Sports Wrap: King Kohli meets his match, WADA exposes state-sponsored doping in Russia and more

first_imgViv Richards pays a surprise visit to Kohli and Co. in AntiguaAntigua’s favourite son and West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards dropped in to meet skipper Virat Kohli and his men.Usual suspects dominate UEFA’s Best Player in Europe shortlist La Liga players dominate this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, announced by the continent’s governing body UEFA on Monday.WADA says IOC should consider ban on Russian athletes in RioThe McLaren report has revealed evidence of widespread state-sponsored doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.England recall Anderson, Stokes and Rashid for second TestEngland are trailing 0-1 in the four match Test series after Yasir Shah heroics handed Pakistan a 75-run victory in the Lord’s Test.Rio Olympics: Salman Khan, AR Rahman highlight IOA’s contingent send-offSalman Khan and AR Rahman along with other dignitaries from the sports fraternity were present at the send-off event for India’s Olympic contingent.last_img read more

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The TSA Wants You to Adopt Unwanted Bomb-Sniffing Puppies (Seriously)

first_img Why an Emotional Support Animal Is So Beneficial (and How to Qualify) Mark Mainz / GettyThe TSA gets little love from air travelers. It’s not surprising, really. Aside from a hilarious Instagram account and the occasional online fire sale of confiscated goods, what has the Transportation Security Administration done for you lately? Especially considering we see reports indicating that plenty of weapons make it past their screening procedures during test runs anyway.But, after years of suffering from a serious image problem, it appears the agency has found something everyone can get behind: free puppies. The TSA estimates that, at any given time, approximately 150 puppies are working their way through the agency’s rigorous 12-week training program to become sniffer dogs. Before their first official screening assignment, they’re required to prove their competency at sniffing out drugs, explosives, and other contraband all while maintaining a good disposition and the willingness to work hard. Roughly 20 percent of recruits just don’t have what it takes — some are simply too nervous, too shy, or too friendly — and are phased into the agency’s Canine Adoption Program. Here, they hope to find a family who can love them in spite of their over-caffeinated personalities, penchant for peeing on things they shouldn’t, and total lack of work ethic.According to the TSA’s website, “[t]hese dogs are highly active and in most cases, untrained and not housebroken, but with proper training and care, they can be a great addition to families.” In some cases, young dogs pass the training program, work for a few years, then “age out” of the agency because they no longer have the ambition to do the work. So, the adoption program includes pups from two to four years old. The list of dog breeds includes, among others, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Wirehaired Pointers, German Shorthaired Pointers, and Golden Retrievers. Most of these make great family pets, provided you’re willing to train and care for them properly.Like any good adoption agency, the TSA wants to ensure their animals find a good home. Their adoption process can be lengthy, as they prefer new puppy parents to meet some common sense requirements:There are no same-day adoptions.Your home must obey all local pet ordinances (e.g., you can’t be a hoarder with 37 other pets living in your studio apartment).Every pet in your home must already be up-to-date with their vaccinations.Upon submitting your application, you must have a fenced-in yard.You cannot intend to move within the first six months of adopting your dog.You must promise to provide your new dog with appropriate care (including companionship, training, vaccinations, and other necessary medical care).The agency considers the ages of children in each home.You must also be willing to travel to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas multiple times to start and complete the process. To look into adopting your own “TSA reject” pup, head to the agency’s official Canine Adoption Program website. Be prepared to be patient though. Due to its wild popularity, there may be a waiting list. The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra last_img read more

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Justice Minister Calls on all Ministries to Update Penalties in Laws

