HALIFAX – A Halifax pastor says he felt “violated” after the front doors of his parish were vandalized.St. Agnes Church was one of two Catholic churches in the Nova Scotia capital that were hit with obscene graffiti overnight on Saturday.Father Paul Morris was preparing to deliver the 10:30 a.m. Easter mass when a concerned parishioner alerted him to graffiti on the front doors of the building.Someone had spray-painted obscene words and drawings on the building, where Morris was expecting nearly a thousand people to attend the service.“When you’re the victim of crime, there is a great feeling of being violated. And that’s how I felt. I felt sad, I felt angry, my head was spinning,” he said in an interview Sunday.“I think it’s atrocious. It’s appalling that someone would desecrate any house of worship.”Morris said he contacted the police a few minutes before the mass began.He said the service went as well as could be expected. It was well attended, and he briefly addressed the vandalism in his opening words.“I said, ‘I want everyone to see what was done to us. So take a look when you leave,’” he said, adding that he could forgive the person who did this if they were brought to justice.Saint Benedict Church in the suburb of Clayton Park was also vandalized overnight.Father James Mallon of Saint Benedict tweeted a picture of the graffiti with the caption: “Someone said to me this week that Christians were not persecuted in our country. This morning we woke up to this.”Halifax police believe the two incidents are related.
GATINEAU, Que. — Quebec’s environment minister said Thursday his department had identified two companies responsible for the large number of dead fish that have been washing up in the Lievre and Outaouais rivers in western Quebec in recent weeks.Benoit Charette said he issued a notice to Energie de la Lievre and Services Energie Brookfield in connection with the incidents.He said in a statement the fish died as a result of dissolved gas supersaturation stemming from activities at the Masson hydro plant.The Environment Department said a supersaturation occurs when the amount of dissolved gases in water is higher than normal, which can harm aquatic life.Charette said the companies have been ordered to change their procedures at the plant to minimize supersaturation. They’ve also been told to inform the Environment Department if supersaturation levels surpass a specific threshold.He is also requiring them to hire a recognized expert to study the issue and make recommendations to the government on what new rules and limits should be put in place.The Canadian Press
Rabat- Spanish public opinion regarding the question of Western Sahara has undergone a significant change over the last 10 years.72 percent of Spaniards supported the territory’s independence in 2005, but only 58 percent support it in 2015, according to a survey conducted by the Spanish Real Instituto Elcano, one of the most important think tanks in Spain.The percentage of Spaniards who support Morocco granting autonomy to the Western Sahara has witnessed a slight change, dropping from 16 percent in 2005 to 15 percent in June 2015. “10 years later, we again ask the question to know the evolution of the positions. The result is a sharp drop in the percentage of those who believe that Spain should support the independence of the Sahara, while opinion remains the same for those who support that Sahara be an autonomous region of Morocco,” said the Real Instituto Elcano.According to the same source, among those who support the territory’s independence, those who sympathize with left-wing parties came first, with 69 percent, as opposed to 48 percent among the right-wing and 55 percent of people from the center.Of the population that supports granting of an autonomy to the Western Sahara under Moroccan sovereignty, the right wing came first with 22 per cent, as opposed to 10 percent of the left wing and 16 percent of the center.Since the beginning of the conflict in 1975, when Morocco obtained sovereignty over the disputed territory, Spanish civil society has been among the most supportive of the separatist Polisario movement and its fight for independence.This support translates to the number of associations that work closely with the Polisario in the Tindouf camps, providing financial and in kind support to the population living there. There are 200 associations that provide support to the Saharawi population in the Tindouf camps, and thousands of Spanish families receive about 10,000 Saharawi children every summer.Edited by Timothy Filla
The Police said that the suspect was arrested at the Soysapura flats in Moratuwa.The STF had also seized shirts similar to that worn by the Army, a sword, a drone and various other items. A man who was posing as an Army Major was arrested by the Police Special Task Force (STF).The suspect was identified as Muhammadu Nisar Imran alias ‘John Wolk’ who is said to have been involved in several crimes.
