Virat Kohli says No. 4 and 5 are ‘floating’ batting positions for India in ODIs

first_img scorecard Virat Kohli says No. 4 and 5 are ‘floating’ batting positions for India in ODIsIndia vs West Indies 2nd ODI: India captain Virat Kohli said India are backing Rishabh Pant to bat at No. 4 position and Shreyas Iyer at No. 5. commentary No data available! graphs India Today Web Desk Port of SpainAugust 11, 2019UPDATED: August 11, 2019 19:33 IST Virat Kohli said No. 4 batting potion is not a concern for Team India. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said No. 4 is floating batting positionSince World Cup 2015, India have tried more than a dozen players at No. 4Rishabh Pant have been playing at that position since the last 5 ODIsFrequent chopping and changing in the middle-order has left the Indian team with no fixed batsman at No. 4 position but the hot debate around this spot doesn’t seem to be a worry for India skipper Virat Kohli as he feels four and five spots are ‘floating batting position’ in One Day Internationals.Since World Cup 2015, India have tried more than a dozen or so players in their search for an ideal No. 4 but the position yet to be nailed down. The search started with trying Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh and has now come down to Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey.India’s middle order weakness was exposed in the World Cup 2019 as well, particularly in the semi-final against New Zealand where the top-order failed to perform for the first time in the showpiece event.However, Virat Kohli said the No.4 position is not a concern for them as the shorter format games in cricket are more about having a fixed top-order and specialist No. 4 and No. 7 batsmen.”We are backing Rishabh to still bat at four and Shreyas Iyer will bat at five. Four and five are more like floating batting position for us, according to the situation of the game anyone can bat anywhere,” Virat Kohli said at the time of toss for the 2nd ODI between India and West Indies.”For me, top-3 and probably 6 and 7 are specialist batting positions than four and five. I think, it has become a topic of debate for a long time. In ODI’s and T20s, four and five are your flexible guys,” Kohli added.advertisementKL Rahul had started at No. 4 in the World Cup after hitting a hundred while batting at the position in one of the warm-up games but was moved up after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the tournament due to a thumb injury. India then called Rishabh Pant to bat at no. 4 and have continued with the left-handed batsman in the ongoing series against West Indies.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Virat KohliFollow Rishabh Pant advertisement view more view less Nextlast_img read more

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Legislation Opens Onewindow Access to Securities

first_img Nova Scotia’s securities laws will be in line with those in otherCanadian jurisdictions, as a result of changes proposed today,April 25, to the Nova Scotia Securities Act. Investors will alsobe better protected with the new changes that allow for mutualenforcement of orders and decisions. “This update to the securities legislation is a win-win situationfor both investors and businesses,” said Minister of Environmentand Labour Kerry Morash. “The changes to the Securities Actstreamline processes to make it easier for companies to dobusiness here in Nova Scotia, and provide improved protection forconsumers by strengthening enforcement and compliance powers.” Changes to the Nova Scotia Securities Act include: the creation of a one-window passport system for Canadian securities jurisdictions. Businesses would be able to access capital markets in participating provinces and territories after registering in just one jurisdiction. Decisions would be more timely and the processes more efficient and seamless to the market participant; further harmonization of Nova Scotia’s securities laws with those of other jurisdictions to provide more consistent regulation across Canada; enhanced enforcement and compliance powers to strengthen investor protection. It will make it easier to enforce orders and decisions of other provinces’ securities commissions in Nova Scotia, and make it easier for other jurisdictions to enforce the Nova Scotia Securities Commission’s decisions and orders. ENVIRONMENT/LABOUR–Legislation Opens One-window Access toSecuritiescenter_img The legislation fulfills Nova Scotia’s commitment to theProvincial/Territorial Memorandum of Understanding RegardingSecurities Regulation signed on April 7. Mr. Morash said the changes will inspire increased investorconfidence. He said Nova Scotia is committed to working withother provinces and territories to improve securities regulationto support competitiveness, innovation and growth. Efficient,harmonized and cost-effective securities regulation will helpimprove the industry nationwide. Once the legislation is enacted, the passport system will allowNova Scotia to accept the work done by securities regulators inother provinces; in turn, other provinces will be able to acceptNova Scotia’s work. “Amending the Securities Act is a simple first step, but animportant one to start the passport process,” said Mr. Morash. “That process will significantly cut down on duplication andpromote greater sharing of authority among regulators. That meansmarket participants will be able to do business across most ofthe country by dealing with only one regulator and onejurisdiction’s rules.” Consultation on the one-window passport system began withCanadian Securities Administrators Blueprint for UniformSecurities Laws issued in December 2003. The passport system willhave highly harmonized laws across Canada by 2006.last_img read more

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Premier Congratulates Nova Scotia Curlers

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil offered congratulations today, April 4, to Colleen Jones and her Nova Scotia rink on winning the Canadian Senior Women’s Curling Championship this weekend. Jones and teammates Kim Kelly, Mary Sue Radford and Nancy Delahunt won the title in Digby on Saturday, April 2, beating Saskatchewan 5-2 in the final. “Nova Scotians are proud once again to be home to a national curling champion,” Premier McNeil said. “Congratulations to Colleen and her teammates, who have added another title to their impressive collection.” Jones, Kelly and Delahunt have won five Canadian women’s championships and two world titles, but this is their first senior victory. Premier McNeil also applauded Alan O’Leary’s bronze medal effort in the Canadian senior men’s event. The Nova Scotia rink, which also included Andy Dauphinee, Danny Christianson and Harold McCarthy beat British Columbia 7-5 for the third-place finish. The medal results added to the glitter of this curling playoff season for Nova Scotia curlers. Last month, Chester’s Mary Fay led her rink to the World Junior Women’s Curling Championship after winning the Canadian title in January.last_img read more

