LESSARD FIRE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION

first_imgTHE CAUSE OF THE FIRE AND EXPLOSION THAT DESTROYED AN EQUIPMENT BUILDING MONDAY NIGHT AT LESSARD CONTRACTING REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.LT. RYAN COLLINS OF SIOUX CITY FIRE RESCUE SAYS UNITS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE INDUSTRIAL AREA NEAR THE AIRPORT AROUND 9PM:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LESSARD.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..DETERMINE A CAUSE. :24COLLINS SAYS SOME GAS CYLINDERS STORED INSIDE THE BUILDING EXPLODED, BUT WERE NOT THE CAUSE OF THE INITIAL FIRE:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/LESSARD2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….BECAUSE OF THE FIRE. ;14COLLINS SAYS THERE ARE NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING THE FIRE.NOBODY WAS WORKING IN THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE AND NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.last_img read more

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Casey Stoney joins England coaching staff after announcing retirement

first_imgReuse this content Manchester City into Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals after extra-time win Topics A prestigious friendly tournament, also involving the US, France and Germany, it will represent Neville’s debut in the England technical area following his controversial appointment as Mark Sampson’s successor. Stoney, who captained the Great Britain team at the 2012 London Olympics, said she was “hugely excited” to have become the first coach appointed by Neville.“Although I’m sad to be hanging up my boots, I do so proud of what I’ve achieved and with great optimism about what the future holds for the women’s game,” said Stoney. “I’m thoroughly looking forward to working with Phil, who is an excellent choice to take the women’s game forward.“I talked to him at length before accepting the job and was hugely impressed with his vision, passion and eagerness to learn. I will be doing everything possible to support him alongside finishing my coaching badges.”A recipient of an MBE in 2015, Stoney is already mentoring several current England players. Despite a combination of age and injuries recently reducing her international starting opportunities, she was regarded as an invaluable squad member by Sampson. Indeed Stoney proved an invaluable influence as England won a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup in Canada and reached the semi-finals of Euro 2017 in the Netherlands. Given Neville’s lack of managerial experience, she will be expected to offer the former Manchester United and England full-back considerable support. Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Football Casey Stoney is ending her long and illustrious playing career in order to assist Phil Neville in his new role managing the England women’s football team. The former England captain, and holder of 130 senior caps, will become a key component of Neville’s backroom team as he aims to win the 2019 World Cup in France. Now 35, Stoney will make an emotional farewell appearance for her club, Liverpool, at home to Sunderland in the Women’s Super League on Wednesday before flying to the United States with England to contest the She Believes Cup. England women’s football team Read morecenter_img news Lionesses (@Lionesses)Player, captain, coach.#ThankYouCasey pic.twitter.com/NfYfxqVEzaFebruary 19, 2018 Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Share on Twitter During a career encompassing stints at Chelsea, Arsenal, Charlton, Lincoln and Liverpool Stoney won 12 major trophies, including four FA Cups but she describes being named as England captain by Hope Powell, Sampson’s predecessor, as “the moment that changed my life”.It was during her tenure as national captain that, four years ago, Stoney spoke publicly about being gay for the first time. She said the decision to be open about her sexuality lifted a “huge weight’ from her shoulders. last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk driving

first_img Reuters ColomboMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 15:47 IST Dimuth Karunaratne was taken into at roughly 5:40 am Sri Lanka time and since been granted bail (Reuters Photo)Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested on Sunday for drink driving after an accident injured at least one person near the main hospital in capital Colombo, a police spokesman said.”He was arrested early this morning for drinking and driving after the vehicle driven by him hit a three wheeler and injured its driver,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.”He has been granted bail. He will be produced in the court tomorrow (Monday).”Karunaratne, who has no history of disciplinary problems, or his lawyer was not immediately available for comments.Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the incident and said it will follow due process in determining the future course of action.”Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a road accident has occurred in the early hours of Sunday between a three-wheeler and a vehicle driven by national player Dimuth Karunaratne,” the board said in a statement.”Dimuth is undergoing due legal procedures with regard to the incident.””In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ with the organisation and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action.”Sri Lanka won a two-Test series against South Africa last month under Karunaratne’s captaincy to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests for the island team.Also Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs AustraliaadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sri LankaFollow Test captainFollow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow arrestedFollow Drunk drivingFollow Colombo Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk drivingDimuth Karunaratne was arrested for alleged drunk driving in Colombo and is expected to appear before court later this week.advertisementlast_img read more

