Government asking the public to help prevent wildfires over BC Day long

first_img“The men and women of the BC Wildfire Service are working long hours in sometimes very difficult conditions, so I’m asking everyone to do their part to prevent wildfires and not add to their workload,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson. “Be careful when you’re out in the backcountry. Follow the rules and avoid any activities that could start a wildfire.”Donaldson is reminding drone operators, recreational boaters and users of other types of watercraft to stay clear of areas where firefighting aircraft are operating.Interference with their efforts could have deadly consequences and result in large fines, or even jail time, for those involved.“When air tankers or helicopters are working around wildfires or picking up water from nearby lakes, they need lots of room to manoeuvre,” said Donaldson. “People who get in the way pose a serious safety risk for the aircrews and anyone else in the area. They also cause delays in getting fires under control.”Campfires are currently banned everywhere in British Columbia except within the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.In those areas where campfires are still allowed, people are urged to use caution and remain vigilant. VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government is asking members of the public to do everything they can to prevent wildfires and amid continued hot and dry conditions across much of the province.The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development says that the month of August is generally the most active part of B.C.’s wildfire season.Since April 1st, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 1,260 wildfires throughout B.C., 27 percent of which were human-caused. Anyone found in contravention of an open-burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150. Those persons may also be required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or if convicted in court be fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail.If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.Information about open burning prohibitions in effect is available on the BC Wildfire Service website: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebansTo report a wildfire or open-burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cellphone.last_img read more

French Mosques Union Turns to Morocco for Guidance

Rabat – The French Mosques Union (UMF) has made a “pragmatic and carefully considered” choice to take advantage of Morocco’s experience in the training of imams and morchidates, which is recognized internationally. These and other statements were made in a press release from the organization, published at the end of the meeting of its Board of Directors on Sunday.“It is within the framework of the Franco-Moroccan joint declaration signed on September 19, 2015, in the presence of the two heads of state, that the UMF accompanies young candidates for the function of the imamat and Islamic education in their training project at the Mohammed VI Institute in Rabat, which now hosts more than a thousand students of different nationalities,” explained the president of the UMF, Mohammed Moussaoui.During the meeting, administrators of the UMF adopted an ambitious program in which they will aspire to meet the many expectations of French Muslims.  The program also includes a plan to address the many challenges facing the Muslims of France in a difficult and demanding context. At the top of these expectations and challenges is the training of religious figures and their status: imams, morchidates and chaplains, as well as those responsible for mosque management associations, stated the UMF. He noted that the struggle against religious extremism haunting the youth in France “rests in part on our ability to properly train our religious cadres and to give them the means suited in the pursuit of their noble mission.”The UMF, which plans to create its own training institute on French soil, has just obtained the endorsement of its Board of Directors for the project, which is scheduled for September 2018, the statement said. It explained that, faced with the crisis caused by the dissemination by the president of the CFCM, the UMF is calling on all parties “to take stock of the gravity of the moment that our country lives on the eve of electoral appointments important for its future.”“In these difficult times, Muslims in France need to consolidate their unity now more than ever, to better serve the oneness and cohesion of their country,” said the UMF. The statement revealed that the group had been invited to participate in a meeting to devise the charter for the Imam of France. The meeting was organized by the CFCM, the French Council of the Muslim Faith, on February 22nd, during which two documents were proposed by the UMF. “Of course, in any collegial project, it is normal that the various contributions are not fully retained.”For the UMF, however, it would have been more in line with the CFCM’s decision-making process than the synthesis made by the CFCM president. It is again being discussed within the CFCM’s bodies in order to allow its definitive and indisputable adoption. read more

Ban saddened by death of Zambian President

19 August 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed profound sadness today after learning of the death of the President of Zambia, Levy Patrick Mwanawasa. “Mr. Mwanawasa was at the forefront of Zambian politics at a time of exceptional challenge and change in his country,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in which he offered condolences to the late President’s family, and the people and Government of Zambia.The statement also noted Mr. Mwanawasa’s key role in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa as well as his firm stance as Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairman on the post-election crisis in Zimbabwe.Mr. Ban said he greatly valued recent conversations with Mr. Mwanawasa over Zimbabwe as he wished “the people of Zambia and the region courage and fortitude in the time ahead.” read more

Grape Stomp among Great Canadian Campus Traditions

Grape Stomp is Brock’s messiest traditionBrock University’s biggest and messiest campus ritual has earned a top ranking in the list of Great Canadian Campus Traditions.The annual Brock Grape Stomp – held each September – is ranked No. 2 out of nine traditions listed in the current edition of University Affairs, a magazine published by Universities Canada.University Affairs editor Léo Charbonneau said Brock’s Grape Stomp is known throughout the country, thanks to its uniqueness and popularity.“The University does a great job of promoting it each year,” he said. “It sounds like a fabulous activity for the students. It looks messy but it also looks like great fun.”Brock’s messiest tradition, the annual Grape StompLast year nearly 1,000 students stomped grapes, slid through the pulp, laughed and got good and sticky as a way to revel in school spirit while celebrating Niagara’s identity.“We bring in a metric tonne of grapes,” said co-founder Kristen Smith, Manager of Student and Community Outreach. “It is the messiest tradition on campus.”Participants are purple and covered in grape juice and peels by the end of the event, which this year will be held Sept. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. in Jubilee Court.When it all started in 2001, organizers dumped a half tonne of grapes on tarps and Brock staff made up most of the stompers, said co-founder Karen McAllister-Kenny, Director of Recreation Services.These days, students sign up in droves.McAllister-Kenny said the spectacle has become a rite of passage for Brock students.“If you haven’t tried it, you should before you graduate,” she said. “Put it on your bucket list,”Early on, Grape Stomp moved from a date in late fall to September, to coincide with the Niagara Wine Festival. It is now a highlight of the University’s Homecoming weekend.“The whole campus comes out,” Smith said, noting it draws staff, faculty and alumni as well as students.Charbonneau said Grape Stomp checks all the boxes of a great campus event, earning it a spot among the best in Canada.“It’s great to promote these campus traditions,” he said, “and great for the University to foster student spirit and a sense of belonging.”Quick FactsWhat: Grape StompWhen: Sept. 18 from noon to 1 p.m.Where: Jubilee Court, Brock UniversityHow:  Register at experiencebu.brocku.caCost:  Free, but non-perishable food donations are encouraged read more

