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Janakpuri first to achieve 100 waste segregation at source

first_imgNew Delhi: In a first for the Capital, SDMC’s Janakpuri South ward has set an example for the rest of Delhi by achieving 100 per cent solid waste segregation at the household level. All the 29 colonies with nearly 10,000 households in Janakpuri’s ward number 16(S) have found a way to inculcate the habit of segregating waste at the source into their daily lives.According to data put out by the SDMC, almost 10.5-ton waste from the ward was segregated at source between April 23 and May 10, with the community achieving a 100 per cent score finally on May 11. This data clearly points towards the changing attitudes of residents about waste management, cleanliness, and environmental issues arising out of disorganised garbage disposal. Residents have become used to the idea of segregating waste at the source, thus encouraging recycling and reuse of waste to a great extent. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn fact, Resident Welfare Associations in all the 29 colonies have been constantly urging and guiding residents in their areas to properly go through solid waste segregation and how to process wet waste at their households. As a result, wet waste is being converted to manure and reducing the amount that needs to be transported. The municipality said that nearly 3-ton wet waste is being processed in this manner on a daily basis. The SDMC said that it is saving up to Rs 8,000 on a daily basis, with annual savings estimated at Rs 29 lakh, as a consequence of such environment-friendly methods. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAs part of encouraging the work of municipality staff that has led to such results, the SDMC awarded a number of “paryavaran sainiks”, rag pickers, and RWA office bearers with certificates of appreciation. SDMC Additional Commissioner Umesh Tyagi noted the role of municipal-level workers in achieving this feat, while Deputy Commissioner Purva Garg reminded all community stakeholders to continue their efforts for cleanliness as “swachhata needs to be integrated as part of habit”.last_img read more

Over 190 lakh perform Amarnath Yatra in 15 days

first_imgJammu: Over 1.90 lakh pilgrims performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra in 15 days as another batch of 3,967 yatris left Jammu for the Valley on Tuesday.Officials of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), which manages the affairs of the annual Hindu pilgrimage to the Cave shrine, said since it started on July 1 this year, 1,93,545 pilgrims had darshan inside the Cave shrine over the past 15 days.Police said another batch of 3,967 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu for the Valley in two escorted convoys today morning. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Of these, 1,615 Yatris are going to Baltal base camp while 2,352 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.Situated 3,888 metres above the sea-level in Kashmir Himalayas, the Cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees. The ice structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.Pilgrims approach the Cave shrine either through the longer 45-kilometre long Pahalgam route or the shorter 14-kilometre long Baltal route. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyThose using the Baltal route return to the base camp the same day after performing the Yatra.Helicopter services are available for the pilgrims at both the base camps.Local Muslims are lending a helping hand to ensure that their Hindu brethren can perform the Yatra with ease and convenience to uphold the centuries old tradition of Kashmir, abode of saints and Sufis.So far, 16 pilgrims have died during the Yatra due to natural causes, according to the officials of the SASB.This year’s Amarnath Yatra will conclude on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.last_img read more

JK special status scrapped in unconstitutional manner Priyanka

first_imgSonbhadra (UP): In her first reaction to the scrapping of the special status for Jammu and Kashmir, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Tuesday said it was done in an unconstitutional manner. The manner in which it has been done is totally unconstitutional and against the principles of democracy,” she told reporters Umbha, the village where 10 tribals were killed in July in a land dispute. “There are rules that have to be followed when such things are done, which have not been followed,” she said. The Congress general secretary said her party always stood for safeguarding the Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Unlike the BJP where only one voice is heard, in the Congress every voice is given importance and properly discussed to reach a conclusion,” she said. Last week, Parliament adopted a resolution approving a government move to scrap provisions of Article 370 which gave J&K a special status under the Constitution and also passed a Bill splitting J&K into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visited Umbha village, nearly a month after the UP administration prevented her from going to the site of the massacre by detaining her in Mirzapur.last_img read more