Ailes’ political legacy: GOP control in divided America by Steve Peoples, The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2017 2:08 pm MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Roger Ailes is gone, but the world he created is not.In the wake of the Fox News Channel founder’s death Thursday at 77, leaders in both parties said his TV network’s influence in shaping American politics cannot be overstated.The former Nixon aide played an essential role in shifting the political debate sharply to the right in less than a generation, employing polarizing and, some say, destructive tactics. Yet without him, friends and foes agree, the GOP’s current control of Washington and statehouses nationwide may not have been possible.“More than anyone, Roger knew how to frame the message and communicate it to the masses,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a former Fox News host and Ailes friend. “The GOP has long had a problem speaking to people beyond the boardroom and country club. Roger changed that. He was a genius.”One longtime friend, evangelical Christian leader Ralph Reed, affectionately called Ailes “master of the universe” on Thursday, while former President George H.W. Bush tweeted that he might not have been elected without the Fox chief.Ailes is universally regarded as a brilliant political strategist. He advised at least four Republican presidents, President Donald Trump among them. Yet for all the praise, Ailes also leaves a legacy of deep divisions that critics say will plague the Republican Party — and American politics — for years to come.Under his leadership, Fox regularly highlighted conspiracy theories throughout President Barack Obama’s time in office.In 2009, Fox anchors reported incorrectly that the Obama administration was pursuing concentration camps. In subsequent years, anchors and guests, including Trump, promoted the false notion that the nation’s first black president was a Muslim born in Africa. Four in 10 Republicans polled by CNN in 2015 said Obama is a Muslim.“Was he a capable propagandist? Yes. He was an artful liar,” said Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal-backed media watchdog Media Matters for America. “Ailes’ legacy is that you can actually convince half the country that President Obama was a secret Muslim who wasn’t born here.”Longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod acknowledged Ailes’ influence.“For better or worse & the ignominious end 2 his reign at Fox News, the impact of Roger Ailes on American politics & media was indisputable,” he tweeted.Democrats had an 82-seat House majority when Fox News was launched in October 1996. Republicans now have a 45-seat majority, a swing of 127 seats. It’s far worse for Democrats in statehouses across the country, where they have lost more than 900 seats since 2009. The GOP has total control of government in at least 25 states and partial control in 20 others.The Republican success cannot be totally attributed to Ailes’ network, of course, but there was broad agreement Thursday on both sides of the aisle that Ailes’ conservative network was a major factor.“The power of Fox News cannot be overstated in Republican politics,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant, who advised two presidential campaigns. “I don’t think there’s ever been one source of media that has such a loyal political following as Fox News does.”Ailes changed the face of 24-hour news when he accepted a challenge from media titan Rupert Murdoch to build a network from scratch to compete with CNN and other TV outlets they deemed left-leaning. Within a few years, it became the audience leader in cable news.“No one deserves more credit for the rightward movement of this country over the last 20 years or so than Roger Ailes,” said Bruce Bartlett, a former aide to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who now considers himself an independent. “He made the Republican control of Congress possible.”Yet Bartlett, a Fox critic, warned that Ailes’ network has become a “state news service for the Trump administration.”Evangelical leader Reed, a regular Fox guest over the years, offered a more optimistic view: “Whatever one thinks of Fox News, and there are certainly people who don’t like it for whatever reason, it is undeniable that it changed the media environment and ensured the conservative viewpoint was consistently and reliably represented. I personally think that’s a good thing.”
6Marcus Allen1982-85576,942121.8 14Chuck Foreman1973-76536,009113.4 With no clear favorite for MVP this season, Bell is making a strong late-season push. And you can see it beyond the traditional stats. Among running backs, Bell ranks as the third-best rusher and the fourth-best receiver (subscription required), according to Pro Football Focus; he’s the only player in the top five in both of those metrics. He also is one of just four starting running backs averaging over 2 yards per carry after contact, bringing a power element to his game as well.This may be Bell’s best season, but he has been a yards from scrimmage monster for much of his career. In 45 career games, Bell has 3,830 rushing yards (85.1 per game) and 1,952 receiving yards (43.4 per game). That translates to 128.5 yards from scrimmage per game for his career, which would be the highest career average since 1932.And while it’s not apples-to-apples to compare Bell’s production right now to every other player’s career production — Bell hasn’t seen his average dragged down by playing games during the decline phase of his career — we can see Bell’s dominance just as clearly by comparing him to players when they were at the same stage. Among the 100 players with the most yards from scrimmage through four seasons, Bell has the highest number of yards from scrimmage per game.3Although total yards and passing stats are