Given his reputation as a dual-threat QB, it might surprise you (it surprised us) that Watson led a pass-first offense last year, averaging almost double the yards through the air (334) as on the ground (170). According to expected points added, Clemson’s passing game generated 9.1 more points per contest than its rushing attack. Fast forward to 2017, and the offense has changed its focus, winning with a dominating run game. As a team, the Tigers are rushing for 105 yards more a game than last year, causing their offensive EPA to tilt in favor of the running game by 10 points per game.After serving as Watson’s understudy for his first two years, junior quarterback Kelly Bryant has been a driving force behind this change in playing style. Bryant is notching 25 yards more on the ground per game than Watson did last season. And he already has seven rushing touchdowns — Watson scored nine all of last season.It’s not been all about the offense, though. Defensive holdovers Austin Bryant and Dorian O’Daniel have helped Clemson’s D generate 6.1 more EPA per game in 2017 than it did last year. And unlike the offense, the Tigers’ defense has improved against both the pass and the run, cutting their points allowed per game almost in half to just 9.2.Swinney’s greatest coaching feat may come soon if Clemson continues winning. So few coaches in the game have shown the ability to continue winning amid a drastic change in playing style — Nick Saban and his recent rotating stable of quarterbacks at Alabama come to mind. And, not coincidentally, Saban — whose Alabama teams faced off against Clemson in the past two title games — will likely be waiting for him in the College Football Playoff. Undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the AP poll, the defending champion Clemson Tigers are roughly a third of the way to reaching this season’s college football national title game. It would be their third straight trip. That’s hard to do, so much so that no college football team has made it to three in a row since the Florida State Seminoles did so from 1998 to 2000.On Saturday, Dabo Swinney’s 4-0 Tigers will travel to Virginia Tech for what may be their toughest — and most important — game until the playoff bracket is decided. And they’re already coping with one major change in 2017 from the school’s last two dominating teams: Deshaun Watson now plays for the Houston Texans. But despite the departure of the superlative quarterback, Clemson has managed to survive by transforming the strength of its offense overnight.Heading into 2017, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking Watson’s production would be sorely missed. After all, he averaged 5,218 total yards in his last two seasons at Clemson — 4,351 yards passing and 867 yards running. And as we’ve previously noted, it’s difficult for teams to maintain offensive efficiency the season after losing their starting quarterback. But Clemson hasn’t missed a beat on offense. The Tigers are averaging 37.8 points per game through four games, compared with 39.2 for all of last season, and that includes a 14-6 dogfight with the Auburn Tigers in Week 2. So how has Clemson managed to play so well despite losing their talismanic quarterback? read more

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2-1The semifinal game between England and Japan ended in heartbreak for Britons, with an own-goal in stoppage time ending the Lionesses’ run. [ESPN FC] 600 feetComet 67P, where the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta probe and harpooned a lander, is littered with massive sinkholes 600 feet deep. I’m pretty sure this renders the “drillers have to become astronauts to dig 800 feet into an asteroid” plot of “Armageddon” effectively moot. Finally, science standing up to a Michael Bay movie. [The Los Angeles Times]$45 millionThe campaign of Hillary Clinton raised about $45 million since its launch, which is a stack of dough the size of an incumbent president’s. At press time, Iowa local TV news station owners were presumably checking if a shiny new Doppler radar is eligible for Amazon Prime. [ABC News]$935 millionOne side effect of all those comic book movies we keep seeing is that comic book sales are bananas again. Last year they hit mid-1990s sales levels, after adjusting for inflation. About $835 million came from physical sales of comic books and graphic novels and another $100 million from digital sales. [Comichron]$1.9 billionPuerto Rico paid the $1.9 billion debt service payment it owed Wednesday, averting a deeper fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory that owes $73 billion total. [CNBC] 5.3 percent“Magic Mike XXL” is out in theaters, and you should see it both because Channing Tatum has abs that can probably open jars, and because “Magic Mike” was actually a pretty accurate look into a crucial sector of the American economy. The strip club industry derives 5.3 percent of its revenue from women. [FiveThirtyEight]44 yearsSonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, but that tenure is coming to an end. She announced that she’s going to retire from the beloved children’s television program after this season. [The AV Club] 250 studentsSweet Briar University, a private all-women’s college in Virginia, was saved from closing after a dedicated alumni campaign. Still, the premature closing announcement meant that only 250 students will be returning to campus this fall, down from 561 students last year. [Bloomberg] Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. and tomorrow is a company holiday, so we’re off and you’re without a newsletter. Have a good holiday weekend everybody, be cool around the fireworks and don’t do anything too stupid. See you on Monday. If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. 54 yearsThe U.S. is going to have an embassy in Cuba again, and vice versa, after 54 years of no diplomatic ties. [USA Today]67 percent It’s the United States versus Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this Sunday. According to our model, the United States is favored to win the match and the tournament with a 67 percent chance of victory. Still, don’t get too cocky: Japan should still win this game one out of three times. If you want a primer on the team, definitely check out Allison McCann talking to current members of the squad from earlier in the tournament. [FiveThirtyEight] If you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me, @WaltHickey. read more

OSU then-sophomore Taylor White (21) makes a catch during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State softball team (15-7) opens Big Ten play this weekend with a road series against Maryland (7-20-1).The Buckeyes enter conference play battle tested after a 22-game nonconference schedule, which included seven games against current top-25 teams. OSU saw victory in just one of those games — a 10-2 win over No. 25 North Carolina — but the difficult schedule will help the team in the long run, sophomore outfielder Bri Betschel said.“I think it helps us know the ability we have with our team,” she said. “We’ve not always come out with what we’ve wanted, but at the end of the game we know that we can compete with these teams and that we can win the big games.”Though the Buckeyes are just 1-6 against ranked teams this season, they have taken care of business against inferior opponents thus far, losing just once to an unranked team with that lone loss coming to Louisville, which received votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.The same cannot be said of Maryland. The Terrapins lost 20 of their first 28 games, and 14 of those losses were against unranked opponents.Despite its lackluster record and bad losses, Maryland has proven itself dangerous, even to the nation’s top teams. Earlier this season, the Terrapins handed top-ranked Florida its only loss of the season on its home field.Since it’s a conference matchup, the Buckeyes will face off against Maryland in a three-game series this weekend, which is a change of pace from what OSU has seen so far this season. Previously, the Buckeyes have played each team just once.“Weekend series definitely have a different feel,” OSU coach Kelly Schoenly said. “It’s a little bit more of a chess match and paying attention to the small details you might be able to exploit.”Maryland is just the first of eight series the Buckeyes face as part of their Big Ten conference slate. Though OSU is not slated to face No. 8 Minnesota or No. 21 Wisconsin during the regular season, the team does have one ranked opponent left on its schedule: No. 18 Michigan.Obviously, OSU wanted to do well during nonconference play, but now that Big Ten play is beginning and conference records and standings will start to count, there’s a little more to play for.“I think every game is important to us as a team,” Betschel said. “But going into Big Tens, it’s a little bit more intense.”The Buckeyes will look to channel that intensity into wins this weekend before playing at home for the first time on Wednesday when they host Wright State. read more

The Ohio State men’s soccer team headed to Dayton this weekend to take part in a two game tournament.The Buckeyes faced off against Marshall on Friday, and Milwaukee on Sunday, losing both contests by a score of 1-0.As has been the story throughout the early part of this season, the Buckeye offense created chances for itself in the form of corner kicks and shots on goal, but were unable to get on the board.The Buckeyes nearly took the lead in the 16th minute against Milwaukee, but sophomore midfielder Mitch Bergman’s goal was called back due to an offsides call.The Ohio State defense, despite sporting a goal differential of minus two, held strong against both Marshall and Milwaukee attacks.Marshall scored in the second minute to get off to a quick start on Friday evening, but the Buckeyes rallied to battle evenly with the Thundering Herd, though ultimately unable to find an equalizer.In goal, redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried played well, making multiple impressive saves throughout the weekend to keep his team in the match.The Buckeyes will play once again on Friday when they take on South Florida at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

first_imgProtesters from the Kent Anti-Racism Network.Credit:Graham Mitchell/Barcroft Images What a great day. The fascist demo was a flop, the Margate community was outstanding, and we’ve just passed the 1000 followers mark! #wlm— KENT ANTI RACISM NET (@KentAntiRacism) 22 October 2016 A ‘White Lives Matter’ demonstration held in Margate on Saturday was met with ridicule and counter-demonstrations from anti-fascist protestors and local residents.Around 40 far-right protestors descended on the Kent town for the event, publicised on the White Lives Matter UK Facebook page as a “peaceful march … in support of deprived and depressed white communities throughout the country.”“Margate is over 95 per cent white and yet a third of the children live below the financial poverty line, 30 per cent of neighbourhoods are in the poorest 10 per cent of those in the country,” the group said. “The lives of these white people matter.”A YouTube video promoting the event, thought to be the first in Britain held under the ‘White Lives Matter’ banner, featured a song with the lyrics: “We will never be enslaved by a Zionist master plan.” Mounted police and graffiti. #wlm we love margate @artistsmakers pic.twitter.com/ImHlSbws5v— Tracey Thompson (@traceyrozier) 22 October 2016 Local business owner Lisa Richards told Kent News: “We completely respect people for their right to protest as thankfully we live in a democracy but one of the things that upset me most out of this, is that we are happy and so grateful we live in a such a great community and people were coming here and promoting hate and racism and that just appalled us so much we just had to make a stand.””We live in a time where there is real divisive news and people being blamed for the problems in our society and it is not these people and we want to put our arms around Margate and give it a big hug.” We love Margate! ❤️ #wlm pic.twitter.com/FoqgwKAXGz— Amy Zing (@AmyZingSTP) 22 October 2016 We Love Margate, because we turn our back on hate. #WLM pic.twitter.com/SdqOmFykKL— Ian Jeanes (@ijeanes) 22 October 2016 Protesters from the Kent Anti-Racism Network. Town residents put up banners saying “Margate says NO to racism”, and a hashtag created to promote the White Lives Matter cause, #WLM, was hijacked to instead spread the message: “We Love Margate”. We love #Margate #wlm and all its #diversity pic.twitter.com/xWTbC2RDbq— Mary Louis (@MaryBLouis) 22 October 2016 However, the demonstration was met with a noisy counter-protest from groups chanting “Nazi scum, off our streets” and “refugees are welcome here.” I don’t think I’ve ever felt more proud of where I live. The good people of #Margate were out in force today. Such love. Such community #WLM— GB Pizza Co (@gbPizzaCo) 22 October 2016 Welcome to the Grotto, where We Love Margate #WLM— Shell Grotto (@shellgrotto) 22 October 2016 We Love Margate #WLM on the harbour arm pic.twitter.com/C52K63Bbpj— Stan (@stanartpod) 22 October 2016 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

first_imgUkip was in a state of open civil war on Monday night after Nigel Farage publicly warned that the party will collapse unless its sole MP Douglas Carswell is thrown out.Mr Farage, the former UK Independence Party leader, said Mr Carswell had “sought to split and divide Ukip in every way imaginable” since defecting from the Conservatives to Ukip in 2014.The two men have been at odds for years over the party’s policies but their antipathy came to a head amid claims that Mr Carswell frustrated Mr Farage’s chances of being awarded a knighthood. Mr Farage and Lord Pearson – who had kept the campaign for Mr Farage’s knighthood secret – suggested the email showed that Mr Carswell had not seriously backed the honour.Mr Farage said: “It could not be clearer that Douglas Carswell was negative in his response to the chief whip. He is consumed with jealousy and a desire to hurt both Ukip and me. What a sad figure he cuts.”Lord Pearson said the comments showed that it was “pretty clear [that Mr Carswell] he did not support” Mr Farage’s knighthood.He added: “It is true that I and others tried to get a knighthood for Nigel Farage and one way or another we failed, and we still think he should have one.“I am not going to give up. I am going to go on and try to see whether we can get him a K in the Birthday honours in the summer.” But these plans were dropped when the pair realised Mr Farage would have to resign as an MEP first before being allowed to accept the peerage.Lord Pearson then approached the Cabinet Office’s Parliamentary and political service honours committee about a knighthood for Mr Farage. It turned down the application at the end of July.The peer then asked directly Mr Carswell – who is Ukip’s leader in Westminster – to approach Gavin Williamson, the Government’s chief whip, about appealing the decision to reject Mr Farage’s application.Mr Williamson – as an “official member” of the honours committee – is allowed to recommend honours to MPs who represent minor parties in the Commons. Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Farage said: “As a party, how can we let a man represent us in the House of Commons who actively and transparently seeks to damage us? “I think there is little future for Ukip with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is now.”   Ukip is already facing a crisis after the party’s leader Paul Nuttall failed to win last week’s by election in Stoke-on-Trent, an area in which people voted heavily for Brexit at last year’s referendum. I think there is little future for UKIP with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is nowNigel Farage Lord Pearson Douglas Carswell insisted he had supported Nigel Farage’s knighthood Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan last weekCredit:Kieron McCarron/ITV Nigel Farage interviewed by Piers Morgan last week Lord Pearson asked Mr Carswell in the middle of December to approach Mr Williamson believing this offered “a sporting chance of getting around this committee”.On December 30th Lord Pearson emailed Mr Carswell saying: “Dear Douglas, Could you let me know how your talk with Gavin Williamson went before Christmas? By phone if you prefer? Good wishes. Malcolm.”Mr Carswell replied the next morning on December 31 – the day the New Year’s honours were announced – saying: “As promised, I did speak to the government Chief Whip. “Perhaps we might try angling to get Nigel an OBE next time round?  For services to headline writers? An MBE, maybe?” Lord Pearson replied an hour later: “Dear Douglas, Let’s speak at your convenience. Ring me? Not sure an ‘Other Buggers’ Efforts’ quite hits the spot for  Nige……..?! Malcolm”. Last week Mr Farage said he believed Ukip failed to win the Stoke by-election due to its failure to continue its strong message on migration.Now, leaked emails seen by The Telegraph show Mr Carswell mocked Mr Farage’s chances of an honour after it was turned down, saying he should be given an award “for services to headline writers”.Mr Farage said the leaked online exchange showed Mr Carswell was “consumed with jealousy and a desire to hurt me” and urged Paul Nuttall, Mr Farage’s successor, to sack him.However, Mr Carswell insisted the leaked email “confirms that I made every effort to make sure that Ukip got its fair share of peerages and honours”. Mr Nuttall declined to comment.Lord Pearson of Rannoch, Ukip’s former leader, initially tried to organise a peerage for Mr Farage, backed by Ukip peer Lord Willoughby de Broke, last July in the wake of the EU referendum. Mr Carswell insisted he had supported Mr Farage’s knighthood, and urged The Telegraph to publish his email exchange with Lord Pearson.His email showed he was “commiserating with the person who asking me to lobby on behalf of the party” on the day the New Year’s honours were announced.He said: “I would say the emails you have directly contradict those who suggest I was not trying to ensure that Ukip got its share of peerages and honours.“You cannot regard that email as anything other than being supportive that Ukip gets its fair share of peerages and honours. I am not going to say what I did or didn’t say to Gavin Williamson.“Put the email in the public domain and let readers make up their minds. It reinforces my version of events.” Douglas Carswell Lord Pearson initially tried to organise a peerage for Nigel Farage after the EU referendum in JuneCredit: EDDIE MULHOLLAND for The Telegraph Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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first_imgObjects inevitably ended up spinning uncontrollably and eventually shooting away from the beams, after picking up the movement of the rotating sound field. Human levitation and Star Trek-style tractor beams have moved a step closer after scientists proved they can stably hold a large object suspended in mid-air, using only sound. But now engineers from the University of Bristol say they have solved the problem. Instead of using a spinning field of sound to hold an object in place, they have built a…center_img Researchers have been trying for decades to trap objects using only the power of sound but it has always proved impossible to hold an item steady if it was larger than the wavelength of the sound.last_img read more

first_imgOne of the interested buyers has asked to see it ahead of the sale and wants to “hear it run,” Mr Osborne said. “And… A high-profile mystery buyer is said to be interested in Ayrton Senna’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren which is expected to fetch up the £4.5m at auction later this year. “Ayrton Senna was the most charismatic Grand Prix car driver of the modern era,” he added.center_img The buyer was rumoured to be Lewis Hamilton, the 32-year-old four-time world champion who idolised Senna. However, it is understood not to be him. Mark Osborne, head of motorsport at Bonhams, revealed that three people had expressed an interest in the 1993 McLaren-Ford MP4/8, chassis 6, one of whom was very well known.last_img read more

first_imgA water company is hunting leads on burst pipes by deploying Britain’s first sniffer dog trained to hound down water leaks.Snipe, a 16-month-old cocker spaniel, has undergone weeks of training by ex-military personnel to detect problem pipes by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water.The dog has now been recruited by United Utilities (UU), who supply around three million homes in the North West of England, in a UK first for dog leak detection.Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas where leaks are hard to detect. Owner Ross Stephenson, 32, the MD of Cape SPC, a pest extermination expert firm in Liverpool, has been putting Snipe through his paces since late last year.He said: “All I did was start off with normal tap water, and then putting in extra chlorine levels to make it stronger.”So we just put a tiny bit of that in, so the dog understands the strongest odour is the one we want them to find.”So we would have eight glass pots, one of them will have it in and every time the dog sniffs that pot he will get rewarded – a tennis ball. Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas Credit:Aaron Chown/PA Wire “What I had to do was take the pots outside first and start doing it in different environments and then I would take the pots away and then ended up having normal tap water, pouring it on the ground and getting the dog to search that.”So we want the dog to sit and stand and stare where the source is, so try to get the dog to stay there for 30 seconds, a ‘passive indication’.”Mr Stephenson, from Bristol, set up his firm after leaving the military two years ago, where he served with the Royal Veterinary Corps as a Corporal, deploying to war-torn Afghanistan and Iraq. His business partner Luke Jones, 27, from Bargoed, south Wales, served in the same military unit, using dogs to search for weapons, explosives and IEDs before transferring his skills to teach dogs to sniff out bed bugs – and now detecting water leaks.Mr Jones added: “All the principles are basically exactly the same, it’s just a different setting. And less stress.”UU, responsible for a network of 42,000 kilometres of pipes, fixes around 27,000 leaks a year, with a team of 140 personnel, using high tech drones, camera and sound detection equipment – and now their new recruit Snipe. Snipe the dog, with (left to right) Luke Jones, Ross Stephenson and Hannah Wardle, in Warringtoncenter_img Tap water consists of one part chlorine per million parts water – with a dog’s nose calculated as being able to detect one particle of an odour or scent in a billion.Hannah Wardle, regional leakage manager at UU, said: “The North West of England is a notoriously wet region, and sorting the leaks from the puddles especially out in the fields can be a real challenge. This is where we hope Snipe will really come into his own, as his sensitive nose can detect mains water at incredibly low concentrations.”With leakage detection it’s all about building up the evidence using a range of different technologies. We’re trialling the use of satellites and drones to get a bird’s eye view of a particular area, but the devil is in the detail, and pinpointing the exact place to start digging is more difficult than you might think.”We are hoping within the next three months we will be in a position where the dog can be properly working for us finding leaks where we don’t know where the location is already.”Snipe is going to be an invaluable asset to the team.” Snipe will be used in trials to assess if his sniffing skills can pinpoint water being wasted in rural areas  Snipe the dog, with (left to right) Luke Jones, Ross Stephenson and Hannah Wardle, in WarringtonCredit:Aaron Chown/PA Wire 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

first_imgThe parents of a child actress who played Matilda in the musical are in dispute with Westminster council over her home schooling.Edward Hardy and Eileen Tracy may have to go to court if the council does not agree that their daughter is receiving a suitable education.Their daughter Lilian, 12, who played the title role in the West End production for six months until last September, has been educated at home all her life.Her parents have now been sent a school attendance order, which means they must enrol her at a local school within 15 days or prove that she is receiving an adequate education, otherwise they face prosecution or a fine.They told The Guardian that they had sent evidence of her progress, including samples of her work and explanation about her studies, to the local authority, but the council said this was not enough.The council only became aware of her situation when the Royal Shakespeare Company, which produces the show, applied for a child performance licence so Lilian could join the cast, said the report. The musical has proved popular in the West EndCredit:Cornershop PR  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. The musical has proved popular in the West Endcenter_img “Through home education, parents exercise their right to let their child develop at their own pace and cherry-pick their academic pursuits and other passions without confused outsiders breathing down their necks.“Local authorities have sufficient powers if they see a problem. But that ‘if’ is key. It’s to do with the fundamental British concept of presumption of innocence, which is enshrined in UK law. “If the state doesn’t have evidence of a problem, as in our case, then it’s really important that state officials don’t have the power to intervene, so that children and their families can be left in peace to work their own magic.”Home education has become an increasingly controversial topic as figures released last year showed that the number of home-educated children had doubled in six years.Neil Carmichael, the former chair of the Education Select Committee, told The Daily Telegraph at the time that he was “deeply concerned” by the data.In November the Government said it was working on tougher guidance for home schooling that could increase councils’ powers to intervene.A spokesman for Westminster council said: “Local authorities have a statutory obligation to ensure that resident children receive a suitable education. We have explained to Mr Hardy and Ms Tracy that we cannot solely rely on samples of their child’s work to form a view about the suitability of their education.” Ms Tracy told the newspaper: “Lilian has really thrived on being home-educated, in ways that have regularly surprised and delighted us and that have also clarified for me as an educator how children learn best – through being given freedom to follow their noses.last_img read more