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Health Canada moves to restrict alcohol in singleserve sugary drinks

first_imgMONTREAL — Health Canada is taking measures to crack down on sugary high-alcohol drinks like the one consumed by a Quebec teen who died last winter.The federal health agency says research suggests these single-serve products are creating a public health risk, especially for youth.It is proposing the beverages no longer contain the equivalent of four servings of alcohol per can, as was previously the case. The amount of alcohol in containers under one litre will be limited to no more than 1.5 servings.The move comes following the death of Athena Gervais last March. The 14-year-old Quebec teen was discovered in a stream behind her school in Laval, Que., north of Montreal.She had allegedly consumed one or more cans of a drink called FCKD UP with an 11.9 per cent alcohol content, which at the time was sold in convenience stores in 568-ml cans for less than $4.Under the new proposed rules, that 568-ml drink would be capped at 4.5 per cent alcohol.The company that manufactured the drink ceased its production following her death.The proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette on Saturday and will be subject to 45 days of consultations, until Feb. 5.They could come into effect in the spring of 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Letter: Polisario Claims Morocco Will Start War After MINURSO Eviction

Rabat – The leader of the Polisario Front sent a letter to the United Nations earlier this week warning its diplomats that the eviction of MINURSO from the Western Sahara could bring the return of armed conflict between Morocco and the separatist Front.“We warn that the absence of a real and direct pressure on the occupying state of Morocco from the international community, specifically the Security Council… will be considered a green light to a military aggression by the kingdom of Morocco against the Sahrawi people,” Mohammad Abdulaziz, the president of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and the secretary-general of the Polisario Front, wrote in the letter, according to News24.“This people will find itself, again, obliged to defend its rights by all legitimate means, including the armed struggle, which is legalised by the UN to all colonized people,” he said. Late March, Morocco anticipated international concerns that MINURSO’s eviction would lead the 1991 ceasefire between the Front and the kingdom to break, rekindling a war the two sides had been fighting for 16 years before the peace agreement.“Morocco is sticking to the ceasefire and will defend it,” Moroccan head of government, Abdelilah Bekirane assured the international community via a spokesperson. “[The kingdom] “will continue its contacts with all friendly countries in the Security Council in this area,” he added.Abdulaziz addressed the letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. leader who angered Morocco last month by referring to the kingdom’s presence in the Western Sahara as an “occupation.”As a political response to Ki-moon’s remarks, Morocco expelled over 70 U.N. staffers from their MINURSO offices in Laayoune and Dakhla and rescinded a USD 3 million grant the country had been providing the mission for years.Ki-moon’s office was due to finalize its annual report on the mission last week, however, due to the ongoing row between the U.N. leader and Morocco, it is expected to be adopted by the Security Council on April 28th with revised goals and terms, according to the council’s work schedule.Earlier this month, the top U.N. diplomat sent a letter to King Mohammed VI regarding the row, but Ki-moon’s spokesperson declined to comment further on the contents of the letter.The U.N. established MINURSO in 1991 as a third party to keep the peace in the Western Sahara and organize a referendum on independence for the Sahrawi people. Due to disagreements between the Polisario-established SADR and the Moroccan government on who should be allowed to vote in the referendum, it never materialized.In 2007, Morocco proposed an autonomy plan that would allow the Sahrawi people of the Sahara to practice self-governance on regional issues under the sovereignty of the Moroccan flag. The Front rejected the plan, insisting on the promised referendum on independence instead. read more

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Britains fittest family Four relatives to compete at World Triathlon Championships for

first_imgMartin Rogers’ children have been training for triathlons since they were youngCredit:Jay Williams for The Telegraph “I prequalified last year as I was British champion, then Oscar and Tabby qualified and Charlotte missed out by one place because she was beaten by her little sister by eight seconds,” father of four Mr Rogers said. Martin Rogers' children have been training for triathlons since they were young A British family are set to make history when all four of them compete for Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships at the same time.Dubbed Britain’s fittest family, the Rogers are set to put the Brownlee brothers in the shade when father Martin, 50, daughters Charlotte, 22, and Tabby, 21, and son Oscar, 17, head for the contest in Rotterdam.The fitness fanatics are following in their father’s footsteps, as Martin, a leisure centre manager, has competed for Great Britain seven times and last year won the British Championships.All three youngsters, from Somerset, have been training for triathlons since they were young and have worked in their father’s leisure centre as lifeguards, while pursuing sporting careers.Sibling rivalry has spurred the youngsters on and this year saw younger sister Tabby steal her elder sister’s place in the GB team after she beat her by eight seconds.Determined not to let the side down, Charlotte managed to turn her fortunes around and gained a last minute place in the GB team when she came second in the Redcar Triathlon. The father and siblings near their home in SomersetCredit:Jay Williams for The Telegraph “Her last chance to join us was Redcar just a few weeks ago and she came second and got a place. It was our goal at the start of the year to try and get GB places and to be going together means the world.”They are all very talented, I’m so proud of them. We are all very competitive, we will be competing with the best in the world and I know it will be hard but they are all so determined.”The girls are very close but very competitive and they are very similar in abilities so it will be a close run thing between them. There is quite a rivalry between them. Tabby is stronger are running and Charlotte at swimming so it will come down to the bike race.”The girls will be in the same race and their father and brother will be in different ones due to their age brackets.The races will take place in Rotterdam in September.center_img Although Mr Rogers may have almost three decades of triathlons under his belt, his son says he usually beats him.Oscar added: “I just used to train with my dad when I was younger and ended up taking part. My dad and I are pretty equal now but I usually beat him.”When asked who might do best, Mr Rogers admitted: “Possibly Oscar edges us all out, he has the bragging rights in the household.” The father and siblings near their home in Somerset Mr Rogers said added: “I have been doing triathlons for 25 years, this will be my seventh time competing for GB.”The kids have all followed in my footsteps. They are sport mad and have all worked as lifeguards at the leisure entre. We try and train together when we can. My wife is the only one who doesn’t compete. She’s our support crew.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Police hunt masked men who set fire to ten cars at Birmingham