at historic highs, rushing yards are near historic lows. Most statistics are best viewed in light of era adjustments, but that’s much trickier to do when it comes to yards from scrimmage; currently, teams are averaging just 107.6 rushing yards per game, the third-lowest average since the league starting tracking this metric back in 1932. As a result, it’s not clear what advantage, if any, modern running backs have when it comes to racking up big yards from scrimmage totals. For example, it was a wide receiver, Julio Jones, who led the NFL in yards from scrimmage last year, but it was with the lowest total by any player since 1996. RKPLAYERSEASONTEAMRUSHRECYFSGYFS/G 8Marshall Faulk1999STL1,3811,0482,42916151.8 Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell had himself a day on Sunday. He rushed for 236 yards against the Buffalo Bills, breaking the Pittsburgh single-game rushing record that was set by Willie Parker in 2006. Bell also caught four passes for 62 yards, giving him a total of 298 yards from scrimmage. That’s tied for the 10th-most in a regular-season game since at least 19501That’s the first year for which Pro-Football-Reference.com has game-level statistics for each player. — and it’s more than the entire Bills offense gained against the Steelers defense. On a day when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggled (37.8 passer rating), Bell carried the team to victory.In an NFL season light on superlatives — no quarterback or wide receiver is having a historically great season — the top performers have been running backs. Dallas rookie Ezekiel Elliott leads the NFL in rushing yards, with 1,392, and is a big reason why the Cowboys are beating every team they play that’s not the Giants. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson, my vote for midseason Offensive Player of the Year, has arguably been better than Elliott. Johnson has gained at least 100 yards from scrimmage in every game the Cardinals have played this season; he’s only the second player in NFL history to cross the 100-yard mark in each of his team’s first 13 games of a season.And yet, neither Elliott nor Johnson has been the most dominant player in the NFL this season, at least not on a per-game basis. That honor belongs to Bell, who now has 1,616 yards despite missing the first three games of the season. He’s averaging 161.6 yards from scrimmage per game this season — 20.8 more than Johnson, 29.8 more than Elliott and at least 50 yards more than everyone else in the league. There is simply no more dynamic or versatile star in the league: 4LaDainian Tomlinson2001-04637,921125.7 9Arian Foster2009-12516,052118.7 2Edgerrin James1999-02526,640127.7 6Marshall Faulk2001STL1,3827652,14714153.4 5Marshall Faulk2000STL1,3598302,18914156.4 4Chris Johnson2009TEN2,0065032,50916156.8 7Jim Brown1963CLE1,8632682,13114152.2 9Walter Payton1977CHI1,8522692,12114151.5 13Jamal Lewis2000-04606,822113.7 12O.J. Simpson1973BUF2,003702,07314148.1 3Eric Dickerson1983-86627,842126.5 14Clinton Portis2003DEN1,5913141,90513146.5 7Billy Sims1980-83526,252120.2 15Walter Payton1975-78576,427112.8 YARDS Single-season leaders in yards from scrimmage (YFS) per game RKPLAYERSEASONSGYARDS FROM SCRIMMAGEYFS/G 1Priest Holmes2002KC1,6156722,28714163.4 3O.J. Simpson1975BUF1,8174262,24314160.2 13Barry Sanders1997DET2,0533052,35816147.4 15Steven Jackson2006STL1,5288062,33416145.9 Bell’s average of 161.6 yards from scrimmage isn’t remarkable for 2016 alone. If it were to stand through the end of the regular season, Bell’s 2016 performance would rank as the second-highest single-season average since 1932.2That’s when the NFL began tracking individual yards. Minimum eight games played, 1932-2016 seasonsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1Le’Veon Bell2013-16455,782128.5 8Ricky Williams1999-02546,437119.2 5Terrell Davis1995-98617,594124.5 Leaders in yards from scrimmage per game, first four seasons 11Jim Brown1957-60485,642117.5 10Tiki Barber2005NYG1,8605302,39016149.4 10Clinton Portis2002-05607,059117.7 2Le’Veon Bell2016PIT1,0535631,61610161.6 Right now, Bell is second in the league in rushing yards per game and sixth in yards per rush. And among all players, he is fourth in receptions per game, with 6.7. If Bell can continue his dominance during the final three games of the regular season, he has a good chance of taking home the MVP — and dragging the Steelers into the playoffs while he’s at it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. Among the top 100 players in yards from scrimmage through four seasons, 1932 to 2016.Jamal Lewis was injured for the whole 2001 season, so his first four seasons include 2000 and 2002-04.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 12Adrian Peterson2007-10616,952114.0 11LaDainian Tomlinson2003SD1,6457252,37016148.1
Secretary General of European Handball Federation, Michael Wiederer, visited Serbian capital, Belgrade, where he took part at the “Workshop” about final weekend in Belgrade Arena and meet with the members of Organizing Committee EHF EURO 2012.