Kane Williamson reaches 1,000 runs for calendar year

first_imgKane Williamson became the second New Zealand batsman to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year on Saturday when he collected the eight he needed on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at University Oval in Dunedin.Williamson, who has scored three centuries and a double century in 2015, started the day on 992 runs and after picking up seven more he achieved the mark with a boundary off Rangana Herath.He had been within sight of the milestone in the first innings but was dismissed for 88 on the penultimate ball before tea on the first day.The 25-year-old is averaging 90.18 runs an innings, with the match against Sri Lanka just his seventh Test of the year.His only failure was in the second test against England at Headingley in Leeds where he had innings of 0 and six, while he scored just 22 and two against Australia in the day-night Test in Adelaide.Williamson also has the third most runs in a calendar year by a New Zealander after scoring 929 runs in 2014.Captain Brendon McCullum scored 1,164 runs in 2014, which included New Zealand’s first Test triple century.last_img read more

Amelie Mauresmo stands down as France Fed Cup captain

first_imgFormer world number one Amelie Mauresmo is stepping down as France’s Fed Cup captain as she is expecting her second child, she said on Monday. (Latest Tennis stories)The 37-year-old’s announcement came a day after France were beaten 3-2 by the Czech Republic in a thrilling final.”For personal reasons, I am leaving my position. I’m expecting a second child,” Mauresmo told reporters.Twice grand slam champion Mauresmo stopped working as Andy Murray’s coach earlier this year and he has since gone on to top the world rankings.last_img

ASF Grants 4 Grassroots

first_imgGrants are available for innovative ideas to increase participation in grassroots and community based sport.  The Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) has launched its Grants 4 Grassroots (G4G) Fund, a newly established small grants program funding innovative initiatives and programs aimed at increasing participation in grassroots and community based sport.G4G was set up to support non-profit organisations with a sporting purpose and sporting clubs throughout Australia. Grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 will be made to support a variety of participation based projects such as the purchase of sporting equipment, sport development initiatives or improvements to sporting facilities.  Funds raised for G4G come from generous donors who wish to see more people playing sport and benefiting from the enjoyment and positive social impacts that sport can have on people and their communities.  Each year, the grant round will focus on a particular idea or theme and for 2014 the core objective is“Innovative community or grassroots projects which will increase youth participation in sport.” (Innovation is defined as making changes to encourage participation in your sport by introducing new methods, ideas, or products) To find out more information and to apply, please visit www.asf.org.au. Applications close at 5pm on Friday, 16 May. Related LinksGrants 4 Grassrootslast_img read more