Bosna has financial problems – Three players left Sarajevo

Last season TOP 16 European team, Champion of Bosna and Herzegovina, Bosna BH Gas from Sarajevo is in deep financial crisis. Without a single point in the Velux EHF Champions League this year, Bosna’s coach, Irfan Smajlagic is faced with a lot financial and other troubles. Team from Sarajevo had to postponed some matches in SEHA League because of current situation (Metalurg – two games planned for this week). In a few days, three important players, goalkeeper, Sandro Uvodic, right back, Josip Pazin and right wing, Luka Rakovic made a mutual agreement and left Sarajevo. ← Previous Story Kukucka at Kadetten until 2015! Next Story → WCh in Brasil 2011: World Champion is out – France for the medals! Bosna SArajevo handballSandro Uvodic

ACTU extends hand to Greek workers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australian unions have pledged their support behind Greece’s labour and workforce, ahead of the country’s January 25 general election.In a press release, ACTU President Ged Kearney said a number of unions have signed a solidarity statement urging European and international bodies to renegotiate and relax some of the measures put in place to fend of Greece’s debt.“Australian Unions are urging the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Commission (the Troika) to negotiate in good faith with the new government that will be formed to cancel debt, allow it to restore workers’ right to collective bargaining, minimum wage pensions and support its efforts to rebuild the Greek economy on a fair and sustainable pathway,” Kearney said.The move compliments the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign, with co-ordinator Adam Rorris pushing the Australian government to use its influence on the global stage to conjure immediate action.Rorris told Neos Kosmos that change is required, and imminent, with crippling debt and austerity measures failing the country, despite slight economic growth at the end of last year. “Our objective is to let people in Australia know (and more broadly if they’re interested) of the situation in Greece. We have a social media presence and collect any information that brings to light the real situation in Greece today (and) that has unfolded since the global financial crisis.“We distribute information and meet with people who we feel would benefit from it which includes, parliamentarians, students and people from the trade union movement which has traditionally showed a concern for these issues.”Rorris admits the Solidarity Movement’s political and support for a debt ‘haircut’ are more in line with Greece’s radical-leftist Syriza party which is currently leading the polls one day out from the election, but denies any strict formal affiliation between the two bodies.“It became very clear that there was significant opposition developing in Greece to the politics of the government in relation to the debt and the economics and social policy. When it became obvious that there was a viable alternative that of course made a solidarity campaign also more attractive and viable.”This weekend’s election is touted by commentators as one of Greece’s most important in modern history, with Greeks faced with the option of radical change courtesy of pledges made by Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras, or continue down its current path, which saw the economy grow slightly at the end of 2014. However, despite the minimal growth, Rorris believes the status quo cannot be sustained.“Statisticians and economists will often tell you of the well known effect known as the ‘dead cat bounce’. If you throw a cat off a cliff, it’s a sharp fall, but you get a bit of a bump at the end because the cat’s hit the ground. Something like that is happening in the case of Greece.”“When you get a levelling off of that decline that doesn’t signal a great achievement, the descent has now plateaued and you’ve seen some minimal growth at a very low base, which is hardly a recovery. There’s no prospects of sustained recovery, because you cannot expect an economy to grow when you’ve savaged the very incomes that will give people purchasing power.”Accordingly, the Solidarity Movement has been widely supported by Greek Australians who are “horrified” with Greece’s economic and social collapse. Rorris says a “haircut” is required and inevitable, considering that the large sum of money lent to the country cannot be sustainably paid back, and says talks of a pending ‘Grexit’ from the eurozone is simply “scaremongering”.last_img read more