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. This came to just over £37,000 of the total £62,000 costs. The remaining amount, which comes to just under £25,000 will come out of the council coffers.Judge George criticised both parties for not being able to settle their differences and costing taxpayers, what she called, an ‘inordinate amount of public money’. Neighbours who waged a three-year war against each other over a pond for koi carp decorated with plastic herons and a Saudi flag have cost the taxpayer almost £25,000 in legal costsCredit: Martin Pope/ Martin Pope The council tried to end the war by asking the couples to sign voluntary Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, but the Abdel-Khaleks refused, leading the council to take out a civil injunction against them.After several county court hearings, the case ended up at the High Court of Justice in Birmingham last week.The court stated that the Brewsters “harboured irrational thoughts about the significance of the display of the Saudi Arabian flag” – which they complained to the council about 11 times.In the ruling, Judge Jane George stated that the distress caused by the objects was down to the Brewsters’ own “irrational and in some respects frankly bizarre interpretation of what things meant.”In her report she called the reaction from the Brewsters “extraordinary” and added: “No alarm, distress or harassment can be caused to a reasonable person by seeing a country’s flag hanging from a tree in a neighbour’s garden”.The court ruled that an injunction should be enforced against the Abdel-Khaleks to stop them from hanging items in their garden “in plain sight of the Brewsters property”, but said that they should “not be prevented from hanging items over the pond” should they wish to do so.As a result of the case, Mr and Mrs Abdel-Khalek were ordered to pay 60 percent of the council’s legal costs. In their complaints, the Brewsters said the “items hanging from trees” were “offensive”, telling police and council workers the items were put up “deliberately to cause them alarm and distress”. They also said the items were designed to “intimidate them” and made reference in emails to the council and police that accused Mr and Mrs Abdel-Khalek of being “extremists” – despite the police telling them the Saudi flag was the “national flag of a sovereign country”. Neighbours who waged a three-year war against each other over a pond for koi carp have cost the taxpayer almost £25,000 in legal costs.Dr Mohamed Abdel-Khalek, a 67-year-old retired eye surgeon, and his wife Aila, a 42-year-old clinical engineer, installed a 20ft-long pond in their garden in 2015 prompting complaints from neighbours Philip and Jennifer Brewster.Mr Brewster, a 70-year-old solicitor who specialises in land development and commercial property, and his wife Jennifer, 69, complained that the noise from the pond’s pump was “loud and continuous” and claimed it caused “water leakages” into their property.The Brewsters also complained to the council about Mr Abdel-Khalek hanging plastic herons, a small plastic Santa and a Saudi flag in a tree above his pond.Mr Abdel-Khalek said the objects were put there to protect his koi carp from predatory birds. Neighbours who waged a three-year war against each other over a pond for koi carp decorated with plastic herons and a Saudi flag have cost the taxpayer almost £25,000 in legal costs read more

“We need to utilise assessment methods that promote learning and at the same time reduce the likelihood that contract cheating can happen”.Prof Newton’s study, How Common Is Commercial Contract Cheating In Higher Education And Is It Increasing? A Systematic Review, is published in Frontiers in Education. 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. As many as one in seven university students have cheated on their degrees by paying someone else to write their essays for them, according to a new study.Increasing numbers of graduates are said to have acted dishonestly by using “essay mills” during the last four years.A study by Swansea University reviewed questionnaires dating back to 1978 where students were asked if they had ever paid for someone else to complete their work.The findings – covering 54,514 participants – showed a 15.7 per cent rise in the number of students who admitted cheating between 2014 and 2018.The study also noted that cheating at universities was on the increase worldwide.Essay mills are currently legal in the UK despite being outlawed elsewhere, and an active petition is calling for the Government to ban their use.They are difficult to identify as the essays are tailored for individual subjects and appear original. Professor Phil Newton, from Swansea University, said the UK is at risk becoming a haven for those selling essays to students.He said: “The UK risks becoming a country where essay mills find it easy to do business.”These findings underscore the need for legislation to tackle essay mills, alongside improvements in the way students are assessed and awareness-raising of the fundamentals of academic integrity. read more

“The racks are lawful on the basis that their siting does not constitute a material change of use of the land.”Richard Genge, planning and regeneration manager at Poole Borough Council, said: “We are aware of this and is currently actively investigating the matter.” 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. Pensioners have been left outraged after piles of old vehicles at a nearby car scrapyard reached 50ft high behind their homes.Residents in Poole, Dorset, described the five-storey stacks of written off cars as a “hideous monstrosity” which now dwarfs their bungalows.Homeowners also warned the giant structure is a fire hazard amid fears over a repeat of a blaze that swept through the compound in 2016, when over 170 vehicles were destroyed.Charles Tent, the scrapyard owners, said the stacking system enabled vehicles to be piled up in a “more modern and cleaner way”.However, retired engineer Charles Caffey, 73, claimed the “eyesore”, which backs directly onto his home, has blocked out natural light and is a safety risk.He said: “When I’m sat in the back garden it feels like I’m in the middle of a scrap yard. “The cars are so close to us I and the other residents fear what could happen in a fire.Poole Borough Council has written to Charles Tent and said it was “investigating” amid claims the structure may need planning permission.However, the owners insist the pile of cars is legal due to a “loophole” in planning laws.Planning Consultant Ken Parke, who have applied for a lawful development certificate on behalf of Charles Tent, said: “”It is not the height that determines whether or not the racking is development requiring planning permission. read more

Potato farmers are being forced to trial an ‘expensive’ new irrigation system because water levels are so low that a severe shortage of the vegetable has been predicted.A lack of rainfall last year and so far this year means that irrigation prospects across the country are low, meaning that new measures are having to be put in place in order to ensure at least some potatoes grow.The latest information for the Environment Agency shows the chips are down for potato growers; river flows are below normal for this time of year, with irrigation prospects declared “moderate to poor” for many areas.Prospects for East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire are described as “poor”, while the situation in Yorkshire and the East Midlands is “moderate”.A dry winter and a summer drought last year put increased pressure on water supplies, and there has not since been enough rain to counteract this.The situation for potatoes could be even graver than it was last year, when restaurants including fast-food outlet Leon were forced to replace potato products with imported sweet potatoes.A spokesperson from ADHB potatoes said that trials of drip irrigation, a new way to enrich the soil with water, are taking place to safeguard the soil against drought.He explained: “The growers are making contingency plans.”We have a network of strategic farms across the country and we are running irrigation demonstrations.”One of the new and less used and more precise is called drip irrigation where you run thin pipes along your potato ridges and the water gradually drips into the ridges. This is rather than spraying.”We are running these trials across the country and growers are always considering the best ways to irrigate.”Less water is used and it’s more precise but it is more expensive.” Jerry Knox of the Cranfield Water Science Institute.told Farmers Weekly that water restrictions could be imposed sooner this year than last.He added: “We have started 2019 in overdraft. The position has changed since the first irrigation prospects were issued in March, as there has been very little rain for the past six weeks or so.”What took place in 2018 was a wake-up call for farmers and the supply chain. There are challenges from changes in rainfall patterns and from abstraction reform, which has removed some of the previous leeway that existed.”For some businesses, there is an urgent need to critically reappraise what they can feasibly grow against what area they can reliably irrigate from their existing licenced resources”. 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

first_imgObtala Resources has recovered a 23.30 ct and 11.92 ct ‘special’ stone from its Bakidu operation in Sierra Leone. In addition to this special stone (defined as being greater than 10.8 ct), six stones of 5.15, 5.16, 5.75, 7.60, 8.86 and 9.05 ct have been recovered. The mining licences for this alluvial diamond mining operation at Konoma are held by the 100% owned Obtala subsidiary, Sierra Leone Hard Rock (SLHR). Over the past two months, Obtala has been evaluating a change in the current mining strategy, adopted from previous workers. Historically most of the production was processed through the main 2 Mt/y DMS plant located at Konoma. Obtala intends to revise this strategy in an attempt to reduce operating costs and improve overall production rates, by using a number of lower-cost mobile DMS plants which will be strategically located along the Bafi River. These smaller units will allow for focused, localised mining with reduced haulage distances and operating costs. Obtala is currently operating a 5 t/h DMS at the Bakidu site, some 15 km east of the Konoma main plant.Historic bulk sampling at Bakidu identified a mineralised palaeo-channel with results indicating that grades of 0.17ct/m3 are achievable, with the current work by Obtala confirming this grade estimate. Obtala has recovered 963.95 ct from 8,336 t of gravel processed at Bakidu, with an average stone size of 0.73 ct per stone. Geological continuity of this channel is possible and represents upside potential for the project. Additional exploration for such palaeo-channels will offer further upside potential and be will locations where the mobile DMS plants will operate in the future.Additional capital equipment has been purchased with an excavator expected to arrive in-country in late August and an additional excavator expected in late November of this year. Diamonds recovered from the gravels treated are reported at over 95% gem quality.The local Community Mining Scheme, which is fully endorsed by the Government of Sierra Leone is in full operation with 450 local miners employed, with stones expected to be recovered within the next week or so. Frank Scolaro, Chairman of Obtala, commented: “The results of this work at Bakidu, utilising the mobile DMS unit, illustrates the way forward for the mining strategy of the company. The recovery of the ‘special’ stones with this small scale plant demonstrates that low cost production with high profitability is very achievable. We continue to optimise operations with a view to increasing our production levels, which will be greatly enhanced with the arrival of new mining equipment. The on-going Community Mining Scheme is very encouraging and has helped build our relationship with the local community and I am delighted that they will shortly start to produce stones. We remain focussed on achieving our goal of low cost, quality production which produces a sustainable and profitable business”last_img read more

first_imgMineWare, is collaborating with CRCMining and the University of Queensland on an 18-month ACARP (the Australian black coal industry’s research program) project set to advance dragline operations one step closer to automation. Funded by an ACARP grant of more than A$600,000—as well as in-kind support from MineWare and CRCMining—the joint project focuses on developing and implementing a new dig sequencing technology that aims to identify the best sequence of operations and movements for a dragline to excavate in the most efficient and productive way.The technology will give operators instantaneous position, digging and dumping guidance, supporting them to make critical decisions around the sequencing of excavation.MineWare CEO and project co-leader Andrew Jessett said that dragline operations will benefit from a significant improvement in productivity. “On draglines around the world, we continue to see inconsistencies in operator sequences and techniques, which can result in variations in productivity rates in excess of 10%,” he said. “By giving dragline operators accurate, instant guidance, we want to close the gap on these variations and improve productivity as a direct result.”Jessett believes the time is right for industry to revisit the historic problem of dragline automation, capitalising on the readiness of new and emerging technologies. He said the project represents a logical stepping stone towards the realisation of an automated dragline system—one that can bring an immediate benefit to open-pit mining globally. He has been nominated for the 2014 International Mining Technology Hall of Fame inductions in the Surface Load and Haul category.“This project builds upon more than 20 years of initiatives aimed at improving the performance of draglines,” he said. “While the dream of an automated dragline system is still many, many years away, we’re ready to take another big step, harnessing new digital terrain mapping technology and our Pegasys Dragline Production Monitor to semi-automate key dragline dumping and positioning functions.”Forming part of a broader roadmap towards improving dragline performance through automation, the project is split into two major stages. Stage one involves the design of a dragline excavation sequencing system, underpinned by a sophisticated algorithmic approach relevant to all dragline operations worldwide.Stage two will trial the algorithm on a fully operational production dragline, integrated into MineWare’s Pegasys Dragline Monitoring system. During this stage, operator visualisation and supervisor report tools will be developed to analyse operator-based sequencing of excavation against the sequencing algorithm.The project’s immediate benefit to industry will be the development of the operator assistance technology targeting four key areas—minimising average cycle and positioning time while digging; increasing compliance to final pit geometry; reducing rework and rehandling of material, and pre-warning against potential pit issues such as spoil bound scenarios.A further future benefit will be the development of automation technologies that build naturally off the excavation sequencing information provided by the operator assistance technology.Additional benefits for mining companies include an increase in coal uncover rates; improved safety by avoiding leaving high/low walls in danger of slumping and reducing the need for surveyors in the pit; increased operational reliability and consistency, and lower duty cycling.Clarifying the role and importance of dig sequence technology in dragline automation, Jessett said that correct operator decision making is one of the most critical influencers of dragline performance. “There is a direct link between operator performance and dragline productivity, particularly when it comes to excavation planning,” he said.“Only the very best dragline operators are well skilled in this area; they need to know when to reposition a dragline, what the optimal sequence of moves is to dig a block and how the dragline should move to get there. The answers to these questions lie at the very heart of dragline efficiency and productivity. By creating a system that allows us to get dig sequencing right everytime, we will have made a significant step forward towards automation.”Attracting widespread support and interest from mining industry leaders and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the project builds upon the work of several previous ACARP projects and research undertaken by CRCMining on tactical mission planning for mining excavators.ACARP’s Open Cut Committee has appointed senior representatives from four of the world’s largest coal mining companies as ‘Industry Monitors’ for the project.The success of the project will be judged on the physical uptake of automation technologies across mines as project partners use research outcomes for commercial development on draglines worldwide.Looking ahead, Jessett said that the natural extension of this project is for the optimal sequencing information to build on previous research on swing automation systems that, in the first instance, automate the swing, dump, and return motions of the dragline.“By combining optimal sequencing and automated motion, we can deliver key improvements to machine productivity in two major areas,” he said. “Firstly, we’ll be able to deliver production rates that match best practice in manual operation; and secondly, we will reduce maintenance downtime by ensuring smooth control actions.”last_img read more

first_imgKomatsu Australia has introduced the HM400-3M0 articulated dump truck (ADT), incorporating it says “a number of improvements to increase productivity, including an advanced traction and transmission system, and higher dump body capacity.” The HM400-3M0 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D140E-6 engine rated at 350 kW, allowing it to haul a 40 t payload at speeds up to 55.9 km/h. According to Richard Feehely, Komatsu Australia’s National Business Manager, Quarries, improvements over the HM400-3M0’s predecessor – the HM400-2 – include significantly higher payload capacity, better operating performance, lower fuel consumption, increased operator comfort and enhanced serviceability – maximising productivity and reducing operating costs.“The HM400-3M0 incorporates a number of groundbreaking improvements in articulated dump truck technology, leveraging on our many years’ of experience in traction control and transmission systems with our dozers and large mining rigid dump trucks,” he said. “As a result, we have developed an articulated dump truck that offers unprecedented levels of control and efficiency when operating in the most challenging underfoot conditions, while delivering the highest levels of reliability and efficiency.” A major feature of the HM400-3M0 is the new Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS), which automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions. As ground conditions worsen, speed sensors located on four wheels detect tyre slippage, and automatic application of the inter-axle differential lock occurs. If tyre slippage continues to be detected, any of the four independently operated brakes can be applied to the slipping wheels to regain traction. “This technology behind our K-TCS, which is unique to articulated dump trucks, comes directly from our experiences in optimising traction control with our dozers and rigid mining trucks,” Feehely said.The new truck also incorporates Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System (K-ATOMiCS), which has long been a feature of Komatsu’s large mining trucks. This is a six-speed, fully automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cut-off to improve operator and engine efficiency, and maximise powertrain life. “The electronic system automatically selects the ideal gear based on vehicle speed, engine speed and the shift position chosen, resulting in powerful acceleration, smooth down shifting and synchronised engine speed when climbing slopes,” said Feehely. “Key advantages of K-ATOMiCS include minimised operator fatigue, ensuring the load remains in the truck body and increased productivity.”A 510 kW capacity retarder fitted to the HM400-3M0 allows the operator to select the optimum operating speed for downhill travel and fully loaded hauls, eliminating acceleration generated by the grade of the slope and minimising wear and tear on the braking system. Feehely said an optimised body design on the HM400-3M0 had seen a significant increase in payload and body capacity. “The HM400-3M0 is now a true 40 t capacity truck, with its payload increasing by 3.5 t compared with the previous HM400-2. It’s gone from 36.5 t on the earlier model to 40 t, while heaped capacity has gone from 22.3 m3 to 24 m3,” he said. The HM400-3M0’s loading height of 3,164 mm allows it to be easily matched with 36 to 55 t excavators, or 4.2 m3 to 5.7 m3 wheel loaders.In addition, the Komatsu HM400-3M0 is equipped with a factory-fitted Payload meter (PLM), allowing production volume and working conditions of the dump truck to be analysed directly via a personal computer. The truck’s payload is also displayed for the operator on a 7 in LCD monitor in the cab, while an external display signals to the loading tool as the truck reaches payload capacity. PLM data can be downloaded directly to a PC via a PLM cable, and is also transmitted via KOMTRAX. This allows wide range of payload data, including Carried Load, Cycle Count, and Overload Count to be monitored and filtered for daily, weekly or monthly reports and analyses. Komatsu has also significantly improved the cab design on the new truck, providing a comfortable and quiet work environment designed to maximise operator productivity, as well as improving visibility and site safety. Improved operator comfort features include interior noise levels of 72 dBA, and a high-back heated air-ride seat with a three-point safety belt.“We have now located the operator’s seat right in the centre of the cab,” Feehely said. “This, combined with a short nose design and rounded engine hood significantly improve visibility out the front, while a colour rearview camera, linked to its own 7 inch monitor, ensures greater safety when operating around other equipment and personnel. “The ROPS/FOPS Level 2 certified cab features a new designed rounded front dash panel with easy-to-reach switches,” he said. “In addition, the dashboard has been redesigned, incorporating a new high resolution 7 in LCD monitor giving enhanced capabilities and detailed information display. “It allows the operator to easily modify settings for a wide range of items such as auto idle shutdown or the auto-reversing fan; to check operational records, such as driving history or fuel consumption; or to see when the next maintenance interval is required.” The monitor also offers the operator the option of using Komatsu’s ECO guidance function, which provides operational tips to reduce fuel consumption.Feehely said Komatsu has also worked to minimise the time required for daily checks and service access. This includes a newly designed engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven auto-reversing fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. In addition, the HM400-3M0 is fitted with Komatsu’s exclusive EMMS (Equipment Management Monitoring System) incorporating enhanced diagnostic features to give the operator and technicians greater monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities. EMMS continuously monitors all critical systems, preventative maintenance requirements, and provides troubleshooting assistance to minimise diagnosis and repair time. It is integrated with Komatsu’s KOMTRAX remote monitoring system.last_img read more

first_imgBaffinland Iron Mines has completed loading of the first shipment of Mary River iron ore. The Federal Tiber bulk carrier departed from Milne port at on Saturday, August 8, 2015 carrying a total of 53,624 t of iron ore. The ship is bound for Nordenham, Germany, where its cargo will be unloaded and eventually used to make high quality steel.Tom Paddon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baffinland stated, “This is a great moment for Baffinland, its investors, and its employees who have worked hard to reach this goal. In just two years the men and women who work at the site, both Inuit or southern, have collaborated to build the mine and its infrastructure and have now moved the new port into full operation – this is their achievement and they can be proud of what they have accomplished. It is also a significant moment for Nunavut with the world’s most northerly open-pit mine now fully functional on Baffin Island. Iron ore from the Naluujaak pit at Mary River mine will soon become an ingredient in European steel and Nunavut’s role in contributing to the global economy has just increased. It’s important to note that, again working collaboratively, local communities, Inuit organizations, governments and industry have shown what can be achieved, and Baffinland is especially grateful for the support it has enjoyed in bringing this project to fruition.”Mary River is located on northern Baffin Island, in the Territory of Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. The project consists of nine high-grade lump and fine iron ore deposits that can be mined, crushed and screened and then shipped directly to markets. The first phase consists of mining iron ore from the reserve at Deposit No. 1 at a production rate of 18 Mt/y.last_img read more

first_imgA growing number of organizations – from state governments to surety underwriters—are expressing concern that EPA is about to impose economically harmful and unnecessary bonding requirements on mineral mining companies.As part of a settlement with environmental activists reached in federal court, EPA is considering rules this fall (autumn) that will add to the financial assurance obligations already enforced by state and federal agencies that have far greater experience with the mining industry than EPA.Now EPA is hearing criticism from every quarter. Congressional committee chairman with jurisdiction, western state governors, state regulatory agencies and the surety industry have recently added their voices to the concerns of the mining industry. All warn of a costly regulatory approach based on a superficial analysis that does not support the need for a redundant bonding requirement to ensure reclamation and other post-mining activities, if necessary, such as long term groundwater monitoring or treatment. All question the need for EPA to duplicate existing federal and state programs that already address the exact types of risks EPA is targeting.In letters to EPA officials, the various organizations warn that EPA’s approach under the Superfund Law (CERCLA) is seriously flawed and must be rethought. Among other critical observations made about the legal and policy infirmities in the agency’s approach are the following:Allowing multiple claimants under the Superfund Law threatens the availability of funds to remediate post-mining sites. The Surety and Fidelity Association of America letterThe rule will result in the imposition of billions of dollars in unnecessary capital requirements on the mining industry and preempt existing state and federal authorities and financial assurance programs for mining. House National Resources Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee chairmen letterImposing duplicative financial assurance requirements on the hard rock mining industry will improperly hamper effective state programs. Western Governors Association letterUsurping state authority by filling “alleged ‘gaps’ in state reclamation programs” that do not exist. Interstate Mining Compact Commission resolutionlast_img read more

first_imgAgnico Eagle Finland Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) assignment for the expansion investment of the Kittilä gold mine. The assignment includes services for the gold mine expansion project that will be carried out between 2018 and 2021.The Kittilä mine is the largest gold mine in Europe. Mining company Agnico Eagle Finland has announced an expansion investment of approximately €160 million at its Kittilä gold mine. A 1,044 m deep shaft will be built in the mine and, at the same time, the processing plant’s processing capacity will be raised from the current 1.6 Mt/y to 2 Mt/y per annum. The project will be phased in over four years and is expected to result in a 50,000 to 70,000 oz annual increase in gold production at reduced operating costs beginning in 2021.“The shaft will make it possible to utilize the deeper parts of the gold deposit in an economically sensible way, and it will improve our energy efficiency, as well as decrease our emissions. The efficiency advantage of the shaft combined with the raised production rate will improve the competitiveness of the Kittilä mine. We selected Pöyry as our strategic partner to the largest ever expansion project in Kittilä mine based on our successful long term relationship in various demanding projects at the mine” says Agnico Eagle Finland’s Managing Director, Jani Lösönen.“We are pleased to continue as trusted partner for Agnico Eagle in this remarkable expansion project. During the investment implementation we, together with Agnico Eagle Finland, will pay extra attention to Health & Safety, Environmental, Employees and other Social responsibility related aspects. This assignment further strengthens our position as EPCM service provider in the Mining & Metals sector,” says Kalle Rasinmäki, President of Pöyry’s Industry business in Finland.last_img read more

first_imgEngineering company Monadelphous Group Ltd has announced it has been awarded a major construction contract at BHP’s South Flank Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The contract, which is valued at A$108 million, includes structural, mechanical, piping and electrical and instrumentation works associated with the project’s outflow infrastructure.Work will commence immediately and is expected to be completed by May 2021. Monadelphous Managing Director, Rob Velletri, said the contract award demonstrated the strength of the company’s long-term relationship with BHP, as well asits proven track record of reliably and safely delivering large, multidisciplinary construction projects. “BHP has been one of our core customers, for both construction and maintenance projects, for more than 20 years. We arelooking forward to partnering with them on this strategically important project, and continuingto build on our proven construction capability within the iron ore sector in the Pilbara,” Velletri said. “Monadelphous continues to provide a broad range of community support initiatives throughout the Pilbara, including offering local employment and supply opportunities.” The work is expected to provide approximately 400 employment opportunities.last_img read more

