Man involved in several heinous crimes nabbed after encounter

first_imgGreater Noida: Following a late night encounter, Gautam Buddh Nagar police nabbed a dreaded criminal who was wanted in nearly a dozen cases of heinous crimes including murder, attempt to murder, loot and others.Cops said that the accused was arrested from Jarcha police station in Greater Noida and he is one of the suspect in lynching of Mohammad Ikhlaq in Bisahda village around four years ago. According to police, the arrested accused had been identified as Hariom, a native of Bisahda village in Jarcha area of Greater Noida. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRanvijay Singh, Superintendent of Police (rural), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the accused was arrested after a gun battle with police from Samna river bridge in Jarcha area. “Police received information about the movement of accused on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday and a team from Jarcha police station carried out checking. The accused who was travelling on a motorcycle opened fire on police when he was signalled to stop. However, police had to retaliate in which the accused sustained bullet injury in his leg,” said Singh. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that nearly a dozen cases of heinous crimes were registered against the accused in different police station of Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad districts. “Preliminary investigations showed that the nearly seven cases of loot, murder, attempt to murder and other heinous crimes were registered against the accused in Gautam Buddh Nagar district while four cases of loot were registered against him in Masuri police station of Ghaziabad,” Singh added. A senior police officer said that Hariom is one of the prime suspect in lynching of Mohammad Ikhlaq on suspicion of cow slaughter in September 2015. A mob of villagers attacked Ikhlaq’s house killing him and injuring his younger brother. Hariom was one among the nineteen persons booked for the case and he got bail in July 2017.last_img read more

Selfheating coats smart shirts offer glimpse of the future in Toronto showcase

first_imgTORONTO – Some thirty floors above Toronto’s streets, a select group of people caught a glimpse of the future.The future is smart, with technology no longer limited to phones in pockets or watches on wrists, but branching out to the fabric of clothing.At a news conference Wednesday promoting this summer’s Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada conference, a few insiders showed off the latest wares, a meeting of tech and textiles. Some of the items are on the market, but many aren’t yet.Justine Decaens, a project leader with CTT Group from Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., showed off a self-heating coat. Inside are six heating elements.Those elements are made of a conductive fabric and when the coat is connected to a power source — like a battery in a pocket — they heat up. That allows for less down in the coat, making for a slimmer look, Decaens said.Her company works with other companies who come armed with an idea and they develop a prototype.“Once the prototype is functional and it meets all the criteria the client has, we transfer how to produce it to them and they produce it,” she said.In the future, it appears losing items in a purse will also no longer be a problem. Decaens opened a purse, pushed a button and lights illuminated its contents.“It’s impossible find things in our purses,” Decaens said with a smile. “Not anymore.”Nearby, Marie Brouillet, the business development director at Vestechpro, a Montreal-based non-profit, showed off a shirt on a headless and limbless mannequin.There are sensors in the shirt, named Hexoskin, that capture heart rate, breathing rate, even acceleration. Those sensors are connected to a tiny computer about half the size of a business card, that beams out the information to an app on a smartphone or tablet.The Hexoskin is on the market and sells for a cool $399, Brouillet said. They’re hot sellers, she said.She then picked up a pair of insoles made by Greybox, another Montreal company. They have pressure sensors connected to a device that also transmits data to an app. But it’s not for athletes or weekend warriors, she said, rather they are made for seniors, especially those recovering from an injury or surgery.The information captured can be analyzed by doctors and physiotherapists to see if patients are performing their exercises properly, she said.Some of the insoles are out there now being used by medical professionals, and the information is also being sent to researchers at McGill University.Vestechpro also works with other companies to develop textiles and the big trend, she said, is technology.“The future looks really exciting,” she said. “There’s a lot of things I can’t talk about, I wish I could.”— Link to the Apparel Textile Sourcing Canada www.appareltextilesourcing.comlast_img read more

Vaiko demands Modi to stop deportation of Lankan Tamil

Alleging that there was a conspiracy to take out his life by branding him as a member of the banned LTTE, Vaiko said Dayanraj has been on a fast at the Trichy Refugee camp for the last five days demanding that he should not be sent back to Sri Lanka. India’s MDMK General Secretary Vaiko today urged the Indian Government to immediately drop its move to forcibly send back a Sri Lankan refugee identified as Dayanraj from the Trichy Refugee camp.Vaiko said that following a request from the Sri Lankan Government that some criminal cases were pending against him, the Narendra Modi-led Indian Government has decided to forcibly send back Dayanraj to Sri Lanka, the UNI news service reported. Accusing the Tamil Nadu Government of supporting the Centre in this regard, the MDMK leader urged the Centre to immediately drop its move to forcibly send back Dayanraj to Sri Lanka.He said if the Centre failed to do so there would be agitations against the Union and State governments. (Colombo Gazette) Similarly his wife and daughter were also on fast at the Mandapam Refugee camp, Vaiko said and flayed the Modi Government for betraying the interests of eelam tamils. read more