Des missions printemps pour inviter le public à participer aux recherches

first_imgDes “missions printemps” pour inviter le public à participer aux recherchesAlors que le grand public peut participer à la collecte des données sur la biodiversité pour venir en aide aux scientifiques, Arte propose 12 “missions” d’observation du printemps sur son site internet.Répandue dans les pays anglo-saxons depuis une quarantaine d’années, la science dite “participative” ou “citoyenne” prend son essor en France, constate Grégoire Loïs, du Muséum national d’histoire naturelle. “L’Etat n’a pas les moyens de payer un corps de techniciens chargés d’observer la nature ordinaire. Faire appel au grand public, c’est très prometteur en nous permettant d’obtenir un très grand nombre de données”, explique-t-il à l’AFP.Ainsi, les scientifiques peuvent s’intéresser au nombre d’oiseaux aperçus depuis sa fenêtre, à la quantité de feuilles retrouvées sur les trottoirs en automne, aux photos prises par certains amateurs etc. Dans ce cadre, la chaîne télévisée Arte propose à partir de mercredi et durant trois mois, une série de 12 missions d’observation alors que le printemps se profile. Ces missions proposées sur le site web d’Arte (missionsprintemps.arte.tv (lien non disponible)) visent à aider les scientifiques à mieux comprendre l’évolution des saisons avec le réchauffement climatique. La première, par exemple, va consister à demander aux curieux, scolaires, agriculteurs ou autres de se pencher sur ces discrets mais précieux “indicateurs” de la bonne santé des sols que sont les lombrics. Un peu d’eau “moutardée” sur le sol pour les faire sortir de terre et les “naturalistes en herbe” devront relever le nombre et la taille des vers. L’objectif est de réaliser une nouvelle “carte de France” des vers de terre pour en savoir plus sur l’état de santé de nos sols. Cela permettra d’actualiser, les relevés qui datent des années 70 et qui avaient été effectués aux quatre coins de l’Hexagone par Marcel Bouché.Un premier bilan diffusé en juin sur Arte À lire aussiCes quatre découvertes dues au hasard qui ont révolutionné notre quotidienDaniel Cluzeau, chercheur de l’université de Rennes qui supervise la mission explique que “cela peut nous permettre d’identifier des zones à problèmes ou des zones ayant une richesse particulière, et nous permettre par exemple d’envoyer ensuite quelqu’un pour y faire un inventaire plus détaillé”. L’intérêt scientifique de ce genre d’opérations réside moins dans la qualité des informations recueillies que dans leur nombre, offrant une vision à grande échelle. Toutefois, les participants doivent respecter un certain nombre de règles : des “protocoles”, simples mais incontournables. D’où l’idée de les présenter sur le site d’Arte. D’ici juin, les amateurs de nature pourront surveiller la feuillaison du noisetier, pister des lézards, enregistrer le chant du coucou, observer les papillons, recenser les bigorneaux ou encore compter les hirondelles aux fenêtres. En juin, la chaîne donnera alors à l’antenne les premiers résultats et la diffusion d’un documentaire relatant une expérience de science participative menée en 2011 dans les Alpes.Le 27 février 2012 à 18:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

74 WWE RAW averages 266 million viewers on Monday night WWE wins

first_img Google+ unknown Now Playing Up Next July 6, 2016 at 7:50 pm WhatsApp Facebook This week’s 4th of July holiday edition of WWE RAW drew an average of 2.66 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.09 million viewers. Despite the drop, WWE took the No. 1 spot on cable for Monday night.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 2.663 million viewers (down from 3.096 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.668 million viewers (down from 3.173 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.643 million viewers (down from 3.011 million viewers)RAW averaged a 0.93 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night, down from a 1.12 rating last week. The show saw a steady growth over the three hours in the 18-49 demographic (0.88, 094 and 0.98).Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat Now Playing Up Next Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky No surprise since it was July 4th and I’m sure they figured the show would not a lot of views. TheCyberZoncenter_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams 2 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Pinterest July 7, 2016 at 3:00 am Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It But it was never THIS historically bad. It ranked in the bottom 3 lowest ratings in the history of the show. As for “winning the night” on cable, that’s insignificant and immaterial. Might as well say Raw ranked #1 among pro wrestling shows on Monday night. There was literally zero original programming on cable TV Monday night other than Raw and maybe the various news channels along with fireworks shows on broadcast TV. WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden last_img read more

Review Manchester United – Leicester City

first_imgManchester United beat Leicester 2-1 in a game in which Luke Shaw scored his first senior goal for the club.Manchester United – Leicester City starting lineupsManchester United: de Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Bailly, Darmian, Fred, Pogba, A. Pereira, Mata, A. Sanchez, Rashford Leicester City: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Amartey, Ndidi, A. Silva, R. Pereira, Maddison, D. Gray, IheanachoIt took 75 seconds for referee Andre Marriner to show on the penalty spot. Alexis Sanchez took a shot and hit Amartey’s arm. There was no clear view from the subsequent replays, but the Ghanaian didn’t complain too much. Paul Pogba slowly ran towards the ball with numerous small steps before executing in the upper corner to give Manchester United a 1-0 lead.? Well that didn’t take long…Paul Pogba scores the first goal of the 2018/19 #PL season from the spot #MUNLEI pic.twitter.com/fyPvGaDRuH— Premier League (@premierleague) August 10, 2018Leicester took control of possession after the opening goal and was the better team. New No.10 James Maddison was very active, while Demarai Gray was getting the better off Matteo Darmian. Overall, The Foxes were quicker to the ball and beating United in duels. In the 29th minute, David de Gea made his first great save of the new season, preventing Maddison from finding the net from inside the box.Leicester’s pressure relented as the half wore on and United even had a couple of threatening moments around the 40-minute mark. It was still strange to see them as the inferior team at Old Trafford. After one minute of added time, Marriner blew the whistle. Puel’s men must’ve felt undone by the penalty, as they didn’t deserve to be losing.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….Jose Mourinho made his half-time speech to calm the nerves down and The Red Devils looked much more engaged in the second period. Jamie Vardy and Rachid Ghezzal replaced Daniel Amartey and James Maddison in the 63rd minute. Soon after that, Alexis Sanchez escaped and found Juan Mata, who fired an aimed shot past the far post. Then, Romelu Lukaku made his season debut, coming on instead of Marcus Rashford.The result-based game was moving along, with Manchester United maintaining its primary objective of keeping the lead as Leicester’s players started running out of energy. In the 76th minute, Vardy took the ball away from Luke Shaw and sent a cross. Gray got a touch on the ball, redirecting it towards goal, but de Gea was ready for it. That was followed by another substitution – Scott McTominay for Fred.In the 78th minute, Lukaku a missed as clear a chance as a striker can have. His teammate Alexis Sanchez got to the ball between two defenders and found the wide open Belgian, who set himself up, but managed to hit a charging Schmeichel. The ball flew up in the air and over the bar. What a miss!! Vicente Iborra came on for Adrien Silva next. It was all over in the 83rd minute, when Luke Shaw got a bit lucky with his first touch which skipped past the defender and came back to him. He then hit a difficult sliding shot into the opposite corner, providing massive relief for Jose Mourinho and his crew.? A pretty smart way to score your first #PL goal…Man Utd lead 2-0 with a few minutes to go #MUNLEI pic.twitter.com/lUaO7tYpxY— Premier League (@premierleague) August 10, 2018Super-sub Marouane Fellaini was the next player to come onto the pitch, replacing World Cup winner Paul Pogba. Vardy had a great chance in the 91st minute, but volleyed the ball well over de Gea’s net. A minute later, Leicester’s center forward scored. Ricardo Pereira sent a lobbed cross. Nobody touched the ball, which hit the post and bounced right onto Vardy’s head. A goal to give the visitors two minutes of hope. Kasper Schmeichel got at the end of a last corner kick, sending the ball wide. Manchester United won 2-1 and earned an all-important three points after a rough pre-season.last_img read more