Calgary MP Darshan Kang resigns from Liberal caucus

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary MP Darshan Kang is resigning from the Liberal caucus amid allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a young female staffer in his office.He says he wants to focus on clearing his name and doesn’t want to distract from the good work carried out by the governing Liberals.Kang has strenuously denied the allegations and has vowed to defend his reputation at all costs.The woman who has come forward worked in Kang’s Calgary constituency office.The NDP had called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to suspend Kang from caucus, but Trudeau has said the matter is being handled through a recently created independent process for resolving such matters.Under the process adopted by the House of Commons in 2014, when there is no mediated resolution to a harassment complaint, an external investigator is hired to review the facts.Either the complainant or the respondent can appeal if they’re unsatisfied with the investigator’s final report, requiring an appeal panel to be appointed consisting of one member chosen by the complainant, one by the respondent and an external expert.“I appreciate that Parliament has provided for due process, and a fair and objective policy for resolving this matter,” Kang said in a statement Thursday night.“I also very much appreciate that I am being provided an opportunity to provide my perspective to the independent investigator.”last_img read more

Liberals Conservatives statistically tied NDP distant third poll

first_imgOTTAWA – A new poll conducted by Ekos Research and commissioned for The Canadian Press suggests the Liberals find themselves statistically tied with a resurgent Conservative Opposition.The New Democrats —  reeling from a disappointing 2015 campaign and lengthy leadership race —  remain a distant third, driving home the political challenge confronting newly elected NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.Ekos president Frank Graves says the numbers suggest the Liberals have finally come back to earth after enjoying a massive lead in public support after the 2015 election — an advantage they managed to maintain for more than a year.The Ekos-Canadian Press poll, which puts the Liberals at 34 per cent, the Conservatives at 33 per cent and the NDP at 15 per cent, surveyed 4,839 people during the last two weeks of September, and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Graves says he believes the Liberals will be watching the Conservative numbers closely, as well as the NDP, which is likely to be targeting many of the progressive voters who supported Justin Trudeau’s party in 2015.He also says the poll suggests that the Liberal government’s controversial tax reforms — criticized by opposition parties as well as many doctors, farmers and small business owners — are not having a significant impact among Liberal or potential Liberal voters.last_img read more

Personal story drives campaign against domestic violence in NWT

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories has one of the highest rates of family violence in the country, nearly 10 times the national average.But one man’s story of sobriety and rehabilitation is inspiring people.APTN’s Iman Kassam has this story.last_img

Proposed US tax changes could hurt Canadian business study

first_imgThe Trump Adminstration’s proposed tax changes could be bad news for Canadian businesses, according to one analyst at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy.Philip Bazel co-authored a study that examined what the impact could be for Canada.The White House has revealed its much-anticipated tax overhaul of personal and corporate taxes and would constitute the most sweeping changes to the U.S. federal tax code in decades.The proposal has substantial rewards for wealthy people and corporations, including deep cuts in the rates paid by businesses large and small.“Starting businesses, small businesses or companies looking to make investments will locate those investments in the U.S. rather than in Canada,” Bazel said.Bazel concluded machinery and other heavy industries could be hit the hardest under this proposal.“That is the first place you would expect to see a leveling off of the competitive edge due to the incentive that’s been included in (Trump’s) tax reforms,” he said.Bazel said it’s not clear if our own federal government would attempt to counter with its own incentives because any measures could result in significant loss of tax revenue.last_img read more

Algeria-Morocco: Can We All Just Get Along?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco– Moroccans and Algerians have been at it for more than 50 years and none of them was able to come out ahead of the other. Both countries are stuck in this infinite cycle of hate and no one seems to be willing to let out. But we the people can change this malediction if each and every one of us gather our courage and start asking for the end of this war.  This war is not of our making nor is the making of those who will come after us.  Many of those who started the war are either dead or waiting to die and will never see peace. Why do we have to succumb the same fate?We the people of Algeria and Morocco have never had a say in the decisions making process; we never consciously choose the route of hate and revenge.  Isn’t time that we the new generation take matter of our own hands and demand that we are no longer willing to continue living in war? Also, look around and you will quickly realize that those who chose to mend fences and live in peace are the same ones who are benefiting from our discord.  Do you think France, Spain, the US, Russia, or China will benefit if we in Morocco and Algeria are living in peace with each other?The west up to this day is still meddling in our internal matters? When was the last time you see us meddling in theirs?Why are allowing ourselves to be enslaved in the 21st century while elsewhere nations are building bridges of peace and prosperity?By now we should be able to realize that Morocco nor Algeria will win this war, we are not helping ourselves allowing outside forces to dictate to us how we should live our lives.We have grown accustomed to blame “ Le Pouvoir” and “Makhzen” for what is happening to us, isn’t time to demand from these forces that we no longer want to live in war?Think about it, we really have no reason to continue prolonging the hate, we can be much happier in peace. There will be a minority who is not interested in peace, its livelihood in based on our conflict, but why does the majority has to continue suffering from a war that benefits the few?The escalations that are taking place between our two nations are getting out of hand and we need to put a stop to the madness and to the politics of hate very soon.Let’s lead by example, I have no doubt in my mind that if we Morocco and Algeria start treating each other with respect and dignity, the “Pouvoir” and “Makhzen” will have no choice but to yield to the power of the people.Regarding, the thorny sahara issue, we know where we in Morocco stand and we know where the Algerians stand, I have no doubt in my mind that if there is will there is a way if the people in both our countries seriously contemplate a life of forever peace.  I don’t have to remind you that the French and the Germans were once killing each other by the millions.There will be some who will go back in time and bring up the Sand War or the 1994 terrorist attach in Marrakech and the closing of the borders, to those I have one thing to say: That was then and now is now, those who made the decisions then are dead. We cannot build a future being stuck in the past. Let’s move on and move forward. The Germans and the French did it and so should we.Sooner or later we will unite, I just hope that it will happen in our lifetime. We are not reaping fruit delaying the unavoidable. To  the “Makhzen” and  “Le Pouvoir” I say, get on bandwagon before it’s too late.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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UN chief deeply saddened by Turkish coal mine tragedy