East Timor in advance of election UN launches training for women candidates

During the month of May, 169 potential candidates will receive training in political participation, decision making and basic knowledge of running for an office. The first 35 participants began a three-day training course today. The launch of the programme follows the announcement by UNTAET chief Sergio Vieira de Mello of measures to encourage female participation in the 30 August vote to the Assembly, which will prepare and adopt a constitution of an independent East Timor. On 16 March, Mr. Vieira de Mello set the stage for the first democratic vote in the territory when he signed a regulation on elections and registration of political parties.Civil society organizations all over East Timor have been asked to help in identifying women who may be interested in running as independent or political party candidates. The participants in the workshops, which are organized by UNTAET’s Gender Affairs Unit with the help of trainers from the UN Fund for Women (UNIFEM), come from all 13 districts and represent a large variety of organizations. Those who decide to run in the elections will receive additional training in the coming months, the UN mission said. read more

Suncor Fort Hills mine production delayed by one year until 2017

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Suncor: Fort Hills mine production delayed by one year until 2017 by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 1, 2012 4:51 pm MDT CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. expects crude from its Fort Hills oilsands mine to start flowing a year later than previously thought and says ever-growing production from places like North Dakota challenges the economics of its Voyageur upgrader.Those two projects, as well as the Joslyn mine, are part of a $1.75-billion joint venture Suncor inked with French energy giant Total SA in 2010. The partners are undertaking a review of those three projects in an effort to drive down costs.“We haven’t completed the review, but early indications are that we’ve been able to add significant value to the mining projects,” CEO Steve Williams told analysts on a conference call Thursday to discuss Suncor’s third-quarter results.“However, the production timeline for Fort Hills is likely to be delayed by about a year to 2017.”Suncor owns 40.8 per cent of Fort Hills and is the operator. Total holds a 39.2 per cent stake and Vancouver-based miner Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) owns the remaining 20 per cent.Meanwhile, Voyageur’s economics “appear challenged in light of the projected ramp up in tight oil production in the North American market.”The Bakken formation that stretches through parts of North Dakota, Montana and Saskatchewan, for instance, has been an important new source of supply for the North American marketplace. That oil is of better quality than the tarry bitumen produced in the oilsands, and therefore commands a better price.“Clearly the volumes of tight oil that are being produced are impressive,” Williams said.There’s room for both tight oil and oilsands crude in the North American market, he said, but it does put upgrading — converting oilsands crude into a lighter product that’s easier to refine — “under more stress.”“They’re margin projects that only work because of the difference between the value between light and heavy materials, which we think get squeezed in a world with more tight oil,” he said.“So we’re fully aware of it and we’ve factored it into our investment plans.”Fort Hills, Joslyn and Voyageur are being weighed on their individual merits, and could theoretically be scrapped if they’re not found to be economically viable.Williams says the focus will be on profitability and quality rather than on meeting stringent timelines. It’s a view many in the oilsands have been adopting in recent years to avoid the major cost overruns the sector experienced before the recession caused expansions to come to a screeching halt.In releasing its results late Wednesday, Suncor said it now expects to spend $6.65 billion this year, down from the $7.5 billion it predicted earlier.Suncor owes the lower spending to its new Firebag Stage 4 oilsands project, which came in 10 per cent under budget, as well as slowing the pace of the Total joint-venture developments.Suncor isn’t the only oilpatch name to signal a more frugal approach these days. Talisman Energy Inc.’s new CEO, Hal Kvisle, said on a conference call earlier this week that 2013 spending will be about 25 per cent lower than this year, with much less of a focus on risky international exploration.Wednesday night, Suncor announced third-quarter net earnings of $1.56 billion, or $1.01 per share, compared with $1.29 billion, or 82 cents per share, in the same 2011 period. The upswing was mainly due to exchange rate fluctuations.Operating earnings, a better gauge of the company’s underlying performance, fell to $1.3 billion, or 85 cents per share, compared with $1.79 billion, or $1.14 per share, a year earlier.The earnings beat the average estimate of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Suncor said the drop in operating earnings was due to higher share-based compensation expense, lower production volumes from offshore assets undergoing planned maintenance work and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization charges.Revenues were $9.6 billion, down from $10.4 billion in the corresponding 2011 quarter.Williams became CEO of Suncor in May, when Rick George retired after more than two decades at the helm. Williams had been Suncor’s chief operating officer prior to his promotion to the top job.Through its merger with Petro-Canada in 2009, Suncor inherited oil assets in Libya and Syria. As conflict broke out in Libya in February 2011, Suncor pulled its employees out of the North African country. Production has since been resuming there.In December, Suncor pulled its employees out of Syria in order to comply with sanctions aimed at isolating the regime of President Bashar Assad. During the second quarter Suncor took a $694-million charge against its second-quarter results related to Syria, where violence continues to rage.Suncor also has assets in the U.K. North Sea, off Canada’s East Coast, four refineries and a chain of Petro-Canada-branded gas stations.Suncor shares rose more than three per cent to $34.68 Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. read more

