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October 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s bid to become a world leader in tidal energy has been dealt a major setback, but industry experts say a French firm’s decision to pull out of a pioneering Bay of Fundy project may ultimately be good for the emerging industry.Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association, says the renewable energy industry has been hurt by Paris-based Naval Energies’ decision to pull funding from its Dublin-based subsidiary OpenHydro, the key backer of Nova Scotia’s Cape Sharp Tidal.“When the leading technology developer exits the field, it’s a concern,” Dempsey said in an interview Monday. “There’s no way to diminish that. It will have immediate negative consequences. The question is whether it is short-term or long-term.”Last week, Cape Sharp Tidal successfully connected a massive, two megawatt in-stream tidal turbine to Nova Scotia’s electricity grid. It was the second time that Cape Sharp has installed a turbine on the floor of the Bay of Fundy to generate electricity from the world’s highest tides.In a historic first, Cape Sharp’s first turbine was hooked up to the grid in November 2016, but it was later removed for inspections and servicing in June 2017.In 2009, an in-stream prototype was torn apart by the bay’s powerful currents, which can move at 18 kilometres per hour.Naval Energies, considered a leader in the field of renewable energy, issued a statement last week saying it had stopped investing in tidal energy in Canada and in other locations, and was instead focusing on floating wind turbines and ocean thermal technology.“The deterioration of the market, in France and around the world throughout the recent months, has been reflected in a lack of commercial prospects over the long term,” company CEO Laurent Schneider-Maunoury said in a statement.The company also complained that in Canada “there is also great sensitivity to the cost of the technology.”Cape Sharp is a joint venture between OpenHydro and Halifax-based Emera Inc.Amanda White, acting executive director for Marine Renewables Canada, said her non-profit group was disappointed with Naval Energies’ move. However, she said such setbacks are to be expected in an emerging industry.“It has happened before in this industry and other innovative sectors, and is a natural part of industry development,” she said in a statement.“The association feels strongly that there is great opportunity in this industry with many promising projects on the horizon. Tidal energy is on the cusp of becoming a viable industry.”With OpenHydro now in the midst of bankruptcy protection, it will be up to the receiver, Grant Thornton in Ireland, to determine if a new owner can be found for the project.So far, officials with Emera Inc. have said little about what they plan to do. The company, which is the parent of the utility Nova Scotia Power Inc., issued a statement Monday saying Emera continues to believe in the potential for ocean energy.“These are still early days for a sector that is still emerging,” said spokeswoman Stacey Pineau. “The industry continues to learn and innovate so it can ultimately develop technologies that produce affordably-priced energy for consumers.”She said Emera’s biggest concern was ensuring the receiver has a plan for environmental monitoring and safe operation of the turbine.Nova Scotia’s recently appointed energy minister, Derek Mombourquette, did not directly respond when asked if the provincial government was considering some form of bailout.“We’re continuing to monitor the situation,” he said. “Our primary focus … is the environmental and marine regulations.”Mombourquette also said the industry is going through growing pains.“I still believe there’s great potential for Nova Scotia in the tidal energy sector,” he said. “There’s a number of players from around the world that are still involved.”Both Dempsey and White stressed that the end of Naval Energies’ involvement in tidal energy did not mean the end of research and development in the Bay of Fundy.Dempsey said a number of smaller companies are moving ahead with less ambitious projects.“There was never any certainty that (Cape Sharp) would be successful,” he said. “All of this feels kind of strange right now, but it was kind of anticipated. Often in technology developments, it’s the disruptive technology that ends of being successful. The big ones sometime start up and fail, and then others come forth.”In the coming weeks, U.S.-based Bigmoon Power is expected to deploy a 100-kilowatt prototype in the bay, using an onshore generator that is connected by high-strength ropes to a barge that will move with the tides.Meanwhile, Black Rock Tidal — a subsidiary of Schottel Hydro of Germany — is hoping to deploy a floating array of 40 small turbines that will be anchored to the floor of the bay.last_img read more