A West Midlands Fire Service spokesman added that two fire engines and 10 firefighters were responding to the incident which involved “a number of cars”. Eyewitness Warren Davies told Birmingham Live: “I saw a big ball of fire. It was coming from the three main cars.”I heard the popping of the tyres and windows and all the police turned up.”There’s a hole in the fence. I come here everyday and that fence has never been like that. It’s obviously been deliberate.”Police conducted a finger tip search of the area and searching under parked cars near the Category B men’s jail. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police are hunting for two armed, masked men seen setting fire to up to ten vehicles at Birmingham Prison.The men were seen spraying liquid on the row of cars.When prison officers approached , one is said to have pulled out a gun and warned them to stay back.The men then lit the liquid, causing the cars to burst into flames, before escaping through a hole in a fence they made with an angle-grinder.Detective Constable James Farrell from West Midlands Police CID said: “Firearms officers were at the prison within minutes, but the offenders had already fled.“No-one has been injured, but prison staff were understandably alarmed by the incident.“The motive for the attack is unclear, but we are trawling CCTV to trace the car which made off from the scene.” We are responding to an incident on a car park outside Birmingham prison where several cars have been set on fire.There are no reported injuries.Two masked men, reportedly armed with a firearm, were seen to make off in a vehicle. More information to follow when we have it.— West Midlands Police (@WMPolice) 7 August 2018 read more

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VIDEO Grabarczyk sent off after only 36 seconds…

← Previous Story Asian battle for RIO 2016: Qatar and Iran celebrate second wins Next Story → Carlos Ruesga debut for FC Barcelona on Wednesday THW Kiel beat HSV Hamburg 29:23 in derby of German North, but the most interesting thing didn’t happened at the end of clash. The biggest story from this match is red card for HSV defensive chief, Pole  Piotr Grabarczyk, who was sent off after only 36 seconds after strong foul on Serbian right back Marko Vujin…

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Un cousin fossile du panda découvert en Espagne

first_imgUn cousin fossile du panda découvert en EspagnePubliant leur étude dans la revue Estudios Geológicos, des chercheurs espagnols, à partir de l’étude de dents fossilisées découvertes en Saragosse, décrivent une nouvelle espèce d’ursidé ancien, vieille de 11 millions d’années.C’est à partir d’éléments dentaires fossilisés seulement, découverts à Nombrevilla, dans la province espagnole de Saragosse, que les chercheurs du Musée national espagnol de sciences naturelles (MNCN-CSIC) et de l’Université de Valence décrivent une nouvelle espèce d’ursidé qui vivait au Miocène, il y a quelque 11 millions d’années.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Baptisée Agriarctos beatrix, celle-ci est vraisemblablement apparenté au panda géant actuel et appartient à un groupe dont les plus anciens représentants connus jusqu’alors ne remontaient “qu’à” 9 millions d’années. D’après les chercheurs, ce mammifère a probablement disparu lorsque les forêts ont progressivement fait place à des espaces ouverts, peuplés de carnivores plus puissants et mieux adaptés à cet environnement.”Cette espèce d’ours était petite, encore plus petite que l’ours malais – actuellement l’espèce la plus petite. Il n’aurait pas pesé plus de 60 kilos”, a expliqué Juan Abella, du Département de paléobiologie de l’MNCN-CSIC et auteur principal de l’étude cité par Science Daily. Précisant que l’animal, probablement omnivore, devait porter un pelage noir et blanc, celui-ci a ajouté : “ce modèle de fourrure est considéré comme primitif pour les ours, comme celui du panda géant, dont les taches blanches sont tellement grandes qu’il semble effectivement être de couleur blanche avec des taches noires”.Le 11 mai 2012 à 10:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Bethesda adds mod and 4K support to Skyrim and Fallout on PS4

first_imgPlayStation 4 fans, rejoice! Bethesda has announced that mod support will be coming to both Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim Special Edition. On top of that, the company has also revealed that Skyrim will be playable in native 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro.Mods have been available on the Xbox One version of Fallout 4 ever since May of this year and were supposed to be on PS4 that following June. After a few delays, Bethesda announced that it wouldn’t have mods on PS4 because Sony wouldn’t allow them. We don’t know why Sony didn’t want Fallout 4 mods on PS4, but given how some have reported issues with mods on Xbox One, it is possible that Sony wanted Bethesda to better QA user created mods in order to potentially avoid damaging users’ PlayStation 4 systems.The first game to get mod support will be Skyrim Special Edition on October 28. PS4 owners will be able to create mods using the in-game Creation Kit. Players will not be able to upload external assets with their PS4 mods. Instead, they can use assets that are already in the game. If you have a Bethesda account, you can check out mods right from within the game.After Skyrim Special Edition is completed and released, Bethesda will work on updating Fallout 4 with mods and PS4 Pro support. Like Skyrim, the game will be playable in 4K and feature enhanced lighting and visuals. Skyrim will of course be be getting new textures and other visual enhancements, but they should look even more impressive on PS4 Pro, especially at native 4K resolution.We may never know exactly what happened behind closed doors to get Sony and Bethesda to cooperate on this, but I guess that isn’t important right now. What matters is that anyone who has Fallout 4 or Skyrim can enjoy user created mods. In the end, everyone wins.last_img read more