← Previous Story Women’s EHF EUR0 2010 (Round 2): Four teams in TOP 12 Next Story → Brothers Gilles refused a new contracts with HSV! Polish Champion, Vive Targi Kielce, obviously hasn’t problem with money. After two big sponsors who got a place in their name, the best Polish team with a great ambition in Europe in next a few years, sign the biggest sponsorship with a company from – Uganda, Africa , even bigger than two main sponsors, Vive and Targi has.The name of the company is Riham and their Management thinks that investment in one of the most succesfull Polish sport team is a great start for entering Polish market.Vive Kielce still has a chance to qualify for TOP 16 phase of the EHF Champions League. Vive Targi Kielce read more

← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16 (second match): Favorites with home advantage Next Story → SG Flensburg beat Celje PL for TOP 8! handballVelux EHF CL Hungarian MVM MKB Veszprem qualified for the VEUX EHF Champions League TOP 8 as the first team in the season 2013/2014. Antonio CArlos Ortega’s team beat Polish Orlen Wisla Plock 31:26 (16:11) in the second match of the TOP 16 phase, easily, without stress for their fans, beat -1 from the first match seven days ago (33:34).In the key role was Serbian left back Momir Ilic with 8 goals, Renato Sulic scored 7, while Mirko Alilovic had very good match between the posts… read more

← Previous Story BM Bera Bera cancels Champions League participation Next Story → Arpad Sterbik can’t get Serbian sports pension Slovenian Handball Federation has decided to join SEHA Gazprom South Stream League which means that two best Slovenian teams, RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and RK Gorenje will play at regional competition from the next season! Slovenians are looking for the possibility to have the third team, RK Maribor Branik, also in competition, but that will depend from the composition of the League. Hungarian best teams, Veszprem and Pick Szeged still didn’t reach the agreement with the League officials, which stated before that final list of teams for season 2014/2015 will be announced until June 19.SEHA GSS League had 10 teams last season with probably extension with two more for the next one… read more

first_imgDáil: Leaders’ Questions – The Tánaiste steps up for his first outing at the new time of midday for questions from the opposition parties and Technical Group.Committee: Property tax – TDs get a chance to grill the chair of the Revenue Commissioners Josephine Feehily at 3pm in Committee Room 3 over the property tax fiasco of recent weeks.Dáil: Finance Bill – TDs continue debate on the legislation concerning taxation measures announced in the Budget last month between 10.45am and midday and then again at 12.41pm.Everything else that’s happening in the Dáil Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law? WHAT’S GOING ON in Leinster House?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…3 things we’ll be keeping an eye oncenter_img Leo Varadkar will have to get out of bed earlier if he’s to be in the Dáil on time at 9.30am to take questions on his transport, tourism and sport portfolio.The Order of Business gets under way at 12.21pm followed by the consideration of two EU motions without debate.After debate on the Finance Bill, TDs will consider Local Government Bill – which overhauls local authorities in Ireland – before 4.42pm when Topical Issues get under way.The Dáil adjourns at 5.30pm.Everything else that’s happening in the SeanadSenators begin their day with the Order of Business at 10.30am followed by consideration of a motion on the agreement between Canada and the EU on the transfer and processing PNR data. That’s Passenger Name Record data to you and I.At midday the Children’s Minister will update senators on her Youth Justice Policy.Then at 2.30pm debate on the report and final stages of the Social Welfare Bill continues before Matters on the Adjournment. After that, the upper house adjourns itself for the weekend.Everything else that’s happening in the CommitteesThe Environment Committee has a long day as it considers submissions on the reform of local government from a variety of representative organisations including those from local authority associations and business groups from 9.45am in Committee Room 3.The Health Committee continues its End of Life Care hearings at 10am in Committee Room 2 where it hears from the Jack and Jill Foundation among others in the morning and then the Irish Hospice Foundation from midday.The Public Accounts Committee meets in Committee Room 1 at 10am to hear from the CEO of Bord na gCon, the Irish Greyhound Board, Adrian Neilan on the board’s annual accounts for 2011.Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House todayDáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click herelast_img read more

first_imgMost notably, he says that heroism is an attribute to anyone who chooses to work towards it:Habits of wise and effective acts of heroism can be learned, encouraged, modelled and are achievable by anyone at any point in their lives.Key to encouraging ‘everyday heroism’ appears to be the currently-popular term ‘the psychology of positive change’. In a framework for encouraging this type of change in society – and making it last – Zimbardo lays out a three-point plan to get you started. You can read it here.Do you know someone in everyday life who has tried to create a positive change in their environment or society on an everyday basis? We’d love to hear in the comments below.Watch: Bus driver stops woman from jumping off bridge>The Irish social entrepreneurs who want to make society better>- Additional reporting by AFP 2013 MANY HAVE PROCLAIMED Nelson Mandela – to be laid to rest tomorrow – to be a hero. But what are the prerequisites for joining this elite club?Frank Farley of Temple University in Philadelphia, USA, who has been studying the psychology of heroism for three decades, offers this checklist of qualities:courage and strengthcompassion, generosity, devoted to the search for justiceintelligence, being accomplished at somethinghonesty and integritywell-likedadventurous, enjoys risk-takingambitious and determined, should never give up.Some researchers argue that heroism can be learned and that just as evil can lie in banality, that an ordinary person can become the source of extraordinary acts of heroism.Psychologist Philip Zimbardo became well known in the 1970s for the Stanford Prison Experiment which showed that ordinary ‘decent’ people could commit evil or sadistic acts if put in the position to do so without fear of reprisal.More recently, Zimbardo has argued that the converse can be true in terms of motivating people to acts of heroism. He has created a new project, HeroicImagination.org, to explore the nature and psychology of heroism.A study published in Psychological Science journal last year researched the ‘flight-or-fight’ response to danger. It found that “having positive social interactions before being exposed to acute stress” encouraged people to behave in “more pro-social behaviour”; a “tend and befriend” situation, said the scientists. In other words, compassion can inspire acts of heroism towards your fellow humans.Zimbardo defines heroism as:The active attempt to address injustice or create positive change in the world despite pressures to do otherwise.It may involve coping effectively in unclear or emergency, situations, helping others in need, or may involve setting and achieving goals to promote the wellbeing of others.last_img read more

first_imgHOMEOWNERS AFFECTED BY Spain’s economic crisis and their defenders hailed a big step forward today after Europe’s top court ruled that the country’s eviction laws breached EU rules.“There is no justice in Spain, but luckily there is in Europe,” said Delia Esther Molina, 57, an unemployed Cuban who is facing eviction, demonstrating outside the Spanish parliament.The European Court of Justice (EDJ) ruled that Spanish legislation breached a EU consumer rights directive by preventing courts from halting evictions based on “unfair” mortgage agreements.The Spanish government promised its law would be “corrected” to comply with the ruling.The decision by the EU court in Luxembourg gave a fresh boost for a popular protest movement which last month persuaded the Spanish parliament to consider reforms to the eviction laws.“We are very satisfied,” said Ada Colau, a spokeswoman for the Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH), the organisation that brought that motion backed by 1.4 million signatures.“This is a big step forward for what we have been campaigning for, over four very hard years,” since the worst of Spain’s financial crisis broke out, she said.At the discretion of judgesThe Barcelona judge who took the case to the European court, Jose Maria Fernandez Seijo, said that “from now on, any judge who detects abusive clauses can decide as a precaution not to evict the consumer” until he has decided whether the terms of the mortgage are fair.Campaigners have accused banks of predatory lending during the Spanish construction boom that collapsed in 2008 and of misleading unwitting borrowers.“I bought my house in 2005. I’m not highly literate, so they really fooled me,” said Jorge Teran, an Ecuadoran plumber who lost his job in 2008.“If they had explained to me the interest rates and everything, I would never have signed.”In a deep recession which has pushed unemployment to record highs of 26 percent, hundreds of thousands of people have defaulted on their loans and been evicted as the banks scramble to get their loans back.Large number of evictions carried outSpain’s top legal authority, the General Council of Judicial Power, says 415,000 eviction orders have been issued since 2008, including for second homes, land and commercial property. Some 60 percent of those evictions have been carried out.In response to popular protests and a string of reported suicides of people facing eviction, Spain’s government in November passed a two-year moratorium on evictions – but campaigners insist it go further.The activist’s bill calls for an end to evictions and for insolvent homeowners to be allowed to write off their debts by surrendering their home.Under current Spanish law, a bank can pursue a mortgage holder to pay off the rest of a loan if the value of the seized property falls short.“I want to be able to hand them my home and have them write off the debt,” said Molina. “I have nothing.”The group also demands that empty properties held by Spanish banks be transformed into social housing.Colau said Spain was an “anomaly” in Europe for the harshness of its eviction laws.“The Spanish exception is over,” thanks to today’s ruling, she said.Gonzalo Moliner, chairman of the judicial council, said the change required by the European ruling was “immediately applicable” in Spain.The head of the Spanish consumers’ association Facua, Ruben Sanchez, called it “a turning point in relations between mortgage-holders and the banks”.Beyond the EU court’s ruling, PAH activists now demand Spain enshrine the group’s demands in new legislation.“They have to change the law, for all the people like me who were fooled,” said Teran.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

first_imgCALLS FOR MORE transparency in Ireland’s immigration system have been made after a Pakistani victim of domestic violence won a five-year battle to remain in the State with her two children.She achieved a settlement in the High Court with the support of the Immigrant Council of Ireland. The ICI said that such cases “highlight once again the difficulties caused because Ireland does not have a modern, transparent and fair immigration system with an independent appeals mechanism”.The woman and her daughter, who arrived here in 2007, have been seeking permission to remain in Ireland with an infant son who was born here.After being subject to serious abuse while married to an EU national, the woman left the relationship but had to go the High Court to prove that she was allowed to stay in the country.At one point, she was issued with a deportation order, but this was removed.Urgent needThe Immigrant Council has welcomed the settlement, saying it again highlights the urgent need for an immigration system which is modern, transparent and fair to all.Senior solicitor with the council, Hilkka Becker, said:Subjecting a victim of domestic violence, her daughter and infant son to a five year legal battle, including two High Court actions is cruel and unfair. It has been a long road for this small family as they attempted to negotiate bureaucracy and the courts. Only the courage and determination of our client has ensured that justice has been done, not just for her but also for two young children. During much of the period the family lived uncertain of their status.She said the woman and her children feared being prevented from rebuilding their lives by being refused the right to work and were denied basic State supports, including child benefit.The settlement was successfully achieved after the High Court last year allowed for a Judicial Review to go ahead on the basis of undue delay and Ireland’s failure to meet international commitments.Denise Charlton Chief Executive of the Immigrant Council added:We are delighted for the family involved and glad to have been able to support their long battle for justice. I want to pay tribute to the solicitors of our Independent Law Centre for their work on this case.The ICI said that such cases highlight once again the difficulties caused because Ireland does not have a modern, transparent and fair Immigration System with an independent appeals mechanism.While improvements have been introduced to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the system, including victims of domestic violence, the need for whole scale reform has been highlighted in a string of recent court cases.Becker told TheJournal.ie that the ICI has been campaigning for an independent appeals mechanism to be put in place, for more transparency, easier accessibility of guidelines and the protection of domestic violence victims.She said that victims of domestic violence may not be aware of their rights regarding their immigration status, and such information needs to be clearly displayed on the Department of Justice website.Read: New report on human trafficking highlights low number of prosecutions>last_img read more

first_imgYES I SEE you crying, and I feel your broken heart…But it’s OK because the lovely Eternal, with their structured hair and colourful leather jackets, were there to soothe you in 1997.The trio were originally a quartet, with Louise Nurding joining Kéllé Bryan and sisters Easther and Vernie Bennett to form the group in 1992.But by 1995 the extremely popular Nurding (who later married footballer Jamie Redknapp) had left to pursue a solo career, and in 1998 Bryan was sacked by the Bennett sisters. Ouch.Still, during their heyday (which came after the success of US band En Vogue, whose style they were ‘inspired’ by), Eternal had a run of hits, including Oh Baby I, Someday, and I Am Blessed.My lord, you too…((babybluemusic0427/YouTube)On this night in 1998 you were listening to… All Saints>On this night in 1999 you were listening to… TLC>last_img read more

first_imgCHINA’S FIFTH MOST-POWERFUL man is in Ireland. The visit of Liu Yunshan, a senior member of the Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the most central body within the Communist Party of China, is a concrete sign of a deepening relationship between Ireland and the country whose economy is the world’s second biggest. The rise of China will significantly shape the way that Irish business leaders, politicians and diplomats engage with the world.For a start, the arrival of Liu suggests that the optimism surrounding the visit of then Vice-President Xi Jinping (now China’s premiere) to Ireland in February 2012 was justified. China sees Ireland as a key partner in Europe, and wants to develop the relationship between our two nations. Each year since 2010, a top-ranking Chinese official has visited Ireland, and Liu is following in the footsteps not only of now-President Xi, but of a Vice-Premier, a Mayor of Beijing, and of his own predecessor on the PSC.In addition, since 2011 nearly 30 Chinese ministers or vice-ministers have visited Ireland, and Liu himself is accompanied by four ministers in a delegation of 51 officials. Clearly, the CPC (Communist Party of China) leadership considers a strengthening of the ties between the two nations to be of benefit for China.The growth of the Ireland-China relationshipSo what does the CPC hope to achieve through the growth of the Ireland-China relationship? Even by the standards of the last four decades, China is now in a period of great change. The cornerstone of President Xi’s leadership has been his policy of the “Chinese Dream”, a catch-all slogan with such mass appeal that it would not be out of place on an Irish election leaflet.With the Chinese Dream, President Xi is essentially offering his citizens the opportunity to have a “moderately prosperous society”, combining a growing economy with a genuine improvement in the quality of life. To achieve this, the CPC will have to develop the economic potential of so-called Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, such as Hefei or Datong, beyond the coastal metropolises which have until now been the engine of growth, like Shanghai or Shenzhen. Many of these targeted cities lie in predominantly agricultural provinces, and to truly contribute to China’s economy they will have to leapfrog industrialisation, and transform directly into modern, services-led economies.There are very few economies that have achieved this transition, with many Chinese analysts believing Ireland is a successful example. This is one of the reasons why now-President Xi Jinping included the Shannon Free Zone on his itinerary during his February 2012 visit.Attracting clients from China’s financial sectorSuch enthusiasm for Ireland among policymakers in Beijing is being encouraged by an ever-deepening engagement with China by the Irish state. In February 2014, before returning home, the previous Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ireland, Luo Linquan, noted that nearly two-thirds of the Irish Cabinet had visited China during his time in Dublin. The Department of Foreign Affairs plans to open a full Consulate-General in Hong Kong in the autumn. The IDA recently opened a new office in Beijing which has a special focus on attracting clients from China’s financial sector to Ireland, and the agency plans to increase the workforce at its Shanghai office. With the two-way trade between the nations rising by 13.2% in 2013 to more than €4.9 billion, the economic elements of the Ireland-China bilateral relationship are clear.But the continuing rise of China also offers new opportunities for Ireland on the international stage, through the medium of multilateral organisations, that are not always recognised, but if pursued would develop the relationship between the two nations yet further. The most obvious example of this is in relation to China’s ties with the European Union. China and the EU are important economic partners, with bilateral trade in goods and services reaching €478 billion in 2013. But this relationship is set to grow further and Ireland has a number of natural advantages for positioning itself as China’s partner of choice within the EU.Learning EnglishAs an English-speaking nation in the Eurozone, Ireland could be a natural partner for China, where an estimated 300 million people are learning English. Our history of being on the receiving end of imperialism means our relationship with China is free of historical baggage. The key economic strengths of our economy lie in sectors, such as agrifood and digital, where China is trying to increase it capabilities and looking for partners who are unhindered by geostrategic concerns.Ireland’s potential as a partner for China in the realm of multilateral organisations stretches beyond the EU. Many people do not realise that China is a major contributor of troops to the United Nations, and indeed is providing more troops now than the other four permanent members of the Security Council combined. This engagement with the UN is set to increase, but the Chinese are still adapting to the demands of UN peacekeeping. This is an area where Ireland has obvious expertise, and where we can assist China to become a responsible global security actor.The name of Liu Yunshan may not have meant much to most Irish people before this weekend. But his arrival is concrete proof that the efforts being made by Irish diplomats, business and political leaders are bearing fruit, and that Ireland is already proving effective at navigating the challenges and opportunities of the Pacific century. Eoin McDonnell, Lead China Researcher, Institute of International and European Affairs.Read: New visa to let Chinese and Indian tourists travel freely between Ireland and UKlast_img read more

first_img[Screengrab]Palin regards her eponymous channel — where her job title is executive editor — as a way to sidestep the mainstream US media and build a community with like-minded conservatives.Subscriptions are $9.95 a month, or $99.95 a year, with a free two-week trial — and no charge at all for US military personnel. Videos are free for members to repost on social media.[Screengrab]Enabling the venture is TAPP, a Los Angeles start-up that is building a web of personality-driven online TV channels.Its founders include former top executives at CNN and NBC Universal.- © AFP, 2014Read: Australian and Dutch police scrap MH17 site visit over security worries >Read: Israel’s military actions in Gaza ‘could amount to war crimes’ > CONSERVATIVE GADFLY SARAH Palin ramped up her internet profile today with an online TV channel where fans can savor her homespun brand of American patriotism for just $9.95 (€7.40) a month.“Tired of media filters? Well, so am I,” said the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful upon the launch of the Sarah Palin Channel.“So, let’s go rogue together and launch our own member-supported channel! This will be OUR channel, for you and for me, and we’ll all get to call it like it is.”Inaugural content featured Palin, sporting a US flag necklace, encouraging Americans to develop their “God-given” energy resources as a way to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “aggression”. Source: YouWatchMedia/YouTubeMuch of the website lambasts President Barack Obama. In July, Palin became the most prominent right-wing US figure to demand his impeachment over the influx of child migrants from Central America.“His unsecured border crisis is, for me, the last straw. It makes kind of the battered wife say, ‘No mas! Enough is enough!’,” said Palin, who accused Obama of deliberately stirring up “a flood of illegal immigrants.”The home page also sports a running tally of the US national debt (about $17.8 trillion) and the number of days until Obama leaves office (906) — but no hint on whether she might seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.last_img read more

first_img‘DEEP DISAPPOINTMENT’ has been expressed at draft redress legislation aimed at securing medical and community services for survivors of Magdalene laundries.Justice for Magdalenes Research (JFMR) has said the Heads of Bill falls short of what was recommended by Justice John Quirke.The group has also raised concerns for survivors living abroad, and said it was ‘dismayed’ at the delay in the publishing of this draft legislation.Some survivors had passed away or have required frequent hospitalisation, the group claimed.JFMR has noted that “important services” are missing from the Bill, ranging from “complementary therapies, high tech drugs and home support to assist with household tasks”.It said that the services offered less than what a medical card holder is entitled to.“The Bill also requires a GP referral for counselling, which is not necessary under the HAA card scheme,” the group said in a statement. There is no provision in the Bill for liaison officers to assist the women in accessing their entitlements, while this is a fundamental aspect of the HAA card scheme.“We are very concerned about the health and community care needs of Magdalene survivors who live abroad. Judge Quirke recommended that each of the women would have equivalent health and community benefits.”The Government has received more than a hundred applications to the redress scheme from the United Kingdom.Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that 754 applications have been received to date. 357 applicants have received their lump sum payment so far, at a cost of €12.8m. A further 106 formal offers have been made and letters of provisional assessment on the length of stay in a relevant institution have issued to an additional 35 applicants.Read: Government announces legislation to support Magdalene survivors >Opinion: Adoption, illegitimate children and ‘the bogey of proselytism’ in Catholic Ireland >last_img read more

first_imgBusiness social networking site LinkedIn today released its list of the “top 10 buzzwords” for 2010. The company’s analytics team pulled the most “cliched and overused phrases” from the site’s 85 million profiles.“Extensive experience” tops the list in the US, followed by “innovated,” “motivated,” “results-oriented,” and “dynamic.” Hey, while you’re online changing your Gawker password, why not hop on to LinkedIn and freshen up your profile a bit?Buzzwords, it turns out, are surprisingly universal. “Extensive experience” also topped the list in Canada and Australia. “Dynamic” was the top pick in Brazil, India, and Spain. “Motivated” popped up more than any other in the UK, and “innovative” was the most popular in France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.last_img read more