first_img Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is mandating all Ministries to update the penalties of various laws this calendar year.“In each of these laws, we’ll be putting a particular provision so that the penalties can be updated as regularly as possible,” he said.The Minister was addressing the opening of a two-day Legislative Production Management System (LPMS) Workshop, at the Constant Spring Road offices of the Ministry, in Kingston, on January 17.The Ministry of Justice is the lead administrator of justice in Jamaica and therefore administers legislation, delivers justice services, and provides policy support and analysis on justice issues.Mr. Chuck indicated that the process of updating penalties began with his Ministry with support from the Attorney General’s Chambers and will be tabled “at the next sitting of Parliament.”He added that the updates will be the first since Jamaica became a colony as well as an independent nation, “as many of the laws still reflect (pound sterling)” and have penalties denominated in lower value, such as $2 or $20.Mr. Chuck said the Law Reform Department will be tasked with examining the laws of Jamaica, “so that over the next few years all outdated laws are brought up to date.”The Minister indicated that currently, there are over 100 laws at the legislative stage to be passed, which relate to money laundering, human trafficking, intellectual property theft and lottery scamming.Mr. Chuck said the country is depending on the participants of the workshop, many of whom include legislative drafters, policy analysts and legal officers, to use the LPMS to expedite the process of getting laws to Parliament to become part of the country’s governance structure.“This will assist us to ensure that Jamaica is up-to-date with its laws, that we reflect modern legislation in various areas of human rights, governance and human trafficking and generally to ensure we have an orderly society,” he said.Provided by the Government of Canada, the LPMS software, which was launched in 2017, has been tailored to the needs of Jamaica.This technologically advanced tool has significant and far-reaching implications on Jamaica’s capacity to efficiently draft new legislation and update existing statutes.The development and introduction of the LPMS is a major undertaking of the Ministry’s Justice Reform Implementation Unit.The Justice Ministry will not be the only entity which will benefit from the LPMS, as its facilitation of workflow and knowledge management will unify and automate related functions carried out by several departments and agencies of government, including the Attorney General’s Chambers.In her remarks, Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters, said her country has been highly supportive and responsive to Jamaica’s Justice Reform Agenda.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck (left), converses with Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, Her Excellency Laurie Peters (centre), at the opening of a Legislative Production Management System (LPMS) training workshop, at the Constant Spring offices of the Ministry, in Kingston, on January 17. At right is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is mandating all Ministries to update the penalties of various laws this calendar year. The Minister was addressing the opening of a two-day Legislative Production Management System (LPMS) Workshop, at the Constant Spring Road offices of the Ministry, in Kingston, on January 17. Story Highlightscenter_img Ms. Peters noted that the file management aspect of the software is already operational to streamline the records of the legal office at the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC) and Legal Reform Department to improve research and records management practices.She is hoping that the intention of improving the overall efficiency in the legislation process will be realised in the near future with the use of the software.For her part, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carol Palmer, encouraged the participants to immerse themselves in the two days of activities of the workshop. “In each of these laws, we’ll be putting a particular provision so that the penalties can be updated as regularly as possible,” he said. last_img read more

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Bomin Linde Starts Implementation Process for …

first_img Print  Close Bomin Linde LNG, November 22, 2013 My location zoom After finalizing project preparations, Bomin Linde LNG has now decided to initiate the implementation process for both facilities in Hamburg and Bremerhaven. Subject to approval from the authorities, Germany’s first LNG bunkering terminals will be operational in 2015.The plans for building and operating the two terminals in Hamburg and Bremerhaven, the future hubs of the German coastal LNG supply, have come to maturity. Currently, Bomin Linde LNG is finalising preparations to enable manufacturing of the key parts and prompt construction of the LNG facilities. The terminals will be installed on a modular basis and will have sufficient flexibility to quickly meet a rise in demand.Starting from the strategic hubs Hamburg and Bremerhaven, neighbouring ports such as Kiel, Lübeck, Rostock or Wilhelmshaven can be reliably supplied with LNG. ”We are fully on track with the projects and will be able to provide ships in all German ports along the North and Baltic Sea with LNG as a clean fuel”, said Bomin Linde LNG Managing Director Ruben Benders. ”This is an important step to establishing LNG as a marine fuel”, added Mahinde Abeynaike, also Managing Director of Bomin Linde LNG. ”The shipping industry needs secured supply of LNG at ports. This is crucial for the success of this economically attractive and green fuel.””An LNG terminal in Hamburg is key for the long term sustainability of the port – both from an economic and ecological point of view. As a part of our strategic reorientation ‘smartPORT Energy’, it will support the reduction of air pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions”, said Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority.”The LNG bunkering terminal in Bremerhaven consequently creates the necessary infrastructure for the protection of the maritime environment in line with the ‘greenports’ strategy and the fulfilment of the SECA (sulphur emission control areas) requirements”, said bremenports’ Managing Director Robert Howe.Bomin Linde LNG is also able to provide liquefied natural gas for the marine industry beyond Germany’s borders. For example, at the terminal in Nynäshamn next to Stockholm, Sweden, built by the Linde Group. Additionally, Bomin Linde LNG envisages supplying LNG at a new bunkering terminal in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where the approval request has already been submitted to the authorities. Moreover, Bomin Linde LNG is considering several bunkering facilities at additional international ports to further expand the development of the LNG infrastructure.Starting in 2015, sulphur emission limits for ships operating in North and Baltic Sea will be reduced drastically. LNG as a transport fuel will significantly reduce emissions of sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, particular matter and CO2. In view of declining natural gas prices compared to oil over the last few years, LNG has become an economically viable fuel alternative. Based on a recent survey of HSH Nordbank, approximately one in five ship owners is planning to either retrofit his fleet with LNG propulsion or order new vessels that run on LNG. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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Annual Dr Beach list names Oahus Kailua best in America