It blows my mind when I see how fit and strong

first_imgLiverpool captain Jordan Henderson says it’s frightening to look at his vice-captain James Milner milestone of 500th Premier League game and how strong he appears.He predicts via official matchday programme Milner could still be fit to play 600-700 games.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“Millie’s career in numbers is frightening when you look at it. I saw that, after his good mate Gareth Barry, he is the second-youngest to reach this milestone. It blows my mind when I see how fit and strong he is that appearance number one came back in 2002 when he was just 16 years old!“He won’t thank me for saying any of this so I’d better leave it there, but given how he fit he still is now, 600 or even 700 games can’t be ruled out in the future. On behalf of all the players it was a privilege to be part of game number 500.”last_img read more

House Ag Committee White House Food Aid Proposal Not Aligned with Farm

first_imgThe House Agriculture Committee is pushing back on an Obama administration proposal to convert more international food aid from physical U.S.-based commodities to local food purchases, food vouchers or cash transfers.The White House is asking that up to a quarter of the $1.4 billion in international food aid it donates under the Food for Peace Title II programs be converted to local purchases, food vouchers or even cash transfers, suggesting it is a more economical way to provide assistance.In 2014 Farm Bill, Congress gave the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) some flexibility in delivering food aid and established the local and regional Food Aid Procurement (LRP), however the Administration continues to push for additional changes. General sentiments from the House Agriculture hearing on Wednesday was that these changes are premature and that opening the Farm Bill is not an endeavor the Committee wants to engage in.last_img read more

Total pay increases by 17

first_imgTotal pay in Britain, including bonuses, increased by 1.7% between January-March 2015 and January-March 2016, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).Its UK labour market May 2016 report found that regular pay, excluding bonuses, increased by 1.8% in real terms between January-March 2015 and January-March 2016.The research also found:Average regular, pay excluding bonuses, was £468 a week in March 2016 before tax and other deductions, an increase on last year’s £460.Average total pay, including bonuses, was £499 a week before tax and other deductions. This compares to £490 a week in March 2015.In nominal terms, regular pay increased by 2.1% between January-March 2015 and January-March 2016, and total pay increased by 2%.Between January 2000 and March 2016, average total pay in Great Britain increased by 60.4% when not adjusted for consumer price inflation, rising from £311 a week to £499 a week.Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Wages may have been supressed by the government’s auto-enrolment pension reforms over the last few years, which have meant employers have had to pay into retirement schemes for their staff, potentially encouraging them to dip into the wage bill to fund this extra spending.“The new national living wage also adds to the wage growth conundrum. In theory this should lead to higher wages all round, but a recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) survey showed that employers were looking to help settle the additional costs of the higher minimum wage by limiting wage increases for better paid workers.”last_img read more

Solar plant at TSSPDCL office commissioned

first_imgSangareddy: TSSPDCL has taken a lead in adoption, promotion and integration of rooftop solar across their offices. On Saturday, G Raghuma Reddy, its CMD, along with Board of Directors, inaugurated a 100-kW solar plant at Sangareddy Circle Office. Other TSSPDCL buildings across Vikarabad, Siddipet and Sangareddy are being solarised by Freyr Energy Services, a Hyderabad based Solar PV installer. The entire project capacity is 590 kW. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us These solar rooftop projects together are expected to reduce 393 tonnes of greenhouse emissions yearly and equivalent of planting 8,500 trees annually, leading to annual savings of approximately Rs. 62 lakhs in their electricity bills. Saurabh Marda, co-founder of Freyr Energy Services, said, “it is greatly encouraging to see a power distribution company take the lead in recognizing the importance and benefits of solar energy.” Freyr Energy is one of the fastest growing rooftop solar companies in India, with presence in Singapore, USA, Nigeria and Ghana. It has installed over 1,200 solar projects across 19 states in India, that include rooftop (residential, commercial, industrial & government), solar water pumps, solar petrol pumps and microgrids.last_img read more