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Incisive Medias American Lawyer Media to Become Independent Business

first_imgB-to-b publisher Incisive Media is being split in two by its private equity owner and a group of banks.As part of the deal, Apax Partners—which purchased Incisive Media for $453 million in 2006—will take control of U.S.-based American Lawyer Media, making it an independent company from Incisive’s U.K. properties, an Incisive spokesperson told FOLIO:. Operating under the ALM brand, the company will be run by its own management and board of directors, and will carry separate financing. Apax’s stake in ALM will drop from 71 percent to 51 percent while Royal Bank of Scotland will acquire the remaining 49 percent in a debt-for-equity swap, according to an internal memo from ALM CEO Bill Pollak. The deal effectively cuts ALM’s debt from $450 million to $300 million. Apax, meanwhile, will inject $15 million in ALM. “Incisive Media in the U.K. will continue under the Incisive brand, headed by Tim Weller, and will retain ownership of the ClickZ/SEW/SES businesses, which will no longer report to ALM management,” Pollak wrote in the memo. “Between now and the end of the year, we will transition the separation of our shared infrastructure and operations from Incisive Media and complete the rebranding of our company as ALM. In addition, we are currently discussing a formal content-sharing agreement with Incisive which will enable us to continue to collaborate with Legal Week and other properties.”According to the Financial Times, which first reported the restructuring, U.K.-based Incisive breached its banking covenants in December. The report said Incisive’s senior lenders are “closing in” on a debt-for-equity deal that would leave Apax and co-investors Caledonia Investments and Ingenious Media with “negligible” stakes in the U.K. business.American Lawyer Media, which Incisive bought for $630 million in 2007, includes American Lawyer, the New York Law Journal and Law.com. Last year, after a round of layoffs, ALM dropped the ALM name to operate instead under the Incisive Media brand.last_img read more

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TheStreet Expands Video Production

first_imgRecent Harvard graduate Sophie Bearman will step in as an associate producer. Jeremy Jeennings, a recent Radford University graduate, will also serve as an associate producer.The Motivation?TheStreet’s decision to build out its video strategy is in line with several publishers who are refocusing strategies and resources to leverage the popularity of video content. “We were really seeing a big shift into online video, and more recently, in the last six months, we saw an explosion in tablet and mobile, with a [viewing] increase of 60 percent,” says head of video, Ruben Ramirez.Ramirez also indicates that there is a clear hole in the market when it comes to quality video content for business and financial news and information. Not only that, but he maintains that TheStreetTV is looking to offer up something unique.”My mandate was to try and do something that not everyone out there is already doing. We want to shift the paradigm in terms of how long segments are, how they look and how people interact with them,” he says.What to ExpectRamirez refers to vision as “video 2.0,” and isn’t only looking to improve video content for consumers, but also advertisers. “Nobody likes to sit through a 30 second ad, so we want to figure out how to change that and create value for the advertiser without shutting out the consumer,” he says.For now, ads will run in a traditional pre-roll format, but Ramirez says the goal is to capitalize on mobile and tablet capabilities and develop ads that are interactive and dynamic.TheStreetTV’s videos will be distributed across all its company verticals. Additionally, there are already about 30 distribution channels in place including Roku, asset.TV, Yahoo! and AOL.Ramirez states that the strategy and rollout will be incremental, but the essentials are coming together nicely. “Building a platform from scratch is something that takes a little time. So we have been focused on making sure we have an infrastructure in place,” he says. The infrastructure includes two dedicated studios, a stable of advertisers, distribution channels and a growing team of video production specialists. TheStreet announced three new appointments this week to its video production team in an effort to increase the volume and quality of its video content. This fall the new team will launch six original series to kick things off.Mark Sugarman will serve as video creative director. Sugarman joins TheStreet from MSNBC, where he was lead graphic designer for “The Ed Show.”Daniel Lebo will now serve as video optimization manager. He was serving as a video producer for the company.last_img read more

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Woman killed over Kurigram land dispute

first_imgkurigramA woman was killed and her father injured in an attack allegedly by their rivals over land dispute at Khuliatari village in Razarhat upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sajina Begum, 45, daughter of Farhad Ali of the village.Police said Farhad Ali and his brother Farsed Ali had been at loggerhead over the ownership of a piece of land for long.On Tuesday morning, Farsed along with his son Saiful attacked Farhad with a sharp weapon when he went to the disputed land for sowing saplings, leaving him critically injured.At one stage, the attackers also hit Sajina with a sharp weapon when she appeared there to save her father, leaving her injured.Later, they were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital where physicians declared Sajina dead.Police detained two people- Sohel, 18 and Sultana Begum, 36- in this connection.last_img read more

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Researchers find easy way to deposit metal nanoparticles on a surface using

first_img Coating noble metal nanoparticles with silica © 2015 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Mechanochemical Activation and Patterning of an Adhesive Surface toward Nanoparticle Deposition, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (5), pp 1726–1729. DOI: 10.1021/ja507983xAbstractMechanical pulling of adhesive tape creates radicals on the tape’s surface. These radicals are capable of reducing metal salts to the corresponding metal nanoparticles. In this way, the mechanically activated tape can be decorated with various types of nanoparticles, including Au, Ag, Pd, or Cu. While retaining their mechanical properties and remaining “sticky,” the tapes can exhibit new properties derived from the presence of metal nanoparticles (e.g., bacteriostaticity, increased electrical conductivity). They can also be patterned with nanoparticles only at selective locations of mechanical activation. Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Adding metal nanoparticles to a surface offers a way to confer properties onto it that would not be present otherwise—allowing rubbers to conduct electricity, for example. But, getting metal nanoparticles to adhere to desired products oftentimes involves a lot of time, effort or money (not to mention hazardous waste byproducts) which can detract from its usefulness. In this new effort, the researchers found that common, inexpensive sticky tape provides an opportunity for adding nanoparticles to a surface in a simple, clean way.The researchers note that unspooling sticky tape from its roll causes bonds within the tape polymer to break which results in radicals forming on its surface—radicals that are attracted to metal nanoparticles. That meant, all they had to do was create a liquid solution with nanoparticles in it, drop a length of sticky tape into it and let it soak for awhile. The nanoparticles bonded with the radicals causing them to adhere, forming a layer on the tape material made of the nanoparticles, and that imbued the sticky tape with the attractive properties of the metal nanoparticles.Using this method, the team created sticky tape strips with gold nanoparticles to increase electrical conductivity, copper to allow it to be used as a fungicide and silver to allow for use as an antibiotic. They noted that their process did not cause a reduction in stickiness, which meant the tape could still be applied to another surface, adding to its desirable attributes. Also they noted that the technique could be adapted to tapes not on a roll by using physical pressure to release the radicals. As one example, they placed a length of sticky tape into a bath of silver nitrate for a few hours—it turned yellow-orange, indicating that the silver in the bath had indeed formed a layer on the tape. (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from Northwestern University in the U.S. and Bilkent University in Turkey has found that ordinary Scotch tape can be used to create a metal nanoparticle surface. In their paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the team describes how they used ordinary sticky tape to create the surfaces and why it worked so well. Citation: Researchers find easy way to deposit metal nanoparticles on a surface using tape (2015, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-easy-deposit-metal-nanoparticles-surface.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