In the news today April 1

first_imgThe Canadian Press Six stories in the news for Monday, April 1———FEDERAL CARBON TAX STARTS TODAY IN FOUR PROVINCESStarting today people in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick will pay a little more for gasoline, heating fuel and some other items. Ottawa’s carbon tax is kicking in for provinces that refused to impose their own carbon pricing system. The tax adds 4.4 cents to the price of a litre of gasoline and about four cents to a cubic metre of natural gas. It also drives up the cost of propane, butane, aviation fuel and other goods, and is set to increase every year until 2022. But the federal government is also instituting tax rebates that it says will give people back the extra money they’re paying out.———ALBERTA NDP RELEASES ELECTION PLATFORMAlberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley promised to balance the province’s budget by 2023-24 as she unveiled her party’s election platform Sunday. She also pledged to expand $25 per day child care, build long-term care beds for seniors and construct new schools. Notley’s date for balancing the books is a year later than what’s promised by her principal rival, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. But Notley says Kenney’s math doesn’t add up. Voting day is set for April 16.———CASE OF VAN ATTACK SUSPECT DUE IN COURTThe case of the man accused of killing 10 people by mowing them down with a van on a busy sidewalk in north Toronto is due in court today. Alek Minassian, of Richmond Hill, Ont., faces 10 counts of first-degree murder and 16 counts of attempted murder in the attack last year. The 26-year-old’s trial is scheduled for next February. In the meantime, the Crown and defence are continuing their judicial pre-trial discussions.———A YEAR OF PAIN AFTER BRONCOS BUS CRASHA year of dealing with lives lost and futures changed won’t end on the first anniversary of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash this coming weekend. Russ Herold lost his son last spring and says he only faces another year of devastation and loss. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when the driver of a semi-trailer ran a stop sign and collided with the junior hockey team’s bus last April 6th. Mental-health professionals say many families are likely still suffering from P-T-S-D-like symptoms.———FIRST RESPONDERS REFLECT ON BRONCOS CRASHFirst responders say the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has changed their outlook on life. Tisdale Fire Chief Brian Sarkell says his stomach drops whenever he approaches the highway intersection where the junior hockey team’s bus was hit by a semi-trailer last April 6. Many firefighters took leave after the crash and some still haven’t returned to work. Jessica Brost, general manager of North East emergency medical services, says first responders will always remember the awful sights, sounds and smells of the crash, and it’s important for them to share their experiences.———‘ANNE WITH AN E,’ ‘CARDINAL’ WIN BIG AT CSAsTV dramas and debut features by women scored big at the Canadian Screen Awards. The CBC series “Anne with an E” and the CTV detective drama “Cardinal: Blackfly Season” won two awards each at Sunday’s hostless show broadcast from Toronto’s Sony Centre of Performing Arts. They led the TV pack with a total of seven trophies apiece after a week of galas. Best comedy series went to “Schitt’s Creek,” resulting in a total of four awards for the week, including an acting nod for Catherine O’Hara’s portrayal of eccentric matriarch Moira.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer heads to Upper Letang, New Brunswick to talk about the carbon tax.— PEI’s Green Party launches its 2019 election platform in Hampton.— The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians holds an Ottawa conference to talk about federal treaty rights.— Court appearance in Regina for five teenage boys facing sex assault and child porn charges.— Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh makes a policy announcement on health care in Coquitlam, B.C.———last_img read more

Coroners report says 12yearold drowned after foot was sucked into Rotary Lake

first_imgAn investigation into the girl’s death found several hazards at the man-made lake, including insufficient fencing, a lack of supervision, poor water clarity, inadequate safety and first aid equipment, and a single main drain that created a suction hazard.The provincial government granted the park an exemption in 1989 allowing it to operate like a beach after the City of Dawson Creek argued that it would be too expensive to operate it as a swimming pool. Last July, Northern Health recommended that the facility’s exemption from pool regulations be revoked because of the safety concerns. The City has said that changing the lake to a pool would cost $500,000 in upgrades and over $150,000 in annual operating costs.The girl is the second child to have died at the facility since 1989. In 1994, a five-year-old drowned after their parents lost contact with them for just five minutes. The murkiness of the water and overcrowding were said to have been factors in the child’s death.The full report can be found below. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert's report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. Coroner Adele Lambert’s report into the death of a 12-year-old girl at Rotary Lake. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The B.C. Coroner’s Service has released a report which found that the suction from a drain at the bottom of Dawson Creek’s Rotary Lake was what caused a 12-year-old girl to drown in the lake nearly two years ago.In her report, Coroner Adele Lambert said that the girl and her family were spending the day at the man-made lake on August 13, 2016. At around 5:30 that afternoon, Lambert said the girl was playing with other children in the water, and the group was able to remove the bolts that were holding a cover over the drainage pipe on the lake’s bottom. The removal of the bolts also caused the drain’s cover to be removed.Around 45 minutes later the girl, who has been identified by CBC News as Beverly Park, became trapped with her head under water when the drain’s strong suction pulled her leg into the pipe. A family member and a bystander tried to pull her out but were unable to until an attendant turned off the drain’s pump. The girl was airlifted to a hospital in Vancouver where she passed away three days later from significant brain injury due to a lack of oxygen.last_img read more