October 12, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgTripoli — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said Monday he had ordered the army to lift the blockade imposed by protesters on the main oil terminals in the east of the country.Since last July, security guards at key oil terminals in eastern Libya — many of them former rebels who helped overthrow dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011 — have blockaded exports, hitting government revenues.“I asked the defence minister to give the order to the army chief of staff to head for the oil ports,” Zeidan said at a press conference in Tripoli. He said he had given the order two weeks ago, without giving further details about the nature or date of any military operation.Protesters at the eastern oil ports are demanding a restoration of the autonomy the eastern region of Cyrenaica was granted in the first decade after Libya’s independence in 1951.They have also accused the authorities of corruption and are demanding a more equitable distribution of oil revenues.Zeidan has threatened to break their blockade with force in the past, but has refrained from taking action, and has repeatedly said he will not negotiate with protesters.Libya’s vital oil revenues fell far short of expectations in 2013, reaching just $40 billion after protesters shut down production at key sites in the east of the country.The crisis saw production plunge to about 250,000 barrels per day from nearly 1.5 million bpd before the crisis. After the blockade of an oilfield in the south was lifted, output rose again to 600,000 bpd.He also said at the press conference he had presented the country’s highest political authority, the General National Congress, with a list of ministers as part of a cabinet reshuffle.The Islamist Justice and Construction Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, withdrew its five ministers from the government last month, demanding Zeidan’s resignation.Their resignations came after an attempt to pass a censure motion against Zeidan, proposed by 99 lawmakers, most of whom were Islamists.But they failed to clinch the required 120 votes in the 194-member GNC.last_img read more

October 8, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur was forced to turn back after a passenger suspected to be from Sri Lanka, tried to enter the cockpit while threatening to “blow up” the plane, The Independent reported.A spokesperson for the airline said the incident was caused by a “disruptive passenger” who was later arrested. “MH128 departed Melbourne Airport at 11.11pm (1.11pm BST) local time…but made a turn back to Melbourne after the operating captain was alerted by cabin crew to a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit,” a statement said, adding that the plane added safely around half an hour after take-off. “Safety and security are of the utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines,” it added. “The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused.“Affected passengers will be accommodated at hotels and will be offered a seat on the next available flight or on other carriers.”The Australian Federal Police confirmed officers had responded to the incident, which left the airport on temporary “lockdown”.All departing and arriving flights were suspended as security operations continued, but operations have resumed.Malaysia Airlines has been hit by two major disasters, including the loss of MH370 in March 2014, in circumstances that remain unclear, and the shooting down of MH17 over Ukraine months later.More than 520 people died in the combined disasters, which put the airline at risk of collapse. “Malaysia Airlines, together with the Australian authorities, will be investigating the incident. At the moment, the airline does not wish to make any premature conclusions until a full investigation has been concluded.”Malaysia’s deputy transport minister, Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, said the passenger claimed to have a bomb. Photos posted online by those on board showed the man lying face-down in plastic cuffs, being restrained by passengers and staff.Armed officers wearing body armour later entered the cabin.Malaysia Airlines stressed that the aircraft was not “hijacked” at any point, adding that passengers had been safely disembarked. Passengers told relatives they helped the crew “tie the man down” as the plane returned to Melbourne. “Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security,” a spokesperson added. “It was not a bomb but a powerbank,” he added, saying the Sri Lankan national appeared to be drunk.A woman named Vanessa told the 3AW programme her boyfriend had confronted the passenger as he tried to enter the cockpit.“He was the one who first confronted him when an air hostess was getting scared of this guy and that’s when the guy said ‘I’m going to blow up this plane’,” she said. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

A statement issued in Jerusalem for Terje Roed-Larsen said he “condemns in the strongest terms this terrorist act” Monday at the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv.Mr. Roed-Larsen, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reiterated “his firm belief” that nothing can justify terror. “He expects the Palestinian Authority to act without delay against those organizing and perpetrating terror and to bring them to justice,” the statement said.He also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of Israel and wished for a speedy recovery of the wounded.Meanwhile, Secretary-General Kofi Annan strongly endorsed Mr. Roed-Larsen’s statement, Mr. Annan’s spokesman said in New York.”He reiterates his long-standing and adamant opposition to all terrorist attacks, from whatever quarter,” Fred Eckhard said, adding that the Secretary-General also sends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today’s attack. read more