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Judge strikes down Quebec law forbidding home cultivation of cannabis

first_imgMONTREAL — A court has invalidated the provisions of Quebec’s cannabis law prohibiting home cultivation of the drug.Quebec Superior Court Justice Manon Lavoie ruled Tuesday that Quebec’s legislation infringed upon the jurisdiction of the federal government, which has sole responsibility for legislating on criminal matters.The judge ruled unconstitutional the sections of the Quebec Cannabis Regulation Act prohibiting the possession and the cultivation for personal purposes of cannabis plants.The decision means it is now legal to grow cannabis plants at home in Quebec, but the lawyer who argued the case on behalf of a man seeking to strike down the sections cautioned against a rush to plant cannabis.Julien Fortier said the province’s lawyers could appeal and ask that the contested provisions remain in force for the duration of the appeal.Federal law allows Canadian citizens to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, but Quebec chose in June 2018 to legislate against home cultivation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Times Ranking 3 Moroccan Universities Rank in Top 1000 Worldwide

Times Higher Education (THE) included more than 1,250 universities in it’s list.THE notes that Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez has international exchange programs with several universities in Europe and North Africa. The university also hosted several pedagogical symposiums, including an annual theater festival since 2005 and two forums on energy supply in Morocco.Rabat’s Mohammed V University, according to THE, ranks as “one of the top 200 universities worldwide in a BRICS country or an emerging economy.” Mohammed V University was divided into two independent higher education establishments in 1913: Mohammed V University at Agdal and Mohammed V University at Souissi, referring to two Rabat neighborhoods. THE related, “The two reunited in 2015, but remain separate campuses.”The Souissi campus has 10 faculties, including medicine and pharmacy, dentistry, computer science and systems analysis, and educational sciences.Read Also: Morocco Ranks Among 10 Safest Countries Worldwide, Better than US, FranceThe Agdal camus has three other faculties, of letters and human sciences law, economics, and social sciences.The Mohammed V University received a score of 24.9 in teaching and 8.9 in research.The Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech received a score of 15.8 in teaching. For Research, the university received a score of 7.8.According THE’s overview, Cadi Ayyad’s great source of pride is its scientific research. The university has become a leading scientific and technological center with more than 1,400 research professors and 146 research facilities.Ranked below the top 1,000 was Casablanca’s Hassan II University. Its Library of Mohammad Sykat spans six floors over “a total area of 7,000 square metres with 40,000 textbooks, 20,000 electronic online journals and 550 ancient manuscripts and 600 ancient books,” according to THE.Hassan II University received a score of 14.7 in teaching and 6.9 in research. read more

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Donors must revive Palestinian economy to forge peace with Israel – Ban