Ford headquarters outside Detroit evacuated after fire

DEARBORN, Mich. – Ford Motor Co.’s world headquarters in Dearborn was evacuated Monday after a fire broke out in the building’s basement.Dearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray said no one was injured in the fire, which started in an electrical substation.Ford spokesman Mike Moran said employees were instructed to leave the 12-story building when the smell of smoke was reported. The evacuation began at 9 a.m. and the fire was contained by 10:40 a.m., he said.The blaze interrupted power to one of Ford’s data centres used by dealers to report sales. As a result, the company said it won’t report October sales with other automakers on Tuesday.Battery backups saved the data, but the lack of power shut down the data centre for much of the day. October sales will be reported later in the week, Ford said.The headquarters were built in the 1950s. The company announced earlier this year that it plans a decade-long renovation. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 31, 2016 9:58 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 31, 2016 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ford headquarters outside Detroit evacuated after fire read more

Bus carrying U of Washington band rolls onto side on highway

GEORGE, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says one of three charter buses carrying members of the University of Washington marching band to a football showdown at Washington State University rolled onto its side Thursday on Interstate 90, the Seattle Times reports.Trooper John Bryant tells that Times that no serious injuries had been reported from the accident that was reported at 5:26 p.m. Bryant says troopers, paramedics and deputies from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident.Bryant says the accident took place on eastbound I-90 at mile post 146, about 3 miles west of George.The trooper told the Times that road conditions were extremely slippery and icy in spots.The charter buses were headed to the Apple Cup in Pullman.The trooper says school officials were attempting to load students and equipment from the crashed bus onto the two other charter buses travelling together to continue the trip to Pullman.The Associated Press read more

Govt to approach bilateral partner for more funds to complete DiamondOgle

Finance Minister Winston JordanThe government has set aside $38.5 Billion in the 2019 budget geared towards carrying out several infrastructural projects across the country. This ranges from the 6 kilometers of road in Linden to road extension projects along the East Coast Demerara (ECD).Finance Minister Winston Jordan, during the presentation of a $300.7 Billion 2019 Budget, yesterday,  noted that this proposed allocation is an increase from the $32 Billion the ministry received last year.Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson said the allocation of $38.5Billion to his sector will see the continued development of roads, bridges and other infrastructure works across the country.“We will get to be more impactful, this is a launch pad, there is money in there for the new river crossing, money in there for the commencement of Linden/Lethem road…there is money in there for all my projects…so I am absolutely elated,” Minister Patterson expressed.In relation to Diamond-Ogle By-pass Road, the minister revealed that the projected cost of the project has jumped from US$50 Million to US$120 Million.He noted that Government will approach its bilateral partner, in this case the Export-Import Bank of India, for more funds to complete the project.Regarding the annulment of tenders for the new Demerara River Bridge, Jordan revealed that help has been sought from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He explained that this is to revise the Expressions of Interest, in order to retender the project by this year-end.However, the evaluation of the bid proposals, a task normally handled by the Ministry’s technical staff, will be outsourced at a cost of $100 Million.Other allocations include $134 Million to execute studies and designs to rehabilitate the 72 KM Soesdyke/Linden Highway. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$38.5B for Public Infrastructure Ministry approvedDecember 12, 2018In “Business”Soesdyke/Linden Highway to be rehabilitatedFebruary 7, 2016In “Local News”Finance Minister presents $221B Budget to National AssemblyAugust 10, 2015In “Politics” read more