– It is always pleasure to be in Belgrade. This time, we are here for our “Workshop” with the main topic “Belgrade Arena”. We are aware that we start from the end, final weekend, but “Belgrade Arena” gives a lot of possibilities to this competition. When you have a lot of possibilities, then you have to organize and prepare everything on time. We also discuss about the Draw, which will be held on June 15. Third part of this visit was dedicated to different questions and meeting with the members of Organizing Committee.Secretary General of Serbian handball Federation, Bozidar Djurkovic:– With official marketing agency INFRONT, we prepared everything connected with the Main phase of the EHF EURO 2012. We had several meetings together about many things. Also, we presented part of the teams for ticketing service, security, media, voluntaries, etc. Next meeting will be at 18 and 19 May. I am very satisfied with this visit of mister Wiederer and his team. A lot of job is still in front of us, but I am sure that we will make everything on time. Draw for the EHF EURO 2012 will be held on June 15 in “BelExpo Center” in Belgrade with 250 special guests. Practically, since than beginning real job…Secretary General of EHF, Michael Wiederer made a closer explanation of decision of extension the EHF EURO 2012 for two days…– If you look at the past, you will see that European Champioships are longer and longer with more rest days for the players. One point of discussion between EHF and different interesting groups, players, teams, Leagues was how to see the players at EHF EURO events in their best form? We saw experience of the last World Championship in Sweden, where final game was very good, after the players had rest day between semifinal and the final. For the TOP players, playing without rest day isn’t enough, expecially when we know that semifinals are “crucial matches”. So, we decided to extend competition. With Organizing Committee, with whom we had very good cooperation, we already made agreement, how to deal with that. That is irreversible process for future events…photo: ehf-euro.com EHFEHF EURO 2012Michael Wiederer ← Previous Story Brazilian club Pinheiros qualified for IHF Super Globe Next Story → The Lowen-Fans go against Nielsen!
GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI BRUSHED off suggestions that his job is jeopardy last night and insisted that his players will bounce back from the humiliating defeat to Germany.The Italian watched his side being torn to shreds by the team ranked second in the world – conceding six unanswered goals before Andy Keogh’s consolation at the final whistle.After the disappointing showing at the European Championships and a narrow win over Kazakhstan last month, the pressure has been mounting on the 73-year-old with many fans believing he should end his four-year spell as Ireland’s international manager.However, at his post-match press conference, Trapattoni was in bullish form and while he admitted this team didn’t show the kind of fight which got them to the Euro 2012, he is adamant they will recover for Tuesday’s trip to the Faroe Islands.“Sure, they played inferior (than usual),” said Trapattoni. “Usually we have more aggression, confidence and have more direction. It was easy for them (Germany) to pass the ball, and it was difficult for us.“Usually there is a reaction. They (the players) are down, very disappointed. I lost once by six goals in Italy. But we showed we can recover attitude, spirit of the team in Kazakhstan and against Oman. The players must answer and I’m sure they can answer. There is a very important situation here. I am proud about our players because their commitment is full, 100%.“I don’t accept the other players. This team has the mentality.”Trapattoni, who earlier this year signed a new two-year deal with the FAI, was asked whether he feels he is now fighting for his job and why he wants to continue in the role with a team which is on the wrong end of these kind of results.“Because I am proud about this team and about these results,” he explained. “There is a very difficult situation. Your newspaper is the best newspaper in Ireland? The second or the third? Why are you this job?”When the journalist in question responded that he worked for the money and enquired whether he did the same, Trap anwered: ”It’s not the money. It’s a proud and professional job. I can try this with money or no money.“I am proud about my job, because I was in four countries and won in every country. It’s no language… remember.”There was also a mention of the booing which came from a small section of fans, which he claimed didn’t bother him.“Do not forget three years ago, the ranking Ireland was 32, 28. Now we have 18. We have recovered many place and discovered many young players – like Coleman and Brady today. And others.“Germany the second best team in the the world. They’re players play in the best European teams teams. They play in the Champions League, Premier League and German teams.“We have these players… we have no other players.”Trap hails ‘physically superior’ Germans after defeatHouse of horrors: 5 things we learned from Ireland v Germany
More DNA tests on foodThe Minister said that 50 additional food samples will be checked for horse DNA during March in Ireland.He has agreed this as part of the EU-wide programme to investigate food fraud “in order to restore consumer confidence and to establish the extent of the problem across the EU”.The Commission will grant financial support to Member States to carry out the plan at a rate of 75 per cent of the costs. The controls are to run for one month initially and may be extended for a further two months. The results of these tests will be published.Officials from the Department together with the FSAI have met with representatives from the meat processing, retailing and catering sectors and agreed a protocol for DNA testing of beef products to check for adulteration with horse meat.The following categories of food are being tested:Pre-packaged beef products on sale to the final consumer or to mass caterersBeef products offered for sale without pre-packaging to consumers or to mass caterersMeat ingredients used in processed beef products.The results will be made known to the public. In addition to the EU-wide control programme for residues of Bute, the Department is introducing a positive release programme for horses destined for the food chain.Only horse meat testing negative for residues of phenylbutazone (“Bute”) will be allowed on the market. This programme will run for an initial period of one month.The Department has requested that passport issuing organisations provide