first_imgThere’s apparently a strong intersection between freerunners and Super Mario Bros fans. This gym, Tempest Freerunning Academy, located in Los Angeles, has been decked out with platforms, trampolines, borders to climb on, and other hand-holds for freerunning enthusiasts to jump onto, bounce over, and spring themselves off of. The catch is that the entire gym looks like it was lifted straight out of a Super Mario game. All the way down to the pixel art question blocks and the 8-bit bricks, the entire gym is a tribute to the game and the people who love it, including the people who work and play there. The setup is also used in their Parkour 101 training class, so if you’re interested in learning how freerunning works in a geeky setting, that may be the class for you.Check out a video of the gym behind the jump. [via BoingBoing]AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgThe Federal government sure has been busy the past few weeks when it comes to curbing piracy on the internet. In its latest move, the Feds have seized several domains that are used to stream illegal broadcasts of sporting events. With the Super Bowl this Sunday, officials are looking to make another statement on piracy by replacing the content on each site with the banner pictured above. So if you were hoping to use your favorite steaming site to catch the game, you may be out of luck.Domains that have been included in the seizure are Firstrowsports.tv, Firstrowsports.com, Firstrowsports.net and Soccertvlive.net, with more most likely being added as the week proceeds. It’s interesting to note is that this marks the fist time a .tv domain has been seized in relation to the NFL championship. While seizures of this nature happened last year at the same time, this round of raids may be hitting a sore-spot with internet denizens because of the recent protests of SOPA and the governments response to said protests.Believe it or not, the NFL has several rules in place concerning the viewing of the Super Bowl. These came as a result of non-profit groups such as churches and youth centers showing the game to large groups of people. Non-profits can show the game if they use equipment that they already own to display the action, meaning that they can’t rent TV’s or projectors for the event. Also, they can’t charge any kind of fee to people who come to watch.Besides rebroadcasting violations, most streaming sports site have ads that display which they make money off of. While this doesn’t look like a direct violation since clicking on those ads is voluntary, someone is still getting paid for rebroadcasting something they don’t own.The good news is that there will be some legal ways to watch the Super Bowl online, ensuring that you won’t miss any of the action.via Torrent Freaklast_img read more

first_imgThe amount of awesome that is displayed in the picture above is almost too much for words. Created by Seattle artist Erich Ginder, the wallpaper you see above depicts a classic floral print that has been created entirely by using ASCII text. Bringing together the decorations your grandmother had in her house with the textual art, you can adorn the walls in your home with “Warez Rose” as a conversation piece when friends come over.Before you rush out with your checkbook to brighten the walls of your abode (you better be a fan of white), you may want to check out what they are asking for a single roll of the paper: $150. That might not be too expensive for artwork (depending on the size of your room), but it has me wondering if I’d be able to get myself a dot-matrix printer on-the-cheap, find some paper, and create the same effect for much less money.A self proclaimed design, web, interior and photography professional, Ginder works with his partner Aaron Cruz as a team that specializes in creating thoughtful and off the wall pieces that bring out the story of their clients. Browsing the duo’s website shows other work inspired by vintage technology, including a spa that actually used the wallpaper pictured above in one of its rooms.Like I mentioned before, if buying piece of art is something you are committed to, you can’t go wrong with this wallpaper. I for one will be trying to convince my wife that long strips of paper with ASCII pictures of Optimus Prime is a great idea for the man-cave.Ginder’s site via Fancy Jewels.last_img read more

first_imgThe launch of Diablo III at the stroke of midnight last night was a mix of excitement and frustration for gamers. Blizzard had catered for gamers wanting to buy digitally or boxed copies of the game, and they even offered a way to play it for free. What they couldn’t do is cope with the server load, leaving many stuck at the login screen.One gamer managed to login and start playing though, and he has already completed the game. Total playthrough time? 12 hours and 29 minutes.The player in question goes by the handle Yoshichan. He played the game on Normal difficulty and completed it with a level 32 Barbarian. The proof was posted on NeoGAF in the form of the screen grabs you see here.It may seem like he managed to finish the game in a very short space of time, but that is clearly a speed run through the game and it STILL took him over 12 hours to complete. For any normal playthrough, where you actually take time to enjoy and explore the world of Diablo III in its entirety, you can probably multiply that time at least by a factor of three, maybe more.It’s also worth considering this isn’t a game you will play through just once and see everything. There’s different characters to play, areas to unlock, and difficulty levels above Normal to keep you entertained.So, Yoshichan should be congratulated for being the first to complete the game (as far as we know), but I guarantee you he is nowhere near done playing.via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more

first_imgValve has promised to launch Steam for Linux before the end of 2012, and last month it was confirmed that an external beta would be happening in October. It’s limited to 1,000 people, but the point is Valve seems to be on track to meet the release target of this year.What we don’t know is how many games Steam for Linux will have when it does launch. Steam for Mac had over 50 on launch day, and while we can’t guarantee that level of support will be reached, we can point to the fact 15 games on Steam support Linux already and therefore should be available on release.The first of those games is already known about and confirmed by Valve as being a launch title: Left 4 Dead 2. It’s Valve’s test game for the platform and the first in-house title to run on Linux.As for the other 14, they consist of titles that developers have already ported to Linux and decided to sell on Steam. The include:Amnesia: The Dark ProjectCubemenCrusader Kings IIDynamite JackEversionGalcon FusionSerious Sam 3: BFESolar 2SpaceChemSteel StormSuperbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EPTrine 2WaveformWorld of GooThose games were compiled using a program called CDR Parser which looks at Steam’s Content Description Record for each game and compiles a list based on certain criteria. In this case it’s games flagged as Linux compatible as tagged by Valve. With that being the case it seems likely these 14 games should be available on launch day of Steam for Linux.More at Marlamin’s CDR Parser, via Muktwarelast_img read more

first_imgGeeks tend to have something of a love/hate relationship with Lucasfilm. Its namesake, the one and only George Lucas, brought us the original Star Wars and Indiana Jones films. However, he also brought us the Star Wars prequel trilogy. The news has just broken that Disney plans to acquire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. Not only that, but Star Wars Episode 7 is being planned for a 2015 release.Disney has been on a real tear in recent years. After a decade of mediocre movie performance, Disney backed Pixar early on. It later bought the animation giant for $7.4 billion in 2006. Disney also got in on the super hero fad in 2009 when it bought Marvel for $4 billion. In this new Lucasfilm deal, Disney is paying about half that $4 billion in stock and half in cash. Lucasfilm has a single shareholder: George Lucas. I expect he’s planning some renovations to Skywalker ranch now.Discerning sci-fi fans that have been down on what George Lucas has done with the Star Wars franchise in the last 15 years will be happy to hear that Lucas is stepping away from the company’s day-to-day operation. Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president of the new Disney-owned venture. Lucas won’t have any official decision making capacity, but is staying on as a “creative consultant.”While the Star Wars prequels were not received terribly well, it’s still a little sad to see Lucas handing off the franchise. He’s part of history, and even with different people leading the development of a new Star Wars story, fans might never be happy. There is already an established storyline for the post-movie Star Wars universe as laid out by dozens of novels like the awesome Heir to the Empire trilogy. It’s hard to say if these tales will be honored or overwritten.Make sure you keep an eye on coming developments as the first post-Lucas Star Wars movie takes shape. It’s an exciting time to be a geek.via ABC Newslast_img read more

first_imgHTC has discovered that the world really likes 5-inch phones with crazy resolutions and powerful hardware under the hood. With the release of the J Butterfly in Japan and the launch of the Droid DNA on Verizon Wireless here in the US, the rest of the world is probably feeling a bit left out. After all, it was only recently that the HTC One X+ made its way to international carriers. A leaked photo today revealed to the world the existence of a phone that looks closely related to the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA, being called the HTC Deluxe (or DLX).Nothing regarding the specs on this phone have been released, but given HTC’s recent releases it is hard to imagine this 5-inch phone having anything other than a 1080p screen with a quad-core Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM. This hardware would place the phone right in line with HTC’s most recent smartphone announcements, and gives the UK carriers a phone just like the Droid DNA and J Butterfly. Android 4.1 running Sense 4+ is expected to be running the DLX, though there’s not yet any mention of pricing or availability.The design of the DLX more closely resembles the HTC Rezound, with its red soft buttons on the bottom and the subtle red accents on the front of the phone. HTC’s new front-facing camera with a wider frame and IPX5 waterproofing could be among the features offered with this phone, as each have been seen with the Droid DNA and the J Butterfly.If HTC is planning to release this phone by the end of the year, it is most likely that there would be a launch event similar to the ones seen in Japan and NYC recently.For more details on how this phone might look and feel, check out our hands on with the HTC Droid DNA.via evleakslast_img read more

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi has already proven itself to be a very capable little and cheap PC. It runs Linux, can be used for development, surfing the web, and playing games. Those games include retro classics through the use of multiple emulatiors that have been ported for the board.A few weeks ago we saw a Macintosh Classic turned into a NES arcade by using a Raspberry Pi. In that project the guy used RetroPie to give a nice graphical front end to his new arcade machine. But there is now an alternative, and one that’s arguably much easier to use.It’s called Raspberry Pi Chameleon, and it consists of a remix of the Raspbian Linux image. The remix removes the X graphical environment and replaces it with a launcher dedicated to running a number of emulators. At the same time, the software used remains open source.The systems supported include the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, DOS, Windows 3.1, arcade games, Oric-1, Apple II, ScummVM, and the Atari 2600. And to use it, it’s simply a case of having a spare SD card and downloading the Raspberry Pi chameleon torrent to put on it.The version available at the moment is v0.1, so it’s likely the creator, Carles Oriol, will continue to update the functionality and add more retro system support to the line-up. And because the Raspberry Pi is so simple in its design, getting new versions means just replacing the image on your SD card.Keep an eye on how the project developers over at the official Raspberry Pi chameleon websitelast_img read more

first_imgYour eyes are a big deal to Samsung. The Galaxy S3 brought about the ability to keep a Samsung phone awake if the software could see that you were reading something on the screen. How do you one-up a trick like that? Using nothing but your eyes to scroll around on a screen.There are a lot of companies working really hard right now on software that takes advantage of eye-tracking. If a computer knows where your eyes are looking on a screen, software can be designed to enhance your user experience based on that information. Intel’s CES presentation showed a Where’s Waldo game that relied entirely on your eyes to play. In a PC environment, your eyes could be used to navigate across increasingly larger higher-resolution displays. What Intel suggested would be a great tool to have in the future, Samsung will be showing off with their new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone.Samsung filed for several patents that all involve using the front facing camera of a phone to keep tabs on what your eyeballs are doing when the screen is on. Eye scroll and Eye pause each describe features in a smartphone or tablet where the camera uses the position of your eyes and their motion to move around on the screen or pause a video in playback. One anonymous user of the Galaxy S4 has reported to the NYTimes that they have seen the eye-scrolling feature first hand. It would appear that the ability to control your smartphone with your eyes will be a pretty big feature Samsung plans to demonstrate at their launch event on March 14th.In order for Samsung to pull off a feature like eye-scrolling on a smartphone, they would need a powerful front-facing camera with a pretty reasonable backlight sensor in order to work even most of the time. To keep tabs on your eyes and pay attention to how they are moving around, the phone is going to need a great processor with plenty of battery life if it’s going to provide you with that feature all day long. The secondary benefit to this feature would be that if you turn it off, you’ve got a killer FFC and a battery that will do good by you throughout the day.There’s still a lot about the Galaxy S4 that we don’t know for sure. The rumors that surround this phone have been all over the place, usually very light on details and never containing a believable photo or render of the hardware. Samsung has done a remarkable job keeping the phone under wraps so far, but the next week-and-a-half will most likely expose the majority of the details surrounding the phone.last_img read more

first_imgThree years ago MH370 went missing and still hasn’t been found The plane, which had 239 people on board, has never been found. 26 Comments Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:13 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images 12,551 Views By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3275567 THREE YEARS AGO today, MH370 went missing.The plane, which had 239 people on board, has never been found.The official search for MH370 may have been called off but experts believe the missing airliner will one day be found, perhaps either by deep-sea miners or treasure hunters lured by a huge cash reward.After spending almost three years and $150 million on a deep sea hunt for the Malaysian passenger jet in the remote Indian Ocean off western Australia, top aviation investigators were earlier this year forced to admit they have come up with nothing.More questions than answers have arisen since the Boeing 777 vanished and relatives of the 239 dead fear that China and Malaysia are admitting defeat in the face of one of the world’s most enduring aviation mysteries.The only physical evidence has been debris recovered on western Indian Ocean shorelines and the discoveries, far from the official search, have prompted next-of-kin to embark on their own inquiries in Madagascar.Treasure hunters may also get involved, perhaps through the offer of a multi-million-dollar prize, said former US Air Force aviator Ronald Bishop from Australia’s Central Queensland University.“Sometimes private firms work a bit better,” Bishop said, noting they were likely to believe witnesses until they could be disproven.In contrast, government agencies tended to be more quick to dismiss witnesses’ evidence “if they are a little bit over-the-top”, he told AFP.Australia’s transport minister Darren Chester stressed this week that the search could be revived if there is “credible new evidence” pinpointing MH370′s location, thereby leaving the door open for future operations.For oceanographer Erik van Sebille of Imperial College London, the new field of deep sea mining could prove to be the key to one day stumbling across MH370′s watery grave. ‘Some point, somehow, somebody’ Source: Joshua PaulSearching for debris under the oceans has always been a challenge because electromagnetic radiation such as radar and X-rays do not work in seawater, leaving only sonar or light and cameras from submersibles operating very close to the seabed.“It is easier to point a telescope to Mars than to look at our own ocean floor,” van Sebille told AFP.“With deep sea mining… that means there’s now a commercial incentive to go and have a very close look at the ocean floor for the first time ever… and at some point, somehow, somebody might stumble upon the black box or a significant part of the plane.”Former US Federal Aviation Administration official Michael Daniel, now an air investigator and consultant, told AFP that it did not need to be governments who take the lead in re-examining the evidence.Private firms, lawyers and non-governmental organisations could step in on behalf of grieving families.He said it was time to reassess all the evidence.“I do think that the investigation needs to reboot in certain areas, for example in the criminal investigation area,” Daniel said.“There are still many questions and areas remaining open.“What is the motive or why would an aircraft be deviating from its flight plan? There’s really no lead in that area other than the aircraft deviated,” Daniel said of one of the central puzzles.center_img Share14 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 6:13 AM Source: Daniel ChanThe lack of a final resting place and a clear explanation for the disappearance of the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight have spawned theories including a Taliban hijacking, a meteor strike and even a diversion by the CIA.Investigators have pursued leads of a possible hijacking, rogue pilot action or mechanical failure.Relatives from Malaysia and China, where most of the passengers came from, are also suspicious of their governments, believing authorities are hiding something.“We are not convinced the plane crashed into the sea. Where is the evidence?” Malaysia’s Selamat Omar, whose son Mohamad Khairul Amri Selamat was on board, told AFP.“Until the plane is found, we will not accept that our son is dead.”Bishop remains optimistic that the plane will eventually be found, giving closure to families.“The Titanic took until the ’80s to find,” he said of the search for the ocean liner that struck an iceberg and went down in the north Atlantic in 1912.“I really think we’re going to find (MH370) eventually.”- © AFP 2017.Read: ‘Presumed dead’: The plane that vanished into thin air with 239 people on boardRead: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 3 years Short URL Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Jan 27th 2017, 8:50 AM Image: Shutterstock/FullFrame Lab The 9 at 9: Friday Here’s everything you need to know this morning. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3208019 1 Comment Image: Shutterstock/FullFrame Lab By Órla Ryan EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #TRUMP: Theresa May will today become the first foreign leader to meet new US President Donald Trump.2. #EUROMILLIONS: The lottery ticket worth €88.5 million was sold at a petrol station in Lusk, Dublin.3. #HPV: A symposium about cervical cancer will today hear there has been an increase in the HPV strain in head and neck cancers, calling into question whether a vaccine is needed for young boys.4. #JOB FAIRY: There’s good jobs news for Carlow and Shannon this morning, with hundreds of jobs due to be created.5. #DIRECT PROVISION: A DP centre that has been closed due to an alleged failure to meet basic health and safety standards was paid more than €12.7 million by the government since 2001.6. #YEMEN: The United Nations has warned that Yemen is sliding deeper into a humanitarian crisis and could face famine this year.7. #US: Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he trusts that the Irish people undocumented in the US will not be affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration reforms.8. #RECYLCING: A lot of people aren’t sure what you can and can’t recycle, here’s what you need to know.9. #SEXISM: Dress codes which discriminate against women are still widespread in UK workplaces, a government report has found. 12,261 Views Friday 27 Jan 2017, 8:50 AM Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img No Comments Source: At The Races/Twitter INTERNATIONAL Here’s What Happened Today: Tuesday Jobstown, Home Sweet Home and zero-hour contracts had people talking. Short URL A man appeared in court charged with the murder of a mother in WaterfordThe mother of a man accused of funding terrorism told a Waterford court he is “obedient” to herPlans to ban zero-hour contracts were proposedA bid to buy Harold’s Cross Stadium was accepted http://jrnl.ie/3369802 Share Tweet Email NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRISH A heron waits for a potential catch to show itself, in fine sunny May weather, on the banks of the Grand Canal in Sallins in County Kildare. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 2 May 2017, 8:53 PM May 2nd 2017, 8:53 PM Get our daily news round up: Joan Burton was on the stand again in the Jobstown trialThe Lord Mayor of Dublin called for Home Sweet Home to donate its fundsDenis O’Brien had costs awarded against him by the High CourtThe retrial of a childminder accused of causing harm to a baby collapsed By Paul Hosford 11,006 Views A horse race in Australia had an unusual interloper earlier, as a kangaroo got on the track. Luckily, Skippy was able to get out of the way without causing any injuries. Prime Minister Theresa May having some chips while on a walkabout during a election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#SAN DIEGO: A man who shot seven people at a pool party in San Diego was distraught at a recent breakup, police said.#FBI: New files show an FBI translator married an Islamic State fighter she was hired to spy on.#ON TRIAL: French magazines have gone on trial over the publication of topless photos of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.PARTING SHOT Watch out, Skippy! pic.twitter.com/3sjqkWszmr— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) May 2, 2017last_img read more

first_img Image: Shutterstock/nobeastsofierce THE GENE WHICH causes sudden death in young people and athletes has been identified.The gene, called CDH2, causes arrhythmogenic right ventricle cardiomyopathy (ARVC), and has been isolated by researchers in Canada, South Africa and Italy.The gene is a disorder that predisposes patients to cardiac arrest and is a major cause of unexpected death. The discovery, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, is the result of international collaboration that began 15 years ago. It is led by a South African team headed by Bongani Mayosi, a professor of cardiology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital, along with researchers of the Italian Auxologico Institute of Milan and the University of Pavia.A team of investigators from the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, led by Dr. Guillaume Paré, performed the genetic sequencing, as well as the bioinformatics analysis for the study.“This is important news for families who have had a young family member suffer a sudden cardiac death, for them to know a genetic cause has been identified,” said Paré.Our team was happy to contribute to the finding that a mutation in CDH2 is the underlying culprit in a portion of these patients. This will pave the way for preventative interventions and genetic counselling.For 20 years, Mayosi followed a South African family affected by ARVC that had experienced several cases of juvenile sudden death. Excluding all genetic causes known at the time, the Italian researchers sequenced all the coding regions of the genome in two ill members of the family.The genetic mutation responsible for the disease in the family, CDH2, was narrowed down from more than 13,000 common genetic variants present in the two ill patients.The researchers said identifying the gene is important because it helps to clarify the genetic mechanisms underlying ARVC, and it also makes the early detection of ARVC possible in otherwise unsuspecting people.This may lead to a reduction of cases of sudden death in patients with the mutation, the researchers concluded.Read: Getting people to care about the environment? It’s all in the pupils… http://jrnl.ie/3281525 Gene that causes sudden death in young people identified This may lead to a reduction of cases of sudden death in patients with the mutation. By Paul Hosford 42,410 Views Image: Shutterstock/nobeastsofierce Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 11th 2017, 11:00 AM Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM Share Tweet Email7 Short URL 15 Comments last_img read more