GNBA gives short notice for added feature to newscasts

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBroadcast Authority commends TVG, RGI for catering for the differently abledAugust 28, 2019In “latest news”Draft Broadcast legislation: Forcing Private broadcasters to air free 1 hour of Govt PSA’sMay 13, 2017In “Business”GNBA issues six radio licencesJanuary 5, 2018In “Business” …broadcasters shocked, furious over announcementGNBA Chairman Leslie SobersThe Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) on Friday announced that all broadcasting agencies must have at least one newscast which caters for persons who are differently-abled.According to the GNBA Chairman, Leslie Sobers, broadcasting agencies will be required to have an inset on the newscast with persons using sign language, to cater for persons with hearing disabilities.He also noted that closed caption may also be used to cater for such persons.Sobers said these provisions are being imposed as the entity seeks to have an equitable access of information to persons regardless of their circumstances.As explained by him, the GNBA is working to develop a policy framework by February 2019, with the goal of encouraging broadcasters nationally to allow for greater accessibility to information for the differently abled.While acquainting his audience on the matter, he noted, “It is quite clear that the world of broadcasting is changing with new channels and content producers transforming the media landscape and with the impending digital changeover, what also needs to change is how we cater for the information needs of Guyanese; in particular, those with disabilities”.It was here that the Chairman quoted the section of the law, which states that provisions should be made for such persons. “Section 26 of the Persons with Disabilities Act Chapter 36:05 says ‘that within 10 years of the coming into operation of the Act or a later date, the Minister may prescribe, the person in charge of every national television station shall provide sign language inset or subtitles in at least one newscast daily and special programmes covering events of national significance”.He was keen to note that broadcasters, who fail to meet this requirement commits an offence and will be liable to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months.He however, did not comment on whether there was consultations with local broadcasters on the matter and who will stand the extra cost for the additional feature.“All broadcasters are therefore bound by law to ensure that somebody is doing sign language on at least one newscast per day,” he added.Sobers was at the time giving a presentation at GNBA’s Broadcasters’ Engagement and Christmas Luncheon at Herdmanston Lodge, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.It was explained by the Chairman that this Act came into being in 2012, which means all broadcasters should be compliant by 2022 in keeping with the 10 year-period.The Broadcasting Agency is adamant that persons with disabilities face challenges when it comes to accessing information, employment, education and entertainment, among other areas which can be mitigated with the implementation of this law.Sobers was sure to include that just about 50,000 people comprise Guyana’s differently abled population. Of this population, 9.1 per cent or 4406 people suffer from hearing impediment. Moreover 30 per cent or 14,525 persons, he noted, suffer from visual impairment.“If one thinks carefully about those numbers, one can imagine that persons with disabilities can make significant differences in certain spheres,” the Chairman asserted.According to him, technologies are available to help persons who are visually impaired understand what is happening on television, although such is expensive.While the intentions of the Agency may be for good, many broadcasters have already complained of this move, citing little or no consultation on the matter was done.Many broadcasters on Friday said that the exorbitant fees that are already demanded will now be compounded with the cost to add this new feature to their newscast.While several agreed that indeed persons who are differently-abled should be carted for, they however noted that there should be a reduction in the yearly GNBA fees to compensate for this stipulation.Although, Sobers, quoted sections of the law on the matter, some broadcasters are furious over the move by the GNBA.This media group was told that the GNBA has not consulted with local broadcasters on the matter, with some saying they are not even aware of any such law.Several broadcasters said that were shocked by the announcement by Sobers and will be seeking legal advice on the matter. read more

Watching 3 hours of television every day doubles the risk that youll

first_imgPEOPLE WHO WATCH three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, according to a study.The research in the Journal of the American Heart Association is the latest to describe the potential dangers of a sedentary lifestyle, which include high blood pressure, obesity, cancer and heart disease.“Our findings are consistent with a range of previous studies where time spent watching television was linked to mortality,” said lead author Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez, chair of the department of public health at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.The research was based on records from more than 13,000 people who had graduated from Spanish universities. Their average age was 37, and 60% were women.The most common cause of death? Researchers wanted to find out if there was any link between dying young and the amount of television watched.They also looked at how long people spent at a computer and daily driving time and whether these influenced death risk.Participants were healthy when they began the study and were followed for a median, or midpoint, of 8.2 years.Those who watched television more than three hours per day were more than twice as likely to die young as those who watched an hour or less, the report said.The most common cause of death was cancer, which killed 46 people. Thirty-two died of other causes, and 19 deaths were linked to cardiovascular problems.It’s not computers, though… Research did not find any association between computer time and premature death, or between driving and dying young.It also did not prove that television watching caused the early deaths, just that an association could be found between more TV-viewing and a higher chance of dying, even when researchers adjusted for other potentially confounding factors.“Our findings suggest adults may consider increasing their physical activity, avoid long sedentary periods, and reduce television watching to no longer than one to two hours each day,” said Martinez-Gonzalez.The Irish Heart Foundation recommends people do some form of moderate exercise for 30 minutes every day of the week.- © AFP, 2014Read: Researcher arrested after taking data for a HIV vaccine > Read: Meet the 14-year-old boy trying to build a nuclear reactor in his shed in Mayo >last_img read more