“I repeat my call on donors to invest now, to invest generously, and to remain steadfast in their financial commitment over the next 36 months,” Mr. Ban told a Donors’ Meeting in Paris to Support the Palestinian Authority, pledging that the UN would do its share following last month’s Middle East peace conference in Annapolis, United States.“As with Annapolis, so here in Paris, success depends not on what we say today, but on what we do tomorrow. Our support on the ground, no less than our political engagement, is vital to create an independent, viable State of Palestine, living side by side in peace and security with Israel,” he said.Mr. Ban called on both Israel and the Palestinians to take the necessary measures to enable Palestinian economic growth, urging Israel to ease closures that cripple the economy in the territory and the Palestinian Authority to continue to enhance security. “Increased freedom of movement in a context of improved security is vital to build a platform for peace,” he stressed.He noted that over the past seven years, the social and economic situation in the occupied Palestinian territory had declined dramatically, with poverty and unemployment increasing at an alarming rate.“I have made no secret of my concern for the 1.4 million people of Gaza who today are living under the most abhorrent conditions. With few exceptions, all manner of legitimate trade with Gaza has come to a standstill, with devastating effects on the economy and on family livelihoods. Access to essential services and utilities, like health, water and energy, is becoming more uncertain each day,” he said. “Palestinian society has become more deeply divided, while the security of many Israelis has been directly threatened. We have the opportunity today to take the initial steps that can reverse these troubling trends. And indeed, today I am convinced we have better grounds for optimism than at any time in the recent past.” Israeli and Palestinian leaders have re-started bilateral discussions, showing “courage and resolve in maintaining this dialogue in the face of extraordinary difficulties on the ground,” and they have now set out to try to negotiate a peace treaty in 2008, he noted. Meanwhile Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad has prepared a programme for the next three years with investment and reform priorities, ambitious but achievable targets, and the steps that Palestinians, Israelis and the international community should take together to create the basis for a functioning state and economy.“Indeed, we must move quickly now, because the process can succeed only if we overcome the gap between our diplomatic efforts and the situation on the ground,” Mr. Ban said, addressing both morning and afternoon sessions of the conference.“The international community must do its utmost to support the Palestinian Authority as it strives to tackle the immense challenges ahead. In these tasks, the entire United Nations system is ready to cooperate closely with the Palestinian Authority, and will continue to support the Palestinian people in their efforts to move forward.”While in Paris, Mr. Ban also attended a meeting of principals of the so-called diplomatic Quartet – the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States – in which the group expressed concern over the announcement of new housing tenders by Israel for Har Homa/Jabal abu Ghneim in the area of Jerusalem occupied by Israel since 1967.The meeting, also attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, top European officials and former British Prime Minister and current Quartet representative Tony Blair, condemned the continued rocket fire from Gaza into Israel and called for an immediate cessation of such attacks.In a statement the Quartet, which is advocating the so-called Roadmap two-state solution endorsed at Annapolis with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace, called on all sides to refrain from steps that undermine confidence, and underscored the importance of avoiding any actions that could prejudice the outcome of permanent status negotiations.“The Quartet called on both parties to make progress on their Phase One Roadmap obligations, including an Israeli freeze on settlements, removal of unauthorized outposts, and opening of East Jerusalem institutions, and Palestinian steps to end violence, terrorism, and incitement,” the statement added.The group reaffirmed the importance of Palestinian economic growth, expressed strong support for Mr. Fayyad’s programme, welcomed the generous support of the international community at the donors’ conference, and urged donors to maximize their contributions. 17 December 2007Declaring that there are better grounds for optimism than at any time in the recent past for settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on international donors to reduce the gap between the hopes raised by last month’s re-launching of peace efforts and the dire situation in the Palestinian territory. read more

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Ban sought on corporal punishment in Sri Lankan schools

“The Campaign highlights the dangers of physical harm meted out to school children and the severe psychological consequences they could face in adulthood. By now our message has attracted much attention and the support of many parties such as the University Grants Commission, LEADS, Sarvodaya, Hindu Women’s Society, Presidential Task Force on Child Protection and Family Planning Association,” Wickramanayaka said.The panel of speakers who attended the event included Dr. Tush Wickramanayaka – Chairperson, Stop Child Cruelty, Prof. Hemantha Senanayake, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Member UGC, Kamani Jinadasa, Executive Director, Shanthi Maargam, Prof. Savithri Gunasekara, Emeritus Professor of Law and Former Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo, Nayomi Silva, Manager advocacy LEADS, Dr. Chathuri Suraweera, Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry, University of Colombo, Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne, President, Sarvodaya, Sivanandani Duraiswamy, President, Hindu Women’s Society, Sonali Gunasekara, Director Advocacy Family Planning Association and Lalith Senanayake, Parent of a victim child. The proposed implementations of the 1st phase of the proposal include ensuring that a total ban on Corporal Punishment is institutionalized and implemented, implementing the National Child Protection Policy, regulating international schools, circulating all relevant Circulars to all schools and making Principals and teachers aware of same, establishing Child Protection Officers in every school and making all parents aware of above through especially designed material, which can be distributed through schools targeting all school entrants in 2020.Along the short journey, the organizers have successfully concluded several initiatives.On 30th September 2018, at The Walk for Real Change event, ECP 2020 presented a Petition signed by over 3000 committed enthusiasts who want to see Sri Lanka as a nation free from CP and The Pentagon Proposal, which has been developed giving the five overarching key components that are essential to make this a reality was presented to the President. A campaign has intensified to seek a total ban on corporal punishment in Sri Lankan schools.End Corporal Punishment (ECP) 2020 was launched in September 2018 to end corporal punishment in Sri Lankan schools. The Pentagon Proposal’s key members include the President, Minister of Education, Minister of Children’s Affairs, Minister of Law & Order and Minister of Justice. Creations for Real Change Art/Poster & Poetry Competition was also held recently to spread awareness on the matter.In the past, Sri Lanka had promulgated laws and issued Education Ministry Circulars to prohibit corporal punishment in schools.In 1991 Sri Lanka ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). But the problem still goes on unabated.Several victims have suffered grave physical harm and some have even been hospitalized. In February 2018 UNCRC issued a red alert to Sri Lanka for failing to ban Corporal Punishment.The ECP 2020 Campaign is organized by Stop Child Cruelty together with the Presidential Secretariat and the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute and is supported by leading personalities as Patrons, as well as an Alliance of Professionals. Dr. Tush Wickramanayaka – Chairperson, Stop Child Cruelty commented on the progress of the campaign at the event. The Principal, the staff and students of Visakha Vidyalaya and Royal College also attended the event.As they discussed about their blue print plan, which is ‘The Pentagon Proposal’ inviting five key stakeholders responsible for child protection to work collectively to ECP, the speakers focused on diverse subjects such as Zero Tolerance on Violence, Accountability in Child Protection, Changing the Law, Global Response to Corporal Punishment, and The Child as a Rights Holder.One of the parents of a victim child also shared their experience. In a context where the same message has become louder and more urgent, the organizers held a media conference today on ‘Progress For Real Change’, discussing the challenges, milestones and the progress of the campaign at Sri Lanka Foundation. read more