Saddened by United States college shootings Ban Kimoon voices hope for healing

17 April 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced sadness at the shooting rampage yesterday at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the United States, while expressing hope that the many affected individuals and communities would be able to embark on a deep process of healing. “I feel very much sorry and troubled, and any such rampant killing of innocent citizens and children is totally not acceptable and I condemn it in strongest terms possible,” Mr. Ban said in response to questions by reporters in New York.His spokesperson later added: “This tragic incident underscores the common bonds of all humanity. We all grieve with the survivors and the families of all victims.”The Secretary-General offered his hopes “for a profound healing process for the many individuals and communities affected,” spokesperson Michele Montas said. read more

Former Indian PM helped Sri Lanka fight LTTE sea tigers

Wickremesinghe said that the military had suffered a severe setback in Jaffna then and Sri Lanka’s economy was in a poor state. Former Indian Prime Minister, the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, helped Sri Lanka fight the LTTE sea tigers, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.Speaking to reporters after signing the condolence book for the late Indian Prime Minister in Colombo, Wickremesinghe said that the LTTE was a very strong unit when he was Prime Minister at the time of the war in Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe noted that Atal Bihari Vajpayee had then offered assistance to Sri Lanka by giving training to the military and and also help stop the LTTE sea tigers. The Prime Minister said that Vajpayee had placed a lot of focus on Sri Lanka and this helped Sri Lanka at that time. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Sixth arrest in triple homicide

Police have laid accessory to murder charges against a third person in the slaying of three SixNations residents, whose bodies were found southwest of London last November.The OPP and Six Nations police arrested Vernon Shipman, 33, of Six Nations on Thursday, charging him with three counts of accessory after the fact to murder.Shipman was held in custody after appearing in Brantford court on Friday morning.He is the sixth person arrested in the case.The bodies of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, who was seven months pregnant, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32, were found Nov. 4 near a stolen pickup truck near London.Two men, 36-year-old Nicholas Shipman and 30-year-old Thomas Bomberry, and a woman, 32-year-old Jamie Beaver, all of SixNations, were charged earlier this month with second-degree murder. Shipman faces three counts, while Bomberry is charged with two, and Beaver is charged with one. Nicholas and Vernon are brothers.The three are to return to court on May 9.In August 2017, the body of Miller’s common-law husband, Douglas Hill, 47, who had been missing from Brantford for eight weeks, was found in a shallow grave in the same area where the three bodies were found.Nicholas Shipman had been charged as an accessory in the death of Hill but his charges, and those of two other women and a female youth, were withdrawn after a preliminary hearing last fall.In November, Kirsten Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations was charged with three counts of being an accessory to murder in the triple homicide. She was denied bail in February.Earlier this week, Roland Sturgeon, 21, of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation was charged with three counts of accessory to murder. He also is custody after appearing in a Brantford court.The police have declined to say what the connection is among the accused.Anyone with additional information is asked to contact a dedicated police tip line at 1-844-677-5050 or Six Nations police at 519-445-2811.To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Malaysian anticorruption leader appointed as UN ethics adviser

The co-founder of a Malaysian anti-corruption organization has been appointed to be the special adviser on the establishment of a United Nations Ethics Office, a critical part of current efforts to reform the world body, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today.Tunku Abdul Aziz, who co-founded the Malaysian Chapter of Transparency International, will advise on the set-up, operating procedures and staff recruitment for the Office, one of several reform measures endorsed by the 2005 World Summit, a UN spokesman said today.Conceived by Mr. Annan, the Office was formally established on 1 January, with an interim team of seconded UN staff members, to administer the new financial disclosure and whistleblower policies, both of which were mandated by the General Assembly to take effect by the start of 2006.In the case of a complaint of retaliation for whistle-blowing, the Ethics Office will conduct a preliminary review to see if there was a credible case. If so, it will forward the matter to the UN Office of Internal Oversight (OIOS).Under the new financial disclosure system, the value of gifts that UN officials will be required to report will drop from $10,000 to $250, and financial disclosure forms will be required from a far broader spectrum of officials.In addition to his anti-corruption efforts, Mr. Aziz has held senior management positions in large private and public sector organizations in Malaysia, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.Mr. Aziz devoted himself to Transparency International, on a volunteer basis, from 1995 to 2004 and is a member of the World Bank High Level Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption in the East Asia and Pacific Region.He is also a member of the Advisory Board on Public Policy Networks, a project of “Visioning the United Nations,” an initiative of Secretary-General Annan and the UN Foundation, as well as being a principal several other international ethics and good governance organizations. read more