details of equine animals registered and passports issued by them since 1 January 1980 to date and the exit status of the animals.This database will be used at abattoirs to verify the authenticity of the passport for the equine presented and to record its date of slaughter.The FSAI is coordinating an enhanced inspection programme with the HSE and local authorities of cold stores and wholesalers to authenticate providence and accuracy of labelling of beef raw ingredients used in the manufacture of processed meat products.The Minister, in his role as Chairman of the Council, has arranged to hold a special debate on the horsemeat scandal under the Irish Presidency at next Monday’s Council of Agriculture and Fisheries meeting.Read: Tesco say their products are free from horsemeat>Read: BirdsEye recalls beef products in UK and Ireland after horse DNA discovery> ALL OPERATIONS AT a Carrick on Suir meat plant have been suspended after it was discovered they were sending horsemeat via a UK trader to the Czech republic labelled as ‘beef’.The announcement came today as Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney announced new control measures in the wake of the equine DNA investigation.It has been discovered that B&F Meats, a small scale plant approved to debone beef and horsemeat, was despatching some horsemeat to a single customer in the Czech Republic via a UK based trader using a label in the Czech language which, when translated, refers to beef.The Department has suspended all operations at the plant with immediate effect.InvestigationOfficers from the Department’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) have entered the plant this afternoon to carry out a full investigation.The Minister said:I am seriously concerned about this development and the gardaí have been fully appraised of this development and are working closely with my Department. The issue here is one of mislabelling and that will be the focus of the investigation.The investigation led by the (SIU) continues in conjunction with the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and involves forensic examination of electronic data and records associated with consignments of beef products. It also involves detailed inspections of certain food business operators including traders, transporters, processers and exporters.The SIU is also liaising with counterparts in other Member States and Europol in relation to this pan European investigation. It was as part of this investigation that the latest discovery was made.
By Aoife Barry http://jrnl.ie/3321842 Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: Short URL It’s time to take this evening off using your phone* *As best as you can – that’s what we’re asking on the third day of the first week of the process. 19 Comments SO FAR THIS week, with Live A Better Life we’ve taken a quiz about our phone use, and started monitoring how we use our phone.Today, on the third day of the series, we’re giving you the permission to do nothing.Nothing on your phone, that is. Source: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comThe focus tonight is on trying to have a phone-free evening.Now, if that sounds impossible to you, ask yourself: Can I really not spare even the hour before bed without my phone by my side?Whether you do it from the second you arrive home from work, or just the last hour before bed, the aim is to try to have at least one continuous hour tonight free from phone use. Put your phone down in another room, and enjoy your evening.Yes, it might be difficultDr Larry Rosen, professor emeritus at California State University, and author of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, told TheJournal.ie that taking time away from your phone can be difficult.“When we removed phones from students in a study, those who were light users of their smartphone did not get more anxious over a 60 minute period where they were not allowed to do anything (to induce boredom and the urge to check in),” he said.Those who were moderate users of their smartphones showed no change in anxiety until about 30 minutes into the period and then showed an increase that levelled off. Those heaviest smartphone users showed an increase in anxiety within 10 minutes which kept increasing throughout the hour-long period.How to take a tech break Source: Shutterstock/siro46Dr Rosen also offered a tested way of scheduling tech breaks, saying that his most common advice is that “the person needs to regain the art of attention rather than letting the device guide that attention”.Here’s how to undertake Rosen’s tech breaks:Give yourself one minute to check all devices currently in use, particularly focusing on what most distracts you (communication, social media, news)Then close all unneeded websites/programs/apps (don’t minimise them on the computer, close them to remove the notifications)Set an alarm on the phone for 15 minutes and turn the smartphone upside-down and put it close at hand.Upside-down removes the notifications from interfering and distracting you and close by serves as a signal that you will be checking in shortly.When the alarm goes off check anything nonessential to the work you are doing for one minute and repeat the process until you are comfortable with not checking in so often.Then increase to 20 minutes focus time and then try to get it up to 30 minutes or more.This evening, each time you’re drawn to your phone, remind yourself of the benefits of not checking it when you don’t need to (of course, if someone rings or a major emergency pops up, that is all A-OK. We’re talking about mindless phone use here – do you really need the phone while watching TV?)You could use the spare time to chat with friends or your family members, read a book, do some sketching, play with your kids, do some mindfulness, or have a bath.Let us know how you’re feeling about this in the comments. Live A Better Life: The series so far> Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 12:50 PM Apr 19th 2017, 12:50 PM 12,816 Views Share Tweet Email10 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