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Brock chooses collaborative academic leader as its next President

A proven Canadian collaborative academic leader, Gervan Fearon, will be Brock University’s next President and Vice-Chancellor.Dr. Fearon has spent numerous years in senior leadership roles at Canadian universities, and is currently President of Manitoba’s Brandon University. He commences his new duties at Brock on Aug. 1.The appointment was announced Thursday, June 1 by John Suk, the Chair of Brock University’s Board of Trustees, after it was unanimously approved by the Board. The appointment caps an intensive eight-month recruitment process that involved several leading candidates from across Canada.Dr. Fearon received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, after having received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) designation. Besides academic achievements, his career includes several years in the Ontario government in roles as a senior analyst at Treasury Board Division, Ontario Ministry of Finance, and an executive assistant to Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. He has also served on numerous community boards and supported significant community development initiatives.After arriving at Brandon in 2013 to serve as Provost and Vice-President (Academic), he was appointed President a year later. He focused on developing a shared vision for advancing the university’s development as well as its engagement with the surrounding community, an emphasis he plans to continue in his new role.“I look forward to engaging with students, faculty and staff at Brock and working as part of a team on the priorities of the University and community,” he said. “Brock is well-known as a comprehensive university with outstanding experiential education, student-engaged academic programs, and innovative research and creative activities.“I am passionate about the role of post-secondary education in supporting regional growth and development, and I look forward to working with the team at Brock and across the Niagara region on advancing these opportunities.”Prior to his time at Brandon, Dr. Fearon served several other academic positions, including as the Dean of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education; as an Associate Dean at York University’s Atkinson Faculty of Liberal & Professional Studies; as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington; and as an Associate Professor at York University.As Brandon’s president, Dr. Fearon worked with faculty and administration at the university and at Assiniboine Community College to renew a Memorandum of Understanding that has deepened the links between Brandon’s two post-secondary institutions, with options for faculty and staff that include professional development, new courses of study, research opportunities and increased student mobility. He has also worked at advancing student engagement, teaching excellence, research activities and internationalization at the university.He also engaged Brandon students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members through an extensive consultation process to develop a new academic plan that supports teaching, learning, research and university-community engagement until 2020.Following Thursday’s announcement, Dr. Fearon expressed thanks to Brandon’s students, faculty and staff as well as the Board of Governors and Brandon University Students’ Union for their support in strengthening enrolments, academic programs and services, research and creative activities, and community engagement.Brock’s Board Chair Suk said Brock and the broader Niagara community should be very well served by the incoming President.“Dr. Fearon brings excellent qualifications experience and strong leadership to Brock at an important time in its development,” Suk said.“His track record, at Brandon University and with its regional community, bodes well for what Brock and Niagara need. The board and I look forward to working with Gervan and to continue to build Brock’s reputation as an outstanding university.”Brock’s presidential search committee was headed up by trustee Gary Comerford, who later this month will succeed Suk as Board Chair.Dr. Fearon will continue as President of Brandon University, assisting in the transition over the next two months, until he begins his term at Brock on Aug. 1. read more

