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European Trio Working On Solar Canopy For Highways

European Trio Working On Solar Canopy For Highways

TECHNOLOGY
A trio of technology leaders in Europe — the Austrian Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ISE in Germany, and Forster Industrietechnik in Switzerland — is working to develop a solar awning system for highways in order to tap into the vast, under-utilized road network for clean electricity generation. The PV-SÜD initiative is still at the concept stage, and then will move to implementing a pilot project on a real-life roadway. The solar power infrastructure would need to be developed to handle things a bit differently from rooftop solar panels or even solar panel carports. For one, you wouldn’t want tens of thousands of dollars (or euros) of damage every time there’s an accident. So, the system would need to be developed in a way that it would be especially sturdy or resilient in the...
Sanchez reveals how he wanted to leave Man Utd and return to Arsenal after his first training session

Sanchez reveals how he wanted to leave Man Utd and return to Arsenal after his first training session

Sports
Alexis Sanchez has admitted he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his very first training session with the Red Devils.  The former Barcelona attacker left the Emirates for Old Trafford in January 2018 but struggled to impress across two seasons before being sent to Inter on loan last year.  In Serie A across the 2019-20 campaign, Sanchez showed glimpses of his former self and secured a permanent move to Milan in August.  Reflecting on his time in Manchester via a video posted on his Instagram, the 31-year-old claims he knew very quickly he wasn't going to enjoy his time with the club and hit out at the club's lack of unity during his time there.  "After the...
Celebrities mourn ‘King’ Chadwick Boseman

Celebrities mourn ‘King’ Chadwick Boseman

Entertainment
Hollywood is mourning the death of Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer. The actor's family confirmed his passing in a statement on Aug. 28. "Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV," the family said. "⁣A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much." They went on to list some of Chadwick's most memorable works, including Marshall and Da 5 Bloods, as well as Black Panther, which they noted "was the honor of his career." The statement continued: "He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to re...
Kanye West has qualified to appear on the ballot paper

Kanye West has qualified to appear on the ballot paper

Entertainment
Rapper Kanye West has qualified to appear on Virginia’s presidential ballot in November, according to state election officials. Elections officials confirmed Friday evening that West will appear on the ballot as an independent after verifying he submitted 5,000 petition signatures from Virginia voters. Last week, West tweeted that he had qualified for to appear on the ballot. Since then, officials have been validating his paperwork, including verifying that West’s operation filed at least 200 signatures from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts. It wasn’t immediately apparent what impact West’s presence on the ballot might have in Virginia or whether he has any intentions of campaigning in the state. An email and phone call to the address and number listed ...
Joint NBA and NBPA Statement

Joint NBA and NBPA Statement

Sports
FLORIDA, United States of America -- NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA (https://www.NBA.com)Commissioner Adam Silver released the following joint statement today: “We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation on Friday between NBA players, coaches and team governors regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality. Among others, the attendees included player and team representatives of all 13 teams in Orlando. All parties agreed to resume NBA playoff games on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the understanding that the league together with the players will work to enact the following commitments: 1.      The NBA and its players have agreed to immediately establish a social...
SpaceX to send 4 astronauts to the ISS by Oct. 23

SpaceX to send 4 astronauts to the ISS by Oct. 23

TECHNOLOGY
SpaceX's next astronaut mission faces another launch delay. The target launch date for SpaceX's Crew-1 mission, its first fully operational crewed mission to space, has been pushed back from "no earlier than late September," to "no earlier than Oct. 23, NASA announced in a statement on Aug. 14.  The mission, which is set to launch SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft atop a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, won't lift off until at least late October "to accommodate spacecraft traffic for the upcoming Soyuz crew rotation and best meet the needs of the International Space Station," NASA wrote in the statement.  Crew-1 will carry four astronauts to and from the space station — NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, pilot Victor Glover and mission specialist Shannon Walker and J...
SPORTS: Joshua Cheptegei sets new 5000m world record

SPORTS: Joshua Cheptegei sets new 5000m world record

INTERNATIONAL, Sports, UGANDA
Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei ensured a thrilling return for competitive athletics on Friday as he shattered the much-vaunted 16-year-old 5,000m world record at the Monaco Diamond League. Cheptegei's astonishing display capped a warm welcome back for track and field for a season almost wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic, with fellow world champions Noah Lyles and Karsten Warholm also shining on the track. Lyles had worn a black glove on his right hand and raised his fist at the start of the 200m to show his support for recent anti-racism protests. In perfect conditions, with little wind and temperatures of 27 degrees Celsius (81F), Cheptegei clocked 12min 35.36sec to shatter Ethiopian legend Kenenisa Bekele's previous best of 12:37.35, set in 2004. "I've tried to improve on my s...
INTERNATIONAL: The World Marks, Celebrates Left-Handers day