October 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Canadian Pacific reports $142-million profit ahead of crucial shareholder vote Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) reported sharply improved operating results Friday and a quarterly profit of $142-million as it fought back against its biggest shareholder, who is seeking to replace chief executive Fred Green.CP’s besieged chief executive said the foundations have been set for improved results at the Calgary-based railway as it delivers on a multi-year plan.“The records we are setting are not just for the first quarter. We’re setting all-time operating records for any quarter, evidence that these are sustained improvements, not just easy comparisons,” Green told a conference call with financial analysts.“The programs that we have underway are resulting in new, unparalleled levels of performance.”CP management will face shareholders at a crucial annual meeting in Calgary next month.New York-based investment firm Pershing Square Capital Management is seeking to replace Green with former Canadian National Railway Co. chief executive Hunter Harrison.The firm has put forth seven nominees to sit on CP’s 15-member board, which will be elected at the annual meeting.Green, who has been supported by CP’s current board, including chairman John Cleghorn, announced Friday that Canadian Pacific had achieved a record operating performance in the first three months of 2012.The operating ratio was 80.1 per cent, an improvement of 10.5 percentage points, but nowhere near the level sought by Pershing Square chief Bill Ackman, who said it is still too high.“If you look at the operating ratio this quarter and compare it with what it was when Fred Green started, it’s worse, even though this was one of the best winters on record,” Ackman said.“They talk about all this progress. They talk about lots of different improvements in metrics. But the bottom line, which is what shareholders participate in, has gotten worse during his tenure.“It reinforces the need for a change in management,” Ackman said.Ackman and Harrison have said Canadian Pacific can improve its operating ratio to 65 per cent by 2015 — a target that CP says can’t be achieved in that time frame.CP has set a target of 70 to 72 per cent operating ratio for 2014 and between 68.5 per cent and 70.5 per cent by 2016.The ratio represents the percentage of revenue required to pay for operations, so investors want railways to push the number lower in order to boost profitability.For the three months ended March 31, Canadian Pacific reported $1.37 billion revenue, up from $1.16 billion in the first quarter of 2011, when CP’s performance was bogged down by weather-related issues.The first-quarter profit amounted to 82 cents per share, up from a meagre $34 million or 20 cents per share in the first three months of 2011.Last week, the company gave guidance for the first quarter that it expected a profit between 80 and 83 cents per share for the quarter. Before it issued that guidance, the average analyst estimate was for a profit of 63 cents per share.The stronger results in its latest quarter compared with a year earlier were partly due to a brutal winter a year ago that slowed shipments and drove up costs. By comparison, CP experienced a milder winter this year, but the railway also improved its operations.BMO Capital Markets analyst Fadi Chamoun said the results were consistent with what the company had suggested last week.“While a mild winter might have helped and comparables are easy versus Q1/11, the company is also clearly demonstrating a positive trend following significant investments in network infrastructure and lean initiatives over the past 18 months,” Chamoun wrote in a note to clients.However RBC Capital Markets analyst Walter Spracklin noted that a single quarter’s results may not carry enough sway with investors when they decide whether or not to support CP’s management at the annual meeting.“While some investors will be comforted with these results, others will focus on the limited time frame in which they were achieved,” Spracklin said.Canadian Pacific transports coal, fertilizer, grain, automobiles, consumer goods and other materials across its North American rail network.Shares in the company closed up 42 cents at $76.45 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Previous versions identified CP’s annual meeting as set for today and stated CP’s operating ratio improved by 1.05 percentage points. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 20, 2012 6:19 pm MDT read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