In a statement issued last night by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he “stands together with the people of Turkey as they mourn fathers, sons and brothers, and attend to the wounded.”The Secretary-General shares their hope “that the causes will be investigated expeditiously.”Earlier this week, Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), had offered his condolences in the wake of the tragedy.More than 280 people died and many others are missing or seriously injured in Tuesday’s mine explosion and its aftermath.Rescue measures are continuing, according to media reports, with Turkish officials calling it one of the country’s worst disasters. read more

Ban congratulates people Government of Zambia for peaceful election

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has congratulated the Government and people of Zambia for the peaceful conduct of their recent presidential election, according to a United Nations spokesperson. In a statement released this evening, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General congratulated the people, Government and political parties of Zambia, as well as the electoral authorities, for “the peaceful manner in which the country organized its presidential election, despite difficult weather conditions.” “Zambia’s long record of peaceful transitions through proper democratic processes is an example in the region,” the statement continued. “The Secretary-General reaffirms the readiness of the United Nations to continue to work with the Government of Zambia to press ahead with its national priorities and to support the Government and people of Zambia as we all move towards a new sustainable development agenda.” According to media reports, the Zambian election was won by Edgar Lungu, the country’s Defence and Justice Minister, who ran on the Patriotic Front ticket. The election was called after the death of President Michael Chilufya Sata, who died on 28 October 2014 while receiving treatment at a hospital in London. read more

Ohio State mens soccer drops another Big Ten bout

Ohio State senior forward Christian Soldat pushes the ball up the field against Rutgers in a game at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 18, 2016. Credit: Gene Ross | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s soccer team knew that a win on Sunday could be pivotal to its season. Despite losing its last two matches, OSU still maintained a favorable standing in the Big Ten at 2-1. If the team could register its third conference win, its hopes of winning the conference title would remain very much alive. With No. 25 Michigan State coming to town, that proved to be no easy task.Despite keeping it close, the Buckeyes were overmatched by the Spartans, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon, the third straight loss for the Scarlet and Gray. “They are a veteran team,” said OSU coach John Bluem. “They have good experience everywhere. They are in a good rhythm right now. It was a very difficult team to play against.”The opening period was all Spartans. OSU was outshot 8-2 through the first 45 minutes, seemingly unable to get out of its own defensive zone. As a result, Michigan State would get on the board first. In the 23rd minute, Michigan State junior defender Brad Centala got the ball into the Buckeyes zone and put a shot off the crossbar. Sophomore forward Ryan Sierakowski was able to corral the rebound in front of the net and direct it in for a goal, giving Sparty a 1-0 lead.  Sierakowski’s goal would prove to be all the away team would need, as neither team would find the back of the net for the remainder of the match. For Sierakowski, it was his fourth goal of the season, all four coming as game winners. The final 30 minutes of the match provided multiple opportunities for the Buckeyes to net an equalizer. In the 82nd minute, OSU senior forward Danny Jensen launched a strike from right side of the net that beat the goalkeeper but did not beat the post, as it ricocheted off the left upright and out. In the final minute, sophomore forward Abdi Mohamed floated a corner kick into the box. Junior forward Nate Kohl was able to get his head on it, but the ball floated just over the crossbar as time expired. “We had a few chances at the very end that could have easily gone in,” said senior defender Tyler Kidwell. “The ball just didn’t bounce our way. That happens, but it’s a tough break for sure.”Despite the loss, OSU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried continued his solid season-long performance. He allowed only the one goal in the match while making three saves. OSU has put itself in a very tough position. At 3-8 overall and 2-2 in conference, Bluem’s squad will have to head to Maryland on Friday to take on the conference-leading Terrapins. Despite the rough season for the Buckeyes, the team is not calling it quits. “We just have to regroup again and talk about what we are going to have to do to compete against Maryland at their place,” Bluem said. “This group keeps coming practice everyday anxious to get better, anxious to get back on the field. They haven’t given up yet.” read more