KAILUA, Hawaii — In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.Those are among the reasons Oahu’s Kailua Beach Park has been selected as the best stretch of sand for an annual list of top U.S. beaches.Stephen Leatherman, a coastal scientist and professor at Florida International University, has been drafting the list under the alias “Dr. Beach” since 1991.Leatherman uses 50 criteria to evaluate beaches, with the most important categories being water cleanliness, safety and management of the beach environment and its facilities. Leatherman uses data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to grade the beaches on water quality and has been to all the beaches on his list.Beaches in Hawaii are consistently ranked high, sometimes at the top of his list.“I love Waikiki Beach. No question about that — a world-famous beach — but Kailua is a lot smaller and quieter,” Leatherman said. “It’s so much more peaceful. … You don’t have big high-rises and all that. Kailua is on the other side of the mountains. It’s like a different world.”In recent years Leatherman has been giving extra credit to beaches that prohibit smoking, which all Oahu beaches do. He thinks other beaches around the state and country should follow suit.Leatherman also looks for powdery soft white sand, something Kailua Beach Park has in abundance.Vari Singh and her family were visiting Oahu from Los Angeles and spent a day in Kailua.“The colour of the sea is something like we’ve never seen before. The sand is super soft and fun to play with, it makes good sandcastles,” she said as her daughter wiped sand from her face. “And the scenery is beautiful, you just come over the hill and it’s just this majestic scene of green ocean.”Leatherman acknowledged that not everyone appreciates the publicity his lists give to top beaches.“I get a lot of people who are very happy about it. They like to know where to go,” Leatherman said. But “I always get some pushback. Oh yes, people say, ‘Oh no, we already have too many people coming here. What are you doing?’ It’s almost like they think it’s a secret beach or something. (Kailua) is not quite a secret beach. It is a real gem though.”Braden Marquez, 18, who grew up in Kailua, says he is worried about overcrowding but also hopeful about the future of his hometown.“This beach is pretty special to me just because my family has been coming here for years and years,” he said, noting the area has changed a lot since his childhood.“(My) biggest concern would be losing the locals because of the influx of people,” he said during a recent visit to the beach. “But other than that I’m pretty excited about all the new things to come.”For the first 25 years of ranking, any beach that won the top spot on Leatherman’s list was ineligible for inclusion in subsequent years. But in 2015, Dr. Beach cleared the slate to allow any beach in the nation to once again be eligible, resetting the clock — and perhaps the relevance— involving his annual contest.Kailua was named the best beach in 1998, making it a two-time winner.Leatherman is again retiring new winners and posting them on his website .The other beaches on this year’s list are Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in second place, followed by Grayton Beach State Park in the Florida panhandle; Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York; Duke Kahanamoku Beach on Oahu; Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin-Clearwater, Florida; Hapuna State Beach Park on Hawaii’s Big Island; Coronado Beach, San Diego, California; and Kiawah Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina.Leatherman’s goal in producing the list each year, he says, is to reward high-quality, safe beaches that balance nature with accessibility and amenities. He hopes beaches that haven’t made his list will make changes for a better experience and a healthier coastal ecosystem.___Online at www.drbeach.orgCaleb Jones, The Associated Press read more

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UN convoy attacked in TimorLeste

11 August 2007A United Nations convoy in Timor-Leste was attacked today, drawing condemnation from the world body’s top official there, who called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice while pledging continued assistance to the small country. During the incident, which involved stone throwing and reported gunshots at UN vehicles, one UN Police vehicle was also set ablaze by the criminal elements. There were no injuries.The ambush on three UN vehicles was perpetrated by a group of people between the villages of Fatumaka and Gariuai, according to the UN Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), which said personnel traveling in the convoy included four UN Police officers, two national police of Timor-Leste officers, a language assistant, two national staff members and a worker with a non-governmental organization (NGO).UN police and their counterparts in the national and international forces are working to restore stability in the area. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Timor-Leste strongly condemned those behind the attack.In a statement, Atul Khare stressed that the perpetrators must be brought to justice, and condemned all those involved in the incident, “including those who may have inspired it.”Mr. Khare recalled that the UN and the international community are in Timor-Leste to assist the Timorese people, “and, having been through difficult times before in this country, will not be deterred by a few criminal elements who by their ill-considered actions are trying to tarnish the good name of the majority of Timorese.”Timor-Leste has been rocked by violence in recent days following the announcement, after June elections failed to produce an outright winner, that the new Government would be led by former president Xanana Gusmão.The UN served as midwife in the birth of the nation, organizing a popular consultation in 1999 that was marred in the aftermath by widespread violence, and shepherding the country to independence in 2002.Last year, the UN enhanced its peacekeeping and policing roles in Timor-Leste after violence attributed to differences between eastern and western regions led to the deaths of at least 37 people and forced 155,000 others, 15 per cent of the population, to flee their homes. read more

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The 15 minimum wage could cost Ontario up to 90000 jobs TD