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Forest Development Corporation set to run new resort at Lataguri

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Forest Development Corporation (WBFDC) will be running a resort that the North Bengal Development Department is developing at Lataguri.It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has stressed on the development of infrastructure to give a boost to the tourism sector. Several initiatives were taken up in the past seven years, resulting in huge growth and inflow of tourists in Bengal. Besides improving the infrastructure for better connectivity and beautification of tourist spots, the state government has also taken up initiatives to set up sufficient accommodation facilities at different places. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIn the past seven years, North Bengal had come up as a place of major tourist attraction and it even resulted in the increase of the passenger load at Bagdogra Airport as well. Now with the increase in the inflow of tourists, the state government has felt the need of increasing accommodation facilities as well. Hence, the move to develop a resort has been taken up by the North Bengal Development department. The construction of the resort has started and it would take a few more months to complete the work. Completion of the project will ensure more accommodation facilities at Lataguri where the number of tourists is increasing every year, said an official of the Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedcorporation. Udayan Guha, Chairman of the corporation, said: “North Bengal Development department is developing the infrastructure of the resort that is coming up at Lataguri. The work has already started. As per the discussion, the resort will be handed over to the corporation to run after the construction is complete.” The step has been taken up as the department didn’t have the necessary expertise and infrastructure to run a resort. But the corporation is successful as it has been running resorts at many places, including both North and South Bengal. It may be mentioned that recently one of the resorts of the corporation was opened at Tajpur. The corporation has ensured that one can do online booking of rooms at the resorts. One needs to log in to the website of the corporation for online booking and the booking of the upcoming resort at Lataguri will also be available through the website of the corporation. Information about the resort will be available on the website. The corporation has also introduced restaurant facilities at many of its resorts.last_img read more

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Meet the College Students Who Are Driving the Future of Bitcoin