An Post is planning to roll out Parcel Motelstyle delivery lockers

first_imgAn Post is planning to roll out Parcel Motel-style delivery lockers The company is hoping to become the ‘e-commerce backbone of Ireland’. By Fora Staff 19,501 Views Share14 Tweet Email5 Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Image: Leah Farrell 55 Comments AN POST IS planning to roll out parcel delivery lockers later this year in a bid to take a bigger slice of the online delivery market.The semi-state company is looking to appoint a service provider for “end-to-end parcel locker solutions” where customers can address packages, instead of having them sent to their home or work addresses.In a model similar to that of UPS-owned Parcel Motel, An Post’s existing AddressPal service allows customers to ship items from UK- and US-based websites using a virtual address, which reduces delivery costs.However, items can only be collected from post offices and collection points or tracked to a home or work address.A spokesperson for An Post told Fora that the company believes the planned parcel lockers will be seen as “an addition to customers who increasing demand solutions that match their availability and lifestyles”.“An Post is in the early stages of exploring the use of parcel lockers as part of its existing parcels service.“It makes sense to extend the range of options open to customers as part of the transformation and modernisation of its ‘Mails’ and ‘Post Office’ businesses,” they said, in reference to the semi-state’s decision to restructure as two companies following a five-year review. Source: Leah FarrellAdditionAccording to tender documents, the self-service parcel lockers will be available at both indoor and outdoor locations in high-footfall areas around Dublin, as well as “key regional locations”.The documents suggested the lockers will feed into An Post’s vision “to become the e-commerce backbone of Ireland for shippers and shoppers”.The company expects the service to be available in the second half of this year.The spokesperson for An Post noted that locker deliveries will serve as an addition to existing options – like weekend and evening deliveries – rather than a replacement for those services.The postal service provider is hoping to help give a bump to retailers by “unlocking customer demand and providing logistics solutions to grow online sales”.An Post – which reported an €8.4 million profit in 2017, compared to a loss of €12.4 million the year before – announced plans to close 159 post offices around the country in August 2018.It has also considered redeveloping a number of its properties with “significant vacant space” for non-postal commercial use.In 2017, the average number of staff at the company was 10,315 people, down by 330 from the year before. Get our NEW Daily Briefing with the morning’s most important headlines for innovative Irish businesses.Written by Zuzia Whelan and posted on Image: Leah Farrell Short URL Feb 19th 2019, 1:01 AM last_img read more

Le zoo de Vincennes rouvrira ses portes en 2014 pour privilégier le

first_imgLe zoo de Vincennes rouvrira ses portes en 2014 pour privilégier le bien-être animalParis, France – En 2014, le zoo de Vincennes rouvrira ses portes, s’attachant à mettre en valeur la biodiversité animale pour devenir “l’un des plus beaux” parcs animaliers du monde.Fermé depuis fin 2008, c’est dans quatre ans que le zoo de Vincennes devrait rouvrir après une profonde rénovation. “Il ne s’agit pas de reproduire un zoo des années 1930 dont l’objectif était de divertir et de montrer la puissance coloniale” a souligné la ministre de la Recherche Valérie Pécresse, assurant que le nouveau parc zoologique “sera un zoo du XXIe siècle tourné vers l’écologie et la biodiversité”.Le zoo doit être entièrement détruit puis refait à neuf, “seul le grand rocher restera. Et encore, son intérieur va être réaménagé. Nous allons ouvrir un lieu qui sera à la fois un lieu de conservation animale et une invitation au voyage” a expliqué Bertrand-Pierre Galey, directeur du muséum national d’Histoire naturelle dont dépend le zoo. Et d’ajouter que les animaux seront présentés dans leurs écosystèmes tandis que le visiteur sera immergé dans leurs différents habitats naturels.Le nouveau zoo de Vincennes devrait être prêt au printemps 2014. Il sera divisé en six zones vivantes correspondant chacune à une région du monde : Patagonie, Sahel-Soudan, Europe, Guyane-Amazonie, Madagascar et Australie-Afrique équatoriale.Comme l’a indiqué Valérie Pécresse, le parc assurera également une mission de “conservation des espèces menacées”. Ainsi, “certaines espèces en danger ont été préférées à d’autres, plus populaires” telles que les éléphants et les ours. Alors que depuis plusieurs mois, les animaux de Vincennes ont rejoint le zoo d’Alger avec l’aide de l’armée algérienne, seuls les girafes et le grand hapalémur, un lémurien, échapperont à ce déménagement pour rester à Paris et “surveiller le chantier pendant toute sa durée”, s’amuse Bertrand-Pierre Galey.Cette rénovation estimée à 133 millions d’euros sera en partie financée grâce à un contrat de partenariat public-privé conclu mercredi entre le muséum et le groupe Chrysalis, mené par la Caisse des dépôts et Bouygues Construction. Le projet est subventionné par l’État à hauteur de 30 millions d’euros.Le 28 février 2010 à 18:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les concentrations de pollen augmentent dans les villes européennes