TORONTO — A new report from TD Bank says Ontario’s plan to hike minimum wage to $15 an hour will cost the economy 80,000 to 90,000 jobs by 2020.The findings come in an economic analysis released today by the bank that says that despite the job losses, Ontario’s economy will continue to grow but at a slower rate of 0.5 per cent annually.The report says raising the minimum wage can potentially generate more benefits to society than costs but the rapid speed of implementation will increase the negative hit to employment.The provincial Liberal government has announced it will increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019 — with the increase phased in gradually and rising with inflation, as scheduled, from $11.40 currently to $11.60 in October, to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 the following year.The new report comes two weeks after the province’s economic watchdog, the Financial Accountability Office, estimated more than 50,000 people could lose their jobs due to the minimum wage increase.The FAO report said job losses would be concentrated among teens and young adults, while the number of minimum wage workers in Ontario would increase from just over 500,000 to 1.6 million in 2019. read more

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Russian whistleblower allegedly poisoned in Surrey was being pursued by assassin of

first_imgThe whistleblower’s home The Coach House in the millionaires’ luxury private estate, St George’s Hill in Weybridge, Surrey.Credit:Vagner Vidal/INS Alexander Litvinenko after he was poisoned   The whistleblower's home The Coach House in the millionaires' luxury private estate, St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey. Alexander Litvinenko after he was poisoned  Credit:PA. Mr Magnitksy’s fate caused worldwide condemnation following his arrest – allegedly by some of the same policemen he accused of fraud – and his death in custody in 2009 after being beaten and denied medical treatment. Shortly before his death the married father-of-two was in Paris  with Ukrainian model Elmira Medynska, 27, who is expected to give evidence tomorrow.The inquest is being heard at the Old Bailey before Coroner Nicholas Hilliard QC.The hearing continues. Bob Moxon Browne QC said that Dzhirsa were pursuing around 10 cases against Mr Perepilichnyy in the years before he died, for a £3million bank loan as well as seperate claims for around 200million Rubles – around 3 million US Dollars.  The Russian whistleblower allegedly assassinated outside his Surrey mansion was being ruthlessly pursued by a company linked to Alexander Litvinenko’s killer, his inquest has heard. Alexander Perepilichnyy had been sued for millions by a company founded by Dmitry Kovtun, the former KGB agent said to have poisoned Mr Litvinenko in London using Polonium 210. Mr Perepilichnyy, 44, had won a civil case against the firm Dzhirsa just a month before he collapsed and died while out jogging near his £3m home in Weybridge, Surrey in November 2012.The court heard that Dzhirsa bought debts from other companies at reduced rates and had a “reputation in Russia” for “ruthlessly” pursuing them through other means when the courts ruled against them.Mr Perepilichnyy’s death was originally thought to have been a heart attack but suspicions were raised when it emerged that he had been on a hit list and had refused to return to his homeland amid fears for his life.At the time of his death he had been helping specialist investment firm Hermitage Capital Management uncover a 230 million US dollar (£150 million) Russian money-laundering operation. center_img Mr Perepilichnyy passed information to Swiss prosecutors which implicated senior police officers and state officials in a tax fraud, which had been uncovered earlier by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.  Mr Moxon Browne QC, acting for Legal and General which had issued a substantial life insurance policy to Mr Perepilichnyy, pointed out the Dzhirsa lost an appeal in one of their cases against him a month before his death. In 2012 in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, quoted in court, Kovtun said that he did not know Mr Perepilichnyy or that his company had had dealings with him. He said that he set up the company for friends as “I enjoy a certain reputation”.”They are former officers who help resolve business disputes – people call them ‘the military men’,” he said.Mr Lipkin’s firm, the Bureau of Corporate Consultations LLP, had been instructed on behalf of Mr Perepilichnyy in Autumn 2010, but he first met his client later that year in London.  “He did not want to come to Russia because he feared for his life”, Mr Lipkin said. However, others dismissed the the idea that he may have been assassinated as “unproven speculation”, including his brother-in-law and business partner Rishat Ismagilov. He said in a letter read to the hearing at the Old Bailey: “There were no death threats… Had he felt insecure I am certain that I would have become aware of it.” Professor Monique Simmonds, from Kew Gardens, found a compound similar to gelsemium, a rare plant known as ‘heartbreak grass’ which is used by assassins, in his stomach contents. Though she told the inquest  she only had a small amount of material to test and her research had proved inconclusive.  The inquest, which was adjourned last summer and resumed on Tuesday, also heard from lawyer Dmitry Lipkin by video link from Russia, who had represented Mr Perepilichnyy in a number of civil cases relating to his alleged debts.One company which was pursuing around 10 cases was Dzhirsa, founded by Kovtun and which listed him as its general director. Peter Skelton QC, counsel for the inquest, asked Mr Lipkin: “Dmitry Kovtun was found by a British High Court judge to have murderer Alexander Litvinenko. “Were you aware of a connection between Mr Kovtun and Dzhirsa?”Mr Lipkin replied: “I don’t remember such a thing.”Mr Skelton QC continued: “Is Dzhirsa the type of company that if it does not succeed in the court might resort to the threat of physical violence?”Mr Lipkin said that he “did not know anything about it”. They had won one case in the Supreme Court after a handwriting expert said that a signature on the security for the loan was not in Mr Perepilichnyy’s hand. The judge had been told that he was “not in Russia as he feared for his life”. 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. Surrey Police found no evidence of toxins in his body and concluded that there had been no third party involvement, a decision that his since been questioned by security sources in the UK, the US and France. last_img read more