No (6923) NEW MEASURES SET to be brought in by the HSE will limit what foods and drinks are available in hospital vending machines.The Irish Daily Mail reported this morning that sugar-laden fizzy drinks and any snacks over 200 calories will be banned in the future from these vending machines under the new proposals.This would effectively mean bars such as Kit Kats, Mars bars and cans of cola from the over 400 hospital vending machines in the country.So, today we’re asking you: Should sugary snacks and drinks be banned from hospital vending machines? By Sean Murray Yes (5090) Poll: Should sugary snacks and drinks be banned from hospital vending machines? New proposals would see such products removed from hospital vending machines. 113 Comments Not sure (354) Poll Results: Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 8:10 AM Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions 29,059 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Share7 Tweet Email1 Mar 7th 2019, 8:10 AM YesNoNot sureVote https://jrnl.ie/4528077 Short URL
Les glaciers des Andes fondent plus vite qu’au cours des 350 dernières annéesPubliée le 3 avril dans Nature Geoscience, une étude anglo-suédoise, utilisant des images satellite autant que des données séculaires, montre l’inquiétante vitesse actuelle de la fonte des glaciers des Andes. Au nord de la Patagonie, entre l’Argentine et le Chili, les glaciers andins sont répartis sur deux grands champs de glace : l’un, au nord, s’étend sur près de 200 kilomètres et couvre une surface de 4.200 kilomètres carrés ; l’autre, au sud, s’étend sur plus de 350 kilomètres, couvrant 13.000 kilomètres carrés. Or, leur fonte – et la montée du niveau de la mer qui en résulte – se produit plus rapidement maintenant qu’à n’importe quel autre moment au cours des 350 dernières années, selon une étude réalisée par des chercheurs des Universités de Berystwyth et d’Exeter (Royaume-Uni), et de Stockholm (Suède).À lire aussiRégime sans gluten, microscope surpuissant et léopards, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaitre ce 16 juilletSi des études avaient déjà montré que les glaciers perdaient du volume de plus en plus vite au cours des 30 dernières années – période où les images satellite ont permis ce type d’évaluation -, l’équipe a voulu remonter plus loin dans le temps : outre ces outils modernes, ils ont utilisé des relevés anciens pour tracer la fonte de 270 des plus grands glaciers des Andes depuis le “petit âge glaciaire”, période de regain des glaciers qui a eu lieu vers 1870 pour le champ de glace du nord et vers 1650 pour celui du sud.”Nous savions que les glaciers en Amérique du Sud étaient beaucoup plus grands pendant le petit âge glaciaire, alors nous avons cartographié la taille des glaciers à l’époque et calculé la quantité de glace perdue par le retrait et l’amincissement des glaciers”, explique le Pr Neil Glasser de l’Université d’Aberystwyth. “Ce travail est important, car c’est la première fois que quelqu’un fait une estimation directe de la contribution des glaciers à la hausse du niveau de la mer depuis la révolution industrielle (entre 1750 et 1850)”, précise le Dr Stephen Harrison de l’Université d’Exeter.Le 5 avril 2011 à 14:31 • Emmanuel Perrin
Sharp repousse les limites du LCDSharp est sur le point de commercialiser le plus grand écran LCD au monde : un téléviseur d’une diagonale de 80 pouces.Après avoir lancé un modèle d’écran LCD de 70 pouces, Sharp élargit de nouveau ses perspectives en s’apprêtant à commercialiser le LC-80LE632U (lien non disponible), une télévision arborant une diagonale de 2,03 mètres !À lire aussiiPhone 5 : Sharp rompt le silenceN’entrant pas dans la série Elite, il disposera tout de même de l’étendue de ces fonctionnalités comme le rétro-éclairage à LED, une fréquence de balayage de 120 Hertz, et le WiFi intégré permettant, entre autre, de se connecter à des services comme Netflix. Il pourra également afficher vos photos et vidéos via son port USB.Sa sortie est prévue dès le mois d’octobre depuis les Etats-Unis où l’appareil peut être commandé à moins de 5.000 dollars. Pour ceux qui souhaitent bénéficier d’une image encore plus grande, l’écran peut également être commandé avec une option d’extension de la zone d’affichage pour 5.499 dollars. De quoi satisfaire ceux qui ont la folie des grandeurs…Le 28 septembre 2011 à 15:01 • Maxime Lambert
SEATTLE — Washington voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with a federal government that backs the drug’s prohibition. Initiative 502 would create a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.“Today the state of Washington looked at 70 years of marijuana prohibition and said it’s time for a new approach,” said Alison Holcomb, campaign manager for the initiative.With 50 percent of precincts reporting, the measure was passing by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent.Supporters celebrated with joints on a sidewalk outside the campaign party in downtown Seattle. “I’ve been selling pot for 38 years,” said supporter Ben Schroeter. “I’ve been busted multiple times, most recently eight days ago. Prohibition is stupid. We’ve known for decades it’s stupid and this is extremely important.”Legalization could help bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year in pot taxes, reduce small-time pot-related arrests and give supporters a chance to show whether decriminalization is a viable strategy in the war on drugs. The outcome of a related measure in Colorado appeared headed toward passage, and some news outlets in the state earlier in the night had declared that it was approved.