first_imgLes concentrations de pollen augmentent dans les villes européennesAux quatre coins de l’Europe, la quantité de pollen dans l’air ne cesse d’augmenter. Un phénomène observé en premier lieu dans les villes, bien plus que dans les campagnes, révèle une récente étude.En Europe, l’air est de plus en plus envahi de pollen. Un constat dressé par une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université technique de Munich, en Allemagne, après avoir analysé les données de près de cent stations situés dans treize pays européens. Comme l’explique dans la revue Plos One l’auteur principale de ces travaux,Annette Menzel, les concentrations moyennes annuelles de pollen de la dernière décennie ont été comparées. À lire aussiCes 18 arbres sont les plus extraordinaires de la planèteUne étude qui a permis aux chercheurs de constater une augmentation, particulièrement marquée dans les villes. Alors que les taux ont enregistré une hausse de 1% par an dans les campagnes d’Europe, ils ont en effet augmenté de plus de 3% dans les villes. Un résultat qui peut sembler surprenant, attribué par Annette Menzel et son équipe à la hausse des quantités de CO2 dans l’atmosphère engendrées par l’activité humaine. Plusieurs recherches ont prouvé que l’augmentation du dioxyde de carbone a un impact sur la croissance des plantes, qu’elle accélère, augmentant alors leur production de pollen. C’est la raison pour laquelle les villes sont plus touchées que les campagnes par cette tendance. Et celle-ci est appelée à s’accélérer dans les années à venir en raison du réchauffement climatique allié à la prolifération de nouvelles espèces de plantes envahissantes, alertent les chercheurs cités par Sciences et avenir.Découvrez les images de ces minuscules grains observés au microscope sur Maxisciences Le 18 avril 2012 à 09:37 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

GiftWrapped Drugs Top TSAs 10 Most Unusual Security Seizures of 2017

first_img Bone knife: Found in carry-on bag at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). “Make no bones about it, no knives are allowed to be packing in carry-on bags. I’d make a joke about it, but there’s nothing ‘humerus’ about trying to take prohibited items on the plane. They must all be packed in checked bags.” Festively wrapped narcotics: Found in checked bag at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “This is an example of why our officers have to open gifts at times,” Burns explained. “They don’t enjoy it, but if there’s an anomaly inside, they have to check it out. We’re not looking for drugs, but in this case, it was nothing but drugs. When narcotics are discovered, our officers must notify the police.”Bonus: Grenade art thing 2: Found in carry-on bag at Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ). “I’m guessing you pull the pin to get it to walk?”Followers of the agency’s Instagram account (which is surprisingly hilarious and highly informative) may recognize some of these oddities from the past year.Plan ahead and pack properly using TSA’s handy “What Can I Bring?” guide. For more singular items—lawn darts, novelty coffee mugs, unicorn stained glass—not listed, send a photo or question to AskTSA on Facebook Messenger or Twitter for a definitive answer.Several high-profile skyjackings in the 1960s and ’70s prompted additional airport security measures; enforced screenings of passengers and their carry-on luggage began in early 1973. The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks generated even tougher regulations. Pointy fidget spinner: Found in carry-on bag at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). “While normal fidget spinners are permitted, this one is a weapon,” Burns said. Lonely throwing star: Found in carry-on bag at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). “Throwing stars are prohibited in carry-on bags and must be placed in checked baggage,” Burns reminds fliers. “Please make yourself familiar with local laws, as throwing star are illegal in some areas.” Grenade art thing 1: Found in checked bag at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). “This piece of art is prohibited due to the fact that it’s built around a grenade.” Duh. “Would you like to see somebody pull a grenade out of their bag at 30,000 feet?” Stay on target Face tenderizer: Found in carry-on bag at Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF). “People go to great lengths to get soft skin, but a face tenderizer might be a bit radical. Unless the look you’re going for is raw meat,” Burns wrote in an Instagram caption, urging people to “please pack all face tenderizers in your checked bags.” ‘Star Wars’ Grenade-Shaped Coke Bottles Banned From FlightsAirline Passenger Abandons Pet Snake at TSA Checkpoint center_img Scythe: Found in carry-on bag at John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA). “If this were frozen, one might call it an ‘ice’ sickle.” Good one, Bob! “Whatever you want to call it, please know that it’s prohibited in carry-on bags. If you find yourself needing to travel with your sickle, please toss it in your checked bag.” Satan’s pizza cutter: Found in carry-on bag at Honolulu International Airport (HNL).  “Normal pizza cutters are OK. All bladed items must be packed in checked bags.” Replica rifle umbrella: Found in carry-on item at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). “A replica rifle umbrella slung over your shoulder wouldn’t cause any concern at the airport, would it?” Between the long lines and required disrobing, airport security can be a real drag. Especially when you’ve absentmindedly packed your machete in the carry-on baggage.The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this week unveiled its top 10 “most unusual finds” of 2017.“Our officers often discover unusual items in carry-on and checked bags,” TSA social media manager Bob Burns wrote in a blog post. “We’d like to share just a few of the more offbeat items with you.” Aggressive odor eater: Found in checked bag at Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport (MKE). “Most travelers stuff socks in their shoes. This Milwaukee (MKE) traveler chose inert grenades,” according to Burns, who warned that “items such as these” can lead to evacuations and delays. “Please don’t pack grenades.” Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Mbappe De Jong would be an enormous signing for PSG