first_img 6 Comments ON A SULTRY day in Bermuda, Andrew Browne was delivered the conclusive evidence to a theory that had been rattling around in his head for months on end.Rugby player was not who he was any more, nor who he wanted to be.He still loves the sport, cherishes the memories and misses the kinship of the dressing room, yet it was time to put it behind him.***The 156-cap Connacht stalwart bade farewell to the Sportsground back in April, happily slotting in behind the long shadow cast by John Muldoon as he bowed out in glory with a conversion in a seven-try trouncing of Leinster. Browne and Muldoon celebrate the win over Leinster last season. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOMuldoon deserved his day in the sun, but so few players actually get that all-action protagonist’s role to play in their final act. Browne’s last day wearing the eagle on his chest was a painful 16-minute run against the Ospreys in February, and that was his sole appearance of the season, preceded as it was by an Achilles injury and ended by a popped AC joint in his shoulder.Connacht announced his exit in mid-April and Browne resolved to get his body freshened up over summer. He could have prolonged his career by leaping at offers from clubs in England and France, but there was just nothing that seemed worth uprooting himself from Galway and hitting the hard trail of the journeyman.“They’re not looking for a 31-year-old second row who’s had quite a lot of injuries,” Browne tells The42.The reality is: I probably had enough of rugby I made that decision myself, but then the offers weren’t out there that would really tempt me back into playing at that time.”And so he waited, immersing himself in the in-between stage.“I wanted to take a bit of a break away from it. Get the body in order, but also reignite the fire to keep playing.“I went away on holiday, got a couple of decent offers, nothing spectacular, but thinking about it was nearly ruining my holiday. So I said ‘no’ to them and thought: ‘I’m obviously not ready yet. I’ll take a bit more time’. Then the longer that went on the less and less I wanted to go back playing.“Your body does get better, but your mind is saying: ‘no, I couldn’t imagine now, going into pre-season. I couldn’t imagine going into rugby training’ and stuff like that.”Some players feel something almost akin to Stockholm syndrome when they are left to their own devices. No tight schedule laid out, diet restrictions lapse and even a day’s clothing suddenly becomes a choice. No more club suit, no navy training gear on a Monday, but grey in European week.It was different for Browne. He thoroughly enjoyed the freedom and, in hindsight, he reckons his subconscious had already made its mind up. Though at the time, he would insist that he wasn’t retired and there was still a full array of options.“I was losing weight at a rapid rate as well. There’s no real reason to keep it on.“‘I’m not playing rugby at the minute, if I did go back I could easily put it back on,’ telling myself that. Knowing the reality is it’s not that easy.”On he rolled to the autumn, and perhaps the sight of a new season in full swing brought the realisation to him.“‘I’m pretty happy where I am at the minute,’” he said to himself and those closest, no need to alert the masses with a screenshot of his Notes app, “I’m happy to leave my rugby-playing career behind and move on.”Putting rugby behind him was easy. The sticking point was the same one experienced by so many retired athletes from team sports. After 11 years at the heart of a seriously close-knit and energetic community that is a sporting changing room – quite literally in a pack – post-rugby the player becomes very much an entity unto himself. File photo: Browne watches a Connacht training session from the sidelines. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLast week, Browne linked up with Rugby Players Ireland, Marcus Horan and fellow former Connacht men JP Cooney and Ronan Loughney to chat about their post-playing experience with the current crop at the Sportsground – many of whom won’t see the end of this dream job coming.Rugby is not a career to sustain you for life, though, and matters of finance were his key point when speaking to the current squad.“The big thing we tried to get across in the transition talk last week was that there might be a period when you don’t go straight into work. Probably the majority of rugby players leaving the game at the minute don’t necessarily know what they’re going to do. So there’ll be a time when they’re not bringing in any money.No matter how well-prepared you are financially, it’s still not easy when you’re looking at your bank account every month and you see it dwindling down without anything coming in. That’s been the difficult one over the last few months.”The temporary solution during this point of transition is the obvious one. After 13 years in work, Browne has been collecting the dole to keep him from fully eating into whatever savings he gathered“It’s a long way from rugby, financially, but any rugby player or anyone, shouldn’t have a problem going on social welfare. Especially if you’ve worked for so many years, you’ve earned a lot of that money back.”He is far from fully removed from rugby, becoming increasingly enamoured with coaching after bringing his insights to Galwegians’ defence and line-out. But the very act of talking through his current state of affairs with former peers and fellow former pros was a benefit for Browne.“It helped even just chatting about it. Marcus, Locks, JP and myself all went down different routes. It was a good idea by Rugby Players Ireland to have that and give players the impression of what it might be like when you finish — it’s good to let them know it’s not all bad when you finish rugby, but also to prepare for that time as well.”***Browne’s regular refrain is that there was no one day, no one instance when he became retired. The tag just formed itself gradually; an ‘i’ one week, an ‘r’ the next, then a ‘t’ and the new era before him dawned.He knew he was a former player when Fionn Carr extended an invitation to play in the annual legends get-together/ tournament in Bermuda. He was keeping himself very fit and not long removed from rugby, so it sounded like a cakewalk. And he happily jetted  off to the Caribbean ready to run riot.“‘Yeah this would be nice going out for a bit of a runaround,’” he thought, “I had visions of making big massive breaks and stuff like that.“You get out there, get some contact and you’re sucked into a maul at one stage.And I’m there: ‘ah here, I’ve no interest in being on a rugby pitch right now’.“That was the nail in the coffin to really assure me my rugby playing days were up.”Those playing days were a hell of a journey. Browne has played and battled through some of the western province’s lowest ebbs and also the most sensational high. A Pro12 final victory over Leinster in Edinburgh was the most glorious glittering chapter for anyone connected to the club.It was an unbelievable feat to witness. Imagining it was no small struggle either.“I remember when Pat (Lam) came in and his vision was to make Connacht the best team in Ireland in five years. We all rowed behind it and said ‘yeah great’. But deep down I don’t think anyone fully believed it.” Browne moves in to tackle Ian Madigan with AJ MacGinty during the 2016 Pro12 final win over Leinster.. Source: James Crombie/INPHOBelief or not, they powered on and earned the reputation of a wonderfully entertaining team, flinging passes around with abandon. Yet when push came to shove in low-scoring contests at the business end of the season, the experience of all those hard days slogging it out came to bear and Connacht seemed to surprise Leinster and then Glasgow with their ability to hang tough and dig out a win in the lead-up to the grand finale.Browne credits Lam with setting the vision and also driving the daily standards to make it a reality. The Samoan’s pre-match message that Murrayfield would be a celebration came to pass with devastating effect.Having been involved with Connacht for so long up to that point, and looking back on my career now, I count myself hugely fortunate and lucky to have been involved with Connacht at that time and to have been on the pitch that day.” “Then the following day, back to Galway with thousands lining the streets. I still look at pictures of us up on the bus that day and it’s hard to believe that it actually happened.“Not just for the players, for the fans who turned out you could see how much it meant.” Browne and Ronan Loughney proudly parade the Pro12 trophy through Eyre square. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe Pro12 success was by some distance the pinnacle of Browne’s career.  But nine years earlier, he lifted silverware in an Ireland jersey as the engine room of Eric Elwood’s Grand Slam-winning U20s team. It’s that quality crop of 2007 who Browne’s fellow Connacht men Niall Murray and Dylan Tierney-Martin are vying to emulate when they take on Wales in Colwyn Bay tomorrow.In ’07, the Galway lock helped to set a firm base up front — with Cian Healy in the row ahead, Sean O’Brien or Tommy O’Donnell behind — for a stellar back-line featuring Felix Jones, Darren Cave, Keith Earls and Ian Keatley. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“Our first game against Wales, we were on the back foot for the whole game,” he says, digging into his memory bank, noting how Luke Fitzgerald’s withdrawal actually brought the match-winner into the game, “Felix came in at fullback and scored two tries and we won that game.“We started believing then.”England and France came to Athlone and those victories over the traditional superpowers marked very special nights for the Connacht contingent and they went on to complete the Slam in a dramatic finale, coming back from 20-7 down to Italy in Benevento to win 25-36.The trophy-toting revelry would have done well to get out of hand.“We were stuck in some hotel, it wasn’t even near the town, we were miles out. But the Italian team were back there too, so we had our celebration there. A few weeks after, we had a celebration dinner up in Dublin and properly celebrated… ended up in Coppers I think.” Good group: Dan McFarland and Eric Elwood with their 2007 Grand Slam-winners. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHowever great a boost it was to taste serious success, lift a trophy and claim a medal, such feats remained the realm of fantasy for Connacht – not all that long removed from a threat of being wound up. The Grand Slam stands as a terrific achievement for Browne, but the rigors of a professional season would come as an enormous step up.“The reality check of senior rugby comes in pretty quick. But (20s) does expose you to higher standards. The academies that time in Leinster, Munster and Ulster were far more advanced then in Connacht.“We had huge battles of seasons where you’re struggling. We lost 13 in a row and finally getting a win in the Heineken Cup.“It’s difficult because you’re going in week in week out, sitting through the review on a Monday and you’re trying to put a brave face on, trying to be as positive as you can.“But it’s difficult for everyone in the organisation to keep grinding. I suppose it comes back to the nature of Connacht people they show a lot of resilience because of what happened in the past.“Then over the years, the culture changes, we start to get more success and the standards of the whole place just rose. Better players coming in, better players coming from the academy and that had a vital part of Connacht’s success then.”***Browne was there through every step of the transition, through the long hard shoulder-to-wheel seasons with fruitless ends, the dispiriting losses and when the only constant was an honest will to get better.He was established in the setup when Lam arrived and radically shifted the outlook and brought about an eye-opening 2013 win in Toulouse. A result that made so much more sense with three years of hindsight than it did on a dark December night. Browne with his shoulder to the wheel against Treviso in 2012. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIt’s all behind him now. He is more than happy to put his gumshield away and shake off the tag of ‘rugby player’. The transition between careers is not one to be rushed through as there are so many aspects to come to terms with. Financially, he has applied to NUIG to build on his degree in economics and geography with a teaching qualification.Mentally, the loss of the dressing room camaraderie has been a challenge, but he has worked to offset that with the physical challenge of training with his brother Damien – also a former professional rugby player, but currently intent on climbing the highest mountain on each continent.“Back in November,” the younger Browne recounts, “he comes and asks ‘what are you doing in January?’ And I knew where it was going anyway, knew he was climbing Aconcagua (in the Andes) in January.‘Eh, I’ve no plans, really’‘Do you fancy climbing this?’‘No.’“Mountains… people who climb obviously know how tough they are, but I can’t imagine what he’s been through. He did Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus and he says they’re some of the toughest things he’s ever done.“He’s been really pushed to his limit and his limit is,” he pauses, “way out there.”Andrew isn’t one to undermine what he might be capable of either. One offer he does take up from Damien is the an invite to join in with his training programme. And in August and the brothers found themselves acting as mutually beneficial drivers for one another as they pushed themselves physically. Browne celebrates the Pro12 title success between John Muldoon and Tiernan O’Halloran. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA fraternity outside the dressing room and a routine to put some sort of shape on all that the freedom from constraints of rugby.“It’s been really good, obviously physically, but really good on the mental side of things as well. That you have that physical outlet after finishing rugby.“We’d train early in the morning, 7am most mornings. Then you might go for a sea swim after.”“He has a really good way of looking at things. You’re starting your day with two really hard things: the gym session then a sea swim in the west of Ireland in winter when nobody really wants to get in. So if you start your day with two hard things, the rest of the day is easier after that.“I must say, he’s on to something. After that, things seem easier and you go about your day and there’s no challenge that feels too big.”Bernard Jackman joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey on The42 Rugby Weekly as Ireland bid to spoil Wales’ Grand Slam party in Cardiff, and the U20s target their own piece of history. Short URL 23,205 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20s Slam to Connacht’s crowning moment: Browne happy out as he moves beyond rugby The Galwegian spent 11 years as a senior professional with Connacht, but at 32 he is finding a path to his next career. 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first_img The seized drugs Image: Garda Press Office https://jrnl.ie/4554697 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Garda Press Office The seized drugs Short URL Mar 21st 2019, 5:57 PM 22,809 Views center_img Share47 Tweet Email 8 Comments TWO MEN HAVE been arrested following the seizure of an estimated €320,000 worth of cannabis grass and cocaine, along with a firearm. Gardaí from the divisional drug unit in Galway, assisted by local gardaí in Loughrea and the dog unit, searched a house under warrant in the east of the county this morning. The search was aimed at targeting organised criminal activity in Galway East. During the course of the search, cannabis grass and cocaine with an estimated street value of €320,000 (subject to analysis) was seized, along with a firearm. Two men – one in his mid 20s and one in his 40s – were arrested at the scene in connection with the seizures. Both have been detained at Galway Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996. Gardaí have said investigations are ongoing. Two men arrested after firearm and drugs worth €320,000 seized during house search The search was carried out in East Galway earlier today. By Hayley Halpin Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 5:57 PMlast_img read more

first_img Image: Rollingnews.ie Labour TD Alan Kelly and former presidential candidate Joan Freeman. Image: Rollingnews.ie Irish-American businessmen (including Labour TD’s brother) donate over €2k to Alan Kelly and Joan Freeman TDs and senators received almost €6,500 in donations. Apr 25th 2019, 12:13 PM Short URL 26 Comments 26,166 Views Share Tweet Email center_img By Christina Finn Labour TD Alan Kelly and former presidential candidate Joan Freeman. Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 12:13 PM https://jrnl.ie/4606261 POLITICIANS HAVE DISCLOSED donations last year totalling almost €6,500.The latest report from the Standards in Public Office Commission (Sipo) reveals that Labour TD Alan Kelly declared the highest sum of €1,990.That comprises of two €995 donations, one from his brother CEO of Teneo Declan Kelly and the other from the Irish-born businessman Michael Madden who is Chairman of Teneo.Under donations declared by donors, Madden also disclosed a donation of €1,000 to Joan Freeman, who ran for the Irish presidency last year. Declan Kelly co-founded consulting firm Teneo Holdings with American businessman Doug Band, one of former US president Bill Clinton’s closest aides.Kelly is the brother of former Environment Minister and Labour TD Alan Kelly and served as Hillary Clinton’s economic envoy to Northern Ireland from 2009-2011, when she was US Secretary of State.Political donationsUnder the current law governing donations politicians cannot accept more than €1,000 from a single source, and they must disclose donations greater than €600.Each year, the political watchdog publishes the names of donors and the sums they contribute.Fianna Fáil housing spokesman Darragh O’Brien received a total of €1,590 in donations.Constituent Leo Neary from Lusk donated €740 to O’Brien while €850 was donated by Barry O’Donoghue from Malahide.Fianna Fáil’s Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan got a €1,000 donation from the Fianna Fáil’s Dublin Bay South branch.The watchdog states that Independent Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath received a €900 donation from Donal O’Driscoll from Blackrock, County Dublin.Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig MacLochlainn received a €1,000 donation from Donegal Office Services, which is a registered corporate donor, according to Sipo. In total, donations to politicians for 2018 accounted for a total of €6,480.The donations received last year were slightly higher than 2017 – in which politicians received €6,360. Michael Madden and Donegal Office Services featured on this list also. In 2016, the total value of donations €72,969.12 were disclosed by members, with some high-profile businessmen listed as donors, such as former U2 manager Paul McGuinness and billionaire Dermot Desmond. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The ancient wrestling school of Greek philosopher Aristotle in the Athens suburb Rizari will be transformed into an archeological park open to the public by 2011. The Greek Minister of Culture, Antonis Samaras, announced last week that work is due to start in 2010 on unifying the 3.4 hectare archaeological park on the site once occupied by Aristotle’s Lyceum in Ancient Greece. A protective canopy will be built over the antiquities in the palestra or wrestling area of the lyceum’s gymnasium. Samaras said the 4.5 million euro project will link the park to the Byzantine Museum.last_img read more

first_imgKidnapped Greek Australian girl Chrysovalanto Nisyros was freed from her kidnappers after being taken from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens more than a year ago. Nisyros, who comes for a wealthy family known for their large properties, was kidnapped and taken to Kurdistan where she was used as a slave. Her kidnappers had knowledge of her wealth and demanded a hefty sum as the ransom. The girl risked her life to make contact with her family to alert them to where she was. With the help of the Australian government, relevant American authorities and the full assistance of the UN in Kurdistan, Nisyros was freed from her kidnappers. She was transferred to a safe place in Istanbul and later to Athens. Nisyros has returnd to the island of Karpathos where she is safe and sound with her family. There is a current criminal investigation underway into the kidnapping, where it may be possible that there were collaborators involved in the abduction due to the known wealth of the family. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgPolice said this week that 77 artefacts – more than what was initially estimated – were snatched in last week’s armed robbery at Ancient Olympia, raising concerns that drastic spending cuts have left dozens of museums poorly protected. Two gunmen used a sledge hammer to slash display cabinets after tying up a museum guard in last Friday’s robbery. “They overwhelmed and gagged the woman who guarded the building,” a police official said hours after the robbery. The value of the objects stolen has not been estimated yet. Most of the items were bronze and pottery figurines, vases and lamps. In January, three works of art, including one by Pablo Picasso and another by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, were stolen from the country’s National Gallery in the capital, Athens. Greece has seen a rise in crime as its debt-laden economy has shrunk 16 per cent in size from its 2008 peak, leading to youth unemployment of just under 50 per cent. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Measures designed to ease the pressure on over-indebted households, included in article 49 of the labour ministry’s draft omnibus bill, were withdrawn by Labour Minister Yiorgos Koutroumanis, after discussion on the bill had begun in parliament. The labour minister said that the decision to withdraw the measures was taken because consultation with the European Central Bank was continuing and that they would be re-tabled as an amendment once the ECB report on the issue was released some time next week.The specific article introduces a series of measures to ease pressure on households with an excess debt burden, such as an extension for debt settlement, more favourable interest rates and a freeze on a debtor’s main residence, as well as a ban on seizing sums less than 1,500 euro from regular bank accounts, or 2,000 euro from joint accounts.It also introduces changes to the regime for out-of-court debt settlements and made the measures for households open to entrepreneurs that had one-person businesses and do not have the right to file for bankruptcy under the code for businesses. Source: Athens newslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s social security funds will save 750 to 800 million euros per year thanks to a clampdown on pensions and benefits that were wrongly paid or falsely claimed, according to outgoing Labor Minister Giorgos Koutroumanis.Koutroumanis said that about 200,000 false claimants have been discovered during checks over the past two years. A ring involving several employees at the IKA social insurance fund in Kallithea, southern Athens, was found earlier this year to be using forged papers to pay out health benefits. On the island of Zakynthos, doctors and officials were implicated in the granting of an inexplicably high number of benefits for blind people.Koutroumanis said it had been agreed that a new body would be set up to manage the payment of pensions and benefits in an attempt to stamp out fraud and costly mistakes, such as retirement payments being paid to dead pensioners. The next government will also have to decide how many of around 90 different social benefits will be scrapped. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tourism arrivals from Russia will register a new record this year as they are expected to reach up to 1 million people, according to the president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.Addressing a two-day Greek-Russian tourism forum at Hersonissos on Crete on Monday, he estimated the rise of Russian tourist arrivals this year to top 30 percent from 2011, when they had numbered 740,000, posting growth of 64 percent from the year before.He added that average per capita expenditure by Russian tourists in this country amounts to 1,005 euros. As a result, visitors from Russia are among the biggest spenders in Greece.The forum, titled ‘Chartering the Future,’ is set to conclude on Tuesday. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The reactions against the government’s ambitious mobility scheme are going to reach a climax this week, with a number of unions and sectors taking to the streets.ADEDY, the country’s largest public sector union, has announced a 48-hour strike for all public sector employees, which will take place on Wednesday the 18th and Thursday the 19th of September. The employees at insurance funds, unemployment agency OAED and the Ministry of Labor’s services are on 5-day rolling strikes as of Monday, in protest to the inclusion of 618 employees in the mobility scheme.Secondary school teacher federation OLME has also announced 5-day rolling strikes that came into effect on Monday, while private school teachers went on a 48-hour strike yesterday, before reassessing their stance. The primary school teacher union DOE has decided against OLME’s strike and instead plans to participate in the ADEDY strike on the 18th and 19th of September.The developments in the healthcare sector have prompted hospital doctors to call a three day, nation-wide strike from today Tuesday the 17th of September until Thursday the 19th of September. The doctors are protesting in reaction to the mobility scheme and upcoming hospital mergers.ADEDY’s executive committee will convene with civil servant federations on Thursday to discuss the strikes outcomes. On Saturday the 21st of September, the General Council will convene to decide upon future actions.last_img read more