Frances Black Widow gets 22year jail term

first_imgThis file photo taken on 15 January 2018 shows Patricia Dagorn arriving in a car at the courthouse in Nice, south-eastern France, to attend her trial. Patricia Dagorn was sentenced on 18 January 2018 to 22 years’ imprisonment for murders and poisonings. Photo: AFPA French woman dubbed the “Black Widow of the Riviera” was jailed for 22-years Thursday for poisoning four wealthy elderly men, two of whom died.Patricia Dagorn, 57, was convicted of killing two men found dead in 2011 on the Cote d’Azur and of drugging two others. Prosecutors say she attempted to enrich herself by seducing older men she met mostly through a dating agency.The “Black Widow”, who denied all the charges against her, did not flinch as the verdict was handed down.Dagorn is already serving a five-year prison term for theft, fraud and sequestration involving an octogenarian in the French Alps in 2012 who had agreed to let her live with him in exchange for sexual relations.One of the men she poisoned, 91-year-old widower Robert Vaux, told reporters at the courthouse on Monday that Dagorn “was like a ray of sunshine in winter. When you are with a younger woman you know it won’t last but you don’t deny yourself the moment unless you’re a masochist”.The prosecution team called her a “perverted narcissist” while the defence spoke of a “victim” of loneliness.Attorney General Annie Brunet-Fuster described Dagorn as “not psychotic but psychopathic”.Police began suspecting Dagorn after the body of Michel Kneffel, a man in his 60s with whom she had been living at a residential hotel in Nice, was discovered in July 2011.No charges were filed at the time, but the investigation was reopened the following year after police found vials of Valium and personal documents belonging to about a dozen different men among her belongings.The documents included IDs, bank account details and health insurance cards.Investigators then followed the trail to another suspected murder case, that of Francesco Filippone, 85, whose body was found in his bathtub in an advanced state of decomposition in Mouans-Sartoux, outside Cannes, in February 2011.Dagorn had earlier cashed a cheque from Filippone for 21,000 euros ($25,600), money which she said was a gift to help her open a jewellery shop.    Police now think Dagorn may have met at least 20 men, after arriving on the French Riviera in 2011, mainly via a matchmaking agency.Vaux, comfortably retired but lonely since the death of his wife, brought Dagorn to live with him in early 2012 in the coastal town of Frejus.When he was at his lowest ebb, Dagorn wrote to his solicitor, asking to be written into his will, according to Vaux.He and another man whom Dagorn is accused of trying to poison, Ange Pisciotta, 82, joined the case as civil plaintiffs.Dagorn, who has a law degree, had already been handed a one-year suspended prison term in a case involving her ex-husband who was found guilty of fraud.In 2013, her youngest son told a local newspaper that he was not surprised by the accusations against his mother.“She has always been obsessed with quick and easy money,” the son, identified only as Guilhem, told Nice Matin daily.last_img read more

Calls for revenge as Gazans bury dead

first_imgIsraeli security forces fire use teargas to scatter Palestinian protestors in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Saturday. Photo: AFPGazans buried their dead on Saturday with calls for “revenge” a day after a mass protest led to clashes that saw Israeli forces kill 16 Palestinians in the bloodiest day since a 2014 war.The angry funeral scenes came as the United States blocked a draft UN Security Council statement urging restraint and calling for an investigation into the clashes.Only several hundred protesters returned to tents erected at sites near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel to resume demonstrations planned to last six weeks in the blockaded enclave.On the diplomatic front, UN chief Antonio Guterres and European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini called for an “independent and transparent investigation” into Israel’s use of live ammunition.But a motion put forward before the UN Security Council by Kuwait late Saturday calling for such a move was rejected by the United States, a Security Council diplomat told AFP.Israel defended the army fire at Palestinians who broke away from the main protest of tens of thousands and neared the heavily fortified fence around the Gaza Strip.“Well done to our soldiers,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote in a statement Saturday.“Israel acts vigorously and with determination to protect its sovereignty and the security of its citizens.”An Israeli military spokesman said Friday’s events were “not a protest demonstration” but “organised terrorist activity” by Hamas, which has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.“If it continues, we shall have no choice but to respond inside the Gaza Strip against terrorist targets which we understand to be behind these events,” said Brigadier General Ronen Manelis.Gaza’s health ministry said 35 people suffered wounds that were not life-threatening in low-level clashes along the border on Saturday.Thousands attended funerals for 14 of those killed—two were buried on Friday—with mourners holding Palestinian flags and some chanting “revenge” and firing into the air.Pressure for inquiryThe armed wing of Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, said five of those killed were its members who were participating “in popular events side-by-side with their people.”The Israeli army said in a statement Saturday night that 10 of the dead had “documented terror backgrounds” in Hamas and other groups and were killed “whilst carrying out acts of terror.”In addition to the 16 Palestinians killed, more than 1,400 were wounded Friday, 758 of them by live fire, with the remainder hurt by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation, according to the health ministry in Gaza.The Israeli military says its forces opened fire only when necessary against those throwing stones and firebombs or rolling tyres at soldiers.It said there were attempts to damage the fence and break through into Israel, as well as an attempted gun attack against troops.No casualties were reported among Israelis.Palestinians accused Israel of using disproportionate force, saying its soldiers opened fire on protesters who did not pose a threat, while human rights groups questioned Israel’s use of live fire.Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a scornful rejection of demands for a probe.“I do not understand the chorus of hypocrites who want a commission of inquiry,” he posted in Hebrew on his Twitter account.“They got confused and thought Hamas organised a Woodstock Festival yesterday and that we should give them flowers.”Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declared Saturday a day of national mourning and in a speech said he held Israel fully responsible for the deaths.US ‘cover for Israel’The six-week protest is in support of Palestinian refugees and the timetable holds significance for a range of reasons that have added to tensions.It began on Land Day, when Palestinians commemorate the killing of six unarmed Arab protesters in Israel in 1976.Protests will continue until the United States opens its new Jerusalem embassy around May 14, a move that has enraged Palestinians, who see the city’s annexed eastern sector as the capital of their future state.May 14 will also mark 70 years since the creation of Israel, while Palestinians will mark what they call the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” the following day.The Nakba commemorates the more than 700,000 Palestinians who either fled or were expelled from their homes in the war surrounding Israel’s creation in 1948.US President Donald Trump has harshly criticised the Palestinians in the past, but the State Department said only that it was “deeply saddened” by the loss of life and urged steps to lower tensions.Human Rights Watch called calling the number of killed and wounded “shocking”.“Israeli allegations of violence by some protesters do not change the fact that using lethal force is banned by international law except to meet an imminent threat to life,” the New York-based group said.Israel had deployed troop reinforcements along the border, including more than 100 special forces snipers, saying it would prevent attempts to break through the fence.Protests along the border are common, often involving young Palestinian men throwing stones at Israeli soldiers who respond with tear gas along with rubber and live bullets.But the “March of Return” protest that began on Friday is on a larger scale and intended to involve families with women and children camping in tent cities near the border for weeks.last_img read more