first_img Pangman is unmistakably impressed with everything Gardner and his peers have accomplished so far. “I feel like I’m a coach recruiting the national team for the Olympics,” he says. “And I found my star point guard.”He envisions the college clubs serving as feeder programs for the professional world of Bitcoin companies. The Bitcoin economy has a market cap of $5.8 billion, and last year startups in the space received nearly $100 million in venture capital in the U.S. alone.Related: The Secret Entrepreneurial Lessons of a Liberal Arts Education”Colleges are fantastic petri dishes for any kind of experiment,” says Pangman, who recently added Bloch and Gardner to the Bitcoin Foundation’s education committee. For his part, he’s waiting for the foundation’s board to approve a grant proposal he submitted that would fund a broad university outreach program. He wants to build a network of faculty, especially outside of the computer science and engineering departments where enthusiasm for Bitcoin might be expected. A peer-reviewed academic journal for cryptocurrency research, he says, “is in the offing as well.” 12 min read Bitcoin has filled that void. It is a technology that Gardner believes could lead to the betterment of millions of lives. As a global transaction network, it could be used for remittances — the practice of workers, usually recent immigrants, sending a portion of their pay back home to their families in another country. Remittances are a $550 billion industry, according to the World Bank. Established international money transmitters Western Union and MoneyGram charge fees as high as 10 percent for some amounts and destinations.Related: 50 Insane Facts About Bitcoin (Infographic)One the other hand, all-in-one Bitcoin companies like Coinbase offer the ability to buy and sell bitcoins for fiat currency, store them in a cloud-hosted wallet and send and receive them from others. At most, users pay a 1 percent fee for transactions. (A payments industry insider recently confided to me that legacy money transmitters like Western Union and MoneyGram are seriously concerned about Bitcoin.)”I think it’s an incredibly democratizing technology,” Gardner says. “All of a sudden, people who have come to America for the American Dream, and are trying to support their family back in Kenya, and are driving a taxi in New York, and who don’t want to give 9 percent of their hard-earned cash to Western Union — Bitcoin allows them to do that. That alone is a worthy cause for me to pursue.”But that potential wasn’t immediately apparent to Gardner. Like many people, he first heard of Bitcoin in connection with Silk Road, the online black market which the FBI shut down last fall and which has since been resurrected under new management. Curious, he visited the site and poked around, but didn’t buy anything. “Nothing I really want to get myself arrested for,” he thought.Related: How to Negotiate for What You WantBy the fall of 2013, however, some of Gardner’s more tech-savvy friends were telling him to buy bitcoins. He had doubts about its real value, but it sounded like easy money. His aunt had taught him the basic precepts of investing; he had been buying stocks for years. If Bitcoin was a bubble, it was one he could ride with a fair amount of confidence.Moreover, he began to be convinced that the shutdown of Silk Road that October would lead to a surge in Bitcoin’s value. He traded a few thousand dollars for bitcoins when the digital currency was worth about $140. He sold when the price went above $1,000.So far, so profit. But Gardner wasn’t willing to commit myself to understanding the technology behind this weird speculative commodity. Not yet. A major revolution BitcoinImage credit: zcopley via Flickr Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. His tune changed when he transferred to the University of Michigan in January. His roommate, Kinnard Hockenhull, is involved in a Bitcoin startup, and the other man was thrilled to have a sounding board.Fired up by Hockenhull, Gardner began to read more about Bitcoin. The more he read, the more aware he became of its possible applications as a commodity, a currency and a transaction network. Meanwhile, he was obsessively reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers in advance of a scheduled Jan. 27 appearance by the author in Ann Arbor. He was particularly fascinated by Gladwell’s analysis of the fact that 14 of the richest people who ever lived were all Americans born within a nine-year period in the middle of the 19th century. Evidently they were born late enough to foresee the Industrial Revolution, the building of the railroads and the rise of Wall Street, but not so late that they weren’t able to capitalize on these events. A similar pattern emerged in the early days of the personal computer revolution, and again at the dawn of the commercial Internet.Related: How the World’s Richest Nations Are Regulating Bitcoin”Every single day, I would read this Gladwell chapter, and I would read a bit more about Bitcoin,” Gardner says.Finally, at 2 a.m. on the night before Gladwell was scheduled to speak, Gardner was struck with the realization that Bitcoin may represent yet another watershed moment. “Holy shit, this may be it,” he thought. “This is one of those major revolutions.”From that moment, he was hooked. He became active in the Bitcoin club at the University of Michigan, which is how he found himself on Feb. 5 on a videoconference call with Bloch, Elitzer and three other guys, members of the Bitcoin clubs at MIT and Stanford. Before long, they were agreeing to launch the CCN, with Michigan as its head chapter. Physical BitcoinImage credit: antanacoins via Flickr Since he was 11, Gardner has been determined to leave the world better than he found it. He grew up the sort of person on whom global warming weighs heavily. He had always assumed the future held for him a life of public service, a career in politics. The son of a leading expert in Confucianism, he discovered Sun Tzu’s The Art of War in high school and it came as a revelation.Things flowed naturally from there: At Bard College, where he was an honors student, he built his own major, political strategy — blending elements of political studies, economics, psychology and military strategy. For the last of these, he obtained special permission to take classes at West Point, the military academy.Related: Why College Students Need to Be Entrepreneurial With Their CareersIn the fall of 2013, he joined the campaign of Maura Healey, who was running for attorney general of Massachusetts. And that’s where his life plan went sideways. Although Gardner believed Healey was the best candidate and deserved to win, he soon became disgusted with the role of money in politics, with the sheer amount of time that has to be spent raising funds rather than shaping policy, and he left.For the first time in years, he didn’t know what the future held. “There was this void in my life, where I wondered how I was going to change the world,” he says.center_img The sky is the limit Bitcoin accepted hereImage credit: acroll via Flickr The network came out of stealth mode on March 25, announcing itself in a guest post for Bitcoin advocate Ryan Selkis’s email newsletter. “At the CCN, we plan to relentlessly promote the spread of Bitcoin and related technologies like a megachurch pastor on Sunday morning cable,” the founders wrote.The response from universities around the world has surprised even them. The network already counts some 16 established member clubs — among them Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania — with some two dozen more in the works, including clubs in China, Australia and Europe. The parent organization intends to provide “educational resources, administrative documents, marketing materials and regional contacts that might be needed for a college student to start a crypto club at their school,” Gardner and Bloch wrote in their March 25 announcement.Related: What Business Schools Don’t Teach Students But ShouldGardner is in the final stages of filing for 501(c)(3) status for the CCN, and he has decided on a big initiative for chapters in 2014: getting their universities to accept Bitcoin donations. There is a precedent: Earlier this year, Nicolas Cary, the chief executive of Blockchain, made a gift of $10,000 in bitcoins to the University of Puget Sound, his alma mater. But that was a one-time thing, Cary says, and he had a hell of a time making it happen. The school had no policy for handing digital currency gifts. In the end, administrators set up an account with BitPay, a payment processor, to accept the funds.Gardner already knows what such a process would look like at the University of Michigan. Donors would be able to make Bitcoin gifts in two ways: either through a Coinbase-powered widget on the Michigan site (if they had a Coinbase account), or by sending bitcoins directly from the digital wallet of their choice to the university’s own wallet address. The bitcoins in each transaction would be instantly converted into dollars in order to shield the university from Bitcoin’s infamous price volatility. Coinbase already provides this service for Overstock and other retailers.Before settling on Coinbase, Gardner spoke with representatives of BitPay and Circle. All three were interested, he says. “This could eventually lead to tuition payments and the like in Bitcoin, which would be massive. So there’s a lot on the line for them.” The betterment of millions Meanwhile, startups — including, quite possibly, some fostered by CCN clubs — will be working to make it possible to use Bitcoin, both the currency and the protocol, without understanding the underlying tech in all of its complexity. After all, how many casual smartphone users actually grasp the inner workings of the magic brick in their hand?If that can happen, the sky will be the limit for Bitcoin adoption. “In the short term it may not live up to the full hype, but in the long term, Bitcoin does for money and transactions what the Internet did for communication. It sets it free,” Elitzer says. “We can’t fully predict where that’s going to go. But you’ve got to respect its potential, at least, to change the world.”Related: Guess What: Going to College Still Pays If he is nervous about the upcoming meeting, Jeremy Gardner doesn’t show any sign of it.Today, Gardner and a friend, Daniel Bloch, will be sitting down with senior administrators in the development office at the University of Michigan to discuss what it would take to process university donations in Bitcoin. If the administration likes what they have to say, Michigan may soon become the first major university to accept Bitcoin gifts.Gardner, a 22-year-old junior and recent transfer from Bard College, is a co-founder with Bloch of the College Cryptocurrency Network, a burgeoning association of Bitcoin clubs on campuses nationwide. In its first weeks, the network has already attracted important mentors, among them Will Pangman, who sits on the education committee of the Bitcoin Foundation. Circle, a well-funded cryptocurrency startup, wants to be a corporate sponsor. The meeting this week in Ann Arbor will be an early milestone marking a whirlwind two months since CCN’s founding.It will also be a sign that the full impact of Bitcoin has yet to be felt; indeed, that entire user bases remain to be tapped. “People are calling Bitcoin the money of the Internet,” Gardner says. “I think it’s going to the Internet of money.”Related: IRS Will Tax Bitcoin, Says It’s Not CurrencyGardner isn’t alone in that thought. In fact, The Economist said as much in a recent issue. And despite some negative headlines this year, a growing number of investors are acting accordingly. Last month, Bitcoin startups Circle, Kraken and Xapo announced a combined $42 million in new funding. Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen pledged recently to invest hundreds of millions more in the Bitcoin space, on top of the $50 million his firm, Andreessen Horowitz, has already sunk in. Also last month, San Francisco-based hedge fund Pantera Capital announced the formation of a new $147 million fund for investments in digital currencies and related startups.But even as venture capitalists, institutional investors and hedge funds begin to pour Scrooge McDuckian sums of money into this nascent ecosystem, an even stronger indication that Bitcoin has a future may lie on college campuses.At first blush, student groups would seem a strange barometer of the future durability of a breakthrough technology. But think of how Facebook started at Harvard and spread to universities around the country, becoming a private club for college kids long before it opened up to everyone else. Then, too, think of which demographic propelled Snapchat to a multi-billion-dollar valuation.Related: 6 Bitcoin Basics for Beginners”The younger generation is always more open to adopting new technologies and new paradigms,” says Dan Elitzer, a first-year MBA student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and CCN’s regional director for New England. “If Bitcoin is going to be successful in the broader world, it’s going to be successful on college campuses earlier than we see it in most other communities.”For years, youthful enthusiasm for new technology has been translating into huge windfalls for entrepreneurs and savvy investors. Ironically, this means that the key to Bitcoin’s future may rest not with the investors themselves but with people like Jeremy Gardner. April 8, 2014last_img read more