first_imgThe election is finally out of the way and the government has a big agenda ahead of it. Right out of the gates it has announced a tax review, a financial services review, a competition review, and a review of government spending. Importantly, the government has said it will consult with and wants to hear from businesses. This is a smart move – the business community does most of Australia’s employing, wholesale consuming and production, and the expectation of a Coalition victory last week was cause in itself for businesses to gain some confidence. We saw evidence of this sentiment in the most recent NAB Business Survey, which switched from a -3 confidence score on the economy to a +6 score, in the space of a month. Improved confidence is a good sign, and this new government brings the promise of change. So I wonder which changes business owners would urge on the new government if they had the access and influence. What would you say to our new treasurer, Joe Hockey, if you could spend the next month as his adviser? Don’t assume he wouldn’t listen: Joe Hockey grew up in a family of business owners and understands the issues well, which is evident in the Coalition’s commitment to reducing company tax rate by 1.5 per cent and cutting regulatory burden on business. So where would you start if you had the opportunity to speak up about red tape, competition and other issues that matter to you? Most small business owners would probably start with taxes – there’s too many of them and they’re too high. But which ones would you reduce, which would you scrap and which part of the system would you reform? Most business owners understand that the political stability and regulatory structure we operate within makes it easy and safe to do business in this country; they also know that it doesn’t come free. That means the business tax system has to raise requisite amounts of cash before it concerns itself with fairness or efficiency. It’s the same with red tape. We all want an easier way of doing business, but which red tape do we advise Joe Hockey to cut? Which ones should he streamline and which regulation is working well? Where do you stop when you cut red tape? One area a business owner might urge the treasurer into would be competition policy. Market dominance by large conglomerates can hurt smaller businesses, which generally means prices rise and choice reduces. But is there a solution when large companies dominate? It’s instructive to note that while the confidence survey found an increase in confidence due to the expectation of a new government, some of the component parts of the survey looked quite sickly. Overall business conditions were considered ‘extremely weak’ in mining, manufacturing, retail, construction, wholesale and transport and utilities, all of which scored in the negative range. There are still problems in this economy for many business owners. But which solutions would you put to the treasurer? This is probably the time to speak up. I’d love to hear your ideas. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on mark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or checkwww.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgAfter more than two months of consultation, the Andrews Labor Government’s draft Bill to repeal and replace the Local Government Act 1989, was met with a response by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).The bill is a once-a-generation opportunity for a complete overhaul of local governance, regulating representation structures and voting methods for council elections across Victoria, while at the same time requiring that councils adopt long-term plans and budgets backed by their local communities, and calling for most council meetings to be open to the public.It is one of the key election commitments of the Andrews government, and one that is announced as a vast improvement on the governance of Victoria’s councils, ensuring ratepayers get the representation they deserve.“We’re putting people first and getting it done – updating laws that haven’t been properly updated in decades,” Minister for Local Government Marlene Kairouz had said, at the bill’s presentation,pointing to the fact that the 1989 act had been amended about 100 times.The Municipal Association of Victoria has welcomed many of the proposed reforms, while at the same time raising a number of concerns including an expanded use of regulation, electoral structures, conflict of interest provisions, and a failure to properly review the rating system.“We are pleased the Government has listened and acted on earlier feedback received from councils,” MAV President, Cr Mary Lalios said, referring to the parts of the bill that have changed from the earlier Direction’s paper. “Significant parts of the Bill have received widespread support from councils, including a new 10-year community vision and financial plan, councils determining their own community engagement policies, and the requirements for councils to have a customer complaints policy and a publicly transparent gifts policy,” she said, welcoming the opportunity to ensure the laws become more contemporary and reflect the evolution of local government.The MAV’s response is presented in detail in a draft discussion paper, which came as the outcome of six member consultations held across Victoria and attended by more than 200 mayors, councillors and officers, alongside with subsequent submissions received from councils. One of the issues of concern for the MAV is regarding a fundamental change proposed: the intent to use regulation and guidance (best practice guidelines) rather than detail through the Act. “This change minimises Parliament’s role to determine local government practices, and instead shifts it to the Minister,” Cr Lalios said. “What regulations might be introduced and their content is also unknown and raises further concerns.”The MAV is also opposed to the proposal to remove mixed multi-member wards and the combination of multi-member and single member wards. “These electoral structures have provided effective representation models in rural areas where populations are dispersed regionally and concentrated in towns,” Cr Lalios stressed.The MAV submission also reiterated local government’s ongoing opposition to the State Government rate cap and called for reconsideration of the arrangements for growth councils, together with a review and streamlining of the application process for a variation to the cap. “Rates are the single biggest component of a council’s income,” Cr Lalios said, urging the Government to consult further on this matter. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgEnvironment and Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis, his alternate Sokratis Famellos and Interior Minister Panos Skourletis heralded a government plan to initiate the demolition of properties that have been illegally built on forestland and coastal areas.This decision comes as a response to the backlash the national and local government received following the destructive Mati fires.“The demolition will be a matter of days or weeks,” Mr Stathakis said announcing that the government will have a list of the 100 first properties to be demolished by early next week.The plan will include knocking down close to 2,500 reportedly illegal buildings on forestland and another 700 on the coastline.“In all these cases, the properties have been declared illegal by Greek courts. However, the owners have the right to appeal to the Council of State against the move within 15 days of receiving notices regarding the impending demolition,” he noted in a joint press conference.Mr Famelos added that municipal authorities are not free of responsibility and that they should be held accountable.“The land, which [Mati] had been built on, is officially designated as a coastal area and therefore any construction is illegal,” he said.Meanwhile, a legislative amendment submitted to Parliament yesterday stipulated the financial relief that will go toward victims of the wildfires, Kathimerini reports.Co-signed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, each damaged home owner will receive 5,900 euros for repairs and victims will be granted 4,400 euros for permanent physical injury.  Each disabled beneficiary or those with large families are to receive another 600 euros on top of that.Finally, Mr Skourletis promised that the government would soon unveil “a plan for the radical overhaul and re-planning of civil protection”, explaining that area fell within the remit of Alternate Citizens’ Protection Minister Nikos Toskas. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgTaxe télécoms : la Commission européenne ouvre une procédure d’infraction contre la FranceFrance – Afin de compenser le manque à gagner de France Télévisions suite à la suppression des écrans publicitaires après 20h, le gouvernement a instauré plusieurs taxes. Parmi elles, celle qui ponctionne de 0,9% les recettes des opérateurs télécoms, vient d’être retoquée par la Commission européenne.Bruxelles a décidé d’ouvrir une procédure officielle d’infraction contre la France, estimant que la taxe imposée depuis mars 2009 aux opérateurs est illégale. “Non seulement cette nouvelle taxation des opérateurs ne semble pas compatible avec les règles européennes, mais elle vient frapper un secteur qui est aujourd’hui l’un des principaux moteurs de la croissance économique” a précisé la commissaire en charge de la société de l’information et des médias, Viviane Reding. Et d’ajouter que cette taxe a de forts risques de se répercuter sur la facture des consommateurs.Cette taxe télécoms ponctionne quelque 300 millions d’euros par an et la décision de la Commission européenne est bien sûr une excellente nouvelle pour les opérateurs, lesquels s’insurgent depuis des mois contre son instauration. “Alors que les opérateurs sont très attentifs à leurs dépenses en raison de la crise, cette taxe freine le déploiement du haut débit et pénalise, au-delà des opérateurs, toute l’industrie d’équipement”, souligne Yves le Mouël, directeur général de la fédération française des télécoms.Le gouvernement français dispose désormais de deux mois pour apporter les preuves de la légalité de cette taxe. S’il n’y parvenait pas, la commission européenne pourrait porter l’affaire devant la cour de justice européenne. L’État pourrait alors être contraint de rembourser aux opérateurs les sommes versées depuis le mois de mars dernier.Le 29 janvier 2010 à 16:42 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgAstéroïde Apophis : une collision avec la Terre possible en 2036Si une collision entre l’astéroïde Apophis et la Terre est fort peu probable, des chercheurs russes ont calculé la date à laquelle cet événement pourrait se produire. Selon leurs estimations, c’est en 2036, en avril, que la collision pourrait avoir lieu.Découvert en 2004, cet astéroïde suit une orbite proche de celle de la Terre et la croise à deux reprises lors de ses révolutions. Le vendredi 13 avril 2029, Apophis s’approchera de la Terre à une distance de 37.000 ou 38.000 kilomètres, et selon Leonid Sokolov, professeur à la faculté de mécanique céleste de l’université de Saint-Pétersbourg, cité par l’agence RIA Novosti, il pourrait “entrer en collision avec la Terre le 13 avril 2036”.À lire aussiLune, cigarette électronique et intelligence artificielle, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 3 SeptembreToutefois nombre d’astronomes, et notamment les chercheurs de l’Institut d’astronomie appliquée de l’Académie des sciences de Russie, estiment extrêmement peu probable cette collision.Pendant plusieurs mois, suite à la découverte d’Apophis, astéroïde d’un diamètre de 270 mètres d’une masse d’environ 27 millions de tonnes, les chercheurs craignaient de le voir entrer en collision avec la Terre ou la Lune en 2029. Une collision dont l’énergie aurait été équivalente à l’explosion de quelque 34 bombes nucléaires d’Hiroshima. Mais cette possibilité a été écartée, les astronomes ayant déterminé avec plus de précision la trajectoire de l’astéroïde.Comme l’a rappelé le professeur Sokolov, la Nasa estime que onze autres objets spatiaux pourraient au cours du XXIe siècle, entrer en collision avec la Terre, dont quatre avant 2050.Le 6 février 2011 à 19:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgBolivie : des glissements de terrain font des milliers de sinistrésDes pluies diluviennes se sont abattues ce week-end sur la Bolivie, engendrant des inondations et de nouveaux glissements de terrain sur les hauteurs de la ville de la Paz. Si ces catastrophes n’ont fait aucune victime, elles ont laissé des milliers de sinistrés.Voilà deux mois que la Bolivie est touchée par des intempéries, et des glissements de terrain ont pendant cette période provoqué la mort de vingt personnes. Ce week-end, aucune victime n’a été déplorée, ont annoncé les autorités, les zones menacées ayant préventivement été évacuées samedi, rapporte le site du Figaro.À lire aussiInondations meurtrières dans l’Aude : ce qu’il faut savoirMais les glissements de terrain ont détruit ou endommagé des centaines de logements, souvent précaires, situés dans une zone d’urbanisation peu contrôlée. Certaines familles ont tout perdu, et ce sont 5.000 personnes qui étaient sinistrées hier dans la région de la Paz, la capitale bolivienne. Six des neuf provinces de Bolivie sont affectées par des pluies intenses depuis deux mois. Une situation attribuée au phénomène climatique La Nina, qui a fragilisé le sol et a laissé, d’après le  dernier bilan de la Défense civile, près de 11.000 foyers sinistrés.Le 1 mars 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgUne nouvelle arme pour éviter la propagation de la dengueD’après les travaux réalisés par des chercheurs australiens et américains, il serait possible de combattre la dengue en parasitant les moustiques de l’intérieur. Ils deviendraient ainsi incapables d’héberger et de transmettre le virus responsable de cette maladie.Des chercheurs australiens avaient déjà fait part dans la revue Science, en 2009, de travaux qui leur avaient permis d’inoculer une souche bactérienne à des moustiques et de diviser de moitié leur espérance de vie (de un mois à deux semaines). Cette fois, les scientifiques australiens et américains ont pratiqué des expériences consistant à ensemencer des moustiques Aedes aegypti, vecteurs du virus de la dengue, avec une bactérie inoffensive de la mouche du vinaigre. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Les résultats, publiés par Nature, indiquent qu’il est possible d’obtenir une transmission maternelle élevée de cette bactérie, donnant ainsi naissance à une génération incapable d’héberger le virus de la dengue. Mais pour favoriser cette propagation à travers les générations de la population d’insectes, les chercheurs, dirigés par le Pr Scott O’Neill de l’université de Queensland, ont dû utiliser une souche moins virulente de la bactérie Wolbachia. Prolifération massive des moustiques infectésAinsi, des essais grandeur nature ont été réalisés dans deux zones du Queensland, en Australie, où des dizaines et des dizaines de milliers de moustiques infectés avec cette bactérie ont été largués dans la nature. Les premiers retours suggèrent que les moustiques introduits dans l’environnement local se sont développés au point de représenter à présent 100% de la population à un endroit et 80% dans l’autre. Cette approche a donc permis de remplacer la population naturelle des moustiques Aedes par une autre, résistante au virus de la dengue et donc incapable de transmettre cette maladie virale aux humains.C’est un réel espoir pour les plus de 100 pays du monde où le paludisme et la dengue sont de véritables fléaux, d’autant qu’aucun traitement spécifique ne permet de lutter contre ces maladies, rappelle TV5monde. Selon les estimations de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé, 50 millions de personnes sont infectées chaque année, et 500.000 d’entre elles, surtout des enfants, développent la forme hémorragique qui tue dans au moins 2,5% des cas.Le 25 août 2011 à 17:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgOrigo dévoile une imprimante 3D pour les enfantsQuelques jours après que la firme japonaise Roland DG a présenté l’iModela IM-01, une imprimante 3D vendue 1.000 dollars, un modèle destiné aux enfants vient d’être dévoilé par la société spécialiste des jouets Origo. Un projet qui pour l’heure, n’en est qu’au stade du prototype.La firme Origo vient de dévoiler sur Internet un prototype du nouveau jouet sur lequel elle travaille : une imprimante 3D destinée à nos bambins. Dans une vidéo vantant les mérites de l’appareil, baptisé Origo 3D, la firme montre comment les enfants pourront bientôt créer leurs propres jouets en plastique en quelques minutes, et avec une dose d’imagination, grâce à une imprimante au design étudié.À lire aussiTopShot LaserJet Pro, l’imprimante qui scanne vos objets en 3DOrigo précise dans un communiqué adressé aux enfants, que l’appareil “aussi gros que trois Xbox 360 et au même prix que trois Xbox 360” a été conçu pour les bambins de dix ans et plus. “Je m’installerai sur ton bureau et donnerait vie à tes idées, tes dessins et tes rêves” promet l’Origo 3D.L’imprimante a été conçue par Artur Tchoukanov et Joris Peels, qui ont travaillé auprès d’enfants afin de répondre au mieux à leurs attentes. Plusieurs prototypes ont été réalisés avant que l’Origo 3D ne voit le jour. Aujourd’hui, la firme est en quête d’investisseurs prêts à miser sur son projet. Artur Tchoukanov et Joris peelings espèrent pouvoir lancer la commercialisation de l’imprimante d’ici un an et demi.Le 13 octobre 2011 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgDes bactéries résistantes découvertes chez des tortues et iguanes des GalapagosPubliant leurs travaux dans le Journal of Wildlife Diseases, des chercheurs américains ont découvert, dans les déjections de reptiles sauvages de l’archipel, des bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques : une conséquence possible de la proximité des hommes, insulaires ou touristes.Des biologistes de l’Université de l’Illinois, dirigés par le Pr Roderick Mackie, ont analysé les excréments d’iguanes terrestres et marins et de tortues géantes vivant à proximité d’établissements humains ou de sites touristiques dans les îles Galápagos. Ils y ont découvert des bactéries Salmonella enterica légèrement résistantes à la plupart des antibiotiques, mais surtout des bactéries Escherichia coli tout-à-fait résistantes, elles, à ces antibiotiques.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les systèmes insulaires océaniques tels que l’archipel des Galápagos sont idéaux pour étudier les modèles et les processus de l’écologie et de l’évolution, tels que la résistance aux antibiotiques. Bien qu’elles soient intéressantes, nous n’avons pas suffisamment de données pour identifier la source probable de l’exposition aux antibiotiques et l’origine des gènes de résistance, ni pour tirer des conclusions sur les vecteurs de transmission”, a toutefois précisé le Pr Mackie cité par Science Daily.Si d’autres recherches ont déjà montré la présence de bactéries résistantes aux antibiotiques chez des animaux sauvages côtoyant l’homme, des études complémentaires sont nécessaires “pour mieux comprendre comment les associations humaines influent sur le risque de maladies au sein de la faune endémique des Galapagos”, ont précisé les chercheurs.Le 28 janvier 2012 à 17:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgMadagascar : le bilan du cyclone Giovanna s’alourdit à 16 mortsLe bilan humain s’aggrave progressivement après le passage du cyclone Giovanna qui a traversé et balayé toute l’ile de Madagascar dans la nuit de lundi à mardi.Le 14 février, le cyclone Giovanna a ravagé toute l’ile de Madagascar, accompagné par des vents violents et des pluies torrentielles. Une catastrophe qui a particulièrement touché la côte est de l’île où les rafales de vents se sont avérées très puissantes, atteignant jusqu’à 150 kilomètres par heure. Mais alors que de très nombreux dégâts avaient déjà été observés le lendemain, le bilan ne cesse de s’aggraver au fur et à mesure que les secours s’affairent.  À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Seize morts sont maintenant à déplorer et plus de 10.000 personnes sont désormais dans la rue, leur maison ayant été balayée par les vents ou noyée sous les eaux. La population avait été prévenue lundi soir par un communiqué officiel de l’arrivée du cyclone. Les autorités avaient ainsi recommandé que chacun se protège autant qu’il pouvait, surtout dans les zones à risques. Mais cette prévention n’a pas suffi à limiter les dégâts. Des écoles, des bâtiments et des routes ont été détruits et l’électricité a été coupée dans plusieurs villes et villages. Ainsi, le bilan ne devrait pas être définitif car beaucoup de zones de l’ile restent coupées du monde encore à l’heure actuelle. Il faudra sans doute plusieurs jours avant de connaître le total des dégâts humains et matériel, d’après RFI. Le cyclone Gafilo qui avait balayé l’île en 2004 avait fait 363 morts. Le 16 février 2012 à 16:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgDes accents pour les domaines .frÀ partir du 3 mai, il sera possible d’enregistrer un nom de domaine comportant des accents sous .fr, .yt, .wf, .tf et .re.« Créer des noms de domaine en langage naturel qui reflètent le mode d’expression des utilisateurs français. » C’est ainsi que L’AFNIC (lien non disponible) (Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération) justifie l’ajout de 30 caractères supplémentaires pour la dénomination d’une URL. Une première depuis la création du système de “nommage internet” en 1985. L’association à but non lucratif qui gère le registre des noms de domaine en .fr, .yt, .wf, .tf et .re admet ainsi l’utilisation des caractères spéciaux suivants : ß, à, á, â, ã, ä, å, æ, ç, è, é, ê, ë, ì, í, î, ï, ñ, ò, ó, ô, õ, ö, ù, ú, û, ü, ý, ÿ, œ. Elle permet ainsi aux sites français d’avoir des noms de domaine internationalisés (IDNs), comme c’est déjà le cas de certain noms de domaines en .com ou .eu. Néanmoins, ces nouvelles possibilités peuvent augmenter le risque de cyber-squattage ou de fishing. C’est pourquoi l’AFNIC a mis une procédure en deux étapes pour protéger les titulaires d’un nom de domaine de telles éventualités. Dès le 3 mai, ils pourront réserver l’équivalent de leur URL avec accents. Et à partir du 3 juillet, la réservation des noms de site en .fr avec accents sera ouverte au public, suivant la règle du premier arrivé, premier servi.À lire aussiLe Raspberry Pi victime de son succès “Les cas de cybersquatting sont rares, rassure l’association. Quant à l’utilisation des IDNs dans des opérations de phishing, il n’y en a eu qu’un seul recensé en 2011 au niveau mondial.” Cette opération est clairement une manœuvre lucrative pour les registraires de nom de domaine, puisque les titulaires devront payer des frais supplémentaires, afin de prévenir leur site internet de tout squattage. Par exemple, Le propriétaire de ete.fr aura tout intérêt à réserver été.fr, éte.fr ainsi que eté.fr.L’AFNIC assure de son côté que les dépôts à prévoir des utilisateurs “ne représentent qu’un coût limité en regard du bénéfice induit par cet outil d’amélioration de leur communication digitale.”Le 3 mai 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgLe bambou, un matériau d’avenir ?Le bambou est un matériau qui cumule les qualités. Résistant, léger, bon marché, il sert de plus en plus dans le BTP et constitue même l’ossature de villas de luxe et d’une chocolaterie à Bali.Le secteur des Bâtiments-Travaux Publics (BTP) est l’une des industries les moins durables au monde. En effet, celle-ci utilise environ la moitié des ressources non recyclables consommées sur la planète. C’est au vu de telles données que l’on vient à penser à d’autres matériaux tels que le… bambou aujourd’hui considéré comme tout à fait intéressant. A tel point d’ailleurs, que son développement devrait être abordé à l’occasion du sommet de l’ONU Rio+20.”Le bambou, qui est en fait une herbe, cumule les qualités”, explique Jules Janssen, un expert néerlandais. “Le poids d’un éléphant de cinq tonnes peut être supporté par un morceau de bambou d’une surface de 10 centimètres carrés seulement”, indique-t-il. Mais c’est peut-être encore plus la rapidité de sa croissance qui intéresse les adeptes du développement durable. Sans compter le fait qu’un bambou refera des pousses, même après avoir été coupé. L’eucalyptus, un des arbres servant à la construction qui pousse le plus rapidement au monde, “peut croître de trois à quatre mètres par an, ce qui est très impressionnant pour du bois d’œuvre”, explique quant à lui Terry Sunderland, scientifique au Centre international de recherche sur l’exploitation forestière (Cifor), basé près de Jakarta. “Mais un bambou pouvant être utilisé pour la construction croît de six à dix mètres l’an”, dit-il cité par l’AFP. C’est en Asie que le bambou est abondamment utilisé. “A Hong Kong et en Chine, ils construisent des gratte-ciel d’acier et de béton en utilisant des échafaudages de bambou”, explique un Indonésien. Mais il sert également d’échafaudages ou d’ossature permanente à des constructions durables, comme c’est notamment le cas sur l’île de Bali. Une chocolaterie de 2.550 mètres carrés tout en bambou (18.000 mètres en tout) a même vu le jour au milieu de villas de luxes vendues entre 28.000 et 560.000 euros qui utilisent le bambou du sol au plafond et d’une école, elles aussi entièrement faites de ce matériau. L’établissement scolaire, appelé “Green School” (“Ecole verte”), accueille 240 élèves qui ont classe dans des salles où même les meubles sont faits de bambou.Quelques petits défauts À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le bambou n’a pas son pareil en tant que matériau de construction. C’est extraordinaire ce qu’il peut faire”, souligne l’Américain Ben Ripple, fondateur de “Big Tree Farms”. Son usine qui produit du chocolat biologique depuis l’an dernier, est le plus grand édifice commercial fait de bambou au monde. Lui aussi met en avant l’aspect écologique de ce type de construction. “Le bambou pousse beaucoup plus rapidement que le bois d’œuvre et ne détruit pas le terrain sur lequel il est cultivé. Notre usine peut être démontée et déménagée en quelques jours. Si nous décidons de la fermer, on pourra le faire sans avoir endommagé les rizières où nous nous trouvons”, explique M. Ripple.Il reconnaît toutefois deux défauts au bambou : il a tendance à pourrir s’il est exposé à l’eau et il est facilement inflammable. “Il lui faut un chapeau, un imperméable et des bottes”, ironise Ben Ripple, restant cependant optimiste : “Nous recherchons actuellement des matériaux non toxiques qui pourraient assurer une protection”.Le 17 juin 2012 à 14:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgIt was only a matter of time. Pokemon Go continues to rock the planet as the most popular mobile game ever made, and wouldn’t you know it, someone went and made a porn parody.If you’re unfamiliar with porn parodies… you’re in for a very weird treat. Starting a few years back with films like Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars, porn companies decided to embrace the thinly-veiled plots and insane camp that they’ve always been known for and go all-in on making ridiculous parody films.From there, we got films like Who’s Nailin’ Paylin (a riff on the former vice presidential nominee). Game of Bones: Winter is Cumming, Flesh Gordon, Edward Penishands and countless more. Now we can add Poke-mon Ho! to that list.Actress Penny Pax assumes the role of Misty (who’s outfit is largely unchanged from the show, unusual for a porn parody) as she tries to catch Pokemon on her phone. HoloFilm Productions is making the film, which is already available to watch if you are so inclined.The video is available entirely in virtual reality form (because of course it is) on Hologirlsvr.com (NSFW, obviously). Like most porn parodies, it’s completely ridiculous as is the marketing and advertising around it, like this tweet from producer Anna Lee features some eye-rollingly terrible (but also spot-on) Poke-puns.Coming soon to a Pokestop near you. @PennyPax as Misty in an amazing performance that will make you Combusken! pic.twitter.com/e6OxkcRhpu— Anna Lee (@AnnaLeeVRX) July 31, 2016Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how true Rule 34 is, then I see something like this.last_img read more