Climate change impacting entire planet raising risk of hunger floods conflict –

The effects of climate change are already occurring in all continents and across the oceans, and the world, for the most part, is ill-prepared for their risks, says a United Nations report issued today, which also warns that while action can be taken, managing the phenomenon’s impacts will be difficult on a rapidly warming planet.The report, Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks. The survey was released earlier today in Yokohama, Japan.The report, the Nobel-Prize winning’s IPCC’s fifth such assessment, concludes that responding to climate change involves making choices about risks in a changing world. The nature of the risks of climate change is increasingly clear, though the phenomenon will also continue to produce surprises. It identifies vulnerable people, industries, and ecosystems around the world and finds that risk from a changing climate comes from vulnerability (lack of preparedness) and exposure (people or assets in harm’s way) overlapping with hazards (triggering climate events or trends).Welcoming the IPCC’s findings, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report confirms that the effects of human-caused climate change are already widespread and consequential, affecting agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some industries. “To reduce these risks, substantial reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions must be made, along with smart strategies and actions to improve disaster preparedness and reduce exposure to events caused by climate change,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.The UN chief urged all countries to act swiftly and boldly at every level, to bring ambitious announcements and actions to the climate summit he will convene on 23 September, and to make every effort needed to reach a global legal climate agreement by 2015.During a press conference in Yokohama, IPCC Chairperson Rajendra K. Pachauri said: “In view of the impacts [presented in the report] and those that we have projected for the future, we know that nobody on the planet will be untouched by climate change.”He cited shrinking glaciers, species migration, dwindling crop yields, rise in vector-borne diseases, and the increase in extreme events as clear evidence of the need for the international community to make better adaptation and mitigation choices, which is the only way to manage the risks of climate change.“The world has to take this report seriously because there are implications for security of food supply, impacts of extreme events on morbidity and mortality, severe and irreversible impacts on species, and a risk of crossing various tipping points because of increasing temperatures,” said Mr. Pachauri, explaining that those impacts also affect human security, in that climate change could spark mass population displacement or increased conflict. A total of 309 coordinating lead authors, lead authors and review editors, drawn from 70 countries, were selected to produce the report. They enlisted the help of 436 contributing authors, and a total of 1,729 expert and government reviewers. “We live in an era of man-made climate change,” said Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of Working Group II. “In many cases, we are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face. Investments in better preparation can pay dividends both for the present and for the future.”The report says, “People who are socially, economically, culturally, politically, institutionally, or otherwise marginalized are especially vulnerable to climate change and also to some adaptation and mitigation responses.” Observed impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods. The striking feature of observed impacts is that they are occurring from the tropics to the poles, from small islands to large continents, and from the wealthiest countries to the poorest.“Adaptation can play a key role in decreasing these risks,” Mr. Barros noted. “Part of the reason adaptation is so important is that the world faces a host of risks from climate change already baked into the climate system, due to past emissions and existing infrastructure,” said Mr. Barros.The IPCC is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to provide policymakers with regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. read more

UN chief horrified at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya

“Slavery has no place in our world and these actions are among the most egregious abuses of human rights and may amount to crimes against humanity,” Mr. Guterres told reporters at a press stakeout at the UN Headquarters, in New York, Monday. He added that he has asked the relevant UN actors to actively pursue the matter. Mr. Guterres also called on all countries to adopt and apply the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its protocol on trafficking in persons and I urge the international community to unite in fighting this scourge. The Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea and Air, supplementing the Convention, was adopted by the UN General Assembly in November 2000. It entered into force in January 2004. It is an important legal instrument that seeks to prevent and combat the smuggling of migrants, as well as to promote cooperation among States Parties, while protecting the rights of smuggled migrants. Further in his remarks, the UN chief urge the international community to unite in fighting the scourge. He also called for addressing migration flows in a comprehensive and humane manner, including through the development cooperation among States to address its root causes, meaningful increase of all the opportunities for legal migration, and enhanced international cooperation in cracking down on smugglers and traffickers and protecting the rights of their victims. read more