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Bechtel reaches major construction milestones at Hay Point

first_imgConstruction work on the Hay Point coal terminal expansion project has achieved two major milestones in the last year with the completion of the new 1.9 km jetty and additional berth. On December 9, 2014, coal was loaded out through the new 1.9 km long trestle to the existing Berth 1, which was followed closely on January 12, by the first cargo from the new berth.Apart from the new jetty and berth, Bechtel’s work for BMA, now in the final stages, includes onshore coal materials handling facilities. “These recent milestones are the result of a great deal of hard work from our local team and a high level of coordination with our customer, BMA,” said Shaun Kenny, Bechtel’s President of Mining & Metals and Managing Director of Bechtel Australia.“Coal terminal expansions have been key projects for us in the last few years. For example, we successfully completed three expansions of the Koorangang terminal at Port Waratah in Newcastle, New South Wales. One of the innovative approaches we have been able to use on this Hay Point project is modularisation, similar to that on our four Australian LNG construction projects. The coal transfer towers, surge bins, conveyor galleries, and ship loader were fabricated and fitted out in fabrication yards off shore prior to shipment to Australia.”last_img read more

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Bahrain and UAE refuse to come to Qatar 2015 – New chance

← Previous Story PSG DEFEATED IN DUNKERQUE: Butto scores in the last second Next Story → Brazil claims Four Nations title in home soil bahrain and uae handballQatar 2015 The Arabic (Ahram Sport) media bring the important story for the whole handball world. Bahrain and United Arab Emirates won’t play at World Championship 2015 in Qatar! The reason,  why two nations have decided to decline participation in the upcoming event in Doha, are political problems between the countries in Persian Gulf and Qatar. If this story becomes official in the next weeks, this means that possible substitutions also could be questionable, because countries from the Qatar’s neighborhood as Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait have also political conflict with Doha. The first team which could represent Asia is Korea.Bahrain, UAE and Iran won the second, third and fourth place at Asian Championship in Bahrain earlier this year and places at WCh 2015.The fifth was Korea, and then, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman. The ninth place won Japan. Rumours about European teams, now, become more real. Iceland is the first in the waiting room. read more

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Chamberys legend Edin Basic retires

Edin Basic The 40-years old Bosnian playmaker Edin Basic announced the end of a professional career, writes Balkan-Handball.com.One of the best Bosnian players of the last decade made a huge impact on Chambery (2009-2017) successes at the beginning of the decade, when French club was the second strength in domestic handball behind Montpellier Handball.Basic was voted in the best line-up of French national League. He netted 779 goals in the French elite competition.Player born in Zavidovici (RK Krivaja) played also in Switzerland before France at Endingen, Suhr and Amicitia, while his last club was French 2nd league team – Chartres.  ← Previous Story SEHA Gazprom League: RK Vardar on the winning road again, Zagreb beat “Meshkov B” Next Story → Csoknyai and Matic to lead Hungary at WCh 2019 read more

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Garda made note saying Mary Lowry had his head melted court told

first_img Mary Lowry leaving the Central Criminal Court Dublin No Comments Friday 5 Apr 2019, 4:36 PM Garda made note saying ‘Mary Lowry had his head melted’, court told The garda made a note of it in his notebook but does not remember who said it. Mary Lowry leaving the Central Criminal Court Dublin Image: Leah Farrell via Rollingnews Image: Leah Farrell via Rollingnews 25,237 Views Share1 Tweet Email1 center_img By Eoin Reynolds https://jrnl.ie/4579144 Apr 5th 2019, 4:36 PM A GARDA INVESTIGATING the disappearance of Bobby Ryan made a note saying, “Mary Lowry had his head melted,” but he couldn’t remember who made the comment, the Central Criminal Court has heard.Chief Superintendent Dominic Hayes told defence counsel Lorcan Staines SC that the comment emerged during a conference of gardaí involved in the investigation when Ryan was a missing person before his body was found.He made a note of it in his notebook but does not remember who said it.Bobby Ryan (52), a part-time DJ going by the name Mr Moonlight, went missing on 3 June 2011 after leaving his girlfriend Mary Lowry’s house at 6.30am.His body was found 22 months later in April 2013 in a run-off tank on the farm owned by Ms Lowry (52) and leased by the accused man Patrick Quirke (50) of Breanshamore, Tipperary.The prosecution claims that Quirke murdered Ryan so he could rekindle an affair with Lowry. Quirke has pleaded not guilty to Ryan’s murder.On his second day of cross-examination Chief Supt Hayes also revealed that Ryan’s phone last pinged off a mast at 10.19am on the day he went missing.The mast is at Crogue Motors on the Cashel Road but he explained this does not mean the phone was immediately beside that location and agreed with Staines that a phone at Fawnagowan could ping off that mast.Staines also pointed the witness towards an entry in his notebook dated 23 February 2016 which read, “height-bumper”.Staines asked him what that means. The witness said it could have related to vehicles in the yard at Fawnagowan, a tractor or a van.He added: “I can’t put it any further.” Staines asked him what gardaí had been discussing and he said he does not recall.Justice Eileen Creedon told the jury of six men and six women that the prosecution case will come to a close on Monday. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Réchauffement climatique le Mexique appelle lUE à débloquer les fonds promis