Multiphysics invisibility cloak manipulates both electric current and heat

first_img ‘Cloaking’ device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across continuous range of angles (a) The bifunctional cloak consists of an empty cavity (black) that scatters current and heat flow, along with an outer solid medium (orange) that concentrates current and heat flow. (b) Electric and thermal conductivities as a function of the inner:outer radius ratio of the cloaking shell. (c) A photograph of the cloak. Credit: Ma, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Simulations of heat flux cloaking, one function of the multiphysics cloak. In (c), the heat-transfer measurement set-up involves hot and cold water tanks and an infrared camera to capture the temperature field through thermal radiation emission. Credit: Ma, et al. ©2014 American Physical Society Explore further Now in a new study, scientists have provided the first experimental demonstration of an invisibility cloak that can simultaneously manipulate two physical excitations: electric current and heat flux. The cloak is made of silicon and other materials, which opens up a range of new applications such as on-chip devices that involve both current and heat, as well as high-performance solar cells.The researchers, led by Professor Yungui Ma and Professor Sailing He at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, have published a paper on the experimental demonstration of the multiphysics cloak in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”We think the greatest significance of our work is that it first unambiguously proves the practical feasibility to obtain a multi-functional cloaking performance using available materials and fabrication techniques, and that it may inspire much deeper and broader explorations along this exciting direction for different physical systems or in the pursuit of more complicated functionalities,” Ma told Phys.org.The general concept of an invisibility cloak is fairly simple: it is a material that bends light (or other excitation) around an object so that none of the light is scattered by the object, rendering it invisible. In practice, this concept is difficult to achieve because it requires very complicated materials, “metamaterials,” which are made of many tiny, precisely engineered elements that respond to the physical excitation in a very specific way. As the scientists explain in their paper, designing a metamaterial for even a single physical excitation—EM waves or heat flux, for instance—gets complicated very quickly: Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Yungui Ma, et al. “Experimentaql Demonstration of a Multiphysics Cloak: Manipulating Heat Flux and Electric Current Simultaneously.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.205501 © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Multiphysics invisibility cloak manipulates both electric current and heat (2014, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-multiphysics-invisibility-cloak-electric-current.html “An EM cloak has to take into account both electric and magnetic polarizations, either of which has a maximum number of nine required dynamic elements, while a transient thermal cloak must deal with anisotropic thermal conductivities, thermal capacitance, and density simultaneously. Most of the previous work in this field struggled to satisfy the requirements of one set of physical equations that only controlled and realized one physical phenomenon.” Invisibility cloaks can make objects invisible not just to light in the visible part of the spectrum, but to many other physical excitations. These include acoustic waves, matter waves, heat flux, and infrared or ultraviolet electromagnetic (EM) waves. But so far, any single invisibility cloak can manipulate only one of these types of excitations. To design a bifunctional electric-thermal invisibility cloak, the scientists first had to show that it is possible to couple different equations into one, and then develop materials to experimentally realize this configuration. The resulting cloak design consists of a bilayer shell system. The inner layer, called the air cavity, is a strong scatterer that expels electric current or heat flow. The outer layer acts in opposition to the inner layer by attracting and concentrating the current and heat flow. The researchers made this layer out of silicon, a typical semiconductor material. In this case, they used a background made out of silicon with perforated holes filled with polydimethylsiloxane, which has a negligible conductivity compared to silicon. The researchers showed that an optimal combination of these structured materials can cancel out the disturbance caused by an object inside the air cavity, resulting in a cloaking effect.By integrating two functionalities in a single cloak, the results could have several applications. For example, the cloak could provide the ability to control the electric current and heat of electronic devices. It could also lead to the development of an electric-thermal “Janus” device that can concentrate electric current along one axis while cloaking thermal flux along the orthogonal axis.”Our current device, purely built on a silicon wafer employing a standard semiconductor fabrication technology, can manipulate both current and heat flows in a desired manner,” Ma explained. “Unwanted electric and thermal background disturbances are the two key noise sources that influence the performance (including lifetime) of microelectronic elements integrated in our daily-used electronic devices such as cell phone handsets or laptop computers. The current research may give a potential means to control these disturbances from the original design so that our devices can have a stronger performance on aspects of electric and heat management, which will become more and more important when their sizes keep shrinking and functionalities are getting more powerful.”The current design is aimed to protect an object both electrically and thermally. The design methodology can be modified to realize multiple functions, i.e., independently controlling electric and heat flows. One direct potential application is that it may help us have a device that can behave as an electric cloak (or shelter) and meanwhile as a thermal concentrator (harvester). In the end it may provide an efficient way to collect and utilize heat (thermal energy) unavoidably generated in all kinds of electronic devices.”Further, Ma explained, the ability to simultaneously control electric current and heat could be useful in thermophotovoltaic technology, the direct conversion of heat to electricity.”The independent controlling of electric and heat properties may also find very important applications in thermophotovoltaic technology (which has the largest solar-to-electricity transfer efficiency), which desperately requires a material with high electric conductivity but extremely low thermal conductivity,” he said. “A similar multiphysics device may be potentially built to meet this stringent requirement using current design methodology.”In the future, the researchers plan to continue working on bifunctional devices and their practical applications.”Other dual cloaks, such as electrical-magnetic hiding for low frequencies, is one of our current focuses,” Ma said. “In addition, we are working on dual functionalities (not for cloaking) by a single device, as mentioned above. Our goal is to find an efficient way to solve the fundamental problems on the undesired electrical-thermal entanglement, e.g., turning the dissipated heat into useful source energy.” 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.last_img read more