The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted back in 2016 to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Sunday October 7, will kick off the seasonal landfill closure. From October to May each year the landfill will be open 8am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday. The Central Peninsula Landfill and Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Sterling Transfer Sites will be closed on Sundays for the winter beginning October 7 through April 28, 2019. Sundays will re-open for the summer season. Questions? Call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department (907) 262-9667.
Hyderabad: Attacks on hospital staff continue to happen in Hyderabad even as doctors across the country demand stringent punishments for those resorting to such acts. Freshly, Hyderabad police arrested one Rafiq for attacking security and hospital staff of Rainbow Hospital, Banjara Hills. The incident occurred on August 14 night. Rafiq and another four relatives of a seven-year-old girl, who was being treated at the hospital for Dengue Fever for the past ten days, thrashed the hospital staff around 10 pm on Wednesday night over the issue of not allowing them in the lift that was carrying emergency medicines for ICU ward, according to a press release from the hospital. Rafiq and his friends physically assaulted the staff later, visuals of which were captured in CCTV cameras. After the hospital lodged a complaint, police examined the footage and registered a case. Rafiq was arrested within 24 hours and the case is currently under investigation.
MA MannanSuspended Gazipur City Corporation mayor MA Mannan filed a writ petition with the High Court on Sunday morning challenging the government order over his suspension for the third time.Advocate Abu Hanif, counsel of Mannan, filed the petition on behalf of the GCC mayor.A hearing over the writ petition will be held at the court of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan in the afternoon, said Hanif.On 6 July, the government suspended Mannan after the mayor took his office barely 19 days following a court order.The Local Government Division issued a notification in this regard as a lower court accepted charges against Mannan in a case filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for misusing power and embezzling state money.Mannan took the charge of the city mayor on June 18, after 28 months of suspension, following an order of the Supreme Court.The GCC mayor has now been suspended thrice, with the first suspension on 19 August 2015 and then on 18 April last year.
Toyota shows off its new iQ electric-car prototype (Phys.org) —Look, it’s a hooded scooter. No, it’s a trike house. No, it’s a, well, it’s a concept. The category-challenged debut of the Toyota i-Road will nonetheless attract a number of interested viewers at this week’s Geneva International Motor Show starting Tuesday. (Should the future owner of an i-Road struggle to define it, “car” would not even be in Toyota’s vocabulary; they are referring to their i-Road as a Personal Mobility Vehicle.) 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. Toyota did not issue information on plans for production, nor was there any information on pricing. Several auto blogs speculated that Toyota could actually introduce this in the real world one day as a solution, promoted for reducing traffic congestion and pollution in crowded cities, or may use its technologies or components for future designs. The take-home for i-Road viewers will be that Toyota has designed a three-wheel, two-seater, all-electric vehicle specially purposed for city travelling at short distances. The i-Road can do about 30 miles on a single charge. More information: Toyota (Japanese) Explore further Citation: Toyota’s i-Road to debut at the Geneva Motor Show (2013, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-toyota-i-road-debut-geneva-motor.html © 2013 Phys.org The i-Road leans itself over like a scooter in navigating, when needed, in a self-leaning system that can automatically balance the vehicle. The system allows the two front wheels to move independently of each other. With the aid of computer-controlled technology, the system can figure out the angle of the tilt based on the steering angle, gyro sensor and vehicle’s speed. The i-Road’s two front wheels are each powered by their own two-kilowatt electric motor. A lithium ion battery provides the power. The owner would need to anticipate about three hours of charging time, from a household power outlet. The design is an eyeful, in i-Road’s higher-end resemblance to a golf cart or scooter. The scooter-sized i-Road would be providing the same attractive advantage of parking ease, yet with a fashionable enclosed cabin. As for measurements, the i-Road is 2,350mm long, 1,445mm high, with a 1,700mm wheelbase. The car-like features of the i-Road include interior lighting and heating.The passenger needs to sit behind the driver to accommodate the small, slim size of the vehicle; the most standout feature of the i-Road, however, is its stability system that keeps this unique mobile vehicle upright.