The Pacers Got Manhandled on the Glass

Tuesday night did not go the way the Indiana Pacers had hoped. Seeking to close out the Washington Wizards in Indianapolis, the home team instead lost by 23 points in a game that was all but over before the fourth quarter began.The Pacers were outplayed in a number of areas, but nowhere more so than in the rebounding battle. The final tally was 62-23 in favor of the Wizards, making it the largest rebounding differential in the NBA playoffs going back to the 1985-86 season.There were two challenges for the Pacers on Tuesday night: They didn’t get themselves in position to grab rebounds, and they didn’t convert those opportunities when they had them.The Pacers rely heavily on their starting five, a reliable rebounding group for most of the season. Of the 21 lineups in the league that played at least 400 minutes together this season, the Pacers’ starters grabbed 51.7 percent of available rebounds — ninth best in the league. But the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking data can give us a closer look at how well that unit usually rebounds and exactly how atrocious its performance was on the glass in Game 5.SportVU Player Tracking statistics include rebound chances, defined as any time a player was within 3.5 feet of a rebound (multiple players can meet that definition for a single shot). Rebound chances can be compared with actual rebounds to calculate a conversion percentage for each player. It’s important to remember those multiple opportunities here. Even if the Pacers grabbed every rebound, their conversion percentage might not be 100 percent because more than one teammate could have earned a rebound chance by being around the ball on a single shot.Here we can see the dramatic drop off in both rebound opportunities and conversions in Game 5. The Pacers starters put themselves in rebounding position far less often and lost far more of those individual rebounding battles than they usually do. Circling back to total rebound percentage, we find this group grabbed just 25 percent of the available rebounds in the 20 minutes they played together in Game 5.This performance can’t be pinned entirely on the Pacers; the Wizards were aggressive from the opening tip and deserve plenty of credit for forcing the Pacers into this kind of drab performance. Wizards center Marcin Gortat was a force, pulling in 16 rebounds on 24 rebound chances. But this kind of rebounding disparity requires effort (or the lack thereof) from both teams.It’s unlikely the Pacers will put up another rebounding performance this disastrous, but the damage may be done. By allowing themselves to be so thoroughly pushed around on the interior, they have given the Wizards new life. read more

Instagram enfin disponible sur les smartphones Android

first_imgInstagram enfin disponible sur les smartphones AndroidL’application de partage de photos Instagram qui a remporté un grand succès sur iOS est désormais disponible en version Android. Très attendue, elle ne fonctionne toutefois pas sur les tablettes Android.Les utilisateurs Android l’attendaient, elle est enfin là. Instagram, l’application de partage de photos sacrée application de l’année par Apple est depuis hier disponible sur les dispositifs Android. Pour l’utiliser, il suffit d’avoir un smartphone Android équipé au moins de la version 2.2, de l’OpenGL ES 2 et bien évidemment d’un appareil photo. En revanche, les utilisateurs de tablette Android devront encore attendre, l’application en fonctionnant pas sur ces appareils, précise Instagram.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Cette application permet de prendre des photos, de les modifier en leur appliquant 17 filtres préinstallés, donnant par exemple un look rétro puis de les partager via les réseaux sociaux. Un vécu en temps réel et en images partagé sur Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare ou encore Flick’r. Depuis son lancement sur iOS, Instagram a remporté un grand succès et compte aujourd’hui pas moins de 30 millions d’utilisateurs pour quelque 5 millions de photos échangées quotidiennement. Des chiffres qui devraient être gonflés par l’arrivée de la version Android, relève Businessmobile.fr.D’après Instagram, les fonctionnalités Android sont les mêmes que sur iPhone, excepté la prévisualisation manquante et le partage directement depuis son fil. Il lui manque aussi la possibilité de partage sur Flick’r. Les filtres sont par contre parfaitement identiques et la résolution maximale des photos prises est de 2048×2048 pixels. De futures mises à jour devraient, selon les promesses d’Instagram compléter ces fonctions.L’application est disponible en français sur le market Google play. Quant à des versions BlackBerry ou Windows Phone, Instagram a déclaré ne rien avoir à annoncer de ce côté là.Le 4 avril 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Security Guard Robot Caught Lying Down on Job