The five countries obtained the required two-thirds majority of those Member States present and voting in the 193-member Assembly. Elected in one round of secret balloting, they will replace Azerbaijan, Guatemala, Morocco, Pakistan and Togo, whose terms will conclude at the end of this year. The five permanent Council members, which each wield the power of veto, are China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Non-permanent members Argentina, Australia, Luxembourg, the Republic of Korea and Rwanda will remain on the Council until the end of 2014. Under the UN Charter, the 15-member Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and all Member States are obligated to comply with its decisions.In addition, the Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls on the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, it can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security. read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Briefing reporters in Geneva after a meeting of a UN-supported humanitarian task force, Jan Egeland, Special Adviser to the UN Special Envoy, said the most recent aid convoy arrived on the 28th November 2017, in the town of al-Nashibiya, and consisted of aid for only 7,200 people.Many civilians fleeing conflict areas took refuge in the area of Idlib, where fighting has since flared up, leaving them with little choice but to move on again.Mr. Egeland said that the history of the war in Syria is that of millions of people fleeing for their lives every single year for the past five years, and that the situation is “screaming for a ceasefire.”“This is a war when armed men are specializing in the suffering of civilian populations and those that are the sponsors, are not able to end it.”He added that an end to the fighting was essential, and that this would require cooperation from Russia, Iran and Turkey.Asked if the recent meeting of Syrian parties in the Russian city of Sochi could help the humanitarian situation, Mr. Egeland said he hopes that the meetings will result in progress, adding that it hasn’t so far, but “this is very early days.” read more

October 2, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBy all accounts, the Ohio State men’s basketball team has exceeded expectations. Many people thought it would finish 11th or 12th in the Big Ten. As of right now, the Associated Press has the Buckeyes as the No. 8 team. No, not in the conference, but in the country. With only four games remaining on its regular-season schedule, Ohio State has the chance to do several things no one would have given them a chance to do at the beginning of the season: win the Big Ten regular-season title, be a contender for the Big Ten tournament championship and reach the NCAA Tournament as a high seed.Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said the team has discussed what lies ahead, but that all discussions have been short-lived.“We did talk a little bit about the Big Ten [regular-season crown] after the Purdue game,” Holtmann said after the team’s win against Iowa Saturday. “Just elephant in the room. We were just kinda talking, ‘Hey, listen, we’re going to kind of put this to bed. We’ve got a really difficult, challenging stretch ahead of us, but there’s nothing wrong with having goals.’”No. 2 Michigan State beating No. 6 Purdue Saturday made the road easier for Ohio State. It separated the Buckeyes from the Boilermakers in the standings, giving the Scarlet and Gray a one-game advantage over any other team in the conference. But Ohio State still has work left, even with the current separation.The stretch ahead features road matches against Penn State — the only blemish on Ohio State’s conference record — on Thursday and versus No. 22 Michigan on Sunday. Ohio State then returns to Columbus for a home game against Rutgers on Tuesday and a road game against Indiana on Feb. 23 to end the season.The Buckeyes will be favorites to win every remaining game in their schedule. But based on where they are in the standings, they only have to win three games to clinch at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.It would be the first regular-season title for Ohio State since it shared the championship with Michigan State and Michigan in 2012 and its first outright championship since 2011.As far as an NCAA Tournament berth, the Buckeyes could lose every remaining regular-season game and still reach the tournament. They would finish the season 22-9 with a 13-5 conference record, plus whatever happens in the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State is currently expected to be a No. 4 seed in the east regional in the NCAA Tournament. If it wins out and claims the conference championship, Ohio State could be even higher. The same is true should it win the Big Ten tournament.The top four seeds in the conference tournament are given byes until the third round of the tournament, meaning Ohio State would just have to win three games to win the tournament. Even if Ohio State loses the remainder of its four games, it would remain one of the top four seeds going into the Big Ten tournament.The road ahead for Ohio State is certainly not easy. The road matchups, even against an Indiana team that has struggled this season, will not prove easy for the Buckeyes. They know what’s ahead. The Michigan State win against Purdue gives them room, but it does not give them the title. read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