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : le Mexique appelle l’UE à débloquer les fonds promisMexique – En début de semaine, le Mexique a appelé les dirigeants européens à débloquer les fonds promis lors de la conférence de Copenhague pour aider les pays les plus pauvres à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Le pays réclame des actes concrets avant le sommet prévu en décembre prochain à Cancun, au Mexique.Lors de la conférence de Copenhague sur le climat, l’Union européenne s’est engagée à constituer un fonds de 7,2 milliards d’euros sur trois ans, de 2010 à 2012, pour aider les pays les plus pauvres à lutter et à s’adapter aux impacts du changement climatique. “Les pays en développement veulent voir cet argent débloqué et les plus petits, notamment les États insulaires attendent ces fonds” a martelé le secrétaire d’État mexicain à l’Environnement Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, en marge d’une réunion à Bruxelles avec ses homologues de l’UE.Ce dernier a également tenu à rappeler l’importance des financements promis sur le long terme. Pour respecter la limite de 2°C de réchauffement globale de la planète, seul objectif fixé dans l’accord conclu in extremis à Copenhague, ce sont quelque 100 milliards d’euros par an qui seront nécessaires, et ce dès 2020.Appuyant la demande du Mexique, le ministre français de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo a rappelé que “la charte de Copenhague a prévu deux choses extrêmement importantes : le fast start (financement rapide pour 2010-2012) et la lutte contre la déforestation”. Et d’ajouter que si “20% des sommes du fast start doivent être affectés aux forêts”, rien n’a encore été fait en ce sens. “Il faut passer aux actes” a déclaré le ministre.Exigeant des résultats “concrets et visibles” lors de la conférence internationale sur le climat qui se tiendra à Cancun à la fin de l’année, M. Elvira Quesada a averti que “le Mexique ne cherche pas à être une étape” quand “les pays en développement ont besoin de signaux clairs”.Le 21 mars 2010 à 09:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sierra Club San Diego to hold rally outside of SDGE headquarters

first_imgSierra Club San Diego to hold rally outside of SDG&E headquarters Posted: February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Sierra Club San Diego plans to “declare war” Wednesday morning against San Diego Gas & Electric and its use of fossil fuels at an event outside the utility’s headquarters.Leaders from the environmental group’s local chapter will announce a new partnership between it and Sullivan Solar Power, a Southern California-based installer of residential and commercial solar energy systems. Sierra Club leaders say the pairing will help residents to move toward energy independence and away from SDG&E and its largely non-renewable electricity sources.The majority, 67 percent, of the power consumed by the utility’s customers comes from natural gas-burning plants. Some 24 percent comes from renewable sources, with the largest share coming from wind, which accounts for 15 percent, according to a 2014 fact sheet.Set to speak at a news conference are Solana Beach Council member Judy Hegenauer, Richard Miller of the Sierra Club, Daniel Sullivan of Sullivan Solar, La Costa Meadows Middle School student Dyan Lainas and San Diego State University Enviro-Business Society Travis Freeman. KUSI Newsroom February 7, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 12:22 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Open Mic Night Brings DC Community Together to Tackle Crime

