on the Papagayo Peninsula, in the northwest Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. Nearly the entire Costa Rican Paralympic volleyball team came from San José for a taste of scuba diving.In addition to providing subsidized “try dives” for the disabled community, the goal was to transform Costa Rica into a disabled diver travel destination. Local instructors were trained and returned to their respective dive shops with new knowledge and awareness. Buzos de Aventura in Guanacaste’s Playa Hermosa will be the first DDI center, and it aims to appeal to this niche market and bring more diverse tourism to the region. If you hang out with Ernst van der Poll long enough, you can sometimes convince him to tell you an underwater story. He’ll tell it with a South African accent and a surprising amount of humility, considering that the content sounds straight out of Hollywood thriller.One time when he was snorkeling, he came across a tiger shark eating a dead sea turtle. It was pretty incredible to watch, until the shark decided Ernst was competition and charged him. Acting on instinct, Ernst punched the shark in the nose and stuck his hand through its gills, wrangling it as it pulled him underwater.Then there was the time Ernst was hired as the underwater bodyguard for a royal family from the Arabian Gulf. After rescuing one of the prince’s friends from a spearfishing excursion-turned-shark-attack, Ernst was rewarded with a shiny new F150 truck.Spend any amount of time with Ernst, a 36-year-old with a football player’s stature, and it will seem he’s spent more of his life under the water than above it. Oddly enough, the most fascinating aspect of his underwater career has nothing to do with dramatic shark tales or Baywatch-style rescues. Instead, it is his work with an organization called Disabled Divers International (DDI). DDI brings scuba diving to the disabled community – to people facing physical barriers caused by life-changing accidents, war injuries or birth defects.Research coming out of Johns Hopkins University shows diving to be a powerful rehabilitative tool for its ability to get people moving, unencumbered by gravity or any physical barriers. The blind, the paralyzed and even individuals missing limbs can benefit. “Nature has a tremendous healing power – especially the ocean,” Ernst said in his thick accent. “Sometimes when people are injured in situations like this, the self-esteem is hurt more than the body.”Ernst went on to describe how much he dislikes the word “disability.” “People with physical barriers are able,” he stated. “They are people who can achieve things and still make a success of their life. But it’s hard to change society’s perceptions.”center_img In fact, offering DDI courses could be quite a commercial incentive to dive outfits in the area. “According to my research,” Ernst said, “the U.S. alone is home to somewhere around 3.5 million war veterans with a service-connected disability. To put that in perspective, that’s almost the entire population of Costa Rica.”He also pointed out that Costa Rica is a great destination for people to come experience nature, learn to dive and be able to experience the joy of traveling. “Just because people have physical challenges, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to go on holiday or travel anymore,” he said.In fact, Ernst maintains that diving is a small slice of his larger vision – to create opportunities for people of all abilities to engage in nature. “Maybe today Sin Limites is all about learning how to dive,” he said. “Maybe tomorrow it’s about something different, something far greater.”Ernst hopes to unite like-minded people and catalyze change by forming strategic partnerships with local organizations like Wheels and Arms, a group that provides climbing, rafting, horseback riding and extreme sports for the handicapped; and international entities, like Johns Hopkins Hospital and the rehabilitation program Deptherapy.“When passionate individuals join up, things really start snowballing,” Ernst said.  Facebook Comments Ernst van der Poll tells a group of mostly paraplegic divers what to expect at sea. 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This happened since last year”. this also means that any theater noise is much more audible than normal a surprisingly terrifying aspect of the story.” explained one Twitter user after seeing the movie. read more