Keziah Shorten (left) with Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini But they failed to disclose in a funding application for the trial that a 20-year-old woman, Keziah Shorten from Tonbridge, Kent, had a similar operation in 2010 and was left fighting for her life in intensive care for six months.  She was then and later died.The trachea transplant in 2012 of another 15-year-old girl, Shauna Davison from Middlesbrough, was portrayed as a success in the application – but in fact she died 13 days later after her new trachea collapsed and she suffocated. Both young women were operated on compassionate grounds.Professor Patricia Murray, a specialist in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine at Liverpool University, said that the compassionate use guidelines could be exploited by doctors who want to use their patients as “human guinea pigs”.She said: “Most doctors really do have the best interests of patients at heart. The danger comes where a doctor also has a research interest and wants to test it. Terminally ill patients are at risk of being used as “human guinea pigs” by doctors who want “research glory”, critics have warned.Under “compassionate use” guidelines, doctors are allowed to use unapproved treatments on people with life-threatening conditions, as long as it is in the patient’s bets interests and they understand the risks.But some experts say that this is open to abuse, particularly if doctors are also researchers in the same field of medicine. They say that this could lead to doctors encouraging patients to take part in risky operations in order to further their research goals.Norman Lamb MP, a former health minister, has called for a review of compassionate use guidelines to ensure that any “dangerous practises” are rooted out.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Lamb, who is chair of the science and technology health committee, said that during their inquiry into research integrity earlier this year, they “certainly came across risks of conflict of interest” associated with compassionate use cases.“I absolutely think we need to review it, and make sure that there are proper processes in place to identify where these [conflicts] are. I certainly think it requires more thought and consideration,” he added.  He is calling for the establishment of a research integrity national committee which could “stamp out dangerous practises” like this. There is a potential conflict of interest: the desire to further your own research versus what is best for the patient. “In the trachea scandal, researchers were getting data [from patients] to support clinical trials. It is only [the doctors] who have access to the patients, they are writing up the accounts of what happens to patients, they can hide behind patient confidentiality to avoid scrutiny.”Dr Raphael Levy, a senior lecturer in biochemistry at Liverpool University, said that “research glory” is one of the motivating factors for scientists.“If you look at what drives people in research, like in any profession, progress in their careers is one of the drivers. The problem is when incentives for success drives you in the wrong direction.”A Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency spokesman said: “Our rigorous scientific assessment processes seek to establish that the potential benefits of a trial outweigh the risks in patient populations with severe conditions and limited treatment options.”A UCL spokesman said: “Any research undertaken at UCL is required to conform to the highest legal, ethical and regulatory standards, and we will not hesitate take the necessary action, if and when this falls short.” 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. Keziah Shorten (left) Keziah Shorten (left) with Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini This week, The Daily Telegraph revealed how scientists behind a clinical trial at University College London (UCL) are accused of a “cover-up” over the deaths of two young women who died after undergoing experimental treatment.Researchers submitted an application for Government funding for the first ever trial of stem cell-engineered larynx transplants to treat people with failing windpipes. Keziah Shorten (left) read more

September 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger was delighted to receive a courtesy call, this morning, from representative of the Sisters of Mercy of Guyana, Sister Julie Matthews, President, and a representative of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sister Patricia McDermott and Sister Eileen Campbell. The First Lady presented the Sisters with a number of tokens, after the meeting, which was held at State House. First Lady, Mrs Sandra Granger (second from left) is flanked by, from left to right: Sister Patricia McDermott, Sister Julie Matthews and Sister Eileen CampbellThe First Lady has collaborated closely with the Sisters of Mercy of Guyana, particularly on programmes that impact the welfare of women, children and senior citizens. According to a Ministry of the Presidency release, Sister Julie said that she requested the meeting to introduce Sisters Patricia and Eileen, who are visiting Guyana, to the First Lady. She noted that the First Lady has thrown her support behind the Sisters of Mercy of Guyana on a number of programmes, including the operation of a safehouse for survivors of sex trafficking and the opening of the St Joseph Mercy Hospital’s Resident Care facility for senior citizens.Meanwhile, Sister Patricia said that she was pleased to meet with the First Lady. “Oh, we had a wonderful meeting. We talked about education and the wonderful efforts that [the] First Lady is making in helping, especially young women, and she was telling us [about] some of the programmes around Robotics and some of the efforts [that] she’s trying to … collaborate with some of your schools, some of your agencies, and to provide resources to bring energy and motivation for young people,” she said.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFirst Lady to participate in Brahama Kumaris anniversary programmeMarch 30, 2016In “latest news”First Lady receives courtesy call from UNFPA Liaison OfficerMarch 8, 2018In “latest news”First Lady, women’s empowerment specialists explore possible collaborationApril 1, 2016In “latest news” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