first_imgA D.C. teen, with the stage name Big Ghost, performed a song called “A-1.It takes a community to raise a child, and also to stop youth violence.More than 300 D.C. residents, varying in age, participated in the “Youth and Community Open Mic Night” event June 16 in the Southeast quadrant of the city. The event was part of a summer initiative created by a citywide Public Safety Committee with a goal of addressing issues surrounding youth violence such as territorialism within neighborhoods, old disputes, and exposure to trauma.“It’s a collaboration with the Superior Court, the MPD, and community-based partners and stakeholders to try to reduce violence and increase peace; it’s a crime prevention initiative,” Terri Odom, director of the juvenile probation division told the AFRO.Members of the committee included the Metropolitan Police Department, Family Court Social Services Division (juvenile probation), East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, Department of Parks and Recreation, Collaborative Solutions for Communities, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (adult probation), the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Greater Washington Islamic Community, and D.C. residents.The committee has been meeting for two months to create solutions to stem the recent spike of violence in Ward 7. According to police crime data, there have been 61 homicides in D.C. as of June 20.The event included thumping music provided by DJ Flava, from local radio station WKYS. DJ Kid Kid and DJ Toxsick, filled the gymnasium as youth poured in excited by the atmosphere. A teen, known as Big Ghost, approached the mic with a song called “A-1.”“[We’re] investing in resources and giving the kids a hopeful experience,” Odom said.last_img read more

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Farmed and Dangerous Chipotles Weird Propaganda Web Series

first_img Staring at Seagulls May Help Avoid Food TheftWe Now Know the DNA of Guacamole Stay on target Streaming online videos services like Netflix and Hulu and Amazon developing their own original shows is the new normal. Arguably, shows like Transparent and Orange is the New Black are artistically superior to what you can watch on network channels.However, what isn’t normal, at least not yet, is a brand creating a dramatic web show on one of these platforms to advance its agenda. But that’s exactly what everyone’s favorite Mexicanish fast food restaurant Chipotle did with 2014’s Farmed and Dangerous on Hulu.Take a look!Farmed and Dangerous is a four-episode show about an evil company called Animoil that wants to efficiently pump questionable chemicals directly into farm animals instead of letting them eat real food. You see, it’s all about the dangers of factory farms that other restaurants rely on.Legitimately celebrated actor Ray Wise (also appeared in the Tim and Eric movie around this time) plays the devilish PR rep using slick lies to convince the world that these dangerous agricultural practices are actually healthy, a moral mandate even. The only person who can save the world from exploding cows and eight-winged chicken is humble free-range cattle farmer Chip(otle) Randell and his Real Food.I’m not saying that Farmed and Dangerous is Triumph of the Will-level dangerous propaganda, but it is maybe one of the more ambitious and insidious examples of that hot new marketing trend Sponsored Content. If you’re fortunately unfamiliar with the concept, Sponsored Content (or Native Advertising) is content designed to look like original articles and videos but is actually a commercial.Sponsored Content is a thoroughly researched story on spicy chicken paid for by KFC. It’s lists about NYC’s girls sponsored by HBO’s Girls. And it’s a web show about the evils of factory farming produced by a restaurant that proudly advertises its ethical food sourcing for its decent tacos and burritos. It’s no secret that Chipotle is behind the show, but since the restaurant plays little if any role in the plot, if you weren’t paying attention you could think this is just some weird web miniseries that encourages you to support the farms Chipotle happens to also support.Warning consumers about the real dangers of artificial ingredients is certainly a noble goal (although Chipotle’s staunch refusal of GMO ingredients may have played a part in its recent, stock-killing viral epidemics). But my problem with Farmed and Dangerous is my problem with basically all of Sponsored Content. It’s designed for brands to creatively deceive users who either have ad blockers or are just smart enough to ignore more obvious ads into looking at the advertisement, which is as gross as it sounds. The only thing grosser is the oozing David Lynch nightmare imagery Farmed and Dangerous uses to further demonize its targets, which again probably deserve to be demonized.Sponsored Content lurks inside of honest editorial working against the audience’s own interests. As John Oliver explains, it’s the result of the wall between business and news independence/integrity eroding because folks can’t be bothered to pay for media. It’s like using colorful mascots to sneakily sell slop to children but for adults. At least I know Mac Tonight is a burger shill, unlike the very memorable Chip Randell.“I hope Farmed and Dangerous inspires other brands to stand for something,” the makers of Farmed and Dangerous finally breaking my will.This wasn’t even the first time Chipotle pulled a stunt like this. In 2013 the chain aired a lovingly animated short film (and subsequent mobile app) called The Scarecrow about evil farms set to a haunting Fiona Apple cover of “Pure Imagination.” Frank Ocean was originally involved until Chipotle refused to remove its branding from the “humanitarian” ad.The Chipotle cinematic universe is even interconnected since Ray Wise’s Farmed and Dangerous character Buck Marshall dismisses the video’s message.Farmed and Dangerous aired three years ago but currently there don’t seem to be any ways to watch it. It’s no longer on Hulu, and the website just links back to Chipotle. After all, these days the company does have more things to worry about than paying someone pretending to be Ray Wise to spout the company line on Twitter.I just wanted to document the show’s existence for weird internet/advertising historical purposes, so we don’t all trick ourselves into thinking this was another Street Sharks fever dream lie. Yes, it’s true, Chipotle really did make a propaganda web show.last_img read more