Kolkata: Two persons were arrested by the officers of the Baruipur Women police station for allegedly employing an eight-year-old girl as a domestic help at a home in Modarhat, Baruipur.The accused woman, who hired the girl and reportedly tortured her, was arrested on Wednesday morning. Later on Thursday, the maternal uncle of the girl was held for forcing the girl to work as a help. According to sources, the eight-year-old girl lived with her parents and five siblings at Ghutiyari Sharif. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHer parents decided to employ her as a domestic helper to support their family. The girl’s maternal uncle Asmat Shaikh had information that a family in Baruipur was looking for a domestic helper. He got in touch with Anjumina Khatun at Modarhat in Baruipur, who was allegedly looking for helper. Approximately five months ago Shaikh had taken the girl to Khatun. It is alleged Khatun used to force the girl to do all the household work. Khatun use to beat up the girl when she refused to work. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt is alleged that Khatun used a blade to slash the girl’s hands when she was not happy with her work . The victim girl said she was even not provided proper food. When she couldn’t bear the torture any more, she risked her life to climb down the water pipe from the roof and fled from Khatun’s house. But as she was not familiar with the area, she started crying after reaching a primary school. On seeing the girl crying, a teacher of the school consoled her. Later, the girl narrated the incident to the teacher. When the schoolteacher came to know about the torture, he immediately informed the Baruipur women police station. After the police complaint was lodged, the officers immediately nabbed Khatun and produced her before the Baruipur Court on Wednesday. She has been remanded to judicial custody for 14 days by the magistrate. The victim girl has been sent to a home located in Sonarpur. Later on Thursday, police arrested Shaikh from Changa Islamnagar in Baruipur for allegedly forcing a minor girl to work as a domestic help. He will be produced before the Baruipur Court on Friday with an appeal for his police remand.
Kolkata: Civic bodies in New Town, Sector V and Salt Lake along with Bidhannagar Police have geared up to combat any emergency situation, which may occur due to the cyclone Fani. Special Disaster Management Groups (DMG) have been formed and control rooms have been set up to act immediately in case of any disaster caused by the cyclone.In Salt lake, about eight trees have felled at various locations due to the impact of Fani. According to Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) and New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), a special control room has been set up for emergency situation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAlso, Kolkata Gate has been closed for spectators and all rides have been suspended at the Eco Park. Monitoring teams have been set up to keep a check on the rise of the water-level in canals. Special DMG teams are all set to combat any emergency situation and the staff of New Town Kolkata Development Authority are on high alert. Apart from New Town, special arrangements have been made by the Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) also. A special control room has been opened to receive distress calls during the cyclone. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBuilding authorities have been asked to close all the windows and keep safe distance from glass panes. A control room has been opened there as well. Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made elaborate arrangements in view of the cyclone Fani. Control rooms have been set up in each borough offices. Ten ambulances have been kept ready for medical emergencies. Adequate drinking water tankers, dry foods, and tarpaulins have been arranged as precautionary steps. Some school buildings and clubs have been being taken over by the BMC to provide shelter to people in case if emergency evacuation needed. According to a circular by the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation authorities, staff of all the department have been instructed to be ready to tackle any emergency situation. A control room has been opened at the Poura Bhavan, which has adequate staff all through the day to address any problem caused by cyclone Fani. Senior officials and MMiCs (Member, Mayor-in-Council) have been given the charge of supervision of work at their respective departments. Mayor, Municipal Commissioner and other officials are going to stay at the Poura Bhavan throughout the night. Bidhannagar Police arranged for two special DMG teams from Barrackpore, which have been deployed in Salt Lake and New Town. This apart, gas cutters and other necessary equipments have been kept ready for any emergency situation. Apart from these measures, additional police forces have been deployed round the clock both on the field and control room. “We are ready to combat the cyclone. Necessary traffic diversions will be made if needed,” said Amit P Javalgi, Deputy Commissioner (headquarters) of Bidhannagar Police. South Dum Dum and Dum Dum municipalities have also geared up to combat Fani. According to sources, proper relief measures have been taken and DMG teams are ready.