In the regional SEHA league, the leaders Nexe lost the leading position on the table after the team has fallen in Zagreb Arena and lost to the more quality team of RK Zagreb to 33:31 (14:14). Throughout the whole game Nexe did not let Zagreb get away and had even 30:30, but the team’s resistance was broken in the final minutes of the game and Zagreb won 33:31 in the end. Luka Stepancic scored 10 goals, while Nexe’s best was Igor Vujin with 6 goals.RK Zagreb leads the table with 13 points, one more than Presov and Nexe with 12. Vardar has 10, while Metalurg “only” 9 so far. On Friday the big derby of the regional game is to be played in Skopje, where the perfect-in-Champions-League Metalurg hosts RK Zagreb. ivickamenicakelentricmetalurgnexestepancicvujinzagreb ← Previous Story Darko Stanic: “I will play at the World Championship, the official site lies” Next Story → Laszlo Nagy for HP about Veszprem’s success: “Barca and Kiel must be in Cologne – We are still far away” read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgLIFE IS TERRIFYING at the best of times.It only gets worse when people say these kind of things. Our nerves. We can’t cope.“Can I talk to you for a minute?”WHY? WHAT HAVE I DONE?“Look, I’ll tell you later”WHY LATER? WHAT’S SO BAD YOU CAN’T TELL ME NOW?“Why would I be annoyed?”ARGH! HEAD MELTING! “No, really, it’s fine”IS IT? IS IT REALLY?“Do you remember what you said to me last night?”OH DEAR LORD, OF COURSE I DON’T.“There’s something I need to tell you”ICY COLD FEAR.“Can you call me?”WHAT HAVE I DONE NOW?We need to talk… What phrases terrify you? Read: 13 useful phrases you’ll only hear in Ireland>Read: 9 frustrating phrases every Irish parent uses>last_img read more

September 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGalway senior captain Lorraine Ryan, Galway manager Tony Ward, Una McDonagh, Director of Supermac’s and Galway intermediate captain Sinead KeaneManager Tony Ward with the O’Duffy & Jack McGrath Cups in front of the GPOCredit: INPHO/Donall FarmerDublin need a great All-Ireland fan song and want your helpUnflappable Dublin made in the mould of Mr Cool And here are the team visiting Supermac’s on Dublin’s O’Connell Street… Niamh Kilkenny, Orla Kilkenny and Jack Fitzgibbon, age 9, from Kilmallock, Co LimerickColette Gill gets a kiss. Credit: INPHO/Dan Sheridancenter_img Colette Gill, Roisin Callanan, Sinead Keane, Lorraine Ryan and Zoe Garry, age 13 months, from Ballinteer, DublinColette Gill with Cian Roberts, age 2, from Chapelizod, DublinSinead Keane, Roisin Callanan, Colette Gill, Orla Kilkenny and Niamh KilkennyRoisin Callanan, Sinead Keane, Lorraine Ryan, Brenda Hanney and Maura Williams, age 8, from Tuam, Co Galwaylast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMagic Trackpad : Apple remplace la souris par le pavé tactileÉtats-Unis – Apple a annoncé le lancement d’un nouveau périphérique pour les iMac et MacBook Pro. Le Magic Trackpad est un pavé numérique tactile permettant de piloter son ordinateur avec deux doigts.Le pavé tactile Magic Trackpad permet d’effectuer diverses manipulations sur sa machine avec deux doigts, à la façon d’une souris. L’utilisateur peut ouvrir ou déplacer des dossiers, déplacer, cliquer… À lire aussiUne espèce rare d’albatros menacée d’extinction par des souris prédatricesSur son site, Apple ne manque pas de prose pour vanter l’efficacité de son nouveau gadget : “Il est constitué de verre à la fois doux et résistant, très agréable au toucher. Il est en outre presque 80% plus grand que le trackpad intégré aux ordinateurs portables MacBook Pro, vous offrant tout l’espace dont vous avez besoin pour enchaîner vos gestes. Comme toute la surface du Magic Trackpad est un bouton, vous pouvez cliquer sur les objets comme vous le feriez avec une souris classique. Et le Magic Trackpad affiche à la fois le même degré d’inclinaison et la même épaisseur que le clavier sans fil Apple. Vous pourrez donc aisément alterner entre trackpad et clavier”. Sans fil, le Magic Trackpad fonctionne avec des piles et sera vendu au prix de 69 euros.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 10:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgL’épave retrouvée est bien celle du bateau pirate de Barbe NoireAprès 15 ans d’incertitude, la chose est confirmée : l’épave retrouvée au large des côtes de Caroline du Nord est bien le Queen Anne’s Revenge, le bateau du fameux pirate du XVIIIe siècle, Barbe Noire.Le Queen Anne’s Revenge (littéralement « la vengeance de la reine Anne ») s’est échoué sur un banc de sable près de Beaufort en 1718, neuf années après la création de la ville. C’est ici que les hommes de l’équipage de Barbe Noire semblent avoir abandonné le navire. Mais découverte en 1995, l’épave n’avait jusqu’ici pas encore été formellement identifiée. C’est maintenant chose faite, ont déclaré les autorités qui ont réuni suffisamment de preuves pour affirmer avec certitude qu’il s’agit bien du bateau du plus pittoresque et féroce des pirates.