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Climate change study of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings decline fails to provide

first_img Explore further More information: Anthony R. Rafferty et al. A 20-year investigation of declining leatherback hatching success: implications of climate variation, Royal Society Open Science (2017). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.170196AbstractUnprecedented increases in air temperature and erratic precipitation patterns are predicted throughout the twenty-first century as a result of climate change. A recent global analysis of leatherback turtle hatchling output predicts that the nesting site at Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (SPNWR) will experience the most significant regional climate alterations. We aimed to identify how local air temperatures and precipitation patterns influenced within-nest mortality and overall hatchling output at this site between 1990 and 2010. We show that while the greatest mortality occurred during the latest stages of development (stage three), the rate of embryo mortality was highest during the initial stages (stage zero) of development (approx. 3.8 embryos per day per clutch). Increased mortality at stage three was associated with decreased precipitation and increased temperature during this developmental period, whereas precipitation prior to, and during stage zero had the greatest influence on early mortality. There was a significant decline in overall hatching success (falling from 74% to 55%) and emergence rate (calculated from the number of hatchlings that emerged from the nest as a percentage of hatched eggs) which fell from 96% to 91%. However, there was no trend observed in local temperature or precipitation during this timeframe, and neither variable was related to hatching success or emergence rate. In conclusion, our findings suggest that despite influencing within-nest mortality, climatic variability does not account for the overall decline in hatchling output at SPNWR from 1990 to 2010. Further research is therefore needed to elicit the reasons for this decline. Leatherback sea turtles are truly unique. Not only are they the only species of turtle without a hard shell (they have thick leathery skin on their backs instead), but they are the largest species of turtle. Because they lay their eggs in the sand, prior research has shown that the hatchlings that emerge are likely to be particularly vulnerable to climate change. In this new effort, the researchers looked at 20 years of data for the turtles that hatch at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge to gain some insight into the impact climate change might be having on the local population.The researchers report that hatchling survival rates over the years 1990 to 2010 dropped from 74 percent to 55 percent—an amount that is likely to have a serious impact on population growth over the next few decades—the turtles are long lived, though no one has been able to prove how long. Estimates range from 30 to 50 or even 100 years. Prior studies have also found that the survival rates for the hatchlings has declined, and the assumption is that changes to the environment are the cause. To find out if that was the case, the researchers compared hatchling survival rates for each year over the two-decade span with temperature and rainfall that occurred during nesting season in the area. They report that they were unable to find any correlating factors. They also report that there were occasional changes that caused problems for the hatchlings, but they are not trends. They further note that their findings are particularly confusing in light of the fact that turtle population counts in the park have been rising over the past several years. Citation: Climate change study of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings decline fails to provide answers (2017, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-climate-leatherback-sea-turtle-hatchlings.html 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Monash University in Australia and the West Indies Marine Animal Research and Conservation Service has found that changes in temperature and rainfall in the West Indies is not a factor in the declining rate of survival of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team details their study, noting that more research is required to find the true cause of the declining survival rate of the hatchlings.center_img 10,000 turtle hatchlings released back into the wild © 2017 Phys.org Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Leatherback sea turtle. Credit: Public Domainlast_img read more

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Apple Working On Fuel Cell Powered MacBooks REPORT

first_imgA MacBook has sufficient battery when compared to other netbooks and laptops, nearly 10 hours or so. But still 10 hours is not enough to rely on your MacBook too much. And for that reason, folks at Apple are working on it hard to increase the battery life of your MacBook  by a week. Keep reading for more info.As Apple Insider reports that Apple has applied for a series of patents concerning fuel cell powered batteries for its next generation computer devices, which will be even smaller and would last more than a week(almost 20 times the battery of current MacBook Pro).The patents are entitled,FUEL CELL SYSTEM TO POWER A PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICEFUEL CELL SYSTEM COUPLED TO A PORTABLE COMPUTING DEVICEThe filling states that,Our country’s continuing reliance on fossil fuels has forced our government to maintain complicated political and military relationships with unstable governments in the Middle East, and has also exposed our coastlines and our citizens to the associated hazards of offshore drilling. These problems have led to an increasing awareness and desire on the part of consumers to promote and use renewable energy sources.As a consequence of increased consumer awareness, electronics manufacturers have become very interested in renewable energy sources for their products, and they have been exploring a number of promising renewable energy sources such as hydrogen fuel which is used in hydrogen fuel cells.These batteries would use hydrogen, working with an existing power source inside each computer and would have weeks of battery life and smaller size, making the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air even more portable then ever.As we mentioned above, these fuel cell batteries are currently under works, so they may take a long time before being used in the MacBooks. There are many problems in the way of their development which have to be solved before these batteries are officially launched by Apple.Keep logged on GizmoCrazed and we will keep you posted.last_img read more

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