first_img Nintendo may have just put the final nail in the Wii U’s coffin. After the release of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on March 3, there will be no more first-party games produced for the ill-fated system. This information comes directly from Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime who spoke with Polygon during the Nintendo Switch NYC event last week.“From a first-party standpoint, there’s no new development coming after the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” said Fils-Aime. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U.”The end of first-party support for the Wii U doesn’t mean that the system is entirely dead, however. Despite reports of Nintendo taking Wii U units off store shelves, Fils-Aime stated that the company would continue to support the system at retail and through the Nintendo eShop. Much like with the PlayStation Vita (which is still holding on to life by a thin thread), third party developers may continue to make games for the Wii U. Support of online games for the Wii U will also continue.“From our standpoint, sunsetting is quite some time into the future. The ongoing activity from an online standpoint on [Mario] Kart and Splatoon is significant. We’re going to continue to support that.”In an interview with GameSpot, Fils-Aime talked about the two main factors he thinks lead to the Wii U’s abysmal sales numbers. First, he believes that Nintendo failed to properly explain what made the system unique. Secondly, he believes that the gap between game releases was too long — leaving many Wii U owners with nothing major to play for months at a time. Fils-Aime says that Nintendo has learned from these mistakes.The Wii U’s successor, the Nintendo Switch, will launch on March 3 with six titles. Nintendo hopes to release around 30 games for the console/mobile hybrid system by the end of 2017. Stay on target Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This NovemberThere’s a Reason Why Link Doesn’t Wear His Iconic Green Hat … last_img read more

first_imgStay on target Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K Has it been a year already? In summer 2016, it seemed that the entire world caught Pokémon fever. Even folks who aren’t normally considered gamers became obsessed with Pokémon Go. You couldn’t step foot outside your home without seeing people staring at their phones hunting down Pokémon. Pokémon Go gave its users a nice and pleasant distraction during the summer months.A few weeks back, Pokémon Go received a huge updated that made it possible to have themed gyms. Now for the one-year anniversary, Developer Niantic is adding even more to its popular game. From now until July 24, trainers will be able to catch Pikachu that are wearing Ash’s hat from the Pokémon cartoon. The store now has an Anniversary Box that has Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass. This item will be available for a limited time in the in-game store for a discounted price.“It’s hard to believe that Pokémon Go launched just a year ago, and what an amazing year it’s been!,” said Niantic in a blog post. “Since joining us last July, you’ve demonstrated the true power of Pokémon Go and augmented reality gaming by searching for Pokémon in the real world, exploring on foot, building new friendships, and discovering new places right in your own neighborhoods. Throughout this incredible journey, you’ve caught over 125 billion Pokémon and made countless memories along the way. But there are many more adventures still to come.”In addition, there will be Pokémon Go events and festivals throughout the summer. Chicago will host a Pokémon Go festival in July. Select Unibail-Rodamco locations will have events this August and September in Europe. Lastly, Japan will have Pokémon Go events at the Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama in August. If you’re a fan of the game and can make it to any of these events, you may want to do yourself a favor and check them out.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster The future is female: BBC this week unveiled a new collection of Doctor Who stories—written by and about women.“The Day She Saved The Doctor” features four modern companions*, as composed by four thoroughly modern authors.Long-time Who scribe Jacqueline Rayner (she’s penned 16 licensed books and audio plays) is joined by novelists Dorothy Koomson and Jenny T. Colgan (whose tie-in narrative “Dark Horizons” was published in 2012 under the name J. T. Colgan).Comedian, TV presenter, radio panellist, Strictly Come Dancing contestant, and proud Glaswegian Susan Calman also contributes.Details are scant. The BBC revealed only that the book stars Rose Tyler, Clara Oswald, Bill Potts, and Sarah Jane Smith “as they explore time and space, get into trouble, fight enemies with the Doctor, and—more often than not—step in to save his life.”Presumably, each author was paired with her own companion and sent off to spin a yarn; the cover (designed by Kelly Wagner) promises “four stories from the TARDIS.”Geared at younger readers, this anthology is sure to please any feminist Whovian (via BBC)“Recognizing the Doctor’s female friends from across the show’s history, and in celebration of female talent in science fiction, the anthology will publish on International Women’s Day”—March 8, 2018.Geared toward younger fans (but inviting of all Whovians), “The Day She Saved The Doctor” is available now to pre-order in the US (currently exclusive to Kindle) and UK, where you can purchase it in hardcover (and pay for shipping).With the Doctor Who Christmas special—and, more importantly, Jodie Whittaker’s debut as the Thirteenth Doctor—almost in our grasp, news of an all-female-authored story collection is exactly the gift we need this season.And, thanks to a recent partnership between BBC Books and Penguin Random House Children’s UK, it won’t be the last.An exclusive series of season 11 stories—fiction, nonfiction, activity, novelty, audio—will be led by Whittaker, and aim to introduce the long-running show and its time-traveling topliner to new audiences, as well as indulge die-hard fans.Tune in on Dec. 25 to BBC and BBC America to watch the Twelfth Doctor team up with the First Doctor (David Bradley as William Hartnell), before regenerating into his latest (and perhaps greatest) form.* Three contemporary and one prevailing classic Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Landsat Images Show Greenland Glaciers Changing Over 46 YearsClimate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next Month The world’s largest amphibian is on the brink of extinction.Not what most people would consider “cute,” the Chinese giant salamander grows to nearly 6 feet long and weighs an average 60 pounds (though the largest-ever Andrias davidianus registered a whopping 130 pounds).Beady eyes peer out from either side of their flat heads, which carry a permanent, wide smirk and mottled, wrinkly skin that stretches down to a pointed tail and four squat limbs.*Shudders*Chinese giant salamanders are a flagship species for China’s freshwater river systems. But what was previously thought to represent a single breed apparently consists of at least five genetic lineages.“We weren’t surprised to find two or three [species],” Bob Murphy, senior curator of herpetology at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, told National Geographic.But “we were surprised at just how much diversity was there,” Murphy, corresponding author on a recent study, said. “At least five and up to eight species, that was quite a shock.”Some of those newfound varieties, however, may remain a mystery: Among their native rocky mountain streams and lakes of China, A. davidianus is threatened by poaching and human intervention.The amphibian is considered a luxury food item (gross) and important source of traditional medicines; despite conservation efforts, the once-widespread animal is now critically endangered.Most of those found in the wild have been raised on farms, their hybrid offspring released “under well-intentioned, but misguided, conservation management,” according to a paper published in the journal Current Biology.“The system begins to break down, and then you end up with lower developmental rates and a bunch of inefficient salamanders that can result in a population loss,” Murphy said. “You mix all of that together and the salamanders are lost.”If this continues, he explained, those five-to-eight species could dwindle to one—or none—in the next two decades. Which may have a negative effect on Chinese and global ecosystems. Only time will tell.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img I got my first taste of Shadow of the Tomb Raider back during this year’s Tribeca Games festival. At the event, we were shown an extended demo that showcased the story and gameplay. At the time, I desperately wanted to play it. I am a massive fan of Tomb Raider, after all. Thankfully, I got my wish during E3 when I checked out the game in the NVIDIA meeting room. Spoiler warning: I really liked what I experienced.This demo ran on a PC with a GeForce 1080Ti graphics card. I played Rise of the Tomb Raider on my own PC which has a GTX 1080 card. I thought that was mind-blowing, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider running on a 1080Ti completely destroys it. The game looks absolutely stunning. The only drawback with the demo is that I had to play with a mouse and keyboard. I’ve only ever played Tomb Raider (and 99.9% of all games) with a controller. Despite that, I managed to complete the entire 20-minute long demo; even if it wasn’t as elegantly as I would have liked.Most of the playable parts of the demo took place within a labyrinthine cave. This meant I had to flex my platforming skills in order to progress. Even though I didn’t need to do so for the demo, I made sure to pick up items found on the ground and read all of the inscriptions on the walls. Basically, doing Tomb Raider-y things. The highlight of this section was going underwater where I had to watch out for falling rocks and giant eels. As a person who is afraid of being underwater (don’t judge me!), this was intense stuff! Despite my inexperience with mouse and keyboard, I found the controls smooth and precise.The demo ends with a massive firefight against a group of Trinity soldiers. Under normal circumstances, I would have no problems with a combat scenario like this. However, with a mouse and keyboard, it was exponentially more challenging. Thankfully, it’s now possible to end encounters by hiding from foes for long enough. I took my time and silently killed all of my enemies, shooting only when I absolutely had to. I knew the game places a bigger emphasis on stealth combat, but it was nice to experience this first hand.Going into further detail about stealth, I love how Lara can now better use the environment to hide and attack. I can see why this game takes place in a jungle. It opens up stealth in new and creative ways. Like before, Lara can conceal herself within bushes and massive leaves on the ground. She can also hide inside of plants which cover the sides of buildings. I didn’t experience this in the demo, but Lara can also cover herself in mud to make herself invisible to foes. Basically, you can live out your fantasy of being Arnold Schwarzenegger from Predator. Lara can also instill fear in foes similar to the way Batman does in the Arkham series. This is a Lara Croft you do not want to mess with.Story-wise, I didn’t see anything that wasn’t already shown during the Tribeca Games festival demo. As the developers have stated, this installment focuses more on Lara’s journey of finally becoming the “Tomb Raider.” Things won’t go smoothly, and we’ll see our hero possibly doing some decidedly unheroic things along the way. Is Lara Croft truly the “good guy” in this tale? The fact the game is even raising that type of question shows Eidos’ willingness to push boundaries with the character. If this demo is anything to go by, our hero is going to get tested in many ways.I’m a big fan of the current iteration of Tomb Raider so this demo has only gotten me more hyped than I already was. In 20 minutes, it showed me everything I wanted to see. Namely, story, combat, stealth, platforming, and puzzles. I didn’t get to face off against any land animals like panthers, but I suppose I can wait to play the full game to experience that. I’m sure there are even more gameplay surprises awaiting gamers, as well as narrative twists and turns. I can’t wait to see what Square-Enix and Eidos Interactive have in store for us.The only question I have now is: should I upgrade my graphics card to experience Shadow of the Tomb Raider in all of its eye-bleedingly awesome glory? I have until now and September 14 to make that decision, I suppose. If not, I can always play the game on Xbox One or PS4. I’m sure the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions of the game will look stunning as well. Whatever platform you play on, do yourself a favor and check out Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Simon Belmont, King K. Rool, and Dead Luigi Join Smash Bros. UltimateAn Interview with Jump Force Producer Koji Nakajima last_img read more

first_imgStay on target NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Following a (so far) fruitless search for life on Mars, NASA is turning its attention to the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.But getting landers to these gas giants—which orbit as far as 380 million miles beyond the Red Planet—is much easier said than done.Design and engineering challenges, however, have never stopped the U.S. space agency before. And, thanks to software corporation Autodesk, they won’t now.NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) tapped into Autodesk’s generative design technology to build its concept interplanetary lander, unveiled this week in Las Vegas.Project team members carefully assemble the components of the lander (via Autodesk/JPL)“They were clear that they weren’t interested in incremental gains,” Mark Davis, senior director of industry research at Autodesk, said of the NASA lab.It’s understandable why scientists are careful when considering new processes.“If they were only able to improve performance by 10 percent, they basically weren’t interested,” he continued. “If we could deliver software tools to help them achieve a performance improvement of 30 percent or more, then we had their attention.”There is no word on when the insect-esque spacecraft will be ready for interstellar exploration.The fully-assembled lander measures approximately 8 feet across and 3 feet tall (via Autodesk/JPL)NASA, meanwhile, is preparing to send a hodgepodge of science into space this week.An International Space Station resupply flight will carry several tons of crew supplies, as well as experiments ranging from 3D printing and recycling to stimulating the creation of celestial bodies from stardust.Sounds exciting.Also on board the Northrop Grumman Cygnus 10 (CRS-10) flight are projects to measure the effect of sensory input in microgravity, study the process of cement solidification, and grow crystals to fight Parkinson’s disease.These will join the hundreds of ongoing investigations aboard the orbiting laboratory.More cosmic coverage on Geek.com:Go Behind the Scenes of Apollo 11 With New Audio RecordingsStartup Rocket Lab Delivers Seven Payloads to OrbitRIP Kepler: NASA Retires Planet-Hunting Space Telescopelast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp RAW Preview: Stephanie to make WrestleMania announcement, Live RAW Post-Show Facebook Videos Articles Seth Rollins NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta Now Playing Up Next Cesarocenter_img Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Courtesy of WWE.com:The Bushwhackers announced for WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015The Bushwhackers marched their way into the hearts of the WWE Universe during the 1980s and ’90s. Now, cousins Luke & Butch will knock down the doors of the WWE Hall of Fame with their patented Battering Ram, as the Kiwis join the Hall’s Class of 2015.The Bushwhackers’ journey to immortality began 50 years ago in their homeland of New Zealand, where the two joined forces in regional companies, catching the eyes of North American promoters. Luke & Butch made their first splash in Stampede Wrestling, the Calgary-based territory ran by WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart, before moving south into the United States.Though Butch briefly left America in the early 1980s, he soon returned to join forces with Luke once again. Then known as The Sheepherders, the New Zealanders quickly earned a reputation as one of the most vicious tag teams in all of professional wrestling, leaving crimson-covered opponents in their wake from the Pacific Northwest to Puerto Rico and everywhere in between. Their brawls with teams like The Fabulous Ones and The Fantastics are still remembered as some of the most brutal ever.In 1986, The Sheepherders settled down in Bill Watts’ Universal Wrestling Federation, almost immediately defeating “Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Ted DiBiase for the UWF Tag Team Titles. When they weren’t wrestling for Watts, Luke & Butch were traveling around the country, engaging in wild brawls in stalwart NWA territories like Florida and Jim Crockett Promotions, the precursor to WCW.After Crockett absorbed the UWF in 1987, The Sheepherders jumped ship. With future WWE executive John Laurinaitis carrying the New Zealand flag for them, Luke & Butch stomped into the NWA, rekindling their rivalry with The Fantastics. However, just as it looked as they were on the verge of capturing championships, the Kiwis signed with WWE. Fans expecting The Sheepherders to bring their brand of brawling to WWE were in for a huge surprise when Luke & Butch made their debut in late 1988.Instead of the vicious Sheepherders, the WWE Universe was introduced to The Bushwhackers, a pair of fun-loving cousins clad in mangled baseball caps and camouflage. Luke & Butch stomped to the ring in manic fashion, swinging their arms in a manner that fans couldn’t help but imitate. The New Zealanders also interacted with the WWE Universe in another unique fashion: licking their heads. The toothless cousins quickly made their mark on The Grandest Stage of Them All, defeating Jimmy Hart’s Fabulous Rougeau Brothers at WrestleMania V.The unorthodox Bushwhackers soon engaged in a heated rivalry with another Hart-managed duo, Rhythm & Blues. Luke & Butch saved the WWE Universe from listening to The Honky Tonk Man & Greg “The Hammer” Valentine’s off-tune caterwauling at WrestleMania VI, masquerading as roadies and smashing their instruments in front of a packed SkyDome in Toronto. In 1991, Luke made a stunningly brief appearance in the Royal Rumble Match, where he marched into the ring, was immediately tossed out, then marched back to the locker room.Though they never captured the World Tag Team Championship, The Bushwhackers were always on the front line of WWE, ready to stand up in the face of evil. Luke & Butch battled duos like The Natural Disasters, The Beverly Brothers and Well Dunn, forming an alliance with WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel to take on the latter team and their manager, Harvey Wippleman. The Bushwhacker eventually marched out of WWE in 1996. They were welcomed back with open arms by the WWE Universe at WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001, where they took part in the hysterical Gimmick Battle Royal.Fourteen years later, Luke & Butch will take their place in history and become WWE Hall of Famers.Tickets for the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, the SAP Center box office, and by calling 800-745-3000.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Celebrity Closeup: Edgar Ramirez Now Playing Up Next Google+ WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions The NFL and Roc Nation donate $400,000 to Chicago charities Twitter Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasionscenter_img Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia announce a new type of convention Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Nora and Baker Draft Their Pop Culture Favorites Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Matthew Mcconaughey The 3/9 WWE RAW ranked among the top 25 shows on cable last week for the week ending 3/15/15 with RAW ranking among the top 5.RAW on 3/9 came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5, with the show the week prior coming in at No. 5, No.7 & No. 10. Source: TVbythenumbers.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCelebrity Closeup: Edgar RamirezVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 55.14%0:03Remaining Time -1:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11last_img read more

first_img Twitter Now Playing Up Next Facebook Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ WhatsApp Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35center_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Smackdown Live ratings for June 25, 2019 are now in.This week’s episode from Portland, Oregon drew an average of 1.921 million viewers on Tuesday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 1.859 million viewers. Smackdown came in at No. 1 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, which is up from the No. 2 position last week.Demographic Ratings for Smackdown LiveSmackdown Live, headlined by Big E’s return to action, averaged a 0.62 rating among adults 18-49. This is up from the 0.56 rating they had last week.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Velvet Sky Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

first_imgHP Inc. said Thursday it plans to eliminate between 3,000 and 4,000 jobs over the next two years as it restructures amid falling sales.The company had 287,000 employees worldwide at this time last year. HP said the job cuts will save between $200 million and $300 million annually.Through the first three quarters of its current fiscal year, HP’s revenues totaled $35.7 billion, down from $39.2 billion in the same period a year earlier. Profits totaled $783 million, down from $854 million the prior year.HP Inc. took the personal computer and printer businesses from Hewlett-Packard Corp. when that company split in two last year. HP eliminated 3,300 jobs then in connection with that separation.HP’s printer group has substantial operations in Vancouver and Corvallis, Ore. After years of job cuts HP is expanding the Vancouver site as it pushes into 3-D printing, hoping to offset the decline in demand for conventional printers.last_img read more

first_imgIn a week when America is thanking those who have served, a Vietnam veteran wanted to thank his nurse.Steven Jimerfield was recovering from surgery about three weeks ago. It was shoulder surgery; it didn’t have anything to do with his time in Vietnam … but a part of his brain didn’t know that.And for a few minutes, the unconscious Coast Guard veteran thought he was on a river patrol boat, surrounded by jungle.“I had a flashback to Vietnam. I think I started crying,” Jimerfield said last Wednesday at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. “I don’t know why. I didn’t see heavy combat.”Terri Kramer, a surgical services nurse, was there to help Jimerfield through it.“Coming out of anesthesia, he was distressed. He wasn’t verbalizing much,” said Kramer, who said she knew something was going on because she has seen this sort of thing before as a nurse in the recovery room.“People don’t always know what’s going on,” Kramer said. “A police officer who was coming out of anesthesia had been (working) undercover. He thought we were going to kill him.“It’s just letting them know you’re there, recognizing that they are in distress,” the nurse said.As Jimerfield described the flashback, “I knew I was in the jungle in a PBR” — the Navy designation for patrol boat, river.He quickly realized that Kramer “was holding my hand, telling me that everything is OK, stroking my arm.”A few days ago, Jimerfield and his wife, Sharon, returned to Legacy Salmon Creek to thank Kramer. He gave Kramer a pair of commemorative coins marking the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.last_img read more

first_imgPolice officers Friday arrested a transient man suspected of recklessly starting the fire that damaged a duplex in the Hough neighborhood earlier that day.The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. at 1013 W. 24th St. The Vancouver Fire Department said firefighters arrived to find flames coming through a single-story duplex’s front window.No one was hurt, and no one was inside at the time.According to a police probable cause declaration filed in Clark County Superior Court, a neighbor called 911 to report the fire, and said she saw a man on a bike leaving the property.Officers responded to the area and located a man on a bike — identified as Gary Cothren, 42 — nearby.The officers read him his Miranda rights and he agreed to speak, the court records said.According to the probable cause declaration, Cothren told the officers he was inside the house and sleeping in a bedroom closet prior to the fire.He said he fired up a camp stove’s fuel canister and set it on a couch cushion beneath his feet.Cothren said he woke to find his sleeping bag and the walls of the closet had caught fire, according to court records.He said he tried to put it out, but it spread to the rest of the house and he fled.According to a police probable cause declaration, the fire did significant damage, rendering the building uninhabitable. Investigators with the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s Office found the fire originated in the closet where Cothren said he slept.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United must keep Anthony Martial at the club says Wayne Rooney.The French forward is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford but Rooney insists the club must make sure he doesn’t leave. Rooney believes Martial is one of the best players in the league provided his manager can get the best out of him.The 22-year-old signed for United from AS Monaco in 2016 going on to have a stellar campaign with 11 goals whilst also leading the team to FA Cup glory. But his form seems to have dropped since then.Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer after his agent publicly declared his client wanted out of the club.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….With Chelsea and Tottenham lurking around the French striker, Rooney believes his old team must keep him.“I think Martial ability-wise is incredible but how do you get the best out of him.” He said via talkSPORT.“I think it’s difficult to get to know him as a person but once you can do that you’ve to keep him happy.”last_img read more

first_imgNacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.last_img read more

first_imgScotland national team have called up Jack Hendry to replace Michael Devlin.The Aberdeen defender pulled out of the latest squad for the matches against Albania and Israel due to injury.Hendry, who plays his club football for Scottish Premiership champions, Celtic, has been called up as a replacement by national team head coach Alex McLeish, according to Stv.Devlin has struggled with an injury he sustained during Aberdeen’s league win over Hibs on Friday night and had been rated as a doubt for Albania clash on Saturday evening.However, the decision was made to release him back to his club after further assessment of his injury.The injury is the latest blow to hit the Scottish national team, as they prepare for two matches that could offer a route into the playoffs of the next UEFA European Championships in 2020.Celtic goalkeeper, Craig Gordon along with Charlie Mulgrew, Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin McDonald have all withdrawn from the original squad, which was already missing the attacking duo of Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths among others.Scott Bain, Scott McTominay, David Bates and Ryan Jack were all called up to the national team as replacements for the absentees, only for Jack to pull out after struggling with an injury.last_img read more