Scientists to develop Neanderthal miniature brains

Scientists have made a raft of recent discoveries about Neanderthals. It last year emerged that although they are often portrayed in drawings as swarthy, they in fact arrived in Northern Europe thousands of years before modern humans, giving time for their skin to become paler as their bodies struggled to soak up enough sun.When they interbred with modern humans those pale genes were passed on. Likewise, genetic mutations which predispose people to arthritis also came from our Neanderthal ancestors, as did the propensity to be a night owl rather than a lark, as northern latitudes altered their body clocks. Scientists are to bring Neanderthal “miniature brains” to life to see how humans differ to their closest relatives.The tiny blobs of tissue, around the size of a lentil, will be grown from human stem cells edited to contain Neanderthal DNA, according to reports.The so-called brain organoids are incapable of thoughts or feelings but will replicate the basic structures of an adult brain.Prof Svante Pääbo, director of genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, where the experiments will take place, told the Guardian: “Neanderthals are the closest relatives to everyday humans, so if we should define ourselves as a group or a species it is really them that we should compare ourselves to.“We’re seeing if we can find basic differences in how nerve cells function that may be a basis for why humans seem to be cognitively so special.”The lab has been at the forefront of efforts to crack the Neanderthal genome and last year published papers shedding light on just how many traits we owe to our ancestors. It has already inserted Neanderthal genes for craniofacial development into mice and Neanderthal pain perception genes into frogs’ eggs, to study pain thresholds. Prof Svante Pääbo with a reconstruction of a Neanderthal skull Prof Svante Pääbo with a reconstruction of a Neanderthal skullCredit:Max Planck Institute/EVA Prof Pääbo’s team first discovered the DNA code of the Neanderthal genome in 2010 using samples taken from females who lived in Europe tens of thousands of years ago.Scientists had known that Neanderthals and early humans had interbred, as there is Neanderthal DNA in all non-African humans.But there were reportedly “genetic dead zones” – large stretches of the Neanderthal genome that were not inherited, potentially because they conferred disadvantages to health, fertility, cognition or physical appearance.Prof Pääbo added: “We want to know whether among those things, is there something hiding there that really sets us apart?“Is there a biological basis for why modern humans went on to become millions and eventually billions of people, spread across the world and have culture?” 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. read more