The sun shines on

first_imgHitting Indian shores this summer is the Corona Sunsets Music Events.  Corona SunSets is a global music festival series inspired by the magic hour of the sunset. It is created to provide a festival experience that inspires people around the world to unplug, unite and celebrate the energy and spirit of the sunset.The sunset is a majestic spectacle of nature that shifts our mood and holds the promise of a new beginning. Corona is capturing this sensation and bottling it up for those who need it most.  In its’ debut year in India, the festival will be a close knit dance music affair, bringing together a community of like-minded people seeking the same thing – an escape, a chance to unplug, a shared experience worth celebrating.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival brings electronic music innovators to multi-city festival travelling across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa and New Delhi. It will hit the Capital stage on May 10 at I Kandy, Gurgaon. Culminating at the magical hour of sunset, the festival unites music, food, art and entertainment, creating an authentic connection and emotional escape for people everywhere when they need it more than ever.For the Indian edition Corona has collaborated with Submerge, dance music promoters, in India.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShubhanshu Joshi, from Corona says, “We are extremely ambitious about Corona Sunsets, sharing the global brand experience with the Indian consumers. Since its introduction in 2001, Corona has evolved a great deal capturing both the heart and minds of the Indian consumers. With Sunsets we look forward to take our association and consumer experience to a whole new level. Claiming the sunset as our very own moment we invite you to step into the sunshine, a new music experience on the horizon.”last_img read more

Prolific British actor Christopher Lee dies at age 93

first_imgHe railed against the typecasting, however, and ultimately the sheer number and range of his roles — including Sherlock Holmes and the founder of Pakistan — secured his place in film history.“I didn’t have dreams of being a romantic leading man,” Lee told The Associated Press in 2002. “But I dreamed of being a character actor, which I am.”The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London on Thursday issued a statement confirming that Lee died June 7. Lee’s agent said his family declined to comment or provide more details.Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in London on May 27, 1922. His father was a British army officer who had served in the Boer War and his mother was Contessa Estelle Marie Carandini di Sarzano. His parents separated when he was young, and his mother later remarried Harcourt Rose, the uncle of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.Lee attended Wellington College, an elite boarding school, and joined the Royal Air Force during World War II. Poor eyesight prevented him from becoming a pilot, and he served as an intelligence officer in North Africa and Italy.After the war, the 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Lee was signed to a contract with Britain’s Rank studio, and spent the next decade playing minor roles in a series of formulaic pictures. He also appeared briefly in Laurence Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1948 along with his future Hammer co-star, Peter Cushing. Sponsored Stories 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall How men can have a healthy 2019 Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility FILE- In this file photo dated Friday March 5, 2010, British actor Sir Christopher Lee is photographed before his interview with APTN, at the AP office in north London. Christopher Lee, the prolific, aristocratic British actor who brought dramatic gravitas to the low-budget thrills of Hammer Studios’ 1950s and 1960s horror films and to the more recent “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy and two of George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels, has died at age 93, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London confirmed a death certificate was issued for Lee on June 8. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) In 2006, Lee told the BBC that his reaction to reading the script for the film was, “I’m not saying any of these lines. It’s impossible. They’re ridiculous.”“That’s why I don’t speak in the film,” he said.During this period, Lee played non-vampiric roles in Hammer’s “The Devil Rides Out,” ”The Mummy,” ”Rasputin, the Mad Monk” and “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and starred as mustachioed master criminal Fu Manchu in a series of low-budget thrillers. His last film for Hammer was “To the Devil a Daughter” in 1976.Starting in the 1970s, Lee tried to shake off the Hammer mantle. He played the villain in “The Man With the Golden Gun” and appeared in non-Hammer horror films. The most distinguished was 1973’s “The Wicker Man,” a cult classic in which Lee played the lord of a Scottish pagan community troubled by the appearance of an inquisitive police officer.Lee appeared in so many movies that he acknowledged he couldn’t remember them all.“And certainly some of them you want to forget,” he said in 2002.An energetic man who listed his hobbies in “Who’s Who” as “travel, opera, golf, cricket,” Lee never retired. His career flourished late in life, with roles in some of the best-loved of film franchises. He also branched out into music, and released a heavy metal album to mark his 92nd birthday just last year. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Lee married Birgit Kroencke in 1961. Their daughter, Christina, was born in 1963.___Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed to this report___This story has been corrected to show that Lee was 1.93 meters, not 1.83 meters.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. He launched his horror career in 1957, starring as the monster in Hammer’s “The Curse of Frankenstein.” In 1958, Lee made his first appearance as the famous vampire in “Dracula,” opposite Cushing’s Van Helsing.Film critic Matthew Sweet said Lee brought a sensuality to the role that fit with the newly permissive times. While Bela Lugosi, the definitive 1930s Dracula, “postures and glides, Lee is rough and muscular,” Sweet wrote in 2007.“Lee’s performance convinced a generation of scholars that Dracula was a book about sex, and not about vampires,” Sweet said.Lee went on to play the Transylvanian vampire in sequels including “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,” ”Dracula Has Risen From the Grave,” ”Taste the Blood of Dracula,” ”Scars of Dracula” and “Dracula A.D. 1972” — an ill-advised attempt to update the series to 1970s London.Lee was wary of being typecast, and later said the studio practically blackmailed him into continuing to appear.He held out for eight years after the first Dracula film before appearing in “Dracula: Prince of Darkness,” in which he stars but has no lines. LONDON (AP) — Christopher Lee, an actor who brought dramatic gravitas and aristocratic bearing to screen villains from Dracula to the wicked wizard Saruman in “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, has died at age 93.Lee appeared in more than 250 movies, taking on memorable roles such as the James Bond enemy Scaramanga and the evil Count Dooku in two “Star Wars” prequels.But for many, he will forever be known as the vampire Count Dracula in a slew of gory, gothic British “Hammer Horror” thrillers churned out in the 1950s and 1960s that became hugely popular around the world. Comments   Share   Eva Juel Hammerich, a producer in Copenhagen, Denmark, who was expecting to film with Lee later this year, said she was shocked at the loss.“Honestly we don’t know what to do,” she said. “You can find another person to interpret a role but it will be done in a different way.”The actor became Sir Christopher Lee when he was knighted in October 2009, receiving the honor from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.Lee said at that time that “although I’ve played a lot of bad guys, there’s more scope than being the man in the white hat.”Lee also appeared in several films by Tim Burton, including “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and was proud of his turn as Pakistan’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, in “Jinnah.”Lee felt his gift for comedy was under-appreciated. He was proud to have hosted the popular U.S. sketch show “Saturday Night Live” in 1978 and told the BBC that his greatest regret was turning down the part that went to Leslie Nielsen in the slapstick comedy “Airplane.”“A lot of people, including the casting directors, have no idea that when I lived in America half of the films I did were comedies,” he said in 2006. “They have no idea that I hosted ‘Saturday Night Live.’ They don’t seem to be interested.” The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Egypt expects about 140000 Indian tourists in 2018