À lire aussiQuand d’impressionnantes vagues géantes s’abattent sur un navireSelon Claire Aubel, la coordinatrice des relations publiques du musée maritime de Caroline du Nord, deux preuves essentielles ont permis de déterminer qu’il s’agissait bel et bien du Queen Anne’s Revenge : l’immense taille de l’épave et la quantité phénoménale d’armes découverte à bord. En effet, aucun autre bateau de cette taille n’était connu pour naviguer dans ces eaux à cette période. De plus, seul un bateau pirate aurait été aussi bien armé, rapporte le National geographic.D’après les données historiques, Barbe Noire est mort dans les Caraïbes, tué au cours d’une bataille contre les Anglais en 1718. Certains historiens avaient toutefois imaginé que le pirate avait délibérément fait échouer le navire afin de garder le butin pour lui. Un butin qui a d’ailleurs été retrouvé à bord et qui a aidé les archéologues à identifier le bateau. Certains objets ont également été découverts, parmi lesquels certains sont estampillés de symboles royaux français du XVIIIe siècle comme des fleurs de lys. En effet, initialement, le Queen Anne’s Revenge était un navire français, Le Concorde, qui a été capturé en 1717 par Barbe Noire.Le 31 août 2011 à 16:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDéchets : Vitry-sur-Seine va accueillir un dispositif de collecte pneumatique La société Suez Environnement va mettre en place des dispositifs de collecte pneumatique des déchets à Vitry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne). Le système sera opérationnel avant fin 2013 et pourrait s’étendre à d’autres quartiers franciliens.Ce n’est pas une nouveauté dans le monde mais en France, ce système reste très balbutiant. Cette semaine, la société Suez Environnement a annoncé qu’elle venait d’obtenir un contrat pour installer un nouveau système de collecte de déchets dans quatre quartiers de la ville de Vitry-sur-Seine dans le Val-de-Marne. Mais ce futur dispositif n’est pas comme les autres, il s’agit d’une collecte pneumatique, autrement dit les déchets seront réunis par aspiration souterraine avant de rejoindre une centrale unique où ils seront traités. À lire aussiLa première barrière flottante anti-déchets sera bientôt testée à San FranciscoDéjà opérationnel à l’étranger, notamment à Barcelone et en Chine, ce système n’était jusqu’ici pas arrivé en France, bien que plusieurs projets de ce type soient à l’étude en Île-de-France : à Romainville, dans le quartier des Batignolles à Paris, à Issy-les-Moulineaux ou encore à Saint-Ouen. Mais c’est donc Vitry-sur-Seine qui aura en premier l’honneur de tester ce nouveau procédé.  Pour cela, 10 kilomètres de tuyaux souterrains et 390 bornes de collecte seront installés avant la fin de l’année 2013 dans la ville. Le service concernera ainsi un millier d’habitations pour une population de quelque “30.000 équivalent habitants”. Selon Sita, la filière de Suez Environnement en charge du projet, les travaux sont estimés à 25 millions d’euros. Le 17 septembre 2011 à 09:36 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

September 17, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFollowing the racial abuse suffered by Raheem Sterling on Saturday, ESPN pundit John Barnes believes that racism in football is indicative of a larger problem in society.After the incident involving Sterling on Saturday, he posted on Instagram blaming the newspapers for their portrayal of black footballers, but Barnes thinks that the perception of black people in British society has to change first.“I’d like him to expand on it,” Barnes told Sky Sports.“To talk about the language we use when reporting on different groups.“Until we start tackling the cause of racism, it will keep coming back. It’s nothing to do with football.“It’s the misconception of the way we view other groups of people.Pep Guardiola, Raheem Sterling, Manchester CityGuardiola: Sterling must ignore Ronaldo & Messi comparisons Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola advised Raheem Sterling to ignore comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who he rates as incomparable.“Historically, we have been told there are certain groups of people who are more worthy, more intelligent, more morally correct then others, it has been going on for hundreds of years and it continues to be perpetuated, this is what Raheem is saying.“The way that the media has portrayed certain groups of people – he mentioned footballers – this is what we have to change.“We have to change the perception of what it is to be black. We have to change the perception of the average black person.“Not of Raheem Sterling. Not of the fact that Stormzy might not get a Grammy. Not the fact that Idris Elba may not get an Oscar. Not the fact that John Barnes may not get a job as a football manager.“We have to change the perception of the average black man in the street – until we change that perception, nothing will change.”last_img read more