Kids with instruments made from rubbish will be Metallicas opening act tonight

first_imgPARENTS ALL OVER the world often complain about their children’s music being loud (and a bit rubbish).But for one group of poverty-stricken kids in Paraguay, who have found international fame by forming an orchestra which uses instruments built from trash, that’s a good thing.The Orchestra of Recycled Instruments of Cateura will mark another notable chapter in their history today when they open for US heavy metal band Metallica as they begin a six-nation South American tour.“It was a surprise for us,” said orchestra director Favio Chavez. “We were not expecting that such a famous rock band would show interest in having us as the opening act for their concerts.”The orchestra is made up of 40 teenage boys and girls born and raised near Cateura, the main garbage dump serving Paraguay’s capital Asuncion.(Image: Jorge Saenz/AP/Press Association Images)Their violins, flutes, saxophones, and other instruments are assembled from bits and pieces of detritus scavenged from the dump.The Cateura teens perform an array of music, from Mozart, Vivaldi and Beethoven to the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf.The kids are based in a modest school in a shanty town called ‘Southern Bath of the Paraguay River’, a slum that gets its name from the river’s constant flooding.The town has a population of some 25,000, but since it is a squatter settlement and has no official recognition, there is no government investment – no electricity, no paved roads, no drinking water.Extreme povertyParaguay is one of the poorest countries in the Western hemisphere. Forty per cent of its 6.7 million inhabitants live below the poverty line, and of those half live in extreme poverty, according to government figures.The orchestra was organised in 2006 by Chavez, who came to the area as the garbage dump’s environmental technician.His current task is to train the 22 youths chosen to open for Metallica, and prepare the 18 others that will travel either as substitutes or support personnel.He also supervises practice at the site, known as Vy’a Renda – Paradise, in the native Guarani language – for 150 other students who endure the stench from the garbage dump to learn how to play on their recycled instruments.A saxophone repaired with coins and keys by Tito Romero sits in Romero’s workshop at his home in Capiata. (Image: Jorge Saenz/AP/Press Association Images)It all started when Chavez, who plays the guitar, brought his group from his hometown of Carapegua, located 90 kilometres southeast of Asuncion, to the school for daily meetings with the garbage scavengers.“Many of the children had never seen an instrument or experienced music up close,” he said.Since then they built guitars from large cans, and “cellos and saxophones made from the remains of oil cans and used wood,” said Thomas Lecourt, a French instrument maker from Strasbourg who has been helping the group for the past two years.“Nobody charges anyone a cent,” Lecourt said.Andres Riveros, 17, says that he is enamoured with his junkyard saxophone.His instrument is made from a rooftop rain drainage pipe, with keys fashioned from bits cut from cans and local coins.Tin can violinsAda Rios, 15, is a violin player. The top of her instrument is part of an old paint can, while the body is an aluminum tray once used to bake bread. A fork holds down the chords, and the neck is fashioned from scavenged wooden crate parts. The only thing new are the chords.“My principal motivation is to learn as part of a group,” said Rios. “I never thought that we could leave our anonymity behind in this way.”Lecourt, 26, is thrilled by his work in the Paraguayan garbage dump.“It gets children and youths away from crime and drugs, and teaches them to believe in themselves,” he said. “With dedication and effort,  opportunities will make themselves available.”Chavez says that many people, especially foreigners, have offered to buy the unique instruments. Instead, “we give the instruments away to people who have a lot of meaning to us,” he said.One lucky person was Queen Sofia of Spain.“She has a violin,” said Chavez. “Princess Beatrix of Holland has another.”One was donated to a museum in Arizona, in the southwestern United States, and another was given to former US president Jimmy Carter.And to famed Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez, “I gave my guitar,” he said.How about getting real instruments for the teens?“As long as the kids are poor and live in these conditions, it is impossible to buy them professional instruments that cost more than their homes,” he said.- © AFP, 2014Frozen in time: Incredible video shows woman’s house untouched for 14 yearsMore: Beautiful short film captures the magic of a year in Dublinlast_img read more

Early 2013 Retina MacBook Pro succumbs to fan speed issue

first_imgRetina MacBook Pro owners beware: If you have an early 2013 Retina MacBook Pro, you might have an issue with your shiny new laptop’s fan speed. According to YouTube user Oyinko, as well as a host of people over on the official Apple support forums, the fan in the aforementioned MacBook Pro model will ramp up its speed to a potentially detrimental level regardless of the unit’s temperature.Oyinko notes that the reason why this specific generation of Retina MacBook Pros has the issue is that Apple changed out the SSD from a Samsung to a Sandisk, and the new Sandisk creates a conflict in fan management. The issue is simple to reproduce. Oyinko offers a song to download — which you can get here. If you remove all background noise, and play the song in iTunes, the fan will start speeding up, and you’ll soon hear it get quite loud — as the above video demonstrates.Oyinko feels that the new Pros have an SMC issue, but would require an update from Apple to fix.User reports from around the web corroborate the claim, such as users on this Hacker News thread claiming to have experienced the same issue, and at least one user claiming it killed his SSD. Other users on an official Apple support thread also state that they can reproduce the issue — even with the same song file provided by Oyinko — and back up the claims with extensive fan and temperature monitoring, as well as screenshots to prove it.A general consensus, at least, is that the issue can be remedied through a software fix, rather than having to swap out some hardware, or hoping that Apple changes the Pro’s guttyworks in an upcoming hardware revision. So far, though, there hasn’t been an official fix released from Apple, so if you’re experiencing the problem, head on over to the support thread, or take your Pro to an Apple Store and let them do the dirty work while you get a coffee.last_img read more