INTERNATIONAL: The World Marks, Celebrates Left-Handers day

INTERNATIONAL
nternational Left Handers Day on August 13th recognizes all those individuals who have mastered using their left hand in a right-handed world. We take our hats off to you – left-handed! Approximately 10% of the population are southpaws. Scientists don’t know why a person develops left-handedness. But it’s more likely a child will be left-handed if one parent is a lefty, too. Parents of left-handed children used to force them to use their right hands. In the eyes of right-handers, the predominant use of the left hand seemed evil. Parents feared their communities would shun their children. While we accept left-handedness more readily than days gone by, its occurrence hasn’t increased.   Famous Cartoonist Joe Wos, founder of mazetoons, states that his favorite day to celebrat...
7M posts removed from Facebook for sharing false information on coronavirus

7M posts removed from Facebook for sharing false information on coronavirus

TECHNOLOGY
Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it removed 7 million posts in the second quarter for sharing false information about the novel coronavirus. This includes content that promoted fake preventative measures and exaggerated cures. Facebook released the data as part of its sixth Community Standards Enforcement Report, which it introduced in 2018 along with more stringent decorum rules in response to a backlash over its lax approach to policing content on its platforms. The company said it would invite external experts to independently audit the metrics used in the report, beginning 2021. The world’s biggest social media company removed about 22.5 million posts containing hate speech on its flagship app in the second quarter, up from 9.6 million in the first quarter. It also deleted ...
Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid, Gobert, Jokić, Sabonis, Siakam Aand Simmons headline Global Reach of 2019-20 NBA Season Restart

Antetokounmpo, Dončić, Embiid, Gobert, Jokić, Sabonis, Siakam Aand Simmons headline Global Reach of 2019-20 NBA Season Restart

Sports
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 30, 2020/ -- 22 Teams Participating in Season Restart Feature 89 International Players from 34 Countries and Territories; all 22 Teams Feature At Least One International Player; 12 African-Born Players on Season Restart Rosters; 88 Seeding Games Include 41 Primetime Games in Latin America and 40 Primetime Games in Europe, the Middle East and AfricaThe 2019-20 NBA season restart (https://on.nba.com/2X8BGQX) will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages on their televisions, computers, mobile phones and tablets, highlighting a whole new game with a more connected and immersive experience for fans.  This includes the 88 “seeding games” beginning July 30 as well as behind-the-scenes coverage and interviews from ESPN Wide Wo...
American philanthropist Melinda Gates applauds Kenya’s gender sensitive Covid-19 response strategy

American philanthropist Melinda Gates applauds Kenya’s gender sensitive Covid-19 response strategy

HEALTH
NAIROBI, 24th July 2020 - American philanthropist Melinda Gates has praised Kenya's Covid-19 response measures saying the interventions are sensitive to the plight of vulnerable women and girls. Mrs Gates, who is the co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said Kenya's Covid-19 response strategy is helping women and girls cope with the social and economic challenges posed by the pandemic. She said her foundation supports measures being taken by Kenya to tame the rising cases of violence against women and teenage pregnancies during the current health crisis. H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya during the E-meeting with Melinda Gates Mrs Gates spoke Thursday evening during a virtual meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta during which the philanthropist briefe...
Coronavirus – Nigerian Afropop star Yemi Alade joins UNDP’s call for urgent action to protect those hit hardest by COVID-19 surge

Coronavirus – Nigerian Afropop star Yemi Alade joins UNDP’s call for urgent action to protect those hit hardest by COVID-19 surge

Entertainment
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 22, 2020/ -- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined by key voices in international development, reiterates the importance of protecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people hit hardest by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. This call comes under the auspices of the 2020 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in the event “Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection”. Half the world refers to 55 percent of the world’s population that are not covered by social insurance or social assistance, according to ILO data.  Joining the event from Lagos, Nigeria, globally acclaimed Afropop star Yemi Alade shone a spotlight on those suffering the direst consequences of the pandemic, such as young wome...
NBA announces Team Rosters for Season Restart

NBA announces Team Rosters for Season Restart

Sports
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 22, 2020 -- The NBA (www.NBA.com) yesterday announced the restart rosters for the 22 teamsparticipating in the resumption of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Each team’s roster as of today is attached. Download Restart Rosters document: https://bit.ly/3hfIF22 The only players eligible to participate in the remainder of the season are those listed in the attached rosters or those who are signed later as substitute players in accordance with NBA rules. The 2019-20 NBA season will resume on Thursday, July 30. From July 22-28, each participating team will play three intersquad scrimmages in final preparation for the season restart.
Coronavirus: World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

Coronavirus: World off track in meeting 2030 Agenda, UN deputy chief warns, calls for solidarity in COVID-19 recovery

INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 18, 2020/ -- The world was off track in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, even before the COVID-19 crisis erupted, but can get back on course by increasing investment in public services, showing solidarity on financing, and “reshaping” how people work, learn, live and consume. “We can turn this around, if we stay true to the 2030 Agenda”, said Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, as she closed the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) - an annual stock-take of the world’s progress in reaching the SDGs, but “the road ahead is now even steeper”, she added. After eight days of discussions, she said the message is clear on the need for solidarity and foresight on financing, and greater investments in social pro...
Five-Star Recruit Jonathan Kuminga signs with NBA G League

Five-Star Recruit Jonathan Kuminga signs with NBA G League

Sports
NEW YORK, United States of America, July 17, 2020/ -- Forward Jonathan Kuminga, a top high school basketball recruit, has signed to play in the NBA G League (https://GLeague.nba.com) next season, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim.  Kuminga is ranked by ESPN as the No. 4 player in the nation and the top player in New Jersey in the Class of 2020. A native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuminga played at The Patrick School in Hillside, New Jersey, last season after previously attending Huntington Prep School in West Virginia and Our Savior New American School in New York.  The NBA G League gives top young prospects a chance to begin their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life skills training.  Kuminga will have t...
Breaking news: Southern District confirms First COVID death

Breaking news: Southern District confirms First COVID death

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KOTTOYAM, INDIA --- Kottayam on Monday recorded its first COVID-19 related death as a 72-year-old Parathodu native died at the Government Medical College (GMC) here. The person, who had contracted the virus from an unknown source, had been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the GMC in Kottayam with severe fever and viral pneumonia on July 6 and was tested positive three days later. His condition remained critical since the admission and the hospital authorities declared his death on Monday morning. The deceased, an autorickshaw driver, had first approached Government Taluk hospital in Kanjirappally late last month with fever and visited the hospital again for follow-up consultations on July 2 and 4. With no travel history and no known contacts with COVID patients or peo...
Actress Kelly Preston succumbs to Breast Cancer at 57

Actress Kelly Preston succumbs to Breast Cancer at 57

Entertainment
Actor Kelly Preston died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, her family announced. She was 57. “It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my beautiful wife Kelly has lost her two-year battle with breast cancer,” Preston’s husband, actor John Travolta, wrote on Instagram. “She fought a courageous fight with the love and support of so many.” Born Kelly Kamalelehua Smith in Honolulu, she changed her name to Kelly Preston before landing her first film role in the 1985 romantic comedy “Mischief,” Reuters reported. Over the next three decades, Preston appeared in dozens of films and television shows, notably “Jerry Maguire,” “Twins” and “For Love of the Game.” She met Travolta in 1987 and they married in Paris four years later. Kelly Preston with...
NBA players side with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski after reported suspension

NBA players side with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski after reported suspension

Sports
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reportedly been suspended without pay by ESPN for saying “f--- you” to Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley in an email. Hawley had sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, complaining about the social justice messages NBA players are allowed to wear on the back of their jerseys, and Woj was responding to a press release Hawley’s office had sent to him. Woj apologized publicly and to his ESPN colleagues, but it doesn’t appear that’s had an effect on his suspension (which ESPN has yet to confirm or comment on). So NBA players have taken up the cause. After the news of Woj’s suspension broke on Saturday night, NBA players (both in the bubble and beyond) started tweeting the #FreeWoj hashtag on Twitter to support the veteran NBA reporter. Despite NBA players...
University professors fear returning to campus as coronavirus cases surge

University professors fear returning to campus as coronavirus cases surge

HEALTH
Laura Crary, an art history professor at a liberal arts college in South Carolina, is anxious to return to the classroom, so much so that she was prescribed anti-anxiety medications for the first time in her life. “I am 62.5 years old, which means I’m four years from full retirement age, or I’d probably retire right now because I’m very nervous,” she said. While the final fall 2020 plans at her college are still pending, professors at her university were told that conducting solely online classes was not an option. Crary asked that NBC News not name the college. As coronavirus cases start to surge in more than 30 states across the U.S., some professors are pushing back when it comes to returning to campus for in-person teaching. More than 50% of colleges and univer...
‘world’s most beautiful woman’ tests positive for COVID-19

‘world’s most beautiful woman’ tests positive for COVID-19

Entertainment
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Indian actress and former Miss World long touted as the ‘world’s most beautiful woman” has tested positive for COVID-19. The news was shared in a tweet from the 46-year-old star’s actor husband, Abhishek Bachchan, who revealed that the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Aaradhya, also has COVID-19. Just a day earlier, Bachchan, had disclosed that he and his 77-year-old father, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, had tested positive after experiencing mild symptoms. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the Indian actress and former Miss World long touted as the ‘world’s most beautiful woman” Aishwarya and Aaradhya have also tested COVID-19 positive. They will be self quarantining at home. The BMC has been updated of their situation and are doing the needful.The ...