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Cave tracker system pioneering flow monitoring for caving

first_imgIn a breakthrough for underground mining, the world’s first real-time flow monitoring technology for block caves has been developed, enabling real-time measurement of in-cave ore flow. Recent successful trial results look very promising, and the system is likely to help mines achieve significant gains. Underground rock flow within caving operations has a significant direct impact on mining efficiency, economics and safety. The flow of fragmented rock in caving mines, such as block, panel and sublevel caves, has been the subject of numerous studies. A major obstacle in exerting more control over cave mines has been the lack of real-time ore flow measurement.CRCMining has collaborated with Elexon Mining and Rio Tinto to develop the ground-breaking Cave Tracker system. A step-change technology for mining, the system enables real-time measurement of in-cave material movement, whilst the ore is still flowing in the cave.The Cave Tracker technology uses ruggedised beacons and detectors deployed in and around the orebody, enabling real-time 3D tracking of cave material. With capability of monitoring every few days for over 10 years, the system will give a detailed, time-lapsed view of actual underground rock flow.Research and development work is now in its final stages. Prototype systems are currently installed at two major mine sites, including Rio Tinto’s Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia.Underground trials to date have shown good results in detection range and accuracy, which should deliver significant gains for industry. Testing of the Cave Tracker system shows that detectors can detect beacons up to 200 m away through underground rock. Ranges from multiple detectors can be used to determine beacon positions, allowing their 3D movement to be tracked.The ability to measure real time positions of beacons in underground rock allows a number of important caving flow mechanisms and phenomena, such as rilling, dilution entry, cave propagation and cave back position, to be measured during mine production.The availability of real-time material movement information will enable mines to improve control over caving operations, creating a step-change in active cave management. The benefits will be reduced risks and uncertainties involved with caving, and improved mine planning practices, providing immense potential to greatly improve recovery and significantly reduce costs.CRCMining invented the concept for the Cave Tracker, and the system is being developed by Elexon Mining, Rio Tinto and CRCMining. This project is part of CRCMining’s Research Roadmap to solve the mining industry’s grand challenges. For enquiries about this project, contact Dihon Tadic, CRCMining Program Leader, via info@crcmining.com.aulast_img read more

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ThyssenKrupp Australias acquisition of Maxx Engineering

first_imgThyssenKrupp reports that with the acquisition of Maxx Engineering in Australia at the beginning of April 2015, it further strengthened its position in the service market. The Pilbara region in northwest Australia “has some of the world’s biggest iron ore deposits and against a background of growing demand for more efficient products and solutions offers growth potential for the service business of ThyssenKrupp Resource Technologies.”Maxx Engineering is a mechanical engineering services business based in Port Hedland and servicing all the Pilbara Region. It is a modern and fully equipped mechanical engineering workshop that can design, fabricate and install metal work up to about 20 t. Under the terms of agreement, Maxx Engineering will continue to operate without changes to its name and continue to service its existent client base with machine maintenance support, breakdown service and emergency repairs. Following the deal, the business has received a contract worth over A$2 million to provide pre-cast footings, formation access stairs, bridge access stairs and safety handrails for bridge sites between Port Headland and the customer. The company will assemble and install the equipment to ensure bridges are fully operational to allow trains to commence transporting ore.last_img read more

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RK Zagreb to meet RK Vardar at 7th SEHA Gazprom final

← Previous Story IN TOP FORM: RK Vardar routine win over Meshkov Brest Next Story → Rostov Don have checked-in for the EHF Final 4 RK PPD Zagreb will meet RK Vardar at the seventh final of the SEHA Gazprom League on Sunday at Jane Sandanski hall in Skopje. The Croatian champions beat traditional rivals from Slovenia – RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko 29:28 (14:11) in very interesting finish. The match winner was Domagoj Pavlovic with hammer goal in the last attack of the winning team.The SEHA champions from 2013 from Skopje’s first Final4 event, Zagreb, played very good in the first 40 minutes of the match, but last 20 minutes weren’t according plan of the coach Zlatko Saracevic. RK PPD Zagreb had 20:14 in 40th minute, when RK Celje’s coach Branko Tamse put the last ace in the game – the 17-years old wonderkind Domen Makuc.The youngest player on the court netted five goals (100%) until the end and helped his team to get back in the match. His last goal was enough for 28:27 and short drama in the last two minutes, which had a hero in the best Zagreb’s player Domagoj Pavlovic (seven goals). read more