first_imgEgypt Tourism organised their annual roadshow today at St. Regis, Mumbai with travel agents and select media in attendance. Ismail A. Hamid Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, Regional Director addressed the media and travel agents present at the roadshow and presented various tourist attractions and activities in Egypt.Egypt Tourism is largely promoting their new product – Christian Pilgrimage i.e. Journey of the Holy Family. For this purpose, Egypt Tourism has organised a roadshow in Cochin, Kerala, targeting many Christians from in and around the city.In 2017, Egypt received 103,000 Indian tourists, which is a 30% increase compared to 2016. Out of this 30%, Christian pilgrimage and leisure are the major contributors. Egypt expects about 130,000 to 140,000 Indian tourists in 2018.Talking about the average spend by a tourist, Amer said, “Indians rank number two when it comes to expenditure. An average spend by an Indian is USD 102 per night. Indian market is exotic for Egypt and is second only to Japan.”Indian tourists have also increased their length of stay in Egypt, from 5.5 nights in 2016 to 7 nights in 2017, with an increase of 1.5 nights.As far as film tourism is concerned, Amer confirmed that Egypt considers giving incentives to movies that portray the country in a positive light.last_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling But there is little denying the amount of talent the team has at the skill positions — especially at wide receiver with Fitzgerald, Floyd, John Brown and Ted Ginn, Jr., among others — and Ellington may very well prove to be a capable lead back.Things could always go south for the team and it is possible this projection will prove to be true. But on the surface, at least, it appears the Cardinals’ offense may be a tad bit underrated. Comments   Share   The concerns are somewhat valid, because until the Cardinals’ revamped offensive line proves it is better, there will be questions about if, in fact, it is. center_img The Arizona Cardinals made considerable strides on offense last season.They scored 129 more points in 2013 than they did in 2012, while scoring 16 more touchdowns, gaining 83 more first downs, tallying 13 more passing touchdowns and 1,333 more yards. Ultimately, the Cardinals finished 12th in the NFL in total offense and 16th in points per game. While not great, they were better than before and appear primed to take another step forward given the addition of talent along with comfort in Bruce Arians’ system. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Yet, according to Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuinness, in an ESPN Insider piece, Arizona actually has the 29th-best offense in the league. That’s out of 32 teams, by the way, with the Cards finishing ahead of only the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars.McGuinness writes that the Cardinals are ranked 22nd in QBs, 24th in running backs, 24th in receivers and 30th in offensive line. The way they see it, Arizona is “below average” at every position except for offensive line, where they are “poor.” On the surface the Arizona Cardinals have some talented pieces in place, most notably at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. The offensive line, however, allowed the most pressure on a per-snap basis a year ago, with 242 total pressures from 620 passing plays.The good news is that adding Jared Veldheer helps, as will Bobby Massie’s expected return to the starting lineup at right tackle, but will it make enough of a difference? At running back it’s hard not to be impressed by Andre Ellington, who forced 31 missed tackles from just 157 touches on offense, but it’s fair to question whether he can be an every-down back or if he’s better suited for a lower-volume, higher-impact role in which he won’t be worn down by a full workload. Top Stories last_img read more