Aggravated burglaries Men arrested over string of home raids assault of boy

first_imgAggravated burglaries: Men arrested over string of home raids, assault of boy A string of home raids, attacks and robberies were reported in Belfast overnight. 9 Comments Friday 17 Feb 2017, 1:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THREE MEN HAVE been arrested in connection with a string of home raids, attacks and robberies in Belfast overnight.The men – aged in their late 20s to early 30s – were detained shortly before 6.30am this morning after a series of reported incidents, the first of which happened at around 3am.According to the PSNI, it was reported that a number of men had forced their way into a house in Glenfearna Green in Dunmurry and threatened two female occupants with a knife and a hammer.The raiders demanded money, but left empty-handed.Then, at 5am, there was a report that a group of men forced their way into a house on Ardoyne Road.A teenage boy was assaulted at the house, according to police, and the raiders made off with the family car, a blue Suzuki Alto. A red-coloured Hyundai Accent car was also reported to have been involved in the incident.At around 6.10am, according to a statement, “it was reported that a red-coloured Hyundai Accent car collided with a police vehicle on Glenmachen Street before making off in the direction of Donegall Road”.The men, aged 29, 30 and 31, were arrested in Navan Green in west Belfast around 6.25am following yet another report that a number of men were attempting to force entry to a house.The statement continues: Image: Shutterstock/Rufiyana Nikitushkina Detectives are investigating a link between all of the incidents and are appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Musgrave on 101. Share Tweet Email Short URL By Daragh Brophy Read: Tony Blair wants Britain to fight against Brexit >Read: Investigations launched after man dies in Kildare workplace accident > The men have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including burglary and aggravated burglary and remain in police custody at this time. The red-coloured Hyundai car was also recovered by Police in Navan Green. 11,882 Views Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Image: Shutterstock/Rufiyana Nikitushkina Feb 17th 2017, 1:00 PM last_img read more

Le profilage géographique au service de la biodiversité

first_imgLe profilage géographique au service de la biodiversitéPour surveiller et identifier les espèces invasives qui menacent la biodiversité, des chercheurs britanniques ont mis au point un système étonnant basé sur un outil de profilage géographique. Une technique souvent utilisée dans la recherche de… criminels.La prolifération des espèces invasives est l’une des causes principales de l’érosion de la biodiversité dans le monde. Mais identifier ces espèces pour les empêcher de nuire n’est pas chose aisée. Plusieurs techniques sont utilisées, mais les chercheurs ne parviennent pas toujours à localiser de façon précise les vecteurs d’invasion.Des scientifiques britanniques de l’université de Londres ont alors mis au point un nouveau système. Dans la revue Ecography, ils expliquent utiliser le profilage géographique, une technologie de simulation spatiale souvent utilisée par la police et les enquêteurs, notamment dans le cadre de recherches de tueurs en séries.Développé comme un outil statistique en criminologie, le profilage géographique (GP) prend en compte les emplacements spatiaux liés à des crimes pour identifier les lieux les plus susceptibles d’inclure la résidence du “criminel”. Les chercheurs de l’université de Londres affirment que cette technique peut également être utilisée pour identifier les lieux d’origine des espèces invasives, en utilisant leurs emplacements actuels comme base des mesures de lutte ciblée. Des résultats meilleurs que pour les autres approches À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les travaux des scientifiques ont été réalisés en deux parties. Dans la première, ils ont utilisé des simulations informatiques pour comparer cette nouvelle technique à d’autres systèmes plus simples, telle que la détermination de la moyenne ou de la médiane spatiale et le calcul du centre des distances minimales, ainsi qu’à un modèle plus sophistiqué d’estimation des noyaux. Le GP a alors obtenu des résultats nettement meilleurs que n’importe laquelle de ces autres approches.Les chercheurs ont ensuite étudié 53 espèces invasives en Grande-Bretagne, allant des invertébrés marins à des arbres ligneux issus d’une grande variété d’habitats, et ont comparé leurs résultats avec les archives du Biological Records Centre (BRC). Dans 52 des 53 cas, le GP s’est montré plus efficace. Pour les auteurs de cette étude, cette technique pourrait donc permettre d’identifier plus facilement la prolifération d’une espèce étrangère et donc de mettre en place des mesures efficaces de façon plus rapide pour les éradiquer.Le 19 février 2012 à 18:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Check Out Star Trek Discoverys New Ship Design at SDCC