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CES 2012 le microvision picomagic réalise des prouesses au salon

first_imgCES 2012 : le microvision picomagic réalise des prouesses au salonLe PicoMagic est un vidéoprojecteur HD qui fonctionne avec un laser. Cette technologie innovante a été présentée au CES 2012 et promet à la fois plus de portabilité et un chauffage en 5 secondes. La luminosité semble toutefois encore un peu faible, avec seulement 30 lumens. Les projecteurs habituels fonctionnent plutôt sur le principe du vitrail d’église : au lieu d’une grosse ampoule gourmande en énergie et d’un filtre LCD dont l’image est projetée. Le procédé laser de Microvision repose sur un unique faisceau, d’un pixel de large, que l’on oriente à l’aide d’un minuscule miroir.  Le miroir pivote pas moins de 30 millions de fois par seconde, pour passer par tous les pixels de l’écran ! À lire aussiLa géniale démonstration d’un sabre laser enflamméCe procédé a de bonnes performances : résolution HD de 1280×720 pixels, contraste de 25.000 : 1 et ratio de projection de 1 : 1 (à 1 m de distance d’un mur, on peut projeter un écran de 1 m de diagonale). La surface peut même devenir tactile, à l’aide d’un stylo spécial que le vidéoprojecteur est capable de détecter lorsque le laser passe. Point intéressant : l’appareil n’a pas besoin de focaliser ! Aucune lentille n’était mise en jeu, l’image est immédiatement nette quelle que soit la distance. Tout n’est pas rose toutefois. Cet appareil “PicoP Gen2 Display Engine” est à l’état de prototype et ni date ni prix n’ont été communiqués. La luminosité semble être son gros point faible avec seulement 30 lumens. Les projecteurs habituels peuvent facilement monter à 2.000 lumens. Il faudra donc vraiment utiliser ce picoprojecteur dans le noir total. Le marché des picoprojecteurs est très porteur, et faire son exposé dans le bureau fermé n’est pas vraiment un problème pour la plupart des réunions. Par ailleurs Microvision a présenté d’autres fruits de son travail de recherche, dont notamment un vidéoprojecteur capable de détecter en 3D (lien non disponible) des mouvements du présentateur. Le 12 janvier 2012 à 13:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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La taille de vos doigts pourrait révéler votre agressivité

first_imgLa taille de vos doigts pourrait révéler votre agressivitéSelon des chercheurs américains, l’agressivité verbale d’un individu pourrait être évaluée en mesurant la taille de ses doigts, plus précisément de son index et de son annulaire. Les deux facteurs seraient en fait liés à l’exposition prénatale à la testostérone.Votre annulaire est-il plus long que votre index ? Oui ? Eh bien, ceci pourrait traduire votre tendance à l’agressivité verbale ! C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une étude publiée dans la revue Journal of Communication et menée par des chercheurs américains. Plus concrètement, celle-ci suggère que la comparaison de la longueur des 2e et 4e doigt (index et annulaire) pourrait permettre d’évaluer le degré d’agressivité verbale. Selon les chercheurs, les personnes qui présentent un annulaire bien plus long que leur index, auraient tendance à être plus agressifs.Pour arriver à de telles conclusions les chercheurs des Universités de Buffalo et d’État de New York, ont utilisé la mesure “2D/4D” des doigts qui établit le rapport de la longueur de l’index par rapport à celle de l’annulaire. Les mains de tous les sujets impliqués dans l’étude ont également été photocopiées et les mesures ont été vérifiées sur la photocopie. Il s’avère que ce rapport permet en fait d’estimer l’exposition prénatale à la testostérone. En effet, de récentes recherches ont montré que la longueur des doigts dépendait directement des niveaux d’hormones, oestrogènes et testostérone, agissant lors du développement embryonnaire. D’où la différence qui existe entre les hommes et les femmes. En parallèle à ces mesures de doigts, les comportements des participants ont été évalués à l’aide de 3 échelles distinctes, le Verbal Aggression scale,  l’Hexaco Personality Inventory et le Argumentativeness scale. L’analyse de l’ensemble de ces données a alors permis de conclure que les hommes et les femmes présentant le plus faible rapport 2D/4D font preuve de davantage d’agressivité (à un niveau où l’agressivité verbale devient nuisible pour la vie en société). Ces conclusions se sont même confirmées après ajustement des résultats en fonction du sexe.Mieux comprendre certains troubles du comportement ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les chercheurs ont ainsi réussi à mettre en évidence, pour la première fois, l’exposition prénatale à la testostérone, la tendance à l’agressivité verbale et la longueur des doigts. Selon eux, une telle découverte pourrait permettre de mieux comprendre les causes biologiques et sociales de l’agressivité verbale, voire de mieux comprendre certains troubles du comportement impliquant des problèmes de communication par exemple.”Cette recherche qui porte sur les bases biologiques du comportement pour comprendre et prédire les processus fondamentaux de la communication humaine laisse entrevoir l’avenir des sciences de la communication”, explique ainsi Thomas Feeley, professeur et président du Département de communication de l’Université de Buffalo, un des auteurs.Le 10 décembre 2012 à 16:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Signing of the Air Passenger Information Services Agreement APIS