first_imgKylian Mbappe hopes to see Frenkie de Jong join him at Paris Saint-Germain in the near future after confessing his admiration for his fellow young starThe 21-year-old midfielder impressive performances for Ajax led him to receive a call-up to the Netherlands team in September.Aside from that, De Jong has gathered plenty of admirers across all of Europe with Barcelona and Manchester City leading the chase for his services.But PSG could now be another possible destination for De Jong with Mbappe a fan of his after witnessing him in action for Holland in the UEFA Nations League.De Jong started both times in Holland’s games against world champions France with the Dutch overcoming a 2-1 defeat to win the return fixture 2-0 last month.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Now Mbappe believes that De Jong’s excellent passing range along with his break-up play will prove to be a useful asset for PSG.“He is a player who really impressed me during our two matches with the Netherlands,” Mbappe told France Football.“His vision and the quality of his passing that breaks the lines make him very valuable, especially because he also intercepts a considerable amount of balls.“Honestly, he is very welcome in Paris! I said to him as much, because he would be enormous for us. After that, he will make his own choice.”De Jong has made 12 appearances for Ajax in the Eredivisie this season.last_img read more

Seattle man dies on his way to World Cup

first_imgA Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at an area hospital. The driver has not been charged.Lt. Jerry Palmer said investigators found materials among Swanson’s belongings listing his website.Swanson set out on the trek to promote the One World Futbol Project, based in Berkeley, Calif., which donates durable soccer balls to people in developing countries.“We are deeply saddened to learn about Richard’s death,” Lisa Tarver, chief operating officer of One World Futbol Project, said in a statement. “He was a very inspiring man who, in a very short time, walked his way into many lives. Our thoughts are with his family.”Police said Palmer’s soccer ball was recovered.In an interview with The Daily News in Longview, Swanson said he was a private investigator looking for an adventure while between jobs. An avid runner, he picked up soccer just five years ago, and played on club teams and rooted for the Seattle Sounders.last_img read more

Man runs from courtroom leads police on chase

first_imgA man allegedly ran from the Clark County Courthouse during his hearing Thursday afternoon, leading police on a short foot pursuit. Judge Suzan Clark had just ordered Kevin B. Schauer into jail shortly before 1:50 p.m. when the 20-year-old darted out of the room on the third floor of the courthouse, according to emergency radio traffic and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Campus police, security personnel and Vancouver police all went after the man, who ran through a nearby parking garage and north toward Mill Plain Boulevard. Schauer, described as wearing a shiny gray jacket and blue jeans, allegedly headed toward the Washington State Patrol crime lab parking lot.Police caught up with him a few blocks away behind Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency’s building, about five minutes after the incident began.“A very wet and tired Schauer was returned to Judge Clark’s Courtroom,” sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Schoening said. Schauer’s readiness hearing was scheduled for Thursday. He faces a charge of first-degree escape on top of his original charge of possessing a stolen vehicle. In October, he was allegedly caught with a stolen 1997 Honda Civic.Schauer was denied bail.last_img read more