first_imgIt’s ok security robot. It’s a stressful job, we’ve all been there. pic.twitter.com/LQbnntbCRm— Sparkle Ops (@SparkleOps) July 17, 2017No witnesses have come forward on behalf of the drowned robot; it remains unclear whether its plunge was intentional or accidental.Neither The Washington Harbour nor Knightscope immediately responded to Geek’s request for comment. But a spokesman for the robo-maker told Ars Technica that the “isolated incident” is under investigation, and a replacement bot is on its way to Washington Harbour.The high-tech machine boasts 360-degree vision and the ability to scan up to 1,500 car license plates per minute. And while it can’t yet make arrests or taser a criminal, it will call the cops or fire a loud siren in an emergency situation.But, considering it fell down five steps into the shallow waters of a large ornamental structure, the K5’s software could probably use some tweaking.Last year, a 41-year-old Mountain View man drunkenly assaulted one of Knightscope’s egg-shaped security droids outside a Silicon Valley shopping center. A few months later, a K5 ran over a 16-month-old child in what the manufacturer called a “freakish accident,” according to Ars Tech.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower Our D.C. office building got a security robot. It drowned itself.We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots. pic.twitter.com/rGLTAWZMjn— Bilal Farooqui (@bilalfarooqui) July 17, 2017 Stay on target Georgetown-based retail park The Washington Harbour last week introduced Steve, a security robot with “an extensive catalogue of security capabilities.”Unfortunately, navigating steps is not among them.Just days after the pilot technology was announced, tragedy struck the D.C. office building: Steve was found face-down in a fountain.The Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machine, inspired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, is used to monitor crime in schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.Standing (er, laying) at 5 feet tall, the 300-pound android employs various sensors—video camera, thermal imaging, laser range finder, radar, microphone—to detect misconduct.And “he’s totally OK with selfies,” The Washington Harbour said.Alas, just like the Daleks it appears to be modeled after, the K5 seems incapable of navigating stairs. Steps are our best defense against the Robopocalypse (Security robot down at Georgetown harbor) pic.twitter.com/eVf7YUJX1j— Peter W. Singer (@peterwsinger) July 17, 2017 It’s a fun day here at @gmmb. The super high-tech security robot at our office complex has had a mishap. pic.twitter.com/nhRshrJA9w— Greg Pinelo (@gregpinelo) July 17, 2017last_img read more

Swimmers surfers warned as high surf pounds California

first_img AP August 26, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — High surf is pounding much of the Southern California coast and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves and rip currents.The National Weather Service says a strong southeast swell from Tropical Storm Ivo off Mexico could bring waves up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) to some areas from San Diego to Ventura.Swimmers and surfers are urged to stay near lifeguards and never turn their backs on the ocean.Forecasters say big waves will last into Tuesday, with peak swells coming Sunday and Monday.Flooding is possible in some low-lying areas. Beach erosion is also possible. AP, Posted: August 26, 2019 Swimmers, surfers warned as high surf pounds California Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Alternative Renewable BioFuel Sources Camelina Sativa and Switchgrass