first_imgStay on target The Tick Debuts its Second Episode at SDCCMarvel Studios Debuts New Cast Members, a Thor Trailer and Infinity War “Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”The opening lines of the Star Trek: The Next Generation (as well as The Original Series) series are telling. They establish that this show isn’t necessarily about the cast or the crew — it’s about the journey of one ship in the void. So, naturally, you want it to look like the slickest ship around, right?That’s one thing that it looks like the forthcoming Star Trek: Discovery nails. For an upcoming San Diego Comic-Con exhibit, the showrunners have prepped two delightfully retro-future posters for Discovery. One, though, clearly shows the design of the new space-boat, the eponymous Discovery.The most notable features are a delta-shaped, swept-wing body and a saucer with two major pieces, separated by a gap and connected at several points. That’s a marked step back from the original design shown last year. The first didn’t have the gap in the saucer section, and the nacelles have been pulled back a bit in the new iteration. It’s a stark look — filled with lots of sharp lines and angles — but it’s one that also really fits the apparent modern throwback aesthetic the poster and the series, in general, are looking for.Discovery’s going to have some pretty hefty expectations hoisted onto it. While the runners are pulling heavily from the setting of the Original Series, it also eschews a lot of guidelines that have driven the show for years. In particular, creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to the show to be a source of hope. So, unlike many other television shows, he didn’t want any of its main cast to have conflicts they didn’t quickly resolve. He also didn’t want to show characters being straight-up evil. These were figures to look up to. They weren’t supposed to be stuck in the same petty human crap that we’re dealing with here.In this case, though, that might be a good thing. The Discovery looks pretty aggressive and utilitarian — reflecting the series’ earlier spot in the time line. Because it predates Kirk and pals, it also shows people just haven’t figured out their shit yet. And, over time, they do.“The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts,” showrunner Aaron Harberts told Entertainment Weekly. “So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”Optimism has been Star Trek’s MO since the beginning, and it’ll be interesting to see if Discovery can manage to feel appropriately Star Trek enough or fizzle out as a failed gritty reboot one of the few utopic settings in the genre.With Discovery slated to premiere on CBS’ All Access on September 24, we won’t have to wait long to find out. And if you’re in San Diego between Thursday and Sunday, you can stop by the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery for an exhibit featuring props and art. You even have a chance to grab one of the posters sporting the newly designed ship. Badges aren’t required either, so even if you’re in town without a pass, you should be good.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Frenkie de Jong doesnt like Cruyff comparisons

first_imgThe Dutch wonderkid says he feels honored, but he says he cannot be compared to the Oranje football legendAFC Ajax wonderkid Frenkie de Jong is enjoying his time with his club and the national team.And some have even compared him to a young Johan Cruyff.“I feel honored,” de Jong told The Guardian.“But I don’t think you can compare the two of us. He is so much better than me. He had so much quality. I will never reach that level.”edwin van der sarReport: Van der Sar staying at Ajax for now George Patchias – September 12, 2019 Edwin van der Sar will not be leaving Ajax to take up a job at Manchester United.In the last few days, one bookmaker suspended…“I don’t want to compare myself to Cruyff. And I think people who do that don’t want me to compare to Cruyff, they just see similarities in us,” he explained.“But not the same qualities. I watch his videos and he was amazing; the way he moved with the ball, the way he saw the game.”“Normally midfielders only pass the ball but I dribble as well,” he commented.“People say I take a lot of risks but I don’t think I do, because I don’t lose possession that much.”last_img read more

Stink bugs growing in number

first_imgSomething stinks in Clark County — and it’s only the size of a man’s thumbnail.Local populations of the brown marmorated stink bug are on the rise, making their presence known by damaging crops and letting off an intense odor that’s described as freshly ground coriander.“Once you smell it, you’ll smell it all over the place,” said Todd Murray, Washington State University Extension director for Skamania and Klickitat counties.The local Master Gardener answer clinic has been flooded with calls, emails and visits from people who have herded these garden pests into mason jars. The mottled brown and gray bugs are relatively new to Clark County, but already causing a stir among area gardeners.The bugs feed on about 300 types of plants. They use their straw-shaped mouth piece to stab plants and suck up the juices, leading to deformed leaves and dark, spongy blemishes on fruit.“To add insult to injury … pretty much all plants we like, they like also,” said Murray, who is leading research efforts on ways to trap the stink bugs.last_img read more