Broward Habitat Restore hosts Black Friday deals for charitable cause

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – It’s bargain time at the Habitat Restore in Fort Lauderdale, and the profits are going towards a South Florida organization.From sofas to tables or lighting to bathtubs, you’ll find just about anything for your home, for much less than the retail price.“Here, we actually sell this for $149,” said Restore manager, Jamal Pennie. “It actually retails for well over $500 dollars.The Habitat Restore has it all and this holiday season, they’re giving customers a bargain through a holiday raffle.“The first 25 customers that come in will be given a a ticket,” said Pennie. “Each ticket will represent a certain discount.”Whether you’re furnishing your home, or buying a gift for a friend – the money spent at Habitat Restore will go directly towards homes built by Habitat for Humanity.“Why a lot of customers like shopping here is because what our mission is,” said Pennie. “I mean the proceeds from here go to construction sites that help build the housing for people.” What you can purchase at the store reaches beyond the living room. “If you’re looking for any type of crown molding, any type of shutters, cabinets, granite — we have all of that in this building,” said Pennie.The Habitat Restore will be opening up at 9 a.m., Friday. That’s when you’ll be able to get those raffle tickets – at least for the first 25 customers.If you can’t make that sale, the store will be holding another one on Saturday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

EC to begin talks on next polls from 30 July

first_imgElection CommissionThe election commission (EC) has planned to sit in talks with 40 registered political parties from 11 September next to discuss the preparations for the next parliamentary polls.The EC secretariat has worked out a timeline for holding talks with different stakeholders as part of the roadmap it prepared for 11th general elections, which are likely to be held in late December, 2018.”The dialogue is likely to begin on 30 July next with talks with civil society members,” said EC secretary Muhammad Abdullah, adding that the EC secretary is now preparing the agenda of the meetings.The then commission will hold talks with election observers on 8 to 10 August, journalists on 16-17 August and election experts on 22-24 August.The EC will sit in two separate meetings with two political parties in one day. The first meeting will be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm, while the second one from 3:00pm.The EC secretary said only political parties registered with the commission will be invited to join the dialogue. Former election commissioners will also be invited to attend the dialogue as election experts, he said.The commission in a meeting will finalise the timetable for the dialogue and the agenda on 16 July next, Abdullah added.The meeting will also finalise seven plans of the 11th national election roadmap and publish a book on the roadmap. Subsequently, the books will be provided to all political parties and participants of the talks, said the EC secretary.EC officials said the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), electoral law reform, and delimitation of constituencies will be on top of the agenda.The EC will also seek suggestions from the stakeholders over making nomination submission online, re-fixing the ceiling of election expenditures, curbing the abuse of muscle power and illegal money in election, they said.In the talks, the commission will place the proposed amendments to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972 and five other electoral laws to seek opinions and suggestions from the stakeholders.The five other laws are the election conducting rules, the code of conduct for political parties and candidates, the Independent candidate (examining support for candidates) rules, the Election Officials (Special Provision) Act and the Delimitation of Constituencies Order 1976.The present election commission, headed by KM Nurul Huda, wants to bring amendments to the electoral laws considering opinions of the stakeholders ahead of the next general election.In 2011, the ATM Shamsul Huda-led commission held dialogues with registered political parties seeking their opinions over EVMs, delimitation of constituencies, proposed law for appointment of CEC and election commissioners, ceiling of election expenditure and some other issues.But, the then opposition in parliament Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies boycotted the talks alleging that the EC was biased towards ruling Bangladesh Awami League party.The immediate past Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad-led commission did not held any dialogue with political parties before the 2014 parliamentary elections.last_img read more

Spotify Starts Testing InCar Hardware

first_img Popular on Variety The device has a small screen, as well as multiple buttons, and integrated far-field microphones for voice control. It plugs into a cigarette lighter plug for power.While Spotify was downplaying its hardware ambitions Friday, it also hinted at plans to explore other form factors. “We might do similar voice-specific tests in the future, so don’t be surprised if you hear about ‘Voice Thing’ and ‘Home Thing,’” the company wrote on its blog. Spotify is carefully taking a first step into the consumer hardware space: The company has begun to test a new in-car device that lets users access music and podcasts with voice commands, it revealed in a blog post Friday morning.“Car Thing,” as the device is being called for now, is only being tested in the U.S., with a small group of invited premium subscribers. In its blog post, Spotify made sure to point out that it wasn’t about to go crazy with hardware.“While we know there has been some speculation about our future plans, Car Thing was developed to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts,” the company said. “Our focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform — not on creating hardware.”Spotify didn’t release any specs about the device, but Car Thing seems to be a small audio adapter that connects to the car stereo system via Bluetooth, and streams music and podcasts from Spotify via a nearby phone.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more