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Vivaldi 20 Web Browser launches

first_imgVivaldi 2.0 Web Browser launches by Martin Brinkmann on September 26, 2018 in Internet – Last Update: September 26, 2018 – 53 commentsVivaldi Technologies AS launched the much anticipated Vivaldi 2.0 web browser on September 26, 2018 to the public.The third major release of Vivaldi after the initial beta version of the web browser and Vivaldi 1.0 in 2016 marks a new milestone for the company that is led by the former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner.Tip: We have updated our review of the Vivaldi web browser to reflect all recent changes up to version 2.0. In this guide, I’ll be looking at major features only.Vivaldi 2.0 is a milestone release especially if you compare it to version 1.0 released in 2016. The new version incorporates all the changes that updates introduced since 2016 and all the latest changes made to the browser since the release of version 1.15.While that means lots of new features and improvements, especially for users who don’t use version 1.15 or another recent version, it means that users who run a recent version of Vivaldi won’t see lots of changes when their version gets updated to version 2.0.Vivaldi 2.0Vivaldi 2.0 supports a large number of features and improvements that were not part of Vivaldi 1.0. Existing Vivaldi installations should pick up the update to version 2.0 automatically. Users can initiate a manual check for updates by selecting Vivaldi > Help > Check for updates.Downloads are also provided on the official website.Major new features and improvements include Sync functionality, the introduction of Delta updates, and new user interface and feature customization options.SyncVivaldi Technologies AS introduced Sync capabilities recently in the Vivaldi browser. Sync functionality was a much requested user feature next to a Mail client and mobile versions of Vivaldi. While the latter two have not been released yet, Sync is integrated.Sync is rather easy to set up in the Vivaldi browser. What you need to do is the following:Open the Vivaldi Sync settings by loading the following internal resource: vivaldi://settings/sync/. You may also click on the cloud icon in the status bar if it is displayed to open the resource directly.If you don’t have a Vivaldi account yet, select “Create an Account” and follow the instructions on-screen to create a new account.Type your Vivaldi username and password to log in and enable Sync functionality.Vivaldi users may sync a variety of data bits including passwords, bookmarks, settings, extensions, or notes. Sync in Vivaldi uses end-to-end encryption and no third-party servers.Customization ImprovementsCustomization is Vivaldi’s greatest strength in my opinion. It is a main distinguishing factor when compared to Chrome or Microsoft Edge, and even browsers that support a good degree of customization options as well such as Firefox or Opera.A look at the unique display of the Browsing History page is all that is needed to highlight that Vivaldi is different — and in a good way.The page displays a calendar, statistics and offers lots of useful options to users. Want to search across the entire history, display the pages of any given day, or check when you used the browser in a month? You can do that on that page and a lot more.Users who want just the core information get that as well. Just open the sidebar and select the History panel there to display the browsing history in the way all other browsers display it (chronologically).What else is new?Vivaldi’s Tab Tiling feature, which allows you to display multiple sites in a single tab, supports easy resizing of tiles now to adjust the size of any site displayed as a tile.Set the minimum width for the active tab in vivaldi://settings/tabs/New Welcome Page that acts as an introduction to Vivaldi and some of its features.Web Panels, the option to add any website as a panel in Vivaldi’s sidebar, may float now so that they are displayed on-top of the actual loaded webpage.New Window sidebar panel to improve tab management. Easy tab reordering using drag and drop, and tab loading.Notes sidebar panel supports markdown.Downloads sorting.Native screen capturing built-in.Custom Speed Dial thumbnails.Delta updates to reduce the size of updates and to deliver updates faster to users.Themes can be scheduled, e.g. switch to a dark theme at night and a light theme at day.Tab Cycling features a list viewer. Note that you need to enable the Tab Cycler and the list view mode by loading vivaldi://settings/tabs/.Here is a video that Vivaldi published to celebrate the launch of Vivaldi 2.0.Closing wordsThe Vivaldi web browser has come a long way since the release of the first preview version and first stable version in 2016.The team, as small as it is when you compare it to development teams of Firefox, Chrome, or Microsoft Edge, improved Vivaldi in numerous meaningful ways and managed to create a browser that is pleasantly different thanks to the wealth of personalization options and switches it supports.While there is certainly still work to be done, think mobile clients for a true cross-platform experience, Vivaldi is offering one of the greatest experience on the desktop already thanks to the browser’s huge list of customization options, personalization features, and other features that the team integrated natively.I’m already exited what the team has in Store for Vivaldi 3.0.Now You: What is your take on Vivaldi 2.0?SummaryArticle NameVivaldi 2.0 Web Browser launchesDescriptionVivaldi Technologies AS launched the much anticipated Vivaldi 2.0 web browser on September 26, 2018 to the public.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Construction to begin soon to curb heavy traffic on Circunvalación beltway