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation TCI needs UK letter of approval to start APIS with CARICOM Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(via the Bahamas Information Services)(Runaway Bay, Saint Lucia) – The Bahamas has now acceded to all three of the agreements which will facilitate the air passenger information system (APIS) which will allow the exchange of information to our border management agencies in advance of passengers getting on the plane to fly here. There were three agreements to allow this to be brought into force. Fred Mitchell MP and Minister of Foreign Affairs took the opportunity to sign the accession documents in Runway Bay, St. Lucia in the margins of the meeting of foreign ministers of Caricom on 22 May . The photo shows from left seated Alva Baptiste, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of St Lucia and Chair of the Foreign Minister’s Council (COFCOR) , Mr. Mitchell, Secretary General of Caricom Irwin Laroque and at the back Clifford Williams, Foreign services officer of The Bahamas and High Commissioner Picewell Forbes of The Bahamas. (Photo courtesy of CARICOM). Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:apis, bahamas, Fred mitchelllast_img read more

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ICICI Bank HDFC slash home loan rates

first_imgA pedestrian walks past a logo of ICICI Bank at its headquarters in Mumbai January 30, 2015.ReutersICICI Bank and HDFC on Monday announced that they have reduced interest rates on home loans. For borrowings up to Rs 30 lakh, the revised rate will be 8.35 percent for women and 8.40 percent for others. In case of ICICI Bank, the revised rates will be effective from today (May 15, 2017), days after a similar announcement by SBI.”With this reduction, salaried borrowers can avail home loans at among the lowest rates in the industry. Salaried women borrowers will get home loans at 8.35 percent and others at 8.40 percent. In both these cases, the reduction in interest rates is 30 basis points from the previous rates,” the bank said in a statement.HDFC also made an identical reduction for loans up to Rs 30 lakh (8.35 percent for women and 8.40 percent for others). For loans above Rs 30 lakh and up to Rs 75 lakh, the revised rate is 8.50 percent and for loans above Rs 75 lakh, it will be 8.55 percent, the mortgage lender said in a statement.ICICI Bank also offered a choice for customers.”Customers taking home loans in the affordable segment will also have the option to select the type of interest rate. They can enjoy the benefit of floating interest rate or a fixed interest rate for the initial two/three years followed by floating rate,” it said.The interest rates are slightly higher for self-employed men (8.55 percent) and women (8.50 percent) for loans up to Rs 30 lakh.”ICICI Bank is committed to support the Government’s vision to provide housing for all by 2022. In line with this commitment, we have reduced the home loan interest rates for the affordable housing segment. With this announcement, customers of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) can avail the dual benefit of low interest rates from us and the Credit Linked Subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana,” Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO of the bank, said.Last Monday, India’s biggest bank, State Bank of India (SBI) had announced reduction in interest rates on home loans up to Rs 30 lakh, from 8.60 percent to 8.35 percent, with effect from May 9. “With this reduction, SBI’s offering is the lowest in the market,” SBI said.For loans over Rs 30 lakh, the effective rate of interest rate will be 8.5 percent as against 8.60 percent currently. For more than Rs 75 lakh, the rate remains unchanged at 8.6 percent.Besides, eligible borrowers can also apply for Rs 2.67 lakh interest subsidy under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the bank said.SBI shares (face value Re 1) closed at Rs 300 apiece while ICICI Bank ended 1.82 percent higher at Rs 302 (face value Rs 2). SBI will be declaring its Q4 and FY2017 results on May 19.last_img read more

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PM family members attend milad at Dhanmondi32