first_img Citation: Alternative Renewable Bio-Fuel Sources: Camelina Sativa and Switchgrass (2008, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-alternative-renewable-bio-fuel-sources-camelina.html Camelina and Switchgrass are making news in the bio-fuel industry. Camelina is a seed crop whose history goes back some 3500 years in Europe. Camelina is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and is currently undergoing various stages of research and development as a bio-fuel in the Pacific Northwest. Switchgrass has been used for years in many Western states farmers for livestock forage or for use as deterrence for soil erosion. Camelina and Switchgrass have the advantage of being able to grow in arid conditions unsuitable for most food crops. It isn´t an exaggeration to say that both crops grow like weeds almost anywhere and under the most harsh weather conditions. This is particularly true of Camelina which seems to have a high tolerance for cold weather. According to the Department of Energy, Switchgrass has a distinct advantage due to its fast growing, low maintenance propensities and ability to absorb carbon dioxide as it grows. It has the ability to seek out water sources far beneath the soil surface and adds organic material to the soil as opposed to depleting it. Research is continuing in various labs including Auburn University to increase the yield and improve gasification technology. The goal is to create direct methods to produce alternative fuels like synthetic gasoline, diesel fuel, hydrogen and fertilizer, solvents and plastics. Additionally, Switchgrass is a suitable and stable feed crop. According to Dr. Stephen Guy of the University of Idaho, Moscow the study of Camelina is relatively new. The University of Idaho has various test plots and the process of establishing yield and oil levels is on-going. During the first three years of study, Camelina has shown great potential. The current year conditions were extremely poor for Camelina. However, the test plots were still able to produce 1200 pounds per acre.He states, ” Camelina generally produces 35-percent oil content and I use 30-percent extractable to produce about 80-gallons per acre of oil. When converted to bio-diesel (90-percent), the yield is about 72-gallons per acre for a 2000 pound an acre yield. Research to improve yield and growth rates are on-going at various universities in the Pacific Northwest. A European Union study entitled Camelina Oil As A Fuel For Diesel Transport Engines (doi:10.1016/S0926-6690(02)00098-5, 2003 Elsevier Science B.V.) demonstrated that Camelina seed oil produced a maximum power at the road wheels of 43.25kW and returned 12.57km/l compared to 38.50kW and 14.03km/l for mineral oil. At an engine speed of 2000 rpm and high loading, Camelina seed oil was found to produce 50-percent less CO2 and smoke opacity than mineral oil emissions.Testing is continuing along these lines in the United States. Another important aspect is the need to standardize all bio-fuel sources for use as gasoline or as an additive. Work in this area is currently underway. In June, 2008 Propel opened a Clean Fuel Point in downtown Seattle Washington. According to Green Car Congress, the Propel stations offers B5 and B20 diesel blends which include Camelina Sativa as well as other clean energy sources. The State of Montana is sponsoring a series of workshops on Bio-Diesel Production on January 28-29, 2009 with keynote speakers from the University of Idaho, Montana State University and the National Bio-Diesel Education Program. A list of various events and symposiums on the subject may be found at Green Car Congress. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Advancing biocrop alternatives in the Pacific Northwest Image: BozemanChronicle/Eitel INEOS Enterprises of the UK has entered into a partnership agreement with Great Plains-The Camelina Company for the purpose of expanding their bio-diesel enterprises world-wide. Great Plains-The Camelina Company is located in Montana and their achievements include establishing Camelina (oil seed) crushing machines and production facilities for creating bio-fuels. Switchgrass test plots at Auburn University have produced a five-year average of 11.5 tons of bio-mass equivalent to 1,150 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Unsung heroes of Austria India

first_imgDelhi Tourism along with Austrian Cultural Forum of the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi has embarked upon to present an unusual touring exhibition which attempts to project the life stories of important Austrian and Indian women of the past 200 years. “Women have far too often been forgotten, overlooked and marginalised irrespective of a period, geographical borders, and cultures. But yet their lives and their works have been found quite exemplary and a source of growth, development, expansion, and improvement of the society in general,” the Delhi Tourism said in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProjecting these unsung women champions from Austria and India together in full knowledge of inevitable gaps, the exhibition, “Inspiring Women Austria-India” (Calliope Austria) representing almost the same period, was inaugurated in the Capital on August 25 jointly by Brigitte Oeppinger-Walchshofer, Ambassador of Austria and Varsha Joshi, Secretary (Tourism), Government of Delhi.In order to reach out to the public at large, this exhibition has been envisaged to be kept away from the conventional walled galleries and venues and to showcase the same in public spaces. The Exhibition will be on view on the following dates and Venues at:August 28 and August 29 at Dilli Haat, PitampuraAugust 30 and August 31 at Dilli Haat, JanakpuriSeptember 1 and September 2 at Garden of Five SensesThis touring exhibition will also be exhibited outside Delhi, in other states of India.last_img read more