first_imgLa Platina: “Save the country’s honor”President Luis Guillermo Solís also visited the infamous bridge over the Virilla River on Route 1, known as “La Platina,” on Wednesday.Problems with a section of the metal mesh on the bridge earned it its nickname in 2008. Officials from three separate administrations, including Solís’ administration, have made attempts to repair the structure — at a total cost of some $13 million, according to the National Roadway Council.Solís said he intends to “save the country’s honor” by completing repair work on the bridge in February as he publicly promised earlier this year. The project involves expanding passage over the bridge from four to six lanes.The bridge is on the General Cañas Highway, the main route connecting the capital with the province of Alajuela — including the Juan Santamaría International Airport — and Costa Rica’s northern and Pacific regions.Currently, workers are reinforcing the bridge’s structure and building the foundations for the new lanes. MOPT plans to start work on the bridge’s surface in October. Facebook Comments Related posts:La Platina bridge will partially reopen next week President Solís demands explanation for spike in traffic jams Finally! Public Works Ministry reopens La Platina bridge Travel Alert: Route 32 to Limón to close for two days this weekcenter_img President Luis Guillermo Solís took a tour Wednesday of construction projects around the San José metro area designed to ease the capital’s ever-worsening traffic problems. The projects include lane expansions, under- and overpasses and bridges.The Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) said $207 million is being invested in projects to improve circulation along the capital beltway known as the Circunvalación.The largest project is the construction of the northern and final stretch of the beltway, which will require an investment of $147 million. In preparation for the work, MOPT crews began evicting squatters last month on 103 state-owned properties.MOPT officials say construction will begin later this year and is estimated to last 18 months.Public Works and Transport Minister Carlos Villalta said the improvements are long overdue and the consequences are visible with daily traffic jams delaying people for hours.A survey released in August by polling firm CID-Gallup found that commuters in the country’s Central Valley spent an average of 99 minutes daily fighting traffic between home and work or school.Improving roundaboutsThe government plans to invest $60 million to construct underpasses at the Zapote and San Pedro roundabouts and at the Guadalupe intersection, which will again have a roundabout.Overpasses will be built on the Circunvalación in San Pedro, La Uruca and on Route 32, the main highway connecting the capital with the Caribbean province of Limón. Construction on these projects is scheduled to start in January, minister Villalta said Wednesday.See an animated video of the planned Circunvalación expansion:last_img read more

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WorldShores launches 2011 European Cruise Collection

first_img<a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/281c4/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Momento Travel Services has announced the launch of the five-star WorldShores 2011 European Cruise Collection.“WorldShores has meticulously combined eight luxurious and captivating Grand European cruising options with a selection of superb, five-star land packages so that every guest will enjoy an intimate and unsurpassed European experience,” says Kylee Kay, Managing Director of Momento Travel Services, which exclusively markets WorldShores’ cruising programs in Australia.Kylee said one of the key points of difference for the WorldShores Cruise Collection is that it “fills a gap in the market by seamlessly combining land tours with ocean cruising.”Kylee added that while other cruise lines may manage their margins by saving on their hotel selections, WorldShores doesn’t scrimp on quality on land or sea. The WorldShores collection features an anthology of land excursions, luxurious hotel stays, remarkable dining experiences, and magnificent sea voyages throughout Spain, southern France, Italy and Sicily, the Aegean (Turkey and Greece), the Adriatic coastline (Croatia and Italy), and the Baltic waters of Scandinavia.As part of the WorldShores Collection, travellers can enjoy rosso and bianco wines in Venice, al fresco dining in the Tuscany or a spanish feast in at the exclusive Miradore de Morayma.Kylee said, “Along with enjoying the sensory tastes, the itineraries allow guests to immerse themselves in an array of cultural and scenic pursuits – from quaint Medieval towns, alpine settings and Nordic fishing villages to the glamour and thrill of visiting the world’s most iconic cities including Monte Carlo, Venice, Athens, Barcelona, Stockholm and St Petersburg, to name a few. “WorldShores simply provides guests with a seamless and elegant five-star, sea-to-shore experience,” adds Ms. Kay.  WorldShores will kick off the 2011 cruising season with an exclusive Early Bird offer, which will provide savings of up to $4,300 for couples who book a 2011 cruise. The Early Bird offer, which will be valid until September 30 this year, includes an upgrade to a Verandah Stateroom on Holland-America Line and your partner can fly for free on the return airfare ( you will just pay taxes(from $165) flying with Emirates, WorldShores’ airline partner.)last_img read more

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The tale of a Danish tourist and toxic Tasmanian tea

first_imgPolice say that the man was found dead in a campervan by a fellow traveller in the Tasmanian suburb of Oatlands.  “This just demonstrates the dangers that we’ve been saying for quite some time,” Poppy Growers Association spokesperson, Keith Rice said. Source = ETB News, T.N. The Danish tourist drunk it while his friend was out. Two other people have died from poppy exposure in Tasmania in the last three years – both from morphine toxicity.  “There are enormous dangers with going into our poppy crop and grabbing some brew and mixing it up.” A Danish tourist has died in Tasmania after drinking tea laced poppy capsules, an opium derivative.last_img read more

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