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk was delighted to make his England debut against the USA at Wembley Stadium, saying it was a ‘dream come true’.Gareth Southgate handed Dunk his first England cap in their 3-0 friendly win over the USA and he was happy to play the full 90 minutes.“It’s a dream come true – it’s been a long hard journey for me and that’s been rewarded this evening,” Dunk told the club’s website.“I had a feeling during the week in training that tonight be my chance, because we did some shape work.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We then worked on set-pieces after that, and that’s when I knew I was starting the game.“When I was walking out there was a lot of thoughts looking back on where I’ve come from – but then it was about me being comfortable in the game – and getting the words to the anthem right!“I was thinking about a lot of people – everyone who’s worked with me over my career to get me to this point, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.“My dad’s the main one, he was here tonight watching me – as were all my family and friends, I’m very thankful.”last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed he’s returned to running outdoors for the first time since AprilThe English midfielder has been sidelined with a knee injury over the last eight months from Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final clash against AS Roma.The injury cost Oxlade-Chamberlain the chance to compete in the final of the competition and a place in the England squad in this year’s World Cup.But the 25-year-old has now posted a positive update on his recovery at Liverpool’s Melwood training base.“That feeling when you’re finally back out on the grass for the first time in 8 months,” Oxlade-Chamberlain wrote on Instagram along with a picture of himself with his arms raised high (see below).Since joining from Arsenal last year, Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed five goals and eight assists in 42 appearances for Liverpool.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The England international remains a doubt for the rest of this season, despite stating that he hopes to play in “a few” games.Premier League leaders Liverpool will take on Newcastle today at Anfield with kick-off set for 16:00 (CET).Alex Oxlade Chamberlain back out on the grass for the first time in 8 months 😁👏 #LFC pic.twitter.com/zmrW9fOVpL— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) December 24, 2018last_img read more

first_img Related Items:Dr. Dwayne Vernon, social development commission Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Dec.10 (JIS): The Social Development Commission (SDC) has created some 839 jobs for residents at the local level, through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP). Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on December 8, Executive Director at the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, said the SDC is using its platform of community involvement as the driving force to encourage community businesses for economic development and to create employment.He said that the LEDSP, an initiative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, was launched in May 2015 to formalise community businesses, and grow entrepreneurship in communities. Dr. Vernon noted that of the 839 persons currently employed, 232 are full time, 408 part time, 199 seasonal and others assist, based on the need. “Currently, there are 138 active projects happening in different communities and these Local Economic Initiatives (LEIs) have a capital layout of $530 million,” he pointed out.He informed that 32 per cent of these community businesses are from the agro-processing industry, adding that there is a heavy use of agricultural produce and raw materials from these produce to make secondary products, such as pastries, sauces, jams, pickles, chocolate and other confectioneries, juices and wines. Another 29 per cent of the community businesses are poultry, and the remaining are manufacturing, art and craft, fashion and community tourism.Dr. Vernon said if all communities take the Local Government and community-based approach to economic growth, such as the LEI, this will improve employment in the country.He called on members of the public to embrace the Local Government Reform, which is a tool that will help them to participate in the decision-making and economic growth at the community and parish levels. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Kings Valley Road In Western Westmoreland Refurbished Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – The Attorney General’s Chambers advised the PNP Administration during House of Assembly debate earlier this month that it is best not to name, ‘This Land of Ours’, by Rev Dr. Conrad Howell as the National Song in the new legislation.  The country’s legal arm says the Government ought to first secure proper rights to the song before naming it in the Flag and Coat of Arms Ordinance.Wheeland Member, Hon Delroy Williams exposed that at least one community group claims that they own the song which was actually a poem written by the late Rev Dr Conrad Howell.  The Native Men’s Fellowship reportedly has some right to the This Land of Ours.Premier Rufus Ewing said his government is in talks with the family of Howell about the song being adopted officially as the national song, but had to admit those discussions are not yet final.  At this time, the passed legislation does not name This Land of Ours as the National song, the clause was taken out, but the law gives TCIG the right to name any song they choose in that category for national events.last_img read more

first_img Related Items:#ArthurForbesaccusedofrape, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 9, 2017 – Providenciales – No plea was required of Labour Tribunal President Arthur Forbes when he was charged at court with three counts of rape.    The shocking arrest and arraignment stems from a report made back on March 16, by a woman of Haiti who told media in her home country that Forbes had forced himself upon her more than once and that he allegedly used her dependency on a work permit to intimidate her.Police late yesterday confirmed that a 61 year old man of Provo was arrested, taken to court but was not required to enter a plea.    Forbes who is considered an astute member of the community being involved in many civic organizations, sports development, a mentorship program and the judge at the labour court is out on bail and will return to court for a sufficiency hearing next month.Police say the man’s bail was set at $10,000.#MagneticMediaNews#ArthurForbesaccusedofrape Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgAlex Sandro has warned his teammates they will be facing “a war” against Roma on Saturday evening.The Brazilian extended his stay with the Bianconeri until June 2023 with a salary believed to be worth €5m per year.“This is a wonderful day for me, but also my family and my teammates. I must tell the fans I’ll always give my best, just as I have done so far, and will continue working to improve. Alex Sandro is staying,” he told Football Italia.“I believe that I have taken on the mentality of the club and team, who always want to win. I’ll never change that mentality, so every time I set foot on the pitch, I want to win.”italian_leagueone:Juve-Roma: The fantastic seven: A look at the Bianconeri’s sequence of victories against Roma at Allianz Stadium https://t.co/9UeL1nEWHE pic.twitter.com/KoMBrTkRy8— Juve_MP (@Juve_MP) December 20, 2018Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I am just happy when we win, but a goal or assist is an extra bonus. I hold every goal in my heart because it’s not easy to score when you’re a full-back. Perhaps my favourite is the header in the derby against Torino.”Juventus host Roma on Saturday evening and Alex Sandro knows what to expect.“It’s always a war against Roma. We are prepared and know that they are prepared too, so I expect it to be a great game for players and fans.”The Bianconeri take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Round of 16.“Atleti are a tough outfit, strong both physically and tactically. Now we have to focus on Roma, though, there is time for Atletico.”last_img read more

first_imgAfter United’s 5-1 victory at Cardiff City on Saturday, Gary Neville says it’s time the players put in the work and prove they can produce a consistent level of performance.Former United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came back to the club as interim manager after Mourinho was sacked last week Tuesday.He took charge of his first game away at Cardiff City on Sunday, and United produced an impressive performance in a 5-1 victory.Neville questioned whether the result was because of the team they faced or turning a new leaf under a new manager, but has called for hard work in order to finish strong this season.“There was an immediate bounce and impact from Ole, however, it was Cardiff and we need to see if they can do it over six months,” Neville told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“If they can do that then they will get the opportunity to play for the club next season. If they do it over six games and then drop back they won’t play for the club next season.“The most important thing for Manchester United is sailing the ship into shore calmly, with some people needing to disembark and not come back, and some needing to come on and sail out to seas in the future. That’s the nature of the next six months.“The hard work starts now for United. Anybody who thinks sacking Jose Mourinho is the answer, it is not, the hard work starts now and I am sure the people in the club are wise enough and knowledgeable to know that.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitter July 9, 2018 Ashlie Rodriguez Updated: 4:09 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – An arrest was made Monday in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash in Chula Vista that claimed the life a 17-year-old girl.The suspect, identified as George Joseph Espinosa, 47, from Chula Vista, turned himself into police around 3:30 p.m. and directed officers to the location of his vehicle, described as a white Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with black rims, according to Lt. Buddy Magor with the Chula Vista Police Department.Espinosa was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run resulting in death or injury and is being held at the San Diego County Central Detention Facility on $50,000 bail. He was taken into custody without incident, Magor said.Leilani Magno, a recent graduate of Eastlake High School who planned to attend UC Irvine, was jogging in the 900 block of Lane Avenue near Scobee Park in Chula Vista around 8 p.m. Sunday when she was struck from behind by a truck that was traveling southbound on Lane Avenue and jumped the sidewalk, Magor said.Espinosa fled the scene and Magno was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Magor said.A memorial has been set up for Leilani Magno at the scene of the incident.Leilani’s GoFundMe page says, “Eastlake High School and the Eastlake community are mourning the loss of Leilani Magno, class of 2018, and recent victim of a hit and run incident in our community. Leilani was a top scholar and athlete. She was full of promise and potential. She was a beautiful spirit ready to begin changing the world as a freshman at UC Irvine this fall. Her family is grateful for the outpouring of support and love and is in the unexpected predicament of providing Leilani with the closure that would honor her short and beautiful life. If you would like to donate toward this effort, your support would be much appreciated.” Posted: July 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents Ashlie Rodriguez, Chula Vista teen hit-and-run suspect arrestedlast_img read more

first_img December 19, 2018 Dingeman Elementary perform for KUSI’s annual Songs of the Holiday Season KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:45 PM KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- For 25 years KUSI has produced a Christmas special that has become a tradition for school choirs throughout San Diego County.This year we also chose to spotlight some of the music directors who work tirelessly to get their young choir students ready for a trip to KUSI studios for a performance they will never forget.Meet Dingeman Elementary School’s Music Director Garner Saguil. Posted: December 19, 2018last_img read more

first_img Posted: April 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – All five members of Congress representing the San Diego region attended the Chamber’s Annual Congressional Luncheon at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel.These sessions provide an opportunity for San Diegans to connect with what’s going on in Washington D.C..It’s a discussion highlighting the usual topics, the military, immigration, the business economy, the next election, and some new topics such as the Green New Deal, the Mueller report, and impeachment.Congressmen Scott Peters said it’s inevitable we talk about this because the Mueller report lists 10 instances uncovering what looks like obstruction of justice by the President. Juan Vargas is not pushing for impeachment but will vote for it if it comes up. Susan Davis says the Mueller report is a road map for impeachment.Impeachment will not happen for two reasons. One, the Democrat leadership says we can’t go there, and two if the House were to prove articles of impeachment, the Senate would not. Steve Bosh April 23, 2019 Steve Bosh, San Diego Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauds the agreement reached last night by House and Senate negotiators on legislation granting the President Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and calls on both bodies to approve it immediately. The House is expected to vote on the TPA bill tonight, and the Senate will likely take up the measure next week.TPA allows the President to negotiate trade agreements and present them to Congress for a simple up-or-down vote. Every President since President Carter has had this authority, but it expired in 1994 and hasn’t been reauthorized.”Securing passage of TPA will be great news for U.S. soybean farmers,” exclaimed American Soybean Association (ASA) President Dwain Ford from his farm in Kinmundy, Illinois. “TPA is critical if U.S. soybean farmers are to remain competitive in the world marketplace.”Ninety-six percent of the world’s population lives outside the U.S. With U.S. soybean farmers dependent on export markets for one out of every two rows produced, the prosperity of U.S. Soybean farmers is linked closely to enhanced economic growth worldwide and increased market access. However, tariffs on soybeans and soybean products in a number of countries are very high and need to be reduced if U.S. growers are to remain competitive.The most effective way of reducing these types of trade barriers is through multilateral negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as bilateral trade agreements. However, in the absence of TPA, other countries are refusing to negotiate final agreements with the U.S because they would be subject to further changes by Congress. In fact, the U.S. is a part of only two of the more than 130 preferential trade agreements that are currently in force throughout the world. TPA is expected to help address this problem.”We’ve waited a long time for this, and ASA would like to thank all those who fought hard to ensure that TPA was enacted this year,” Ford concluded.Once Congress gives its final approval of TPA legislation, the bill will be forwarded to the White House. Upon its receipt, the President is expected to sign the measure into law.last_img read more

first_imgFamily and friends of a Vancouver couple missing since Sunday are asking for help locating John and Patricia Norvell.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has taken a report but a spokesman said Friday there’s “nothing to indicate foul play.”Sgt. Scott Schanaker said the Major Crimes Unit handles missing persons reports.“They’ll start looking at it and see if there’s anything to follow up on,” Schanaker said.John and Patricia Norvell, both 63, were last seen at about 6 p.m. Sunday.The couple could be driving a bluish-green 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with Washington license plates 439UDS. No additional information has been released.A public Facebook page dubbed “Findjohnandpat Norvell” had more than 200 “friends” as of this afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgWhen a for-profit business that travels the nation buying coins, precious metals and paper currency made a stop in Vancouver this week, Ed and Mary Ann Statler decided to check it out.“There were old coins that we had been carrying around for years,” said Mary Ann Statler, 67. “I went on the Internet to see what they were worth.” Then she and Ed, 70, headed to the International Coin Collectors Association event, where the Battle Ground couple sold several historic coins and some silver.Despite concerns posted online about the coin-collecting business and its parent, THR & Associates, Mary Anne Statler said she felt she got a good deal on the trades — selling old pennies for two cents that have a resale value of three cents, for example.Online criticisms primarily focus on THR & Associates’ approach to valuing goods, which is done without the use of an appraiser, and on the fact that the company does not allow sellers to reclaim merchandise, which is often required of pawn shops and other physical stores.last_img read more

first_imgThe nonprofit owner of Clark County’s only inpatient hospice care center plans to challenge an application by nonprofit Community Home Health & Hospice to build a second hospice facility in the county.Executives with Vancouver’s PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center contend the county’s population wouldn’t support a second hospice center. The hospital’s Ray Hickey Hospice House has been under capacity since its debut in 2004, according to PeaceHealth statistics.That’s a concern because hospice centers rely heavily on donations and Medicare reimbursements to stay in operation, said some local gerontology experts. “It’s competition in a world where money is already tight,” said Gail Haskett, a Vancouver gerontologist and member of the State Council on Aging. “We have no idea if Medicare is going to continue to fund hospice in the way it has.”Longview-based Community Home Health & Hospice executives maintain that the county offers enough patients for two centers. CEO Greg Pang pointed out that the county’s 70-plus population is expected to double by 2030, according to the state Office of Financial Management. The demand for services such as hospice and long-term care are expected to grown in tandem, Pang said.“I don’t think this is a zero-sum game where one loses and other wins,” Pang said. “I think both hospice centers are vital.”last_img read more

first_imgPipes, bongs, scales and other “tobacco use only” products in local convenience stores may soon be put out of children’s reach, and sight.Vancouver and Clark County are considering a new law that would require the various accoutrements of getting high to be located in a portion of the store restricted to those 18 and up.“The unfortunate perception that could be left with the youth of the community is that the use and sale of these paraphernalia … condones use of the drugs themselves,” City Attorney Ted Gathe told Vancouver City Council in a workshop Monday afternoon.A survey by anti-drug group PREVENT! Coalition found that 16 percent of nonchain convenience stores in Clark County carry drug paraphernalia, often at the front counter.But while most agree that removing bongs from the eye-level of 8-year-olds is a good idea, Vancouver Police Chief Cliff Cook also warned the city council that enforcing any new laws will be a burden on his department, which already struggles to keep up its service levels.last_img read more

first_imgFed up with signs for their local precinct committee officer races being stolen, the members of the PCO Liberty Alliance took matters into their own hands this week, catching a suspected thief in the act.The Republican PCO races have been particularly contentious this year, with the formation of the PCO Liberty Alliance, made up of mostly Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich supporters. PCOs choose county party officers, along with other grass-roots duties.Check out David Hedrick’s video at the bottom of this story.The “Don’t tread on me” folks got tired of candidate Lynda Wilson’s signs going missing, so they set up a game camera pointed directly at a sign they posted on Northeast 164th Avenue. It didn’t take long before they got something.Former congressional candidate David Hedrick decided to check the trap at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and caught a man snagging the sign on his bike as he rode by. The footage, as well as what happens next, was chronicled in a YouTube video Hedrick posted later in the day.Hedrick chases the thief down in his car and, while still filming, calls out the window: “What’s wrong with Lynda Wilson as a PCO? Maybe she’s too conservative? Maybe the establishment doesn’t like her?”last_img read more

first_imgA pilot program that aims to save developers money was approved Tuesday by Clark County commissioners, even after they heard from engineers who said they would not recommend it to developers.Under the developer certification program, developers could opt out of having county staff conduct a final engineering review.That would save, for example, $4,845 for a 20-lot subdivision.However, liability would be put on the developer’s engineers.Jerry Olson of Olson Engineering said the program may leave solo practitioners or small companies unable to bid for projects as they often can’t afford $1 million in general liability insurance and $1 million in errors and admissions insurance that will be required. The county required the insurance so taxpayers won’t be on the hook for shoddy work.Olson also said he relies on the county’s final engineering review, which happens before construction starts, because private engineers aren’t as well-versed in the details of state and county codes.Thomas Dennis and Greg Jellison of HDJ Design Group shared Olson’s concerns.Jellison, who serves on the county’s Development and Engineering Advisory Board — which opposed the program — said there have been a lot of improvements at the county regarding the review process. He said county engineers have done much better at only making changes to plans to comply with codes, and not suggesting changes based on personal preference.Commissioner Steve Stuart emphasized the program, which was initiated by commissioners, was optional.Stuart asked Jellison what he would do if a developer wanted to use the pilot certification program.“We’d probably have a long discussion,” Jellison said. He said he would not recommend it.The county won’t have an approved list of engineers; any engineer licensed in the state of Washington who carries the appropriate insurance can participate. Eligible projects include short plats, subdivisions and site plans. The county would still do a construction inspection and make sure everything was in order before issuing a final occupancy permit.last_img read more

first_imgFaced with a proposed increase of 5 percent each on water and surface-water rates in 2013 and 2014 — as well as smaller increases of sewer and solid waste rates — a few Vancouver City councilors got cold feet Monday night during a workshop on the city manager’s recommended two-year budget.The council had instructed the public works staff to move to a pay-as-you-go system for maintenance, as opposed to incurring debt by taking out loans or bonds.The increases would boost the monthly water/sewer/surface water bill for a typical single-family residence from the current $58.43 to $60.52 in 2013 and $62.68 in 2014, or a total monthly difference from 2012 to 2014 of $4.25.The monthly solid waste rates would increase in 2013 by 38 cents for a residential customer who has garbage, recycling and yard debris service.After seeing the policy in black-and-white, Councilors Jeanne Harris, Jeanne Stewart and Bill Turlay expressed concerns.“I really can’t tell you where I’m at on this budget right now,” said Harris, who added she has always been wary of pay-as-you-go.Turlay, who successfully campaigned against debt last year, and complimented the pay-as-you-go system the day he was sworn into office, said Monday, “I wish I had simple answers but I don’t. There are no simple answers.” He said he doesn’t want the city to take on additional debt, but understands why it might have to be an option.last_img read more

first_imgMelinda and Scott Van Hoomissen play Big Buck HD at Jake’s Bar and Grill on October 26. Melinda Van Hoomissen isn’t content with her second-place finish in the Ladies Tournament of the Big Buck Hunter World Championships in New York City.Instead, she said she has two-time winner Sara Erlandson in her sights — and she’ll be training hard to take her down next year and bring the grand prize home to Vancouver.“Sara owns a bar, and she was playing a lot on her own machine, but I’m not making excuses,” Van Hoomissen said. “We have a rivalry going now. I’m going to do better next year.”The video game, played in bars, on consoles and even smartphones throughout the world, is a fast-paced shooter where players compete to have the cleanest, quickest kills of virtual animals. Play Mechanix, which makes Big Buck Hunter, has about 40,000 machines networked together in bars around the country.Van Hoomissen netted a $1,500 prize with the second-place finish in the championship, held Nov. 9-11. She finished 21st in the main tournament, which includes both genders.last_img read more

first_imgChristina Iremonger, principal of Vancouver’s iTech Preparatory, shares success stories Friday at a national conference. PORTLAND — Three years ago, Vancouver Public Schools studied models of science-oriented schools. This year, the district’s new STEM school is the model.Just a year after opening iTech Preparatory in fall 2012, the school has been contacted by districts all over the country, said Christina Iremonger, principal.On Friday, the school’s teachers and administrators shared their success story at the National Science Teachers Conference in Portland. Thousands of science teachers from around the country gathered to learn the latest in science education.The iTech Preparatory team focused on how it has built relationships with engineers, architects and other science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals and has invited them into the classroom.“Getting partners into the classroom gives kids an authentic learning experience,” said Leslie Simpson, who is charged with reaching out to STEM professionals. “The partners connect school to real life.”Professionals from Boeing, Hewlett-Packard, Waste Management and the Mount St. Helens Institute have taught at iTech Preparatory. Engineers from Clark Public Utilities taught students about solar power and wind energy. A student’s father, who is a team leader at Hewlett-Packard, spoke to the students about creativity and the brain. Another parent, a Boeing engineer, trained the iTech Prep teachers.last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND — Police have moved a protester attached to a barrel full of concrete off of a railroad track at a Portland oil terminal and arrested her.Officers used an electric saw and a hammer to free the woman Monday. Her arm was locked to rebar inside the concrete.She was identified as 22-year-old Irene Marjorie Milsom of Portland, a member of Portland Rising Tide.The group said its point is that while shipments of oil occasionally explode in derailments, the burning of fossil fuels and the resulting change in the climate “causes far greater harm to communities.”Police said Milsom would be charged with misdemeanors: trespassing, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.A spokesman, Sgt. Pete Simpson, told The Oregonian that she was on a side track and didn’t block any rail cars.last_img read more