September 13, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgThe Kansas Supreme Court last week adopted a rule allowing attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of the military to temporarily practice law without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam.The change is intended to ease the hardship on military spouses moving to Kansas who have been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia.“Kansas has a long tradition of support for the armed forces. This change in Supreme Court practice reflects the state’s strong commitment to supporting military families, and it will be important for those military families it affects,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt, according to a news release from the Kansas Adjutant General’s Department.Eighteen states have already passed similar rules, and 13 more have proposed or are considering admission of military spouses, according to the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.The court studied the issue for more than a year. “It was not an easy thing to say, ‘Yes that makes sense,’ because we want to be fair to our Kansas lawyers who did have to take the bar exam and pass it,” Chief Justice Lawton Nuss told the Hays Daily News.“We looked at how other states were handling this and looked at other rules, and tried to then develop a rule that brought together what we saw as good parts of all of them,” said Justice Marla Luckert. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

September 6, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHyderabad: “In my whole career of 28 to 30 years, I have never seen such a low time in business and this is mainly due to the economic slowdown. Business volume at all-time low and we are into negative growth of business in all these years,” rues Pawan Bansal, President Garment Manufacturer and Wholesalers Association (GMWA), Hyderabad. He was speaking at the three-day business to business garment fair in the city, being organised by Garment Manufacturer and Wholesalers Association (GMWA) for garment manufacturers, dealers and retailers held here from July 28 to 30. Bansal explained that the main reasons for the economic slowdown in the garment businesses were demonetisation and GST. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us “Before demonetisation, people had money which they could spend or save, but after demonetisation, they have been unable to do so as they are just spending whatever they get. We request the government to combine the two different rates of GST, then only it will somewhere benefit the manufacturers and wholesalers.” With all the intermediaries in the garment industry participating in this event, it was great opportunity for all the manufacturers and wholesalers to interact with and make new contacts, As per GMWA, the 21st garment fair would witness much wider participants in terms of visitors and exhibitors who were not only from Telangana and AP but also from Mumbai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Tripur, Kolkata, and Ludhiana. One would get to come across a variety of product lines covering ranges in cotton and blends, woven and knits, treatments, and finishes, prints and patterns, lines and stripes, embroideries and appliqués. Visitors can expect premium mens wear, ladies wear and kids wear as well as hosiery with finishes that stand apart, they added.last_img read more

September 1, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOne of the best things about Minecraft and other games like it is that you can make just about anything. As long as you can find a way to mine or make it, you can build it, and this time-lapse proves the point.One group of Minecraft players decided to build a massive train station complex inspired by New York City’s Penn Station, and even though it was a massive undertaking, they did it.The train station project took three days and an entire server full of Minecraft players to build. While the players who uploaded the video mention that Penn Station architecturally inspired it, it looks very much like the actual terminal. The final product has four expansive courtyards and a main concourse that’s analogous to where the shops, ticketing counters, and eateries are in the real station.Of course, the station wouldn’t be a real version of Penn Station without the huge underground space where the trains pull in and depart, complete with individually labeled tracks and an overhead walkway where passengers can move to between tracks without crossing them.The entire project is impressive on its own, but watching the time-lapse video gives you a real sense of how much work the whole project must have been. You see players zooming all over the map building the foundation, digging the underground tracks, building the walls, and even arranging the stands and decorations along the concourse so everything looks just right.Even though it took all of three days to complete, we don’t have a good idea of how many people were involved in its making, and if the video is any indication, players were working on it all day and all night long.If you manage a Minecraft server of your own, you can download the textures used for this project over at the Minecraft forums, and support the players that did this.via YouTubelast_img read more