Canadian man charged with ignoring HIV medical treatment

first_imgThe man ignored his doctor | Photo: Unsplash/Jonathan Perez eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A 34-year-old man from Vancouver, Canada has been charged by officials for ignoring a medical professional’s HIV treatment. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img The guidelines are primarily for people who engage in risky behaviors without informing others of their infection. According to the court document, the man was supposed to attend daily appoiments once the virus reached a high point in his bloodstream.This is the first time Gustafson and her office have gone to the courts to make someone comply with medical orders.‘You don’t take a step like this lightly or without consultation with colleagues, with individuals who would have concerns about taking this step,’ she explained. ‘The order wouldn’t be very meaningful if you weren’t able to enforce that order with potential support of the courts.’H/t: CBCMore from Gay Star NewsBroadway performer reveals he’s HIV positive to help tackle stigmaGay men are finally allowed to donate blood in DenmarkQueer As Folk’s Russell T Davies penning new gay drama about UK AIDS crisisGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Authorities charged him under the Public Health Act, which is a rare action.‘I cannot impress upon you to what extent this is an unusual step for us to take. This is not the norm,’ said Dr. Reka Gustafson. She is the medical director of communicable disease control in the city.Gustafson further said the man is not being charged under the Criminal Code, but rather to protect public health.‘Criminal prosecution is not appropriate for HIV,’ she said about the case. ‘It’s not appropriate for communicable diseases — period. It’s not appropriate and it’s not effective.’According to court documents, the man did not collect his prescribed medication or attend appointments.Putting safety above all elseThe B.C. Centre for Disease Control published a set of guidelines about HIV/AIDS and public health risks.According to the guidelines, medical professionals can issues orders like this one if they ‘reasonably believe that the person continues to pose a risk of harm to others, and voluntary and other measures have been exhausted’. Lambda Legal’s Omar Gonzalez Named to LGBT Bar Association’s List of Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40Prince Harry and Meghan Markle mark World AIDS Day: ‘We owe it to this generation to eradicate AIDS’Planned Parenthood expands transgender services, infuriates conservatives moreRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/man-charged-ignoring-hiv-treatment/last_img read more

Search is on for CLIAs next President CEO as DAousts departure looms

first_img Share Search is on for CLIA’s next President & CEO as D’Aoust’s departure looms Tags: CLIA, Retirement Thursday, July 19, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img MIAMI — CLIA President and CEO Cindy D’Aoust has announced she will be stepping down from her post at the end of the year to focus on family priorities.D’Aoust will remain in her role until a successor is identified and will help oversee the transition of a new leader, says CLIA. CLIA’s Global Executive Committee is developing a transition plan that will include a search for a new president and CEO. “CLIA has been fortunate to have Cindy at the helm for the last two years but we respect her decision to focus on her family and wish her all the best,” said Arnold Donald, Global Chair, CLIA and President and CEO, Carnival Corporation & plc.CLIA says it has retained the services of executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to lead the search for a new president and CEO. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

St Louis services resume postTornado

first_imgOperations have resumed to and from Lambert-St Louis International Airport after a severe storm damaged parts of the airport’s main terminal on Good Friday. Travellers at the airport were forced to flee from flying shattered glass and metal as the storm struck directly into the C Concourse while other passengers were holding their breaths, riding out the tornado inside aircraft parked at the tarmac, Fox 31 Denver reported. In an online statement the airport has since reported that up to 90 percent of flights were back in the air by Easter Monday, shifting American Airlines, Cape Air, AirTran and Frontier Airlines services to alternative Concourses.   The C terminal will remain closed until further notice, however, officials have organised new food services in the expanded terminals B and D to accommodate increased flights throughout the week. Meanwhile, travellers returning to the city after Easter holidays may find themselves without car transportation, with the airport reporting “extreme damages to vehicles during the storm”. Parking fees for travellers with storm damaged vehicles have been waived, while the airport extended its post-storm fee waiving policy on customers exiting parking lots until Monday evening. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more