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and her family members join a milad mahfil in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32, marking the National Mourning Day on Wednesday. Photo: BSSBangladesh Mohila Awami League on Wednesday arranged a milad and doa mahfil in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital after Asr prayers marking the 43rd martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina attended the milad and doa mahfil.Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, PM’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain Putul and her husband Khandakar Mashroor Hossain, Sheikh Rehana’s son Radwan Mujib Siddiq Bobby as well as other family members and relatives of the prime minister joined the milad.Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and leaders and workers of Mohila Awami League and Jubo Mohila League attended the milad.A special munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of Bangabandhu, Bangamata Fazilatunnesa Mujib and other martyrs of the 15 August carnage.Prayers were also offered seeking eternal peace of the departed souls of the 21 August grenade attack victims.last_img read more

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Living at Perkins Homes Still Hazardous for Residents

first_imgFor the women who live in Baltimore’s public housing developments, day-to-day survival can be perilous. Even cooking a family meal can be hazardous.Perkins Homes resident Tanetta Wilson learned this first hand two weeks ago when her kitchen ceiling collapsed as she was cooking dinner for her daughter. Wilson was injured by the falling debris and was forced to seek treatment for injuries to her head and eyes.Perkins Homes resident Tanetta Wilson (Courtesy Photo)She suffered contusions, pain and dizziness, a sore shoulder and had to have fragments of sheet rock washed out of her eyes by a doctor. Sent home the same night, after being prescribed painkillers and antibiotics, she sat in her apartment in shock.  “I don’t want to call the office for more maintenance, not after what happened, and I don’t want to worry them, I don’t want them to think I’m a problem person.”But, this is not the only hardship Wilson has endured at Perkins Homes; she was one of more than a dozen women since 2016 who said they were forced to trade sex for routine maintenance work at the public housing development in East Baltimore.“I had an incident where my electricity went off in my kitchen area and I called the maintenance worker around to help me with my lighting…He just stated that we can clear the bill up if you perform a sexual act with me,” she told the AFRO.“I felt horrible. I felt disgusted. I felt like I had to do this in order to keep my home running. I felt like I had to do this. I have two children. I’m a single mom. If I lose this apartment, I have nowhere else to go.”And although the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) confirms that they investigated her complaint they will not inform her of the outcome citing the state policy of confidentiality connected to personnel issues. The lack of transparency means Wilson will never know if the man faced any consequences for his acts against her. “I had to do what I had to do in order to keep a roof over my head and my children’s heads. But I don’t feel like I need to carry this weight by myself. He needs to be penalized for his actions, too,” Wilson said.In 2015, similar allegations erupted at the West Baltimore Gilmore Homes public housing complex.  Maintenance workers were accused of sexually harassing women and demanding sexual favors for repairs. The resulting complaints resulted in a lawsuit and an $8 million settlement with over a dozen victims. Then HABC Commissioner Paul Graziano, who presided over the scandal and was replaced after the election of Mayor Catherine Pugh, and the HABC promised improvements and protections for tenants.But the AFRO has learned that 18 new complaints of sexual harassment have been filed with the HABC since 2016. One of them was Wilson, who said she is telling her story now to prevent more women from suffering.“I’m unsure, I’m really unsure. I no longer want to live in public housing because of the maintenance issues. They don’t fix anything when you call them, and I don’t believe they’re qualified to do the jobs they’re being paid to do,” Wilson said.Beatty Development Group and Perkins Point Partners has been given first right to develop the crumbling Perkins Homes complex, but the details of the project, or where current residents will be housed temporarily, are yet to be revealed. The 17-acre site near Fells Point is considered prime real estate.“They [developers] want this property…it’s valuable…we are low income. We can’t afford to shop in the stores they’re putting up around us…they mean to put us in the county and allow other people that have the means or rich people that can spend the money here, to let them live here and keep revenue going for the city.”(At press time Ms. Wilson’s ceiling had been fixed by HABC)last_img read more

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25 kilos of cocaine found on Puerto Morelos beach

first_imgIt was while performing a routine tour of the area that agents of the Federal Police and the Navy of Mexico came upon the package. A narcotics dog was called in to verify its contents. Upon receiving a positive sign, police confiscated the tightly sealed block. Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Police have reported the discovery of a large package of cocaine that was found along a Puerto Morelos beach. Inside, they discovered 25.7 kilos of cocaine which was handed over to the Attorney General’s Office in Cancun.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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